MarathonMaiden's Blog

August 30, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:00

WITH PICTURES!  Although the quality of said pictures might be a bit rough.  Oops.

Thanks for the get-better messages on that one.  I was lucky enough to TRUST myself and not go to bed on Saturday night thinking I could wait until morning.

And I’m lucky enough that, despite not seeing eye to eye with my mom with pretty much anything, she told me to do what I needed to do and not worry about the cost of the ER.  Because my co-pay is ridiculous and, I’m not going to lie, money is stressful and very tight right now. (Let’s just say that it took me many months to pay off my ER trips last April.)

So off I went and I’m glad I did so. Between 2300 on Saturday and 0200 Sunday morning when I was seen in the ER my toe went from slightly pink to vibrant red, throbbing and spreading.  I shudder to think of what it would have been if I had waited the 8+ hours.  Likely I’d have been on IVs again.

Sorry for those who get squeemish. I just really love this picture. And those that have been taken of the actual infection in my toe / leg from this past April. But I know that some people aren't fascinated with this stuff so I'll keep the really gross ones to myself 🙂

And to answer questions I’ve been getting as to why I keep getting these infections (this is my 5th in 18 months.)  Well I don’t really know and no doctor can give me a good answer.  I think it has to do with times of great stress in my life where ordinary bacteria getting into cuts on my feet (I go barefoot a lot and get blisters on occasion) are allowed to take over because my immune system is all over my stressed life.  Each infection has correlated to an extremely stressful week or two of my life. I do have an appointment with a podiatrist and sports med doctor in the near future just to get other ideas and answers especially because, as the ER doc I saw put it, I can’t keep going on antibiotics every 3-6 months.  That’s not good or healthy.

But for now I’m back on the antibiotics to take every 6 hours for the next 7 days.  And I actually started to feel better after ~24 hours on the stuff.  Wahoo.

[EDIT: Oh snap. This means I can’t drink for the next 10 days!]

Whew.  That was long winded. So I’m going to move on as this is already reading like ToeFest.  Or something like it.

I doubt you want to really read a full recap of my standard Monday morning 2 X 4.1 mile run on the path again.  But I know you guys must like reading something about my running so here’s what went down:

  • 1st loop:  4.1 miles @ 9:18 pace
  • 2nd loop:4.1 miles @ 8:42
  • Total:        8.2 miles @ 9:00

Ugh.  It’s definitely been a LONG time since I’ve seen 9 as the first number in a pace. And it’s definitely the slowest I’ve run since moving. Or since…the early spring? Oh well.

My legs just felt dead and the fact that I got 4 hours of sleep Saturday (hello ER) and then 5.5 hours of sleep Sunday night (hello early wake-up) after 11 hours on Friday night (hello gloriousness) and I’m sure my body was rebounding hard.  Throw in some really awesome runs at the end of last week, including my LR, and, well, to say that a really slow run this morning is a surprise would be a lie.

I also realized at 2000 last night that I was taking part in Shelly’s 10 day streak so I laced up my shoes for 1.1 miles.  Not the biggest deal ever and I really can’t use this as an excuse for a slow run — but I am 😛

I really like how my second loop was wayyy faster than the first.  I suspect it’s because I was trying to stave off being passed.  It was unsuccessful (this guy was flying!) but the passing happened a lot later than I thought it would.  So clearly I picked it up.

Now onto the fun 😀

So on Saturday night, before I made my little trip to the ER, I went to Waterfire.  Which is awesome.  If any of you guys are in Providence on September 11 or October 9th I highly recommending you get your butt there.

In case you were too lazy to click the link I provided Waterfire is:

WaterFire Providence®, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s one hundred sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.

See, I can be lazy too and just copy and paste what Waterfire is from the link I provided 🙂

I’ve been to Waterfires in the past, my school isn’t terribly far away from it, but this year was different as this is MY city.  I was able to WALK from my apartment to downtown and then up and down the canal.

And if you’ve been paying attention I did a 13.5 mile LR on Saturday before going out and walking for 2 hours along said canal.

It’s really pretty.  But the first thing my roommate and I found out was that they

…wait for it…

serve alcohol and let you walk around with it.  So we proceeded to let some boys buy us beer and then we literally get drunk on the streets of Providence.  Okay so maybe not wicked drunk or anything but tipsy.  Because when else am I going to be able to buy a beer and carry it around with me while walking downtown?

