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Five Finger

For Christmas I bought myself a pair of Vibram Five Finger running shoes.  I just did my 3rd run in them today and I am still not sure about them.

My big toe on both feet keeps rubbing funny on a seam or something and feels very sore after my run.

I don’t want to make it seem that I am over doing the trying new shoes because I am not.  I actually restarted the couch to 10k program solely to do a slow transition into these shoes.  I am not going to give up just yet.

I did my run at the YMCA again today because it is super cold out.

Tomorrow or Sunday I plan to go for a 3-4 mile run but I am going to wear my “normal” shoes for that lol.  I am just waiting for January to be over so the gym classes clear out again so I can have room to do the moves.


Day 1

Today I took my first steps to becoming a better me.  It is going to be hard and at times I am going to want to quit but I am worth it.

I started my day being a bum and watching tv but around 9:30 I got my butt motivated and headed off to the gym.  I had my run done around 11 and had most of the rest of the day to be lazy.

This was my first over 3 mile run since my stress fracture in September as well as my first run of the year.  It was a struggle mentally and physically but I did it and I know I can do it again.

I am loving my new shirt that I got for Christmas lol.

I also downloaded a few new apps to do at home on my off days.  I got 30 day squats, 30 day abs, 30 day arms, 30 day cardio, and 30 day pushups.  Because today is Janurary 1st I started them all on beginner level 1 and went for it.  It wasn’t very pretty but I got it done and will do it again tomorrow.

I also plan to try to make it to a class at the gym tomorrow so hopefully I can do both with working 8 hours and having kids at home as well.  I am not about to give up on the second day either.

We can do this…

New Year

As I sit here celebrating the new year with my 4 year old daughter I am reflecting on what I have accomplished in the last year.

I started out the year weighing in at 129.2 and today one year later I weighed in at 127.0 so a 2.2 pound loss.  I was down to around 120 or so until I broke my leg and my fitness got sidetracked.  I am just going to stick with I maintained the weight loss for a year so far.

My goal for the year beyond maintaining the weight loss was to run 1017 K for the year in the Map My Run challenge group.

I made it more that that coming in at 1627 K which is 1010.97 miles.  I hope to make that into 2000 K for 2018.

Also in 2017 I had my first ever broken bone, ran my first 10 K race, and signed up for my first 10 mile race to be run in 2018.  

I have many things to be proud of this year as well as some regrets.  I have learned that I need to cross train and not just run as my only form of fitness.  I have learned that streaking can be a bad thing and I was running way too much at the cost of my body and my family.

I plan to run no more than 3 days a week a week and cross train or strength train 3 days a week and having 1 day a week as an all around rest day.  I am not sure how long this will last but it is my starting plan to be tweaked as I love along with my fitness journey.


Today G and I tried the Yoga class at the gym.  It was fun but G needs to work on balance.  When we were leaving we walked by the R.I.P.P.E.D class and G wants to try that one next week.

Tomorrow we do week 2 day 3 of the couch to 10k training program.  G and I are very confident that we can do it.  We are digging not running every day and having time to try new classes out at the gym.

I start my first day of physical therapy tomorrow as well.  Hopefully this will help me get back to where I started.  I feel like I don’t have the strength or range of motion that I used to have before my injury.

I also finished the cross stitch that I started a while ago.

Now I need to buy a frame for it and find somewhere to hang it lol.  I started a new one this evening as well.

It doesn’t look like much now but Z is very anxious for me to get it done so she can have it lol.

Weight: 129.2

Activity:  Yoga 45 minutes


Wow what a weekend.  I guess I should recap by days.

Friday I tried Body Pump class at the YMCA and wow my upper body needs a ton of work.  I am trying hard to stick with the 3 days a week of running but it is tough.

I was so sore when I woke up on Saturday I didn’t want to do anything.  I made it to the gym in the afternoon to do week 1 day 3 of the couch to 10k program.

Today is Sunday and I am still sore from the class on Friday so I went to a different class today.  This one was called R.I.P.P.E.D and it is a strength and cardio mix class.  I enjoyed it but not as much as Friday’s class.  I also caved and hit the treadmill for a mile today.

My excuse was that I was 20 minutes early for my class and had nothing better to do but we all know that was a lie lol.

Tomorrow G and I start week 2 of the couch to 10k trainer and I am so excited to see how far we can go this time.

I am learning to take things slow and steady to not over do my fitness this time I hope for no not injuries.

