Sunday, February 23, 2014

Overheard: Aspirations

Me: Sawyer, what job do you want to have when you're a big adult person?

SJ: I want to clean up dog poop, feed a hermit crab that I buy, and help sharks not to be mad or sad.

Packing List

There are lots of reasons why I packed my gear for an indoor run on a treadmill this afternoon. I pack myself often, so I didn't think twice that I had everything.

Dude(s). I forgot the sports bra. All I had was the cotton one I wore to church. And I'm not sure about any of you... but I did NOT want to try a 5 mile run in a regular cotton bra. I thought about scrapping the whole plan, but that would leave me 5 miles short for the week!!

Sigh. I decided to walk it. Ugh. Walk 5 miles on a treadmill. I calculated it would take... scientifically.... forever to walk 5 miles. About 0.5 miles into it, I changed the plan. I decided to walk for an hour, see how far I got, and just call it a day.

And THEN.... THEN?!?!?

Nike+ had my pace at 11:40/mile. Hahahahaha!! The treadmill was set to more of the 15 minutes per mile, but Nike+ decided my short little legs and quick long arms were going much faster than that.

After an hour, Nike+ registered my 5.0 mile run. The treadmill read 3.5 miles.

Voting time!!

Do I take the 5.0? Or the 3.5 and just make it up next week?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Swirling-Whirling Pool (Before and After)

The title comes from a phrase my son repeats daily. I guess it's a thing on Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Something about a magic anchor. Anyway, it's how I feel this morning. There is SO MUCH going on!! It feels like a Monday... on Wednesday.

(My friend and I always email lists to each other when things feel overwhelming.)
1. Our (unoccupied) car got hit last week and I'm trying to figure out the repairs.
2. My business is starting to boom... good, but I have LOTS of phone calls to return.
3. Sawyer. He... exists, and is having a very demanding week. Still cute though!!!!
4. The exciting pilot study that I'm working on is revving up into gear.
5. My right glute/IT band is throwing shocks of shooting pain down my leg.
6. TAXES!!

And other stuff. Stuff with Stephan, and other family members. Sigh. So.... this is my "before" post. Despite the shooting pain, I'm going to head out for a run and see what shakes out. It's a beautiful day (30+ and sunny!), and I feel pretty good. So..... I'll be back after these messages.


Whew. I needed that. My brain had to stop talking to me and focus on the pain in my leg. Every. Step. I tweaked my stride over and over to find a comfortable gait. It took 2 miles, but I did it. Thoughts that kept creeping in were shelved until later. All those people who need to be dealt with were not on my run with me. It was just me, the road, and the sun. Oh, the sun. The beautiful sun. Sigh.

I had no mileage planned, just out and back for water, out and back, out and back until I was tired. I knocked out 5 and came in to shower before picking Sawyer up. I think I could have hit at least 2 more. Maybe another day. I'm excited to keep my mind clear for the next few hours, until it's time to get back on the computer/phone/Excel spreadsheets and deal with all of it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


"AW, what a pretty day for a run. It's almost 30*, and those softly falling snowflakes just look heavenly."

Until the wind whips up and those pretty flakes turn into ice-knives of pain!!!! Also, if you're ever wondering if you need wind/water proof layer, the answer is yes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frackin' A...


Don't be cocky. 12* is still cold.


This morning in pictures of other people.

What I feel like when I run in the cold:

What I probably look like:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

6am... **Edited**

The alarm goes off...

(It's the first time since October I've needed to set it)

I grab running tights and a base layer...

(And a wind-proof layer, and sweat-clothes)

Print out directions...

(I KNOW my phone has GPS, but I like having something in my hands)

Eat a balanced breakfast...

(Plenty of carbs, add protein, maybe more carbs)

Maybe a little coffee...

(Hmm, maybe not. Don't know what the porta-potty situation will be)

Bottle of water, extra hat and gloves...

(All in blue and white)

And leave the house to start the season...

(No, not that season)

I'm volunteering as a sweep car driver at a 5k/10k this morning. Man, the things I do for zero dollars!!

**I did not get to drive a sweep car. I stood outside in 5* temperature next to Lake Michigan directing traffic away from runners. A stranger gave me her (sweaty) hand warmers. My toes went numb. Man, I love my charity.**

Friday, February 7, 2014

Faces of Winter

Stephan is training for a spring marathon. So... that's happening. His long run this week was a 9 mile, but with his schedule being what it was, he ran it from 9pm-10:30pm (and without an accurate GPS, he ended up running 10 miles).

Yes, running shorts over windproof pants.
Sexy eyes. Er, if you ignore the ice.

I am training for... nothing really. Maybe a spring 1/2. But maybe not. I don't know. I should run something. Sigh. I AM still focused on running my 10 miles a week, which has been really hard considering the streets around here. Wednesday's planned run got shelved for an hour of shoveling. I was so angry by the end of it I considered running in my boots and Carhartt, but the streets weren't plowed, so I'd be slogging through ankle-deep slush. I took a picture...

Angry face. 

So when the temperature slid back into the single digits I S'dIU and threw on layers and layers and layers and ran 4 this morning. It wasn't fun. But I was so happy to be out doing the deal, I, again, took a picture!

Bundled, but happy!
I've only turned in 7 miles so far this week, but dang it- I'm sticking to this!!