Liz Glomb

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Wanderlust (Part 2)

Back in 2012 I wrote a post about traveling and all the places I wanted to visit. Well, that specific blog doesn’t exist any more but the post I wrote still does (in my Dropbox folder, but still). So why am I bringing this up? First off, I managed to cross off much of the list from 4 years ago and secondly, I of course want to add more to this list.

I have been very fortunate to travel to some really cool places over the years and hope I am just as lucky in the future. I am very lucky to have been able to go as many places as I have.

Here are some destinations on my bucket list (and yes I divided them up domestically and internationally):

International

Ireland/Scotland/Wales: I got to visit Scotland in November 2015 but wasn’t able to make it over to Ireland or Wales. Soon though.

Italy: This has been on my list for YEARS. I would like to see Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, and Nice.

Russia: My grandmother went to Russia and I saw the pictures when I was very young and have wanted to go take those exact same pictures every since.

Spain/Portugal: I don’t have a really good reason other than I just really want to go.

South Africa: Do I really need any other reasoning?

New Zealand: I’ve already been to Australia but I hear NZ is amazing. Who’s up for a 15-hour plane ride from CA?

 

Domestic (turns out I’ve crossed off a lot on this list since 2012)

Chicago: I visited Chicago back in 2014. I will definitely be going back soon.

Denver/Boulder: Ragnar Colorado 2013.

Seattle: Ragnar Northwest Passage 2014 and Hood to Coast 2014.

San Francisco: Haven’t been to California since… 1995?

Savannah: Went to a wedding in 2013.

Nashville: Have been twice since this post was initially written.

Austin: Ragnar Austin 2016

New places to go?

Montana/Wyoming/Idaho: Let’s go to some national parks!

Santa Fe

So now that you know where my next bazillion trips are going to be, who wants to go with me? Any Takers?

 


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Workout Wednesday

Well if you’ve been reading along, this week ended with a bang. Or rather with me hitting the pavement. How did the week fare before that doomed moment?

Monday: Scheduled rest day, which was much needed due to the massive migraine that was happening. Migraine ended up being sinus related, so that was fun.

Tuesday: Supposed to be a 1-hour trainer ride but had a massive migraine/sinus infection and felt awful. Ended up going to bed early and laying low. Sudafed was super helpful today.

Wednesday: I stayed home from work today, as I was still feeling less than stellar from the sinus infection. I was feeling better in the afternoon so I hit up the pool and got in my 1700m swim for the day. It went rather well.

Thursday: So many thunderstorms this week! Was going to do the trainer + 2 mile brick but due to the storms I decided I didn’t want to run in a thunderstorm so did the 1 hour trainer ride from Tuesday instead.

Friday: Scheduled rest day.

Saturday: Today was supposed to be an 8-mile run. I went tubing in the AM with my girlfriends and then was going to meet up with Megan later in the day to run a 5k in which I was then going to tack on some extra miles. Well… that definitely did not go according to plan. At. All.

Sunday: Forced rest day. My ankle is rather purple and swollen so definitely no running or biking at the moment.

So now we are in my forced rest week due to my sprain ankle. I guess I started my taper before Rev3 Williamsburg early? Here’s hoping the swelling goes down enough by the end of the week so that I can try biking.


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Sidelined

So Saturday started out like any other day. Woke up, ate breakfast, and got ready to go spend some quality outdoor time tubing on a river with my girlfriends. In the morning when I was getting ready, I get a text message from Megan asking if I wanted to join her to run a low-key 5k in Rockville that evening, Suds and Soles, put on by the Montgomery County Road Runners. It looked fun. Beer, running, low-key 5k, what more could a girl ask for? Well… a trip to urgent care wasn’t exactly on the agenda.

The race starts and it was fun. I mean, it was hot and I had issues breathing but I was surviving. I was even running a half-way decent pace, when we get to almost 1 mile in and then BAM! I am on the ground. Ouch.

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After a quick assessment to make sure I wasn’t completely broken, I see that both knees are scraped up and my ankle hurts. One of the spectators was telling me she was going to call an ambulance to which I very quickly yelled “NO!” as I didn’t think it was necessary. A few minutes later, the trailing cop vehicle pulled up and we asked if I could catch a ride with him as it was abundantly clear that despite the fact that my ankle wasn’t feeling awful (yet), that I would definitely not be finishing this race.

So I hung out with the cop for the remainder of the race and he very kindly dropped me off at the medic tent at the finish. At the medic they patched up my knees and then took off my shoe. Let me tell you, that was probably not a good idea. It was then that we looked down and saw the golf ball sized knot that was sticking out the side of my ankle.

Whoops.

My ankle gets wrapped up and I get handed some ice and get told that I should probably go to the hospital or urgent care for x-rays just in case something was broken or torn. And we went. Thank you Megan for driving me 🙂

Well, the good news is that nothing is broken or torn. The range of motion in my ankle is fairly good, I just can’t point it very well. I can also put weight on it and walk. The doctor last night told me he didn’t want me in crutches since I was weight-bearing, so I get to rock this awesome air cast for the next few days.

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So what does this mean for training? Well, currently I am not doing anything. Ice and elevation will be the key to recovery. The doctor last night said that this isn’t a really bad sprain so I should be out of the cast by the end of the week. What does this mean for the triathlon I have in 2 weeks? Well, if I can bike without pain by then I am not worried as I can just walk the 10k. I guess we’ll see.

Until then, my pull buoy and the pull will be my best friend.


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Wednesday Workout Recap

Another week gone by and another week of training done. This week was exceptionally warm and I was having trouble managing the heat. In fact, I’m going on hour 48 of a headache. Yes, this is going well.

Monday: Rest day… although I ended up staying awake till like 1am getting some work done.

Tuesday: Supposed to be a swim but ended up on the trainer for an hour instead.

Wednesday: Yup, this didn’t happen.

Thursday: Was supposed to swim here but storms got in the way.

Friday: Scheduled rest day. Was going to make up my missed workout earlier but that didn’t happen.

Saturday: 6 mile run followed by a 1700m swim later in the day. The swim wasn’t a part of my Saturday plan but I missed the swim earlier in the week due to Thunder.

Sunday: 130 minutes on the bike. Megan and I went out to Columbia, MD and biked the Iron Girl course and then added some additional time in. It was hot. It was miserable. And I ended up with a migraine that as of Tuesday at 1pm is still going rather strong.

So this week was pathetic. I did not do well with getting any of workouts in when they were planned. I’m going to try to get some of missed workouts in when I can and working on doing the workouts as scheduled.

Here’s to the next week!