Sunday, February 28, 2016

Buckle Up!

Buckle up, I am bouncing around this week. 


Random rant #1

Who's rump is that in the mirror?!

I noticed last week, mine is becoming increasingly beefier...
I am a middle gainer. I guess I have now joined the booty gainer club, as well. 
Hey, big booties are in right!? 

Random rant #2

I don't think I added numbers to my weight train this week, but I am feeling uncomfortable. I am staying away from the scale for a few weeeks. Seeing that large number put me in a funk honestly. I had noticed all my pants are getting tighter, but it didn't really panic me, until I saw THAT number. Denial is so much more pleasant, I will ignore the scale for now, and try to get my behavior in check. 

Random rant #3

52 days of no running have come and gone. The doctor gave me the go ahead to try some run/walks in March and see how my feet react. 
I was trying to be good and make it until Tuesday, but I caved Saturday (2-27) and ran two miles with run buddy so we could chat. 

No wind or rain :) I just had to...

I still feel some strange aches in my tootsies, mates...
The reality is, my feet are not quite ready yet. 
I am not willing to make my issues any worse, so I shut it down at two miles. I smiled as I watched run buddy pulling away from me because it felt so good run, that little bit was delightful while it lasted. 

Speaking of my toes, they are getting a very hammered look as they heal....sigh, trust me, not. attractive.  
I may have to change my blog name.  
Hammer Toe Runner.  Thoughts??

Random rant picture #4


 Look at the yard from all the rain last week...messy. 


Random thought #5

I got my hill work done in 20 mph winds. Some days I kick butt and takes names! 


 I had to clear my path a few times.

Yes, I did put a helmet on...good thing, I got dinged by flying debris twice. 

Random thought/rant #6 

I should be running my 8th half marathon today.

Just skipping it is really messing with my mind.  I know my feet are not ready for that kind of impact, but somehow I still feel like a bit of failure for not even trying. 

Would it make me feel better to go try and have to bail out halfway??
 ¯\_()_/¯      

That doesn't make sense either, but I think I would prefer the later...
I did promise the Doctor I wouldn't do that though.

I have missed races wanted and fully intended to run, due to injury, but this is the first time I was registered (months ago) and can not go. 
My first official DNS. Booooo!

Random thought #7

When you think you may have a crappy day, do something special, so it can't be....
How is that for a motivational quote?!

I made plans to meet a friend and we walked a trail this a.m. 

We live a little over three hours apart, so we drove to a town that is about half way...
My buddy Debbie
...totally worth it. I talked so much I didn't have time to think about the race I was missing. 

Last random thing! 
My chart - I battled feeling sick again this week (couldn't swallow...ugh) it impacted my work outs for sure, but I tried. 

MondayRest!
TuesdayCycling 13.06 mi (1:07:45)
Stretching, leg lifts, biceps (36:13)
Wednesday rest again...
Thursday Cycling 20.03 mi (1:50:44)
stretching
Friday Sick :( Felt blah all day
Saturday 2 mi run (20:05) walking 3.11 mi (53:00) Cycling 3 mi (14:04)
55 min. upper body weights
Sunday Walking 6.73 mi (1:56:51) 

If you made it to the end, thank you :)

Thoughts about my rants? Fire away, please! 
I love to hear your thoughts. 
What are your March plans? 
Hammer Toe Runner? 
Ever been dinged by flying debris? 
Start a race and have to bail, or just say no...

I hope you have a wonderful week 

Karen

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56 comments:

  1. I am not a hammer toe runner but I am a "My feet look like a crime scene" runner!!!! I let it all hang out there on my blog but I have NEVER posted a picture of my feet because I don't want people to throw up in their coffee.

    I wish I made more of an effort to see some of my friends. That is a great idea to meet halfway! I need to reach out to my buddies more.

    YAY FOR 2 MILES AND YAY FOR STOPPING WHEN YOU KNEW YOU SHOULD. You are a strong, smart woman, Karen. You are an inspiration. The next time I am injured (because there WILL be a next time) and I want to push farther than I should, I am going to remember YOU and your smart choices.

