September came and went

Wow, where did it go?  Seems like that is a common phrase for me lately, where does the time go? where do my keys go? where does everything go?  September was super busy for me, lots of preparations for Kim’s Wedding Shower, lots of work to do, just in general busy.  I typed out a post on September 21st, but got busy and forgot to post it, may post it still.

Let me start with today and work backwards since today is the most fresh in my old head.  It was freaking chilly outside this morning and I do not like putting on long sleeves, or hunting down my headband or wondering “should I wear my gloves?” Ugh…here we go again.  Anyway, no gloves for today’s run, but long sleeves and headband, both of which I was glad I wore.

Our run today with the Little Rock Marathon Training group started at the ADEQ in NLR.  Tammy had already sent a text she wasn’t coming, so I was really not feeling it and didn’t know how far I wanted to run, 6 miles, 8 miles, whatever, doesn’t really matter at this point, just so I’m out there doing something.  I’m standing close to the sign in area talking with a new girl, Wendy, she is asking me about my Nathan water bottle thing I’ve had since my first half marathon a million moons ago, we are just chatting it up and this girl walks up and says “Are you Cheryl?” uh…yeah.  She says “I read your blog, I know everything about you, Tammy, Kim and BOJ!  You have inspired me?”  Me? Inspire someone?  Me?  Uh, okay.  I was shocked.  She was so nice, said she has read every post, I felt bad that I hadn’t been posting anything because it’s so stinking boring!

We continued to talk, she (“Heloisa” I hope I remembered and spelled her name correctly) was running 3 miles, so we took off together and continued to chat it up until she turned around a little past the 2 mile mark.  It was remarkable that she knew so much about me and my running, she asked about Lakewood and my early morning runs, mentioned 10-10-10 when I was in Boston last year, just all sorts of things.

I know people read blogs, I read blogs, but when someone you don’t know actually reads what you have written and looks you up, WOW!  I was floored!  Thanks Heloisa for making my week!  Sometimes I don’t post on my blog because the things I want to say seem so trivial I just don’t bother, those thoughts just stay in my head in that dark little spot that I use to scream at people when I drive home from work, frustration, depression, etc, it all comes out about 5pm, so watch out!

I have been doing a little better on my morning runs, got my new Mizuno’s last week and they made a huge difference.  I picked up some new runner peeps around the lake, Sheila and Cliff occasionally.  Sheila for sure, she seems to be at the lake every day!  My runs are averaging around 4 miles a day 3 days a week, still not nearly what they were last year, but the mojo is still MIA.

Last weekend was the WEDDING SHOWER for Kim, it turned out great, but I am about partied out, all these surprise parties, showers, etc. ENOUGH!  The only thing about the shower that was a bummer was the turn out, we invited about 30 people, I made 13 caramel apples for people to take home as favors, I sent 5 home with guests.  The rest went to the to-be Mother-in-Law, the host house and I took 3 to work.  Sheryl helped with the shower and brought the cake, we didn’t even make a dent in the cake.  Sad.

Finished Insanity, thank goodness!  Don’t miss it a bit!  Thought about starting boot camp again, but just can’t afford it, this past month has about run my savings dry!  Why is it everything is either due all at the same time or everything happens at the same time?  Anyway I just started going back to the NLR Community Center, they have a couple of great classes, it’s just hard to get there on time with the STUPID traffic in LR and trying to go North on I-430 at 5pm.

Signed up for the 2012 Little Rock Marathon, it’s the 10th anniversary and very likely my last Marathon, my feet just can not take it!  I will not say for sure until after it is over though!  I think Kim and I are doing the Batesville half in December, it is super hilly, guess that mojo needs to hurry up and find its way back to me!

The BOJ is getting so big, she will be 16 months old tomorrow!  Cutting lots of teeth, throwing temper tantrums, walking fast (not running), just so much fun I can hardly stand it!  She is coming over this afternoon, hope we can get down to the park or Fun Fest.

Here are some pictures from the shower and of course the baby!

