Three (Random) Things Thursday

Hi all! I forgot to write a Thursday post last week! oops!  I don’t have too much to share today, but tonight or tomorrow I’ll post my March run-down (spoiler: I hit triple digits this month!!!).

I have three completely random things to share today, because I wanted to at least post something!

My badass little sister, Kristen, is flying to California today to run her second Ragnar So Cal, Ragnar for Rett, where 6 extremely talented women (including my sissy) will run a relay of 190 miles, day and night and day again, to help raise money and awareness for Rett Syndrome.

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I dropped my phone on Tuesday night and the screen shattered.  This was my first broken iPhone screen.  Sad day.  A friend pointed out that the cracks kind of resemble wings, #mybravewings, which made me smile.  I got my replacement yesterday, so all is well again!  Last time I had to get a new phone because of damage was a couple years ago when I dropped my phone in the toilet. =/

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I have a half marathon in 9 days.  NINE DAYS! Then another 5 weeks after that; and then another 3 weeks after that!  That would be Rock the Parkway on April 9, Running with the Cows on May 14, and then Hospital Hill on June 4!

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Monday Mentionings: March 28

First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I have SO many photos to share with you this week! I’m going to just do a quick sentence per picture, to get through them all!

My week started out with a Bestie date with Belle at Red Robin, including lots of bottomless fries!

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Belle and Jazzy are bae.  (most favorite picture ever!)

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He was thrilled at having his picture taken so many times last week.

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Amy and I had a super hill run and we stopped to take a selfie at the top of a crazy hill.

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We ran super fast on the way down.

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It rained during our last mile, and poured after we finished running.

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Wine and kitty.

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Amy found the way to Jasper’s heart: whipped cream.

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I made the easiest “cake” ever, ice cream sandwich cake, for food day at work.

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Lots of snuggles before leaving Jazzy and heading to Hays for the weekend.

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Just some of the beauty of Kansas along I 70.

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Dad discovered Snapchat.

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I ❤ Hays’ tag.

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Saturday morning as I was getting ready to run, somebody was watching my every move.

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Before running with Mom and Shay, I headed out for 5 miles; I ran to the north water tower and back.

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After 5 solo miles, Mom and Shay joined in for a virtual 5k for Rett Syndrome. (links: GP2C, Sparkle Athletic, Rett Syndrome info)

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Hays sure was chilly for Easter weekend, especially with the strong winds.

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Saturday morning after an 8 mile run, I FINALLY got my snoball!!!

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It was so amazing.

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Michelle sent me lots of Jazzy snaps so I wouldn’t miss him so much. I ❤ this picture!

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Sunday morning, Mom and I had a great 4 miler, sunny, but still chilly!

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Grandma and Granddad came over for Easter dinner, Gordon got lots of snuggles.

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Sad to leave Hays, but I’ll be back soon!

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The snoball for Chelle made it 3 and a half hours all the way to KC!

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Yesterday was Jasper’s birthday – he turned 9, and got lots of treats!! Happy birthday little bear!

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Have a good week, friends!!

The Road to Progress

I’ve had several people ask me about my knee, and my progress with it lately.  I guess that means it’s time for a little update post!

My [left] knee (and my right glute, for that matter) have been doing so much better since January.  To recap very quickly, I went to the orthopedic doctor the first week of January, and was instructed to take 2 weeks off running, I received a cortisone shot in my knee, and was sent home with a diagnosis of a torn meniscus.  When I ran again, 2 weeks later, the pain was back.  At the beginning of February, and an MRI later, it was determined my knee was structurally sound, no tears in my meniscus, or elsewhere.  I was given 2 more cortisone shots in different parts of my knee.  I was frustrated and upset, and after several more visits to my chiropractor, he gave me a series of stretches that have diminished the pain so much that it is all but gone.

I don’t know how much the pain diminished due to the shots, and how much the chiropractic stretches and needlings and adjustments have attributed to it.  I also stopped wearing my Hokas (they were about worn out anyway) and switched to my Altra Lone Peaks.  The change in shoes, chiropractic stretches, and cortisone shots all happened within about 2 weeks, during which, my knee felt 60-80% better.

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I continue to do my knee stretches every other day or so, and I’d venture a guess that the pain is 85% gone.  I get twinges behind my knee on the lateral side every now and then, and I can tell if I’m not doing my stretches for a couple days, because it gets worse and I get back to stretching.  My glute is also doing so much better, due to stretches loosening up my lower back, taking the pressure off a disc or two that are unhappy.

Overall, I’m very happy, but also kind of waiting for the pain to come back.  I’m so hopeful that the stretches are doing the trick, and it’s not the shots that made the pain go away, because once the shots wear off, I don’t want the pain to come back!

I’ve been running 20-25 miles per week now for 4-5 weeks, mostly pain free, or at least a heck of a lot less pain than before.  I’m also cycling about 30-40 miles per week, either on the cycle bikes at the gym in class or on my own beautiful little bike around home.  I know cycling is helping strengthen my legs, which definitely helps my knee, and is also helping me run stronger.

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I feel like I’ve stumbled onto some kind of magic formula… I don’t want to change my shoes.  I don’t want to stop running or cycling.  I don’t want to stop my stretches.  I feel like I’m balancing and hanging on and don’t want to chance anything!  I’ve re-evaluated my goals, and for now, I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing, and hopefully I will continue to be pain free, or at least mostly pain free while I’m at it!

I’m happy, and I’m working on getting healthy, and having my knee on board sure helps!  The real test will be the three half marathons I have coming up, one each in April, May, and June.  I’m confident that I’ll get through them, one step at a time, my knee, hopefully, on board with me!