5 Things that Happened to Me this Week

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta’ get down on Friday!

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It feels so good to be back in action with the Friday 5 Link-Up hosted by Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?! This week’s theme is “5 Things about Me” but, because I already did plenty of navel-gazing with Wednesday’s post, I figured I would spare you from hearing more deep, dark secrets about me. For now.

I’ve decided to tweak this week’s theme just ever so slightly to highlight 5 interesting things that happened to me this week. Ready? Let’s go!

1. I finally have an answer about my ankle problem.

Yes! I’m moving forward from the injury that’s been bugging me for the last few weeks.
This week, I visited my savior physical therapist, Joe, and he confirmed that it appears I have a posterior tibial strain.

Source: Wiki.

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Joe thinks I strained it I went on a 9-mile run a few weeks ago on 5-Mile Drive. I ran 2 loops of the very hilly route after running for several weeks on primarily flat terrain. The jump from flats to hills, in his opinion, overloaded that tendon and strained it slightly.

Fortunately, because it sounds like the problem arose from one workout and my symptoms are mild (no swelling, and soreness in that area behind my inside ankle only first thing in the morning with stiff-soled shoes),  it’s a minor strain that shouldn’t cause me any significant problems. Translation? I can run as long as it’s easy, short, and flat for now. With guidance from my coach, Kris, my plan is to start running no more than 3 miles at a time for the next week, and then to gradually build from there.

Oh–and I have to do hip and balancing exercises and perform daily ice massages. Have you ever had an ice massage? They are really uncomfortable. Almost as uncomfortable as the deep tissue massage my PT did on my calf the other day, which made me grit my teeth and want to cry. No tears so far with the ice massages, though.

2.  I bought 12th Man wine.

2015/01/img_7074.jpgI’m so excited about the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl (sorry, Tara!) that I can barely control myself. Seriously–I might need diapers.  Okay, TMI. But I’ve started for Super Bowl Sunday and I’m not even hosting a party.

I found this really cute boxed wine at my local grocery store and just couldn’t resist buying it to take to the party we’re attending.

3.  I finished We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.

Do you like well-written novels with relatively spare but evocative prose? Do you like multi-dimensional-character-driven novels? Do you like to cry? A lot? Then I have the book for you!Photo Jan 22, 8 05 28 AM

We Are Not Ourselves is easily the best book I’ve read since The Goldfinch last January. I received an advance copy last summer, I think, in an Indiespensible shipment, but I put off reading it because the description didn’t grab me and I had too many other books on my TBR (To Be Read) list at the time. As the annual “best books” started popping up online at the end of 2014, I saw the title on more than one list and decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did. I came to really care about and–dare I say it–love the main characters, and was basically an emotional mess starting about two-thirds of the way through the novel. It was so good that I’m disappointed it ended. That’s the worst part about a great book.

4.  I cross-trained the hell out of myself!

Just because I haven’t been running recently doesn’t mean I’ve been taking it easy.For about 5 weeks now, I’ve been taking Pilates and yoga classes. I took 5 private, one-on-one Pilates classes to get the basics down and then graduated to group classes last week. This week, I took 3–count ’em–3 group Pilates equipment classes!

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Pilates appears deceptively easy because for most of the class we’re laying on our backs, but it provides a challenging,  workout for my running-neglected muscles (like my glutes and in my feet, core, arms, and back) and also gets my body to stretch even deeper than in yoga. I love it and am becoming kind of obsessed with it… hence this week’s 3 classes.

Yay, strong core, hips, and feet! Yay, stretchy, flexible muscles and joints! I am excited to see how my work at Pilates benefits my running.

And last (but certainly not least):

5.  I joined the Grow-Your-Blog Blog Hop!

My friend/blogging-guru Tricia over at A Couple of Dashes recently gave me helpful advice on how to build by readership, and she followed up by telling me about a readership-boosting blog hop organized and hosted by Runaway Bridal Planner, who’s set up the blog hop to encourage networking among multiple bloggers. yesterday, I was officially accepted into the blog hop, which starts February 1.  I’m so excited to participate and discover other bloggers’ sites!

If you’re interested in joining, I know she’s accepting a few more participants through January 24, so take a look at the blog hop requirements and consider applying on her site. It should be fun!

How about you? What are some interesting things that happened to you this week? Have you taken Pilates equipment classes? Have you ever participated in a blog hop?

31 thoughts on “5 Things that Happened to Me this Week

  1. I have never heard of that brand of wine. I will have to look for that. I need to start buying boxed wine bc it lasts so much longer than the bottle kind. Way to go on the cross training. I am just starting to ride my exercise bike more and give my legs a rest from running so much.

