Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thrifty Thursday for March!

Seriously.  Why did it feel like January took forever to get through and in February it felt like you blinked and missed it?  Here are my thrifting finds for March!!

I love wearing track pants or just really just about any sort of pants made of that kind of sort of slick, super fast drying material.  So comfy to wear once the weather starts warming up when it's kind of cool but not necessarily warm enough for capris (or if a sudden warmish day pops up and you didn't shave your legs!)  These pants in particular are super forgiving and comfy!
Lululemon Street to Studio Pant II:  Originally $98, paid $6

Love a comfy dress for wearing around the house or out running some errands.  Just throw on some leggings, along with cute flats and your outfit is done!
Columbia Heather Hills Dress:  Originally $60, Paid $13

I'm definitely starting to branch out into some fun patterned leggings, especially now that winter is almost over!  These could potentially be good for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on April 8th because of the fun, floral print.
Athleta Floral Fade Sonar Capri:  Originally $74, Paid $6

More fun patterned leggings!  But these feel more subdued because the fun is on the sides rather than all over.  
Athleta Watercolor Revelation Remix Capri:  Originally $74, Paid $6

Love the swirly pattern and all the colors on these! 
Athleta High Rise Superimpose Chaturanga Tights:  Originally $69, Paid $6

Did anyone find anything good this past month while thrifting?  Anyone excited for spring race season?  (I know I am!  I'm deep into training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler at the moment.)  Comment below!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2017 Turkey Strut 5k Race Review

Running last year's Thanksgiving day Turkey Strut 5k in Winston-Salem was kind of a last minute decision.  I had no idea that I would be able to get to my sister's for Thanksgiving, and when I could be there I jumped at the chance.  The last time I ran this race was in 2015, and enjoyed it so why not do it again?

I was really glad to have packed a lot of warm clothing, because this year it was a little extra chilly. 

As in previous years, the race was held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.  It was super easy to find a parking space again, and there was a decent crowd, but nothing terribly overwhelming.  I ended up lining up with the rest of my family who were all walking the race.  This was a HUGE mistake. 

Gun goes off.

I get stuck behind rows and rows of strollers.  And dogs.  SO many dogs.  Like I get it, it's a holiday, there are families from out of town visiting.  (I myself am out of town family at this race.)  But it was frustrating getting stuck behind so many strollers right at the start.  I basically had to run on the grass alongside the course because it was so packed with people.  Fortunately after about a quarter mile, the crowds broke up quite a bit.  The course was the same as last time where it was basically a rolling hill down from the start, mostly flat then having to go back up the hill to the finish. 

My finish time wasn't the best (33:13, I blame the strollers and dogs) but I was happy to finish. 

After getting my medal, I went over and grabbed my post-race snacks and water.  Once again there was a HUGE variety of snacks so I grabbed a banana, a bag of goldfish, and a bag of fruit snacks along with a bottle of water. 

Overall, I would do the race again. It's super convenient, not terribly crowded, and some of your race fee goes towards a local food bank!  (Participants are also encouraged to bring 3 canned goods with them to the race too.)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2017 Across the Bay 10k Race Review

So  okay.  I admit it.  Lately I stink at keeping up to date on my race reviews.  But now is time to play catch up.

First up on my race recap catch up:  The Across the Bay 10k.  ICYMI, here are my race recaps for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This was my 4th year running the race, so I knew exactly what to expect for the most part.  The only difference was it was the first full year it was with new race organizers, Ironman.  (The triathlon people, not the superhero.)  For the most part the transition was seamless and the race was very similar to previous years.  There were some differences though which were to be expected.

Let's start with finding out your bib number.  Before, you could enter your first and last name onto a webpage and your bib number and wave would pop up.  This year you had to search a long PDF you to find it.  Everything was alphabetical by last name, but still kind of a pain to go through.

Packet Pickup was a breeze as usual.  All I had to do was go to my bib number range, tell them my bib number and they made sure it was me and handed me my bib and parking pass.  (Oddly rather than in an envelope together, they were stapled together.)  Then the usual walk around the stadium to get your shirt.

