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I forgot to blog about the race! And the bling!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Watermelon Classic 5k Run/Walk on 4th of July. This race I was actually excited about even though I was walking. Why? Because I had been timing my practices and knew that if I could just shave a bit off on race day it might be enough to place. Yes, I know I have a problem with being competitive. It's one thing to compete against my own times. It's a whole 'nother story when I can actually compete for medals! When I run, it's me and the clock because there are a dozen women that smoke my time at every race. Except that freezing 10k in Feb when I got 3rd because they didn't show up, but I take credit for it all the same. Three months ago, 04/05 was my last run and I have been struggling to recover mentally since then. The first two months were bad, but the last month has been much better as I have settled into a new routine of acceptance and patience. Of course it's easier for me to say that now that I have a diagnosis that makes complete sense and has alleviated much of my frustration. Now I get it. And my attitude is much better for that. Instead of begrudgingly walking the 10k when I had trained for the half marathon on 04/30, this time I intentionally registered for the 5k as a walker. And recruited a beginner friend to register, too. Bless her heart, she's slow as Christmas, but she's been bit by the race bug and set out to shop for new shoes today.

This time I hung out on the side with the walkers as the runners lined up at the start and I wasn't angry that I couldn't be with them. I was waiting for my start. As a walker. My adrenaline was pumping. The runners took off and we rushed forward to the line. I had told my friend to stay about 2/3 back. I didn't want her to feel defeated by everyone passing her. I was behind a small group of seniors that I knew would beat me to the finish and they did, but I did beat some of them. That's right, the walking race is ruled by senior citizen speed demons. It's crazy. Anyway, 10 minutes later, off we went and I set my eye on the lady in the red tank with the crazy leopard print shoes because I had seen her before and knew she was fast. She wasn't going to get out of my sight. At one point I was at the top of a rise and they were going down so I could count there were maybe 20 in front of me. I had no idea how many behind.

As I passed mile 2 (and a number of runners-no-longer-running), a man caught up to me and we paced the remainder of the race to average 11:48. I think he knew everyone in the city because they were all honking and waving. He was probably 70. We shook hands after crossing the finish together at 37:30 and I thanked him for keeping me energized to the end. He said he would see me at the next race. I grabbed a water and doubled back to a shade tree to wait for my friend to walk her in to the finish. I waited a long time, LOL. Finally she appeared and I could tell she was really glad to see me standing there. Her time 53:54. She was elated to have finished and started asking me about the next race. We grabbed our watermelon slices and found some shade to wait for the awards ceremony.

There's nothing like hearing your name called when they are handing out the race bling. I finished 2nd in age group. Fan-freakin'-tastic! Not too shabby for a walker with a tibial stress fracture. But I still can't wait to run.
2 of 38 women age 40-49
17 of 182 overall
3.18 miles according to my trusty sidekick, Garmin.
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I think the caffeine must have kicked my heart rate up because I averaged about the same as a running race when usually I stay under 155 walking.

  
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MOM2MXKE 7/14/2011 10:47AM

    Great job (: My fastest 5k is 33 so far and I was running (: LOL (:

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AJINMN 7/13/2011 3:57PM

    That is one crazy fast walking pace! Love it! emoticon

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ROSET491 7/11/2011 2:20PM

    Great Race!! You're walking time is what I would like to get to running!! Sounds like you're ready for your next race!!
Rose

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HEALTHYME47 7/10/2011 1:26PM

    Congratulations on medaling! That is absolutely fantastic! SO proud of you.

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SPEEDYDOG 7/10/2011 7:33AM

    That is a great walking pace. Heck, you smoke a lot of runners with an 11 minute walking pace. Congratulations on the medal.

Be proud! You have earned it!

Bruce

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TEDDYBABE 7/10/2011 5:33AM

    Wow you were flying. How long is your stride? Glad to hear you are still out there and working back to the front again. (or you may be there from the sounds of it). How is the knee doing? You did great. Go easy on the 60 yr olds! haha!!

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KANSASROSE67 7/7/2011 10:42AM

    Great race recap! I'm LOL at the zippy senior walkers! You did SO GREAT! That is some FAST walking...way to go.

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PINKBEANBOO 7/7/2011 10:17AM

    How can anyone walk that fast? Seriously? HOW? I am in total awe & I'm so happy for you.
How did the lady in the leopard print shoes do? If your crazy fast speed put you 2nd - what time did the 1st place have?
Those seniors crack me up! I can picture them. Too funny!
Hooray you sparked your friend into racing! I can't wait to hear about her progress.
(I'm one of those people who cry when their happy & you brought tears to my eyes. Yes, I am a big baby.)
It may have taken you a few days, but this blog was worth the wait!
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MCLAFLIN 7/6/2011 10:13PM

    So where are the pics? I wanna see your medal!

