Apparently, I am a fanatic.

I’ve decided I absolutely don’t care because holy smokes someone needs to be.

Here’s the deal.

I run into someone who I suspect may have a thyroid issue AT LEAST twice a week. AT LEAST. They’re tired. Run down. Gaining weight.  Just generally feel bad.


I’ve lost count of the number of people I know or met that have any kind of issue with their thyroid at all and they say, “oh I have that. I just take a little pill and I’m fine” and yet they are tired, run down, gaining weight, just generally feel bad. They have no idea what they’re TSH number is. They have no idea what it SHOULD be. They have never questioned their doctor when he says “it’s normal” on what the heck…”normal” is. I don’t blame the patient here. I blame the medical community  and the lack of education on this illness that affects SO much of the population.


The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which controls virtually every cell, tissue and organ in the body.

Think of your thyroid as a car engine that sets the pace at which your body operates. An engine produces the required amount of energy for a car to move at a certain speed. In the same way, your thyroid gland manufactures enough thyroid hormone to prompt your cells to perform a function at a certain rate.

Just as a car can’t produce energy without gas, your thyroid needs fuel to produce thyroid hormone. This fuel is iodine. Iodine comes from your diet and is found in iodized table salt, seafood, bread and milk. ~source

  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
  • Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
  • One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. ~source

Here’s what I’ve learned. I am NOT a doctor. I am not in the medical community. I am a patient. I have been a thyroid patient since MT was about 5 years old (give or take, I’d have to research) and he’s 19. I have seen six doctors and three specialists and I didn’t get diagnosed completely until two and a half years ago April.

  1. Most common symptoms of Hypothyroidism are the following:
    gaining weight
    feeling cold
    dry skin
    brittle nails
    feeling depressed
    voice changes
    lumps in throat (such as a goiter)
    heavy or irregular menstrual cycles
  2. Most people blame these symptoms on being busy, the climate in the area, diet, stress and just…”life”.  Well, I’ve felt lousy but it’s just…life, you know? I’ve been so busy.

  3. If you find you have even a few of these symptoms, if you are normally healthy and energetic and find yourself needing a nap and gaining weight and just generally feeling rundown…see your doctor. I’m not suggesting one symptom…see your doctor. I’m suggesting you feel “off”…you see your doctor. Take a real assessment and say, hey. Maybe for real it’s not just life. Maybe it’s actually something else going on. Ask for a blood test and ask for a full thyroid panel. This includes a TSH test, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies.
  4. This is important. March 2003, the endocrinology community suggested that the normal range is narrowed and that a new “normal range” of .3 to 3.0 be adopted. ~ source
    Every lab is different and will have its own scale. Some labs will go from .3 to 3 and some will go from .5 to 5.5. You need to find out what your lab is using so you can properly understand your results. When you get your results, if your doctor says “your test results were normal” you need to ask what they were. He may say you’re low or you’re high but normal is very common.  Ask what they were! Ask for the numbers. Don’t accept “normal”. Normal is subjective depending on how they read the results and what scale they are using. If they are using the 5.5 scale then your results could fall as high as 4 or 4.5 and the doctor would say “normal”. Most people feel healthiest with results around 1 or 2. Accepting “normal” without knowing and understanding your results and the scale they are using could be keeping you from feeling better and could also be leading to unnecessary tests. I know I had at least one doctor that continued to want to test me for many other issues when it really was just my thyroid. Costly tests I didn’t need. My own research is what finally led to my diagnosis of Hypothyroidism and Celiac disease. You have to be your own advocate. I personally feel better at around .5 so when I’m at 1.5 I’m sleeping and putting things in the freezer that don’t belong there and dropping words and …well…really wrong things. Sean will say to me..”um…are your numbers off?” Well, I will get tested because they probably are.
  5. Once you get your results and you realize you have to push for more, you’ll need to take your own reputable research with you. I DO google but I only take reputable websites with me and I take at least three. I have plenty of evidence to back up my claim and I don’t start my conversation with “so I was googling”. I start with, “I’ve done research and I’ve found evidence the scale is …” and you go from there. I realize it sounds the same but the doctor is already rolling his eyes that you’ve been on the internet.
    I do my best to not sound internet crazy but I’m also not going to be dismissed because I do my research online. Research is research. If he won’t listen to you or he won’t refer you to an ENT, get a second opinion. Don’t ask. Politely STATE. Tell him you’ve done research and according to your research your numbers put your thyroid at too high on the optimal scale and this could definitely be contributing to your symptoms. If he doesn’t agree, you’d like to be referred to an ENT please.
  6. If he continues to not work with you, get a second opinion.  Your doctor should be someone who works with you. He works with you, your lab results and how you feel. It’s all a combination. My doctor says I know my own body and she thinks I’m really sensitive to how my body works so she trusts me when I say…something is off. If I randomly call her and ask for a blood test she gives me one. That’s what you’re looking for. A doctor who will work with you.
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  7. Hopefully he’ll work with you and if he does the medication can take two to six weeks before you start feeling better. It’s a slow process but you’ll get there. You should be retested six weeks after you start your meds to make sure you are at a good new number and if you aren’t, he’ll re-adjust the meds. If you are, you are good to go. You should be set for the next six months and for the first two years you should be re-tested every six months.
  8. One more thing...if you test positive for Hypothyroidism you need to be tested for Celiac. It’s a simple blood test and relatively inexpensive. The incidence of Celiac Disease related to Hypothyroidism is VERY high and if left untreated can cause a list of unpleasant illnesses not the least of which is cancer. Take the test. Take care of you. Be educated.

