Tuesday, 28 February 2017

What I Streamed in January

After obsessing with the Gilmore Girls for 3 months, I have been taking it easy on the iPad watching. Mostly because I was so obsessed with Gilmore Girls and I don't really want to repeat that and because I haven't found anything comparable.  Also if you are wondering based on my post about what I streamed in December, I still have not finished the final episode of the Gilmore Girls special on Netflix.  I really should just watch it but I just cannot!

The first thing I streamed was this movie on Netflix.  It was an ok movie, nothing too great but it was nice to watch something while I was blogging.  Both characters were unhappy in their current lives and one came to Echo Park when the other one was getting ready to leave.  The movie discusses their relationship as it prepares to end and of course there are twists and such.  If you need something that you don't really need to watch but need something to fill the quiet then this would be good.  

I watched Season 2 of Kimmy Schmidt while running on the Treadmill and it was fantastic.  The episodes with Tina Fey were top notch.  I think I loved this season more then the first.  And good news if you are a fan, season 3 comes out in May!!  This is available to stream on Netflix and Netflix Canada. 

I have been watching this show on and off for awhile. I am currently on season 2.  This show is super funny but I tend to be able to only watch a few episodes at a time before it gets to be too much and then I have to stop for awhile.  It is currently still airing on the Comedy Channel in the US and not too sure about Canada's comedy network but you can stream the first 2 seasons on CraveTV.  Hillary Clinton makes a cameo on one of the episodes and it is fantastic.  I definitely recommend watching this one.  

  So I have been watching this while running on my treadmill.  I think I made it to the end of Season 2  in January and got to watch the conflict resolution episode which is quite possibly the funniest episode of TV EVER.  This is available on Netflix Canada and if you have never watched this show, I really recommend it because it is fantastic.

Neal Brennan is a comedian and has written some skits for SNL, was a writer on the Dave Chapelle show, helped write  Half Baked, and is currently a writer on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.  This is only about an hour long and is so funny and fantastic and so full of awesome.  It started as a show in NYC that was continuously sold out until it closed and then they did a special that is now airing on Netflix and Netflix Canada.  If you are a fan of comedy and comedy specials, definitely give it a watch.

I saw Crave TV tweet about a second season of Angie Tribeca and then saw it was created by Steve and Nancy Carell or something like that.  They are involved somehow.  I only watched one or two episodes in January and I really wasn't sure if I liked it or not.  You will have find out next month if I did haha. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Weekend In Review

It was another busy weekend around here and it got off to a rough start on Friday morning when I woke up and felt great, took the girls to school and then came home to get ready for my 9:30am bootcamp class when out of nowhere, my vision went blurry and almost non-existent with insane pain behind my eyes and on the side of my head for about 20 minutes and then turned into a migraine with intense sinus pain for the rest of the day into Saturday.  Except for leaving the house to pick the girls up from school, I spent the day Friday taking turns between my bed and my bathtub which as you can see Pizza loves.  

One of the girls on Finley's soccer team lives about a block or three away and we take turns once in awhile driving the girls to practice and tech trainings and thankfully her dad was taking Finley Saturday morning because I still wasn't feeling great.  Greg took Penelope to her tech training and I stayed home and laid on the couch until Finley got home and I had to get ready for a birthday party that afternoon.  

On our way to the birthday party, Finley and I stopped at Sportchek because they had all their winter jackets on clearance and finley needed a new one for next year.  Unfortuantely, from what i can see, size 9 jackets are almost non-existent and they jump from a ⅞ to a 10/12.  I like buying winter jackets on sale the year before but I still might take this jacket back because it just seems to so big.  Finley really loves it though so it might be hard.  While we were doing this, Greg and Penelope finished up her tech training and were getting lunch and groceries before heading to the Calgary West Soccer Centre for her Mini Fest game.  There are no photos from this because I was not there but Penelope had a really great last game of the indoor season and scored 2 goals as her team won 7 -5 or something like that.  I will talk more about her soccer season later this week or early next week.  

