Author: Hollie

The Chronicles of the Bum Butt

I’ve waited while to write a post about how my bum butt is doing.  I said that if my butt was not feeling better after my honeymoon I was going to get an X-ray and MRI.  In cliff notes version: my bum butt is not an issue right now.

Anyways how did I get to this point?

Demonstrating that my butt hurts

Demonstrating that my butt hurts

To be honest my butt (known as the #bumbutt) has been one of the most frustrating injuries.  While this is a running blog, so much has taken place post marathon that I haven’t spent an extended amount of time whining and complaining.  For better or for worse, the whining has been minimized.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been frustrated with my injury, it just means I haven’t been internet whining.

Now that I’m married and settled in, the whining and nagging can begin! 

Long story short, my bum is finally starting to get better.  This is a combination of many factors but a big one is going to see Dr. Kemenosh and his team (and no I’m not being paid to say that).

I’ve had 7 appointments now (the last being right before the honeymoon).  The first 4-5 times my butt wasn’t seeing much improvement.   I completely tore my body apart running the Phoenix marathonI did damage that I needed a lot of time off for…that makes complete sense and anyone who saw me after about mile 18 can realize that.  I was so amped on endorphins I did not realize the damage I was doing.

Except I don't really look happy

Except I don’t really look happy

Was it the smartest to finish the marathon?  Maybe not but I don’t regret it…

Post marathon, it was hard to get into the mindset that “this isn’t a quick fix”.  Healing was going to take time versus one visit and I’ll be 100%.

Things I’ve been doing to promote healing:

  • I have kept a journal since beginning my recovery in March. I have recorded how my run felt and when I felt pain (if I did).
  • I’ve stepped almost completely off of dailymile. It’s not that I don’t enjoy dailymile but I didn’t need more advice and I didn’t have the time to keep up with it.
  • I’ve been strengthening my hips, glutes and everything along the legs.
  • I’ve alternated shoes between the Asics Nimbus and Saucony Triumph. Both are similar high cushioned neutral shoes but I have found the Saucony triumph don’t irritate my foot and cause blisters.  Eventually I would like to run most (if not all) miles in the Triumph but I’ve been hesitant due to sticking to what works.  The fact is the Asics numbus 16 worked for me but I’m not 100% convinced the 17s do.  I’ve had a nasty blister on top of my foot (and yes I wear proper socks…).
  • I’m going to  specialists (Dr. Kemenosh and team) to get my muscles loosened up. This is the most important aspect of recovery and I would not be as recovered as I am without doing this.  They are able to pin point exact trigger points that need to be released so the muscle releases.

Noticeable differences:

After my marathon I had a lot of pain everywhere on my left leg.  I had pain in the glutes, the piriformis, adductor muscle (it was painful to turn corners).  Anywhere from my butt to half way down my quad had pain at some point.

Basically everywhere here

Basically everywhere here

 

Slowly respected muscle groups became less obnoxious and painful.  The first to deflame was my adductor muscle.  Within a few visits and realignments to my first chiropractor, that felt better.  I was able to walk normally.

Next my piriformis began slowly deflaming.  Beginning in mid March, my piriformis became less inflamed.  The only part that bothered me was a small attachment in my glute meade.  The pain was no bigger than the diameter of a pen but somehow was able to control my entire butt.

Running the Shamrock half marathon was probably not one of my better ideas either but it is one of my favorite races.  I don’t have regrets running that race either.  After Shamrock, I decided to get my act together.  I had given myself 3 weeks of recovery and I knew this was something more serious than “second marathon blunders”.  Although I knew I had done damage when I finished the marathon and had pain.  I probably extended my recovery by running Shamrock but oh well.

But so fun!

But so fun!

Cliff notes:

I am slowly getting better (emphasis on slowly).  I know that going to a professional has expedited this process and I would not be anywhere close to where I am now without them.  I am honestly about 95% better at this point.  In a world that we want nothing but quick fixes, injuries that take time are the most frustrating.

I have another post later but long story short I don’t enjoy marathons.  I’ve run two full marathons and neither have been enjoyable.  I am going to stick with shorter distances for a while.  I have lots of shorter summer races in the plan this year and I’m hoping to stay injury free to do them all.

What an extremely lengthy post about my butt.  Luckily mine is almost healed and it’s time to move forward.

