Weekend Going-Ons

I wish I could say that we had an exciting weekend but it was pretty low key around here. At the beginning of the week I came down with a wicked cold, which I generously passed on to Jon so most of the week felt like a slog. By the time Friday came around all I wanted to do was grab some takeout and relax. We took Patches out, picked up our respective takeout and zoned out on the couch.

Saturday morning Patches got up quite early (as well as few time during the night) so I decided it was time to do my taxes. I had a coffee and filled out and filed our tax returns for the year, all by 9 am. Then it was out for a walk with Patches and onto household chores.

I’m not particularly useful in this stage of the basement reno, so I worked on clearing out our freezer (so that I can hopefully fill it with some food prior to Baby Scotch’s arrival!). We’ve had berries in there for years that Jon has been promising to make into jam and I’ve been threatening to throw out so I decided to tackle those. I made up a big batch of Saskatoon Berry jam (which ended up a little runny but quite tasty) and cooked the berries for a batch of Nanking Cherry jelly. Its been a long time since I canned anything.

Saskatoon berries seem to hold up well, even after extended time in the freezer
Getting ready to can

I also found time to finish off our baby room decorations. We still have a few things left to do but the room is pretty much ready!

Jon picked out the decals and I like his choices!
The zebra is one of my favourites

My sister was in town for a visit so she joined us for the afternoon dog walk and then we met up with my Dad for family dinner. I’ve been ready to go to bed by 7:30 pm every night so as soon as we got home I curled up with a book in bed. I have this goal to read the entire Wheel of Time series (something I have started and discarded in the past) and I managed to finish off Book 6 (only 8 more to go!).

Sunday morning Patches also got up early but since he’d slept through the night I wasn’t as upset. I processed my Nanking cherry juice but it turned out too runny and I think I’m going to have to tackle it again next weekend.

Then we met up with my sister for another dog walk over at Bowmont Park. It was a cold and snowy morning but Patches seemed to enjoy it. Then it was time for more chores – bottle depot, grocery store, school work and meal prep took up the rest of the day. While I do hate spending all my Sunday doing chores, it does feel good to have most of the stuff ready for this week.

This week we’ve both just got lots of work on the go, and hopefully some time to tackle a few more home repairs. We figure we need another 5 weekends to get everything finished up (which is cutting it close!) so some weeknight time is going to be needed.

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Sick Day

I had planned a post on Monday about how I was getting my sh*t together – I exercised (ran, rode by bike and lifted weights); I planned a week of healthy meals; and cleaned by bathroom for the first time in forever. However, I’m happy I didn’t post it because it is clear I’m not pulling anything together. I woke up around 1 am on Monday morning with chills and that awful feeling that can only be describe as “sick”. I made it through work on Tuesday but it was pretty clear by 5 pm that I wasn’t going to make it to work on Wednesday. The hot and cold flashes and uncontrollable shivering were a little uncomfortable.

So, instead I spent the better part of the morning in bed – I woke up around 8:30, fed the dog, and then went back to bed until noon. Oreo proved that when it comes to spending¬†the day at home sick, he is the best companion. Oreo’s perfect day is spent on the bed sleeping and he is happy to have company.

In the afternoon I moved to the basement where I binged watched Netflix. I haven’t been sick in forever so I’ve forgotten how bored I get. I also forgot how big of a baby I am when I’m sick. Thank goodness I have no one but the pets to look after. Jon is so rarely away these days, but of course this is the week he is in the field. I was actually sort of looking forward it (before I got sick) but now I wish he was home to coddle me. Since he’s not, I’m coddling myself.

I have been on a soup diet since Tuesday morning (except that orange I ate for lunch, everything else right now just sounds so unappetizing) so¬†tonight I treated myself to some beef ball soup. I keep the broth and meat balls frozen in individual servings and then all I have to do is heat it up and add some fresh veggies. It’s still soup, but a little more hearty than what I’ve been eating.

