A Tale of Two Feet

Probably my most annoying obstacle right now are my feet. Let’s talk about the good parts of them. I’m a size 9, they are really cute feet. All my toes are proportional to one another. My mutant little toe nails are actually looking like normal toe nails for the first time in my life. My plantar wart is officially GONE. What’s left is just scar tissue. And most importantly, my feet literally hold me up every day, through all the crazy things I do.

This is the state of my feet and toes after a race.

This is the state of my feet and toes after a race.

Here are my challenges: I have plantar fasciitis, a foot neuroma, killer callouses, blisters that seem to not want to leave me alone, and a high foot profile.

I’ve had the plantar fasciitis since I lived in Atlanta, at least. I got diagnosed right before I moved West. Really terrible in the mornings, I can remember barely being able to hobble a couple of steps when I first woke up. I got a set of orthotics here in SD for my shoes, which helped, especially since I was on my feet a lot on the job, and the floor was unforgiving concrete where I did most of my standing work. I used a frozen water bottle under my feet for massage and cold relief. My symptoms are better, but not gone.

The neuroma is something I worked on when I still lived in Maine. When my feet were squeezed, it killed, but overall I think I’m so used to whatever pain I have from that inflamed nerve that I don’t notice it anymore. I had cortisone shots and a series of shots of alcohol, in the top of my foot to kill that nerve. Something worked because I can’t wiggle my toes as well anymore.

The callouses such, but what can you do. My body creates them to protect my feet during use. So I get pedicures and work on scraping them down myself, but they really don’t go away. I do neurotically pick at them sometimes. It’s one of the compulsive things that I do in front of other people that is really gross, but I can’t really stop myself.

The blisters are a relatively new problem. They first became a recent issue at my Resolution Run and have been annoying ever since. Double layer socks help. I blamed them initially on my old orthotics, so I got new ones and new shoes. But, I don’t know if that was really fair. They hurt like hell, but I think that I can’t use them as an excuse to rest. I just have to patch them up as best I can and keep at it.

I got new shoes, new orthotics, and a new podiatrist. She didn’t like the shoes I first picked up at the running store using their advice, so I switched them out. While waiting for the orthotics, the new shoes had a big toe box for me, so I slipped a lot and blistered. I got the new orthotics a month ago and I’m not impressed. They are actually causing a new set of callouses where the insert has a “step down” from arch to ball. I’m giving them another month and taking her advice about wearing them to break them in. I probably tried a 5K on them too soon.

I really think I’d like to get a pair of shoes with NO orthotics. I tried one pair on during the first buying trip. They didn’t have my exact size, but they felt really nice. Maybe I should have them as an alternate pair?

Oh yeah, and that high foot profile thing I mentioned? The top, fleshy part of my foot is tall. I like tying shoelaces really tight so they don’t bounce around, but with this problem, that can be constricting and feel like I’m spraining the top of my foot. So, I do this weird lacing technique on my right foot (where it is worse) where I skip a loop at the highest slope. It seems to work well!

I need to get this better controlled because I’m in a Catch 22. I need to exercise to lose weight and help these foot problems, but the foot problems are a problem with exercise. And I want to beat that PR, dammit.

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Friend Makin’ Monday: 20 Questions

Getting it in under the wire again! I need to get to bed because in 9 and a half hours I’m working out with 3 trainers. I’m going to die.

FMM

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1. Share something that you enjoy doing when you’re alone. I make some sounds that I’ve made since I was a little kid. It’s kind of a weird comfort thing and I don’t know how to describe them, except for it has something to do with pushing saliva up to the top of my mouth with my mouth shut. It makes little squeaky sounds. I only do it alone, my husband thinks it’s too weird.

2. What do you plan to eat next? I’m going to have a strawberry smoothie and a breakfast sandwich in the morning because I STILL DON’T HAVE A WORKING KITCHEN. (Getting tired of that, in case you can’t tell.) My breakfast is BIG before training workouts. I need it.

3. When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? I was 10 and we flew from Maine to Orlando, FL for a Disney World vacation.

4. Do you currently have a crush on someone? If so, share a few of the reasons why. Obviously I have a crush on my husband. Being away from each other does make our time together sweeter and more intense. My celebrity crush is Ian Somerhalder, see last week’s FMM. Although, I was watching recaps of the MTV Movie Awards and Tom Hiddleston was looking pretty nice.

5. List one thing that disgusts you that probably wouldn’t bother someone else. I’m fairly unflappable, being a science major and all. But eyes freak me out. I really hate it when people cross their eyes. Ugh.

6. If you could buy a new car tomorrow (and money was no object) what would you buy? Probably an Infinity G37. Man, that car can PURR.

Oops, I cut him out of the picture.

Oops, I cut him out of the picture.

