Double digits, weekend fun, and WOAH this is my 200th post!!

I will never forget the feeling of waking up on my 10th birthday with so much excitement about finally being in the “double digits”. Obviously I was as much of a dork when I was a kid as I am now.

Finishing my long run on Saturday morning reminded me a little of that.


The monsoon we had in our forecast had completely blown through my the time my alarm went off a little before 6am, so I had no excuses. It was around 70 degrees outside but SO HUMID. You could actually SEE the humidity as was illustrated in the sweaty, ‘Barbara Walters filter’ selfie I put up on Facebook and Insta and which I’m not going to post again because…unflattering.

As has become the standard for all my runs, this felt decent after I made it through the first mile. My pace was better than the 8 miler I ran the other weekend too, which is a step in the right direction. I feel confident that I’ll be able to make it through the 12 miler this Saturday.

All that said…


I really miss the feeling of running without thinking so much about it. Running used to fix my anxiety and now it just adds to it. My foot has improved from where it was a month ago and it’s definitely not getting any worse, but I do still get that terrible electrocution-type feeling in my toes and sometimes I just feel like it’s never going to end.

I know what I need to do is try to relax and stick with the plan that Dr. Dave has set up for me and I guess the surgery option isn’t off the table if it comes to all that, but dammit. I’m impatient and I just want to be back to my old self again.


Anywhine, the rest of the weekend was fun. I took my post-run calorie deficit with me to a pool party where I ate my weight in delicious, Old Bay smothered crabs.

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Around here you learn to pick a crab pretty much as soon as you can walk. This guy was delicious. He came from a seafood place called She’s Got Crabs, which I found to be equal parts hilarious and off-putting.

You guys know I love my daughter more than anything, but it was nice getting to hang out with adults for a few hours.


My friend Suz and I. She’s a runner too.

I was especially thankful for that time to unwind because then yesterday Betty ended up having one of those days where she had to have her hands all over absolutely everything, including every dirty thing she could find in my dad’s yard and this one woman’s baby at the park. I apologized a lot.

And now here we are back to Monday again. This week I will be doing a mini-taper in preparation for Saturday. A couple short, slow jogs, more yoga, and hopefully more healing.

Sorry for that moment of weakness up there. Sometimes the inner pessimist surfaces and I need to punch her in the face real quick.

Also I just realized after I hit PUBLISH that this right here is my 200th post!! Holy crap! I had no idea that I had posted 200 times on this blog already! Coincidentally I have a cool new giveaway to announce tomorrow so that will be a fun way to celebrate this little milestone. 🙂

What did you do this weekend? Any good pool parties lately? Have you ever picked a crab?

Happy beginning-of-the-week, you guys! I will have a winner announced soon from the doTERRA essential oil giveaway…just waiting to hear back from them because I was not in charge of the Rafflecopter. 🙂




62 thoughts on “Double digits, weekend fun, and WOAH this is my 200th post!!

  1. Michele @ PaleoRunningMomma says:

    I have felt the same way about double digit mileage the first time I ever ran it. It’s a cool feeling of accomplishment 🙂 I can also relate to the feeling of the one thing that used to solve everything being the biggest stressor. I think injuries just bring that on. Now it’s both. I do worry about running and injuries because running is so important to me, but I still get that unbeatable feeling of enjoyment. Ditching my garmin helped with that. Also, we had a nearly identical long run this weekend!

    • runsaltrun says:

      I’m thinking maybe as I finish up with the whole healing thing maybe I should just ditch the Garmin and run. I always have a good idea of my distance anyway because I map my runs first. I just don’t want to obsess over it and enjoy whatever it is that I can do.

    • runsaltrun says:

      That’s so funny! Happy 200th to you as well!
      And thank you…I’m trying my best to just enjoy it. I have been doing a pretty good job of it too. Just sometimes I get sucked back into feeling sorry for myself and I need to stop doing that.

  2. Mar on the Run! says:

    Great work! I waited too long to do my long run Sunday and it was absolutely disgusting and positively miserable. I haven’t had an 11 min paced run in a looooong time but I was determined to finish it. MY black skirt was soaked and salty… ugh. BUT, I got to eat my calorie deficit in Thai food so there’s that 🙂 LOVE crabs!!! really need to get to Balt/Annapolis more.

