Weekly Update – 12/4/2017


On Monday, I went to Old Navy after work to take advantage of some coupons I had.  Since I had a very active day, and got all my FitBit steps, I didn’t feel bad about skipping a workout.


Since I’m not a fan of walking/running outside by myself when its dark, I opted for completing 2 miles on the treadmill.


Michael and I did 4 laps around the neighborhood – a little over 2 miles.


Michael and I did 3 laps around the neighborhood, which is around 1.5 miles.


I took a vacation day on Friday to get some Christmas related stuff done.  Mom and I got a lot of errands done, Christmas present wrapping, cleaning, etc.  I had hope to get a workout in, but trust me, I was active enough without it!  We went out to dinner with some of Michael’s work vendors.  We had a great dinner at Ruth’s Chris.


On Saturday, I got up and started going through my closet.  I had boxes of clothes that I hadn’t even unpacked from when we moved.  I got rid of 2 boxes of clothes, either to the thrift store or to my stepsister.   We got some cleaning done, some shopping done, and even had time for a Christmas movie!


After church on Sunday, we did our grocery shopping, then lots of cleaning and chores around the house.  The best part was watching my Philadelphia Eagles win.

How was your week?  How is your Christmas shopping going?


Did you think I disappeared?

I’m baaaaaack!!!! Well, I’ve said that before and then disappeared again.  I’m going to try to be back for real this time.

I took a lot of time off of any exercising due to the neuroma that wouldn’t heal! I developed a neuroma in my foot in May.  After many visits to the podiatrist, lots of steroids, and completely ceasing all exercise, its finally resolved itself.  I had a very hard time getting the swelling to go down, but now I’m finally back at it.

I’ve done a few races this fall – mostly walking, but introducing a little running slowly back into the mix.  I’ll probably catch up on some blog posts about those races soon.

More to come from me – and I cannot wait to catch up with all of you!

And the preliminary diagnosis is….

So I finally went to the doctor this morning for my foot issues.  I had gone to a Patient First on Memorial Day weekend to get an X-Ray and rule out a stress fracture.  They said if it didn’t get better in two weeks to go see my primary care doctor.  Well, its been over a month, its still not better, so I went to my doctor.

As all good doctors do, she knows when she doesn’t know enough, and is sending me to a podiatrist.  Her preliminary guess based on my symptoms and all the lovely poking and prodding she did was that I have a neuroma.  I had honestly ruled that out in all my googling because typically it presents with ball of the foot pain, not top of the foot pain.  This is why you don’t self-diagnose!

So, the podiatrist will schedule an appointment with me and we’ll see how it goes – and if they agree with her diagnosis!

Have any of you had a neuroma (aka Morton’s neuroma) before?  What was the recovery process like?

So some things happened….

Did you guys think I disappeared forever? I know, felt like that to me too.

A lot of big things have happened since I last checked in with you guys:

  • We closed on our new house
  • We sold our old house
  • I had my first DNS
  • Hurt my foot – diagnosis TBD
  • I got a (temporary) employee

First off! We closed a chapter of our lives in the old house and have moved into the home we built! Here are a few pictures 🙂

I had my first DNS for a race when I injured my foot.  I had signed up for the race for Memorial Day weekend in late April.  The week before Memorial Day I started having pain in my forefoot on the top of my foot.  An X-ray reveal no fracture, but it hurt too bad and I decided to not do the race.  Still picked up my t-shirt though 🙂

I have a doctor’s appointment next week to get another look at it.  My foot had started feeling better, but in the last week it started hurting again.  I have a lot of swelling on the top of my foot again.  I’ll let you all know how it turns out!

This is a lot of why you haven’t heard from me.  I haven’t been able to do much of anything in terms of working out.  No yoga, running, walking, anything.  Once I figure out what is going on, I want to come up with a game plan of what I can safely do.

I have an employee!  Well, she’s a summer intern, but she’s fabulous and I want to keep her forever.  She is going into her senior year at Randolph Macon and she’s such a sweet girl.

