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Das Boot

I know I’ve been absent around here for the past couple weeks. I have been putting off writing about this update, because frankly, it sucks.

I started having some minor pain in my foot the week after Memorial Day, or the week before I went to San Diego. It started on Tuesday with some soreness in the bottom of my foot when I started running. After a couple of miles, it went away, and I thought it was no big deal. I ran a couple more times that week, and same thing. A minor annoyance that almost felt like a bruise on the bottom of my foot. Then cam San Diego. As I mentioned, I ran/walked/jogged probably 20-25 miles over 8 hours, much of it on concrete. By the Tuesday after the race (June 5th), I couldn’t run on it at all. I went to my group run, started gimping, and I knew right away something was wrong. I gave it a mile to see if it would loosen up at all, but I ended up stopping and walking back.

I took a week off. I biked. I got acupuncture. I swam. I got massage therapy. I took another week off. When I was still having pain while walking two weeks later, I made an appointment with a foot specialist, pretty much convinced that I had a stress fracture.

I went in on Wednesday (June 20), and the good news it that the x-ray was clean. I was diagnosed with peroneus brevis tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal bone bruise, right where the tendon connects.

 

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The doc asked me how aggressive I wanted to be in treating it, and I told him I wanted to heal as fast as possible so I can get back to running. He said the best way to heal it fast would be complete immobilization for a week. He gave me the walking boot, and I’ve had the thing on ever since. I can take it off to drive and  shower. He wanted me to keep it on at night, but I just couldn’t sleep with it, so in comes off when I go to bed as well. I have also been icing it once a day at night.

This coming Wednesday I can take the boot off and see how it feels to walk around. If I have no pain, I can slowly start biking, swimming, and even a little running. But if there is any pain at all, I need to stop. I will not be doing the Door County Triathlon on July 22nd, because even if I am healthy enough to race, I am severely undertrained at this point and running the race would likely flare the whole thing back up again and I would be back at square one. It is more important to me to be able to run and race in the fall than to do the tri.

In the meantime, I have still been enjoying the heck out of summer. Steve and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on June 21st with a great dinner at an Italian restaurant.

We have been boating, strawberry festivaling, hanging out with friends, and getting stuff done around the house. We have been installing new interior doors, painting said doors and trim, and working in the yard just to name a few things. I am trying to stay positive and looking forward to running as soon as I possibly can. The break was nice, but I plan to start posting more frequently as I recover and get back to training.

Have you ever dealt with an injury that sidelined you for any length of time? Was it easy to get back into the swing of things?

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Spring-like running

Remember how I couldn’t stop thinking about this? Well, it happened.

Please promise me, if you do one thing today besides sitting on the couch and stuffing your face with chips, dip, beer, guacamole, chili and cookies during the Super Bowl, let it be making this french toast. Please, thank you, and you are welcome.

In other news, the state of WI continues to be spoiled with spring-like weather. This makes me incredibly happy. Running in the February sun in capris and a long sleeve shirt? Yes please!

Saturday morning I was down at the Milwaukee Lakefront coaching a new group of Team in Training athletes. After putting in 4 miles with the team, I headed out for 10 more on my own. Running long on roads is not ideal since I am training for a 50 mile trail race, but I can’t argue with this scenery.

 

Post run I treated myself to a soy mocha from Alterra Coffee, aka the best coffee in Milwaukee.

Today’s agenda includes hitting the trails for a 7-8 mile run, grocery shopping, and working around the house. My productivity this weekend has been astounding thus far, and has included cleaning, touch-up painting, priming trim, and making training calendars for Steve and myself. I have no plans to watch the Super Bowl, instead I think I will actually cook a dinner besides roasted vegetables.

Are you watching the Super Bowl? Do you care who wins or are you in it for the commercials?

Did you get outside this weekend?

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Cake Mix Cookies

This morning I made the easiest cookies ever to bring to a Packer Party today (GO PACK!!)

