What if you were told you could no longer run?

My heart just broke a little writing that title.

Let’s not put the cart before the horse, but that question has popped into my mind several times over the years and more so recently.

I have big dreams to be that 88 year old lady still out running races. But I also do my best to be realistic and know that could mean running forever might not be in the cards. Maybe I should file this post for another day when I’m not feeling so emotional and thinking the worse, but somehow writing is therapeutic and lucky for you, I publish it for the world to read.

I have left a lot of this hip issue off the blog because there are really no answers or true diagnosis. My left hip has been painful off and on for  a couple years. My PT ninja has reset it 6 times and every time he does, I get a couple incredibly awesome, pain free runs in. Then it seems like the joint slips out of place and I’m back in pain. The MRI is text book amazing, I’ve had 4 doctors and specialists look at the images and they all agree it looks perfect.

My frustration is I went to a sports doctor yesterday expecting answers and walked out with more questions along with his dumb advise of ‘maybe running isn’t for you.’

Yah, that went over like a fart in church.

I took Mike to see my PT and luckily he took the time to show Mike exactly what is going on. Mike is very mechanically minded so he now has a clearer understanding. Probably better than I do.

It’s too early to tell and there is no true diagnosis, which means the next step is to see a specialist in Stanford.

I am just SOOOOOO over being in doctors offices and not on the trail doing what I love. This is getting ridiculous. But the rational side of my brain is convincing me I’ve come this far, may as well keep on going. Plus I am stubborn and pretty much defy anyone who says I can’t do something.

So that’s that. I am still running, just keeping the mileage slow, low and below my pain threshold. Ha that rhymes! #nerdstatus

But damn it, I’m still freaking running.

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Don’t worry, Bam was supervising that project

Good evening! I had big plans to get up extra early to blog but my pillow and electric blanket were like magnets that I could not peel myself away from. Thank goodness for coffee.

I’m going to cry a little. Just a little bit, then I’ll move on mmmkay….

I freaking miss Windows Live Writer.

Every time I open MarsEdit my heart dies a little. It just doesn’t feel right staring at that tiny, unfamiliar screen. It’s funny because sometimes I find myself with nothing to write about, but I magically start typing when I opened that golden blogging tool. Until then, I have reverted back to the WordPress dashboard. #firstworldproblems

Okay thanks for letting me vent.

Last night was a bit more fun. I carved a pumpkin, Bam supervised this project from afar. While we yelled at the tv errrr watched the game. I am bummed the Royals lost, but Bumgarner is pretty impressive. Both teams put up a good fight, which kept me on the edge of my seat, but hot dang I was pretty sure I was going to need a Xanax after that game.

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I also played Suzi freaking homemaker and made a taco soup. One of probably 4 edible creations I can master. And PS you need that sea salt + maple popcorn candle in your life.

 

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And because sunsets never get old especially when it’s foggy most evenings here. Kinda makes me savor the ones we catch.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed I took a step back from blogging. The plan is to keep SCB alive while dealing with some personal and professional issues.

I was stressing myself out making sure my morning post was up, being on time to work, getting my workouts in along with daily life stuff. You know how it goes. Something had to take a backseat for a bit, so blogging it was. If you’re still reading, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. <3 And more importantly, if you work full time, have a family and a clean house you deserve a medal and a lifetime supply of coffee. For reals yo.

How do you stay organized and fit everything that is important to you in?

What are the top 4 things that are most important to you?

Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what are you going to be?

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How do you meet friends these days? Plus a schweet Mizuno deal

Good morning!! How is your week coming along?

I worked yesterday and can definitely feel the season winding down, which means this girl is closer to taking some time off to play outside all day. Oh and the holidays are coming!! I can.not.wait.

Let’s back up to the weekend because reliving a fun one never gets old.

Every time we go to a place I think Em would like, I make a mental note to take her there. La Bicyclette in Carmel was at the top of that list. 

Their menu is seasonal so it changes 4 times a year and everything is fresh and tastes amazing.

Mike ordered their new Mushroom Risotto as an appetizer. I did not like Risotto until Saturday. This stuff was ah-mazing.

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I had the fresh pear salad + Em had a fall veggie pizza. We ended up sharing both entrees and she let me have all the bacon on the salad. This is why everyone should have a vegetarian friend. ;)

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That evening our friends invited us over for dinner and to watch the World Series. I LOVE going to their house because it’s so calm and they are like family. Plus when you’re not feeling well you get to relax in their favorite zero gravity chair and watch the game. Spoiled was the word of the day in case you are wondering.

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They made salmon, which I think is my first time trying it? Anywhoo I loved it and begged Mike to make it for us, but that’s another story. Ha!

