I AM SO TIRED. You can’t miss those giant bags under my eyes. Tuesday night we were in bed by 10 but I couldn’t fall asleep until 2AM! I was dying. I so badly wanted to sleep but couldn’t. I’m wondering if it had anything to do with running after my longest hiatus in 7 weeks. Then again last night I was in bed right at 9 but didn’t fall asleep until 10:30. Nowhere near as bad but I needed all the extra hours possible. I’m hoping tonight I fall asleep instantly. Taylor has to leave to pick his mum up at the airport at 9pm so I will be going straight to bed once he is gone.

Not sure if I am going to run today. I can’t decide. I still don’t feel any pain when I push down on my foot, anywhere, and I can also flex the foot fine without feeling any pressure. However, I am getting just little tiny miniscule bursts of pain in that foot but I can’t pinpoint where it is coming from. So I haven’t decided yet. I’m just hoping I can run the seven miles on Saturday…

I haven’t decided about the hair yet. I appreciate the comments for and against the cut. I’m about to book an appointment for next Friday and you guys will just have to be surprised ;)

OH, WIERD THING. Ever since my run on Tuesday, a small part of my ribs (same section on both sides) hurts when I push down on them. Any ideas or are the running God’s just trying to punish me in every way possible?

#Gpoy  #Personal  

Did I mention that while in Washington I tried grapes for the first time? It’s like eating a tiny little apple. I like :)

I also tried candied ginger, which was unbelievably gross, and celery, which was a no as well.

Go me for trying grapes though! Something I have refused to taste until now because of texture fears.

Monday was a 4 mile run

So I was FAR too hung over to run Monday afternoon. Taylor had to flat out tell me no when I asked him to take another shot. I have no recollection, oops. I woke up feeling like shit. Go figure. Anyways, I instead did cross, rode my bike, while Taylor and Nick ran. I can really tell that I haven’t rode my bike in awhile. So sore, but fun. Boys did 4 miles so I did a little back and fourth to get extra mileage in.

Yesterday was rest or cross

So obviously, since I rode my bike the day before I did my 4 mile run this day. It went okay. Form was pretty spot on. I had to stop and walk right at mile 1 because my heart was hurting so badly. After a couple minutes I started back up. The boys rode their bikes and ditched me at this point, ha. I stopped again at 1.5 because I was so nervous about my foot. I had to stop take my shoe off and check. I did a lot of pressing and flexing and couldn’t feel anything, so I continued. Because of all this stopping, mile 2 was my slowest at 11:11, dang! I had to stop again at mile 3 because my shoes were rubbing the back of my foot. That is when I remembered that I had to buy specific socks with a lip for these shoes. I will not forget to wear those next run. I have a blister because of the rubbing. right after finishing I immediately took my shoes off again and did more pressing and flexing. Still nothing. However I did notice throughout the whole run I felt something there on my right foot. It wasn’t pain, or discomfort, but more like just a tiny reminder of it being there, which is why I stopped at mile 1 to check. It felt a smidgen uncomfortable by the time I got back to the car, but that might have been because I walked barefoot, and I know I’m a heavy lander. We will see. I’ll be keeping an eye on it before running Thursday.

First run using the heart rate monitor and having it link to Garmin. Average HR was 177. Taylor was around 145, haha. According to Taylor’s Fenix, my recovery period is 4 days. HA

Ignore the giant poptart if at all possible, haha.
I NEED to do something with my hair. It’s getting too long and unmanageable, no style and I just hate waking up to it. So… I’m thinking of chopping it all off. Maybe not as short as I have it in the photo, but if I’m cutting it I want it off my shoulders. I just can’t decide! I’m fine with cutting it but if I hate it my hair takes forever to grow and goes through an awful awkward stage once it hits my shoulders. Ugh. I don’t know. Too hard of a decision. I also think I have manly shoulders so I’m not sure if I’d like hair above my shoulders.
I’m just gonna book a hair appointment anyways and just pick in the moment what to do… Yea.

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seechrisrun replied to your photoset “Washington 2014 I definitely took a lot more pictures last year, but…”

Those foggy tree pictures are cool

Well, enjoy some more :) They are my favorites from the whole trip. They came out great.

Washington 2014

I definitely took a lot more pictures last year, but then again last year it didn’t rain at all. It rained quite a bit this time around, and it ended up being an all day gray cold rain too, which just isn’t fun. We still did a ton of stuff though! These are only a few of my favorite photos. I would put them all in one post but Tumblr has a limit :(

So anyways, Monday we went out to Whatcom Lake where we started a fire, ate lots, and played in the water. I paddleboarded for the first time, and then Taylor and I went on a 2 mile kayaking trip. 

