WTF Wednesday, it’s Squirtle’s fault.

I had every intention of updating yesterday, I really did.  I got up, got dressed, and walked out the door bright and early.  I went out for a five mile walk and as I walked I played Pokemon Go and that’s when the trouble started.

I went on a bender.

Pokemon Go bender

A Pokemon Go bender!

Pokemon Go froze up about a mile in and I had to restart it at least 4 times.  It wasn’t going too good and I hadn’t found that many pokemon.  Because my bag was full the pokestops weren’t giving me all that many experience points but it all changed at a pokestop when someone put out a lure.  I found a Machop and then an oddish and finally a pidgey in a very short time.  I had to have more.  I needed rare ones.  I hatched an egg and a Squirtle was born.  I couldn’t go back.  I had to go on.  I had to have more.

Before I knew it I had missed an early conference call, forgot to go to the bank and I was late for an early afternoon meeting.  OOPS.  The good news is that I’m almost at level 15 and I’ve got over 60 pokemon.  So, worth it!

We have a mud jeep that we take to the cabin when we want to go 4-wheelin.  We also have ATV’s and motorcycles which is why MacGyver decided he didn’t really need mud tires for his truck anymore and he asked me to put them on Craigslist to sell.

They’re hardly used and in great shape so MacGyver said sell them for 400 bucks and make sure you say cash only.  So, I posted this:

craiglist adI got my first reply this morning:

Stupid people

I should have kept playing Pokemon Go…

 

WTF, it must be Wednesday!

Have you ever advertised something on Craigslist?

WTF Wednesday Pokemon Go, I am not slow!

I probably don’t need to keep telling you this but due to my neck and back issues, I’m not running right now but that doesn’t mean I can’t still get miles in.  I just have to walk instead and since I’d rather be running I had to find something to make the walking fun.  Enter Pokemon Go.

Pokemon expectations

Even though I’m walking, I still want to feel like I’m getting a good workout in and Pokemon Go can sometimes make that a little hard to do.  It would be even harder if I were trying to run.  I was thinking about that today and I’ve come to realize that Pokemon Go is not for runners.

First of all, when you’re running the last thing you really want to do is stop.  We don’t even like to stop for red lights and stop signs so I can’t imagine runners actually stopping to catch a bulbasaur.  Especially if you already have one, or four.

bulbasaur

And here’s the thing, if you do stop to get that bulbasaur or any another Pokemon you can still miss it or worse, sometimes you catch them and the little boogers pop back out of the ball.  I swear.  What runner do you know are going to slow down or stop just to put that damn bulbasaur in the ball over and over again until it finally works.

Okay they might if it’s a rare one.  Or a really cute one.  Okay, I admit it, I did stop for Jigglypuff but I mean, Jigglypuff, worth it!

jigglypuff

And you have to stop at the pokestops to get pokeballs and other items.  If you go too fast you miss them.  If I’m running and I can actually get the phone out and find the pokestop and then manage to run my finger across the screen to spin it and then finally pop the bubbles, I better not get a message telling me I’m too far away or to try again later!

And the most infuriating thing is the hatching of the eggs.  This is the concept that I started playing Pokemon Go for.  As you walk your eggs are incubating and when you hit a 2K, 5K or 10K they hatch. I was pretty sure this would keep me walking and I was pretty stoked to use it when I can run again because if that’s how you get the rare pokemon, I’m gonna rock this game.

But then I realized the system wasn’t all that accurate.  In fact, it’s flawed!  I know this because, like most runners, I keep track of that sort of thing.  When I would hit 5K I would look to see why the egg hadn’t hatched and sometimes it would say 4.9 and once it said 3.2.

Any runner who’s been running for any length of time has some sort of tracking app or watch or two, you know, for analysis and shit.  If you’re serious about your miles, you compare.  I compare stats all the time and I happen to use the Holy Grail of all running gear, the beloved Garmin, and any runner can tell you Garmin doesn’t lie.    It never lies.

And as further proof that Pokemon Go is not suited for runners, I submit to you the pokemon that I got today after a particularly hard mile in which I walked faster than I ever have before.

slowpoke

WTF It must be Wednesday!

Even though I won’t use it running I will continue to play Pokemon Go because I’m seriously addicted.

Do you play Pokemon Go?
What level are you?
Have you joined a gym (a Pokemon Go gym) and if so which one?  (I’m Team Mystic)

I’m back with a pain in the neck.

Last Friday morning I ran 5 miles around my neighborhood.  It wasn’t uncomfortable, it didn’t feel like I pushed too hard and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’m glad that I did because it might have been the last run for a bit.

sad face

Last week I got the results of my last two MRI’s.  My thoracic MRI wasn’t too bad, just a few stressed areas but nothing in the spine that looked too bad.  My cervical MRI results were two pages long.  Two. Flipping. Pages!

I’ve got Cervical Osteophyte Complex and severe foraminal narrowing plus other shit that I don’t even understand.  It’s not pretty.  And to make matters worse I’ve had serious pain (in the neck, literally) all weekend long.  I was able to walk and so I did.  I walked 9 miles total on Saturday and Sunday morning and the Kid and I walked several miles in the evening while playing Pokemon Go.

I see the neurologist again in mid-August and I’ll be able to talk to him about a plan of action.  I’m confident we can get my lower spine back to a manageable level but I’m worried about the upper spine.  There are multiple bone spurs and disc problems as well as the nerve issue.  I’m also really worried about another thing they found that has nothing to do with the spine and I’ll be having a CT scan this week to determine how serious it is.   I don’t know too much about it and I’m not ready to share just yet but I will once I know something.

Anyway, as you can imagine, I’ve been a little stressed over the whole thing.  The good news is, my lawn has never looked so good.

backyard

I replaced the old single brick row with this retaining wall.  It’s not really brick but I think it looks pretty cool and it’s much easier to clean and care for.

lawn work

When I’m stressed, I garden, I weed, and I prune.  I like to put my hands in the dirt.

As proof, check out the palms and plants in the front yard with their new border.

front yard decor

And this new little display that I built in the backyard using old stuff that was just laying around.

flamingos

And I finally found a use for my new bench.  MacGyver and I went to Home Depot and got a few stone pavers and built a little patio for it.

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Obviously I was more than a little stressed!  I got a lot done.  I probably did more yard work in two days than I’ve done in six months!

I did walk the dogs quite a bit this weekend too.

Hank

I’m always up for a walk and kisses, I love kisses!

Boomer

I’m perfectly happy here on the sofa but I’ma need some more pillows.

And of course I cant run right now so it makes perfect sense that this would show up:

pink fitbit

The replacement!

I’m also almost to level 9 in Pokemon Go but more importantly the Kid and I are spending a lot of quality time together and seeing things like this.

broken tree

This was a huge tree that had been hit by lightning and was still stuck in the power lines.

And we got to meet this guy, but don’t worry we didn’t get close.

gator

Gator Glen

And that’s what’s going on around here.

I’m wondering for those of you who suffer from neck or  back pain, what types of exercise are you able to do that is effective yet doesn’t cause pain or risk further injury?