Sunday, July 24, 2016

Loving...and Not Loving

This week ended on loving a spontaneous road trip to my parents' place in Northern Wisconsin! I have some time off work this week. While I planned on a staycation to get things done at home aka declutter, the lure of cooler temperatures and serenity were too hard to pass up. I'm hoping to avoid a repeat of my foot injury. I promise not to drink wine and go kayaking.

While I'm not loving the clutter, it can wait for a rainy/snowy day. It's summer and the living is easy...



Loving: If you follow the blog regularly, you know that I ran this week! Twice! It may only be 8 miles on the Garmin, but my brain thought it was a PR. Who knew that a short distance could release those powerful endorphins? I'm like a junkie who needed a fix. It was like someone flipped a switch and turned on the lights. I felt like a new woman.
Not loving: My foot still hurts at times. It doesn't hurt when I run, but later on, after I've rested a while I can feel it. The excruciating pain I had after the injury is gone, though. Note to self: The kinetic chain is calling. You have to do your hip strengthening exercises.

On one of the runs, I stopped to do my playground strength training. That counts for something, right?

Scapular pull ups. Doesn't look like much, does it?
Loving: Everything lemon. This time of year, lemon tastes so refreshing! I went to the grocery store last week and they had a giant bin of Larabars for $1 each. Did you say Lemon Larabars? Did you even know they existed? Now I'm obsessed. They may replace my perpetual favorite, Lemon LunaBars.
Not loving: The lemons that life keeps handing me. Persistent PF. Bills. Worries about my aging parents and father-in-law. Work stuff. Teenagers. It's why I need to run. And why I'm running away to the north woods.

That is EXACTLY what I did. See how I did that?
Loving: I went to 2 yoga classes at the studio this week! I also did one session at home. I finally held galabasana, aka flying crow.
Not loving: I could not extend my upper leg into the full pose. My hamstrings are just too tight. Note to self: you have to do your hip strengthening exercises. Foam rolling might be helpful too.

This crow won't fly!

Loving: The pup is getting big and doesn't mind sleeping in her crate. I think she's a pretty smart little dog. She loves going on walks and does great on her leash. She loves ice cubes! She keeps us laughing with her antics. Most of the time.
Not loving: Even though she's "mostly" housetrained, there are still some occasional accidents. Or are they?! And she's a little skittish around people she doesn't know. I've resorted to bringing treats on our walks and having people bribe her with a treat before they pet her. While that seems to be helping, we're going to puppy preschool, after her "evaluation" next week. Yes, it's a thing.

Silently judging my chair pose.
Loving: I rode Venus de Miles on Saturday. With my sister. So fun! I made some new friends too.  I fell in love with my bike again. And how about this cute bike jersey from Moxie? Cycling clothing? Oh boy... anyhoo, I'll post the ride recap later this week.
Not loving: It was 88 degrees and 50% humidity, which translates to a "real feel" of 97. And our 25 mile ride ended up being 29 miles because we were sent the wrong way. By the local popo. Can you say sweaty? I felt kind of nauseated most of the afternoon.

I'm not sure how you Southerners do this. Yeah, I know I wrote all about beating the heat earlier this week. But it was tough. Which is why I'm escaping to Wisconsin.

My sister and me at Venus de Miles
What are you loving this week? Not loving?

I'm linking this post with Tricia and Holly for their Weekly Wrap and with Angela and Ilka for the Sunday Fitness and Food LinkUp! There are some great blogs to check out at both!






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  1. Good for you! Typically, I don't mind the heat....but the past week has been miserable weather-wise. Fortunately, I've been inside for most of it, recovering. I did venture out for an early morning run yesterday and came home looking and feeling like I'd been dipped in a nasty pond. Then, I was talked into (without much coercion) to go to the pool and do an hour of pool walking. And some garden squats upon my return home (because it was threatening rain). But, this is Iowa, and I choose to live here LOL I hope you have a great little mini-vacay ;-)

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    1. You picked a good week for a recovery week... :p It's going to be a lot cooler up north--I'm looking forward to some respite from the heat.

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  2. I love love flying crow!! I wonder if it would be ok to do it now in the lobby of the marriott. So tempted!

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    1. In the lobby of the hospital where I work, there is a very colorful wall lighting display. I so want to do a pose there. But there are always people around...

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  3. The weather was cray yesterday. First the heat and humidity, then the storms, then the humidity, then the STORMS.
    I'm sorry that you are still dealing with so much, but I'm glad that you are able to get out there and get some peace. I hope that you continue to do so.

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    1. This little getaway was just the thing!

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  4. So glad you have been able to run, and its definitely a good sign that your foot has been improving. Hope you have a great trip!

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    1. I am surprised at how good my foot feels. But I don't want to jinx myself...

