October 31, 2013

Halloween costumes for runners and fall fever

Sugar-Coma-Oween -- that's going to be what I start calling October 31st. That or Meltdown Occurring in 3, 2, 1. And I will neither confirm or deny that the adults in our household charged the children a fee of two Kit-Kats and an Almond Joy for transportation home following the Trunk or Treat at church last night.

Before I really started working on reducing my sugar intake, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. The dressing up part is still fun, but I'm looking forward to the candy part being over and out of my line of sight.

For the runners out there looking for running-themed costumes, check out these cool kids from my Life Time Run Club.

My top four favorites with a running theme:

1. The "I survived (fill in your dangerous road)" t-shirt with road rash back.
2. Runaway bride.
3. Forest Gump.
4. Speed demon, complete with horns and speed demon socks.

Our contest rule was that you had to run in your costume. Running four miles in a full length "vampiress" gown was not as painful as wearing vampire teeth that whole time. I now have fake plastic teeth rash, instead of road rash.

And my four-year-old twins hated me as a vampire. It scared them so much that they wouldn't let me pick them up and help them out of the car. So that's all it takes for them to gain independence. Next time I want them to clean their room by themselves, I'll pull out the vampire teeth. 

And here are my other top favorite Halloween activities!

1. Going to Sloss Fright Furnace with my sister-in-law. She is a pro hula hooper, so she went to work as a hoop dancer for the Freak Show pre-show. 

Best yarn hair extension ever!

The Freak Show performer (not my sister-in-law!) ate live roaches. And other things. But all I could think about was him eating live roaches and how I would never, ever do that. Unless it was Survivor for a million dollars.

Afterwards, we huddled together to eek through the haunted house. My main techniques to make it through were deep breaths and not making eye contact with the zombies.

2. Haunted BUTS run. On Saturday, I ran 15 miles with the Birmingham Ultra Trail Society. It was a preview of the Tranquility Lake 50K course, and David Tosch, race director, and friends busted out the chainsaws, fake bloody camper clothes, and skeletons to try and surprise freak us out. The bloody clothes really were a little unnerving, so I was relieved to see the skeleton. Ok, ok, that was fake. 

3. Life Time Spooktacular for kids. This was lots and lots of active games for the kids. Loved that! Plus, my son really got into the professional nail treatment. 

4. Trunk or Treat at church. Since it's probably going to rain tonight, I'm glad we got in some trick or treating last night at this. It's actually plenty of trick or treating for any human, but since we are intergalactic, we'll go again tonight. 

Two Jango Fetts, one Star Wars fan, one Jedi knight, and Princess Leia

And the guy in the purple wig. 

6. Spooky stories on the trail behind our library. The professional story teller was amazing. Plus, they used a graduated scariness system that was cool. They would tell a story and let the kids decide to go inside if they were scared enough already. The stories got scarier and scarier as they moved down the trail.

7. Fall carnival at the elementary school.

Carnival morning -- I helped the decorating committee. 

So the bake sale was the best part because I discovered these. They were so delicious! Need to google some recipes for these.

8. Upgraded zoo. The zoo decorates every year for their Halloween Boo at the Zoo. Since we are members, we are there ALL THE TIME, and the kids loved the new spooky decor.

9. Eating on a spider web tablecloth. And, yes, every meal I eat includes some form of eggs.

What were your favorite Halloween/October activities? 

How often do you eat eggs? We go through at least two dozen a week, and sometimes I share them with the kids.

Do you like getting spooked? I used to LOVE it as a kid, but now that I'm responsible for the well being of tiny people, I don't like it as much. No spooky movies at our house these days. 

October 29, 2013

Run 260 miles solo? Meet a woman who did.

This week I'm planning a long weekend in Pinhoti. Why? To help my buddy pace his way from mile 85 to the finish of the Pinhoti 100. That's 100 miles of running. All at once. Craziness not required, but expected.

Whenever I talk to my chiropractor (shout out to Dr. Charles, the best chiro on the planet), he always guffaws at how crazy my running is, and then I tell him that I feel totally in check because so many people in my trail running circle are out running 100 milers for breakfast. How can 50Ks feel significant compared to that?

