Clker-Free-Vector-Images / Pixabay So I'm still dealing with this labral tear, and it's definitely slow going. Though let's be honest, when is the last time that healing anything wasn't slow going? (Not that the tear itself can be healed, but there are things I can do to reduce pain and prevent issues.) Let's look back at where I've been – Mid-November – I go on a six mile taper run and have a bunch of weird pain in my left quad and end up walking most of it. I shrug it off. Late November – Space Coast! I run with Kim and we have a blast until I tweak my right soleus (likely due to a tight piriformis combined with some wicked camber on the course) at mile 12. Mid-December – I do a 3 mile run, no real issues til the end when my soleus starts to hurt. Guess that's not quite healed. Late December – For the rest of the month, when I try to run, my quad almost immediately starts to hurt. It is not awesome. It is super inflamed and painful. The pain is along the top of my quad and down the outer side. So I stop running. Only biking and swimming Early January – Cheer at WDW Marathon. No running, but tons and tons of walking, and zero issues. January 16 – Appointment with regenerative orthopedist. He talks very fast, and while very nice, does not leave me feeling great about the appointment. He orders an x-ray and an MRI, says it's probably a labral tear or maybe a stress fracture, but that I can still run (not the best plan, if it's a stress fracture). Throws a whole lot of information at me about regenerative therapies and injections, and tells me to come back in a month. January 17 – I decide to try to get in with another orthopedist, one who does more traditional therapies. Get an appointment for the following week. January 19 – X-Ray and MRI. MRIs remain un-fun for someone who is claustrophobic, but I survive. January 23 – Appointment with the new orthopedist. I immediately like him better. He looks at my scans and the reports, and there is very clearly a labral tear (and no stress fracture) in my left hip. He gives me a ten day course of prednisone, tells me to wear supportive shoes, prescribes PT, and tells me to come back in three weeks, and that I can try running in two weeks. So off I go with my happy new plan. February 6 – I run one mile. It hurts. February 8 – I attempt to run another mile, realize that it hurts right away and that this is stupid. My PT was surprised that the doctor wanted me to try running so soon, and she was right. I wasn't ready. February 13 – I return to the orthopedist for my followup. He seems surprised I'm not 100% better. He asks if I want to talk to a surgeon. I tell him that I'm not ready for that option. He recommends I consider a cortisone injection, and I take the information. He basically says that none of these are requirements and I'm not causing harm by continuing to just do PT and waiting to see how things go. Surgery is definitely not in my plans. The recovery time is a full 6 months, and it's not a guaranteed fix. Additionally, were I to consider surgery, it wouldn't be until the fall. We're doing a Northern European cruise in August, and it's been planned for years. I refuse to be hobbling around and dealing with recovery while sight-seeing. I'm reluctant to try the cortisone right now as well. I've done quite a bit of research and it can have a catabolic effect. Now, if I were in pain during my normal day-to-day activities, I would absolutely be considering it. But it also isn't a permanent fix, and if the biggest issue is that I can't run, I'm not sure it's worth it right now. For now, my plan is to continue with PT. While my exercises are getting easier, they are far from easy. I have a lot of strengthening work to do. I'm certainly hoping to be able to get back to running, but I'm definitely taking the conservative approach right now. It's incredibly frustrating, but I'd rather be cautious than jump into bigger treatments that don't work. If, after some time has passed, I'm still finding that things aren't improving (I think they are, it's just hard to tell), I may consider going back to the regenerative ortho. Patience is going to be the name of the game here. Slow and steady. The post Labral Tear Update appeared first on Elbowglitter.
Meeting rescued elephants at Wildlife SOS, for example. Years ago when I set a goal of visiting every country in the world and created this site, I had no idea where it would take me. Every year, I'm still amazed at the experiences I have and often as these things are happening, I'm thinking, “I can't believe this is my life.” A lot of it gets spread across blog posts and socialmedia, so I wanted to share a condensed version of some selected highlights of the past year with you. These are some of the things that happened in 2017 I never thought would, but I'm very happy they did. 1. I Was Named Honorary Ambassador To Granada, Spain By The Mayor After many years of coming close, Granada won the Best City to Visit Contest. Granada, Spain, is one of my favorite cities in the world but I never thought on my second visit I would be named an honorary ambassador by mayor Francisco Cuenca. Before visiting, I wanted to throw a party celebrating the city's victory with food and drinks for all the people who helped vote Granada Best City to Visit in 2017. With the help of the Granada City Council, Tourism Board, and Botanico Cafe, we accomplished just that. And, the person who nominated Granada in the first place, Tianna, used her prize to book round trip tickets to Istanbul. The Best City to Visit Travel Tournament 2018 begins next month, expect even more prizes.
