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So, I’ve been gone for awhile. a LONG while. It’s been an interesting summer to say the least and I’m not even really sure where I left off. In May, I ran the Fargo Marathon and it was pretty much miserable. I finished, but not without wanting to throw up, take my shoes and socks off, quit, cry, etc. I made the mistake of wearing the wool socks I wore all winter during my long runs and it decided to be 65* and MUGGY. So I ended up with blisters upon blisters, two toenails that fell off, a strain in my IT band, and later I found out, a stress fracture in my foot.

See, I haven’t really been running all summer. I decided to take some time off after Fargo to let my IT band rest. I continued to do other forms of activity, but my right foot just never felt…well, right. Fiiinally, after numerous failed attempts at running this summer, I made an appointment to see a podiatrist. It took about a month to get in, but the appointment went exactly as I expected. The nurse came in and asked some questions, took me in for an Xray, doctor came in 10 minutes later, did a few tests on my foot, and told me I had a stress fracture. DUH. I knew it, I just didn’t want to admit it, okay? He put me in a boot on October 13 and said I’d be in it for 4-6 weeks. So here I am today.

The only form of cardio I was able to do all summer is on the spin bike and only going moderately. For someone as active as I am, it was, in the least bit, depressing. I’m not myself when I can’t run, jump, do the elliptical, aerobics, etc. I really miss sweating! Now, that I am in the boot, I’m not able to do hardly anything. The doc told me I can still do upper body workouts (I ripped apart my arms tonight after work!!), but it’s hard to go so hard where I actually break a good sweat.

So, that was kind of my summer. I also left my job and started a new one. Both jobs, I am required to stand all day long (obviously not anymore), but that didn’t help with my foot all day. I feel so stupid that I didn’t just get my foot taken care of earlier this summer! I hate that I’m so stubborn. I missed running all summer! I’ve gained weight (not too much), I feel more sluggish, and I’m just not as happy as I was when I was running. It’s my high,Β after all! Anyway, I’d love to get back to my blog, but the “running” part of runningforsweets, didn’t really make sense to me anymore and I didn’t feel like talking about nothing, so I stopped. I am determined to get back regularly. I may wait until later when I am back to “normal”, or I may keep writing. We’ll see if I have anything to say.

In the mean time, here are some pics from life while I was away:

Me, Nate, and my cousin Kristen at a Twins game. It was SO hot!

We bought a pickup! 2011 Ford F-150. And traded in my Fusion. 😦 But I upgraded to some heated leather in the Acura! πŸ™‚

Went to Nelson’s Market every Sunday for our weekly produce. I miss this SO much!

Saw some amazing sunsets.

Roadtripped to Omaha to see my family. Love you sis!

Met a new member of the family: Jack Richard Lakers πŸ˜‰

Carved a pumpkin!


And about a million other things to keep me busy these last few months. This post has gotten long. I promise I won’t take another hiatus like that again. Hope to be back again soon.





About mering4

I am a 20-something girl who lives in Minnesota and loves to run and eat!

5 responses »

  1. glad you put a picture of your brother in there. jerk.

  2. Awww booo. Dumb stress fractures. AND EVEN DUMBER boot. Get better please! But enjoy the rest. I know it’s hard, but it’s one of the few times in your life when you’re actually SUPPOSED to take it easy. I had to force myself to enjoy because it’s not really going to happen again–or at least anytime soon!

  3. Maren! The boot of doom is never a good sign 😦 I am so sorry to hear about the stress fracture! But I totally understand where you’re coming from about delaying the truth.

    Can you pool run? Lots of the girls I ran XC with had a metatarsal stress fracture at SOME point, and we were all still able to pool run. Actually, one of my best friend/training partners has a fracture in her navicular bone, and we’re pool running together a couple times a week. I just make sure to tape her up well before hand, and it’s pain free! It’s definitely not running, but at least its SOMETHING. The other think you could try out if they have one at your gym is the hand cycle… I know it’s going to be my new BFF in a couple weeks. 😦

    Don’t feel stupid. We all want to hope for the best, and we all want to just do what we love. I have full faith that you will get back to your “normal” in due time. In the mean time, remember: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12. πŸ™‚

    p.s. Are you in Wilmar? For some reason that’s what my mind is pulling up… maybe that’s totally wrong.

    • It’s a real bummer, but nowhere close to what you’re going through! I totally love that bible verse. Now I just need to keep it in my head when I’m really feeling down! I have not been given the go to do pool exercise yet…and our gym doesn’t have a hand bike! LAME! I go to the doctor on Monday, so I’m really hoping he let’s me get in the pool! It’s such a nagging injury, I can’t wait for it to be done! Nope, I’m in Fergus Falls, also the middle of nowhere! haha


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