Take one box of cake mix (I used Devil’s Food)

Mix in two eggs and 1/3 cup oil

Add mix in’s (I threw in a handful each of walnuts, craisins, white chocolate & dark chocolate chips)

Side note: I got this bag of the best chocolate chips on the planet at Costco for $9.99. The banana is there for size comparison.

Three and a half pounds of heaven in a bag right there.

Ok, back to the cookies. Mix everything together (I had to use my hands).

Drop onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a rack.

Go for a twelve mile run while the cookies are cooling, fantasizing the whole time about devouring several upon your return. (Optional)

Try not to eat too many so you have some left to bring to your party (also optional).

I sampled one just to see if it was good. It was. I sampled one more just to be sure. I am sure. Go make them.

Our first Christmas tree in the new house is all decorated. It’s getting mighty festive around here. If only all of the presents were already wrapped and under the tree, I would be all set.

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Kitchen talk

It snowed last night. I was not pleased.

I made my way to downtown Milwaukee this morning to coach my Team in Training athletes. Though I certainly could have done without the white stuff, it is always kind of fun to run in the first dusting of powder. I ran four very slow miles with the team and then tacked on four solo miles afterwards.

So, let’s talk about our kitchen for a moment, shall we? Let me refresh your memory as to what it looked like when we bought the house.

Dear me, it seems like this was so long ago. As I mentioned before, we were extremely fortunate that my uncle Dennis offered to help us with the major undertaking that was demolishing half of the wall.

Phase one – the wall was opened up and the pipe was discovered. That pipe needed to be re-routed to the other side of the sink.

Phase two – the wall was knocked down. This is looking from the dining room back into the kitchen. We had a gaping hole in the ceiling for quite some time.

Phase three – the frame of the wall was knocked down. This is when it really started to look awesome and feel like an open concept house rather than a series of totally boxed in rooms.

You could finally see from the living room all the way into the dining room. Next, a beam was installed to support the house where the walls were removed.

Can lights were installed and cabinets were disassembled, puttied, primed, and painted (thank you Mom, Sue, Grandma Joan and Beth!).

I slacked on photo-documenting the rest, which included dry-walling, plastering, flooring (side note: I am madly in love with our maple laminate floors. They look awesome and so far have proven themselves to be plenty durable in the face of such a klutz as myself), and painting. Oh, and moving our appliances in. And with that, here is the big reveal of the kitchen as it stands today.

Slightly different, no? Here’s a side-by-side:

A few things still need to be done in here. We need to get a countertop and breakfast bar. The cabinet piece on the right will be painted to match the rest of the cabinets. The baseboard moldings are also not installed yet, and eventually all of the woodwork will be painted white. Here are some before and after’s of the other kitchen angles.

My mom and Joe got us a new stainless steel range hood for Christmas, installation included. I love the wall color we chose, and the white cabinets with the stainless appliances. So clean looking, don’t you think?

And the view from the kitchen into the dining room, complete with our Christmas tree in the background, which is indeed decorated now.

I cannot wait until we get a new countertop and the room is complete. If you’ve made it through this monster post, congratulations! You deserve a cookie, so go eat one. Smile

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Settling in

Oh…hi!

{emerges from piles of moving boxes, paint rollers, flooring, miscellaneous tools, and general chaos}

Good news! I am in fact alive and Steve and I are all moved in to the new house. We are slowly getting settled, and it feels good to be done with the major deconstruction phase and on to the organizing stage. There is still lots of work to be done, but the really messy stuff is over. Thank goodness. I am excited to start showing you what we all did, complete with before, during and after pics.

Through all of the chaos, running has been my constant, as usual. I have been consistently logging 35-45 miles per week. I have also been figuring out new running routes and exploring the neighborhoods. Nothing will ever be able to replace running at the lakefront in downtown Milwaukee every day, but we do live close to a nice rec trail now that will be good for long runs. We are also much closer to my favorite trail running spot, which I am really excited about. I ran there a few weeks ago with my friend Cara and ended up biting it big time in the mud.

