Anyway, now that I've looked at Strava, I remember my day. Typical Monday. One call in the morning at work. Spent the afternoon walking 2 miles around the base. I need these walks, as wacko as they make me appear. I'm starting to go nuts without the intense running. As I walked past my car 20 times (haha), I took a look at my stickers. Funny, to see the acidoticRACING one just about to fall off. The timing is about right. My era with aR is just about over. I was a member from winter 2012 through 2015, but I officially left it after snowshoe racing season in 2015 to join Central Mass Striders. With my focus turning back to the roads (I have always been a roadie, unbeknownst to a lot of people, I learned), I decided to join a team more into that. I haven't regretted it. aR was good to me in the beginning, but I found it wasn't the right fit. I love the people I met along the away, and I'm thankful for having aR when I was just a newbie to the New England scene, but I felt it was time to part ways. If the sticker doesn't fall off by Dec 31st. I'll be taking it off. Not to offend anyone, but because I will no longer be a member. I did end up joining Six03 Endurance on April 1st, of all days (They thought it was an April Fools joke). I had been eyeing them for awhile and found their dynamic to be way more my style. I'm a bit of a party girl, as well as a serious runner, so I liked what they had to offer. I'll be part of the Six03 snowshoe racing team in 2016. We're going to have an awesome team, and I don't mean me. I'll only just be coming off this injury, so I don't expect to be competitive this season, but I'm still excited to represent Six03 anyway. I love a good friendly competition, and I'm hoping that's how it remains, but we'll see. For USATF purposes, I'm sticking with CMS. I love my teammates. I feel like we could have a good masters team once I hit 40 in April, but I don't really care, to be honest. I just really love being a part of this team. I love all of the teams, actually. 2015 was SO much fun with its rivalry against Whirlaway, Craft, WMDP, etc. I've gotten to know so many great women on all of these teams and love the fun of the competition during a race and support and friendliness afterwards. I stepped into a whole new world in 2015 and am so thankful for it. It's really helped me through my year of turmoil to get me to where I was pre-injury. I don't even care how slow I am in 2016; I will still be there with all of these people at the NE Grand Prix races enjoying myself and loving it.
|Just about to fall off on its own right on time.|
|Someone tried to peel off my CMS sticker over the summer. No idea who did it, but someone did. Interesting.|
After work, I went right to The Mill, as usual, for 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by 30 minutes of aqua jogging. I ran into Darin Brown, a local runner, and talked to him awhile about his injury. We're kind of in the same boat. He's an ER doctor, but also has to rely on the Marketplace for health insurance. His deductible is higher than mine, so he's struggling on the decision for surgery on his knee. I feel for him because it's so tough when you don't have good health insurance. It's not just the po' folk like me who are falling through the cracks in the system. For all of 2015, I'm considered not a parent because of tax purposes, even though I can't make more money because I'm a parent. The system is fucked. Anyway, we talked injury. Seems like so many people I know are in the same boat or at least have been in the last year. It's been like a plague. I had a feeling I would succumb, but I never wanted it to be a reality. Yet, here I am.
Tuesday- The BIG DAY. The day of x-rays. I got up super early so I could get in some aqua jogging before my appointment at the chiropractor. Aqua jogged for 45 minutes at The Mill. Had the pool ALL to myself the whole time. It makes a huge difference if I can use the entire deep end of the pool for it because I'm not turning around as much.
From there, I drove over to Fryeburg to my chiropractor. Yes, where I used to be employed. He's a good chiropractor, and he knows I won't put up with any bullshit, so I have it good there. He asked me to help out with something Medicare related that I had dealt with a year ago. What a fiasco Medicare is, but I was able to get them he headed in the right direction, so he was nice enough to give me my adjustment free of charge. Then it was on to discuss my injury and do some xrays. He first examined me a little bit. I pointed out the origin of pain and told him I thought it might be a stress fracture. It took him 10 seconds for him to feel that place in my glute before he said, "I don't think this is a stress fracture." He pinpointed the pain and said, "I think it's your tendon." Huh. We did the x-rays. He had to retake a few since the machine is old and it has to be adjusted manually, but sure as shit, there's no stress fracture.
|My bones look GOOD!|
Anyway, I left the chiropractor actually pretty bummed out. I decided I needed to cry and shed two tears before I decided that was ridiculous and got on with my day.
