Cuboid Syndrome/Dropped Cuboid

On my last post, I mentioned that I injured my foot right when I crossed the finish line of the Nike race.

Here’s what it looks like right now!

That’s right… I gave myself cuboid syndrome. It’s apparently a semi-common injury that can be mistreated as a different injury like a stress fracture or tendonitis without a proper diagnosis.

Cuboid bone of the left foot. Courtesy of Foot-Pain-Explored.com.

What is it?

Cuboid syndrome – aka dropped cuboid, which sounds so much cooler and easier to remember – is when something dislocates and slips the cuboid bone out of alignment. It can be really painful and it weakens the ankle and foot quite a bit.

How did it happen?

People with previous ankle injuries (like me, who’s successfully injured both ankles on separate occasions in the past), flat feet, overpronation, and/or switching from highly cushioned shoes to more minimal shoes will be more prone to developing a dropped cuboid.

Also, it’s more likely to get a dropped cuboid if you suddenly change from flat, even ground like road or track running to uneven ground like trails or grass.

For me, it was a combination of bad ankles and training primarily on even surfaces before the Nike Race. Oops?

What does it feel like?

The initial pain comes from the outside edge, around the middle of the foot. I had my ankle and foot taped up right after I realized I was injured, but I had a significant limp since I couldn’t put any weight on my left foot at all.

However, I could limp along pretty well with a medium amount of pain. On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is normal, pain-free life, I would say that the 24 hours after the injury was about a 4.5 on average.

Of course, there’s a pretty high chance that I’ve got a high pain tolerance, so take my gauge with a huge dose of electrolytes.

Post-injury and pre-treatment days were extremely uncomfortable and annoying. My ankle had regained some strength and much of the pain had gone away, but it was nowhere near normal and I was walking with a very noticable limp even with the KT Tape on.

How should I treat it?

My best recommendation would be to get an appointment with your athletic physiotherapist ASAP! Even if it’s not a dropped cuboid, it’s so important to get yourself properly diagnosed so you can get back on the road faster and safer.

While you’re waiting for your appointment, take it easy. You might go insane from not running around, but try not to walk too much, either!

Get a lot of rest and do some massaging on your ankle and the outside of your leg. There’s a very thin, superficial muscle called the fibularis tertius (also known as the peroneus tertius) that’s directly connected to the cuboid bone and gets overused with a dropped cuboid.

Courtesy of F. Netter, MD

You could also tape up your ankle as I did before with a strip of athletic tape to help support your muscles. It definitely won’t heal it, but it’ll help stabilize it a bit.

The best way to wrap it is the way I did it with the green tape above! Start by securing the full-length tape to the bottom of your foot and wrap TOWARDS your cuboid to simulate the cradling tension for the cuboid. Just make sure that the end of the tape is secured to your skin instead of the tape itself or else it’ll come off with a shower.

How was physiotherapy?

It was good, thanks for asking!

This was actually my first time going to physiotherapy and I was really pleased! My physiotherapist is also a runner, which was really beneficial since she knows exactly what I was talking about.

After basically confirming that it was a dropped cuboid (the guy who did my initial taping had heavily suggested it was the case), she had me lie down on my front and did something called a high-velocity manipulation on my cuboid. It went from about 50% range to 75% in a few moments!

But, I was definitely feeling a little sore for a day because of the sudden realignment. Luckily, she told me that it was completely normal and to simply ice it for about 20 minutes.

What’s next?

My foot feels a lot better now but I can tell it’s still a little weak. I’m planning on going on a short interval run tomorrow, which my physiotherapist said that I could try if I feel like I can do it.

I also have a follow up physiotherapy session on Friday morning, so hopefully I can dive right into my sub-hour 10K training soon!

xoxo,

B.elle

Nike Toronto Run

Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Run – Race Report

I did it!!! I actually ran a 15K race when I couldn’t even run 5K this time last year!

I entered and ran on my own because I didn’t (and still don’t) know anybody close to my area who would want to train with me. All of my parkour friends who also run are so far away! :(

Anyway, here’s my take on the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto!

