Weekend Recap, an Injury Update (x 2), and a Plan!!!

And let me just say…what a FABULOUS weekend it was!  It flew by, of course, but, hey, what else is new?  It didn’t start off all that awesome since I had to work Saturday morning, but FOR ONCE the weather cooperated.  It was cloudy and misty and just generally shitty out until right at closing time at 11:00 (we’re only open half-days on Saturdays).  With the click of the lock, the skies cleared and the sun came out in all its glory, and this ol’ girl couldn’t get home and get outside fast enough.  I had an itch that only an outdoors run was going to scratch.  It’s been miserably hot this week–like oppressively, unbearably hot–so I had been avoiding the outdoors every chance I got.  But when the sun came out Saturday, it was a cool 80 degrees with humidity only in the 60% range–a regular old cold front.  I usually prefer it to be cloudy and much, much cooler for a run, but my mood had been in the shitter this week, and the sunshine was just what my soul needed.

Running the country roads.  Just me and the soybeans.
Running the country roads. Just me and the soybeans.

After I finished, I went back in, leashed up the pups and headed back out for a walk with them.  They were hankering for a nice long walk, too.  They don’t like being outside any more than I do when the heat index is 105+, so they were suffering from a pretty severe case of cabin fever.  Judging from Bella’s expression, I’d say they rather enjoyed themselves.

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“I’m so happy. But I’m so tired. But I’m so happy. And tired.”

D and I had ourselves a little date night Saturday night.  Some people tell me when you don’t have kids EVERY night is date night, but whatever.  Maybe.  Maybe I should be more specific and say we took showers and put on non-flannel, non-tech gear, non-pajama clothes and left the house.  For months, I’ve been counting down the days for Ted 2 to open, so we went to see that.  The show didn’t start till 9:50(!!!  What are we, 18?!), so we went to Jasmine, my favorite (read: the only) local Thai joint to eat and hang out a while.  I was in hog heaven with my vegetarian sushi roll and the Cards/Cubs game on in the bar.  I briefly considered having a drink or five while killing time but then I thought better of it because HELLO!  9:50!!!  I’m usually holding down my side of the bed (read: the middle) by 9:50.  So I stuck to water and somehow managed to stay awake through the entire thing.  It was really funny.  Not as funny as the first one, but still pretty damn funny.  And then I fell asleep on the 30-minute drive home.  I party so hard.

Sunday morning I was awakened by snoring, and just before I kicked D I realized it was coming from the foot of the bed.

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He has just started doing this.  He’s totally called my “no dogs on the bed” bluff.

I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and started the coffee and just enjoyed the quiet morning.  I read, I caught up on some blogs, partook in a little online retail therapy… all while intentionally staying far, far away from the land of Facebook.  Social media largely contributed to my rotten mood the last few days.

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This is really funny, but in all seriousness… ENOUGH ALREADY!

Part of that little online shopping trip included planning a weekend getaway for me and D!  One of our favorite comedians, Jim Jefferies, will be in Atlanta in September, soooo….

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HELLS YEAH!

Once those tickets were procured, I thought to myself, “Hmmmmm……..I wonder if there would happen to be any races nearby that weekend.”  A quick little click to halfmarathons.net  told me that INDEED THERE IS!  The Tortoise and the Hare Half Marathon is in Canton, just outside of Atlanta, that same morning!

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I love the description of the race.  It sounds so fun!  And the scenery!   It’ll be my first trail half, my first race back after my hip/leg injury, and state #9!  I’m just downright giddy over the whole trip. D was skeptical when I told him I’d found a half just a little over two months away, but like I told him, I’m not out to prove anything.  I will wear my Tortoise title proudly that day.  I’m no stranger to running half-marathons half-assed trained.  What’s once more?!

With the excitement of planning that trip fresh on my brain (and the caffeine from my homemade iced coffees fresh in my veins), I threw on some clothes and headed out the front door for a run equally as glorious as yesterday’s.  After finishing that I did a little yard and house cleaning, laid out for a while, then dragged out the dogs’ pool.  Seriously, nothing makes me happier than seeing my furry kids happy.

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I wrapped up my day with an awesome shopping trip to Kroger ($0.99 organic kale and $0.50 organic red grapefruit–score!) and a terrible movie.  The Boy Next Door–UGH.  I had a feeling it would be horrible, and it exceeded my expectations.  I only got it because everything I wanted to see was gone from the Redbox at Kroger and I had a code for a free rental, so I took a chance on it.

