Food · Life

I guess I solved my snacking problem…

Over the last several years, my teeth have shifted. Not terribly, but enough to bother me. I mentioned it to my dentist and he recommended Invisalign. Ok, yeah. Let’s get my teeth back to where the should be.

I had molds of my teeth taken and then waited for my trays to arrive. Yesterday, I went to the dentist for my first set. They filed various teeth to make room between them so they can push them back to solve for some overcrowding. That was the top. On both top and bottom, they put a LOT of little nubs on my teeth to move them around. All of those little nubs sit inside of the trays. And it all hurt like hell.

Day 2 of this and I’m already over it. It hurts to take the trays out, it hurts to put them back in, and I’d rather not touch them at all… So. Snacking problem solved. In the worst way possible. And one of those little nubs is in such a bad position with the trays out that I can’t chew properly. For real?!? I mean, I don’t want to be on granny’s soft food diet for close to a year.

Or, this may be the biggest test of my patience ever and I’ll come out of this a bitter… Er, I mean, better person. 😉


Me in my Invisalign

What a Weird Weekend

I had a bit of a disappointing weekend with my training – for both my July 10 12k and my half marathon in October. On Friday, I fell and hurt my foot. That was crazy, weird… So, that was about 2:30am when I tried to get up and check on my son. When I got out of bed around 6am on Friday, I tested out my foot and everything felt ok. I went for a 4-mile run and it went well. Once or twice, I felt a minor tweak in my foot, but mostly felt nothing during the run.

That afternoon, my foot really started to hurt. Whaaaat?!? The next thing I know, I’m limping around in pain. Boo! So, as I muttered something about keeping my foot up so I could try to run Saturday morning, my hubby (unlikely voice of reason) convinced me it wasn’t such a good idea. So, no running or gym for me on Saturday. I did tape my foot up with KT Tape. It was my foot, not my ankle that was giving me trouble. By Saturday evening, my foot was feeling a lot better.

Hmmmm, maybe I could run on Sunday. I was supposed to run 6 miles, so was feeling a little antsy about messing up my schedule. This time on my own, I decided to be a somewhat good patient and take an indoor cycling class instead. That worked out well. Not too much strain on my foot and got in a pretty intense workout.

That brings me to this morning. I did a 4-mile run and I am feeling pretty confident that I can do my 6 miles tomorrow… Just in time for my 7-mile run this weekend. I think it will be a challenging run – challenging in a good way. Plus a little life got in the way this morning. Hopefully I’m on track with my training again. So many monkey wrenches, so little time. 😉

Kitty tried to make me feel better. Good kitty!

Stay healthy!

Exercise · Life

A Bump in the Night

Maybe more of a bang?


I have had leg/foot issues for a while now. Usually, as a result of too much walking in shoes with no arch support, I end up with leg or foot cramps in the middle of the night. They are annoying and painful, but I’ve gotten better about a) wearing the right shoes; and b) stretching before I go to sleep.

I’ve also found that I can’t sit still very well… Usually after about 1.5 hours, my butt starts to hurt and I get fidgety. I went to a seminar yesterday and sat for the better part of 4 hours on a very uncomfortable chair. So, last night, I paid for that. It wasn’t as simple as a foot/leg cramp, though…

My 3-yr-old woke up around 2am or so, and I got up to check on him. I felt a little tingling in my right foot, but didn’t think too much about it at that precise moment. Then, BANG! I was on the floor. My foot had fallen asleep and I literally could not stand on it and/or my leg. I got up, my whole right leg wobbled. I tried to catch myself, but ended up falling on my knee. My poor husband didn’t know who to check on first. I told him to check on the kid. 🙂

At first blush, I was worried about the knee. I crashed on that baby pretty hard. But, it was the ankle. It hurt a bit last night after my majestic swan dive. This morning, a little sketchy, but mostly ok. I did get in a run and only felt a little discomfort twice. Mostly, it feels stiff and a little tender in spots.

