On The Mend



I have my first serious running injury.  There. I said it out loud. I have taken off of running or cross-trained for 24 total days since my foot/hip pain popped up on July 5th. I have never missed a run due to injury before this. Not quite the summer of training in the mountains that I had envisioned, but it has taught me patience and perseverance, that is for sure! (I actually think it has taught Matt patience in dealing with the non-running me…yikes!) But, I am not throwing in the towel, this will pass and will make me stronger and even more motivated to accomplish all of my running goals. Just a little hiccup.

I have been seeing Dr. Sherman at IronCare in Scottsdale and he was both shocked and amazed at how much scar tissue I have built up around my hip causing the illiopsoas to strain. He has been ARTing the heck out of my hip and low back which feels awesome, in a twisted, painful way. He is treating my foot as a soft tissue issue. I have not received x-rays or an MRI on it, but he doesn’t seem to think it’s a stress fracture. I see him tomorrow and I will be happy to report that my hip and foot are feeling near 100%! YAY!!! I am hoping to be cleared to try running again on Thursday. The light at the end of a dark margarita filled tunnel!

The only good restaurant in Heber. We love this place!

The margaritas from this place down the road from our cabin are big and delicious! Drowning injury sorrows one salt-rimmed glass at a time.

One of the most inspirational people I know, Susan Loken, has let me borrow her ElliptiGo and it is truly keeping me sane! The residents of Heber are sure getting a kick out of me! I am riding about 90 minutes a day and completing interval workouts on it as if I was running. I have also been doing lots of strength work, and hiking with the cutest little puppy on earth.

Here's lookin' at you kid!

I have found this great routine I thought I would share as I know a lot of us runners have hip issues!


I have also been waddling around the house wearing these guys to ‘stretch and strengthen’ my toes. Leave no stone unturned.


Good times.

We are headed to Phoenix tomorrow to doggie-sit for my In-laws for 10 days. I am definitely excited to go to YogurtLand and Jamba Juice. Crazy living for sure.



Oh, one more thing. Try this recipe, over rice. You will not be disappointed.


Sambal Chicken Skewers2


Next post I will share my Acai bowl recipe!



  1. Great post Ariana…..looking forward to the acai recipe too.
    Patient Endurance is the name of a run team I am grateful to be a part of…..’patient’ being the key word….I had my first running injury (roller-blade racing related also) two weeks before my first marathon 16 years ago. It was a fracture of the upper femur neck – just like Desi’s, I believe! With the help of good docs and PATIENCE, I was able to come back and qualify for Boston in my first try (14 done now). Great outlook and game plan – although for the life of me, I cannot understand why Xrays and MRI’s seem to be off limits. Your comeback will have even meaning and focus – you know that!

    • Oh my! I didn’t know that you had that fracture! What an amazing recovery you had, have you had any recurrence? I probably should get an x-ray but I am pretty underisnured right now re: no health insurance. 😉 Thanks for your kind words Bruce! I am super excited to get back out there!

  2. Glad to hear that you are recovering from injury. Question – what have you found to be the most useful in rehabilitation from the iliopsoas strain?

    • Hi Andrea! I have found that limiting sitting- it really hurt when we were driving across the country- has helped a lot. The past week in which I saw the most improvement I have had ART on it 2x and I also stopped doing the pilates-style core work. I was doing a lot of yoga and intense core stuff and I think that really aggravated it. Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Ariana,
    Nice post and I agree, injuries make you a stronger runner. I have had my fair share and they have taught me so much in the long run. You are going to be coming back, stronger and smarter! Looking forward to your updates.

    Take care,

    • Hi Brodie! Yes, I feel like I was taking being healthy for granted. Now I can’t wait to be healthy and get back out there. I have a new energy for running, ha! Thanks for your kind words, always so great to hear from you! 🙂

  4. Oh you have yoga toes! How do you find them? Years back they were referenced as potentially helpful for people with my nerve disease, but I have not tried them – you walk around in them? Thanks for sharing your “how tos” on them, and what you have learned from using them!

    • Hi Donna! I actually found them on Amazon. They were around $30 I believe. I try to just ‘hang out’ in them, but I do leave them on if I have to do stuff around the house. My feet actually feel really good after using them. Let me know if you can’t find them on Amazon and I can grab the link for you. Thanks for reading!

      • Take a look at Correct Toes as well. They are more expensive at $60 but have been a life saver for me and have helped me to be able to increase my mileage significantly and not have foot problems. You can wear them in shoes with a large toebox as well. I use Leming shoes and they work great with Correct Toes.

  5. Fingers crossed for good news on Thursday! What are the toe things called that you are wearing in the pic? I’m intrigued!

  6. Dr. Sherman is great. He helped me with my hip issue a couple years ago. I’ll be praying you’ll be back to running quickly! Until then, enjoy the break for a bit and don’t stress, ok? 🙂

    • Thanks Alissa! I really like Dr. Sherman too. I am really *trying* to enjoy the break, trying. 😉

  7. Ariana, I feel your pain regarding being injured! Mine is a long story that involves torn tendon, bursitis and lots of inflammation. I’m friends with Susan and am a BTB runner, so we’ll have to meet sometime! I’m glad you are almost to 100%! Actually, I’m the one that had the Elliptigo before you! I’m glad you can use it, because I got to the point where it even bothered me and I had to stop. I’ll be back to running eventually. For now though, it’s just swimming for me. Take care and hope to meet you sometime!

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Stacey! That is so awesome that you are a BTB runner. Susan is one amazing lady! Best wishes as you return to running, and hope to meet you!

      • Hi Ariana,

        I run with BTB and Susan too and I WILL see you at the Olympic Trials Marathon…! Hope we can run together when you are all healed up and in the Phoenix area. Hang in there!

      • Hey Carrie! I had PRP on Monday, and am feeling better than I did the last two days! It can take up to two months for it to really do it’s job. She said I might start to notice a difference after two weeks….we’ll see what happens 🙂

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