Skip to main content

Perdido Key Vacation Day 3

Perfect Evening
Last night we had dinner at our friends' home. They finished building in December, and we couldn't wait to see it. As expected, it was perfect. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are all one open space. And from the oven/stove, you look straight out onto their huge balcony that overlooks the intracoastal waterways.
 

This is the view we enjoyed while visiting and eating dinner. As always, they were incredible hosts. We enjoyed much laughter, good food, and good wine. You just couldn't ask for much more than that.

Just Another Day at the Beach
This morning I got up and headed out for a run right at 8 am. The sun starts to rise so much earlier here than at home, so 8 am is already starting to get warm. Not only do you have the heat, but the humidity and no shade.

Yesterday there was a breeze to help keep us cool. Today? No breeze. In fact, the air was so calm, the ocean looked more like a massive lake with virtually no waves.
That would be my husband floating in the water
I let Jason sleep in so this was a solo run. I headed towards the area we ran yesterday since it was now familiar. Overall, I had a really good run. I got in 5 miles total. The only issues I had were dealing with the humidity. Makes for difficult breathing and definitely made me slow my roll. .

After the run, I had to shower before getting ready for the beach. Kind of funny thinking of showering before beach time, but when you're that much of a sweaty mess, it's necessary.

As we did yesterday, we packed up the cooler with lunch, snacks, lots of water, and a few adult beverages. Then we proceeded to park it on the beach for about 5 hours. I finished one book and started another. I dozed, daydreamed, and simply enjoyed.

The only annoyance was a family that had set up a canopy tent nearby. They pretty much yelled at their kids and spanked them for about 2 hours straight before finally going back to their condo. Good times. 

We did have some thunder storms move through quickly around 4 pm. It really was mostly thunder and heavy wind. Only a few sprinkles. Everyone cleared the beach pretty quickly - which is always rather amusing to watch really.

Since we don't have a grill, we went with Roasted Veggie & Tofu Salad for dinner. I just roasted up portobellos, red and yellow bell peppers, and squash. I made an easy marinade/dressing using sugar-free raspberry preserves, Dijon mustard, an onion & herb Mrs. Dash spice blend, and balsamic vinegar. After dry-searing the tofu, I let it marinate briefly then baked it off.
I also topped the salad with some cherry tomatoes and feta cheese as well as the rest of the marinade/dressing.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Running
Beach time
Relaxing
Reading

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions

Piriformis Update & Grilled Veggie Salad

New Piriformis Exercises
Today wasn't too terrible for a Monday. Of course, I did leave a little early. That always helps huh ;-) I had another round of physical therapy today. My PT has been really researching piriformis syndrome and found an interesting article that discusses the use of McKenzie Exercises - typically used for back pain.

I have started adding in low back extensions (one of the exercises) but now have a whole new list of exercises to add into my workout rotations. But, if it helps, I'll do it. I also asked her about dry needling (thanks Sarena), which is sort of similar to acupuncture, but is more about trigger point and intramuscular stimulation.

And I'm glad I asked because the timing is uncanny. One of the doctor's in the clinic happens to be going to get certified this weekend. They both believe that I am a prime candidate for the procedure. So we'll see how that goes. Kind of scared because I hate hate hate needles.

Have any of you tried dry…