Lent Day 18: Saturday…


Today was kind of a quiet day.  My husband had to go into work today, there is no rest for the wicked.  I went for a short run on the treadmill.  Our treadmill is starting to make a loud noise, and I have to call Sears next week.  Starting Monday, I was going to start going to the gym to lift.  I’m done with physical therapy.  I’m not discharged, yet.  I can go back if need be.  I have been eyeing a few marathons and half marathons next year.  I will have to take the rest of the year off of races, I need the break to be honest, and it will give me time to get down to fighting weight.  So far my next season is shaping up to be this:

Disney’s Wine And Dine Half Marathon (November 2015):

This marathon is the last marathon in Disney that I have left to do.  I have done all the other Disney races– the full, the half, and the Goofy Challenge.  This will leave me with all the Disney Medals.  We are moving next year (2016), and if we end up going out west, I can go do any one of the Disneyland races, I will be able to get the run across the world medal for doing Disney World and Disneyland races.  This race will jump start my training.

Seaside Half Marathon (March 2016):

I do this race every year.  It’s sponsored by Vera Bradley.  I love Vera Bradley, and the race is a wonderful small half marathon along the Gulf of Mexico in a small community.  The race benefits the South Walton one-room school house.

Destin Marathon (April 2016):

Destin is starting it’s own race!  I’m going to do the inaugural running.  I don’t know if I am going try to PR it, or run it for “fun.”

Grandma’s Marathon (June 2016):

This will be my 40th birthday present to myself.  Grandma’s was my first marathon, and now I’m hoping it will be my Boston Qualifying race.  I have been informed a few weeks ago that I will be a featured athlete at Grandma’s, because I’m an alumni of St. Scholastica, and have run the race before.

After Grandma’s we will probably be leaving Florida for good 😦 (except to visit my parents).

Lent Day 17: The sun is finally shining today!


I got outside to take pictures today.  I went to my normal spot, Turkey Creek.  First, thing in the morning, I ran 6 miles on the treadmill, and then walked another 40 minutes to get in my 15,000 steps.  All told, I walked an additional 3 miles at Turkey Creek.  The first picture is a picture of the reflection of the sun in the creek.


The path is raised above the swamp.  They are currently refinishing and redoing all the wood on the pathway, here is a section of the path that’s brand new.


The trees around here are starting to bloom.  Despite the below normal winter temperatures yesterday, there are little white blossoms on trees throughout the forest.


New leaves are budding on some of the twigs.  No wonder my allergies are pretty bad these last few weeks.


Even though this tree is dead, there is always still life :).  Fungus always grows everywhere with the moisture in the air.


Moss growing on a fallen tree.  Even on dead things life grows.

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More reflections on the water.  I used both ATV and MV formats on my camera.


Another dead tree sitting in mud, I seem to think that dead things in the forest are beautiful.

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Water lilies and other buds are forming near the water.  I keep coming back to the creek to see if they have opened up yet.  Once the flowers start budding this will be an absolutely beautiful and fragrant area to walk in.

Lent Day 16: Another Beautiful Day In Florida…


Lizards will be back soon!

Today is a running rest day.  I walked 15,000 steps this morning.  I watched Indiana Jones And The Raider’s of The Lost Ark on USA Network.  The new show called “Dig” looks intriguing, and I will have a perfect opportunity to watch it this afternoon.  All flights out of Texas have been cancelled, and my husband cannot get onto a flight until Monday.  Needless to say, he is renting a car, and driving home.  The weather has been interesting the last few weeks, rather the last few months.  It’ll be warm for a few days, but not sunny and warm that’s pictured in postcards, rather it’s foggy, humid, and yucky warm.  It’ll rain for a few days– an all-day rain (which this is supposed to be the “dry season”).  The wind will blow out of the north, and it will turn very cold for a few days.  Rinse, lather, and repeat.  I’m ready for winter to be over, not that I’m dying for spring or summer, I would rather have the cool, yucky weather, than sunny, hot, and humid.  Though, I’m growing used to the extreme heat and humidity.  Supposedly, we are leaving next year for a different part of the country, but we shall see.

Lent Day 15: Running Fool


Why have fake flamingos when you can have real ones?  Unfortunately, flamingos smell awful, otherwise I would really like one in my yard!  I think it’s the shrimp they eat that turn them pink.

