Another Week Off From Running + Support New Runners

I haven’t run since Saturday. This marks the 2nd longest non-running streak I have had in the last several years (with the longest being just a few weeks ago from the flu). I’m on a roll lately – just not rolling the way I would like.

I was starting to regain my energy in the days after the flu, but the whole next week, was back to how I felt the week before. I was running a low fever for much of the week and could barely drag myself out of bed at 7am (big difference from normal 4:30am wakeups) despite going to bed by 10pm. Most of my runs were at night because I felt better as the day went on.

Saturday was much the same and after postponing the long run until the afternoon, managed just 3.5 miles before I called it quits and stopped at my sister’s house. I felt so tired despite running over 35+ seconds (per mile) slower than usual for my long run pace.

I was in the car Sunday morning with my husband and boys when my tooth literally popped out of my mouth. It was from a tooth that had root canal last year – so the cap, plate and screw – all came out.

Long story short – I saw my dentist the next day and we scheduled an appt for next week with an oral surgeon so the tooth could get pulled. I had a low grade fever for a few days but on Tuesday it spiked to 102.6…which meant emergency surgery on Wednesday to pull the tooth and get a bone graft. I’ve had my share of dental procedures, but this one was, by far, the most painful.

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Chipmunk face after procedure

My face is swollen as all heck, still have a low grade fever, am on painkillers and antibiotics and haven’t run since Saturday. But I’m optimistic that this tooth has been the root (no pun intended) of how crappy I have felt the last few weeks. The dentist said the infection was extremely bad – but I couldn’t feel the pain b/c it was a dead root and cap. But he’s confident that the infection is what has been causing the fever and overall crappy feeling.

Moral of the story -> don’t let tooth pain go unchecked! I wouldn’t be in this situation if I had immediately gone to the dentist last year when I began experiencing some pain!!


On Tuesday, Garmin announced the release of a few new/improved products to their activity tracker line – and I’m pretty pumped about them. There are now THREE trackers that Garmin has on the market – the Vivofit2 (new product – updated model from the Vivofit), the Vivosmart and the Vivoactive (new product). vivoline

For more information on the three models (as well as pricing), click here.


My latest post for Women’s Running was posted earlier this week. It’s a subject that’s near and dear to my heart these days and is timely considering all the new year resolution-ers that have turned to running to lose weight, get in shape or cross a finish line.

How do you show support to new runners? 


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    2. So sorry about your tooth! I had one pulled about a month ago for almost exactly the same problem. I feel much much better and have been enjoying more energy! Hopefully you will be healed up and running soon.

    3. I have been running for 20 years, and while I am not even close to an expert I try to make myself available to go running with new runners, I answer any questions they have and I become their cheerleader bc everyone needs someone to believe in them!

    4. Yikes – sorry about the tooth issues. I’ve had lots of gum grafts but never a bone graft – hopefully I won’t ever need one because it looks and sounds miserable!!! Hope you recover completely soon!
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    5. Such a bummer about the tooth Michele! But it is good that you found out what was making you feeling so crappy. I hope you have a great weekend of rest!
      Most new runners I meet have lots of questions and I just listen and answer. I love going out for a run with someone new – they do what makes them feel good and I follow their lead.
      If they want to stop and walk, we stop and walk. Cheering them on makes them feel great and encouraging them to keep trying a little bit every day (or how many times of week they want to commit) goes a long way.

      Happy weekend!
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    6. Oh man…..this is so strange, but this is totally me (only your dental problem is worse than mine). I almost never take unplanned rest days…and never take more than one….but, I have not run since Sat either. I have not taken this many days off in 10 years and that was for the birth of my daughter :). My husband keeps asking if I’m sure I’m ok. I don’t have a fever or anything, but my legs are just dead and my motivation is 0. Even when my motivation is 0 I can always muster up enough to get out the door and then I am fine, but not this week. I also got in a wisdom tooth (my dentist said I must be a late bloomer) and it just hurt my whole mouth. It hurt to talk and to eat…I now have sympathy for babies. He said it needs to come out, but I was totally putting it off (probably not a smart idea based on your experience).
      Maybe I should drive up there and we can go for a run together to get motivated :). I am going to go for a run today so we’ll see how that goes.

    7. Sorry to hear about your toothache!
      For new runners: I offer to join them at their pace. We also set up group runs with all paces offered and we all have breakfast together afterwards:)
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    8. I cannot believe that about your tooth!! That is horrible and I hope the worst is over for you. As for supporting new runners? I love, love, love seeing someone break into the sport for the first time. Most of the time, if they run consistently, that make huge gains within the first year and it’s so awesome to see the confidence build and the joy in their success. It’s one of the things I miss most about personal training.
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