California…2006…getting there.


(a multi-part series)

Let me dive right in…but let’s back up a few years…lol

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( not my photo, gauleyrafting.net)

It was early fall, I was laying across the side of the raft, my face toward the warm sun, drifting through a calm section of the Upper Gauley (a river that boasts class V+ rapids in the fall), staring up at the lush green mountains and listening to the water lap across the side of the raft as it carried my friends and I down the river.  I thought to myself, how does one make a living being out here all the time.  How can I do this?  It was the late 90’s and I barely had any college under my belt.  I had zero clue as to what I wanted to do with my life.  All I knew was that I wanted to work outside on the water and among the trees and mountains.  My friends and I had been rafting the Upper Gauley for years.    Each year I asked myself the same question.  I come from a town where you go to college, get a degree, settle down and have a family.  I didn’t know of a family that did anything super adventurous.  The guidance counselor at my high school was pretty much worthless in helping a student recognize, let alone follow through on a dream that deferred from the small town norm so I was on my own to figure it out and find a way.

It took many years of monumental mistakes, wrong turns, changing majors several times and chasing after a career I had absolutely zero desire to pursue in order to make the decision to just follow my own path.

The year that I decided to change my life was 2006.  It was a beautiful February day.  I was sitting in math class at the local community college attempting nursing school for the ump-teenth time.  Staring out the window I could see big beautiful snow flakes falling outside in the courtyard.  Snow flakes so big and fluffy that they need their own zip code.  These flakes fell so slow like they were in slow motion and were dancing their way down from the sky.   I thought to myself, I don’t want to be in an effing classroom.  I don’t want to be a nurse, I don’t want to live out my life in Ohio without experiencing something bigger first.  I had dreams damn it and I needed to make them happen!  So I promptly stood up and started walking out of the classroom.  The professor stopped me and asked, “Where are you going?  We have a quiz at the end of class.”  I responded, “I understand.  Good luck everyone.”  And with that I walked straight to the registrars office and withdrew from all my classes.  I NEVER EVER felt so free in my entire life.  I drove home and immediately started planning my move out west to become a whitewater rafting guide.

I wanted to go somewhere I had never been before.  I wanted to experience new attitudes, people, places, natural areas and different ways of living.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my mid-west values of hard work and family but my ideals never aligned with the closed mindedness of small town USA.  I craved new ideas and fresh faces.

As I was searching the internet I came across a rafting company in Colorado.  I have always wanted to live in Colorado.  Everything about the place is exciting and beautiful to me.  Huge mountains, rushing rivers and cute mountain men!  Sign me up!  The whitewater training school I found was  DVORAK’S RAFTING.  This place sounded very intense to me.  Just what I wanted!  But then thoughts from years ago started drifting in and out of my head of conversations I had with my neighbor David  when I was living in Columbus attending Ohio State.  David was an older gentleman who traveled a lot.  When he was gone my sister and I would cat sit for him and in turn he would bring us home little gifts.  I remember telling him how I always wanted to live in California.  I dreamed of Yosemite, Joshua Tree and the Pacific Ocean.  He said he was leaving on a trip there soon and I was so envious.  Upon his return he brought me back postcards that showed different parts of the state.  Little did I know but the seed was planted.

My guide school search continued until I found a great friendly company on the Kings River near Sequoia National Park.  Zephyr Whitewater.  California won out in the end.  I saved money to pay for guide school and two months later with only belongings that could fit in the trunk of my car and $500 I set off for the mountains out west.  My dreams of living on the river among the trees were becoming a reality!!!  The sun would shine upon my face everyday and my “office view” would be amazing.  I had never in my life felt so sure of anything, ever.

My family threw me a going away party and gave me gifts including $300 in BP gas card money.  (little did any of us know that there aren’t any BP gas stations west of Indiana…at least not then…hahaha)

Finally the day after I turned 29 I packed up the last of my things into my car.  I had said good bye to everyone.  My mom and I had a moment before she left for work so it was my dad who was the last one to see me get on the road.  I get my adventurous spirit from him I guess.  When I wake up in the wee hours of the morning and take off on a random road trips, that is my dad.  I remember not being able to let go of him.  Crying and crying because I would miss him so much and desperately wanting him to go on that cross country adventure with me…  after all I am my father’s daughter when it comes to road tripping, among other things.  😀  My fearlessness and take no bull attitude comes from my mother and her mother, Italians…

Finally my dad crying and chuckling said, “You can’t leave if you don’t let go.”  So I let go…

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 

Great weekend even if I’m not able to do the 1/2!


