Saturday, April 19, 2008
I'm happy to have the winter behind us and the summer before us. That's all I'm sayin'.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I went to the physical therapist for an assessment since my hip still hurts....even after two weeks of laying off. The PT's best guess is that it is a combination of some of my physical aspects that may be causing the pain. Did I hear him right? Is the way my body's built actually going to give me reason NOT to run?
About 6 months ago that news would have overjoyed me. I used to run because I felt like I should...even that I HAD to. But, somewhere in the last few months of training for the 8K I grew to LOVE to run. And after the experience I had running the actual road race, well, call me addicted to that feeling.
So here's what the PT said: my right leg is shorter than my left leg. So, my left leg decided to help even out the discrepancy by bowing out. (And I thought my bowed leg was from being a Texan and riding horses! Ha ha!) After he realized this he was puzzled. Why was my knee able to do that? An assessment of my joints showed him that I have a lot of flexibility in all of my joints.....not great for running.
So here are the things that are against my running:
- Torn quad muscle
- Torn plantaris muscle (in my calf)
- Remember the HARD fall I had on the stairs a few years ago? He suspects that I actually hurt a joint in my hip
- Leg length discrepancy
- Bowed left knee
- Flexible joints
I guess normal people would say, "GREAT! I don't have to feel guilty about not running anymore!" But if you know me, you realize that I won't just roll over like that. I'm head-strong enough to press forward and try to make this work!
This is how I've compromised:
- Instead of training for the 10K on the Intermediate schedule, I'll back off to the novice. This will cut my running down from 6 days a week to only 3 or 4.
- I will cross train more so that I don't have the repetitive pounding on my joints that running causes. I'm hoping to get a bike for my birthday!
- I will go to a specialty store and get a pair of shoes suited for my arches and running style.
- I will go to PT for a few weeks in an attempt to strengthen my muscles.
- I will not make a career out of running marathons.
Monday, April 7, 2008
All I can say is that if you are planning a Vegas trip, you might want to slip Grayson in your pocket!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The next thing that happened shocked me! Parker said, "I'm going to take a quick shower before the movie since I was playing outside." What?!?! He was going to take a VOLUNTARY shower? Right now with only 15 minutes to spare before leaving for the movie?
Huh. I sat at the table and pondered this for a minute. My mind flashed forward to Parker showering and heading out to spend the evening with friends. Maybe even driving himself there. I realized that the time is coming...and it may be sooner than I am ready.
See, I have always had little kids. My three older siblings all have GROWN kids, but not me. Mine are little. But today's events made me take a long, hard look at my little kids. I thought back to my trip to Target today and about the band-aids I bought for my accident-prone Halle. They were of the High School Musical and Hannah Montanna variety and no longer Barbie and Hello Kitty. And Grayson's shirts just slip right off of those small kid hangers. I think most of them have been replaced with the adult-size.
There's no question. They are all three doing what kids are supposed to do....GROW. I guess that's what I want them to do.....maybe just not so fast.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Don't you just want to eat her up?? Look at those eyes!! I'm not sure she has legs, though, Halle won't put her down!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The kids had a GREAT time! (So did their parents!!!) The temp in the water park was a balmy 84 degrees.
This is a shot of the outside of the resort. (Grayson was our photographer--he did a good job, huh?) It was very nice.
Turn around 180 degrees from the previous picture and get a look at Lake Michigan! Stunning!
We booked the "Kids Aquarium" room. The whole room looked like it was underwater! The kids were ecstatic! They had their own little "cove" complete with their own TV.
I can't believe that we are already at the end of Spring Break week. We had so much fun it flew by! But, I think this is a spring break the kids will remember.