Flying Pig 2015

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Monday, April 25, 2016

D.O.A.P.: 23 Weeks

Diary of a Prunner
 
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Sometimes this feels like such a lie.

I felt mostly lazy this week. I took some intentional rest days because of my shoulder and some unintentional rest days because life happens. It was an exciting running week for a lot of my friends. I had a few friends run the Boston Marathon and several who ran the Glass City Marathon. There were a lot of running firsts this week. Because I can't run, I thrive on hearing about my friends' runs and races.
  • 4/18/16: REST. Day three of resting my shoulder. I was distracted most of the day by Boston Marathon coverage which was AMAZING! Can't wait for my chance to experience this iconic race.
  • 4/19/16: REST. Day four of resting my shoulder.
    I was congratulating a cousin who just received her driver's license. I was reminding her to watch for pedestrians in crosswalks!
  • 4/20/16: Chest and Back. I decided that four days of resting wasn't doing anything significant for my shoulder so I went to the gym. My shoulder usually feels good in the morning and horrible by late morning. Today, my beast session at the gym didn't seem to irritate it. As the day went on, even with crutching around at home, it didn't seem as irritated. Maybe those four days of rest did help! I also met some friends for lunch at Panera. Face time with them is good for the soul...especially when my face time is usually during a run.
  • 4/21/16: Three week ortho follow-up. Dr. D says the fractures continue to heal as expected. My latest prognosis: three more weeks non weight bearing in boot, two weeks partial weight bearing (likely 50%) in some sort of supportive shoe. I'm not sure what this prognosis means regarding my job. I know I will have to be out of work for the three weeks of non weight bearing, but I'm unsure what will happen when I'm partial weight bearing. I wish I could say I was happy about all of this, but I held in the tears until I made it to my car.
    My gorgeous foot at my follow up appointment.

  • 4/22/16: Shoulders. I could watch myself do shoulder press in single leg stance all day long...makes all my arm muscles pop out. LOL. My shoulder was feeling great again today! So happy that I rested those four days even though, at the time, I felt like it wasn't helping.
    It was a gorgeous day, and I'm blonde again!
  • 4/23/16: REST. Now that sand volleyball is back in session, and I cannot run, Saturdays have turned into James day. We had an awesome day together.
    Trying to warm each other up while watching daddy play volleyball.
    Schneiders, park, lunch...we even watched a movie after daddy left for guys' night. James loves to go for walks with me using my scooter. He wants to hold my hand so I don't get ahead of him. LOVE!
    Movie time with my cutie!
  • 4/24/16: REST. I didn't really want to rest, but the day was so busy. I was also having another one of my depression days. I broke out in a massive cry session four different times! It was bad.
    Me wishing I was wearing two shoes instead of one.
  
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How Far Along: 23 weeks, 5 days
 
What Baby Boo Deux is Up To: It moves a lot which is awesome.
      
Weight Gain: I decided I'm not going to weigh myself until I get off of crutches and can safely get on a scale.
   
Symptoms: I'm still getting some occasional nausea but unsure if it's pregnancy related.
 
Cravings/Aversions: Nothing different. I still don't drink coffee (not by choice).
Coming Up: 26 week follow up appointment with glucose test.

Monday, April 18, 2016

D.O.A.P.: 22 Weeks

Diary of a Prunner
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I'll just start by saying, I wouldn't be the "honest mother runner" if I didn't share exactly how I was feeling.

I'm tired of caring anymore. I'm sick of shit happening. I try to have a good attitude about my situation, but, every time I turn it around, something else stupid happens. This week, my shoulder pain has really become prominent. It has become reality that the lifting that I am able to do seems to be irritating it more than anything. The crutching around I have to do at home during the day irritates my shoulder like crazy. I might officially have to rest a few days from anything and hope it does some good. I have never felt more like a slob. I don't know how sedentary people survive. I can't play with my son, I can minimally help my husband. I just want to be able to mow my yard, go up my stairs the normal way, play gettty-up-horsey with my son...the list goes on. I'm tired of complaining, but what else is there to do?!