See ya soon,



After a busy day of going to the children’s museum I got off my butt and headed to the gym this evening.  I only had time for 30 minutes on the bike but let me tell you that 30 minutes was pure bliss.  It wasn’t running but man it felt good to do some fitness.  I think that I am going to try to go again tomorrow.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


The earlier you identify a disease the less damage it is likely to do and the easier it should be to treat.  Be vigilant for odd lumps and bumps, strange pains, rashes, or changes in your body-and get medical advice about anything that worries you.  But, mostly, the only way to pick up on the first stages of a condition is through regular screening, even if you’re an ostensibly healthy person.

Screening is available for many serious deseases, but it can cause a lot of unnecessary worry.  Ask your doctor about the efficacy of tests and how often they should be repeated.

Weight: 123.7 (+0.5)

Calories: 2,734

Run streak: 0 days

Days left in boot: 17 days 18 hours 47 minutes

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


I am down to 19 more days in the boot and let me tell ya this crap is getting old.  I walk super slow in it.  This evening it was raining and we were out shopping so walking to the car my sock got all wet.  I am so tired of this crap I am going to try and hit the gym tomorrow to do something athletic.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


The colors you introduce to your home can have an impact on your well-being, since different colors are known to influence different emotions.  And it is not just the colors that you use, but where you use them in the home, you may wish to consider the main emotional impact that specific colors are ment to have.

You can use just one main color throughout a room, or different tones of the same color.  Alternatively, you can place extra splashes of “accent” color(s)-to complement a dominant color, or even equal amounts of two or more contrasting colors, making sure that there are no uneasy clashes.  Objects that you should consider when matching or introducing a color scheme are soft furnishings (cushions, rugs, bedding); ornaments (framed photos, lamps, vases, sculptures); kitchenware (toaster, fruit boels, kitchen towels); tableware (tablecloths, place mats, crockery) and floral arrangements, with endless color options.

Here are some common colors and their associations:

 Red: Fiery and invigorating

 Orange: Warm and reassuring

 Green: Nourishing and soothing

 Blue: Calming and cooling

 Yellow: Sunny and uplifting

 Brown: Grounding and practical

Weight: 123.2 (-0.7)

Calories: 1,720

Days left in boot: 19

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


I saw the orthopedist today finally.  Yup I have a broken Tibia and Fibula.  The doc was actually impressed that I was doing ok with the boot because with how bad it looked she wanted me on crutches.

I don’t want to be on crutches so I am glad that the boot is helping.

So the plan is 4 weeks in the boot with no running.  Then more xrays and probably some physical therapy and hopefully a return to running in 8 weeks.  I made my follow-up appointment for 4 weeks from today.

I did manage to talk her into a shorter boot because the one I had was making my knee hurt.

This one is much better to walk in.  Now I just need to walk farther in it lol.  Or I could just go to the gym and work my upper body and core like mad.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


Your shoulders can become tired through prolonged or repetitive movements, such as sitting at a desk for long periods.  This is an easy STRETCH that can be done anywhere, helping to improve posture and reduce muscle tension.

*   Stand a little away from a wall.  Place your hands on the wall and walk your feet away until your upper body is horizontal, with back and arms straight and hands still pressing on the wall.

*   Press your armpits toward the floor to feel a flexing in the shoulder joints.  Press and release a few times to extend the range of movement of the shoulders.

Weight: 125.2 (+1.5)

Calories: 1,795

Run streak: 0 days

Days left in boot: 27

Next race:  Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17

August 3rd training run

Today is Dr appt cold and rainy.  I planned to run after work outside but ended up at the gym instead.

At the gym I run the track not the treadmill but at 16 laps per a mile it gets a little old after awhile.  I quit at 3.1 miles because I needed to shower before I picked up G from Safety Camp.  I did do my 3.1 miles in 32:07.

So today G went to Safety Camp at the local community center which is also the gym we go to.  He learned about fire, internet, water, bike, and a few other kinds of safety.  His BFF also went so they had a good time.

He got a t-shirt, cirtificate, medal, and goodie bag as well as 2 snacks and lunch.  He did say that even after the busy day he had at camp he is ready to attempt the pre race 5k tomorrow.

Weight: 121.0 (-1.1)

Calories: 1,593

Run streak: 70 days

Next race: 15’s 5k 8/6/17

July 25th training run

Today I was stuck in one of those all day work meeting class things.  As in the thing started at 7am and let out at 3:15pm.  I was at less than 10,000 steps for the day so I picked up the kids and headed to the gym in the rain.

I get so bored with the gym I prefer to run outside but so.days that is not an option.  With the track being 16 laps to a mile doing 50 laps gets very old very fast.

I only did a 5k before saying screw it.  I made it in 31:44 so not my best but it was still a run.  Tomorrow is another couch to 5k day with G and I can’t wait.

Weight: 123.7 (0.6)

Calories: 1,744

Run streak: 61 days

Next race: Bubble Run 5k 7/30/17