The Edison Diner

T and I were racing in Northern Jersey a while ago and decided to stop somewhere to eat post race. Of course when we are in a new area we google diners. The Edison diner is located directly off of exit 9 on the turnpike. When we got there around lunch time on a Sunday, it was crowded. Despite getting the last parking spot, we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  As I have mentioned before, diners are like black holes.  When the parking lot is full there is somehow always room in the restaurant.

Atmosphere: B
The Edison Diner is easy to locate from the highway. It’s a nice building outside with a large sign that says”Edison Diner”. If you can figure out the jughandle turn, it’s a cute diner along the main road.

The inside is a typical diner. There are several booths and restaurants. We sat in a (very small) two person booth. Personally there was not enough room for me but we didn’t have to wait too long for a seat.  I wanted to sit at the bar but I’m always starving after a race so that waiting never happens.

Coffee: B
I always wonder if all coffee tastes better post race or long run. There was nothing to write home about about this coffee but it wasn’t bad.

The whipped cream melted before I had a chance to photograph.

The whipped cream melted before I had a chance to photograph.

Food: A
The menu is huge. We were both pleasantly surprised. We had not looked at the Edison diner menu beforehand but we assumed it would be the typical diner fare. While looking through the menu, we quickly realized there were over 100 items.

The Edison diner had over 50 omelette choices so I was determined to try one. I ordered a feta cheese omelette with spinach, onions and chicken. It was a Greek salad with eggs…or something like that. It came with a side of sour dough bread and hash browns. The omelette was perfect and I have no complaints.  It was not the prettiest meal at all (neither was plate actually) but it was really good.

omelet

Cost: $
For my omelette and coffee the cost was $11. It’s a cheap diner and with the amount of food you receive, it’s a deal.

Would I come back?
Overall thoughts: B
I thought the Edison diner was good. I was impressed with how quickly we found a table, ordered and received our food (because of how busy it was). This diner is now about 90 minutes from my house so if I’m in the area, I’ll be back but I wouldn’t drive 90 minutes to get there.

Cliff notes:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $7-14

In summary the Edison diner is a great and quick stop right off of exit 9 on the New Jersey turnpike. I would recommend stopping.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite post race meal?

Do you like to sit in restaurant booths or small? 

Competing for St. Jude

A very long time ago, I used to swim.  This blog was even known as LOLZthatswim…long story short, I swam for 15 years.  I used to swim with Matt.  I use the term swim because he was far faster and I drafted off of him most of the time.  Anyways, Matt is currently training for a triathlon in NYC this summer.  He is racing for charity.  Matt is such an incredible athlete and personal friend I was honored he asked me to promote this on my blog.

If you were interested in donating for such an incredible cause and help him reach his goal of 3500 dollars I know he would appreciate it and I know St. Jude would also appreciate it too.  As most people (including myself know), healthcare is expensive…to be able to receive treatment for free is almost unheard of.  70% of the budget for St. Jude comes from donations. 

Thank you,

Hollie

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I am a current student at the University of Virginia where I serve as the treasurer of the Virginia Triathlon Team. This summer, I will be competing in the NYC Triathlon as a St. Jude Hero. This means that as I swim, bike, and run through the streets of NYC, I will be competing for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. My goal is to raise $3,500 prior to the race, and I hope y’all will consider helping me in my efforts.  Every contribution will directly benefit the research and treatment efforts of St. Jude.

matt 2

In case you haven’t heard about St. Jude Children’s Hospital, it is a pediatric facility that is responsible for helping to push the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since opening in 1962.

What is even more impressive is that they have done this without charging any of their patients. When a family goes to St. Jude’s they never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

The daily cost of running the hospital is approximately $2 million, and about 70% of this budget comes from public donors like you! I hope that you’ll consider supporting my goal by following the link below to make a contribution to St. Jude!

matt 3

Follow this link to visit my fundraising page where you can track my progress and learn more!

Thanks for your time! (And thanks Hollie for the help!)

The Spot

Flashback time: One of the first diners I ever went to was in Binghamton, NY. The Spot in Binghampton showed me how great diners could truly be. Every time I drive through Binghamton I make a special effort to stop.  Despite not being in NJ, this is one of my favorite diners to date.

Atmosphere: A
The outside is a very casual vibe and is made out of cobblestone. It can easily be seen from the 81 highway. The inside has plenty of light and booths. I always try and get a booth next to one of the windows.   You walk in next to the bakery so get to sit within view of that most of the time.

