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?

Slippo the Hippo

I have literally been working my ass off, as if that were even remotely possible, and it’s not.  Trust me, it isn’t.  I’ve been blessed in that way.

big big booty

I get it from my mama

But seriously y’all I’m so tired and I needed a break and so did MacGyver and even though we did go to our house in Nokomis last weekend it wasn’t exactly the break we were looking for since we had to deal with the whole ‘a friggin tree fell in our backyard and left debris all over the god damn place’.  See that was NOT exactly a break.

And then, I had a slip.  A nip hip slip!

oh the pain

Actually, what had happened wuz….

I was walking the dogs yesterday after my run, and of course the bastards decided to chase a cat, but they had different ideas of how to catch it.  Boomer went left while Hank went forward and I landed on my left butt cheek.  Hard.

So, all day yesterday my left hip which had been a little tweaky now feels like someone is stabbing me every time I sit down which means my piriformis is screaming at me.  And guess how we get that better.  Go ahead, guess!

We Rest!

i need self help

Does anyone know where I can pick up a self help book?

Fortunately, MacGyver and I are headed to our little cabin.  Unfortunately, there’s no electricity, or running water, or cable TV.  I do have a sweet ass personal running trail that was specifically built for me so that I’d have something to do while we’re out there……………

Kill me now.

What are you’re weekend plans?  (I’m going to steal wifi and blog from the cabin, stay tuned.)

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?