Sunday, January 14, 2018

Will I See The Light? (WW # 128)




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This week was a bit of a struggle.  Sleep was not my friend.  Not only was there a full stressful week back at work coupled with lingering jaw pain from major dental work, I managed to pull a muscle under my shoulder blade Friday morning [You know, while doing that dangerous physical feat of putting oatmeal in the microwave.]  It's that muscle where when you take a deep breath, it hurts! Lucky for me -- and to put the cherry on top, I had just signed up for a half marathon on Sunday.  Isn't that how it always works?





I ran a couple of times this week. After staying up way past my bedtime Monday to watch Alabama defeat Georgia in the National Championship [ROLL TIDE], Tuesday's run was my usual progressive four miler (10:02, 9:51, 9:47, 9:26).  I think I can do this run in my sleep.  And often do... 


My second run was another four miles on Thursday morning in the typical early morning summertime warmth and 100% humidity (what?).  It was not pretty but I got it done.  In.A.Tank.Top.




I did not run again hoping a couple of days rest would give me some much needed energy for Sunday's half marathon.  I did my weekly strength sessions and threw in a 40 minute trainer ride on Saturday morning just to get a some cardio and work up a sweat. 

Oh -- forgot to mention, the fore-casted temperature for the race is a feels-like of 17 degrees.  OK, then.   One more thing...it is my 50th half marathon {cue fireworks}.   Stay tuned to see if I Saw The Light. 





And that's a wrap!



Have you pulled a muscle doing something so innocent?

Did you wear a tank top this week?




90 comments:

  1. I can pull a muscle by sneezing and looking in the wrong direction. I heard your race went well! And, yes, I wore a couple different tank tops... one fro my stair workout & the other under 3 other warmer layers on Saturday :-)

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    1. I usually pull the same stupid muscle in the shower washing my hair...what the heck? Tank tops for the win!

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  2. Oh no! Who knew that oatmeal was so dangerous! Haha, it happens - one time I strained my neck by doing a double take at someone's delicious looking vegan ice cream. LOL. I hope the race went well!

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    1. I guess I need to stay away from oatmeal. Or the microwave. Or both. Thank you -- the race went well!

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  3. That's one of the main reasons I cook my oatmeal on the stove. lol But seriously, OUCH! I've done that and it's not fun. I hope you were able to feel some relief before the half! I almost ran that race a few years ago. It was supposed to be after the Mississippi Blues full or something like that. Didn't happen. Still got the t-shirt. I feel guilty wearing it even though it's usually to just mow my lawn or something like that.

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    1. Yes! They used to do a double with the MS Blues and you'd get a special medal for completing both. The Blues changed their date this year so the double up was with the Pensacola race. Wear the T-shirt. I would!

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  4. I pulled that same shoulder muscle before Christmas! I was trying to move a queen mattress by myself which was dumb... But everything hurt because of that stupid muscle. Good job that you kept moving with it!!

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    1. It does make everything hurt because it hurts to breathe. Thankfully, it is much better today.

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  5. I have pulled a muscle doing nothing LOL

    Tank top? Last week on the treadmill not this week running outside.

    Can't wait for your half marathon recap!!!!!!!!!!! You rock!

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    1. Crazy, right? We went from tank top to feels like 17 degrees. Guess which one it is easier to run in?

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  6. So you haven't been sleeping! :( Wasn't it the longest week?! It was the first 5-day work week in quite awhile it seemed my whole office was definitely struggling by Friday. Hope you had a great race and saw the light. :)

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    1. Oh yeah, that first full week back from the holidays was tough! The race was great but very, very cold!

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  7. Ugh sorry about the pulled muscle! So jealous of you running in a tank top in January!

    Looking forward to hearing about your half!

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    1. It was nice to just throw on a tank and go...but I do better in colder temps. Or at least less humid conditions.

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  8. It was pretty warm ere this week as well that I probably could have wore a tank top, but it was rainy instead. Cold here again today, in the single digits. How does that work?

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    1. I think Mother Nature is very confused! We went from 60s to teens. Ugh. Make up your mind! LOL.

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  9. I have had really bad muscle knots in my shoulder blade before it really does hurt when you breathe. Hope you are feeling better today. 50 half marathons? Wow!

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    1. Thankfully, it's better today and I could breathe without pain ((relatively speaking) during the half. Yeah 50. Wow, times flies!

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  10. I swear I pull muscles in my back doing absolutely nothing. Can't wait to hear about your epic #50 half! Grand master!

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    1. Every time I hear "Grand Master" I think of "Grand Poobah" from the Flintstones. LOL. Just sayin'...

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  11. The weather here has been so crazy too - freezing temps last week, then some warm days. So sorry to hear about your pulled muscle - hope the 50th HM went well!

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    1. Thankfully, the pulled muscle didn't seem to bother me during the half marathon. The frigid temps? Well, that's another story.

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  12. Oh my! What a week! I can't wait to hear about the race. I hope that all went well! Sorry about not sleeping. As one who deals with TMJ pain and teeth grinding, I feel ya!

