First and foremost thanks to all who had a question to ask. I feel like I don't have much to say right now since I'm not running and appreciate your humoring me and continued interest in my non-running life. Love you guys!- Red
P.S. Thanks for all the compliments on the guns! LOL!
And now on to the Q & A:
Danielle said...Helloooo Muscles!!You two are so cute together.I don't have any questions but I'm probably going to stalk everyone else who asks. Stalker, I know. I still have 8 days before I can get back to running/working out so I have time to kill!!!
This is not a question. FAIL Danielle! But I forgive you because I know what injury brain does to you. LOL!
The support and friendship they offer me 24/7. I could pick any major city in the U.S. and have someone to run a race with and I could also pick up a phone and call many of them for advice, a shoulder to lean on, or a vent session.
2. What's the most annoying thing about your bloggy followers?Skimmers whose comments clearly show they have done so. (We’re all guilty of this at some point though… it's just annoying when it happens on posts you spent a lot of time writing, excluding this one which is more for fun than anything else!)
3. "Master of Puppets" or "Seek and Destroy"?Master of Puppets all the way.
I squeeze from the middle actually, until it gets low then from the bottom. But since Spike is a crazy, use every single drop of it kind of guy, when it's really hard to get I make him do it.
Outside of that how can Spike only be #2 on your most listed labels behind 3 things Thursday and just a few ahead of B.O.B.?Spike is #2 because for a very long time I referred to him as “Running Spike,” his blog name. This obviously changed after we started dating and unless I ever get the urge to go back and change all those older posts it’s going to stay that way. B.o.B would actually have a higher number too if I went back and changed older posts where I referred to her as “Crazy B” and “Discombobulated Running.”
Morgan is my last name. I have at least eight friends I can think of right off the top of my head with the same first name (and about a zillion other bloggers) so we all started going by our last name’s (some family members even refer to me by Morgan). That was about 10+ years ago and honestly, I think it fits my personality better so that’s why I stuck with it when I started this blog.
I have a tibial stress fracture and unlike most people, I know exactly when it happened, during an attempted 20 miler on March 12th. You can read a full account about it how it all played out HERE. Since then I have been rehabbing the injury by aqua jogging (more info on that further down in to the post questions), adding zero resistance cycling when I was able, and doing way too much core and upper body workouts to stay active. I was on crutches full time for three and a half full weeks and was finally able to phase down to one last week and will finally go off them full time tomorrow. (Been rocking one this week to err on the side of caution.) From all the Internet research I’ve done and talking to others who have already had a stress fracture it seems like the general consensus is that upon return it is typical to still feel some residual pain in the area and it could take many months before that pain goes away but you shouldn’t feel actual pain from running, just pushing on the spot where the fracture is located. Good luck with your recovery and if you want to pick my brain any further please email me anytime! redheadrunning (@) gmail.
Do you live on the mitten or the UP?
I haven’t done any of the drills I’ve found; instead I’ve focused on form, breathing, and getting in as many laps of the pool as I can. (Last night I hit 16 lengths of the pool and back in 56 minutes! Exciting stuff. LOL!) But here are a few links with actual workouts that you could use to mix things up:
Jess said...You guys are too cute! My question is how do you stay motivated? I am seriously lacking in that department!
Right now I have no choice but to stay motivated because I want to overcome this injury and get right back out there running. (And so help me god if that saying “third time’s a charm” isn’t true I will scream. My next marathon will be my third attempt at my third marathon.)
Ewww: In case you haven’t noticed he is a human garbage disposal and regularly eats things that absolutely disgust me. For instance there is the Cheezits & Chocolate Frosting from a Wordless Wednesday I posted awhile back and more recently he’s discovered he likes to put garlic salt on his peanut butter toast. WTH?!?!
Denise said...I had this discussion recently with some people, let's see what you think...if you can't see, how do you know your butt is clean? i personally don't think you can tell by sense alone...Um... baby wipes? Moist towellettes?
That trip is still up in the air but I'm working on it!!!
Name ONE thing you do (a habit or whatever) that bothers Spike. There must be something!!It drives him crazy that I want to unpack everything immediately when we return from trips, but I assure you there's more… LOL!
I'll even answer my own question for you. Mark hates that I am constantly putting things away when he is still using them (i.e. cleaning up the kitchen when he's in the middle of making lunch/dinner/etc.) I can't help it, I'm a bit of a neat freak. Oh, and I'm a noisy sleeper.
Where do you see yourself as an athlete in 10 years? 30 years?
In 10 and even 30 years I see myself still running regularly and racing when I can. My goal is to run until I am that little old lady at age 80 winning her age group for being dead last. :)
Also - I have always wanted to know, why is it that they say "redheads are more fun."I thought they said that about Blondes? If they say it about redheads it’s probably because we got the “fire!” but you can always ask Coach Tom! LOL!
Another non-question. FAIL.
And another question FAIL. Come one Katie, I expected more from you!!!
I'd just like to know how you adjusted to moving.
