Running Dilemma

OK- I’m in need of some serious running advice.

First off, treadmill running counts, right? I know it’s different and I want to run outside, but I need to figure a few things out first.

Yesterday, I ran just under four miles in 45 minutes. I know- very slow. Keep in mind that I’ve been running on and off for a while now, and just started to seriously get back into it a couple weeks ago. That near-four miler is the farthest and longest I’ve ever run! I’m super proud of myself for doing it at all.

There are two main problems that I’m experiencing during my runs and I’m not sure what to do about them. So, let’s see if you can help me out:

  1. Around mile two, the inside of my right ankle starts to hurt. It’s bearable at first, and then it gets worse. A lot worse. I had to take 2 two-minute walking breaks yesterday in order to continue. By the time I got home, my ankle was swollen, and it still hurts today.
  2. At around 3.5 miles, I started to have horrible stomach pains. I kept going to until I reached around 3.75 miles and then had to stop. The pains stopped when I walked and came back when I ran. So annoying! What is this? I hear it’s common. Help!

Things to consider before giving me advice:

  • I used to work at a running store and was fitted for running shoes in April. I have a mid-stability shoe which helps with my over-pronation–so I don’t think that’s what’s wrong.
  • I am going to see a Sports Medicine Doctor in the beginning of August for a different reason, so I’ll probably inquire about it then. (The other reason has to do with my shoulder–I hurt it a while ago, and it’s been bothering me a lot in Body Pump)
  • I ate an hour before my run-so my stomach wasn’t full.
  • I’ve been running  at average speeds of around 5.3-5.7 mph at a .5-1% incline. During this particular run, I had to slow down to 5.1! I also didn’t run on an incline this time.
  • If it weren’t for my ankle and my stomach, I felt totally capable of completing the entire four mile run. I was actually feeling really optimistic and excited about it until around 2.5 miles in. I have the stamina to keep running–it’s just my darn ankle that’s keeping me from doing so!

HELP!! Please!


On to zee eats:


Oats On The Balcony This Morning (I create my own acronyms)

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • Tsp cinnamon
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Peanut Buttah

I went to Body Flow this morning. It was glorious. I needed to take a break from intense workouts since my ankle and shoulder are pretty much useless at the moment. A Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates class was just enough. Perfect, actually.

When I got home, I took a special picture of the sweet potato battle wound on my bicep just for you…

Yes- I said sweet potato battle wound. As I was taking sweet potato fries out of the oven last night, the corner of the baking sheet kissed my arm. It was a pretty nasty burn. Oh, the pain I endure for sweet potatoes. Sigh.

After I took a million pictures of my left bicep, I made a smoothie, naturally.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m really digging taking pictures on my balcony lately. The natural light makes my food look magical. Dontcha’ think? (Except for this smoothie pic-this one kind of looks disgusting!)

  • Frozen Blackberries
  • Sliced Peach
  • Oikos Plain Yog.
  • Vanilla Almond Milk

So pink and delicious!

Lunch was leftover Pea-Pesto Pasta from yesterday.

I added goat cheese and chopped tomato to the mix, and had watermelon for dessert:

I had to work today from 2 to 8 p.m. I made a hummus, roasted red pepper, tomato, and cucumber wrap to eat for dinner during my shift. I love working at a cafe! I also made myself a vanilla-almond iced soy latte. I also love that I can control the amount of syrup that goes into my drink.

No pictures because, well, I was at work! Sorry!

Now, I’m home and just inhaled a bowl of popcorn.


Tell me about some of the perks of your job.

Have a great Friday! <3

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  1. I’m not a fan of running on a treadmill…it’s just not for me. Have you tried running outside? There is something about covering actual ground, feeling the breeze, and seeing the scenery. I love running at The Crossings in Colonie. There are no big hills and lots to look at. I wrote about it here: It might be worth a change in routine to see if your issues continue. Good luck!

  2. I hope your battle wound heals quickly! I actually just burnt myself in the same area&way a day or so ago. I think I was making kale chips… Just as delicious as ever, though. Oh, the things a foodie will do for good food!

    Have a lovely day!

  3. I was actually thinking that your smoothie looks delicious!

    I’m not sure what’s wrong with your ankle, but try running outside on a dirt path for a change and see if there’s any difference. There’s more give than a treadmill or pavement so your joints wont hurt as much!

  4. Not sure about the ankle.

    But having stomach issues are a problem for mannnyy runners. (myself included!)

    Usually around mile 4 mine starts to hurt, but usually only if I’ve eaten something weird that day or recently eaten. I’ve tried to figure out how to fix it, so I limit myself to foods NOT high in fiber before my longer run, and I always avoid leafy greens (like salads), since they bother my stomach too. And it usually only hurts if I run in the evening. What time do you run? I’m usually fine if I run in the morning, and I eat a light breakfast (1 slice of toast with PB) about an hour and half before. Hope this helps!!!!

  5. I am coming off an ankle injury and took 3 months off running over the winter (still not sure exactly what happened, but I think I did some weird to it during a 5K) as well as dropping out of my first 1/2 in November. Instead I swam, did the bike, elliptical and upper body strength training + ice. I also went to Physical Therapy once a week for 2 months – the exercises and massage were a huge part of my getting better (not to mention the awesome PT’s – who understood runners). My ankle was swollen when I started and by the time my first 1/2 (take two!) came around in April it was almost (and I stress almost) back to it’s regular size. Of course my paranoia has me convinced that it’s still not the same 🙂 I injured this same ankle playing a team sport when I was 17, so it was possible also weak to begin with. It was definitely a wake up call to listen to my body more and be consistent with stretching and repetitive strengthening exercises.

