Living Vicariously

Living Vicariously |

Lately I’ve been living vicariously through my Instagram feed. I’m admiring everyone that is having stellar fall runs but at the same time completely jealous of all the crunching that is happening in the leaves. I watched the coverage for the NYC Marathon last Sunday and it brought back so many memories from Chicago. It’s hard to believe that it was only just about a month ago. The photos of the triumphant faces on Instagram of all the finishers of this windy, difficult race were so inspiring. Runners are so inspiring! I can’t wait to get back out there.

I finally made an appointment to have an orthopedic insert made for my shoe and unfortunately it’s two weeks away.

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Not running for another two plus weeks seems entirely too long. Why did I wait so long to make this appointment? I may need to figure out something else in the mean time. Maybe I’ll buy an insert from the running store to tide me over until the fitted one is made. Or maybe I’ll try running after my husband tapes my foot and see how it feels. This not running thing is no fun! (Missed my post on my injury? Read about it ——> here.)

On to brighter subjects! Here are some favorites from my week.


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[one] Only one had a monkey costume on but there is no doubt that these 3 are all little monkeys. Halloween is such a fun holiday with children! [two] Strength + Spin: my current workout standard. [three] Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies. Yum. Make them. That is all. [four] 3 months ago this guy broke his collarbone. This week we found out he’s cleared for normal activity. Biking was the first thing he wanted to do! [five] Timehop from 4 years ago sent me a 34 weeks pregnant photo. I can’t believe my Little A is turning 4 this month!

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Interesting Reads

Letting go of Boston from Sarah at Run Far Girl.

Sarah qualified for Boston by 10 minutes but decided not to sign up this year. She has the best reason of all and shares her story to inspire others.

Breastfeeding. The End. by Michelle at Crazy Running Legs.

This one hit close to home for me as I’m still breastfeeding my 20 month old daughter.

How to Taper for an UNsuccessful Race Day by Jill at Fitness, Health and Happiness.

Funny but all too true.

5 Reasons Women Should Strength Train by Liz at The Lemon Bowl.

Strength Training is something that I give up when the miles get higher in training cycles. This is why I need to keep it in my training plan!

How Water Affects Your Mood by guest host Jenna over on The Lean Green Bean

A great reminder to drink enough water every day.

Local News

We’ve had a great loss at our local zoo with the death of one of our two elephants. Cinda was one of our favorite animals to visit at the zoo and we were/still are so excited for a new elephant exhibit to open soon. She was about 43 years old and had been at our zoo since 1972. She died of natural causes from aging and will be greatly missed. I’m just hoping that her partner elephant, Stephanie, will be okay with her loss.

The photos below are of my Little A showing off her elephant trunk with Cinda in the background.

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Life Lately


Basketball with 4 and 5 years olds. Yes, it’s pretty entertaining. I can’t wait for the next game.


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That’s all for today! Happy Friday, everyone and have a great weekend!




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  1. michelle C says:

    I hear ya girl! Living through others isn’t as fun but glad we have tons of runner friends that aren’t injured! I was finally cleared to start running but very small increments. I am very excited yet scared.

  2. Marnie @ SuperSmartMama says:

    I was resistant to getting orthotics until I developed this annoying start of plantar fascitis in my right heel every time I ran more than an hour. That’s when I gave in and agreed to orthotics.

    I don’t use them all the time, but I do use them when I get into longer runs. I hope you like your orthotics!

    • I didn’t want to pay so much for them but my husband talked me into getting them fitted instead of just buying inserts from the running store. He said that if it helps to keep me healthy and running then it’s worth it. I agree so I’m getting fitted. It’s interesting to hear that yours only flares up on longer runs. It’s such and interesting injury because it seems to affect people in different ways.

  3. Michelle says:

    I hope the orthotics help! I have them — but I’m wondering if I need to follow up. I really think my PF is due to my shoes being slightly too big. I’m still planning on running a marathon in 3 weeks, but I will DNF if the pain becomes too much. UGH. Stupid runners problems! Hope your foot heels quickly – especially with your orthotics!

    PS – Your kids are SO cute!

    • Thanks, Michelle! That’s good that you are open to not finishing if need be. I hope the marathon goes well for you though! You are a rock star…I can’t even imagine running a marathon again already and you’ve already ran a half too. :) I’m impressed.

  4. Jessie says:

    I promise you these next few weeks of life w/o running will go by quickly. Just keep reminding yourself that it could be for much much longer <3

    • Thanks, Jessie! That’s definitely what has gotten be through the last few weeks. I went ahead and tried running with my foot taped and it went well. No foot pain at all! I’m still going to get fitted for the orthotics and just do some short and easy running between now and then.