Thursday, March 14, 2013

Best Laid Plans

The best-laid plans of mice and men, dear readers, often go astray: I wanted to share Charlie’s birthday with you today, but I’d totally forgotten that I had a work event last night and so wasn’t able to prepare everything in time. We’ll have to do it next week sometime since those evenings are a bit less crazy!

I’d say we could make the pies this weekend, but I’m going up to Philadelphia to visit Hannah, one of my best friends, and to cheer at the finish of a 10k that I registered to run. If you watched my vlog, you know that my two big running goals for the year are a spring 10 miler and a half-marathon in the fall. I’m signed up for the Cherry Pit 10 Miler on April 16, and I decided to combine seeing Hannah with the Get Your Rear in Gear 10k this Sunday as part of my training. But I hurt my foot a few weeks ago and finally saw my orthopedist about it on Tuesday, who confirmed that I am healing from a stress fracture in my fifth metatarsal. I haven’t run in three weeks and I’m not allowed to run for another three, when I have a follow-up with the doctor, so I’ll definitely miss the 10k and there’s no way I’ll be physically ready to run the 10 miler two weeks later after almost 2 months of non-activity. (For the record, I wasn’t proactive about the pain sooner because I didn’t think I was hardcore enough to actually injure myself but, as Megan said and the doctor repeated, this is a really easy thing to do – there’s nothing athletic about breaking your foot!)

On the bright side, not running hasn’t derailed my efforts to be healthier, and in the last two weeks I’ve lost the three pounds that I’d put back on in February by sticking with My Fitness Pal. There’s nothing that says I won’t be able to run a 10 miler in the late spring or early summer – anyone know of any in the DC area? - and the Diva Half, on September 14, is still ages away. So that's all good news!  And thank you all so much for your lovely comments on yesterday's post.  It's comforting to know that we're not alone as we clear these hurdles!

Also, though this is a total non-sequitur, the religious historian in me loved following along with the selection of the new pope.  My understanding of the workings of the Catholic Church really end with the 16th century, but it was still cool to see everything in action in a contemporary context!  That being said, I was kind of hoping for bubbles in Charlie's honor...



15 comments:

  1. It's such a bummer to be injured when you're training... that being said I'm glad you're on the road to recovery :) Can't wait to hear about Charlie's birthday!


    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. yes and thank you - but I can still eat all the pancakes after the race, right, even if I'm not running? because I plan to :)

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  3. I hope you heal quickly. That is definitely a bummer. :(

    I love that you started this post with that quote though. My husband and I went to high school together (not high school sweethearts though) and had all of our AP english courses together. When things go wrong, we often say, "the best laid plans...gang aft a-gley" with a thick scottish accent (or at least trying for the scottish accent) and it always makes me laugh.

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  4. hahahaha that cartoon! I love it. I was obsessively following along with the Pope story in research yesterday instead of getting anything done. I'm not anywhere close to being Catholic, but the whole thing just felt so historically significant. and fascinating - it surprises me to think that Pope Benedict was just elected back in 2005 because I honestly cannot remember hearing anything about it.

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  5. I hope your foot gets better! Hopefully you'll get back to running in no time!

    (btw the pic made me smile!)

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  6. So I love elembee. And then one day I wound up here from that blog. And now I read your blog every day. And every time I read it, I think to myself, "oh my goodness, I love this girl!" First of all, amen on the athletic thing! I hope you're foot gets better soon. My goal for 2013 is to run a 5k, so here's hoping. A 10k seems outrageous to my non-athlete brain. And meanwhile...I've been contemplating the fitness pal, so now I have to go read that post, too. It's like you read my mind today! Oh, and about the pies...I decided pie calories don't count on pi day, or whatever day you decide to celebrate. Thanks for another fun read!

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  7. haha love that! a boy I used to know had a Scottish grandmother who always said "Ah doont knooh" and that's now how I say it too :)

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  8. I hope your foot heels quickly! I know how much of a bummer it is to not be able to be active! I hurt myself quite often!

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  9. haha me too - I should be used to it by now :)

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  10. I was wondering how you found me! I'll let Lisa know :) and THANK YOU for all those nice things! we are clearly in a Jedi mind meld, as Obama would say...

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  11. Ha! I've never heard the phrase "Jedi mind meld" before (is that weird?) but...I love it!! So glad I found you! :)

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  12. so it's half a phrase from Star Wars and half a phrase from Star Trek and Obama mixed them up and all the nerds went crazy :P

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  13. I was thinking of Charlie starting last night! Can't believe I'm so late in sending my wishes! Happy birthday, Sir Charles!!
    Boo on broken foot bones. I have no real running comparison, but broken bones sure hurt- good grief, they hurt! So heal up, and give that foot some coddling!

    But happy Pi Day, and happier Charlie Day!

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  14. Bubbles. They should always announce the new Pope with bubbles.

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