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Friday, August 29, 2014

MRI Results are in...

What a week!!

 I wanted to update y'all on my MRI results. I have a torn peroneal tendon.
I won't see the ortho Dr. until next Thursday, so that is all I know for now. I don't know how bad the tear is, or if I'll have to have surgery to repair it, or if it'll heal on it's own. I'm definitely hoping it'll heal without surgery.
It's only been 2.5 weeks since I've ran, but it seems so much longer!

 If the ortho says I can still run my marathon on the 20th, you better believe I'm going to. I don't care if I come in last place, I'm gonna do it (if he ok's it)!!

I am in a voting poll for Bioskin's most inspirational athlete. If you have a minute, please go vote for me here! I would love to be sponsored by them!

Have a good weekend, my friends!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What an experience! IMLOU

Well, I am still not running. I had an MRI on Friday, so hopefully I'll hear soon about what's going on and when I can run again. I sure miss it!!

I started my new job this week. So far it's just been a lot of reading materials and watching videos from the 90's. I can't wait to actually start working. I am loving being with adults again!

Sunday I volunteered at Ironman Louisville. It was an awesome experience!
 My job was handing out coke. I probably said "COKE" a few thousand times! I also got quite a few coke baths!
This little boy was so cute. He was standing there
eating the potato chips and pretzels as he was handing them out!
Now, let me tell you, it was HOT. The heat index was in the 100's, and it was humid. Every single runner was soaking wet. I felt like I was melting, just standing there. I can't even imagine swimming, biking and running in that! They are incredible athletes.
 And good lord have mercy, there are some ridiculously fine men and women out there!! Definitely inspires me to keep getting in shape. :)

I knew after volunteering, I would want to become an Ironman. And I do.

What stops me is the amount of training that goes into it. I don't know how people have the time! I guess you just have to have a very understanding spouse/family who is ok with not seeing you for a very long time. Since I don't have my own children, that would make it a little easier for me too.
What also stops me is the $650 fee!! Really?? Really.

Maybe for now an Ironman will just be added to my bucket list...

If you ever have a chance to volunteer at something like this- DO IT. Just knowing you played a small part in helping or encouraging someone to cross that finish line, is an amazing feeling.

Would you ever do an Ironman? 
Do you like volunteering for events?



Friday, August 22, 2014

Hiking, Biking and Ironman Lou

Well, this is my last week of freedom, and I have enjoyed it! Monday I start my new job.

I rode a bike for the first time in YEARS. That was fun. I was a little shaky at first, had a few close calls with a runner and a man on a lawn mower. Laughed a lot. But in the end, I loved it! I want my own bike now.

Yesterday I went on a 6.5 mile hike with a friend. Yes, I know I'm injured. I shouldn't be walking 6.5 miles or running a bunch of stairs. But I just can't help myself!!

Injury update:
Today I go for an MRI. I haven't ran in almost 2 weeks, so my leg and foot are feeling better since I've been resting. Yesterday I ran just a few steps, to test it out. OUCH.
I miss my running. I feel like I've gained 20 lbs. This sucks!
 Believe me, when I'm cleared to run again, it's gonna be a marathon! Ain't no stoppin' me!

And what I've been looking forward to all week...Ironman Louisville is on Sunday!

 I'll be volunteering at an aid station, handing out water.
The not so good news is that it's going to be the hottest day of the YEAR!  The temps are going to be in the UPPER 90's and sunny, with a heat index of 103!
When I feel like I'm melting out there, I'll just think of those athletes swimming, biking and running 140.6 miles in that heat! I can't even imagine!

Do you like biking?
What are your plans for the weekend?


Monday, August 18, 2014

Goodbye kiddos and some Arctic Zero

Last week was the closing of one chapter, next week will be the beginning of a new one.
I closed my home daycare, after 8 years. I'm gonna miss these kiddos! I've had them since they were just a couple months old, now they're 3.5 years old.
The girls are not related, but they have become best friends. It's so cute! I'm thankful they'll still be together at their new daycare. And I'm sure I'll still get to see them on occasion too.
Fuzzy pic, but this is how I found them on the last day. Precious!
One thing I will NOT miss is POOP. Dear lord have mercy, I've been changing poop diapers, underwear, even poop on walls, you name it, for EIGHT.YEARS. I've always had at least one kid in diapers or potty training or something.
Yea, that's too long. I've had my fill.

