Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No Pain!

I went on a 2 mi run today and had no pain! Zero, zip, nada, zilch! I can tell I'm totally out of shape, but it felt so good! I'm going to ramp it slowly this time and hopefully I'll make it out of the other side of this injury. From this bout of shin splints I've definitely learned the importance of rest days and listening to your body. I was so worried about losing one long run and I ended up losing 1.5 months of running instead. I'm a slow learner about this sort of thing, but I think (hope) I'm getting there.

Some other odds and ends:
  • Manicures do not go well with chlorine water. I never paint my nails and rarely paint my toenails but had both done for my friend's wedding. (Sidenote: I told the lady doing my pedicure that I wanted to keep ALL the callouses on my feet. I earned those and need them for running. English was not her first language and I don't think she knew what I was saying because she gave them a scrub with her little stone thing, but she didn't go to town clipping and scrubbing like my friend had done, so it wasn't a total wash). After swimming twice the polish was totally warped and peeling.
  • I get motion sickness from swimming. In a POOL! Right around lap 25 it sets in. The first time it happened I thought maybe I was just getting hungry. But it's happened every time. Yesterday was the worst. I left feeling pretty nauseated. I think this means I have zero chances of ever becoming a triathlete. I'd be the one hurling in the ocean. That's just disgusting and not conducive for endurance sports.
  • I really want Dan to win on the finale of Big Brother 10 tonight. It's my guilty pleasure. (Argh!! I just stupidly googled, "Big Brother" to get a link for you people and saw a link that said who won. ARGH! I keep forgetting I don't live on the east coast anymore!)
  • I bought a Nike running top today and got totally taken. I paid above MSRP (the little price Nike actually prints on the tag). The store had covered it up with their own sticker, but I did my detective work when I got home. And this was after a $5 discount. I feel so abused.
  • The following picture is totally inspiring me to get another running skirt. And it makes me crave orange sherbet. (picture credit: summertimefamily.com)
  • Boyfriend and I just learned that "Sherbet" is not spelled "Sherbert." I googled it and found this Wikipedia article. Boyfriend was still not convinced but I said, "It says so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is never wrong." Ha!
  • After perusing the photos from the Disneyland Half Marathon, I've come to the conclusion that in order to get the elusive, perfect, Castle photo (I don't consider this a perfect castle photo, but it's better than one I've ever had the pleasure of having) you have to be either 1) very lucky, 2) very fast, or 3) very slow. You could also add to this list 4) very obnoxious (because some people stop and pose in front of the camera) but I consider part of the equation for a perfect castle photo to be caught in the act of graceful running, so it's not quite fit for the list. I will consider it a great travesty of my running life if I never get a perfect castle photo. And yes, I would pay the ridiculous prices and actually buy the thing.
  • Boyfriend and I are having another little debate. Who here has heard of Omega watches? Or how about IWC? Thanks. For the record, I hadn't heard of either until recently.
  • Every time I give Mario cheek rubs and kisses I can't believe someone actually took him to an animal shelter in Connecticut and left him there. But then I really think about it and am totally glad they did.


ShirleyPerly said...

YAY for no pain!

I'm very prone to motion sickness and used to get nauseous often when swimming too. For a year and a half, I just loathed swimming (besides the fact I was terrible at it) and ocean swimming was the worst. I wish I'd done this much sooner but, finally, I took lessons from a different instructor who taught me a new way to swim freestyle that did not involve as much rolling from side to side, which helped a lot. And when I swim in the ocean, I always take some ginger pills to calm my stomach. If I know it's going to be rough water swim, then I take Bonine too (motion sickness medicine). Ear plugs help some people as well. It's taken me 2.5 years but now I love swimming!

And I've never heard of Omega watches or IWUC.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Ear Plugs ,, yup, give 'em a try if you don't already use them. You buy these little wax deals, soften them up in your hand, and stick them in. Then toss them in the garbage.

PS, I bet if you do a short Tri ( about 1/4 mile swim) and drink about 1/4 of a bottle of coke first, the caffein and adrenaline will pretty well mask out any queasyness.

losangelesdaze said...

I always thought it was sorbet...

So does that mean I should stop throwing money away for pedicures once I start swimming? Hmm...

Oh, and I love watches and i'm familiar with a lot of the brands...what about Omega and IWC do you need to know?

*aron* said...

WOOOO for no pain! that is great news!

wow i never thought about the motion sickness in the pool - ekk that would not be fun!

Runner Leana said...

Yay for being pain free!! You know, I had a few incidents where I would all of a sudden get really nauseous in the pool as well. Mostly when I was just swimming freestyle all the time before I started my clinic. I didn't know what it was, but I thought I would hurl a few times too... Now that I've started in on workouts and the time in the pool is split between freestyle, different strokes, and pull buoys I haven't had an issue. Of course whether it will come back to haunt me on longer swims remains to be seen.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Try chewing some fresh ginger before swimming. I can't believe anyone would give up Mario, but then such a dolt isn't a fit rabbit slave.

Steve Stenzel said...

Yeah, after 25 laps, I feel weird too...

Good luck!

RoadBunner said...

Thanks everyone for the caffeine, ginger, earplug swimming tips! It only happens when I swim longer than 25ish laps so I should be okay for a sprint tri. I hate it when the water goes in my ears (and the idea of lake water in my ears horrifies me a little) so I may give the earplugs a try. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one getting queasy in calm pools.

LADaze, I've always considered sherbet to be of a slight dairy base and sorbet to be more fruity ice. Looking at the picture, it probably is sorbet!

Shirleyperly & LADaze, thanks for responding about the watches...I guess they're great watches and I've never heard of them. Boyfriend thinks most people have. We're split 50/50 here on the blog just like this household!