 

I was pretty much caked from head to toe.

But it was still a blast!

And since it is the holiday season, I will leave you with the only thing I have baked so far: Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon M&M’s.

I followed this recipe exactly for the cookies, then pressed the Cinnamon M&M’s in before baking. They were deliciously chocolaty and spicy!

Question: What is your favorite holiday cookie? Bonus points if you link to the recipe!

There are so many good ones, but I think my favorite of all time have to be the Chocolate Wheeties cookies that my mom makes. Maybe I can get her to share the recipe she uses. Hint hint mom!

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Coming along

I took advantage of the extra hour this morning and got in a nice 10 mile run before resuming work on the house. I am really happy that I was still able to get in 38 miles this week with everything going on.

Speaking of the house, things are coming along. We have had lots of helpers over, which is awesome.

Mason: floor ripper extraordinaire

Dennis: construction manager

Mom: painter and tackler of all projects

Joe: master electrician

Grandma Joan: painter

Not pictured: Sue, head of color design and painter

We are so grateful for everyone’s help, as we could never do even half of this on our own!

The biggest project we decided to take on with the house was to knock out half of the kitchen wall to open it up into the dining room. To refresh your memory, here is what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house.

Here it is with the wall ripped open.

And here it is today.

The support beam on the ceiling went up yesterday and the only thing left is lights, drywall, and eventually new countertops. Please note that we have also removed the unfortunate green plaid linoleum flooring. I absolutely love how open the house is now. This is the old view from the dining room into the kitchen.

And here it is now.

Other things that have been completed thus far:

All carpeting and flooring removed.

Side note: after ripping up all of that carpeting and seeing what was underneath, I will never be putting carpeting in anywhere ever again. Disgusting.

Steve ripping up the lovely brown tile outside of the bathroom:

The three bedrooms and two baths are painted. We are planning to start installing flooring today, which I am really excited about. I will keep updating when I can. Now it’s off to work!

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The house

I don’t think I mentioned it on the blog, but Steve and I closed on a house last week. Yep, we are officially moving out of the city and into the suburbs. Finding a house in our desired area and within our budget was a bit of a challenge. Most of the homes we looked at were either

1) Super old. Like over 100 years old, which could be ok for some people, but we didn’t want to deal with oil burning heat tanks and all of the problems and work that come with a house that old.

2) Complete gut jobs. We are willing to do some work (as you will see), but some of the houses were complete remodel jobs which we had neither the time or money to tackle.

3) Plain weird. We saw some crazy things during our house hunt, such as a master bedroom with a master bath attached, but no door. And nowhere to put a door. Um, I don’t want to hear someone using the facility just on the other side of a half wall while I am sleeping. We also saw some amazingly gaudy fixtures, interesting DIY repairs, and many more things that made us scratch our heads.

Or some combination of all three of those things.

We were starting to worry that we would never find the perfect house to meet our needs. On our wish list included three bedrooms,  a two-car garage, a place to park the boat, a decent layout, and a small manageable yard. It doesn’t seem like that much to ask for, right? Well, after much searching, we finally found our house.

It needs work, but it’s mostly cosmetic. We are knocking out half of a wall to open up the kitchen, installing all new flooring, and painting the entire house. A ton of work was completed over this past weekend thanks to the help of my awesome family, so everything already looks quite different than the pictures in this post. I am still going to show the “before” pics here though, so that I can show the updates as they happen.

So without further ado…

The kitchen:

Living room:

Family/dining room:

Master bedroom:

Guest room:

Bedroom three/office:

Full bath:

So as you can see, lots of cosmetic work to be done. I will be updating with before and after photos of the rooms as we work on them. As I said, everything already looks quite different.

I am managing to fit in some running here and there, but to be honest it is taking a back seat right now. We are in sort of a time crunch with the house because we hope to move in right before Thanksgiving. Please pardon my lack of blogging and running-related posts for the next few weeks, things are getting crazy up in here!

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