Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Smoke In My Eyes, My Nose, My Throat...It's Everywhere


This is what the skies look like in my area at night.  That is smoke that has settled, we are surrounded by fires and since we live in a valley the smoke settles in and we have to breath it.  It makes for beautiful sunsets but horrible air quality.  Today the skies are brown and the air smells like camp fires burning.  Please keep us in your prayers, my home is not in any danger but there are a lot of people who have been evacuated and are affected by the fires.  I cannot run at all outside and the smoke is seeping into the gym and my home so everything smells of smoke and my lungs are burning.  I am blessed and I am safe so that's really all that matters.

Click Here for an update on the fires causing all this smoke, as of July 29th...

This is an alert issued by our Health Dept. yesterday..."Caution Air Alert!!! Grants Pass Parkside Elem School meter is reading 179 micorgrams/cubic meter of air particulate matter. A healthy level is no more than 12 microgarms/cubic meter of air. Air is "very unhealthy" category right now, JoCoPH is recommending to cancel and/or limit any and all outdoor activities to the greatest extent possible. Please spread the word!!

I know it can always be worse, and I know that I am blessed and out of danger and for that I am so very grateful.  So I bid you farewell and happy running.  Enjoy your Tuesday my friends.  

Blessing and hugs




"Limitations only exist if you let them"

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.

© 2013 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Acupuncture, Training, & Obsessions

First let me start off by saying...Hello there...I've missed y'all.  There, now that that's out of the way I can tell you all about my acupuncture, training and current obsessions.

First an explanation....I cannot sit for long at all and that is why I have not been blogging much as of late.  I do love to blog, I do love my friends and followers....I just have to choose the day that pain is okay.  Today is a good day for pain...YOU ALL ARE WORTH IT.

My first acupuncture visit was really a first in every sense of the word.  I have never had acupuncture or massage or anything close to it so I was a bit (read extremely) nervous.  The atmosphere was very relaxing and smelled of eucalyptus, one of the best smells ever.  Kris (the acupuncturist) is a very tall, blond and blue eyed cutie and so nice.  He made me feel like I was visiting an old friend and I immediately relaxed. The visit itself was really not such a big deal and the needles are so small that you hardly feel them, it felt more like a mosquito biting me than someone sticking me with needles. Some of the needles I did not feel at all.

So I found a comfy overstuffed recliner, got comfy and then after receiving about 10-15 needles relaxed for about 45 minutes to the sound of Chinese flutes and chimes and the smell of eucalyptus. By the time it was over I was feeling extremely relaxed and hopeful.  Kris runs a community acupuncture clinic and only charges $20 a visit and if you pay for 3 visits he waives the $15 intake fee. This man is a godsend to anyone who is fortunate enough to live in this area.  Although his office is about a 40 minute drive from where I live, it's worth it.  

I am feeling a difference in the time it takes to feel pain and the intensity of that pain is lessened, so again I am feeling hopeful.  It's not all better but it is moving in the right direction.  I had my third visit yesterday and it was a bit different.  We did a direct stimulation treatment instead of the normal treatment.  I had to lay on my stomach on a table  with a sheet over my bottom half, Kris then poked my back and hips with his thumbs and when he found a sore spot he would mark it with a pen.  After all the prodding and poking came the needles, it was a bit unnerving because it was my back, spine and butt/legs...tender skin equals more pain.  It really wasn't too bad, except for a couple of spots, all went well.  

Until the electricity came in...he hooked one of the needles up to a machine or something that sends an electrical current into your body....hahaha...fun.  So then he leaves the room and promises to come running if I scream.  As I'm laying there praying to God that I don't get electrocuted, I feel my butt muscles spasm and have to bite my lip not to laugh.  It just feels odd and funny and uncomfortable...all at the same time.  

Well I survived and feel better so I think that we will continue with that treatment for now. Luckily sciatica pain is his specialty and he has about a 90% success rate, as not everyone is completely healed but he says even then they have an 80% decrease in symptoms.  There are always the 20% that have need for surgery etc and they will not be cured through acupuncture.

Now on to training...

Running is going well, except for that 12.5 mile run two weeks ago, the sciatica hasn't been a real problem.  It's always there in the back ground mind you, but it hasn't caused me too many stops where I have to stretch before I can continue to run.  Unfortunately last Saturdays run was just not a good run, I rarely have those days but every once in awhile it happens.  