Sunday morning I woke up without that son of a nutcracker migraine, wahoo!! So Em and I ran an easy 5K along Scenic Drive in Carmel. Running that stretch has been on my bucket list since we moved here a year ago, so I’ve been saving it until Em could join me. #worththewait

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We agreed to slow down or walk if either of us needed to, but ended up running most of it, just stopping for a couple pics.

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Then after we walked along Ocean Avenue and I stopped for iced coffee and she picked up a green juice. 

Seriously when I get rich one day, Em is going to live with us and will be required to start every morning just like this.

Okay now I’m off to figure out how to use this Mac, walk the Bamstagram and find some trouble to get into since I don’t have to work today.

Schweet deal:

Score 20% off your order of $135 or more PLUS free shipping at Mizuno with promo code MIZUNOBOO2014

Good until October 31, 2014

Now’s the time to order the new Wave Rider 18’s. <-Did you get my not so subliminal message?

PS has anyone seen the new fitbit watches? I die!!!!!!!!

How would you start every morning if you had zero responsibilities? 

What is one food you have never tried, but would like to?

How do you meet most of your friends lately?

Social media. And I honestly thought I’d never say that.

I’m going to hold her hostage and I went back to the darkside

I have the best friends and family. Emily came for a weekend of fun, running, sipping green juice and exploring. Well, it rained and I had that son of a nutcracker migraine I’ve been fighting all week stayed with me though Saturday.

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But we managed to make coffee out of lemons by hitting up Starbucks (thanks Em!) showing both her and Mike around my stomping grounds at Pebble Beach. Followed by the BEST pizza ever at La Bicyclette, a stroll down Cannery Row & Whole Foods then dinner while watching the game (go Royals) at our close friends house.

I reeeeealy hope that made up for her having to be my support staff while being a human pin cushion as my doc to tried to get this pain under control. Last time I checked, we’re at 6 injections this week. Ugh.

But gosh, she’s the best!! I kinda love these two.

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In other news my laptop has been on it’s last leg for awhile now. God forbid I unplug it for more than 12 seconds before it dies or I ask Mike for more electrical tape for the janky cord that tries to shock me.

It was slim pickings for this simple chick. I tried Windows 8 about a year ago and thought it was the most horrible program ever invented. Sorry Mike. So I went back to the darkside and made the switch to Mac. Though my only experience with Apple products was the iPhone 5 so I’m sure that’s not saying too much.

I totally had a fit in Vegas where I dumped Siri because she wouldn’t allow the bluetooth to connect to my Galaxy camera, but the Mac will allow it which makes for transferring pics from all of my devices a snap. This learning curve so far has been a lot easier than the Windows 8 nightmare, so let’s cross our fingers it all works out. And I don’t have a fit and dump Mac. Then I’ll really be screwed. 

So when I figure out how to watermark pics, create new folders on my desktop and  find a blogging platform, (Windows Live Writer is the bomb) I promise to  share our weekend adventures with you guys.

In the meantime Mac users, I am all ears for your best advise.

Share your weekend adventures!


I’m not changing!

This is our morning. Hot coffee, fireplace going, snoozing Jack on my lap snuggled up in a soft, warm blanket. It’s really nice to start the day off relaxing when you have a busy day ahead.

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PS Bam’s groomer put a cute little Halloween ribbon on his collar. I can’t even handle how handsome this dude is!

Before my massage appointment (oh my gosh I really need to start saving my pennies and go every month) I did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I am not a fan of pumpkin foods, but I am all over cranberry. That cran-apple butter is amazing, definitely a must have.

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That mini pumpkin is Bam’s. He promised not to pee on it.

Since I’ve been feeling off all week, I decided to Google my symptoms. Migraines, dizziness, lack of energy….ext.  According to Dr. Google I have menopause. What the what?? No freaking way. That is just NOT happening.

I’m only 34 years old! I told Mike so he goggled “at what age does menopause begin?” He starts laughing when the results came back with 30 to 60 years old. 

I just looked at him and said, ”I’m NOT going thru menopause!” He just responded, “Try and stop it”

They call this “the change” well, I’m not changing!………Ever!

Stupid Dr. Google………

So I did what any girl would do and baked a fresh loaf of bread. Totally normal, right?

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Oatmeal cinnamon raisin bread to be exact. I love the simple ingredients and our house smells amazing while it’s baking. The recipe can be found here if you’re interested.

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A couple years ago when we were living in the Bay Area, we spent a Saturday morning hitting up yard sales. We scored a Williams Sonoma bread machine that was used twice for 20 bucks. Total score! And it’s something we actually use on a regular basis. Fun fact, Monterey area doesn’t have yard sales, they call them “estate sales”

Since I’ve been so busy lately, I decided to roast some squash and potatoes. I love REAL food and put a lot of effort to eat pretty healthy on busy weeks, especially when I work.

