Thursday, August 28, 2008

A blog post

Greetings! My Aunt gets a shout out for making a sarcastic remark about how I had a link on the blog I don't update anymore. I thought that was funny. Don't know what my problem is. Let's see, I think maybe you all know I injured myself and so this is the end of the third week of not walking/reduced walking. I am ready to get started again. It was just my foot, but I don't want to mess things up by being stubborn.

It is Labor Day weekend already and here in Des Moines we've only had five days above 90 degrees, so everyone is concerned that we will have a really bad winter...again. Last winter was out of your mind harsh. I refuse to go for this theory and have decided that a mild summer should most logically lead to a mild winter. That makes more sense.

My birthday was a lot of fun, presents and surprises and cards and flowers. Aubree got me the cutest flowers - they were daisies that are cut short and put into a cored Red Delicious apple. Really cute and doing very well on my desk. Can't have flowers at the house because they get eaten and then they end up in a pile on the floor...usually on the carpet, eh? If anyone can figure out how to get a cat to throw up on the kitchen floor, or on tile...well, you get the idea.

I've spent much of this summer on the porch swing out on the covered deck.

At work three of us (one of them an older man) were standing around this morning talking about whether we would wear white after this weekend. I think that rule is stupid. White shoes, no, but white capris or shorts, why not? It is hot in September. Most of the time. We'll have to see what this September brings.

The marathon is October 19. I have a short amount of time to get back into the groove.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What is my problem?

Several of you have commented that I haven't been blogging. I'd like to say it was just a test to see if anyone was checking in here, but really it was just laziness. I have decided to walk the IMT Des Moines Marathon on October 19 and I have been sort of self-absorbed with that.

I have been walking a lot of miles although the more miles I walk, the less impressive it seems to me. I have done a 13.5 mile; 9.4 mile; and a 15.71 mile walk until pain in my foot slowed me down. I went to a sports medicine doctor on Monday and he said I am grinding down the sesamoid bone in my right foot. The best news is that it is not at all a permanent sort of problem. Once the bone is ground down, it dissappears forever. The only possible problem is if it is actually a stress fracture. But this week I am not walking, I'm in a post-surgical shoe that prevents my toes from moving around and I am using ice and taking ibuprofen. I go back on Monday to convince the doctor that the pain has subsided and I don't have a stress fracture! If I do, he will want me off the training for 3-4 weeks and that will put me behind by a lot.

In the meantime I am trying to do push-ups. Grrr.

We've had lovely weather here in Des Moines lately. It really has been a beautiful summer. I watched Shawn Johnson do her incredible, gravity defying balance beam routine last night. That was amazing. It was exciting to see the U.S. men's swimming relay team beat the world record by A LOT getting that relay done in less than 7 minutes. I stayed up to listen to our national anthem. I couldn't not listen when they were all getting their medals and it was a matter of only a few more minutes. Seemed disrespectful to turn the television off!