3 weeks in Post-Op Shoe

Well it has been 3 weeks that I’ve been in my post-op shoe ala doctors instructions. The swelling in my toe has gone down slightly but the lump has stayed there including the pain when pressing on it. I called to see if there’s a different boot to be put in, but was told that the next step is a MRI and then figure out the treatment.

So I got the MRI this morning which was fairly boring and left my foot feeling tingly. A technician did it, a radiologist reviews it, results come in about 24 hours, and the doctor then reviews the results. Unfortunately the doctors office is closed on Fridays so I will be meeting the doctor Monday morning to discuss it.

I had originally hoped that I would be given the clear to start running and doing yoga again, but unfortunately I haven’t been given the clear yet. This Sunday marks 7 weeks to my 10k that I wanted to PR in, and 8 weeks till the half marathon I had wanted to run in under 2 hours in.

It has been difficult to not get bummed about this, but I’ve still been meeting with my friend who is running the half with me and biking with her, and also my orange theory workouts which I’m on a bike, rowing, and lifting.

I’m hoping I don’t hear bad news on Monday, but at the same time I hope I didn’t just do the MRI to find out that I have soft tissue swelling!

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Where does time go?!

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I’m going to try my very best to keep up with my blog! 😛 In my defense though my summer so far has been crazy busy. Here are some highlights:

I had a weekend getaway in New York visiting my sister for her birthday. We explored both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ate so much delicious food. I seriously don’t think I’ll ever eat that good of a chocolate croissant or muffin or taco or omelet or….. Seriously the food was amazing. We even ate at this amazing vegan tapas styled restaurant. I had vegetables cooked in a way I had never even thought about!

A couple weeks ago I started training for my half marathon in September. One hot and humid morning my too small socks caused gross blisters on my heels. And I’m talking gross, the kind when you remove your sock skin comes off. I played around with methods of getting it to heal and it wasn’t until I used a liquid band aid and regular band aid combo was it able to heal. I still have scab weirdness on my heals but at least they’re not open grossness!

Only two days after I got those gross blisters I ran a 5k. It was my goal to PR. I felt great during my run despite my heels, and just kept pushing it. People of all ages were passing me, and I thought oh well, I know I’m doing a good time for me I’m not going to worry about anyone else. When I finished my run I PR’d with an average of an 8:41 min mile!! I know for some runners that’s “easy” talk but for me that’s awesome! Just 4 years ago when I started running I had a hard time running ONE mile at a 16 min pace. I was unbelievably shocked to find out I placed 3rd in my age group! I was only 2 minutes shy from being 2nd, but I try not to think about that too much… 😉

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my toe. It had been 16 days of pain at that point actually, I had just been ignoring it. I first noticed it my last day in New York. My toe was crazy swollen, and painfully ached. I blamed it on walking about 7 miles every day in sandals, and figured it would go away. Since icing, elevating, 1-2 day rests, and an inflammation reducer pain killer didn’t help, I decided to go to an orthopedic sports medicine doctor. The result? A stress fracture. I was given a post-op shoe and told to use it for the next 3 weeks and hopefully by then I can start running again, but in the mean time be “creative” with my workouts. Cycling, rowing, and lifting are all ok, but bending my toes/foot and putting weight on it is not okay. It was frustrating news since I had just started my half marathon training, but I guess I’d rather get better early on then have to stop in the middle of training and not even get a chance to run it. I’ve had a week off of running at this point and I can say the pain has gone away and the majority of the swelling has gone too. I have been biking, rowing, and lifting mainly at OrangeTheory but some of the biking has been with my family or my friend who I have been training with. I ended up designing a new training plan, which I’ll share with you all later (#goals)!

A few days after the depressing news I got my hair done at my favorite salon (hello summer blonde hair), ate an amazing dinner for our 6 year wedding anniversary and went with David, the kids, and friends to the beach to celebrate our actual anniversary day!

