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Goodbye April…

30 Apr

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You brought us some freakishly un-Springlike weather (though, not so freakish for New England I guess!) and you’re going out with a rainy/drizzly fizzle up here and some pretty serious storms in other parts of the country.

You brought us the Easter bunny and all those goodies he brings to the little kids!

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You also reminded us of the true meaning of Easter.

 

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And, April, you got me back on the road. This was a big month of race registrations for me! After hitting up the Marine Corps Marathon and the Georgia Half Marathon in March I was super excited for registration to open up for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend — this was the biggie and I’ve been looking forward to it now for over a year!

When I ran the Goofy Challenge in 2013 I decided I wanted to do it again in 2015 for the 10th Anniversary.

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Me and our host back in 2013

Then runDisney went and did something CRAZY!!! They created a new challenge – called, probably pretty appropriately, the Dopey Challenge (5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday for a total of 48.6 miles!) so of course….I got registered for that!

In April I also entered a lottery to get the opportunity to register for the Paris Marathon (that’s Paris France ya’ll…not one of the imposter Parises) and I got in! So *next* April I plan to travel to the City of Lights and take a 26.2 mile tour!

All this means that April was also the start of some SERIOUS training – and I am counting on you all to help keep me accountable! Cause….lots of miles people!!

So…let’s bid Adieu to April (see, workin’ on that French thing already!) and start getting excited about what May has in store!!

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And Then, The Wheels Fell Off

13 Apr

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So, I was completely into my plank challenge and my wall sit challenge and I had my runs all mapped out so I’d be ready when my training plans kick in in a few weeks.

And then, I woke up Thursday morning with some tightness in my right hip and leg. But after stretching and walking it out, things felt a bit better. Other than a couple of twinges during the day I figured things would be back to my new normal on Friday.

Friday dawned and again, felt a little extra tight but managed to loosen up and carry on pretty normally. When I was walking the dog, I’d stop once or twice to stretch and then move on. Had a great day and evening and was looking forward to getting a lot of yardwork done over the weekend!

So imagine my dismay when I woke up on Saturday and could barely walk. Or sit. Or stand. Took some Aleve and then walked the dog. But when I went out to trim my bushes and shrubs, I had a really tough time holding on to equipment AND standing straight. I had hoped to wait things out and call my doctor on Monday, but by early afternoon after much waffling, I made the decision to go to the ER.

The drive up was kind of painful…the walk into the building was kind of painful. I felt kind of ridiculous going in because of pain with no bones sticking out or bleeding, but fortunately the nurses and the doctor were understanding. Though, just as confused as me since I hadn’t actually DONE anything to end up in this kind of pain!

After determining that the Aleve wasn’t really doing any good, and the foam rolling and the stretching and the Stick also weren’t helping the doctor prescribed some Valium to relax the muscles and some Percocet if the pain got to bad – with the advise to take half to begin with (advise I have followed cause….). Also, since I had driven to the ER, she gave me a shot of “heavy duty Motrin” which she said would hold me til about 8. And it kind of did.

I was really hoping that when I got up this morning I would be back to 100% (or I’d be happy to be at 85% even) but was really upset when I felt just as bad when I attempted to hop out of bed (benefit of having a satin sheet on the bed is that it is easier to slide off the side of the bed!!)  And, ps, who ever thought that *I* would be upset that I couldn’t do housework or exercise?!!!??

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So, with half a Valium and 2 Aleve in my system, I spent a bit sitting on an ice pack and am actually feeling good enough to at least do the dishes, and maybe some laundry! Yay!! More stretching and rolling is also on the “To Do” list today! And with any luck, I’ll pick up my Plank challenge later tonight, or tomorrow at the latest!

I hope everyone is enjoying some wonderful Spring weather on this beautiful Palm Sunday – kicking off the Holiest week of the year in the Catholic Church.

 

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