Now just a little bit of an injury update…When I last posted I was miserable with some sort of issue with my abs a week after a killer core workout during CrossFit.  Now, three days later, things have gotten SO much better!  But not before they got worse.  The swelling peaked the next day but then has gradually been going down.  I’m almost back to normal now as far as the swelling goes.  They’re still awfully weak though.  I went from being able to hold almost a 3-minute plank a couple of weeks ago to not even being able to support myself to do a single pushup when I tried today.  I jacked something up real good, but whatever it was seems to be on the mend, so I’m holding off on calling in any professionals.  And as for the more chronic issue, I think it’s finally safe to say that the iliopsoas injury is behind me.  HALLELUJAH!!!   I’m continuing to do the things my physical therapist taught me, and I’ll go back to see her at the first twinge or hint of recurrence to stay on top of things, but for now, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO, BITCHES!!!!

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Mah Belleh

Something is not right with my belly, y’all.  I went to CrossFit last week and positively shredded my abs.  I was soooo sore afterwards.  Not like just “hard workout” sore.  I mean I was damn near debilitated for three days.  It hurt to BREATHE.  And God forbid I had to cough or sneeze.  The pain began subsiding over the weekend, but that’s when the swelling started.  My flat, toned stomach (admittedly my favorite part of me!) is soft, smooshy, and jiggly.  I feel like Fat Bastard.

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What the hell did I do???  Obviously the jiggly part is water retention because you don’t just gain 3 pounds of fat in a couple of days.  Now here I am eight days after the initial workout and most of the soreness is gone (most, not all–I still can’t do anything that uses them) but I’m still just as swollen as I was on Monday.  I talked to my oldest friend, who is a weightlifter, and he said it was the same thing as straining an ankle–that swells and retains fluid too till it’s healed.  I ran this all by my BFF (WHO WILL BE HERE IN A WEEK, BTW!!!!!!) who is a nurse at a sports ortho clinic, and she suggested I call my doctor.  I love her and value her opinion to no end, but I’m kind of sick of doctors at this point after all my hip bullshit.  And I’d kinda feel like a moron if he was like, “You’ve strained your abs, Dumbass.”  So no gym for me for a little while.  I can still run, THANK GOD.  I’d hate to lose that again just as I’m getting it back!  I think the wait-and-see approach sounds like the best bet for now.

Have you ever done anything this stupid?  And painful?  And painfully stupid?  Ever injured your abs?

Thinking Out Loud: The Summer Time Warp and Playing Catch-Up

How is it that in the summer the days get simultaneously longer and shorter?  In the winter, I’m usually in bed by 9.  In the summer, I’m lucky to be eating dinner by 9.  There’s just always so much more to do and so much more fun to be had in the summer!  Take yesterday, for example.  I worked till 4:30, went for a short run (short because HELLO SUMMER with your stupid feels-like 96 degrees) went to the 5:30 CrossFit class, came home and walked the dogs, took a shower, fixed a quick dinner, and sat down to eat at 8:40.  Who has time for blogging when every day is like that?!  It’s so much easier to throw a quick post on Instagram or Facebook.  I’m only able to spare a few minutes today because I took a vacation day.  Anyway, I’m using the Thursday Thinking Out Loud trend to catch up on the things I haven’t had time to blog about, so this is gonna be all over the place.

  • I’ve started doing CrossFit again.  I’ve been twice.  Last night was the first time I’ve ever thrown in the towel and “no-scored” a workout.  I went for a run before class, and during class I could NOT get my heart rate to drop below an explosive level.  I’ve never felt like that before.  I don’t know exactly what was going on, but my heart rate was sky high, my hearing was muffled, and I got a sudden pounding headache in my forehead.  It honestly kind of scared me a bit, so I stopped in the third of four rounds.  It wasn’t even a super hard WOD.  Four rounds of 15 kettlebell swings/15 burpees,/15 GHD situps.  I’ve done much harder, so I dunno.  I’m sure dehydration played at least a small part of it.