If I’m not at work, taking care of the kids, or exercising I’ve been catching up on laundry, cleaning the house, painting the house, gardening, and a hopefully a soon finished fun yard project (again I’ll share with you later, #goals)!

My husband has about 50 more pages of his dissertation to write and I feel a bit bummed for him. I know it’s a lot of stress on him, and he’s trying to be an involved husband and Dad, but that is difficult to do when there’s a deadline. We keep telling ourselves, “graduation May 5, 2018”!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, enjoy your weekend!

Katie

Weekly Workout Review

Hey! Check it out! It’s another weekly workout review, let’s keep it up! ;P

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: (non-traditional exercise) house PAINTING! yes it’s true I worked up a sweat!

Wednesday: Orange Theory

Thursday: Orange Theory (and a sweaty house painting session)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Yoga 2-3

Sunday: Orange Theory (and attended a GI Yoga workshop)

This week felt pretty chill as for workouts go. I don’t have any long runs coming up, and so I’m taking it easy as for the workouts. This weekend I started getting sick, and so I didn’t want to workout at all but forced myself to get out and exercise. Today is a bring-out-the-violins-because-I-feel-so-sick kinda day! Bummer I know… So let’s hope I get over this quick and move on with my week!

Fit Faux Pas

I tried to ignore it when I saw the magazine covers, but when I overheard two young adult ladies talking about it the other night I just couldn’t help but get on top of my soap box.

(Step up onto soap box) Ahem, if I can have your attention please!

The other night I heard one lady say to another lady:

“Hey! Did you hear about Khloe Kardashian’s new Revenge Diet? She looks so good now!”

“Oh I know! She looks so much better than before!”

Sure this may sound like a compliment, but here are the two things wrong with this:

  1. Revenge Diet
  2. Looks better

And why is that a problem?

Well first off no one should ever do a “revenge diet.” We should never go on a diet to make someone jealous or envious. Why waste your energy on that, but instead if you are going to go on a “diet” (which in reality I think there should be no such thing as diets-but rather healthy eating/living for good) you should do it for your own health and how you feel! Then the other thing saying that she looks better now implies that she didn’t look good before. Health and fitness should not be about “looking good,” but again about feeling good and in general being healthier. Sure there are plenty of people out there that associate thinness or fitness as being more attractive but part of that attractiveness may be about feeling confident in your own skin and also literally feeling good. There are plenty of people who may be thin and fit but are mean and rude, and those people no matter how “good” they look they’re probably going to be remembered for being a mean and rude person.

Here is an example about how being thin or fit doesn’t neccessarily make you a more attractive
person. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 98 year old yoga teacher who is a very attractive person. Her attractiveness isn’t due to her thin and fit body but rather due to her smile, her spirit, the energy she gives off. She is someone who you want to be around!

Here is a second example: Jessamyn Stanley is known for her “curvy yoga.” She is a very beautiful woman and she is not “thin,” she is curvy and fit at the same time! Once again her smile, confidence, and humor makes her an attractive person.

Obviously this is all my opinion and you may have a different opinion than me, but I guess my point is that we should be nice. Don’t take any action to make someone else feel bad, and simply be encouraging and kind.

(Steps off soap box)

Do you have another example of beauty that comes in all shapes and sizes?

Sore is the New Black

When I was stretching post-half last Sunday I also felt how sore my chest, biceps and triceps were from my Thursday OrangeTheory workout! My husband laughed at me when I mentioned it. He said, “You just ran a half marathon and you’re complaining about your arms!?” It’s funny because you’d expect me to be moaning and groaning about my legs, and sure they did feel a bit sore and tight (especially on Monday), but yes it’s true my upper body was still sore from my workout a few days prior.