That’s right. The next Waterfire.  But there’s only two more left this season.  So I need to enjoy it while I can (and luckily I’ll be off antibiotics by then muahaha).

Roomie love

Obviously there were lots of people there to see the sculptures on the water being lit and listen to the many opera singers who were lined up along the water singing to the symphony being played on the loudspeakers.  But there were also other attractions on some of the side streets.

Like the band that was playing swing music and there was an actual raised dance stage.  They also played Sinatra to which me and my roomie had to leave because it was sad that we didn’t have any boys to dance with.

Note to self: find hot boy for next Waterfire. I was wayyyy jealous of everyone who was dancing. And if you know me then you know I don’t dance well at all. There were fathers dancing with daughters, old couples etc and everyone was having a blast.

I know it's a terrible picture but see that old man front and center? He was ADORABLE and a great dancer and I wanted to cut in and dance with him!

Along the canal there were also GONDOLIERS.  I couldn’t get a good picture at all of them (silly fire making flash photography impossible but my hands are too shaky for a non-flash pic) but it was AWESOME.

Next time I will go on one of the boats.  Life goal.

A really bad picture but if you look closely the dark figure at the end of the boat is the gondalier.

We also walked through / below the bridges of the canal, which I don’t have any pictures of because it was so busy and dark.  It was wayyy romantic and couples everywhere though so my roomie and I felt a wee bit out of place.  But we were still feeling good and happy, the whole drinking in the streets thing.

After two hours of walking and drinking we decided to head back to our apartment.   And I attempted to get a picture of one of the massive hills that I run/walk on.  It wasn’t very successful but let me say that when at the top of this hill, you look out onto the city below and all of a sudden you think there’s no more road.  Because the road just drops.

But I don’t think this picture does it justice.

See that little hill in the background? Straight. Up

So apparently Saturday was a very eventful and productive day: 13.5 mile long run, getting some good draft work on my application essays, Waterfire and a trip to the ER where I got only oral antibiotics (yay) and a referral to a primary care physician in the area.

A good exciting day indeed 🙂


  1. Holy cow. Hope your toes are doing ok! hopefully seeing a foot doctor will help to figure out what is going on! Great job on the runs and hope you are having a good Monday!

    Comment by J — August 30, 2010 @ 16:09

  2. Waterfire is so cool! I’m such a nerd for public art like that. I found a giant eye ball sculpture in chicago amazing. I’m weird.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 30, 2010 @ 16:14

    • Omg you would LOVE this. Seriously. Hop on a plane for the next time Waterfire is 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 30, 2010 @ 22:08

  3. Waterfire sounds awesome! Take care of that toe, girl.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 30, 2010 @ 16:29

  4. Okay you have an infestion in your toe but you are still running because???? (oh hey wait, I’d probably still be running too) Yeah never mind that question I already know the answer. 😉

    Do take care of that toe and get over these infections already!

    Comment by shelly — August 30, 2010 @ 16:53

    • Hahah to the running. My toe is looking so much better and I caught the infection early so the doc never said no to running. Yay 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 30, 2010 @ 22:09

  5. sisterrrr!!!
    what the heck is up with the toes! 😦 eeek!
    you are my hero to be such a trooper and fight through it! “just keep swimming…I mean RUNNING!” 🙂
    hehe! I am sending you well wishes from the west coast!!!
    I heart you!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — August 30, 2010 @ 17:51

  6. Thanks for sharing the Waterfire pix….I went to Brown and Waterfire was SO cool!!!

    Comment by sarah — August 30, 2010 @ 20:43

  7. Good Lord woman! Any more infections and I’m going to have to email you some immune boosting tips.
    Speedy recovery to you…again!

    Waterfire is SO cool! And you are killing me with your ‘walking around with beer’ delight!

    Comment by Marcia — August 30, 2010 @ 21:19

    • Clearly it doesn’t take much to make me happy. Just boys buying beer and walking around the city streets with it haha 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 30, 2010 @ 22:10

  8. Love it. Looks like such a blast. Tell your angry little toes to stop giving you so much grief!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 30, 2010 @ 22:14

  9. The reoccurrence of these infections is troubling. Hopefully you find some docs who give you a proper diagnosis soon.

    Comment by A Marathoner — August 30, 2010 @ 22:25

  10. Hope your toes are getting better and you find some answers about what is going on! Yikes!

    Waterfire looks awesome!

