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SURGERY AND THE BOOT

So on Friday September 6th I had my long-awaited ankle surgery. Technically it was arthroscopic ankle surgery with the possibility for an arthrotomy but as far as I know, they only needed to “scope” it which is a good thing recovery wise. Since about 2009 (that’s my best guess as to when this all happened) I’ve had an anterior ankle impingement which has progressively become worse over the years. I can run but at a certain point (or mileage) my ankle would start to hurt (bad) and I would lose any flexibility. So if I was running trails, and I hit a rock, the whole foot, ankle, leg would jam instead of “giving” and it would completely lock up. Running hills was excruciating and I’ve had a swollen ankle since about 2009 as well. That’s a great look let me tell you.

Here is an image (not my real ankle) of what an ankle impingement or “bone spur” looks like….

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According to my Doctors, my bone spur was not only huge, it also went down into the talus/joint area which ultimately prevented me from flexing my foot towards my face. That makes driving a car pretty awesome too.

I finally decided, after years of pain and really inhibited running, that I was done. I want to have a long running career and there are races that I want to run and races that I want to pace for others and this ankle problem, was seriously taxing my abilities. So I decided to finally go for the surgery.

I checked in late morning and the whole surgery took 3 hours. All I can say is that being under anesthesia is like having the best most restful sleep you could ever have but you pay the price later. I had a terrible headache and nausea from the anesthesia later that evening but it was worth it for how rested my body felt.

1Vans was sure to capture a post-op photo for me. That boot that you see on my foot as become my biggest enemy. What was nice is that I got out of surgery early enough that Vans was able to bring me home and get me settled while he ran out to pick up the Peanut from kindergarten and then Squeaker from daycare.

I just relaxed at home on the couch with a few pillows, some ice and the tv. It was quite nice.

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What was even better was the fact that The Great Outdoors was on tv! I absolutely love that movie so I was content to just sit there. I was not given crutches, just the boot and some drugs (which I didn’t need). Vans picked up the girls and sent me this photo that made me laugh out loud.

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They are just too silly when they are together. They also picked up some Thai food for me from my favorite Thai place down by our old neighborhood and brought it home.6

Yum!! Not only did he leave me with my favorite Thai food, he then took the girls out to the skate park for some event they were having.

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They were having a blast eating ice cream and watching all the skate boarders and BMX bikers.

That first night was pretty easy going. Like I said earlier, I have had no pain at all with this surgery which has actually been a little surprising. I went to work the following Monday wearing that stinking boot and all was fine. I’ve developed a little bit of bruising near my heel but I think that may be some of the blood settling post surgery because so far so good.

The only pain in the butt is the boot which makes my whole body lopsided and has been causing some hip and back pain. I don’t wear it anymore while I am at home but going out of the house, I have to wear it (which means taking it off and on to drive, awesome).

Life has been the usual since the surgery, not much has changed except the fact that I can’t work out and I have to shower every other day at night wearing a garbage bag on my leg.

Yesterday, I decided to go to Athleta located in the Roseville Galleria because they host free yoga classes on Saturday mornings and I could use a stretch in my back/hip.

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Athleta is my all time favorite store. You’ll see once I start posting more about running and training because I’ll be bragging and reviewing all their clothes/gear that I own because it is my long time dream to be one of their “featured athletes.” I also wear a lot of their clothes to work too. Athleta’s clothes are just so well made and they have the most awesome return policy ever. Yes, a lot of their stuff is overpriced but compared to places like Lululemon, they are way more reasonable and really, I try really hard to only buy sale items when I can. So Vans, if you read my blog (hint hint). 🙂

Back to my ankle. Tomorrow I have my first follow-up post surgery. They did not give me much instruction when I left the hospital after surgery which I found kind of annoying. Basically I am to let pain and swelling be my guide. If I can get rid of the swelling, then I can start doing more things like squats and lunges and ultimately return to Breakout Fitness in the mornings with running soon to follow. Trail running cannot happen until I have complete and total strength and flexibility in my ankle.

So that’s about it … our weekend has been low-key which is kind of nice. Next weekend my family from New Jersey will be out visiting for a family reunion and I am attending Pigeon’s wedding which is going to be great. Squeaker has had a big girl bed for about a week as well. This morning she woke up and came to visit us and then disappeared … this is where I found her ….

photo 5 (2)I can’t help but smile either. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great week. Make sure to make some time to get outside no matter the weather and remember to give thanks to Mother Nature for all she gives to us each day.

