Today I visited my ortho doctor to see about the discomfort that I still feel three weeks after I ran THE Chicago Marathon on October 12th. My right hip bone and calf hurt almost each time I step, but especially if I try to push off the front of my right foot. His diagnosis was grade 2 tears in the gluteus med and calf muscles, and recommends that I take an additional 3 weeks off of running completely.
If you are like most runners you are thinking, “aren’t you about half nuts by now?” or “I would go crazy!!” However, because of the discomfort I am feeling in addition to other activities that I am catching up on, I am surprisingly okay with it! So far, anyway.
“So how is the house cleaning and decluttering going”, you ask? Well, “well!!” I would say!! I have been told that the inside of your house is a window to the state of your mind, and “cluttered” or “a mess” is definitely an accurate description for mine! Since my last post, I have continued the theme of simplifying the clutter and have donated over 300 items to local charities or churches! I have thrown out almost 200 items as well, so as to keep the trash collectors with a purpose on Tuesday mornings as well ;) Hey! I give them Christmas cookies when that time comes each year ;)
I have completely emptied the guest bedroom and guest bathroom of everything in them, painted the walls, and both are again functioning normally again; albeit with MUCH less ‘crapola’ in them! Looks nice actually!!
As a family we have started what I am calling “No Spend November” in which we are to appreciate what we DO have, and not beg Mommy or buy anything additional. This is requiring me to cook. A LOT!! I do not like to cook, nor am I very good at, BUTT, I am using up the plethora of pantry items and emptying the deep freezer in the process, and getting creative doing so! Sunday evening we, as a family, thawed and ground up deer meat scraps to make hamburger for tacos, spaghetti, etc.
So although I will have had 6 weeks off when I go back to recheck things after Thanksgiving break, I am anxious to hear the words “all clear”. Spring marathon training will be right around the corner, if I can help it!!!