Happy Halloweenie!

I am so sorry I have been MIA the past 2 days! I worked all weekend on new posts and just got caught up with work! I want to say that I am truly thankful that my family and friends up north are okay, and I hope that everyone is able to come together and help those that have been most affected by this storm! As a former northerner, it has been heartbreaking to see some of the pictures coming out of New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and other parts affected. Here’s to a fast recovery!

On a happier note, here is a fast, last-minute DIY for Halloween!

Halloween Pumpkin Luminaries

What You Will Need:

1 package orange paper bags (from Michael’s)

LED tealight candles (because you don’t want to start a fire!) I got these from Target

A sharp bladed knife and a pencil

Pumpkin face ideas!

It was too windy to put these out this weekend, but I think they will make a great entrance way for my trick-or-treaters tonight! If wind is an issue, try sand or stones to weigh them down.

It’s a Zoo Out There!

For all you animal lovers out there!



 

  1. Tory Burch Fox Head Stud Earring $68; (2) JCrew Factory Enamel Critter Charm Necklace on sale $14.50; (3) Kate Spade camel iPhone cover $35




(4) Madewell sheepmeadow sweater $64.99; (5) Urban Outfitters Animal Intarsia Scarf in Zebra $39; and (6) JCrew French Hen Sweater $95

 

 

 

Ragnar Nation

Ragnar Relay Series has created a new ambassador program called the Ragnatics. If you are a true Ragnar racer and love the series, then enter to get more information about promotions, races and news. Also, you can earn points towards prize giveaways by sharing your content on Facebook or Twitter accounts. Click on the link below to find out more information!

And if you want to know about my personal experience with the Ragnar Cape Cod race, check out my prior post!

http://sot.ag/jm6w/

 

Beach Cruisin’

Mickey and I are so excited to have picked up our new Electra Beach Cruisers! (I even did my nails in anticipation of our first ride tonight!) Shout out to St Pete Bicycle and Fitness for the great customer service. I cannot wait to cruise around downtown St. Pete on a cooler day this fall. Pictures to follow!

The Worst Two Words a Runner Can Hear…

PLANTAR FASCIITIS! For a few weeks now, I have been participating in a marathon challenge with Orange Theory Fitness. 26.2 miles run over the course of a month of classes OR 50 miles. As of today, I have 12 miles more to complete the 50 mile challenge, but over the last 2 weeks, I have been beginning to feel a stabbing pain in my right heel. I knew what it was as soon as I felt it, but as a runner, I was in denial. Icing at night and insoles in my running sneakers would be a band aid until the challenge was over. But what if it was something more?

Although I knew that my suspicions would be confirmed, I visited with an orthopedic surgeon yesterday. Just like Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run, I wanted to ask the same question “Why do my feet hurt?” X-rays of my foot were clear, which was a positive, but the doctor told me it was the dreaded plantar. Stretching was the way to cure the problem initially, plus REST!?!? Another thing a runner hates to hear. He advised more cross-training, as well. Should the pain get unbearable, we could consider cortisone injections and maybe even surgery. Yikes.

So what is plantar fasciitis?

Image from www.strengthrunning.com

It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, or the tissue that connects on the sole of your foot. According to studies, this problem occurs due to overuse of the plantar fascia, or arch tendon of the foot. If not looked at properly, this condition can become difficult to treat, so take this injury SERIOUSLY, runners! Longstanding cases of this condition can often lead to more degenerative changes than inflammatory changes, which are known as plantar fasciosis. Tendons and ligaments such as the plantar fascia do not contain blood vessels. As a result, that “inflammation” is really the result of an accumulation of microscopic tears at the cellular level, developing over time.

Why Do I Get It?

You are most likely to experience plantar fasciitis if: (1) you have foot arch problems (a high arch like me or a flat foot like Mickey); (2) long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces; (3) sudden weight gain or obesity; (4) a tight Achilles tendon or (5) shoes with poor arch support or soft soles. Make sure to invest not only in your shoes, but in a good pair of insoles!

What Are the Symptoms?

Beware of pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The pain will most typically be a dull or sharp pain. The bottom of your foot may also ache or burn. Your pain will usually be worse in the morning when you take your first steps, after standing or sitting for a while, while climbing stairs, or after intense activity. For me, I feel the most pain will walking in flat shoes, so I stay in heels all day to relieve the pain.

How Can It Be Treated?

For me, the doctor advised me to stretch my calf and foot at least 6 times a day by pressing against the wall like a typical calf stretch. Push the foot hurting you back a few feet behind you and turn the foot, with toes facing inward at a 45 degree angle. Hold that pose and feel the stretch in your calf and foot arch. You can do a similar stretch with a plantar fasciitis relief rocker ($39.95 at most stores). I like the free option myself.

You can also do the following: (1) take ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain reliever; (2) wear a night splint to bed while sleeping to stretch the foot (these can get pricey!); (3) rest as much as possible for a week; (4) try cross-training as a form of exercise; and (5) wear shoes with good support. You can also apply ice to the area, which has worked for me.