  3. Running Boston and Beyond says:

    Hey, you can complain, things get difficult and we’re all here to listen. We understand.
    It’s STILL RAINING here. Totally messing with my workout plans. Depressing around these parts and we can’t go to the beach or use the pool.
    Great job on the run and your plan for the week!! Congrats on 200 posts too 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much. Seriously. I know I’ve been talking about it a lot and trying to stay as upbeat as I can about it, but sometimes it’s just so frustrating. I know of anyone who would get my frustrations though, it would be other runners.

      UGH I hope your rain clears up and you can get some outside time! We had a lot last night and it looks like it wants to do it again today. I’m doing a no-rain dance for both of us. 🙂

  4. SuzLyfe says:

    Happy 200th! We should get you one of those Smucker’s jars like they do for the really old people on the Today show. That would be kind of awesome. And extra yay for double digits! I know how you feel–the perpetual injury cycle after a bout of good luck really does suck. I’m kinda dealing with it now (my tendons and stuff are feeling achy), and all I want to do is belike SERIOUSLY? You did long runs for several weeks, I start to give you a cut back week and you fall apart now? WTF?
    Let’s go back the eff out of some crabs and make ourselves feel better, yes?

    • runsaltrun says:

      Haha yes! I love those. 🙂
      I just read your post about your leg and I’m sorry. 😦 I hope you get that under control soon and in the meantime YES I would love to drown my injury woes in steamed crabs.

  5. Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles says:

    Yay, happy 200th post and great job on your long run!! I think something was in the air this weekend because Ashton was the same way, trying to get his hands into everything he shouldn’t! I felt like I said “no” about a million times, it was exhausting. I’m so glad you were able to get some adult friend time, it totally helps break things up!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you, friend! Haha I’m sorry you are dealing with a handsy one too, but glad I am not alone/that someone understands. Why must they touch ALL THE THINGS? And I’m also wondering when the licking/things in the mouth stage will end also because the other day Betty licked a restroom wall and I died inside a little bit. That adult afternoon was totally necessary. 🙂

  6. Sweaty Mess says:

    Happy 200th and happy return to the double digits! Hey – everyone is entitled to a pity party every now and then. The injuries are stress inducing. What did I do this weekend…hmmm…I ran my longest run ever! Running around the Harbor is pretty cool. I’m definitely signing up for Sole of the City next year. I also put Charlotte in big girl underpants. She’s wearing them at school today. When I saw Betty on my way out I asked her to help Charlotte. My fingers are crossed. 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      GO CHARLOTTE!!! That’s so awesome!!!! I’m sure she’s going to do great. 🙂 I wish we had a little potty like the one they have at school in our house.
      I saw that run, you 7 miler!! That’s so awesome! Sole is a great race and I have no doubt that you will love it. I’m excited to run it again. Running around the harbor rocks. Welcome back from your trip!! ❤

  7. bluecoyotelifecoaching says:

    Oh my – CRABS – that one looks divine. Nothing beats a blue claw cooked in a vat of marinara sauce (that’s the Jersey Shore Italian way to cook them). Happy 200th post and big cheers for a double digit run. I have my first double digit-er coming up in a couple of weeks (gulp) I’m sweating it. I am

    • runsaltrun says:

      That one and the additional 6 I ate on top of it were all amazing. 🙂 I’ve never tried that Jersey Shore Italian way, but it sounds tasty! Thank you so much! You are going to do great. Just don’t overthink it!! 🙂

  8. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch says:

    Every time I come on your blog I leave wanting seafood like no other! Haha. I know what you mean about running…I wish it was just simple, like hey I feel like going for a quick run, let’s do it! Now, it’s all about warming up, foam rolling, icing, stretching, compression socks, and post-run injuries that come along with it (especially if you skip any of the above steps). It’s all so high-maintenance, but if you don’t treat it that way you won’t be able to run AT ALL. That was the tiniest pity party I’ve ever attended, don’t be so hard on yourself 🙂 haha. Happy 200th post! Mine is coming up this week too!

    • runsaltrun says:

      It really is. I think I used to be able to just go out there and go and now it’s such a process and I miss those days. And the days of worrying about how I’m putting my foot down or I’m going to get that shock feeling. Sucks. Hopefully I won’t be dealing with it for too much longer.

