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I could be a food photographer!

MAN I had some good breakfast eats yesterday πŸ˜€

It was Berry and Hazelnut Granola with Greek Yoghurt. Nom nom nom!! Frequent readers will know that I LOVE Granola, and I haven’t actually had any in a couple of months now.

I was going to do a post blogging all my eats for the day, but by snack time I’d forgotten to take pictures lol.

I did get some funky shots of my brothers hot chocolate:

As the title states: I could be a food photographer! haha. I love photographing food, honestly. I don’t know why and what it is about it but of all things, food is my favourite to take pictures of.

I had my second physio appointment yesterday.

It went well. I got a sweet massage on my sore hip and he gave me a few extra stretch moves and strength exercises for me to do. I’ll be going back next week for another appointment to loosen up my quad muscles.

I may have to take up to 4 weeks off running 😦 I’m sad about it, but I don’t mind because if I ran now I’d just worsen my injury and prolong recovery. After those 4 weeks, the hip will be better and will never bother me again and my knees should be better as well.

Until then, I must stick to strength exercises, swimming and stretching. Nothing else.

I hate swimming, but for the good of my health (literally) I’m going to stick it out. I’m going for another swim today just because I’ve only spent 3 days exercising out of the 8 that I’ve been here.

It’s more conveniant now too coz I can ride dad’s scooter there and back (and pray to sweet jesus that I don’t die at the big intersections :S)

Anyway, that’s that.

OH! I have a new tumblr account. Check it out here.

It’s strictly for my photography and to be honest, probably not a lot more than you see here, but it just looks a little fancier πŸ™‚

I’ll be back later on with a 2010 Resolutions post so stay tuned for that!

Have a great Christmas Eve πŸ™‚


December 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

Don’t crash Dad’s scooter

Coz this is what happens:


So yeah, I’ve been learning how to ride a scooter. It’s quite fun actually πŸ™‚ And a lot easier than I expected (apart from my unfortunate loss of control with the throttle… lol). It’s going to be my main source of transport I think from now on, although I’m weary about riding in the city…

I went to a physio therapist and a Sports Med GP yesterday, the physiotherapist was Mike Lovell and he reeally knows his stuff. He’s worked with olympians, Sarah Ulma, Rugby players, NZ triathletes. I’m very excited to have his help with my knee and hip pain.

The doctor thought I have “Patellafemoral Syndrome”, click on the link to read more about it. I was ok with that because Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point has the same thing and she says it’s very easy to manage. Check out her blog post about it here.

The doctor thought my hip pain was actually a lower back problem as opposed to being in the hip itself, however the physiotherapist thought differently. He said it was because I have weak muscles in the lower back/Glutes which is causing my hip to have to compensate for lack of work.

I’m also very weak in my core and need to be doing some sit ups to help build strength.

I went to the physiotherapist, and after much discussion he taped my knees to release the pressure off my inner quads and to get some different muscles to work.

He also gave me some glute strengthening moves to do at home.

So the million dollar question is, will I have to quit running?

NO! πŸ™‚ I have a lot to work on with strength training, but I don’t need to give up running- thank GOD. I won’t get back into it until my awesome new shoes arrive, just to be safe. I’ll swim until then, I went swimming today which was a good start.

I also tried aqua jogging hahahahaha- GEEEEEEEEEEEK.

Anyway, hope you’re sufficiently updated now πŸ™‚

Have a great night!

December 22, 2009 at 6:05 am 2 comments

I am terrified

And as a result, really really upset and grumpy.

This sounds ridiculous, but I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster with running. I’ve taken a few days rest from running, opting for the stationary bike instead, but my knees and hip are still in extreme pain. I’ve been living off pain killers just so I can WALK comfortably… My knees are so much more painful now than they were even before I took this break!

I have noticed my walking style sucks and causes my knees and hip to hurt. I’ve chosen to do minimal physical activity today that could possibly agitate my knees and hip any further.

