Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Make Up!

I got yelled at for not blogging. You know who you are! Haha!

Yes, I've missed blogging a lot of activities. Let me give you a very brief recap of my happenings!

In July, I competed in an International Distance triathlon at the Sister Lakes Triathlon in Dowagiac, MI. I rocked it out minus the panic attack that lasted the first 1/3 of the swim! My first international distance! I was so excited!!

I tri'd with these awesome people!

I also participated in the Venus De Miles 62 mile bike ride in July! I was an ambassador for the race this year (and I'm sorry not to have posted a recap of it by now). It was hard! So very hard! Haha! But fun and challenging and we helped a few people out on the course (we = Derek and I. Derek was once again a "men-in-drag support crew" for the race).

Some of the ambassadors - the 62 mile group

In the beginning of July, Derek and I also participated in the Metric Century ride in Plainfield on July 4th. Unfortunately for me, there was a detour and the course was upped from 62 to 68 miles. I get very grumpy around mile 50 on a bike right now so the extra miles were definitely a challenge! And the most bike miles I've ever done!  But it's a great ride and I love doing it.

After a long 68 miles!

Also at the end of July/beginning of August, I did the St. Jude Relay raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Amazing Experience!

My amazing St. Jude team "Counting Stars"

A couple weekends ago, I ran the Fort2Base for the first time! They have a 10 nautical miles course (11.5 miles) and a 3 nautical miles (3.5 miles). I would love to give you a recap on this as it was so much fun and I had a great time! Finishing the race at the Great Lakes Naval Base and having all the navy men and women helping us up Hero Hill was amazing! Loved this race!


So I hope to write recaps on all of these. I will probably start with Fort2Base and work my way backwards.

Of course, I'm still marathon training for the Chicago Marathon...

Saturday morning early training runs!

I haven't only been running and biking...

I also tried my hand at painting! It was so hard! Still trying to get Derek to let me hang my painting in the living room! Ha!
Paint night with these beautiful ladies!

As of last week, I'm dealing with a bit of foot pain, which I'm thinking is the start of plantar fasciitis! Nooooo!!!! So I'm trying to nip that in the bud before it gets worse. Any suggestions? I'm rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle, stretching my foot, and was just recommended to roll it on a golf ball.


  1. Congrats on riding 68 miles and your new PDR! I get plantar fasciitis now and again. I have a night splint and I roll a tennis ball under my foot. Also I use a HoMedics Foot Massager. Hope you get it straightened out quickly!

    1. Thanks! I ran 5 miles last night and it doesn't feel too bad. I've been rolling it on a frozen water bottle and chiropractor suggested a golf ball. I'm going to stretch it and hope it stays ok. I'm self diagnosing so maybe I'm wrong on PF? Hope so!

  2. Woo hoo!!! Way to rock all these events!!! Looking forward to hearing more details on F2B and everything else!!! I second Pete's recommendation on the night splint. I've also used a golf ball and it hurts like the dickens, but it did help a lot.

    1. Thanks! And thanks for the recommendation on the night splint. I've seen that online and someone else also recommended it. My foot doesn't feel too bad today and I ran 5 miles last night so I'm going to hold off until I'm sure I have a problem. I was self diagnosing! lol. But maybe the other things I'm doing are really helping too.

  3. Wow - you have been busy!! Congrats on the swim for the triathlon - that's my weakest event.

    Search for Classical Stretch On Demand - (I have AT&T) it's on our local Channel 20 I think, but ever since doing this stretching for 30 minutes a few times I week, I don't have to wear my inserts for plantar fasciitis anymore. Also, first thing when you wake up, before you put your feet on the ground, grab a towel, stretch your leg out and put the towel around the ball of your feet and pull it towards you to stretch out that muscle - it will hurt like a bitch but I promise, it helps :D


      Oops - here's the link!