Why the heck was Sponge Bob there?

After well over a week of no running, I was almost sure that Saturday would be a good day to try out a little run.  I started out that morning and it felt really great so I kept going.  When I got to 2 miles, I decided to take a little break and realized that I was running a bit too fast so I slowed it down a little and ran/walked the last two miles.  I felt fine the rest of the day and I even lifted weights with MacGyver after I ran.

I feel greatOn Sunday morning I was even more excited to get in a little run.  I decided to keep it short and run 3 miles.  I got up early and got out around 7AM. It was super foggy and I could barely see 10 feet in front of me.

foggy trailSEE?  It was crazy and it lasted until around 10AM…but back to my story.  So, I stretched a good deal and picked out a good playlist and got ready to go.  I pushed off with my right foot and when my left foot hit the ground, I felt the most excruciating pain run up my shin.  At first I thought maybe I just landed wrong so I started again pushing off with my right foot and then my left foot screamed.

Oh shitThat was it.  I walked the rest of the way and came home in defeat.  Apparently my left shin is still mad at me.  I plan to see my doctor this week for something else so I’ll ask him about it.  I’m going to take it easy til then.  Walking will have to suffice.

In the meantime let’s talk about the rest of the weekend and I’m sorry to say this but last night I watched the most boring super bowl I have ever seen.  Not just the game itself but the commercials, the half time show, it all was just….boring.

so very boringAnd then I spent the better part of the second half trying to figure out why the heck Sponge Bob was in the half time show.  So much confusion.  What even was that about?

Thankfully, I did see the most hilarious thing on facebook later that night that made me forget all about Sponge Bob.

best fb post ever

Bwah ha ha ha ha. Best Post EVER.

So glad he took that shirt off, aren’t you?

Also this weekend I finally got to see Three Identical Strangers which I’ve wanted to see practically since filming began.  I also saw Love, Gilda and I highly recommend them both.  They were awesome.

There is another movie I’m dying to see but it hasn’t been released yet.  I’m so excited about it because a few years ago MacGyver and I fell in love with this show called Idiotsitter.  It was hilarious.  Unfortunately like all great shows I fall in love with, it got cancelled.

Imagine how excited I was to find out that the main character from Idiotsitter, Jillian Bell, is in a new movie called, Brittney runs a Marathon.  One of my favorite actresses and my favorite sport all together, it doesn’t get any better.

When it premiered at Sundance, it got awesome reviews.  I was stoked to hear that Amazon will be showing the movie…. but not until Summer so I guess I’ll have to wait.

factsIt also just occurred to me that I watch entirely too much TV.

How was your weekend?

Did you watch the Patriot Bowl Super Bowl?

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?