    Feel free to ask me any questions and if this is confusing at all (it is a lot of information and a very long post) I can answer any and all questions either in the comments or in my email at Again, not a medical expert. Just a patient who has been through this.

    Here are some good websites for some great information:
    An overview of Hypothyroidism
    American Thyroid Association
    AACE Thyroid Awareness

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    Run on…

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A really hard workout…am I up to it again? It’s Fall…this is the good stuff. Right now.

UPDATE: Most of this was written yesterday when it was officially the first day of Fall. I get it. I am completely terrible. But I was also SO very busy yesterday so this post was up all day and I would walk over and write a few sentences and then run out and do something and come home and… get the idea. Just go easy on me.
I’m trapped in the house waiting for a delivery and it’s the most amazing morning to run. It’s SO PERFECT. It’s like…54* and overcast and the air is fall and crisp. Oh and did I forget…today is officially that day. 

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It’s Fall and that’s my favorite so… JOY!


So I stalled long enough with ALLTHEREADING that now said package has arrived and I am free to leave the house.

Andrea and I were supposed to go out of town today but something unexpected came up and so we are not. Which is okay because I am still working on the bathroom. I know, you’re thinking how on earth is it possible you are STILL working on the bathroom??  The wheels of construction turn slowly, My Friend. Slowly.  The world is a waiting game. Wait to talk to the tile guy. Wait to order the sink. Wait to buy a vanity. Wait wait wait. Can’t paint until this is done. Can’t do that until the paint is done. It’s a vicious cycle.

Bright side I painted yesterday and I’m almost done so things are now moving forward!

I spent the day in Colorado Springs, then shopping then running around getting errands done but I made sure to get a workout in. Yes Folks…I did a random workout.  This is similar to random dancing but not as fun.

I know…weird, right?

I didn’t do yoga.

I didn’t run…

I did Beachbody’s Hammer and Chisel.

The jury is still out.

This is, for the record, NOT my kind of workout. I am not your “burpees” kind of girl. I haven’t ever been even the least bit interested in Crossfit and Plyometrics in general…eh. Whatever.

We all know all I ever really want to do is run so can’t I just do that?
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But over the years my love of yoga has come out mostly because it is SUCH a compliment to running. So I think I could do that pretty well. And if I could pick a third thing…I’d cycle. I always loved riding bikes and I may have to start that again. So much love for that and it’s good for me. Plus I could hang out with Sean. One more thing he can kick my ass at.

But I’m doing Hammer and Chisel for now. I’m giving it the old college try.  I can’t really complain I mean I made it through day one. hahahhahaha
And actually I don’t even think I did a whole workout! I only did the Hammer side. I didn’t do Chisel (Autumn Calabrese).

It’s a little cheesy. sigh.

