Stress Test

April 30, 2010

Assessment: 27.5 y/o female with suspected popliteus muscle strain s/p half marathon. Pt. has rested from running for 12 days. Leg pain has decreased significantly. Pt. reports "normalized leg function" prior to stress test this PM.

Intervention: Short, easy run. 3 miles. Speed < normal.

Test Results: Failed. Pain returned. Pain noted as 4 on a 10-point scale.

Tx: Frozen yogurt, yoga, ice, and at least another 7 days off of running.


Sadly my leg is not healed. I ran a really easy 3 miles around my neighborhood. 3 miles was probably more than I should have even attempted! I came home and finished my workout in the yard. Mowing the grass. Naturally. No leg pain there!

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I do think I did something to my popliteus muscle. It fits all the descriptions of my symptoms (bending and all). And it seems that I likely injured it because I ran up and down hills too fast, too hard. Races are MUCH harder on the body than training runs!

Mowing the grass was fun. Then I cleaned our kitchen floor and vacuumed. The house is all ready to get this weekend started!!

We had originally planned an elaborate dinner tonight, but Karen was picking us up for fro-yo at 8PM and we wanted to save some room (and time) so I dictated to Matt that we should just make a cold salad from everything in our fridge.

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He agreed so long as he could have a Friday night beer :) And he shared some with me to taste!

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Our salad was a total mish-mosh but ended up being GREAT!!

  • Half a block of tempeh
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 cup cooked malted wheatberries 
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot

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Plus about a cup of chopped spinach and herbs from our garden – thyme and oregano

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I made a honey mustard dressing with equal parts (1 tbsp) dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and lemon juice

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And tossed it all together

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DELISH! Total texture heaven. (But we agreed goat cheese or feta was sorely missed)

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FINALLY Charlotte has cool fro-yo places!!!! Yoforia just opened near Great Harvest this week and we had to mosey on down!

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I was THRILLED to find that it’s a serve-yourself style establishment. Love that!!

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I sampled all of the flavors in a swish cup (and shared with Matt as I went through) before commitment.

Favorites in order of preference:

  • Pineapple (SO GOOD and creamy!!)
  • Tart
  • Taro (tropical fun! Kind of like a mild passionfruit?)
  • Cookies + Cream
  • Hazelnut (it was called something different that I can’t remember)
  • Mango
  • Cheesecake
  • Vanilla bean
  • Dark Chocolate (just dont’ think this works as fro-yo in general. Not rich enough!)
  • Green tea (didn’t not care for that one! Tasted just like tea. If you like green tea, you’ll love it)

Overall all of the flavors were really fun and unique!

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The toppings were extensive and awesome

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All fruit!

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Karen, Matt and I had quite a bit of yogurt! My only complaint about Yoforia is they only had ONE size of cup – and it was huuuuuuuuuge!!! 32 oz!!! This is about the size of my oatmeal bowls – perhaps bigger. I didn’t like eating out of a bowl that large at all. They said it was to prevent toppings from falling on the ground, but I still didn’t like it!

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Matt brought a Great Harvest Oatmeal Scotchie to crumble on his (as if we needed MORE toppings!) They are the best of the best GH cookies though!

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The innards of my cup: tart, taro and pineapple with tropical fruits, coconut, granola and a few almonds. I’m generally a chocolate crunch kind of girl. I like "desserty" flavors of ice cream and toppings. But tonight I was feelin the fruit! Plus one bite of cookie in the middle!!

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Next to Matt’s chocolaty mixture!

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I loved the ceiling of the place!

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Next Saturday is FREE YOGURT DAY!! Already excited! Charlotte friends – mark your calendars :)

Going to call it a night and go read my book in bed. SO excited for Saturday!!

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1 Kacie@Nonexistent Colors April 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm

So sorry to hear about your knee!! Love the intervention and goals for the PES statement 😀 And frozen yogurt is a great answer to most things! 😉 Have you tried heat on it as well? Rice in a sock and then microwaved is always a helpful way to heat a nagging injury!


2 Stacey@ April 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I agree about the 32 oz. bowl. That’s just asking for people to fill it about and forget about portion control. I know I would fall victim to that, with frozen yogurt, yeck ya.


3 Evelyn @ cheers2healthy April 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I’m going on a taro smoothie craze right now… I went out of my way to buy two from different joints this week (and will probably test out another place)! How was the taro flavor??


4 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Oh My God that froyo place looks better than heaven!


5 theemptynutjar April 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Lovely dinner. You and Matt look great.