Glad you have your diagnosis, and that you realize that you will one day be back among the runners! I can't wait to read your blog about your first run! And it is about time you posted this! I have been waiting, and thought you were gonna disappoint me! I should have known better. Congrats!

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CRISSYCURRY 7/6/2011 9:14PM

    That is awesome!!! 11:48 walking pace is some people's running pace so that is awesome!! Way to go!!

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RUNNER12COM 7/6/2011 8:11PM

    Wow, you were flying!

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MAGGIENCALI 7/6/2011 7:10PM

    Way to go, Lisa! Congratulations and enjoy your bling.

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THEHONESTME 7/6/2011 6:45PM

    Holy crap, girl! My run time isn't must faster than that!! LOL!!!!
You are awesome! You continue to inspire and motivate me to take it to the next level!
CONGRATS!!
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LIZZY63 7/6/2011 6:38PM

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JICASMOM 7/6/2011 6:25PM

    You are fan-freakin-tastic!!!! You basically were like a walking champion!!! 11:48 min miles is sooooooo fast walking!! I am jaw dropping impressed!!! Congrats on the bling it is so deserving!!! I am not typically competitive by nature, but I was this morning on my run... I will blog it later... But it made me chuckle to read your recap as I could totally picture it!!! And way to go to your friend... Watermelon race is wayyyyy cool idea!

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It's a Stress Fracture!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I think I have had every possible diagnosis considered, but the one I first asked about is what it turned out to be... stress fracture. The day after the injury, I went to my GP. I said "I know I have ITBS, but this area is very sore and swollen. Could I have a stress fracture?" He scoffed and said "I guess you read that on the internet? No, you don't have a stress fracture. (with a smirk) If you had one it would be lower on your leg, not under your knee". The next day I went to the chiropractor for treatment on my IT band. After a couple weeks and 4 visits, I asked if there was a tendon in that area that would cause the swelling. He said no but it is right next to where it attaches and since that is strained that is probably what is causing the swelling. I asked if I could have a stress fracture there. He said the same thing -no, it would be toward the ankle where the bone is thinner. So I dropped that idea. Well ladies, I found out yesterday that they are wrong. I have a significant stress fracture 5cm below the tibial condyle (the round end of the bone).

Dr Andy (my new favorite!) asked me about the pain, the various tendon and ligament issues I've had and the constant swelling for the last 3 months.
He said "hmm, let's look at the xray. So... when was the last time you ran?"
"Last week I did 2x 1/4 mi intervals during a walk."
"And how did that work out?"
"It hurt."
"Yeah, I bet it did. You're not run ready. You have a stress fracture big as day (pointing to it)."

So my GP and chiro dismissed it and the radiologist missed it entirely. I go back next month to check the progress as there isn't anything to aid healing -just do whatever doesn't hurt. I asked about the osteoarthritis diagnosis and he said I have normal wear and tear for my age, but I still have really good joint space so that won't cause me any problems anytime soon. But for long term, marathons are not the best idea. No surprise there, LOL. He said I would be able to run LD, but should limit the number and consider shorter runs for the health of my knees or better yet switch to TRI or cycling.

I'll have another x-ray in a month and he will compare the progress. He said three months isn't unusually long for the extent of the fracture, but if it isn't improving as it should then he wants to do bloodwork to check for vitamin D or calcium deficiency and a bone density test. Most likely it was entirely caused by overtraining. Too many miles of pounding pavement.

Aside from my elation with a diagnosis that doesn't require surgery or prohibit future running... the other fantastic thing that happened...
I asked what I needed to know to protect myself from future stress fractures.
Dr Andy said "Maintain your weight. You're not overweight so just stay where you are and keep strength training so your muscles will take the pressure off the bones for support."
I blurted out "Oh no I'm still overweight."
He looked me up and down, glanced at my chart. Frowned.
I said "Yeah, I was obese and I just made it to overweight 5 pounds ago. I have 24# to go just to hit healthy".
He said "Yeah well BMI's don't apply to athletes. How much have you lost?"
"69"
"Wow, that's awesome. (high fived me) Don't sweat the BMI. You're a healthy athlete. I'm a doctor. I know these things."

Did I mention I love Dr Andy?!!

In other news... I lost a pound this week. Woot! I am swimming over a mile now. Woot! In my shopping yesterday I scored another tankini top at half price, a cute straw hat and a sexy maxi dress, but still haven't found a pair of heels to swoon over. We go on a cruise next month and I need some hooker heels because I plan on looking hot on the dance floor. Hey, you only live once. Might as well get your sexy out every now and then. Especially in international waters amongst people that don't know you and you'll never see again. Except for my children who will pretend they don't know me and my husband who will pretend I'm his fantasy mistress. Athlete by day, hot chick by night. You won't find me on the shuffleboard court!