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  5. It's wrong of me, but I always love when people who don't have to workout in stupid hot heat + humidity get a sample of it...just because I wonder if the rest of the country thinks we're exaggerating how awful it is. That said, I'm jealous of your escape to cooler temps - lucky!

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    1. You can laugh at us wimpy midwesterners...I don't know how you do it all the time!

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  6. oh my gosh - I buy Lemon Larabars by the carton! They're so yummy...and I like squeezing fresh lemon juice on roasted veggies (and sauteed spinach) in the summer. Glad your foot is feeling better and you got a couple runs in this week!

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    1. I love everything lemon! Even lemon essential oil makes me happy.

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  7. You know what? I always bring treats with me on walks. Walks are really great training opportunities! People always commented how well behaved Chester & Lola were . . . treats, people, treats.

    My ankle still aches sometimes after a hard run. Not anything like your PF, but it's still very annoying that it still happens. Whaddya gonna do?

    Nope, not gonna do any lemon bars. I named my blog for a reason!

    How I need a vacation! You have NO idea.

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    1. Oh, I love chocolate but lemon is my jam when I"m hot.

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  8. I always think Wisconsin is SO far away and then I remember it's not that far from where you are!
    Please know that you are never alone in the things you worry about (work, family, parents, dogs, etc). We're all here to listen and for encouragement!

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    1. Thank you! I love all my peeps. The support here is amazing!

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  9. Not loving the hiccups in training, but loving getting back to a routine after being away. :) But then...I feel like escaping again. :) I'm sorry about the PF, but it's nice that you were able to get two runs in.

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  10. Umm...I'm so glad you chose a a few days in Wisconsin over DE-CLUTTERING! I am loving my bike too. I can't wait to hear about Venus de Miles. Like a junkie, I may do one (or two) more Sprint Tris. The world of cycling and triathlon clothing is a completely new black hole for me to be sucked into. So many cool things! Thanks for linking, Wendy. (The offer stands -- I say what I mean!)

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    1. Oh, those Moxie jerseys are SO CUTE!

      I almost offered some cash to folks who were out skiing--I wanted them to take me!

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  11. Sounds like you are turning lemons into lemonade - that really is a perfect cartoon! I've been loving my time at home with my son cooking dinner. I'm not loving going back to Miami this week - especially since I won't get to the beach this time either.

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    1. That just seems plain wrong to me--going to Miami and not getting to see the ocean?

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  12. You are tough Wendy, you always rally, I love that about you.
    I have some of the same lemons...I have a wish list about all those lemons, but the reality is half of them involve others and I can't just make changes, so I am working on that meditation thing a bit more.
    You know I have de-cluttered many times and it keeps showing back up! A trip was a better investment :)
    and the cycling sounds great minus the temp! I love the jersey :)

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  13. Escaping to cooler temps sounds like much more fun than decluttering! Enjoy your time away :)

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    1. It's not that much cooler here, interestingly! But the view can't be beat!

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  14. Loving ...and not living is such a great way to sum up the current week. Sorry to hear your foot is still hurting. I hurt mine today during a run and hope it will not be too serious. Good luck at the puppy school - that should be fun!:)

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    1. Oh no! I hope your foot is better today!

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  15. I'm right there with you on the heat!!! Ugh. Enough already. Can't we have a day that is not 95 with 95% humidity? No? Ok fine.
    Love Moxie Cycling clothing and your top is no exception. Very cool :-)
    I also really love what you did with the lemons. LOL!!! I run (and bike and swim) for all the same reasons!!! Have fun up north. I hope it's cool...

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    1. It's not so cool up here but oh, it's lovely...I can handle the heat while I"m in the kayak.

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  16. I need to do some serious decluttering, but that is better left until winter when I am stuck inside. I love lemon too, so refreshing! I can't get enough of it.
    so so so glad I don't live somewhere super humid, the 90s are bad enough without humidity! I visited Corpus Christi, TX in July once....never ever again!

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    1. Yeah, I hear the Texas humidity is something else. All my Texan friends are probably laughing at my "heat"..

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  17. I love the lemon Larabars. I don't get them every week, but I do get them when I need something refreshing.

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  18. The race shirt at the tri both years was a Moxi cycling top. SO worth the price of admission right there! Yay for the North Woods. Glad to hear no shenanigans will be happening on the rocks though. ;). At RnRCHI they gave out iced lemon poppyseed poundcake Power Bars that were divine. And I can't find them to buy anywhere.

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    1. I wonder if Power Bar was testing them? Lemon poppyseed sounds amazing!

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  19. I love all things lemon too. That cartoon is soooo funny.
    Isn't it crazy the way one run can make the world seem right again? It's crazy.
    Glad you had a good weekend! And we just move slower in the summer :-)

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    1. That one run was beyond amazing. I have never experienced such a turn around like that!

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  20. I feel you with the lemons! I'm dying for Lemonade!

