Spring Break in Chicago, and Zoo Trips

It’s spring break! This means I (finally) have a one week break from work and class (kind of, I still have homework), and I’m in Chicago visiting my grandparents. Monday was a beautiful day 72 degrees and sunny, and I was stuck in the car driving from Ohio to Chicago, I would have preferred to be running.

By the time we got settled into the hotel, and stopped by my grandparents’ house for a quick hello, I was too tired to think about doing anything other than sleep, so that’s exactly what I did.

Saturday was spent driving to Pittsburgh where my mom and I spent Sunday with my sister. We got to go to the zoo, which was cold, but lots of fun! Also I love animals so it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

I got to see

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Pink Jellyfish

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And majestic penguins! They were my favorite.

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I also promised myself that I would run as much as possible on this trip. I’ve only really been back at it for about a week now, and the last thing I want to do is lose my momentum. Luckily the hotel we’re staying at has a fitness room that has everything I need.

While I would prefer to run outside, I have a scarily bad sense of direction that doesn’t go well with new unfamiliar locations. I may have convinced myself that running outside would mean getting horribly lost and going missing. I may or may not be prone to over dramatization.

So far I’ve run twice, and Tuesday I managed to run four miles, before my ankle started acting up and I called it quits. Which is far better than what I’ve been managing recently: two miles in thirty minutes, with lots of walking before I have to call it quits.

I’m still trying to figure out whether or not I’ll be ready for a half marathon at the end of May. As far as my stamina goes, I know it won’t be an issue, but my ankle is another story. As much as I’d rather not, I’ll be taking it slow and holding off a little longer on registering for the Zooma Half.

Do you like zoos? What’s your favorite animal?

Everything tastes better in a Crepe and Other Life Lessons

It’s been a little bit since I’ve been able to update (not having a working computer makes that a bit difficult) but I’m finally back with a working computer! I know everyone is as excited as I am.

So what exactly have I learned from this unexpected time off from the blog?

1. Working full time, and taking two grad school classes is no joke, and then just add on the fact that my computer was broken so I couldn’t do any homework at home. This has felt like one very elaborate juggle act, is it summer yet?

2. If I never see this screen again in my life I will be a happy woman.

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3. Also in the six years since college I have definitely not missed studying for midterms.

At least my study buddies are keeping me company!
At least my study buddies are keeping me company!

4. I really love snow days that create unexpected four day weekends. I have, however, really started to hate the snow.

5. Sprained ankles are the worst, but your first week back at the gym feels amazing!!

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6. I have gone a little overboard since my return to running and have started to sign up for every race I can think of…I may need to tone it down a bit.

7. Everything tastes better wrapped in a crepe! I learned how to make crepes and I may or may not have eaten one for lunch and one for dinner yesterday. That’s a crepe filled with avocado hummus, feta, mushrooms and caramelized onions, YUM!

Yes, it is sitting on a textbook. That is my life now.
Yes, it is sitting on a textbook. That is my life now.

 

8. Games on the rowing machine at the gym make things fun, even if I am not very good at them.

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9. White grapefruit doesn’t taste any different from regular grapefruit.

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10. Small apples also don’t taste any different from regular sized apple, but they’re MINI, and cute!

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11. New running shoes are the best!

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12. Wanting to go for a run and then realizing that you left your sports bra at your boyfriend’s, however, is not the best.

13. And lastly, with a midterm coming up on Thursday night what I really should be doing is studying, or sleeping.

This Is Why I Shouldn’t Use Stairs…

Well, let it be known that I never do anything half way! I had a fun and relaxing weekend that ended with me laying in bed nursing a cold on MLK day. No big deal though, I have plenty of sick time, nothing pressing needed to be done on Tuesday at work anyways, so I took a sick day. Then Tuesday night, I decided, “I’m feeling a little better. Perfect time to do some laundry!”

Proceed to walk down the stairs with my overflowing laundry basket, miss the last step, land on my right ankle, (not my foot, my ankle. I fell on my ankle)  and crumple to the floor yelling in pain. My roommate comes running out to find out what happened, and after two phone calls, my boyfriend and mother drive to my place to help me.

The good news? A quick trip to the urgent care down the road (seriously, I was in and out in an hour) and three x-rays later, my ankle is not broken. It is, however, sprained, badly. I’ve been hobbling around on crutches ever since.

Doctor’s orders are 2-3 weeks of rest, i.e. no running, and I would assume no Body Pump. Followed by light bicycling if I decide my ankle can handle it. Then in 6 weeks I can start running, and lightly jogging should I feel so inclined. Splendid.

Could you hear the sarcasm? It was definitely there.

In the meantime it’s lots of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). I’ve spent the majority of the past three days in my bed, watching TV and eating, because apparently when I get bored, I eat. On the plus side, it’s been (mostly) healthy things I’m eating. So it’s probably not as bad as it feels like it is.

Lots of this in my future...Notice the monkey angel socks, I think they're definitely helping the pain.
Lots of this in my future…Notice the monkey angel socks, I think they’re definitely helping the pain.

I’m disappointed, but I’ve been trying really hard not to let it get me down. In the immediate future, I’ve been planning for a couple months to drive up to Pittsburgh this weekend to see my sister. I’ve been so excited for the girl’s weekend we had planned, but it’s a 4-5 hour drive and if my ankle feels like it does today, I can’t make that drive by myself. I’m currently waiting until Friday to decide if I want to make the drive, and on the plus side if I don’t go there, she may be able to come down to Maryland and the girl’s weekend will still happen.

In the more distant future, running a half marathon in the spring may have to be pushed back. Six weeks from now puts me at March 3rd, which would be enough time to train for the Zooma Half Marathon, if my ankle feels up to it. I’ve sprained my ankle before and then been able to jump back into running after it’s healed relatively quickly, but this feels worse than the other times and I’m worried it may be more walking and less running for a little while. I’m trying to stay positive, there will definitely be plenty of time to make that decision later, and if I can’t do that Half Marathon, I’ll be able to do the Baltimore Half in the fall.

There is a bright side to all of this (see, I am trying to stay positive!). Once I can run again this cold weather will be mostly over and I’ll be able to do everything outside instead of on the dreadmill! I am so over this weather, so that’s something I’m definitely looking forward to.

So, while I hate the cold it does make for some beautiful pictures.
So, while I hate the cold it does make for some beautiful pictures.

In the meantime I’m going to try to remain healthy and positive, and not have any more mishaps.Oh, and hope that next week is better than the one this turned out to be.

How do you stay positive when things don’t go your way?