**edited to add that Dr Andy is the Sports Med Orthopedic Surgeon that the chiro, Dr Paul referred me to. My General Practitioner is the one that is getting replaced. He's Dr Complacent. Should have at least done an x-ray and I should have been put on crutches for a min of 2 weeks. That would have been the best practice for healing a stress fracture rather than continuing to be on it.**

  
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NEEBREW 7/12/2011 4:10PM

    Just found out I have a stress fracture too (but mine's above the ankle.) I'm booted for 4-6 weeks. Now, I KNOW how frustrated you've felt, not being able to do what you love!!!!

I hope you've been feeling okay!!!!

Renee :)

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SLPCOWGAL72 7/6/2011 11:13PM

    Glad you FINALLY got an answer on this...Wishing total healing as quickly as possible. Hang in there!!!! Congrats on the loss; sounds like you're doing great despite the injury!

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JCBRITT 7/6/2011 11:36AM

    NOT Knowing is always the worst..and I too am tired of these docs/PAs...I guess they are so over run with those that have obvious issues (sitting in the doc's office I looked around at very unhealthy people..oxygen, walkers, extreme obese, etc) and I guess "compared" to them I am pretty healthy..but compared to what I know is a healthy me...NOT...I'd say just because you stick to shorter distances doesn't mean it can't be a challenge..I like the idea of biking and swimming too...SO wish I had a pool nearby...not just the Y..too expensive...I asked for a new bike for my b-day..my current bike I purchased while stationed in Hawaii in 1994...ancient...cruise..everyone I know has gone on a cruise this year...maybe after we get this Delaware house rentable...That's great..just surprised you didn't buckle when the fracture happened..must have been subtle.

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NEEBREW 7/4/2011 4:42PM

    I'm SO GLAD you've finally found out what was really wrong! I am SO TIRED of being dismissed by doctors who are so blinded by their giant egos that they either can't or don't care to offer the service we are paying for.

You are so awesome. I have hobbled myself and am WORRIED that my running is going to be sidelined for a little while. You give me the inspiration to just keep moving (just maybe in a different direction!)

Good luck on those hooker heels!!!!

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SHARJOPAUL 7/3/2011 11:23AM

    Finally!
Make sure you are getting your calcium & vit. D!

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IBSHAUN 7/2/2011 7:40PM

    Finally an answer!!! Yay Dr. Andy!

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KANSASROSE67 7/2/2011 5:39PM

    I LOVE THIS BLOG! I'm so happy you've finally figured out what's going on and are on the road to healing. I tend to be "Mrs. Complacent" when it comes to my health and don't question my doctor that much. But I've learned from you and I'm going to be more pro-active if I have future issues.

Don't you love being told you're an athlete? I'm loving Dr. Andy too! Found his picture online:

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THEHONESTME 7/2/2011 4:41PM

    Super news - at least you have the correct diagnosis now and can take care of it one and for all! Dr. Andy sounds like a keeper :)

A cruise? Fun, fun, fun! You will look amazing and I like your way of thinking emoticon
You've earned a WOOT WOOT!

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DRPOOH63 7/2/2011 4:13PM

    What a great blog and great reminder to keep asking if there is pain. Hot chick by night, athlete by day!!! emoticon

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MAGGIENCALI 7/2/2011 2:31PM

    I heart Dr. Andy, too! That's wonderful news, Lisa. Yay, for Dr. Andy! emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 7/2/2011 2:22PM

    I really like Dr. Andy too! It sounds like he knows what he is talking about! I love his response about BMI - something I am learning in my classes. BMI isn't the whole story especially with athletes! Way to go!!! emoticon (high five)

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PINKBEANBOO 7/2/2011 2:14PM

    Is Dr Paul the GP? He was wrong when he said you didn't have a fracture BUT at least he was concerned & knew something was wrong & didn't quit on you. Just too bad it took so long to get to Dr Andy.
Oh, Dr Andy, how we heart thee. He just made everyone's day with the BMI info! Woot Woot!!
What about the Watermelon race tomorrow? Is it a no go or is walking ok?
I've got some hooker heels for you. They are on their way.
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ERLYWA 7/2/2011 12:34PM

    "Athlete by day, hot chick by night. You won't find me on the shuffleboard court!" You go, girl!!! LOL

I love your positive attitude! I also love that you keep seeking answers when your mind/body was telling you one thing and the doctors were telling you another. Dr Andy sounds like the way to go...you didn't mention what kind of doctor he is (or if you did, I missed it), so is he someone you can switch over to and stay with? He sounds awesome!

Congrats on your hard work paying off... You are so inspirational! Take care of that knee, now! :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/2/2011 11:16AM

    HURRAY for a real diagnosis at last, especially one that doesn't require surgery or mean the end of running. I want a Dr. Andy, too; sounds like a great doctor who knows his stuff. You are going to have a blast on the cruise!

