Black and blue {A foot update} and a Sweaty Bands Winner!

You know what’s expensive? Going to the chiropractor a lot.

I love Dr. Dave. I think that he has been instrumental in the recent improvements I have seen in my foot and I would not change my experience with him for anything in the world besides maybe just not being injured in the first place. That said, I’ve had to scale back my chiro visits because twice a week at $20/visit is starting to stack up. I just hope I can stay on the path to recovery without seeing him as regularly.

Speaking of doctors, last week I had my monthly follow up appointment with my favorite podiatrist Dr. No-BS, who despite the story I am about to tell you is still my favorite podiatrist. If you don’t feel like clicking that link, he’s the one that gave me the cortisone shot which I also think helped to some degree. I discussed some of my lingering concerns with him…such as when I run it occasionally feels like someone is taking a pair of pliers to my second toe joint. It is exactly as unpleasant as it sounds.

My concern prompted Dr. No-BS to want to try some diagnostic things. There had been so much waffling around by different doctors about which nerve in my foot was causing the problems. Why don’t we do a little test to see if we have the right nerve?

Um seriously…you can do that? Why has no one done that before?

The diagnostic testing consisted of injecting a little bit of a numbing agent to various nerves to see what went numb as a result. Pretty brilliant in it’s simplicity, but still terrible because it meant I got a lot of shots in my foot that day. The icing on the cake was when he injected my peroneal nerve and suddenly he goes “Oops! I hit a blood vessel.” To which I said…

“OH GOD I’M GOING TO DIE.”

I really shouted that and I got laughed at because obviously I wasn’t going to. But this DID happen. Just in time for me to wear running shoes and run 12 miles on Saturday morning.

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I cannot tell a lie…this **** is uncomfortable. Also it’s part of the reason I decided to wear my 890s for the race (extra padding in the tongue), but more on those later because I think I may be a New Balance runner for life now.

Anyway, the results of the diagnostic were peroneal nerve damage like everyone thought, but also I may have a smaller affected nerve that runs across my second toe. Either way here are the things I took away from the appointment besides that nasty bruise:

  • He does not suggest the nerve release surgery that the other doctor suggested. He feels that it isn’t successful enough of the time for me to go through with it and wouldn’t it suck to sit down for a month and heal and then have it not even make a difference. By the way, the nerve doctor I was referred to still has not contacted me and maybe that’s a good thing.
  • My issues may go away entirely or they may not.
  • If it is something that annoys me enough there is another surgery that he is sure will work, but it requires more downtime and involves cutting the nerve altogether so I would lose most of the feeling in my first two toes. I know that sounds awful, but I can assure you that not having feeling in my toes would be preferable to how obnoxious the constant pins and needles are. He doesn’t want to talk about any of that with me right now because I have made improvements but I would be lying if I said I was not considering it as a long term fix. I will reevaluate after Dopey.
  • And keep running if I want. Thank goodness.

Anyway, just a little update for anyone that might care where things are standing with my foot. (Pun not intended, but I giggled after completing that sentence.)

Now on to happier things like SOMEONE WINNING SOMETHING.

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I’m sad to part with it (it’s so pretty!), but excited to put a smile on someone’s face today! And that someone is:

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YOU WIN!!!

Congratulations, Chelsea! I’ll send you an email to confirm your shipping address.

Thank you so much to everyone that entered! If you are still interested in getting a Sweaty Band for yourself, I am happy to report that I am a new affiliate! (I love them that much!) See that little clicky over there in my side bar? You can get 5% off your next order with the coupon code SWEATYNATION at checkout. Happy shopping! 🙂

Have you ever had to get a shot in an uncomfortable place? Any big, nasty bruises lately?

I hope everyone is having a happy Tuesday (with less rain than what I’m seeing out my window!)

xo,

Salt

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My little gymnast, a baseball game, a new big girl room, and a Bondi Band winner!

So much stuff to talk about!! This weekend was a whirlwind, but it pretty much rocked.

It all started out with a nice 8 mile run on Saturday morning and aside from some seriously tight calves I realized I was starting to feel a little bit more like myself again. After that it was off to Betty’s gymnastics class and SHOW WEEK! Basically what this entails is that family can attend and the kids show off skills they have learned on the beam, bars, and mat. Betty was all about participating and she did such a great job. I was so proud! But then of course I am a total mom fail and really I had completely forgotten it was SHOW WEEK! so I wasn’t prepared to take photos. Luckily a friend of mine was there to get some of Betty receiving her ribbon. (Please thank your husband again for me, Sara!!)

This is how we stand on the podium.

