My Leg is Fired or Not!

I haven’t run since Sunday hoping the rest, icing, KT taping,  foam rolling and the compression sock wearing would beat my leg in to submission.

Fat chance.

Today at the expo I stopped by the KT Tape booth for more tape.  A very informative man at the booth helped me out, asked me about my “injury”.  BTW, it was like a stake through my heart for him to use that word – injured.  Am I injured?!?  I hadn’t thought of myself as being injured but I guess when you walk with a limp..you just might be!

So I described my leg issue and even though I talked about the pain starting in my foot, feeling it in my calf and settling on the inside of my thigh..he kept referring to the hamstring.  I had taped the back of my leg earlier in the week, okay, okay – K taped my leg, but it didn’t seem to help.  I love KT Tape…when I’ve used it before, it feels like the tape takes my little boo-boo and just holds it so tenderly, taking the pain away.  The guy at the booth told me to be sure to place the tape directly over the pain in my leg and use more than 1 piece if I don’t feel that relief.  So..I can’t wait to shower and strike the pose for K to administer new tape to my leg!

We run the Cars Land 5K Rally in the early morning.  D is finally excited for the race.  Yay!!!  I may not be back for a blog posting until after the weekend but if you’re following me on Twitter @RunsInBikeLane then you can keep up with me on our adventures.

Oh!  The weather here in So CA is actually rather warm and a lot of runners seem really concerned about the heat.  For once, I am so thankful for all my training in 100+ temps!  Score one for ole Jac’o!  🙂  But for the runners that aren’t prepared, I do hope they heed the warnings of taking it slower and drinking a lot more fluids!  Hydration is key..let me repeat, hydration is key!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Are you running any races this weekend?

Are you on Twitter?

What’s the weather like where you are?

Unemployed Housewife Makes Ribs

Confession time: we are not a family that eats at home as often as we should.  When I was working, with all the hustle and bustle of work, school, running, trying to spend time together as a family..we found it easier to eat out.  Except, it’s not the healthiest option.  Nor is it the most economic option.

Unemployment often forces the hand of changing habits.  Even if it’s just for the duration of the season.  When K was unemployed last year, we were very good about eating at home.  As soon as he was back to work, we were back to our eating out habits.  I guess that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

Thursday I started preparing for our Friday dinner by putting together a potato salad.  On Friday, around 2:30 pm, I started the long, slow process of cooking ribs. I’ve never made ribs before so I was nervous they weren’t going to turn out right. I reviewed a lot of recipes online until I settled on this one, except I didn’t have the meat tenderizer, celery salt or ginger so I skipped that part.

I wanted to make a  nice meal for K to help him  unwind after a long week so I swung by our favorite brewery, San Tan Brewing Co., and filled our growlers!

Nothing says, “Ahh, it’s finally the weekend,” than a nice home cooked meal and a fabulous beer!

A couple of hours later, the ribs were finished. I was pretty stoked they actually turned out exactly as they should have!

Yummy potato salad!

The only thing missing from this plate is something green!

I was going to make spinach but D doesn’t like potato anything (or spinach) so I compromised with the corn.  I felt wrong putting 2 starchy items on the table but..I think we’ll live.   The ribs came out perfectly but next time I’d like to try the step I skipped!

Before dinner I went for a 1 mile walk and finished in 13:58 minutes.  (During the walk, I figured worse case scenario, I could walk the Disneyland half marathon and still finish in the required time limits.)  It was about 113* out and running was just not an option.  I checked the weather report to determine if I’d do my long run on Saturday and saw that it was going to be 90* at 5 am.  I told K it sounded too dangerous to attempt 9 miles in that kind of heat.  Our excessive heat warning is supposed to lift at 8 pm on Sunday so I was thinking maybe I can do my 9 mile run on Monday?  Then this girl ran 6 miles this morning and Tweeted about it.  She said it wasn’t “unbearable”..so now I’m contemplating going for the 9 miler tomorrow instead.

What are you doing this weekend?

Frying Eggs on the Sidewalk

Listening to the news this morning before taking D to school, the weather geniuses were warning of severe, record breaking heat.  113* was the forecast!  Holy Shitake Mushrooms!

When I pick D up from school, I park less than a block away and walk in to the “parent waiting” area. I could waste time and gas by waiting in the long line of parents attempting to pick their kids up at the curb but I don’t have the patience for that so I park and walk in.  Besides, it’s good to get some exercise.  But on a day like today, it means sweating my booty off and wondering why on Earth kids go back to school in the hottest months of the year?!

This is how I looked when I got back to the car. I don’t think you can quite see all the beaded sweat formed around my face but trust me, it was there.

The greatest news of the day: no homework tonight!!  I hollered louder than the kids with a “yes!” when D’s teacher made the announcement!  D and I made our way home, ate small bowls of ice cream, and jumped in the pool!

Except the pool felt more like a hot tub…  You gotta love living in Phoenix!

It was so flippin’ hot out that D and I had the great idea to see if we could fry an egg on the patio’s concrete!

D’s egg before and 2 hours after!

  

My egg before and 2 hours after!

  

The yolk of my egg was definitely firm.  But, as you can see, the white part of the egg did not turn “white”!

In all this insanity, I still went out this afternoon for my 1 mile run.  It felt like I was running in an oven with someone aiming a blow dryer at my face.  Cruel!  I’m officially at 73 days of this insane running streak.  I contemplated dropping out of the challenge today but there is something in me that just won’t let it go.

Believe it or not, today was the first time I’ve missed the indoor running track!  Bet you never thought I’d confess such a thing!  I don’t miss the blisters on my feet, the people in my way, or the short distance of the track…but I did miss having the ability to run in climate controlled temperatures!

I cannot wait for October…when our temperatures will finally drop and running outdoors will be a pleasure!!

What’s the temperature where you are today?

Have you ever fried an egg on the sidewalk?

What’s your favorite treat on a hot day?  

 

Not Your Ordinary Wednesday!

Around 3 pm I had the brilliant idea to go out for my run.   D was home with me and I gave her the option to ride her scooter or bike.  Fortunately, she chose the bike!

2.08 miles in this 104* heat was BRUTAL!

As soon as we were home and changed, we hit the pool!

Awww..so refreshing, relaxing and void of thoughts!!

K stopped for dinner on the way home…

Eh…I haven’t had this in awhile but wasn’t in the mood to cook but this definitely did not look appetizing!

 

I read an article earlier today after I Google’d, “I was laid off now what”.  The article suggested I take a day or two to just mourn and process what was happening.  So that’s exactly what I was doing this afternoon…with awful food!  Ick.

To be honest with you, my head hasn’t worked right all day.  I’ve been in this fog.  D and I went to the eye doctor to sort out her new prescription and that was about all I could handle today.

I’ve decided to give myself a pass until Monday morning.  I have until Monday to kick this…whatever it is.  I did apply for a couple of jobs today but that’s all I’m going to focus on until Monday.  Most people put off diets until Monday but I’m going to put off unemployment until then!

As I dried off from our splashy time in the pool on this wonderful Wednesday evening, I looked towards the sky and saw this!

And I thought that under normal circumstances, I would not be laying there – looking towards the sky, seeing the beauty, hearing D giggling in the pool and having just enjoyed a fun hour of playing in the pool with my family.  Under normal circumstances, I would have been sitting at a computer, working on homework and preparing for the next work day.

I’m thankful for today!

Do you feel guilty when you eat food that’s bad for you?

What is one great thing that happened to you today?

What is one of your blessings?