Mah Belleh

Something is not right with my belly, y’all.  I went to CrossFit last week and positively shredded my abs.  I was soooo sore afterwards.  Not like just “hard workout” sore.  I mean I was damn near debilitated for three days.  It hurt to BREATHE.  And God forbid I had to cough or sneeze.  The pain began subsiding over the weekend, but that’s when the swelling started.  My flat, toned stomach (admittedly my favorite part of me!) is soft, smooshy, and jiggly.  I feel like Fat Bastard.

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What the hell did I do???  Obviously the jiggly part is water retention because you don’t just gain 3 pounds of fat in a couple of days.  Now here I am eight days after the initial workout and most of the soreness is gone (most, not all–I still can’t do anything that uses them) but I’m still just as swollen as I was on Monday.  I talked to my oldest friend, who is a weightlifter, and he said it was the same thing as straining an ankle–that swells and retains fluid too till it’s healed.  I ran this all by my BFF (WHO WILL BE HERE IN A WEEK, BTW!!!!!!) who is a nurse at a sports ortho clinic, and she suggested I call my doctor.  I love her and value her opinion to no end, but I’m kind of sick of doctors at this point after all my hip bullshit.  And I’d kinda feel like a moron if he was like, “You’ve strained your abs, Dumbass.”  So no gym for me for a little while.  I can still run, THANK GOD.  I’d hate to lose that again just as I’m getting it back!  I think the wait-and-see approach sounds like the best bet for now.

Have you ever done anything this stupid?  And painful?  And painfully stupid?  Ever injured your abs?

Thinking Out Loud: The Summer Time Warp and Playing Catch-Up

How is it that in the summer the days get simultaneously longer and shorter?  In the winter, I’m usually in bed by 9.  In the summer, I’m lucky to be eating dinner by 9.  There’s just always so much more to do and so much more fun to be had in the summer!  Take yesterday, for example.  I worked till 4:30, went for a short run (short because HELLO SUMMER with your stupid feels-like 96 degrees) went to the 5:30 CrossFit class, came home and walked the dogs, took a shower, fixed a quick dinner, and sat down to eat at 8:40.  Who has time for blogging when every day is like that?!  It’s so much easier to throw a quick post on Instagram or Facebook.  I’m only able to spare a few minutes today because I took a vacation day.  Anyway, I’m using the Thursday Thinking Out Loud trend to catch up on the things I haven’t had time to blog about, so this is gonna be all over the place.

  • I’ve started doing CrossFit again.  I’ve been twice.  Last night was the first time I’ve ever thrown in the towel and “no-scored” a workout.  I went for a run before class, and during class I could NOT get my heart rate to drop below an explosive level.  I’ve never felt like that before.  I don’t know exactly what was going on, but my heart rate was sky high, my hearing was muffled, and I got a sudden pounding headache in my forehead.  It honestly kind of scared me a bit, so I stopped in the third of four rounds.  It wasn’t even a super hard WOD.  Four rounds of 15 kettlebell swings/15 burpees,/15 GHD situps.  I’ve done much harder, so I dunno.  I’m sure dehydration played at least a small part of it.

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  • Things are really going well at our business.  We’ve hired someone full-time to run the front office and clean the building and stuff.  Taking some of that busy work off D has saved him so much time and lets him spend more time on the things that make money and grow the business.  Insurance jobs are slow right now (not a point of concern–that’s an industry standard for this time of year), so he’s spending that time on his project cars instead.  He just finished this one up!  Isn’t she beautiful???  She’ll be for sale as soon as we get the title work back from the state, so hit me up.  haha  But till then I’m enjoying the shit out of driving it.  I had one of my own a few years ago, and this makes me miss it!
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  • The dogs are enjoying keeping cool this summer.

  • I sincerely hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this, but the healing of the running injury is coming along nicely since changing physical therapists.  I’m kind of pissed about all the time and money I lost with the other place, but I’m trying to just focus on the now and be glad that I’m finally getting better.  Still the most I’ve run is 3.5 miles, but I’m hindered now only by loss of fitness and the heat, not by pain.  It’s damn hard, y’all, to start from scratch and build any kind of base in a Tennessee summer.
  • We’ve been in our house for eight years, and I guess eight years is kind of the time when everything starts to go to shit.  Sheetrock nails are coming out of the ceiling, walls need sheetrock repair and repainted, carpet needs replaced, boards on our deck are warping and coming up, and our air conditioning unit just had to have a pretty costly repair.  One thing at a time… The deck is at the top of my priority list because that’s kind of my summer oasis!

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I have several potted plants on my deck, but my Gerber daisies are gorgeous this year! And my hibiscus has buds all over it that are about to explode!
  • I’m super excited because the bestie Michele is coming in from Virginia in two weeks!  I’ve reserved her for a day.  haha  Two weeks from today we have a bestie date planned.  Gym, mani-pedis, drinks by the pool, YES!

Is summer keeping you hopping this year?  

Training Recap & PFTW

Monday:  Are you sitting down?  I. WENT. TO. THE. GYM.  It hurt oh-so-good while I was doing it.  Then oh-so-bad for four days afterward.  Seriously.  My abs were so jacked after class that I couldn’t even stand up straight until Friday.  And I bruised and rubbed blisters on my tailbone doing the situps.  I was a pretty sad sack this week.  haha  (Plus walked 0.75 mile with the dogs during my lunch break.)