    • I don’t usually buy boxed wine because we don’t drink wine at home except occasionally, and I still think of boxed wine being crappy. Apparently some boxed wines are quite good! I’ve had this particular wine from a bottle and think it’s pleasant. 🙂

  2. I was just invited to a book club (my first!) so I’m going to have to recommend reading that book! And I’m so glad boxed wine is becoming more prevalent; a restaurant near me that I love has boxed wine on the menu that is really good and inexpensive.

  3. Sympathy on the PT – that’s an old nemesis of mine. Very glad you caught it early. I trained for a marathon without getting it checked and it flared really badly in the marathon. Result was lots of time off running, orthotics and lingering issues 10 years later. Embrace the ice and the deep tissue massage. Work on strengthening the muscles in the foot and hips/glutes as one of the reasons for PT problems is overpronation, which you can reduce by strengthening everything else. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the tips! That’s awful that your PT strain continues to linger 10 years later. Ugh. I guess it was wise of me to lay off the running even though the symptoms weren’t severe (and I’m still laying off, as I write this while laying in my bed at 7:20 a.m.). I’m going to follow my therapist’s recommendations to a T and run as he said while icing, doing the exercises he gave me, etc. I’ve found that many of the exercises I do in Pilates strengthen my feet and hips, which should help control my overpronation to some degree.

  4. Molly, I’m SOOOO glad to hear this new about your ankle; I’ve been anxiously awaiting the verdict, and I’m glad you have an answer and a plan for recovery. Woo hoo! That’s really all I needed to hear – ha! I’m also super-excited about your wine choice; contrary to your statement, I’m definitely rooting for the Seahawks a week from Sunday. I will never be able to get behind the Patriots, so the Seahawks are my de facto team – yay! Maybe Russell Wilson can take a few cues from Brady and make sure he has a needle on the sideline to deflate some of those footballs – hahaha!! I was really stoked to read We Are Not Ourselves and then never got around to it; I will try to remember! Hope you have a fantastic weekend, friend!

    • Thanks, Tara! I’s very pleased to hear you’re backing the Seahawks for the big game… although I have a feeling your decision has more to do with your unwillingness to cheer for the Pats. #Ballghazi 🙂

      And read the book! I was the same way, putting off reading it because I thought it sounded generic. So glad I finally plucked it off the shelf and read it.

  5. love this – so excited that you’ve got an answer for your ankle! that’s great. i’ve been icing mine as well. and way to go on the pilates – i have super weak glutes as well – barre helps 🙂 have a great weekend, molly!

    • I have heard barre is very effective exercise for strengthening gluets! I’m going to try some barre classes after my yoga package runs out.

      Hope you have a great weekend, too!

  6. Pilates is great I miss being able to take classes whenever I want. My next door neighbor is a license Pilates instructor and she has a reformer in her home office that she let me use before. totally awesome workout. hurts so good the next day.

    • You should try them! I have friends who swear by the mat classes, but I’m going to stick with the equipment classes for now. They’re very small so I get a lot of attention from the instructor, which is important because I’m still new.

  7. John @ run. geek. run(disney) says:

    Like your take on this week’s topic. Glad you are getting some answers on your ankle. That wine is pretty cool. Awesome when your team is there for the big game, especially again. Fun times.

  8. Wow, sounds like a painful injury! Hope it is all better soon!
    Thanks for sharing about your week! Went to check out the blog networking and it is all full! Bummer for me but have an awesome time! I bet it will be a great experience 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s actually not that painful; the worst pain I’ve ever felt associated with it is when my therapist was doing some serious deep tissue work. I think my right (uninjured) leg would have hurt just as badly if he massaged that one, too!

      Too bad the blog hop is full! I will let you know when another comes up.

  9. I’m so glad to hear that your ankle injury isn’t more serious. That’s very good news! Did your PT say when he thought you’d be good to go for hills and longer runs again? I’ve seriously become so obsessed with physical therapy lately that I was actually considering going back to school to become one. Until I found out how long the program was that is. haha!

    Also, I love that 12th Man wine you picked up! So cute! I’m making Seahawks 12th Man cupcakes and M&M cookies for the party that I’m going to. I may have went a little overboard with everything I decided to make, but I’m just so excited! BTW… Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    • Thanks! I don’t know how long it will be before I can do hilly/long runs. I think I’m going to check in with him next week.

      My daughter’s making 12th Man cupcakes, too! Sunday’s going to be a blast. 🙂

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