Random Post is Random

Every once in a while, there is a random post on this blog with random tidbits of information. Today is one of those days. So with that being said, here’s some random for you.

I am a firm believer of eating when you are hungry, and not eating when you are not hungry. I’m also a firm believer in everything in moderation. That being said – I can’t WAIT for all things pumpkin, and will eat/drink ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS.

I haven’t run in a little while, and I feel bad about it, but my head has been MURDERING me. I went to my doctor yesterday and we are moving forward with a more aggressive attack when my head starts to hurt. Apparently I can still get the occasional migraine, and that bums me out.

Dreamboat and I start half marathon training when we get back from our vacation. I’m excited that he is getting back into running, but his knee is killing him and that worries me. I’m getting him to take glucosomine or something to help that out, but I worry that his knee just isn’t up to it anymore. It’s the same knee he hurt years ago at work. :-(

Speaking of vacation – we leave for San Antonio tomorrow, and I’m excited to get away for a little bit. It’ll be nice to see friends we haven’t seen in a long time and hang out. Brian talked me out of doing the half marathon (“Jamie, this is a trip to relax and see our friends. If you really want to do the race, fine. But I would rather you didn’t so we can focus on Kevin’s retirement and hang out with everyone.” Well who can say no to that? He asked so sweetly!) I’m going to bring my laptop with me, but no promises on an update while I am there.

Speaking of the blog! I had a massive creative brain explosion of fantastic-ness, and I have a nice hearty list of blog topics to get cracking on. HOWEVER – you should give me some awesome topics to write about too. So comment with blog posts. As a journalist, I have no problem going out and interviewing people for articles too. I’m hoping to get back on my more consistent posting plan starting September 1!

Everyone keeps asking me if I cut my hair again, and the answer is no. But I plan on getting it trimmed up again when we get back. I’m kind of digging the shorter locks. It’s cooler. But I miss the longer hair for my braids. Who knows, we’ll play with it and see.

I need new running shoes, more gels, and could go for a few more sports bras. This requires a trip to 1st Place Sports and Target.

I could really, really go for a massage.

Okay, I think that’s all for now. Share some randomness in the comments (and blog ideas!!) and let’s be random together. :)

It’s A Food Thing: Cravings are the Devil!

I actually can’t stand chocolate. I am the kind of girl who craves chewy, fruity taffy. The only chocolate I like is when it’s surrounding peanut butter, caramel and an apple. (Kilwins makes the most amazing chocolate, peanut butter, caramel dipped apple. It’s to die for.) But when Brian and I were at Walmart the other day grabbing some odds and ends, we got a giant bag of mini Twix bars.

Maybe it’s the caramel. Maybe it’s the not gluten free cookie. Maybe it’s the chocolate, and maybe it’s because we keep them in the freezer because eating them frozen is so freaking delicious. I hadn’t had a Twix bar in YEARS easy. But with two of those minis, I was screwed and suddenly all I want is chocolate and caramel and cookie that makes my stomach unhappy and happy at the same time.

That triggered a sudden craving for bread and soft pretzels and chewy pizza crusts. That’s when it hit me. I ate a small, little gluten filled bit of deliciousness and it caused me insane desire to eat all the gluten.

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12 Little Random Facts!

So there seems to be a lot of new faces around here. Hello new faces! Welcome to the world of Idiot Runner Girl!

And hello loyal readers! Glad you are sticking through the drama that is a girl finding her way to running and all that fun stuff.

Since I haven’t done one of these in a while, I figured today I can share 20 little random facts about myself. THEN – you can do it about YOURSELF in the comments!

Sound like fun? Good. :) Let’s get started.

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A Release of Pain: One Year Later

This time one year ago, I was in a hospital bed at St. Vincent’s Riverside, listening to Brian try to calm me down before they knocked me out, shaved my head, and cut it open to dig around for a bit. It was a decision I had made a month prior, and I knew that it wasn’t going to be something that would kill me – the the possibility of losing my migraines completely was just… the possibilities were endless.

And when I woke up this morning, with just a twinge of head pain from the stormy weather, I thanked God once again for the successful surgery that has taken away 98% of my migraines

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RACE REVIEW: Tour de Pain (the normal one!)

The Tour de Pain: where runners run 3 races in 24 hours, testing their bodies and pushing their limits of physical activity. It’s tough, it’s hot, and believe it or not can be dangerous if you aren’t prepped correctly. I did the Tour de Pain: Extreme in March, and there was no way I was going to miss this “normal” version of the three race deal, so when I requested the Saturday off,  I made sure that my manager knew it was for this race… and I HAD to have it off.

The three races: a 4 mile beach run, a 5k road race, and a one mile sizzler. That last mile is aptly named, as it is run in Downtown Jacksonville, around a building of mirrors, at the hottest part of the day. I had convinced two of my co-workers to run this race with me, and the three of us had a lot of fun doing it.

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Holy Crazy Week, Batman!

