Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Tooth is Gone and So is a Piece of my Lip!

Hooray! I am so glad that is over. Yesterday I finally had my tooth surgically removed for this big baby that was a huge feat! Here's what went down....

I wasn't really sure how I was going to get there I figured Gerard would go to work since he missed so much last week due to the awful weather. Monday is his day off. When the alarm clock went off and he replied I don't know if I'm going I said I could sure use your help today. For whatever reason I am the type of girl that will ask everyone else before I ask my husband to do most things, why I really don't know other than I just don't want to bother him. Anyway he took me dropped me off I was nervous so nervous. I did great through the x-ray that was a cool machine as I've never had the stand up one before then we went back to the room I was a little more nervous. Thankfully the nurse was extremely nice and easy to talk to. I told her I was a big baby about everything but I'm sure I wasn't the first. One of my best friend works there also but she's the business manager however she was available to hold my hand if needed....I sucked it up and put my big girl panties on :) The IV was the worst part but that nurse was great it was only a quick stick and over! I am also friends with the oral surgeon although I haven't seen her for a while she's a running buddy as well. She came in we caught up with each other then down to business. She asked if I wanted to save the tooth like with a root canal but I said no its in the back I don't need it. Then she asked about the HUGE freckle that popped up on my bottom lip a few years ago, she asked me if I wanted it removed??? Huh I never thought about that & I didn't know she could do that for me?!?!?! Sure why not?!

So now I am one tooth less and missing a chunk of my bottom lip! 

Recovery at home yesterday I pretty much slept off and on all day then had the bright idea to ride to town with Gerard. That was a big mistake. I am one of those people that can't take pain medicine very well. As long as I was at home I was fine but as soon as I got in the car and a little ways down the road I knew I was in trouble. I instantly felt like I was going to throw up but I hadn't had anything to eat all day so there wasn't anything to throw up. I came straight home and back to bed for the rest of the night!After the tooth was taken out the Dr. said there wasn't any way to save it, it was really bad and should've been done something a long time ago and she will send my lip off to be tested and I'll hear from that. Today I stayed home from work #1 because I still needed pain medicine and I for sure can't work while on it #2 my lip is still very scary looking!

Now I have to give a HUGE shout out to my wonderful husband Gerard. Although I feel like he can be very difficult and believes in "tough love" he has taken the best care of me and I am not the easiest patient ever. On the way home yesterday I really wanted a milkshake he said No you can't drink out of a straw, he had to tell me at least 3 times, then I said ok I want a cherry coke from Sonic (so my enemy!!) he agreed to that but as they handed it out the window he hid the straw from me! He's made sure I've ate a little something before taking my pills. Then tonight as I was typing this and he was out picking up our daughter from work he came in with this.....

JUST FOR ME!! Another great reason I love that man of mine ;)

How's your week going so far? What are You training for RIGHT NOW?? I'm hoping I feel good enough in the morning to go run!!

Run Happy ;)

Monday, February 23, 2015

This Post is Being Brought to You by the word LAZY!!

How has my week gone? LAZY and SNOWED IN! Last Sunday they was predicting 10-15 inches of snow for my 'neck of the woods' I really and truly didn't think we would get it as it is very rare for us to get anything like that at all! Monday was a holiday for me from work so I wasn't worried about it either way. Well guess what??

My road is under there somewhere!
We woke up to this Monday morning!! I was shocked and HAPPY I love the snow! (And I was happy knowing I had a good couple days of groceries :) Not only did we get a little over 10 inches of snow it was sub below freezing we even beat record temps going back to 1896! My area is not prepared or equipped to handle such events like these in a timely manor. I was suppose to have my tooth removed Tuesday the first text I received was from my friend saying the office wasn't going to open due to the weather so I text my boss we was closed also! Gerard (my hubs) is off on Mondays although he usually does work so it didn't bother him either as soon as he got up he said "I'm getting on the 4wheeler!" Our crazy selves rode the 4wheeler in sub below zero temps while it was still snowing and the wind was brutal let's just say it was a short ride!
This was on the 4wheeler