I just feel like breaking down and crying!! WHY me? 😦 WHY do I have to keep getting injured? WHY can’t this have happened to someone really nasty who deserves it? πŸ˜₯ It’s so unfair and I wish I could just be healthy and a happy runner. ALL I want is to be able to run. If I have to stop…. I don’t know how I’d survive, honestly. MENTALLY, I would suffer the most.

I’m so scared that I’ll have ongoing problems with my knees and I’ll have to stop running. That is my greatest fear right now, I’d do ANYTHING to stop that from happening!!!

I’m trying to remain positive, and it helps each time I speak to Gaz and he reassures me, but my hip pain should’ve gone by now and it hasn’t… that’s an unusually long time for it to be hurting. And I’ve never had knee pain this long-lasting before, it hurts to even WALK.

So as you can see, my positivity is rapidly decreasing and fear, concern and huge sadness is starting to settle in…

I’m getting new shoes which will hopefully help… I’m going to start wearing them everywhere when I get them and not just for running. Maybe they’ll help ease my knee pain..

God, I’m so scared, I don’t know what to do… I’m miserable all the time because I’m so terrified that I won’t get better. I don’t know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to talk to Gaz on Monday and hopefully things will be a little better by then. If not, I’ll make a point to go up to Auckland to visit him as soon as possibleΒ to get assessed. Then we’ll decide whether I’ll need physiotheraphy or not.

I don’t think people understand just how important running is to me. I’m so passionate about it and it has saved my life. I feel so good about myself, it’s a great way to release stress and tension, I’m sleeping better, I have an awesome body now, I’m strong and more muscular, I can eat whatever I want without feeling guilty, my skin is clearer, I’m more tanned, I feel like I’ve finally found “my thing”.

If I have to lose all that… I honestly don’t know if I could do that.

please please keep your fingers crossed, or pray for me or whatever in the hopes that I will get better and overcome this and come out the other side as a stronger, more capable runner. I’d appreciate any support or advice you have to offer.

Lots of love, Jenny


p.s- might be getting a new camera for christmas, I took it for some test shots yesterday, see some of them here on Flickr.

December 19, 2009 at 3:26 am 4 comments


Because I over-pronate when I run (my feet roll inwards due to high arches), I needed a pair of shoes that have really great arch support to help stabilize my feet.

After my fitting yesterday, I chose these bad boys!

can’t WAIT to run in them!


December 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm 2 comments

Letter to Legs.

Dear Legs,

Today I spoke to Gaz about how our hip has been causing us both problems 😦 Making our knees hurt a lot and making it hard to walk. I told him about how it all started with that speed training we did the other day… I’m sorry I pushed you to do the sprints even though you were hurting and telling me you didn’t want to. That was the wrong thing to do.

I got real scared thinking that you weren’t going to be able to run with me anymore… I even started planning the sports I’d do instead (how does swimming and cycling sound? πŸ™‚ ). But even though I had a “back up plan”, I was still heart broken that we might not be able to carry on with our favourite thing- running.

I know you enjoy it too πŸ˜‰ How could you not? Look how big and strong you’ve become from it! You even held a 20 second wall sit with Dallas sitting on you. That’s some awesome stuff right there.

I know you love the feeling of freedom and release that we both get during a good run.. And I know you love the satisfaction and pride you get when you pull me through a really really tough run. I’m so grateful to you for it.

See the thing is… I don’t know how I’d survive if you decided not to let me run anymore. Running is my saviour. It’s the greatest thing I ever chose to do and I’m so happy that you decided to get involved as well. I really couldn’t have done it without you.

I’m sorry that for 8 months I ran with you in a way that wasn’t good for you. I’m sorry for the extra pressure and strain you felt from my ignorance. I’m sorry for the knee pain you got and for getting my hip to this in the first place.

Just think though, that after a week, if we’re both feeling better we can whip on those amazing new shoes and pound the pavement once again πŸ™‚ I’ll make sure I keep you in shape though with swimming. I know you like swimming because you made the hip pain all better when we swam on Sunday.

Gaz says that this is just a niggle, and that it’s quite common for runners once they’ve gotten to where I am. He thinks that as long as I let you rest, you should be fine.

