Running Drama and The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Where has this week gone? I have so many things I want to post about and I just haven't had time! I've been having such running drama lately and I'm getting ready to run my first 8k this weekend!

The last couple weeks have been such a running fail for me! I sort of lost motivation after being sick a few weeks ago, but then finally got myself out for a run that weekend. When I got home from my run I noticed an itchy bug bite on my leg, but being from Florida I figured it was probably a mosquito bite and forgot about it.

A few days later I noticed it had turned into a 'bulls-eye' rash with a red ring around the bite! I also noticed that my lymph nodes were swollen. I wasn't even finished with my antibiotics from the last time I had been to the doctor and really didn't want to go back again! Hubs told me I needed to go, but I was being hard headed and stubborn and decided to just wait and see if it changed. The next day the red ring went away, but my lymph nodes were still swollen so I gave in and went to the doctor. She told me I was most likely bitten by a tick and prescribed me three more weeks of antibiotics! (I hate taking antibiotics...)

That whole situation didn't help my lack of running motivation! I did manage to get in a 5 mile treadmill run on Monday, but I haven't run since! I'm planning on going for a run tomorrow afternoon...although I'm still a little unsure how Sunday's race is going to go! I'm thinking maybe I'll try to take it really slow or just walk/run if I have to. I don't know! Do any runners have advice on this?

Two fabulous bloggers have tagged me with the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks so much to Adventures Abroad and Juleps and Jon Jons. If you haven't discovered these wonderful blogs yet I definitely recommend checking them out!

1. One of my favorite creative outlets is beading. I really love making jewelry, but at a certain point I just don't know what to do with so many necklaces! I've thought about setting up an etsy shop, but I don't really know if it would be worthwhile or how to go about it. What do y'all think? Does anyone have an etsy shop?

Here are some of my creations...

2. Waking up in the morning is such a process for me. Using an alarm is not the best idea for me because I will keep hitting snooze for nearly an hour. Nicholas wakes me up every morning and I still play the alarm clock game with him. He has to come back several times before I will actually drag myself out of bed and into the shower. When I get out of the shower I still need at least ten or fifteen minutes of "sitting time" to fully wake up before getting ready.

3. Godiva dark chocolate key lime truffles are my favorite chocolates. The morning of our wedding Nicholas sent me a big box of them! Embarrassing side note: Our closest Godiva store is about an hour away at Short Pump and I went there so often last summer the girl who worked there commented on how she always liked my outfits...)

4. I worked at Disney during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college. They forgot to make me a name tag so they gave me one with a 'similar' name until they could make mine. My name tag said Frances. I think I had it for a month before I got an Emily name tag. I kept wearing the Frances name tag anyways...

5. I love animals. I always had pets growing up and I can't imagine ever not having pets around. We obviously love the Poe Cat, but we are also going to get a dog when we move. I can't wait! I miss being around my parent's dog, Riley.

The Poe Cat


6. I detest voicemail. I never listen to it. It actually kind of stresses me out when people leave me voicemails...I have no idea why.

7. I've never been that into team sports. I thought about playing basketball (I have no idea why!) in third grade, but I quit before the first practice because I thought the shoes were ugly.

I've loved reading everyone else's list for this award! It's so fun learning more about y'all so I tag anyone who hasn't gotten to play along yet!


  1. I hate VM too! Either text me or don't do anything. Can't stand going through the process of listening to it. Ugh! And it's always my mother-in-law, who usually hangs up right after it gets to the beep. Thanks!

    Love your beading. You should consider an etsy shop.

    As for running, if you are having a hard time getting motivated, just tell yourself that you'll run down the hills and walk everything else. It sounds pretty easy, right? You'll end up surprising yourself when you run more than just down the hills. Trust me, it's a mental thing. Good luck at your race!

  2. I have run a few races that I wasn't really ready for. One thing I did was change my goal to a certain finish time to "just have fun and finish". That way there is no pressure, and if you feel like taking a walk break, just do it.
    Have a great race!

  3. Congrats on your award! As for the race, you should be fine. I am not a runner and slackingly trained for a 1/2 marathon. Needless to say I only trained up to 10 miles. You'll be fine getting in 1 or 2 more 5 mile runs. Just run at your pace and have fun. Good luck!

  4. Scary, hope you start feeling better!!

  5. Ouch!! I bet that tick bite hurts :( So sorry to hear you have had such a bout with antibiotics and such. No advice on running, but I certainly can understand why you have been a bit unmotivated lately!

    Your #2 made me smile. I am EXACTLY the same way!

  6. eeeks ticks are the worst. BE SURE to take all your antibiotics, did they give you doxy? i got LYME DISEASE in college, didn't realize for 2 months until my head and joint aches were so bad they were paralyzing. its pretty crazy shit. i took antibiotics for 18 months!!! including IV antibiotics to finally get it to go away...

    anywhoo uyour jewelry is LOVELY and i am right there with ya on #2. haha

  7. Lovely jewelry! I especially love the first one with the pearls! Congrats on the award :) And thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  8. Your jewelry is absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Congrats on your award! I hope you feel better soon! Tick bites are the worst... such a pain!

    And I'm totally with you on having to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. I hit snooze at least three times every morning and even after I've pulled myself out of bed and taken a shower, sometimes I still lie back in bed for a few minutes!

  10. Congrats on the award! Hope you feel better soon. Your jewelry is so pretty, I love the simlicity of the necklaces.

  11. I LOVE your necklaces. Please let us know if you open an Etsy shop.



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