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Also, it mildly bugs me that the three guys do the whole big badass workout but the chick (not Chisel but another girl) does the “modified workout”.  I realize that’s petty. I’m goin’ with it though. And finally…Hammer, whose real name I do not know ::checkingnow:: Sagi Kalev is kind of a goofy guy.

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I think I actually did maybe half of day that I look closer at the situation. Hmm.

Damn. I’m a rockstar.
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I’ll keep you posted.
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 am not really badass but I will tell you those jumps I had to do onto the weight bench…that was hard. Not physically but I had to overcome my inner voice saying~hahhaha there’s no WAY you can do THAT!~

I did do it. Probably ten times. Maybe after I do it another 30 or 40 times I’ll be super confident.

Run on…

Hey…check out to find out your Patronus.  Mine turned out to be a Doe which is a lovely Patronus and I was very lucky to get that. But if I hadn’t gotten something I liked you can bet your ass I’d have logged in under a new account and tried again because that’s me.  This is supposed to be lovely and beautiful and give us joy. If it doesn’t, what’s the point? And if you really really don’t connect with your Patronus then how could it possibly be right? Maybe you were in the wrong frame of mind when you took the test. Whatever the reason, try again. Make sure you are happy with your results. Harry Potter joy. Always. 

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The Craigslist vortex…and yes, I’m still there.

so my life. Especially at Target. Their self checkouts are the worst.

In the “redoing our bathroom” fun I bought an amazing cabinet/mirror/sink set for so freakin’ cheap on Craigslist. It was a steal at $80. We were doing a lot of work in the garage and the sink got bumped and it broke. So now I’m trying to replace it.

I’ve been living on Craigslist for the last three days at least and ohmygosh is it a time suck. If you’re looking for a bathroom vanity sink you have to look for the following:

bathroom vanity sink
bathroom sink
bathroom vanity
bathroom cabinet
And then here is a fun twist. The last time I found my cabinet I had given up and moved on to mirrors and under the mirror section was the perfect  cabinet. So now I search under random sale posts justincases.


OH…and remember to start at the beginning because new stuff gets posted all the time so hey…if you already checked it then check again in an hour or two. NEW STUFF>

I did find a sink and it’s super cheap at $45. Unfortunately, a complete jerk is selling it and I have a huge moral block on buying things from jerks. I will cheerfully pay twice as much to avoid contributing to the joy of the jerks of the world.

I sent him an email five days ago. Nothing.
I sent him another one three days ago. Nothing.
But the ad was getting updated…???

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So I thought..maybe my emails were getting lost. So I had Sean send him an email.
Then I called and left a message.
Today I got an email from him saying he had it but he had two other people on the list so if he didn’t hear from me this morning he was moving on down the list.

Hey genius, my husband is one and I’m the other.
So I called him and he was like…”yeah, I work a lot of hours so maybe this weekend Saturday or Sunday”
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Sure Dude. Whenever you get around to letting me finish my bathroom. No rush.
I told him that was no problem.
Then I started making calls and searching for a different one.
Cleaning the cobwebs off the front of the house is one of my very least favorite tasks EVER. There are live things there and it’s…icky.
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That’s really all I need to say about that.
My allergies are freakin’ out of control. I’m taking two Allegra a day and my nose is SO ITCHY.


ugh awful breath allergies stuffy


I made this and it was good.

Now…I’m about to show you really terrible (my camera phone if you recall) before and after shots and they look exactly the same. But they taste completely different. So don’t judge.
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On the left…pre cooked. SO easy to make. On the right…Obviously after it was cooked and I was eating one. I love scones. Took twelve minutes to bake. Seriously like…5 minutes to put together. It’s a favorite. The mix cost $4.29 I think? Which sounds expensive but for gluten free…not bad. Kind of average. Totally worth it.


I’m going to run tonight for a short ~please don’t let my leg get reinjured~ run and then I’ll do all the regular stretch/foam roll/ice…etc. ::pauseforsneezing::
So there’s that.

I’m so over sneezing.

I so need more meds. sigh.

It's hard to workout with injuries but keep in mind that we take vacations but don't always get to see EVERYTHING!  Sometimes we have to "pass" on a couple spots in order to enjoy the others fully.  Take your body on a gym, run, workout vacation and see the "spots" you missed (injured) next time!:

Run on…

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Imagine That.

