Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Why I Might Re-Name This Blog

Well, not really, but it does occur to me it would be á propos to rename it Toothless Runner or Running With a Flipper given the current circumstances.

Here is the toothless part, plus a filter cause I'm old and wrinkled:

Here is the flipper part:

Here is the result when you combine the two.

My mouth surgery sucked the big one (insert eggplant emoji + a mouth here). For info on why I had the surgery, go HERE.

I kind of pride myself on not being afraid of the dentist cause I've had so much work done in my life, nothing phases me. So, I went into this whole tooth extraction/implant thing pretty chill. That was until they started roughing me up with all of their tools like forceps and hammers and vibrators (if only) and I was profusely sweating and squirming in the chair.

Side note: I don't like knowing they are yanking out my teeth. At all. It didn't hurt cause I was shot up with Novocaine, but I was stressed. They offered laughing gas and I took it gladly, but it didn't make me laugh at all and really did very little to take the edge off.

I continued sweating and squirming and groaning like a whore in church? <- does that fit here?

This whole thing was taking longer than anyone expected, so I knew things weren't going as planned. Turns out they had to do a bone graft to make the implant more stable. I'm not sure whose bone I have in my mouth now (that's what she said) but I hope it's Meb's or someone like that. After I got boned, they sent me next door to my dentist who had hoped to put a temp crown on but could not because the implant needs to get stronger.

That means the flipper and I are bonded for 10 weeks. 10 WEEKS.

The flipper goes on all my runs! The flipper will go to Thailand! The flipper hangs out with me in bars! That is, until I order food, then the flipper is taken out and I eat food in public without a tooth. Good thing Halloween is right around the corner.

Just me taking the flip out on a trail run so I could have a Clif Blok
I'm happy to report that pre-flipper I managed to run a 10k on Labor Day.

I had very low expectations given this slow injury comeback...I really wanted to break an hour but knew that was debatable. Then, guess what??? I ran it in 57 minutes, about a 9:15 pace. I am as shocked as you are. Here I am at the finish. I was glowing with sweat and pride. This was actually good enough for 12th/64th in the 51 year old lady age group.

So, yes, running is finally improving slightly - four months post injury. Just in time for September in Colorado, which is my favorite month. I am thinking of doing THIS ten mile trail race in October.

What's up with you?

SUAR (or RT or RWAF)


  1. You've been having a tough life lately. Losing your children, losing body parts. You know that losing your mind comes next. Can't wait to read the blog then, it will be even more amusing.

  2. Oh man. I've spent so much time in the dental chair the last couple of years my husband is starting to wonder if there's something going on...

    I've decided that because getting older sucks balls I'm just going to pretend that i'm not old and just do what I have to do to keep on moving. The alternative is not at all attractive. Now excuse me while I go wash that gray out of my hair...

  3. Damn, tooth and things. I had one of those in the picture. I am glad they changed it to a permanent solution. No thingies going in or out on daily bases.
    For goals? 3 things, trying to PR my HM time in Cologne, Germany on october 7th. But even cooler the week before: they almost finished a new highway just around here, and an official HM run is organized! perfect slow HM training on 'a once in a lifetime' run!
    3rd is a Marathon on around a cool lake also in Germany.

  4. You make me laugh so hard. I'm glad you can be so light hearted with everything that's been going on. I have a coupon for that 10 miler that you want to do!! I won it in a raffle at my run club and I haven't found anyone to give it to. I'm running the Cheyenne Mtn Run on the same day. I'd love to pass it along! Let me know! I follow you on Instagram and my handle is @chris_bouldin. Send me a message there if you want it - I think that'd be easiest.

    1. Awesome thanks so much!! I will get in touch via Insta.

  5. Aunt Flo is coming for a visit and I just can’t even....
    Honestly, we are dodging a huge bullet, as they were initially expecting the eye to pass over Raleigh.
    We all yelled “pivot!!!” And lo and behold, things changed.
    Best news is I didn’t have to sleep at work tonight!
    I feel for those in Flo’s path but I am breathing a sigh of relief!

  6. I know the flipper all too well. When I was 25 I got osteoporosis in my mouth. I had to have my 4 front top teeth extracted and had a bone graft. I had to heal from that for 6 months before they would even do the posts. Then I had to heal for 6 more months before they added the teeth to the posts. I was one with my flipper for a year!!! It sucked. Hang in there! As a fun side note it’s really fun to get creepy guys to go away if your out and about by pulling it out of your mouth and just acting normal! Ha!

    1. I had no clue a person could get osteoporosis in the mouth. And I cannot believe you had the flipper for a year. I won't complain anymore about 10 weeks.

  7. Hi, you might have lost a tooth but you've gained a new reader! To be honest I came across your blog about a month or so ago and being the anal ordered OCD freak that I am, I started from the very beginning way back in 2009 & read every blog post (man you had verbal diarrhoea back then but in a good way) and IVE FINALLY CAUGHT UP! I feel like I've just completed my first marathon...woo hoo...go me. Now in true SUAR style I'm going to down a cold beer!

    1. I seriously cannot believe you read all of those posts!! You probably know me better now than my husband! Thanks for taking the time! Verbal diarrhea! lol

  8. Get the implant. I was hit by a drunk driver and besides many oral surgeries I have two implants. Love them. Although I used to have thin porcelain like front teeth, they are now much denser. But the choice was clear. If they're in the front like mine and yours they are much more realistic! AND TOUGH!