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    1. I had a bad case of TMJ ages ago and went through treatment! So, I feel your pain! Spending an afternoon in a dental chair is just never fun. I can't believe the pain has lingered this long.

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  13. Ugh. I hate when that happens - and definitely think stress is a factor. Hope you shook it off and ran it off!

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    1. I didn't notice it during the race today (whew!). Or maybe I was just too focused on how cold it was and how frozen I felt. LOL.

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  14. I pinched a nerve in my necking from sleeping weird. It lasted for the whole month of December and was such a pain in the butt. And the weather this past week? So freakin' wacky!

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    1. Oohh...I do that sometimes too. It's so frustrating to wake up in pain.

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  15. I have a stiff neck from my run today. I don't know what I was doing with my head but clearly I did something wrong. So fun getting old?

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    1. Sadly, it's just getting to the point where you add a new ache/pain to the list. But that won't stop us, right?

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  16. Awesome job today!! Glad I got to hug you at the start! Hope you can get some rest this week!!

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    1. It was good to see you at the race! It surely was a cold one but I dressed appropriately for the run. But afterwards? Holy Moly it was cold!!

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  17. A little birdie told us you most definitely saw the light. Congrats! Especially after such a trying week!

    the friend I had lunch with had just thrown her back out -- just reaching for her shampoo in the shower. I hate when stuff like that happens -- it's so unfair!

    But no, no running in tank tops for me this week -- well, except on the treadmill, of course.. Although it did make it up to 60 on Friday & I even got to open up a window. Currently it's single digits. We went out to dinner and Lola left us "presents". :( And of course we let the dogs out right before we left.

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    1. It's funny you mention the shower. I have pulled this same muscle washing my hair! Oh, I have a dog that likes to leave gifts as well. LOL.

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  18. I have pulled a muscle from sneezing too hard so I totally feel your pain. It's crazy how we can strength train and run and be fine, and then do something normal and injure ourselves!

    Congrats on your 50th half marathon today!!

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    1. I fretted a little over which half to run for my special occasion. I'm glad I chose this one. It turned out well.

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  19. Yikes - oatmeal injuries are dangerous! I was half thinking you burned yourself - but no, a pulled muscle? hope you're feeling better and the half marathon went well!!!! Esp considering the weather. Wow. Tank top one day and then 17 degrees?

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    1. It's been a crazy running wardrobe week. I had to wear all the layers for my half marathon.

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  20. OMG running in a tank top, I'm so jealous!!

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    1. Don't be too jealous. It only lasted one day. LOL.

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  21. Yay #50!!! I hope it goes awesome for you. 17°F does seem really cold for your area but I think it’s easiee to run in cold compared to heat and humidity. You’ve had a rough go lately but I hope this can be a little light for you! Enjoy your 50th half marathon and feel better soon! I’m so glad to join up with the Wrap crew again!

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    1. I would definitely choose running in the exact same conditions as yesterday over any day during our summer. After all, the worst part is standing around before and after. The running is great.

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  22. 50th Half Marathon!!! Oh my word!!! What a phenomenal achievement! I am gobsmacked! Well done! Can't wait to see if you saw the light, LOL :-)

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    1. It's hard to believe how the time has flown. I didn't set out to do 50 but when I became a Half Fanatic, the numbers added up quickly after completing a few streaks.

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  23. I wore a tank top in the house while I did my strength training! but otherwise.. no mostly double layers outside for running still. Sorry you had a rough sleep week, I hate those! I put my back out sliding my jeans off my hips to sit on the toilet, almost had to call for help to get back off the toilet.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that story. It's really not funny how much pain you can innocently inflict on yourself, but at least now I don't feel so bad.

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  24. I feel like I've pulled muscle in my upper body doing the most random things, like blowdrying my hair (or even just sleeping). Its annoying but it usually doesn't impact my running so I don't mind as much as when I do something to my lower body. But I hope everything came together for your race! 50 halves is amazing!

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    1. True. Those pulled muscles can get so much worse. I was worried I'd feel it when breathing during my race -- but it was fine. Or the Advil worked.

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  25. Only wore tank tops in my classes, but I think that might change this week! Stay tuned...

    PS - Congrats on half marathon #50 and 3rd overall! That's awesome! I guess the cold weather agreed with you ;)

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    1. No, no. I wasn't third overall. I won third Grand Masters. You are placed in that category if you are over 50. But hey, I guess that was pretty fitting for my 50th race.

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  26. Injuries always seem to happen doing the most random things. You'd think with all the running and working out, they'd happen then, but nope. Picking up grocery bags is dangerous. And apparently, so is cooking oatmeal in the microwave. I hope you're feeling better and this week is a little less stressful for you! Congrats on half #50! Amazing!

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    1. I always think lugging around those heavy cases of water will pull something. Nope. Just the oatmeal/microwave movement.

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  27. Ugh, its always so frustrating when we injure ourselves doing such simple tasks. I hope you feel better sooner than later.

