My longest run yet with no migraine and a Hank update

Happy Monday to you.  I’m a little behind with work and my blog and life in general due to all the trips to the vet and such so this post might be all over the place and full of typos and grammatical errors so, bear with me.

Hank is doing really well after his last surgery.  The wound is open so we have to use a special type of bandage which unfortunately tends to shift.  To help it stay in place the vet suggested doggie pajamas.  When she started to tell me where  I could find them I had to stop her.  Hank already has many pairs but now I have a legit excuse to put them on him.

Hank in PajamasIt’s been a little on the hot side here lately so I haven’t been able to put him in my favorite ones yet, however, it’s supposed to cool down later in the week and once it does, he will get to wear these:

AdidogRight?  I mean, those pajamas are everything.

On Saturday morning I had to take Hank in for a bandage change and I asked them to give him a shot to help with the itching and 60 bucks and an hour later the bandage was on the living room floor so the pajamas are on until this thing is completely healed.

For those of you who are following along, here is what the wound looks like currently.  Click on it to enlarge it but be warned, it’s really gruesome.

Hanks spider biteThere is one little area that looks a little dark to us but I don’t want to have any more skin removed.  Instead I ordered this kit and I’ve read really good things about it so MacGyver and I began using it this weekend.

spider bite first aidNow, let’s talk running because I had a killer weekend of running.  On Saturday I set out very early for a long run.  I made sure to take lots of powerade and water with me and I stashed some extra bottles along my route because it was hot.  I ran the longest I’ve run since I started to getting migraines, 15.25 miles and I did not get a migraine afterwards.

I didn’t look at my garmin or my phone during the run because I wanted to run by feel. I knew there was no way I could run long if I kept looking at my watch so instead I tried to run at a comfortable pace.  My comfortable pace is not really pretty.  It looks sort of like this.

awkward runningAnd during the 7th and 8th mile I felt like I was flying.  I was sure I was running an 8 minute mile or faster.  I felt like I could beat anyone.  And I was positive I looked like this:

running as fast as you canI was a little embarrassed when I looked at my splits later and realized I was running in the 10 and half minute range.  So much for me running by feel.

No matter, I still managed to run 15.25 miles.  I planned on 16 miles but I had to get to the vet with Hank so I had to stop a bit early.  On Sunday, I ran 5 more easy miles because again, it was ridiculously warm.

I have some more things to share with you this week about what I’m doing to keep those long runs migraine free.  Tomorrow I’ll share another piece with you.

What did you do this weekend?

Any of you run Gasparilla?  Did you see Meb?

A low key weekend with 21 miles

This weekend was extremely low key.  Because Hank had surgery on Thursday we were worried he would be in pain and we wanted to keep him as comfortable as possible so we stayed home and didn’t really leave the house at all.  Well, I didn’t.

I work from home and realistically I could stay in my pajamas for days and it wouldn’t bother me a bit but once I realize that I can’t leave for whatever reason, I get stir crazy.

I can't leave!

For the most part MacGyver and I took turns watching Hank.  I watched him when MacGyver needed to work on the lawn tractor and he watched him in the mornings so that I could run.  It worked out pretty well.

Surprisingly, Hank hasn’t lost his appetite at all, he’s been eating regularly since he came home but he doesn’t really want to drink so I’m giving him water with a syringe.  I think he secretly likes it because truth be told, he might be a bit spoiled.

dog with bottle

Not that spoiled, yet.

On Sunday I asked MacGyver to watch Hank for a bit longer because I wanted to cut the grass and weed eat the lawn.  As much as he hated to, he said ‘sure, no problem.’  I know it killed him inside though.   I could tell every time I passed by the front door and saw him lying there on the sofa watching TV.   (Surely you detected the sarcasm there right?)  Because we haven’t mowed our lawn since before Christmas…

high grass

Don’t worry babe, this shouldn’t take long.

Actually it really shouldn’t have taken more than an hour or two.  I got the grass cut in 45 minutes but unfortunately it took me 3 hours just to weed eat the grass because our weed eater is a MacGyver special and it kept shutting off.

weed eater special

I am not even kidding you, we have a weed eater head just like this…

MacGyver can fix anything so all of our equipment is either souped up or modified and that’s why I had to blow in a hose every few minutes and then stick my finger over it to keep the weed eater from stalling.

 

I kid, I kid, that’s how I keep my ATV from stalling  (Not kidding.).  I’m pretty sure at least one person out there knows what I’m talking about, perhaps Mrs. Inspector Gadget, AKA my sister in law.  She gets it.