The expo was about the same as always.  A few booths selling running gear, KT Tape was there (side note: There's a class action lawsuit against the company right now) along with the usual random vendors.  One thing that got my attention this year was the merchandise being sold in the official race merchandise booth.  And not for a good reason.  A lot of it was a little off putting because they were obvious (at least attempted) knockoffs of designs by Sarah Marie Design Studio, and merchandise that people were obviously buying just because their name was on it.  (They had shirts with all the names or male race participants and another with the names of all the female race participants.)  Other than that nothing really of note and I only ended up buying a couple rolls of KT Tape.  (Ironically, it was the very last day you could buy something from the company and be included on the class action lawsuit.)

Race day was uneventful for the most part.  I arrived extra early, breezed through security, hopped onto a bus and arrived in plenty of time for my wave.  Unfortunately there wasn't much of a sunrise to speak of since it was overcast.

I was still hurting from my marathon and didn't have high expectations.  For the most part training for my marathon focused on being able to finish the distance and between that and my second round of IT Band Syndrome, my speed took a dramatic hit.  (But if you take into account my 10k time for my marathon was 1:17:08 and my finish time for this race was 1:11:07, that's decent but still not great.)

Once I finished I walked through the finisher's area, got my medal and my post-race snacks and met up with some ladies in my MRTT chapter.  After catching up with them and finishing a bottle of water, I grabbed my usual bag of kettle corn from Calvert Kettle Corn and headed to the shuttles back to the parking lot.  Surprisingly, it was the easiest trip back.  It still took awhile, but getting to the correct shuttle was super easy since they marked out the lanes really well and had a few volunteers just in case.

While I was on the shuttle, I started watching Twitter for any updates about the New York City Marathon which by that time had just gotten started.  By the time I got home and showered, Shalane had won!  So in honor of that, I definitely had to make some of her Double Chocolate Teff Cookies from her cookbook with Elyse Kopecky.

They were basically perfect after the race.

A couple days later I checked out the race photo website excited to see how my pictures turned out.  (As opposed to previous years, you had to pay extra for pictures.)  Granted it was a cloudy day so pictures would have been iffy.  But.  They messed up the coloration so badly in some of the pictures my neon orange jacket came out pastel.  HOW DO YOU DO THAT?!

Seriously.  How do you do that?  At one point I was a semi-pro photographer and have had a photo of mine printed in books, one of which I have on a shelf in my home.  Needless to say, I didn't buy any of my pictures.

Overall, I'll probably do this race one more time to finish off the five connecting medals.  (I'm such a completionist that it would really bother me to not have #5.)  Not totally sure if I'll do it again since it's one of those races where the whole point is running over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  You can't really change the race route because the whole point is going over the bridge and from there, you don't really have too many options.  I enjoy having the yearly tradition of doing the race, but there are others that are that same weekend that I'm interested in trying out.  (Like entering the NYC Marathon lottery would be awesome!)  It's still worth doing the race at least once, if you do it right.  Pay attention to the emails that get sent out because the information is super important.  Get your packet ahead of time, and if you can't make it find a friend who's going that can get it for you.  On race day arrive at least an hour before your wave because you have to account for time to ride the shuttle to the start.  Enjoy the views but if you must take pictures, go off to the side and be quick so you don't get in the way of other runners.

Have you done this race before?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thrifty Thursday for February

So ready for spring.
And to show off my latest thrifting finds!

Still cold.  Need all the layers!!!  Mizuno's Breath Thermo apparel is an interesting concept.  Basically it's supposed to help with any cooling effect from sweating while exercising so you stay warm rather than get cold from being all sweaty.  Not sure if it actually works, but it's super comfy and the other breath thermo apparel I own is fairly warm! 
Mizuno Breath Thermo Body Mapping Hoodie:  Originally $74.99, paid $7

I basically wear knicker length bottoms year round.  They're perfect when running on the treadmill!  Prana apparel holds up well for a long time so I got really excited when I found these.
 Prana Alyson Knickers:  Originally $55, paid $6

Running tights with an easily accessible zippered pocket?  Yes, please!
Under Armour Fly-By Leggings:  Originally $80, paid $9

It's no secret that I'm apart of the Oiselle Volee running team.  Oiselle makes some of the best running clothing out there, and it can be pretty pricey at times. (I usually buy a lot of it when its on sale.)  So when I came across these while thrifting AND they were in my size, I grabbed them!
Oiselle Leslie Knickers Originally $68, paid $3

Always a good day when you find Lulu with the sizing tag still attached, and it's your size! 
Lululemon In the Flow Crop II:  Originally $78, paid $3

I wear entirely too much athletic apparel and mostly athleisure.  So whenever I have a date night I always struggle to figure out what to wear, especially this time of year since warmth is key.  Totally lucked out since it's a mix of a nice sweater that's made by Athleta!  
Athleta Breckenridge Thick Knit Sweater: Originally $89, Paid $6

Any good thrifting finds this month?  Any good races coming up?  I'm finally starting to sign up for races and am getting so excited to run them again!  (One thing they DON'T tell you about running your first marathon is that afterwards you feel zero interest in running.  It's kind of depressing.  But after some time off from training, signing up for some races is making it fun again!)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thrifty Thursday for January!