Hello beautiful people!

I had a really great weekend!  The weather was amazing, the conversations were insightful and I was able to spend all day Saturday with my niece Sydney 😀  Friday I had an appointment with Dr. Sean Cupp, an orthopedic physician.  We went over my symptoms and he ended up putting an air cast on my lower leg to stabilize the muscles and bones.  I have 4 weeks with the cast and four weeks of physical therapy.  The air cast isn’t all that bad but I am not allowed to do any “land cardio”, not even yoga for the next four weeks.  A bit of a bummer but at least I’m not in a boot or on crutches!  Whooooo hooooo!  But it also means no 1/2 marathon in the Grand Tetons.  By the time I am fully up and running again there will not be enough time to train properly for it.  So I will focus my efforts on the Tow Path 1/2 marathon in September/October!  So for now it is all about upper body and core.  Not super excited but hey, I did it to myself and I knew better than to go full throttle into the 1/2 training and over exert myself.  LESSON LEARNED!!!  Again…

 

Friday night one of my best friends and I got together for a delicious dinner at El Carnicero in Lakewood.

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Lakewood has some amazing restaurants and slowly I am trying each one!  The menu was pretty diverse and the really nice thing is that it is NOT your run of the mill Mexican joint.  The food is fresh, unique and will challenge your taste buds in good way.  I started off with a house margarita (happy hour at the bar 4-7) and it was really good.  The margarita could have use a bit more salt around the rim but the drink itself was very scrumptious!  My friend Sara had tequila, straight, rough week at work!)  We both ordered the Wild Boar Nachos (mine were vegetarian of course) and the goat cheese guacamole. The nachos were pretty good but the goat cheese guacamole was insanely delicious.  Very heavy though and it sat heavy in my stomach well into the following morning.  It was a delectable night out!  The best part was that my friend of 29 years and I had a chance to just sit and talk and talk and talk!   We don’t get together as often as we’d like so when we do we make sure it is for good food and tasty drinks.

Saturday morning I awoke to warm sunny skies and so of course I headed down to the beach with coffee in hand to snap a few pics and meditate out on the rocks that extend well into the lake.  😀

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I am sooo tall!

Ice covered 2/3’s of the rocks but I was able to find a nice sunny spot and just soaked up the warm sun, beautiful views and the sounds of birds chirping away.  It was perfect…

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I soon received a text from my brother inviting me to join him and his youngest Sydney for breakfast.  I was like, “Um yeah!”  So we discovered a “new to us” diner in Bay Village called Bay Diner.  The staff was friendly and the food was pretty darn good too.  A definite return spot.  😛  I asked Sydney if she wanted to spend the day with me and she said yeah!  She is the smartest 9 year old I know!  I call her Little Miss Regional Manager!  We spent the day doing little home improvement projects around my apartment.  We must have went to Home Depot and Lowe’s a 1/2 dozen times.  She helped me replace outlet covers, change out ceiling fan pull cords and find the right size screws for the drawer pulls I bought a while ago!  She was a great help!  We also went to Books a Million and I bought her a National Geographic Weird But True book.

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It contains 300 weird but true random facts about humans, animals, insects and the planet.  Annnnnd since I am a lover of all random facts like she is, we finished the entire book in about 2 hours!  Then we re-read it to see if we could remember the ones in the beginning!  So fun dudes!!!  All in all it was a fantastic day!

Today so far has been pretty good too.  I met my friend Bill for coffee and breakfast and then I am on my way to a benefit for a co-worker who is fighting stage 2-3 colon cancer.  We are hoping for a great turnout for the spaghetti dinner!  She is a fabulous nurse and co-worker!

I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday!  Enjoy the sun my friends!

