Lost Toenails, Hamstring Cupping, and Dry Needling…Why Do I Run? (Recipe: Oatmeal Bread)

I run because of afternoons like yesterday when the weather is gorgeous and you are feeling strong.  And the way it clears your mind and helps things make sense.

But in order to have those feelings, you have to overcome some obstacles.

For instance, last week I lost my first toenail EVER from running.  I have been running more competitively since the summer of 2009, and I have NEVER lost a toenail.  I had heard stories of nails bruising and falling off, but it had never happened to me.  Until last week.  It wasn’t painful.  It just happened.  But still…ew.

Another thing that is painful (usually) is going to Bob for my sports massage once a week.  He does an AWESOME job, but I’m not going to cover up the fact that it hurts.  But I equate hurting with working.  Just like when you are sore after a hard workout.  At last week’s session, Bob did “cupping” on my hamstrings.  I’m not sure if this is a technical term or not.  But he literally took a suction cup to the back of my legs to help loosen up the fascia (I hope I’m saying that right!  Bob will correct me if I’m wrong.).  It doesn’t hurt if the muscles on your legs are all in good working order.  But mine, alas, are not, and so it hurts like the dickens.  But it seems to make my legs feel better.  I haven’t felt this good during marathon training and run at these paces in awhile.  My calves have been bothering me the most.

And that brings me to the last topic of this post–dry needling.  I know I have discussed this before.  On Friday, I went to get dry needling done on my right calf.  The physical therapist tried a different technique this time which came with a faster recovery, and it still seemed to work like a charm on my right calf.  Instead of moving the needle around until the muscle spasmed, he stuck 6-7 needles in my calf all at the same time and then we sat and chatted for about 10 minutes, and then he took them out.  I was still sore, but I could at least walk fairly normally afterward!  And my right calf felt great for my run on Sunday!

So, yeah.  These are some of the things I do in order to run and have it feel good.  It might sound crazy, I know.

In other craziness, Envy and I are driving out to Mebane on Thursday nights for a Contacts & Weaves class with my friend Deb!  She is a fabulous instructor, and Envy just had the time of her life at the last class!  And her brother Jayce is in the class, too!  She made me so proud!  We (and when I say “we” I mean “I”) are buying a set of three 2×2 weave poles to get this weaving business rockin’.  I’m really excited to start doing some agility with my merlie girlie!

Oh!  And you MUST see these pictures Irene got of Callie at the Athens tournament.  OMG, they made my day!

Gotta get my ball!

Gotta get my ball!

Gotta get my ball!

Gotta get my ball!

Gotta get...

Gotta get…

What the hell is that?

What the hell is that?

Why is it staring at me?

Why is it staring at me?

AND it clicks?!  WTF?!

AND it clicks?! WTF?!

I think I know what it is...

I think I know what it is…

It's IRENE!!!!

It’s IRENE!!!!

Well, that’s what I like to think that Callie’s thought process was.  These pictures just made my day!  And for those of you who don’t know, Irene pet sits for me often when I go out of town and the girls LOVE her.

And my LRD set a new PR at Athens this weekend!  She is the best LRD!

Quote of the Day:

“Running is kind of like coffee.  The first time you drink it you might not like it.  It’s bitter and leaves a bad taste in your mouth but you kind of like the way it makes you feel.  However, after a few times it starts to taste better and then all of a sudden you’re hooked and it’s the new best part of waking up.” -Amy Hastings

bag of chips

(Or in my case, all the chocolate chip cookies!)

A couple of weeks ago I wanted to make a sandwich-like type bread, so I tried this Oatmeal Bread.  It turned out pretty well!  It definitely deserves a second try.  When I make all my sandwich-type breads for the second time, I’m going to have to do them all at once and have a bread baking bonanza so that I can compare them all to one another!  My office will likely be getting a lot of bread after that weekend happens!

Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal Bread


– 1 cup regular oats

– 2 cups boiling water

– 2 tablespoons yeast

– 1/3 cup warm water

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup honey

– 2 tablespoons canola oil

– 2 cups whole wheat flour

– 2 – 2 1/2 cups AP flour


– Place the oats in a large bowl.  Add the boiling water and let stand for 30 minutes.  In a separate bowl, combine the yeast with the warm water.  It should get bubbly.  Add the yeast mix to the oats and stir to combine.

– Add the cinnamon, salt, honey and oil and mix well.  Gradually add the wheat flour and 2 cups white flour and mix.  Add more white flour if necessary to get the dough to a nice consistency.  Knead for 5-10 minutes.  Place the dough in an oiled bowl.  Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours.

– Shape the dough into 2 loaves.  Put the dough into two 9×5-inch loaf pans.  Cover and let rise another 30-40 minutes.  Usually this bread doesn’t rise up in a big curve like sandwich bread, it has a nice bumpy rustic top.

– Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 30 minutes.  The bread should sound hollow when tapped with your fingers.  Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack.

Courtesy of Penzeys

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1 Response to Lost Toenails, Hamstring Cupping, and Dry Needling…Why Do I Run? (Recipe: Oatmeal Bread)

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