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.

 

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Expectations

In my mind I always have this idea about my run, how great it’s going to be.  I can see it, starting out slow, birds are singing,  picking up the pace around the lake, saying good morning to all the ducks and geese, taking a quick water break by the stone gate, making my last hill,  finishing my morning run with a smile on my face and not a care in the world.  BS!  That never ever happens, EVER!

My expectations are so high for myself and I get so disappointed after about half a mile as was the case yesterday.  I had planned on 3 miles, pitiful I know, but I have to start back somewhere, right?  To start out it was warm, a nice 76 degrees with 90% humidity.  I knew as soon as I started running it was not going to be a great run, my back was hurting already.  Whatever I did to it over the weekend is still there.  But I trudge on at a terribly slow pace.  Make it down to the lake, I had to walk a couple of times already because this pain is shooting down my leg!  DAMN IT!  But I keep thinking oh, it will get better in a bit and it sort of did, but it never was not there.  Then the stomach starts talking, geez, cannot I not get one decent run in?  It’s very disheartening when every run SUCKS!!  Makes me not want to run at all.  It all started with my stupid foot in December and I’m still paying for it.

So, I knew I better head home since the bathroom was not open at the lake.  I only got in 2.5 miles, what a waste of a morning.  Oh well, I will try again on Wednesday and I will have an expectation of hearing the birds sing and my feet will be light as air, blah, blah, blah.

My only saving grace for the day was Insanity last night with Tammy, we did Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs.  We almost made it through the entire Pure Cardio without stopping, but I’m not sure we ever will, it is INTENSE!  I can tell we are getting better just by how many breaks we have to take or not take!  Not sure what she told me we were doing tonight, but whatever it is you can bet we will be drenched with sweat and ready for our rest day tomorrow!

Okay, I gotta go to work.

 

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!

The Suckage continues

Nothing new to report, foot still sucks, ran about 7 miles on Saturday, that was a total of about 10 for the week, I should be at about 40 miles. Still undecided if I can still do the Marathon in March. Well, I won’t be able to do it if the foot doesn’t improve in the next week or so. Woe is me.

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.

Boston Weekend

What a weekend!!  Ran the Boston 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, October 10, 2010, 10-10-10, finished in 2:08:28, not too bad, slower than my last half by a couple of minutes, but I did walk 3 times, just didn’t care about my time that much since I knew I wasn’t going to PR or break 2 hours.

From the beginning – my friend Eric who I work with lives in Ft. Lauderdale and we ran a race together last year, this year we had planned to run a relay in Las Vegas, but it fell through so back in July or June we decided on Boston.  One, we had a place to stay and Two, it was 10-10-10. 

We flew into Boston on Thursday, our flights were about 20 minutes apart so we met at baggage claim, we haven’t seen each other in almost a year, nice reunion!  We called Eric’s friend Jake to pick us up and headed to Jake’s condo.  Such a big, beautiful city!!  It was nice having someone who actually lives there tell us about everything and how to get around. 

On Thursday night Jake took us down to Newbury Street, we walked quite a bit and there were tons of people out, lots of super nice shops.  We went into the official running store which I can’t remember the name, something Marathon, it was on Boylston Street, but not far from there was the actual finish line for the Boston Marathon, it was pretty cool, I wanted to get a picture, but traffic was bad.  We ended up eating dinner at Back Bay Social Club, menu was pretty limited and I had Pork Chop with fingerling potatoes.  It was the saltiest dish I have ever had, burned my throat it was so salty.  On our way home I had an upset stomach, great….. and if it had taken any longer I might have had an accident.  It was not pretty, I think I was poisoned.

Friday Eric and I got up and ran 5 miles, the night before Jake showed us the route we should take and we did great, here are a couple of shots from our run.

We ran on some sort of path that went around Castle Island, there was not a Castle, but some sort of Fort.  The wind was a little brutal, but it was a really nice trail with great views and everything was still so green!

Jake dropped us off at Quincy Market on his way to work, Eric and I set out.  We hit the Boston Public Library, OMG, beautiful!  It was like a movie set, so much marble, murals, opulence.  We headed over to the Prudential Center to get tickets for the Duck Tour, it’s something Eric had been talking about, I was reluctant, but it was really great.  We got tickets for the noon boat, but had to be there at 11:30 and got back at 1:30.  We were starved, ate in the Prudential Center at Paradise Bakery, it was delish!

We just started walking, not really sure which way to go, we walked some on Newbury Street, then headed to the Market and the old churches, we ended up walking through the Boston Common a beautiful park area which was still in bloom with flowers, green grass, tons of people.  Walked past the State House which is beautiful and ended up at the Old Granary Burial Grounds, the headstones were so old you could barely read them.  Paul Revere was buried there along with Mary Goose who is thought to have been “Mother Goose”.  It was a little creepy, but for some reason I like graveyards, the headstones are interesting to me.  There were several tours going on so it was hard to get around.

We went inside the Omni Parker House Hotel, very opulent, I thought there might be a gift shop inside but we never found one.  We saw the Old State House where the Declaration of Independence was read and got a few snapshots, unfortunately my battery died and I had a disposable camera so no pics to share right now.   Across the street was Faneuil Hall Marketplace, lots of shops, diners, street performers, it was so nice outside, but we were both getting tired.  We did go into a few shops and ended up in Banana Republic where I bought a couple of things.

Jake had called Eric and was going to meet us around 6pm so we were just walking around the marketplace and found Bill Rodgers running Store, I think I met Bill Rodgers too, it had to be him, we talked about running a bit and there were tons of articles about him all over the store, about the Boston Marathon and other running events.  I didn’t want to come right out and ask him “are you Bill?”  but I think it was.