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I just tossed them in a little EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Popped them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping half way through. Easy peasy.

And lastly I made homemade applesauce. Well, kinda since I mash the apples. Or is it smash the apples? Who knows.

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I peeled a couple green apples, chopped them up and added a little water, brown sugar + butter. Then cooked them on low for about 15 minutes.

Okay I’m done playing Suzi freaking homemaker for the rest of the year.

 

Do you carve pumpkins?

 

Have you ever scored big at a yard sale?

 

Menopause?

HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Virtual coffee date aka a bunch of random thoughts

Good morning!! I think doing a virtual coffee date is in order since I have a ton of random things bouncing around in my skull. You are welcome for listening to me ramble on about dumb things and probably oversharing my life.

With that said, here are some things I’d tell you about if we were having coffee.

  • Thank you SO much for your tips on managing migraines yesterday. It’s nice to know there are options that work out there.
  • Last night I came home to a clean house, clean + groomed dog and dinner. It was the best day ever. I say that every day, but it definitely was right up there along with clean sheets.
  • Today is my first day off after working 7 in a row and I have big plans to chill, get the ole grandma hip adjusted and an hour massage. Ahhhhh I am so excited about that. My neck and shoulders are really tight from the migraine that is still hanging around, but I think a massage will do the trick.

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  • I wonder if Mike gets tired of me tagging him in all the Bellagio fountain pics on social media? My hints of wanting to go back to Vegas are sooooo subtle. Or not.
  • I love that the Mermaid race offers race pics at a reasonable price. I bought all 13 pics for $25. This is one of them:

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  • Part of me wants to send this picture to the Podiatrist who misdiagnosed + told me I wouldn’t be able to run for at least 9-12 months.

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  • But nahhhhh, I’ll go for a run instead.
  • I started a list of all the things I want to do during the winter. (I work seasonal at the course and get the whole winter off). They include going to the farmers market, really diving into strength/balance/run training, pool run, take some new classes at the gym, play with my camera, hang out more with friends, go hiking, run + walk with Bam (he’s still training for his first 5K) and baking. Well, there’s more but I won’t bore you.

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  • I am not impressed with the new Lululemon + Hollister/Abercrombie styles at all. These brands have always been a favorite. It’s funny how sad this makes me. I mean, what the heck are jogger pants? And overalls? No, just no.
  • Gooooo Royals!! I am not a baseball fan, but my friends son is a huge Royals fan, so because of him I am rooting for them.

I better go get ready to enjoy this warm, sunshiny day. I hope you have a great one as well.

Your turn, what would you tell me about if we were having coffee?

Do you have winter plans?

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Migraines + a little perspective

Yesterday was day 2 of having a migraine. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had headaches several times a month that would laugh at 3 Advil and knock me down for days at a time.

Now that I have a doctor I absolutely trust and adore, I mentioned it to him. Turns out they are actually migraines. Who knew?

Well a couple days ago I got smacked with another one. That evening I tried Imitrex for the first time which worked. It took an hour and a half, but much better than days. I got some much needed sleep but woke up to the headache punk again. Gurrrr. I popped another Imitrex and went to work hoping for the best.

No such luck for this chick. An hour into my shift I felt like my brain was being squeezed, the sun was not my BFF, my stomach was upset and I swear my eyelashes hurt. So I called my doc and asked if he had any other options. He got me right in for a Toradol/Benadryl injection and sent me home with strict instructions to take a nap and eat something easy on the stomach.

I was a little…okay a lot upset because I just wanted to feel better and go back to work, but the Benadryl made me drowsy and turns out driving a golf cart full of beer is not recommended. Sheesh. My protest of leaving it out failed so I took my sorry butt home to veg with Bam for the rest of the day.

The pain was completely gone within 20 minutes so I took a shower and got into bed. The whole nap thing failed-I am not a napper so I got up and ate some food with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. Yah, I am so NOT regretting that.

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I am so happy I woke up feeling much better today.

If you’re still reading, you are a trooper. Thanks for letting me vent.

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Here are a couple random things I wanted to share with you.

A couple days ago I came across this quote:

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The perspective is pretty powerful when you actually stop to think about it.

Not sure if I told you about this wine, but definitely get your paws on this Santa Barbara Landing Chardonnay. I found this award winning wine at Trader Joe’s for something like 5 bucks.

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The trails are calling my name and I can not wait to run on them very soon!! The thought of this is what gets me through some tough days like yesterday.

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Do you have migraines? If so, what works for you?

What gets you through tough days?

Having something to look forward to. Em’s visit this weekend is one of them, trail running with Bam is another. Simple things are my fav.

