Monthly Archives: September 2010

Birthday Shout Out!

Happy Birthday!

to my Dad (whose birthday is today) and Mom (whose birthday was the 10th).

Love you!!

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Biding My Time

I’m biding my time until:

I can run again.

my compression sleeves come in (no, yesterday apparently wasn’t the magic day).

I see my best friend.

my dryer works again.

the repair man comes to make my dryer work again (my scheduled time is sometime between 8am and 5pm today. Glad they could narrow that down).

my kids figure out that “doing the dishes” includes the ones that don’t fit in the dishwasher.

my new shoes come in the mail!

the race in January.

the cooler temps hang around permanently.

they make a self-cleaning house (who “they” are, I’m unsure, but “they” need to hurry “themselves” up).

Lots of things to look forward to, and to be patient about. For most of these things (in fact all of them) I want to scream “Come on, HURRY UP!” but I’m almost 40, and realize doing so would be childish…. so I refrain (although I might do that to the repair man).

Jim is on the mend! It no longer hurts to walk, and going up and down the stairs is MUCH better. Only the slightest bit of pain, and only if I use my toes too much (I’m not sure that even makes sense, but sometimes I go upstairs on my tip toes… never said I was normal). SO… Saturday is looking good. If / when I run on Saturday I will take it very easy and wear my compression sleeves proudly. I’ll even get to try out my new shoes! Whoop!!

I’ve missed my runs more than I thought I would have, and that’s kinda freaky. I’ve gone from a person who always said she’d only “run if some big person intent on my bodily harm” was chasing her, to a weirdo who misses running. When, exactly, did that happen?!

FYI: A few of giveaways here (Brooks shorts or jacket), here (yurbuds earbuds), here (OutsidePR goodies), here (Running Chics shirt), here (another OutidePR goody bag) and here (GU products). Go check them out, the worst thing that could happen is that you win!

Have a great Wednesday!

UPDATE:

I’m now wearing my compression sleeves! Patience does pay off….

Substance!

Meredith over at Run is the New Walk was nice enough to choose me for the “A Blog with Substance” award! If you haven’t checked out her blog (the link is also over in my side bar), you should! Thanks, Meredith!!

I think I’m supposed to now summarize myself in five words.

And boy have I tried.

But I’ve not been able to do it! Not that I’m too complex of a person or anything like that.

Now it’s my turn to pass this wonderful award on. There are SO many people that I would love to choose, it’s hard to give it to just one. BUT, I must so I’m choosing Crystal over at Am I a runner…. or just crazy. I have enjoyed reading about her journey for a month now, and think you will too. Really, though, you should check out ALL the great runners/bloggers on my side bar. They are each amazing, and the fact that they have the guts to share their lives publicly is incredible!

I think my compression sleeves are due to be delivered today, I’m so excited! Probably more so than what a person should be over compression sleeves. I’m a little ashamed of myself though. When I was ordering I was going to click the hot pink….but chickened out at the last second and ordered beige. I know, I know… I AM HANGING MY HEAD IN SHAME, OKAY! Not really, but now I wish I had gone for it….sigh.

I’m happy to report that jim is feeling much better today, too! I hope that by next week I’ll be ready to hit that pavement again (I’m crossing my fingers that this beautifully cool weather hangs around as well!). I’m NOT going to go out before Monday (well…maybe a SHORT one on Saturday and ONLY if jim is totally fine). I’m really getting a kick out of calling my calf “jim”…. maybe I should name ALL my body parts….(don’t worry, I’m not THAT weird).

Well, I guess I should sign off for today. We’re taking a day off on Friday for a field trip (we home school), and I’m trying to figure out where to go. I’ll keep you posted (cause I know you want to know).

Until then… keep doing what you do best (whatever that maybe, which for Erin would be writing that fantastic blog of hers; which I’m choosing for a NON-RUNNING blog with SUBSTANCE!),

Not This Time

I had every intention of running a good 6 miles toady. In fact, I was feeling so good last night that I thought, “Heck, I might even go for 7 or 8”. I was fired up to try my new GU Chocolate Outrage. I was ready….. Sadly my right calf (hence forth called “jim” because I get tired of writing the word “calf” and I think it will add some flair to this entry) didn’t share my enthusiasm.

