Please accept my aPOLLENgies

Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  I love that trail and it’s one of the reasons I love coming down to Nokomis.  The trail is long too so you can pretty much train for anything without ever having to add another leg.  You just get on the trail and go.  It’s epic.

Not so much yesterday.  For one thing it was a bit humid and humidity and me are mortal enemies.  But the worst part was the pollen.  Oh my God, I have never seen so much pollen in my life!

pollen crazy

After running I came home and took the dogs for a quick walk but then I shut myself in the house until lunch when MacGyver and I went to meet his parents at the Cracker Barrel. Has anyone else noticed that all Cracker Barrel restaurants are freezing inside.  It could be a legit 100 degrees outside and a icy 32 inside the Cracker Barrel.

cracker barrel

After we left we came back to our house to install a few windows since MacGyver mysteriously got the permit to go through.

With the windows being out, even for only a short time and only in one room, the pollen saturated the air.  Within a half hour I had a dry cough and it would not go away.  By 10PM it was still there so I popped two benadryl because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I was able to sleep.


I didn’t wake up until 7:30 and I needed coffee bad.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cup under the Kuerig.  Fortunately we have one of those drip pan things under it and it almost got all of it.  The rest I had to soak up with a t shirt because I couldn’t find the paper towels.

benadryl haze

That’s why I’ve decided to take a day off today.  I walked the dogs and I even went for a bit of an extra walk with Hank, not because we wanted to but because I forgot where I was going and we ended up at the park.

I may be taking a long nap at lunch today.

Do you have allergies? 

Do you take anything for them?

Did you know it was spring break?

Good Morning!

Spring Break

MacGyver and I are in Nokomis.  We drove down to Casey Key and the Venice Inlet yesterday to check out the red tide situation but we’re obviously oblivious and boring because we forgot it is spring break and holy cow, there were people everywhere!

The red tide didn’t seem too bad or at least it wasn’t affect our respiratory systems, as it can do, but supposedly it’s bad right now.  (Red tide is an algae bloom, in case you’re wondering and it can kill sea life and cause all kinds of problems.)

Over the weekend I went to the dollar tree with a friend and ran into another friend and we were all talking about Easter so I decided to buy some things at the dollar tree and make a wreath because I’m random like that.

dollar tree wreath

Not bad for six bucks and 30 minutes of time, huh?

This weekend was the first weekend that I did not hit double digit miles.  At first I was a bit upset with myself but then I realized that I haven’t taken a day off since last week and I ran 44 miles for the week so I really needn’t be so hard on myself.

I also looked at my ‘active’ miles via my motiv ring and they were also pretty high.

Active miles

I’d say that’s more than decent.  I’m happy with it.  I’m patting myself on the back and moving on.

On Saturday MacGyver went to an auction and I went to the grocery store but I got sidetracked by a moving sale.  I only purchased two items but they are sweet.

fiesta ware 1930's

Those are vintage Fiestaware water tumblers.  The original water tumblers from the late 30’s!  I got the red and ivory colors.

Here are the original six:


Apparently they are super hard to find so I think I’m pretty lucky to have even two.  They are in really good shape too.  Did I mention they are original?  From the late 30’s?  I did?  Sorry, can’t help myself, they’re awesome!

I also got a new casual dress last week in the mail and I wore it to the grocery store. I love it because it’s perfect to throw on after a workout if I have to go somewhere but it’s comfy and it was also only 15 bucks.  Apparently it’s a nice dress because the butcher came out and told me I looked amazing in it.

new amazing dress

Hank says his track suit is much more amazing than my stupid old dress.

Today MacGyver and I have to go spend some time in the permit office.  We applied for one several weeks ago to replace our windows and the windows are still sitting all over my house because apparently they want more paperwork.  Actually it’s the same paperwork, they just want us to copy it and put it with a new cover sheet and then resubmit it with the other paperwork.

The permit office baffles me.  Can someone find me a shirt that says this?



That way I could just wear it every time I have to go get a permit.

Have a fabulous Monday peeps!

What did you do this weekend?

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?