Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday long weekend is over

Well it has been a great long weekend and it came to an end with my first Holiday Shred workout. I LOVED it. I only had to adjust the hops to something lower impact on my leg. ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL MY CHECK UP!!

Today was opening day for the hunting season in PA. Did you know that schools get that day off?? Yup there aren't enough subs in the state to cover all the teachers (and kids) that are absent this day! I happily went out to try to bring home a buck. It was a lovely 50+ degrees out, which is rare, and sat is our double seat tree stand.

Bri already got his buck during archery so he couldn't bring his gun out. So he was happy with his iPhone all day. ( he is camera shy too) Well the outcome....a 6pt snuck his way around us in that really thick stuff in the back of the pic. All we saw was his antlers, we also saw 2 spikes (not legal) one of which was mostly white on its back REALLY COOL! Our crazy neighbor who hates hunters walked the property line twice today and kicked down a doe as well. But we can't shoot doe until next weekend. SO long story short I came home empty handed. No big surprise I have yet to get anything in 4 years!

So to wrap it all up here is the youngest hunter in the family!

*she only wears this outfit inside while we are all was good luck because her daddy got an 8pt!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Question answered

Last week I had asked everyone what you did to not get bored while on the elliptical. I got some great responses!

I have been going to the gym on Wednesdays so hopefully I can try some of these ideas out tomorrow.

I also emailed Janae to see her opinion or what she does to get amazing miles done on the elliptical.

"HEY SARAH!! Thanks for your email and I completely understand why you got SO bored on the elliptical.  I am so so sorry bout your stress fracture and feel your pain!  The ellipticals at my gym all have tv's with a million channels on them and so it makes it really fun to catch up on tv.  I also have an iPad and get really into the books I am reading and forget I am even working out.  I also love going with my sis or a friend because we just end up talking the whole time.  New playlists also help and incorporating intervals during the chorus of the songs make time fly by.  Hope this helps.  Have an amazing day and HEAL soon so that you can get back out there running!"

Janae Jacobs

Sadly our ellipticals do not have TV's so I watch what ever the DUDES have on at the time. I also do not have an ipad. I do have an iphone so I might try to read something on that small screen. I do have Hey Hey there with me and we laughed and pushed eachother the whole time.

Only a few more weeks then I can SLOWLY start back into running again!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

5 days of blogs in one

Let's just say it has been CRAZY the last week!! I have gotten in 2 workouts in a week. I did the elliptical with Hey Hey and then roller bladed with the the Family on their Friday night run. Now for all the millions of things I have been up to via pictures.

Friday night we took Ella to the Xmas parade in town and she loved it! Here she is with Bri.
 Watching the floats with Hey Hey and waiting for candy!!
 Saturday I headed home to my parents for a family reunion. My cousin is back in the states from Germany. He is finally going to be based in the US in the Air Force after 12 years. It took 2.3 seconds before I found the newest cousin to the family. Meet Samantha!!! Love the hair!!!
 Last night I tried a new treat that I saw on Livin' the Dream in Bean Town. Take 5 bars for conferences.
I had to run out the door with the last ten at the end of the night. They were a big hit!!

So night one of conferences done. One more 7-7pm day to go then break begins!!

QOTD: Do you have family reunions??

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tid Bits

First of sorry for my absence but this leads into my first thing of the day.

1. I got sick out of no where this week. All day Monday I was hungry but couldn't eat. I got worried that I ate too many gummy frogs the night before and this was payback from my stomach. Well I made it home and curled up on the couch. My phone went off so I started searching house for it and that did it...too much movement and I had to RUN to the bathroom. The rest of the night I didn't get sick but my muscles were so sore. I had to sleep in a weird position on the couch in order to get any sleep, which wasn't much. I got up and tried to get ready for school because I HAD TO!! I had IMPORTANT meetings all morning and the GOTR 5k that afternoon. Long story short I went to the meetings came home slept 3 hours went back to school for the 5k came home slept more! All better now!! :)

2. I was caught on camera by the newspaper at the GOTR 5k.....I look like crap because I had been in bed all afternoon and was still sick!!! I am trying to find the article and then I will post the awful pic!