John came home just as I did, and I got us back out shortly thereafter for a hike up Mt Katherine in Wonalancet. It was a really easy hike, and it's almost not even like going up a mountain. Heavenly Hill is more mountainish, but I guess because it's under 1000ft in elevation, it just qualifies as a hill. But the hike up Katherine was nice. I hadn't run into Kevin's car in two days, but, of course, there just had to be TILTON Spring along the way. I swear it's a conspiracy. The summit is only 1.6 miles from the trailhead, so it was short, but perfect for our day. I took a video of all 3 dogs playing as we got back towards Ferncroft.
|John at Tilton Spring|
|Chill on Mt Katherine|
We drove down the road to the Sandwich Spring to fill up our jugs after then drove home. I had a tourist moment as we crossed over the bridge on Chocorua Lake Road and saw Mt Chocorua. It was worthy of a stop and a photo. The picture doesn't even do it justice.
|Mt Chocorua and Chocorua Lake at dusk.|
|Looking at the sunset behind Heavenly Hill from my house|
|I like to hitchhike to our 911 calls. SOOOOONewHampshire. Haha.|
Friday- I thought it was supposed to a gross day, but it ended up being a beautiful day!! I had planned to hike something long, but I decided that I really needed to hit Red Hill in Moultonborough. I had never been up it. As soon as I pulled into the trailhead, I was so psyched to see I was the only one there. And then, about a minute later, three cars pulled in right behind me. Ugh!! I do not like sharing summit with people. Call me selfish, whatever. It's just a thing I have. I don't even like sharing trails with people. I'm a loner, as in I want to be alone. Haha. One woman got out of her car just as I was about to walk. She was super nice, so I talked to her for a minute, but then it was go time. I was dressed for a hike. Hiking pants and boots and kind of a warm top, but I realized that if I wanted to be alone, I had to start running. So I did. I ran all the way to the top of Red Hill. I was way overdressed, and hiking boots didn't really cut it, but I did it anyway. I even snagged the Strava CR which was funny because it was SO SLOW. And I lucked out to have the summit of Red Hill to myself for over half an hour. It was beautiful. The sun was warm and the views fantastic.
We hiked back down the Cabin Trail which was a nice single track trail. There was a snowmobile trail that we crossed, too. I'm eyeing this for a nice winter long run... if I can ever really run again.
I had some time to kill before picking up John so I headed into town to grab my free Starbucks drink. I walked in and out of EMS, which is the norm. I don't know why I ever go in there. I almost always walk out empty-handed. I thought I might find what I was looking for at TJ Maxx, but ended up walking out with some new running gloves instead of what I came in for. Oh well. I picked up John at Tin Mountain after that. We went home. I decided to test out the treadmill again, so I got on my treadmill. It was SO much better than The Mill treadmill. Plus, I wore my Hoka's which I've never really liked. They are now my friend and make a huge difference. I still had to keep the treadmill at 4% incline, but I was able to run slightly faster. Only 2 miles again in 18:08. Still super slow, but it's something.
Saturday- I had a super lazy morning and slept in until almost 9am!! Way too late. I am so messed up without the racing; just off kilter. I can't wait to be racing every weekend again so that I'm back in my routine. Nothing seems right anymore. Kind of living in the land of limbo. It was ok, though, since I had time to make it a lazy morning anyway. I was actually really excited since I was invited, along with a group of others, to participate in a photo shoot for Trail Runner Magazine at Black Cap Mt. Since it was a Saturday, I had to find someone to watch John. Fortunately, his best friend's mom (and neighbor) said John could go over there, so that made it easy. I couldn't believe I was actually going to have a free Saturday afternoon and early evening!! So unheard of. Haha.
Since I was worried about my car making it up Hurricane Mountain Rd, I decided to take a chance and run up the Red Tail Trail to the Black Cap Trail and down to the trailhead. I was meeting Doug Mayer and the photographer, Joe Klementovich, a half hour before everyone else to take some photos promoting Doug's venture Run the Alps. I've done some photo shoot modeling things before, but it's still always awkward. I'm not very good at fake running, and I never know what to do with my face. Haha. The worst was the golfing model shoot. I've never played golf in my life!
|Pretending I play golf. Photo by Joe Viger.|
|In my Run the Alps gear that Doug gave me. Check it out at Run the Alps|
Sunday- Fortunately, a friend's message woke me up a little after 7am, so that I was able to get up at a decent hour. I hate sleeping in too late. I got up, took care of the dogs, then sat down to endure my yearly torture session with the Healthcare Marketplace. This year wasn't so bad. It might have taken an hour. The rep was actually intelligent and helpful so that made a big difference. I try to do it all online, but some glitch always has me needing to get on the phone. I have a phone phobia, so this is why I put it off. I got it done, though, and ended up with a pretty good plan since I'm a parent again in 2016! Haha. When I was done, I made John breakfast, ate something myself and then we drove to The Mill so I could aqua jog. I passed by Jim Johnson and Andrew Drummond outside Jim's house getting ready to go for a run and then passed Paul Kirsch's parked car where he was out for a run. It was torture to see them out for a run while I was headed to aqua jog in a pool filled with screaming kids at a birthday party. Ugh. Way too many kids, but I got it done. Only 30 minutes since I had other plans for the afternoon. John and I took the dogs on a short walk behind The Mill and then went home.