    I don't weigh myself. There is no point. I still am not totally cured from my disordered eating. If I was TOTALLY cured, the number on the scale wouldn't matter to me... but I know it would. I have no clue what I weigh other than it is somewhere within 115-130. When I get on the cardio machines at PF I type in 125lb because that just seems like a good number. But my clothes fit year to year so does the number really matter? Not really. But in my screwed up mind if I weighed over a certain amount I wouldn't like it. :(

    Sorry, drinking wine right now and maybe that was all TMI.

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    1. Haha, we are indulging ourselves so I will just tell I love ya Megan! More comments later lol

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    2. I had to be persnickety and evaluate what every one was wearing at the Oscars...I was cracking up, crime scene feet runner LOL
      Okay, are we ever completely cured from all that messed up disordered eating...IDK, I say I am because I just don't care about food the way I used to, it consumed me. I also don't freak out if I miss days working out, that used to be bad when I was younger. BUT the weight still bugs me. I try to be reasonable, enjoy myself and work hard, but sometimes when I start gaining I still have the fear it could turn into 30 or 40 lbs. I still see the heavy person....
      You are right if you clothes fit and you feel fine don't worry about the number. My goal number is a lot more than I ever weighed most of my adult life and I can't even hit LOL Anyway, I think you are winning that battle! You work hard, still have fun, and eat food you enjoy :) and look freaking awesome!
      I hope there is not a next time for injury for you!

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    3. I don't think we ever 100% get over the crazy way we were, but like you I don't worry much at all anymore and I'm waaaaay better than I was. I never thought I wouldn't think about food ALL THE TIME. I am so glad I am not like that anymore.

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    4. Amen, me too :) It is exhausting!
      I think you do amazing Megan, I really do.

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  2. OMG. I am so sorry your foot is not totally not back to normal. It will just give it time and love

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    1. Thanks!! I am trying to prepare myself that I will spending more time on my bike the next few months...
      My feet feel tired today :( I am just worried about them getting worse mostly.

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  3. Hammer toe runner??!?! I like you're other name :) ha ha. I'm sorry about all the time off from running. It's got to be hard to go past the race day date and know that you couldn't run it. I had to move from a 13.1 to a 5K last summer and it killed me. But you are stronger because of it and it's the best for you! You're brain was right to stop after 2 miles if you didn't feel right.

    I have been creeping on the scale too. I'm sure it's all the pizza, but I'm telling myself it's because I'm gaining muscle from weight training. Yeah... I'll go with that!

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    1. Hammer toe runner does sound kind of yuck lol
      It is funny how missing the race didn't seem that bad, then the day before when I got an email from the organizers, then I got all boooohooo.
      Oh, I love pizza lol one of my favorite things :) It may be contributing to my current issue, but I am trying to keep it in balance. You are doing awesome with your weight training!

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  4. I'm glad your sense of humor is still intact! Sorry about your feet still bothering you. After my run today, I could barely walk. Damn feet.

    I'm hoping to see you back on the road soon.

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    1. I am trying to keep in tact, I still believe laughter cures a lot :) and I have no choice but to ride it out...
      I hate that pain for you, I know it sucks!

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  5. Actually, I really love that quote. It's a great reminder that you have the power to turn around a bad day any time. Sorry you're still injured, but glad you do seem to be getting a bit better.

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    1. Yay! A vote for motivational writing lol
      I just keep trying to make lemonade, and hopefully this will be over in a few more months.

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  6. 2 miles is a start. You're on your way back. I admire your patience.

    My feet are ugly - I own't give your the details (bunions, toes than bend in...)

    I gain weight in the middle too - my butt has gotten bigger. I refule to weigh myself - I live in denial.

    I have DNSed but no big races. But in your case, it wasa the best thing to do,


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    1. Thanks Darlene :) As long as your feet carry you where you want to go, I wouldn't worry about how they look. Mine are looking a but rougher these days lol
      You look great in all your running gear so no worries :) I need to stay away from the scale.

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  7. Glad to hear you are cleared to run a bit. I'm sure it will be quite a journey coming back. I guess that's life though. We do the best we can given our circumstances. We've still got a lot of water around from our recent rains, too. I looked ahead at the extended forecast and appears it will be cold again by the weekend with chance of snow. Ugh...winter...the gift that keeps on giving.

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    1. NOOOOOO! I am over snow. I have look at the forecast here for the week. It is odd how since I can't run I don't stalk the weather as much.
      I think this return journey may take longer than I first thought...

