Race Crashers, thieves in running shoes

Over the summer I made my husband buy me a very nice and very expensive pair of sunglasses, mostly so that I could run in them, but they are also good for wearing on the boat while we’re out fishing and such. In the past week, I’ve left them on the counter at the Dollar Tree, at a restaurant on the beach, and yesterday I left them on the counter at the bank. Fortunately I realized what I had done before anyone stole them and was able to retrieve them fairly quickly.

Lost Sunglasses

I would just die if I lost them because MacGyver would kill me. You would think I would be more careful considering the amount of time it took me to convince him that I needed them. And do you know how many times I’ve actually worn these glasses while running? Exactly Zero!

It’s hard to wear sunglasses when I’m running because I always wear a visor. And I will tell you that I wear a visor because it keeps the sun off my face and I will tell you that I’m very careful about how much sun I get on my face…except I’m lying.

I actually wear a visor because I can pull it over my ears; which are huge and stick out and resemble Dumbo. No, really they do. Why else would every kid in my class, (from the first grade on), have called me that?

Cat with ears

Last night my right ear was itching like crazy, deep inside where I couldn’t get to it. MacGyver asked me what was wrong, and I told him I thought there was something in my ear, to which he replied, ‘so that’s where the Malaysian plane is.‘ Well played MacGyver, well played.

Have any of you heard about the blogger who crashed the Georgia Marathon and then bragged about it on her blog? I’m torn as to whether or not I should direct you to her site. I don’t want to send this little twit any more page views but since I think she’s mostly a little jerk and doesn’t really have anything substantial to offer, this is her post on the incident. I already had a bad opinion of her because she crashed a race to take selfie’s, but then I read her rebuttal to some of the comments and it made me irate. This is Mark Remy’s rebuttal, which I thought it was hilarious.

I think crashing a race is the same as stealing, but I want to know what you think. Do you think this girl is a jerk for crashing the race or was this harmless fun?

It’s another edition of WTF Wednesday!

It’s hump day so what better time to catch you up on what’s been going on around here, right?

Dump Day

Oh wait, hump day, not dump day….Crap, that’s the wrong meme.

Anyway, it’s cold. No, I mean really cold, like 47 degrees when I woke up this morning. This is wrong on so many levels including the fact that I live in Florida and it’s Spring for crying out loud, SPRINGTIME!

Cold Weather

I have an android phone that I’ve had for around 2 years. I tend to use my phones for years because I just can’t justify getting a new one every time a little upgrade comes out. Unfortunately, this phone has had issues since day one. It cuts off randomly and opens the wrong apps constantly, and despite the fact that MacGyver and I are on the same contract, I can’t hear him when he calls me. Zombies on phones

As much as the phone sucks, the worst thing happened the other night and I left it outside on a table…and it rained. I discovered it the next morning. I dried it off and brought it inside. An hour later it rang and I answered it. It’s worked perfectly ever since. And by perfectly, I mean better than it did when I first got it. Obviously, this is a random act of God so please, don’t leave your phones out in the rain.

I had a car accident this weekend. It was my fault too. No other cars were involved. I backed out of my garage and managed to somehow back into part of a structure, the structure that is my garage. I am usually a very cautious driver but I was in a hurry so this happened:

my car damaged

There must have been something I needed at the Dollar Tree and since I spent over 700 dollars there in the past month, this would make sense.

The Kid took a trip with me to the Home Depot this weekend where we encountered a random stranger in the parking lot. She immediately approached the Kid and said, “Excuse me sir, do you happen to have some spare change or a cigarette? What I really need is a Cigarette.“

smoking

The Kid politely replied, “No ma’am, I’m sorry but I don’t smoke.” The lady then looked up at me, already sitting in the driver’s seat and said, “What about your wife or your lady friend, does she have a cigarette? Does she smoke?”

Without missing a beat the Kid replied, “No ma’am, she doesn’t smoke and that’s why she looks like my wife or my lady friend because she’s actually my Mom.”

My Kid is pretty awesome!

I may have mentioned 4 or 500 times that I’m taking some time off from running. Did I mention that I am also going crazy and cleaning everything in sight? I even clean the clean things. MacGyver suggested I take up the sport of curling.

Curling

He thinks I could be the best sweeper in the sport. I think he may be right. I’m looking into it. But for now, I’m going to dismantle the pipes and clean the drains….

Hare in my sink

Happy dump hump day!

What do you do when you can’t run? I need to hear about it.

Why running is a pain in my ass.

When I say running is a pain in my ass, I really mean it. Running is a pain in my ass, but only sometimes. butt Pain

You see, I have scoliosis. It sounds much worse than it actually is, which is technically a curved spine. Mine sort of looks like an S. I’ve never really had any noticeable issues from it until a few years ago and unfortunately, the first symptom that I ever had was sciatica. I got it anytime I sat down for longer than 15 or 20 minutes. It is quite painful and for me it started in my butt and ran down the back of my leg. Serious nerve pain that felt like thousands of needles stabbing me. Fun, I know.

Back Pain

After a year or so, the sciatica only happened occasionally and it was manageable. Then about 2 years ago I started to have lower back pain on occasional long runs. At the time I didn’t realize that all of these symptoms were related to my scoliosis, (I know, I’m a genius), until eventually I started to have pain deep in the side of my butt, more commonly known as piriformis syndrome.

So, if you’ve wondered what I’ve been talking about when I say, I’ve been nursing a little injury or that I’m taking some time off, now you know, it’s all related to my scoliosis.

When I first realized that scoliosis was triggering these injuries, I went to see a doctor who told me I probably shouldn’t run….

Stop running

After I fired that doctor and found another one, he determined that my injuries were actually caused by some key factors and that by identifying these factors and addressing them, I could possibly prevent future issues. Unfortunately, I got a little lax in my pre-hab, hence the piriformis syndrome I am suffering from currently.

But for those of you who are interested, here are the key factors that led to my latest injury:

  • Lack of Proper Stretching both before and after runs – (Stretching during long runs is also sometimes necessary)
  • Weight Gain – (7 pounds may not seem like a lot but that’s over 6% of my total body weight, oops.)
  • Lack of Core Work – If you want a strong back you have to start with a strong core.

So for the next 5 days, I won’t be running. I’ll also be icing my hips for 20 minutes every hour and I’ll be stretching and foam rolling like crazy. Then after 5 days, I’ll slowly start to run again.

And once I’m able to run again, I’m going to follow the plan to hopefully prevent this from happening again.

  • I will stretch each and every time I run, before and after.
  • I will keep my weight steady.
  • I will do planks like a boss!

Planking Puppy

Now, I just need to find an activity to keep me busy and sane while not running…..

Any ideas? I’m open to suggestions?

Anyone else suffer from scoliosis? Does it cause you pain when running? How do you avoid injury?