Happy New Year!  Woo!  New year, new finds!  

 When going through the racks of leggings at thrift stores, I usually go for the ones that stand out with an unusual color or pattern.  These stood out because of the color, then they were super soft.  I looked at the label and saw they were my size and from Aerie, the lingerie company by American Eagle.  I generally try to stay away from fast fashion brands like Old Navy and American Eagle, but these were just so soft and would make perfect pajama pants! 
Aerie Real Soft Jogger PJ Pants:  Originally $40, paid $3!

Sometimes I like to wear running skirts, and when I came across these I liked all the cute pleats on the back.  Oddly despite the name, they're actually made for tennis because there's a pocket to put a ball on the shorts underneath.  But that's also the nice thing about that hidden upside down pocket--I'm the only one who will know it's there! 
Lululemon Pacesetter Skirt:  Originally $58, paid $6 for each

 Last month I found the capris.  This month I found the tights version of Athleta's Relay Capris, the Relay Tights!  (Also pretty awesome I must say!) 
Athleta Relay Tights:  Originally $79, paid $6.

This actually ended up being a Christmas present for my Mom.  Typically she doesn't like to wear wool, but this scarf from Icebreaker was so soft that there was no way she wouldn't like it.  And I was right!  She put it on almost immediately and was shocked when I told her it was made of wool.  
Icebreaker Boreal Scarf:  Originally $60, paid $5.

I saw this and jumped on it, especially once I saw the price.  I've been wearing it through this cold snap here in the mid-Atlantic and it's been great. 
So warm and comfy!
The North Face Denali Jacket:  Originally $179, paid $13

One of the things I've been passively looking for is a good pair of tall boots that would fit my big runner's calves.  And I completely lucked out.  I've had Frye on my radar for awhile now and they're known for the quality of leather and durability of their shoes (which means $$$$.)  When I found these in my size I was in absolute shock.  Then when I saw the price, I hugged them and didn't let go until I got to the register.  Now I try to find any excuse I can to wear them.
Frye Veronica Slouch:  Originally $368, paid $11

Any new races coming up?  How are you surviving the intense cold?  Any great thrifting finds lately?

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 Marine Corps Marathon Race Recap, Part 3: What I Learned

Recently I ran my first ever marathon ever (the Marine Corps Marathon.)  If you missed the first two parts, here's part 1.  Here's part 2.

I read a lot of articles, blogs and books telling me what to expect about running my first marathon and about the Marine Corps Marathon.  But there were some things that I found worked for me.  After reading so much, I have no idea where I got some of these ideas from, but they might also work for first timers and seasoned marathoners.  (Even if you're not running a full marathon, some of these tips should be helpful!)

Crosstrain. Seriously.

I should've seen my injury coming.  When I trained for my first half marathon, I got IT band Syndrome (or ITBS) in my right leg.  But when my gym closed in July right as I was starting to train, I figured I would be fine and I would do some cross training on my own.  Of course I didn't and just kept putting it off.  So I got ITBS in my left leg this time.

ITBS is basically caused when your IT band gets aggravated by repetitive motion--like running.  The IT Band is a ligament that runs from above your hip (with some connection to your glutes) all the way down your leg and connects below your knee.  It basically acts like a giant rubber band helping your leg snap back when extended.  So, if you make that ligament snap back too much it gets angry.  The anger can surface anywhere along the ligament but typically when I have flare up it is at the hip AND at the knee.  But while running, it literally feels like some outside force is taking that tendon and just twisting it or someone just sucker punched it.  At first it's just a slight nagging as if to say "Hey.  Um, you might want to take it easy."  Then if I try to ignore it, that's when it starts screaming as if to say "HEY!  I TOLD YOU.  TAKE. IT. EASY." then if I keep ignoring it on a run, walking even becomes impossible.