3. Last night Hey Hey and I went to the YMCA to do the stupidest exercise ever created. Yup elliptical. I hate does HGR do it for 10miles???? (We will see I am asking her!)

I was not happy and I was SOOOO tired!

4. My cat will not allow me to dry is just a new play house for her!

QOTD: What do you do to keep occupied while on the elliptical?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

First of 2 GOTR recaps

Once again I stink at taking pictures so all I have are words to get me through it.

Anywho prior to working at the fall festival I joined Manda, Hey Hey, Robyn and cutie Ella for the Friday fun run. What did I do you ask? I jumped on Manda's bike and edal a few feet ahead of them so I didn't clip anyones ankles. It was good to get some air and spend time with the girls.

I then headed to the Fall Festival for the cake walk. Which according to most of the comments you all left it is well known but I am also not the only one out there who hadn't heard of it before. We had a lot of cakes but kids were always at our spot so we kept playing quickly. Which meant by 6pm (in an hour) we ran out of cakes. Woohoo to getting out of there an hour early!!

Saturday morning I was up and out of the house early for another race!! Yea I just can't stay away even when I can't run them. This one was an hour away and for a Girls on the Run group. I took Manda and Robyn with me. I was trying to see how they put together their 5k so when I get mine around in spring I have some things that worked for others and things that needed tweeked.

I was so glad to see that one of my GOTR girlies came to run the race too!! I hopped into my roller blades and got on the WAY back of the start line. I promised the race coordinator that at the start I would stay out of all the runners and slowly catch up to my girl. Manda was great and stay with my GOTR girl until I caught up and then took off to run her own race. Sara is my GOTR and she did amazing!!! She took her first walk break around mile 1. It was just a slow gradual hill for that first mile and she couldn't tell but I could being on the roller blades. We turned a corner and she was ready to run again when we were faced by a nasty hill. I quietly worked my GLUTES up the hill and so did Sara. I kept motivating her and getting her to talk to me so she wasn't holding her breath at all. You know she is only in 3rd grade!! We ran about halfway up the hill when I told her that we most likely will have a nice down hill after this so it was ok to walk on the uphill. She gladly took that up. So we did a post to post run. She would pick a spot to run to and then walk for about 30secs. Then she would start up again. We was doing about 3mins run 30sec walk. The hills kept getting harder and harder but she didn't once get negative. I kept pointing out to her that we were surronded by 75 other girls out here for the first time too and that they were all in the same boat just trying to get to that finish line.

On that last hill about 2.7miles in I told her to make her laugh...
ME "Sara you know what is killing me right now? "
Sara "uh no" barely got that answers as the hill was HARD
ME" MY BUTT GIRL!! Roller blading is no joke!!

Before she knew it we were .1 from the finish and Manda and Robyn came back to get us. I jumped off the course at that point. I had to take my roller blades off since the finish was on a college track. Manda and Robyn were AWESOME and took her to the finish. I um.....hobbled across the wet track in socks to see her cross the line. 35:20 something (I forgot to stop my watch) was her final time!!! She was awesome awesome awesome.

Robyn placed 1st in her age group and Manda got 2nd! Great day so far!

Robyn Manda and I then spent the rest of the day shopping.....more to come on that later :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fitness Finally Friday

Workout last night was 30mins on exercise bike....10.5 miles!!!!

It felt so good to sweat as much as I did last night (sorry Mister but I did clean off your bike!). Today I am backing it down...maybe just going for a walk before a long night begins.