Training

I had about 11 weeks to train for 15km, but I was already running at about 5km as “long runs” because I was being ultra careful with healing a shin splint while doing parkour at the same time.

So, I more or less followed Hal Higdon’s Novice 15K Training Guide as a general guideline rather than a schedule since I’m still searching for that delicate balance between work and home life.

Luckily, I managed to do a 14km long run to the Eaton Centre’s Nike store to pick up my race packet! Yay! Two birds with one stone!

Race Day

Yup, I bought a separate tank top because I knew I’d likely overheat in the tshirt that they gave out!

Nike Toronto Run

Bright and early and pre-gear drop off on the Toronto Islands!

Nike Toronto Run

Selfies are part of a healthy, pre-race breakfast

Even though the race started at 9:30am, I was slotted for the 7:30am ferry since it was probably dedicated to Wave 5 runners. Luckily, the Island had lots of music and amenities that Nike organized pretty well. They had a ton of photo op stations, a really awesome drumline by the name of 416BEATS (who were really impressive), a warm up location, MuscleAidTape tent, tons of Nuun stations, heat sheet tents, gear drop off and, luckily, a MASSIVE amount of port-a-potties to accomodate so many people!

Nike Toronto Run

The course was amazing to go through even though it had rained while we were in our corrals, but it dried up during the race. My absolute favourite part was running on the Billy Bishop runway while the planes were landing close by!

Combined with a pee break at the 3km part, it added about 5 minutes to my chip time, but it was totally worth it.

Nike Toronto Run

Courtesy of Nike Women Toronto

Courtesy of Nike Women Toronto

Here’s my official results:

City: Toronto

Province:ON

Bib#: 3429

Division: F25-29

Division Rank: 1284/2256

Overall Rank: 4707

Split Times: Avg. Pace: 0:06:44
3k:0:19:52 Start Time: 09:58:30
6k: 0:42:03 Gun Time: 2:09:09
9k:1:01:13 Chip Time: 1:40:50
12k: 1:21:13 Finish Time: 11:39:19
Betty L, aka me, courtesy of Nike Women Toronto

Betty L, aka me, courtesy of Nike Women Toronto

The gun time is so different from the chip time because it took about 30 minutes for Wave 5 to get to the start line.

Does the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Run’s medal look awesome?

Nike Women Toronto Medal Nike Women Toronto Medal

HELLS YEAH! I’ve already worn it a bunch of times! It looks amazing and definitely wearable for all occasions!

Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed a glorious post-race meal of dumplings, noodles and delicious soup.

Post-Race Meal

I actually felt great the day after the race, so that means I’ll be training to do the Oasis Zoo 10K Run in September in under and hour!

Well… Not completely great.

I literally injured myself on the finish line and ended up with a dropped cuboid, aka cuboid syndrome. More on that later!

xoxo,

B.elle

Toronto Information for Nike Women’s 15K

Okay, so it feels like Toronto’s going to be seeing a LOT of people from around the world this year!

The Pan Am and Parapan American Games, FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Run are joining the lineup of the usual internationally known events happening in Toronto like the Honda Indy, NXNE Music Festival, Luminato, Pride Toronto, Caribana, Rogers Cup, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto International Film Festival and a whole lot of other events that I can’t even remember right now.

The Run Nike Women Series’ Facebook page gets dozens of the same questions about hotels, transit, parking, and other local information that they can’t answer it all!

So, as a local Torontonian, here’s a quick FAQ for the Nike Women’s 15K.

Q: Where is the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal?

A: More commonly known by Torontonians as the “Queen’s Quay Ferry Docks” or some variation of that, it’s located on the southern side of downtown Toronto and best accessible by TTC by two streetcar routes:

509 Harbourfront from Union Station, the most southern subway station on the yellow line. It’s a little confusing because of the renovations, but feel free to ask a volunteer in a bright orange vest where to go!
510 Spadina from Spadina Station, one of the transfer subway stations between the green and yellow lines. It’s one of the stations right in the middle of the map.