And this is how we stand on the podium.

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We hung her ribbon up in her room along with a medal she received from running in a kids race last year, just like how mommy has her medals hanging on the wall. 🙂

Then it was off to a birthday party where we got to hang out with some wonderful old friends that I haven’t seen in a VERY long time. Like so long that we hadn’t even met each others’ kids yet and the oldest of these kids are 4! As is her MO, Betty charmed the pants off of everyone. At cake time she opted for the gluten free, all natural mango and coconut option that they had and who am I to argue with that? Eat all the cake you want, kiddo.

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Saturday night we had tickets to the baseball game and no babysitter so Mr. Salt kindly offered to stay home so I could go with my best friend, Favorite.

These seats were cool because they were right next to the bullpen, but we ended up going to sit in my friend's seats after one inning which were behind the O's dugout.

These seats were cool because they were right next to the bullpen, but we ended up going to sit in my friend’s seats after one inning which were on the opposite side of the stadium behind the O’s dugout.

Baseball selfie.

Baseball selfie.

AND WE ACTUALLY WON!!! We hardly ever win when I go to the game! I just posted on Friday how much no winning tends to occur when I’m there! When I got home, I told Mr. Salt that it must be him because it’s definitely not me. I think I still feel bloated today from drinking beer – I never ever ever drink beer and I’m pretty sure my body was like WTF where’s the wine? – but it was still so much fun.

Yesterday I had kind of a headache in the morning (thanks, beer!), but was able to mostly sweat it out at the gym and then we went to one of my most favorite places on the PLANET…

All they need is a Starbucks, a wine bar, and a Target next door and I would never have to leave.

All they need is a Starbucks, a wine bar, and a Target next door and I would never have to leave.

…for OPERATION BIG GIRL ROOM.

Betty has been in a big girl bed since February, but the rest of her room still had all the makings of a nursery; changing table, her rocker, her big dresser. Basically a whole bunch of big people furniture. Since she was very small, I’ve been interested in making her room into a Montessori style room*.

*In case you don’t know what that is, the basic premise is having everything on her level so that she can explore and use things in however way she wants. In a true Montessori room, everything would be at her eye level including pictures on the walls, but as you’ll see in a sec we didn’t go to all that great length yet (although I’d like to once we find a house to move into).

We picked out all sorts of new shelving and fun extras too like a folding tumble mat because as you know she’s an award winning gymnast now and needs someplace to practice her somersaults.

Here’s the final result!

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What I should have done was taken a video of her running around in circles yelling “MY NEW ROOM!! MY NEW ROOOM!” because that was her awesome reaction to all our hard work. Then I think I had one of the most restful nights of sleep that I’ve had in a long time because her new room is also a lot safer this way.

Oh and then after Betty went to bed I watched some of the Miss USA pageant and was subsequently very ashamed of myself.

Now…on to the WINNERS of my Bondi Band giveaway!

DitdsvHnrjR8Y6IhVr4RWt-Fj8HSq2NrDRS02WcRMAAThree winners were picked at random, and those people will get to choose based on the order that they were picked which band they would like for me to send them.

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A great big thanks to Bondi Band again for providing me with the bands to give away and a big thanks to all of you too for entering! And the winners are:

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CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!!! I will be in touch with the three of you this morning to coordinate your prizes! And if you didn’t win and still would like to get a great deal on a Bondi Band, don’t forget to use coupon code SWEATPINK at checkout for 10% OFF your order!

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever heard of a Montessori Room? When was the last time you went to a baseball game?

xo,

Salt

Race Recap: Wonder Women! {Women’s Distance Festival 5K}

I think from now on all my short distance races need to be on the fly. Much like the Red Hot Run a couple of weeks ago, this one was an incredibly last-minute decision. Like so last-minute that I wasn’t even committed to it on the drive over and when I realized that I had forgotten my Garmin and went home to get it, I almost didn’t leave the house again. I was exhausted, it was chilly outside, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Plus…yeah I know. I’m supposed to be tapering. But short runs are part of a taper right? And this was just a regular 5K sans world’s largest water slides and wrecking balls.

I found out about this race through my run club. The Women’s Distance Festival is part of a Grand Prix series sponsored by the Maryland RRCA and participating clubs. It consists of 10 5K races  and women who complete 4 or more of these races are eligible for a participation award. I don’t know if I’m going to end up participating in 3 more or not – more last-minute decisions? – but what captured my interest was the fact that they are women-only events. The most well-known of these is the Baltimore Women’s Classic, which I am going to miss due to the fact that I’ll be Ambassador-ing it up at The Fit Foodie in Fairfax. It’s hard to be sad about something when the trade-off is a race/yoga/stuffing my face with delicious food kind of weekend.