After a completely lazy day I am feeling better. I know that one day of rest isn’t going to cure me, but hopefully it will get me to the end of the week and winter break when I can recuperate.

Feeling Less Fit – and a new injury!

I’m in a bit of a fitness slump. I always envision summer as this time where I will do lots of working out but in reality it is usually the time of year where I fall apart. I’m not totally upset – I have been doing lots of fun things – but I do need to start focusing on spending a little less time sunbathing in the backyard and a little more time working out. There has to be balance and right now I’m swinging too far towards the “chill out” side.

Unfortunately, I am now sidelined with my second injury of the year – some serious foot pain. A long weekend of hiking followed by a long game of ultimate frisbee left me with a very sore side of my foot. It got progressively worse yesterday, even with no serious activity, so this morning I had a mini-meltdown and then called my chiropractor. I thought it might be a stress fracture but my chiro thinks that it is just a lot of tightness. We did some super painful treatment today and after icing it tonight it is way less sore!

Cat and ice bath

Even things that have nothing to do with cats seem to attract attention from the feline members of my household

It feels fine in my bike shoes so I’m allowed to bike, swim and lift upper body weights but no running or walking for now. This is a bit of a bummer because I’m supposed to be triathlon training and I just signed up for a fall half-marathon. Still, I’d rather deal with a minor injury now than a major problem down the road. Plus, the no-running rule should free up all my time for swimming, right?

(Trying to Stay) Injury Free

In February I had some tight leg muscles, so I started getting sports massages again (after not seeing an MT since my first marathon in 2010). I visited just before our trip to Mexico and my MT commented that my legs weren’t lining up which might be a clue to why my left-side was always so tight. I’d never been to the chiropractor but I booked myself in for an appointment as soon as we got back from Mexico to see if there was anything that really needed fixing.

While nothing seemed horrible, I was diagnosed with some issues related to my SI joints. I had my pelvis adjusted at my first appointment and while that felt totally weird, I can already see how it is helping. My shoulders were at different heights and now are level and my hip bones seem to be even again. On Wednesday we did some stretching (back and hamstrings) and today we added in some scraping with the graston tool. I have never experienced anything quite like it – I was almost in tears as he scraped my left calf. It feels like someone is scraping at your skin with razor blades – expect there is no bleeding, just some serious bruising. He also did my back and I’m just happy I had no plans to wear anything backless for a while!

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Glad I got this done after our vacation – this would not have been a good look in my swim suit

So far the whole process has been rather uncomfortable but I hope that it’s going to fix anything before it becomes a problem. I didn’t exercise much this week but I’ve been given the okay to swim, bike and run again – as long as there isn’t any discomfort (I have assumed that is beyond the regular discomfort of exercising). The foam roller is supposed to make a regular appearance (ugh) and I need to stretch (ugh). Still, probably better to start now while it is just a minor ache and stop it from potentially becoming something more serious down the line.

Tight Calves

I am (thankfully) not typically an injury prone athlete but the past few weeks I’ve been suffering from increasingly tight calf muscles. I haven’t been able to pinpoint what in my lifestyle other than use is causing this problem but I know that it is time to stop it before it gets worse.

My (underused) foam roller has started to make a daily appearance – I hate, hate foam rolling and even more when I actually have tight muscles but I know that it is one way to help release the tension in my calves and my hamstrings (because you never know).

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I was long over-due for a massage so last week I booked in and had my legs worked over. It seemed to help so I’m booking myself monthly repeat sessions.

I’ve also been working on my feet and ankles using my “pokey feet balls” and stretching.

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And doing some calf stretches – especially in the pool. My swim instructor says my feet look fine during my kick but since I most often experience cramping during fly kick or when I’m wearing fins I’m trying to be extra good about taking breaks and letting those muscles stretch.

I’m hopeful that with a little time and some work this problem disappears. I hate being even slightly injured so fingers crossed that it is only a matter of days or weeks – not something that plagues me into summer training.