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  8. Yay for 2 miles! It's a great start and better than nothing, right? Hammer Toe Runner would be very, um memorable. Hahaha! Wow your grass is SO green. So not the case here. Hopefully soon.
    I think I've got a St Patty's Day 5k coming up. I'm so out of the habit of racing I need to get on it already.

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    1. It was a fun 2 miles :) I am not sure when I will try again though...
      ha! The grass does look green, but honestly I think it is more weeds than grass lol
      A 5K is chance to kick up the speed:)

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  9. It is so hard being injured and away from an activity you love. Two miles is something and soon it will be three. I have also been off running and while back, I am still dealing with some hip tightness. You seem to have a great attitude about the whole situation and at least biking is an option.

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    1. It feels like an eternity when you are sitting out! I had no idea how hard this tissue was going to be. I am grateful that biking doesn't aggravate it or else I would be completely nuts.
      Keep stretching those hips :) Hopefully they will cooperate with your goals!

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  10. Oh, big hugs, Karen. I'm glad you didn't attempt the race, but I know how hard that must've been. And I'm sorry the toes aren't feeling a lot better yet.

    If you want an accountability buddy when it comes to food, I'm available. If not, don't overwhelm yourself. Just pick one thing you can do right now. Just one thing. You'd be amazed how that one thing can lead to other things.

    But most of all, love yourself. That's where it all starts.

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    1. Thank you Judy!! I hope I can get a handle on this. I may take you up on the lifeline offer if I can't. I appreciate it :)
      That is the perfect advice...pick one thing. I have been trying to make lunches healthier and not pick the candy bowl here.
      I like to live a little, I try to not be "afraid" of something if I want it. It is a touchy balance, I may have to accept a few more pounds as I age because I don't want to feel miserable, but then I think i work hard and shouldn't have to accept that!
      I drive myself whack sometimes...

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  11. I'm glad you called it at 2 miles - you're getting better at knowing your limits - that's a great thing!
    I know missing that race plays with your mind - but now, its over & life moves on, right? :)

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    1. Yes, it is done! I have until April before I have to face that decision again...and I am hopeful by then a run/walk will be working for me.
      Truthfully, I am scare dot make this situation any worse. I can not believe how slow tissues heals.

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  12. Yeah for getting to try running! And being smart enough to back off and let your foot rest more. Sounds like you are making progress!

    How fun that you met a friend half way! I have a friend I do that with too! :)

    The wind this week was nuts! I thought I was going to be hit with some flying debris, but luckily, wasn't!

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    1. It felt fun while it lasted!
      I hope i can get my foot strong enough to do some hikes with my buddy. She lives near the appalachian trail and soon the days will be long enough i can drive up and hike for a day!
      I have never been clocked by debris that hard! The wind was crazy...a bird has gotten before when I was out running though....ewwww. I'll take debris over that lol

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  13. I'm sorry the foot began hurting during the run but it definitely sounds like you did the smart thing to stop and let it continue to heal. And way to go on those hills on the bike! And yay for a catch up walk with a friend as having something fun to do the day of the race :)

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    1. Thank you :) I think this will be a low key month for me, but I need to get past this, so I am trying to be patient.
      Hills on the bike feels like a good work out :)
      I felt grateful to have something fun to do while the race was happening.

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  14. I think you are smart to shut it down if your body doesn't feel ready. Yes, it totally stinks, but it ultimately will be less painful and lead to shorter recovery. Sorry that it still hurts to run. great job staying active!! :D

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    1. Thanks Elisabeth :) I wish I was ready, but I guess I will stick to walking and see how that goes. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  15. Sorry that you missed a race! Once, a large branch fell on the path just ahead of me when I was running. Maybe I should run with a helmet?!

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    1. Thanks Tina, I know it was best to miss it. It is scary when something land in your path! Glad you didn't get dinged.

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  16. I had my first DNS back in January and I am seriously hoping I don't have another one in a few weeks! I can't say I've been hit by flying debris on a ride, thankfully! I have been hit by a bee though - that hurt.

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    1. I hope you don't have to miss another!! Hopefully we will both have a one and done with DNS.
      Ewww, a bee. Bees scare me!!

