Hello everyone! Today is race day for everyone running the Chicago Marathon. As you know, Lacey is there running it. I can't wait to hear how the race was.
Until then, I'll wrap up my less than stellar week.
It is less than 30 days from my own race day and I don't know if I'm quite ready or not. Mentally I am ready and I know I can do it. Physically, there are just too many niggles that have been coming up lately. I'll be running a Disney race so of course an unexpected injury is par for the course, right ( insert eye roll here)
Sunday I hiked the PA Grand Canyon.
Can you see more from my Friday post here.
Monday I took a rest day from the gym and from running. This has started to become a trend because I'm always so exhausted from the weekend. However, I DID take Baylee to the island to walk since I felt like I didn't give her enough attention over the weekend.
Wednesday I went to the gym and then attempted a long-ish run afterwards. I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Turns out I couldn't go more than 2 miles. I didn't think this bruise would affect my running but it has.
My plan was to skip my long run planned for Saturday and just let the bruise hopefully heal. I thought about waiting till today to run but my calf still hurts so I don't think I will attempt it. I looked up how to heal bruises and I came across an article that mention getting Dermend Moisturizing Bruise Formula Cream from CVS. It is said to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. Most articles I read on bruising where more concerned about the visual factor of covering up the bruise rather than helping it heal. I'm more concerned about the pain aspect of it.
The articles I read say that when the bruise is starting to turn to a yellow/brownish color that it is healing. It's been over a week now and mine in still purple. Even though I have been icing, there doesn't seem to be any healing going on and the pain seems to be getting worse. I've also read that I should have bandaged it right away to help with blood flow and I didn't do that so perhaps that is why it is still purple.
Okay, so I didn't realize this post would turn in to all about my bruised calf, sorry.
In other news, I had to make an emergency vet visit with Baylee on Thursday. Turns out she has Bronchitis. Poor Baby. The frustrating part is that I knew something was wrong and mentioned it to my vet months ago. She just chalked it up as the dog's air ways getting more narrow as they age (which can be common).
X-rays were finally taken on Thursday to determine the diagnosis. I generally have a hard time getting her to take pills but this time I am crushing them up and putting them in Vanilla Ice cream so she seems to be happy about that! The vet said that this is now a chronic condition and if the pills do not work, Baylee will have to have an inhaler. A dog on an inhaler, can you imagine?
Even though my calf is hurting and Baylee is under the weather, it was still a great week. I am thankful that things with Baylee weren't worse than they were or life threatening. I am also thankful for the beautiful weather we've been experiencing but bummed I haven't been able to run while it's still so nice. Perhaps I'll get a walk in today. Enjoy your day folks! -M
We are linking up with Tricia and Holly (who is also running the Chicago Marathon today) for their weekly wrap!