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    1. It is! I try to be so careful and then, BOOM.

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  28. Well we are quite a team...pulling something down deep is the worst. Hopefully it won't take forever to resolve.
    I had a tank top on for sure, and yep it was 11 when I woke up today....big sigh. I am excited to hear about this race!
    Is your dental work done?

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    1. Thankfully, the pain was gone in just a few days. The weather is nuts! But I still prefer the colder runs as it will soon be unbearable again.

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  29. 50 half marathons?! What an amazing feat!

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    1. Or crazy. LOL. It's been a lot of fun!

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  30. Congrats on #50. I am starting to hurt myself doing harmless stuff, and sometimes I don't even know how I picked up a knock. Lately it's been waking up with cricks in my neck, but I don't know if my sleeping positions have changed.

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    1. Those neck pains are the worst! I can't turn my head at all without pain when that happens.

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  31. Pulled muscles are no joke....I've been dealing with one for months. My obliques and hips just aren't happy but I'm working through it at physio. 50th half marathon - WOAH!

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    1. I went to Physical Therapy when my hips (and IT band) were at their worst. It helped tremendously!

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  32. I've pulled so many muscles doing who knows what. It's so aggravating when you don't even know what you did! My 88 year old mother is dealing with that now. She has no idea what happened, but she can barely lift her right arm for the past 6 days. She relies on a walker and it's been a challenge trying to keep her moving.

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    1. It is no fun dealing with these injuries -- and especially as we get older. I hope your Mom is doing better now.

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  33. This weather has been crazy! Looking forward to reading about your half.

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    1. I'm actually enjoying the colder days. It's so much easier to run in and I know what awaits us come Spring.

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  34. Wow, congrats on 50 half marathons!

    I did not wear a tank this week, but on yesterday's run I felt like I should have! 40 degrees is tank top weather here, at least when it's sunny too.

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    1. 40 degrees does sound like a heat wave for you! That would be my idea of the perfect weather to run in.

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  35. There's this evil and stressed out muscle in my right shoulder that I've pulled/knotted up when yawning and pulling my arms back (like we all do sometimes in the morning). Well, I can't do that anymore because I can pretty much guarantee I'll end up with several days of intense muscle spasms/pain as a result...

    You were the first person I thought of when I woke up on Tuesday morning and heard that Alabama had won in overtime. Congrats!

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I have one of those little evil muscles in my knee. If I stretch while laying in the bed, I aggravate it every time. Roll Tide!

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  36. I watched the National Championship game and it was crazy! I couldn't go to sleep after and ended up in the gym because I had insomnia, bleh. Thank goodness for 24 hour gyms that have 5:45 classes (seriously, I got like 2 hours sleep). You had a great week and I hope your half went well even if it was freezing!

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    1. I can report that the game was very stressful to both the GA and AL fans! Wow. I was so afraid AL wouldn't come back. But they did! Roll Tide.

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  37. Oops, I just saw the mention of the new rules and new co-host, I'll go check out the details :). I hope the muscle pull feels better soon!

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    1. Thanks! I felt better within a couple of days. The biggest change is our new co-host.

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  38. Ah sorry to hear about pulling a muscle! But congrats on half marathon #50! That's awesome!

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    1. Reaching 50 has been a great experience. Hopefully, I'll make it to 100!

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  39. Sorry to hear about the pulled muscle. Congrats though on your 50th half marathon! That is awesome!

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    1. Times flies when you are doing what you enjoy! I wonder if I'll make it to 100? LOL!

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  40. I hope your race went well! Looking forward to reading about it. :) And best of luck in healing your shoulder!

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    1. I'm thankful that the shoulder healed quickly and I was able to enjoy my race.

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  41. No tank tops for me unless you count wearing one to bed. I've hurt myself in lots of weird ways, but can't remember anything too funny. Hope you have a less eventful week as far as "injuries" go! :)

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    1. Those weird non-running muscle pulls are nothing but frustrating. And I often get them just before a race. I wonder why that is?

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  42. Thanks for hosting this great fitness blog hop again!

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    1. You are welcomed. I hope you enjoy linking here.

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  43. I'm so sorry about the pulled muscle- they always happen at the most inconvenient times! Hope you're back to normal this week.

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    1. They do seem to occur just before a race for some reason. I'm glad it was short lived.

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  44. I've pulled and tweaked so many muscles over the year I can't even keep track anymore! I hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Me too. At this point I just file them away in the "it's always something" file.

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  45. No tank top for me this week. Brrr. I'm still in sweatshirt mode! Northeast Ohio has warmed up and most of the snow is gone, but to me it's still sweatshirt weather.

    Sorry to hear about your pulled muscle. It's hard to reach those under the shoulder blade muscles. Mine tightens up during running and a massage therapist showed me an exercise with a tennis ball on the wall that has helped me... of course, it depends where your pulled muscle is. And I think mine was a too tight muscle/cramp... not a pull. Good luck!

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    1. Good idea with the tennis ball! Since I've just pulled it again, I'm going to try that.

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