Stupid things

Over the weekend, I helped my parents move into their new house. It was hard work, but not so bad given how much help we had. When they decided to move, they offered me the piano I played as a kid. I’ve been bugging them about wanting it forever, so I was happy to take it off their hands.

They brought it by Monday afternoon, and I somehow managed to smash my ankle between the heavy part of the piano and the last concrete step into our house. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the most painful injury I’ve had as an adult. I’d imagine breaking my arm in the 2nd grade might have hurt worse, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember.

I seriously thought I had broken or torn something and immediately broke into a cold sweat, lost all my color, and started seeing spots. My mom had the presence of mind to grab an ice pack and elevate my foot, but it still took about 10 minutes for me to get my bearings and stop shaking. The inside of my right ankle was immediately black and blue and throbbing like crazy. I spent the rest of the day icing/elevating/wrapping it in ACE bandages, taking Tylenol, and griping about how dumb I am.

It still felt pretty terrible when I woke up, so I called my doctor and he was able to work me in, X-rays and all. Nothing is torn or broken, thank goodness; I just have a deep bone bruise and a bunch of broken blood vessels. All he could say is that, “It’s going to hurt for…a while.” He said I should take the rest of the week off from running/high impact stuff, then pick my running back up as I felt comfortable. It’s still really painful to walk, so we’ll see how quickly I can bounce back. In good news, my bone density looks great. He said I probably would’ve broken it if I were older or not as “sturdy.”

I’m annoyed, because I was just finally getting back into a good groove and feeling confident about my base after having an awful, weekslong case of bronchitis. I also have a 10k on June 8, so I’m hoping I’ll be healed enough to at least do it as a fun run, even if I don’t come out of it with a PR (which I had hoped to).

Mostly, I don’t want to have any lingering issues because of this dumb mishap; I want to start official marathon training injury-free! Nothing like setting yourself back before the real work actually starts.

If nothing else, we have no shortage of ice packs in our house from Dan’s ongoing knee adventures. We make for a pretty pathetic pair when we’re both in the living room icing our respective injured joints and watching TV.


Making time…again

Life has been insane mode ever since the beginning of February, when we did our taxes and found that we owed the government a disgusting amount of money. From that point on, our free time was consumed with working overtime and looking at homes to buy so we could take advantage of the tax credit (something we’d been hoping to do, anyway).

Let me tell you, living under that kind of financial stress for so long can really put a damper on working out and eating well. We were hellbent on saving as much money as possible, so the quality of our food was downgraded a bit, though we did cook at home much more to save some cash. And by cook, I mean we made a lot of tuna sandwiches and fruit smoothies. In fact, I think there was a period of about two weeks where we didn’t eat a single hot meal.


Anyway, Dan and I both fell off the workout horse, but we’ve picked ourselves up and are back in the saddle for yet another ride. I’ve been loving some of Jillian’s older workout videos that I found via The Shredheads. They are similar to 30-Day Shred in approach but incorporate more moves from her book, Making the Cut (which I wrote about at length here). You can read a review of the Biggest Winner set here.

So, I’m writing to say … I’m baaaaack.

Just one more day…

Until I start work and have something to take up my time. Whenever I was at my very busiest while I was in school, all I could think about was how great it would be to sit around and do nothing. Now that that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days, I don’t feel that way anymore.

I didn’t leave my apartment yesterday until about 5. I went to check out the mall and look for wedding bands to match my engagement ring (success – and on sale, I might add). Then I went to this Japanese place for a bit of sushi. It was pretty decent for being so cheap. I want to get out to the beach today and maybe drive around and get lost for a little while. I have the general geography of the area down, but I don’t really know how to get anywhere other than the few places I’ve needed to go over the past few days.

I’m excited/nervous to start work Monday. Wish me luck!

time for something new

So, I am finally here in my new apartment in Myrtle Beach. Dan, my dad and I spent two days driving across the country with a trailer full of my stuff. My new apartment is really nice. It’s a one-bedroom place about 2 miles from my work. It has a fantastic kitchen, spacious living room and well-lit sunroom/office area. The bedroom has a closet that will actually hold all of my clothes and shoes. The place is actually pretty big, and it makes it look like I have hardly any stuff. I’m so used to living in tiny, old college apartments that I don’t really know what do to with myself. I think I’ll enjoy living here.

We spent most of yesterday unpacking, but managed to make it out to the beach after dinner for a little while. The weather here is gorgeous — I’ve had the windows open the entire time I’ve been here.

Dan and Dad left today. I was a little sad for a bit, but I know everything will be fine. I just want them to have a safe trip home. I start work on Monday, so I have today and tomorrow to be lazy and do nothing. I’ll be working Mon-Fri from 3:30 to midnight for the next two weeks, then the schedule will most likely change. I’m ready to have something to do.