October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

I decided to get on the scale this morning, now that I've been home for a few days. Normally, I weigh in on Wednesdays, but I was feeling really puffy on Wednesday, so I decided to hold off for a couple of days. Better late than never! I just didn't want to get discouraged if my weight was up after the marathon. Anyway, I was happy to see that I was at 135 today.

It was really hard not to be a total pig when I went to Illinois. I stayed on track for the most part, although I did end up going way over my PointsPlus for the week. I didn't feel too badly about it, though, because I did run a marathon while I was there! ;)

This whole week has been really tough because I haven't earned any Activity PointsPlus (and I always eat my Activity PP). I'm used to earning about 8-14 PP a day, depending on how far I run. But since I'm resting/recovering this week, I've had to cut back on how much I've been eating. It's a drastic shift, to go from 50+ miles per week of running to ZERO.

Tomorrow, I return to running, and I'm actually looking forward to it. I'm not going to start training for anything; I'm just going to run when and how far I feel like it. The weather has been perfect for running this week, about 40 degrees in the mornings, and I've been missing out!

If you're squeamish, skip this paragraph... I had a dream last night that I finally lost a toenail. I've trained for (and run) three marathons, and I've yet to lose a toenail! The nail on my toe with the tattoo on it was very sore after the race. When I got back to my sister's house, I looked at it and it was pretty swollen. There was a blister under the nail, which is what causes nails to fall off eventually. I used a needle to break the blister, and the swelling went down immediately. It's bruised now, and it doesn't hurt as badly as it did right after the race, but it hurts. I keep wondering if it's going to fall off, which is probably why I dreamed about it. 

I have a 10K race a week from Sunday, but I'm just running that for fun. I don't think I'll EVER beat my current 10K PR (49:23, which is a 7:57/mi pace), and it's a Halloween race (the Wicked Halloween Run in Plymouth), so it's more about dressing up and having fun than "racing" anyway. I would like to dress up, but I have no idea what to wear. If nothing else, I'll just wear my muscle tights; they're easy to run in, fun to wear.

I have the Monroe Half-Marathon on November 10th, also, with my brother. He injured his hip, so he's been doing more biking than running to train, but he says he still wants to try doing the half. I don't know yet if he wants me to run alongside him, or just do the race and meet up later (I'm hoping he'll want me to run with him, but I'm guessing the latter).

Jerry and I are going out to dinner tomorrow night, so I'd like to earn some Activity PP for that. I'm going to be meeting Dean, from my Ragnar SoCal team, and his wife. We haven't met in person yet, so I'm excited to meet him! You may remember him from Motivational Monday; he's been losing weight and increasing his running, and has shared a few milestones. On Sunday, he'll run his first half-marathon race, the Detroit Free Press International Half! He and his wife are staying in Detroit tomorrow night, so we're going to meet up with them at the Hockeytown Cafe for dinner.

After dinner today, Jerry and I took the boys to the apple orchard so they could pick out a pumpkin. The boys had fun running through the field in search of good pumpkins, and luckily, they found two they liked. The smell of fresh doughnuts there was irresistible to me, so I ended up getting one. They were pretty small, though--perfect for a treat on a non-run day. Jerry got some hot cider, and I had a sip of that--it was delicious!

I think it's crazy that it's already mid-October. I was so focused on marathon training that the time flew by, and Halloween is almost here!


  1. I've lost toenails a lot from hiking and running. I actually thought it was more common than it is until I asked a few people. They thought it was strange!

  2. Do you realize that I've ALWAYS thought that the tattoo on your foot was a bruise from running!? LOL

  3. I ran for the first time since the Chicago Marathon last night. I felt great when we started but was tired after 2 miles!! We ran 3.5 miles and I was really dragging the last half mile!
    I'll be pacing at the Wicked Halloween 10K. They may still be looking for pacers. They were a few days ago. I'm wearing a big orange t-shirt that has a jack-o-lantern face on it.
    I am looking forward to the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas races just for fun, no goals, no running myself ragged!
    The shirts they are giving at the Wicked are really nice.

  4. Hi Katie, I've been following your blog for a while now and you are such an inspiration to me! Really great job on the marathon! My husband and I are running the Wicked Halloween Run also, hoping this nice weather holds out. But while you'll be trucking by us on the 10k I'll be hoping just to actually jog the whole way through the 5K :) keep up all the good work, I really love reading your blog!

  5. I had the blister under the nail thing happen with both of my 2nd toes after my marathon last fall (prior to this I hadn't had any problems of that kind). It took about a month for the nails to finally fall off. It was like slow motion! But the blister part was definitely the worst - my toe (nails) were the sorest part after the race!


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