Up, down, up, down, up: week in review

That about summarizes the past couple weeks. First, an up: after all of our hot water heater drama, the plumber finally came and was able to get it working again within a few minutes. So instead of getting a whole new water heater, we just installed a sump pump and a water level alarm. The alarm did wake me up around 3 am the next morning….because the piece of wood underneath it got wet. So the water heater woes thankfully seem to be over.

Down: I’m currently getting over my second round of cold/sore throat crap in the past two weeks. The first round only lasted 2 days and I thought I had escaped anything worse….but a few days later, bam. Today I made a super peppery chai spice mix. It’s the only thing that has helped clear my head a little.

Up: My bacteria (the ones I work with in the lab, not my microbiome) finally started doing what I expected. They can turn dissolved forms of selenium into the elemental form of selenium, which looks like a fine red dust. So the bottles of bacteria turn pink, like so:

Down: Kara tore her cruciate ligament (basically, the dog version of an ACL) and will be having surgery for it in a few weeks. Some dogs have a genetic predisposition to this injury, and she’s likely had a partial tear – where symptoms improve with rest – for a year or so. Considering how much she enjoys jumping and dashing around, I’m impressed she made it that long before tearing the ligament completely. Speaking of jumping and dashing – if you have any tips for keeping an active dog calm and inactive during surgery rehab, please send them our way!

Up: I got about a week’s worth of runs and workouts in over the past two weeks. That’s about as good as it could be, considering I was sick 6 of those days. Over the winter I formed the habit of running around noon, as that was usually a good time to take a work break. But continuing that habit into summer really doesn’t work, because, well:

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Last week I finally started getting out the door earlier. I even left home early enough to learn that this hot air balloon – which I’ve often seen floating around during morning runs – apparently takes off from my neighborhood!

Finally, I’m trying to decide whether to run the Baldy Blitz this weekend. I’ve been wanting to do this race since we moved to Bozeman, and haven’t been able to yet. But…we have something like 150% of average snowpack this year, which makes the race even gnarlier than usual. On the plus side, I’ve already run a trail race this year. This one’s just a couple miles longer. And uh…probably also a couple hours longer. And I haven’t hiked all the way to the top of this trail even in dry conditions. But since I’ll be nowhere near the front of the pack, at least the trail should be well packed down by the time I get to it. Due to the strenuousness, I won’t run it if I still feel even a tiny bit sick. But assuming I’m healthy: should I? Shouldn’t I?



Would you run the Baldy Blitz?

What do you drink to help tame a head cold?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

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  1. I am so sorry about the surgery. Chester had surgery at 9 months on a luxating patella — he was the only dog we had at the time, and even though he was a puppy, it wasn’t too hard to keep him quiet. Although he still jumped down from furniture, which he wasn’t supposed to do. He healed up just fine. I hope everything goes well!

    As to the race . . . do you have any other goal races coming up soon? I’d probably skip it if I did to make sure I was healthy for that. Otherwise, you could always just treat it as a training run. Although even as that it sounds darn tough!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Good to hear it’s possible to keep even a puppy calm after surgery! I’m hoping Kara will be the same.

  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better! Bummer on our dog’s knee injury. I tore my ACL a while back not fun at all. have a great week!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Definitely not fun!

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    It’s so crazy when our pups get “human” injuries. My cocker Cocoa is crazy and loves to jump. She got a herniated disc last fall. We were supposed to keep her from jumping. When the injury was acute it was easy because she was in too much pain to jump, but when she started to recover, forget it! I hope Kara does ok–I’m sure she will–and just let her do her thing.

    I can’t offer an opinion on the race, since I don’t know anything about it, but if you want to do it, just go for it!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Kara will still jump even though her leg is obviously hurting her! I really hope she will be tired out and just wanting to lay around for at least a few days after the surgery.

  4. I can’t answer your question about the race weekend, but I wish you luck whatever you decide. I hope you feel 100% recovered soon and thanks for making me laugh with the Gollum reference.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Some days I just feel like Gollum….

  5. Cora says: Reply

    A shot of pure ginger, lemon and cayenne. If you can find it made at some juice bar – its expensive, but damn does it work. Just shoot it down and feel the burn Makes you feel like a whole new woman. So cruddy you’ve had this cold/throat virus return. Blegh!

    Poor Kara!! That’s going to be one tough challenge, for you and her, to get through the rehab. Maybe find her some buddhist books… get her learning about stillness. 🙂

    And the race… I don’t know man. If you’ve always wanted to do it, it would be an awesome bucket list check off. But if you still aren’t feeling well by that point, there will be other opportunities. Will look forward to hearing the verdict of the decision!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Ginger lemon tea usually helps me, but it just wasn’t doing the trick this time!

  6. When I have a head cold I am alllll about ginger drinks. Ginger is pretty much my go to for everything – and if my throat is sore I’ll add honey and lemon too!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That’s what I usually do – for some reason it just wasn’t cutting it this time!

  7. I would go for that race! But only if you are feeling 100% – you don’t want to get worse again just as you are starting to feel better. Head colds are the worst – my husband is just recovering from one and looks miserable.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      They are the worst!

  8. I’m glad your water heater issues have been resolved! But, I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick. I’d probably go ahead and do the trail race just to get outside and enjoy the scenery if I was feeling up to it, unless the cut-off time was too strict. You’ll know what to expect next year. 😉 I hope your dog does well with the surgery. Thanks for linking!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

  9. Farrah says: Reply

    Yay! So glad your water heater is working again, and yay for your bacteria finally cooperating! Sorry to hear about Kara though–I hope she does well in surgery and recovers quickly! <3

    1. Hannah says: Reply


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