Kim, Abbi and Sydney

BOJ - Labor day weekend

Bride to Be – Kim

the 100’s and sweet tater tots

It’s been a hot week around these parts, in the 100s every day, I think we broke some records this week, if I’m not mistaken Wednesday was either 114 or 115, and unfortunately it doesn’t cool off much at night, I had one good morning run and the temp was 88.  The other 4 runs sucked, but that is normal and I’m getting used to the suckage.  A year ago I was flying through 5 and 6 mile runs every morning, this year is like my first year running, can’t breath, heart rate is way too high, foot hurts or if my foot doesn’t hurt it’s some other body part.  Oh well, I’ll just keep hoping for better runs.

Tammy and I are in our Recovery week for Insanity, I beg to differ on the “recovery” part, the workouts are 38 minutes long and it is still a workout, the only good thing about the workouts is that we don’t repeat everything 3 times.  Not sure what’s in store for us with the Max workouts for the next 4 weeks, but Tammy said she had read that some people can’t even get through the warm-up without pausing, yikes!  I know the workouts will be more intense and I hope to see a little weight loss, to date I have lost a whopping 1 pound, whooptofreakingdo.

Yesterday, oh my, what a day.  Start off with our Insanity workout at 6:30am, then we hit the Immaculate Conception Rummage Sale where we scored some great deals, of course “lucky” Tammy got the best deals, she got some Athelta tops for a buck a piece and some Merrell shoes for a buck.  After that we hit a couple more yard sales and headed home.  Few chores around the house and then I headed to my hair appointment in Little Rock, but first I stopped at the Garden Center where I had a coupon for a free perennial, score for me.

After getting rid of my gray I headed to K-Mart for diapers and other have to haves and finally got home around 2:30, I knew I had to get my yard mowed and the temperature was 108, holy cow, oh well, gotta get it done.  I finally forced myself to go outside and told myself you have to be finished by 4:30, watered all my poor pitiful flowers, spent 10 minutes coaxing the lawnmower to start and mowed my 87-year-old neighbor’s front yard first, I was using the bagger because of all the leaves that have fallen it was so stinking dusty!  Finally over to my yard where after mowing half of it I had a bright idea and got the water hose and sprayed the yard to keep the dust down, it really made a difference.  Finished yard at 4:20, it was miserable out there.

Showered off and then got ready for the big Ranch Run for Soaring Wings Ranch, it was a race Tammy picked out a few weeks back, we had no idea it would still be so stinking hot!  We had to leave my house by 5:30 to get there in time to sign in get bib, etc. before start time at 7pm.  It was only supposed to be about 45 miles, well, someone, I won’t mention any names, but I was driving and the other person was in charge of directions.  We turned onto Hwy 36 east where we were supposed to go 1.8 miles according to said Navigator in passenger seat, we went about 2.8  miles and never saw the turn off, we turned around thinking we had missed it and no, still no turn off.  Hmmm, maybe directions are wrong, we went back to the 8 mile gas station and asked the employees there, nope, no one knew where it was, really?  NO ONE?  no one.  I called my sister and she was trying to get us there when I picked up the directions and noticed we were supposed to go 6.7 miles, not 1.8 miles, AH HA!!  Back we go.  We made a bee line at Mach speed back the way we came and finally arrived at the Ranch (field) about 15 minutes before race, thank goodness we left when we did!  An luckily there were no bibs or packets, very small race, about 100 runners.

It was hot, but there was a breeze and the loop, which we had to run twice was more than half shaded.  Couple of issues, gravel road for the most part and my heart rate, again, damn it, this is really starting to piss me off.  Tammy and I ran together for a bit then I had to walk and I walked a lot, more than I wanted to.  Geez.  My heart rate would get up to about 175 and I would walk, wait till it got down in the 160s and then I would run for a bit, it would spike right back up, it was freaking miserable.  My new favorite phrase, freaking miserable.  I finished in about 37 minutes, worst 5k ever.  Oh well, who gives a flying flip, but me. 