So how do you make 100 miles look insignificant? Run 260 miles. Life is all about managing expectations. If you expect to run 5 miles, mile 3 feels tough. If you expect to run 260 miles ... well, I don't know how that even works.

Now let me introduce you to the lady from my home state who ran 260 miles in one stretch and lived to tell the tale.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself. 
A. My name is Kelly Brackin, and I live in Phenix City Al and work as a dental hygienist full time. I've been married to my husband for 13 years and have a 10-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. (yo momma: coincidence, I've also been married 13 years and have a 10 year old)

Q. How and when did you get started with running?
A. I started running nine years ago to lose weight for my sister-in-law's wedding and got addicted quickly! I run 5-7 days a week with a tempo run, long run, speed work/hill workout alternating with the other days being easy runs.

Q. What do you consider you biggest running accomplishment?
A. Run Across GA for the House of Heroes this past May 22-26, 2013. I was the first female ever to finish the 260-mile run across the state of Georgia. (yo momma: so freaking awesome)

Q. What prompted you to tackle that type of race? 
A. I had run that race the last two years on a relay team and wanted to take on the challenge of doing it individually, so I started training six months prior to the race.

Q. How did you make time for training?
A. I woke up around 3 a.m. every morning before work to get in 15 miles and woke up at 2 a.m. on Saturdays to get in 35 miles, then ran 6 miles on Sundays before church and 14-20 after church. (yo momma: holy no sleep)

Q. For people training for multi-day races, what are the top three pieces of advice you would give them? 
A. Lots of miles on your feet, learning to eat while running (like every hour I had a peanut butter sandwich), and running on little sleep.

Q. When you were on course, what motivated you to keep going through dark moments? 
A. Knowing I had to finish (if not for my kids' sake, for everyone else's that was counting on me) and fulfill that accomplishment I had set before me. 

Q. Tell us about something (positive or negative) that surprised you along the way with that race?
A. My race was a five-day race, and on the third day I wanted to give up. I hit a wall and called a good friend crying, and he had to be mean to me, which is what I needed, and told me to get out there and finish! 

Q. If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently? 
A. I learned day to day how I needed to run to finish, and I would not have run the second day all day through the heat. On days 3-5, I started resting during 1-3 p.m.

Q. How did you maintain your energy and keep your body from breaking down over the multiple days of pounding it took during that event?
A. I stayed hydrated, ate every hour, which kept my calories replenished, and took Celebrex twice a day! :) I had ice placed on my knees every hour for five minutes at my hourly breaks and used iced bandannas during the heat of the day from 3-8 p.m.

Q. Would you ever attempt that distance or type of race again? 
A. Yes, definitely, because it's for a great non-profit cause! And I love the race director and trained with him the entire six months! 

Q. What's you next running goal?
A. Well, I just finished pacing the Air Force Marathon on September 21st and will be pacing the Soldier Marathon on November 9th.

Q. What's your favorite running song? 
A. I don't listen to music, I talk the entire time!!!! I never run alone! 

Q. Where is your favorite place to run?
A. Any street! I'll run anywhere as long as it's not trails! I hate trails! (yo momma: it's not too late to convert her to trail running love)

I just can't believe how gutsy and amazing this lady is. From the idea of running 260 miles to having two children and a full time job while training to completing this run in May in the South. For those of you who don't live here, let me just tell you that it is already freaking hot in May!

So instead of this:

I want to see this: 

October 28, 2013

The best motivational phrases for your Road ID

My pacee for Savannah got me an awesome pacer gift, a Road ID. It's one of those things that I kept telling myself that I needed to purchase but never took the time to sit down and do it. Kind of like my multivitamins and mega reds.

In case you are not in the know, Road ID is a little bracelet that you wear with all of your important info on it, like emergency contacts and allergies, in case you get hurt while out running, or any other time. One of my top running goals is staying alive, which I try to accomplish by always carrying my cell phone, running against traffic, and wearing glowing safety vests and blinky lights. But there are many times at the end of long runs, especially the hot and humid Alabama summer runs, that I have caught myself doing stupid stuff like accidentally weaving out into traffic or misjudging the speediness of cars right before I cross in front of them. So Road ID is like insurance -- you hope you'll never need it, but you have it just in case.

I ordered the slim version.

