Friday, July 28, 2017

Runfessions: July

Summer is just zipping by, isn't it? I've been busy, but that doesn't mean I'm going to pass up a chance to Runfess...do you runfess? If you don't, you should...it feels so much better to clear your conscience. Marcia hosts this monthly opportunity to unbosom...I have to runfess that I kind of love that word..

Anyways, on with the stories...



I runfess that I OD'd on beets. Since my diagnosis with RA, I've been drinking smoothies every morning, incorporating ingredients purported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Including beets. Earlier this month, I made a Cacao Beet Smoothie and for extra measure, I threw in a Red Ace Beet Shot. Each shot has the juice of 3 beets. About 2 hours after drinking my super smoothie, I started to experience what can only be described as GI distress. I turned to Dr. Google (you would have done the same thing), and yes, apparently you can overdose on beets.

Oh, and then there's that...
I runfess that I have no idea how to respond to joy suckers. The day after my epic experience at the Humana Rock 'n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, I went to yoga for some recovery. Everyone was talking about the weather--it's been so humid. The woman next to me told me how much the humidity affected her husband on his run. I commented that we were suffering at the race when she interrupted me and said: "my husband hates big races."


I runfess that I have a pretty high tolerance for gross bathroom facilities. Sometimes a runner's gotta do what a runner's gotta do, right? You all know I do a lot of running at the retention pond near my house, which has year round bathroom access. However, this summer it appears (and smells like) the bathrooms have not been cleaned. All summer. They are so bad that at this point, I'd prefer a post-race portapotty. The only positive thing I can say is that there is always toilet paper. The portapotty at the park by my house is luxurious compared to this. In fact, I sent an email to the director of the park district saying that very thing. Stay tuned.

Or at the retention pond...
I runfess I've been having a few "senior moments". My friend Karen wrote a funny post about it this week. For example, my old roommate contacted me to let me know she would be in town this week. We set a date to get together and I promptly forgot. I booked a college visit for that same day. When my friend contacted me this week to confirm our date, I face palmed myself and begged off the college visit, asking my son for forgiveness. We are rescheduled for August. Another biggie--I've been telling everyone I'm going to be at mile 13 of the Chicago Marathon to cheer them on! But guess what? I also told my sister that I was free that weekend for our annual sister trip! Face palm #2 for the week. Hoping my running friends will forgive me because I sure know my sister wouldn't...


I runfess that I've been feeling really overwhelmed. Summer is all about fun and I've been having plenty of it, but that is leaving me little time for things like cleaning my house and blogging. For the rest of summer, there may be a few less blog posts here on TTLYH. For sure there will be 2 posts/week, on Monday and Friday. Wednesday will come back in the fall. I think it will be ok since my numbers are down for summer anyways.


What do you have to runfess? Ever OD on beets? Or any other veggie? One of my college roomates OD'd on green veggies--I won't share those gory details here. Speaking of that, have you ever been in a bathroom so gross you couldn't use it? Any senior moments to share? Or do I have early dementia? 

I'm linking up with Marcia's Healthy Slice for Runfessions as well as Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday 5. Have a great weekend!



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  1. I came upon a bathroom so gross (it was one of those supposedly nice flushing ones) where it was as if an explosion went off. Walls, floor, CEILING! Needless to say I went over to the men's side. OMG so sick of the joy suckers.

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    1. EWwww! This one wasn't much better than that. The sink had a hole in it. While I'm glad for toilet paper and a flush toilet, can they at least clean it?

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  2. I have pregnancy brain! Not super bad, and at least slightly funny. I've been having "synaptic moments" I love that phrase) since I was about 10 so I shudder to think what actual old age will be like.

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    1. Spoiler alert: pregnancy brain never goes away. Ever. It becomes Mommy brain. Welcome to the club!

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  3. Haha!! Love that you OD'd on beets. I've now confirmed my injury - inflammation in my SI joints and tendonitis in my right abductor, so sounds like I should be eating some beets too.
    And I've been cutting down my blogging this summer as well...I find that traffic always goes down in the summer, so why put a ton of stuff out there when way less people are going to see it.

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    1. Less blogging=more time for books. Right?

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  4. Nothing to runfess, but oh, man, those suckers of joy. they take the wind right out of our sails.
    Come back here to us, TtLWH, we'll never deflate you.

