I finally got the darned referral last night (not going to go into details but let’s just say “pending” meant that the girl in charge of inputting referrals still had mine on the “pile” on her desk 7 days after seeing primary care doc and NOT because my insurance company was still processing.) and celebrated with a glass-o-wine.

celebrate

It’s always about keeping things in perspective and about balancing the good with the bad. With that said, here’s how my appointment with the foot specialst went:

I arrived and was the first appointment! But the doc was late. It’s ok. I forgive her because she was super nice and compassionate.

empty waiting room

empty waiting room

ugly runner feet

MC Hammer toes. Stop! Hammer-time Woah Woah!

I’m happy to report that the X-Rays show no signs of stress fracture to her. Diagnosis: Tendonitis. I was given a sexy ankle “corset” to immobilize my foot to start and with that no running and limited walking for 3 weeks (to start).

 

instructions for said sexy ankle corset

sexy ankle corset

contraption-instructions

instructions for said sexy ankle corset

But I am cleared to bike!!!! If in 3 weeks I’m still not better she will do an MRI and put me in the Cam Walker Boot of Shame. I like that she wasn’t so drastic to start =)

She said tendonitis takes more time to heal than I had given. Basically she said if it feels better after a week you should always give it another week. So, by running those 4 miles the first week after the marathon I set myself back and by running another 4 miles the following week (and doing so much walking) I set myself back again. I guess it’s not rocket science. I smiled when she said “You have to have patience”! What runner has patience? At least it felt good to have a doctor who understood how getting back to running asap is my goal.

So this weekend I’ll be a spectator instead of a runner at the Spring Lake 5 miler. And my follow up appointment is on June 11th which is only 3 days before the Oakley Mini 10K so I’m guessing that one’s in jeopardy too. I’ve got to be honest, it hurts just as much to have spent hundreds of dollars on all these race registrations that I can’t run just as much as the not being able to run them part. Sigh!

And the biggest choice (no choice really) I have to make is dropping back to the half for San Francisco. There’s no way I can go from 0 miles to 26.2 miles in 6 weeks. I have had some time to adjust to all this and actually think I’m handling things rather well.

Reese's

Coping just fine! #reallynotreally

Maybe that’s the good that came out of waiting a whole week to get my referral. Seriously though, this only gives me gratitude that my legs will be working just fine soon enough and I get to run plenty in the second half of the year. And how lucky am I that I was able to make it through my entire 16 weeks of training for my goal marathon AND set a huge PR? That’s going to be the highlight of the year for me.

I still have a huge undertaking to look forward to in September when I will be running the Ragnar Relay (San Francisco to Napa) “ultra style”! I’ll be running upwards of 30ish miles in the 30ish hours it’ll take us to complete.

I’m looking forward to finding a love with biking (both indoor and outoor) and sweating out the small stuff on my ass for a few weeks =)

And I’ll let Duncan continue the running in this family

photo 3-1

 

On that note, off to find a bike…

Do you bike? Do you bike on streets with cars? I’m nervous. Haven’t been on a bike since I was a teenager (except the stationary type in the gym). Any suggestions for a bike for me? 10 speed? Mountain bike? I need help!

Not the running type of MILEstone but I wanted to share…

My Jeep Liberty just hit 100,000 miles!

jeep liberty milestone

A new distance PR! 

So, yesterday was the Brooklyn Half Marathon that I was supposed to be running. It was a gorgeous day and I was feeling a bit sad that I had to bail due to this foot injury…my first DNS. I knew I needed to get out of the house. I decided to attend a “safe disposal” event to get rid of some old cans of paint. I know, totally exciting. It dawned on me that the event was taking place by the beach/boardwalk near my house. I was bummed that I wouldn’t be crossing the finish line of the Brooklyn Half on the boardwalk in Coney Island, but I figured I could at least take a short walk on my local boardwalk after dropping off the paint….and then I realized I should take Duncan with me because he deserved a good outing. And that’s how my plan took shape.

atlantic ocean

so pretty

don't jump

Duncan may have saved someones life yesterday

fishing pier

just strolling down the fishing pier

my favorite bridge

That’s my favorite bridge in the background (as in “first mile of the NYC Marathon” bridge

We only walked (slowly) for a mile or so because of my foot but stopped to sit on a bench for a bit and struck up a conversation with a man named Paul who wasn’t having a good day. I ended up chatting with him for about a half hour and he spent the entire time petting Duncan. I hope I helped him a bit.