After listing all of your medical info, you usually have a spot to list a motivational phrase or quote (as long as your medical info is short enough). Somehow when I got to this part of the process, I stalled for a long time. I'm sure I placed way too much importance on the five-word (or less) phrase that I could fit on there, but I really wanted it to mean something every time I read it. And I should be wearing this bracelet A LOT! So no lame phrases allowed.

Which is exactly why I solicited help from my friends on the Facebook. I had to share these because you people had some awesome ideas!

  • I did it for the cookie
  • Please stop my Garmin
  • Boston strong
  • Left foot, right foot
  • Miles to go before I sleep
  • I get to run
  • It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome
  • Always believe
  • Rock & Run
  • Tough as nails
  • Got to start to finish
  • _______ & _________'s mommy (fill in your kids' names, and change to daddy if you are one!)
  • One foot, other foot
  • Finish strong
  • Pain is an illusion, joy is real
  • Beats cleaning house
  • Beats 280 traffic (can be customized for your hated local road)
  • RFP (for Relentless Forward Progress)
  • Flying while wildly smiling
  • Do not accept defeat
  • Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me
  • Gump
  • Be kind*Be happy*Run
  • Run hard, live easy
  • Live to run, run to live
  • Just keep swimming (from Dorie in Finding Nemo)
  • This is BS
  • Sweat cleanses my soul
  • That voice in my head is a liar
  • Suck it up, buttercup
  • You've got this
  • I am strong

My personal favorite running mantra is "dig deep," but I wanted something that applied a little more to all of my life since I'll be wearing this thing all the day long. 

So what did I choose? You guys got me thinking, and the closest on the list to what I actually chose was the Dorie quote. Mine will say, "keep moving forward." Not as clever as "beats cleaning house," which I was really tempted to choose, but it has a lot of meaning for me personally.

My mother-in-law is the motivation behind the phrase I eventually chose. Ever since I've known her, she's constantly been in motion with farm and life activities, the personification of a worker bee (minus the lack of reproductive capacity -- she has 10 kids!). Lately she's been really, really sick. I rarely talk about it here on the blog because it's so personal to me and especially to Amory, but it's on our minds all the time. Even on her worst days, she is always trying to accomplish something, whether it be reading a story to one of the many grandkids, overseeing fence building on the farm, clipping coupons for her weekly shopping trip, or editing her perpetual to-do list. Her sickness limits her more on some days than others, but she just keeps moving forward, just adjusted for her current energy level. I wish I could express in words how much she inspires me with those actions. What I've always known about her, and what I want to be true for myself too, is that she will never give up. No matter what happens, she will keep pushing and moving forward in any way she can. 

And all of you distance runners (or any runners in general) out there know what it feels like to be pushed to your limits and want to quit. Even in training sometimes it feels like you're spinning your wheels. The true beauty of our sport, and life, is not in the big finishes (although those can be really fun too) -- it's in the process. There are no instant wins or finishes. Each race happens one footfall at a time, and as long as we keep moving those feet forward, we can keep finding satisfaction and joy along the trail.

October 25, 2013

Oiselle long rogas: the review and giveaway!

Let's talk shorts. Every runner has their favorites for different reasons. My shorts must-have list: built-in undies (I'm learning that not everyone is a fan of this. say what?), comfy, multiple pockets, no muffin top, must make your butt look decent. 

It's pretty simple, and it would seem like most running shorts would cover those categories, but when you start trying things on, you realize there are different degrees of comfy. If the scale is from 1 to 10, it would go something like, 1 is as comfy as stepping on a Lego, and 10 is so comfy that I might not take it off for at least a week, without washing. A lot of running shorts are in the 7-9 range, but when you find a 10, you embrace it like you did your favorite Halloween candy when you were 5 (Kit-Kats, obviously) and pray that none of your older siblings notice that you still have some decent candy left to steal. 

The Oiselle rogas are a comfort 10. Oiselle makes running clothes, but they should obviously be putting equal effort into pajamas because I could live in these shorts for weeks. The material is stretchy, durable (I've fully tested this!), and light. Basically they're perfect for running but also great for the post-marathon rest period where you spend weird amounts of time sitting on the couch and eating ice cream. 

Plus, they are known to not make your butt look flat. Another check on the must-have list. Some of us have the opposite problem of a flat butt, and they work for healthy booties too. 