I’ve been doing something really really crazy.

Following the rules.

I’m MOSTLY a rule follower. But there are times when I struggle with that rule thing and I blow it off for greener pastures.

I’ve been stretching, foam rolling, doing squats, walking, wearing the right shoes, icing…you name it…I been doing it. And the craziest thing has been happening.

My leg is actually GETTING BETTER>

I know can you believe it?

Me either.

Almost makes me want to follow the rules all the the time.


But not really.

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There is a lot of misinformation about Celiac Disease. Even as I was researching this posting I was struggling to come up with consistency. Some sites liked to make up their own “fifth” type. Because that’s helpful. Some sites only report three kinds. I’ve chosen to stick with four types of Celiac Disease but they all end up in the same place with the same treatment. Under no circumstances can you have gluten.

The disease is the same. The symptoms are different.

Classical Celiac is the first and it involves digestive and gastrointestinal issues. This type is most commonly found in children. Here is a condensed list of some of the symptoms. There are more…these are the most critical. ~source

  • abdominal bloating and pain
  • chronic diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
  • weight loss

Atypical Celiac is the second type and the most common in adults. There is a list of most common symptoms for Celiacs and even though they are the most common it’s still possible to have cross symptoms from the other types of Celiac.  Highlighted symptoms are all mine Baby. I get to own those. Good times.
Patients may have mild gastrointestinal symptoms without clear signs of malabsorption or may have seemingly unrelated symptoms. They may suffer from abdominal distension and pain, and/or other symptoms such as: iron-deficiency anemia, chronic fatigue, chronic migraine, peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness or pain in hands or feet), unexplained chronic hypertransaminasemia (elevated liver enzymes), reduced bone mass and bone fractures, and vitamin deficiency (folic acid and B12), late menarche/early menopause and unexplained infertility, dental enamel defects, depression and anxiety, dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy skin rash), etc. ~source
*chronic migraine may or may not be related to Celiac. I’ve had it my whole life so we don’t know if it’s related. The gluten free diet doesn’t seem to affect it.

Silent Celiac is the third type. It’s also called Asymptomatic Celiac Disease. Patients report no symptoms but upon testing (blood or biopsy) the patient comes up positive. First degree relatives should at the very least be tested and if negative they should continue to be tested every 2-3 years. Celiac tends to pop up and surprise us. It’s a fun disease that way. Many silent Celiac’s who reported no symptoms reported feeling surprisingly better going gluten free after a diagnosis.

Latent Celiac is the random one. I’m finding so much mixed information on Latent Celiac I want to say someone is laughing at whoever created it because it’s so similar to Silent. It’s just…there. Some sites actually say it’s damaging to give UP gluten if you’re Latent. Which is ridiculous for sure. Most sites give the same information as Silent Celiac. Continue to be tested every 2-3 years if you’re currently coming up negative. Especially if you have a first degree relative.

Run on…and work hard. You’ll be proud of yourself. 



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Is that a cell phone in your pocket?…

I had an entire post written and BAM thatquick it disappeared off my computer.

That was yesterday. It’s a new day and I’m giving it another shot.


Let me start with the vibrating…

I have a vibrating in my right leg. It’s crazy ridiculous. I put up with it for a day and a half before I googled it and check it out I’m not the only one. A billion people (a slight exageration) all were reporting the same thing! They all described it as ~it’s like a cell phone is in my pocket vibrating. Yep. That’s exactly it. Some people were so regular with it there was a rhythm.Turns out mine is every 11 seconds. Crazy, right? It doesn’t hurt. It’s just…there.

It’s called neuropathy. If in fact, that’s what I have and I’m assuming it is. Refers to the conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal chord to the rest of the body are damaged and diseased. ~source

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • tingling in the hands or feea feeling like you’re wearing a tight glove or sock
  • sharp, stabbing pains
  • numbness in the hands or feet
  • a weak, heavy feeling in the arms and legs, which sometimes may feel like your legs or arms lock in place
  • regularly dropping things from your hands
  • a buzzing or shocking sensation
  • thinning of the skin
  • a drop in blood pressure
  • sexual dysfunction, especially in men
  • constipation
  • digestive difficulty
  • diarrhea
  • excessive sweating

Is that not the craziest thing EVER?
Thank heaven it doesn’t hurt.
Sean made a comment the other day about what a state the two of us are in and I asked him what he meant? He said because his stomach struggles can be so wicked awful and “you have everything else”.