So what’s coming up?  We have a trip to Seattle coming up and a trip to San Diego.What are the must do places to see and eat?



Weekly Update – 4/24/2017

This week was pretty uneventful.  Only got one workout in, but got a lot of other things done to prepare to move and get everything in order.


I had a terrible night’s sleep on Sunday night, so I skipped a workout on Monday and went to bed early.


On Tuesday, I hit the gym for 2 miles on the treadmill.


On Wednesday, we ran some errands after work.  We also had an electrician come to install a GFI outlet – something they found on our home inspection.  Our home was built before those were a requirement.


We were going to miss my sister’s 15th birthday party on Saturday, so we stopped by on Thursday night to visit with her and wish her a happy birthday.

Friday – Saturday

We spent the weekend at a local golf resort.  Michael had a work event, and I got to tag along as his guest.  I got a free massage, and we spent some time on Saturday watching a tennis tournament.  It was a nice time!


We came home on Sunday and got all the weekly chores done, and went to the UHaul store to get boxes to start packing up the house.  We have about a month until we move, and lots of packing to do! Since the buyers of our townhouse wanted to keep the washer and dryer (they are paying us some money), we picked out a new washer and dryer for the new house.

How was your week? Assuming you’ve moved before – what is the worst part of packing?

Weekly Update – 4/17/2017 & A Birthday

Monday – Thursday

The beginning of the week was pretty uneventful.  I got in a treadmill workout on Thursday of 2 miles, but otherwise, we spend the week doing chores and getting stuff done after work.  We have about 5 weeks left until we move, so there is a lot to be done.


My company is nice enough to let us have the day off on our birthday, so I spent mine shopping, getting free Starbucks, watching Netflix, etc.  I got in a good workout at yoga in the morning – not a bad way to start out my 30s!

When Michael got home, we went out to dinner and celebrated.


Saturday was my big party day.  My mom and husband planned a party for me at her house.  We had tacos – my favorite – and cake pops for dessert.  It was really good to see everyone – I have some friends that I don’t get to see as often as I like.  It was a great time with family and friends – they are the most important things in our lives!


On Sunday, we went to pick out furniture and area rugs for our new house.  It was a busy day, but we got a lot done.

How was your weekend? What do you enjoy doing for your birthday?

Race Recap: ODU Big Blue 5k 2017

untitled12.pngThis was my second time doing the ODU Big Blue 5k. I enjoyed the race last year, J&A always puts on great races, and this was no exception.  The highlight of this game is that you get to finish on the 50 yard line of the football field!

Packet Pickup and Expo

I opted for race day pickup, since I didn’t feel like fighting traffic on Friday night.  It was pretty quick, like most J&A Races, and I found a place to hang out for awhile.  I didn’t feel like taking my stuff back to the car, so I opted to do the dry bag check.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

High in the low 60s and partly cloudy…perfect running weather. I opted for a tank top, capris, and a hat.  I’m becoming more of a fan of running with a hat on.  There was a bit of rain before the race, but the clouds burned off quickly, and it turned out to be a nice day.

Pre Race

I had a lot of time to kill before the race.  It was a late start – 10:30am race.  I watched April the Giraffe give birth on my phone, chatting with some of my race friends, and just relaxed.  About 20 minutes before race start, I headed over to the start area and found my corral.

Race Time

They started the corrals within about 30 seconds of each other.  I had planned to walk most of the race and run if I felt good.  The first mile went by really quickly.  The sun came out in full force and I started feeling the affects.

The second mile was pretty good, and I ran some.  The water stop came at almost the 2 mile mark, which was a little late for a 5k.

The last mile was pretty easy and was a nice run though ODU’s campus.  I ran the last quarter mile in to the finish.  The finish on the 50 yard line of the field is pretty cool!


I finished in 48:16.  I was ok with the time given that I walked most of the time.

After Party

The after-party was tailgate style, and they had free Moes (yum) and Corona.    I hung out for awhile, ate my food, then got on the road.  Michael was sick and I didn’t want to be gone from him too long.

Have you ever done a football themed race? What was the best food you’ve had at an afterparty?