They also have a wide waistband to help keep the muffin top at bay. 

So those are the things that all rogas have in common, now let's get to why I love my long rogas

They have an extra pocket! So instead of one zip pocket on the bum and a hidden key pocket in the front lining, there is one extra side zip pocket. Especially if you are planning to run (or race) long, extra pockets are like gold. Specifically like gold teeth, not absolutely necessary but you feel kind of famous and like you could kick anyone's butt in a dance battle if you have them. 

Here's the other clutch thing about them, the standard rogas have a 4-inch inseam, and the long rogas move that up to a 6-inch inseam. This is an obvious choice for tall people, but not everyone is lucky enough to be tall. I'm 5'2", so why is a longer inseam clutch? There are lots of activities that I like to do in addition to running.

Like the butterfly (while wearing sunglasses in my living room, of course).

Hammy stretches.

Awkward jumps.

Unsuccessful toe touches. 

Headstands on rocky ground. 

The rogas are perfect because the extra two inches have got you covered no matter what awkward position you get yourself into. 

You can finally put away your disguise for when you want to wear your comfortable running shorts to yoga class. 

Also the extra two inches give me a little bit more protection from my personal trail running nemesis, poison ivy. Poison ivy is not welcome to my upper thigh party. 

If only this guy's shorts had been a few inches longer.

Sizing tips: According to the sizing chart, I measured on the lower end of a medium in these shorts, but I went down to a size small. Just for reference, I wear a size 6 in Lulu bottoms and a small in Nike bottoms. If you are on the edge of two sizes, I would recommend going down a size unless you like your shorts a little loose fitting. 

Now for the happy day news. Oiselle is sponsoring a giveaway for a pair of long rogas for one of you happy people.* 

To enter: Leave a comment telling me why you want to try the long rogas. Bonus points (not really) for the most awkward position for which you need extra coverage. Um, keep it clean for the kids though.

For bonus entries (the real kind, not the fake kind from above): These are completely optional! But if you do them, make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all.

* Like Oiselle on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma Runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow Oiselle on the Twitters. Leave a comment telling me you do.

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* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

You have until next Friday, November 1st, to enter, so get to commenting and sharing! And if between now and then I see you in a back alley dance battle, just know that I came to win.  

Plus if you need to get these before next Friday, use the code FIRSTFLIGHT for 10% off your first order from Oiselle. 

*Grumps still allowed to participate. 

I participate in Oiselle's running team because I love them. Oiselle is providing the shorts for the giveaway, and I purchased my long rogas with the team discount. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

October 23, 2013

Power oatmeal for your long runs

Recently we went to Bargain Hunt (do you have one of these near you?!) to continue the epic-to-my-kids search for Halloween costumes. According to their excited yelling and shrieking, just about any costume on any store rack would work, but I like to find the balance of a shriek-worthy costume with a wallet-friendly price. 

From the moment we entered Bargain Hunt, a store that I am in love with that sells overstocks and other discount items, they could not stop the river of exclamations for at least 30 solid minutes. Every costume was just so amazing to them! Angry Birds, Star Wars, a hot dog (!!), Spider Man (of course), Ninja Turtles, Harry Potter, and even sexy devil ladies. The twins do not discriminate against gender-specific costumes. 

We finally settled on two Jango Fetts ($7.99 each) for the twins, one Jedi Knight ($12.99) for Enoch, and a nerd (free creation from home) for Isabella. We'll give the nerd some Star Wars trading cards or DVDs so that she fits in with the theme. 

Lesson learned: my kids would be happy with any costume, and I am definitely happy with a cheap(ish) and easy costume. If I wasn't so distracted by house hunting, which we are currently sick of, I maybe would have pushed harder for homemade costumes. Big maybe. 

Something else that I like easy: breakfast. I hate dirtying three dishes for one breakfast, so putting multiple ingredients in one bowl and turning it into something delicious brings me great joy. Emphasis on the great

So here's my breakfast solution. 

What I wanted: delicious, filling, healthy, easy on your stomach, enough power to get you through (or at least started) on a long run. 

The solution: easy oatmeal with amazing add-ins. 