If you’ll remember last Saturday I ran 12.42 miles, which is very close to a half marathon. Towards the end of that jim (HA! caught you didn’t I) started to cramp up, so I stopped and called it a day. I also reported that I KNEW, deep down inside, that I should have taken the week off and let jim recover…but I didn’t. Now I really wish I had.

Fast forward to this morning. Right out of bed jim felt funky, but I just thought, “No worries, once I get moving it will be fine”. I got a banana, and had a GU, went to go get dressed, packed a couple extra packs of GU in my nifty water bottle zip pocket (remember those extra miles I might add on) and headed out the door.

The first step into my run and I felt it. I probably should have stopped right there and gone back to bed, but I pushed on. I was stupid. By mile one it still didn’t feel better, and I told myself if by mile 2 it wasn’t gone I’d stop. Well I stopped, and I’m hoping I did so soon enough. As I limped up the drive way my husband was coming out the door to “wait” for me. Boy did I surprise him… not much of a wait. Right now jim is very sore, my left jim (maybe I should call that one nancy) feels fine. I’ve decided that I am FIRMLY taking this next week off.. PERIOD. No ifs, ands or buts.

I have two pair of Asics, one I’ve been running in since January and the other I got for Mother’s Day. I’ve been rotating them to help the new pair last longer, so I’ve been running in the old pair (since my 12 miles) and I’m wondering if that could have contributed to poor jim’s demise. Just in case that is one of the culprits, I’ve decide to “retire” them just to make sure. I ordered a new pair and will rotate them with my new old pair (did you keep up with that?). Hopefully this combined with the compression sleeves will help me avoid this issue in the future.

I chalk this one up to life. It’s not a fail, so I’m not going to call it one. I guess jim and nancy just decided they needed some time off, and if I can be honest, I think they’ve earned one. December will mark a year of running for me! WOO!

Hope you’ve had a great weekend, and please take care of your jim and nancys!

The Relaxed Runner

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this thing called “running”. It’s like a lot of things…it means different things to different people (bet that was a shocker…). I’m full of amazing facts…just ask my husband.

In the almost 40 years that I have been alive I’ve learned a couple of things (yes, literally 2 things): 1. Chocolate should be eaten at least once (okay, maybe 5 times) a day; and 2. You can’t live by someone else’s standards. Both of these are EXTREMELY important.

I can’t take someone’s idea of what a runner is and try to shape myself into it. I have to look inside of myself, and find out what it is that I want to accomplish out of this thing called “a running lifestyle”. For some it is pushing their bodies to the ultimate limits, and sometimes beyond those limits (kind like me with pantyhose). For others it’s racing in marathons and half marathons and 10ks and 5ks, competing against those in their age category to be the best. Then for some it’s being able to run without stopping to walk for whatever distance they’ve chosen. And all of these are great definitions of running (I honestly mean that, totally non-sarcastically… I REALLY DO). But they aren’t MY definition.

Here is mine. I’m calling myself a  “Relaxed Runner” .  I run for enjoyment, relaxation and health. I run to have some alone time. I don’t run to break records. I don’t run to be faster than others. I run with walk intervals. I run slow on some days, and what I would call fast on others (okay, let’s face it, by fast I mean a little faster than slow). I run because I want to eat brownies. I run because it’s fun. I have no desire to run 26.1 miles. I have no desire to push my body to its utter limits. I do have the desire to do the best I can with each run, but I don’t want to give running the dedication it would take to achieve what others would perceive as “greatness”. And I am very okay with that. I still read Runner’s World magazine, and read a lot of awesome blogs by a lot of awesome runners. But I’m ME, and always will be. This is what makes my running personal and meaningful. I believe it will also be what KEEPS me running. Because in the end, my goal is to keep running… for as long as I can (age wise, not like the Energizer Bunny).

