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Day 325: Atlanta is Falling Apart

I’ve complained before: Atlanta is not good at traffic. Not only have they not quite managed the concept of merging, they also arbitrarily speed up and slow down. Bottom line, it is a nightmare to drive here. So imagine one of our busiest highways catching fire during the afternoon commute. All I can say is that I’m so incredibly glad that I worked from home today and that there were no injuries or fatalities when the i85 in Atlanta caught on fire and eventually collapsed today.  We watched the news coverage (which was our collective first exposure to local news) with a group of friends at game night. It was absolutely wild. Now we’ll just have to see how tomorrow’s commute is!

Since today was my work from day, I stayed in comfy clothes all day! I wore my Red Sox shirt, which was a good homage to the season almost starting again. I will say, the thing I miss most about the northeast is going to a Sox game!

Outfit Details
Top: Red Sox top purchased at Fenway (!!) two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shorts: Nike shorts borrowed from LB (similar, similar)

Day 297: CRISPR

Today I received the absolute cutest text from my little sister. Apparently her new thing is podcasts (just for a frame of reference, before podcasts, it was ballet – she changes quickly). Recently she heard a podcast about a scientific phenomenon called CRISPR. Basically the SparkNotes version (or at least the non-sciencey version) is that there are these sequences of repeating DNA that are snippets of viruses that certain bacteria carry. The idea is that the bacteria keep these little pieces of the virus after they kill them off so it will be easier to fight them next time. Scientists believe that they can start to insert these ‘fighter police cells’ into organisms, they can help fight certain diseases. Including autoimmune diseases like ankylosing spondylitis. While I’m not going to be fixed overnight, I’m so hopeful. Hopeful that I can be ‘normal’ – that I can not be in pain. I won’t have to fight to convince people that I’m fighting my own physical battles.

Since today was a work-from-home day due to my AS shot, so I stayed comfortable. After all, why wear pants when I knew I wasn’t going to leave the house?!

Sound off: what’s your favorite podcast?

Outfit Details
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Pants: Marika purchased two years ago for $15 (similar, similar)

Day 264: Training for a Half

Nothing like starting a Saturday off with some miles! I’m in the process of training for the Publix Half Marathon in mid-March. To make sure I stayed on track with training, I signed up for a training group that meets twice a week. I’ve run a few half marathons in the past, but they were all before my AS diagnosis and when I had plenty of time to train in college. Now that I have a full-time job, a dog, a wedding to plan, and this blog to take care of, I knew I needed this training group!

Today we ran 10 miles before it was even 10am. Since I felt like I accomplished a ton this morning, I spend the rest of the day doing nothing. Actually I cleaned a lot and hung out with L and PJ, but it was the perfect mellow day.

After I showered from my morning run, I was so pumped to put on comfy clothes and never put on anything else. This shirt is actually one of my favorites – I remember watching the Red Sox win the World Series with my Boston-obsessed roomie in our little house off-campus. It was an awesome series.

Sound off: so what are you training for this year?

Outfit Details
Top: MLB Shop purchased three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Yoga Pants: Gap purchased four years for $20 (similar, similar)
Slippers: UGG purchased eight years ago for $100 (similar, similar)

Day 258: Hot Chocolate 15k

Almost three years ago, I was in the hospital with a random hip injury. I was training for a half marathon with my roomie at the time and woke up one night in so much pain I couldn’t move. At first the hospital thought it was an avulsion fracture based on x-rays, which means that the muscles around my hip bone had pulled away a piece of my hip bone. When they drugged me up and I still couldn’t move, they took an MRI and found a ton of fluid in my hip joint. They drained it (with a huge needle I’m told – but I was way too hopped up to know any better). I hung out in the hospital for a few days, then went home on crutches. In my recovery, I missed two half marathons I paid for. Fast forward a year – I still had no diagnosis. I had good days and bad days and due to my bad days I missed a ten miler race (that I trained for) and a half marathon). Almost two years ago, I finally received my official diagnosis: I have ankylosing spondylitis. Since that day, I’ve run my fair share of 5ks and a few little runs here and there. Today I ran the farthest I’ve run in way too long: I finished the Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15k. For those of you (like my mom – hi mom!) who have no idea how far that is – 15k equals 9.3 miles.

Naturally, I’m pumped. I thought I was pretty much retired after this whole AS mess, but finishing this race was a really big victory for me! I can’t wait for my next event (half marathon in March) and to keep kicking this dumb disease’s butt. As an added bonus, I actually felt great on the run today too!

Now this outfit was actually not what I wore during the race, but since I got home and showered, I’ve been in comfy clothes. I just wish I had something Falcons-ish to wear. I’m super excited for this game… RISE UP!

Outfit Details
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: Stolen from LB (thanks girl!) a few months ago (similar, similar)