      Haha and thank you. I feel bad complaining about it especially when I am able to run at all and a lot of people can’t, but sometimes I just get frustrated. Thank you for listening and attending my tiny party. 🙂

  9. saracrandall33 says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more about running now adding more anxiety because you don’t know how your body is going to hold up. Mini w(h)ine party as well – I miss enjoying running. I know it will be back someday and I will appreciate it even more after going through these injuries. Yay for taper week and way to rock the 10 miles.

    • runsaltrun says:

      I know EXACTLY how you feel. It used to be a really fun and carefree thing and sometimes when I’m out there now I’m feeling great and having fun, but there’s always this worry in the back of my mind. We will definitely appreciate it more once we are back to 100% though! ::many hugs::

  10. alsoranagain says:

    I totally know what you mean about not being able to run without worrying about your injury. Although I’m up to running 3 times a week now, I’m constantly waiting for my hip flexor pain to show up again. Try not to think about it. I know it’s easy to say but hard to do, but I’m trying to ignore the worry and only think about the pain if it actually happens.

    Also–happy 200th blog post! I didn’t know you’re a newer blogger. I thought for sure you’re a vet. 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Ugh I’m sorry you are dealing with kind of worry too. 😦 As long as I’m feeling good I try to not think about it while I’m out there, but I’m pretty gunshy over it, especially since the pain usually hits with little/no warning. I hope you continue to run pain free and don’t have any more issues. ❤ (And thank you! I'm almost a year old now. My blogiversary is next month. 🙂 )

  11. DarlinRae says:

    You’re allowed to be sad sometimes! I just hope that things get better soon! My weekend was a whirlwind as usual–wedding in CT, dinner party, cleaning and packing! I’m ready to just veg out tonight.

  12. Kate says:

    Wow…200 blog posts!!! That’s awesome 🙂 I am quite jealous of the crabs you had! Don’t worry about your foot…things will work out! I’m actually considering taking a full week off because my back has been really bothering me, and the run I went on this morning was more of a walk/run because of it (boo!).

    • runsaltrun says:

      Oh no I’m sorry. 😦 I hope your back feels better soon! I’m actually kind of looking forward to not running much this week in prep for Saturday. Maybe it will make some kind of difference. 🙂

      You should get some Maryland crabs shipped!

  13. northernambitions says:

    woot woot 200!! And pool parties! I haven’t been to one in years because no one we knows has a pool haha but I do love a good lake party. So glad you had fun and you’ll be back at running (anxiety free) in no time. Recovery is the worst part

    • runsaltrun says:

      It really is, especially for impatient people like me. Your weekend looks EPIC!! Pool parties are fun, but I want that kind of scenery! Thank you, friend. 🙂

  14. Judith / soveryslightlymad says:

    I’m just curious, but I’m wondering if there is a reason you are doing double digit runs right now since you scaled back to the half marathon? I can understand wanting to just because of the love of running, but I guess if it were me, if I didn’t need to put in that distance for training purposes and I was coming off an injury, I wouldn’t.

    Ugh, I hope I don’t sound like a critical jerk. For all I know, that’s the distance in your half marathon training plan.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Totally valid question. 🙂 It’s because I have a 12 mile race this Saturday (Charles Street 12…it’s the last event in the B3 series and I want the medal). I don’t intend on actually racing it, but I wanted to build my mileage back up to a point where I won’t be riding the struggle bus through the whole thing or trying to suddenly throw 12 miles in after only running 4 or 5. After that race I’m scaling back down to the actual mileage in the half training plan and building it back up again.

  15. piratebobcat says:

    You and I are like so twinsies! I also ran double digits for the first time in a couple months. And it was thru a haze of humidity. And I went to a pool party. And our toddlers won’t find anything they won’t pick up. I mean ANYTHING. Ew, seriously, so gross. I’m such a germ-a-phobe that it freaks me out sometimes. Haha!
    Nice job! Sending healing vibes your way! I’m not a doctor, but I would probably try to avoid surgery until after Disney if you can. It always seems to take people longer to recover from surgery than anticipated.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Hahahaha we are living the same life. WHY ARE THESE KIDS SO GROSS!? I’m the same way. The other week we went out to brunch and we were in the restroom and she LICKED THE WALL. Of the restroom. I could have thrown up. Or cried.

