The Boot is Gone!

Hey Guys!  This recap is a few days late, and I know I owe you a couple week’s worth, but I’ve been busy!  So we’re going to go all the way back to last Tuesday to start this off.  (Because I honestly can’t remember what I did last Monday, and I have no pictures!)  Last week was a total blur!  With Halloween being in the middle of the week, it kind of threw me off.  It made Tuesday feel like Friday.  Then I woke up disappointed on Wednesday since it wasn’t Saturday!  more “The Boot is Gone!”

My Week So Far

 

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Hello Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  Let’s catch up on what I’ve been doing so far this week.  

Monday morning when I woke up, I was full of energy!  We were in bed by 8 on Sunday night, and I was asleep before 10.  I wish I could sleep that much every night!  I didn’t want oatmeal for breakfast, so I ran through McDonald’s and picked up 2 yogurts.  I ate one Monday, and saved the other for breakfast on Tuesday. 

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For lunch, I had a grilled chicken salad.  I made it with kale, spinach, onions, and Skinny Girl balsamic dressing. 

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I also tried the Margaritaville Pina Colada trail mix.  I was not a big fan of this one.  It had a really strong pina colada after taste.  That was about all you could taste, no matter which individual piece you ate.  I like the Coco Banana mix so much better. 

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After lunch I took Jake for an hour long walk.  It was a rest day from running, so we jogged a little, but I mostly just let him walk and sniff everything. 

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I am going to start running him more.  He has put on some weight the last few months, and I need to get it off of him.  When we got back home, he wanted to play.  He has figured out that he likes empty toilet paper rolls, and he will stand and whine at it until you give it to him.  He has even started checking the bathrooms to see if there is an empty one in them!

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While he played with his toys (right in my way), I did some strength training and an ab workout. 

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I have a ton of them saved on Pinterest, so I thought I would finally start going through them and trying each one.  The one I did was from leanitup.com.  You can see it here.  It really worked my abs.  I also did 120 squats. 

When Jeremy got home, we watched the National Championship game.  I really didn’t care who won, and I only halfway watched.  I was on Pinterest most of the time.  I fixed us some chili for dinner.  I like chili, but it always makes my stomach hurt, so I didn’t eat very much.  We tried the Margaritaville Sriracha trail mix, and it was disgusting!  I can’t even describe the taste, it was just spice.  It had pineapples in it, and they were gummy and spicy.  I didn’t really think it tasted like sriracha, it was just hot.  We threw the whole bag in the trash.  

I ended up falling asleep before the game was over.  Monday night, I woke up at 2:30, 3:30, 4:45, and 5:30.  I finally gave up at 5:30 and just got up, so I was a little tired Tuesday morning.  I have always had a hard time sleeping.  I have a hard time going to sleep, and then I can’t stay asleep.  Every now and then I will take a Benadryl to help me, but even if I take it at 10, it usually wears off by 3 am and I’m wide awake. 

I guess since I didn’t eat much dinner, I woke up hungry Tuesday morning.  I got out my yogurt, and stirred it around.  I noticed that it was a little watery, and when I took a bite and it was sour!  I found the sticker on the bottom of it, and it had expired on Saturday! (2 days before they sold it to me!)  So, I ate a granola bar instead. 

Then for lunch, I fixed another grilled chicken salad, and this time I added roasted red peppers to it.  I also used Olive Garden Italian dressing on it instead of the balsamic. 

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After work, I got home and had time to take Jake for a walk.

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 It was such a beautiful day!  The temperature was 59 degrees!  

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We ran a little bit, and then he played in the pasture.  He ran the fence with his friend.  They are cute, they lick each other through the fence.  

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Then we sat on the porch waiting for my dad to come get me.  

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I had planned on running after our walk, but I had to go with my dad to pick up my mom’s car.  She had to go to LA for work, and the girl she rode with to the airport lives in a nearby town about 40 minutes away.  So, we had to go get her car and bring it back home.  By the time we got back, it was dark outside.  So, I had to run on the treadmill.  

