Thursday, July 21, 2011

Glitches

I am writing this post from the "comfort" of my seat on a Delta flight...somewhere up in the sky in between Salt Lake and NY... and thinking it is pretty dang cool that WiFi is available on planes now. Love it!

What a crazy couple of days it has been. Most of the craziness has been the reality of "I have 12 kids, a crazy schedule, and a demanding job and trying to get things ready for me to leave for any period of time longer than an hour is A WHOLE LOT OF STINKING WORK". I got it all done and we got out of the door on time this morning, but whew. I am ready for this short vacation FOR SURE.

There have been a couple of glitches worth mentioning.

- If you have tried to donate to my Team MEB fundraiser and haven't been able to, I apologize. Team MEB  is getting their own 501c3 status and they are switching around some technical stuff that I have nothing to do with. You will be able to donate again at crowdrise SOON and I will post as soon as things are up and running. In the mean time, I will extend the offer of five bonus entries to anyone who makes a first donation and 20 extra entries to anyone who makes a repeat donation until further notice. If you want to donate and can't you can shoot me an email at fullhousemom @ gmail dot com and I can give you an address to send a check to, OR, you can just leave a comment and let me know how much you are going to donate once things are up and running again and I will count it. :)

- Sorry I didn't announce a winner yesterday! Like I said, I was a wee bit busy and stressed out. I didn't get a post up, but I used Random.org yesterday to pull another winner and fate smiled on EVE H. We have been in touch and she picked her prizes. Yay!

- I hurt myself. BOOOOOO! I switched around my running schedule a little bit to accommodate my travel this week. I didn't want to miss my 10 mile run (with four miles at tempo) so I did that yesterday instead of my six mile easy run. I felt AWESOME during the run and nailed all of my paces (four tempo miles were at 7:18, 7:17, 7:21 and 7:03). No pain at all. But when I got done, my right Achilles felt a little sore. 

I got home, stretched, rolled, and got on with my day and felt fine. When I got in the shower and was shaving I noticed that I had a small lump down by my Achilles and that it was stiff and swollen. URGH. It doesn't feel too bad (just a tiny bit sore) and it is not swollen much at all anymore, but it is still stiff for sure.

In hindsight, I guess a 20 mile run, 8 mile easy run and then two days of speedwork in a row wasn't the smartest, especially when my right calf was a little stiff after the 20 miler.

I took today off and am going to take tomorrow off, and will see how things feel and adjust accordingly for the weekend. I hate taking days off, but I am not going to do anything to risk a real injury. I am SO excited for Pocatello and for Top of Utah coming up and I have BIG MARATHON RUNNING PLANS. So I am resting for a couple of days and hope this little "glitch" goes away as fast as it popped up. It is not anywhere that I have ever injured before or that has ever even bothered me before so I am thinking positively...

I am not looking forward to 95-100 degree temps for the next couple of days (it was so chilly at home when we ran yesterday morning that we could see our breath!) but I am SO looking forward to time with my parents and family and friends, and to a short break. I do really have a hard time being away from Josh and I miss him like crazy already.  I don't like being away from home or the kids either (yes, I cried putting Noah to bed last night knowing I wouldn't see him until Sunday night). I am a pretty big homebody for the most part. And I miss Jenny already too! My brain is always make a list of things to "tell Jenny" and when I don't see her on any given morning for a run the list gets long! But the girls and I are excited. Watch out NY... here we come!

That's all for now. Think cool thoughts for me. And think happy thoughts for my Achilles please. More soon (from the Big Apple). :)

16 comments:

misszippy said...

Sending you healing vibes! And enjoy the trip--should be a nice break for such a busy mama!

Run with Jess said...

Aw, man, I hope you leg feels better soon. Injuries are nightmares! Enjoy your trip!

fancy nancy said...

Oh no!!! I hope your feeling much better after your rest!!! Enjoy your trip!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Have fun in the Big Apple and I hope your injury heals up fast.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohh never had achilles trouble, hope that a couple days off takes care of that!!

yes this super crazy heat is nuts, but just think how great we will run when it cools down!

Christy said...

Hope you have a great trip!

The Green Girl said...

Aw, sending lots and lots of positive energy to your poor achilles!

bobbi said...

Have fun in NY! And tell your achilles I said, "BE NICE!"

Teamarcia said...

Oh no! Take care of that Achilles! I hope this ridiculous heat fades soon. Enjoy your trip.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

oh no! I hope the Achilles is nothing :( And try to enjoy NY even with the heat.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Have a GREAT time. You deserve a little break.

And take care of the Achilles!

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

Hope your Achilles starts feeling better! Take care!

Molly said...

I hope your Achilles is better soon! Have a great trip!

Terzah said...

Just catching up with your blog! I hope your Achilles feels better soon--Dan's working on his--lots of ice, says his physical therapist. Rest and take it easy in that weather (jealous of the "seeing your breath")!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

THE BIG APPLE!!!!

Happy travels and happy thoughts about your leg. =/

Aunt Melissa said...

Erin - do NOT ignore that Achilles injury. Look on the internet under Achilles tendinitis and do all of the preventative things that are recommended. You should at minimum be icing after every run. Also - I know you are loving the track speedwork and typically run a lot of hills - but those are exactly the activities that bring on the original injury or make it worse - especially if you push it too hard too fast. I learned the hard way because like you I had some race goals I was so close to that I didn't want to change my training or my goals, so I pushed through the pain and made my race but ended up being unable to run for THREE MONTHS after it, plus it's a constantly recurring problem requiring constant management - so knowing how important running is to you, consider getting a professional to evaluate your achilles NOW, ice after EVERY run and consider easing up on the speedwork and hill work.