(PS: COME RUN WITH ME!)

This particular race is held at a local college and from what I understood, the course would be 2 loops of the campus. I didn’t go to the school so I wasn’t familiar with the campus at all, but as I drove in I noted that it was a whole heck of a lot of rolling hills. Parking was no problem and sign up was a breeze, just as it normally is with run club events. The premium for this race is REALLY nice too:

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A single shoulder backpack with lots of pockets, a water bottle holder, and moisture-resistant lining. Perfect for all my funky gym gear.

I got myself organized and went out for a little warm up jog to kill some time before the 8am start. I didn’t have any delusions of grandeur for this race. I had just run 8 miles the day before and yes…supposed to be tapering so this was just for fun. If I felt like I could speed it up a little I would, but if not? NBD.

Just before 8 we got the signal to move on up the hill to the start. This race has a fantastic downhill finish. I was a little worried that we would be starting right next to the finish line and have a steep climb right away, but luckily that was not the case. Some announcements happened, we were introduced to the fellow that would be leading us through the first course loop via bicycle, and a smiling woman sang the National Anthem before the instructions were given to take our marks and an air horn went off WAY too close to my head.

I was part of the front of the pack at the start and then for the first quarter-mile or so I was actually THE front. Of the whole thing.

Just me and dude on the bicycle.

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It sounds kind of awesome, but this has never happened to me before and as a result I panicked. I’m always following at least someone and being the lead person felt REALLY bizarre. I have a bad habit of going out way too fast in 5Ks so I took this as a sign that this was the case and cooled my jets a little bit. Two very fast girls that were running together passed me and I felt this odd sense of relief like a lot of pressure had just been lifted off. That’s when I started to relax and really found my groove.

Because the course is two loops, I would get to tackle this one gnarly hill twice. The first time around it was no problem and the person standing at the top of the hill – which just so happened to be the end of mile 1 – yelled that I was at 6:50-something…I couldn’t really hear her over the Chemical Brothers, but it sounded awesome! I was doing better than I expected! There was a little bit of a downhill after that and I passed over the starting line for the second time, still in 3rd place, and feeling really strong.

Shortly after mile 2 there was that damn hill again and this time it was more like Mt Everest. I knew that once I got to the top that I would be in the home stretch. Or so I thought. As I huffed and puffed my way up, I started to wonder how this was going to be a full 5K because 2 loops of the campus was working out to be quite short. As if to answer my question, a volunteer standing at the crest of the hill steered me and the two fast girls who I had closed in on quite a bit to the right instead of the left and down a nice hill. Just as I started to really enjoy the break for my legs we reached another volunteer who was turning us back around.

UGH.

Up again we went.

Now I was passing other runners who were about to encounter the same sad surprise. After that was behind us though? Smooth sailing. I hit the final downhill, turned into the driveway and cranked it up to eleven. I glimpsed the clock as I went past and in that moment I thought I knew, but I couldn’t be 100% sure until I shut off my watch. I almost stayed home, but instead I held on to my 3rd place finish and even better, I kicked one of my 2014 running goals straight in the teeth.

Official time:

21:48

MY FIRST SUB-22 RACE FINISH!!!

(And a new PR obviously.)

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My splits:

1    6:53.9    1.00    6:54
2    7:02.1    1.00    7:02
3    7:17.6    1.00    7:18 <— That final hill was a killer.
4    :35.3    0.11    5:17 <— That’s what happens when I crank it up. One day I will run a full mile that fast. (In my dreams.)

The awards were super cool and unique as well:

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It’s a starfish! I’m in love with it.

And now? I’M TAPERING. Seriously. The rest of the day was spent walking around the zoo, attending a birthday party, playing at the playground, and drinking margaritas.

From start to finish, everything about this race was awesome and I’m not just saying that because of my PR. (BUT OMG PR!!) The course was beautiful and easy to navigate, the volunteers were awesome, the awards were fun, friendly attitudes all around, and there was a great little post race spread set out for us. I met some very cool people…usually I fly so solo at events like this and it was extra fun having some great conversations with folks. (I even foresee some track nights in my future!)

For some of the women there this race was their graduation from the C25K program and it was so inspirational to see them achieve that goal! There was also a runner there who is nearly 80 years old and she finished the tough course in 40 minutes. Simply awesome.

I want to be her when I grow up.

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend full of fun, friends, good weather, and great runs!

Where did your feet take you?

xo,

Salt