Sunday, January 31, 2016

Not-yo Cheese

Sometimes, you just need a bunch of Funfetti Nachos. Recipe to maybe never come, because I don't want to be blamed for turning anyone into an addict...

Belated birthday party this weekend, awwwwful long run/workout on Saturday, rounding up tax forms on Sunday.

This is a dangerous combination.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I love (head)lamp

I know that I am either a.) getting old and boring or b.) a ginormous running nerd when getting something as simple as a NEW HEADLAMP for running makes me legit happy!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

29 and feeling fine

Yay! I had a birthday this week (Thursday, if you care to know)! Even though I had to work Thursday AND Friday (ugh, 5 day work weeks are THE WORSE), The Canadian tried his darndest to make sure I had a good time :)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Hip Saga: Part I

In keeping with this year's (apparent) theme of regular blog updates, I should probably fill everyone in on the latest development in my life: Gimpy Hip.

Gimpy Hip is masquerading as a fully-functional right hip in this picture.
I had problems with my right hip starting back in undergrad. At first, it was just an issue while I was driving - it felt very much like someone was ramming a steak knife into my hip socket from the side. Ouch.

It wasn't until sometime in grad school (the exact timeline gets *very* fuzzy here...) that it started to become more of an issue. At first, it was just a nuisance during long runs, and then only when they were done piecemeal with stops to pick up new people. The first few steps after a stop, I'd be all hobbley for a little bit. Then, it started to pop up more often during long runs, even during short stops, like at traffic lights. Then speed workouts. Then hills. Then during normal, easy-pace runs.

If I didn't stop every 2 hours during road trips to get out and stretch, I'd be hobbling out of my car at my destination. It turned into a sometimes sharp, shooting pain, initially a (literal) pain in the butt, but by Boston 2015, it had migrated to the front of my hip.

At some point in here, either January 2014 or 2015 (see, told you, FUZZY), I went to the student health center at Purdue and got a physical therapist referral. The helpful PUSH PT told me that he didn't really know what, exactly, was wrong with my hip, but hey, here are some exercises that should help!

So I did my exercises, religiously at first, and then with the enthusiasm of a Christmas-Easter Christian. Initially, I could get away with skipping a session once a week, but then things got to the point where as soon as I fell off the PT bandwagon, BAM!, back to Step One.

After I did my double-marathon adventure, I took May almost totally off, and was pretty low-mileage in June and July 2015 in hopes that some time off would bring a reconciliation between Gimpy Hip and the rest of my body.

And...Nope. Not at all. Things were just as bad, even getting worse, than before. It was a dull, background ache if I didn't get up to walk around a little every hour at work. The Canadian would have to drive for larger portions of road trips because driving, even with cruise control, was really uncomfortable. And runs? Ugh. The worst was an easy 6 mile day where it hurt the entire 3 miles out, I cried at the turnaround, and we walk/jogged the 3 miles back home.

So FINALLY I got a PT appointment set up with someone who came very highly recommended.

What happened then?


For those of you playing along at home:
1.) What's the worst exercise-related injury you've ever had?
- Mmmm, THIS. Hands down...
2.) Are you a terrible human like me and super procrastinated getting something checked out?
3.) What's the weather currently like in your neck of the woods?
- Tucson has been rainy this past week, but today is SUN out the wahzoo and mid 50's!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cheers to a New Year!

In another astonishing feat, I am actually keeping up with updating the blog! BE STILL MY BEATING HEART.

In case you forgot what my resolutions were for 2015 (because I totally did...), here's a handy recap:

That said, 2015 is already shaping up to be better than 2014 was! The Canadian and I rang in the New Year at Howl at the Moon in Chicago, I'm going to run the Walt Disney World marathon on January 11 [Success! 3:20, and a fantastic week at the Disney Parks...], a pretty awesome trip for Spring Break is (kinda) in the works [A trip actually happened! The Canadian and I celebrated my last Spring Break in Las Vegas], I have a schedule that I feel good about to get my defense and dissertation FINISHED [Also: it happened, despite my advisor's best efforts...)], I'm going to run Boston again (and then run Big Sur six days later...) [Yup, and never doing it again...TOO MUCH], and I'm going to FINISH my PhD [Bam!]. That gets me to mid-May. [Which was totally fine, since life kinda vomited CRAZY there for a few weeks months.]

So...resolutions for 2016? The Canadian has suggested that I stop belching (so much). So I guess that's my resolution, since I'm basically trying to go against my genes and heritage (sorry Dad and Seester) by suppressing it. :D

To celebrate the start of 2016, The Canadian and I went to the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes game up in Phoenix. We then headed over to the Talking Stick Casino for a really fun New Year's Eve party! {I am 2/2 in NYE's where a.) I wear my $15 green sequin dress and get compliments and b.) a random drunk person tells The Canadian and I that we are such a cute couple omg please let me take your picture.} 

Here's to another year full of fun travel adventures, happy running endorphins, and too many pictures of Regal Beast Manwich. Cheers!

70's cover band, band 1/3, and probably the best room of the bunch

Go Jets Go!

Because cat pictures.