We got a shaved ice afterwards and a slice of watermelon, hung out for a bit, then we hit the road back to civilization and Sonic where we were talking about trying those new Sweet potato Tots, we had talked about them on the way up to the race and now we had to have them!!!  It’s a rare treat to get some sort of fried food for me and I think Tammy too, I never eat anything like that so I couldn’t wait!  Yum.  We finally arrived, pulled up, looked at the menu and Medium Tots were $1.79, okay, we both got our $2.00 out and ready, I pushed the big red button, ordered the 2 Medium Sweet Tater Tots with BBQ sauce (tammy), “Your total is $7.42” WHAT??? $7.42??  for 2 Tater Tots?  Are you freaking kidding me?  Was it the BBQ Sauce?  I pushed the button again and the unfriendly dude says they are $3.73 each, told him to cancel the order, sorry but that is freaking robbery, no drink, no sandwich, nothing but tots!  We were craving something so we ordered to regular tots from a friendly girl who delivered them promptly, they were yummy.  Not sweet potato tots, but still good.

That was it for the week, the baby and I are headed swimming….

Run, Work, Insanity, Repeat

Seems like that’s all I do, get up and run, go to work, come home do Insanity, repeat!  Makes a girl tired!  I took a rest day on Wednesday instead of getting up and running, but Thursday rolled around and it was back to normal.  I did manage to get in about 3.5 miles with only a couple of breaks which could not be avoided and both times I had to come back home since the bathroom was not open at the lake, too early I guess.

Thursday night I did not want to do Insanity, but we did it, certainly another sweat fest.  Friday morning we had Cardio Recovery to do at 5am so I got up at 4 and got about 2 miles in before Tammy got to the house.  It was so stinking humid out I was soaked after only 2 miles.

Stephanie asked if I could keep the baby early they were going to the lake so I cut my intended 6 mile run into 4 miles, met Tammy back at my house did the Pure Cardio then Cardio Abs, thought I was going to die!  That’s about an hour of intense cardio after running in the heat I had to hurry up and shower before the baby arrived, it’s going to be a long day!

We had a great time, headed to the park around noon, I know, hot, but no choice early morning nap for the baby.  There were some kids at the park and she loves to follow them around and try to do the same things they are doing, she is so darn cute I can hardly stand it.  She started hollering at the kids before we even got up the hill to the train and playground, just gibberish, but I ‘m sure she was saying “wait for me!!!”  There two little boys who she followed around for an hour before they left and we headed home.  She fell asleep in the stroller, her poor little cheeks were just as red as they could be and her head was wet with sweat, but she was out! 

Her daddy picked her up this morning and not long after Tammy showed up for our last video of Insanity before we start our recovery week then on to the Max Insanity, whatever it is, I don’t want to know.  We just now started getting through the entire dvd without collapsing in a heap, I can’t imagine what the Insanity Max has in store for us.  I better lose a pound or two, at this point I am up 1/2 a pound and not happy about it either.  I’m sweating my ass off 6 days a week doing Insanity, plus putting in a few runs, geez, gaining weight?  Not fair.  If I am going to gain weight then I at least  want brownies every day.

Have spent a few hours out in my front yard, geez it looks like crap, or white trash, take your pick.  I did get the driveway swept, yard raked, yes raked, you would think it is fall with all the dry leaves.  Painted a shelf and started sanding a shelf when the thunder and lightning started.  Now I have got to get my stinking self in the shower.


It’s been 6 months since my last post

Okay, let’s get this party started again!  I think I’m ready to blog about my running again and maybe my Insanity workouts and of course the grandbaby who just turned a year old!  Geez, time flies.  I can’t believe I haven’t posted in 6 months, pathetic….

Well, let’s see, I have a new job, my foot is better but somewhere along the way I lost a ton of running mojo and a ton of cardio/endurance.  I was doing a local Boot Camp class which I thought would keep my cardio up and it did to an extent, but as I learned, you can’t replace running 30-40 miles a week with 3 or 4 days of cardio, especially at my age.

Still trying to get back to where I was in December and it’s a struggle, every run sucks, I’m winded, my heart rate is in the 160s, ugh.  I keep thinking it should be better by now, but I’m just not putting in the mileage.  My daily running buddy Kim moved so I have a million excuses not to get up and run or cut my run short.  Tammy and I started Insanity 3 weeks ago and it is definitely an intense cardio workout.  She has noticed some improvement in her running, but I really haven’t yet, not sure why, but I’m hopeful.

