At the ripe old age of 40, I have accomplished yet another first – the removal of my wisdom teeth! Of course my oral surgeon had to ask, when we first met for my assessment, “So, how young are you?” and when told him, he responded with “you know, most people get these out when they’re 16.” I almost said “yes, that was the about the time when my mom died so I wasn’t really focused on my oral health, but thanks for the tip.”
Instead I simply responded with “Well, I’m here now.” Why I decided to be nice to him, I will never know. Ok, fine, it’s because he was going to be ripping four pretty settled teeth out of my head.
This week I’m cheering the removal of my teeth as well as four other great happenings, because it’s Friday and that’s how me and Happy Fit Mama roll…
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Clockwise from top left:
Wisdom Teeth Removal:
Four of those in the x-ray are now gone, and it’s pretty obvious why those bottom ones were causing issues.
Either they have made remarkable leaps in tooth removal, my surgeon is a genius or my body is an extraordinarily good at healing, but I was on the couch for about three hours with ice on my face and then felt pretty normal. I’ve had almost no pain, not much difficulty eating (thank God!) but have been itching to RUN, BIKE or SWIM! They should have sent me home strapped to a bed.
So I Went for A Hike:
On day two, I went out into the woods to walk. And I did. Ok, I ran the very last quarter mile because I couldn’t take it anymore but I really enjoyed my time in the woods and only got slightly lost. I also saw this just before heading out:
Running Long in Spandits:
How can you put on these pants on and not smile? I dare you! Since I knew what was coming on Tuesday with my oral surgery (which I thought would require a much longer recovery) I went long on Monday. It was a gorgeous sunny day and I ended up doing 11 miles, never looking at my watch. It’s the best run I have had post-marathon. It almost makes me wish I was running Boston. Almost.
Currently My In-Box:
I have to laugh that my “work” in box on my desk is filled with the following:
Altra lip balm: This stuff is amazing and I haven’t a clue if you can get it online…anyone? I grabbed not one but two at the Runner’s World Half and Festival. Thanks Altra!
Race medals and bibs: Three from the RW Half and Festival weekend and one from the NYC Marathon. I have yet to hang them in the garage because #1 I’m lazy and #2 I like looking at them.
EnduroPacks Electrolytes Spray: After the debacle that was electrolyte depletion during the NYC marathon, the awesome people at EnduroPacks sent me some spray so it never happens again! I also have a bottle to give away very soon…stay tuned.
Night Runner 270: These are the product of a kick starter campaign I backed this past spring. They are amazing little head lights you attach to your shoes! I have yet to try them out but I cannot wait. Of course there will be a full review when I do!
Women’s Running Article:
I pitched an article to Women’s Running about what to do with yourself after a missed goal. I was hurting after the NYC marathon and, of course, needed to free some angst by writing and sharing.
About halfway though the piece I decided I needed to make it as funny as possible, because seriously, in the grand scheme of things, how important is a missed race goal? Not very. Also, if you’re not a runner, you cannot fathom finishing a marathon and being upset about it. So, this is a little excerpt:
Stage Three: Questioning
You will question everything from your training technique to fueling to your underwear and shoelaces. Most likely it was the fact that your bib number really was unlucky. This will obviously lead to stage four.
Stage Four: Delusion
In trying to pinpoint where you went wrong and how your body could have betrayed you so badly, you may fall deeply into “if only” thoughts. If only I had trained differently, wore more supportive shoes, wore my compression socks, ate that new gel, wore less supportive shoes or went to bed at 9:51 p.m. instead of 9:52 p.m. None of those things matter, but the head games in your brain will continue until you reach stage five.
Stage Five: Happiness
If you’re thinking stage five is way too fast to find happiness again, you’re right. You’re only happy because you’re drunk. Enjoy it.
Stage Six: Quitting
You will contemplate never running again (especially since you’re hungover from stage five) until you see the spring line of running apparel and gear that you obviously cannot live without, nor can you justify buying if you’re no longer running.
Trails Friday Everyone!
What do you want to high five today?
What was the highlight of your week?
Do you still have your wisdom teeth?
I can’t wait to read your article in full. I’ve gone through those stages before. It’s crazy how soon we forget! Thanks for linking up and I’m glad your wisdom teeth removal was virtually painless. I had mine out when I was 18 and was delusional afterwards. I was saying and doing some very strange things immediately. My parents still bring up how off the wall I was!
No wisdom but A BABY TOOOOOTH STILL.
and Im determined to never ever give that one up either 🙂
I love your motivation, Sister.
I would have watched movies all day monday in anticipation and to rest up fer the removal.
I have all my wisdom teeth?! Soooo I’m in the same boat as you!! So cool tha you got some electrolyte spray, I didn’t even know that was a thing but you are always educating me! I also agree about this running madness, I totally thought I was going to take a hard break and yet here I am itching to run my five mile turkey trot. Lol!
I love that you’re excited for your turkey trot!!
I can’t believe that you got all of your wisdom teeth out now!! I remember getting them out in high school. As if my cheeks weren’t chubby enough, I looked like a full on chipmunk! Can’t wait to check out your article (and I love seeing your writing all over the place).
I know!! They really haven’t been an issue until now. Luckily, things have gone pretty smoothly and I’ve had minimal chipmunk-ness 🙂
Thanks so much Christine. Have a great weekend!
You have had quite the week, holy moly! I’m glad to hear everything is okay though and hopefully you aren’t having too much wisdom teeth pain now. I remember getting mine out and it was actually pretty painless procedure. Your article sounds really good (and funny), I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks so much Hollie! So far, so good with the teeth!
I love the stages of a missed goal! I went through a few of those last weekend…always a good read! I have seen coyotes quite a bit lately…no bears though!
We all go though it at one time or another, right?
