And I ran, slow and steady, but I ran

Well, this weekend it happened, I started running again!  I mean, I’m all kinds of awkward and slow but then, is that really a new thing?

silly running

Nope.

I walked around 10 miles last week and my hip felt fine so on Sunday I decided to run and I ran a whole 5 miles.  It was a slow and steady run but it felt so good.  I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel since I started cross training more.  I’m gonna veer off my beaten path from now on and keep doing that.  It seems to work. 😉

We had a pretty low key weekend around here.  It rained on Saturday afternoon and pretty much all day on Sunday.  It didn’t stop me from getting some yard work done though because we’ve entered the rainy mowing season here and I have 3 lawns to mow on the reg.  If I get behind it’s a bitch to catch up.

For some reason I happened to be awake on Saturday morning and caught some of the royal wedding.  I loved both dresses though the second one was my favorite.  The first one would have been pretty in a tea length but then it wouldn’t have been a wedding dress now would it.  That train!  Oh my gosh, I would have gotten it caught on a pew or something and ripped off the crown jewels so that would have been a no for me but she pulled it off so Go girl.

I wasn’t really all that interested in the actual wedding or who attended and all the customs and pomp and circumstance.  I was interested in little Charlotte.

Charolotte

her wave game is on point!

MacGyver and I did manage to go to a few estate sales over the weekend and I did very well.  One of the places that we went to had some various things in the garage and I found this unique looking rooster.  I offered the person hosting the sale a dollar and they accepted.

Turns out it’s a Dala Rooster from Sweden, circa 1950’s.

I found one just like it on etsy selling for 92 dollars!  I’m not selling mine, it’s prominently displayed in my kitchen on a shelf above the sink.

Now let’s talk food.  I know it may seem like I’ve been a bit evasive in talking about the diet that MacGyver and I have been on.  It’s not that I didn’t want to tell you about it but rather I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about it and so until I figured it out, I didn’t want to talk too much about it.

eat all the cheese

Anyway, we were doing the keto diet.  We didn’t plan to stay on the diet long term for many reasons but mainly because it is very hard to keep your body in ketosis and in order for the diet to work in the way that it’s supposed to, that’s what you have to do.  I have to say though, when I read I could eat ALL the cheese, I was on board.

The problems that I had were that I had to keep my carbs under 8 grams a day just to even get my body in ketosis and then if I went over 20 grams of carbs in a day, my body would not stay in ketosis.  Also, no matter what recipes I found or tried, I could not get enough fiber.  And I NEED fiber.  I will say the diet did a good job of breaking me of the sugar habit that I had developed over the past few months but I could no longer eat all the fat.  I mean, let’s be honest, food was going in but nothing was coming out!

So I had to Veto the Keto.  MacGyver and I are now back to our paleo way of life and while it’s still fairly low in carbs, we get enough fiber and not so much fat.  I lost weight after the first 24 hours of getting off the diet.  I’m not going into details, I’m sure you can figure out how 😉

Have you tried the keto diet?

Are you strict with your diet or do you splurge whenever you want to?

 

He got shot … and still finished!

I think everyone has that one fear about death. Maybe you had a bad dream about drowning or you had a close call with a stranger in an alley at one point in your life but I believe everyone has that one fear of dying their most horrible death. For me, it’s being shot in the head.

I know, I know, not a good blog topic but stick with me. You see when I was a kid I had a dream that I got shot in the head by an intruder and I’ve had the dream on multiple occasions as an adult. Even though, in my dream I realize the pain is not really bad, it’s the fear of it actually happening that scares me. And that’s why bullet man is one of the most amazing people I have ever heard about.

Dennis Rainer was a 26 year old in 1978 and he really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon so he ran the old Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan. About 10 miles into the race he entered a rural area when suddenly he was knocked forward and almost hit the ground. He checked himself out and thought he was fine so he continued on.

Dennis Rainer

This is Dennis at the 2015 Ironman, (yes, he’s an Ironman too!)

Once he finished the race, he grabbed a hotdog and checked him time, 3:09, not a qualifying time. Disappointed but worried about the near fall earlier in the race he did the smart thing and headed off to the doctor. That’s when the doctor figured out what had happened and informed Dennis he’d been shot in the head!

You can watch the video below to hear the entire story.  (You really do want to watch this!)

The worst pain I ever ran through was a migraine. Dennis is the marathon boss in my book.

What’s the worst pain you ever ran through?

Is it unusual to see a disembodied head more than once?

So, yeah I know, I’ve been awol.  We went down to Nokomis on Wednesday for some family time and didn’t get back til late yesterday morning.

While we were down there I got sick of looking at the landscaping which we haven’t done anything with since buying the house.  So, I did something.

Dona Dr. landscaping

It’s a start.  I have a lot more to do but it’s been hard to find the time.  The only reason I had extra time over the weekend was because I’m a little bit injured.

It’s Boomer’s fault.

Okay not entirely because I was feeling tightness in my left hip after coming back from Ohio.  I’m pretty sure I stretched a bit too far when I was climbing some rocks in Hocking HIlls.  Anyway, it seemed to be just a little tight until I was getting out of the shower and didn’t realize Boomer was laying right beside the tub.  I had to hyper-extend my leg over him and when my foot hit the rug it slid across the floor.

On Saturday I woke up thinking it was better and went out for a run.  It felt great at first.

I feel great!

But that only lasted for about a hot minute.

hip pain

Yeah, it was just a nagging little irritation at first but by mile 6 it was intense.  Yes, I know only an idiot runs 6 miles with hip pain.

I'm stupid

The problem is I just kept thinking that if I ran slower with a shorter gait it wouldn’t be all that bad but it just made it worse and I of all people should have known that because I’ve been running for years.  Apparently I’ve been running stupid for years.  I didn’t listen to the voice of reason and instead buried it way down and kept going.

I only stopped when I saw a head on the running path.

what

Oh, did I forget to mention that?

I was running along the Legacy Trail but unfortunately at one particular intersection it’s been closed for a while.  It seems they are building a bridge over the main road, which is nice but I wish they would finish the damn thing because it’s been under construction for months.

Anyway, I had to veer off the trail and weeks ago I chose another path which takes me down a few local roads.  I decided to take a different road on Saturday and I chose a road that I’m familiar with but wouldn’t necessarily walk down at night and that’s when I saw it.  It was lying right there on the sidewalk.

a head

Just a head.

And then I realized this is the second time I’ve seen a head while out running.  I mean a disembodied doll head, by the way.  After I took a picture of it, I walked the rest of the way home and didn’t run again for the rest of the weekend or Monday.

I ran and walked this morning but the pain is still there so I guess it’s time to go to weights and biking for a week or two. At least it’s almost summer.

When is the last time you were injured?

Did you take a lot of time off?  What did you do instead of running?