Moving was tough. I had a rough time adjusting to not having a job right away, not having my friends a few minutes’ drive away (even though they were always a phone call away), and living with someone that wasn’t used to my habits. I’m not going to lie, there were def some bumps in the road but Spike went out of his way to make things as easy as possible for me. It had to have been hard on him too; coming home to find I had rearranged everything in my boredom or finding me in tears looking at a photo album or at not having heard from any potential employers that day. The first month was the hardest but after that, we settled in to a routine, I got my job, and life was/is good. I still get homesick from time to time and the winter was a HUGE adjustment but I’ve never regretted my decision.
2. Best trip you've ever taken
This is a tough one! Man! I’ve had some most excellent trips to Chicago, Vegas, San Fran, Denver, Boston, and Chattanooga… I don’t know how I’d pick from all these!
3. How much do you miss your Boo and how excited are you for her impending trip?I miss my Boo SO MUCH, and Spike has already been given chores that need to be completed before you arrive and I keep staring at the calendar willing it to be May 13th already!!!
Another question FAIL. Come one guys!
Yes I’m flexing and pic 1 is me ambushing the girls as they checked their phones. :)
Do girls still not poop, according to you?Nope. We still just pee for a very long time. :)
What's your next BIG running goal?To run again. I’m keeping it simple for now until I am back to 100%.
BTW, thank you SO much for your generous donation to my Train4Autism page. You seriously rock! Thanks for the support! (And another huge thank you for being the blog where I first heard of T4A. Your work with Operation Jack was my inspiration.)
Anytime friend! So excited for you!!!
Have you gained weight as a result of being injured? If so how are you dealing with that?
Obviously not being as active, and eating too many cookies, took its toll but nothing crazy. I simply went from being my “in-training” weight to my “regular” weight. If you’re looking for numbers I’ll say this, I’ve never weighed more than 120 pds in my life and I've got more than a few pounds before I get there again, copious amounts of cookies ate and all, because I’ve continued to stay as active as possible while being injured.
question time! What's your core routine? That six-pack has made an appearance, we know it's there! And I get bored with doing planks and crunches (and only have the QiRyder guys kick my a$$ once or twice a week)!I've been doing a lot of the Nike Training Club app along with the usual planks, Russian twists, and crunches. I don’t really do anything too out of the ordinary I’m just blessed with good ab genes.
With risk of being overly broad: What are your favorite and most hated forms of x-training?
Honestly, I don’t mind xtraining one bit, I just find it boring. I have always made sure I have it in my training routine and usually stick to cycling and elliptical. With this stress fracture I’ve had to be a bit more creative so that is why aqua slogging has been added into the mix. It’s even more boring and probably my least favorite of the xtraining next to recumbent bike cycling (I feel like I’m going to fall asleep!) but I'd still choose it any day over a treadmill.
Jen B. said...
Since Harold beat me to the punch, I asked Ella if there is anything she would like to you know about you. "Is she a mermaid?" *sigh*
Bahahaha I love her. Tell her these days I am! LOL!
2. Do you ever feel like you have to "defend" the way that you met Spike? I think that it is awesome, but I could see how some people might throw a condescending remark in there.At first I know there were a lot of people that were skeptical about us but it’s been almost two years and I think all of those people believe in our relationship now. I've always been very open about how we met and no one seems to bat an eye about it anymore.
3. (This one is for RunningLaur I suppose) Since you and Spike are going to eventually get married and have red haired, taco bell obsessed, sub 3 hour marathon babies, what do you think of all of the Royal Wedding hooha?
4. Would you rather.... (love that game) Write a blog that 10,000 people would read every day however NO feedback would ever be received or write a blog where only 5 people read but commented multiple times on each post? On the one hand, you could reach TONS more people and bring more people the the running sport, however on the other hand you could develop some really meaningful friendships....I actually had some serious discussions along these lines while in Boston and honestly, I’d rather have the 5 reliable people. In acquiring more and more readers I have found it so hard to keep up with them all and create those intimate bonds I have with many of my long-time readers. I don’t ever want my readership to feel like I’m “too big” to comment on their blogs or anything. I try to comment on blogs regularly and when I see new names pop up in my comments I make it a point to try to visit their blogs with in the week. No one ever tells you when you start blogging that there comes a point where it’s hard to keep up with everyone!
Right now I’m just focusing on one day at time and rejoicing the small victory of walking. Obviously this recovery took significantly longer than expected (10 days does not = 4 weeks) so my return to running has been subsequently delayed. Based on the original forecast
I have no shame asking anyone around me to take pictures for/of me. ;)
Do you carry a camera around with you everywhere?
I like all your posts, running related or not!
Thank you so much for saying so! As I’m sure most of you have noticed, I keep things solely focused on running around here because it’s my place to just be a runnerd and not annoy my friends and family with it. When I’m not running I always worry y’all will get bored of me and move on to more exciting blogs.
Ooohhh that’s a good one! I do love me some online but I think I could be bought off if it meant I could finally pay off my student loans and be debt free. Sorry guys, I love ya, but I’d love to have all that extra cash to plan running trips! The good news is I already know most of you so I could come visit! :)