Later on in the day Duncan and I went to visit with my friend Nicole and her daughter and Duncan’s best friend Biggie.

biggie

BFFs

They were also dog sitting for a sweet big guy named Brody.

brody face!

brody face!

brody-frog

brody frog

Duncan thought bubble: "I want to steel her Xylaphone"

Duncan thought bubble: “I want to steel her Xylaphone”

Today started out in my favorite way (well, unless of course i was running a race or long run with my friends)

sunday morning

best sunday morning ever

After a second cup of coffee I went to Trader Joes and got all this for $56!

traderjoes-haul

Healthy Trader Joes Haul

And then took the dog to Petco and spent the same amount on Duncan!

petco purchases

Petco purchases

petco-trip

Duncan thought bubble: “stop taking pictures for your silly blog”

We also took a walk in the woods. This was a dicey choice for me with my foot but I have been babying it so much i just wanted to warm my muscles and let some blood flow.

it's getting greener by the day

it’s getting greener by the day

Meanwhile hard to believe I took this photo in the same spot just a few months ago…

pre-season-notgreen

 

uneven surfaces including lots of protruding tree roots. maybe not such a smart idea

uneven surfaces including lots of protruding tree roots. maybe not such a smart idea

Some random things I’ve noticed lately:

  • I’ve done less laundry in the past month since probably 2012 thanks to not having running clothes to wash. I don’t mind and will enjoy it while it lasts because we all know as soon as I can get into my gear and run i’ll be filling up the laundry basket faster than you can say stinky
  • I’ve posted more pics of my dog than running pics in the last 3 weeks. (this post alone has 11 make that 13 photos of him.
    purse pillow

    purse pillow

    just watching some tv

    just watching some tv

  • My Thera Wrap ice pack has been used for about 1,256,000 minutes in the month of May surpassing my frozen veggies for the win!
    thera-wrap

And I would be remiss not to end this post without sharing a very fast approaching milestone…Sweat Out the Small Stuff will be having a 1 year Blogaversary in less than a month!!! I can’t believe it =)

So how was your weekend? Dish!

Where to begin? Well I’ll just give you a list of the things that have thrilled me today because lists always make life easier:

1. Medal Replacement

My replacement NJ Marathon medal arrived today! (the one I received after crossing the finish line broke and I emailed them).

re-lived that great day today

re-lived that great day today

 

2. Limp Lambchop

I decided to let Lambchop live. I removed the remaining squeeker and stuffing and tossed it in the garbage and now Duncan has a limp Lambchop (Yikes I hope that didn’t sound perverted.)

lambchopstuffing

the last of Lambchop’s innards…

3. Retail Therapy (flowers and wine)

Went to Sam’s Club with my friend and we stocked up on stuff. I got some fresh carnations. (just threw out the ones I bought on 4/25! That’s why I love carnations….they last forever.
We also stopped at the discount liquor store where I got some little individual bottles of wine for those nights where I just need one glass and took a picture with Captain Morgan =)

captainmorgan newcarnations

4. Fajitas!

We also went out to eat at my favorite Tex-Mex joint, Jose Tejas, but I changed it up and went with the Steak Fajita Salad instead of just regular fajitas. The citrus-lime chipotle dressing was amazing!josetejas

 

5. An Edible Arrangement

My sister in law felt that the goodies from Amazon weren’t enough so today she sent me an edible arrangements and smiley face balloon! How lucky am I?!

ediblearrangements

6. LIMP-FREE steps!

And the biggest news is that I took some of my first LIMP-FREE steps since last Saturday!!!! I still feel soreness and tingles on the foot/ankle and definitely some unstable/wobbly-ness but it’s a small sign things are moving in the right direction.

And so now you know why I’m thrilled today =)

 

Question: Any Thursday thrills you’d like to share with the class?

 

 

OK Before I tell about how I ended up seeing Les Miserables on Broadway tonight I’ll fill you in on the drama/saga that is getting that stinkin’ referral.

I won’t be seeing the foot doc until next Tuesday and I am really annoyed about it. Apparently my lovely doctors office never submitted the referral for authorization to the insurance company and tonight’s appointment with the podiatrist had to be canceled :( next available slot is next Tuesday. And so I will continue to work on my limp swagger :) I’m really only frustrated because I am afraid to do any form of cardio (bike etc) until I get official diagnosis and instruction from doc. And if this turns out to just be tendonitis then I could have already had a physical therapy session or two!

Moving on…my boss and I were getting the final edits completed on our big presentation for today and he mentioned that TKTS was selling tickets to Les Miserables at 50% off. His other half was out of town on business and he asked if I wanted to go see if we could get decent orchestra seats for the show. I lined up doodle coverage and then said yes.

TKTS

TKTS

My boss walked and I swagger-hobbled up the 10 blocks from our office to Times Square to the TKTS window where we got our tickets and then went to grab a bite at Ruby Foos, an Asian/Fusion style restaurant.

Ruby Foos

A mai tai and sushi…asking for a belly ache

We even got dessert.

salted caramel cake

salted caramel vanilla bean soaked cake. Beyond fabulous!

After eating we made our way a couple of blocks down to the theater…

Imperial Theater

Arriving at the theater

We got seated and then it was showtime…

les miserables

1/2 price tickets

playbillIt was an exceptional night although my foot ached. I took the bus back home and walked in the door well past midnight!

I came home to some packages from Amazon. I knew right away who shipped them.

My sister-in-law- wanted to cheer me up…

photo 4-1

 

When life hands you lemons...

When life hands you lemons…

and my favorite of the gifts…

 

for when life gets shitty

for when life gets shitty

Great way to end the night. Today I’m going to lay around and keep my foot up as much as possible. I really can’t believe I’ve been limping for 6 days already. I think this is a new PR…

Question: Have you ever seen a Broadway show? Do you like them?