When I first started lifting weights my arms could only handle 5-8 pounds (max) and now I can easily lift over 10 pounds! Sure may not sound like much but for someone who used to be the elliptical-only-girl that’s a big difference! 5 pounds used to be a challenge and now 15 pounds is the challenge just over a matter of a mere few months. The thing is I haven’t allowed my arms to “get used to” the weights. Once the weight feels easy to me I bump it up. Trust me I’m not buff looking (yet) but I can tell that I’m much stronger. One way I know I’m getting stronger is that basically every day I feel sore. Could be annoying for some feeling those tender muscles, but I know they are sore because they are repairing themselves and building more muscle.

Sore today, strong tomorrow.

And how I personally feel, “Sore is the new black.”

Right now my arms, back, glutes, hamstrings, and quads are all sore. But I can see my body getting tighter, fitter, and an improvement in my running endurance and speed.

Work for that soreness and see those big improvements 🙂

Are you feeling sore today?

31 1/2, A Turning Point

The past few days I’ve felt a change of season both literally and figuratively. Right now in the Chicago area all blossoms have full out bloomed, the air feels softer, and the sun feels bright, cheerful, and warm on my skin. I feel spring, literally all around us and it is glorious. In the figurative way I feel a sort of “spring” season in my own life, a sort of renewal.

It reminds me of when I turned 20, which was the “end” of my teen years, and honestly it didn’t feel like my teen years were over until my high school boyfriend and I ended our relationship (for good). At that point I felt like I was no longer a teen. When I turned 25, got married, got pregnant and bought a house I still didn’t feel like a “grown up.” I wasn’t that teen but with all of my hard work in all my school years I felt like I hadn’t lived that young adult life of concerts and nights out with friends. I realized how “serious” my life had been and I was missing a life I didn’t have. Once I gave birth to my daughter at the age of 27 that all sort of changed. I felt much more like the adult I was even though I still get shocked faces when people realized I have a child (apparently I must look young because a lot of strangers think I’m not even old enough to be married! In fact just last month when I was buying a record for David, the guy who worked at the record store I was buying it from asked me about my Van Morrison purchase and I mentioned it was a gift and so he asked, “Oh, so for your boyfriend?”).

Anyway! After having Zooey and especially after having Leo at the age of 29 I felt at peace about not having lived a more adventurous and wild young adulthood. Don’t get me wrong I definitely had my stupid young adult moments but they were usually more random or not lived too long. But after having my kids it became really obvious that I wanted to truly start designing the life that I wanted for them (like living in a safe neighborhood with good schools) and also designing a non-toxic life for me.

So the past two years I have made some slow yet progressive changes, such as moving to our current house (an area that doesn’t have shootings/drug dealings/ within a 1 mile radius and bodies being dumped within a few blocks of our house and the public schools appear to be gang free), attending church again, fine tuning my friendships to the ones who not only uplift my spirit but make me feel like being a better person, talking to professionals about anxieties/issues I have, refocusing on running and yoga, etc. Even though some of it may have been small changes, over time they have grown into a more mature outlook on life.

Now at the age of 31 (and a 1/2), not exactly a monumental time or age, I have started feeling a new season of my life coming on. At the moment I’m not sure exactly how to define it. During spring sometimes a new plant starts randomly growing in your yard and you’re excited and curious to see what it is but know that you’ll just need to wait until it fully blooms to find out, and that is how I feel. I feel that this stage in my life is like a random plant starting to come out of the ground and slowly blooming to show it’s full beauty.

Part of me feels a little sad about this season, and I think that may be because I feel like I’m saying goodbye to that 20-something Katie who was just waiting to figure out where life was taking her, and is being taken over by this 30-something Katie who is designing the life she wants rather than seeing where it takes her. Obviously not everything is within our control, but purposefully moving forward in the right direction is better than leaving it to chance.

So let’s see where spring takes me!

What season do you think you’re in?

Naperville Women’s Half Marathon Review

When I realized I was finally going to do Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and that it wasn’t going to be a cold and rainy April day I got super excited!