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I was scheduled to run 3 miles, but I only made it a mile and a half.  My foot started hurting a little, and I didn’t want to push it since I have 6 miles scheduled today.  I think it was hurting because I wore my Uggs on Monday.  I put insoles in them, but I guess it didn’t help.  🙁  But, that little bit of running that I did get in was so much better than any of my runs last week.  Hopefully that is a good sign for the rest of the week!   

After my run, I fixed a spaghetti squash for dinner.  I tried this one with Alfredo sauce and I really liked it.  Then I settled in and watched Monday’s episode of the Bachelor.  

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Since I have been running, I have always used my iPhone to track my runs.  I tried RunKeeper, but it’s been so long ago, that I can’t remember why I didn’t like about it.  But for the last few years, I have been using Map My Run.  I like it, but I really want a Garmin.  I have been looking at the Garmin Forerunner 220.  I have never used a watch to run, but after reading about what it does, and reading the reviews on it.  I think this is the one I want.  Does anyone have this watch?  What are your thoughts on it? 

Confession Time

Ok, I have a confession to make. It really kills me to say it, but it’s the truth. So here it is: I am just not
into running right now.

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I can’t believe I’m actually saying that! For me, coming back after being injured is harder than just starting out. I am unmotivated, and I am also extremely worried about being re-injured if I do too much. I have to force myself out the door. Once I’m out the door, I usually do fine, but it’s just getting out the door! The Pile on the Miles challenge has helped to get me out the door. I did have days where it hurt and I just walked, and days that it hurt so bad that I took a rest day. 

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Used to I would schedule everything around my run, and I was excited to do it. And, I would get annoyed if I wasn’t going to have much time to fit one in. But now, I dread it! If I’m short on time, instead of running faster, I cut it short, or just don’t do it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just too much in my head and I have made it all mental, or if it’s because I have no end goal. I am really getting frustrated with myself because I want to be able to run the amount of miles that I was before I was hurt. (I know I have to work up to that, and the only way to do it is to run more.)

I think I really want to start training for something – anything. I just need a goal to work towards that will help me get back in the right frame of mind. The only thing that is holding me back is that I know I’m not 100% yet, and I don’t want to set a goal and start training for it and then get hurt again and not be able to do it. 

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I have been thinking the last week a lot about this, and I know the goal I’m choosing is probably the craziest one that I could set. But, I am really thinking about starting training for a full marathon. Part of me is saying this is absolutely crazy because I know my body is not fully healed. I’m almost laughing at myself thinking why not set a goal of a 10K. But the other part of me is saying why not? I want to do it, so just do it! 

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The doctor has cleared me to run, and maybe if I just take it easy and make sure to stretch, ice, and foam roll I will be ok. Maybe if I just listen to my body and if or when it starts hurting, then I will stop. I have 21 weeks (152 days) until the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I ran the half marathon this year, and I really want to do the full. I have been looking at marathon training plans, and I have found a few that I am considering. I just think this would be better for me than all of the junk miles I am running. I know they don’t mean anything, so maybe that’s why I’m not very motivated to do them. What are your thoughts on these training plans? Which one would recommend? 

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I am determined to get back to where I was, and pass it! I have a friend that is training for the same race, and she is on my case about doing it with her. (Which is what I need) So, I think this is going to be a good thing. I really think the only thing holding me back is the fear of failure. But I guess that is a risk with any goal that you set. So, I just have to tell myself if I get hurt and don’t get to run it, at least I tried.

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Any advice? 

 

Report From the Doctor

I went back to the doctor yesterday for a follow up on my leg.  The steroids didn’t work at all.  The doctor told me that since it is not a stress fracture (worst case scenario), there is not much of a treatment for it. Which is good news and bad news combined!

doctor followup new blog post runandlivehappyHe said it is bad because there isn’t a fix for it.  He can’t inject my shin, and he said there’s no way to go in and fix anything.  He said the problem is how much pressure I am putting on my shin and this is due to the way I am striking my foot.  He also said that it won’t be healed quickly.  But, the good news out of that is that in a week I am clear to run!  He said that it’s not going to make it any worse.   I will just have to listen to it and do what I can tolerate right now.

