Tuesday, March 31, 2009

50 miles....

I have been kind of out of the Blogging scene for a week or so. I have had am bunch of family here from Utah for my daughters baptism. It was a great week (end) and I am so super sad to have them gone, but at the same time, I am ready to get my house back in order.
On Saturday my sister Maria (older by 16 months) ran her first 50 miler. She and her husband trained together and then they were able to finish this race together. It is called the Antelope Island 50.... or something like that. It is in Utah and I really wish I could have been there to run some of it with her and to be at the finish line cheering her on. She posted a video on her blog of them finishing, yep... I totally teared like a baby. I am so proud of them. They finished in 11 hours. I have to tell you that her husband, Jason, has only run 1 marathon, a couple of half's and now a 50 miler. They are so awesome. There 13 year old (almost) son ran the last 7 or 8 miles with them and now he wants to run a half marathon this August. How fun is it that their family is all getting involved and interested in running.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Penelope the dog....

This is what my 3 yr old calls our newest member of the family.

Yes.. she is sleeping on a Dora Blanket. She has adopted every blanket in our house.

My hubby found this dog at the shelter last week. He called me and asked me to come down and look at her. I scooped up the kids and we ran down. We all fell in love with her. She was being spayed the next morning so we weren't able to take her home till Friday night. She got super sick over the weekend, but when her urine was the color of blood, I knew she needed to see the Vet. So I think we picked out the sickest dog at the Shelter. Most of what was wrong with her was not from her surgery.

She had a bladder infection, a respiratory cold, Her ears were both infected, and the biggy... she has Pancreintits (sp). The Doc said if she had gone another week, she wouldn't have been able to pull through. So thanks to me sweet little 8 year old who noticed the color of her urine. The fix.... 48 hrs of IV antibiotics and IV fluids. So got our dog and then 2 1/2 days later she had to stay at the vet for three days. She came home last night and seems to be doing a lot better.

Her name is Penelope (we call her Nelly) and she is 1 yr old. She is so sweet and she loves my kids. She is so patient with them. So my question is.... Does anyone know if Beagles make for good running dogs?

This week was not the best week for getting back into a solid routine. With my sick dog, and a sick 8 year old, it kept me from being more ambitious. I am running 20 miles in the morning. I have a church thing going on on Saturday that I am in charge of, so I wanted to get my run done Friday instead. I have a little babysitter coming to the house to watch the 3 yr old and I am just going to get it done. Lets pray there is no wind.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I am sick of being lazy.......

Not sure what to say.....

I have been a huge slacker lately. In every part of my life. I guess you can say I am half ass-ing everything. I am not cleaning the house like I should. I am not doing the laundry enough and I am not making healthy dinner choices for my family. I am also half ass-ing my workouts. Let's just say, I am only doing what I HAVE to, to get by. I am getting my Saturday long runs in, and I do a mid week long run of 8-10 miles, and then at least one to two more runs during the week of 4-5 miles. I am not focusing on speed work, I am not doing hill repeats, and I am not cross training at all. I haven't lifted weights in weeks. What the hell is my problem?

I want to Spring Clean, I want to be better about the laundry. I want to cook fabulous healthy meals for my family. I want to qualify for Boston again, therefore I want to work on my speed. I want to do hill repeats because I know it will make me a stronger runner. I want to lift weights, because I know it is good for me. So why am I not getting these things done?

I wish I knew the answer to these questions that I have about myself. The only thing I can think of is that, this has just been a VERY LONG Winter. Seriously. Just when you think the weather is going to be nice again, it goes back to below freezing temps. UGH..... I could scream. To top all of this off, I haven't been blogging as much, nor have I been reading other blogs. Again, it's not that I don't want to, I just can't seem to find any motivation for anything else but reading these days. I have checked out several books from the Library and when I do this, I end up living in my bedroom and reading all day long.

So today is Friday. I am running 18 again tomorrow. I don't usually run on Sunday's, so come Monday..... I am getting back on track. I am saying it here.... Spring Cleaning, laundry, cooking, my workouts, it will all be better and Stronger. I am sick of being lazy.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

this one is for Donna....

Donna wanted details on my 18 mile run... so here you go my dear.

There really isn't much to say. I am kind of boring. I run alone, no friends and no dog.
I left the house at 7:20, and the temp was already 54. I was so happy to be running in shorts and a short sleeve shirt, no hat and no gloves. I found that my sweat kept getting into my eyes, I have never really had that before. I wear contacts too, so I kept thinking I was going to rub my contacts right out of my eye. I decided to run out to the golf course and up and around the club house to add some miles, then I went out and back on my road. Of course it was super duper windy. I have decided that we moved to the windiest city in Kentucky. I think I am just going to have to get use to it. I felt really really good today. I decided to walk at mile 3 and then I walked every other mile after that for about 30 seconds. I am just sick of burning out at the end of my runs because of the wind. It helped so much. I had more energy at the end and My legs feel tons better then they did after 17 last week. I really think it helps in the recovery time. I took Roctane at mile 5, 10, and 15 and I drank lemon lime Gatorade and water through out the run.

Over all, I am super happy with today's run. I am certain I would have been able to run longer if I had wanted to. But, the hubby needed to head to work (CFO at the hospital, end of the month reports due) so I had to relieve him of his kiddie watching duties.

Today I decided that at least for today's run, I didn't mind running alone. Being a stay at home mom, I don't get a lot of alone time. So today I just soaked in the alone time with me, the ipod, the road and my roctane... it was a great run.

18.2 miles in 2:45 and some change.... Have a great weekend