I woke up this morning, checked my OKC messages, and then took a look at who had viewed my profile during the night. TO MY HORROR one of my coworkers had taken a look at my profile. Not going to lie, I MAY be slightly traumatized.
XXX ‘stalked’ my online profile for several days. His profile picture showcased a dim photo of a guy with a large hat on and no shirt. Finally he mustered up the courage to send me an email. Here it is, recreated in its entirety:
Some dude just sent me a note on the online dating site I frequent. It read: “I want to cuddle the fuck out of you.”
I don’t even…
… I mean
I ran a 5K last weekend. The Miss Santa 5K, which I ran last year, and which was the first ‘real’ 5K I ran. I started running again in preparation for this year’s race a few weeks ago, but prior to that I hadn’t run since April. Oh, also I was pretty jet lagged, having just flown back from the West Coast the night before.
Let’s just say I didn’t have super high hopes.
Let’s also say that I BLASTED my way through this race! I ran the whole thing without stopping to walk once, and shaved nearly FOUR MINUTES off my last 5K time from April. Four minutes! Ridic! I finished with a time of 33:52 (exactly 5 minutes better than my 2011 time), a 10:50 pace and was in the middle of the pack of runners (compared to last year when I was one of the last people to finish). Not too shabby.
I’m pretty proud of myself right now. It’s been an asshat of a year but it’s events like this that make me realize how far I’ve come.
It’s surprising how much easier it is to go for a run when you’re not carrying 25-odd pounds of baggage on your body. Not saying that I … enjoyed … it. I’m just saying it wasn’t quite as horrific as I’d anticipated, given that the last time I went for a run was in APRIL. (That’s 7 months ago, people). I am signed up to run the Miss Santa 5K in December again, so hopefully my training won’t be that painful. In any case, what are some good running songs that I should use for my running playlist? I usually listen to Pandora, but I’d like to have an actual playlist that I can listen to that will help get me through the miles. Any suggestions?
… seeing that the creepy sketchball guy from high school just got married to a normal-looking girl. If someone like him can find love, does that mean I’m even weirder than I think???
Note to self: Stay. Away. From. Trader Joe’s. On the first day back to school for college kids.
It was a nightmare. I just wanted to dash in and dash out with a few items for my dinner last night, but I ended up getting sucked into the third circle of Hell (Gluttony), and I quickly descended into the fifth circle (Anger). Extreme anger. But by that time it was too late and I had already committed to standing in a line that snaked halfway around the perimeter of the store. It was late, raining, and there were way too many coeds in short shorts and flip flops braying about how they didn’t know anyone on their floor.
Whatever happened to college cafeterias?
I saw the new Disney Pixar movie Brave a week or two ago. Going in I was excited to finally see a D/P movie that featured a strong female character. Going out, I had just one question– why did she have to be such a COLOSSAL brat? I mean seriously, what an unattractive, annoying, whiny biyatch of an animated girl. So D/P, thanks… but no thanks.
So, the final verdict is in– I have blood clots in my leg. Definitely NOT what I was expecting.
I was woken up yesterday morning around 6:30 by the doctor I’d seen the day before. Somewhere in the sleep haze I started realizing that she wanted me to go to the ER– right away. So I brushed my teeth, grabbed some necessities, and hailed a cab to the hospital. Not exactly a typical morning for yours truly.
I spent the better part of the morning hanging out in the B&W ER– and I must say, I was rather impressed with the kindness and professionalism of the ER staff. I interacted with at least 10 different doctors, nurses, and technicians while there and they were all lovely. Here’s my takeaways:
- The hospital is boring. Most of the time you’re just sitting around waiting for someone to come check on you or move you somewhere else. I brought a book to read and it was an excellent decision.
- The hospital is cold. I was very glad of my sweatshirt– even though it was 80 degrees outside, it was chilly inside. It also made a great neck pillow.
- It is rather perversely amusing to compose an email to your boss that starts: “Hi, I won’t be in today since I’m in the ER right now.”
- Shots are not fun. Seriously.
- Pack a snack because if you are like me and dashed out of the house without getting coffee or breakfast, you’ll get hungry at some point.
Anyway, my real point to this whole thing is that you should really get to know your body in the sense that if something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it. It’s better to feel dumb and be over-cautious than to have things go badly because you figured it wasn’t a big deal. I only went to see the doctor because I was surprised that my ‘pulled muscle’ wasn’t feeling any better after a week. To be honest, I am also a big wimp so the fact that the leg was so painful made me think that maybe I could get something better than just Tylenol to deal with it. If I hadn’t made the appointment with the doctor, I wouldn’t have gotten blood work done, and I would have never known I had blood clots. Thankfully we caught them. But they’re nothing to mess around with. So don’t be afraid to go see your doctor. That is all.
So, the doctor’s visit today was inconclusive. Basically, the leg pain I’ve been experiencing could be due to one of several reasons:
- A simple pulled muscle
- Blood clot
- Shin splints
- Low potassium
- Stress fracture
I’ll know more once I get my blood results back, hopefully soon. But essentially the main takeaways are that I have to just deal with the pain, and I can’t run. So much for my summer 5K series. I never thought I would be bummed to NOT run. Anyone got any good ideas on what else to do so I can keep active without stressing my leg too much?