And just when I thought it was over……

On Saturday I ran 10 miles on the Legacy Trail and ended up with a mid-level migraine that ended up lasting for the entire freakin weekend.  It sucked.  This is what I get for playing doctor and not taking my thyroid medication for almost three weeks because now the long run migraines are back and I’m sure it will take a few weeks to get rid of them again.

migraine easy

Oh, if it were only this easy….

The bad news is, I might have finally solved the mystery of the eye twitch and it has absolutely nothing to do with the thyroid medication and absolutely everything to do with another medication I was sure I needed and it’s the only thing that got rid of my migraines when everything else failed previously.  It turns out that the twitch could actually be caused by the topirimate!  The blessed Topirimate!

oh god noIn case you’re wondering, I’m not going to play around with my medications this time, I’m going to make an appointment this week and talk to my doctor about it, but since the ‘twitch’ started around the same time the doctor increased my dose of topirimate, I’m pretty sure that’s the culprit.

I don’t know why I never considered it before.  As it turns out problems with the eyes are a known side effect with topirimate.  Go figure.  So much for my miracle drug.

I still managed to rally on Saturday and have a little fun.  We went out on the boat and had dinner with the in-laws.  We also went swimming and I found out that my Fibit Charge HR is definitely water resistant.  I’d almost go as far as saying that bitch is damn near waterproof.  I mean, I know it’s not, but it certainly seemed like it when I was showing off in the pool.

Swimming MacGyver was showing his dad how to execute the perfect swimming stroke.  Is that even what you say?  I don’t know because I obviously know absolutely nothing about swimming but that didn’t stop me from jumping into the water and showing off my perfectly imperfect breast stroke while forgetting to remove my Fitbit Charge HR.  Yeah, I did that.

And then I swam across the pool a few more times.  And then, I remembered I had it on.

Still worksIt still works!

I slept in on Sunday morning and I slept a lot of the day on Sunday too but I could not get rid of the migraine.  It just did not want to go away so I finally just gave in and decided to rest.  For some reason that’s a hard thing for me to do.

This morning I was rewarded for it because I woke up migraine free and I was able to run again.  It wasn’t a lot of fun though.  If you follow me on Instagram or facebook you may already know why.

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting?  Did you know the Fitbit Charge HR was water resistant?

Mothers Day Weekend

Woody is part of the family and just goes with the flow.  I’m not even kiddin you, it’s hilarious.  He just rides in the car like one of the family and he sits on the sofa watching TV like one of the gang.

pets

‘Are you sleeping yet?’
‘No, are you?’

The only thing he hasn’t done yet is go on the boat and it’s only a matter of time.  When we go out somewhere and come back home I come in through the door and say hello to the dogs and they’re both barking and whining and Woody is chirping right along with them and when I say ‘Hi Woody’ he sings this little song, it’s adorable.

Woodpecker in a boat

We have this lamp that has a boat and an Ernest Hemmingway type character on it. MacGyver puts the bird in the boat to ‘train’ him.

Over the weekend I ran on the Legacy trail every day and on both Sunday and Monday morning I saw a hawk.  I almost brought it home too.

Hawk

I didn’t.  When it discovered a rabbit that had recently been hit by a car and drug it under a tree to save for dinner I knew that the hawk could fend for itself so I let it be.

We had a nice time in Nokomis and I love spending time down there but I have to say that I really missed the kid this year.  He called me Thursday night and we talked for quite a while and he texted me on Mother’s Day but I really, really miss him.  It’s been about 6 months since I’ve seen him so I think it’s about time for me to schedule a little trip soon.

MacGyver put in a new glass insert into the front door of the Nokomis house for me for Mother’s Day.  It’s really, very pretty and I love it.

Outside

This is the view from outside.

new door insert

And this is the view from inside the house.

 

We spent most of Sunday on the boat and MacGyver smoked a ton of food so that his mom and I wouldn’t have to cook anything for the entire day which was very sweet.  We took the dogs out with us and headed toward the island that we went to last weekend.  The dogs didn’t like the beach part of the trip very much.  The waves were intense and poor Hank got pummeled in the first two minutes and promptly gave up and left the water, Boomer didn’t last much longer either.  They both hightailed it back to the boat.

Boomer

Boomer slept in the back in the shade for most of the ride home. He loves the wind in his hair, diva!

Hank the dachshund

Hank jumps around like a popcorn kernel.

They both preferred the boat ride to the beach or the water on this trip, and Hank would have been happy if we would have caught a fish, but unfortunately the fish weren’t biting.  We did see the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the water in quite some time and I made MacGyver stop so that I could get a picture of it.

boat dock phone booth

Best thing seen on the end of a boat dock EVER!