It was warm today.  We hit 80 degrees this afternoon, and I went for a run outside.  I was hesitant to run, there was thick fog throughout the day, but by the time I got home from the grocery store, most of the fog had burned off, but it came back later on after my run.  I had my last session of physical therapy.  Dr. Cory thinks because I am a marathoner that I should be able to do extremely hard workouts.  It was a worthy torture session.  I’m going to miss going to him, but I really hope I don’t end up needing his services.  I’m going to start training for next year’s marathon early.  I was going to return to Cross Fit this next week, but I think going to the gym and doing the workouts that Dr. Cory recommended rather than doing Cross Fit.  Cross Fit is too intense, and I think I could use something a little bit more specific.  I have actually considered hiring a personal trainer.  Which seems oxymoronic, because I am a personal trainer.  It’s harder to design a training plan for yourself, because you really can’t look at yourself in the mirror doing various movements and correct those movements.  So maybe having a second set of eyes looking at my form would help with running.  As of right now, the doctors and physical therapist agree that this is primarily caused by a muscle imbalance in my core, upper legs, and butt.

Lent Day 14: 2 Weeks Down…


I didn’t get out today to take photographs.  Not that I felt badly, but it was because I need CPR certification to update my personal training certifications.  I had my CPR class today.  I spent half of the day in class, and now just sitting at home waiting until it’s time to get the kids from school.  This week, my days are full.  Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment.  Today was CPR certification class.  Tomorrow is PT.  Thursday is early release for my daughter and a haircut appointment.

I was going to run today, but I don’t think that’s going to happen, I only had 60 minutes to get everything done.  So I came home ate lunch, wrote a little bit, and am watching Law and Order Special Victims’ Unit.  I think that I will do a workout after the kids come home from school.  I hope to restart running tomorrow after PT.  This will be my first post-surgery run.  I know it’s been a week, but it feels like forever.

I also haven’t been writing as much as I should.  I didn’t feel up to it while on pain medication.  I hope to be off of pain medication completely by Thursday.

Lent Day 11-12


The last few days have been very rough.  I didn’t realize this until well after the surgery that days 3-5 are the roughest days of recovery when it comes to the wisdom tooth extraction.  I was in so much pain that I thought that I had a dry socket.  The pain was making me nauseous and unable to sleep.  The medication increased the nausea and made me sleepy.  Not only that, but my husband is going away for a few weeks on a business trip, so I’m here by myself, very sick, and with two kids.  Luckily, I have my daughter, who even though she is only nine, steps up and is amazing especially with my son.

We did the Seaside School’s 5K today.  It is a race where the proceeds go towards a one-room school house in South Walton County.  I didn’t run it at all.  Instead I walked with my mom and daughter.  It was cool walking with three different generations of women.  At the end of the race we get a Vera Bradley shopping bag.  I love going down to Scenic 30-A.  It’s one of the quieter beaches, and there are a lot of boutique stores and things to see down there.  So between naps, nausea and walking, it was a rough weekend.  I am hoping that next weekend, I’ll be able to run again.

Lent Day Nine: Through The Ringer


One of my favorite things to photograph is textures.  I haven’t gotten out much the last few weeks because of weather, and now I am modified bed rest until Friday.

I slept most of the day yesterday after the surgery.  I was awake enough to write on the blog, but other than that I slept.  I slept too much actually.  I didn’t sleep much last night.  I just took a pain pill, so I might fall asleep again.  It’s funny though, I was looking at the mirror, and it looks like I was in a street fight.  My right sinus is swollen.  I have the beginnings of another sinus infection– this is par for the course for me.  I normally get 3-4 of them a year.  I was told that I could have my sinuses fixed, but I was told that the surgery is only 40-50% effective.  They cut my lip during the extraction, so I have a huge bottom lip.  After a morning nap, I might shower and try to clean.  My parents are coming for a visit.  My mom, daughter, and I are walking the Seaside 5K.  I mostly do it for the Vera Bradley coupon you get at the end of the race.  I hope to snag both mine and my daughter’s coupon.  I am eyeing a wallet and purse.  I have done this race every single year for awhile.

I plan on walking tomorrow as long as I am feeling better.  The doctor told me that I could run as soon as I was off pain medication and the swelling is down.  Which should be Monday or Tuesday.  I’m up to running 6 miles or so now, and I feel great.  Next week I’ll be running 6-7 miles this next week.  I am trying to get a free entry to the Destin Marathon, which is debuting next April 2016, it’ll be the perfect warm up race for Grandma’s 2016.  After I am cleared from Physical Therapy (next week), I’ll start going to the gym 1-2 times a week to work out.  I’m looking forward to being buff…

P.S. If you have managed to read this blog, I applaud you.  The Percocet has taken effect, and I’m not 100% sure that I’m coherent…  I don’t plan on working on the novel today, as I don’t know how I will be writing…

Lent Day Seven And Eight: The Word Of The Day Is Terrified…


I dug out an oldie for today.  It’s just too cold to go outside and take photographs.  Too cold and too rainy.  Tomorrow is supposed to be worse.  The highs are only in the 40s (yes! That’s cold for Florida), and the lows are supposed to be in the 40s and there is a chance of thunderstorms…

