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The most common uncommon running injury.

Costochodritis!

Let’s go back to October 29th, 2013…about 10 days ago.

Just your normal Tuesday, went to work and then to the track for some speed work. OH! And it was my 30th Birthday! As I got out of the car to walk to the track I felt like I had a side stitch. That would be weird though because I hadn’t even started running yet! Literally, went to work, changed, drove to the track and when I got out of the car I had a side stitch.

I was able to get through my workout but had a side stitch the rest of the day. Wednesday, I woke up with a side stitch. I tried to go for a run and had to turn around after only running .3 miles.

My initial thought was that I somehow pulled something. All day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I was in pain but it felt like a side stitch, only on my right side in my ribs. I attempted to run again but the pain got worse the more I ran. I decided to shut down the running since I was planning to run the Towpath Half Marathon.

To pass the time I took pictures of my husband putting up the leg lamp. Our neighbors probably think we are crazy but every November 1st, the leg lamp goes up. Ryan is probably the biggest Christmas Story movie fan you will ever meet.

November 1st=National Leg Lamp Day
November 1st=National Leg Lamp Day

Saturday I had even more pain in my ribs and a sharp stabbing pain in my back. Definitely getting worse but I refused to go to the doctor in hopes that it was a fluke and I could run on Sunday. I had been googling my symptoms and was pretty sure it was appendicitis or gallbladder so I distracted myself and went outlet mall shopping with my Mom and sister.

Ridding the train at the outlet mall
Ridding the train at the outlet mall

Saturday night I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be running my “A” race on Sunday. Yet another race where I trained hard and couldn’t even start the race.

Instead I got to watch Ryan capture a new PR! At least one of us can stay healthy.

Fast Finish
Fast Finish

Monday I finally went to the doctor, after almost a week of being in pain. The doctor told me it’s not gallbladder or appendicitis but costocondritis. I was like, ummm, what? Basically it’s an inflammation in your ribcage. Of course my first question was “How long til it heals?” and my second question was “Can I run?” It could take weeks for it to heal ūüė¶ However, I’ve been cleared to run….if it doesn’t hurt. Sadly it hurts pretty bad so I won’t be running.

I was told this is actually pretty common in runners. “Wait, what? you inflame your ribcage from running?” Exactly my thoughts. Here this whole time I’m worried about feet, knees, legs etc and never imagined you could injure your ribs.

To top it off, I had an allergic reaction on Tuesday at work and my eye swelled up all day Wednesday and Thursday. I CAN’T WIN!!!

I take back everything I ever said about 30 not being so bad.

This guy is a good nurse though!
This guy is a good nurse though!

Anyone else ever have an odd running injury? I know 2 other runners who have also battled rib pain, Emily and Chelsea.

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Yet Another Busy Weekend

Yet another busy weekend and I can tell you next weekend will be just as busy.

Friday night I did my long run so that I could get everything I needed to get done on Saturday and be rested for a 5K race on Sunday. However, I did not anticipate 85+ degrees on Friday or a thunderstorm that started while I was 5 miles from home.

Saturday I spent most of the morning running errands, cooking and baking for my sister’s 10th birthday party!

My sister and her BFF's/cousins
My sister and her BFF’s/cousins

My family has had an outdoor cookout/ pig roast for 10 years now for my sisters birthday. This year it decided to rain ūüė¶

We got rained on
We got rained on

Also this year we had chickens on the spit instead of roasting a pig ūüė¶ I missed the roasted pig. Sadie was the pig from last year if you remember.

No piggies, just chickies
No piggies, just chickies

Bodhi of course made friends with the big dog.

Playful puppies
Playful puppies

Probably because my Mom’s dogs were ignoring him.

I like to think these guys are jealous.
I like to think these guys are jealous.

The kids were playing a game where they spun each other really tight on the swing and then let go.

Lisa's turn
Lisa’s turn

Lisa was spun so tight that she was dizzy and fell off the swing and into a mud puddle and was sick for the rest of her party. (I’m pretty sure the same thing happened last year so maybe we’ll work on that whole getting wiser with age thing.)

I asked her to show me how old she was and this was all she could show me.

Post spinning incident
Post spinning incident

Don’t worry she rallied for cake and presents.

Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake

Sunday we raced the Stroll & Roll 5K, recap coming tomorrow but also my college friends all came to visit!

Girlfriends + husbands + babies=a full house!
Girlfriends + husbands + babies=a full house!

I love that I’ve stayed friends with them all since we graduated college. I’m also glad that the farthest ones is only 2 hours away. I don’t know what I would do without all of them. I still can’t believe that we are all married and some are having kids already.

My college roommate has a baby!
My college roommate has a baby!

Even Bodhi was wiped out after all the visitors. He actually fell asleep while playing with me.

Yes he is wearing he Browns jersey again.
Yes he is wearing he Browns jersey again.

How far do your college friends live?

Disclaimer: I did not proofread this post. I also did not even press the spell check button. This is for you Mom aka grammar police.

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MidTown Cleveland HealthLine Classic 10K

This was my official first race back and I waited a whole week and a half to even blog about it. Whoops! Bad runner blogger.

Apparently, I registered too late so I didn’t receive this year’s shirt. They did give me one from last year though. It’s a fairly nice wicking shirt, too big like most shirts, perfect for the dudes though.

Race day morning was freezing! Pretty sure it was in the 30s, not what I expect for the beginning of October. I bundled up and went for a warm up anyways. And by bundle I mean, 2 shirts, capris, gloves and hand warmers.

