Those holes in the toes of your running shoes and other tangents

Yesterday I took Hank to the vet again.  I had to leave him there for an hour and a half so that they could run some blood tests.  The vet said that he does not have pancreatitis but he does have hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.  It could have been caused by the antibiotic he was on after surgery or possibly the food I gave him to hide his pills in.  We are almost positive it was one or the other as we ruled everything else out.

Hank at the vet

Where is the nearest exit?

He seems to be doing better but last night as MacGyver and I were putting his pajamas on after changing his bandage we noticed a lump on his backend.  MacGyver feels positive it’s a hernia.  I’m not making any guesses, instead I’m just going to head on up to the vet again today because hey it’s been almost 24 hours and they probably miss us.


Anyway, I’m checking in today because I had a few things to tell you about.  First is this article about running shoes or more precisely holes in the toes of your running shoes.

holes in toes of running shoes

I have many pairs of running shoes that look just like that and by many I mean more than not.  I have always thought that it was either due to uppers that weren’t made well or my toenails were too long but this article from Another Mother Runner explains that there are quite a few reasons you could have holes in the toes of your running shoes and it was surprising to me that it could be due to something completely different than the things I thought caused them.  I found it extremely interesting and I wanted to pass it along.

Another article I read was in Shape magazine this month.  When it came in the mail I was perusing through the articles when lo and behold I saw an article title ‘The Super Nutrient You Need’ and it was all about magnesium!  Do you remember when I told y’all how magnesium has helped stave off migraines for me after my long runs?

Well, this article mentioned how you need more magnesium if you exercise a lot but it went even further and explained how you can figure out exactly how much you need.  It said you need around 310-320 milligrams of magnesium a day but if you exercise add 100 milligrams for every 45 minutes you exercise daily.  I tried to find the article online but was unsuccessful so if you would like to read it, pick up a copy of April’s issue of Shape Magazine.

One more important thing I’ve been meaning to mention, March is MS awareness month.  This is something close to my heart and I wanted to share this video with you.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Do you take magnesium?

Do you know anyone who suffers from MS?

The first piece of the puzzle, new shoes!

Last year in late October and early November I had a scary incident involving my migraine medication which forced me to discontinue using it.  For the past few years I had been getting migraines after every long run, (as well as at other times), and I was desperate to find a way to run without suffering from the pain of those terrible headaches afterwards.

I like to think that I’m a fairly seasoned runner, I mean, I’ve been doing it for over 35 years now so I’m fairly confident in my abilities and I read everything that I can about the latest and greatest in running gear so I was surprised when my physical therapist told me that along with some other strategies I probably needed to change running shoes.

For those of you who don’t know, I also suffer from scoliosis too and the physical therapist felt that running in the shoes I had been running in for the last few years were contributing to the problem.  He said that when I got tired my hip would drop on one side therefore affecting my entire posture thus contributing to my migraines.

When I was given a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s in October in exchange for my review I added them to my rotation immediately.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

I hadn’t had a pair since the  Wave Rider 16’s and I loved those so I was really looking forward to trying the 21’s.  I’ve spent the past four months testing them in all types of weather, on different terrains, on long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts and while I don’t use them for every run, they have become my long run staple.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

If you’ve ever worn the Wave Rider’s then you probably have a good idea of how they fit but if you haven’t I can tell you they feel snug but not tight.  The 21’s have a bit more room in the toe box which I really like.  It wasn’t lose and it wasn’t narrow either, more like firm but true to size.  I wear a 7.5 and they fit me perfectly.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

The one thing that stood out for me as different from their other versions is how breathable the 21’s are.  It’s pretty hot in Florida and I need a shoe that can breathe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s were awesome in that regard.  Since most marathon training takes place in the summer, these are my new go to shoes.

Wave Rider 21's from Mizuno

The Wave Rider 21’s are lightweight but provide all the cushioning need.  The embedded Wave plate adds firmness to the cushioning and this also makes the shoe supportive so you never feel like your landing on a worn out pillow.  These shoes guide your foot smoothly and efficiently from heel strike to toe off.  I feel like that’s helped me keep my posture in check.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s also worked well for me on tempo runs, progressive runs and during speed workouts but this shoe has become my go to for long runs.  I’ve already put over 300 miles on these shoes so I just purchased another pair in preparation for training throughout the spring and summer.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

While wearing this shoe isn’t the only change that I made to help with those dreaded long run migraines, it certainly has played a part.  I’ll be telling you about a few more things throughout the next few weeks as well.

Do you wear several types of running shoes or are you prone to just wearing one brand and style? 

When is the last time you had your running gait analyzed?

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Mizuno written entirely by me.  All opinions are my own.

I don’t like to move it, move it.

Don’t you hate those people who get all excited on Monday mornings.  You know the type, they’re all like ‘good morning sunshine’ and I’m like,

shut your mouth

And especially when I’m tired or exhausted which is a much more accurate description after the week and the weekend that we just had.  I mean closing on two houses in one day is crazy but moving from one into the other in less than 3 days is just, dare I say, stupid?


This is how MacGyver would’ve liked to move but I had to squash that shit right there.

Clearly MacGyver and I are NOT real men.  It took us about 14 trips with a huge car hauler.  Did I mention that this is a vacation house?  Yeah, we are obviously hoarders and we have a shit ton of pure crap, but we got it moved.

We managed to walk the dogs every day during the move as to try and keep their lives as normal as possible.  On one of those mornings MacGyver almost stepped on something and that something is now a new member of the family.  Let me introduce you to Squishy Toots.

Squishy Toots

Cute isn’t he?  He was pretty chill during the moving too but then how excited do turtles actually ever get?

So, we got everything in the new house on Friday afternoon and then we spent most of Saturday and Sunday cleaning the new house and moving boxes and furniture into our rooms.  We don’t have everything moved in but I did manage to finish, (or semi finish) setting up a few rooms and here they are.

The kitchen.


The dining room


And the living room

living room


We still need to paint and hang our pictures and fine tune but since we spend our weekends there, I had to go ahead and set up some things.  I don’t mind.  I get weirdly excited about decorating.  Weirdly.  Maybe obsessed is the right word but hey, who’s to say that’s a bad thing?  Not me!

The new house is not far from the old one but the water is way better.  The fishing is going to be awesome.  In case you’re wondering how I know, MacGyver threw one crab trap in the water just after we closed on Friday afternoon.  Saturday morning, he pulled up four of these guys.


Blue Crabs in the pot!

We got home last night just in time for The Walking Dead which I personally thought was dismal at best.  Not one of my favorite episodes ever and actually the Talking Dead which aired afterwards was more exciting in my opinion.  Let’s hope it gets better because I can’t stop watching.  Why? Ummmm, Daryl!

This morning, we’re over here just trying to get back to normal, which means, I’ve got some new shoes to try out and I’m going for a run.

Have a fantastic Monday, and tell me what you did this weekend.

Do you like moving?  How about decorating?