I want to thank you for all of your support in 2017. Support you showed in so many ways on foXnoMad articles, videos, apps, emails, comments, likes, coffee, beer, suggestions, and countless other ways. I hope you have a lot of travels and fun trips planned and that I can help you travel smarter in the upcoming year. Cheers to all of the unexpected in 2018. Travel smarter,
skeeze / Pixabay Another year has come and gone. 2017 has been an interesting year in the world, that's for sure. Definitely one for the record books. But personally, it's been a pretty decent year. I'm ending it nursing an injury, so sports-wise I'm a little frustrated, so it's been good to look back at all that I accomplished over the year. At the beginning of the year, I set some goals. [list=1] [*]Continue with Swim Bike Fuel Nutrition Plan [*]Increase my FTP [*]Volunteer More [*]Spend an Hour a Week Crafting [*]Try to Keep My House Clean [/list] I'd say I hit about 50%. Sometime mid-year, my diet fell off the rails, but I didn't start gaining weight back til November. It's the holiday eating, I'm sure, and I'm hoping to get those few pounds back off by the end of January. Getting back to basics will surely help. I did manage to increase my cycling FTP by leaps and bounds. I've still got plenty of room for improvement, but this was an awesome year for biking. I got in some race volunteering, though not as much as I would like. Planning to continue to step that up this year. Race day volunteering is so much fun. It's also exhausting. Crafting... yeah, that didn't last. Maybe I should go for one hour a month. And my house, well it's a total disaster, especially since I was so busy through December. I think that getting the house clean is probably a more important goal, but it's way less exciting. Race wise, it was an excellent year. I broke my five year old half marathon PR and had some amazing triathlons. I PRed a couple of races and I even jumped off of a ferry to start a race. I got to hang out with friends and Coeur teammates all through the race season. It was an incredibly fun year. I definitely missed doing a big long race, but I had a blast with the shorter races (and when I'm out doing 60 mile rides, I'll probably regret the decision to race long in 2018). Still figuring out what 2018 has in store, but I'm sure it's going to be a great year!
A land of cuckoo clocks, fairytales, and a festive cheer unlike no other in the world, Bavaria is arguably one of the world's best places to visit at Christmas. A few weeks ago we took a trip to under-the-radar Regensburg, a university city hailed as the best preserved medieval city in Germany. Although it's an under-the-radar...
The Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 is probably the most secure daypack you can buy at a 15 liter capacity. Slash-proof internal meshing, RFID protection, and lockable zippers are all designed to prevent a brute-force attack on your backpack – but these protections might not be worth the added cost for every traveler. Little But Strong As you can see in my full video review above, the Citysafe CS300 is a compact daypack made specifically to protect against pickpockets and robbery. According to Pacsafe, the CS300 is a tech bag for women (the slightly larger CS350 isn't sold as gender specific) but for a gear bag, the CS300 is pretty small. The Citysafe CS300 is more of a camera with some random stuff type of sightseeing backpack.
Because it has an internal mesh to prevent a thief from cutting through the bag, the CS300 is actually better padded than most daypacks. One advantage being you won't need an extra case for your camera or other gadgets when they're in the Citysafe. The shoulder straps also can't be slashed easily but all of this meshing means a heavier bag with less internal storage than regular daypacks. Security Trade-Offs At .58 kilograms (1.28lbs) the CS300 isn't a heavy backpack but does have a noticeable heft for a bag that's only measures 35x26x16 centimeters (13.8×10.2×6.3 inches). Surrounding the mesh also means more padding at the expense of internal space. But the CS300 is a daypack you get for its security features, not carrying capacity. RFID blocking (here's what's on your passport RFID chip) may be important for some travelers, in which case, the CS300 has you covered. Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 Anti-Theft Compact Backpack
Who The Citysafe CS300 Is Good For Although it has an RFID blocking pocket, the inconspicuously locking zippers are the CS300's most practical protective feature. Slash and grab thefts aren't likely to occur when you're actually wearing your backpack – but sly pickpockets can easily slip into a bag in crowded areas though unprotected zippers. Aside from the cleverly locking zippers, all of the other protections like knife-proofing are good for piece of mind – without a lot of practical benefit. Your bag being robbed by a thief who cuts their way in is most likely to occur when your backpack is under your seat on a bus or overhead on a train. Crowded festivals? Keep your backpack in front of you. The Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 is good at being a backpack that thwarts pickpockets, bag slashers, and RFID hackers for a cost of around $100. Take away its extreme security features and the CS300 is an overpriced daypack. It's up to you to decide whether or not complete bag protection is worth your money; though for roughly half the price you'll get a more versatile bag in the Osprey Daylite Daypack. The post Protection Worth The Price? A Review Of The Ultra-Secure Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 Backpack appeared first on foXnoMad.