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

 

Woke up and drove to New York… :D


 

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View from the upper falls area

 

Duuuudes…  you ever have one of those mornings when you feel an overwhelming desire to get the heck out of town or you may just lose your mind?!?!?!  That is exactly how I felt Saturday morning.  I was suppose to go snowshoeing with friends and was really looking forward to it as I have never been snowshoeing before.  However, when I opened my eyes I knew I had to pack up a few things and hop in my car.  It was a loooong week at work and some personal stuff was just brewing up inside me and that my friends makes for a great “get the heck out of dodge and drive to somewhere beautiful” kind of a much needed day!  So I pack a bunch of warm clothes, a thermos of hot coffee, some snacks, loaded up on gas and hit the highway.  I am not going to lie…. the weather was somewhat crappy but I didn’t care.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go.  I friend had told me about a place called “The Grand Canyon of the East” about a year ago.  I googled it and found it to be located in Letchworth State Park in Castile, NY.  So dudes, I plugged it into the map app on my phone, hit the open road and let my car take me there.

There is something about a road trip that gets me so totally excited and I feel so at peace and free.  I remember when I was moving from Venice Beach, CA up to San Francisco, I felt this feeling of relief knowing that I get to move someplace new and exciting…again!  Having the freedom to travel whenever I want to is so….sacred to me.  Sacred is the only word that I can think of to describe the feeling.  Although Cleveland is my home base for now, I would never rule out moving someplace new again.  😉

First I entered Pennsylvania (very short drive through this part of PA) then onto to New York.  The drive to New York wasn’t that bad.  I hit a few snow squalls heading of out Cleveland and in PA as well but I never thought to turn around.  It turned out to be a pretty decent drive for the most part.  I just took my time and wasn’t in any kind of hurry 🙂

I love driving along long stretches of land and looking out over the farms with really old barns and old houses with high pitched roofs.  Everything looks really pretty when it is snow covered.  Like a moment from a postcard from 60-70 years ago.  The landscapes seem to stand still in time when they are blanketed with snow.

After driving 4.5 hours and plenty of beautiful farms, I finally arrived at Letchworth State Park.

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It. Was. Cold….very cold!  I arrived and checked into the ranger’s station only to find out that that part of the park was closed due to the weather.  A lot of roads in the park were closed because they were not passable.  I also inquired to see if I could get a cabin for the night.  I had this idea in my head that I was going to take a nice warm shower, read, write, relax and meditate until my heart’s content.  That didn’t happen!  I figured no one would be wanting to spend the night in a sub zero temps out in a state park, even if it was in a cabin.  Wellll I forgot that it was Valentine’s Day weekend.  Bummer because there was not single cabin available.  So what’s a lady to do?  I put on my winter gear and went for a hike around that part of the park.  It was breathtaking!  The following description is from the New York State Park website,

“Letchworth State Park, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs–as high as 600 feet in some places–surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming and hot air ballooning.”  It was also named by USA Today,  America’s favorite state park 2015.

 

I cannot wait to go back in the late spring or early summer!  I want to hike for a couple of days and tent camp.  I don’t know if there is much backpacking in the park but I will have to find out for sure.  Wikipedia does a great job of explaining the history and formation of the canals and waterfalls within and around Letchworth State Park.   I tell you guys it’s worth the read 🙂

I hiked around and soaked up the scenery for while before heading back to Ohio.  The skies were so blue with wispy clouds spread out over the horizon.  The sun was bright and I could not have asked for a better day.  Even if it was insanely cold out!  The cool (pun intended!) part was the contrast of the blue sky against the evergreen trees. The trees just POPPED against the blue.  Very cool 🙂  Also the water below that was flowing through the canyon was a greenish blue color.  The color of VERY VERY VERY cold water.  Brrrr….  I had this thought that what if the cliff gave way and I slid hundreds of feet to the bottom of the canyon!?  Morbid I know but seriously…lol!  As I drove out of the park the wind picked just enough to blow some snow of the evergreen branches and they kissed my car gently as if to say, “Thank you for wandering around and see you soon.”

I stopped in a little town (the name of it has slipped my mind) to have dinner which was much needed after eating only a few snacks over the course of 8 hours.  I thought about staying in that little town but I really wanted to be in a cabin surrounded by snow and trees.  A small town hotel would not have had the same effect!

