PictureShe's cute but a terrible nurse!
Hello Running Buddies!

Long time no blog! Well it feels like that anyways. 
Recently on Twitter I announced that I had to take a small break from running and people were super encouraging and thoughtful in their responses. Thanks so much! They also asked if I had been injured. That's a hard question to answer so I thought a blog was necessary to share the story. 
Technically, no, I'm not injured. I didn't fall and break anything nor was I dealing with any IT band issues or Plantar Fasciitis, thank goodness! But I was following my Doctor's orders of no activity for two weeks to let my body heal. Here's the scoop...

Early in July I got a bug bite of some kind. That's not abnormal at all being as I've been spending time at the lake, at the pool, and my backyard is filled with bugs and other things like squirrels and bunny rabbits, and let's not forget that the mosquitos freaking LOVE me! I get a lot of bites every summer. Not bunny or squirrel bites, just to be clear. 
So when I turned up with a bite on the back of my leg after a visit to the lake, I wasn't at all alarmed. I just assumed that, like all of them, it would be a small annoyance until it went away. 

Side note - due to my PCOS coupled with insulin resistance, my cuts/bites tend to heal sort of slowly.

After 6 or 7 days I still had the bite on the back of my leg. Oh and we are not talking about the part of your leg above the back of my knee or the back of the calf, but the sorta embarrassing part of your leg where you thigh meets your butt. Awesome.  

Around day 8 of having the bug bite I noticed it was getting kinda red and bigger. Not cool. So I tried treating it at home with over the counter meds. Spoiler Alert! Didn't work.

By day 10, it was so painful I couldn't walk right. I thought I had been bitten by a spider so the next day I went to the doctor to have him take a look at it. Turns out it was not a spider bite, but just some kind of bite that got infected. Gross, I know! My doctor prescribed some antibiotics, a tetanus shot in the arm, and another ointment to take care of it.

By that night, the spot on my leg had gotten so swollen and big and just happened to be in the most inconvenient spot ever, and I couldn't sit down! I also couldn't drive, wear clothing that touched the spot, or even lay down on my back. The next day (Friday) I had to make a super embarrassing call to my CEO and tell her I couldn't come to work because my butt hurt. Not. even. joking!
So I called in to work and and my boss was super understanding and I took the day off and laid face down waiting for my antibiotics to kick in. (See the picture above.)
Sounds awesome, right? 

Every time I would lay face down for any amount of time, my back/kidneys would start to hurt. So I spent an entire weekend laying in various awkward positions trying to find a comfortable way to relax. By the following Monday the antibiotics had not even touched it and it was even harder to walk so I called in to work again and went back to the doctor. 

He ended up working some "doctor magic" and upped my medication to three times a day. I went back to work on Tuesday for a half day but had to take a pillow with me. Trying to find a comfortable way to sit down for multiple hours wasn't easy. I ended up just using my pillow to protect my knees and just had to kneel at my desk.
By Wednesday I could finally manage to awkwardly sit down on my chair with a pillow for protection. I had to cross my infected leg over my good leg and kind of lean to the side so I looked all cool and casual all day with my swagger-lean going on in my office. Kinda like this...
By Friday I was able to ditch the pillow all together and just sit like a normal person! Yay!

Then Sunday hit and so did my allergic reaction to my medication. Turns out I'm allergic to the antibiotics I was taking 3 times a day. Not Awesome.

Luckily I've gotten that all straightened out now and I was finally able to pick back up on my training this week. My runs haven't been great but I'm glad to be back out there. Thank goodness I can get my training underway because I have the Ventura Half Marathon in just 5 weeks! I'll probably have to realign my goals and just go for the fun of the race and not try to PR since I've not been able to build a base at all yet and definitely haven't been able to do any speed work. Which is totally fine with me.
I'm really excited about this race because I'll get to meet up with a bunch of my Twitter buddies from that side of the country, George, Clarinda, Katie, Marvin, Diane, and I'll get to hopefully meet fellow #BibRavePro Alex! Let me know if you are running either the full or the half at the Ventura marathon, I'd love to say hi! 

Question! Have you ever had to adjust your race goals?