Tuesday morning the sun came out it warmed up to about 16° and there was little wind I couldn't stand it any longer I was going out to run in this awesome white fluffy stuff :) And since the road still wasn't cleaned off it gave me an excellent excuse to be slower! Being extra careful keeping my balance/watching my step, treading on about 3 inches of snow and wearing old shoes (why I'll never know) left my legs and feet sore & tired! That was a great workout! Gerard couldn't get out for work Tuesday morning either he spent a couple of hours shoveling the drive by late evening we was able to get out to get a few groceries but the roads was still awful! I got the message that I didn't have to work Wednesday either and guess what?? It snowed another 3 inches Tuesday night and Gerard was snowed in again! Then I got a message that we was closed the rest of the week! Looks like I got a free vacation off work it was just too frigid to enjoy it! Gerard finally made it to work on Thursday, thank goodness as he was getting grumpy being trapped in the house, and I finally ventured out on my own taking our daughter to work the roads was still to bad for me I didn't like driving on it at all. Well then came Saturday........

and we awoke to freezing rain! Gerard tried going to work but couldn't make it up our hill after a couple of hours it was off and on freezing rain to rain and he eventually got out. It warmed up to 36° and melted lots of the snow away. This morning when I got up it was 33° and going to get colder and more wind all day so I bundled up & laced up drove to town and went for a run!

I needed a 10 mi long run but with only running once all week and being extremely LAZY all week I was just going to play it by ear and see what happened. Main street was absolutely awful hardly any of the sidewalks was clear. The gates to our local park was even closed  so no one could get in I've never seen the gates shut before. I had to stay in the bike lane on the road and didn't feel to safe with the patches of black ice out so I went to the loop around our local college I knew their roads and sidewalks would be clear. I was determined to get in the entire 10 miles and I did I just got really slow in the last few miles partly from snow & ice, partly because I had to do about 3 loops of the same thing to get the miles in and partly from me being tired & out of shape! But I DID IT!!

So other than the two days of running I have been VERY LAZY this week watching lots of TV with Gerard and just trying to stay warm! Oh how I dread the electric bill out of all this~Yikes!!

What's the Longest you've been snowed in? Or just unable to leave for weather problems? We had a terrible ice storm in 2009 no power for almost 2 full weeks THAT was terrible and the hardest thing I've lived through that almost pushed me over the edge!!

Here's hoping this week will be better!! My tooth is coming out tomorrow (Monday)!!! Check to see if you are the SPARTAN RACE ENTRY WINNER!

Run Happy;)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Have I Mentioned I DON"T Like Wind??

I was all alone for the long run as everyone had something to do on the same weekend! Its been a VERY long time since I have ran alone usually I talk myself out of it.

Yesterday morning when I got up I went out to see how it felt. It was cold and I could hear and see the wind, I live kinda in a valley so the wind has to be pretty bad for me to notice it at my house. I shut the door  checked the temp on my phone, it said 33° but feels like 19°, I turned on the coffee pot and said 'Yep I'm staying home. I don't like the wind!'

I sat there for a few minutes and thought about it again, checked my phone again for the temps the wind was currently at 15-20mph but was only getting worse all day with the temperature falling. I decided to suck it up and just GO!!

Since I was alone I took my music first time in a LONG time it was nice but it took me 1½ miles to get everything situated from my earphone cord to my keys to deciding if I wanted my gloves on or off??

I walked 3 times. Once for my earphones/key. Twice going up the big hill around the park in the head wind. The wind was pushing me back so hard I didn't want to exhaust myself pushing uphill through it! I really don't like the wind!! 

I decided to cut the long run into two runs this week as I am running a 4mi race today. Yesterday was 6mi. The few times I did look at my pace I was very disappointed and had to tell myself to stop looking at it all together the wind is awful and just be happy you are out doing this! Speed doesn't matter!!

I was pleasantly happy with my last two miles. I pushed myself to pick it up when the wind wasn't blowing and when the gusts came just ride them out best I could. I was extremely happy with my overall time/pace!!

I really don't like the wind!! What is your worst weather condition besides rain I mean who really likes running in the rain??

Time is running out for the SPARTAN RACE ENTRY GIVEAWAY!! 