Both streetcars go to Queen’s Quay (pronounced like Queen’s KEY), where you get off and head towards the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, which is right next to the ferry terminal. You can ask for directions from a friendly Torontonian or you could probably follow the massive crowd heading to the ferries, too.

HOWEVER!

The TTC (our only public transit system in Toronto) opens at 9am on Sundays! So, since our ferries start at 6am, your best bet to get to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is most likely going to be a cab or someone driving you. If you’re staying a hotel in the downtown core, you can ask the front desk for directions and you can most likely walk straight there. The city itself is pretty huge, but downtown is very walkable.

Q: I’m going to be driving to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Where can I park?

A: Nike recommends parking at the Harbourfront Centre, which is pretty close, but there’s only so many spots available and it’s more on the pricy side of parking rates over there.

I’d recommend looking for a Green P Parking lot or an Impark lot by searching the “Queen’s Quay Ferry Docks.” You can check out their websites right now to see where they have lots so you don’t waste time circling around downtown!

Green P Parking – http://parking.greenp.com/
Impark – http://www2.impark.com/Pages/default.aspx?lang=en&region=toronto

Q: Why do we have to get to the ferries so early when the race starts at 9:30am?!

A: Usually, the ferries don’t see a lot of traffic because the Toronto Islands are very tourism-driven. There are some people who live on the Islands, but the vast majority of the businesses there are only open during the summer.

So, even though our 5 ferries have small capacities ranging from 220 to 975 passengers, this works for the city the majority of the time.

Q: Alright, I have a 7am ferry time. What’s there to do on the Islands until I get into my corral?

A: You’re about to run a 15K race! Why not spend some time warming up on the lush green lawns of the Islands while taking in the fantastic view of the Toronto skyline?

From Wikipedia

Nike has also mentioned that they’ve set up some activities on the Island to help pass the time.

Still bored? Take a short walk around the Start/Finish line and you’ll find a lot of scenic points to get away from the city.

Q: I don’t have a spectator ticket but my friends/family/dog want to come and watch. What should I do?

A: The Nike race has booked out all the available ferries until 9:30am. After that, the ferries will go back to their usual schedule.

That means, if your friends/family/dog don’t mind getting on a later ferry than you, they can simply get a ticket from the Terminal and board the next available ferry like a normal traveller.

(This is what my family and friends are doing. They can’t be bothered to get up that early!)

Q: Speaking of dogs…

A: Yeah, they’re allowed on the Islands. Just make sure that they’re leashed and that they don’t come off the leash while on the ferry.

FYI, there’s been a rash of off-leash dog incidents recently, so the police are doing a crackdown. If you are bringing your pup down to the Islands, please keep this in mind and don’t take off the leash. (Read more here!)

Q: What if I miss my ferry?

A: That would suck so bad. Aim to get there 30mins before your ferry time since it is a real pain in the ass to travel in this city these days!

If you’re running super late and it looks like you’ll miss the race, you can try to take a Water Taxi. But, don’t rely on them since there really aren’t a lot of them available. (See reason above for lack of water transportation.)

Water Taxi Information: 416-203-TAXI (8294)

Q: What else can I do in Toronto after the race?

A: Depends on what you like! Toronto’s a huge city with lots of hidden gems and a ton of things to take in. The tourism board and websites aren’t the best, but if you reach out to a Torontonian forum like on Reddit, you can get some pretty decent answers.

Personally, I’d recommend checking out the food here. There’s something delicious for everyone!

Have another question? Tweet at me @cafelilium or leave a comment! :)

xoxo,

B.elle

Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Run + Window Displays

Hey everyone!

Here’s what The Bay’s window display looked like on Sunday in preparation for the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Run! If you’re in the area, go check it out!

Nike Women's 15K Toronto Display

I’m going to be running the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto on June 14th in Wave 5 and I’m aiming to finish the race in about 01:45 even though I was incredibly optimistic in my running time when I signed up to finish in 01:30. So far, the weather forecast looks amazing and it’ll be taking place on the Toronto Islands!

