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Stuff and Things

Alright, I think I have finally pulled myself out of the depression that comes from admitting injury and dropping out of a race, so I’m back. I’ve also finally accepted that ignoring the pain in my hip for over a month hasn’t helped it get any better, so I’m actually calling a doctor today. Womp, womp. If my first broken bone ends up being my hip, at age (almost) 29 you can expect an endless amount of old age jokes. In order to avoid the sulking that would have come with staying in DC for the weekend while the race was going on, I got the hell out-of-town and headed to a place that always makes me happy.

hburgGood old Harrisonburg, Va, home of JMU. It was a great decision, because there’s nothing more I enjoy than outdoor day drinking even if we were pretending it was about 15 degrees warmer than it actually was. There was a variety of drinking games played and lots of cornhole. (Sidenote: if you need some awesome cornhole bags, my friend makes these  and you can get them in your team/school’s colors, also pictured above). I also discovered the gloriousness that is the Moscow Mule that weekend, and have declared them my drink of the summer. Now if someone wants to buy me some copper mugs to drink out of… I’d be ok with that.

This past weekend I hit up DC Beerfest at Nationals Park with a group of my friends, pictures above under my Instagram feed, and it was a perfect day for it. As is usually par for the course with day drinking in the sun and heat, I was home and in bed at 11 pm. Don’t mind me and my broken hip, I’m just busy being old.

That’s about all I have to say today. Ok, bye.

 

xoxo

 

I like these things

Well I’m happy to see that at least a few of you hadn’t completely forgotten about me! Or you’re just as lazy as I am and never deleted me from your reader feeds. Either way, hello hello! I’m currently sitting on my couch waiting for the temps to creep out of the 20s so I can go get my run in, and the dog is flipping out because I have sneakers on and she thinks that means she’s going somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I’d totally take her running with me if I wasn’t 100% sure I’d trip over her, fall, and break my face. I am one of the clumsiest, (somewhat) athletic, person  you will ever meet.

So, since most of you are experiencing this stupid cold weather I thought I’d share some of my favorite cold weather running crap with you. I may not be able to find pants I like, but I have recently acquired a plethora of tops that I’m obsessed with. First up, the long sleeve Saucony top I’m currently wearing.

Saucony LS

It’s neon, has thumb holes, is long enough for me, tight but not too tight, and realllly comfy. Also the side ruching is pretty cute. I got this at my local Fleet Feet store where it was 30% off, I can’t find the exact one on the website, but this one is similar. I also now own two of the Brooks Essential Long Sleeve half zips, and I LOVE them. I wore one last weekend for my long run with another long sleeve underneath and was just warm enough. I can see myself wearing them alone when it gets a little warmer or with just a tank underneath.

I ordered a pair of Under Armor Cold Weather Gear Compression tights, they should arrive Monday so after I test them out I’ll report back on how I feel about them. I’m actually wearing capris today, because I cannot deal with yanking tights up for an entire run today. My ankles are going to freeze off. It’s cool.

Workouts so far this week were 35 minutes on the elliptical, a plank workout, and foam rolling on Monday, and an interval run on Tuesday. 1 mile warm-up, 1 mile of 15 sec pick-ups and 45 sec jog, 1 mile cool-down. My legs were absolutely trashed yesterday so I was glad to have a rest day. And just for shits and giggles, here’s what my leg currently looks like. I took this post run on Tuesday.

leg scar

Isn’t it pretty? It feels weird too, haha 🙂

Things I Learned in Therapy

Happy Friday!  Mine started off great because I got a free coffee at Starbucks!  My ex’s dad was in line in front of me and bought mine for me, nothing like a free drink to start off the day on the right foot.

Last night was PT, and I am very excited to tell you all that I am officially finished with it!  No more two-hour appointments twice a week,  and I can finally get back into a normal workout routine (which is good because one of my favorite pairs of jeans wouldn’t fit over my ass this morning).  They told me not to be shy, and to call if I even felt like I was starting to have problems again.  I assured them not to worry, that I will be a giant pain in the ass.  Now I am on my own, it’s definitely a little scary.  I’ll really have to make sure I keep up with my strengthening and stretching.  Three and a half months of physical therapy is more than enough for me, I do not want to end up back there.  At least I got a free t-shirt out of it, I do love free t-shirts.

I actually did learn some things during my weeks and weeks of PT.  I thought I’d share some tips.

If you have problems with your toes falling asleep, try tying your laces on the outside of your foot.  It keeps the knot from cutting off your circulation at the pulse point.

Strong hips and glutes = happy injury free knees!

Stretch, stretch, stretch, stretch.  Really this is the most important lesson I learned.  I really used to half ass the stretching after a run because I was typically sick of being in the gym at that point.

Aaaah, it hurts so good!  I’m going to work on making a video of the actual exercises that I did during my weeks of pt.  I’m hoping that it will be helpful for everyone else in preventing IT band injuries.  It will also help me not forget what the hell I’m supposed to do, haha.

Dinner last night was nothing new around here.  I’m still dealing with a broken oven, and since I don’t want to blow the house up anytime soon it had to be something either stove top, microwave, or toaster oven cookable.  I went with toaster oven.

Flat bread pizza, I know you’re all shocked.  Unfortunately there is only one piece of this delish flat bread left in my freezer, my sister and I may be battling it out in the near future.

Pizza sauce, leftover taco meat from last week, cheese, and turkey pepperoni.  The seasoning in the ground beef really did the job of adding flavor that I normally would be missing since I didn’t have any peppers or onion.  And then, I celebrated my completion of PT with a Pineapple Vodka and Sprite Zero.  Um any vodka lovers out there I recommend the Sky Infusions flavored vodka.  Raspberry and Pineapple are my favorite, the Grape reminds me of cough medicine.

I also watched a horrible Lifetime movie with Kristin Stewart circa 2004.  Don’t ask me why, I blame the vodka.  Alright, that’s all I got for today, someone tell me their fun weekend plans!