How to: 
  1. Boil water in a teapot, which BTW doesn't count as dirtying a dish because the pot just boils water all the time. Not a lot of maintenance there. 
  2. Fill a large bowl with the amount of dried oatmeal flakes (I use quick oats) that you would like. Don't worry about getting too much. You can always save and reheat leftovers. 
  3. Pour boiling water over the oats until it just covers them. No measuring required -- see how easy that was!
  4. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Five minutes equals firmer oats, and 10 minutes equals mushier oats. Plus if you forget and go over 10 minutes, it's really not a big deal. You'll just come back to cold oats and have to stick them in the microwave for a minute
  5. Stir in amazing add-ins. My current favorites are maca powder, hemp hearts, cashew butter, local honey (gotta battle allergies), sea salt, almond milk, and kefir. Plus I like to top it with frozen blueberries or a chopped up banana sometimes. 

And what will the results of this easy-peasy, one-bowl breakfast be? 

Instead of this.

You'll get this.

And run like this.

And live until this.*

* Living until 90 (and the happiness of a four year old and the running skills of Mo Farah) not guaranteed. But wouldn't that be boss?

October 17, 2013

Official diagnosis: peroneal tendonitis

Give a man a fish, and he'll live for a day. Give a kid a wooden fish, and he'll put him in water. At least that's what Ezra and Creed did after Joy School on Tuesday.

So glad they put their fish in this cup of water. 

After I took the colored fish out of the first cup of water to let them dry out on the counter, I found them reimmersed in new locations.

Like in this water bottle.

And in this plastic snack bag full of water. 

They knew that fish went in water, and they knew that they had just made some sassy marker-enlivened fish. Natural conclusion: our freshly decorated Nemos need agua.

A natural conclusion that I've been battling lately is the you hurt, you rest conclusion.

Here's the sequence of events since my busted foot after the stage race.

Week 1


Week 2

*  1 mile of run walking. Can feel the pain spot, but it's not painful (totally clear, right).

*  3 miles of run walking with Life Time Run Club. When I'm running, no pain. When I'm walking, just a hint of a niggle.

*  2 miles of running. Foot is good. Finally remember to ice it.

*  4 miles of running. Because of the endorphins, I feel like an Olympian, a very slow Olympian.

*  Rest day.

*  11 miles of running in my Hokas. My foot feels great, but I know I still need to be careful.

*  6.71 trail running miles. Everything was solid until I stepped on a pyramid-shaped rock right under my hurt spot. Iced after and realize that other parts of my body hurt much worse than the "broken" part of my foot. I take that as a good sign.

Week 3

*  Rest day.

*  4 treadmill run miles. Feeling solid. 3.28 running miles with Life Time run club. Still good. Foot starting to feel a little tired, so I ice.

*  5.31 fast-ish (for me) miles on Lakeshore Trail with my brother and our buddy. I could tell that my body is starting to forget how to run quickly. Need to work on that.

Jeff (our buddy), Jimmy (my bro), and Lisa (me!) finished running before 6:30 a.m.!

* Go to the doctor. X-ray shows no breakage, which was my worst fear. Although I know stress fractures don't always show up on the x-ray, the doctor seems confident in his no-stress-fracture verdict. He diagnoses me with peroneal tendonitis, and tells me, in summary (which is about how long our actual visit was), to take some Tylenol and call him in a month. Leave the doctor's office with the good news, and immediately go attack some speed work. Foot feels awesome, maybe because of the mental boost from the good news at the doc's office.

For now, I feel like I'm on the other side of this injury. With four weeks until the Savannah marathon, I need to put in a 20 miler this weekend, which will be like the ACT for college. If I can just get my high score on the long run test, I'm in for 26.2 next month.

What was the last thing for which you were x-rayed? Before this, I think it was my hand a few years ago when I fell down on a mossy rock at a creek. The Big Fall was immediately after yelling at my kids to be careful on the slippery rocks.

Do you take time off for injuries or push through? Depends on how bad the pain is and how scared I am that it is something serious that could cramp the longevity of my running life. Because I thought this was a possible stress fracture, I wanted to be more careful than my usual willy-nilly-ness.

Have you ever heard of peroneal tendonitis? I had not until today. But it doesn't sound as bad as, girl, that's a stress fracture so let me just strap this big ole boot on your foot for six weeks.