    Hope that you’re able to find a solution that works for you! 🙂

  6. I would go see a physiotherapist for your ankle. As for the stomach pains…I struggled with this when I first started running for a few months. As my running improved they went away…strange eh?

  7. I’m honestly not sure about the ankle…I was going to ask if you needed new shoes, but you already answered that! I hope you get some answers!

    Perks of my job….summers off…work with kids…done working around 4 each day…wonderful people at my school.

  8. Hmm. I would definitely stay off your ankle until it heals completely. Crosstrain in the meantime. The more you keep running on an injured ankle, the longer it will take to recover. Trust me, I know this.

    As for your stomach, are you hydrated enough? I have a very sensitive stomach where I have to make sure that I have eaten at least an hour before I run. If you said you did this already, maybe you could be dehydrated. I have heard of this before. Do you drink a huge glass of water with your meal before your run? Good luck with this! I would be dying if I couldn’t run!

  9. Frist off I’m going to say get the ankle checked out like you already are. You shouldn’t be in so much pain you can barely go on. For me that was a clue I had tendonitis in my hip and had to do PT for 6 weeks to strengthen the muscles. You might have jumped into too much too soon.

    4 miles in 45 minutes is great. That is actually the fastest I’ve ever run 4 miles. Not everyone is built to run 8 minute miles right off the bat. So try slowing down to maybe 5.1 the entire time and taking some walking breaks to see if that helps. I find I can go faster and farther with walking breaks (Galloway method).

    The second thing still might be your stomach digesting. Depending on what you ate your stomach may still be working to digest it and you ran to soon. I know if I’m going to run I need to give myself at least 2 hours to digest and it should be a light meal with some protein (PB or egg whites) and some carbs. Nothing too heavy. Try changing what you eat before a run or how long you wait between eating and running.

    These are just my experiences as a novice runner. I hope they help.

    As for the perks of my job: I make my own schedule so if I want to hit the gym in the middle of the day I can (and do sometimes). Traveling to interesting places for conferences and such. I get to work with all sorts of different people. I get to preach the Word of God. And there is never a boring day…EVER!

  10. Oh OUCH! That looks like quite the battle scar – oh, the things we do for food! Hope it heals quickly.

    Regarding the stomach pains when you run: I believe these are called side stitches. I experienced them most when I began running, and now I hardly ever experience them. I find that they came from just pushing myself a bit too hard too early in a run. I’m going to bet that the more frequently you run, the less often you’ll experience them. There’s not much to do but wait them out, but I promise, they do go away! Also be sure to keep your potassium intake up to help avoid cramping during exercise.

    My favorite perk of my job – especially during the summer – is getting free admission to all the places I take my students for field trips! I’ve been to Seaworld, Busch Gardens, skating, and the movies just in the past two months. It’s so much fun to get to play around with the little ones!

  11. Treadmill running totally counts! It’s not my favorite thing, but miles are miles and if that’s how you get them in? Then more power to you.

    On your ankle: it sounds like you may have tweaked some soft tissue in there. Definitely ask your doctor about it. Ice it post-run, and try to limit your runs to what you can do pain-free (especially since there’s swelling!). You may also want to take some Tylenol/Advil/similar to keep the inflammation down. I don’t know your training history, so I can’t tell you how or why you tweaked it. Definitely take your shoes into the sports med doctor when you go, though. That way he can see what you’re running in and tell you if it needs to change (I used to run in stability shoes, but as my ankle strength and foot flexibility increased, I found shoes that were more neutral worked better for me, even though I still hugely overprontated).

    On your stomach: it may have been what you ate, even though it was an hour before. For example, if I have a cheeseburger for dinner, I need to make sure everything has, um, cleared the system before I go running the next morning, or else I know I’ll be having stomach/gut problems a few miles in. Keep a log of what you’re eating when and how you feel on your runs – if it’s a matter of what, you should see a pattern emerge.

    Good luck! I’ll be thinking good thoughts that whatever’s wrong with your ankle isn’t too serious.

  12. I definitely think you should get a professional to look at your ankle. The only pains I have experienced on my runs is in my side, from not breathing properly.
    Hope you can figure out what’s wrong!

    I don’t really enjoy my job, so I’m looking for another one!

  13. I had ankle issues also. I started running just over a year ago and seriously running in December. I had pains in one ankle where it would hurt to walk but it didn’t swell. It was for sure from running and my weak foot muscles getting used to running. After 2 weeks off I got back into it and a month later the other ankle gave me problems. Ack! If it’s swelling though, I’d hit up the doctor for advice. I can bet you your body is just getting used to it. Honestly, you run FAR for just starting out. Too many miles too quickly is a prescription for just what is happening to your ankles. You are awesome though! Keep it up! Well after you find put what the doc says.

  14. Actually, after having similar stomach issues I did some research, and found that you should not eat more than 2-3 hrs. before a run. In the morning a small snack seems to be okay for me, but in the afternoon or evening, it needs to be a good 2 hrs. or more between eating and running.

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