My goal for this race since it was my first race back was to run around 8 min miles. First mile…6:37…oops. I did get better for the remaining miles and was in the 7:30s-7:50s. The whole race was fairly flat and went through some streets just outside of downtown Cleveland. One of those areas where it’s not safe to run at anytime…unless there is a race ūüôā

I have to say I was pretty happy with how my first official race back went. I didn’t really know what to expect and was really nervous about my IT band. I ended up finishing in 47:21 a 7:38 pace and 5th in my age group. Normally I wouldn’t care about placing in my age group but check out these awards.

It’s a brick!

Ok, I know to some it is just a brick but I think it is a pretty cool award. Something different than the plaques and medals.

Because this race happened on October 13th, I’ve already ran another race. Hopefully, I get that recap up here soon ūüôā

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Pumpkin Party 2012 & A Recipe

What better way to celebrate fall than with a pumpkin themed party and a couple craft beers.

  

We had a bunch of our friends over to celebrate and asked them all to bring a pumpkin dish. We had a ton of awesome dishes. Some of the entrees¬†included Pumpkin risotto, pumpkin lasagna, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin salsa, pumpkin chili¬†and pumpkin pizzas. Some of the desserts¬†included pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin fluff, pumpkin chex mix and pumpkin muffins. There were probably at least 12 more that I didn’t list.

 

Which is probably why there are all these leftovers we still have to eat…or take to work ūüėČ

Now here is the recipe for the cupcakes I made.

Pumpkin cupcakes made with Southern Tier Pumking beer with pumpkin pie frosting.

Cupcakes:

  • White cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup Southern Tier Pumking beer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Bake cupcakes as stated on the box.

Frosting: Recipe I found on Pinterest

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425. Spread frosting mix in a well greased pan and cook for 35-40 mins. Cool in a refrigerator and then scoop into a frosting bag.

  

Themes are my favorite, especially themed parties.

What are your favorite themed parties?

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Breaking All My Pre-Race Rules

Call me crazy but for some reason I thought the weather would be warmer in Vegas than in Cleveland so I brought very little winter gear. Which is why in the picture below I am freezing waiting for the tram.

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Silly little girl

Walking around Vegas with no coat on in 30 degree weather, I was just asking to get sick. I probably didn’t get sick though because I was carb loading like a pro! First stop before the expo was breakfast with Beal and John at Hash House A Go Go

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John, Me and Beal

I of course had to order their pancakes, which are HUGE!!! I was really hungry and when I started I was determined that I could finish it…..that didn’t quite happen but it was delicious.

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Next stop was the expo which I swore opened at 9 but didn’t open til 10 so I had to stand in line and wait for them to open the doors. It was PACKED! I completely expected it though with 44,000 runners. With as big of a race as this was, the price of the registration. the populararity of it this year¬†and it being a Rock N’ Roll Race, I expected a lot from this expo and¬†thought it would have as many exhibitors as Chicago or Boston. I was highly disappointed in the expo though. The Detroit Marathon expo was bigger and better than this expo.

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Let the crowding begin

A little #dirtyrunner photo op made up for the expo though. That is me on the left and Beal on the right.

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After the expo I broke one of my pre-race rules and grabbed a beer. I have a no drinking policy (also no ice cream and no mexican)¬†the day before a race but since the race was at night the next day and I had over 24 hours it wasn’t really the day before yet, right?

I made up for it by more carb loading with my favorite, CREPES!

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Broke yet some more pre-race rules and did a ton of walking. It was my first time in Vegas and I wanted to check out all these hotels. I finally rested when I went and saw my first Circus du Soleil show, Zumanity.

“ZUMANITY unveils the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil. This mischievous production blends playful innuendo with daring eroticism in the intimate ZUMANITY Theatre. A provocative cabaret-style production, ZUMANITY features outrageous humor, alluring acrobatics and intoxicating dance set to the pulse of intoxicating rhythms. Only at New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.”

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The show was HILARIOUS! Definitely a must see.

 I wish I could say I went to bed and rested after the show since I had a marathon the next day but instead I went to the casino and gambled til 3am.

Do you have anything special you do or don’t do before a big race?

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Doodle Bug is A Big Girl Now

Shame on you if any of you thought the title of this post was about me. Do I look like a ‚Äúdoodle bug‚ÄĚ to you and pretty sure I already am a big girl‚Ķ.almost

Doodle Bug is of course the best little sister in the world, who also goes by the name Dida or Lisa Anna Bridgeda or just Lisa is fine too. And today she turned 8!!! Why is she getting so big? Can we go back to when she was this big?

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Aww, she was sooooo cute! ok still is.

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Throughout the past 8 years I have we done the normal sister stuff even though we are 20 years apart….my mom is crazy…or was smart enough to plan it so she would always have a babysitter. But I always wanted a baby sister so she was def worth the wait!

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Happy 8th Birthday Doodle Bug!!! Now please stop growing, you are almost taller than me!

P.S. I am exhausted from chaperoning her birthday party at the movie theater that is why this post is so short…your welcome

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Wedding Palooza Part 3

Wedding Palooza Part 3 and can you believe there are still 2 more to go.

A couple weekends ago I ventured out to Washington D.C. area to witness the marriage of 2 more of my friends, Brandi and Steve.

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Brand and Steve

The actual wedding took place in Maryland, which before I got there sounded funny but once there I realized how easy it was to be in so many different states while in the D.C. area.

This was my first outdoor wedding and the weather could not have been more perfect!

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There was a little bit of a Hawaiian theme for the ceremony which was really neat, see the Hawaiian band pictured above. Dinner was small but I filled myself up with wine to make up for it. And the band for the reception was huge at least 15 people and during shout (my fav wedding song) the whole band came out onto the dance floor.

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Just let me eat my damn chocolate in peace, sheesh!

Party Girl was in attendance but I think you have had enough of those photos so I will let you enjoy a photo of me eating chocolate seductively? while getting my nose picked. I mean if that’s not hot I don’t know what is.

Congratulations Brand and Steve!!!!!