I can honestly say I’ve been bitten by the running bug.

So, as you think about your running, parenting, job, life (whatever) really consider if you are doing it by YOUR standards or someone else’s. I encourage you to know why you do what you do… to OWN it and be YOU.

On a totally unrelated matter, I ordered some compression sleeves today. I’m hoping that on long runs they will help my legs out a little. I’ve read great things about them and will let you know how it goes!

Be YOU today!

Don’t get me wrong… I admire those people who do push themselves. I think it’s great (if not a little nuts) that they have the energy, desire and determination to do that.

UPDATE:

I will be trying the GU on my 6 mile run TOMORROW. We celebrate a friends birthday last night… I had too much good Mexican food, played a great game and stayed up to0 late (yes, it’s sad when 10:30 is too late). So I will be doing that run on Sunday.

GU and Great Deals!

I’ve been hearing about GU all over the place: Runner’s World magazine, different running blogs, online stores, etc. But, I’ve always been a little afraid to try the stuff. See I have issues…. (my husband is a therapist, so no worries), I’m borderline very picky about what I eat. I was afraid that this would be hard to get past my gag reflex (it is very sensitive, so don’t make fun). In her blog entry, Crystal likened it to, get this…. BROWNIE BATTER. I am a HUGE brownie batter fan, so this was quite a claim. So I decided to take the plunge and try it, and guess what……

It tastes like brownie batter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness!! This stuff is incredible (at least in the taste department). I have yet to use it on a long run, but I plan on doing so this Saturday. Today however, I ate one pack before my 4 mile run. I’m not sure if it was the GU, or just  a fluke, but by 2.5 – 3 miles I definitely felt a pick me up. So here is my plan for Saturday’s 6 mile run: I am going to eat one before I start, and take along a second pack for half way through. I know how I feel without GU on my run, so I will keep you posted as to what difference it makes.

Now on to the GREAT DEALS. I took my son to Academy last night to get a new running shirt, so of course I had to look at running gear for me as well (DUH!), and I saw 4.88 clearance rack. Now, I usually don’t find anything good on these racks. They are usually thoroughly picked over and the only size remaining in anything is XXS. But last night, I hit the jackpot! I found a Nike running skirt for $2.88, Under Armour shorts for $4.88, another running skirt (Academy brand) for $2.88 and a running top for $2.88!! WooHoo! The Nike skirt alone was $44 regular price, so I feel that I did quite well.

Well, I have lots to do today. My dryer is on the fritz, and the earliest time we could schedule a repair was for NEXT Wednesday. So, I wash a couple of loads at home, then shuttle them over to the laundromat to dry. Exciting stuff… let me tell you!

Hope your day is an awesome one!

Cry Baby No More

Okay, I realize that last post was a little bit “poor little me”. I’m over it. Monday just wasn’t a good day….I’m not sure why, either. I suppose all of us have days like that. At least I do.

I took Tuesday off completely, and today my calves felt much better. I guess I didn’t realize just how much (especially never running it before) 12 miles could effect your legs. My attitude all around was much better, too (my husband and all those around me were very grateful). Today, I did the elliptical and weights and felt great through out the entire hour. I would have to say that I have been neglecting my cross training. I’ve been trying to balance my running with my sons running, and I haven’t found that balance yet. It will come, so I just need to be patient.

Speaking of my son, I’ll update you on his progress. This week starts his 1st month, and he’s doing GREAT. He’s up to 3 miles for his long run and 25 minutes during the week. He’s also been lifting weights on the off days. My daughter has also started riding the bike at the gym 3 days a week (she has a fear of real bike riding… she’s afraid she’s going to tip or something). So, I’ve just incorporated this into home school as PE, and it seems to be working good so far.

I think on Saturday I’m going to do 5 or 6 miles. I’m not sure if I’m going to do any running before then. Is there such a thing as a “relaxed runner”?? If so, I’m probably in that category!

There are some great giveaways out in the running blogging world here, here and here.

Happy Running!