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Instagram life vs real life

The other day I was feeling so overwhelmed with first world problems, I posted this picture on Instagram and poked fun at myself.

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But I really should have posted this picture instead.

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Awh yeah and you know I branded that pic!

Bam was mad because he didn’t get walked for the second day in a row, there’s a sink full of dirty dishes and the floors desperately needed some attention.

Everyone knows that people post on Instagram and social media in general are pretty much the highlights of their day/life/moment.

A lot of times these images portray a polished life everyone wishes they had.

If you dare to post a “real life” pic {*cough the one above *cough}, it’s like a giant welcome to Unfollow City. Ha!

I used to care a little about my social media following. I had an app that kept track of who followed/unfollowed but it drove me bat shit crazy and I deleted it awhile back. Best decision ever.

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If I were to post a picture of a Unicorn with a Butterfly on it’s horn with the text saying “I love you all, you are the reason I awake every morning” I would loose 5 followers. I don’t understand people, and I’m beyond caring any more. I’m gonna be me!

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Look, I LOVE social media. I check it all the time to see updates from friends + family, news, local happenings, etc. I post pictures, some of whatever I’m up to, some inspirational, some real life and a lot of dumb pics just because.

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Bam has more followers than I do anyways…….

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I have to type all his thoughts cuz he doesn’t have any thumbs. Really that’s the only reason I’m still in charge, his lack of an opposable digit. He’s probably secretly working on that right now, planning my overthrow.

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I think I just scared myself a little. Now I’m worried that he just might……..

Do you post the real you on social media?

 

Do you really care if people unfollow you?

 

Do you think Bam is going to take over the world?

I’m starting to think his cuteness is just a brilliant disguise of an evil mastermind! 

Lately…

Yup, I’m still trying to keep my head above water as the season winds down. Here’s what I’ve been doing when I’m not working to squeeze in as much life as possible.

Happy (belated) Birthday to my cowboy!!

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  • This boy is quite the guy. He keeps me laughing, eats my ice cream while proudly admitting to doing such a crime, is highly offensive in the best ways possible, kills spiders, warns me to cover my eyes when snakes are on tv, cooks the most delicious meals, works his ass off every day without complaining, purposely puts black socks in with light laundry to prove he ‘doesn’t know how’ to do laundry, wrangles the Bam and puts up with my Type A craziness. He should seriously get a medal.   
  • Panera as the BEST iced coffee and free refills. Which means I will probably get kicked out. #worthit

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  • Last night I was so overwhelmed with things that needed to be done around the house, I sat on the kitchen counter and ate ice cream because it seemed like the right thing to do.

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  • Proof Bam was not happy with my life decision and that I really wasn’t kidding about my house being a mess.

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  • However, I did make it to the gym for a nice pool running sesh, approximately 2.3 minutes in the dry sauna and Trader Joe’s for a few groceries so we don’t die. Spotted bananas are gross and must not be consumed in this house.
  • My fitbit has really come in handy this last month. I find myself checking it and amazingly it really does encourage me to get moving. The thought of coffee also helps. Just sayin’

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  • I managed to catch some schweet Indian Summer sunrises.

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  • And sunsets at wine-thirty.

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So there ya have it. My life lately. Now fill me in on what you’ve been up to!

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Running + coffee with friends and a Pro Compression coupon code

A couple days ago I went to work. The day started out beautiful, sunny + calm. Then out of nowhere the wind kicked up and I was being pelted by pine needles. After it showed no sign of calming down, I sent Mike an SOS text for warm clothes and he responded faster than the CDC with an Ebola crisis.

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After a quick costume change, I ventured out into the elements. I don’t think I have ever been in wind that strong in my whole little life. It was actually kinda fun. Ha!

Yesterday I met Kelly for a run. I may have uttered the words ‘why did I agree to this’ as I was chugging coffee and lacing up my Mizunos. But I knew once I got out the door, there was no way I would regret running, especially with Kelly!

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She even promised coffee after. Girlfriend already knows the way to my heart.

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We did 4.5 miles which flew by, it didn’t feel like we ran that far. I guess chatting about work, vacations, celeb sightings, people who unfollow folks on social media who post about living a life they love, ha! She had me laughing so hard several times I had a hard time catching my breath.

I have determined she and her hubby needs to move her STAT so we can do this every day. She is doing a running streak and is over 60 days now. How solid is that?

After our run Kelly even bought me coffee! Talk about a hawt date yo. Then Sharon and Mike joined the endorphin fueled party.

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It was a much needed break away from my crazy busy life these days.

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Do you prefer to run with friends or alone?

What is your favorite thing to do post run?

Be real, have you ever regretted a workout?

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