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MYLADY4 7/2/2011 11:06AM

    Oh how awesome, somewhat. Now you can have a game plan to get better. Too bad it took so long. I am pretty much not going to try and improve my running time this year. Need to get more weight off then the time will get better. Overtraining is real easy to do but so counter productive.

I am going to post a picture of some hooker shoes on my blog that would be perfect.

Biking is great. Hard to get the heart rate up as high as running. I think this is why I was able to lose so much wieght a couple of years ago. That was about all of the cardio I did.



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JICASMOM 7/2/2011 10:57AM

    Omg!!! You are too darn cute!!!! I just got an email from nordstroms shoe dept. Check them out for some great shoes... I can't wAit to hear about your cruise!!! I love dr. Andy too!!!! Sa-weet man! I am going to have to look back in your blogs to see how many miles u were going bc I can't remember what the amount was... What led you to go see this guy? He is so right... You look incredible and maintainIng your weight and ST is a fabulous idea... Woot wootalicious!!!! ( love that!!!)

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MCLAFLIN 7/2/2011 10:46AM

    Lisa, how totally exciting about Dr. Andy's comments on your BMI! I bet that raised your confidence by a mile! And thank goodness that man saw what the other two missed. And that you now know what to do to recover.

Wish I had more time to comment, but I sneaked on here while everyone else is working on getting ready for the party. (If you leave now, you won't be late!)

Woot Woot for you! Doing a happy dance for you!

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A new 'do, a little primping and pageant results

Monday, June 27, 2011

I have been overdue for a hair cut by at least a month. It was past my shoulders and my unhighlighted roots were showing by about 2". My hair grows really fast so maintenance can be a bother since a trip to the salon takes about 2 hours. So I tend to put it off until I reach a point of desperation. That point came on Friday since I was attending the Miss Louisiana Pageant on Saturday night to see my son's girlfriend compete. This was my first pageant and I didn't know what to expect other than knowing it's a dress up thing. Now a year ago that would have terrified me. Now I look for opportunities to dress up! (Mostly because I now love to shop and marvel at how great I look, LOL) This was also the first time I would meet the gf's parents. They have been dating a year and my son is not fond of the mom because she is anti-boyfriend (distraction) and a true pageant mom. He doesn't like that she nags Lauren about her weight and calls her fat, which she absolutely isn't. The mom is on the fluffy side herself and the dad is a typical middle-aged guy with a pot belly. Anyway, you get the picture. I was a little nervous and wanted to look my impressive best. Friday night: re-colored and a fresh cut...

Saturday morning: pedicure followed by a little shopping. I needed a new strapless bra. Ugh, hate those things. But I looked good in my new dress and I got my DH to take this pic for my sparkpeeps.

The pageant was kind of fun. I enjoyed sitting with my son and totally judging all of the contestants.. picking our winners, critiqueing the talent, giggling when a girl went the wrong way in a group dance number. Lauren made the top 10, then top 5 and finished at 4th runner-up. Then we waited an eternity as the winner gave her speech going on and on about how great she is and is always striving to exceed her goals. Seriously. I was afraid she would break her arm after patting herself on the back for 20 minutes. Finally she wrapped it up and Lauren was able to escape to gather her piles of pageant preparation stuff to meet her adoring fans outside. It was after 11pm and I had a 90 min drive home (way past my bedtime) so I didn't go with Jason & Lauren for their post-pageant pizza pigout with the rest of the fan club.


Sunday I was exhausted so I didn't do anything! (Except laundry.)

  
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MOM2MXKE 6/30/2011 11:08AM

    LOVE the Hair you look amazing!!!

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JCBRITT 6/29/2011 4:29PM

    Great way to treat yourself....I have to schedule my haircut when I get it cut..about every 4 weeks...#1 I used to get to the point where I had to cut it "now" and go anywhere and always ended up regretting it. #2..My hair guy "Todd" is poplular and you can't ask for an appt the day before...I drive over not 1 but 2 single lane bridges through the countryside to get to his home based salon..he spent a few years in the city and is up on current trends...I spend a good 2 hours there plus the drive...You look great. You should be very proud of yourself.

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AJINMN 6/29/2011 11:14AM

    You looked lovely, and so did your son's gf! Cute dress and hair!

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HEALTHYME47 6/29/2011 8:30AM

    You do look absolutely FANTASTIC! Gosh I think seeing your pic has motivated me to make a hair appointment for myself.