It is our Fall Festival here at school so I will not be home until after 8pm. We do a game that is not very healthy...we do what is called a cake walk. Kids make a cake with their parents at home then donate it to our game. Then we play music just like musical chairs. Then we stop the music and all kids playing find a chair which are numbered. I then pick a number out of a hat and that kid wins a cake.

Let me tell you there are kids that play and spend $20 or more trying to win a cake. So I confess here and now...I feel bad so I fudge the number pull and just call the number of the seat the kid is sitting in.

QOTD: Are you doing any fall festival activities??

Link up to Fitness Friday...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday Tid BIts

1. I baked last night.....Magic Cookie Bars. I couldn't let them sit more than 10mins before I dove into them!!

2. I have had shakes the last two mornings. Hopefully I get back into this routine. Just don't want too much protein powder in them since I am not doing as much exercise now.

3. I am going to try to get to the local YMCA today to get on the elliptical.

4. I found an exercise bike that someone at school is willing to sell. I might be able to go look at it today to see if it is worth $50.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

15 year old.....

Roller blades!! Workout today...3miles on the bike path roller blading. If you call what I did roller blading. I really wanted to get outside in the 65degree weather so I dug out my roller blades that I believe I got when I was 16yrs old. I tried not to push off with my left leg and kept it on the ground and cruised along. My time proves that I did not go fast because I have run this path faster than I did it today. I did 3miles in 26:45 which is almost 9min pace. But I got a sweat in and my leg is not yelling at me.

My shadow looks weird....crazy skinny legs then not skinny

So I might be using the roller blades to go along with the gang on their runs!

QOTD: Have you ever roller bladed? When was the last time you skated??

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Race recap from the photographer

Yup...think I found my new role for the next month or so. I did my first race spectating this  past weekend. It is a race that I love running though it is not always a well organized race. But we always run this park and it is a beautiful run.

Manda, Dud and Mister ran the race this year. I tried to get as many pics as I could and may have broken the no running rule twice to get some shots of them all. But they were running so fast they got to certain spots before I could WALK there.

They all did awesome and as you can see it was a small race and everyone was spread out. Manda kicked butt and was the 5th female to finish. She also got first in her age group!!

QOTD: Is it still bright colors where you are? We thankfully still have beautiful colors on the trees even after the snow we had.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Don't be STUPID!

Yup that will be my permanent moto for the next 6 weeks. Yup results are in....I have a mild stress fracture and tendinitis. The stress fracture is the part that shocked us all because of where it is. I do not have pain there. The pain is in the ankle where the tendon issues are.

(I am not in a boot which I am happy about but the Dr. said I easily could be though if I mess with it anymore. He said I was very close to a major fracture.) I did not jog a few times yesterday while spectating the race...I mean YES I DID and I WON't do it again!

I believe that as I was ignoring the pain in the shin all summer long that I started to change my gait causing the tendon issues in my ankle. Lesson learned...listen to your body AS SOON AS it starts to hurt.

So...Bri searched craigslist for a cheap stationary bike for me to use. He found one for $50 I will probably call about it soon. I will need it once the weather gets BAD. For now I will be using my bike on the path. I might (and this is a big might) go to the YMCA and use the pool. I would probably take a quick turn towards an elliptical before I choose to do that though.

So here is how it is.....I was stupid big time. I was so focused on my distances and getting all my runs in that I just tried to solve the problem with calf sleeves. It helped it feel better for a little bit. I got through the marathon with no pain issues. But the half marathon was another story that was a short 5 days later. So now this is what I have blaming it on anything else but myself.

Got any other no pounding workouts for me?? I also cannot do Zumba which I am also bummed about. the new text on my pictures....yes I finally updated to a new fancy laptop. Mine was 7 years old and did not have paint! So I am slowly catching up with all of you! Give me awhile to figure out all these things on this laptop! Next up is still the iPhone 4s...just don't want to order it online.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Charley Horse

Last night I was woken up by a charley horse in my right calf.....not cool. I was massaging it like crazy to calm it down. it still feels funky this morning when I got up after the hyper cats and noisy hunters woke me up.