We met up with Jake and ended up walking more, we were close to one of the hospitals, Mass General I think, I thought we would never sit down!  We ate at a small mexican joint and after the stomach incident the night before I was eating bland for the rest of the trip.  We had to walk some more to get to the T, I wish I had kept my Garmin on to see how many miles we walked, it was a bunch!  My legs were feeling stiff.

We didn’t do a thing Friday night, we were pooped.  Saturday we did not run, my legs were too tired and we had a busy day planned.  We were heading to Samuel Adams Brewery for a tour!  We met Christian one of Eric’s friends there around 11:00, the tour didn’t last that long, but was interesting, it was not as “grand” as I expected because they don’t do any bottling at that facility, it is more a R&D type facility.  We did get to test taste beer, well I don’t drink much and only took a few sips, but most people had 3, the max.  They sent us on our way with souvenir glasses and the gift shop waiting.  Christian took over driving and we didn’t have to use the T anymore on Saturday.  We ate at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain which was really good and then headed over to Harvard Square, interesting place.

It took us forever to find a parking spot, we walked around the campus and the square where all the people were gathered, got a great cup of coffee at a place called J.P. Licks, ice cream shop.  Took some nice photos…..

Library at Harvard

 After Harvard we headed back into town and Jake’s condo, cleaned up a bit and then headed to dinner, pasta of course, the night before the big race.  Jake had a restaurant picked out, but I can’t remember the name.  I had a chicken Panini and soup, everyone else had pasta and then we headed home after our mile walk back to Jake’s car, parking was horrible.

Race day!  Jake had a couple of friends that were coming to house and we were all going to ride together over to UMass where a shuttle would pick us up and take us to the start.  The race was to begin at 8:30 and we were leaving Jake’s at 7am, this made me nervous since I had no idea how long any of this would take, but luckily it all worked out.  The morning was clear and chilly around 44, I threw on a throw away shirt, mittens and headband.  We took the shuttle to the start, Jake’s friends had bags to drop so we waited on them and then headed to the start, we couldn’t even get in the chute it was so crowded, I took this shot looking back before the start.  Well, the second picture.

Ready to Run

The race –  I ran alone, which I don’t really like, people in Boston are not like people in the South, we talk to everyone, not so much up north.  Eric was trying to get under 2 hours and I knew I probably wouldn’t so he took off.  I didn’t know Jake’s friends so I didn’t run with them, I was on my own.  The course was pretty much an out and back and it started off downhill, not a good sign knowing you will have to go back up. Very nice scenic course called the Emerald Necklace, through several parks.  I kept a really good pace through about mile 8 and then ugh, I didn’t care, walked 3 times after that, but still finished in 2:08:28, not bad, could have done a lot better.  Found Eric when it was over and we went to pick up our finisher’s shirt, nice tech long sleeve Adidas shirt, which I promptly lost somewhere.  Pissed about it too.   Still.  We waited on everyone to finish, took a few snapshots and headed back on the shuttle, when we got back to UMass Jake had locked his keys in his car, ugh, not what you want when you are ready to get home.  We had to call a cab, luckily Jim had money on him, none of the rest of us did.  Saturday afternoon we headed to The Top of The Hub, 52nd floor of the Prudential Building.  Nice.  Expensive.  My diet coke, $3.75 and no free refills, I had 2.  But you pay for the view.  We ended up going to SOWA, it was an outdoor Market in South Boston, it was really neat, lots of vendors with hand crafted items, lots of food trucks, I pigged out on a pulled pork sandwich and searching for something sweet.  We walked some more to some old church, can’t remember the name, but at one time it was the largest church in the US.  We were all tired and headed home. 

Monday was our last full day and Eric and I planned on going to Salem, Mass.  We had to catch a ferry and it left at 10am, we left the house at 9am and barely made it, we had to switch trains twice after we walked 20 minutes to the first train.  It was a great ferry ride though, took about an hour and there was a great guide on board who was a wealth of knowledge. 

Boston skyline from ferry

Once we arrived we had until 3pm to get back, our first stop was the House of Seven Gables, we decided to take the tour, it was very interesting, but nothing like I expected, glad we did it.  We then headed into town, of course we were starving!  We ate at Gulu Cafe, it was so good!  We walked around and never could find all the neat stuff we wanted to find, the best part was a memorial for the 20 people put to death because they were found guilty of being witches.  Very unique memorial.  We went into several shops, got a few souvenirs, walked around the whole city and headed back.

 
Once we got back to Boston I wanted to go to the Union Oyster House for souvenirs, it’s the oldest running restaurant in the US.  Then we headed over to Beacon Hill, OMG, I might move there if someone would give me a house in that area, super chic, loved it over there.

Louisburg Square

Acorn Street - Beacon Hill

Now it was time for us to find our way home, we were successful!  We found the nearest T station and didn’t have to switch trains and made it home around 6:30pm, pooped again.  Time to pack.  It was a great trip, but I was ready to get home, I missed my little BOJ and my own bed!

Yesterday I was so excited to keep my little BOJ, Stephanie brought her over around 1pm and she was so good, we took a walk in the BOB, she was just in the best mood, I guess she missed her Grams!  Kim came over when she got off work and I think she was just as excited to see her as I was.  Here is a cute picture.

BOJ - 4 1/2 months

Now we are getting ready for Kim’s Ultra, she will be running her first 50-miler this weekend, eeeekkk!!!  I plan on running the last 14-15 miles with her, should be interesting, report to follow!