Recently, I tried Momentous Elite Sleep. Typically I’m not one who “struggles with sleep.” I don’t have a lot of caffeine after 10 am, and there aren’t many nights I “toss and turn.” Lately, I’ve found myself tossing a little more and not being able to adjust to the time zone as well as I would like. I know, I’ve been in California for almost two months.
It seems like massage guns are all of the rage these days in the running world. I’ve always wanted to try a massage gun, but the price tag of $400+ intimidated me.
Addaday is already a leader for recovery devices in the running world. I’ve used a few Addaday products before, including the Pro Roller and Junior +. Like any recovery device, massage guns are only as good as you use them. If they sit in the closet and collect dust, you obviously won’t get the benefits.
As I continue the “injury comeback”, so far so good. I’ve mentioned, this is the first stress fracture I’ve come back from that hasn’t had residual pain when beginning to run again. Usually when I come back from a stress fracture nothing feels great. I have small aches and pains from soft tissue.
After the Hilton Head Half Marathon, I thought it would jump-start my training. Unfortunately, it jump-started me to a minor injury. My Achilles are inflamed, and I have two cankles instead of ankles. They aren’t broken, but putting weight on them doesn’t feel great (running or walking..or living life).
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After getting back home this week, I was hit with a busy week and small aches and pains. While it’s only been a few days, instead of forcing runs that don’t feel good, I’ve taken a step back reducing mileage and adding rest days. A lot of people say: “I never regret a run” but TBH I’ve regretted a few but haven’t regretted taking a step back to focus on recovery.
I hesitate to call it “Achilles tendonitis” because my symptoms aren’t quite that. I’ve stretched my calves, etc. With rest, it doesn’t feel better. Running it doesn’t feel worse. My Achilles feels the worst when I wake up, and they feel better when I stretch them out.
I didn’t do anything fast last week, no long run or workout. I ran a few miles here and there and led a 4-mile group run on Saturday. I don’t foresee myself running fast until I feel better. If I feel the same by the end of this week, I’ll probably just stop running until it feels 100%.
|Monday:||Easy 6 miles|
|Thursday:||Easy 5 miles|
|Saturday:||Easy 6 miles|
|Sunday||Easy 6 miles|
As far as recovery, I’ve gone to see Dr. Craig with Dr. Kemonosh for Active Release Therapy on my Achilles. Active Release Therapy (Graston) is painful, but I do feel like it’s helping.
The other component is I’ve just been swamped. Sometimes I feel like adulthood is saying: “this is the busiest week ever,” one week after another. Lately, it’s been like that and next week will be just similar. After getting home on Sunday, I spent Tuesday-Saturday out of my house most of the time except to sleep.
I’m just trying to balance life while making time to recover from this injury. Is it an injury? Is it an inflamed bursa? Achilles Tendonitis? I don’t quite know. I have my suspicions of what caused it (somewhere along racing the Hilton Half Marathon and traveling home).
So yes, a boring training log and more or less me talking out loud. Don’t get me wrong; I’m pretty bummed that I finally started to feel like fitness was coming along and now this. Hopefully, it’s not too long of an issue. I’ve doing stretches, eccentric heel drops, and all of the basic Achilles rehab even though I’m not entirely sure that’s the problem.
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Recently, Vital Proteins came out with the Recovery Wave protein powder. As most people know, I’m a fan of Vital Proteins Whey Collagen, so I was excited about the Vital Proteins RecoveryWave. RecoveryWave is one word, not “Recovery Wave.”
So what Makes Vital Proteins RecoveryWave Great?
The Vital Proteins RecoveryWave was intended for athletes and post workout recovery. The Vital Performance line contains 20 grams of collagen proteins, supports muscles and joints, and replenishes minerals lost during exercise.
The Vital Proteins RecoveryWave comes in Five flavors:
- RecoveryWave Guava lime (the most tart)
- Monk Fruit (my favorite)
- Passion Fruit
- Watermelon Blueberry
- Lemon Grape
Support Your Joints:
The Vital Proteins RecoveryWave has 20g of collagen peptides every serving. What do the Collagen Peptides do? Collagen Peptides to help build muscle and support joint and bone health.
Most Vital Protein products contain animal acids, but each serving of the RecoveryWave also includes 5g of BCAAs.20g Collagen Peptides.
What are Amino Acids and what is the difference between Essential Amino Acids (EAAS) and Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAS)?
Our bodies produce 11 amino acids using other amino acids. The other 9 of the 20 amino acids are considered essential amino acids (EAAs). EAAs must come from diet or supplementation because the body cannot produce them. Breaking it down further, 3 of these 9 are considered “Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) because of their chemical structure.
The structure of the BCAAs allow them to skip the normal digestion process and become quickly available in the muscles.
The Vital Proteins Recoverywave has 5g of Branched Chain amino acids (BCAA), 2.8g of leucine.
The RecoveryWave products also contain vitamins C, B2 & B6, Zinc, Magnesium, Taurine, and Glutamine. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid
No Added Stuff:
Vital Proteins products contain no added sugars and are made without gluten, dairy, and soy.
Vital Protein RecoveryWave uses the same electrolytes found in coconut water powder, Himalayan sea salt, and natural sources.
So How can use Vital Proteins RecoveryWave?
I tried to bake it, but it has a bitter taste in recipes, so I’ve found smoothies to be the best and easiest.
I made this Berry Blast Recovery Smoothie but substituted the Vital Proteins RecoveryWave instead.
This quick Vital protein RecoveryWave Pineapple Smoothie is what I’ve been Enjoying Lately:
1/2 Cup milk
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen banana
2 Scoops Vital Protein RecoveryWave (today I used Guava Lime)
Blend and drink
Thank you Vital Proteins for allowing me to try the new RecoveryWave.
Questions for you:
What do you use post-workout?
Do you take EAAs or BAAs?