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The Countdown Begins

Yesterday I did something I’d wanted to do for the past two years, at least.  I walked into my boss’s office, told him I was offered a new position, would be relocating to Virginia, and this is my two weeks notice.  The look of surprise on his face was comical, but he quickly regained his composure, offered up congrats and wished me good luck.

My last day here is November 19, and I am pumped.  Also, I now conveniently have off the entire week of Thanksgiving and the day after my half marathon.  Not complaining about that at all ;).  Moving day is tentatively scheduled for November 27 and my first day at my new job is November 29.  I have a lot to do, in very little time.  Including lots and lots of shopping :)!

Last night, per my training plan, I did an easy 3 mile recovery run on the treadmill.  Why does 3 miles sometimes feel more difficult than 10?  I was so bored and just not feeling it last night, but it did feel good to loosen up the legs and stretch.  Although I’m very glad I wasn’t out doing a 20 mile training run, like my friend Chris was.  How’d it go? Did my Garmin work for you this time?

This morning I had to run by a Lab to get my pre-employment drug screen test done (read: pee in a cup).  Why are those places never open at convenient times?  This one happened to be open only during the hours of my work day, so I showed up at 6:45, was the first one in line when they opened at 7, and out the door on my way to work 11 minutes later.  Normally my work day starts at 7, but I called saying I would be late.  Since I was already going to be late, I figured wth, and stopped and picked up a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks :).  Still made it to work by 7:45, a lot earlier than most people.

This morning really reminded me of high school.  Once I got my driver’s license I always encouraged my mom to make doctors, dentist, eye appointments etc. in the morning.  Morning appointments automatically got you a note to give the office that you were late, and I took full advantage of it.  Driving around to grab a coffee, taking the long way to school, grabbing a bagel, and finally making my way to school.  Haha, it was the best.

My motivation is seriously lacking today, I plan to do some online furniture shopping (I need a bedroom set that will fit in my tiny new room), perhaps order a cute gift for me and my new roommates, and browse for the other things I need.  Have a great Tuesday!

18 days…

Banished to the Pool

For everyone who told me that doing the elliptical was probably bad for my IT Band also, you were right.  I’m officially banished to the pool and only the pool for at least the next three weeks.  Good thing I already have a bathing suit and goggles, right?  Oh and that sexy swim cap.

For the most part PT was really good, I spent the first 10 minutes laying with a heating pad on my hip and on my leg.  It was delightful, I wanted to take a nap.  Next was a 10 minute massage with the ultrasound machine, this was lovely also, and I wasn’t sure what exactly the purpose was so I googled it.  This is what I found.

“Ultrasound treatments are administered using an electronic device. This handheld device (hooked up to a large machine) emits sound waves at a frequency level far in excess of what human hearing can detect. A gel is spread on the surface of the skin covering the area to be treated. This serves a dual role. It allows the device to move smoothly over the skin without causing any discomfort. But more importantly, it prevents air from coming between the apparatus and the skin. A tight connection maximizes the transmission of the sound waves.

The sound waves travel at different speeds, and with different effects, depending on the tissue they encounter. But the healing outcome is owed to two effects: heat generation in damaged tissue, and acoustic streaming, the latter being the more important.

Heat generation can promote healing, and ultrasound is sometimes used for this effect, but acoustic streaming causes heightened excitability in cell membranes which, in turn, maximizes two processes: the body’s healthy inflammatory response and the body’s development of needed scar tissue.

The inflammatory response is the body’s way of healing (although this process can get out of hand). Ultrasound can improve the body’s efficiency in this process. Likewise, scar tissue development can be an important part of healing an injury, and ultrasound can maximize the efficiency of this process as well, by increasing protein fibroplasia and collagen synthesis.”

After that process, the doc massaged my leg using the gel from the ultrasound for about another 5 minutes.  At this point I felt like I was at a spa, and not a physical therapy appointment, but then we started working.  We did all kinds of different stretches, and during one the doctor actually laughed and sarcastically said “Well, you’re leg isn’t tight at all”.  I was laying on my side while he had my leg pulled behind me trying to straighten it, and it just wouldn’t go anywhere.

After the stretching came strengthening exercises.  First was a bunch of leg lifts with a weight around my ankle, during which we discovered my hip pops while laying on my back and lifting my leg.  Now I’m not allowed to lower below 60 degrees.  We did 3 sets of 10, laying on my back, my left side, and my right side.  Then onto the cable pulley machine, with the weight around my left ankle this time I did front steps with the left leg, side steps, back steps, and crossover steps.  Again 3 sets of 10.  The final exercise was step ups on a plyometric box.  Right foot planted on the box, stepping up and back with a light toe touch on the ground with the left.  3 sets of 15.  This was verrrry tiring for my right leg.  Ten minutes of icing ended my hour and a half long session.