How can you avoid an injury like ITBS?  Cross-training.  How do you help it heal?  A bunch of different things, but I've found that rest, icing, foam rolling and massage helps.  I also tried a variety of straps that are supposed to help, but the only thing that helped was a compression sleeve from Zensah for my knee.

Take in Nutrition Every 30 Minutes.

Back in April on my trip to Boston for the marathon I got to meet a few elites including ultramarathoner Scott Jurek.  I typically try to come up with good questions for elites usually it ends up being "What's your bucket list race?" but this time it was "What's your advice for a first time marathoner?"  He said "Take on nutrition every 30 minutes whether you think you need it or not."  While training and on race day, that's exactly what I did and it worked out perfect.  Pre-run OR pre-race I always drink a 17oz bottle of water with cherry limeade Nuun en route, and eat a picky bar (typically smooth caffeinator) 30 minutes out.  During the run/race itself I used Tailwind.  I also put snacks in my hydration pack that I knew my stomach could tolerate, and on race day I used Run Gum as well.  The snacks I could choose on any given day were chia seed bars from Health Warrior, chia squeeze from Mama Chia, gingersnap waffles from Honey Stinger, and I used their chews as well.

Since race day was hot, the pre-race Nuun helped hydrate me pre-race, and the Tailwind helped maintain it and provide calories.  After about 30 minutes of running I was ready to start sipping on my Tailwind and I tried my best to keep up with that.  I also took comfort in that I had "safe" snacks on hand if I wanted something to chew.  (I didn't really eat too many snacks since I was feeling pretty good.)  After separating from the pace group at the halfway point, I started taking water at the stops and that helped too.

By the time I got to the end of the race, I wasn't too hungry or thirsty.  I was just hurting from moving my feet for so long.

Join a Running Group.

This basically saved my butt a few times, because it gave me people to run with and learn new routes.  I'm a member of Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town and despite the name, you don't have to have kids to join.  It's a free running group for women and you can join in group runs as little or as much as you like.  If you join an active group, chances are very good that you can find somebody else who's a similar pace and wants to run a similar distance.  Having that kind of accountability is everything when you're training through the summer for a fall race.

Keep It Simple.

I know I look a little ridiculous on runs with all the stuff I have--my headphones, Garmin, Road ID, sunglasses, hat, hydration pack, phone, and of course snacks.  But the one place I keep it simple?  My clothing.  The top I wore while training and on race day was a Oiselle Flyte Tank.  There are only 3 "seams" on the entire tank--at the top on the straps and around the neckline.  Less seams mean fewer chances of chafing.  I do the same for my bottoms as well, which for most races is the Be Free Knicker from Athleta.  (Added bonus?  POCKETS!)  You would be surprised with how much running gear has an overabundance of seams.  (Seriously, what is up with all the panels on your shirts, and tights, Fila?)

Stick to Your Training.

I'm sure this one will be a little more controversial, but hear me out.  I had to stop my long runs after hitting 19 miles, more than a month out from the race.  Then I barely got in any runs because of my injury flaring up so quickly into a run.  Sure, it was a legitimate excuse, but I feel that if I was able to stay closer to the training schedule and actually do my 20 mile run then I might not have been in general pain at mile 17. But this is tough to gauge too, although while I was ramping up my weekly mileage I wasn't in AS much pain, but with the marathon it was my longest distance overall so it's hard to say.  (But in the month of October, I only got in three runs before my marathon.  So...yeah.)

Overall, I really enjoyed going through the experience of running a marathon.  Will I ever run another?  Who knows.  I've learned to never say never because I also said I'd never run a marathon.  Watching Boston last year was inspirational, and maybe it will inspire me again this coming year.  One thing is for sure though:  I need to heal completely before I even think of signing up for another!  Currently I'm on track for recovery.  I signed up for a new gym that opens next month, I'm still running but not as far, starting to cross train more and I'm wearing my knee sleeve while running and cross training.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Marine Corps Marathon Race Recap, Part 2: The Race!

Be sure to read Part 1 of my experience running the Marine Corps Marathon.  It's about my training, expo and pre-race prep.  I'll wait.



So, race morning I actually woke up just a few minutes before my alarm which rarely ever happens.  But oddly I felt pretty rested, so I took that as a good sign.  After checking my emails I got up and started getting ready to leave.  I made sure to apply my temporary tattoo to the inside of my left elbow so it was in a place where I thought it wouldn't rub against anything too much.  (I was wrong.  The lower half was gone before the race even started.)