Tuesday we went up to Twin Lakes. The Prius actually made it the whole way up! I had to plug my ears a couple of times because the scraping made me too nervous. Unfortunately once we got to the top there was much more snow then we expected. We couldn’t get to the parking lot because of it, and there was no way we were gonna be able to hike to the top of the mountain to look down on the two lakes. So, instead we just walked around in the snow until it started raining on us.

Wednesday we hiked on the Pacific Northwest Trail. It rained on us the WHOLE time, go figure. BUT, it made for really cool and creepy tree photos, so it’s all good.

I honestly can’t remember what we did Thursday. It must have not been anything too interesting. That night we went over to Taylor’s grandad’s house for dinner. I couldn’t believe how many kids jumped into the pool. BRRRR, no thank you.

Friday we took the ferry over to Kingston to have a late lunch with one of Taylor’s mums friend. The Ale House we ate at had such amazing fries, and the grilled cheese was to die for, even if it was off the kids menu ;) Afterwards we got icecream. I ordered a cup of cookie dough icecream and it was SO much icecream. Ridiculous. I couldn’t believe that it was considered a small cup of icecrem. We had to eventually throw it away I was so sick of the stuff.

Saturday we left for Seattle early in the morning so we could walk around and see a little bit more of the city than last year. We ended up down at the boardwalk and went on the Great Wheel. It was cool. I personally think it rotates too fast, but at least you get to go around four times. Then, we sadly had to return the car and board our flight. Not cool.

Overall it was a great trip, just like last year. I just wish the weather had cooperated a little better. Hopefully next year will be nice and sunny the whole time!

I’m alive! Before I post all about my trip to Washington, I need to do a run update before I get too far behind and too frustrated.

First is W7 HMT Recap:

As we know I wasn’t able to get all my mileage in for this week as I was feeling discomfort in my left foot, that lead to a stress fracture last time. So, because of this I didn’t run as much as I would have liked. All in all though, it wasn’t a bad week, ha.

✓ Sunday: Stretch & rest
✓ Monday: 4 mile run
✓ Tuesday: 2 mile run or cross
X Wednesday: 4 mile run + strength rest
✓ Thursday: rest or easy run
✓ Friday: rest
✓ Saturday: 5K race pace - Whatcom Dream 5K

​Now for W8 HMT Recap:​

Nada, zip, zilch. No running. I was in no means inactive though, as you can see. I hiked, kayaked, and walked, and this only counts the things I tracked. I was still active during my hiatus, so hopefully going back to running today won’t be so painful.

✓ Sunday: Stretch & rest
X Monday: 4 mile run 2 miles kayaking
X Tuesday: 2 mile run 1.2 mile walk
✓ Wednesday: rest- I actually did a 5.6 mile hike, so still a win
X Thursday: 4 mile run rest
X Friday: 7 mile run rest
✓ Saturday: rest

​This weeks schedule:
Sunday:​ Rest
​Monday:​ 4 mile run
Tuesday: rest or cross
Wednesday: 4 mile run + strength
Thursday: rest
Friday: 50 min cross
Saturday: 7 mile run

Lets see how this week goes. Crossing my fingers that the foot does good!

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Oh hi guys! Where we are staying has no cell reception so I’m just now finally able to get on and do a quick update.

I gave Taylor the Fenix 2 on the plane as an early birthday present, and he has been obsessed ever since. He talks about it to everyone.

We landed around 1:30 but didn’t get to Bellingham until about 6:30 because we had to wait for our bus and then traffic put us behind schedule. We went straight over to Taylor’s grandads house for. Graduation party. It was fun, but I was SO tired.

So the next morning (Saturday) I did this thing- I ran. I probably shouldn’t have risked it, but I felt no pain before, during, or after so I was lucky. I don’t plan on running anymore when I’m up here though, just to give it extra time to heal.
Anyways, the run went good. I started out really slow because I didn’t know how my foot was going to do. It ended up doing good so I sped up and decided to actually compete. The whole race I slowly got faster and faster which is great for me. However, I got lost on the course by missing a turn so my second mile was my slowest- 9:51. Because I got lost I decided to run even faster to get back to where I was. I knew I had to catch back up to the guy in blue, but I never did. I saw him right at the end. I was probably two minutes behind him. Dang. Had I stayed on course I probably would have gotten around 28 minutes, but instead I ended with 30:34, with my watch saying 3.25. Taylor’s watch said 3.05. Ah well. It was still fun and they didn’t even do age group awards, just overall.

After racing we got a rental car, went grocery shopping, and headed over to the chili cook-off. It was fun. Lots of food, and lots of running around and playing. The adults played beer frisbee where you try to hit the beer bottle of a pole with a frisbee. It was tons of fun but I got a frisbee to the ribs which hurt and then the beer bottle hit me in the face and now my lip still hurts. We also stayed up late playing a game called kick the can with the kids . It was fun until Taylor tripped me by hitting my shins/ankles, causing me to face plant into the ground. I had to sit out after that cause my legs hurt so much and I had a headache.

