Highlights….you know, the usual :)

A few days ago I decided to get ambitious and rake the leaves all over our property. I put it off for so long b/c we only have 3 spruce trees and although their needles get everywhere usually it’s just a matter of sweeping them up. [I should mention that apparently our leaf collection is already over :D <—yay]
yes, that is my texting glove!
no phone photography awards coming at me this year
I thought – hey, how hard could a few scattered leaves be? little did I realize that it would take me almost 3 hrs & three leaf bags! I was quite surprised. I am not going to lie I was definitely cursing the neighbours b/c all the leaves were from their tree and the small section of property that is mine on their side wasn’t even touched :( I did my neighbs…why would they want to come over to a small little strip of grass beside my side door, even if it IS their property. They wouldn’t. and neither did I!
Little L had a great time playing in whatever leaves I could conjure up in the backyard though so I am on the good parent list again and all is well :D
what? you mean we’re supposed to leave them on?

My tree is up! as most of you know and I am enjoying relaxing beside it. Although now thanks to my amazingly resourceful son, who decided our tree looks better without decorations….

I now am the owner of a very top heavy decorated x-mas tree :D <———–remember my goal. I beamed love at this idea even though I despise every inch of that undecorated lower half of my tree.

Seriously plastic decorations were the greatest thing ever made :)

I called in sick to work yesterday. I don’t know what happened but I feel fine now. I think it may have been the turkey after all…who knows? All I know is that I threw up my lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to fall asleep and entertain Logan. A losing scenario. Glad I didn’t have to go in.

Instead I made a garlic cheese loaf of bread (yeast free) and it was just what my tummy needed! Here is a link to the recipe I used as obviously I wasn’t in the long-winded Ali Mc style recipe blogging mood ;) **EDIT: I forgot that if you DO what to try this recipe I actually modified it and added 3 cloves of garlic to it**

Don’t worry in the new year I promise this blog will be cool again…but as for December it is most likely going to have a lot of other people’s food, a lot of Logan being adorable and a lot of me giving you highlights, even though you don’t want them :P

b/c I was sick all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch and watch my two most favourite shows; glee & the new girl :D yep I am aware I have serious issues. Colin rarely ever wants to cuddle /w me so you can imagine my excitement when I began adjusting myself in an attempt to sneak in for a lie down cuddle and I was greeted /w this……..

This isn’t even a re-enactment I just always have my camera on my phone set to ready and always hold it in my hand all day long ;) …yep. true story ;P

He really does love me :D YAY!!!!

yep, frozen produce is back

I saved the worse news of all for last b/c I wanted it fresh in your minds for the comments ;) I haven’t been having much success /w running lately. I don’t know what’s wrong /w my body but my ankles, and the inside tendon running from my ankle to the back of my knee has been hurting every time a run. My feet have been bothering me too. I think I increased my millage too quickly. I blame Lorena :P lol

b/c she’s on my team and went from running 2k to running full 10k’s every week in less than a month. I guess I just felt like I had to up my game. It’s mainly b/c I really want to be the finisher on our team, so I want to maintain and increase my performance :D

I think I’m just going to drop my millage back and focus on only doing ONE long run per week and I’m going to focus more on the distance and go slow. I am not going to care about my speed unless I’m doing a work out that’s focused on SPEEDAnyway….any tips for me? I’ve started icing again, I’m using TC compression gear [don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY to get your own] and for the last 2 weeks I’ve hardly run at all. Should I take a break from running and focus on strength and cross-training like Vanessa?? or should I just drop my millage right down?? Let me know :D

Thanks and I hope you all have a GREAT day!!!!
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18 thoughts on “Highlights….you know, the usual :)

  1. Have you had your gait checked for proper shoes? With so many injuries I wonder if your shoes are the right ones for you!

  2. This may sound strange, but have you tried swimming or water running at all? May help you find out if it's something related to the range of motion or bearing weight. Shoe checks always help! Feel better soon!!!

  3. I second what people mentioned about shoes – make sure you're running in the right ones for your feet, I know first hand that can cause problems. Otherwise you and I can just be biking buddies for a while!!!

  4. Just throwing something else out there… Have you tried doing some yoga and complimenting your running with strength training? You might be overly tight and not realize it and that can sometimes pull elsewhere on the muscle train.

  5. @Jenn this is so coincidental I was JUST looking into how much a membership at the rec center beside my house is for swimming :) so maybe I'll try that. thanks!

  6. Oh sweet friend! so sorry to hear that you were not feeling well. I am glad to hear you are feeling better now. Also…I am always so appreciative to come to your blog and just bask in the positivity that is always beaming from your words. thank you for being an example to me and a reminder to live positively!

    regarding your ankles…i hope they feel better soon. it could be helpful to take a few days off and then to start up again slowly. there may also be stretches you could do? good luck friend!

  7. Oh man, so sorry on the ankles! Hope you get some good advise that works for you! Cute little man even if he is stealing the ornaments off the tree :)

  8. Dang, that sucks…..I wish I could give you some advice but I don't know what you should do….I feel sorry for you if that helps.

  9. Before I comment on the injury I have to tell you when I looked at the picture with the frozen produce before I read the comment I thought you had bags of microwave popcorn on your feet and you were using them to warm your feet. I know, I'm dumb but I was reading how you were sick and I am always cold when I am sick.
    On the the running injury. My guess is you might have increased your mileage too quickly. Maybe drop back and only do one long run a week, like you were planning on doing. Also, have you tried foam rolling where it hurts? You may have tight muscles you aren't aware of that are making you run funky and making other areas hurt. Just an idea.
    Hope everything feels better soon!

  10. Ugh I hate that your feet hurt. Id def get your shoes checked out. The reason I got a stress fracture in my leg a few years back was bc of my shoes.

  11. Logan is the cutest, he needs a bag to carry around all those decorations:)

    I also really want you to be the finisher for the race! I agree with the swimming and yoga. AND dont put so much stress on yourself either, if you dont finish in under 50 min, not exactly a big deal at all. I would never be able to do that. PLUS your only competing with yourself, so dont hurt yourself and not be able to run anymore…that would be a very sad day:(

    It was 5k to 10K, silly. That would have been way to crazy. lol.

    You can also pay for swimming as you go, so you dont have to join anything, which is nice!

  12. i hope those feel better! I am battling a bad-ass case of achilles tendinitis myself, and it is no fun!

    I want to also try out that garlic loaf, so thanks for posting the recipe!

  13. The little baby I babysit pulled my Christmas tree down yesterday and broke a bunch of ornaments and busted the tree stand (it's a fake tree). It's now wired to the wall. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

    As for injuries- I'm so so so sorry. IT SUCKS. You must take time off. If it's bothering you too bad, I would go right in to see a Physical Therapist because, I'm telling you from experience, they can lessen your recovery time by weeks and weeks. Remember to RICE, and yes, take your mileage down. Slow and steady.

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