I then grabbed my water bottle with cherry limeade Nuun, hydration pack and spibelt with race bib and headed out the door with my Dad to get to the metro.

After a shorter than usual metro ride with my Dad, he wished me luck as we parted ways.  Then started the long walk around the Pentagon to the starting area.  (I'm not totally sure how far it actually was, but it was at least half a mile probably closer to three quarters.  Either way, I finished my water bottle with Nuun as we walked to the starting area.)  I got there early enough that security was a non-issue.  I just walked up to a guard, showed them my hydration pack, they felt the reservoir portion and waved me on.  The lines for the bathrooms started to get a little crazy so I went ahead and got in line.  After getting through, I walked across the parking lot and got in line for the other set.  This line was a little longer, but I made friends with a couple ladies from Indiana who were also running their first marathon.  I told them everything I knew about the race and how it was awesome.  I also started texting with my friend who ran with me on that fateful training run that shook my confidence, and we tried to figure out where we were.  While we were in line for the portajohns we got to see the skydivers and see the fly-by from some of the Marines' Osprey (they had people hanging out the back door waving at the runners!)

I had seen part of it from the National Mall, but seeing it right up close was awe-inspiring.  Nerves started to set in as I neared the portajohns for one last stop.

At this point it was 7:55am and I headed over to the starting area with my friends from Indiana, hoping that I would come across my friend.  Fortunately, since she's so tall it was pretty easy to find her in the crowd once she told me her corral.  (We are a similar pace so I felt good about lining up with her.)  I also got a glimpse of the pacers for the 5:30 finish time.  We were close enough to see the pacer, but far enough back that we weren't in that pack of people.  My initial strategy was to keep the pacer in my sights while hanging back far enough that I wouldn't get caught up in the pack.

Finally the gun went off at 8:05am.  (Later I found out it was due to a suspicious package on the course.)  I crossed at 8:24am with one of my friends from Indiana and my training friend.

I decided to take it easy and not go out too fast, so when my watch beeped to start one of the intervals, I waved bye to my friends and told them I'd catch up later.  At this point, my IT band was feeling a little achy, but not terrible.  I tried not to focus on it and somehow I managed to catch up with the 5:30 pace group early on and kept up with them pretty well for the first half of the race.

Staying with the pace group for the first half helped a lot.  It helped keep me from going out too fast, and the pacer knew when to speed up and when we could slow down.  Thankfully it was a group that did run/walk breaks, although I'm pretty sure the leader wasn't very strict about sticking to them.  She also stopped briefly enough at the aid stations that it was basically impossible to take any liquid, which was stupid because of how hot it was supposed to be that day.  (Thankfully I had my hydration pack.  Yes, it had Tailwind in it, but I remembered a bit of advice from Scott Jurek from my Boston trip in April for Marathon Monday.  He said to take on nutrition every half an hour whether you need it or not.)  But after a point I started to get annoyed with the people around me because it was packed.  One woman kept throwing elbows to stay right next to the pacer, and various people kept knocking into me, and several people lost shoes because somebody behind them stepped on their heel.  Normally I don't like to post pictures from MarathonFoto with the watermark, but this is a great visual of how packed the pace group was.

By the time this picture was taken, I was getting pretty tired of being in such a tightly packed crowd.  Just before Hains Point aka The Blue Mile (and the halfway point), the pacer ran through the water and paused just briefly at the Gatorade and I walked that portion.  I tried to hang back but keep her in my sights, but she just kept getting further away.  And then I suddenly felt relieved.  I could hang back and look around!  And I was at the first point where I needed to look for a familiar face!  And...I didn't see her!  Oh well, no worries!  My next milestone was to beat the Gauntlet at about mile 17 by 12:33pm and I was well on my way to doing that.

A lot of the race was pretty much a blur.  I remember seeing some people from the pace group and passing by them.  I ran into one of my Oiselle teammates just before I met up with my Mom and husband right by the Washington Monument to change out hydration packs just as we planned.  At that point, I was past mile 17.  Less than 10 miles to go.  Might as well finish, right?

I'm all smiles, right?  I'm grinning through the pain because at this point both my IT bands were starting to ache.  (But the KT Tape was still intact!!) And I was justifying finishing.  And I had to catch up with my Oiselle teammate I hadn't seen in awhile, and she was hurting too.  Before I knew it we were passing the Capitol building...