I don't know much about pageants other than what I've seen on reality shows (which I'm sure highlight the kooks and crazies because they are the most entertaining), but I HATE it that the gf's mom bugs her about her weight. Does she not know that there is an epidemic of eating disorders and that out of all the mental illnesses, it is the most likely to be fatal??? Come on people, it's time to evolve...let's worry about health more than looks! But I guess pageants are mostly about looks. Your son and his gf are both adorable (and I'm sure they have lots of other great qualities besides just looking cute ;)

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BRSCLS 6/28/2011 6:30AM

    You look great! Sounds like a fun experience also.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 6/27/2011 11:03PM

    You look absolutely amazing!! That's a great hairstyle on you.

Cool that you gotto sit with your son and enjoy the pagent together. It's funny that you called the mom fluffy. I asked Mike once if he thought I was fat and he said "no, you're just a little fluffy". That's a joke now between us.

Anyways, so sounds like a great weekend! I am so happy for you!

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TEDDYBABE 6/27/2011 10:17PM

    Oh love the new hair do! Really flatters you, very very nice. and the dress and you were made for each other. You look fab-u-lous!! Hope you had bunches of fun!

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FLOWER1967 6/27/2011 10:17PM

    I really love your new hairstyle ! It SO suites you.... and the dress looks GREAT on you.
Bet you impressed the GF's parents...lol.

We have a show here called Toddlers and Tiaras (its a US show) and its...umm....very interesting. I feel for some of the kids....the parents are living vicariously through the kids. In saying that....its actually quite funny !
Your son and his GF make a really cute couple. How old is your son ?

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JICASMOM 6/27/2011 7:09PM

    Are you sure you weren't supposed to be IN the pageant??? Look how cute you look!!! That dress looked fantastic on you!!! And that new do!!!! So nice!!! You really look incredible!!! How did you feel? I bet you had such a bounce to your step!!! DH must have loved it too... YAY LISA!!!! I do love your dress and shoes!!

Pageant moms (and some of the girls) have really interesting personalities... Hahahaaa to her breaking her arm b/c of patting herself on the back so much... lol... I think I would have felt carsick!!! LOL....

Yay for your son and his girlfriend!!! What a cute picture!!! Both very cute kids!!!! :):):):):)

I so love your new hair... you look beautiful! xxJ



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KANSASROSE67 6/27/2011 3:55PM

    Your hair looks fabulous! Great you enjoyed (most) of the evening and that Lauren did so well.

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THEHONESTME 6/27/2011 3:45PM

    Lisa!!! I LOVE YOUR HAIR-DO!!! That is stunning on you! Love the dress, love the shoes (btw, my new ones are Aerosoles so I bet they're the same as yours). So happy for you - you look amazing! Sounds like a very nice experience (aside from the long-winded speech) ;)

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PINKBEANBOO 6/27/2011 3:10PM

    The new 'do looks great on you! As does that dress (I love that pattern) & strappy shoes.
I can imagine the eye rolling that was going on during the winner's speech. Good greif.
Congrats to Lauren!

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MCLAFLIN 6/27/2011 3:03PM

    How fun, except for the "patting herself on the back speech!" Too bad about the gf's mom. Unfortunately, most of the pageant moms were probably the same. Kudos to Jason for putting up with her. At least he sees her for what she is. They are a very striking couple!

And I LOVE the new do! Darling, you look faaabulous! And you were rocking that dress! I bet you, Jason, AND dh were all proud of how you looked! (I know what you mean about shopping now. I told dh the other day that the bad thing about me losing weight was that I loved to shop now. lol) Glad you had a great evening, even if it was a long drive home. (Past my bedtime, too.) And what a great excuse NOT to go to the pigout pizza party!

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A trial run followed by a 5k walk, another chiro appt & the pageant

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The knee has been going along fairly well with no pain, no grinding/popping and varying degrees of swelling. I've been giving it a good stressing with all that I have been doing lately and finding what bothers it and how. Zumba & step aerobics, not so good with soreness and swelling. Spinning & elliptical is ok with just a little tightness in the ligaments that dissapates overnight and minimal swelling. Walking and swimming don't seem to cause any problems other than the ever-present swelling. That's all good. Except the swelling part. Even on Sunday after a full 2 days of rest -still visible swelling. I have been on bi-monthly visits to the chiro for awhile with an appointment today. So on my Tuesday 3.75 mile walk I decided to make a trial run to see where things stand. I did 2x 1/4 mile at 10 min pace. I didn't have any pain. None of the bumping I felt a month ago, but it just wasn't right. Something is still wrong in there somewhere. The swelling noticeably increased and everything tightened up. I can still do the ankle over opposite knee (without hands) but it's tight.