6 Lisa @ bakebikeblog April 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Hope the leg feels better after a few more days rest.
Boy does my little Australian twon need to get one of those yoghurt shops….STAT!!!!


7 Jenna April 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Fro to place looks great!!


8 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 30, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Love seeing that yogurt–I definitely am planning to get some tomorrow after walking around in the hot sun all day.


9 Natalie April 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

How did you both like the dogfish head beer? I live about an hour from the brewery and they are HUGE where we live but I have not had some of the less common brews like the burton baton yet. The red and white is by far my favorite and I highly recommend it.

Sorry to hear about the leg. My BF is a PT and recommends the RICE method for an acute injury and heat for something more chronic so maybe some heat would help.


10 Kath April 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

LOVED that particular one. DF is one of Matt’s very favorite breweries.


11 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

So yeah… this girl might be making a trip up to Charlotte verrrrry soon!!
Sorry to hear about your injury :( They really suck. But better to take a little time off now than a lot of time off later.. trust me, I learned that lesson the hard way.


12 Kath April 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Let me know if you come – next Sat. is free yogurt day!


13 Jenn (www. ) April 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm

That salad looks perfect for a warm spring evening. :)

I had froyo from TCBY tonight! Yours looks WAYYYYYYYYY better, though! 😆 That place looks awesome! WOW



14 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm

i’m very happy for you and your yogurt place – there are literally 3 of them on the street near me, and ONE MORE opening (that’s supposed to be sweetened with natural sweeteners!)


15 Jenny April 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I love froyo places like that! Choosing toppings is my favorite part:)


16 Lee April 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I just went to Yoforia (in Atlanta – I think it’s an Atlanta based chain) yesterday. Yum Yum. The hazelnut was called Ferrero Rocher by the way.


17 Kath May 1, 2010 at 6:27 am

Yes – that’s it!!


18 Susan May 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm

OK… SOO glad you mentioned ATL Lee, how did I miss that there is a Yoforia 10 minutes from my house? I’m packing the kids into the minivan (can you say suburb?!) and going today!


19 Mara @ What's for Dinner? April 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I keep waiting for a place like that to open around here, we have every other kind of yogurt chain!

REST that leg so you don’t damage it more! I know it sucks, but you don’t want permanent damage!


20 Sara April 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm

as i might have suggested before, perhaps you should see a doctor about your leg injury? you don’t want to learn the hard way (myself and many blog readers included) about self-diagnosis…

i love the tart fro-yo places (chicago has at least one), but have you tried the Trader Joe’s tart yogurt — it tastes just like the storefront kind and you can have it at home in your freezer. (which would be dangerous, but a serving is just 100 cal.) a great idea — especialy since the fro-yo places are really expensive! check it out!


21 Kath May 1, 2010 at 6:28 am

Honestly if I weren’t working full time I probably would. But I have no time off and the thought of cramming in an appointment at 5PM after work doesn’t seem feasible. It is healing. My rule was going to be if it didn’t get better by this weekend to make an appt. And it’s much, much better.


22 Eliza April 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm

wow, that fro yo place looks amazing, reminds me of my favorite one in NY, 16 handles, its awesome so many cool toppings and such fun to serve yourself it out from the machine :) yours looks delicious as does Matt’s!



23 Rose-Anne April 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Oh, you look so cute and relaxed in your dinner photo. This is my kinda post–a homey dinner, a fun dessert out on the town.



24 Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food April 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I wish Chapel Hill’s fro yo place had that diverse a spread of toppings! Have a great night!


25 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm

So sorry to hear about your leg Kath. Keep taking care of it like you’ve been! That salad looks so good, and what a neat new shop! I definitely wish I had one of those near me… perfect for summer evenings!


26 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Sorry about your leg, girl! Hope it starts feeling better soon.


27 Shawna @ Balancing Me April 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Ooh, I wonder if the pineapple is anything like the Dole Whip in Disney? If so, it’s delish!


28 Kellie April 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I tend to always overdo it at self serve yogurt places. I love all the toppings and goodies. Oh well, an occassional yogurt splurge won’t kill me.


29 Hannah April 30, 2010 at 11:22 pm

More food envy. But I did bring back some peanut butter cups to Australia, so I can at least have the “toppings” part of Matt’s froyo!