He gave me some exercises to do to make you feel better as well. He told me to massage you hard with my thumb before I go to bed. It will be incredibly painful for me, but a huge release for you- and that’s what’s most important. He also told me to lie on a tennis ball with it resting in the most painful place. Once again, it’s about pressure.

So we’ll try these things, yeah?

Get set for a full week of swimming ahead πŸ™‚

I hope you get better soon,

Love, Jenny


December 15, 2009 at 5:23 am Leave a comment

Tis the season!

Gosh, I love christmas πŸ™‚ Although, I still believe that the weeks leading up to the big day is actually more exciting than the day itself.

My favourite part is getting to see all my family again. It’s the one time of year that we all come together and it’s the best thing ever.

Yesterday we finally put up our tree. It’s pretty rugged to be honest. It’s endured years and year of abuse from the cats, and now it’s so broken it has to be tied to the fireplace to keep up upright lol.

I spent about half an hour trying to make it look pretty last night. Trust me, before it looked like it does in the photo above, it was uggggllllyyy!

We also put fairy lights up all around our lounge, kitchen, dining room and outside patio area, it looks so nice! Especially outside. Man I love the festivities of Christmas.

Anyway, it’s sort of a new tradition for me personally now to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show this time each year. It started back in 2007 and it’s kind of stuck πŸ™‚

So yesterday, I was home alone so I snuggled up with my cat to watch it. I actually ended up watching Shock Treatment- the sequel to Rocky Horror, which just means I get to watch Rocky another time πŸ™‚

Me and Jazz enjoyed lots of kitten cuddles.

She’s so cute πŸ™‚

Regarding my post yesterday about today’s run, I decided not to do it. It took me a long time to make my decision, and in fact I had gotten up at 6.30 am, put on my workout clothes, dug out my knee sleeve, ate my pre-run breakfast, charged my ipod and was about to head out the door before I changed my mind. I think that resting today is a good idea because if I run through my injury I could prolong it and it might get worse and take even longer to heal.

I plan to swim today instead (I HATE swimming, but hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do) to burn up all the extra energy I have from carb loading last night and such.

I think I’ll wait till the day warms up a bit.

I hate skipping runs, but this time it’s necessary. It’s not like I’m going to gain any weight from taking one extra day’s rest. I won’t lose any fitness or endurance.

It’s just what I need to do.

I’m REALLY excited for my 5k run that I’m doing on Tuesday! After 3 days of rest, I’ll have “fresh legs”, which means I’ll be running SO fast and I’ve got a feeling I may even PR πŸ™‚

Anyway, have a great day!


December 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm 1 comment

I don’t know what I should do.. :/

I have 10k’s marked on my training schedule for me to run tomorrow… But I don’t know if that’s a very good idea?

My hip is still really sore from Thursday’s speed training and my trainer hasn’t emailed me back about it. Also, I went for a 6k run yesterday and along with my hip hurting and my quads cramping up like crazy, my left knee started giving me gip. It hurt so badly that at about 5k’s I had to stop for a few seconds to see if there was any way I could ease the pain and discomfort.

No hope.

I came home and hurt REALLY BADLY. I iced my knee for about 20 minutes and for the rest of the day it was incredibly painful.

Thankfully, today was a rest day so I’m able to let my body heal a bit more, in retrospect, I should’ve taken a rest day yesterday, but I hate skipping runs, so I wasn’t going to let a little PAIN stop me (stupid ego).

Therefore, this leaves me with uncertainty as to what the best decision would be for me. My hip is a little bit better today and my knee is ok, but should I take the plunge and run 6 miles/10k’s tomorrow?

If I wear my knee sleeve, pop ibuprofen before I go and ice my knee when I get back I should be ok… but what about my hip? :/ It’s times like these that I need to speak to my trainer.

So you see my dilemma?

It would be awesome if anybody could offer some informed advice on this. I don’t wanna injure myself any futher.


December 12, 2009 at 2:54 am 1 comment

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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