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?

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?

The weekend and what ruins your good run?

Good Morning!  I’m still trying to get motivated after a long weekend down in Nokomis, not that I ran, because I didn’t.  MacGyver and I worked in the yard for most of the day Friday and then I worked in the yard Saturday and Sunday because, let’s be honest, OCD.

Here are some of the results:

Nokomis Lawn

And also this little result, which happens to be a burn.  Let this be a lesson, if you have metal tiki torches with those little caps that go over them when you aren’t burning them, be careful with those damn caps.

burn

Freakin OUCH!

Yes, it hurts.

Guess what else hurts…my right butt cheek, right outer thigh and my right hamstring, hence not running.  I did manage to walk 3 miles on Saturday morning and I walked a few miles this morning but running is not happening.

If you’re wondering what happened, the best I can tell is at some point when I was doing all that yard work I stepped forward a bit too far and felt a little twinge of pain and it’s been hurting ever since.  It’s not real serious or anything but since I want to run a few marathons this winter and I really want to start seriously training again in August, I’ve decided to rest it for as long as I need to.

running and recovery

When MacGyver and I were in Nokomis, I was watching the news on Friday and saw that Snooty the manatee was having a huge party for his 69th birthday.  I considered going over there on the weekend  because Snooty is the coolest manatee ever and I love manatee’s.  After seeing the news this morning, I wish I had because apparently Snooty died on Sunday.

RIP Snooty

This makes me so sad.

Yesterday MacGyver went fishing and I decided to stay home.  After working in the yard a bit, I took a little break to watch some television.   I watched To The Bone on Netflix.

To The Bone

I have to admit that I wasn’t the slightest bit curious about it until I read the hype and the controversy but I will say if you have or have ever had a serious eating disorder, this may not be a film for you to see.  I could see how it would trigger bad behavior in some.  The film does warn you at the beginning that it could be a trigger but I also felt like there were parts of the movie that almost seem to glamorize eating disorders.  Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how it seemed to me.    I would say if you want to watch it, proceed with caution.

Did you see all of the hype surrounding a tweet that Ivanka Trump sent out like 4 years ago?  I feel kind of sorry for her, I mean, if you looked at all of my tweets, I’m pretty sure you’d find a hell of a lot of stupid things I’ve said from the last week much less 4 years ago.  That being said, this tweet cracked me up:

tweets

I was reading an article recently and it was about the things that you think about when you’re running and the writer said that she can be having a great run and a certain thing could happen and then completely ruin it for her.  In her case one of those things was having someone drive by and yell out a rude comment because she said that she just couldn’t stop thinking about why someone would say something so rude and that it ate away at her until she quit running.

I thought about what would make me stop if I was having a great run and for me, it happens if I start thinking about work and I remember that I forgot to do something for a client that I said I would do. I feel like I have to go get whatever it is done before I forget again and I can’t stop thinking about it and I know it will drive me crazy so I usually just run straight home to handle it.

 

This is why I do everything I can NOT to think about work when I’m out running because when I’m having a great run I feel invincible.

running man

What is the one thing that can ruin a good run for you?

Have you seen To The Bone?