I got a new ring…

Hey kids, happy Wednesday!

I ran again on Tuesday and still had a bit of pain in the hip but it gets better as the run goes on.  I’m not even sure I should call it pain as it’s more like a bit of tightness.  This morning the tightness seemed to go away fairly quickly but as I’m sitting here typing, my back is sort of hurting.  Anyway, I’m still doing the stretching and weight training and flexibility exercises so it’s getting better and the runs are getting easier but I’m still keeping them short for now.

running in florida

I am still trying to do that damn Tracy Anderson video, you know, the dancing one.  I’m pretty sure my body was built for running and not dancing but I’m getting better at.  Unfortunately, I still look a lot like this when I’m doing it:

A runner Dancing

Did I tell you the latest news?

I’m dealing with another issue lately that came out of nowhere and sort of surprised me.  I’ve got a new ring.

It’s not a new wedding ring or a Mother’s day ring or anything like that, in fact, it’s not even a ring that you wear.  It’s also not an Olympic ring, not even close, and it’s not like the kind of rings around Saturn.  My ring looks like this:

ringworm

That’s Ringworm.  Nice, right?

I’m not exactly sure how I got it but in the days leading up to my recent garage sale, I was doing a little yard work and some planting and I thought I got bit by a mosquito.  It was quite itchy for a few days and I scratched the crap out of it.  Over the course of a few days it itched, I scratched, and it bled quite a bit, and then a rash developed.  Last week I noticed it was turning into a ring.  Oh joy.

itchy

So I’ve got ringworm.  Great, but what exactly is ringworm.  Well, I’m not a doctor but I can tell you what ringworm is not.  It is not a worm.  I know.  I couldn’t believe it either but it’s not.

Duh

Ringworm is a fungus.  It’s also highly contagious and there are all sorts of places where I could have picked it up especially in Florida because ringworm thrives in warm, moist climates.  Fortunately it can be treated with over the counter creams.

Unfortunately it can take up to 4 weeks or more to heal so I guess I’ll just be walking around with this ring on my leg for a while.  There is a pill that you can take but apparently it can also be quite toxic on your liver and kidneys and I don’t know about you, but I sort of like my liver and kidneys.   So I’ll just use the cream and deal with my new ring for a while, thank you.

It’s not so bad.  I drew a smiley face on it this morning which made for a pretty interesting run.

Have you ever had ringworm?  Did you know that it was caused by a fungus and not worms?

Two awesome things about running

Two awesome things happened yesterday, The Boston Marathon and my first day back to running, post injury.

First let’s talk about the Boston Marathon.   Meb Keflezighi was amazing and finished in 2:08:37.  He looked strong throughout the entire thing in my opinion and I was wholly impressed.    Rita Jeptoo won for the ladies after trailing Shalane Flanagan for most of the race.  Jeptoo finished in 2:18:57 setting a course record for her third win.

One of the most interesting things about this year was that all four of the top female finishers broke the previous course record and I think it was in large part due to Shalane Flanagan who set a pace early on that forced everyone to bring their a game.   It made for quite an exciting race and I enjoyed every minute of it.

And here is an interesting tidbit, did you know that all four of those finishers will also receive a $25,000 bonus for breaking the course record, in addition to the prize money?  Not bad, huh?

I love the Boston Marathon as I think most runners do.  When I first started running I soon became so in love with the sport and the Boston Marathon became one of my goals.  In those early days, I wanted to run it for the simple reason that it seemed unobtainable without a ton of hard work and a lot of luck.  The course is very hilly and quite a challenge and I put it on my bucket list, but I liken it to Studio 64 back in the day.  Everybody wanted inside because not everyone was allowed to go in.  You had to be chosen and when you have to be chosen, it makes you want to get in all the more.

As I continued to run over the years, my feelings about Boston changed but not my desire to get in.  I just wanted it for different reasons and I’m still working on it.

If you think you know all about Boston or how difficult it is for the average runner, watch this episode of Nova.  I think you’ll find it not only interesting but also inspiring.

And if you want to get an insight into the mind of a runner during a marathon, this should do it:


And now, let’s talk about me.  I ran 3 miles yesterday.  It took me over 33 minutes and my max pace was only 9:06 but it felt so good.  I’m still not totally pain-free and my pace is pretty slow, but that’s something I’m working on with flexibility and strength training, and it will take a little more time but I’m running again and for right now, that’s all that really matters.

Did you watch the marathon today?  Have you ever ran the Boston Marathon?

Happy Easter with Pictures…

Hope you’re having a great weekend and a wonderful Easter,
Here’s what we’ve been up to….

Starting the weekend off with some Carrabbas!

Starting the weekend off with some Carrabbas!

Beach House Wine

Guess where we are?

Driving in the Car

Gots to do a little early morning shopping…..

Nokomis Beach

Saturday at Nokomis Beach, Casey Key BIG WAVES!

red flag

No Swimming allowed…or surfing, Damn!

Oh well, take a tan instead!

Oh well, take a tan instead!

Drum Circle and some beers with friends...

Drum Circle and some beers with friends…

Crazy seagulls flying overhead...

Crazy seagulls flying overhead…

Happy Easter Is that for me Mommy?

Happy Easter
Is that for me Mommy?

Happy Easter, God Bless you and your family too!