And I ran into Oiselle spectator #1 by the Smithsonian.  And she had starbursts on a cookie sheet.  They were perfect and I said hi, thanks for the starburst and walked as I peeled the candy and popped it in my mouth.  (At that point, chewing felt weird.) I had also started to drag so once I finished the candy, so I opened up a pack of Run Gum and popped in a piece.  It was a little crumbly at first, but then it started to hold together after a few chews and the caffeine in it did the trick!  (Okay and maybe Batala and a hose spraying water helped a little bit, but mostly the gum.)  I caught a little bit of a second wind as we headed towards the dreaded 14th street bridge.


All the runners knew going into this weekend it would be warm, and by this point it was about 12:00/12:30 so it was getting bad.  And on the bridge, there is no shade for even a little bit of relief.  I had run the bridge before when I ran the 10k in previous years, but at the marathon distance it was a whole new beast.  No spectators except a few brave souls here and there cheering you on.  At this point, the muscle pain had really started to take over.  I had to really convince myself that I could finish this.  The only way off the bridge was to keep going.  And if I kept going, I might as well finish.

I was so ready to see the familiar faces of my Oiselle teammates at Mile 22.  Finally I came over a hill and I finally saw one of my teammates that I recognized right away.  I screamed her name and ran by giving everybody high fives and kept running.  Right through another fire plug that had been opened up and was spraying water.  And right into a puddle.  (Worth it.)

At that point a couple toenails started softening up and I started worrying that a couple were gone.  I had to talk myself out of it because I had run with wet feet before, and this had happened before.  I was almost done.  I got this.

That final turnaround in Crystal City was glorious.  I was finally in the homestretch.  Once we got back to the Pentagon parking lot, I ran into my Oiselle teammate again, who was also hurting.  So we ended up walking a bunch of the final mile together.  We ended up joking about how off our Garmins were on the distance (maybe it was because of all the weaving around people?) and how when our watches buzzed saying we finished the marathon but we hadn't really finished that we were just doing an ultramarathon.

As we got closer to the finish we started to give each other a pep talk to really go for it in that final stretch.  (Well, as much as we could.)  We walked up that final hill to Iwo Jima (hating that hill more than I ever have in previous years of running the 10k) and once we hit the flat portion, we took off...again, as much as we could.  And we finished!!  My official time was 6:03:59.  Not my goal time, but still an automatic PR.

I hobbled with my Oiselle teammate through the medals, the water, and the post-race snacks and then we parted ways.  Throughout we both kept texting our loved ones letting them know we crossed, and we were almost to them.  Just after the bridge we parted ways and I got my watermelon.  (Barely.  Apparently they were giving a ton to everybody who walked by since the race was almost completely over and they still had a lot of fruit.)  Either way, I met up with my parents and husband again and they handed me another container of watermelon.  (I'm all about that post-race watermelon.  Seriously.  It's always the best. Thanks, Watermelon Board!)

After I finished the watermelon, drank a bottle of water and started finishing my hydration pack, I was ready for some real food.  Fortunately, there were tons of food trucks around.  I opted for a nutella crepe, and my Mom got one for each of us to enjoy back at their house.  On the metro ride back, I tried really hard to stretch.  But that only lasted a few minutes.  The muscle fatigue had definitely set in and my legs were hurting, especially if I lifted them more than just a couple inches off the ground.  I definitely didn't sit on the metro because I knew that was just asking for trouble.

Once we got off the train, I yelled at my husband for walking so fast and he said to me "I'm walking at a normal speed!" "No you're not!  Stop walking so fast!" And we both laughed as I collapsed into the car.  Shockingly I didn't have very much trouble getting back out again and hobbled my way inside the house and ate my nutella crepe.  Then came the time where I had to get up and get to the bathroom for a shower.  Naturally, it took longer than I'd like to admit and part of it was because I was nervous about what I would see when I took my socks off.  So I sat on the side of the tub and very carefully pulled off my socks.

And what did I see?

All ten toes, all ten toenails.  INTACT!  Win.  (Small victory.)

And I was SO happy to put on my finisher's shirt.

That shower felt amazing and soon after my husband and I headed home.  I was still hungry, so I opened up my snack box and was VERY impressed!

I'm almost positive everything except the fruit cup was gone before we arrived home an hour later.  At that point, I was so ready for a nap.

And it was glorious.

Next up:  What I learned!