Today I took an unexpected rest day, I strained my back doing something on Friday, so after yesterday’s 4 mile run and then Insanity, oh not to mention I had the baby and we went out to my Sister’s to swim for the day, I was beat!  My back was telling me to take it easy, so that’s what I did.

I hope to get in a 3 mile run tomorrow or Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Saturday will be 6 miles, keeping my fingers crossed.

Well this is a start, hopefully I will keep it up! 

Here is a new picture of the baby, she is walking and getting into everything!

Sweet girl!

Stupid Foot

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I had a great Christmas with the BOJ, so much more fun with a baby around.  They came over early opened gifts and then left for Aaron’s side of the Family.  On Sunday we all headed to my Mom’s house in Carlisle, we really had a great time.  Mom cooked a big pot of Chili and cornbread, I  made a, from scratch, German Chocolate Cheesecake, perfect for a cold Christmas Day!  We did a dirty Santa gift exchange, this was the first time we had ever done such a thing, it was weird to say the least, but nice to spend a fortune on gifts no one wants or likes.  The baby was perfect and everyone had a big time with her.

Okay enough of the sugar and spice, my stupid foot hurts!!  It’s been hurting for a month or two, I think it’s plantar faciitis, but who knows, it started around the edge of my heel, so I treated it by stretching it every morning and doing calf raises, it just kept getting worse.

The week before Christmas Kim and I ran a 16-miler with our buddy Patrick up in the Heights and by the time we were finished I thought my foot was going to fall off, it was freaking miserable.  I was limping up to Starbucks after we finished.  Tried stretching and icing all that good crap and it still hurt.  Took off on Sunday and Monday, short runs the rest of the week, all with pain.  We ran on Christmas morning, at about mile 5 it was killing me, I said some choice cuss words I was just over it, the pain was putting me in a pissy mood.  Thank goodness we were not running more than 6.

Day after Christmas we were meeting the Little Rock Marathon training group for a 10 miler, I got up as normal and tried to run up and down my street for my warm-up, I couldn’t even run, I limp/ran, what the hell?  It really was bad.  I didn’t know if it would warm up, my foot that is, or not, so I decided to go ahead and meet Kim and see what would happen.  After Kim got their, I explained that I may not be able to run the whole route and if she wanted to run ahead she was more than welcome to, it would not hurt my feelings one bit!  She didn’t want to run the route by herself so she stuck with me, such a great running buddy!

We made it about 3 miles before I couldn’t stand it a much longer, we cut it short, made it  a total of about 4 miles, holy hell, this is not going well for my marathon training!!  The whole week after Christmas was a bust!  I tried to run again on Tuesday, down to the end of my street and right back home, same on Wednesday.  I finally called Dr. Nix’s office and made an appointment, not sure what they can do other than stick a big fat needle in my foot, yikes!!  At this point I might just let them.    So I really haven’t run since last Sunday, I haven’t gone this long without running since I sprained my ankle a couple of years ago!  Good thing it’s cold out!  HA!

Anyway, my foot was feeling a little better today so I thought I would try it out, not bad for the first mile, painful, but not near as bad as earlier in the week.  I can take pain, hell I’m old, there is always some sort of pain!  I told myself, make another loop around the lake, I was making my second loop when BAM!!  These shooting/stabbing pains started in my heel and arch, holy cow!  Stopped me in my Mizunos!  I had to turn around and head home once again.  This sucks, stupid foot, stupid old age!  Stupid fat ass!

So, I guess we will see what the Doc says on Wednesday, I’m sure I will be back on track soon since I have signed up for both the Little Rock Marathon AND the Hobbitom Challenge the day before! 

What are Heel Spurs?  Could it be heel spurs?

I’ve missed you blog, sort of

I can’t believe it’s been two months since I have posted on my blog.  I’ve thought about it many, many times, but alas something else always seems more important.  I’ve said this before and I will say it again, I’m going to try to do better :).

What’s been going on the last two months?  Funny you should ask.

