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The Injury Update

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I think I’m due for a injury update. This is primarily a running blog after all and there really hasn’t been too much chatter about it since November.

Since my last update back in early January, things were going very well. I was s-l-o-w-l-y inching my mileage up. I was prepared for hitting a 5 miler when I got slammed with the respiratory plague in early February. All running (and working out) came to a screeching halt for 2 weeks.

Last week I was back at it finally. The first run was a tough 2 miles. There was a lot of coughing and my legs were fatigued after the first mile. The second run, two days later, was much better. Since then I’ve been feeling like pre-plague me.

Over the weekend I ran my farthest distance since November, 4.25 miles. It was an absolutely gorgeous day of 48 degrees, sunshine and blue blue sky. I even wore shorts! I wanted to go farther but capped myself. I can’t say that my tendon feels entirely healed. It still feels different than the other foot. No pain, just different. I guess you could describe it as feeling tight. I’ve been told that soft tissue injuries like this can take up to three months to heal. However, that’s for someone who’s in their teens. Since I haven’t been a teenager in quite some time, I can expect it to take longer. How long? I wish I knew.

I know I said I’d keep my race calendar clear so as not to entice me to push things. I already spilled the beans that I’m registered for Wallis Sands Half Marathon in May. And now I registered for a 5k in March. Yes that’s right. I WILL be running my first in real life 5k. FINALLY! Right now I’m saying neither one will be “raced” but more of running for fun.

My plan right now is to keep the slow baby steps in mileage. I never thought I’d be this conservative with coming back. Back in November, the thought of taking even 2 weeks off sounded like torture. But I’ve survived a total of 8 weeks of absolutely no running with this injury. I’ve spent the past 14 weeks getting stronger, resting and taking it nice and easy. It’s still a work in progress. I’m not going to mess up a good thing with being a stubborn runner. Of course, I miss my running friends. I crave a 10 mile run. I get insanely jealous of hearing and seeing others training for big races. Reading race recaps? Forget it!

On the bright side, the horrible winter weather has made it a little bit easier to deal with no running. I am NOT missing frozen nostrils, browsicles and 10,000 layers of clothing. In fact, I think my badass winter runner card has been revoked. I’ll have to reapply next year!

Jump Start Your Garden with Seed Starters {Part 4}

I’m very excited to be working with The Home Depot and receiving products to help start our vegetable and flower gardens this year. This is the fourth and final sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.

#DigIn with Seed Starter Kits - happyfitmama.comSo we’ve done it! Our seedlings have sprouted and are thriving. Everyday it seems they are getting a little taller and heartier. In fact one day last week, I swore they were growing taller by the minute. We’re anxiously waiting till the time is right to let the seedlings get their first taste of fresh air.

According to The Home Depot Garden Club, it’s best to wait till the plants are several inches high, sturdy and the weather outside is past the date of last frost. You never know what can happen in New Hampshire in the Spring, so we’ll most likely be waiting a couple more weeks.

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When we do make the transition to outdoors, we’ll move the tray to a shady spot and bring them indoors or cover them if the nights are still cold. After about a week, the plants will hopefully appear strong and healthy (pending no little critters get to them) and will be ready for transplanting into the garden.

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As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, we’ll be making more trips to The Home Depot for all of our gardening needs. I like to plant annuals in pots for the front steps as well as hanging baskets for the patio. We are also in need of a new grill and have been scoping out all the options.  From propane, charcoal, electric or portable grills to entire outdoor kitchens, they have the perfect grilling solution at the right price. Nothing beats enjoying the warm weather on the patio with a wonderful dinner straight from the garden. Mmmm…I can’t wait!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.