He recommended that I start with some insoles.  I am also supposed to start massaging the area and icing it several times a day.  I need to wear a compression sleeve or socks after I do that, and also every time I run.  He also said that I am going to have to change my running form to take the pressure off of my shin.

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If this doesn’t help, the next step is a foot and ankle specialist and physical therapy.  After I get new insoles, I’m supposed to try to run on a treadmill and work on heel striking then report back.  He said that over time I may heal completely by changing my form and working on relieving the pressure.

So, even though there isn’t a treatment right now, I’m happy with this because, 1) it’s not a stress fracture and 2) I can run.  I have tolerated it for several months, so maybe by changing up my form I can run comfortably again.

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After next week, when I’m able to run, I’ll let you know how I do!  Then, I can start writing running posts again!  I can’t wait!

 

Monday Fun Day!

I had a great start to the week, and I thought I would share with you!  I hope you had a good start too!

Sunday night we watched the eclipse.  I wanted to see it before the eclipse started because the news said it would appear over sized.  They were right, it looked huge!

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The whole eclipse was magical!  I kept going outside about every 10 minutes so I could look at it.  I’m sure sometime in my life I have seen one of these before, but I can’t remember when.  I was completely fascinated!  It was so neat how the moon turned red!

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I took a ton of pictures, but they didn’t turn out that great.  I tried with my phone and with my camera, but neither of them would zoom far enough to make it look as big as it did.  I want a new camera, but I have no idea what to get.  I’ve been looking at Cannons.  If you have any suggestions or advice please email me or leave it in the comments.  I need one that zooms and also one that has a sports setting.

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The moon was still big and bright yesterday morning.  I had to snap a picture of it.  I was trying to drive at the same time, so it’s a little blurry, but it was just so pretty I couldn’t resist.

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Yesterday for lunch, I had the BEST salad!  I don’t know if I was just really hungry (thanks steroids!) or if it was just that good.  But, I fixed a spinach salad with grilled chicken and avocado and mixed it with Skinny Girl Balsamic Vinaigrette.  It was pretty plain, but let me say it was AMAZING!  I could have eaten another one!  I also had a side of hummus with carrots and broccoli.  The salad was so good, I made another one to have for lunch today!  I just love avocado, I think it makes everything better.  And, it’s good for you!

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After lunch, I did a Blogilates ab workout.  It was so hard, but I’m feeling it today, so that’s a good sign.  I’m really getting into this.  My muscles are really stretching, and it feels good.  I used to stretch all the time, but I haven’t in a while, like I should.  So, this is a nice change. I subscribed to the calendar on the app, so I have a different workout every day.

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I also like that I have found a whole community of Blogilates users on instagram.  The pictures that they post are so inspirational, and they are all so supportive of one another.  It’s really fun, and a fun way to change up my workouts.  I’m really missing running.  I am so frustrated by my leg, but I go back this week to see what’s next.  Unfortunately, the steroids haven’t seemed to help any.  I actually think it’s hurting worse now than it was.  I don’t know if this is because before I was pushing through the pain and ignoring it, and now that I’m actually having to sit around, I feel it more.  I don’t know, but it’s really annoying!  Monday Fun Day- New Blog Post - runandlivehappy

Last night, Jeremy cooked dinner for me.  I love when he cooks me dinner, not because I don’t like too, but because it’s nice to have a night off every now and then.  Plus, he is an amazing cook, but he just doesn’t do it often.  So, anytime he offers, I get really excited!  I don’t even mind cleaning up the mess!  I just like to sit in the kitchen and watch him.  When we were dating, he used to cook for me all the time.  I think he was just showing off.  🙂  For dinner, he made ham and cheese omelets and toast, and it was awesome!  He knows how much I like breakfast foods.

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In other news, Jake has decided that he likes to have his food on a paper plate!  He is so funny!  Ever since he was a baby, he has laid down to eat.  When he was little, he would lay in the food bowl and eat.  We have tried to break him of that, but he will go hungry before he will stand up and eat.  Then I feel bad because he will just lay there and stare at his bowl with this sad look on his face, so I have to feed him.  He knows it works on me every time! But, he loves the plate.  It can be right next to his bowl of food, and he will only eat what’s on the plate.  We have tried all kinds of different bowls, but he doesn’t like them.  He’s so weird!