I think on my own time I’m going to have to replicate these exercises with my left leg, just so the right one doesn’t end up a million times stronger than it.  Hopefully doing these exercises for the next 4 weeks kicks my leg back into shape.  Fingers crossed.

Ok, wow I apologize for the absurdly long post, I’ll make the rest quick I promise, and I totes understand if you stopped reading already.  After my appointment, I met my sister over at Cheeseburger in Paradise (my go to place on nice days) for dinner and drinks.

My sister enjoying her Blackberry Sangria, isn’t she pretty?

Me and my giant Paradise Beach Ale, please excuse the no make-up face.  We split the Chicken Nachos as an appetizer.

These were so good, easily some of the best Nachos I’ve ever had.  Then for my main course, I decided to be adventurous and ordered the Caribbean Chicken Sandwich.  It was a jerk rubbed chicken breast served on a wheat bun with Pepper Jack cheese, red and yellow roasted peppers with red pepper aioli sauce.

It was very good, and I like how CIP uses whole wheat buns that don’t seem to be smothered in butter.  They also have a Gluten free section of the menu for those who need it!  While I was eating I ordered another beer, a Landshark Lager this time, but only drank about half of it.  It was a fun night out with my sis.  When we got home I had to shower and pack for the weekend, and you all know how I feel about packing, so it consisted of a lot of flopping on my bed and complaining.  I think I managed to successfully pack enough things for every possible situation though, so we’ll see.

Ok, I swear I’m done now.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday, and if you’re off today I hate you.  Well ok, I don’t hate you but I am one very jealous girl.  Hooray for the weekend!

Help Out

Last night I was one busy girl.  I had to bolt out of work right at 4 pm in order to make it to my 4:30 physical therapy appointment on time, and then I had another doctors appointment after that at 6 pm.  The first PT appointment went well, it pretty much consisted of yet another person feeling my leg and moving it around to various positions to assess flexibility and tightness.  Then I laid on the bed thing for 10 minutes with a heating pad on my hip and one on my leg, I almost fell asleep.  My physical therapist,  whose name is Jason, gave me a print out of stretches and exercises to do at home on the days I don’t come to the office.  Apparently my Thursday appointment will involve more hands on work, so we’ll see how that one goes.  Also note to self, remember to shave your legs this time and do not wear pants with a giant whole by the crotch.  Woopsies.

By the time I finally got home after my second doctors appointment, it was 7:00 and I was staaaaaarving.  Thankfully my mom had portioned out the leftover Shepherds Pie from Sunday night into separate containers, and I could quickly dump one onto a plate and shove some dinner in my face.

Just as I was finishing up dinner, I got a phone call from my friend Chris asking if I could help him carry a cage for his daughters bunny around the back of their house.  Seeing as how I fed this bunny all weekend, and it was teeny tiny, I figured hey sure why not this cage can’t be that big.  Wrong.  I parked my car and in the truck next to me was a bunny hutch literally the size of the entire flat-bed.  It took us about 25 minutes in the rain and mud to move this thing, and I thought my arms were going to fall off after.  Ridiculous.  When I got home I treated myself to a couple handfuls of these Dark Chocolate Raisennettes while watching Dancing With the Stars.

Seriously loving the cast this season, although poor Kate is just awful.  Last night she looked absolutely terrified, I felt kind of bad for her.  So far my favorites are Nicole Scherzinger (still trying to decide if she has an unfair advantage), and Erin Andrews.  I think this is definitely going to be my favorite season.

Ok moving on to something important.  I saw this over on Kacy’s blog last night and wanted to pass the message along.

Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop

Hershey’s started a Better Basket blog hop. They are donating $10 to each blog participating in the Blog Hop to the Children’s Miracle Network (up to a total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4, 2010).

In order to participate you have to create a blog post giving another virtual Easter Basket to another blogger and link back to the person who originally gave you the basket.

Here’s the detailed rules so that you can make a difference:

  • Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
  • Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
  • Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
  • Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
  • Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
  • Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

Being bloggers we are part of an amazing community. We have amazing readers and friendships that started all because we started blogging. Let’s use this power to create a difference and help others.

I am inviting ALL of my fellow bloggers who want to make a difference. It will take 10 minutes out of your time. Every post helps, and will add money to the Children’s Miracle Network fund.

We can make a difference

Alright have a great Tuesday everyone!