Sunday morning we had pancakes around the campfire. Then we packed everything up and went home. Showered. Got ready. Left for a car show which was pretty cool. The oldest car we saw was from 1903. It was a steam car that didn’t even had. Steering wheel but a handle that you just moved left or right. Afterwards we went back to the camp site to celebrate a birthday with Mexican. More kick the can.

And now it is Monday. Everybody is doing stuff inside the house and I couldn’t just sit in there and stare at the wall. So I am sitting outside listening to music. Much better.
Today we are going to the lake to paddleboard and kayak. Should be good, as long as the weather stays this nice!

I miss reading about you guys. I just have had no time. Hope everyone is doing good!

We are coming for you Washington!




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I long for the day that I will only be poked and prodded once a year. 4 abnormal pap smears. Let’s hope number 5 breaks the streak!

TMI Thursday much?

@seechrisrun replied to your photoset “We are slowly trying to eat everything in our kitchen over the next…”

Gosh, that sounds a lot like the pain I had in my foot in April. The PT said she didn’t think it was a fracture because it would hurt all the time. I was able to work around it in a few weeks, but now it makes me wonder.

I bet that is what it was, just not full blown. I know mine didn’t hurt all the time when I first felt it, and that is how it is right now. I’m glad you were able to work around it. and heal. Did you just stop running for a few weeks? 

@bensjourneyforlife replied to your photoset “We are slowly trying to eat everything in our kitchen over the next…”

Thanks for describing the feeling you had of a stress fracture. That had me more cautious about similar pains I’ve experienced on my last couple of runs.

Your welcome. I hope it’s not a stress fracture, but I do recommend stopping if you think it is. I felt that pain for a few runs actually and ignored it and then bam, my last run was the most painful thing ever. It’s like it takes a while to build up and then just one run pushes it right over the edge.

chelsearuns replied to your photoset “We are slowly trying to eat everything in our kitchen over the next…”

You can always get some cushy shoes to rotate in with your minimals! Your poor feet :( I am so sorry you are injured!

Thanks, that is the plan! I have an older pair from a couple years ago that are not a 0mm drop or a 0mm cushion, so I will try those ones out for now, especially with all the walking we will be doing in Washington. And thanks. My feet are probably so tired of me, ha

We are slowly trying to eat everything in our kitchen over the next couple of days, so cereal in a Tupperware container it is. I brought way too much.

So about that stress fracture… It’s real. Totally a stress fracture. Where I circled is about where it is. I’m having a hard time finding it cause it just isn’t hurting right now. I think this one will heal a lot faster than my previous ones as I have caught it early. Having those other stress fractures I now know the warning signs of one coming on. I felt it last week but didn’t connect the dots, and I felt it Monday, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I realized what it was. For those that have never had a stress fracture, it is an odd feeling when it is in its early stages, or at least I found it to be. When I had my first round of stress fractures I thought maybe I was lacing my shoes too tightly. My foot felt tight, like it was under a lot of pressure. I felt this Monday. It was hard to lift my toes up and away from the ground. Like I said, my foot felt tight. When I noticed this Monday I thought that maybe it was because I had been wearing my compression sock and it was making my foot tighten up. However, yesterday I remembered that this was the exact same feeling I felt last October when it started happening. So my run yesterday was okay. It wasn’t horrible. I got my form back, and the top of my foot actually didn’t start hurting until probably the last .5. I probably should have stopped right when I felt pain, but since I knew I wasn’t gonna be running for a while, I decided to just do the full 2 miles. It never got worse.

The negative: This is going to mess up my training schedule and I doubt I will run the race on Saturday, or complete any runs in Washington. It makes me even more nervous about my 20K at the end of August.

The positive: I caught it early. Like really early. I can still walk around fine. It doesn’t scream out in pain even when I’m putting no pressure on it, so that is good. It is also only slightly painful to touch the area so also a plus. And, it wasn’t that painful to run on either. I could probably do a couple more runs before it turns into a horrible mess, but I of course won’t. I’ll be bringing my more padded running shoes to Washington as we will be doing quite a bit of walking/hiking.

So yes, the running gods hate me. I cried all over Taylor last night, and then drank and ate a little bit too much. I’m just SO tired of being injured, and maybe this is a sign that my feet just can’t handle going 100% minimalistic. I mean, I know that it is because of my running form, but maybe until I’m constantly running correctly I need to get a little bit more of a cushion between me and the ground. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe running minimalistic is the way to go, ​however it shows that you really truly have to have good running form in order to do so without injuring yourself. I just took running on your toes too literally.

So long post short: My third stress fracture in less than a year. Doubt I will do any running in Washington, but you never know. Looking at a little bit more padding in my shoes. Increasing my calcium intake. The end. Sorry for the long post.