Stepping away from the cookies: Runfessions June 2018


I seemed to finally find my mojo in June. Or maybe it was just that I got busy, and busy people get more done. Another month, another crack at the elusive 5k PR — which remains elusive but I did have a course PR so it’s all good.

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice to get a few things off my chest.

At my parent’s on Memorial Day

I runfess . . .
I got so busy in May and had so much to talk about that I never told you that Lola was diagnosed with Lyme disease at the end of the month. I had her in for her annual and she surprisingly tested positive (and yes, she gets flea and tick preventative).

The vet told me that most people will just treat with the antibiotics when they get a positive, but apparently it’s a generic test and really just shows that she’d been exposed. Yes, in March, we had pulled a tick off of her. They actually have to be feeding a long time to transfer the disease, and I really didn’t think that one had been on her anywhere near that long.

There is another, more specific test, called the Lyme Quant C6, which would tell us if she really had the disease. Apparently you want a number under 30. Hers came back 174, or as the tech put it, she has all the lyme disease.

Thankfully she was completely asymptomatic — we had no clue, and the vet was not expecting that result after her annual, either. She has just finished a month of doxycyclone, which she took like a champ (I just ground it up and put it in her food).

I runfess . . .
I told Mr. Judy about the Best Damn Race Savannah register blitz, but we’re still planning our ID trip so he didn’t really comment. So I decided to just do it and registered.

And much to my surprise, he seems into it. He came home the next day and had already looked at flights and other places nearby. Don’t forget, the race isn’t until February 2019!

Or maybe he’s just bowing to the inevitable. We’ve had a slight bump in the road, but the race can be deferred if necessary. It’s part of why I registered.

Memories in a box

I runfess . . .
In 2016, the last time I ran the Freihofers Run for Women, I sucked down almost half the box of free cookies post race. Literally.

Turn back the clock til when I was a kid . . . Freihofers Chocolate Chip Cookies were my favorites and I could eat an entire box by myself (not joking). Yes, me and cookies have issues.

I am happy to report that that was not the case this year. Oh sure, I no doubt ate more than I needed to — but it was a cookie one day, a couple of cookies another, and then days would go by without me eating a cookie.

In fact, in the end, I threw out probably over half the box uneaten.

Old habits die hard but we can change!

I runfess . . .
It’s funny how writing about something tends to make you do it. It’s part of why I blog and journal my runs. After less than stellar prehab in May, after writing about it in last month’s runfessions I got back at it.

My left hip has also been mildly achy. This is not anything new; my hips always seem to be out of alignment when my chiropractor adjusts me. So I also made an effort to do a lot of hip-centric yoga this month — and of course, continue to work on strengthening the hips, too.

The prehab began to drop off again as we neared the end of the month, but at least it didn’t completely disappear from the radar.

I runfess . . .
I’ve been hitting the Nuun hard. I used Nuun when I first started to run, but I don’t like sweet tasting things on long runs so I stopped. I’ve been plagued with bad leg cramps during/after many runs in the last three years, though.

This year I started to use Nuun again. Still not during the run, but after — and sometimes before. So far, so good. I’m thinking about applying to be an Ambassador next year; Honeystinger doesn’t have fizzies so I don’t think it would be a conflict of interest — do you?

What’s your nostalgic treat from childhood (Suzy Qs are another for me!)?

Do you like Nuun?

What do you have to runfess from June? Come join us


I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.


28 thoughts on “Stepping away from the cookies: Runfessions June 2018

  1. Our cats used to get ticks frequently but not this summer. Never had them tested. I guess they are ok.

    I got 3 boxes of Freihofers and I put them in the freezer. I eat them frozen if I feel the need for a sweet.

    We didn’t have them downstate. I remember Non-pareils & snowballs.

    As you know I am a Nuun Ambassador and my hubby uses it. I still have to try it. I prefer plain water.

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    1. Lyme disease is very prevalent here (as heartworm was in TX); most people say that it’s a matter of when, not if.

      I haven’t tried SOS Rehydrate, although I have heard recommendations for it — I actually went to Amazon to look at it people weren’t saying kind words about the taste.


    1. Lyme disease is really, really prevalent up here (it’s named after a town in CT, after all!). Lola never even noticed she had it, thank goodness. She was totally asympotmatic.

      The day the vet called to tell us the news she was literally bouncing off the chaise playing with Bandit. And she’s 12!

      Mmmmm, Oreos. Regular or Double Stuff? I’m a Double Stuff gal myself.


