Test results & I need your recommendations

Good Monday morning to you!!

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{And be comfy}

I met with the podiatrist last week for my test results. The blood work came back 100% normal and the MRI showed no signs of fractured bones, but it did show a muscle strain between the 1st & 2nd metatarsal. I’ll take it!

Since the sesamoid area has been a source of pain for close to 3 months and didn’t respond well to PT, we did the blood test to rule out an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus & some others. Thankfully it’s just a strained muscle which has over time, healed itself. He is also having custom orthotics made that should help “little miss skinny foot” as my podiatrist so lovingly calls me.

So onward and upward!!! J is running again and it’s 100% pain free. Miracles do happen my friends!!

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In other news, Mike & I are leaving for vacation soon and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Nervous, but mostly excited. We’ll be flying into Vegas, renting a car and traveling through Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona, and back to Vegas. Lawd help our marriage survive this trip. Ha! ;)

We don’t have any set plans or scheduled hotels so hopefully some place along the way will have a room each night. This trip is a little (okay a lot) out of my comfort zone, but you know that whole YOLO thing. Yah, at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Mike would rather figure things out as we go, but the Type A in me has to ask the locals or folks who have visited in the area for recommendations. As someone who lives in a touristy area, I’m always stoked to share our favorite places & things to do. So if you live in one of these states we’re traveling to, please leave us your recommendations in the comments!

Major cities on our list are:

Moab, UT

Denver, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

Grand Canyon, AZ

Mike is stoked to see Colorado & possibly do the Breaking Bad tour since he is a huge BB fan. I’m excited to see the Grand Canyon. My obsession with it started when we visited the Hoover Dam last summer and found out 400ish miles was too much of a day drive for us at the time, but since then I’ve wanted to see it one day.

Do you have a summer vacation planned?Where are you heading?

What places are on your list to visit?

Austin, Texas, Nashville, TN Seattle, WA, a warm beach in Mexico & Phoenix, AZ are on our list. And now I need a second job ha!

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100 bottles of wine…

It’s been a super fun week! Jackie came to hang at the beach with Heather & I Tuesday. We naturally hit up La Bicyclette in Carmel for lunch, grabbed a cup of hot coffee & a brownie(!) for Jackie and sat outside to chat for a bit. Carmel has a laid back, take life easy vibe, which was perfect to catch up on a cool foggy day.

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Back in my Bay Area days, Jackie (on left) was an intern at my PT’s office and we became friends through our mutual love of Lululemon. She went on to become a PT but also loves yoga so she opened Bright Heart yoga studio in Cupertino. Bay Area peeps, go harass her for me.

Heather had a brilliant idea of starting a weekly girls wine night, so we invited Maiah & Maria to join us, got some snacks and had a fantastic time. Wine night shall never end because Heather has something like 100 bottles of wine left over from her wedding. So yeah…

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Between all the fun there is more fun! The Big Sur marathon is this weekend and I have a coffee date with someone special.

I’ve also been trail running, chasing storm clouds. Friday was sunny & 80 and since then it’s been cool & foggy with no sign of the sun. Welcome to winter at the coast.

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A couple super slow miles. I swear a 100 year old turtle passed me, but I am so incredibly stoked to be doing what I love again!

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Plus this view pretty much makes me want to run even slower, so I am pretty much winning in life.

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I’m off to see the foot & ankle surgeon to find out my MRI & blood test results. Hope you’re having a fantastic Thursday!!

Do you have a girls night?

Anyone running the Big Sur marathon?

Anyone have fun plans for the weekend?

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The way every Monday should start

Yesterday I spent the morning glued to the Boston Marathon. I could feel the excitement, anticipation, chills and more excitement. Now THIS is how every Monday should start!!

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The women put up a good fight until the end. I was cheering for Des, but feared she would get smoked at the end. She took 4th place and put up a good fight and finished strong. So proud of her! I absolutely loved the moment when Meb grabbed the hand of a fellow runner and held her hand as they crossed the finish line. That’s the true spirit of the Boston Marathon!!

CONGRATS to every single runner who finished!!!!! Y’all are truly inspiring!

I felt inspired to run a little after. How could you not, right!? So the boys joined me to run/walk a trail.

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A couple free birfday miles later, my day was made. Feeling so thankful for the opportunity to run and walk pain 100% pain free for the first time in years. It’s almost time to start a strength & running training program and see what the hip will do now. I’m sure it comes with promises of PR’s and BQ’s.