Friday I got an awesome package in the mail.  Arctic Zero sent me some of their frozen desserts. I've been wanting to try them forever. But if I was going to spend $5 on a pint of ice cream, I wanted a Ben & Jerry's, some 'real' ice cream!

 I really like them! Especially since it's only 150 calories in the whole pint. I wouldn't say it tastes like ice cream, it's more like a frozen protein shake. I have now tried each of these flavors and I would say my fave is the Vanilla Maple. And I am SO not a vanilla girl. But it's amazing.
 I know Walmart, Target and other stores sell them, but if you can't find a certain flavor, you can even buy them online.
Word to the wise... do not touch the enclosed dry ice. Not that I would ever actually touch it with my bare hands and burn my fingers and scream like a banshee, but someone out there might. 

 And now for something random... somehow, for some reason, I am just now discovering Secondhand Serenade.
 I don't even remember how I found them, but now that I have, I can't stop listening to them. They are constantly playing on my Spotify. Love!!
Have you tried Arctic Zero? 
What did you do this weekend?


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Injury Update

Hey guys!

  Just want to give y'all an update on how my Dr. appt. went today.

In case you don't know, about a month ago, my fibula (outer bone of the lower leg) became very painful after a run. It hurt so bad that I had to cut my 10 mile run, to just 5. Since then I've been in almost constant pain. I have still been running, but only doing 3-5 miles a few days a week.
 A week ago the pain moved to the top of my foot as well. So now my fibula and top of foot have been in pain.
Today I was able to see an orthopedic Dr.
First they did an X-Ray, which I knew was a waste of time. After that I saw the Dr. We talked for awhile and he looked at it, then he said he wants me to have an MRI. He said it could've started out as a hairline fracture and has now turned into a stress fracture.
 So I could possibly have a stress fracture in the fibula and metatarsal bones. Aughhhh!!!

They are supposed to call me back to schedule the MRI. So I don't have a date for that yet.

 I'm running the Air Force Marathon in 5 weeks. I'm not counting that out yet.
Of course right now I couldn't even do the half marathon. I couldn't even do 10 miles.
But, I'm going to do it. Because I'm stubborn like that.

I know the smart thing to do right now is to STOP RUNNING, before I make it even worse.
So that's what I'm going to do.
No more running for me.

Yes, it's going to kill me. KILL ME.
But I'm going to keep my chin up, keep smiling, and take lots and lots of spin classes. At least I can do that.

What's the longest you've had to take off from an injury?



Monday, August 11, 2014

The Chocolate 5k recap

Hope you guys had an awesome weekend!

On Saturday I ran The Chocolate 5k. I won a free entry a couple months ago, and thought it sounded like fun!
 I can take or leave chocolate (I'm an ice cream girl all the way), but I just love running races, and it had been awhile, so I knew I wanted to do it.
It was a very rainy morning. About 30 minutes before the race started, the rain pretty much stopped and it was just a light drizzle from then on. That was actually nice to run in.
 Most of the race was on a trail, just grass. I was very cautious because there were lots of little holes and being on the uneven terrain, and my leg/ankle hurting, I knew I could easily step wrong and get hurt even worse. So I went pretty slow and walked a few times.

As I was coming up to the finish line, I realized that my Nike app hadn't even reached 3 miles yet. I started walking, and looking around a little bit, thinking maybe I had missed a turn somewhere. I didn't do my normal sprint to the finish line, because I thought there must be a mistake!

 I went ahead and crossed the finish line, but no one mentioned the course being short and everything seemed just fine.
I'm convinced Ghiradelli is the best chocolate on the planet, and the Chocola was yummy too! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it just tasted like chocolate milk.

After the race I decided to run a couple more miles to make it an even 5 for the day. I SO bad wanted to run for hours and hours, but with my leg/ankle in pain, I knew I couldn't.