Last night was the Margarita 5k I was to run (virtually) with JICASMOM and PINKBEANBOO. I walked instead. But I did get a PR with my avg pace 13:34. And that's not even handicapping for the crazy dog factor. I should get bonus time for dealing with my dog. I'm walking a July 4th 5k and hoping (without my dog) I may be able to place in my age group. By the last two years' times I need to be under 13:30. Anyway, my virtual 5k was not nearly as fun as Janelle's. I wasn't handed a taco plate dinner and margarita at the end. I had to make my own dinner and mix up my own faux 'rita without salted rim and tequila. Thumbs up to Crystal Light Margarita flavor!

This morning I was off to see Dr Paul. I was nervous that he would scold me for running, but instead we were on the same page. He said what I have been thinking. The radiologist missed something in the MRI. He still thinks I have a small meniscus tear and arthritis isn't a factor. I don't know what is actually wrong, but I think I got a rubber stamp diagnosis of arthritis because I'm an overweight, middle-aged woman. I told him what I thought and he said maybe so. He says my symptoms don't match arthritis at all and he didn't see it in the MRI, but he's not a radiologist so he can't say that I don't have it. He has referred me to a Sports Med Ortho. I asked if there was one in town and he said "No, just 2 old school orthopaedic surgeons that I will not send you to because their only solution will be surgery. You have full function other than running. We need someone that will look at what is going on, not just schedule an arthroscopy and call it a day. It may just be the Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome, but you shouldn't have continuous swelling with that so I want an expert to check it out and review the MRI films because I think something was missed." So next Friday I will see the Ortho.

Now for the pageant part... my son's girlfriend is in the Miss Louisiana pageant. She was 3rd runner-up last year and is currently Miss Monroe. The finals are Saturday night and I'll be attending my first pageant. I can't decide what to wear!! I'll have my own fashion show at home to decide. My DH loves my fashion shows although he isn't much help. "Yes that one looks good." "That looks good, too." "Yeah I like that." "Well which one looks the best?" "I dunno. They all look good. Maybe you should try on something see-through now. Or topless. I think I would like that the best." No help whatsoever.

  
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SLEEPYDEAN 6/29/2011 2:04PM

    I was given an osteoarthritis by my (ex-)doctor after he spent all of 3 minutes with me. (And I'm only 28!) He was so quick to write me off because of my family history of "bad knees".

I switched my doctor shortly thereafter and the new PA I saw sent me for an x-ray and 6 weeks of physical therapy. She said an MRI would be next, but the pain had subsided so I haven't gone there yet. My PT still didn't give me a diagnosis we found out my hips and hamstrings needed work, and I think my IT band might be playing a big factor. Of course I've let me PT exercises slide a bit in the months since I've been and am now having some soreness again. So frustrating, because I'm taking care of myself now and all I want to do is run and I am being held back.

Hopefully you are back up and running soon!

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HEALTHYME47 6/27/2011 11:33AM

    I love your husband! LOL....yep, that's pretty much the way my husband is with fashion shows too...;)

Swelling is the enemy...you are doing the Advil and ice thing, right? You tried an ice-bath yet?

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FLOWER1967 6/24/2011 4:04AM

    Go with the blue thong....it will match your eyes

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THEHONESTME 6/23/2011 9:25PM

    Pretty sure your hubby and mine are related! LOL -- so funny AND SO TYPICAL! Isn't it great to have choices? We've talked enough for me to know that there were times in your life when you wouldn't have even wanted to go to the pageant because you would have nothing to wear -- now you have choices - YAY YOU!!!
Good luck with the ortho appointment and congrats on the great walking time! You continue to inspire me :D
Again, thanks for this morning! I needed to read your message when I did - it got my day off to a better start!
HUGS!

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MCLAFLIN 6/23/2011 6:19PM

    Well all I can say is it is about time! lol Seriously, I think Dr. Paul should be commended for sending you to someone else. I agree with other posters that we should all have a Dr. Paul! Cannot wait to hear how the ortho appointment goes. I am sad for you that your knee is not responding well to running again. You know you had to try it sometime, and I think you have rested it and tested it enough!

I have GOT to find the Crystal Light Margarita flavor! I thought you were just making a virtual margarita with CL Lemonade! That was always my drink of choice. That or a spicy bloody mary. Yummmmm! And if you walked a 13:34 alone, with competition you should easily beat that 13:30 time.

How fun to have an actual stake in the pageant! And the fashion show is hilarious. DH is obviously a typical man. Can they not think with their brain? But it does remind me of when we would go school clothes shopping, and then we would have a fashion show afterward with my girls. I would emcee, and DH would applaud, "ohhh," and "ahhhh," at appropriate times.

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JICASMOM 6/23/2011 3:42PM

    OMG... your hubby... such a help. I know that all too well. Just when you think he's helping... uh huh... looks awesome... oooooh you look hot in that one.... and then the ole' see thru get a top-less dress... lol... such a help. :D

I am sure whatever you pick, you will look incredible... Miss Monroe... way cool!!!! I am so excited for your son and his girlfriend. I was in modeling a loooooooooooonnnnnggggg time ago... it's a lot of work!!!