But let’s get back to the weekend, shall we?  I ran 13.1 miles on Saturday morning.  I did not have another hydration fail and even though I was home with Hank all day, I got a ton of cleaning done around the house.  The most important thing to tell you though is that I did not get a migraine after that long run.  Not even a slight headache.   Except for the one I got last week, that’s about 3 months of long runs without migraines and my longest run during that time is 15 miles so I’m extremely happy about it.

migraines

I am really looking forward to sharing with you this week a few changes that I made  back in November.  In doing so I’ve been able to do continually increase my long runs and prevent the migraines that I had become accustomed to getting afterward.  I’m going to share the first of those things that I changed tomorrow and then more during the week so I hope you come back to read.  Maybe some of them might work for you.

On Sunday, I wasn’t really sure how many miles I was going to run.  We were playing everything by ear because of Hank but MacGyver told me to run as long as I wanted to so I ran 8 miles.  It was a beautiful morning here and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  I love the weather we had this weekend.  It’s was in the low to mid-sixties in the morning and the low eighties by the afternoon.  It was absolutely perfect.  It won’t last though, summer will be here before we know it.  Hopefully by the time it does, I’ll be acclimated.

Last week I ran 38.5 miles and walked 2 miles.  I ran 5 days and my longest run was 13.1 miles.  My strength training this week was yard work and believe me, it counts.

Hank is getting his drain removed this morning so I’m off to the vet.

How was your weekend?

Did you run?

Just another migraine Monday…

Forgive me if this post is full of typos, all over the place or just generally makes no sense.  Last night MacGyver andd I went to dinner with his parents and I had a bad headache but I thought it would go away considering I took some tylenol and dramamine which surprisingly usually works, except last night.

We were sitting at dinner and I was trying to not think about my headache when all of the sudden the overwhelming sense to throw up came over me.

No!

And now it’s a migraine!

Thankfully I made it to the restroom but dinner was cut short and I felt awful about it.  My father in law gave me some excedrine migraine and MacGyver drove me home soon after and I drugged myself up with additional dramamine and went to bed.  This morning I feel like I’m dragging a huge weight around but no migraine so I am not complaining.

The kid left on Saturday afternoon to head back to Columbus.  We had a blast with him while he was here.  On Friday we took him and his friend out on the boat.  The dogs even joined us.

mikey and the dogs

My three ‘kids’

The kid jumped off the top of the boat and swam in the water with the dogs.  I didn’t go near the water because it was under 70 degrees and quite frankly until it hits 85, no thank you.

We also did some fishing but it wasn’t very successful because apparently the fish were cold too.  The kid did catch a puffer fish and that was pretty cool.

puffer fish

After a full day on the boat we hit up my favorite thrift store but it was a bust so we headed back to the house and MacGyvers parents came over and we had a huge dinner.  MacGyver smoked ribs and I made sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and a cucumber salad.  My mother in law made a mac and cheese casserole and some corn on the cob so we had food for days.

Apparently the activities of the day exhausted poor Hank and he feel asleep on me.

Hanky

Before the kid left he and I spent some time together running a few errands and visiting a few thrift stores.  We had a really good time.  We visited a pet store and while we were in there this man came in with a dog that looked eerily familiar.  I asked him what type of dog it was and he said it was a black lab mixed with a mini dachshund!  So just for giggles, here is what it would look like if Hank and Boomer had a baby, (although that is impossible as they are both boys.)

the Banker

Boomer + Hank = Banker

We said goodbye to the kid around 1PM on Saturday and then MacGyver and I drove around for a bit.  It was a pretty lazy day until later when I decided to go ahead and clean up the house.

On Sunday morning I got up early and decided to get in a longish run.  It was really hot and humid by 7AM so I decided to take along my Camelbak Rogue.  It’s a newish one that MacGyver and I bought a few years ago but I never used because I typically prefer my waist pack however the Camelbak holds shit tons of water so I took it.

I made two mistakes.  First, I filled it all the way.  Do you have any idea how much 2.5 liters of water weighs?  A shit ton.  It weighs a shit ton.

Second, and this was the most critical error, I forgot to test it to make sure everything worked and since it was new, it has a drinking cap that fits over the tube and you have to slice it open.

Oh shit

Carrying all that extra weight by mile 4 I was already dying so I went to take a sip and nothing.  Crap.  Obviously I didn’t bring a knife with me so I tried to use a stick I found on the trail and then a shell but nothing would cut that sipper.  I had to sling off the back pack and open it up and drink every time I was thirsty and it sucked.

I still managed to run 12 miles but looking back if I have no doubts why I got a migraine later.  I’m pretty pissed that I didn’t plan it out better because I was on a roll of no migraines after long runs.  Oh well.

shit ton

Somehow, I managed to run 40 miles last week.  I didn’t run for two days and I averaged 7 miles a day except for Sunday so I guess fitness wise, it was a good week.   I really wish the kid could’ve spent more time here because I really wanted to do a few hikes with him but I guess I’ll just have to make a trip to Columbus soon.

How was your weekend?

Do you ever get migraines after a long run?