Had a great girls weekend in Springfield, MO for the Maynard Cohick Half Marathon, first weekend in November, it was me, Tammy, Kim, new half-marathoners Kami and Sheryl!  Woohoo!  We shopped like fiends on Saturday and then ran on Sunday, we had a blast! 

Happy runners!

I have been keeping the BOJ (bundle of joy) on Wednesday nights and usually one day on the weekend or just whenever!  oh what fun, she is the best thing ever!

My sweetie pie!

I threw a surprise party for Stephanie, her birthday is just a few days before Christmas so her birthday has always got muddled up with the holidays, it was a HUGE success, she didn’t have any idea, we had lots of people, food and fun.  I can’t believe I actually pulled it off!

Next came Thanksgiving.  I made the best sweet potatoes ever, got the recipe from Eating Well, low cal, low-fat, yummers, I will make them again.  Kim and I ran that morning and it was warm, like shorts and tees, by that afternoon it was freezing, weird weather as usual.  I guess that’s when the cold weather really started settling in, which I detest.  It has really made me hate getting up and running in the mornings.  My mileage is down, ugh, I’ve got to get back on track.

December 3, me, Kim and Tammy headed to Memphis and Aunt Martha’s for the St. Jude Half Marathon and Full Marathon (Kim).  This is the third year and it may be our last, ready for some new destinations!  The weather forecast was up in the air, changing daily, 30’s, 40’s, windy, rainy, who knew.  By Saturday morning it was 50ish when Kim and I went outside to do a loop around Aunt Martha’s before heading downtown.  Warm enough to ditch gloves, but it was a little windy.  We decided to forego our throw away shirts, I had on a medium weight long-sleeve tech, pants and headband, the girls about the same.  We left for downtown about 6:15 got parked in our same spot as every other year and just sat watching the wind pick up, eek.  We finally decided to head to the start area around 7:20, we needed the bathroom since we had been just sitting and doing nothing.  We realized how much colder it was, oh no, maybe because of the wind, we were all shivering waiting in line for the port-a-potty.

We finally made our way over to corral 9 which we thought was corral 10, no matter there were thousands of people there, we were in a good spot, but still shivering, we could hear the announcer and the music which kept us entertained.  Once 8:00 rolled around we moved a bit, we were COLD, Tammy spotted a pair of pink gloves on the side of the road, people had started throwing off their throw away clothing and we took full advantage, I grabbed the pink gloves and I got one and Tammy got one, oh it was so warm…..

We moved a bit more and I spotted a red fleece jacket, grabbed that, I know what you are thinking, but it was COLD, my back was starting to hurt from shivering!  It was so warm, it must have been an XL, covered my butt!  People were staring at me, I didn’t care, it didn’t smell and it felt like heaven!  I wore it for about the first 2 miles until I warmed up. 

We lost Tammy after about the first mile, we saw her again around mile 8, but Kim and I stayed together until she split off for the Full at mile 12.5.  I had a bad, bad race, my shoulder-blade/back started really bothering me around mile 5-6, it hurt so bad I would have to completely stop running, kneel down and let the pain and nausea pass.  This happened 4 times before I finally finished the race, I think my time was 2:25:xx, it was going so good until the first time I had to stop, Kim stopped with me every time, she is a great running partner 🙂

When I finally finished there were so many people I could not get away, I needed to throw up, I heard Tammy calling my name, I pulled over, knelt down and said “I’m going to be sick” and started dry heaving, I had nothing to throw up but some nasty green bile, yuck, it was disgusting and embarrassing.  We finally made it to the infield of AutoZone park were I laid down on my mylar blanket until the nausea and pain passed.  We decided to go up and try to get something to eat, we knew there would be soup from McAllister’s, that might help 🙂

What a freaking nightmare, way too many people in those stands going to one little exit to get “Runner Food”, it was like we were sardines, horrible, that’s another reason I think we will find something else to run next year, it was chaotic.  They sort of herd you through the food area and you can’t go back, so if you don’t get it right then, too bad.  You’ve got a water bottle in your hand, soup in another hand and you might want a Coke or a piece of pizza, you are trying to juggle all this crap while people are pushing you through, ugh.  Not pretty.