SO awesome about the knee going in the right direction and possibly getting a 5K walking place!!! How fun!!! I can't wait to hear about that one!!!

Oh, BTW, is it bad that all I could think about after the race is that I didn't smuggle 2 burritos??? They were incredible... Hubby had 2!!! How did he get away with that??? I seriously have been thinking non stop about those burritos.... fantastic!!! AND the rita was not rimmed with salt... and the one after the race possibly was watered down... good, but watered down... which is good b/c I don't think I could handle a true one from that place... they have a 2 limit!!! LOL...

It was a fun virtual race with you and Amy... can't wait to do it for real someday...

Here's to your 5K PR last night and good news about the knee... I know you will look smashing for the pageant!!!

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KANSASROSE67 6/23/2011 2:25PM

    You have inspired me to try walking a 5K sometime just to see how fast I can do it. Love the fashion show...sounds like my DH!

I think you are SO fortunate to have such a great dr. to work wtih. What a blessing! I hope you get things figured out soon.

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BRSCLS 6/23/2011 1:46PM

    Hope all is well when you go to the Ortho Dr. and they can get to the bottom of all this. Your walk sounds like you were going pretty fast to me. My hubby would not even look at me and say oh yeah that looks nice so at least you got that. Going to a pageant sounds very neat though.

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BECKYBEFIT 6/23/2011 1:36PM

    My husband does the same thing! LOL Maybe Miss Monroe can help you out..that is so exciting!

I hope everything goes well at the ortho and that you don't have a meniscus tear- you've done so much hard work, it would be awful to have to have surgery to repair it and be laid up for 4-6 weeks. I'm glad you and your doctor were on the same page and that you could run a bit.

the margarita 5K sounds like so much fun! Congrats on your PR! I had no idea crystal light had had a margarita flavored drink!

Please let us know how the pageant and the doctor visits go!

Best of luck!!

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PINKBEANBOO 6/23/2011 1:36PM

    You must be married to... A MAN! emoticon That is so typical, & so funny! But I'm sure he's right but whatever you choose will be fab on you.
We need to come up with a way to clone Dr Paul. He needs to be a specialist in every area of medicine. And in duplicate so you can send all of the Dr Pauls up here to me. He just sounds so smart & I'm glad you've got him!

13:34 - how can that be considered walking? Good night, that is fast! And you had to deal with a crazy dog! That's amazing. I'm going to have to try doing that sometime (minus the crazy dog).


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KITTY20 6/23/2011 1:24PM

    Keep up the good work :)

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What's your favorite workout gadget? New toys for the pool!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ok y'all know I'm a gadget freak. My Garmin is like my blankey that goes with me everywhere. Although I am sad that it only serves to track my pool time since it is not waterproof. It leaves me less gratified by the workout because, unlike running, it doesn't show me a cool map of where I have been, the hills conquered and speed achieved. Ok in reality, I'm not so speedy in the pool and there are no hills. But it sure would be nice if I didn't have to count laps to know the distance! Oh well, at least my little buddy can keep track of my time and set splits. Because I HAVE to review my times. Running made me a time freak like that. Must. Have. Improvement.

So I went looking for new toys to enhance my swimming experience since it has become my second love in exercise life. I found www.swimoutlet.com and it was like the clouds parted and the sun shined through. It's like the swimming equivalent of www.roadrunnersports.com . It probably wouldn't be as exciting if I had local resources so for those that live in a real city, please don't laugh at my excitement over a specialty store. Oh and the same for those that last week suggested I try a different Zumba class. There's only 1. Same with spinning -good thing I love her. Yoga, not so much. My BL (Bob, swoon) Weight Loss Yoga DVD is better.

Here are my new pool toys.

Kickboard for giving those legs and butt a workout. No, the gym does not have any. I'm glad they have a pool even though it is not even 25 yds long, but they call it an "olympic pool". Guess no one is supposed to know that means 50 meters.

Jog belt. This holds you at shoulder deep (in deep water) for a completely non-impact jog. It's a little weird at first because you have to really control your form so you aren't just flailing your legs around. It is a decent workout and I did get a sweat for 20 minutes. Muscles are engaged different from running because you have more resistance and no impact. More quad, less calf. No inflaming the patellar tendinitis. Yay!

I also bought a couple of goggles to try out and a few silicone caps. If you're looking for goggles go with the Sporti S2. The Peripherals leaked no matter how much adjusting I did (even though they are more cushy comfortable). This is my favorite new gadget...

A waterproof armband and waterproof headphones for my MP3! This made today's swim awesome!! The sound quality was surprisingly excellent and I was not fighting off boredom at 30 min. Swimming laps is worse than running long distance on a 1/4 mile track. There is absolutely nothing to look at except that black line on the bottom of the pool and random gross things that haven't made it to the filter yet.