30 Camille April 30, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Your yogurt looks delicious!
I work at a self-serve frozen yogurt place and people couldn’t be more grateful that we have 4 sizes of cups. :)


31 Ashley April 30, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Ohh where to start!? First, so sorry about the leg pain..eek! I’ve been off running for about 2 months now I think….I just signed up for a free barefoot running clinic at REI at the end of May. I’ll be ready then + I’m soooo excited! Mowing the grass fun? Are you kidding me? lol I used to have to do it and used to make up excuses about allergies and it really only took like 1hr. I’m lame! haha That salad looks like it belongs at my house…gimme gimme!! Yes, to crumbly cheese!!! Yogurt heaven!!! I finally located a place in Denver, nearby, but still need to go! That place looks awesome and I can’t believe they have SO many flavors. Do you like the options or do you just prefer the plain TastYo the best? I get what you’re saying about the XXL cups but at the same time it is nice the toppings down fall everywhere!! Aaaand, now I’m done 😉


32 Kath May 1, 2010 at 6:29 am

I love the flavors, but ultimately the plain is my fav!


33 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I’m sorry to hear that your pain came back, but I agree, froyo can definitely help with it 😉


34 jaclyn@todays lady May 1, 2010 at 12:18 am

I love salads for dinner!!! So easy and refreshing! I definitely agree that goat cheese would have been a great addition though!


35 Wei-Wei May 1, 2010 at 12:35 am

I hope your leg gets better soon! (I sort of cringe when you say an “easy” 3 miles – I can’t even run one! haha :P) The salad looks delicious, by the way… 😀 I love big salads! :)

I love that fro-yo place! I’ve only ever tried frozen yogurt once, but I like it a lot better than ice cream! I’d love to have the taro, tart, pineapple and mango! (Wait… that’s exactly like yours?!) I feel that frozen yogurt is a lot more refreshing and tart than ice cream, so I typically choose fruity, tropical flavours anyway. 😀 Tropical fruit FTW! 😀

Have a great weekend! :)



36 Jessica Lee May 1, 2010 at 12:51 am

Jealous of the FREE yogurt next weekend. Your combo looks great though. I LOVE tropical fruits!


37 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 1, 2010 at 2:26 am

I’m all about dessert flavah fro-yo too – I get confused and scared when I read about green tea flavour!!
I’m sorry you’re injured :( it might sound stupid to ask, but why is a race harder than a training run on the body? Did you go much faster than normal in the half marathon?
(I feel so stupid for asking..,.maybe it’s cos I’m not a crazy serious runner – my training runs and race runs are the same pace :P)


38 Kath May 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

Not a stupid question! The reason is just because you push yourself so much harder in a race and run SUPER fast. Your body just isn’t used to that kind of movement and I think it’s easy to get injured that way. But I still do it :(


39 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 1, 2010 at 4:15 am

Wow, that place looks fantastic! I wish we had something like that in Finland too :)


40 Laura May 1, 2010 at 5:13 am

You have quite the beautiful neighbourhood + garden from what I have seen- I tried growing herbs, but the only one that survived was the rosemary. I was sad that the chocolate mint didn’t survive ;( Fingers crossed your muscle heals soon…
I wondered whether you’d be interested in this news story about how a very famous chef (his signature dishes include bacon ice cream made with liquid nitrogen), in the U.K./world?! is getting involved in combating malnutrition in the hospital system here- exciting- I remember so many elderly patients barely eating anything + being unhappy with the food where I used to work:
Have a lovely Saturday


41 Kath May 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

Oh cool. We def. need a revamp of hospital food! And good news for RDs!


42 Simply Life May 1, 2010 at 5:50 am

That frozen yogurt looks like the perfect solution to any problem! :)


43 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 1, 2010 at 6:13 am

Ugh…so sorry to hear about your leg! :( I hope you’re feeling better soon. Keep icing and resting it!!

The fro yo joint looks awesome! I hope we get one up north someday. :mrgreen:


44 Lisa @ LisaAtHome May 1, 2010 at 6:31 am

That foryo looks amazing!! There is a place near my house that I’ve been dying to visit! Have a great weekend! Feel Better!


45 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 1, 2010 at 6:31 am

MAN I wish we had a yogurt place like that!!! Although I’d probaby go every night, and gain twenty pounds– I have no self control when it comes to fro yo!!

So sorry to hear that your leg is still on the mend :-( Guess it’ll just take more time and rest.


46 Kelly May 1, 2010 at 6:52 am

I have to admit that when I moved to Charlotte in July, I was deeply disappointed in the fro-yo offerings, which were zero. But that’s now fixed! It seems like fro-yo places are popping up everywhere! I recently saw that yoforia is opening up in South Park mall and on Selwyn too. Fro-yo makes me so happy! :)


47 Kath May 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

You should come meet us for free yogurt day on Sat!


