My right big toe itches. It has been itching since it got some sort of odd bug bite on Saturday at the concert. At first I just thought it was a mosquito bite. However, it's the kind of itch that makes me want to rip my toe off, except that would make running a little more complex. Mosquito bites don't usually bother me this much once the initial bite and itchiness has passed.
The annoying thing is it's not getting any better. When I put on my Chacos for work on Monday, I had to loosen the toe strap because my toe was so swolen. It hasn't gone down much since. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like I needed to claw at it. (This was before I woke up later from an incredibly strange dream where someone had broken into my house and brought 5 puppies with them... it doesn't sound scary, but I definitely felt very panicky during the dream... more so because of the perfect stranger in my house, not the puppies.)
I'm sure you care little about my toe, but it's seriously getting on my nerves. I'm keeping cortizone cream on it in an effort to keep the itch from driving me nuts.
In other news, I left out one of my favorite parts about the DMB concert. I mentioned they played my all-time favorite DMB song, "Crash Into Me." Some of you true fans will be familiar with an extra line he throws in sometimes at concerts:
"I'll be your dixie chicken/ If you'll be my Tennessee lamb/ And we'll walk together/ Down in dixieland..."
We. went. wild. I mean, most of the people there were likely Tennesseans after all. I've always loved this song, and I really love these added lyrics. I'm a southern gal through and through who hopes to eventually be some lucky man's "Tennessee lamb," so I like this little touch to such an awesome song.
Anyways, I had an email this morning from a VERY observant reader who noticed my total mileage in my mileage stats (in the sidebar) shot up. I didn't magically run like 400 miles yesterday... I just found my planner from 2005 when I trained from my first marathon and was able to add all of those training runs into my log. I realize this sounds a bit crazy, but I now have in my log all of the runs I've done since January 2005 when I began training for my first marathon. I still wonder how many miles I've actually ran in my life, but since I never tracked it before then I guess I'll never really know unless I ask God when I get to Heaven... I bet He knows.
I'll keep tracking my runs in the future, so feel free to keep uP with my progress. It's actually really fun to see the charts and stuff of how much I've run in any given week, month or year. I totally recommend the online training log at Runner's World.
I've actually been ironing out my plans for the training I'm doing over the next few months. If all goes well, I'm going to do a spin class BEFORE work on Monday and Wednesday (yes, this will be insanely early, but I think if I can make it a habit it'll be sooo worth getting up before sunrise). Then, I'll run on Tuesdays and Thursdays after work - one day speed training, and one day tempo run. Saturday mornings will continue to be long runs. I'd like to make it to yoga once a week anytime I can. I think that'll be a good mix of things to improve my speed, endurance and strength.
Meanwhile, all the books I ordered came in yesterday. I have a nice little "to read" stack now. It's kind of exciting. It'll probably take me a year to get through them all, but we'll see how it goes. I have a feeling some of them will be pageturners.
In closing, I've been digging a song called Cathedrals by Jump Little Children for the past few days. I heard it on Lightning 100 one day and HAD to download it. It's one of those songs I can just listen to over and over. Check it out.
PS - It's really freaking hot. If anyone wants to go swimming, then let me know and we'll find a pool. Or a lake. Or a stream.