Or not.

The afternoon was spent torturing myself on my new Perfect Fitness at home gym. The soreness is real, yo. Mike may have to wash my hair tonight…

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A good life reminder: always practice your ninja skillz. Ya never know when you might need them.

Do you follow a training program or wing it?

I’ve always just did whatever, but nowadays I’m thinking about training smarter. Not to be confused with me being smart or anything like that.

Anyone out there dreaming of a BQ? (Boston Qualifying time)

I may be the odd one, but nope. I can honestly say I have never dreamed of running Boston or a full marathon. Probably because I’m perpetually injured and my split times would have to average an 8:34 and there are no coffee stops along the way.

San Francisco friends: Check out the Tour de Mermaid fun ride. They have a ride for everyone starting with 7 miles and up to 60 around the Bay.

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A life well lived

My work schedule is the opposite of most, which works out well since tourist season is kicking in and traffic is starting to make the idea of sitting at home a lot more appealing. Lately on my days off I’ve been spending a lot of time here…

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Mike + I took Bam to run around free like a hippie. Every time we get close to the beach where he can smell it, dude goes crazy. Whining, barking, pacing around the back seat in anticipation. He can’t even stand himself.

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I’ve been kinda impatiently waiting for the wildflowers to bloom in Pacific Grove. It seems like they waited a little longer than last year, but man are they worth the wait!! I’m plotting my next run right down this trail.

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Easy beach slogging with Mr.Knucklehead. I finally figured out how to get an action shot without it looking like a melted hershey bar.

Set your phone/camera/etc next to a rock, bench, or whatever is close by (the pic below was set against some seaweed) and take a video. Then pause it, take a screenshot and viola action shot.

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Between the beach days, I’ve spent some time in the pool. It was kinda sad to see it takes me 26 minutes to pool run 1 mile. But man, I’m happy to be able to move these days!

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Oh I finished Gilmore Girls. So sad it’s over but I started watching Parenthood. Oh my gosh, only 4 episodes in and I’m loving it. This new addiction is 100% Mike & Em’s fault.

Yep, a life well lived.

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Share some highlights of your life well lived lately!!

What are you currently watching? Any Parenthood fans out there?

Who’s running Boston? If not, is it on your bucket list?

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Virtual coffee date

Good Saturday morning to you!! I hope you have some fun + relaxing things planned for the weekend.

It’s been awhile since we had a virtual coffee date, so let’s have one today!

If we were having coffee here are some things I would share with you:

  • I am still digging aqua aerobics a lot. Like anything, it can be as easy or hard as you want it to be. I have found it to be a catalyst (along with PT) in regaining the range of motion in my hip post op and now building strength. Yesterday’s deep water class was OOC – the biggest I’ve seen so far.

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  • Is there anything the Garmin Vivoactive can’t do!? Well there is, it could have a wrist based heart rate monitor but it’s waterproof (pic below was taken underwater) so that kinda makes up for it. Yup, still loving it. Nope, not sponsored by anyone but Bam.

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  • It also has a golf feature where you can download over 38,000 golf courses and let GPS guide you throughout the course. You will always know distance to each hole you’re playing, keep score, know the steps & distance for the entire course and I’m sure a bunch of other nerdy stats.

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/<Okay end of nerd alert/>

  • “We are not an Apple family.” Mike, 2012
  • “I got a Mac and made it my own.” Mike, 2015

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  • I mentioned before that I ended my brand ambassadorships this year. It was one of the best decisions ever! While I’m very thankful and honored to work with some of my favorite brands, I am also very happy working with other brands now. One of my passions is photography, though my work is still amateur, I enjoy using my love for it to market products I love. Here is where yesterdays project led me. Not too shabby.

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It was for an Instagram promotion for Reebok kicks in case you are wondering.

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An outtake. Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, we can’t be friends.

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  • Bam thinks you need some Boom Chicka Pop in yo lyfe. #TWHS

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  •  Coconut Vanilla sugar is a total game changer in coffee. You are welcome for some of the best life advice.

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 Now, it’s your turn! If we were having coffee, what would you share with me?

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Don’t exist, live

Bracing myself for more bad news.

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Well that wasn’t the most positive way to start a post, was it? But that’s just how life goes sometimes.

While I am anxiously waiting for test results, lets talk about something a little more uplifting.

Lately I’ve been staring at my phone, worrying about stuff out of my control. Oh you know allowing stuff that really doesn’t matter take up space in my brain. Stuff that sucks the joy out of my soul. With time I can’t get back. For no good reason at all.