Ok so moving right along... that's all the fun stuff for today kiddies. My next swimming gadget will be a (waterproof) Polar HRM. Since this has become a big chunk of my weekly workouts I need to get a better handle on my heart rate, staying in the aerobic zone and calorie burn. I'm looking to pick up a used model on Ebay since it's just for swimming. Anyone have an FT40? That's what I'm thinking about.

  
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MCLAFLIN 6/22/2011 9:48AM

    Once again, I plan to copy one of your purchases. I am not a swimmer, but I can kick with the best of them, so I am putting the kick board on my list of "to buys." I wondered about those, but really never knew where to get one. The Academy in Joplin was hard hit by the tornado (okay, it was destroyed), and that was my go-to store for things like goggles and such. I did order a couple of face masks for the family to play with in the pool from Amazon. Youngest DD is surgically attached to her face mask and snorkel. She won't share when I am trying to vacuum the pool to get all those icky things that haven't made it to the filter yet!! lol

I would like to try the jogging belt, too. I found that if I "jog" in front of the jet, I just basically stay in place! I haven't made the trek to get one of the ski belts we have in the boat, but I did use a noodle between my legs. After a while, that gets uncomfortable! With all the stuff I am purchasing for the pool, I will probably wait on the jogging belt, especially if the ski belt works!

Love the waterproof band idea. We keep a docking station by the pool, and I am above water, anyway. Who knew they had such things! Going to that website! Let me know how the waterproof HRM works! It isn't something I will get since we only swim seasonally, but I think it is a great idea.

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SHARJOPAUL 6/21/2011 10:22AM

    WOO HOO water toys! Just what a need for playing in the lake.

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FLOWER1967 6/21/2011 3:12AM

    Wow....you ARE the gadget girl ! I dont really have any gadgets as such...cept my Ipod for listening to music. I have an SPI belt which Janelle put me onto... its awesome !

Do you wear those little thingies you stick up your nose when you swim ??? LOL... I have to hold my nose when I go under water.... I hate the feeling of water up my nose

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MAGGIENCALI 6/20/2011 10:04PM

    Those are some sweet toys! I'll have to check those out. I just bought a new armband for my iphone that I just absolutely love. Now I don't have to worry about my phone slipping out while I'm running. Yay for cool gadgets!

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NEEBREW 6/20/2011 9:04PM

    I never thought I was a gadget girl, but alas, I'm hooked too! All your swimming gadgets make me wish I weren't so SCARED of the pool!

I'm so glad you are able to swim again! I'm going to have to go through your older blogs to see what I've missed while on vacation and check out your diagnosis now! I'm so SCARED of injury myself that I'm kind of afraid to ramp up to any mileage above 3 or 4....

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LIBBYFITZ 6/20/2011 5:00PM

    I loved reading this! I am looking at getting a Garmin . I do a lot of walking and also use the rowing machine at home. At the moment I am inSantiago, but moving back home to Perth.Western australia next month. We are going to be relying what ever is around and our own bodies for the next few weeks while we travel. Lots of walking is high on the agenda!

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KANSASROSE67 6/20/2011 4:25PM

    I am just like Amy, except that I don't even have a Garmin! I have a little pedometer that I bought at the drugstore years ago and I only use it as a stopwatch. I'm always entertained by reading about other people's gadgets, though! Glad you're having so much fun swimming!

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THEHONESTME 6/20/2011 4:13PM

    You just crack me up!! I always love reading your blogs (even the rants) ;-)
I'm with Amy, though, no gadgets... just an mp3 player. 'random gross things' LOL!!! Thanks, I needed this in the middle-of-my-afternoon-grrr-work's too busy-gotta have a snack and see what's happening on Spark-session! emoticon

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JICASMOM 6/20/2011 4:10PM

    We use the swim outlet all the time!!! I love their suits for the girls... how about fins? That will help with training... the girls use them... and those little styrofoamy thingies that they keep between their legs .... I forget the name of those... but they are hard to use... and paddles for upper body?

I love gadgets... I love my phone and the apps I get... I want a garmin watch too... that is on the list... someday!!!!

Fun stuff... xxJ

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PINKBEANBOO 6/20/2011 3:50PM

    I have no gadgets, except for my shiny new Garmin (which I love)! I have never owned an mp3 or a fuel or hydration belt. I do not own a fancy phone that can down load apps. I have the not cool free phone - I my husband won't even by a texting package, LOL! I have several workout shirts that say dri-tech on the labels, but have so much cotton in them it's like wearing a regular t-shirt with a little stretch.
I am so not cool....but your gadgets are! Thanks for the link to the running store site. I didn't know about it.
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