I think they should have turned it into a tardis and then it would have been even cooler.

You could totally turn that into a tardis right?

We hung out with MacGyver’s parents until quite late on Sunday night so we decided to stay until Monday and then on Monday I got up and ran and MacGyver went to work on the boat.  We were supposed to leave around 1PM and come home so that I could get some work done that afternoon but did I mention that MacGyver went to work on the boat?  Yeah, so instead we left around 2:30ish.

Anywho, we’re home now and things are almost back to quasi normal.  As normal as a two dog, one woodpecker, MacGyver and a running girl household can be anyway.

How was your weekend?

I won the lottery, sort of.

The mini vacation is over and we are back to the grind over here.  I don’t mind it so much except that, okay, I do, I mind it.  I mind it a lot.  I hate being behind on anything but especially work because let’s face it, work generally sucks anyway regardless of whether you’re ahead or behind but behind is worse because then it just takes forever to get through the day.

man returns to work

Thankfully I’m not too far behind because we were only away for four days.  We left Wednesday evening after my appointment with the cardiologist, which, by the way, went okay.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he was an ironman but not thrilled when he told me that endurance running was not really good for the heart according to recent studies.

back up hater

I told him that I had read many recent studies that contradicted some of those theories and we agreed to disagree and then I told him about my favorite trail in Venice and suggested he try it out sometime.  He told me endurance running is not good for the heart and that he should really listen to his own advice because neither are triathlons but he said he understood the endorphin high.

Then he scheduled an echocardiogram for a later date and we parted ways.

cash me ousside

On Thursday I had a blast taking my Mom and my Mother in law shopping at University Town Center.  It was my mother in law’s birthday and mom and I wanted to take her out all day and shop til we couldn’t shop anymore and that’s exactly what we did.  I may have even gotten a few new things from lululemon because, LULULEMON!

lululemon

On Friday we had some friends down from Vermont and we all went out to celebrate at the Casey Key fish house.

Casey Key Fish House

Casey Key Fish House

After dinner, we showed our friends how the better half lives and drove down Casey Key.  The wind was blowing really hard and the waves were crashing over the road but I got some great pictures.

Casey Key Beach

Mom went to Fort Meyer’s to visit with a cousin on Saturday and MacGyver and I took our friends down the Shakett Creek canal.  It was cold as shit and I froze my ass off for most of it but the pictures were totally worth it.  Take a look at a few of them.

Shakett Creek

Shakett Creek

up the creek

On Sunday we went over to the in-laws and MacGyver took us out on the boat.  It was chilly but there were a lot of people out on the water, more that I expected.

Goin boatin

The hat lasted about 2 seconds!

boats on the water

Boats on the Water, Fire in the sky….

We drove down towards Venice since the wind was still pretty bad but instead of heading the way we typically do we went in to an alcove and headed toward a beach area.  It looked like this,

Hidden Beach

We got out of the boat and and walked up the beach and there were trails everywhere.

Beach Trails

So we decided to follow them.  I took pictures of course, for scientific reasons, you know, to share with you on the blog.  And also in case we got lost at sea and someone found the phone they could possibly locate us.

hidden beach trail

It seemed to go on forever but it got more and more interesting.

trail hill

And then it opened up to this scene.

Hidden Beach

paradise beach

 

Paradise! Who knew?

It was waiting there all this time and we had no idea!  It was breathtaking.  Apparently it’s a well-kept secret but people do know about it because there were people with tents camping all over the island and lots of people with lounge chairs hanging out.  It was stunning though.

Paradise Beach

And just in case you’re wondering, I did run quite a bit this weekend as well.  I ran a total of 26 miles on the legacy trail.  As always, it was wonderful but my long run on Saturday was epic.  I was plugging along around mile 3 or 4 when a bicyclist came rolling up and I looked over and saw an ironman logo on the shorts and at first I thought it was a friend of mine whom I always see when I’m running there and I got ready to say hi but even though the face was familiar it wasn’t my friend.

It took a minute to sink in but then it hit me.  It was my cardiologist!

I sped up to get right beside him and then I said, ‘I’m glad to see that one of us listen to the others advice!’  He laughed and said that it was an awesome trail.

That it is, and running is good for you too!

On more thing that happened this weekend.  Mom and I had bought lottery tickets on the way to Nokomis and I totally forgot about them because I almost never play.  On Sunday morning I checked them and of course they were losers, except for one.  I picked the powerball number.  Did you know that you win money when you pick the powerball number?  You do!  I won 4 bucks!  I’m a winner!  Winner winner, chicken dinner.

How was your weekend?