LOL…thanks Babe. Really love you, too.

Everyday is a battle... #quotes #inspiration:


We are helping Alex Michael and Megan move today. They are pretty excited or they will be when they get in the place. It’s been a pretty stressful few months for them and living in a 700 sq ft apartment does not help.
My leg is trying very hard to heal. I’ve been doing squats and pushups and planks and bridges. A strong core is critical to support the rest of you properly. I’ve been living in my compression sock and foam rolling like the champ that I am and it is totally saving my life. I feel SO much better with it on.

This morning I braved a tiny little slow slow sslllooowww run. I don’t even know how long it took me because I’ve been leaving my watch at home but I just shuffled…maybe slightly more than shuffled but whatever.

All I cared about this morning was the endorphins.


I felt so much better.

Lots of stretching. How evil is this unexpected little calf injury? That’ll teach me to run hills.

One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.:

Run on…


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When your dreams send you right down the river.

I am so late with this. I totally started it yesterday and then Alex came over and that was it. I was immediately distracted from the computer. Until it was time to look at bedroom furniture. Then we spent all our time on Craigslist. After he left I just didn’t get it done. Too many other things and my brain stopped working. So now it’s a new day, let’s see what happens.
I wear my stress in my dreams
and last night was no different. I dreamed I drove my jeep into a river. And my family and friends were like…of course you did. Because you’re you. They weren’t amused. They weren’t mad. They were more irritated that I again screwed up.

When I woke up I googled the dream analysis of this and here is the answer (sometimes there isn’t an answer and yes, I look these things up all the time…did I mention stress in my dreams?):

To dream that you are driving a car denotes your ambition, your drive and your ability to navigate from one stage of your life to another. Consider how smooth or rough the car ride is. If you are driving the car, then you are taking an active role in the way your life is going.

So…that was interesting. I was driving but I didn’t have great control of the car. Huh. That’s a low blow.
It goes on to say this about driving a car into a body of water (I know, can you believe that? I’m not the first person to dream THAT):

To dream that you drive your car into a body of water or that it rolls into water implies that you are in for an emotional journey. 


Yeah. I don’t want to be on an emotional journey. I just don’t want to. I want to just be. I’m not up to emotions today. Anyone else?

I’m just living.

In the moment.

I think I’ll just hit “deny” on the ~do you want this dream meaning or would you like another?~ and wait for the next one to cycle around.
Should be fun.


I rested my leg yesterday and went stir crazy so today I went for a walk and walked the dog. It’s not running. I need a run. It’s my own personal addiction and it’s FALL!
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Come on universe! This is just wrong.

I continue forward however, not letting it get me down.

Okay, maybe a little.

But mostly not! Powering through …

I will be happy!

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I have to get my eyes checked today to see if I still have two and then it’s off to spend a little time with Miss Andrea. We need this about once a week. That … still good?…checkup.

I am most certain we will eat somewhere delightful.

We will shop probably for Christmas (it’s around the corner, People, it’s tomorrow) and we will look at shoes because we can.

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Also..when I get home I must strength again. In case I forget, my sore abs, arms and legs will remind me.

Sport quotes:

Run on…because it’s Fall and we all should be running in the fall.

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This 2.3 Miles Saved My Life Today.

An emergency woke me up this morning. Firetruck right by the house with blaring horn at 4:45. So I took it as a sign and I got up. Grabbed my book and headed downstairs for some ~quiet in the house I love the mornings~ time. I gave myself one hour. At the end of that hour I headed out for a very very short run. Not because I didn’t think I could run any distance but because I just felt like a short quiet run with some quiet tunes in the dark of the morning as the sun comes up.
It’s been a very long week. Emotionally, physically, all of it. A very long week. Today was necessary.

It was magic, of course. It was the perfect thing I needed. It was 2.3 miles.
And I was renewed.