We managed to find a place to sit down and drink our soup, since they don’t give you spoons, I have never liked drinking soup, especially soups with chunks of veggies, that is what a spoon is for.  We probably had a couple of hours to kill so we made it to our car dropped our fuel belts, grabbed our coats and headed to Starbucks.  I was still not feeling my normal self, I had to stop a couple of times and let those pains/spasms, whatever the hell was going on with my back pass.  I have had problems with my back before, but never like this.

We got our coffee and headed back to watch for Kim, we had fun watching crazy Marathoners come in, some did cartwheels, one girl was talking on her phone as she crossed the finish line, some were about to pass out.  It was fun.  We saw Kim come in and we were ready to go!  We found her and headed back to Starbucks and then to Aunt Martha’s to get our gear, we all decided NOT to take showers until we got back to LR, it would take too much time, so three stinky runners piled back in the car and headed home, glad to be finished.

Another half marathon this weekend and the forecast was not looking good at all, 70% chance of rain, but the temps in the 40s/50s.  This race Tammy found for us after we ran in Springfield, it was the Batesville White Christmas Half Marathon, ALL proceeds go to needy families in the area for Christmas, the entry fee is a donation.  It was great!  Very small, I think it’s limited to around 150 participants, which there weren’t near that many people there yesterday. 

Kim came and picked us up at 6am and we headed out in the rain, ugh, the forecast was rain, rain, rain, we were prepared, hats, rain gear, extra clothes for afterward.  Took us about 2 hours to get there since we had to stop at Starbucks and stopped again to ask how to get there.  We were giving great goodie bags, probably better than I’ve gotten in ages, and super cute t-shirts.  No bibs, but they did have timing chips.  We sat inside and watched it rain, we all knew it would probably be a hilly course since Batesville is pretty much all hills and I really wanted a good time after last weekend, but with the rain and hills, I had decided oh whatever, UNTIL…….

We were standing in the start area, headed UPHILL, and Tammy said, hey there aren’t many girls Skipper, you could probably win an age group, Holy Crap!  Why did she say that!  That competitive side of me wanted it!  We took off and what happens, my water bottle falls off my belt, I turn to pick it up and we are LAST! Dead last!  HA!!  Okay, there was not thousands or even hundreds of people, but still, last?  No thank you!  It was an uphill start and it was uphill for almost 3/4 of a mile, but then a nice downhill.  It was only misting rain too, so that was nice, temp in the 50s, so cool.  First couple of miles flew by, we started passing people, yippee!  The course was marked good and then we started hitting hills, and more hills, and more hills, around mile five I was getting hot, had to shed my rain jacket, it was still kind of rainy, but not a downpour, so it was either hot or wet, I chose wet.  It was such a relief to get that hot jacket off.  We were moving, making good time until about mile 8, OMG, the biggest hills, we had to take some walk breaks, but we weren’t the only ones!  We were in a residential area and the hills were non-stop!  We were doing good fuel wise we had gotten some trail mix at around mile 6 and I was drinking G2 regularly.

We were never in a pack of people but we could always see people ahead and behind us and around mile 10 we hear these feet coming up behind us, WTH?  She zooms past us, UH, no way sister!  I looked at Kim and she knew the look, that ain’t happening, no freaking way, so the last 3 miles were speedy, we ended up passing that girl and putting some distance between us, I was dying!  My heart rate was in the high 170s sometimes 180, which is way too high, but I was determined to beat her!  Poor Kimmy, she just ran a Marathon last week and here I am making her push those legs even further!  But she did it, we both did!  We passed these two guys who had been in front of us the whole way, we passed them and I said, “sorry guys we are making a move!”  I loved it!!!

We also passed 2 more girls, probably close to my age group, hard to tell, I was on a mission!  Then, we make the turn and it is UPHILL to the finish, I was done!  I mean I didn’t think I could make it up that stinking hill, I could see the finish, but I was wheezing, my heart was beating out of my chest, but somehow we ran it in!  2:14:23, still not a PR, but I felt good and I knew I was in the awards, yippee!!!