7. Who was the first person who broke your heart? Oh, gee. Well, there was this guy in college. Let’s call him “Rich”. I had a super crush, I *think* he liked something about me. We were on and off again, but the on part wasn’t really very on. He didn’t want me to be with anyone else and got really overbearing when I was interested in someone else when we were “off”. He’d meddle with the guy if paying attention to me again didn’t do the trick. He ended up leaving school, but I still carried a torch for him. The last time he was visiting he told his friends he was going to see me, but he never walked across the hall to my apartment. (Really.) For all of the on again off again crap, this was the one that hurt the worst. I don’t know why he did what he did. He definitely had mental health issues that extended far beyond his interaction with me. His friends, who really were not my biggest fans, even felt terrible. Flash forward to after college, a year or two, I randomly ended up at the same NYE party. After he got all territorial that I was talking to his brother, he ended up hooking up with another girl and I’m pretty sure they had sex withing 20 feet of me. (We all ended up sleeping on the floor.) That torch? Extinguished for good!

8. If you could spend the night with a celebrity tonight, who would it be? I’m a boring married person, but if we are getting creative, let’s go with Chris Pine. He looks like fun. 🙂

9. Are you a morning person or a night person? Definitely a night person. Mornings are okay. Probably afternoon is my worst time of day!

10. What’s your favorite board game? I have to say I’m a big fan of plain old fashioned Monopoly.

11. Can you play an instrument? If so, what do you play? I can’t play anything. I can bang out a couple of really simple things on the piano that only sound like anything at all to me. My piano teacher let me go. Really.

12. What is the last thing you ate? I had Chili’s potato skins with no bacon.

13. Do you wear a watch? Nope.

14. Do you go to church? No. I enjoy going with other people to theirs occasionally. My husband calls me a “religion tourist.” While I do find some services inspiring at times, I’m not a fan of organized religion in our society. I’m not a fan of old white dudes telling people what to do. If you have a strong belief system, that’s great, but practice it in how you live your life, not just Sunday morning. The great thing about all of us is we can have conversations with God all on our own, we don’t need a mediator.

15. Do you ever wish on stars? Yes, I do.

16. Have you ever been on a motorcycle? Yes, my dad had one and I’d ride with him sometimes. I don’t know if I’d be able to do it now as an adult! I’ve seen too many accidents.

17. What is the last thing you purchased? 3 little succulent plants for a little garden project I’m working on.

18. How big is your bed? Queen sized.

19. What size shoe do you wear? 8.5-9 usually. I’m a 9.5 in a running shoe.

20. What are you looking forward to most in the coming week? Going home, seeing my girlfriends and having a margarita, or a dozen.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: TV, Movies and Me

Happy Monday. It’s still Monday here. Barely. Busy, busy weekend as our house as my husband was home for the weekend, I had a charity event, birthday party, road race (more on the later!), and couple time to all fit in. We’re still getting used to this 2 city marriage, my kitchen is still not useable. I’m still pissed that there is fine dust from half the grout removing EVERYWHERE. Oh, and I got the news today from my Doctor that I do not have Celiac or Crohn’s Diseases or Ulcerative Colitis.

FMM

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1. If you could be a recurring star on a show that is currently on TV, which show would you choose? I would love to be a member of the cast of Vampire Diaries. I would especially like to play the role of the girl who woos Damon away from Elena. Muahahaha.

I don't think I need to explain anything.

I don’t think I need to explain anything.

2. Name the movie that you are most embarrassed to admit that you love. I’m actually not embarrassed at all that I love A Night at the Roxbury, but my husband totally is embarrassed that I love it. He pretended to like it when we started dating. Several months later I found out he HATED it. How can you hate that movie? At least I have a friend who now asks me “Did you just grab my ass?” because he loves it, too.

3. Name one show that you’ve never seen and would love to watch. I’d like to watch True Blood or Game of Thrones. We don’t subscribe to the premium channels, so I never have seen it. I suppose there’s always NetFlix to catch up with.

4. Do you ever go to movies alone? Sure! It’s a great way to spend some time with yourself. Why not take yourself out on a date? Also, it’s a very good way to spend time if you’ve just packed up all your Earthly belongings on a moving truck, which has headed to your new home, which you will not be joining for several weeks, and all your friends are at work, and you really want nachos.

5. If you could only watch one TV show for the next year, which show would you choose and why? LOST. I never got enough when it was on, when it was on repeat, when I watched my DVDs. It’s beautiful, tragic, heartbreaking, magic, affirming, mysterious, smart and consuming.

6. If you could star in one reality show, which one would it be and why? Sometimes I wish I were a long lost Kardashian sister so you could keep up with me, or watch as I took some city with my sisters. Alas, I am no Kardashian, but I think I’d be a great Amazing Race participant because I have a great sense of direction, adventure, and I can get the locals to like me.