While driving home from the grocery store, a song I’d never heard before came on and I immediately loved it. The sun was shining, it was warm outside so I dropped the top, cranked the radio up really loud and drove down the 1 home.

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And just like that I realized the vicious cycle I’ve allowed myself to be in and my perspective changed. Things that have been clouding my mind lifted and I was enjoying just being the moment.

Man, it’s so easy to get caught up in mundane daily tasks, but that’s not the way life has to be.

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Sometimes we need a little reminder to just live. To enjoy the small things that surround us but we somehow don’t pay much attention to.

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So here’s a little reminder for you:

Don’t just exist, LIVE.

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Promises of a Marisa Miller body….or not

Good morning!! I just wrote food morning so clearly we are off to a great start. Plus I woke up to RAIN this morning!! We need it, so it’s very much welcomed.

I had the day off work yesterday which was fantastic! I had a chance to get the house in order. I did laundry, ironed, washed the sheets (my absolute fav) did the dishes (my least fav) cleaned the floors and bathrooms. Heck Bam even got a bath, though he was sure I was trying to murder him. Knucklehead.

Waking up to a nice clean house is so calming.

Annnnd Mike just woke up and announced he’s sick. #notfun

Mail day!!

  • Perfect Fitness was created by former Navy Seal Alden Mills so it has got to be self torture worthy! Plus Bam told me this Perfect Multi-Gym and Ab Straps come with promises of the perfect Marisa Miller bod. I’m not sure about his claim because we all know he chews his butt, but I shall report back.

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  •  Red Fox Edge bluetooth wireless headphones {unpictured because Mike jacked them and refuses to give them back} Apparently that is a good thing because that has never happened. Guess he has to write a review on them for you guys. Muhahaha.
  • Luna Bar protein chocolate salted caramel bars!! These randomly showed up at my doorstep yesterday and I don’t even know how they got my address, but I am thrilled they found it!! (I have a PO box for the blog) If you like the caramel syrup at Starbucks, you will love these.

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  • I saw this super beachy & cute anchor bracelet from Pura Vida on Instagram and immediately ordered it. SO happy it fits my 5.5 inch linguine wrist!!

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Something random, but fun to share with you. If you want to have a nice high end dinner party or super swanky wedding reception at Pebble, the Beach Club is where it’s at. It’s considered the “cream of the crop” at Pebble. This picture doesn’t do it justice though.

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Your least favorite chore?

The last fun thing you got in the mail? 

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Graduation day!!

Good Monday morning!! I hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend.

I’ve been spending more time on the course lately as the season winds up. This office does not suck.

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Gosh it’s been awhile since I checked in and so much has happened, let’s catch up. Do you have a cup of coffee or tea? I’ll wait….

Okay lets get to it.

If you stalk me on Instagram, then you might know last week I graduated from physical therapy!! This is kind of a big deal since I started going in January. Mike pretended to be Oprah at their office saying “and I’m going to pay your car payment and I’m gonna pay your house payment…” Ha, thank goodness for insurance.

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Moi, Will & Mike

It was a bittersweet day. I feel like I owe a lot to Will who never gave up on me when 4 specialists said there was nothing wrong with my hip and that I should just keep running. Or the one who told me “maybe running isn’t for you.” That went over like a fart in church and made me even more determined to run again.

When we ran into many frustrating road blocks, Will stepped up and took the time to call around to find the best surgeon on the West Coast and quite possibly the world (so not joking), who ultimately got me back to doing what I love!

He even welcomed me to use the stationary bike at his clinic right after surgery because the parking lot at the gym was too far of a hike at the time.

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Day 2 post op

He is far too humble to accept much of the credit, but I am convinced he was the catalyst behind my return to running pain & injury free.

I’m thinking my mom has the same genetic condition, FAI hip impingement and has not had surgery to repair it. Today, she can’t work or do simple life tasks like put her shoes on because of the pain. I can’t help but think this would have been me if I chickened out on the surgery like I wanted to a million times. I hope she get’s this life changing surgery soon.

Most of all, Mike has been AMAZING and I could never thank him enough for his support. He did sign some paperwork that said something like “in sickness and health” but he still hung in there with encouragement, wise words, listened to self doubt on occasion and told me to shut my trap as needed. Gotta love a man who tells you like it is.

His support is immeasurable and now he prolly has a big head….