We got our medals, which were awesome too!  Shaped like a snowflake, dated, very nice for such a small race.  Kim had to run inside and I waited to cheer Tammy in and it wasn’t long and her she came!!  2:19:xx  She looked great!  We had a great race and it didn’t pour down on us, how lucky we were!

Once inside they had Chili, Potato Soup, yeast rolls, donuts, cookies, bananas, hot cocoa, it was great! The chili and soup were from Colton’s, yummy, best after race food I’ve had in a while, and they let you go back if you wanted to!  Next were the awards, I just knew we might all get an award, we knew they were 10 year spans instead of 5, so that might not be a good thing and THEN we realized they were only giving first place awards, no second, no third, 😦 

They call out overall Male/Female, 19 and under, 20-29 Male/Female,  30-39 Male/Female, Master, Grand master, my name is never called and the girls we passed, one of them gets an award, what?  I passed her.  But alas, she was in a different age group.  I did not get an award, I was 2nd in my age group, woe is me.  Oh well, we had a great time!  We did a little after race shopping in the Historic Downtown Batesville, even stopped at the tiny little Kroger store.

Once we got home I took a shower and then was blessed with babysitting the BOJ for a few hours, so today, it is so windy, I will not be running, I will be staying inside to do a little housework, ugh, hate it.  Maybe Wednesday I can get outside and rake, oh BTW, I had an estimate for someone to cleanup my leaves, $75.00!  I think it’s too much.

Do I continue? do you care?

No I haven’t been blogging much at all, like once a month.  Way too much going on and I tend to overwrite, too much info I’m sure.  So, do I continue this blog?  Do you even care?  Does anyone read this thing anymore?  These are the questions that pop in my mind when I think about updating blog world on my oh so exciting happenings.

Running –  Still running.  Stomach issues that I had in the past are somewhat better, seems to go in cycles.  Lots of good runs with limited bathroom stops and then lots of bad runs with extra stops.  Lucky for me I have good running partners and bathrooms to stop at!

The big problem lately with running is my feet, oh do they hurt.  I know I have a touch of PF and I really just push it out of my mind, but every morning, oh holy hell!!  And then to top that off I have that stupid bursitis in my right foot and a touch of it in my left too.  I take my anti-inflammatory and glucosamine which helps, but geez, pain, ugh.  Oh, while I’m complaining, my heart rate has been awfully high lately, resting rate used to be in the low 50’s, haven’t seen that for a couple of months, should I be worried?  Maybe I should ditch some caffeine to see if that helps, but I’m not drinking more than I used to, who knows.

BOJ –  Bundle of Joy, my grand baby, oh my goodness, I never knew what I was missing, love that baby to pieces!  I usually get to keep her on Wednesday night and then again on Sundays.  This weekend maybe an overnighter!  It will be her second.  She has gained so much weight, she is just a little chunk!  Love that baby fat, the only time it’s cute to be fat.

Sleepy Baby

Had a nice run on Saturday morning with the Little Rock Marathon Group, we (Kim and I), got to see Tammy and Patrick, Tammy we don’t get to see much of, she must hate running with us, she thinks we run too fast, BAHH!!  not us, we are very pokey.  Patrick, who we haven’t seen since Lake Sylvia has been training for his first 100-miler!!  OMG, no way I could ever, my feet would fall off.  We were happy to see Patrick, we miss seeing and talking to him on our Saturday runs.  Tammy met us at Starbucks afterward and we had a little shopping excursion, not much, but it was nice to catch up.  Hopefully she will run with us again 🙂 

I’ve been sitting here since 8am waiting on Directv, why is it when they tell you they will be at your house between 8-Noon it’s always Noon?  I just got a call at 11:20, the technician will be here in 15 minutes.  I could have gone to work for 3 hours and then home, really grates on me that their logistics are not better.

My new boot camp class is awesome, I love it!!!  I wish it was more nights, but sadly only two nights a week at the NLR Community Center, I just hope it makes me stronger, fast!

Boston half marathon is coming up!!  YIPPEE!  10-10-10 and its the 10th anniversary, should be a blast, report to follow!