7. If someone rented a billboard for you, what would it say? Laurie M., HBIC.

8. Who is the most famous person with whom you have been in the same room? I’m not counting musical events where I pay to be there. Stephen King. He lives in my hometown and I went to high school with his youngest son. So, I’ve been under the same auditorium roof as him during many basketball games. Oh, and the mall, when he waits to get his hair cut at J.C. Penney. Really.

9. If you were chosen to be a contestant on a TV game show, which show would you want to be on? I’d love to be on Who Wants to be a Millionaire because with all my useless knowledge, and my friends to use as a lifeline, I’d be golden.

10. If there was a movie being made about you, which actor would you choose to play you? Drew Barrymore. She and I are nearly the same age and we have the same voice (so I’ve been told!) Plus, I think she’s fantastic.

What it Takes

My progress is rather… stalled. I maintain that the goal of this blog is not weight loss, but it’s also kind of a given considering that it’s my main impedance. I can do a triathlon at this weight, but it sure would be a lot easier if I wasn’t dragging the excess through the water, and on the road. Fitness is how I’m going to get there, fitness is how I’m going to measure my progress, fitness is going to keep me sane and happy – but reducing my overall weight is part of the plan and pretty much the lynchpin.

I know what it takes to be successful because I’ve achieved success before. Unfortunately, it seems to require me to become borderline obsessed. I’m trying really hard to maintain a balance in ALL things now. Honestly, I have too many plates spinning to turn my back on any of them, but I can’t deny that I’ve had my best outcomes when I get super focused.

This week I went to National Walking Day with a friend.  And pushed her baby in a stroller up a very steep hill.

This week I went to National Walking Day with a friend. And pushed her baby in a stroller up a very steep hill.

Currently, I’m mostly in a holding pattern. My workouts are good, getting tougher, my trainer is “taking the gloves off” and ramping it up. I’m NOT doing so well on going to the gym on my non training days. I’m NOT doing so well on diet and cooking my own food. I hope that when I have a kitchen again, I can change that part.

There has got to be a way to edge myself over this homeostasis line but not send myself in to a complete tunnel vision experience.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Childhood Flashbacks

I’m back in San Diego after being in the Bay Area for a week. I’m found my husband’s new apartment, and got it partially furnished (some assembly required) before leaving. Phew – that was hard work for a week. I did a lot of walking around Downtown Palo Alto while sopping the area and visiting complexes. But I got a kick ass training session in when I got home on Saturday.

Happy to be home, and happy to be taking part in this FMM!

FMM

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Childhood Flashbacks

1. Did you have a set bedtime as a child? If so, what was it? I think it was around 7:30 on week nights and a little later on weekends (probably mostly because of TV I wanted to watch). As I got older, that changed by if you *ever* called my house and wanted to talk to me after 9, my mom would rip you a new one.

2. Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult? In general, my parents had a thing about me eating as much as I agreed to take. And I do remember fighting them on some vegetables. To be fair, vegetables from a can are nasty. I also didn’t like to eat liver and I was made to eat that sometimes. I remember a couple of nights, sitting all alone at the kitchen table, everyone else having finished supper, and I was still sitting there because I wasn’t allowed to leave until I ate something I was refusing to. I’m stubborn, and I was as a kid. I don’t necessarily think that the demand to finish my meal impacted my eating habits. I think, for me, it was more about the kinds of foods, and feeling relief after eating things like sweets.

3. Share one thing that you were not allowed to do as a child. I wasn’t allowed to go into the woods by myself if I couldn’t still see my house through the trees. Yes, I was one of those country kids.

4. What is the cheapest gas price you can remember? I can remember sub $1.00 per gallon gas for sure, but I didn’t really pay close attention until I started driving.

5. What was your favorite thing on the playground? I like the swings and the slide. I was never a fan of the teeter-totter or the monkey bars.

6. Share one thing that your parents always made you do that you didn’t like doing. They made me stop talking during the local news at supper, especially the weather report. And I always had the most amazing things to say during the weather report!

7. Do you remember your first kiss? If so, share the details! I’m a late bloomer, guys. I was 19 and it was really stupid. The first one that really counted happened when I was 21, and my lips tingled the whole way home.

8. Did you prefer to play inside or outside? I was definitely an indoor kid. I read a lot.

9. What was your favorite TV show growing up? I really loved watching the Dukes of Hazard reruns.

10. Share one awesome childhood memory. We used to go camping every summer with my aunt, uncle and cousins. It was great to be all together and having fun at the lake. We’d even all pile in to my dad’s Suburban and go get ice cream cones. This is before there were seat belt laws, so all of us kids were just sitting around the back, screaming songs at each other. I love my cousins very much and I’ll always treasure those memories.

Bonus: Share a picture of yourself as a child.

This was me at 13.  Rocking the acid washed jeans, a spiral perm, and a shirt with skateboarding cats. (?)

This was me at 13. Rocking the acid washed jeans, a spiral perm, and a shirt with skateboarding cats. (?)