With that said, I am free like a hippie to run, walk, hike, ride and just LIVE!!!!!!

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To celebrate, I scored the new Garmin Vivoactive.

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It’s the first GPS based fitness watch –  think fitbit meets Garmin. It truly is a fitness gadget nerds DREAM!!!!

Side note: Monterey, Cali locals, Will Kramer is the owner of Ryan Ranch Physical Therapy and in my humble opinion is elite in his field of work.

**This was not a sponsored post, I just tell it like it is.

Of possible interest:

Fill me in on what’s going on in your life! Anything new & exciting? 

How was your Easter?

Fitness gadgets you can’t live without?

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This running thing is really making me fight for it

Happy Monday!!

Thank you guys so much for your sweet comments on my last post. <3 This running thing is really making me fight for it so it’s a good thing I love a challenge.

My “good” hip felt like it was on fire that entire night after my first run post op, but thankfully it quickly resolved the following day. But really, I rolled out of bed pissed that morning, made a cup of coffee and told Mike my running days are officially over, my body just can’t handle it. I’m just going to transition to cycling and that’s the way it’s gonna be, I said. He somewhat sarcastically nodded and said okay honey, whatever you want knowing that was a lie. Ha!

This man still believes in me when I’m questioning myself, so I guess I’ll keep him. :)

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Of course I still love cycling and plan to ride, but I think running will always have my heart.

This post isn’t a complete downer, there are some really good signs of progress! The paws are doing so much better, I’d say they are about 90% and the surgery side hip is fantastic as well. No pain but still pretty sore which I was advised it would take up to a full year for it to go away. I can totally deal with it!

Here are some random pics I found on my camera and they really made me happy. They were taken a few months ago when Emily came to visit.  She’s moving to San Diego soon and I will miss hanging with her here. Good thing Monterey has direct flights to SD!! Not that I looked into it or anything. Noooooope.

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We went to Brunch at Clint Eastwoods Mission Ranch, which is a MUST if you ever come to Carmel. I promise you will love it and want to send me a lifetime supply of coffee.

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I’ll always remember this time with Em for 3 reasons:

1) She gives Mike a warning when she’s hungry. It goes something like this: Lunch sounds good. Oh hey, that’s your first warning! Good thing Mike is married and totally get’s it.

2) She had bacon for the first time in years and loved it. (She was vegetarian)

3) My hip hurt so bad from overdoing it at the beach the previous day I was popping Advil with mimosas. It totally worked in case you are wondering.

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Post brunch cruise down Scenic Drive. Never.Gets.Old.

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That weekend ended with a promises to run here with her when the barn is rebuild.

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And I intend to.

Last distance you ran?

If I were to visit your city, what are your top recommendations? 

Do you give warning signs when you’re hungry?

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Not exactly the triumphant return I expected…

So this happened yesterday!!

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Welcome to my first run post op. It only took 14 weeks and one day. Not that I’m counting or anything…

I would love to tell y’all it was all sunshine and rainbows but really, it was not so much. These punk sesamoids are tough to heal. Some days I am absolutely positive they are on the mend, only to wake up the next day feeling like I took a few steps back. Will (my PT) assures me they are definitely much better so I just have to trust his expertise. He hasn’t failed me so far. :)

After a few exercises & adjustments, I stepped on the treadmill for my first run since November. A couple minutes in, the left foot started barking at me so Will pulled the plug on the run. I thought that was it for the day, but Will had another trick up his sleeve. He taped my foot and asked if I prefer to run on the treadmill or outside. Duh, outside!

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So he sent his assistant & I on a wog (walk/jog) to the chocolate shop down the street for their famous salted caramel candy. They are seriously the best unlike this pic below.

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We started out at about 25% effort then worked up to 50% so it was nice & easy. Plus it was 80 degrees which this beach bum now thinks it’s “hot”. Ha my family is probably laughing at me right now since I grew up with 100+ degree summers.

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The tape worked really well, though I still had some pain. On a scale from 1-10 it was like a 3-4 but it quickly went away as soon as I stopped to walk which I learned is actually a good thing.

This was not the triumphant return I expected since I was preoccupied with paying attention to body parts hurting or flying off so I didn’t allow myself to enjoy the moment. But all things considered it went well. The hip held up very nicely in fact, I would have never guessed surgery was 14 weeks ago if I didn’t know. It blows me away how well my recovery has gone.

Would it be bad if I woke up thinking about switching to cycling as my primary sport of choice? Yah, I totally did.

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