My leg shouted at me this morning and said YOU ARE NOT HEALED STOP RUNNING
So I did. Because I listen.
This is the same thing that happens to me every fall.
I’m hoping to nip it in the bud. Each time I learn a little bit more.
My calf hurts. But we all know it isn’t my calf. And it’ll lead to my achilles but it’s not that either. My ITBand seems okay…I think the crux of the issue is weak quads/glutes/hips. 
squats are my answer. Must do squats. I stopped for awhile and what did it get me?
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Limping. Sore and walking. Gonna be a rough few days.
I buy the same underwear. The exact same.

I know, this is too much information, but we know each other, right? We’re all friends here.

Same brand. Same size. Same color (black duh). Same style~ Cheeky. Because…the name. And the fit. But…the name.

So why…pray tell…do they fit GREAT on Tuesday and NOT FIT on Wednesday.

Like seriously, does my ass really change sizes between DAYS??

Yesterday I slipped those little suckers on and they felt so comfortable and this morning I slipped on a new pair and…huh. Did I eat a donut tree and way too many pizzas overnight and I just forgot?


Wish I remembered it.
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Yesterday I told Shaughnessy that I would run NYC again in a heartbeat. We loved it SO MUCH there. Sean and I would totally live there.

She said, “really? That surprises me. You’re such homebodies“.

 Homebody-a person who likes to stay at home, especially one who is perceived as unadventurous.

This…is not…me.
I just felt the need to state that emphatically. EMPHATICALLY>
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I am fresh off of a 5 day migraine and this is the first day I feel good enough to get out and get things done.
I have many many things on my list and I’m so housebound I’m going nuts.

This day is so perfect. My favorite kind of day.

Be gentle with yourself, be your own best friend, remember the amazing person you are every day:

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Run on…but remember your squats and stretches and take care of you…

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We are never as safe as we feel.

I don’t ever REALLY think that I’m immune. I mean. I take precautions.
I eat well.
I exercise.
I do eat stupid but only in moderation.
I strength train.
I cross train.
I try to get enough sleep (we all know I struggle with that one).
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It’s nearly impossible to run only during daylight hours so to combat this issue I make safer choices.
I run on the busiest streets.
I’m visible. I love to wear black so I had to buy lighter shirts and I bought blinkies so no matter what…I’m visible.
I never ever EVER run on trails. And I know this is contrary to everybody in the world and their love of trails but I run alone and I think anything can happen even in the screaming daylight.
I vary my routine so I am not “reliable”
I run with pepper spray
If it’s too late, I take a running friend or I don’t go.
When I drive home to MT I am very careful about how I go about it.
I make sure the vehicle I’m driving is mechanically sound and I’m comfortable with it or I rent a car.
I gas up before I leave and then at every large city in between as often as possible. More often than necessary. I never want to take a chance I’ll run out of gas.
When I gas up, I pull into the biggest busiest gas station-truck stop-restaurant-amusement park-experience I can. There are usually 400 people there. A slight exaggeration but there are a LOT of people. I pull right there by the front door. I never ever pull into the side.

These are conscious decisions I make as someone traveling alone. If I broke down on the side of the road there would be more very conscious decisions. Keep my cell phone charged. Don’t take side roads. Don’t unroll the window to strangers.

I never ever stop at rest stops. 

I know, that’s a random one, right? In my experience rest stops just don’t have enough activity to justify stopping. I feel nervous and uncomfortable about it. I’m lucky in that I don’t have to stop to use the restroom usually so waiting to use the restroom for the next stop is easy for me.

This story is actually my mom’s worst nightmare and Sean said to me this morning “don’t let your mom read that”. But I’m pretty sure it’s on the local news since it’s MT and the national news.

Kidnapped Montana Woman Calls Husband From Trunk, Dies Before She’s Found

This story just resonated with me on so many levels. This poor woman. She had to be so scared. She wasn’t even going that far…it’s like an hour and a half drive travel and she stopped at a rest stop.

We don’t know the story. We don’t know if someone needed a ride, or if she was car jacked…or if she was just taken. But she was put in the trunk of her car and driven across state lines and then killed. She called her husband. The Helena police were involved in trying to find her and then..she was killed.