One of my IG friends suggested that maybe it was my Nike app that messed up, not that the course was short. I'm thinking that may be the case now too.
 I looked at the results online and my time was 34:26. I can't wait till this injury heals and I can start working for the sub 30 5k again!!

In other news...I watched Divergent this weekend, finally. I really didn't know much about it, other than knowing lots of people love it. It was excellent. I might have to read the book now...

 Have you ever ran a race that was not measured correctly?

 Are you a Divergent fan?

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 things in my personal survival kit

Today I am linking up with Clare for 5 Things Friday!
I was contacted by Alex at Man Crates, asking me to post about what I would put in my personal survival kit. She asked me to list 5 essential items
 Believe it or not, it took awhile to think of what I would actually want/need. (Excluding the obvious- food, friends, family, love, laughter, etc.)
 I thought about the things I use everyday, no matter what, and here they are.

My 5 Must Haves: (in no particular order)

5 things I couldn't do without

1. Loreal Voluminous Mascara.
 I have tried almost every mascara out there, and I always, always come back to this stuff. It's the best!!

2. Cell phone.
 Yes, I would be lost without it.

3. My Bible.
 This is my everything.

4. Journal.
 I love writing and journaling. I love writing stories. I love writing everything and anything that pops in my head. I like reading back to where I was a year ago and comparing that to where I am today.

5. Jose Eber hair straightener.
 This might seem like a strange essential item, but without it, my hair is a MESS. It's naturally wavy and super thick. This is my lifesaver. (Btw, I paid $200 for mine in Las Vegas. It's only $36 on Amazon! I got ripped off!)

If I could have a #6, you all know it would've been ice cream. No doubt about that!
Now go check out Man Crates! They are a new company, with awesome gifts for men. No more searching for the perfect gift for your man, they've done it for you. They have crates for the carnivore, beer lover, gamer, etc.

 Tell me some things that would be in your personal survival kit!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it

As you guys know, I decided to close my home daycare, after 8 years.
 I started the daycare when I got married, and we decided it was best if I stay home so I could be there for my stepsons- who were 5 and 6 at the time.
 In that time I've watched 12 kids (not all at the same time!). Many of them started when they were babies, and I got to watch them grow up. One of my girls started when she was 3, and I still have her occasionally, and she's 11!

 It has been an awesome journey, filled with some crazy times, but also filled with so much love and fun times.
 Next week will be my very last week. It's going to be so hard to say goodbye.
The girls I have now, I've had for 3 years, since they were newborn babies. I've practically raised them, been a second mom to them. It will definitely break my heart.

 But, the good news is...I was offered a job! I was seriously looking for a job for a couple weeks, went on one interview, and am now hired!
 I realize how blessed I am, I know people who have spent AGES looking for a job.
I know I will love this job, it's (sort of) in the banking industry, which I've done in my past, and loved.
And I even get to carry a gun. Woot woot!
I'll be starting in a couple weeks!

Yes, I'm this excited

Injury Update:
I still have pain (though it hasn't been as severe) in my fibula. Last night I went for a little run, I just couldn't stop myself! I wanted to do 5, but had to stop early, trying to at least be a little bit smart about it!
 I cannot tell you how good it felt to run again. Painful, but good!
My Dr appt. is in one week, I can't wait!

Do you love or hate change? Or somewhere in the middle?
 I actually like change. I get bored easily, so I see change as an adventure!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Icing, resting & relaxing

Happy Monday!

  Saturday was week 2 of not being able to do my long run. It's hard to get used to sleeping in on a Saturday!
 My leg (fibula) has still been hurting and I'm limping around and not able to put pressure on it.
 I did make an appointment with an orthopedic Dr., but it's almost 2 weeks away. Hopefully by then I'll be all better, and won't even need to go.

 So I did a lot of this, this weekend.
And this.
Napping with Charlie boy
Last night I just HAD to get out of the house and move- do something! So I went to the park and walked 3 miles. Probably not the smartest thing to do. Thankfully the pain stayed the same, it didn't increase.
I can't tell you how hard it was to not run. Everything in me wanted to! But I didn't.

What did you do this weekend?
If you ran, tell me about it so I can live vicariously through you!
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