Nike Women's 15K Toronto Display

I want those tights. And those shoes!

I am really loving the colours that they picked for the Toronto run! It takes place on the Toronto Islands, so I can totally understand the aquatic blues (even though it’s Lake Ontario) and the greens are so characteristic to how Toronto is so lush and green for a large North American city.

Nike Women's 15K Toronto Display

That mannequin on the far left? YES PLEASE!

I’m thinking of getting some of the exclusive gear, but I’ll see how my wallet’s feeling when I go pick up my race packet! Of course – me being me – I’m planning on running 14km through some urban trails to get to the Eaton Centre to pick it up.

Nike Women's 15K Toronto Display

We’re getting a bit closer to body equality here with the different body shapes!

In case you can’t tell by now, I’m really super excited for this race! I’ve been to a couple of smaller ones, but this Nike Race feels like it’s going to have a lot of fun activities pre- and post-race for both participants and specators, and the finisher’s prize is a necklace exclusively designed by Tiffany & Co.!

Will you be at the race? Let me know!

xoxo,
B.elle

Fitness and Running

So, I realize that I haven’t been posting in a long, long time, but I do have reasons for it!

I’ve been super busy with work since it’s almost summer, but I’m also sort of in a transition period so it’s tough to balance it out with a relaxing home life.

Or I could take up long distance running, which is exactly what I did!

I still go to parkour, but I haven’t gone as often because I actually signed up for the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto without really realizing that I could barely run 5km at the time. That was in early March and I’ve been roughly following Hal Higdon’s 15K Novice training program to get a good running base so I don’t absolutely die during the race.

Luckily, I’ve been blessed with high endurance, good pain tolerance and a stubborn streak a mile wide because I just managed to do a 12km long run on Sunday without feeling terrible in the morning! (Yay!)

I also happened to see the new Nike Women’s window display at The Bay on Queen Street in downtown… I don’t think I’ve seen those clothes before! (GASP!)

I’ll post pictures of the window display soon! :)

xoxo,

B.elle

TRUE Organic Juices – Bunched Greens

I usually don’t buy smoothies or pressed juices in general, but I saw this at a Shoppers Drug Mart the other day and I decided to give it a try!

TRUE Organic Juices - Bunched Greens

What is it?

TRUE Organic Juices uses only the most natural, authentic ingredients in all of their juices. Based in California, TRUE works directly with farmers to get as much organic fruits as they can in each of their 6 flavours.

I picked Bunched Greens since I prefer veggies and savoury foods over sweet. It was kind of expensive at around $4 for 355mL.

It’s really green, but it tastes mostly of apples. The mouthfeel is really thick for what I consider a juice but it’s a bit thin for a smoothie, and it seems to sit pretty heavily in my stomach. The thickness probably comes from the high concentration of banana puree in the formula.

I actually don’t really like it! It’s too sickly sweet, even for an organic veggie/fruit juice. I suspect that this is from the mango puree that they use…

Even though it’s the same size as a can of soda (355mL), it’s a lot harder to drink. I wanted more vegetables from a flavour that highlights the greens! Come on, now!

Verdict: 2.5/5 – The health benefits are obviously there, but the combination of the overly-sweet profile and high price tag is going to keep me from reaching for it on the shelves.

ADDENDUM: I know it’s supposedly super healthy for me to get all my fruits and vegetables in me, but… I like to eat my meals, not drink them.

xoxo,

B.elle

Topbox Benefit Box Delayed!

I got my Topbox yesterday and it’s GLORIOUS. It’s the Benefit Prive box with a sample of the new Roller Lash mascara that looks super interesting to try out!

But, I can’t do a review until Tuesday at the earliest because I forgot my Topbox at home and I’m leaving the city for the long weekend!

Biggest apologies and I hope all you lovelies have a great weekend too! :)

xoxo,

B.elle