 
 
PictureMo Schultz - Ultra Trail Runner Extraordinaire!
Hello Running Buddies! How was your 4th of July weekend? Did you celebrate with the 6 F's? 
Family, Friends, Food, Fireworks, Fun and Freedom!
I sure did! Today on the blog, I'm doing something a little different. Something I've never done before. A while back, my Twitter Buddy, Mo, reached out to me and wanted to contribute to my blog. I thought the best way would be to feature him as the RunGingerRun Buddy of the Month! It just so happens that he's the first RGR Buddy of the month too! Being as we just celebrated the 4th of July and Mo is a Service-Disabled Veteran, there was no better time kick off this new adventure for my blog then right after one of our most patriotic holidays! Thanks for your service Mo! 
How I Met Mo
Mo and I "met" on Twitter and while we've never met in real life, I still consider him a Running Buddy. Maybe one day we'll end up at the same race and run some miles together! But for now, we participate in the same Twitter chats, we talk about running, we congratulate each other on our running accomplishments and we also motivate each other when we need it. Now it's time for you to meet Mo...

The Running Buddy Interview with Mo Schultz

PictureMo and Running Buddy Sandy!
1. Who is Mo?
That is always a tough question and typically I can give a great snapshot in time however, I will give you a cliff notes version of my timeline. I am a mid-west kid that grew up in Kansas City. Jazz, BBQ and Sports fuels everyone in that city. Childhood was so-so and I was always into soccer. I tried other sports and made it a point to be active. This trend stuck when I went into the military. I went into the military in 1997  and left in 2003. I incurred my disability in 2001 and it was clear I had a tough road ahead. I was having surgeries often and gaining a significant amount of weight. I knew it was bad because the pain in my ankles and in other areas, as well as, sleep apnea were due to the fact that I had hit the obesity mark. I was at a point where it hurt to be active. Note for anyone reading this that are at that point, you need to eat right and become active even if it hurts. Trust me, it is not going to get better. It took me a decade to get to a point where I said, “Enough is enough.” From 2012 to the end of 2013, I ran but did not follow a nutrition plan or take advice from a running coach. The objective for me running changed, as it was no longer for weight loss but to connect with a strong community, the running community, and make this a life change. 

I became addicted to trail running as I enjoyed every aspect of it. In January 2014 I started eating healthy, 
as a wonderful woman (Keira Henninger) introduced me to game changing nutrition. I dropped 40 lbs. in 6 months from eating well and staying active. It was no miracle pill but it was great, supportive people in my life that helped me make this life change. Today I run for many reasons but most of all for veterans and others that are going through similar challenges I faced. I am in no way skinny but if I can do it, anyone can. I am a Veteran Ambassador for Team RWB and Carbo Pro. Professionally, I work at the Department of State. For more info of the Professional side of my life, come connect with me on LinkedIn

2. How do we connect with you on Social media?
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter via @NOVATrailBlazer and @NOVAUltraRunner

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3. How you get into running?
I signed up for my first 10K in 2012. So the race series that started me down the path of running was The North face Endurance Challenge. I would say the best supported race series out there. It also helped that my wife is a marathoner and seeing all of her great results inspired me to be active too. 
4. What is your favorite race/distance?
Becoming the first service disabled veteran to complete The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 miler in June 2014...I am going to say 50 mile Trail races are my favorite. I was not fast but my official time was 12:57:51. I was 2 minutes and 9 seconds from the cut off but I enjoyed every step of that race. The scenery is gorgeous as you run along the Potomac River. This will be a staple race for me and I am just glad I finished. One interesting fact is that I ran the entire time without music. I had music ready to go but the convo with other runners and the scenery kept me occupied, yes, trail runners talk while we run. We also become instant field medics when one of us would go down. Sure we may have little to no medical training but we just “know.”

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5. Tell me about Team RWB? 
First off, Team RWB is not just a sound bite and yes, everyone is welcome to join. To understand Team RWB you need to understand the #EagleEthos as captured on the website. We share an ethos, a set of guiding beliefs and ideals that characterize our community. Ethos is demonstrated, not stated. The Eagle Ethos can be clearly captured in an instant with a single snapshot or demonstrated over time. It can be displayed outwardly or held inside as fuel for action. But it is pervasive throughout Team RWB and known intimately by each team member who puts on that red shirt. The Eagle Ethos is passion, people, positivity, commitment, camaraderie, and community...and Team RWB lives it in action every day.

+ Passion – we care more, we work harder, and we share our story
+ People – veterans and community drive everything we do
+ Positivity – we don’t ignore the challenges, we just stay positive and attack them
+ Commitment – we are dedicated to each other, our mission, and our communities
+ Camaraderie – we improve lives through genuine, personal relationships
+ Community – this is what we are building...at every level

I recommend everyone to at least go to a recurring event in their local area to experience it. You can learn more about Team RWB by visiting our website: http://www.teamrwb.org/

Mantra: #FuelWellBreatheWellStayFocused #YouGotThis 
My Quote: “A successful leader will take a diverse mix of unknown people with unknown skill sets and abilities and make them want to make the impossible, possible.” -Mohammad Schultz

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