  2. Freihofer’s for you are Entenmann’s for me. Those little cookies, but also the powdered donettes. Yum. Only white powder though.
    Poor Lola, glad she’s asymptomatic. So pretty
    I’ve been on a propel kick, but friend suggested Nuun. I might give it a go if it’s not too sweet. If I go beyond the half I need to find a fuel option since there’s only about two flavors of gels I like

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    1. Entenmann’s are definitely super yummy too! I’m not so much a donut girl — but the cookies are great (not that I turn up my nose at a donut, of course).

      Nuun isn’t fuel; it’s electrolyte replacement. I actually like gels, but I stopped using them a long time ago. I use Honeystinger chews + some home made stuff — not gels, but recipes I’ve gotten from cookbooks for cookies, bars, energy balls, etc.


      1. Yeah those are the only donuts I’ll eat — luckily since I get my coffee daily at Dunkin’ and there’s no temptation
        I’ve seen Nuun, just meant I’ve gone entirely water (and lately propel) as I hadn’t found anything that wasn’t too sweet in gels or beverage. I need to go to JackRabbit to get a new PF ball, might see what they have in the way of Nuun too. If you like raisins, I quite enjoy those.


  3. Oh poor Lola 😦 I am glad that she has been taking the medicine like a champ and hope she gets better soon.

    I was an ambassador for Nuun and Honey Stinger for a few years and it was never a conflict. Like you said, they have different products so it’s okay 🙂

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  4. Yikes on the Lyne disease. It sounds like Lola will be fine though? I drink Nuun and eat Honeystingers so that combo should work. I am loving Nuun in a glass of icy sparkling water after a hot ride.
    I’m hoping to find some fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies at the market in Lancaster today. 😉

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  5. We are achy left hip twins! Mine has bothered me off and on now for a long time. I think it is just good old bursitis. But, the pre-hab seems to help. Lola was a champ in taking her medicine. I hope she is doing OK.

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    1. Well, there are better ways to be twins. Bursitis has crossed my mind; it’s so common.

      Lola is doing just fine. Thank God she will eat pretty much anything, even with her limited teeth. Some day I know that will change but I hope not for a long time yet.


  6. I wasn’t good with prehab during my last training cycle. That needs to change. I’m sure that’s why my ITBS spoke up with a month to go. I knew when I was skipping it, and I’d make an excuse. I’ve definitely doubled down and been doing it every other day like normal.

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    1. Lola never had any symptoms at all. The only thing I noticed was she was more whiny than usual, but she never seemed to be in pain at all — then again, animals are so good at hiding it.

      So far we’ve managed to escape lyme (the humans) but we do like to hike — and take the dogs with us! Always something. 😦

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  7. Oh, poor Lola! I hope she feels better soon! Childhood treat? Hands-down, HoHos. Oh my gosh, they still are my favorite if I see them in a store. I seldom ever buy them, but I do have lots of happy memories of them 😉


  8. Hoping Lola feels better soon and I’m glad she’s been diagnosed!

    I used to love Little Debbie snacks as a kid – Strawberry Shortcake Rolls and Zebra Cakes were some of my absolute favorites! Thankfully they’re a bit harder to find in Philly, lol!

    I have tried to like Nuun, I always get samples at Expos but there’s something about the flavor that I just can’t tolerate, lol!

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  9. Poor Lola… glad she got diagnosed, and got treated.

    I love nuun too… there are several ambassadors that represent HS too, so really don’t think that is a conflict 😉

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    1. Left untreated Lyme can be very bad and chronic; we’re lucky we caught it — there were no symptoms. No lethargy, vomiting, fever, lack of appetite. None at all.

      There really is no next step. Except I have her on a ton of supplements from the Holistic vet now that she’s done with the antibiotics.

      Don’t worry — seriously, she’s ok!


  10. Does your vet offer the Lyme vaccine? The one we see does. I had Lyme disease a couple years ago–I was treated with antibiotics and was fine. I hope Lola will be too!

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    1. We prefer not to vaccinate Lola anymore (also, on vet’s directive) due to her age.

      Some additional information: “Other things to consider are that the Lyme vaccine only provides immunity for a short time span, and needs to be administered yearly. It can cause an untreatable, fatal form of Lyme disease. None of the veterinary schools in the United States recommend it. Prolonged use of the vaccine can cause kidney problems in dogs.”

      Lola, is, indeed, fine. Had I not taken her for her annual, we would have never known she had it (it’s apparently not that unusual for dogs to be asymptomatic), but it’s lucky I did take her and we did fine out because left untreated it can turn into chronic Lyme disease and can cause neurological damage, as well.

      I was really scared about it when we moved here, and I’m not at all happy that this happened, of course, but I am happy that Lola is her same sweet self.


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