~Trailmomma

 

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GOLD RUSH DAYS

First off, YEA! We are back in business with posting and photos which is a good thing because I have a back log of things to post about.

A few weeks ago, we took the girls to Old Sacramento for the Gold Rush Days. We’d never been and it was the last day (Labor Day) of the whole weekend.

086This is a brothel. No, the girls didn’t ask what that was thank goodness.

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But they were a little confused by the reenactment. 🙂

So the entire Old Sacramento area was transformed into what the Gold Rush Days looked like in the 1850s. They brought in dirt to pour over the concrete streets and they had horses and wagons all over the place. It was really really neat and it was FREE. At one point (in the above photos) they closed off one section of the street for a “reenactment” of what a typical scene would be at a brothel back in the 1850s. All the “characters” were dressed for the part. Basically the “women” of the town were enraged that a brothel even existed and so they would protest out front to “shut the doors and remove the sinners!” The men on the other hand, enjoyed the saloons that were below the brothels and then of course, would venture upstairs to visit the “ladies. ” Eventually, fights and the like would break out and consequently, the brothels would catch fire and burn to the ground. So in this reenactment the brothel caught fire, the old firetrucks (pulled by horses) arrived to “save” the brothel women and put the fire out. It was done with some humor too.

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This old guy was in the brothel and came out with a stick of dynamite in his pants. It was kind of funny watching him. After they finished with the show, they opened up the street and let the kids visit with the actors and the horses.

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Squeaker was shocked at how BIG the horses were as she got near them.

We wandered around and visited some of the stores that were open for business normally in Old Sac like the candy shop. They let you try anything you want so the girls were in heaven.

At the far end of town, tents were set up for display showing how people made money in the 1850s. I stopped with the girls at one tent as I was fascinated watching the woman spin, what was essentially a “doily.”  It must have taken forever to make huge ones.

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Just look at all those “sticks” used to make the doily!

They also sold sarsaparilla in these really cool bottles. Instead of sarsaparilla we bought lemonade since none of us drink soda. Surprisingly, both girls really liked the lemonade, especially Squeaker!

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We found a really shady spot under a tree to sit and rest. All of a sudden a group of men on horseback came over and started practicing these crazy “fighting” drills on their horses. The girls were pretty excited watching them ride right by us.

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 Regulators, mount up!

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Totally into it.

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Charging the “enemy” with their swords.

Afterwards, they wandered into town and we were there to watch them. They waved at the girls who were getting pretty tired and hungry at this point.

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Our final stop on the way back to the car was the old school house. It was not actually used in the 1850s but was built to show what a school house in Sacramento looked like. The real school houses were located at the edge of town apparently. Regardless, the girls really enjoyed going inside and sitting at the desks.

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Using the chalk board notebooks.

Overall, this was a really cool experience and Vans and I both agreed that it was a lot of fun. Sacramento has a lot to do and sadly we don’t often make the trip or the time to do what is offered in our own backyard so to speak. I definitely want to return to the Gold Rush Days next year if we can.

Next up, my surgery and how things are going. It was a week last Friday that I had my ankle surgery. It seems like ages ago to me though.

Happy Weekend! Make time to get outside and be active. Your body and mind will thank you.

~Trailmomma

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CAMPING 2013

Having some issues with the computer (as I mentioned before). It seems I can post photos from any other computer BUT my own laptop. Not sure why that is.

My old website www.trailmomma.blogspot.com however seems to work fine now! Ugh! Talk about being frustrated.

So I apologize for jumping back and forth, but you can read about our 2013 Camping trip (as I promised before) by clicking on the link below. My apologies!

http://trailmomma.blogspot.com/2013/09/camping-2013.html

 

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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

I promised I would be back with photos but we having some technical difficulties here. It seems I can no longer up load photos to my website. At first I thought it was because we had a virus on our computer (which we did but has since been fixed) but for some reason, this WordPress website program has stopped allowing me the option to upload photos.

I am sort of regretting this website move as Blogger is so much easier and intuitive. I like the control of the design I have on this site (and of course having my own domain name) but it is really frustrating to navigate on here.