My heart is so sad for her and for her husband and for her family.

I have nothing insightful to say. I have nothing brilliant to share. Just a profound sadness. A gripping fear for how she must have felt. The ugliness and darkness that attack the innocent can feel so all consuming it’s as if the positive force we carry inside us can be sucked out like the Dementors of Azkaban are working their evil and leaving us with no light at all.

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Run on and be safe. 


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This is a great injustice.

  • Multiple websites have listed Haribo Gummy Bears as gluten free, such as this one..Urban Taste Bud…and they listed it right up until recently. However, now Haribo has updated their label and it says the following:
    Haribo gold-bears now list glucose syrup and dextrose with “(from wheat or corn)” added after each ingredient.
    This is a very sad day indeed as I can no longer eat gummies. Glad they updated their label but I’m pretty sad.
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  • My legs are still sore. I’m walking and walking and walking and walking. Because I still want the exercise but the running…oh the running. My poor little calves. So…no. Just a few more days perhaps. It does a body good.
  • Taps just came on and I heard it through the front door. My heart leapt and I was so happy to hear it, I reached for the remote control to turn it up. Unfortunately I cannot turn up the world.
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  • Sean put a new sub floor in the bathroom. It was painful. It was loud. It was miserable. Curse words were thrown. Saws were kicked. Walks were taken. I don’t believe I’ll be starting anymore projects I can’t do by myself anymore. I really like working with my hands…Sean really likes…not.
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    My gosh, it’s my life.
  • Sean and I keep starting Netflix shows together and then I don’t want to watch ahead so today I started How to Get Away With Murder. Oh…I’m hooked. Completely. Tomorrow’s painting should go well while I watch this on my computer. #netflix #computerjoy  #crimeshowskeepmegoing #murder
  • Yesterday the world’s biggest most useless catalogue (in three parts) showed up in the mail from Restoration Hardware. I love Restoration Hardware but seriously People…a paper catalogue? Like Sears used to put out? And it’s completely useless. Completely. They aren’t even pretty. Just…no.
  • Adam hooked me up with this and I’m pretty pysched to get it started.
    #aurorapubliclibrary #librarylove #read
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    I don’t enjoy rest days.
    Get your move on…
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    Run on…

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I inadvertently started hill training. Must be done.

This was Saturday…
I pulled the box down on the mail door mostly out of habit. I mean, it’s 8 o’clock in the morning on Saturday. No mailman in the world is that good. Does your heart leap like mine does when you see the manila envelope signifying a package peeking back at you? A surprise… already? No. We must have not checked yesterday. So that means the possibility of another surprise tomorrow because every day is another chance of presents in the black box at the end of the driveway.
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This however, was not a present for me. It was a present for a stranger at a far away address. Well, an opportunity! I looked up the address and decided I’d try and make someone else’s morning happy.  Turning on my Ipod to Mmmbop because…well…do you need an explanation? It’s really only the best song ever. I head out to begin my new temporary task of mailman/dream deliverer. I had big hopes for this little Amazon envelope.  Well, I knocked on their door and… the suspense…crushed…they didn’t answer.

A good deed they’ll never know about. I popped it into their mailbox and off I went to continue my run. As I was now on a totally different route I decided to just go with the flow.

I don’t do this well.

But I can be adventurous. It’s been known to happen.

So  I did. I switched it up. I was hoping for five miles but by the time I was done I had run four of the most painful seriously uphill miles you can imagine. My calves started to seriously announce themselves and I couldn’t wait to be done. I pressed on and pushed those hills the best I could. As I crested the last hill,  I’ll Fly Away came on my Ipod and it was the perfect way to take me over the top and flying down the other side. Doesn’t that sentence sound like I was runnin’ FAST? Yeah…I wasn’t. By the time I got home my calves pretty much really didn’t like me and worked themselves up to hurt and my run was only four miles. But it was done.

Now. On that note, as a simple easy run I have to rate it a 3. It was kind of miserable. However…since it turned out to be all hills (oh the misery) I decided to start hill training!

Day one of Hill Training:  Success! a definite 7. 

Marked down for sore calves.

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I need a running partner that lives next door because this sounds like the best kind of run…

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un on…

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