48 Amber K May 1, 2010 at 7:13 am

I hope your pain goes away! That is no fun.

I would not like eating out of that large of a cup either! How annoying. Probably to convince people to put more yogurt in there so they can make more money. But I would feel like I wasn’t getting much since it wasn’t taking up too much of the cup.

I bought smaller plates and bowls specifically because my brain is easily tricked!


49 jen trinque @ recipes for creativity May 1, 2010 at 7:39 am

Asheville (where I live) is a fantastic city, but it is lacking in the serve yourself fro yo department, for sure!


50 Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

I posted a comparison picture of mine and my boyfriend’s fro yo cups a few days ago and it was all too similar to yours! Too funny.
SO glad Charlotte is stepping up their frozen yogurt game; I’ll definitely be trying this place!


51 Callie May 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

SWEET! I’ll be in Charlotte next weekend as a bridesmaid in a wedding. Maybe I can talk the bridal party into free fro yo before the ceremony. :)


52 Kath May 1, 2010 at 8:44 am

Let me know if you go and I’ll meet you there!


53 Callie May 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

That would be great! I just told my husband we have to go get frozen yogurt on the day of the wedding so I can meet one of my “blog idols.” :) I’m sure he’d rather sip a brew with Matt though!


54 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

Mmm those yogurts sound delish. I’m obsessed with froyo.


55 Claire May 1, 2010 at 8:17 am

So sorry to hear about your injury still hurting but at least that means more yoga! I love the herbs added from your garden, makes the dinner that much sweeter. The froyo looks amazing.


56 Megan May 1, 2010 at 8:36 am

Your mish-mosh salads are such good inspiration for me to experiment– please keep those up for these coming warm summer months.

I’m on several months of no running after repeated injuries. I have also found fro-yo makes it all better :)


57 Sue May 1, 2010 at 8:39 am

Hi Kath! I’ve been following your blog for awhile. Finally got a taste of Great Harvest Bread from a Silent Action at our Annual MI Dietetic Association Conference. Cinnamon Chip Bread! My husband said “yum – good!” with a mouthfull!! Basket came with Cream-Nut natural peanut butter, Mountain Berry Jam, and Nutty Granola. All Good!


58 Kath May 1, 2010 at 8:44 am
59 southern momma May 1, 2010 at 8:41 am

Isn’t that yogurt filled with sugar? Why don’t you just make it yourself?


60 Kath May 1, 2010 at 8:44 am

Probably. But that’s why it’s a fun dessert treat and not the foundation of my diet.


61 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

Fro yo helps fix everything :) Sorry your legs not healed up yet- hopefully a little more rest will take care of it. You’re right- races are definitely much harder on the body than a normal training run!


62 Polly May 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

Your you tube clip was from the original Brady Bunch show, not the stupid remake movie. I’m old enough to know that, but you’re too young hahaha!


63 Kath May 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

No, I did know that. But I wanted to feature the show not the movie.


64 Colette May 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

I agree – those bowls at the self-serve fro-yo places are HUGE. I’ve brought my own small plastic bowls before, and they didn’t mind. I did it mostly because I was there with my kids and didn’t want them to think they weren’t getting very much because of the size of the bowl. It worked perfectly, and sense you pay by weight, the store didn’t mind at all. If anything, they seemed concerned that my bowl might weigh more than theirs and I would end up paying more.


65 Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas May 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

Yum! This makes me rethink giving up dairy!



66 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Sorry your leg is still in bad shape!!! I hope it gets better.

What beer is that? It looks quite artisan. hehe


67 BroccoliHut May 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Wow, Yoforia looks like such a fun place! We have a similar place back home in Birmingham called Yogurt Mtn., but they don’t offer tart yogurt. Guess I’ll just have to make a trip up to Charlotte one of these days!


68 amethyst May 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Hi Kath, Sorry to read that you’re still having problems with your leg. I also learnt about downhill running the hard way (from Olympic champ Lord Sebastian Coe)
Running down hills is such fun but it’s incredibly jarring. I’ve had to adjust my schedule, as a passionate runner – :-( – to rectify the damage I did to my back. I hope your leg will heal soon with no long-term damage – please take care (especially down hill)! Look forward to reading about your progress… Have a great weekend! A x


69 Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers May 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Uncool that they waited to open till after we moved!! :-p


70 Emily Inside/Outside May 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm

yogurt places like that are the new big thing in orlando! so good


71 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog May 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

OMG FREE YOGURT SATURDAY!!!! I will be thinking about that all morning while I am running!! :)


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