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  17. I enjoyed reading your random thoughts and rants. Nope, I don't like the name hammer toe runner! lol So far, March plans include a trail race which I am excited about that. I have only been dinged by bugs, never debris. I have indeed had to endure a couple dns. I had a broken foot once and then some random leg pain the next time. Both cases I decided it would not be wise to start at all. I like that you met up with a good friend had a nice time walking and chatting - better than hurting your feet during the race.

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    1. Awww, thanks Diane :) Hammer Toe does sound kind of gross lol
      I have swallowed so many bugs...bees seem to follow me in summer, I am scared to death of them.
      Those DNS kind of stink, but you are right it is smarter to not push. I tried to make the best of it :)

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  18. Donkey is so wise! I also love your original motivational quote. We have the power! I'm impressed with your pace after 52 days of not running, by the way. I'm sorry you had to miss a race. I know it sucks. But, it was ingenious to meet your friend and do something enjoyable on that day. It will get better. It will. Thanks for linking Karen.

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    1. I keep trying to find reasons to laugh :) What else can you do, right. ha! I am not sure I could get a writing gig with my quotes, but it worked for me lol
      Thanks, Saturday it was cool and dry, it felt pretty easy paced. I know that won't last! I will probably try to flip my intervals and use 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking next time I try and see if my feet hold up a a little better.

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  19. Foot injuries are the worst! I am just coming back from PF which kept me out for a long time. Good luck on your comeback-you got this

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    1. That darn PF is so painful! Feet are our whole world, I have been trying to be patient, but it is hard when they don't cooperate. I hope you get back to running happy!

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  20. It's good to hear that you got the go-ahead to run from your doctor. I'm bummed though that your foot didn't cooperate on your first run back. Hopefully all you need is just a little more time. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, me too! I just think I may need a few more weeks...

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  21. How wonderful to meet a friend, I am sure the drive was worth it ! I live far from most of my really good friends so we never catch up as much I would like.
    It looks like your weather is crazy... and it has come my way. Windy & cold. It is now supposed to rain the rest of the week.

    I wouldn't change the name of your blog but I would accept hammer toes if I could keep running. Hang in there ! This too shall pass.....

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    1. We are still have the bizarre swings in weather and it is so wet....so tired of how wet it is!
      I think I am stuck with the toes, as long as I tape them they seem to behave better, hoping I can get past two miles with out discomfort soon.

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  22. yay on the go ahead from your Dr to start running/walking again! Good luck with easing back into it!
    I always say, better to have a DNS, than a never start a race again.
    You'll get #8 one day, and you'll enjoy it so much more!!

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  23. It is frustrating not to be able to race that you had signed up for...But it happens to us all! Hopefully, you will continue steady progress in time for some spring running. Happy March!

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    1. Happy March Cheryl :) Hope your training is going well.

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  24. Yay for getting two miles in. How fun you got to meet your friend for a walk later in the wk! I like to think spring is coming but I heard we may get snow again this wkend. Yuck!

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    1. I know!! Snow here tonight, we should get an accumulation, but it is suppose to rain all day tomorrow, so I guess it'll wash away...
      I am tired of all the yuck lol

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  25. You are right some times you just got to vent and get all the negative out, right? I so hate your having to go through this. I wish I could blow some magic pixie dust right through the screen. I can offer my support and you lady have it! Injuries never ever come at the right times, they wear out their welcome too. Hang in there you'll be back out there. Didn't that 2 miler do wonders for you, even if it was only for a short time?? Take care my friend, I appreciate your honesty and I appreciate you linking up with us! We're gonna talk more about the Ragnar too! :)

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    1. Thanks for the support! I promise I get tired of talking about it...I really do, I just want to say I am better finally. One day...
      The 2 miler was pretty fun :) I think i will have to stick to walking a little longer though.
      Yay, I hope I can get well and do the Ragnar :)

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  26. I feel your pain on being someone who gains weight in the middle! The funny thing is that I would actually like to have more muscle in my butt. My PTs have told me I have very weak hips, and it's visible because I have a flat butt. =\

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    1. You got to start working those glutes :)me too, we need them to run :) I wish my tummy did not pop out so much! It doesn't bother me if my back side pops out though lol You can get those hips stronger!

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