I started out with a sore back and sore leg/butt muscles so that may be why, who knows.  It wasn't a horrible run but I had to stop and start a lot more than I wanted.  It wasn't sciatica pain though, it was sore back and leg/hip pain. I made it through and was happy to be home.

My exercise as of late...

Monday July 8th
  • Arc Trainer 60 minutes

Tuesday July 9th 
  • Ran 47 minutes (4.1 slow miles)

Wednesday July 10th
  • Ran 55 minutes (5 miles)

Thursday July 11th
  • AMT 20 minutes
  • Bike Trainer 30 minutes

Friday July 12th
  • Cleaning Susan's 2 Story house

Saturday July 13th (the not so good run mentioned above)
  • Ran 117 minutes (9.66 slow miles)
  • High Step-ups with 10lb weights 10 minutes

Sunday July 14th
  • Bike Trainer 44 minutes (10 miles)

Monday July 15th
  • Rest Day

Tuesday July 16th
  • Ran 46 minutes (4.1 slow miles)

Weight loss...3.2lbs for a total of...


 



My current obsessions...
  1. Twitter @Shananagins2468 (friend/tweet me)
  2. Chocolate animal crackers (what's not to love)
  3. Diet Pepsi (I know, I know...bad)
  4. Russell Stover Big Bites dark chocolate smore's ('nuff said)
  5. Watermelon (refreshing and sweet)
  6. The Tour de France (very obsessed w/this)
  7. Morningstar Grillers California Turk'y burger (nom nom)
What are your current obsessions?
 
Have a blessed week y'all...hugs and blessings.





"Limitations only exist if you let them"

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.

© 2013 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Longest Run Ever

 My 17 year old son was a rock star and rode his bike behind me while I ran 12.5 miles this last weekend! At first I was unsure he could ride that slow (I run like a sloth 10:30-12 min pace) but he said it wasn't that slow.  Go me!  I even went out and bought a pain of running shorts...my legs finally look awesome.  The run out was great, the temperature was nice and cool with shade most of the way, and I only completely stopped once to stretch my lower back.  

Once we reached the half-way turn around point we stopped to drink some water and stretch some more.  It seems like I have to stretch almost every time I stop to walk right around 50 minutes to an hour of running. Just before we got to the half-way point we ran by two dead deer that had been hit by a car or something and about 2 minutes after the half-way point we spotted a very small dead fawn, so sad.  At this point it was mostly down hill so my son rode ahead a ways, making sure to look back and stop once in awhile to let me catch up. I was really flying down that hill. Probably not such a good idea with my sciatica...hindsight, sigh!

Remember my fear of being dragged off the road by a mountain lion? Well once we got past that field it was back to civilization and I told my son he could go ahead and ride home without me after I filled my water bottle back up. Now I could just settle into a nice easy pace and motor on home by myself.  It was pretty nice going...for a bit, the sun was shining, birds chirping.  People were driving by honking their support, and I even got a couple of whoop whoops along the way!

Drum roll please.....Cue the ominous music...

So there I was with about 2.5 miles to go until home when I started to get the worst sciatica pain ever forcing me to stop and stretch every walk interval.  I was not sure I would make it home, it was that bad.  My legs just did not want to work properly and I kept feeling like they were going to give out. The pain was close to unbearable... so I did what every BAMR (bad ass mother runner) would do and sucked it up and shuffled home as quick as my legs would let me.  That was the longest 2.5 miles ever.

After arriving home I immediately took a quick shower then iced my lower back in hopes of relieving the swelling and thus the pain, and it worked.  Ice was my friend Saturday.  After about an hour the horrible pain was gone and I was only left with the sore muscles that normally come after a very long run. This sciatica is getting to be really annoying and I can't wait until I see the acupuncturist.

Here is what my workouts looked like this last week...