Cortisone Injections

Be wary of the “quick fix” effects of a cortisone shot and do your research prior to getting one. There are several studies that have come out regarding the negative side effects of these injections, including infection to the area.

Pinterest Challenge

About a month ago, I challenged myself by placing a dollar in a jar for every time I worked out. How am I doing so far??? I’m still wondering what my first purchase will be.

I also wanted to thank all of my followers who supported the blog this weekend. I have contacted each of you and will send you your goodies, ASAP!

College Gameday DIY

As soon as you move to Florida, you will be asked one simple question that will make or break potential friendships…are you a Gator or a Nole (Seminole)? It was not until 5 or 6 years ago that Uconn joined the Big East in football, and coming from a former all girls’ college which did not have a football or baseball team, I was never too concerned with college football, despite my love affair with sports. I have been a loyal Conn College Camel for over 10 years and a Uconn Huskie fan by proxy after being a resident of Connecticut. So I was torn over which team to choose upon starting law school. I loved the Gator mascot, and the potential for buying ANYTHING Gator, as I learned from my friend and UF alum, Ashley. Plus garnet and gold were not good colors on me.

In relationships, I always had to support my significant other’s team, so needless to say there have been times that I have rooted for the Gators, and maybe even Tennessee (gross). Then I met Mickey. He bleeds garnet and black and liked the University of South Carolina so much, he attended school there for 6 years without obtaining any additional degrees other than a Bachelors! There is something about Gamecocks, and I was sold on the school last year when I finally got to attend my first college football game. (If you haven’t gone yet, make it part of your bucket list.)

Saturdays now revolve around gametime, and in honor of my adopted team, I decided to DIY a USC wreath for our house. A few burnt fingers later, I think it came out pretty well!

What you will need:

Glue gun

Glue sticks

2 spools of 1 inch to 2 inch width ribbon in your school colors ($2 – $4 each). As you can see, I also bought some football appropriate ribbon to add.

Wooden football ($.99)

3 wooden letters – not painted ($.99 each)

Garnet acrylic paint ($1)

Wooden wreath ($9.99 at Michael’s)

Cut ribbon in 2 inch strips. Fold each piece in half to make half a bow and glue to the wreath. Fill in as many spaces as you can and alternate the colors. Paint your letters and fasten them with a glue gun, as well. Ta da! Beware Gators! The Gamecocks are coming for you tomorrow!!!

Celebrity Fall Style

Cynthia Vincent Shawl Collar Blazer in Ikat

Emerson Frye Shopper – Leopard Linen

Just bought a similar jacket at Zara for $79.95!

Tights and ankle booties

Rosie Huntington knows how to work a boot! Image via Hip Girlie

Bargains?

As soon as they ask you for your email at check out, you begin to get bombarded daily (even hourly) with emails for savings. It is quite exhausting! I wanted to try to help out on a weekly basis, by providing you with the coupon codes and sale information that you need! Let me know if there is a particular store that you would like me to post about in the future!

15% off one item – excludes Nooks – use coupon code U3D8U7L until 10/21

40% off knit tops until 10/21

20% entire purchase – ends 10/24

Sea Bags – 20% off and free shipping until 10/22 – enter SAVE20

40% off 1 item until 10/20

Free shipping through 10/21 – enter FREESHIP

HAPPY SHOPPING!

A DIY and a Giveaway!

I have constantly been asked if the band on my right wrist is symbolic of something. Kabbalah maybe? A Livestrong-type charity? Nope, nothing special here. Just a hairband. Now I know that this is not riveting content, but from someone who has severe hair breakage, these particular hairbands save my locks (or what’s left of them). Unfortunately, they are pretty pricey. $15 for 5 at Anthropologie! They also vary in price on Etsy. So I tried my best to come up with an alternative.

I visited Sunshine Shoppe Supply for wholesale elastic. This shop was fast and had a variety of colors as well as other supplies. For about $15, I received almost 40 yards of colored elastic!!!

I cut each elastic into 3 to 3.5 inch long pieces. Once cut, I tied each in a knot. In order to keep the pieces from fraying, be sure to heat the ends with a lighter.

For the price of $15, I made approximately 100 hair ties.

AND NOW, A GIVEAWAY!!!

From now until Sunday, October 21st, I will be giving 5 ties to any reader who posts a comment to the blog, or provides a link to “From Pumps to Pumas” on their Facebook or blog. If you post to a blog, please provide the link to me in a comment with your email address so that I may contact you about mailing!

Thank you for all your support in getting the word out about Pumps!

About Me

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I am a thirty-something attorney living in the Burg (St. Pete, FL). I am a northern girl living in the south with my love and two pups, Ellie and Addie! As an avid runner, and semi-beginner triathlete, I appreciate the balance between a healthy lifestyle and enjoying life, despite any surprises it throws at you!

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