Running has always been what I did to de-stress; a time for me to lose myself in the music in my ears and the burn in my lungs and the pound of the pavement under my feet. This week, though, even running couldn’t cut the crazy stress I felt.

I know the life of someone who works in TV News is going to be insane; I’ve learned that over the past 11 years working in the field, but this week takes the cake. Or better yet, this week was the straw that broke the camels back really.

Too many puns? Sorry. But it’s the truth. Every once in a while things get more and more out of control and the next thing you know – a meltdown ensues and tears are cried and sleep is had.

This week was one of those weeks.

Friday, after work I didn’t want to run. I wanted walk. Or better yet STALK around. I was a ticking time bomb of emotional vomit and I really just wanted to burn it off. So I sent Dreamboat to hang out with his best friend, got home from work and headed to the tread mill. I walked two miles there, and then walked two more miles outside. I listened to music. I read fan-fiction online. I came home to shower and then took some Zzzquil and went to bed.

Saturday I did my usual overnight shift, then came home and went back to bed. Then woke up long enough to have dinner with friends and hang with a friend who crashed with us last night, only to go back to bed and sleep for another 7 hours.

I feel better today. The stress is down, I feel more awake and focused, and while I am still sleepy, I just feel BETTER. Today I am 14/101 miles into the 101 August Miles challenge, and still need to run/walk today. I wanted to do 5 miles today, and haven’t had a chance to do it yet. Maybe later tonight after dinner with friends.

Look for more regular posts next week, including the recap from the Tour de Pain, some Food Things posts,  and my adventures on making it back to being a morning runner. Hope you are having a fantastic Sunday! :)

Why July was the best and the worst month

I woke up this morning feeling amazing. My head didn’t hurt, I slept like a rock, and I just felt GOOD. It had been so long since I had woken up feeling good I had to stop and take account as to what could have caused this amazing good mood. And, of course, while doing that I started to think about July and how this was the best month ever, and the worst month ever all at the same time.

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A Release Of Pain: Migraines are a BITCH.

It was late May when I had my first big migraine post surgery. It was a weekend of hell. I didn’t understand why I was having a migraine, and I didn’t have any of my medications so I was stuck waiting impatiently for my appointment with my neurologist Dr. Doty Tuesday morning. I fought with Brian, I cried a lot, I slept even more, I tried to act as normal as I could given the awful migraine I was fighting.

It’s amazing how quickly you forget how bad the pain can be when it isn’t a constant battle anymore.

When I had my appointment with Dr. Doty, she said she wasn’t surprised or concerned about the fact that I was having migraines again. Me, on the other hand? I was have a full on meltdown. She explained that migraines are a chemical imbalance in the brain, and since the surgery was not on my brain, then it was only expected that I would still have migraines.

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DOGS: What you need to know to protect yourself

So, on a run not too long ago, I was chased by two dogs who had collars but not on leashes. Their owners were no where to be seen, and I was terrified because while they looked friendly enough, I’ve seen videos of how dogs can just snap and try to rip your face off. I’m withholding the breed of these dogs, because I don’t think that should matter. I’ve seen all breeds snap and attack.

I saw them coming at me and slowed to a walk. When they got close enough, I firmly yelled “No!” as the younger one tried to get close to me. Wide eyed, mouth open, tongue hanging to the side… if it was a large dog and was black in color, I’d swear it was Hocus (my dog) but I knew better. The older one was following the younger, slower and breathing heavier. I kept darting my eyes between the two to figure out what was going to happen.

The older of the two was walking away from me, and it caught the attention of the younger one and they left me alone. I quickly got out of their view; Not running but walking fast enough to move out of the way. As I looked over my shoulder, the younger one had walked around the corner and started toward me, looked back at the older dog, and back at me. Thankfully, he then turned and walked away.

The rest of my run, I was scared that I was going to see these two dogs show up again only to attack me and kill me… and that there would be nothing I could do about it.

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I adore Runmeter – and here’s why you should too!

I made the rounds on all the running apps on my phone, and always ended up frustrated. One of the popular apps always screwed up distance for me when I used it. Another popular one never got my pace right. A friend of mine uses the Nike Plus app, but he also has the sensor that goes in the shoe and I don’t have that. Another friend owns a Garmin watch, and I just don’t have that kind of cash flow to purchase a watch that costs me a couple hundred dollars when I know there is an app out there that can do all of that for me.

So when I downloaded Runmeter, I was skeptical. But using it I found it to be fantastic. Then I paid for the Pro upgrade, and loved it even more. After seeing the latest upgrade to the Elite status, I paid the $5 to get the Elite version and have been thrilled ever since. This app tracks my distance almost perfectly, my pace is on spot, having the ability to have a voice in my ear every quarter-mile is awesome for speed work and tempo runs, and the auto posting makes it even better.

I had a chance to chat with Steve Kusmer, Co-Founder of Runmeter about the app and what’s to come. Continue reading