October 10, 2013

Still on the hunt for my inexhaustible power

I'm putting in my official complaint to the makers of fortunes. After eating at Red Pearl (best Asian restaurant in Birmingham), I got this fortuitous little nugget. With double smiles, which everyone knows means that it is definitely 100% legit. 

I didn't question the fortune at all, but I did wonder why they didn't bring me the large soup. If you can't scoop your restaurant soup with a ladle, why bother?

And how many other local restaurants just have an open crab pit? None. 

Well, it turns out that even double smilies and soup ladles and crab pits and all the legit-ness that that brings still does not guarantee any one fortune. Weirdest thing ever, I know. 

So here's why my power is not inexhaustible, as promised in that blasted fortune. In the last couple of miles of the stage race, my right foot (fifth metatarsal) started to hurt. Because I was riding a crazy endorphin high, I didn't notice until that night that it was the kind of hurt that doesn't go away when you aren't running. 

The next day I was hobbling around, not because I was muscular sore, which I was oddly not for having just raced three consecutive days. My foot hurt every time I put pressure on it. For two days, I sat around all day with my foot up, which was the only time it didn't hurt, and doing as many sitting tasks as I could. So I folded a lot of clothes. Also, because I was taking an exercise break, I took a healthy foods break too. This break brought to you by Joe Joes, cookie heaven.

By Wednesday, I was over sitting around and decided to give swimming a go. That worked to get my heart rate up and put my lungs in overdrive. I like swimming, but I'm not an efficient lap swimmer. Turns out that means that you work much hard than you have to. I try to look at that as a positive, like look how hard I worked for that one lap. Killer! 

For all my swims, I timed the swims instead of counting the distance, usually trying to hit 30 minutes, which feels like three hours of running to me. 

This week I'm slowly, slo o o o o wly picking up running again. Plus I finally made a doctor's appointment to get my foot checked, in case it is what my worst fear would be, a stress fracture. My short runs, 1 to 3 miles, are feeling OK, not completely pain free but not piercingly painful. Just a dull ache. I'm thinking of taking it up to four miles today, depending on how long I spend typing this post. 

Anyone in my family reading this just fell asleep, so here's some news for them. 

Enoch officially started Cub Scouts. He went to day camp this summer before he ever attended any pack meetings because his birthday was right before camp, but now he's in full force, already earned his bear. I can't help but seriously love those navy and gold uniforms, and my stitching skills are getting a lot of use with all the patches.

The twins are in Joy School, our little preschool co-op that we do with four other families, rotating houses and teachers. This week we field tripped to Bud's Best cookie factory, which we also did last year.

But last year, I wasn't eating sweets when we went on this trip, and it kind of made me nauseated. This year, opposite. Totally on a cookie eating spree and not made sick at all by vats of sugar being smeared onto cookies. (Is it any surprise that I have a serious case of b'acne right now?)

Plus we had the cutest tour director ever ( below).

Hair nets are right.

Right now all of the preschool lessons are about the joy of the earth. When I see this picture of the grandparents' farm, I see the joy. And I want to sit criss cross applesauce and om.

I'm a little nervous that these seeds we planted are not going to sprout. The earth does not usually like me to grow things in it, unless they are weeds. I'm really strong with weeds. 

Also part of their recent education: gun lessons with Uncle Brent at the farm. 

And where is Bella in all this? At a three-day overnight camp with school, and my heart is hurting for her to come home. 

At the Boosterthon, my favorite fundraiser ever.

I was however able to embarrass her one final time before camp departure. Taking this picture was one of the least cool things I did that day, according to the expression on her face.

Luckily she'll be back for our weekly last-minute Costco trip. I always forget that they close at 7 on Saturdays and therefore have to fill this cart in less than 10 minutes. That challenge is surprisingly easy. 

Why the heck does Costco close at 7 p.m. on Saturday night? 

Guns: yes or no? We just ordered this free gun safety video for kids. Even if you don't have guns at home, it's important to teach the kids that guns aren't toys. I personally have never shot a gun, and they freak me out. 

Are you dealing with any aches and pains lately? I'm ready to be done dealing with this one, but I'm sure my body doesn't mind a little rest. I should probably be cross training more, but I'm just taking it as a cue to lighten the load in general. I am trying to get off the cookie fest because it really messes up my sleep when I eat sugar.