The long run that really shouldn’t be called a long run because really


I wrote most of this post last night and woke up this morning to hear the shocking news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those who were killed or injured in this horrific and senseless tragedy. 

Well just like that it’s October.  Already.  Seriously, does it seem like the year is just flying by?  Maybe it’s just me but some years seem shorter or longer than others and this year is just flying by, flying.

Anyways, let’s get right to it shall we?  I ran 17 miles last week.

YAS

I know.  I have to say that I was pretty happy with it considering I haven’t really racked up any real miles in what seems like forever.  Plus, I’ve got that nasty situation with the nerves in my hand which make it almost impossible to do anything without pain so seventeen miles is golden to me.

I will admit though that on Saturday I cut my run short to dig through a neighbors garbage.

Don’t judge.

im judging you

They happened to be throwing away a perfectly good plastic tool box exactly like one I already own which houses some of my crafting supplies and it’s overflowing and I know I paid 30 bucks for that thing and if I can get one for free, well, I’m going for it. So I may have ended my run a tad bit shy of 3 miles and dug through the garbage hoping it wasn’t busted in some hidden area that I couldn’t see, and, it wasn’t!

so excited

I dropped the toolbox off and then finished the run so it’s a win win!  The next day I decided that since I had cut my run short the previous day I would try for a long run on Sunday.  Not a really long run mind you since I haven’t put in any serious mileage since my hips have been recovering and my hands been nervy but just more than 3 miles.

I made it to three and a half.  Good Lord, when did three and a half miles become a long run for me?  It was the breathing thing again.  Can you feel my frustration?  Yes?  Well, ignore it because I’m channeling my determination now.

Good God

I’m determined to get to the bottom of it and I will.  I suspect it has something to do with my spine and I’m going to add in some yoga this week and visit the Physical Therapist to see if that helps.  Couldn’t hurt, right?

MacGyver and I worked in the yard for most of the weekend in Clearwater, taking out some more trees and limbs, of course.  I also managed to find time to decorate for fall so I thought it would be fun to show you.

I made this wreath.

Fall Wreath

I had a few leftover flowers so I put them in this jar,

fall jar

And these are the decorations around my front door

fall

fall

Fall

I even pulled out one of our favorite fall blankets which Hank promptly claimed.

It’s obviously one of our favorite times of the year.  I just wish it was a little cooler but you can’t have everything. What you can have is Oktoberfest and this year Tampa Bay Downs is having a, wait for it….

Weiner Derby

Did you see it?  It’s the Wiener Dog Derby!  Hells yeah!  Hank is in training people.  I may not be a race contender but my dog is.

How many times have you had to come back to running after an injury?

Older runners, do you find running is harder after injuries as you get older?

I’m a staunch character.

Last week I walked 3 days and biked a couple of days and I’m not sure how it happened but somehow I jacked my back up.

dammit

I think it’s because I pushed the pace of my walking and over stretched and possibly strained something but I don’t really know.  It’s frustrating because I followed the doctor’s advice and yet still, I’m sidelined. I can only speculate at this point but I think my diet may have also played a role.  I’ve been eating pretty shitty and some gluten has slipped past me a few times as well.  Oh, and let’s not forget the sugar and the dairy because when I slip up, I go all the way.

like a boss

No matter, tomorrow is my birthday and I intend to celebrate like a champ, back pain or not.  I’m hoping for a Specialized bike that MacGyver and I looked at last week so let’s hope he comes through.  I have a feeling he will but we’ll see.

Did you see the eclipse yesterday?  I think I mentioned that my mom was in the path of totality and can you believe she was just going to watch it on TV?  Seriously!  I demanded she make a pinhole viewer and get out there, which she did.  She also sent me some pictures which I was going to post but I’m a little lazy today.

Instead here are a few of my pictures from the event.

welding

Yes, that’s me in MacGyver’s welding mask.

fail

It’s cool but still a fail….

That’s the best picture I got.  #Fail!  My almost 13 year old nephew was hilarious because we got everybody all amped up and he was like, ‘that’s it, seriously?’  And then he drew an awesome cartoon that I was going to post but again, I’m lazy.

One more thing, the boys all went to our cabin for well, boy things.  So me, my sister-in-law, and my niece are having girl time.  We went to the pet store last night to buy worms for the birds and we saw newborn baby hamsters.

baby hamsters

Is that not the cutest thing ever?

Oh and also, we were sitting on the sofa talking about something and my sister-in-law was telling me something and she said, ‘I was becoming apoplectic’ and I was all, ‘Mother was apoplectic when you went missing’ and she didn’t get it because she has never seen Grey Gardens!

staunch

Well, I know what we’re watching tonite.

Did you watch the eclipse?

Was it all that you thought it would be?

These hips don’t lie, and they don’t move well either…

This morning I went to the sports doctor.  I was pretty sure he was going to tell me how awesome I am that I’ve been walking instead of running and that my hip is getting better by the day.

He didn’t.  He said I have to take a week off from walking or running and then another week off of running.  I also can’t do any squats.  Instead, he wants me to bike and do strength training.  Wonderful, the two things I just love the most.  Obviously, sarcasm.

theif of joy

But, he promised me two things.  He said if I do what he says and follow the instructions to the letter, not only will my hip get better but I will get faster.  Wait, what?  Faster?

im in

 

He also said I need a really good bike, one with toe clips, a nice holder for my water, and a place to hold my iPhone and display the screen, and all the other bells and whistles….okay maybe he didn’t really say all that but he said I should have a good bike.

bike

This will never happen to me, I’m getting a real bike.

I told MacGyver he said to buy me a great bike.  It IS my birthday month anyway so the timing is impeccable.  I might have even said that he told me I needed cute bike clothes.  I can’t be held responsible for what I said, I was in mourning over the loss of running.

things I want, all

Today is National Watermelon day!  I don’t really need a special day to celebrate watermelon, I celebrate it all year long.  I absolutely love it.  It’s very rare in this house that MacGyver actually gets any because I usually eat the entire thing and sometimes in one day.  I’m so not kidding.  My dogs and both birds also love watermelon.

MacGyver told me that it’s not good to eat so much watermelon in one sitting so I searched long and hard to find this article,

Click on the image to read the article

Now, when someone tells you you’re eating too much watermelon, you can show them the article.  You’re welcome!  Now, go eat some watermelon.

Are you a bike rider?

What kind of bike should I look at?