Well folks that is it for now!  I hope you had a good start to the week and I will check in again very soon.  I have to tell you about Sunday’s mini-road trip!

Oh and my friend Pete just posted a trip to the Wind River Range in Wyoming in August!  So stoked!!!

Happy road trippin’ ;D

 

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

Lol.. taking life in strides…and the power of meditation


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Hello everyone!  I hope this Friday finds you all ready for a relaxing peaceful weekend 🙂  I know I started mine last night with evening meditation and a bit of yoga.

1/2 marathon training has come to a bit of a halt.  I was speaking with a few physical therapists from work and they all agreed that I need to totally lay off the running and high impact cardio and make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor.  My usual one does not treat shin splints and I am a bit bummed because I like her style of practice.  The up side?  I have an appointment with the orthopedic doctor who treats the Cleveland Browns!  I am not messing around dudes!  I want to get this taken care of properly and with doctors that know really know their stuff!  Until then it’s more yoga, stretching, biking and swimming (swimming will start sometime soon.)  If for some reason this Grand Teton 1/2 marathon does not work out for me there is always the Towpath 1/2 marathon in the fall but I am totally still striving for the Grand Teton one!

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I am trying harder all the time to develop a deeper, more consistent and longer meditation practice.  Finding time to meditate can be very hard with working all the hours I do but I decided this year that I am not going to kill myself working.  When I do pick up the extra hours they will be during the week and I will try really hard to keep my weekends for myself.  I did that this week and although I was slap happy by the time 7:30pm came around on Thursday I was more than ready for some quiet time and a 3 day weekend and I am glad I was able to get the extra hours in during my normal work week.  I am very grateful and fortunate to have the schedule that I do and I don’t want to take it for granted and I want to use it wisely.

Meditation….You can meditate anywhere, anytime.  I do not attend any fancy meditation sessions.  I just find a quiet place, find meditation music on Spotify, sit quietly and focus on a mantra and my breathing.  There is a place by me where one can go to meditate and I may check it out just to see if I can develop a deeper practice. Just like yoga, when I go every so often to see what is new and make sure my positioning is aligned correctly.  Finding a quiet place is easy for me at home because I do not own a television and I like it that way.  I like that my place is a place of peace and quiet.  I deal with noise all day long and I like to retreat to a peaceful place.   This morning I woke up and instead of jumping into the car to head to the coffee shop I decided to wait.  I caught myself already getting wrapped up with the question of what am I going to do with my morning?  That’s when I turned off the noise in my head, lit a few candles and sat on my sofa and meditated for 25 minutes.  Although my mind will wonder and wander during meditation, I am getting better at it and can bring myself back quicker than before.  🙂

I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard the words this past week so if any of you know who said these words let me know so I may give credit.  Someone said that we should take care of ourselves mentally so we are better able to take care of ourselves physically.  That makes so much sense to me.  I mean the mind and body are one.  Our brain controls every part of us. If we lose brain function then we lose bodily function, if our heart wears out then we lose the oxygen rich blood being pumped to the brain.  Why wouldn’t we “workout” our minds?  Have you ever tried working out and you feel better mentally as well as physically?  It goes BOTH ways.  This morning I was struggling with what to do with my day and also a friend who is having a tough time communicating right now.  Instead of getting wrapped up in things to do and dealing with people, I decided to deal with myself.  I recognized the jumbled mess of thoughts in my brain and realized that I needed to take time out to deal with that before I deal with anything else.  The end result?  I let go of the worry that I had about the friend.  I was able to bring myself to a place where I remembered that we all deal with things differently and that when that person is ready to talk, in their own time, they will reach out.  I cannot control the other person, nor do I want to.  I respect them and their process.  I can only focus on my day and let them go about theirs.  And as far as what to do with my day?  I am here at my favorite coffee shop Erie Island, writing and I am happy about that.  I am not worried about the rest of the day or weekend that lies ahead.

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I will catch up again soon.  Have a beautiful and peaceful day!

Also, congrats to Tom who won the coffee give away!

