RUNNING DIARIES | 09.27.2016



Marion was already falling asleep when we left for our walk today, and I decided to walk through the neighborhood instead of the park since we wouldn't be going to the playground. I love walking through the neighborhood, looking at all the beautiful houses and yards, and I love all the trees hanging over the sidewalk, but the sidewalk is so broken and has so many bad shifts in a lot of places that it was a little difficult not to wake her up jarring her all over the place and keep a good pace, so we ended up in the park after the first mile. We didn't get far before I noticed a strange sound and found one of the stroller tires was completely flat, so I decided to head on home. Plus it was hot and I couldn't seem to get away from the sun.

I didn't do any running or jogging or anything today, but I did okay keeping a consistent pace. Got a little winded and had some chest pains, but not terribly, and after more than 15 years dealing with it, I know when to keep pushing myself and when to stop or at least slow down. As I get out more, that will get better.

I got my first real pair of running shoes yesterday, so it's been fun trying those out. Fenna recommended Newton Running and I'm so glad she did. When I first put them on though, I did not like them. It took a couple miles, then I started feeling like I loved them. Maybe I'll try to write a full review after I've put some miles in them and run in them.

I do want to say, I'm very frustrated with people in the park being unwilling to move to a side of the walkway so I can get by. If I was alone, I could easily just go around, but that's not always true with the stroller. Take a walk with your friends and walk side-by-side, that's fine, but move when someone needs to pass and don't give them the stink eye. And photographers, please don't put all your camera gear on the sidewalk, and if someone is coming, don't stand in the middle of the sidewalk to get your shot and make me wait on you. Just let me pass. It won't take but like three seconds, I promise. At the very least, be polite, because then I probably won't even care if I need to wait if you're nice. I'm so tired of people getting huffy with me when I say excuse me three times because they see me, but choose not to move. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, I just wish people would be more considerate and polite. End rant.

Tomorrow I'm considering going to a trail for our walk, just to change it up some. All day I worked on doing today's and tomorrow's cleaning and doing a specific amount of laundry because I thought I was going to have a doctor's appointment in Denver tomorrow (which would have taken up close to four hours), but I'm actually going to have to cancel it, so I might treat myself!




It's been so long, should I reintroduce myself?

I've been going through a light depression for a while, and I think I just needed a break from some things, and blogging was one of them. I don't post much, but I just needed to step away for a while. Instagram is the only thing I kept going with, and even that was in spurts. I'm feeling much better now though, so here I am with something new.

I've tried running on and off for years and it never really stuck, and I think it was partially due to lack of support, working too much, taking too many classes, and not having a good place to go running. When I moved to Colorado, sidewalks and parks were in abundance, but I just never got out there (though I did ride my bicycle to work a few times!). I started walking shortly after Marion was born, but not much and not regularly. My friend Fenna is a runner (and is training for two marathons currently, yay!) and she really encouraged me to just do it. Josh told me he'd look after Joey and encouraged me to go. So I did back in March, but I really dropped off during the summer, mostly because I hate the heat and partially because of some medical issues. Since it's cooling off, I'm feeling much more motivated to get outside, and since I really do love being out there, I'm challenging myself to do it regularly.

I use RunKeeper to track my runs, and they have a "notes" section for each activity, and I really like taking things down and keeping up with how I'm feeling, etc. So I've decided to start posting that here, though I probably won't post for each run, and I'll probably continue with my late-night posting.


Here's my sweet companion. We talk and make faces and sometimes I run longer periods because she likes going fast, and sometimes I go a longer distance so she can get a longer nap. 

Today was just a walk, and that's what I intend to do for the rest of the week, though I'll walk a longer distance than I did today.

I have a subungual hematoma on my left big toe. That happened hiking a few weeks ago. I saw the doctor because I didn't know what was going on and wanted to be sure nothing was infected or anything like that. He advised me to wear sandals unless I absolutely must wear something covered and he didn't like the idea of me running, but it's going to take roughly six months for this to heal, and I'm not going to sit it out that long. Since I was about to order new running shoes, I left my old ones in Alabama to save luggage space, and I do not have anything else to wear that would be appropriate for walking, so I wore flip flops today, and will until my shoes arrive (hopefully tomorrow!). It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, actually.

The weather was so much easier to be out in! I'm so happy we're getting out of summer. 

I haven't decided on any distance goals for this week. I think I just want to keep myself over two miles and then kind of decide from there based on how I'm feeling (and how Marion is doing).

More to come soon!

GOALS | A Few For August


I've been going through a bit of a rough period for a couple/few months, so my goals really suffered, and thus I didn't make any for July. I feel like I'm pulling out of it though, so I'm going to list a few things for August.

I hate summer and heat and I let it get in the way of my running. I'm trying really hard to get back into it regularly and make it part of my routine. My only goal is to hit 20 miles this month. I don't care about pace or anything else. Just 20 miles.
UPDATE: I only ended up doing 14.7 miles, but that's not too bad, right?

