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Weekly Run Down: Foot is better and another slow week

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Last week I wrote about a pain in my foot.  I blamed it on my shoes.  My coach told me it was tight calves and told me to make sure I stretched and foam rolled.  I also started running again in my Brooks Levitate 1.  They feel so soft and comfortable. 

Monday was 3 miles and on Tuesday it was 1 mile.  It was all I could handle both days.  I also mentioned being more tired than usual and sneezing a lot.  I sent a message to my doctor asking about an allergy test but she has not written back.  I went to Target and bought the store brand of Claritin.  I took one last night but today still sneezed but not as much as before.

I was supposed to run Wednesday but take a guess as to why I didn’t?  I thought I could do it after school but I stayed till about 5:30 working on a project and came home for dinner and to rest.  I ended up running the next day and it felt great.  

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2 miles on Friday was the perfect distance to start off the weekend.  I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and came back to Mateo getting comfortable on my bed.  🙂  So cool seeing all of the Christmas decorations.

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Saturday was 7 miles on my calendar but I woke up with an achy body.  I thought I had a fever so I took a Tylenol and stayed on the couch till about noon.  Then my mother and I did some errands followed by a late lunch.  We came home and I took a nap!  

My foot is feeling much better.  The top of it is no longer tender.  Even my plantar doesn’t hurt as much.  These running injuries suck but I am so happy that so far I am feeling better.  

This morning I took Mateo to PAWS to be neutered.  I picked him up at 4pm and he is doing fine.   I hope my little baby isn’t in too much pain. 

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Less than 2 weeks to go till Winter Break?  Yes, I am EXCITED!! 

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This week was not great running wise but sometimes that is how it is.  Hopefully next week is better.  I decided not to run the Kiawah Half Marathon.  I am definitely not ready for it and don’t want to go undertrained like I did for the Detroit Half Marathon I did in October.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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Random Thoughts Thursday 101

Random Thoughts Thursday

• Saw this at Target and it made me laugh!  I almost bought it but I have way too many mugs. 

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• Part of me wants to make this in a big poster and put in my classroom.  🙂

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• Smudge is HILARIOUS!!!  Here is another great meme.

Smudge meme-1.jpg • Every few months there is street cleaning in my neighborhood.  This was the sign that was posted for the week of Thanksgiving.  I’m sorry but why would there be street cleaning on Friday when most likely people are home?  I was annoyed but luckily I had to take my car to the shop so I wasn’t even home.

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• Lately I have been very tired.  More tired than usual.  I also have been sneezing a lot.  Could it be the weather?  Age?  Who knows but I am tired of being tired.  And here is another cute photo of my babies.  🙂

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Tuesday Topics: Holiday gifts for runners

How is it that it is already December?  Going back to work after a few days off for Thanksgiving Break was exhausting.  My kids were still in vacation zone and let me just say that no on was in the mood to work.  

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This week’s Tuesday Topic: Holiday gifts for runners.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

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A few bloggers have already written about this topic so I will include the links below.  
⇒ Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home
⇒ Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice
⇒ Lisa at Mile by Mile
⇒ Sandra at Organic Runner Mom
⇒ Debbie at Coach Debbie Run

A few things that I like are:
Balega SocksI love SmartWool but now am loving Balega socks.  My favorite are the ultralight/ultraglide socks.   They’re thin but yet cushioned enough to provide enough support.

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Road IDI never take mine off.  Yes, I even shower with it.  🙂  Mine has two of my sisters’ contact information in case of an emergency.  

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⇒ Gift cards – I get my running shoes from Running Warehouse or Zappos.  I love that they offer FREE shipping.  If for some reason you change your mind, you can also send them back for free.  I run in Brooks shoes and have the Launch, Ghost, and Levitate.

Garmin watchSo many great ones out there now.  I love mine.  I have a 225 and have had it for 4 years.  Mine is simple and I use it to track my shoes mileage, pace, distance, and time.

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Black Diamond Storm HeadlampI run in the morning and it is very dark outside.  My headlamp is perfect for those mornings.  

Oiselle Lightning LayerThis is one of my favorite Oiselle items.  I can wear it over another top or a sports bra.  With the vest and the headlamp, for sure you will be seen!

Koala ClipIt is a pouch that holds your phone, keys, ID, etc.  It has a magnetic clip that you clip inside your sports bra.  The Koala Clip does not chafe nor does it bounce.  

BibBoards – They’re bib fasteners.  The nice thing about these is that you don’t need safety pins hence no holes in your race shirt.  There are so many different and fun designs to pick from.  

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Do you own any of the items I listed above?  It not, which one would you like to try?

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Weekly Run Down: End of the month and 335 miles

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Happy Sunday!  I hope you had a great week with your family.  I had a great time and ate so much these past couple of days.  It was all yummy but not good for my waist.  🙁

How is it that we are in December?  November did go by fast and I am sure December will too.  I will be in school 3 weeks and then will have Winter Break.

I did not run a lot in November. 

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For some reason I did not feel good this week.  I was sneezing a lot.  For sure I thought I would get sick but I didn’t.  Could it be allergies?  I remember my doctor telling me that as one gets older, they can get allergies.  

Monday morning I ran 3 miles. I forgot to delete my records last week but remembered to do it on Monday.  Happy with my fast mile.

I did not run on Tuesday but saw a beautiful sunrise.

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My coach moved a few workouts because I did not feel good.  I was exhausted Tuesday and Wednesday.  Due to the changes I ended up running on Thanksgiving.  It was a fun workout.  It was 3 miles warmup and 6×1 minute intervals with 1 minute recovery, then another mile or so to end with 5 miles.  I got 2 badges!

Another record for me.  Boy, I have a lot of work to do.  🙂

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Something happened with my left foot.  The top left side began to bother me.  I was supposed to run 6 miles on Saturday but didn’t because of my foot.  Plus it was raining and I did not want to run in the rain. 😜

It felt somewhat better on Sunday but I didn’t make it to one mile.  It hurt!  I went back home and sent a text to my couch.  He said it was probably due to a tight calf and tendon.  I thought it was my shoes and decided to retire my Brooks Ghost 11 with 335 miles.  I was hoping to make it to 400 miles.  How cute are my new Oiselle tights?

My coach had me do 60 minutes (20 minutes easy followed by 4 x 5 minutes fast, 5 minutes easy).  That is the longest I have been on the bike!  I thought it would be bored but I wasn’t. 😜  I biked through several cities by the sea and watched TV.  

Do you have allergies?  Did you have them as a kid or “recently”?

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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Random Thoughts Thursday 100

Random Thoughts Thursday

Holy cow!  100th post?  Thank you for reading along these random thoughts.  🙂

• I hope you have a great day today with your family!

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• What is up with the contaminated food?  It is either fruit, lettuce, kale, etc., but never pizza, bread, or coffee.  🙂

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• Anyone knew this?  I didn’t until I saw this.  No need to have measuring cups because all you need this this red cup.

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• How cool is this?  I remember when I was a kid going to the neighborhood grocery store just because of this game.  If I had room, I would buy it.

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• It’s been 3 years since the “Gilmore Girls Revival”.  Come on!  I want to see more episodes!!  I want to know who is the father of Rory’s baby.

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