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    1. I can always use inflation! I'm pretty good at self-deflation...if that's a thing...

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  5. Great post! As far as joy suckers... at my ripe old old of 37 lol... I ain't got time for that s$&t!! Ha! I feel ya on the blog... hole cow... between work, the boys, baseball... working out... and oh yeah ... sleep... little time for the blog! I miss you all!

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  6. Crazy how the indoor facilities sometimes are far worse than the outdoor options. Yes, joy suckers...they're out there, just preying on those of who try to be happy ;-) My Wednesday blogging might be hit or miss as well...honestly, my life is not that fascinating to write about so frequently when my "blogger brain" takes a timeout LOL

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    1. It's not that any of our lives are so fascinating, it's how we spin it, right?

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  7. I'm more like that meme -- too many senior moments to remember! I have to put everything into Outlook with a reminder and am TRYING to make to-do lists and actually follow them.

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    1. I just need to start writing everything, and I mean everything, down!

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  8. Joy suckers need to go away!!!
    And I had no idea about beets- doh!

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    1. Me either...when I tried the Red Ace Beet Shots last winter, I had no problems with them. I won't lie--I'm a little gun shy at this point.

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  9. Yes public bathrooms are killing me this summer. I cringe when my girls have to use one and try to find the cleanest one for them to use. I'm also blogging less and less but actually trying to figure out if I continue at all!

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    1. I'm thinking that come fall, I'll have a little more time again. I want to go back to 3x/week.

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  10. I have DEFINITELY OD'd on veggies... broccoli to be exact. I'll get sick of my disgusting dietary habits and then spend the day eating all the broccoli and then spend the remaining day writhing around in pain. I am NOT a sensible person.

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    1. Are any of us sensible? If a little is good, more is better, right?

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  11. I must runfess, as the mother of 3 Eagle Scouts (and camp leader from first grade through all of their finishes), it takes a lot to gross me out. You just learn to hold your breath, hang high, and get out fast!

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    1. I feel the same way--but this an 11 on the grossness scale. I haven't been back. I'm sure I will be soon.

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  12. LOL re the beets! I go through phases with them. I guess too much of a good thing is not always good right? I feel overwhelmed and busy too but I really shouldn't it's odd for July.

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    1. I did make a smoothie with 1 beet this week and I was fine. Whew!

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  13. I guess you can overdose on any food. How about ice cream?

    I can use the age excuse for senior moments. I have plenty. I am taking care of my friend's cat. Don't ell her that I forgot to feed it yesterday.

    My weeds and housecleaning get skipped in favor of fun and running.

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    1. I don't think there is an upper limit for ice cream. Just saying.

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  14. I had no idea that it was possible to OD on beets! I'm sorry you had to find out the hard way :( And I'm horrible about scheduling too. I've had to start writing everything down and checking before I commit to anything since I just can't remember for some reason.

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    1. It's bad lately. Like Deborah said above, it's July, so why are we so overwhelmed?

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  15. It's easy to get overwhelmed and forget things. I do it too. So where will your sisters weekend trip be this year? That sounds fun.

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    1. We are going to Palm Desert, California! I've never been, so I'm excited!

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  16. I just can't get myself to like beats, so overdosing on them is not a problem.... I'm having lots of senior moments over the last few years... I forget everything if I don't write it down. I remember things from the past so well sometimes, but blank out on things that happened recently ... hmmmm....

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  17. I don't call it "senior moments" but rather, C.R.S. (can't remember shi...er, stuff) and it's been happening for at least a decade now. Sometimes frustrating, but mostly at this point I figure I'm also forgetting to remember a lot of the crappy political stuff that's happening, so that's a good thing. :)

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    1. Being forgetful hasn't bothered me much until now--it's out of control. I'm trying to reel it back in.

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  18. I hate joy suckers. If her husband hates big races, why was he doing an RnR? When everyone is suffering from the humidity, just get through it, and have battle stories to tell later.

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    1. He wasn't doing an RnR. He was just running. It was just a weird comment...

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  19. I've ODd on blueberries before. It causes similar distress in my gut and some really scary looking dark poo.

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    1. I had an bad experience with blackberries (all those seeds) which I didn't share here, but there it is.

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  20. Oh yeah with the senior moments. I forgot it was Wednesday and went grocery shopping where they promptly gifted me with the senior discount. Can't wait to see you next week!