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    1. Oh, now you've given me an idea...heading out for lemonade....

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  21. The kinetic chain and the fascia baby. Don't forget to stretch that whole back line because it all affects the foot too. Hope you continue to get better.

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    1. I need to really get on it! I wish you lived by me so I could have you work your fascial magic on me!

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  22. I am loving my summer break but not loving the weather. Ugh! Too hot.

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  23. Hooray for getting those runs in! I've been loving the sunshine and more get-togethers with friends, but I'm not loving this heat!

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    1. It's nice to have this little break in Wisconsin! We can actually be outside without sweating!

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  24. I am very glad that you got to run this week! I hope that your foot continue to heal!

    Wow! that is a very nice yoga post!! #totallyjelly !! Congratulations on your bike race!

    I am loving the heat this week, and not loving the freezing cold temps inside the office, movie theaters, the grocery store... it is not ok to need a jacket inside when it's so hot outside!

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    1. That is one of the worst things about summer--being so cold when you are inside! Sometimes I go out of the office, just to warm up!

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  25. So glad you got to run! Sorry your foot is still bothering you and I hope it gets better soon. I also love the lemon larabars...so good!

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  26. Looking forward to hearing about your bike event. All of your pics looked like you were having a blast. The heat ugh

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    1. It was fun! I was waiting for some photos. The recap will be up on Weds!

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  27. Your yoga photos,look amazing!!!

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  28. It's so frustrating when your (injured) foot is bothering you. I'm having SI joint problems but it's fine when I run but kills me when I sit for long periods. Thank goodness for physiotherapy!

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    1. I guess it's a hidden blessing that my foot/your SI joint doesn't hurt during running!

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  29. Very clever comparisons in this post! My favorite is the one about all the lemon food, versus all the lemons that life keeps throwing at you. I LOVE that cartoon about the running lemons, too! SUPER appropriate!!!

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    1. You saw what I did there, didn't you? LOL!

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  30. If I could escape to cooler weather I would too! Love that you got some runs in that made you feel great! Don't love that your foot is still an issue. Hope the pain goes away for good soon.

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    1. I tried out new orthotics this morning and that was a big surprise--they felt really good! Fingers crossed on this.

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  31. Take me away! Damn it is hot- just no way around it! I am not heading to Wisconsin until November, I could melt by then! Look at you getting some miles in :) i swear. i think yoga makes everything look and feel better! Enjoy your time off! #jealous

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    1. Yep, it's pretty nice up here in Packer country! It was really steamy yesterday but is nice and comfy today.

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  32. This was fun to read. Love your cycling outfit, purple is your color! And that yoga pose, I never would have guessed you weren't in the full pose, you're so strong and make it look easy!

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    1. That's what I love about yoga--there is always more you can do in a pose!

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  33. Last summer, I said I'd gotten used to humidity here in Carolina. I was wrong. This weekend on a visit to DC, it felt like a swimming pool of humid - from one door of a Smithsonian to another!

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    1. I have heard from other friends who live in DC and they say it has been brutal.

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  34. I feel you on the need to declutter! Currently going through that myself.

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  35. That is a cute bike top! That's great you ran twice last week! At least it doesn't hurt when you run, but hope the pain afterwards goes away. Super job on the yoga!

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    1. I'm so relieved to be back to running!

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  36. Great choice to head north. This heat is just out of control. And like you said, the cleaning can wait. Hope you're enjoying the time away!

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    1. It's been warm here too, but much less than at home. Plus there's water everywhere!

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    1. I feel like as soon as I get it back, it gets slapped away again! It's been one of those years. But yes, for now, I'm taking it!

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  38. The humidity here outside DC has been horrible. We call them the three Hs: hazy, hot, and humid. Blech!
    If you like lemon, you should check out Nature's Bakery Lemon bars. Think chunky whole grain fig newtons, but lemon. Yum! (Excellent on the bike, by the way)

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  39. You should try dry needling for the PF!! I think it is working! I also make sure my feet don't ht the ground in the morning before I stretch and roll with an ice cold ball (it is AWESOME. I will write a review on it soon - much better than a golf ball). I also have been stretching my toes back and massaging my heel all throughout the day. Anyway... I am sending you healing vibes. Wisconsin sounds lovely in the summer. I visited my friend once in the fall and loved it! :)

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    1. I may have to try dry needling--I'm getting desperate! I did try shockwave therapy once and it worked but I don't want to go back to that podiatrist--he sold me very expensive orthotics and they wrecked my big toe!

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  40. Thanks so much for linking up with us! I totally hear you about the heat, it has been Hot, Hot, Hot here in Maine!! It was 88 degrees the day I did my long bike ride (55 miles) this week...ugh!! I have to say I would rather be on my bike in the heat, than running though. I'm so glad to hear you got in some running this week too :-) I'm sending positive vibes for your foot to heal up soon.

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