Monday, April 16, 2012

BBL = :)

OK, a week makes a big difference. I stuck it out with the Brazil Butt Lift, and I can honestly say I am really enjoying it now! The initial soreness (PAIN!!!) diminished quickly, and I'm starting to really 'get' the the workouts now so I'm feeling like I'm hitting the moves and not just flailing around desperately trying to keep up.

I was really dreading the "Sculpt" workout that started in Week 2, but it turned out to be a fantastic workout with dumb bells and I enjoyed it a lot! I was initially a little concerned with it because I'm resting my shoulder/arm from the swimming injury, so I decided to use a slightly lighter weight to build into it gently.

Another new thing in this week (Week 2) was adding the band to the High & Tight workout. I was nervous because of running, and how fatigued my legs have been, but I decided to give it a try anyway. And I'm glad I did. My legs really need a lot of strengthening, and I believe that this will make me a stronger runner eventually and can aid in injury prevention.

Speaking of running, it is still going well. I bumped up to 3/1 intervals again and haven't had any pain despite my legs being more fatigued because of all of the BBL work. I am not planning to bump up the intervals again until after I'm done with BBL, but we'll see how it goes!


  1. Hi there;

    I have been reading your archives the past couple days, trying to make myself feel better about my ITBS. I am registered for my marathon on May 20th, but its not going to happen. 7 weeks out my IT Band made its presence known. I was feeling optimistic, I still had some time left and started physiotherapy right away, but as of today 3 weeks later I've noticed no difference in the pain and have not been able to maintain any long runs. I am so disappointed and I just wanted to tell you what a relief it is to hear your recovery story. I can relate to your emotions and frustrations. It is very hard to have something you love to do and somewhat defines you, taken away. I read others recovery stories and they say how they were able to continue marathon training, but I don't get it, my knee is not in that situation at all. I wish it was. You were lucky to be able to maintain your cardio fitness with the eliptical and swimming, a gym is not easily accessable to me because of time constraints. I fear I will completely lose my fitness if I take time off, but after yesterdays run, I realize I don't have much of an option, my knee needs to rest if I expect any reduction in inflamation.
    Anyhow, I didn't mean to be so winded, just wanted to let you know someone out there is appreciating your recovery story, relating the whole way. Renee

    1. Renee, thank you so much for posting your comment. I'm sorry to hear that you are battling the dreaded IT Band. As far as your marathon is concerned, have you considered or tried doing walk breaks? What is the time limit for your marathon? I did 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking when I did the Disney World Marathon about 2 months after my injury and it worked. Does your PT have you on a stretching/strengthening program? Maybe if you try a run/walk and maybe use the Cho-Pat IT Band straps that I used for Disney, that would be just enough to get you through without pain? I wouldn't recommended pushing through the pain like I did for MCM because it really did lots of damage. Please keep me posted on your recovery! I'll be praying that it's a speedy one!

    2. One more thing... what kind of shoes are you wearing and have you been fitting by a professional local running shop (not a chain store)? I'm not sure if you've read the post about my shoe experience last month, but I was in a stability shoe when I didn't need to be. I was put in a neutral shoe and I have run 6-8 times now with NO pain at all. I am still running intervals, but that doesn't bother me anymore (something I'll be blogging about later today! LOL).

  2. Oh, I'd be so happy if you'd take some questions from me....I've been all over the net lately learning whatever I can about ITBS, lots of miracle cures out there....all for about $100.00 bucks or so.
    Anyhow, yes I read your post about the shoes, could it have been that easy? I've been fitted before for shoes and ran for 4 years in the wrong shoe. My toenails suffered horribly in those shoes. This past November I went for another fitting at a different store, got a completely different shoe, so now my toes are surviving, but now I have this IT problem, the shoes being the culprit, has crossed my mind. I've been debating going back for another analysis.
    As far as run/walking the marathon I kind of have a bad attitude about it, its gotta be all or nothing. If I can't run it, I don't want to do it. I know that sounds terrible, but at this point I know I've mentally checked out. How long would that take anyway? I noticed you didn't have a finish time on your Disney marathon. My run is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at best there are 400 full marathoners so I'd be feeling pretty lonely. I think the Disney marathon would be so fun, so entertaining, I'd have such a great time just looking around! I went to Disney for the first time almost exactly 1 year ago, we had a wonderful and exhausting time! I have 3 children, 10, 7 & 3 so it was a bit much for the younger 2. We dream of the day we'll go back though.
    As far as the IT Band strap, I haven't had much success with it. Do you really notice a difference? I don't know if I'm using it wrong. I've been playing with the location but have noticed no difference.
    I am going to physio, doing my strengthening excercises, icing & rolling, but 3 weeks out (almost 4 now) I've noticed no difference, in fact it seems to be worse. I haven't take time off yet, but this is the week to do that. I'll see if that makes any difference.
    I was so glad to see your reply!

  3. Renee, it's really hard to pinpoint one thing that helped more than others. I did the unscientific thing and threw everything I could find at my IT Band. I wore CW-X compression capris AND the ITB straps, at the same time. Did it help? Well, I didn't have any pain... but I was also mostly walking. I followed Jeff Galloway's advice on this website: He does talk about walking, etc. but perhaps there is other information on that page that will help you, even if you're not interested in walking at all.

    As for the Disney Marathon, my time was just under 7 hours. Since I had done the half-marathon the day before and I knew I had to be careful in order to finish, I walked the first 13.1 with a friend who was walking as well due to an injury. When she broke off to her finish line (she was doing the relay), I began my 1/4 intervals.

    I really would recommend getting a gait analysis again and see if the shoes could be contributing! It is free at most places and you could at least rule it out. I don't know if that was the key for me, but I haven't even had a twinge while running now.

    I really hope you are able to complete your marathon!! Let me know if you have more questions!