Super Hot Weather is for Vacation Only

You know when it’s really hot and you feel like your face is going to melt off if you simply walk outside? Or how it can be pointless to shower in the morning if you’re planning on spending the day outside because sweating is your job when it’s really hot?
Don’t get me wrong, I like warm weather. Hot on the other hand…makes me stabby.

There is one definite in my life and that is a firm hatred of hot weather. I don’t mind a good sweat, just not when I’m doing nothing other than standing or sitting. It almost goes without saying that I loathe running outside in the summer. Pair this with a deep-seated aversion of running on Satan’s conveyor belt and you get an end result of no running. I’m cool with this. I have been avoiding summer running every single year as a runner. My heart ish also does poorly with the heat. When the heart rate rises, the heart beats faster and harder causing more blood to flow backwards through the heart. You’d imagine that this isn’t the best thing to happen, right? And, frankly, I enjoy the time off, sometimes. 

I am 100% ready for cooler temperatures. Only downside right now is that we have at least two more months of hot af weather. Another downside is that I have a race to train for, so I’ll have to suck it up and run. I’ll run slowly due to the heat, but I’ll be running.

 

 

Pick Yourself Up

There are days where I feel like I am in the golden years of my life.
Actually, around 20 years after the golden years. Looking back, my body has had a rough 19 months.

After my sixth knee operation, two ear operations, a back injury that lasted over a month…and now, out of nowhere, my knee has had a very rough week, I am absolutely fed up. I am not a completely unhealthy person, but my body seems to rebel against me at times.

I can either succumb to feeling like my body is broken and I can’t go on, or I can do what I’ve been doing, keep moving forward and try to kick ass every day.

I’ll have to continue kicking asses, one day at a time.

Vacation Brain Kicked In

You know when you are incredibly close to a vacation and you lose all touch with reality because all you can think of is getting out of dodge and enjoying yourself? Yeah, I’m there. We leave on Sunday afternoon and have three and a half days of fun in the sun before we head home. I fully intend on taking advantage of being outside as much as possible.

The Best Beach Picture I’ve Ever Taken

The boat and the Gulf are calling me.
Kayaking on the bayou outside of the Gulf are calling me.
The beach is calling me.
Sitting poolside is calling me.
Walking around doing some window and souvenir shopping are calling me.
Introducing a plane ride and the ocean to a newbie is calling me.
Overall time with my family, both blood and chosen, is calling me.
Taking pictures and capturing the wonder that is vacation is calling me.

Sunrise in the Backyard

Two more days of work then I am off for nine days straight and ready to enjoy every minute of it.

My Reemergence

My four followers may have noticed that I have been MIA for a few weeks.

I had a small medical issue that had a horrible effect on my body, mentally and physically.

With my mind preoccupied elsewhere, I decided to take a mini blog vacation.
This coincided with a running vacation.

My schedule had gotten to the point where I was stressed about running and writing way too much. Stress means that I needed to decompress with these things in mind. Essentially, I needed a break so I could focus on what was happening regarding my health.

I am on the mend and my passion for both has returned and all I can say is, I’m back. (finally)
I’m ready to make gains in the gym, ready to run all the miles, and ready to write like a mother fucker.

Those Life Changing Moments

Sometimes the most impactful moments in your life come out of nowhere and without warning.
Make one decision and your life may be forever changed and it may change the life of those around you.

Change is in my near future and I can’t for it to get here already. Change is scary, but absolutely worth it.

The Power of the Schwartz – Knee Surgery #6 Status Report

One year ago today was knee surgery #6 (all on the same knee). It is always a struggle to get back to pre-surgery shape with that leg and this post-op experience was no different. The biggest pain in the ass is strengthening my quad since I lost 3″ in it right after the surgery. It happens within the first 24-28 hours and it is a huge obstacle to overcome every time. Please google quad atrophy after knee surgery and read up on why this happens so drastically and quickly. There are a lot of big words that explain it and ain’t nobody got time for that in a post.

Here is a bad ass picture of the issue with my knee last year. I thought it was my tibia chipping off in that area, but it was only a meniscus tear.


This is where it gets fun
. My femur had tiny cracks in it when I first injured it at 15 years old and it was smoothed out and essentially as good as new. Then it started to chip during marathon #1 in 2012 and it was smoothed out again. It needed to be smoothed out yet again one year ago today. It is normal wear and tear for a knee like mine and will essentially continue to be normal for me.
I think these pictures are amazing and I love to see the issues that are fixed. Maybe it comes from a family with a strong medical background? Maybe it comes from a fascination with the inside of my knee? Who knows.

One year later I am still running and lifting. I am building my quad muscle and have gained around 1.5″ back, which isn’t too shabby I thnk. I have work to do, but I always will.

I will continue to need maintenance surgeries over the years to come, eventually leading to a total/partial knee. I am putting that off as long as possible of course.

Well, Hear This & I Need Binge Watching Recommendations

This past Monday, I had surgery on my left ear. It was a follow-up surgery from the tube I had put in this past October. I had significant enough hearing loss post-surgery that it needed to be checked out. During the operation he found another hole in my ear drum that was not found during the first surgery (and wouldn’t have been).

The tube was removed and the holes in my ear drum were patched with some skin from just inside my ear. Pretty bad ass if you ask me, but it would be even better if I could see in there myself. I would love to see what it looks like right now. Being overly Type A most of the time, I am stressed about the entire situation. I have no clue what a normal recovery process is for this kind of surgery, and I am going nuts with every change that I encounter.

As of today, my pain is a little more fierce and my hearing level has gone from (what feels like) around 40% of normal to 10% of normal. I assume it is just from swelling and healing, but if I still have this level of hearing loss tomorrow morning, I’ll be worried. I mean, I like hearing and all, and after 35 years I feel like I’ve almost mastered it.

I also feel totally debilitated when it comes to things like this. I can’t do anything about it and I have no idea what to expect. I am trying to get out each day to keep up with chores, errands, and to keep my energy levels up but it is all crazy exhausting.

I’m not allowed to gym or run until I’m healed and it’s driving me batty. Just today, my newest issue that freaks me out, is that the vision in my left eye is…off. I put my contacts in as I do every day and I thought that it was just old, so I put another one in. I had the same issue with that one and decided to try a third. At that point, I took the hint that it was my eyesight. I haven’t had issues with my contacts/eyesight in a million years. There is no way it is just a simple coincidence, right? Ear swelling/surgery and sight issues…

I’ll just wait for the pain to stop, the swelling to go away, my hearing to return, and life to get back to normal. Until then, I’m having huge trouble finding something to binge on Hulu or Netflix!!
Recommendations, please!