Run Happy ;)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Off to a Good Start This Week & Tooth Aches

I have been trying for several weeks now to get in three weekly runs with no success. This week we started off on Monday with the first run so that has left me feeling positive about getting in three for this week. Monday morning was wonderful it was 51° and no wind I was in my groove and felt like I could have ran for miles and miles! Then Tuesday morning came and we planned on running again and I did the unthinkable....I cancelled :( BOO!! And yes I ALWAYS have tons of excuses but I have a fairly good one going on right now LOL. However we did make it this morning!! Now just one more day to go!

About 5 years ago I had a small piece of one of my back teeth break off I honestly did call the dentist office and they said that they would call me as soon as an opening came available. Well they never called and I am scared of the dentist so I didn't call back either. Now let's fast forward to present, sometime towards the beginning of the year another big piece of the same tooth broke off and ever since then there has been pain. It started out light and manageable with ibuprofen but was getting a little worse each day. Sunday night when I went to bed I could have cried it was hurting so bad. One of my best friends (and running buddies) works at the oral surgeon's office so after we ran Monday morning I pleaded for help! Thankfully she came to my rescue :) Next Tuesday it will be removed and I am a nervous wreck!

Its mid week...How's YOUR week going? I will be better when this tooth is GONE!!
Got any good dental stories to share??

Don't forget to enter my SPARTAN Race GiveAway!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Spartan Up Podcasts- Win a Race Entry (Giveaway!!)

The obstacle race scene is growing everyday one of the series I have noticed growing with leaps and bounds is the Spartan Race even watching it on t.v. Well now the creator of the Spartan series has also created Spartan Up Podcast series!

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Check out the awesome Podcast with special guests including:
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  • Olympic wrestling coach
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  • Visually impaired wrestler
  • Emeritus US Army General
  • Founder of Seal Fit

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Now how about a free entry to any Spartan Race in the continental US of YOUR choice??!!

I Let the Long Run Beat Me Today

Today was long run day for me I should have completed 10 miles. I was looking forward to enjoying the sunshine on the long run that's the only down side to running at 5am you miss out on the daylight. I knew I would be slower this week due to not running but only one day this week. I started out great feeling ok a little slower as expected then we headed out for the second half....in the last couple of miles it was all I could do to keep running the wind was brutal and I do NOT do well with wind at ALL! My chest was hurting my arms was hurting my legs was hurting we was getting close to the car and still had almost a mile to go and I caved in. However I did 9.17 miles and although it was slower it wasn't terrible my overall pace was 10:37 and that included lots of walking!

Next week the weather looks much better and I shouldn't have any problem getting in 3 mornings, today showed me how important those weekly runs are!

I've got a question for YOU.... Are YOU SPARTAN tough??  Ever completed a  Spartan Race? What was the Hardest part?

Run Happy ;)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Three Things Thursday- What its Thursday Already?!!?

1. Holy cow its Thursday already, you know how when you was younger and people told you about how time flies by as you get older? Well I feel like I am living that life now! Geez every day, month and year seems to fly right by and I am learning that if I don't have a 'plan of action' or really put thought into certain things I just won't get them done! Any of you have this problem?

2. Once again this week I failed to post my Goals for the Week on Monday and I failed to reach last weeks goals. Ugghh am I ever going to get on track?? Yes I know I will and I keep reminding myself that it is still early in training I am coming off of a busy fall that had lots of long runs with my last half of 2014 on Dec 14 (I think:) so I think I have a pretty good base built up. But I WILL get back to better and more proper training I am so close right now it won't take much more!

3. Another goal I am working on with myself is weight. Who doesn't always work on this one but I really REALLY want to lose 10-15 pounds before the first half this year which is the end of March. So I thought setting the goal of 4 pounds per month sounded fair and reasonable. And something I am trying different is to weigh in once a month instead of every week. At the start of January I thought about it and really tried to make better food choices and wondered all the time 'Am I dropping anything, is this working, is this going to work not weighing in once a week?' The later the month went on I kinda forgot about it wasn't making all terrible food choices but not the best either then Monday came weigh in day! Not going to lie I was nervous and already heart broken before I even stepped on the scale.......I am HAPPY to say I was 3½ pounds lighter! Now to just work a little bit harder and hit the mark for February!!

The weekend is almost here ~ Hooray!!
 Who's racing and Where this weekend?? 
I have a 10 miler for training this weekend.

Run Happy;)