So please excuse this brief break in posting. I have drafts prepared but I don’t want to publish without photos.

If there are any experienced WordPress bloggers out there, I’d appreciate any feedback you have. Meanwhile, I am off to contact Go Daddy for help.

~Trailmomma

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Over the last few weeks, Vans and I have been watching quite a few documentaries that have been on our “list” for a long time. Ever since I made him watch Vegucated and Forks over Knives last year, he’s been pretty open to watching whatever I ask him to watch with me. As a result of watching Forks Over Knives, he became a vegetarian and has remained so for a year. So over the course of the month we have watched two documentaries. First we watched, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead .

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead follows Joe Cross, a very sick, a very unhealthy over weight Australian who has decided that he wants to be off his medication (steroids and blood pressure pills), he desires a balanced lifestyle and wants to educate America in the process. He travels 3,000 miles in the course of 60 days and survives solely on juicing fruits and veggies.

The movie itself is done well but what really grabs you, is when Joe befriends this down on his luck, near dead trucker named Phil. I almost wanted to cry in places as it was just touching how Phil, this very large man, reached out and asked for Joe’s help. Watch it. You won’t regret it.

After Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Vans and I watched Tapped. I’ll admit, Vans was not super excited to watch this one since it was about “water” but I think he was a little surprised at what was in the film. I think most of society knows that the bottled waters Dasani (Coke’s brand) and Aquafina (Pepsi’s brand) are plastic bottles filled with tap water. Yes, tap water. You’ve just paid close to $2 for something you could have got for free from your kitchen sink. What the film also relays, is that Nestle brand is going into various parts of our country (like a small town in Maine) and taking from their water supply to bottle and then resell Nestle brand water! This is just insanity to me! When North Carolina and Georgia were in the midst of their drought period a few years back, both Pepsi and Coca-Cola refused to stop their water bottling process in those areas!

Add to this, the amount of toxic plastic being made to contain this “bottled” water. Insane! If you watch the documentary, you will see they picked seven name brand waters off the shelf and had scientists check the content. You’ll be quite surprised to see what they find.

The main message that I got from this movie, is that municipal water is tested numerous times a DAY because it is highly regulated. Bottle water is NOT regulated, by anyone. They don’t have to turn in reports to the FDA. So, what are you going to trust, a source that is tested numerous times a day or something that is never tested and you have no idea what you are getting?

I love documentaries like this. What also shocked me is they did a study on those large jugs that people fill up at places like Whole Foods and then bring home and attach their water cooler. Here are these people thinking they are saving the environment by not buying bottled water when those large plastic bottles contain more damaging toxic materials than the single serve plastic bottles.

Now I am not going to jump on a juicing band wagon although I do drink green smoothies most days of the week and I can definitely feel the difference when I don’t. Sure, I would love to have my own juicer. My mother-in-law let me borrow hers for a month and I did love it but it was a little on the old side and a real pain to clean. I will be honest, I am a full-time working mom with two kids, I don’t have time to scrub 100 pieces to a juicer. I want one but I need to do my research. MommyD over at Be:Well:Run has the Herom Juicer which is definitely one I’d like to own myself. However, I need to find some extra cash and some extra space to have it. Once the girls are done with their “kids plates and cups” that drawer will be empty and just asking for more gadgets.

I know this is not my normal post for a blog. This weekend has had me thinking a lot about life, work and health. I am about to have surgery later this week and I am sure that will give me even more time to think when I can’t run or exercise for a minimum of two weeks. My goal is to work on my core (one can never work on that too much) as well as revive my meal prep rituals for the weekends and meal planning in general. Healthy people heal faster.

I know a lot of my family members read my blog. Actually, I think MOST of my family members make up my whole readership. I love my family and I want my family around for a long time. The key is nutrition. Hippocrates did say “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Those are some pretty strong words.

Let’s all try to consume more vegetables this week. They don’t have to be for dinner alone. Find a way. Your body will thank you.

And just so I don’t lose all my readers with this soap box movie review post, I will let you know that this past weekend was our annual camping trip in Tahoe. You can read about our previous camping trips here, here and here and get an idea of what is to come.

I’ll be back later this week with a glimpse and about a million photos of our Labor Day Weekend Camping trip. Have a great week! ~Trailmomma

 

 

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