I did a little research on some causes of charley horses since I get them often.
What causes a leg cramp?
The exact cause of a leg cramp is not well understood, but there are some risk factors that are thought to contribute to this condition:
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Heavy exercising
  • Dehydration
  • High weight (not necessarily obesity)
  • Electrolyte imbalancesPretty sure this is my problem
  • Medications (statins, prednisone, others...)Oh great....
The most common cause that is typically seen in patients who develop leg cramps is exercising in an unusual way, meaning either more activity or a different exercise. Leg cramps are more common in young (adolescent age) and older (over 65) patients. Patients who weigh more are more prone to developing leg cramps. Also, some medications can cause side effects of leg cramping.
Since the marathon/half marathon I have not have well ANY gatorade basically. I was drinking it daily for the most part and then stopped after my seizure.I know I am not terribly dehydrated after drinking nonstop water for the bone scan. I also have not done an exercise so isn't that. So this morning when I got up I made my self so yummy delicious GATORADE!!
Now it is time to get my book, fleece blanket, and sit by the warm fire and enjoy the rest of the morning hours I have in quite.

Good luck to all you racing this weekend!!! I will be dreaming about you during my naps...or maybe that is why I had a charley horse...I was running with you in my sleep!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Time for myself

This week has been CRAZY and it is not going to slow down at work until..well January. It is one assembly after report cards after projects after conferences for the next two months. Last night I had a terrible migraine and I have been able to fall asleep around 7pm almost every night this week. I also have not been able to eat much because I am so tired. So plan for this weekend....another hunter free to take some time to do some things for myself.

1. Get my hair done and enjoy some walking around the mall. Hopefully just window shop unless I find Christmas gifts.

2. Look for a new laptop. I have found a few online that I would like to look at. I will probably end up having to do site to store with the laptop.

3. Get some type of exercise in...I will be spectating the race on Sunday so I might bring my bike so I can bike around the course and cheer everyone on.

4. Rest up so I am ready for another long week. Some time spent with my book that I have been reading for over a month. A few naps maybe needed Saturday and Sunday!

QOTD: What do you do when you need some time for your self?

Go check out fitness friday!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Walk for Epilepsy and Tid Bits

As I expressed it is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. This is the first time I have actually taken part in talking about it. For years I have told only who needs to know about my seizures. This year with my blog being new I have talked with more people who have similar difficulties. I have been looking for ways to give back or participate in fundraisers. I recently found the National Walk for Epilepsy in DC. Now it is not until March but I am making plans to attend. I am a few hours away but I am finding others who will join me for the 2mile or so walk and festivities. I can not wait to join others who have Epilepsy for the first time.


Tid Bits for Thursday

1. As I was walking out the door this morning the cat was fixated on something above the door. I looked up and there was A FLYING SQUIRREL!! Yikes!! I screamed and ran. Now yes I live in the woods and things like this is bound to happen....yes this is the second time it happened actually. Bri jumped right on it and had the thing in his hands within minutes! My hero!

2. I have my bone scan today. My mom said I had the dye injected into me when I was younger and it made me sick. GREAT so I am not excited to get it again. I am hoping it was a one time deal.

3.  I WANT TO RUN!!!! I have not tried the run across the house lately but I am dying to! Especially when there is a squirrel above my head!

Hope you all are having a great week. I can not believe it is almost Friday already!!!

QOTD: Ever had an unwanted critter stuck in your house/apartment???  We have now had bats and squirrels.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Go check me out

Hey all it is November which means Epilepsy Awarness Month. I am a guest blogger over on Jamie's Website. Go read my story about my life with seizures.


Ankle update....told something is wrong but we need to do more test. So I have a bone scan on Thursday to see if it is a stress fracture. But told NO running. So I did NTC last night to give my abs some work.

QOTD: What apps do you use for excersise??