~Lori

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Monday funday: Give away & random facts about me…lol

 

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Happy Monday…why do people say that?  I guess any day where you wake up is a good day, eh?  Today I am working a later shift so I am sitting at the cafe with a warm cup of coffee and a fire blazing just across from me.  So it is a wonderful Monday morning for me 🙂

I thought I would try to ease the Monday blues for you all and do a Monday funday kind of deal.  Random facts and what would you do kind of questions and a trivia question!  Coffee give away!  Coffee from Erie Island Coffee!  A one pound bag of their delicious Perry’s Brew whole bean coffee!  Perry’s Brew is an Italian roast, smooth, low acidity, low caffeine and has a hint of a dark chocolate flavor.  I will randomly select a winner on Friday!

At least this list may make you laugh or distract you from a crazy Monday 🙂  Please feel free to share random facts and anwers to the “what would you do’s” in the comments section 😀  I’d love to learn about you guys too!

10 random facts about me.

  1. I LOVE watching planes take off and land but I am afraid of flying.
  2. I want to go skydiving really bad!  (it’s just getting up in the air that’s the problem)
  3. I can eat peas when they are mixed in with other foods but not by themselves.
  4. I am a hair twirler and so are my two sisters.  (Our mom was really concerned about this when we were younger!)
  5. I have 2 screws in my left knee.
  6. I can drink hot coffee on a 11o° day and I love it!
  7. I have roadtripped across country several times solo.
  8. I wanted to make hard boiled eggs one time but couldn’t because forgot I owned pots and pans.  That is how much I DO NOT cook!  Lol…but I am slowly learning
  9. My right ear squeaks when I itch it.  We all itch our ears from time to time right?!  Right?!
  10. Eyebrows are the first thing I notice on someone.

Phew.. That was kind of tough to do!

5 What would you do’s?

  1. Where would you go for a week if money or transportation were not an issue?
    • I would go to Africa.
  2. What would you do if you found a bag with a ton of money and no one saw you pick it up?
    • Turn it in, wait 30 days and hope no one claims it then TRAVEL!!!
  3. Who is the one person with whom you would have lunch with if you could?
    • Jane Goodall and Michael J. Fox   (I know I picked two but they are both my heros!
  4.  What would you do if you had only one super power?!
    • I would be able to fly so I could go anywhere any time I want to!
  5. What would your dream job be?
    • Photographer/writer for National Geographic.

Trivia question:

  1.   In which US State had Sweden for a time a Colony? 

 

Hope this provided a little happy distraction from your hectic Monday!  Have a beautiful day wherever you may be!

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

Recovery and repair (shins and cars)…


Good morning everyone!  It is a beautiful crisp morning here in Cleveland.

I am currently writing as I am sitting at Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care in North Olmsted.  I bought new tires yesterday and I didn’t know that they do more than just tires!?  The staff here is really friendly and helpful and as someone who doesn’t like to spend my day off taking care of car issues, their friendliness and generosity made the experience a more pleasant one. 🙂  After my tires were put on I ask the gentleman who was checking me out if he had a quick minute to listen to the rattling sound underneath my car that has been occurring for the past several months.  He, Randy, took the time to do that at the last minute and I was very grateful he did.  Last June I hit a set of railroad tracks a little to hard.  I wasn’t speeding!  The tracks are old and not evened out so it was really rough going over them.  Since then I always hear an annoying rattling sound whenever I hit even the tiniest of bumps.  So now they are checking it out and I hope it is nothing serious!  (update: just received the estimate new stabilizer links: $182!)  Oy vey!

Now for the shin splint up date.  It is not going well.  😦  Also I will be posting weekly updates as it is hard to post everyday at this point!)

I am really trying not to become discouraged and I am trying to focus on other areas of training but I have to say I am getting a little bored.  While driving to get my car checked out this morning I passed a few runners and my heart sank a little.  Recovery has always been my biggest problem.  I am not patient in that regard but I am working on it!  I was standing in Marshall’s yesterday and all of a sudden I felt a very sharp pain traveling up my shin.  It hurt like heck!!!  I have been rolling out my calves with a foam roller, doing stretches, wrapping it while I am work and wearing compression socks too.

