Posts tagged ‘vibram fivefingers’

September 7, 2011


I’ve been wallowing in self-pity since Monday, all kinds of thoughts flowing in and out:

Why did I stop running for so long? 

I should have seen those two dips in the grass…

If I just waited another day or two before my long run…

Why did I go hiking?

This is all because I wrote about how excited I am to be running the Hana Relay + my first half-marathon

Call me superstitious, but I never like to tell too many people about big things happening in my life because they often find ways of getting jinxed, making me feel like a fool.   

Case in point:

To prepare for my upcoming races, I did just a couple runs:

  1. Friday: short 2 mile jog before teaching class
  2. Sunday: 8 mile run


Most of you know by now that I wear Vibram Fivefingers to run, and have been loving them.  I run off-pavement whenever possible, which is how I sort of tweaked my ankle a couple times on Friday [damn you, drainage holes!].  It didn’t hurt too badly, and my ankles are pretty flexible, so I didn’t think too much of it.  I taught my kickboxing class and felt fine, aside from some pain on the outside of my left leg between my knee and ankle.  I figured I pulled the ankle muscle a bit and just needed to rest it for a day or two. 

Which I did.

Aside from the mild muscle strain, I felt great on Sunday morning, so Ben and I set out to get our long runs done [he did 11, I did 8].  After a few miles, the strain felt better, but I started to feel some pain under my foot – below my ankle – with every footfall.  I kept running, assuming the pain was just passing through. 

By the end of the eight miles, the muscles below my knee wasn’t bothering me at all, but my foot was tender.  Still riding the endorphins, Ben and I had a snack and then jumped in the ocean to cool down. 


I’m pretty sure the cool water helped with my foot because I didn’t feel pain until the next day, when we went hiking.


It would have been a beautiful hike if my foot wasn’t in excruciating pain during those three hours.  Sad smile

Since then, I haven’t been able to put pressure on the outside of my left foot [directly below the ankle].  I thought it might feel better today [after almost two days of rest], but it’s still just as sore to put pressure on.  I’ve been [rest / ice / compression / elevation] and got a sub to teach my class today, but I’m totally nervous that I won’t be able to run this weekend’s Hana Relay… or next weekend’s half-marathon! 

So my plan as of now:

  • Stop beating myself up.  It’s not helping my attitude, and it definitely won’t help the healing process. 
  • R.I.C.E.  I do still have a few days until the relay, but until then I need to give my body what it needs.
  • Put things back into perspective.  In the grand scheme of things, my health and my body are far more important than a few races.  I’d rather sit out and sign up for next year than sustain injuries that might keep me from exercising at all. 
  • Be honest with myself.  No more down-playing my injuries so that I can feed my ego.  I’ll honor my body and only race if I’m truly feeling ready. 
  • Lighten up!  This isn’t the end of the world.  There is so much to be grateful for! 


And with that, I’ll leave you with a shot of my new wicked awesome tan lines from running for an hour and a half in the Maui sunshine.


How do you deal with injuries?  Any advice?

Have you ever experienced foot pain from running? 

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July 12, 2011

Travel Recap 1 + Travel Detox

Aloha kakou!  It has been way too long since my last post and, although unplugging was really nice, I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed blogging. 

Ben and I thought we’d be able to jump right back into our every day lives as soon as we landed home in Kahului, but things worked out a bit differently.  More on that in a minute… Winking smile 


[Why’s Ben’s arm in a sling, you say?  Oh, have I got some stories for you…]

Our trip was incredible!  We saw dozens of friends and family, and drove/flew/subway/walked thousands of miles in the weeks we were gone.  Here are the details, in the quickest synopsis possible:

Leg 1: Maui –> Portland [1 night] –> Boulder [6 days]

Our reason for the trip: two of our best friends, Jose + Jaz, were getting married in Boulder!  We rented a house with our best friends [we all met at the University of Oregon].


The guys went out to celebrate together our first night there, and around 1am I got a phone call from Boulder paramedics.


As it turns out, altitude + mixing [too much] alcohol + not enough water + drainage curb = a dislocated elbow.   Another one of our friends was also hospitalized because he fainted twice and hit his head on the pavement. 


Everyone kept asking how I wasn’t flipping out over the whole thing, but truthfully, I was just so grateful that everyone was fine [although I’d be happy never to receive another phone call from the paramedics].  Plus, we really do have the raddest friends.  By 3.30 am, the crew was all back together, deliriously cracking jokes and having a genuinely great time. 

Ben’s dominant arm being in a sling for the duration of the trip meant a few things: (1) that every day tasks [like showering + eating] would take longer, (2) that I’d be doing most of the heavy carrying [I need the weight training anyway], and (3) that Ben wouldn’t be able to drive very much, if at all.  But, as always, we made it work. Smile


Other highlights from Colorado: Playing my first soccer game ever [and scoring the first goal!]; Jose + Jaz’s wedding was gorgeous, and his Oregon Duck cake made us all proud; hiking Estes Park + surrounding areas with family and friends; and starting a puzzle at 10.30 pm the night before we all left [which we finished at 2 in the morning]. 

Leg 2: Boulder –> Philadelphia/Delaware [3 days] –> New Jersey –> NYC [4 days]

It was my first time on the east coast!  We stayed with Ben’s Aunty, who lives in Delaware, and then rented a car for the remainder of our trip.


Highlights: seeing Colonial architecture for the first time in Philly; seeing the house and town my mother-in-law grew up in [Fair Lawn]; finally having my first blogger meet-up with Katie at the High Line [I absolutely adore her!]; walking the city for 8+ hours a day in our Vibram fivefingers.

It was also huge for this island girl to be in such a huge city for the first time.  I felt like Grand Central Station contained more people than all of upcountry Maui, but in the end I was surprised by just how manageable the city was, and how friendly the people were. 

Oh, and did I mention the fact that I drove into Brooklyn from Jersey?  Yeah.  No big deal Winking smile


Alright, I think I’ll stop there with the travel recap for today.  There’s still so much to tell you about, but I’ll post the next few legs of the trip later. Smile

I’d like to tell you all that I’ve been conjuring up new recipes to share, or that I’ve at least been in the kitchen a lot since being home, but it turns out that after almost four weeks of constant traveling, Ben + I just needed to stop once we got home last week. 

Ben had last week off, so we laid low, went to the beach, read, and took time to reconnect with each other.  We stayed in bed until 10 am, didn’t answer our phones, and detoxed physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  It has been perfect. 

I still feel like I’m detoxing from all of the food from the trip, so my meals have been pretty boring lately.


Lots of veggies, chia seeds, and tea in my life lately… plus I’ve been amping up the vitamins and minerals to get my body back on track.  We’ve also been extremely fortunate lately with all the produce that we’ve been given.


That’s not even half of what’s been given to us by friends and family as summer continues to offer us its incredible bounty.  Bananas, guavas, figs, tangerines and oranges, cucumbers, papayas, avocados, tomatoes, greens!  We’ve been juicing daily, have a full load of frozen bananas, and still can’t go through it all quick enough.

Traveling offers such wonderful perspective, and there’s still more to tell of our adventures, but I must say it’s nice to be home where tropical fruit comes to us straight from the trees and where the ocean reminds me that this is where I belong. 

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!


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