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Tuesday:  The plan was 5 miles, and I had been looking forward to it all day.  It was cloudy and cool and absolutely perfect running weather at lunch when I packed my running bag.  I took clothes to work with me so I could change and run after I got off.  By the time quitting time rolled around I was beginning to rethink my tank and shorts I’d brought, but I went with it.  Then a mile into my 5, it started raining.  Not a hard rain but a steady one.  If it had been 5 degrees warmer, it probably would have been glorious, but  as it were I was a wee bit cold.  Even if I’d been running harder to get my blood pumping a little bit would have been nice, but it was an easy run day.  Gotta admit, it was hard to hold to that easy pace the last couple of miles.

Wednesday:  HELLLOOOOOOOO D.O.M.S.!!!!!!!  No running.  Walked 2 miles with dogs.  Before I took them out, I drove our favorite, most convenient walking route that we haven’t been able to use the past few weeks because of hornets.  I wanted to check out the nest to see if it was still active.  It was weather-worn and abandoned, so YAY we don’t have to drive to town to the park for every walk anymore!!!

Thursday:  Still miserably sore.  Hurt to breathe.  Still no running.  Walked 2 miles with dogs.

Friday:  Ahhhhhh, finally a little relief.  I was able to get out of bed without rolling over to my stomach and pushing myself up, so I was able to run.  I was itching to the point that I couldn’t wait until I got off work.  I took a long lunch and ran a quick 5 miles mid-day.  A great tempo run. It was awesome.  That’s the first time I’ve ever done that, and I think it just may be a new thing.  For the first time in … I can’t even remember how long, I didn’t have a case of the afternoon drops.  I ALWAYS get sleepy after lunch, but not that day.  Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Saturday:  Rode spin bike while I watched a couple of episodes of That ’70s Show on Netflix.  Man, I miss that show.

Sunday:  Long run of 10 miles.  It wasn’t the best.  I can’t be upset about the pace or anything.  It was 6 seconds per mile faster than the same route last Sunday, and I really felt pretty good while I was running it.  However, afterward… dude, I was DRAINED.  It was about the same temperature as last Sunday, but the big difference was last week was overcast and felt cooler whereas today was full sun.  I sweated a ton more.  I haven’t been wearing my heart rate monitor at all lately because I’ve just been going on feel, but I decided to wear it today just for giggles.  When I looked at the HR data, it was no wonder I felt zapped.  My average HR was 177 for those 10 miles.  But, y’all, I swear I didn’t feel like I was working that hard.  My HR is always way higher than the average person’s, even when I’m in great shape, but I really didn’t think it would be this high today seeing that I’ve been doing good about running my easy runs at an easy effort.  Maybe it was the full sun, maybe I was dehydrated… I don’t know, but something was up and my body was clearly working a lot harder than I thought it was.  I’ll be wearing my HR monitor for the next few runs to see if this was a fluke or if it’s still running that high on all my easy runs.  Anyway, after showering, drinking some Vega recovery accelerator  a protein shake, and quite a bit of water, then taking a short nap, I felt good as new and me and D took the dogs out for a 2-mile walk.

Totals:  1 strength day, 1 cross-train day, 20 miles run, and 6.75 miles walked.  Decent week!

Also worth mentioning, I tried a Huma gel for the first time during Sunday’s 10 miles.  I really, really liked it!  I’ll do a full review later.

PFTW:
Monday: Rest or easy cross-train
Tuesday: 5 easy
Wednesday: 5 x 400
Thursday: Strength
Friday: 5 easy
Saturday: Strength or Spin
Sunday: 11

Tuesday Tidbits

  • I have recently learned that the meaning behind the title of this blog isn’t clear.  haha  While in St. Louis, Kim asked me, “Who’s Herbie?”  To clear up any confusion, “herbie” is not a person!  It’s short for “herbivore.”  So I guess Herbie is a person, but that person is me!  Eater of plants!
  • Also while we were in St. Louis, at the expo the chocolate milk booth was taking pics and making gifs.  We posed for the pictures and Kim put her email address in to have them emailed to her, but then she never got them.  We had given up on receiving the email, but it finally came through a couple of days ago.  You can see it here.  I can’t stop laughing.  (Disclaimer:  I do not support the dairy industry!  I’m a herbie, remember?  haha)
  • Some of my newer readers may not know this, but my husband and I are business owners.  We own a collision repair shop.  As a side to that business, D also buys wrecked cars, repairs them, and flips them.  Corvettes are his niche.  When I say he’s a Corvette expert, I’m not exaggerating.  Surrounding Chevy dealerships and various people all over the country know him and call him when they can’t figure something out.  Anyway, this is his latest flip  It was delivered last Friday.  A PINK CORVETTE!  haha  I and a few others have told him he should leave it pink, but he says it’s not happening.2014-10-25 20.06.372014-10-25 20.06.53
  • Saturday was National Pit Bull Awareness Day!  The pups and I made a day of it and attended a big event in Nashville.  Full post on that coming soon.
  • I FINALLY went to the gym last night.  First time there in like four months.  And my first night back I hurt myself.  But in true Pam fashion, I have the stupidest “injury” ever.  I didn’t blow out a knee doing squats…I didn’t pull my back doing dead lifts… no.  Not this girl.  I rubbed giant blisters on my tailbone doing ab-mat sit-ups!!!  I know it sounds funny (okay, it IS funny), but guys, it HURTS!!!!

What do you think?  Repaint the car pink or change colors?  (It’s got to be repainted no matter what because whoever did the custom paint job did a shitty job.)

What’s your strangest “injury” you’ve ever had?