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I know this post was a little bit all over the place, but it was a good start to the week, so I wanted to share.

Question – has anyone upgraded to the Windows 10 yet?  I did it last night, and am figuring it out.  It’s a little different, but at the same time familiar.  Weird.  LOL What do you think of it?

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Good News & Bad News

GOOD NEWS!!  I don’t have a stress fracture!! Yay!!  Yippee!!  Hooray!!  I’m so happy!!  I was really worried about that.  I didn’t want to have to be off for a long time, and I didn’t want to have to worry about it coming right back.  So, I am really relieved.

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I went in this morning for my MRI and I was really nervous.  I don’t know why.  It wasn’t a big deal, and I have done one before.  I think it was just that I was so worried about the results.

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They asked me a ton of questions, and then put me on a small metal bed that slid me into the machine.  They had to Velcro my legs together so I wouldn’t move them.  That just made me want to move them even more.  Once they started it, it took a little over an hour.  I had a really hard time being still.  When I lay down, especially to go to sleep, my muscles start twitching.  The longer I laid there the more they were twitching.  I couldn’t stop them!

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Bad News – Now we have to figure out what is causing all of the pain, and how long it will be until I can run again. I have been really nervous that an MRI wouldn’t show anything, that’s one reason why I’ve put it off so long.  And, that’s exactly what happened!  All it showed was a lot of inflammation. (I think they made a mistake on my medicine!)

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So, we are going to try some steroids and the doctor is going to get me some insoles.  I still can’t run for a few weeks, but it’s not near as bad as what I was thinking it might be.  We are hoping that if I continue to stay off of it, and give the steroids a chance to work, then it will totally heal.

I was talking to a friend today, and I told her I feel like I’m on edge all the time and she pointed out that I haven’t been able to run for a couple of weeks.  I realized that’s exactly what it is!  I feel so good when I’m running, and I am really hating this that I have to sit all the time!

Hopefully in a few more weeks, I can get back to posting about running! ( I miss it!!)

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Doctor’s Orders

I finally broke down and went to the doctor to get my leg checked out.  After my run this past weekend, and my failed attempt to walk, I finally had to face the fact that my leg is not getting any better, it’s been 6 months! I am so stubborn when it comes to injury.  I don’t want to admit it, and I just want to ignore it and hope it goes away. (I know it’s dumb!)  I don’t think I’m completely ready to accept what this is going to mean, but I did make the first step.

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I called the doctor yesterday morning, and luckily they were able to get me in the same day. He looked at it, and felt around on it, and pushed on it.  (It still hurts from that!)  He even did an x-ray in the office, but nothing abnormal with my leg came up.    (It did show a small bone spur on my knee cap, which I thought was interesting.)  So now, I am scheduled for an MRI next week.  He was pretty sure that they are going to be looking for a stress fracture.  He said it was very concerning that I have taken off most of the summer and the pain has not gone away.  He was also concerned where the pain was, and how often I have it.  I left there yesterday with orders of “absolutely no running”, wear tennis shoes, and to stay off of it as much as possible.Doctor's Orders

 

I am really having a hard time dealing with this.  Part of me wants to know what’s wrong and get it fixed, but the other part wants to ignore it because I’m really scared about what this is going to mean.  I am nervous about how long I am going to be off from running.  It’s just so frustrating.  But, I keep telling myself that I’m not being able to run the miles like I was because of this, and I think that’s more frustrating.  I went from running 14-15 miles at a time to barely making it 6.  And, after I run I am in so much pain that I have to just sit with ice on it and take a day or two off between runs.  I used to be able to run 5-6 days a week.  In the last couple of months, I have had a few runs that were more than 3 miles, but I have mostly been struggling to make it even 2 miles before there is so much pain that I can hardly walk home.  Plus, I have only been able to try to run maybe 3 times a week.Doctor's Orders

 

I’m hoping that it won’t be too serious, and that I will be off for a little while and then be able to bounce right back – but that’s being way optimistic.  The doctor started talking about treatments for what he is thinking it is, and I must have glazed over and looked completely panicked because he started laughing at me and told me not to freak out until we know for sure what it is.