People try to change the subject and talk about the pregnancy. It works temporarily, but then I realize that being pregnant is only making this process more difficult for me to deal with. It makes me more fatigued, it makes me feel more like a slob, and my growing belly makes activities more difficult. I do get a smile on my face when I feel the baby move. :) Anyway, here's my week:
  • 4/11/16: Chest and back workout .I hurt my shoulder Sunday evening after losing my balance while walking with the crutches. In order to avoid hitting my injured leg, I had to fall backwards. I tried to stop my fall with my hands. It didn't do much for me, and I landed smack dab on my back. Fortunately, the hubs hadn't put the huge package of toilet paper in the closet yet so my head was saved by the soft tissue. Doing chest and back today didn't irritate my shoulder so all was good.
    This was the same day that it was raining and I couldn't get into the gym without getting crazy wet. I sat in my car for about 45 minutes before I had a break in the weather.
  • 4/12/16: REST. My shoulder was still bothering me when I woke up so I decided to give it a break today. I had a couple of appointments in the morning, including my OB appt., so I had plenty of action in the morning. I also did quite a bit of housework that afternoon and evening. I was pretty exhausted by then end of the day. My OB was concerned about blood clots forming in my injured leg. He mentioned putting me on a blood thinner, but agreed that I would be ok if I removed the boot every three hours and did some ankle pumps.
  • 4/13/16: Another horrible day for me (minus the two hours that Dani came over to help with grocery shopping and floor cleaning). I did a few things around the house, but didn't hit up the gym. I had a huge migraine. I really wanted to workout and get in the pool, but I was too depressed to make it happen. When the hubs got home, he had a "plan" for the evening. We used one of our gift cards to eat at Rusty Bucket, had family time at the pool, and topped it all off with Whit's Wednesday.  My headache never went away, and I cried myself to sleep, but at least the entire day wasn't a bust.
    When you're feeling depressed, you go to Smashburger and bring your food to the park so you can enjoy the sun.
  • 4/14/16: Shoulder workout. I woke up and my right shoulder felt much better. I decided I would try a shoulder workout but keep the resistance on the lighter side to prevent irritating it.
    I was having a happy day. 
  • 4/15/16: Bis and Tris. The hubs invited me to the gym for his lunch break. My shoulder was bothering me so I had to decrease my resistance a little.
    Extremely sarcastic smile. I was trying to baby my shoulder.
  • 4/16/16: REST. This was an intentional rest day. My shoulder was bothering me, and Jimmy had volleyball that morning so I needed so stay home and watch little man. That evening, James spent the night with Grandma Joan so Jimmy and I did what we could to celebrate our anniversary. My shoulder was throbbing from all of the crutching around that afternoon and evening.
  • 4/17/16: I wanted to workout but the little bit of crutching I had to do did me in. Ugh. Stupid shoulder.
    Every year on our anniversary, I take a family picture. Sophie didn't make the cut because she jumped off the couch. Angel almost didn't make it!
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I've missed two weeks of baby updates! Oops.
How Far Along: 22 weeks, 5 days
What Baby Boo Deux is Up To: There is a lot more movement which is exciting. My follow up appointment was on Tuesday and Baby Boo Deux's heart rate was 142 bpm.
     
Weight Gain: ? Starting weight: 112 lbs., Current weight:  ?  (I haven't weighed myself in 2-3 weeks. Right now, it's hard to get on a scale so I'll likely not weigh myself until I can bear weight through my leg.
  
Symptoms: I've had some random nausea but that typically comes when I haven't eaten. My self care skills haven't been top notch lately.
Cravings/Aversions: I've tried coffee with creamer a few times, but it still doesn't tickle my fancy. So annoying.
    
Coming Up: 26 week follow up appointment with glucose test.

Monday, April 11, 2016

D.O.A.P. : 21 Weeks

Diary of a Prunner
 
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I'm trying to change my attitude this week. I cannot allow myself to sit all day long despite my limitations. There is always SOMETHING to do. Right now, it seems that "swimming" will be my only hope of getting cardio until I'm weight bearing. I put swimming in quotes because I don't actually swim. I have no swimming skill or talent, but I can kick my legs and hold onto one of those boards! I also thought about pool running. I'll just have to see what the doc says.
This face describes how I felt after leaving the gym on Monday.

Another goal for this week was to try my best to do normal activities like clean and cook. These tasks are so much harder to perform and require a lot of rest breaks, but they do allow me to feel more normal. I also had the opportunity to meet some friends for social time this week. Coffee dates, lunch dates...I even had a couple of friends drop off dinner. I know some good people.
 
