A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Monday, March 31, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOMMA! ( & Weekend Wrap Up!)

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Before we get to the scheduled Weekend Wrap Up, I have something to say...

It's true, everything I am, I owe to my mom and dad! 

Family pic!

My momma and her momma.

My brother Tyler and me with our mom.

My sister-in-law Debby and me with Mom.

Mom and Dad!

Happy Birthday Momma! I love you!

Today is my last day using the salt shaker. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I needed to get my arse in gear and start working towards the goals I have for myself. As of tomorrow, in efforts to reduce the sodium in my diet, I am no longer using the salt shaker on my food. 

Not adding salt from the salt shaker to every damn thing I make is going to be HARD, but I am going to do it! My goal is to go a month without it. After a month, I will just add salt in special circumstances... like if we go out to eat or if it's something I really like having salt on. But it will be considered a treat, not the norm. Hopefully by not having as much salt as I used to, my taste buds will change and I will only need a little bit of it to be satisfied. We shall see!

HAPPY MONDAY! *Unless you are my mom, then HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

In preparation for my 20 mile walk/run on Saturday, I decided to make Friday a complete rest day. No lifting. No push ups. No planks. Just a good ‘ol fashioned rest day. It felt very strange sleeping until 6:30 am and just relaxing with my coffee and breakfast before work. I never, ever do that. I need to slow down.

Fun fact: A day teaching elementary music can NEVER be considered a rest day! Not when you have show choir, chorus, and kindergarten all in one day!

Apparently my stomach didn’t know it was a rest day. I swear I was more hungry that day than training day! Have you ever wondered how to eat on a rest day? I read an awesome post by Tara @ Sweat Like A Pig that breaks it down for you. Here is my favorite quote from her recent post on rest day nutrition:

When you lift weights, you are teaching your body to become a calorie-burning machine. It will burn calories all the time. Your body grows when it is at rest, hence why it is so important to consume enough calories on rest days. There is no point in eating a lot on training days if you then restrict on rest days, as your body will not be able to build muscle or lose fat (as you will be slowing your metabolism if you eat too little).”

Wise words from a wise woman!

On Saturday, I ran 20 MILES! You can read all about it here. I AM DOING BOSTON!

That night, we had our friends Bob and Rachel over for a game night. Despite waking up at 3:00 am on Saturday morning, I was still able to host and stay up until 11:00 pm. I'm a trooper!

Bob and Rach

Meggy and P-Diddy

In other news... On Saturday, Meg Go Run published her 300th post! Can you believe I had 300 things to say?????

I was actually feeling pretty blue on Sunday. The reason... I have had a little bit of pain on the lateral portion of my foot for a little less than a week. I only feel it when I roll my foot out- I do not feel it walking, running, or manipulating my foot in any other way. Believe me... I tried.

I am pretty sure it is peroneal tendinitis, so I guess I am going to the podiatrist tomorrow. WHY CAN'T I JUST RELAX????? I was happy for like, 12 hours after my long run yesterday, but then when this little pain was still hanging around on Sunday morning, I self diagnosed via the internet and immediately got depressed. I did find this page at Runner Unleashed helpful, though.

The good news is that according to what I am reading online, my tendinitis is not that bad. Some people can't even run or walk on it. I ran 20 miles on in yesterday without feeling anything. In fact, it wasn't even on my radar leading up to my run yesterday, mainly because it is not a pain I feel throughout the day.. just when I roll my foot out. (And I guess I rarely roll my foot out!) I am anxious to see what the doctor thinks is wrong with it... if my diagnosis is correct.

Having to schedule a doctors appointment is DIFFICULT. Here is the thing... I either have to take off work, cancel piano lessons, or tell my Girls on the Run co-coach that she is on her own for practice. I have commitments every night of the week after work except for Fridays. But I hate canceling commitments because I feel like I am leaving people down... and losing money.

Again, I ask, WHY CAN'T I JUST RELAX!!??

Thanks for listening to my rant! Have a great week!

Have you ever seen a podiatrist? This will be my first time.
How do you feel about canceling commitments?
Do you eat differently on rest days?


  1. I saw a podiatrist once, a stranger in a different state when I hurt my foot before a race. It was really helpful to have someone who is super specifically knowledgeable about foot problems though so I think it will be great for you to get feedback from one in your lead up to Boston :) I just caught up on your weekend too...great job with the run! So happy for you that you'll be doing Boston!

    1. Thanks so much! And I am excited I got a podiatrist appointment for this afternoon.

  2. Thanks for quoting me - that was a surprise ;)

    Why are you cutting sodium out? The only reason I ask is because you are a runner and therefore have higher sodium needs... I put salt on everything because otherwise I start cramping! And I don't even do cardio.

    1. I'm just cutting out the salt shaker because I add a MASSIVE amount of salt to EVERYTHING. Salads, sandwiches... just everything. I really think I get enough of it already without adding it into my food. I do have salt tabs for long runs if it's hot out.

  3. Happy birthday to your mom!

    By cutting out salt you may discover a whole new world of seasonings that you fall in love with! I can't make any recommendations though because I love really bland food :)

    1. I am hoping so! I'm already pretty in love with garlic.

  4. Aw, happy birthday to your lovely momma!

  5. I don't know if I commented on your last blog post because I can remember if I read it while riding in the car yesterday or on the computer! But, I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAAYAY!! Congratulations on finishing strong and heading to Boston. I am exactly the same way about canceling commitments because I have issues with having people upset with me. And happiest of birthdays to your mom!

    Also, I knew my musical theater readers would know what play that was immediately.

  6. Happy birthday to your mom! My mom's birthday is in April as well. :) I never know how to eat on rest days I have been resting now since Saturday and I have no idea why I am so hungry still??? I'm going to check out that link you posted about how to eat on rest days, thanks for posting!

    1. You will like her nutrition posts, she's really good!

  7. Hope your mom had a nice birthday!!!
    I hope your appointment went well!!!!!

  8. All went well at the foot doc. I'm good to go! :)