I Anticipated That the Injury to Sideline My Running Would Be a Bit More Glamourous

It’s not that I want an injury at all…quite the contrary.  I’ve always been quite amazed that I have absolutely nothing wrong with me…and therefore no excuses to not move my butt.  Granted, I’ll get a small twinge in my hip on occasion – which seems to be rectified almost entirely with my new running shoes, and my knee may feel a wee sore (though very rarely) after a really long run, but for the most part…nada. 

So what has me not running since Tuesday?  Blisters.  Wicked, nasty, raw, and bleeding blisters on the backs of my feet.  And what caused these blisters??  A pair of new high heels I bought when my sister in law was here back in April and finally decided to wear to work.  Of course, I didn’t think to pack a back up pair (which I actually normally do if I’m going to wear a new pair of shoes for the first time).  It was also a day of many meetings and running all over the hospital, so it’s not like I was just sitting behind my desk. 

I could feel them growing as the day went on, and took a brief trip to Walgreen’s to buy band aids and blister barriers.  I’m sure they helped tremendously – I was able to walk in those shoes the rest of the day even though I wanted to cry every time my feet moved.  As soon as I got back to the van to head home, I took my shoes off and put them on the drivers seat.  I know at least in WI where I grew up, that it’s illegal to drive without shoes on.  I’m not sure about the VA shoe law (I’m thinking with all our beaches, it’s a bit more laid back), but just in case, I wanted those torture devices right there.

This leaves me with a terrible dilemma.  I can’t wear any shoes with a back on them.  For work, I’ve been wearing dressy sandals, and anything else are strictly flip flops.  I get into the shower, and as soon as water hits them, it stings like someone is lighting the little round circles on my feet on fire.  This leaves me feeling mighty stupid that the reason I can’t lace up real shoes is because of how much it’s going to hurt my feet.  I really wanted to do my long run Friday, but there was no way.  Tomorrow I’m talking A and her boyfriend to Busch Gardens for the day, so am hoping that the evil blisters will heal enough by Sunday to allow me to wear shoes again.  If not…I’m going to be doing a lot of swimming and yoga.

Okay, time for something less dreary. 

This week was a bit atypical for both D and I. Typically, he takes the kids to TKD, but I took them both days this week.  He has Crohn’s Disease, and has the beginnings of a new flare up.  It breaks my heart to see because he can be in such pain and can barely eat.  His doctor already put him on some new meds, so hopefully this round will be very short lived.  On Wednesday, I wasn’t feeling too great either (though I’ve figured it out…it’s the Vitamin D supplement that I started taking a few weeks ago…makes me sick as a dog), but I’m sure I was feeling better than D was!  Dinner was Arby’s for the older two, D made sausages and cheesy noodly stuff for him and R (sense a theme here?  D has to make dinner on Monday, and it’s hot dogs and mac and cheese…he has to make dinner on Wednesday, and it’s a variation of the exact same meal!).

Work was good for me all week.  I’ve gotten a lot done, and that always is a good thing.

Thursday night I did some major grocery shopping; we were out of everything.  Dinner was an Italian pasta dish for D and the kids.  For me, I reheated some leftover brown basmati rice, threw in that Indian baked tofu I made but never used, and then dumped a ton of hot sauce on it.  It was good…so good in fact, that I also had that for breakfast on Friday!

Yesterday began the tax free weekend!  I bought all the school supplies for R and M (A doesn’t have a list online) and some clothes.  I already mentioned my tofu and rice breakfast.  Lunch was a bowl of Vietnamese Pho Veggie Noodle Soup.  Dinner for me was the last of the coleslaw and then some popcorn.  I admit….my dinner was extraordinarily unbalanced.  I made an Indian chicken dinner with basmati rice and garlic naan that the rest of the family went wild over.  It’s a recipe from a pressure cooker cookbook I recently acquired, and it’s awesome.

Today will be another day at Busch Gardens.  I have 3-4 books that I’m trying to read, so I imagine I’ll make a huge dent in those while A and N wander around the park.  Tomorrow I’ll either be raving about my 10 mile run….or my hours doing hot yoga, running, and lifting weights.  I’m hoping for the run.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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