Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trapped... at 3 a.m.

What were you doing at 3 a.m.? We were doing this:
A crash woke us from a dead sleep, and I told Brad to go make sure everything was OK with the 6-month-old kitten we've had about three weeks. 

Poor Brad was in a stupor and not making much sense, especially to my 3 a.m. mind. He couldn't find the cat, and he kept saying he couldn't open his office door. "What do you mean, you can't open the door??" "I can't open the door." I thought he'd gone 'round the bend!

Well, we keep a folding chair behind the door in the office. The cat knocked it over and wedged it between the wall and the door. She was stuck inside, and we absolutely couldn't open the door.
Brad went outside to see if he could peek in the window and see what was going on. But... the blinds were closed.

So we got out the yard sticks and felt around, deciding the chair must be in this position:
We didn't have a lot of options: bust out the window or bust down the door. Brad turned on his engineer mind and brainstormed mechanical solutions. Here's what he came up with:  
He stuck our Big Agnes sleeping pad under the door and started to inflate it. A couple minutes later, it shoved up the chair just enough:
I figured the cat would come streaking out, but she just stood there ready to play!
The problem (yes, Brad painted his office walls neon green!):
Brad wanted you all to see how it worked:
That, right there, is genius! It's so nice to have an engineer in the family :)

The cat was so excited to see us up and at 'em at 3 a.m. Play time!
 Good times :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dark, damp run

Tuesday was run day, and despite the damp, pitch-black morning, I hit the road at 6 a.m. for my intervals.

Brad joined me for the warmup but then headed back to the 'ole Wood Gym for a tempo run on the treadmill. He muttered something about not being able to read his Garmin in the dark.

Fortunately, the rain let up just about the time I left the house, but it was sure warm, windy and humid out there!

Lights, reflectors and a high-vis shirt - safety first!
I managed about 3.5 miles during my run/walk. Then I did my PT on the front porch while cooling down.

When it was time to hit the showers, a tiny bit of sun was showing:
A beautiful way to start the day :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

5.5 miles, new kicks and endless shrimp

This was a big weekend of fun. It started with a rainy Friday night watching my Tigers stomp the West Linn Lions! Still undefeated!

Saturday morning we were up early to squeeze in a run before a day of activities. Brad joined me as my newly graduated heel stepped up to 5-minute run intervals. In all, I did 5.43 miles of running and walking - the farthest I've run in a while.
The foot did good. I felt it just a couple times, with very minor pain.

This was my longest run of the week, then on to 10-minute intervals next weekend!

I wore my new kicks!
I have a collection of new running shoes in my closet, as since my last pair has about 250 miles on them, I pulled out a new pair of Saucony Guides. The pink and purple went with my shorts!

Even though we hit the road at 7 a.m., it was so warm. The sunrise was gorgeous (as always), and this was the view when we finished:
After stretching and showers, it was off to the REI used-gear sale. We wondered around for a while, snagging a new pair of Guides (used once!) and a few odds and ends. By then we were starving, so it was on to Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp!

We'd been seeing the commercials and decided Saturday would be a good day to indulge. And we did indulge:
We tried all six flavors and really liked the Sriracha shrimp. Oh, and those Cheddar Bay Biscuits!!! We both ate too much, but it was so good. YUM :)

Next was a stop at the Art in the 'Burbs show at Alberta Rider Elementary School. We wondered around but didn't see anything we couldn't live without, so we moved on to the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin.

The place was packed, but we did manage to sneak a peak at the first race:
After all that excitement, Brad napped for about 3 hours! A good way to spend a fall Saturday.


No. 41

I spent some time reading this week, curled up in my blanket, enjoying the rain. I finished off No. 41, Corinne Holt Sawyer's Murder Ole:
The THS castoff was slow to start, the mystery not even starting until about halfway through. But it was a good story with some twists. A simple, but good, read.

Oh, and I DO use my Fierce Fitness Kickboxing wrist-wrap brochure for my bookmark :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Well, that was fast!

I went in this morning for my second PT appointment and "graduated"!

After I warmed up on the treadmill and did my prescribed stretches, Dr. Laura measured my ankle flexibility and found me to be at 15 degrees. I was at 10 degrees at my Tuesday appointment!

She said I was progressing better than she anticipated. Laura said there wasn't anything else she'd suggest and I should just keep stretching and massaging with my little dolphin. Same prescription but now I only have to do it three times, twice a day:
We canceled next week's appointments and booked one for Oct. 30 just to make sure I'm still doing OK.

In my first appointment, Laura had mentioned possible hip weakness. But today she had me do more one- and two-legged squats. She said it was much better - my legs had likely been compensating for the tight ankles.

I've also had several pain-free runs in the past week! So all this time, I guess I just needed to loosen up those calves. HA!

Here's to forward progress and back to running :)

Oh, yes

After a rough kickboxing class (I was just too pooped to do well) and dinner with Lindsey, this was the rest of my Wednesday evening:
Our first fire of the season, along with the Toy Story Halloween special and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on TV. Oh, and I made some pumpkin muffins, too.

We also made some Christmas plans with Brad's family. WOW - I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner.

Happy, happy fall :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let's heal this heel

After last week's diagnosis confirmation by my podiatrist, I made an appointment for physical therapy to get specific exercises to get this Achilles tendonitis under control.

I came out of my first visit with some easy stretches to loosen my calves: 
Dr. Laura measured my range of motion and discovered my ankles bend just 10 degrees on each side. She said 15-20 is considered "good." Oops :)

Laura massaged my left calf for a long time (felt SO good!), then stretched my ankle joint. After, I measured at 15 degrees!

So my homework is to do these stretches and to keep up the self massage to get those things loose and take the pull off my tendons. I go back Friday and again twice next week.

I've had several pain-free runs in the past week or so, and I've feeling so optimistic that things are finally healing up after months and months. :)