After we left Sportchek, we headed over to Auburn House for Little Miss Haylee's 5th birthday which is today.  She had a Zumba party which was fantastic and all the kids loved it even if most of the kids had no coordination.  No judgement from me since I have none either.  After her party ended, we went over to her new house that her family is building to see all the progress that has been made.  It is almost move in ready for them!

After we left the new house, we came home and brought Haylee's big sister home with us.  It was supposed to be a playdate but turned into a sleepover.  All three were having their first real sleepover with friends and they were so excited.  Greg went and got pizza from Sobeys for supper and the girls had fun tormenting Pizza the Cat and making huge messes around the house.  They slept in our bonus room altogether although around 1am, Finley woke up in pain and moved to her bedroom.  More on t that later.  We let the girls stay up until 10pm and they were all asleep by 10:15 which was good since they had to get up early for Finley's last regular season game of the season which started at 9am.  Finley's team won the game and finished 1st overall in their tier which has given them a first day bye of the City Championships next weekend.  

After the soccer game, Me + Saydee + Penelope came home so they could play and have lunch while Greg and Finley went to urgent care for her thumb.  What happened to her thumb? Well apparently she didn't learn from Penelope's Thumb Problem from chewing her nails and did the exact same.  Instead of crying out in pain like Penelope did, Finley simpered the entire night and it was awful.  I got no sleep and neither did she.  Because we had experienced this last month with Penelope, we took her in right away and hopefully caught the infection quicker and it shouldn't result in losing her nail like her little sister did.  Finley got home right after Saydee went home and she had a long bath and has virtually spent the entire day in bed watching her iPad and having catnaps catching up on lost sleep.  She was super grouchy so this was a good thing.  

We took it easy for most of Sunday afternoon, we cleaned up a bit, did some laundry and watched the Daytona 500 before we started watching the Oscar Red Carpet before dinner on the iPad (YAY for Shaw Free Range TV App).

For supper Sunday night, we had Chicken Monterey Sandwiches with french fries dipped in Catalina dressing in honour of Bonanza Family Restaurant which had a fire on Monday evening that was pretty destructive.  This is their signature dish and since Greg worked their for years, he can pretty much nail it.  The only difference is that Bonanza's french fries are so much better.  Bonanza is where Greg and I met and I loved my time working there and all the friends and people I met along the way.  It was much more then a restaurant, it was my family for so many years.  I hope that no matter what the future holds for Gary and all his staff, that they rebound quickly.  

Finley left her room briefly for supper and to watch Justin Timberlake open the Oscars with his Trolls song which is one of her most favourite movies and then she went back to her room and could be asleep for all I know as I write it.  Penelope is beside me singing to Justin Timberlake's song on her iPad but she did stop to watch the Moana performance and was blown away by it.  I love that.  

I finished off the evening and weekend watching the Oscars even though I have not seen any of the movies nominated for movie of the year.  I did watch 2 of the nominees for best documentary feature: OJ: Made in America, which won and is available on Crave TV and 13th which is available on Netflix Canada.  Both are fantastic.  I have seen 2 of the Animated Feature Films: Zootopia (which is another one of Finley's absolute favourites) and Moana.  I have seen Trolls which was nominated for best song or something like that.  It's a good thing I have kids so I have some oscar knowledge hahahahha.  

Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend!!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Canada 150: Chester Lake

On Friday we headed to Chester Lake to do some some hiking/snowshoeing.  Chester Lake is located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, near Kananaskis.  It's easiest to get to via Spray Lakes Road out of Canmore.  The road is maintained in the winter so you don't have to worry about that.  Trailpeak.com listed this as a 10km hike but we have never done the full 10km and I think that is because we have never gone around the lake.  We have done this hike once before in the fall to see the larches.  It was the first time we have done it in the winter.  It is considered to be a moderate hike and we would definitely call this a family friendly hike.  

We weren't too sure what we would be doing because we weren't show much snow, if any, there would be because the weather had been so warm.  But there had been some snow overnight and it was all fresh and beautiful.  The parking lot hadn't been cleared and I thought it was going to be colder and worse then it actually was and I wayyyyy overdressed which meant constant removal of layers throughout the hike.  

Both kids started out in snowshoes.  This was Penelope's first time on snowshoes because she has never had an interest in doing it.  We never have bought her own pair for this reason and because neither kid keeps the snowshoes on for long.  Greg just tightened mine up so that Finley could use them and Greg left his in the car and the two of us when snow shoe less.  

And in no time at all, Penelope was over the snowshoes and Finley soon followed.  We were close enough for Greg to run back to the car to drop them off but Penelope insisted on carrying them because she had her brand new backpacking pack on and it was the first time she got to try it out.  On the hike back to the car, the snow shoes fells out of the bag and I had to carry them until Greg caught back up with us and I handed them over to him.  They are not heavy just super awkward to carry.  

We didn't see any animals but we did see some animal prints which we determined to be bunny paws and a tail prints.  The girls really loved this. 

Everything was so pretty with the freshly fallen snow and it was still lightly falling.  This hike has lots of hills and lots of ups as we approach the meadow and the lake itself.  It was challenging but fun.  

This was probably my favourite photo that I took on Friday.  I shared it on instagram but I felt the need to share it here too.  It perfectly encompasses the mountains, outdoors, the trees and the fresh snow.  I don't know how this photo could be anymore perfect.  

I have no idea what mountain this is in the background glowing in the sky but isn't it wonderful and I love that I captured Finley staring at it too.  We literally turned the corner and came out of some trees and we saw this.  It was perfect.  

This was the view once  you left the trees behind.  This meadow was breathtaking and worth every steep hill we climbed.  No photo could do it any justice.  

And another one just because it is so pretty and needs to be seen.  

Me standing at Chester Lake.  It has been frozen over and covered in snow but it is there.  It's so different here in the winter then in the fall.  Definitely worth checking out both seasons.  And probably summer too haha.

The best thing about the steep hills up is the fun in sliding down them.  The girls loved doing this.  

The fog had lifted by the time we got to the car and we could finally see all of the mountains.  What a beauty of a day for a hike.  It took us 3 hours and 20 minutes to hike 7.84km.  That includes stopping for water breaks, photos, waiting for others to catch up and snack break at Chester Lake.  

This sign hangs (or hung, it is probably gone now) and the information bulletin at Chester Lake because a certain 6 year old named Penelope lost her glasses on this hike.  We don't know if she threw them in the snow because she was tired of carrying them or if she just let go when she was dragging her hands along the top of the snow or what.  We just know that when we got to Chester Lake she no longer had them and she had no idea where she might have dropped them.  Greg hiked up and down the meadow where she thought she lost them but we didn't find them and are now waiting for her new glasses to be ready.  If by chance you are reading this and are hiking Chester Lake anytime between now and like summer look out for them, they still might be there hahahahah. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Family Day Weekend Recap

Family Day Weekend was super crazy busy for us but we had a lot of fun and so many great memories were made!  

Our long weekend started on Thursday as the girls were off school for 5 days.  We don't get a February break like they do in Saskatchewan or other parts of Alberta so we get a 5 day weekend instead.  Finley had the flu the weekend before and I had a terrible head and chest cold that had kept us housebound for what felt like forever.  So on Thursday morning when I saw that it was still relatively nice out - we put on our rubber boots and headed on our first adventure of the weekend to Fish Creek Provinicial Park.  

We parked at the Sikome Lake entrance and then walked along the paths to the river.  The girls were loving all the gigantic puddles that covered the roads.  I really wanted to come here because my Aunty Patsy had passed away on Tuesday from a long battle with cancer and it was her who instilled my love for Calgary and Fish Creek.  She lived in Lake Bonavista and I used to come spend part of the summer with her until she moved back to Saskatchewan after my Uncle passed away.  I told the girls about the weiner roasts we used to have on Sundays and playing in Lake Sikome when I was a kid.  They laughed when I told them that one summer the lake was closed down and I had a major meltdown when my Aunty Patsy told me I couldn't go swimming and we could only have a picnic.  It made me happy to share these memories with the girls even if it made me look a little not good hahahahaha.

We kept walking until we got to the bridge that connects the two sides of the river.  I am not sure if it is still Fish Creek on that part or the Bow River Pathway.  The girls liked seeing where the flood damage still remained and where all the new things were because of the flood. The original bridge was washed away so this new one was built.  They were watching the fly fishers and looking for fish in the river.  All we saw was chunks were ice floating down the river.  The girls loved it.  We turned around at this point because Penelope was tired although I knew she just wanted to go get new art supplies at Dollarama haha.  

They call themselves the "Adventure Sisters" because they love adventuring.  They look forward to camping season where they can dress in camo and cover their face in mud so nobody could see them. I don't know where they get these ideas from but I have told them that there were will be no mud of any kind on any part of their body while camping or hiking or anything.  They didn't agree with me but there is no negotiating that.  

On Friday morning, we decided to do some more adventuring since Greg had taken the day off from work to hang out with us.  We packed up the snow shoes and headed out to Chester Lake.  The weather was perfect and we had a really good time but you can read all about that tomorrow in a blog post dedicated to this adventure.  After a long day of driving and hiking, we came home and picked up Vern's Pizza before heading to bed early.  

On Saturday morning, we headed to the Calgary Soccer Centre for Finley's very first tournament.  She has played in Mini Fests and TimBits Tournaments but they were just games without scores and not really tournaments at all.  This was the very first tournament for most of these girls and you can tell they were so excited for it.  They are a U9 team playing in a tournament against all U10 players and if you think a year shouldn't make that big a difference, it for sure does.  We lost both games on Saturday and only managed to score 2 goals total in both games.  We have dominated the regular season in our U9 Tier B division so it was tough for the girls but they handled it really well.  Despite 2 blow out losses, they played really well.  I missed the second game on Saturday and the game on Sunday.  They won 2 -1 on Sunday morning and Greg said they played really really well.  

On Monday morning, they played their 4th and final game of the tournament for 6th place.  Again it was against an older team and the goalie was as tall as me hahaha.  Finley had a great scoring chance early in the game but missed and then the rebound was scored by her teammate.  They led 2 -1 until the second half and then the other team tied it up before taking the lead.  Finley's team never gave up and with 12 seconds left we tied it up and we were pumped but with 0.2 seconds left, they scored on a super weak goal and we finished 7th.  The girls were more devastated over this loss then the 2 blow outs on Saturday because they were so close this time and they worked hard and kept up.  We were all so proud of these girls!!

The reason I missed the games on Saturday evening and Sunday morning was because I went to Edmonton Saturday afternoon with one of my best friends Michelle for the Garth Brooks concert on Sunday afternoon.  After we checked into our hotel, we headed over to West Edmonton Mall and it was so crazy busy.  We each managed to find a few things to buy for ourselves and for all of our girls and then we were so hungry so we decided at around 8pm it was time for supper.  However, everybody else in Edmonton who wasn't at Garth Brooks or Kinky Boots also had the same idea haha.  Everything in the mall had at a minimum 90 minute wait so we went on open table to see what we could find close by and we ended up going to Chop.  It was so good and exactly what we needed after a long day of traveling and shopping.  Although, the pink lemonade wasn't nearly as good as the Calgary NE location.  That was a huge disappointment.  

On Sunday morning, I got up early and went to the hotel gym and then after getting ready and checking out of our hotel, we went to Red Robin for lunch.  The milk shake was delicious and would definitely bring all the boys to the yard but I messed up on my burger and forgot to say no cheese so it arrived with a bunch of swiss cheese beneath the pile of mushrooms.  It was a disaster and I tried to get most of it off but ended up having to smother it in mustard.  I was able to get through half before I could taste the cheese and that was the end of my burger eating experience that day.  

I was a little concerned about how we would get to Rogers Place to see Garth Brooks.  For some reason, the City of Edmonton and Darrel Katz decided to build a hockey rink with absolutely no parking which is great if you are from Edmonton but if you are not, then you are kinda hooped.  We knew that taking the LRT was the best option to get there but we were both a little nervous since we are not familiar with the LRT in Edmonton or where to park to get to one.  So I googled how to get to Rogers Place and they suggest walking, transit, biking and finally they suggested using an app called Parking Panda.  It is also available online if you don't want the app.  Basically it will find you parking near by and then reserve the spot for you.  So I downloaded the app, selected Edmonton and then the event that we were going and we were able to find parking for $12 and it was only about a 10 minute walk to Rogers Place.  Basically they give you a barcode that you need to scan to get entry into the parkade and then to get back out.  It was in a garage and very secure.  You were allowed to stay there from 1pm up until 5 hours after the show ended.    It was fantastic and I really recommend it if you are coming from Calgary to see a concert or a hockey game there.   

The Garth Brooks show started at 3pm and gates opened to get into the arena at 130pm.  It was a very quick process to get through security which gave us ample time to explore the 200 level before it got too busy.  They had a few eateries that all served the same stuff but they were all named after Edmonton streets which I thought was pretty neat.  They serve pepsi products which as someone who prefers coke was a little disappointing and they didn't have liquorice as one of their candy offerings.  Everywhere has liquorice, this left us disappointed.  It cost me $13 for a bag of m+m's and some pop.  I did get a souvenir cup with it so I guess that helps swallow the cost of it although it will most likely go in the garbage if my sister doesn't want it hahahaha.  

Garth hit the stage right around 330pm and played right until almost 6pm.  It was so awesome.  I think it was the identical concert that I saw when he was at the Calgary Stampede a few years ago except this time there was more Tricia and he had his own stage which was very cool.  At the Stampede, he borrowed Johnny Reid's stage who was performing the following day.  While there is no question that Garth Brooks may be the best performer around these days and I doubt he has a bad show anywhere, I didn't love this concert as much as I loved the one during Stampede and the number one reason was the crowd and the energy you felt from it.  The crowd was very involved and energetic for a Sunday afternoon but it was nothing compared to the energy levels of Stampede.  There was nobody up and standing and dancing unless you were on a floor.  I mean there were a few people throughout the upper levels but nothing like before.  I thought it was a little disappointing but that is not on Garth but on the fans themselves.  It was definitely worth the $80 for the tickets and again like last time, if you ever get the opportunity to see Garth Brooks, don't hesitate because then you will miss out and he needs to be seen before you died.  My only complaint about Garth Brooks and it has nothing to do with his performance but the fact that you can only stream his music on Amazon and that it is not available on Apple Music or iTunes.  I hope he changes that one day so I can listen to his music and introduce it to my children.  

Now don't get me wrong, when they build Rogers Place they sure made it look really pretty and made it sooooooo big but the seating is terrible! The seats are so small that even I had trouble not putting my legs and arms in other people's seat spaces.  Thankfully they were my friends and not too annoyed with me haha.  But I don't know how Greg would be able to come to a game and not be squished to death.  I love that they have escalators that take you up to the section where you are sitting because it would be a long walk up to the 200 level or as they call it level 7.  The worst part though was trying to get out of the arena and instead of being trapped like sardines on the tarmac at the Saddledome, they cram you into stairs instead and then you overheat and want to throw up before getting out finally at the bottom.  I have no idea if this happens after a regular concert or hockey game or if it was because Ford Hall was closed because of the next show and that helps you get out of the arena faster but it was a disaster!!!!

The art outside the building near the LRT station was one of my favourite things.  I would like a smaller version for my house hahahaha.  We made the quick walk back to our vehicle and headed back to Calgary.  And apparently everybody else had the same idea as us as it was a traffic jam trying to get out of the city and the highways were quite busy.  We stopped at the Donut Mill in Red Deer because we had heard they had the best donuts ever but we were both disappointed.  I don't know if they are really that bad or because it was 830pm and they had been sitting out all day and were no longer fresh but I didn't love my chocolate coconut donut.  Maybe I will have to try it again earlier in the day. 

We got home just before 10pm and I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow but after I told Greg all about Garth Brooks and Rogers Place.  I was awoke at 645 by Greg as we had to get ready for Finley's soccer game at 815.  Greg had been super busy too while Michelle and I were kid free in Edmonton.  He took Finley to 2 soccer games, Penelope to a birthday party and to get new glasses and did the grocery shopping and made bracelets with Finley.   I am so grateful that he is such a great dad to the girls and husband to me.  

We spent the rest of Monday not doing a whole lot.  The girls went outside to work on their snowman that they had started the day before.  They finished and then they came inside to re-organize our house.  They put away the dishes, washed the table and countertops, cleaned out the tupperware and pots and pan cupboards as well as all the drawers, the fridge and my pantry.  

They actually pulled everything out out of my pantry and put it back in the way they wanted it which I must admit, is not very functional or the way I like it but it will stay that way for now because I don't really have time to pull it all back out and change it and I don't want the girls to feel that I don't appreciate when they help me out.  

After a late lunch, the girls each had baths and put on their pyjamas and we watched MasterChef Junior - which is their favourite and a few episodes of Family Feud that was on the PVR.  They did some crafting out of all of the scotch tape and construction paper in our house before helping daddy make homemade pizza and pizza bread for supper.  It was early to bed for all of us after a very busy but successfully fun family day 5 day weekend!!!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Running Injury Number 60987: Sesamoiditis

Ok, maybe that was a slight exaggeration (or a lot), but sometimes it just feels that way.

About a month ago, Greg and I were out somewhere and I told him that I was almost positive that I broke a bone in my foot because I was in such tremendous pain.  The next morning thought, it was gone and pretty much forgotten about until the next time it happened.  The pain was always that same sharp pain that felt like I had broken a bone in my foot near where the big toe makes the rest of the foot.  The only difference would be how long the pain would linger for.  Sometimes it was a day or two and gradually increased until this last time where it was lasting for an entire week.  It didn't hurt all the time and never once bothered me when I ran, which I thought was good news haha.  It would really hurt if I put too much weight on my big toe and didn't properly distribute throughout my foot.

Since it had been around for a bit this last time, I decided to go to urgent care on Tuesday morning.  Now I know thinking that I might have a broken bone in my foot isn't exactly urgent, I made this decision for the following reasons:

  1. It was closer to my house to go to urgent care then it was to go to my family doctor
  2. When I called my family doctor he had no openings for that day
  3. The wait time at South Calgary Urgent care was 37 minutes on my iPhone but was significantly shorter once I was there.  I registered, got admitted, spoke to a doctor, went for x-rays, got x-ray results back and spoke with a doctor in under an hour
  4. The X-Ray clinic was right there so it was all in one trip.  
I actually apologized to the nurse in triage because I felt bad taking up a spot for what I thought could be a broken bone.  She told me that this was exactly where I supposed to come if I thought something was broken.  I wouldn't have normally apologized but she wasn't overly nice to the people in line before me and I was a little bit scared of her.  Thankfully she was nice and we had no problems. 

The x-ray came back negative from any major broken bones and they had advised me even before the x-ray that in the majority of cases, you can't see a stress fracture if there happens to be one.  They advised to me wear an air cast walking boot kinda thing and sent me home.  If it hurt in 2 weeks come back and they will redo the x-ray and compare my feet.  Both the real doctor and the resident doctor seemed surprised at how high my arches were.  The resident doctor, who I spoke to first, made the comment when she first saw my foot and then when she came back with the real doctor to discuss the x-ray results he was like, "ya she does have a high arches".  I was surprised by this for a few reasons:

  1. I had no idea that I even had high arches.  What does this mean???  Well it turns out, thanks to google, that people with high arches are more likely to run on their toes then those who don't have high arches.  I run on my toes and have done so since I first decided I was gonna run a half marathon back in 2013.  People always commented on the fact that I run on my toes so I just assumed I was weird, but as it turns out I am not!  Ok, ok, maybe I am weird but it isn't because of this.  
  2. Why was this a big deal? Is it rare to have high arches?  I still haven't googled this so I don't know what percentage of the human population has high arches or if this is even something that is tracked but perhaps one day I will delve into the world of arches. 

I left completely dissatisfied and decided that their answers were not good enough and immediately went online to make an appointment with my physiotherapist Shari at LivActiv (formerly Running Injury Clinic) because she is always the best at figuring out what is bothering me and how to fix it quickly.  I couldn't get in until Thursday so I did some googling of my symptoms which told me I had a bunion and that really freaked me out.  I have a friend who has one and I know she has been in a lot of pain for a long time and is currently waiting to have surgery on it.  And according to google, surgery and recovery from bunion surgery was awful and not something I wished I would have.  I did notice that the majority of bunion cases were female and the reason being is tight pointy shoes.  I figured it was a good bet I didn't have a bunion based on that a lone and I was right.   I didn't have one.

I then went and posted on a running group that I belong to on Facebook.  I wrote all my symptoms and what the doctor said and how unhappy I was with the lack of information I was getting on it.  I had several responses of people who had similar symptoms with various diagnosis's.  Some of them suggested that it could be:

  1.  Metartarasalgia (which I think sesamoiditis is part of this), 
  2. Gout (google told me that gout was a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalkstones and episodes of acute pain.  This could be a possibility and incidentally, one of the first things Shari asked me was if I had recently been tested for gout.  Gout is primarily found in males but even the healthiest of females can have high uric acid in their bodies), a bone spur (which untreated sesamoiditis can turn into if it gets bad enough), 
  3. Morton's Neuroma (I didn't google this one because the person who suggested it made it sound awful and I didn't want to further scare myself) and 
  4. Ganglion which I have no idea what it is or anything.  I never googled that one either.  
I decided at this point to quit googling stuff and just wait until my appointment with Shari on Thursday morning.  Coincidentally, the pain had pretty much subsided by the time my appointment came around.  

At the beginning of my appointment, I told Shari what had  happened at the doctor's office and was hoping that she would be able to figure out what was bothering my foot.  She asked me if I had been tested for gout and then had me stand with my feet in a square and then I had to balance on each foot with my eye closed.  Then I had to tip toe down the hallway for her to see how I walked.  For each exercise I had no pain.  So I sat on the bed and she started feeling her way around my good foot and my bad foot.  Eventually she noticed that the sesamoid tendon was much thicker on my right foot and normal on my left foot.  She said that a tendon runs from my calf down into the foot and along the foot until it gets to the toe.  If this tendon is tight in my calf that can make the entire tendon tight.  But because of my high arches I never felt the tightness there, just in my toe area.  And my calf, lets be honest,  I felt it there too kinda but not bad enough that gave me any concern.  When she massaged the ball of my foot, I nearly died.  The pain was extraordinary.  She kept doing that and moved to the calf of that leg and massaged there.  It was kinda tight but not in a painful kinda way.  The massage in that area felt kinda nice.  

 It turns out I had sesamoiditis which is the inflammation of the bones and surrounding tissue.  It can trigger the sudden onset of pain, but it is far more common that the pain builds up over time.  A lot of runners suffer from this because the ball of the foot is subjected to increased pressure and strain.  It is also quite common that runners with high arches to suffer from Sesamoiditis.  

After she massaged the tender areas, she did ultrasound therapy to help reduce the inflammation in the tendons and bone and then electrode therapy.  I have electrode therapy and almost all possible areas of the right leg but to have it on my toes was a very strange feeling. 

She taped up the area to help apply pressure to it and advised me to roll out calves every day with a roller and to roll my foot on a ball to help stretch it out.  I usually switch between a tennis ball and a golf ball depending on how brave I am.  The tennis ball is a much more friendly option.  I also have to do the stretch below and try to put most of the weight on the toes beside my big toe so not to fracture the sesamoid bone.  I go back on Wednesday next week to follow up.  Ecentric calf raises will also help out my calves and achilles tightness too which should help the sesamoiditis if that makes sense?

The good news is that its a very treatable not so serious injury.  It is completely curable and as long as I do what Shari says I should be good to go.  She never said if I could run or not or do bootcamp so i am going to continue doing so since I never felt any pain anyways.  I have just under 3 months until my next race and I should be fine by then :)

Monday, 6 February 2017

SuperBowl 2017 Commercials

What did you guys think of the commercials last night?  What were your favourites?