Those holes in the toes of your running shoes and other tangents

Yesterday I took Hank to the vet again.  I had to leave him there for an hour and a half so that they could run some blood tests.  The vet said that he does not have pancreatitis but he does have hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.  It could have been caused by the antibiotic he was on after surgery or possibly the food I gave him to hide his pills in.  We are almost positive it was one or the other as we ruled everything else out.

Hank at the vet

Where is the nearest exit?

He seems to be doing better but last night as MacGyver and I were putting his pajamas on after changing his bandage we noticed a lump on his backend.  MacGyver feels positive it’s a hernia.  I’m not making any guesses, instead I’m just going to head on up to the vet again today because hey it’s been almost 24 hours and they probably miss us.


Anyway, I’m checking in today because I had a few things to tell you about.  First is this article about running shoes or more precisely holes in the toes of your running shoes.

holes in toes of running shoes

I have many pairs of running shoes that look just like that and by many I mean more than not.  I have always thought that it was either due to uppers that weren’t made well or my toenails were too long but this article from Another Mother Runner explains that there are quite a few reasons you could have holes in the toes of your running shoes and it was surprising to me that it could be due to something completely different than the things I thought caused them.  I found it extremely interesting and I wanted to pass it along.

Another article I read was in Shape magazine this month.  When it came in the mail I was perusing through the articles when lo and behold I saw an article title ‘The Super Nutrient You Need’ and it was all about magnesium!  Do you remember when I told y’all how magnesium has helped stave off migraines for me after my long runs?

Well, this article mentioned how you need more magnesium if you exercise a lot but it went even further and explained how you can figure out exactly how much you need.  It said you need around 310-320 milligrams of magnesium a day but if you exercise add 100 milligrams for every 45 minutes you exercise daily.  I tried to find the article online but was unsuccessful so if you would like to read it, pick up a copy of April’s issue of Shape Magazine.

One more important thing I’ve been meaning to mention, March is MS awareness month.  This is something close to my heart and I wanted to share this video with you.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Do you take magnesium?

Do you know anyone who suffers from MS?

Tuesday tangents and HIIT workouts VS running a marathon

Does anyone else find it suspect that National Oreo Cookie Day and National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day are on the same day as National Dentists Day?

the National DayThings that make you go hmmmmmm

So I decided to sleep in this morning and forgo my run.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  Of course, I then got up and took both of the dogs for a walk, separately, so that I could get out of the house for a good half hour.  Apparently I need to be outside first thing in the morning whether I’m running or not.

need to be outsideDid anyone see this story?

I absolutely hate reading stories like this.  It also reminds me of the time I was running in a local park and near the end of my run I heard something in the wooded area to my right and as I looked over I saw a guy in work out attire with his junk hanging out.

I just kept running but it pissed me off because even though it wasn’t obvious, I just knew he was doing it on purpose because there were porta potties located exactly 50 feet from where he was and I knew that there were little girls in the park as well.  What the hell is wrong with these men?  And is the punishment severe enough?  Because I feel like most normal men would know that exposing themselves in any manner in a public park is just wrong.  Period.

How bout this next article?  Did anyone see this?

running a marathonYou can click on the image to read this article.

I do believe that running a marathon alone is not the best way to get into shape and I also think you need additional forms of exercise but I hate when I see articles like this because I think it discourages people from long distance running and of course I want everyone to love it as much as I do.  It is an interesting article though and I do like HIIT workouts for strength training.  What do you think?

Do you do HIIT workouts?

What do you think should be the punishment for someone who exposes themselves in public?

There’s a card for that.

Just in case you aren’t sick of silly outtakes, here’s another shot from the famous photo shoot.  You know, the one where mom pretended to be Herb Ritz and I pretended to be Christie Brinkley but we’re both just really awkward….or at least I am.

the Undress

Use code Flower35 to get 35% off of one of these portable changing rooms!

I’ve changed clothes right in the middle of the mall parking lot wearing the Undress and no one had a clue.  It’s genius.  Go get one.

Yesterday, we went to pick out a card for a friend of mine who recently had surgery and I was getting all kinds of pissed off at the poor selection.  There were over 5,000 cards available.  Four were in the ‘Get Well Soon’ section.  FOUR.  But they had all kinds of cards for ‘congratulations on your recent coming out’, ‘welcome to your new gender’, ‘sorry to hear about the loss of your partner’s pet’,(not your pet mind you, but your partner’s pet!)

What the hell? What happened to the typical Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon and Across the Miles cards?  Where did they go?  Of course, just as I was bitching up a blue streak we came across the mack daddy of all cards.  It said, ‘Running is an Accomplishment, Congratulations on your recent race’.

No way!

A running card!  An actually congratulations on your race card!  When did they start printing running cards?  And then I looked at Mom and said the better question is ‘why have you never bought me one?’

Has anyone ever bought you a congratulations on your race card?

Did you know they had congratulations on your race cards?