Monday, November 4, 2013

Moving, Man-o-War & PMS...

I think blogging is easier when you do it often... when too much time passes between blogs it's like so much has happened I don't even know where to start??

It's November! I find myself having all these thoughts about how This is the last time I'll do this or that from our current home... 10 days left of owning this condo that I've lived in for nearly 9 years and while it's exciting to move, there's more than a bit of nostalgia attached to this place for me. I mean, I know the distances and mile markers of every run in every direction of this place... Our new house is only ~2 miles away, so the reality is that I'll still only be a mile from the pool, and I'll still run and bike the same roads... but the mile markers will be different. And the last mile of every run will be even more uphill than it currently is.

Anyway, our appointment to sign all the papers at the escrow office is this afternoon and I'm just going to try to close my eyes when they get to the part about how much we're actually going to be paying over the course of the 30 year loan la la la I can't hear you!! Just send us the new mortgage bill every month and give us the keys and we'll figure it out from there...

I should be packing right now. We are master procrastinators though so we have not packed a thing. But hey, at least I'm not buying any new food. We are trying to eat our way to the back of the cabinets... which means lots of rice and canned beans for dinner. Mmmmmm. Yum. Or not.

Yesterday Nalani and I swam out to the Mokes. It was a postcard beautiful day (because in postcards you can't feel how strong the wind is blowing)... Really nice warm water though and while it was crazy choppy, the pretty blue color of everything (almost) overruled my feelings of being a rag doll. The monk seal is still there hanging out on the sand, rolling over once in a while.
(picture stolen from a FB friend who posted it weeks ago)
Half way home on the swim Nalani stopped b/c she'd been stung by man-o-war... Argh! Not too bad she said just keep swimming to get away from it... so I kept swimming and was thinking with a smile that it's really been a long time since I've been stung by a man-o-war... Prob shouldn't have been so smug about that because next thing I know I'm all caught and tangled in the biggest man-o-war ever and it feels like electric shock all over my face, neck, arms, back, shoulders... my whole upper body was just tangled in this massive man-o-war tentacle and I couldn't even get it off me. Nalani saw it clinging to my back.

I pretty much just swore out loud and thrashed around a bunch trying to get it off me and finally I was able to swim free but the electric shock feeling lasted for at least another 30' or so, or until the Benedryl kicked in. We made a b-line to Safeway as soon as we were done swimming b/c the welts had already shown up and I really wanted to reduce my reaction as much as possible. We decided that we should keep Benadryl on hand for all ocean swims just in case... this kind of thing happens rarely (well, minor stings are common- a really bad one is rare) but Benadryl helps a lot when it does.

In related news, Benadryl completely knocks me out. I slept from 4-6PM yesterday then again from 7PM until almost 6 this morning. You can see the welts across my cheek, the bridge of my nose, and above my eyebrow... as well as on my arm, torso, chest, and back. They don't hurt anymore but they do itch. I would guess they'll go away in another day or two. So not really a huge deal but annoying for sure! Just a risk we take I guess for swimming in the ocean around here...

In other swimming news, we entered a swim meet!! How funny is that?! I saw an email come through the other day about a masters meet and my first thought was that this is like the opposite of what I am good at but then I thought that's *exactly* why I should do it! It's next Monday (Veteran's day) so why not?? Nalani and Mark and Steve (my normal swim partners) are going to do it too and we think we might make a decent medley relay (one that might not get disqualified anyway). In reality, the relay would would really kick ass at would be the 4x1K but they don't offer that as an option. We thought we might start a petition... B/c wouldn't a 4x1K relay be like super exciting?? Honestly, if any of us manage to dive off a block without our goggles filling with water, we'll call it a win. At the end of our swim this morning we asked the guard if we could practice a couple times off the blocks and he said no. So I guess we'll try to re-learn that skill at the meet next week. :)

What else? My hip doesn't hurt. Hasn't hurt at all since I figured out how my brain could fix it last week. So back to running as normal. Phew!

And a little update on my no wheat thing... I know people like to poo-poo this idea of eliminating wheat like it wouldn't really make a difference or its not sustainable or whatever, but I will tell you, the choice for me is now a no-brainer. Mostly b/c a benefit I have had for the last 2 months is complete elimination of my PMS symptoms. I don't talk about it all that much here on my blog (though I've mentioned it before)... but the 2-4 days prior to my period every month I tend to cry about stupid little things, my workouts go bad, I'm all negative in my thinking, etc. It has affected my training and racing every 4 weeks like clockwork for years and I've thought there wasn't a lot I could do about it other than simply accepting it for what it is and knowing it will pass.... BUT, 2 months in a row I have not felt the need to cry, my workouts have been solid/stable, and I haven't been pissy at all! Honestly last month I was surprised when I got my period because I had been having great training sessions and wasn't a bitch so just figured it was late or whatever (b/c hello I am *always* a whiny bitch for at least 2-3 days... that's how I know I'm about to start) but then it came and I swear it was the first time ever since I'd started paying attention that I could remember not having all those symptoms... so I guessed it was likely the diet change that was the positive thing there but figured I'd try one more month to see if indeed it was something that stuck? So here we are month 2 and again, no PMS symptoms at all! That my friends, is motivation enough for me to pass on the bread and pasta. Goodbye, emotional roller coaster! :) What a relief. So laugh at people who eliminate wheat if you want, but this little experiment of one is enough evidence for me to stick with my choice...



3 comments:

sunnyrunning.com said...

I'm completely freaked out by man of wars and jellyfish right now. I don't think I could deal with swimming open water if getting stung regularly was a real thing.

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

What I eat makes a huge difference for me in terms of PMS. I don't consciously eliminate any food group, but when I eat primarily unprocessed food I have no PMS symptoms (and no bloating). Glad the hip is better!

Ange said...

woah, you have me at "eliminated my PMS symptoms." Hmm... I don't poopoo it per se, but the thought of trying to avoid it when we have so much in this house to feed the boys in a pinch( spaghetti night saves me ), well, it's overwhelming. The manowar thing sounds awful! :( Ugh! good luck with your mood and see you soon!