  • 4/4/16: Went to The Y for some lifting. Chest and Biceps. I don't usually lift those two groups together but it was easy for me to do all of those from the bench when I hadn't really had a plan in my head of what I was going to do. I was extremely self conscious about going in with my knee walker. I knew I needed to use it to be able to carry the dumbbells from the rack to the bench. I went all out and used the handicap buttons to open the doors. A lot of the senior citizens asked me what happened and asked to race me on the indoor track. I tried not to wonder what people were thinking about my one leg and my pregnant belly. Hopefully the thoughts were more positive than negative.
    I received this note of encouragement from my friend, Megan, Monday evening.
  • 4/5/16: 21 minutes on arm bike. I was hoping this would have more of a cardiovascular effect on me, but it did not. Bummer. I guess I just need to keep hoping for the opportunity to hit up the pool. Two more days until I find out if I get a boot instead of a splint.
  • 4/6/16: 15 minutes on arm bike ( I wanted to give it another chance), lifted back and triceps. The good thing about having one functional leg is that I can increase the intensity of some of these exercises by performing them in single leg stance. I really felt the heart pumping when I did some of these exercises today.
    Just me, my splint, my scooter, and a dumbbell. One-legged lifting is my life.
  • 4/7/16: REST. I had my ortho appointment today. They took x-ray images and said that my foot was aligned appropriately and healing as expected. I was able to get out of the splint and into a boot. I'll still be non weight bearing "for a while," but the boot gives me freedom to take a real shower. I am dying to wash my hair the real way! I asked Dr. D if I could get in the pool to workout and he said I could as long as I minimized the intensity of kicking. Guess I'll have to learn how to swim with my arms! I noticed that resting from the gym did give me a lot more energy to move around the house. I'm counting the things I do at home as exercise! I still have to take frequent rest breaks, but it's worth feeling normal by cooking and doing chores as tolerated.
    My foot at my ortho appointment. The sausage-like features have decreased slightly. Still very tender and bruised.
  • 4/8/16: Pool, lifted shoulders. My main goal for the pool today was to not die when going from my parked knee walker to the actual pool. I survived! My foot is very tender. I couldn't do a whole lot with it in the pool. I did a lot of hopping on my right leg to get the heart rate going in addition to some leg exercises. It wasn't hard to stay non weight bearing because my foot hurt enough to remind me not to do it. It was nice to get in the pool and let my foot have some freedom from the boot. The cool water felt really good and relaxed me a bit.
  • 4/9/16: REST. Bad day. No other way to put it. I was extremely depressed. All I wanted to do was stay curled up on my couch with my heavy boot on. I didn't care to move, eat, drink...I was a complete disaster. I couldn't stop thinking about how it had been 11 DAYS since I put BOTH of my feet in a pair of running shoes so that my heart rate could increase for at least 6 miles. I seriously was at my lowest point since the accident. I was supposed to attempt swimming with my friend, Theresa, and cancelled on her because I hated my life. I hated that I couldn't be my best. I hated that I was mostly dependent on others. This was a stupid day.
  • 4/10/16: Lifted biceps and triceps. My arms should be sexy at the end of all of this! Ha! I'm trying to make my heart rate increase by balancing on my good leg while performing the different exercises. Gotta love a good single leg stance.
    These ladies turned a horrible Saturday into a forgotten waste of a day. I met up with these beauties on Sunday for some face time and conversation. I have the best friends. [From left to right: Christine, Dani, Marion, ME, Theresa, Amanda, Megan, and Jackie]

Monday, April 4, 2016

D.O.A.P.: 20 Weeks

Diary of a Prunner
 
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I'm not the only one crippled in my house. Poor little Angel has one more week of no activity. She can start minimal walking next week!
My regulars know what happened to me this week on 3/30. If you don't, HERE IT IS. I  fully intend on continuing to document my journey to stay fit despite my break from running. This is what I accomplished prior to the accident:
 
  • 3/28/16: REST. Second day in a row. I can't remember the last time I did that. I set my alarm but didn't want to get up because I would have been solo and that didn't sound fun. I brought clothes to run after work, but I was hating the wind today and used that as an excuse. Reality? I wasn't motivated in any form or fashion to run.
  • 3/29/16: 6.13 miles, 8:55 average pace. I joined Tracey and Lindsay for Tracey's race pace run. The girl has come a long way and it was neat to share this run with her.  My Achilles felt great, and I was hopeful for a great week of rest and an awesome half marathon over the weekend.
  • 3/30/16: 1.25 miles, unknown average because I was run over and my initial thought wasn't to stop my Garmin. I missed my morning run with Marion and Jackie because our power had been out for many hours and I didn't have an alarm to wake me (phone was dead). The rest is history and documented in the above link.
    The day after the accident at my ortho appointment. They took off my original splint to check things out then put a new one on. I'll go back Thursday for a follow-up and hopefully a boot.

  • 3/31/16: REST. Getting used to using crutches.
  • 4/1/16: REST. Rented a knee walker to assist with longer distances. My arms were already tired from using crutches.
  • 4/2/16: Superhero Dash for James!
    Doesn't he look so sweet! He was so excited to be Spiderman. He can't take his eyes off of the drumline.
    He was so freaking cute out there!!! He loved running but was very distracted by the marching band. He is obsessed with percussion and loves watching drum videos at home. When he saw it live, it was mind blowing for him!
    Headed to the finish! [ME on the knee walker, James, Grandma Griffith]
    Later that morning, Amanda and I left for Ann Arbor. I was supposed to run the half and could no longer do so, but I felt it important to go and join Amanda for this memorable marathon. We explored Ann Arbor a bit and learned that the annual "HASH BASH" was going on. It took us about two hours to figure out why everyone looked a bit off and why it smelled like weed everywhere. We kept googling if marijuana was legal in Michigan or if there was a convention going on! It was pretty potent even with us in the car the whole time. Never a dull moment on these trips.
    Expo time! I almost asked them if they had a different bag for me to put my swag in.
  • 4/3/16: Ann Arbor marathon. I scooted somewhere close to 2 miles this day including some hills. My left quad was so sore! It was fricking freezing outside, but it was still so much fun watching the runners finish.
    Just posting up outside at the finish line. SO cold but lots of fun!
    I only fell (toppled forward) one time and lost my balance a hand full of times. I found it more comical than anything. I'm still figuring out the walker. Amanda was amazing and won overall female on this tough, hilly course. So proud of my fast friend!
 
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After resting this week, I'm hoping to get back into a workout routine next week. I can't just sit around and do nothing...especially since I am not allowed to return to work at this time. Thank you guys for your support through this.