One of my favorite parts of this diner is the friendliness of the staff. I have eaten at the diner alone and with family and friends. The staff is always so polite.  I don’t have a problem eating at restaurants alone and have done it a few times.

Coffee: B
Each time I go, the coffee is always refilled quickly. The whipped cream isn’t my favorite but plenty of coffee is always a positive thing.

Super old school coffee shot.  Dates back to LOLZ drinking to 2012.

Super old school coffee shot. Dates back to LOLZ drinking to 2012.

Food: A
The diner has everything you can imagine. The Spot has pancakes, seafood, dinner, sandwhiches…everything.  Keep in mind I’ve been going to this diner for the last 5 years (way before I knew the glory of NJ diners).  I was always overwhelmed with the possibilities!

This diner Greek Salad is one of my favorites. The salad comes with pita bread, anchovies, grape leaves, feta cheese, onions and I always add gyro meat I like that the gyro is cooked in oil so it’s very juicy.  I don’t post a lot about it but I really like Gyro meat, but oddly enough it’s hard to find at diners!

gyrosalad

Cost: $
The cost for the salad (with gyro) and coffee is 12 dollars. It’s a really good deal and I can’t ever complain.

Overall thoughts: A
Would I come back?
Whenever I am traveling through Binghamton, I always try and hit up the Spot. It’s one of my favorite diners and a great stop along I-81. I always recommend it.

Cliffnotes:
The Spot
Binghampton, NY
Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $8-15
Overall thoughts: A

Questions for you:

Do you have a restaurant you like to go to while traveling? 

Have you ever had Gyro meat? 

Wedding Gifts

I was given an extremely awesome opportunity to review some products from Uncommon Goods.

They originally contacted me to review a product for a Mother’s Day post.  There are plenty of Mother’s Day Gifts to choose for her as well! I am extremely close with my mom (incase you didn’t know, she planned about 95% of the wedding and without her it would not have been as successful as it was).

my parents

my parents

 

I was browsing Uncommon Goods and found a lot of cute things I loved.  It’s a very cute, interesting and unique website and immediately I found a lot of gifts I like for family and friends.

However, something struck me for a great wedding gift.  Before they contacted me, I was struggling with finding appropriate wedding gifts.  I’m extremely close with my parents but we aren’t the sentimental, emotional type of family.  We are the funny and gag gift type of family.  It always makes birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas extremely difficult.  One of the hardest parts of the wedding was trying to figure out what I wanted to give my parents.  Not to say we all don’t like nice things but an emotional wedding gift was not the route I wanted to go.

 I love the “What I Love About You Series”.  I choose these to use these as part of a wedding gift set for both my parents and the groom. 

In a way, the books remind me of sentimental mad lips.  You fill in the blanks of various and sentimental topics.  I love the way you ________ or I love that you love _________.

I really like them.  You can be as funny or as serious as you want.  Obviously my blog is titled “Fueledbylolz” and I get my sense of humor from my parents…so you can see where mine personal books went.  We can fit our own personalities and share the humor together…another person can make them very emotional and heart felt.  They are very personal and you can fill them out to your life.  Each book is filled with 50 pages (and 50 one liners to fill out).  I think it’s the perfect length without feeling overbearing or tired.  I would 100% recommend them to anyone.

what I love about you books

I actually really like a lot of their products and have since gone to buy a few more items.  Thank you Uncommon Goods for reaching out and contacting me.  There are quite a few products I like for my friends and family (as well as myself…like this scarf).

Question for you: Are you close with your parents?

 

 

Dismal Swamp 5k (19:45)

Sometimes posts get lost in the mix.  During my wedding weekend I also ran an Inaugural 5k at the Dismal Swamp.  The 5k was a straight, out and back course.  Brittany, Heather and I ran the 5k while Laura cheered and ran 10 miles.  It was a lot of fun.  Given any other weekend this recap would have gotten precedence.

My girls

My girls

We got to the race with about half an hour to spare.  We all ran about 20 minutes together and by the time we finished it was time to race.

dismal swamp 5k 1

I was trying to motion #bumbutt but it looks like I just have a wedgie

 

The 5k started at 8:05, while the half marathon started 5 minutes before at 8am.  Once they were off they called us up.  Within a few minutes, we were off.  I was lucky to chat to Marie, a great friend of mine.