Glad you’re steering clear of bears but coyotes are no joke!! Be careful out there!
Lights on your shoes?? That is brilliant!
Isn’t it though? Looking forward to officially testing them out!
oh i feel for you! i had my wisdom teeth all taken out when i was in my early 20’s. oddly enough i have fond memories of it. LOL basically, i was totally doped up, my mom took care of me, and i fell asleep in the bathtub and almost set the house on fire because i lit candles and didn’t know it. day 2 – she took us to a farmers market and let me have wine samples, i proceeded to get wasted on wine and pain meds. i ended up buying a crate of GRAPPLES and couldn’t even eat them… oh what fun, memory lane. happy friday!!!
Well that sounds like a rocking’ good time!! OMG Danielle!! I’ll try not to set the house on fire but I’m making no promises with wine. I definitely could use some and at least it can’t get stuck in my mouth!!
High Five back at ya, Allie!! I’ll high five my 75 minute massage and chiropractic visit! Oh the joy of wisdom teeth extractions! I’m a CDA II (certified dental assistant with expanded functions) and let me tell you assisting for surgery is still my least favorite procedure. Some try to tell me “you’ll get used to it.” Um, no!! Period. I’m so happy to hear your surgery went well and that you didn’t let it go. I can see on the X-ray that the lowers were impinging on your second molars which leads to another problem that I won’t bore you with. Ha ha. Now, on to the fun talk … Electrolyte spray! Is it flavored and do you think it’s as effective as a supplement or drink? I’m excited to see the responses to your article to Women’s Running. Guess what I’d did at my last race? First let me tell you my husband and I do all our races together and before a race he always goes over the course map with me and makes sure I know the water stops and Gatorade. Well needless to say, I pretend I’m listening and never really have a clue which mile marker will have water or Gatorade. So here I am in Richmond and we are off the morning of the race. I forgot my watch in the hotel. I just laugh and my husband is worried for me. Mile marker 9 I’m feeling great and decide to stop at the ‘Gatorade’ station. NOPE. Pinched the cup and gulp. Oh NO, I just drank beer!! I immediately started burping and laughing for being an idiot! I’m allergic to gluten so I said to myself: I have two options…. Run this poison out of my system even faster OR let my mind focus on burping and realizing I was poisoned. So, I ran like I was being chased by the Gluten monster!!! I finished at a 1:50 even being poisoned and I was quite happy considering I didn’t have my watch and I was poisoned. Only me, Allie!
OMG Tiffany!!! I cannot believe that happened to you and you just pushed right though it!!! That is bananas. Good for you but I’m so sorry that happened!!
I wish I had sent you my x-rays earlier so I could have had your opinion 🙂 Right now I’m dealing with the most disgusting taste in my mouth from the “cavities” forming?? I’m eating crackers and chewing gum like a mad woman to keep my stomach settled. Hopefully this is the worst of it.
Thanks for the laugh and have a great weekend!
Oh no…. Were you having a bad taste prior to the wisdom teeth extractions? If not then you might have slight dry socket, but you’ll start to have pain 3 days post surgery if it is dry socket. Trust me you’ll know so if you’re feeling good then you should be fine. If you just started having the bad taste then it may be an abscess or infection starting from a tooth that needs a root canal. Rinse with warm salt water. Message me with any teeth questions. That’s my expertise. Chrissie goes to my former office (Dr. Pierog) and he is fantastic clinically, but a dentist and they’re all a little strange.
Electrolytes spray? I didn’t know such a thing existed and now I’m super curious! I got my wisdom teeth out when I was 17 and was down for a week, which was far too long to be inactive. Your article sounds so good and interesting – heading over to read it!
I hope you enjoyed it!…but also kind of hope you couldn’t relate 🙂
YES – the electrolyte spray is awesome and I will be doing a whole post on the importance of electrolytes, now that I know!
I had my wisdom teeth removed in my 20s. They were in, just needed to be extracted. My dentist did the procedure, and gave me IV valium. It was the best! I remember asking him for a little extra for the road at the end of the procedure.
I want those shoe headlights!
OMG that is hilarious! I have a whole bottle of untouched oxycodone!! I’m sure if I had it done in my 20s, it would not have been untouched 🙂
You should totally get the Night Runner 270 shoe lights!!
Ugh. I got my wisdom teeth out at 28. My mom had to take me. LOL! Mine didn’t come in until later in life though… I got braces at 15. Sooooo not cool.
My brother had braces and he was in constant pain! I guess I’m glad it’s “just” my wisdom teeth.
Ok, tell me more about these Spandits. I’ve been seeing them on everyone and I love the prints! I saw Nat’s in Vegas and I was a little turned off that there weren’t any pockets?! And a very skinny waist band….convince me I would love them.
The one pair I have has exactly one pocket so, they are definitely not long distance pants for me. They are very lightweight, breathable and wash very well. I didn’t think the waist was particularly skinny?? I just love all the different prints and the women who own the company are very cool to deal with, love the sport and are all about empowering women!! Sold?? Come on! Every runner needs at least one pair!
I love my Spandits and they were so comfortable to race in! I do wish they had a zipper pocket in the back for my phone and GU. I ended up putting my phone (AND GU) in the tiny pocket on the inside front and racing with it! But I didn’t want to be without my phone for afterwards and I took a GU during the race.
Anyway! Yay for successful wisdom teeth removal! Hooray for hikes with bear posters!! 🙂
I can’t wait to read your WR article!!!! xo
I do love the Spandits but having no bigger pockets is definitely one drawback. I don’t think I could race anything more then a 5k or 10k in them because of that BUT I love doing 10-12 mile easy runs in them. I look down and they just make me smile 🙂
It is great your oral surgery went well, and you had such a quick recovery. Thanks for sharing!