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  21. I have done a little too much with beets before, lol. I too experience GI distress and wondered why, but then I remembered the beets and figured out that's what it was!

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    1. Glad it's not just me! It was really disturbing!

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  22. Joy suckers!! that's a good one! your story made me laugh! I have started taking the very rude route with joy suckers, I do it even to Roger. If I say for example "Man, I love to eat tacos" and somebody says "Yeah, but tacos dont' agree with my stomach", my answer will be "That sucks, but we were not talking about you!".

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    1. I'm married to a joy sucker, so you'd think I'd be used to it! But I think everyone should be as excited as me about things.

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  23. In high school, I worked at Pizza Hut, and I had to clean the bathrooms there. Probably not as bad as Taco Bell, but it was not my favorite task, either! That being said, I have rarely been in a women's restroom that is as bad as that men's room was on occasion, so I can use most restrooms!

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    1. Oh, that's a good perspective! I think if you've done that, you can do anything...

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  24. I told you my beet story with the Red Ace... was it similar? Ugh... lol!!!

    This summer has been both fun and stressful for me as well. I love summer though.

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    1. It's so crazy--when I first tried Red Ace, I had no issues. Now, not so much...

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  25. If you're worried about it, you don't have dementia. Just a busy life!

    I turned pretty orange from the beta carotene in carrots way back in the day. I still eat a lot of them. No bathroom issues with them (or greens).

    Who needs a clean house anyway?

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  26. Joy suckers are the WORST. I had a student last year like that - I told him that I didn't want to hear him talk at all unless it was to say something positive.
    I can't believe summer has gone by so fast! If I'm this busy right now when I'm not working, I am going to struggle next week when I go back to work!
    Have a great weekend :)

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    1. One of my physician partners at work is a joy sucker. It gets old.

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  27. I RUNfess that I've OD'd on green beans!!!

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  28. Joy suckers just need to keep to themselves thank you very much! I find I'm having the hardest time remembering appointments lately - if I don't put them in my phone calendar immediately I'm in trouble!

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    1. And that's the moral of the story...

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  29. I have been having massive brain fog lately and messing up all sorts of stuff.

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  30. An OD on beets, bless you...I can "tolerate" beets in certain forms like smoothies but it's good to know that they really help with inflammation.

    When I get really busy, I often forget appointments...my planner is my lifesaver, if I don't put everything in there I end up missing something. But I've always been that way lol.

    I've been trying to cut back on my posting but it never exactly works the way I want, lol! You'd think after 4 years I'd be more organized, haha! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. I've got all these great ideas for posts--that's the reason I'm having trouble cutting back! At least, I think they are great ideas...

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  31. I appreciate you mentioning me :) I feel you on the appointments and dates, a few months ago I had a reminder call from my dentist in the afternoon at work for my appt. later that day, I drove home that day and completely forgot to go! I was beside myself when it hit me at bedtime.
    I can and have OD'd on salsa but never beets, but I think it may have been a close reaction to what you had lol

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    1. I was so glad when you wrote about senior moments because I was starting to worry about dementia! We can grow old and forgetful together.

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  32. OMG! I can't believe that woman interrupted you to say that!! So rude. And how did that possibly add to the conversation?! *sigh*

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    1. Her comment pretty much put the brakes on that convo.

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  33. Plenty of face palms over here, too!

    I'm with you on the porta potties. I can tolerate a lot, and usually I'm just thankful there's one there when I need it!

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    1. I'm ok with the woods too. Really, when you've got to go...

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  34. I have high tolerance for gross bathrooms too - I don't think I've ever found one I couldn't use, but there have been times the bushes would've been a better option.

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    1. That has been a choice in the past...

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  35. I have too many senior moments to remember them! I used think my Mom was going crazy ....now I've joined her in the craziness. :)

    What is it with the joy suckers? They're miserable so they want every one else to be too??

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    1. Ha! That's a whole different perspective on forgetfulness!

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  36. I love this post and all your memes! Haha, I've been totally there with the beets! :-)

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    1. I'm glad it isn't just me, ODing on beets!

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  37. Ugh to the joy suckers! Why do some people think that the entire world has to revolve around them?!?

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  38. oh beets and I have shared a few moments and they are now on the never eat before run day list! POOP to the joy suckers! What is wrong with these people!

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