Dudes….I just have to chill and come to terms with the recovery process.  Soooo hard.

In other training news I have decided to keep a food diary for training purposes.  I am not one who counts calories and obsesses over food in a diet kind of way.  I am doing it because I want to see what affects my body how.  Yesterday I was measuring my floors for area rugs and while I had the measuring tape out I took my measurements…winter has crept up and added a few inches to my body!!!  What the heck?!  Reality check!  Time to start seriously looking at what food I am putting down my gullet.

While I was waiting for my tires yesterday I strolled down to Half-Price Books.  I am not really a cook but really want to start attempting to be.  I have made a few delicious dishes but ask anyone in my family and they will tell some funny, ridiculous stories of my ineptitude in the kitchen.  An ex-boyfriend of mine once bought me a really nice pan for Christmas instead of a massage that I has asked for!  Hahahaha 😛

So I was perusing the cookbook aisle looking for a simple, easy, SMALL cookbook.  I am a vegetarian and 1/2 A** vegan so my options were a bit limited.  I also gave up processed added sugar January 1 so that means no sugary sweets.  None.

(Side note: since giving up sugar my energy level throughout the day has stayed on an even keel and I feel really good.  After a month I no longer crave or really think about sweets!)

My co-worker, Gail, who is a fabulous baker is working on a sugarless cake for me 🙂  (I am not promoting nor endorsing any kind of diet, just simply what works for me.  Do what makes you feel your best!)  Anyways, a small jam packed little cookbook caught my eye.

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Kathy Patalsky

Kathy Patalsky wrote a very easy to understand cookbook!  It is not a preachy kind of cookbook.  A lot of the recipes are just a few ingredients which is really nice for someone like me who gets very intimidated at the grocery store :/ I always end up buying the same few items every time.  Bananas, oats, kale, apples etc.  She shares tips and ideas for what to stock in your pantry and some health tips too!  I am soooo going to try one of the recipes tomorrow!  Also check out her other website Finding Vegan!

It is a journey, an educational and humbling journey my friends!  But I love it 🙂

So that is where I am at this week.  🙂  Plugging along like the rest of you!  I will be going to see a musician tonight with a few friends of mine so I am excited about that!  I love live music in small settings!

Hope all of you are going to have a fun relaxing weekend!

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

 

 

Days 2 & 3 of 1/2 marathon training… ugh!


 

 

Good evening everyone!  Today was crazy busy at work so I am happy to be relaxing at Erie Island Coffee with a hot cup of decaf and the conversations of others in the background.  Aaahhhh!

So I yesterday was day 2 and it was a rest day.  I moved apartments last night so that took ALL my time after work! I will have a really pretty view now and can see clear down to the park!  While I was a work yesterday I went to squat down to pick something up off the floor and I felt an awful sharp pain shoot through the anterior medial (front middle) side of my shin.  I continued to feel the quick sharp pain sporadically through out the day.  I knew exactly what it was….SHIN SPLINTS!!!!  I have been running for about a week or two already and when I get that runner’s high I just can’t quit.  Not good as the experts suggest increasing you mileage by NO MORE THAN 10%.  I don’t listen very well sometimes so now I am paying the price.   Also, I will be the first to admit that I need to purchase new running shoes.  I thought the ones I had could get me by a little longer but apparently not.  So tonight and the next 6 days will be dedicated to TONS of stretching, yoga and biking.  I want to keep up the cardio and really need to be stretching like a mad woman Every. Single. Day.

I have never had shin splints before so this really is a set back and I don’t want it to be a mental one that derails me in the beginning of my training.

There are all sorts of YouTube videos about yoga for running.  I am not a personal trainer (yet) so I will not be suggesting any particular one.  There are plenty though!  🙂

Runner’s World has a great article all about shin splints and how to prevent and treat them.

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So I will keep you updated on the progress of the crappy shin splints and tips I will be sure to be asking the physical therapists at the hospital where I work!  So for now it will be R.I.C.E

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Along with yoga, biking and a foam roller too!  Foam rollers are great to work the kinks out of you muscles and help break up the fascia (a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ.)

Wish me luck!

Good night my friends and I will talk with you tomorrow!

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow