Sep 22

The Rundown – Sick Week

Don’t worry, you can’t get anything by reading this blog post – except maybe happy and motivated! It’s been a little rough around here this past week, with one of the boys and me getting sick. Now, how the hell did the other twin manage to stay healthy, but I got sick? Just lucky I guess.



RUNNING: Yes, I ran everyday when I was sick, because I’m also sick in the head. Running makes me feel better, cold or no, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous here this week (of course!) so I couldn’t help myself. I did dial it back to a reasonable pace, and sweat more then usual, but I was smiling!

Total mileage: 35 miles with 16 mile long run

CYCLING: Sadly, I’ve been clearing some space to set-up my indoor cycling trainer. I know all the die-hard cyclists will say there’s plenty of riding season left, but I’m not so sure. The weather has already taken a turn here in the Northeast, and I want to be ready!

Total mileage: 54 miles – all inside

CROSS-TRAINING: I’m going to try and start incorporating The Runner 360 workout at least once per week. I can already feel the effects it’s having on my hips, glutes and core! My hamstring pain? GONE! Here’s my video of it, in case you missed it…

RACING: I got my seeded card for my half-marathon in October! That little square paper means I can wait until the absolute last minute (like when the National Anthem is playing) to use a port-o-potty before I line-up for the race. There’s a section just behind the elites that’s roped off for those of us speedy enough to qualify for it. It’s a little perk but it goes a long way!


FUEL: Let’s see…Mucinex, Advil, Emergen-C and Throat Coat tea. I’m waging war over here!

THINGS I LOVE: My new Garmin 220! After seeing, and then talking to Jess and Melissa about theirs, I bought one from Amazon while I was riding in a van during the Reach The Beach Relay. Yes, I did. The beauty of Amazon Prime is that puppy was waiting for me, like a loyal dog, on my front porch by the time I got home.


However, I apparently didn’t set it up correctly the first time since, the first mile of my run wasn’t a mile at all, but a kilometer and my pace was 4:36. It would be totally worth the money, if a watch could make me that fast. Alas, I’m just a moron who put it on kilometers and also input my weight as 365 pounds and my height as 2 feet. What? I was sick and hopped up on Mucinex! Cut me some slack.

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Getting a text from my dad with this picture:


Yes, that would be a BEAR and directly behind him is the area my kids play in every single time they are at my dad’s house, which is a lot! Then this text exchange happened:

Dad: We had a visitor this afternoon. We named him Smokey.

Me: OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!! My kids are NEVER playing on that swing set again!!!!!

Dad: He was so scared. He ran away the minute I went outside.

Me: WHAT??? Why in God’s name did you go outside when there’s a BEAR in your yard???

Dad: I didn’t want him to get the bird feeder.

Are all men this ridiculous? Is this what I have to look forward to? Somebody help me please.

MUSIC: I usually save this space for music I like however, I have to talk about how much I hate Nicki Minaj and Anaconda. Yep, that’s right. All I’ve been hearing and reading about is how good that song is, and how I have to have it on my playlist. Well, I downloaded it (without listening to it) and heard it on my run. I wanted to rip my ears off! If it were not for Ice Cube (who I love) interjecting every once and a while, and distracting me from that cow, I would have thrown my iPod into the woods.

READING: As you know, if you read my blog at all last week, all I have been doing is reading! I reviewed Build Your Running Body and How To Get The Behavior You Want… and then I revealed that one of my stories is going to be in a new anthology called Clash of the Couples. I think I deserve to just watch TV or even stare at a blank wall instead of read anything for a while. Doncha think?

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: I just have to laugh, every time I get an update from Learnist, because my name comes up on my phone like this:

I love having DICK in my last name.

Has sickness plagued your family this week?

What artist can you not stand to listen to?

Ever see crazy wildlife in your yard?


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  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Glad you had a good week amped up on meds! haha. I think my Garmin 405 is on it’s last legs. Checking out your new one now!
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    1. vita88

      Get it. Worth every penny, especially with all the running you do. Totally justifiable.

  2. jill conyers

    Love the new Garmin. I run when I’m sick too. It sounds crazy [to most] but it helps. I’m curious about Runner 360. I hope you’re feeling 100% soon! My husband and daughter have been sick. Not fun!
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    1. vita88

      It seems like everyone is sick! Must be those “back to school germs!” I think you would get a lot out of the The Runner 360, and it doesn’t take up a lot of time if you only do one round!

  3. Janine Huldie

    My aunt used to tell she would see a bear near the dumpster by her apartment when she lived in PA quite often and swore I would probably have a heart attack of I saw one close up myself. So, must admit I would have had a smiler reaction and that is just the NYC girl in me, because I can handle muggers and general craziness over a bear anyway of the week! But still hope you are feeling better now.
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    1. vita88

      I totally freaked just seeing the picture so, if I ever actually saw it in real like, I would die! My father is insane and needs to get rid of that bird feeder (the food the bear is seeking!) before I let my kids over there again. Living in the woods is just crazy sometimes!

  4. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    OMG the last screenshot! haha! I’m so sorry that you and your kiddo have been sick. One of mine has been verging on being sick too. Probably didn’t help that we took him to a night Yankees game and it was freezing. Oops! I love that you ordered the Garmin while in the van. And that photo the bear still freaks me out!
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    1. vita88

      The Yankee game probably made him feel better! Hope he doesn’t actually get sick… 🙂

  5. Jill

    I totally relate to this post:
    1. Sickness. Strep throat. First time since elementary school I have been down with this and it was awful. And no, i didn’t run, but did manage to do all my mom duties and probably spread my sickness all over town because I refused to stop and go to the doctor for three days…. Because soccer and dance class and grocery shopping are more important than going to urgent care.
    2. Garmin 220!!! Not only was I sick but it was my birthday and in my feverish haze my kids came to my bedside with my present – the garmin 220. I am in love as well.
    3. Anaconda. Can’t stand it.

    Glad you are feeling better and can’t wait to try the workout link you posted!
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    1. vita88

      HAHAHA to #1. I totally get that. Why don’t we make us a priority? You would never wait to take a sick kid!
      #2 is amazing! I would die of shock if my husband/kids ever got me anything that great/running related for my birthday…or any other day.
      #3 Right on.

  6. Yum Yucky

    Sick in the head? Don’t you mean “sick on the tread”? Get it. Because you’re running on sneaker tread while sick… ummm yeaaah.
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    1. vita88

      Are you feeling ok? 🙂

  7. Jen@milesandblessings

    A BEAR! That is amazing and crazy!!!!!!!!! I don’t know what I would do! Take a picture for sure :). No sickness here (knock on wood). The last time I said my kids were almost never sick Courtney ended up in the hospital with a kidney infection! I want that Garmin and I think I am just going to get it :)!
    I need to watch and do that cross training video! My stretching and any small amount of cross training I had been doing have gone out the I am too busy in the fall window and my hips are a little sore from it I think!
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    1. vita88

      I was using the “I’m too busy to strength train” card right up until I got injured!! Isn’t it always the way? As usual, just a little of the right kind of strength training has gone a long way.
      As for the Garmin – get it!!! You will love it!

  8. misszippy

    Sorry you’ve got the crud! Both my kids have been through it this fall and knock wood, I have remained unscathed.

    Woohoo to the seeded card! I’ve had that for Cherry Blossom before and let me tell you, it’s worth it’s weight in gold!

    I’m with you…the trainer is going to win out before very long. There was a time when I would ride down to about freezing, but those days are long gone!
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    1. vita88

      I hope you remain unscathed! And so glad you get it about that seeded card. I wish I could get one for EVERY race.

  9. thedoseofreality

    Am sending the bear picture to Lisa right this second! She is going to be SO jealous!! Seeing a bear in real life is her dream!! Hope you are feeling better!-Ashley
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    1. vita88

      OMG! Just send her here and we’ll have her stake out my dad’s house. Apparently everyone who is there has seen it – the lawn guy, the dog sitter – everyone!!! It’s craziness.

  10. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    Haha! Your watch settings made me chuckle! Just trying to picture a 365 lb 2 ft person running a 4:36k… I feel like colds have been going around lately. I hope this is not a precursor to the winter flu season! I hope you feel better this week.

    Oh my gosh! That bear!!! What!?! Why would your father go out to save the birdfeeder???
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    1. vita88

      I was burning MAD calories Britt!!! It was ridiculous…and so is my dad! He’s insane with his birds. He loves his birds and therefore, the bird feeder. He’s officially become an old man who loves birdwatching, but I never thought it would threaten his life! Cray cray.

  11. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    I love the watch! So sorry to hear that you guys are sick! I do run when I am sick but only if I don’t feel rundown and crappy. Men are crazy. My husband went out in the woods near our camp to hunt for these things! Hope you feel better soon!
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    1. vita88

      So then I can confirm that yes, they are all crazy! Thank you Kris 🙂

  12. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    My eldest caught a fever at almost 103 for like 5 hours last monday. It was the scariest 5 hours ever. Then like clockwork he was bouncing around the house again smh. So sorry that you were sick and that one of your babies was sick too. 🙁 It does not shock me that you ran through all of it, haha. Shoutout to Amazon prime, always there when you need it! and YES you know I love Anaconda and pretty much everything else Nicki does, I think I have ALL of her songs, I may be an undercover superfan haha…don’t worry my hubby gives me the side eyes all the time. I can only imagine how much you hate that song and FYI it tickles me to great lengths. and please YES watch some TV its PREMIERE WEEK for Godsakes. I feel like I should have the week off in celebration.
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    1. vita88

      HAHAHAHAHA!! I know you love her and I just do not get it. We share a love for almost all things music, but this is a great divide! I’m with the hubs on this one 🙂
      So sorry about the sky high temp with your little one!!! That is super scary. Thank goodness they bounce back so quickly.
      Don’t worry about TV either – I’m all ammped up to watch Black List tonight!!!!! woooohoooo!!! Of course, I’ll be watching MNF in between.

  13. Melissa Burton

    HOLY CRAP about that bear! Sorry you got sick but after our crazy RTB time, I’m not surprised.

    I need to check out that Runner 360 workout.

    Hope you’re better soon!
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    1. vita88

      Right? And we were worried about seeing one in New Hampshire!?
      You will love the workout and it doesn’t take a ton of time but does a running body good!:-)

  14. Tamara

    Some women are ridiculous. I would have gone outside.. with a camera. Probably a zoom lens, though.
    We haven’t had bears here in three years. That’s strange, actually. My parents see them much more in New Jersey which is nowhere near as woodsy as our yard.
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    1. vita88

      AHHHHH!!! TAM-A-RA – don’t make me come to your house and hold you down!!! A moose is one thing but bears – NO! And, that is obviously a cub who has a mean mama around somewhere…just waiting…

  15. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I’m not going to talk about the lack of sickness in my house because I know I will just jinx myself and I can’t afford that with MCM coming up!! You are a beast, I’m such a wimp when I’m sick…I can’t workout, I just never have the energy. I like to do full rest days when I’m laid up. Hope you are feeling better! And OMG about the bear….is that in CT??
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    1. vita88

      Yes, the bear in the the woods of CT! They are popping up everywhere around here it seems, and I do NOT remember this as a kid. Scary.
      As for my cold, it’s just an annoying one. When I’m really sick I’m absolutely in bed, whimpering…

  16. Tina Muir

    Oh yucky! Sorry to hear you don’t feel well Allie, but I guess its better to get it out the way now….maybe? I understand that running makes you feel better, I definitely feel the same way. Glad you are liking your 220! I love mine too 🙂 Keep getting better, and I am sure you will be back to yourself in no time!
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    1. vita88

      Thanks Tina. I am glad to hopefully get it out of the way now, so I can be super healthy for my half-marathon that’s coming up quick!

  17. Dana

    You made me laugh out loud. I love that you laugh at that email -you and I seem to have the same 13 year old boy sense of humor. Feel better, Allie – and steer clear of the bears!
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    1. vita88

      It just totally cracks me up. Every time. At least you and Alison get it 🙂

  18. Kim

    Hope you are starting to feel better!!!
    I got the Garmin 220 the week of my race in May and wore it for the first time for that race. Ummm….that damn thing beeped every 0.6something miles because I had it set on kilometers. But I didn’t want to mess with it because it was the only thing keeping me sane while I was in the middle of nowhere by myself.
    I think maybe it is the default because when it was just me I thought I was an idiot but I know you aren’t an idiot!
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    1. vita88

      OMG!! That really sucks that it happened to you at a race! Yes, it goes off every .62 miles and yes, I do think that’s the default but I have no excuse about the weight and height. Thanks for trying though, Kim 🙂

  19. Alison

    Bahahahaha, DICK!!!
    Sorry, I’m a 12 year old boy inside.
    Hope you’re on the mend, my friend.
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    1. vita88

      I know, right?? It gets me every time. Luckily we have boys so we can laugh at stuff like this for a LONG time 🙂

  20. Jesica @rUnladylike

    I’m so sorry your household has been under the weather. I hope you start feeling better! Now, can we talk about this bear!?! What!!!! I cannot believe that. Very scary. Hopefully he was just in the mood for a honey pot and not a set of twins. Thanks for always making us laugh 🙂 xo
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    1. vita88

      Hahahaha! Seriously!!! My dad needs to get rid of that bird feeder. Apparently this isn’t the first visit from Smokey. #countryliving

  21. Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness

    Oh man, feel better!! Everybody I know with kids is getting sick now that school has started back up. I tend to work out when im sick too, its like im saying “well if im working out, then im not that sick and therefore it doesnt have to disrupt my life” thats probably a sick way to look at it. denial. get better soon!!
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    1. vita88

      That is my exact mantra! I like living in denial like that too 🙂

  22. GiGi Eats

    You + Me = SICK IN THE HEAD TWINS!!! ha ha ha! I always work out when I am sick… Granted I am NEVER EVER sick (with a head cold at least)… So yeah, but I recall when I was, the last time about 3 years ago, I still work up my sweat game! You can rest later, RIGHT?
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    1. vita88

      Yeah baby!!!…and how are you never, ever sick? Must be all that good eating and serious sweat sessions…wait…how come that doesn’t work for me?? Must be the red meat.

      1. GiGi Eats

        I eat red meat!!! I truly believe the reason why I never get sick is = probiotics, quercetin, digestive enzymes, vitamin D and… NOT HAVING KIDS TO BRING GERMS HOME FROM SCHOOL! HA HA!! 😉
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        1. vita88

          Why did I think you didn’t? You must get that all.the.time. Sorry to add to it!! *gulp* and yes, the number one reason is clearly that you don’t have any germ balls aka kids, running around your kitchen!! Get some already and suffer with the rest of us!!!

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