      Hey guess what? I TOTALLY agree with you. It’s not like I was anticipating any PRs at all down there…these are the races that you just finish. So if it comes to that I will definitely wait on it. I actually got more useful info about that this afternoon too. Oooo cliffhanger. 🙂

  16. chasingchels says:

    Ugh super jealous of the pool party! I keep begging people to buy a house with a pool or put one in and then invite me over, but so far there have been no takers 😦 that is an awesome run you had on Saturday morning! I know it can be really hard to let go and not stress (queen of the opposite of that here), but it’s still a good idea to try if you can. If it really wasn’t a good idea to run, your dr would have told you (I hope), so just try to trust to the plan you guys have together and see if it keeps helping. You are going to rock your 12 mile race this weekend, especially by taking such good care of yourself this week 🙂

  17. Hailey says:

    Woo hoo for double digits! That is the best feeling after an injury (and on your 10th bday 😉 ) Your swim suit is super cute! I haven’t been to a pool party in forever, but totally looked like I jumped into one after my long run over the weekend too. It’s not a fun feeling at all to think about pain constantly. Just focus on the fact that you’re doing all you can right now in order to heal it and it’s inevitable that one day you’ll wake up and go for a run without thinking twice about it and I hope that day comes sooner rather than later for you! And maybe take a break from the GPS for a while too so you don’t have that added stress 🙂 You will rock that 12 mile race! 🙂

  18. Eat Pray Run, DC says:

    i’m very excited to hear how your race goes for you – since i’m running a 12 mile race next weekend, i’ll pick up some tips from yours 🙂 your pool party looked like a ton of fun 😉 and yay for 10 miles!!!

  19. byrne1324 says:

    Congrats on the double digits!!! I missed my double digit run this weekend Becuase I ran a mile race Friday night and it destroyed me. I guess I haven’t went that fast since high school 17 years ago. So the body wasn’t ready! I wish I would of went to a pool party instead

  20. courtruns4cupcakes says:

    Yay congrats on double digits!! I miss the days where running was to relieve stress and not cause it. I’m looking forward to taking a little break and getting back to that after this fall of races!

  21. littlegreenrunningshoes says:

    Look at you! you are bouncing back so quickly! Way to hop out of that pity party rut asap and move on! That’s so tough to do and you did it! Congrats on double digits and your 200th post! Lots of milestones my friend.

    I had not picked a crab until college and it totally grossed me out. I’ve gotten much better at it but still won’t go anywhere near the “mustard”. Sounds like an awesome weekend!

  22. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine says:

    Congrats on hitting 200 posts! I have only picked a crab once. I was always afraid of them because growing up my dad would do it when we went out to dinner and I thought it was so gross! I finally tried it a few years ago and I didn’t think it was worth all the work.
    I know, I represent the state poorly. But I’m not originally from here so thats my excuse:)

  23. irishrunnerchick says:

    Congrats on the double digits! Coming back from injury is always a stress-fest but eventually you’ll be running and suddenly think – oh my foot used to be sore and now it’s not. I’ve never eaten a crab that wasn’t in cake form!

  24. Piper's Run says:

    Yeah for 200 posts! That’s fun 🙂
    I had one night on my own last week and it was awesome and weird at the same time! I love my girls but it’s so nice to have me time!

  25. Sun says:

    Congrats on your 200th post!! Also, great to hear your run went well – sounds like things are on the upswing and you’ll be back to your old self in no time 🙂

  26. Harold L. Shaw says:

    Congrats on the double-digits, you are doing more than I am.

    Relax and enjoy the runs – yeah I know you are worried about how things feel and if Mac is going to come around and all the other things that swirl through your head when your running is not where you want it to be and you have been injured for a while – every little niggle and iggle is magnified 1,000 times in relation to what it really is.

    Patience and running do not co-exist well – been doing that balancing act for far too many years and most usually the running takes over from being patient – just the nature of the beast and a part of who we are. 🙂

    The bright spots were that you did do double-digit miles, you over came your injury to do that, you had fun at a pool party and I notice in the photo you were smiling, not just grimacing 🙂

    Cut yourself a little more slack, stick with the plan or at least what you can and keep it all in perspective – how will you feel about things a year from now, will it really matter? or is it something that will be a faded memory?

    Have fun and enjoy the runs you do, even if they are not the best, you are still off the couch and doing what you love.

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