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A little shaky, but otherwise functional

After a week with no running or exercise of any kind, not to mention plenty of fast food, I needed exercise. More than that, I needed to run. So I set out on a short run this morning in my brand new ankle brace to see how my sore ankle would hold up. Well, I set out on the gym treadmill.

The ankle was feeling fine by the end of last week, but still gets a little sore and truth be told, its still a little swollen. I decided I wanted to try a run, but I decided to go with the dreadmill because I could bail on the run if I needed to and hop on the elliptical instead.

Happily, though quite tired, I ran for a half hour on the treadmill, which netted me 2.25 miles. My ankle did feel a little shaky though. I felt it trying to roll out, which makes sense because thats how I sprained it in the first place. I definitely felt the weakness, but overall I ran pretty well.

As is always true when I start up again after a little time off, I was surprised how hard this run was. Its amazing how quickly the fitness goes away. Or maybe I’m not as fit as I think I am, who knows? As I was starting I wasn’t sure I’d make it a mile. So I decided I had to get to a mile and a half. Then I decided I should get to 2 miles. And when I made it to 2 around 27 minutes in, I decided to go to 2.25 to round out my 30 minutes.

By the time I was done with that 30 minutes I didn’t feel my legs. It was like my torso was just floating. It was the strangest feeling. I felt like that when I started the run too because it felt weird running when my left ankle was all bound up in the brace and my right was just normal.

I have a follow up doctor’s appointment on Friday and I’m not really sure I should have run before that, but I needed this. I don’t know if I’ll run again before that appointment. I will just have to see how the ankle feels. But overall I’m happy I did it and happy that I was able to do it.


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Getting to know you

It seems like I’m really getting to know my baby. At first I thought it was because I’m spending more time at home with her, but if anything I might be spending less time at home, at least this month.
Then I realized there’s just more of her to get to know. She’s really getting playful. She will play on her own for short amounts of time. But then she’ll cry out to get our attention. She’s so clever. If Doug has the lap top on his lap, she will peer through the fold from under the computer. She likes to stand on her head now. Is it possible she’ll turn a summersault before she learns to walk?
And she’s getting so big. I’m getting out clothes in 12 to 18 months and some that are bigger than that! She’s always jabbering and she’s adding new syllables every day. Sometimes she repeats after us when we talk. She’s so tall and she’s eating all sorts of grown up foods. She enjoys chunks of peaches and pears as well as cottage cheese and regular cheese too. She doesn’t like going to bed and will cry herself to sleep, but then she’ll sleep two to three hours or sometimes more. Then she wakes up and cries for us and smiles the minute we enter the room. Our little girl is growing up we’re really loving getting to know her.


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Yet another injury

Monday started out well enough. I got up early with Allie to let Doug sleep in a little. We played in the living room and when Doug got up I made blueberry pancakes, and we gave Allie some blueberries. After that I was going to go for a run. I couldn’t think of a better way to start my week off than running around the arboretum mid-morning, just like I used to. I also wanted to have a better run than my 5K race on Saturday.

Well, I was having a great run. It seemed like it was going really quickly. I had started with a slower pace and gotten faster with each mile. I wanted to run 5, but was hoping I’d be up for 5.5. I was coming back intot the arb finishing mile 4 and struggling. I was managing to run through my struggles, when I fell. In that part of the arb I would usually switch between the road and the gravel on the side of the road. I don’t know if I was going back to the gravel or I just tripped. But I tripped off the side of the road and sprained my ankle.

It hurt right away. But I was able to walk on it, which was good because I had to walk a mile and a half back to the car. Even if I’d had my cell phone with me, I also had the car, so Doug couldn’t have rescued me. I guess it was the adrenaline. I knew that once I got off it, I wouldn’t be able to keep walking. I was right.

When I started walking again, I was determined to finish my run. But I wouldn’t be able to and the whole walk back I was just ticked off that I couldn’t finish my run.

I took a spectacular spill. I’m surprised I didn’t skin my face. I have skinned palms, elbows and a knee that hurt more than the ankle sometimes.

So I spent the first few days on the couch with my leg elevated and on ice and ibuprofin. Its better now. We were supposed to leave this morning for southern Illinois, but we decided to wait a day. I’m glad we can still go. It would have been disappointing to cancel.