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  • Things are really going well at our business.  We’ve hired someone full-time to run the front office and clean the building and stuff.  Taking some of that busy work off D has saved him so much time and lets him spend more time on the things that make money and grow the business.  Insurance jobs are slow right now (not a point of concern–that’s an industry standard for this time of year), so he’s spending that time on his project cars instead.  He just finished this one up!  Isn’t she beautiful???  She’ll be for sale as soon as we get the title work back from the state, so hit me up.  haha  But till then I’m enjoying the shit out of driving it.  I had one of my own a few years ago, and this makes me miss it!
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  • The dogs are enjoying keeping cool this summer.

  • I sincerely hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this, but the healing of the running injury is coming along nicely since changing physical therapists.  I’m kind of pissed about all the time and money I lost with the other place, but I’m trying to just focus on the now and be glad that I’m finally getting better.  Still the most I’ve run is 3.5 miles, but I’m hindered now only by loss of fitness and the heat, not by pain.  It’s damn hard, y’all, to start from scratch and build any kind of base in a Tennessee summer.
  • We’ve been in our house for eight years, and I guess eight years is kind of the time when everything starts to go to shit.  Sheetrock nails are coming out of the ceiling, walls need sheetrock repair and repainted, carpet needs replaced, boards on our deck are warping and coming up, and our air conditioning unit just had to have a pretty costly repair.  One thing at a time… The deck is at the top of my priority list because that’s kind of my summer oasis!

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I have several potted plants on my deck, but my Gerber daisies are gorgeous this year! And my hibiscus has buds all over it that are about to explode!
  • I’m super excited because the bestie Michele is coming in from Virginia in two weeks!  I’ve reserved her for a day.  haha  Two weeks from today we have a bestie date planned.  Gym, mani-pedis, drinks by the pool, YES!

Is summer keeping you hopping this year?  

Weekend Recap and One off the Summer Bucket List!

How in the world is it possible that it’s Monday already???  The weekend flew by at warp speed, and I’m sure it didn’t help matters any that I had to work on Saturday.  Only till 11:30, but still!  YUCK!  Anyway, Saturday afternoon was pretty chill, then Saturday evening I got to cross the first item off my summer bucket list.  Me and D, his sister and her husband, two of their kids, and a friend of the youngest went to the Full Throttle Distillery.

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I’ve been wanting to go since it opened up, and this weekend Bad Company was playing there, so we thought it would be a good weekend to check it out!  WRONG! Turns out everyone south of the Mason Dixon had the same idea.  The line to even get into the bar part where they do the moonshine tastings was forever long and then once you got in, the bar was SO crowded… we didn’t even try.  We just said we’d come back some other time when there wasn’t a big event going on and there wouldn’t be as many people.  We went around to the back door that led into the gift shop and we could see the bar part and everything from there.  It was a really cool setup though.  The whole tiny town of Trimble was just packed.  You literally had to park on the side of the highway that leads into Trimble and walk in.  And whereas I thought the whole festival thing was on the distillery grounds….no, it took up all of the downtown area.  So that meant that the cooler of beer we brought and toted all that way in was nothing more than something for someone to sit on because we weren’t allowed to have open containers in the street.  LAME.  Then we thought, “Well at least there’ll be good music.”   WRONG AGAIN!  haha  Okay, it wasn’t that bad.  They sounded okay, but they just didn’t play all the big songs that everyone knows them for!  And when they did, they beat them into the damn ground!  They made Feel Like Makin’ Love into probably a 12 minute song.  He’d play some, then talk some, then try to crack some jokes, then play some more, then change it up to make it sound Caribbeanish, then change it again… it just wasn’t the great time I was hoping for!  BUT!  Their lead vocalist, Paul Rodgers, made a fan out of life for me.  I didn’t know this, but he’s a big animal rights advocate, and they were donating a portion of the night’s merchandise sales to a no-kill shelter.  Respect.

Sunday redeemed my unspectacular Saturday night though.  I got up early (dearest kitty was staaaaaarving and I couldn’t go back to sleep) so I started binge rewatching season 2 of Orange is the New Black in preparation for binge watching season 3 when it’s released this weekend.  Around lunch I got up and ran a couple of treadmill miles (just two because I’ve been hurting a bit again lately, but these two were pain free!) and then changed into a swim suit and hit my back deck for some quality me time.  Ahhhhh, it was perfect and just what this girl needed.  Sunshine, coooooooooooooooooooooooold beer (it had been on ice in the cooler for about 20 hours at that point so it had little ice flakes in it–PERFECT!!!!), a good book, Ed Sheeran channel on Pandora… what more could a girl ask for?!