I immediately took off, not knowing what to expect. Since my hip is definitely not 100%, if anything hurt I would just stop.

The first mile felt like it took forever.  I went from 3rd woman to 1st by the end of the first mile and found myself alone with no men or women near.  I began passing half marathoners towards the end of the first mile.  At first I thought it was strange to have half marathoners go 5 mins in front of 5kers.  We would catch a lot and it would be crowded but I ended up liking it a lot.  I was able to see some of my local friends like Allie and Jenny!  I hit the first mile in 6:22.  I was excited because it gave me hope to run a sub 20 (which I have not been able to do lately at all).

The second mile was similar to the first.  I saw a lot of friends running the half.  I also saw Laura who was cheering loudly.  The lead cyclist made the u turn and headed back with the leader of the race.  The lead cyclist actually told me to get out of the way.  That irritated me a little bit because there weren’t a lot of places to go.  I wasn’t going to run into the half marathoners on the other side of the road and I wasn’t purposely in the leader’s way.  When I made the turn and headed back I side fived everyone including my dad and two brothers (both of whom were riding the pain train after going to T’s Bachelor party).   I hit the second mile in 6:22 too (hashtag twinning).

During the third mile I thought there was a chance to break 20 minutes.  My hip was a little bit sore but nothing crazy (I do believe if I raced a 10k, it would have been inhibiting).  I began trying to push but similar to most of my 5ks, that is next to impossible.  The last mile of a 5k is always painful whether I’m running a PR or PW.  I hit the third mile in 6:27 so I didn’t slow down too much.

All of a sudden I found myself approaching the finish line and they had a tape for me to break!  That doesn’t happen often so I was really excited.  I threw my hands up (like I think you are supposed to do) and went through.

dismal swamp win

Then to add more perfection to the day, Heather took second woman and Brittany took third.  We actually took a 1,2,3!  This race wasn’t close to a PR for anyone but it is a nice step towards running more short races.  I’m very happy I made the last minute decision to race and have no regrets.

dismal swamp 5k 2

My hip felt the same as if I had run easy so that was a bit of confidence too.  The weather conditions were perfect and the course was flat (probably the main reasons I had a solid race).  This race gave me a bit of confidence that I could begin racing 5ks again…anything more is going to currently bother my hip.  In summary it was a solid race for me and I have no complaints.  I am looking to race a lot more short races for a while.  My hip didn’t bother me during the 5k and I think it’s a logical step.

Questions for you:

What is your 5k strategy?

What was the last race you did with friends?

Wedding

There are some days you want to remember for the rest of your life.  My wedding day is one of them and I will remember and cherish it for the rest of my life.  I’ll have a much longer recap at another point but it truly was the best day of my life.

I could not have had such an incredible day without the help of my parents, friends and loved ones.  I will always be thankful for that.

Everything went very smoothly and I honestly cannot think of one thing I would have changed or done differently.  I wasn’t terribly stressed before the wedding, during the wedding or honestly now after the wedding.  We had a few list minute hiccups but that is to be expected.  The amount of guests we had made it fun and easy to chat (and dance) with everyone.  I was so glad for that.   It is an incredible experience to have all of your friends in one central location.

In the beginning I said I wanted to focus on the important things: food (and drinks), cake and of course music.  That is exactly what I did and everything was perfect.

In summary, at the reception I drank a lot of Kahlua coffee, danced awkwardly the entire night and ate.  The caterer said “You know most brides don’t eat and you are up here for round 2”…It made me lolz.

Words cannot express how truly grateful I am for the entire year of planning and the day.  Thank you to family and friends.

Here are a few photos from the wedding.  Thank you friends for tagging me and I can’t wait to share more photos.

Dad walking me down

Dad walking me down

ceremony wedding

 

First dance

First dance

Father daughter dance

Father daughter dance

And then never ending dancing

And then never ending dancing

Of course photobooth bombing Kris and Kellie's shots...

Of course photobooth bombing Kris and Kellie’s shots…

I had a great day full of fun, laughter, dancing and celebration.  There will be quite a few more posts when I get around to it so if you have any questions feel free to ask.

We decided to wait a couple of days to go on our Honeymoon.  That way we could get everything unpacked and repacked and wouldn’t be stressed about that during the wedding.

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