The day before I picked up my packet, hung out, relaxed, ate roasted sweet potato and a turkey burger (my favorite go-to meal), set my alarm for 4am, and went to bed super early! (around 8-9pm). When my alarm clock went off at 4am, I hopped out of bed headed to the shower and started the process of waking up, and that means COFFEE! Part of me thought just go back lay down in bed, say that you got sick and had to miss the run, but then I thought JUST DO THE RUN. So I continued on my mission.
While I was getting ready David was in charge of the kiddos. He flipped on the lights in Zooey’s room, and she said “Why’d you turn on the lights?” in a very groggy voice. He told her that even though it was still dark out that it was actually morning and that I had the run today in which she replies, “Are you kidding me?” All week long she had been so excited about this run so it was just funny to hear her future teenage self come out a little bit. Then they went into Leo’s room and flipped on the lights. Leo blinked open his eyes, looked at them, rolled over, stuck his thumb in his mouth and started laughing. Again, I love seeing their future teenage selves come out in the morning!

We headed to the event, found parking right away, made a short walk, quick line to the potty, did my final adjustments, and next thing you know I was headed toward my corral! Luckily I saw a friend of mine just as I was entering my corral and ended up being in hers which was a 2:10 finish (faster than I originally planned considered my 1st half marathon I finished in about 2:30). As we were waiting to start I realized out of all things I forgot to do this morning was put on deodorant! I literally put Glide between each of my toes (just as an example of my fine detail) but deodorant? Apparently not! When we were off I was so glad that I was able to run with a friend. It really kept me feeling positive and happy. Around mile 3 there was a huge decline and I decided to take it. I shot forward and ended up not seeing my friend until the after party (sorry about that! We weren’t originally planning on running together because she was training faster than I was-who would’ve thought I would run faster-plus I thought she’d catch up with me and she had a friend with her too so I think in the long run it’s ok I did that)! ;P

Around mile 6 David and the kiddos were at a park to cheer me on and catch my gloves as I tossed them to him. It was so great to see their smiling faces. At this point I hit another hill, a sharp turn into ANOTHER hill! I know I looked at the elevation map prior to this run, but didn’t realize how basically the majority of the run was on an incline. Usually the incline was gradual but long, however there were a couple doozies that made me get out of breath.

The entire run I was doing great! I had zero pain, tons of energy, my fastest mile was 9:02 (which is a huge difference because my fastest mile in my 1st half marathon was 10:30), and best of all no GI issues!!! When I was training last fall this was a very common and frustrating problem for me and luckily wasn’t an issue this time around. Around mile 11 those hills finally started getting to me and I had to tell my legs to keep moving right left right left. I even told myself that my legs weren’t even pushing it too hard in comparison to some of my faster paces (an 8ish/7ish min mile). It put me in perspective that I got this. Also, dedicating each mile to someone worked fantastic. I refocused my thoughts away from my tired feet or tight calves and focused on that person and how grateful I am for them to be in my life.

Soon enough I started hearing the music and the crowds cheering, I turned a corner, headed onto the track field (where we start and finish), and the moment that beautiful beautiful track surface hit my feet I was able to bring out the last of my energy and sprint!

I was floored that I PR’d by about 25 minutes! As I said earlier my first half marathon I finished in 2:28 and this one… 2:04!!! The best thing about that is that I did that with a lot of incline, hills, my breathing never exhausted, no GI issues, and best of all… I felt great!

Once I crossed the finish line I floated on clouds looking for my husband and kids. I didn’t see them so I picked up a couple snacks and water and floated to the turf. I sat down, settled down, and called David. They found me and it was so refreshing to see their smiles! I gave Zooey and Leo the biggest hugs ever, because let me tell you I focused on kissing those cheeks during tough times!

Post-half I continued to feel great. The following morning I felt a little sore and tight in certain
areas, but overall fantastic. As for today I ventured out and did my first workout post-half (Orange Theory-has become a new favorite and no I’m not being paid to say that, it’s just a good workout). I feel so blissfully satisfied with how it went I’m already planning on my next!

Do you have a favorite half marathon?