Monday July 1st
Ran 36 minutes (3.1 miles slow)

Tuesday July 2nd
Weights 45 minutes
Ran 20 minutes

Wednesday July 3rd
Ran 64 minutes (5.1 miles)

Thursday July 4th 
Ran 40 minutes on mini exercise trampoline

Friday July 5th 
Cleaned Susan's 2-Story house 2 hours

Saturday July 6th
Ran 2 hours 30 minutes (12.5 long slow miles)

Sunday July 7th 
Ran 30 minutes (2.6-ish shake out run)

Anyone else obsessed with watching Le Tour de France?  I am absolutely addicted to it...and I don't (can't sit on bike yet) bike at all right now.  Every year I watch this amazing race event and feel so inspired to do/experience more in the fitness world.  Someday I'd like to do a triathlon and maybe someday an Ironman but that is really just a pipe dream.  I shared this desire with my husband yesterday and he just laughed and looked at me like I was a crazy woman.  Oy Vey!  

Have a blessed week y'all! Hugs!
 
 

"Limitations only exist if you let them" 

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

© 2013 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Safety, Mountain Lions & Long Runs, Oh My!

 Hey y'all!  How is your week going so far?  It is officially day 2 of July and I am doing Fabulous, except for the fact that as I sit (not supposed to sit) here and type my sciatica is gearing up to scream at me, I can feel it.  This would be why I have not been blogging, recently anyway.  My laptop is not working right and so the only way to blog is to sit at this computer and well, that causes pain, ermergerd!  

Okay moving on from whining...

Anyone run alone...all...the...time? I always run alone, not necessarily by choice but it is what it is.  I would love a running partner for my long runs as they can be a bit scary out in the open country...we have a lot of mountain lions and other critters where I live that scare the bajeebers out of me. Saturday while out on a 10 mile run I got the creepiest feeling that a lion was stalking me from the long grass in the field next to where I was running.  Ha ha ha, I am so serious, it just made me run faster and honestly I don't think I will run that far out again unless I have someone with me.  I had thoughts of being dragged off the road and eaten while cars whizzed by unaware....I have an active imagination...I know!


I so want to run farther out because it is so beautiful but I'm a scared-y cat.  My youngest son (16yr old linebacker type) said he wanted to (someday) go with me on a long run while he rode his long-board next to me.  I am just afraid that he would get tired, he is overweight but in decent shape as he weight lifts and is a wrestler.  He is what we call The Beast.  Ha ha ha!  So there is that option.  The other thing I have been considering is getting mace or bear spray.  What do you think? Would mace or bear spray scare an animal off?  I realize that most animals are more afraid of humans than humans are of them but still, I am the one who would get eaten by a bear or lion...every time!  That is just my luck! 

Time to share my mileage for the last 6 months...I started running again (after injury) in November of last year but I am only counting mileage since January of this year, and these miles are the ones that got recorded, who knows what the actual mileage was. 

January
  • 26.17  

February
  • 29.61

March
  • 40.24

April
  • 29.77

May 
  • 73.94

June
  • 76.06
Total mileage this year...
  • 275.79 
I know that is not a lot for some of you runners but for me that is pretty awesome, especially coming off the injury from last May. I was pretty impressed with myself...lol.

In other news...Summer is here...my weather station says so...last night at 8:30 it was 92 degrees...in...the...shade...ugh!  Thankfully we have AC and it was nice and cool inside. The kids and hubby got back from family camp Sunday afternoon safe and sound...they had a great time.  Every year they do a white elephant gift exchange with a grand prize at the end.  This year my middle son Jacob won...a trio touch tablet with wi-fi.  It's very nice!

Random facts about my life...

  • Yesterday morning I found a pincer bug in...my...microwave?
  • My daughter loves to sneak up on me and say slender-man real quiet like.  Anyone ever hear of that game?  Apparently it's scarey.
  •  My dogs are my fur-babies and love to be with me at all times. It's so annoying though, because sometimes I just wanna be alone. No kids, no hubby, no dogs.
  • I often dream about coffee.
  • Coffee is my drug of choice.
  • I laugh when I'm in pain.
  • I can't sleep with my door closed or when all the lights are off in the house.
  • I always have to have a straw in my drink, glass or water bottle.
  • Oh and bees seek me out just to spite me.  I know they laugh about it too!
Have a Fantabulous day! Blessings and hugs.




  
"I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I feel it not. I believe in God even when He is silent." *Written on a wall in a concentration camp*

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.

© 2013 Shannon M. King. This publication is the exclusive property of Shannon M. King and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws. The contents of this post/story may not be reproduced as a whole or in part, by any means whatsoever, without consent of the author, Shannon M. King. All rights reserved.

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