Wish me luck!!

Where Does Time Go?

This week has flown by so fast, I feel like it’s all been a blur!  I am completely exhausted and am in desperate need of some rest.  I have been hitting snooze all week, and have had to drag myself out of bed.  I’m usually awake before the alarm goes off.  I guess that’s probably from staying up way too late and getting up way too early.  This week it has been at least midnight every night before I have gotten to bed and then I’m up no later than 6.  Plus, I have a very hard time sleeping.  I haven’t really done anything too interesting, but there are a couple of things that I do want to share with you.

Beautiful sunrise this morning.
Beautiful sunrise this morning.

The most exciting thing that I did this week was finding a new yogurt flavor – Dannon Light & Fight Greek yogurt Caramel Apple Pie flavor. IT. IS. AWESOME!!  I can’t even begin to describe how good this yogurt is!  It was like biting into a piece of apple pie.  It seriously tasted just like apple pie, and it had tiny pieces of apples in it.  It also had a bit of a cinnamon flavor, which reminded me of a churro.  I could eat this for breakfast or dessert!  This is my new favorite flavor, I’m obsessed with it.  I’m bummed that’s it’s just a limited edition, so I’m going to go this weekend and buy every one of them that I can find.  If you like apple pie, you should try it!  It is probably the best yogurt I have ever had! ( I really wish they would come out with a pumpkin pie flavor too! )

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On Wednesday, all of my family got together to celebrate my mom’s birthday.  My grandma made lasagna and salad.  I am not a big pasta eater, so I didn’t eat much lasagna, but I did fill up on the salad and fruit.

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She had some gigantic black grapes and they were so juicy and sweet.  I could have eaten all of them, but I thought I should save some for everyone else.  She said she found them at ALDI.  I’m going to hunt for those this weekend as well.

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We also had cake and homemade ice cream.  My grandma bought the cake at the Wal-mart bakery and it smelled and looked really delicious, but it was disgusting.  I ate a couple of bites and threw the rest away.  It had a ton (literally) of butter cream icing on it, which I am not a fan of.  There was more icing than cake.

 

(As you can probably tell, we don’t have any good grocery stores where I live!)

My mom’s cat is obsessed with my hair!  She licks it and tries to eat it.  She’s so weird!

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The next interesting thing I did was on Thursday.  I downloaded the Blogilates app and subscribed to the workout calendar.  I did the upper body workout on Thursday and holy cow I was sore on Friday.  I guess that’s a good thing!  Friday was actually a rest day on the calendar, but I went back and did the lower body workout from Wednesday.  It is a challenge, but I like it!

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In running news, I got in a 4 mile run last night.  It was hard and it was really painful.  I think I have finally decided to break down and go to the doctor about my leg.  It has been bothering me since March, and I’ve just been stubborn about it.  I figured they would only tell me to stop running, so I took off pretty much the whole summer.  I only ran one race this summer, and besides that I maybe ran a handful of times.  I started back the first of August, and was doing pretty good.  I was only going between 3-6 miles at a time but I was really taking it easy.  But, in the last couple of weeks the pain has really come back full force!  I am getting really frustrated because I can’t run very far or for very long without pain, and now it hurts all the time even when I’m not running.  It’s just depressing to not be able to go out and run the miles like I want to, and do it comfortably.  I actually cried last night because I was so mad that I couldn’t run further.  I keep pushing myself to run through it, but I know that’s dumb.  I’ve finally come to the realization that I’m not getting any better, and I’m probably just making it worse by trying to ignore it.  So, I am going to call next week to make an appointment to see what’s wrong with it.  I’m praying that it isn’t a stress fracture!

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I’m planning on relaxing the rest of the weekend.  We don’t have any plans, but we’ll see how that goes.  It seems like something always comes up.

What are you doing this weekend?