    Comment by Kim — August 30, 2010 @ 22:56

  11. Oh god. OW. That looks really painful, and my heart goes out to you. Have a speedy recovery, dear! And when it comes to injuries, put YOURSELF over money.

    Comment by sophia — August 30, 2010 @ 23:27

  12. Girl, buy some flip flops and never go barefoot again! Seriously, if you know that barefoot is bad, then why do it? I’d be putting those feet on lock down. Glad you caught it early enough so that it doesn’t interfere w/ your running. And… i love it that you “let some boys buy you beer.” Hahahaha, yep, mini-me.

    Comment by Rebecca — August 31, 2010 @ 04:08

    • It’s not the barefoot thing per se. It’s just when I’m stressed out my body doesn’t really like to fight off anything. That’s when it’s bad. I need to put the stress on lock down 😉

      and I can’t wait to get boys to buy me more beer. You should visit and we can do that together 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 31, 2010 @ 09:23

  13. OOOOOH do I feel you on hospital bills, girl. As if being sick weren’t enough, you have to worry about the ER putting you into debt. Blech. I agree with Rebecca, though – buy flipflops and stick around with the boys who buy you drinks! Walking and drinking is too enjoyable to put in peril.

    Comment by sarah — August 31, 2010 @ 08:38

  14. oh geez… well hey! you have a very full life 🙂 hehehe. most of it being good. interesting about the repeat infections– elliot + i both get sick when we are really run-down or stressed out. i always get hit w/ at least one immune-related issue each year. for me it has been (b/c you are a medical lover)– periorbital cellulitis, mono, shingles, psoriasis, random rash break-out of unknown cause… and i feel like i’m missing something. we joke at work “what is it going to be this year.” one year i got hit by a car… it’s kind of funny now.

    anyway!!!!!! glad you are on the mend 🙂

    and so cool about waterfire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sounds mardi-gras-like. not that i’ve been. lol. but from what i’ve heard.

    Comment by Lacey — August 31, 2010 @ 09:09

    • Hahah the medical dork in me loves your issues with sickness and stress. Especially the variety you get. I only get cellulitis!

      And you should come to the next Waterfire! For real 🙂

      P.S. I’m going to try to email you today. Fingers crossed I remember when at work 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 31, 2010 @ 09:25

  15. Oh my goodness … take care of yourself! Otherwise, sounds like a good day.

    Comment by Jaime — August 31, 2010 @ 10:34

  16. Yikes! Sorry about your toe, hope it gets better soon!
    I don’t know if you got my response to your comment way back about what 5K I’m doing in September (I haven’t been able to figure out how to reply to comments via email .. do you know how to do it?), but anyways I’m doing the it’s right on campus and I like races best that don’t require any transportation to get there : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 31, 2010 @ 11:12

    • I’m definitely going to check out that race! It fits in onto a weekend I was going to do a 5k on and while Boston is farther than Providence for me I might do this one just to meet you! 🙂

      As for responding to comments. I do it all via email so I just copy and paste the comment-ers email into the “to” line.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 31, 2010 @ 12:20

  17. i think your infection dx is pretty accurate. but i’m no doctor. 🙂 hope you can get things figured out soon!

    Comment by emily — August 31, 2010 @ 13:04

  18. I hope your toe’s ok it sounds painful, have you tried echinacea to boost your immune system, I’m never sure if it does much but it might be worth a go!

    Comment by Laura — August 31, 2010 @ 14:02

  19. Maybe since you’ll be the big doctor soon, you’ll find the magical cure for all your infections – how sweet that’d be!!! Hope you’re feeling better!!

    Comment by Jill — August 31, 2010 @ 15:39

  20. Hooray for boys buying you beer! And that fun-sounding Waterfire fest. But sorry to hear about your toe troubles 😦

    p.s. I was looking at your shoes from your previous post and I put holes in the mesh toe box too!! In EVERY pair of running shoes I own.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — August 31, 2010 @ 16:54

  21. […] the antibiotics.  Which are never fun to be on.  But thanks for all the well-wishes on that front yesterday.  (click that link if you missed the deal-io on my toe as well as my Waterfire recap) I have a […]

    Pingback by Old Men Love Me « MarathonMaiden's Blog — August 31, 2010 @ 19:05

  22. I love reading your posts! Thanks for the pics and stories- so fun!

    Take care of that toe! You know I would love the extra-gory pics…lol


    Comment by tmart — August 31, 2010 @ 19:16

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