This morning the clinic called and told me a radiologist had read my xray and there actually was a small fracture, but he or she wasn’t sure if it was from this injury or an old one. Its feeling much better so I’m just functioning as normal. I won’t run again until I see the doctor next Friday.

It seems like every time I really get going, I have some sort of snag. I was on my way to my longest run to date as well as my longest mileage week and month to date. But it could have been worse. And thats what I’ll keep in mind as I drive myself crazy wanting to run. An ankle sprain isn’t nearly as bad as a pelvic stress fracture. I’ll only be off a couple weeks.


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Not the week I expected

Monday started out well enough. I got up early with Allie to let Doug sleep in a little. We played in the living room and when Doug got up I made blueberry pancakes, and we gave Allie some blueberries. After that I was going to go for a run. I couldn’t think of a better way to start my week off than running around the arboretum mid-morning, just like I used to. I also wanted to have a better run than my 5K race on Saturday.

Well, I was having a great run. It seemed like it was going really quickly. I had started with a slower pace and gotten faster with each mile. I wanted to run 5, but was hoping I’d be up for 5.5. I was coming back intot the arb finishing mile 4 and struggling. I was managing to run through my struggles, when I fell. In that part of the arb I would usually switch between the road and the gravel on the side of the road. I don’t know if I was going back to the gravel or I just tripped. But I tripped off the side of the road and sprained my ankle.

It hurt right away. But I was able to walk on it, which was good because I had to walk a mile and a half back to the car. Even if I’d had my cell phone with me, I also had the car, so Doug couldn’t have rescued me. I guess it was the adrenaline. I knew that once I got off it, I wouldn’t be able to keep walking. I was right.

When I started walking again, I was determined to finish my run. But I wouldn’t be able to and the whole walk back I was just ticked off that I couldn’t finish my run.

I took a spectacular spill. I’m surprised I didn’t skin my face. I have skinned palms, elbows and a knee that hurt more than the ankle sometimes.

So I spent the first few days on the couch with my leg elevated and on ice and ibuprofin. Its better now. We were supposed to leave this morning for southern Illinois, but we decided to wait a day. I’m glad we can still go. It would have been disappointing to cancel.

This morning the clinic called and told me a radiologist had read my xray and there actually was a small fracture, but he or she wasn’t sure if it was from this injury or an old one. Its feeling much better so I’m just functioning as normal. I won’t run again until I see the doctor next week. It seems like every time I really get going, I have some sort of snag. But it could have been worse.


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Surprise tooth

Last night, Doug and I noticed a new spot of white in Allie’s mouth and thought it was a new tooth getting ready to cut. Well it turns out its a new tooth that not only had cut through, it was already a pretty decent size. That one sure worked fast because neither of us noticed it earlier in the day! Another surprise about this tooth is that it wasn’t the one we thought would cut next. Allie has two bottom teeth and now two top teeth. But the top teeth aren’t the middle two, they’re the right, and then the one on the other side of the middle. But that one that’s skipped is coming through soon because we do see the white of that one getting ready to make an appearance.

Just like her other top tooth, this new one was a surprise. I’m glad to note that teething hasn’t been a problem for Allie at all. A few times we’ve had to give her some baby ibuprofin to help her feel better.


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Allie’s new ride

Like so many other things, Allie has just about outgrown the infant car seat. She’s growing so fast. We’ve put it off for awhile. But this weekend, we got Allie her new convertible car seat. We tried it out this afternoon when we went grocery shopping and its looking like she likes it so far. 

This snazzy seat looks a lot more comfortable than the old one. And Allie will use this one until she weighs 65 pounds. She’ll still sit rear facing for awhile, but she’s higher now so she can see out the back window! She hasn’t had any complaints about this seat. I think she quickly realized the comfort level and that we can get her in and out of this one quicker.  
 

Saturday when we came home from Babies ‘R’ Us was the last time she rode in her infant seat. She caught a few final zzzzzz’s here and now the carrier is stored in the garage.  
Allie was a lot smaller the first time she rode in this car seat, Nov. 1, 2009 when our new family came home from the hospital.