Has this happened to anyone else? Let me know in the comments.

I’m guessing it was some kind of pinched nerve issue after all of the sitting… I really am not sure, though. I do know that I was lucky and the damage could have been much worse. Probably the saddest thing was me in the middle of the night worrying about my training routine. I’ll be wrapping my ankle for a bit and doing road/paved running instead of trail running for a few weeks. I feel like I have less chance of making things worse on a nice, paved run. Any suggestions on the best way to wrap an ankle? I’ve got a good supply of KT tape, but am open to other ideas. That being said, if it doesn’t feel good, I’ll back off. I’m glad it’s Friday…

I’m also glad I got to run this morning because I may or may not have eaten a lot of gelato last night. Hahaha! This stuff is addictive:



Stay healthy! (But, still enjoy some ice cream!)


Exploring More Trails

I changed up my schedule this weekend and did my trail run on Saturday. I tried a new nature preserve – Pearson-Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto. It was a very nice run… I veered off of my planned course by accident, but that’s ok. I ended up cutting my run from 6 to 5 miles, but still felt like I got a good workout and I know where I went wrong so I can get it right next time. Great weather and some lovely views. Lately, with all of this trail running, I’ve really been appreciating the beauty of the SF Bay Area. This day was no exception.


Looking out over Hwy280


What I enjoyed most about this trail run was that the hills were nice, rolling inclines rather than last week‘s initial steep climb that kicked my butt. I am still working on my hill stamina, but I think I’ve started working on this early enough to make my October trail half successful. 🙂 While going uphill is never really “easy” for me, this went pretty well. I got to see horses, too, and a lovely little pond.

The pond at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

On Sunday, we went to Napa for our annual Father’s Day brunch – It’s me, my son, my husband, and both grandpas. Since I didn’t do my trail run yesterday, I did get in an early 4-mile run so was really eager to get my hands on the bacon. We had a lot of fun and I enjoyed the views after brunch. These flowers were in the “backyard” of the restaurant we went to:

Stay healthy!


Ramblings of a Ramshackle Runner

Last Sunday was the day of the Orlando shooting. I went on a run that morning and found myself preoccupied with what had happened. In a way, it was a nice way to reflect and gather my thoughts. But, it was my first 5-mile trail run… On an unfamiliar trail. So, I ended up taking a wrong turn and had to backtrack at one point. The run started off with a very steep hill and that kind of set the tone for the whole way.


For a short while, I was on the road, which was worse because it’s an area with lots and lots and lots of bicyclists. On the plus side, I had a very nice view…


… and my trail shoes finally look like, well, trail shoes. The glossy, fresh-out-of-the-box look is starting to give way to dirt. 🙂


That run kicked my butt and somehow contributed to the loss of my car key. Or maybe it was my preoccupation with Orlando… I put my key in the zip pocket of my running tights. I vividly remember getting the key out and getting in the car to drive home… I know I put all my stuff in the passenger seat next to me. I have no idea what happened to the key after I got home. I have everything else accounted for. SIGH!

This week, I’ve been trying to step up my game because I have a 12k coming up next month. I had actually forgotten about it for a while and had been cruising on “vacation mode.” Then, we were invited to an event on the same day. When I checked the calendar, I was like OOPS! I need to knock it up a notch. Where’s my spice weasel??

Tomorrow, I’ve planned a 6-mile trail run. Again on an unfamiliar trail, but I am putting more effort into my review of the trails and terrain. 🙂 Hopefully, no backtracking tomorrow. I’m only able to do trail runs on the weekend, so I’m really hoping once a week is enough to get me prepared for the Yosemite Half in October. Crossing my fingers.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!


Thinking of Orlando

I went on a tough trail run this morning and was going to blog about it (probably still will later), but all I can think about right now is Orlando… The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. 50 people dead. My heart aches for the victims’ families… This is horrific and I hope you are all with me on this. Love must conquer hate.