I have two projects I need to complete by August 25th, so I'm going to work hard to get those done. I need to finish my niece's crocheted kitty, and my dad's crocheted hat. The former is close to done, and the latter shouldn't take very long at all.
UPDATE: I finished both projects and got to take them when I went to Alabama. It feels great to get things done!

It's not much, but there it is!

NATURAL CARE | Make Your Own Toothpaste



I posted this photo on Instagram yesterday and I got a few questions and recipe requests so I decided to post it here so I could explain a few things and post some links. You'll find the recipe about halfway down.

I started looking at "remineralization" after a dentist appointment last October, where the dentist told me I needed more than $5K of work on my teeth, which obviously I can't afford and I feel is a little excessive. This is the third dentist to tell me it is due to acid erosion from severe acid reflux. Supposedly it has nothing to do with the foods I eat. So I did a ton of research and settled on a recipe to try. I've been using it for right at six months and while I cannot tell you what the dentist thinks, because I haven't been back, I will tell you the differences that I have noted.

Every time I brushed I used to spit mouthfuls of blood (gross!) and my teeth would be really sore after brushing, to the extent that I couldn't eat without pain for 30 minutes to an hour (maybe even more). Now, there is hardly any blood, and my teeth never feel sore.

I used to have a problem with this, but now my gums look completely normal.

I think some of my teeth have advanced issues, but on the teeth where the erosion was not as severe, it has actually started fading and filling in a bit.

I used to have issues with hot/cold, but I no longer have these issues.

My teeth are significantly whiter and more even in color.

This is the recipe I use, with links to my specific products, which is the same as this one, excluding a few ingredients (which I may end up adding later on):

- 1/2 cup Filtered Water
- 1/4 cup Bentonite Clay
- 2 tablespoons Calcium/Magnesium Powder
- 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Unprocessed Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- Organic Stevia to taste
- Flavoring to taste (here is what I use)

Let me say a few things about these. Wellness Mama also has a ton of great information here and does have her own recipe.

You will probably need to get bottled water to ensure it's not full of chemicals, like fluoride, which is one of the things you really want to avoid. I went with Arrowhead because it's 100% spring water and has nothing at all added.

You must ensure you get food grade. The one I linked does not say food grade in the descriptions, but I saw several other people saying that it was and that it is on the packaging, and it is. I intentionally chose something local, and Wyoming was the closest I could get! No complaints so far! I may actually try this on my face, as I have read it's great for your skin.

Be sure not to get the citrate form. Just Calcium Powder, or Calcium Magnesium Powder.

Any unprocessed salt will work, but Pink Himalayan Sea Salt contains more nutrients and minerals, which is why I went with this.

I needed something completely safe for Marion and I wasn't comfortable with any of the essential oil flavorings, so I went with an organic vanilla extract. If you do this, just make sure you go with organic.

There is a wealth of information on homemade toothpaste. I spent a lot of time on it because I was worried about destroying my teeth and making the situation worse, and I was concerned too about Marion using it. A few of these are household items for me, but I spent about $30 to get the ingredients, but it's lasted for six months so far and I've barely put a dent in what I have!

I hope this was helpful! Do some research of your own, and let me know if you end up trying this, or if you have any questions!

THREADS | Range Day



A couple of weekends ago Josh and I decided to make a range trip and take turns looking after and entertaining Marion. The range is in the Pawnee National Grasslands, so it's easy to get away from the shooting, and the sound doesn't travel far. I intended to do some photography, let Mario have fun in a field, and just relax. She ended up sleeping the whole time. It was also very windy.

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Top Shirt: Mossimo Supply Co from Target in XXL | no longer available
Under Shirt: Mossimo Supply Co from Target in XL | here
Jeans: maurices in 15/16 Regular | no longer available, similar here
Boots: Ahnu Sugarpine from R.E.I. | here

I've featured two of these pieces before, because they're awesome.

I've had these jeans for a very long time. Probably seven years or more. There was a time (before I was pregnant) that they were too small, but now they are too big. I have to be careful about bending down if I'm in these, because they will fall down! Which is why I probably won't wear them long.

I adore this tee. I got it on clearance at Target (I also got a black one) and it is so comfortable. It's light and airy, but the fabric is pretty quality. They're still on clearance and still have some available online.

I really like this outfit, but not as much when I see it in pictures. I feel like it looks fine in the mirror, but here it looks a bit frumpy. Perhaps a case of the camera adds ten pounds? Who knows. At least it's comfortable.

Lastly, I have been able to get my hair into a bun lately and I'm so excited about it. I think it looks a little silly, but I don't care. This is how I love to wear my hair and I'm there again! So expect to see lots of buns on me!

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UntitlediPhone 6 | A Color Story 

Sometimes she lays down in the really big bushes and I can't even find her. And she's too lazy to come out 98% of the time. Unless she hears a food wrapper or a container open. Then she'll come running.