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I stayed out until I was sufficiently sunburned and buzzed. I had planned to go grab some groceries and cook, but I was way too buzzed for that nonsense.  So I took the dogs for a walk instead.  Drunk dog walking–it’s the next big thing, I’m telling you.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!!

 

My Summer Bucket List

Natalie at Life is Hard but Never Serious (my absolute favorite recently discovered blog) posted a summer bucket list a few days ago, and I loved the idea!  I’m really bad about letting myself get the blues after a big, exciting event like a key race or trip, and that’s been the case since we came back from New York City.  It always helps when I focus on the small fun stuff to look forward to until the next big deal comes along!  And since our next trip in October seems like an eternity away right now, I need to get excited about the summer I have in front of me!  So here goes…my summer bucket list!

1.     Do a gallery wall.  This one just may take me all damn summer.  I’m the least creative person on this planet, and this most obviously manifests itself through my lack of home decor skill.  So thank God for Pinterest!  I found a few ideas for inspiration, and so far this one is my favorite.  I won’t do it exactly like it is because I don’t think many of my photos would blow up to 16 x 20 with very good quality, but this gives me an idea of how to start at least.

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2.     Finish out my cross fit punch card.  I joined a cross fit gym about a year and a half ago with plans of that being a form of cross training as an adjunct to running.  I went somewhat regularly for a while, then the gym ownership changed hands and they changed a lot of stuff and a new crowd came in and I just didn’t enjoy it anymore and gradually quit going.  Trouble is I have 10 more prepaid classes, which is exactly a $100 value, so I need to get my money’s worth.  I need to just go to those 10 classes and then cancel my membership.  Or renew it if I find I like it again.  Either way, I just need to freaking go.

3.     Take dogs to the water.  We’re in the market for a boat, so I’d like to take the dogs down to the water to see if it’s something they’ll enjoy.  I’d love to take them out on the boat with us, but only if it’s something they’ll like.  I’m pretty sure the girl will enjoy it, but I’m not sure about the boy.  He can be timid in unfamiliar situations, but if it’s something he really enjoys he’s super outgoing.  Like at the dog park.  So he may surprise me.  I know he loves playing in the water with the water hose here at the house, so he may love the lake!

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My handsome boy

4.     Visit Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois.  One of my friends told me about this place last summer, and when I googled it I was floored.  I had no idea anything like this existed anywhere around here.  I thought you had to go out west for views like this!  And it’s only two hours north of here.  We NEED to take a day trip here.

Photo borrowed from www.tripadvisor.com
Photo borrowed from http://www.tripadvisor.com

5.     Ballgame in St. Louis.  We didn’t get to a single game all summer last year until the National League Championship Series, so I’d like to get in a game or five of regular season play this year.

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6.     Current River in Van Buren, Missouri.  Sunshine, beer, and water.  Yes please!  I haven’t been floating in like 10 years.  It’s time.

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7.     Visit the Full Throttle Saloon distillery.  Michael Ballard, from the TV Show Full Throttle Saloon, grew up in a tiny town near my hometown, and he recently returned and built a distillery where they make their S’loonshine.  I need to go support his cause!  haha  We’ll probably take care of that one this weekend.  They’re having a big two-day shindig with a car show and outdoor concerts (Bad Company will be there!) and such, and it sounds like a great time to go.

8.     Re-read Harry Potter series.  We’re going to Florida in October, and as part of that trip I’ve sweet-talked the hubby into going to Harry Potter World on our way home.  I feel the need to re-read everything before we go!

9.     Go to Fall Creek Falls.  This Tennessee state park draws people from all over the country, and I’ve never been to it even though it’s in my own state.  Lots of my friends have been, and it looks absolutely beautiful!  I love a good waterfall.

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10.   Race a 5K and not suck.  This will definitely be a LATE summer/early fall feat.  Because, God, who wants to run a 5K in 95-degree heat with 102% humidity?  As I get back into training, I want to be sure that I incorporate speed work to get myself used to running uncomfortably.  I was making progress in this area before I was injured, but I’ve lost a GREAT deal of fitness in these months off!  It’s gonna take a while to get that back, but surely I can not suck at a 5K by the end of summer.

And now that I read back through these, that sounds like a lot of out-of-town stuff!  We may not be able to make ALL of these happen this summer, but it’ll be fun to try!

What’s on YOUR list this summer?