Here’s my “awwwwww” moment of the day… I had a slight traffic delay when driving home from work last night.  There was a little parade in my neighborhood.

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On Tuesday I ended up taking an URD – Unscheduled Rest Day due to a sore throat which appeared overnight (literally – woke up with a very sore throat in the middle of the night).  But what was even more odd was that by the end of the day on Tuesday, I could barely walk.  My feet were super sore for some unknown reason.  It was the bottom outsides of my feet, across from my arches and a little bit of my heels.  I really had no reason for this pain but I was wincing with every step before bed.  WTH??   Luckily it was feeling about 90% better when I woke up so I hit the treadmill to get Tuesday’s 8 miler done.  Hoping it goes away by the evening and doesn’t get worse again!!

I did have a small breakthrough in my rash this morning – last night was the first time that I can remember in 3 weeks that I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night scratching madly!!  I take Benadryl before I go to bed and maybe it wears off, or it just doesn’t work.  Either way, the bumps are still there and areas of my body still have a rash – which surprisingly doesn’t even look anything like poison ivy to me, just a bunch of bumps – which begs me to scratch at it.  And most times I oblige, well, just because it feels so darn good to itch it!!  I know.  My bad.  Who would have thought this darn rash was going to be a month long affair!

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Ewww, didn’t I promise I wouldn’t show any more pictures of rashes? Sorry, couldn’t help it.

For two nights now I have been putting a paste of baking soda with water on it and I really believe it helped a lot.  The areas looked improved.  So much so that I canceled the appointment I had with my Dr. on Tuesday.  I hate to spend the $$ on a Dr. visit to show him something that may be clearing up.

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Yes, it’s really attractive!!

Preparation for Alan’s upcoming 100 mile trail race at Mohican has arrived, so we took a trip to the running store to get some gear.  You know – never wear anything in a race that you haven’t run with before.  Well, we laugh at that wisdom!  Alan bought a new hand held water bottle, which will fit his iPhone better, and a new water belt because he’s thinking he might not want to wear his hydration vest the whole time.  Better to have options!  Alan said this was his Father’s Day present.  That works for me 🙂

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We also found these awesome shoes for Zachary in the kids sale section.  My baby is wearing PureFlow!!  I’ve never worn Brooks, but these seem pretty awesome so I’m glad we found something that fit him… and did I mention we scored them for $35!!  Deal.

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This morning’s run did end up going well.  My feet were a little sore when I started, so I took a collection of shoes with me not knowing which pair would feel best.  I quickly realized that the Newtons were the winners as they kept me running on my forefoot instead of mid foot.  I’m sold, their technology does work!

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8 miles done.  Last 2 miles were .1 strides, starting at 7.8 (7:42 pace) going to 8.8 (6:49 pace).  It’s going to be a great day!!


Q:  Do you wear different shoes for everyday runs vs speedwork?

This training cycle have been mostly Newtons.  But I did wear my Mizuno Elixir’s for that race on Saturday, maybe that caused the foot pain??  hmmmmmm

Q: Do you use baking soda for more than baking?

I do use it in the pool, and occasionally for cleaning.  It sure has a long list of uses!

Q:  What are you looking forward to this week?

I’m really looking forward to our camping trip to Mohican and to cheer Alan on!

3 thoughts on “URD, achy feet – itchies – and 100 miles”
  1. I’m looking forward to the finish line and collapsing on the ground right after! And hitting up Swig for dinner, because yes – even with zero sleep I am going to get the celebration brat & beer!!!

  2. Those ducks are sooo adorable!! 🙂 love how green your neighbourhood looks too- I miss “clean green Nz” (our country slogan haha). The concrete jungle of Sydney is a whole new world for a country kiwi girl!
    Hope that rash starts feeling better, it looks super brutal!!!!
    I adore baking soda for beauty products! I use it to brush my teeth a few times a week as a whitener and I also use it as a face mask a few times a week! And if my nails get discoloured from too much polish (I do love painting my nails!) i scrub them with baking soda too- I’m pretty much obsessed with it haha 🙂
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    1. We usually get a pair of ducks who hang out in our pool after we open it, but one year there were actually baby ducks in our pool too! They couldn’t get out so we scooped them up with the pool skimmer 🙂 The mom duck was freaking out, but we took good care of her babies!
      Baking soda is definitely one of those wonder products – best value ever!

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