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?

I was never good at test anyways….

On Friday I got the results of my test from earlier in the week.  I was happy that they came back so quickly and I may have been a bit anxious because I called my doctor’s office literally 5 minutes after I saw the email that the tests were back.

Am i dying?

So, the results of my tests are…..

I need more tests!  Oh Joy!

My blood work was all perfect except for the C-Reactive Protein which was high.  The sed rate was at the high end but still within the normal range.  According to the doctor’s office, the CRP is a much more sensitive test and is indicative of inflammation in the body.  I didn’t need a CRP test to tell me that!

The MRI was another story.

my brain

This is a picture of my naked brain.

I think my MRI has confused doctors for years and since they can’t figure out what the problem is, they give up.  Basically my MRI shows the same thing it has showed for the past 6 or 7 years, just slightly worse each time.

The gist of the finding is something like this:

Several tiny foci of T2 signal predominantly within the subcortical white matter of both cerebral hemispheres with a single lesion adjacent to the anterior horn of the left lateral ventricle.  The differential diagnosis would include nonspecific changes of migraine headaches or vasculitis.  Small vessel ischemic disease and a demyelinating process cannot be ruled out.

and yada, yada, yada.

And then they go on to list out each of the sinuses and mention that there is chronic sinusitis, another thing I’ve had for over 20 years.  If anyone has any idea what MRI’s mean, by all means, I’d love to hear what you think.  I’m doing my best to stay positive but it would really help to know what the problem is so that I can plan my battle and develop an attack.

In the meantime, running is still going just slow.  I ran 6 miles on Saturday but that was all I managed.  I ended up with another migraine that afternoon and so Sunday, I decided not to push it.

A couple of things from this weekend that were pretty cool.  Because we live near the ball field we can see the fireworks during the home games and they put on a hell of a show.  This weekend they had a game on Friday and Saturday night so we had two nights of fireworks.  I took a short video because I’m a nerd.

I also realized that April showers bring May flowers, except we didn’t have a lot of showers in April so I wasn’t really expecting any flowers. Well there’s that and the fact that I didn’t plant any. Anyway, I went outside yesterday to get something from the garage and noticed that my gladiolus have bloomed!

gladiolus

And they’re pink!

And last night MacGyver and I watched Fear the Walking Dead and then Naked and Afraid. Did you catch the episode of Naked and Afraid?  Jesus Christ, the dude from last night was talking about how the whole experience was making him go to a dark place and making him want to hurt people, after like FIVE FREAKIN DAYS!  It was one of the weirdest episodes I’ve ever seen.  And, I can’t seem to get it out of my head.  Who thinks like that?

What’s on your agenda for today, got a run planned?

Have you ever had an MRI?

I bit off more that I can chew

I bit off a bit more than I can chew this weekend.

biting off more than I can chew

I feel you turtle man, I do.

Let’s start with last Friday afternoon, shall we?  On Friday afternoon I made a trip over to Lowe’s with the kid.  Since we decided to stay home for the weekend, I thought it might be a good time to paint my bedroom so I bought lots of paint.

The last time that I painted it was years ago and unfortunately I used the wrong type of paint.  I won’t bore you with the details except to say that I have 2 walls primed and that’s as far as I’ve gotten and when I think of what’s left to do, I feel like this…..

overwhelmed

This could go on for weeks….WEEKS!

In case you didn’t know it, I’m not really good at taking my time with things.  I like to just get them done.  Unfortunately,  I spent all weekend on this room and now it’s the weekday and I have other things that have to be done, like that job thing, ugh!

MacGyver refuses to help because he wanted nothing to do with painting the room in the first place.  Besides, he’s a little preoccupied with his new toy.

The mold of the fish he caught a few weeks ago.

snook

This is the 42″ Snook that he caught….

So I’ll just have to resort to working on it during breaks and at night and hope I get it finished this month.

Since I was painting the bedroom this weekend I only had a chance to watch one episode of Orange is The New Black but it was hella good.  I can’t wait to see more.

I did manage to run both Saturday and Sunday and I was smart and ran on the treadmill.  I did 4 miles on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.  It was a nice break from the painting and although I would have liked to run more I just couldn’t find the time.

I did get a chance to wear my new romper on a trip to Lowe’s.  I’m not sure I like it with flat shoes and also because I have such a long torso I’m not sure it looks all that great.

romper

The pattern is really cute though so that’s a plus.

All right, I need to get to work so I can find the time to paint today.  Oh joy!  And yes, that’s sarcasm.

Do you like painting?
Do you paint your house yourself or hire someone?