I was so on edge about both the appointment regarding my mole and the surgery.  I guess I should explain my fear regarding the mole.  About two years ago, there was a woman I was very close to while I was active duty named Vern.  I credit her for saving my life and career.  In 2002, I was in a chemical accident.  I got very, very sick.  My husband was deployed, and my Air Force career was in the pits.  After I got orders to Korea and my husband had orders to Germany, I decided to throw in the towel.  Vern was such a kind person.  One night, I was really depressed, and one night I drank a little too much.  I was about to drive home on icy Minot roads.  Vern took my car keys, and would not give them back.  She called a mutual friend Sarah, and she and Sarah made sure that I got home safely.  I didn’t get a DUI (career ending) or killed by driving drunk.  She talked to me.  She was the funniest lady, and her humor was infectious.  In 2012, I got the news that Veronica Hutfles passed away after she fought a long battle with skin cancer.  She found a mole on her neck in 2005.  She thought she had won the battle when I saw her again in 2008.  The cancer came back in 2010, and this time it was aggressive.  It spread to her lungs.  She lost her battle in June of 2012.  So when I found a mole on my back, and I got really, really nervous.

I went in today, and was told that I do not have melanoma, like Vern.  I do, however, have Basal Cell Carcinoma.  It is a common form of skin cancer, and is not likely to spread like melanoma.  I just will need to keep a close eye on it.  It is not likely to be deadly, and I will be going into a dermatologist every six months for cancer checks.  I also will have to be more assertive about using sunscreen.  This form of cancer is common with runners (that’s what my doctor told me), because we are outside, and often times sunscreen comes off when we sweat.  So please runners, use sunscreen, cover areas where moles can form and are not readily visible (along the hairline, or back of the neck — for women with longer hair), and watch any moles grow or change.  Most significantly, if your mole starts to itch, bleed, or peel– go in!

As far as my wisdom teeth go, they are now out, and I am on bed rest for a few days.  The medication I am on is pretty wonky, so pardon this post as it may be rambling and not make much sense…  On a positive note, with no solid food, I lost a good 3-4 pounds, and 48 hours on bed rest has given me ample novel writing opportunity.  I am over half way done with “The Last Man On Earth.”  I may rework the title, and am currently working on the cover.

Lent Day Six


This is not a rock formation, rather it is roots of a cypress tree that long has fallen.  The creek shapes the tree roots when the water is high.  When the water goes down, the tree roots make these twisted root formations.

I ran the longest run today since the marathon.  I ran inside, because it rained off and on all day.  I’m getting nervous for the  surgery.  I did manage to get an appointment on Wednesday for the doctor to look at my mole.  I don’t know what I’m more nervous about– the mole or getting my teeth out.  I also have my first physical in forever.  When you have a child with autism lots of things go by the wayside.  My health care is one of those things that gets put off for him than anything else.  I don’t go into the hospital unless it is life or death.  If I am completely non-functionally sick, I will see the doctor.  If my teeth hurt so badly that I can barely eat, I will see a dentist.  It’s hard to justify seeing a doctor when my children are not 100% taken care of.

March is coming quickly.  And March is always a busy one.  The first week of March, I’ll be getting the mole removed and a few other doctor appointments to get myself back on the bandwagon.  The second week of March, I’ll be getting my Coach’s certification re-upped.  I had a certification when I was in college, and I let it go after I was no longer going to be an education major (in the 1990s).  I decided that with my personal training certification, and running certification, I can maybe restart a coaching business.  I love writing, so I think I’ll write training and nutrition plans and publish them on Amazon.  The third week of March, we will be in Orlando for Spring Break.  When we get back, it will be Easter week.

Lent Day Five


I found this princess wandering the neighborhood last week.  I don’t know who she belongs to, but she followed me for a few miles until someone drove by and recognized her.  I didn’t want to let her go with them, but found out later that she got home safely.  She’s a Pitbull mix, and was really sweet.

I’m having a little bit of apprehension the last few days.  I go in on Wednesday to have my wisdom teeth removed.  I’m ready to have them out.  They do hurt like the other ones did, though they are not nearly as infected.  My biggest apprehension, though, has nothing to do with my teeth.  A few years ago, a very dear friend of mine passed away from complications due to melanoma.  I found a mole on my back, actually it is a series of moles on my back, in an area that’s hard to reach.  I found them after I noticed that one of them really itches.  I’m prone to hives, my skin is quite sensitive, and it’s dry here. I have many parts that itch at various times during the day/week.  Needless to say, I am going to go into the doctor and have them take a look at the moles.  Of course, I googled the symptoms and discovered, because I figured if I had melanoma (I have not been the most careful with sunscreen), that I would know if it spread.  This is not true.  If cancer becomes stage II or stage III there are often no symptoms.  I strongly urge all runners note any moles they may have on exposed skin (the part of my back is exposed in a bathing suit, and I live in Florida), check them, and if they start changing go to the doctor.  This has been a shadow over my weekend.