31 October 2009
29 October 2009
Headed to Fadi's for lunch today, my fave Mediterranean restaurant, with Lauren. One last lunch together before she is a married lady - just over a week! Next time I see her, she'll be a stunning bride! Speaking of beautiful, is that not the most gorgeous hummus and basket of bread? On a totally unrelated note, this afternoon I rearranged furniture in our guest room. You see, I have a strange addiction to moving furniture. I'm compelled to try new floorplans. I can move just about anything on my own. I use the scoot method. See Before...And after...Totally different, right? I know, I know, the only visible difference is the addition of a cat. That's Hank on the bed. What you can't see is that there was a gigantic dollhouse opposite of the bed. It's a pretty small room and with one wall taken up with a window, one with a closet and another with an enormous dollhouse...well, it didn't leave a lot of room for variety. I'm excited to announce I've found a home for the dollhouse! Or at least a potential home. It is sitting the front room awaiting it's exit. Finally!
I'm hitting the biscuit now. Tomorrow is a busy day of laundry, packing, hydrating and last minute errands. Night y'all!
27 October 2009
Well, until Sunday. When I'll run, you know, something like a bazillion miles. Or 26.2. Aroundish.
I've heard so much about tapering. Taper madness. Tapering makes you write hilar blog posts chronically celebrity marathon times and pic. (which one of y'all funnies did that last year? I remember the post clearly, but cannot remember who it was..come out of the woodwork if it's you! I'd love to read it again and link to it!)
I must admit, I've not struggled with tapering at all. Like at all, at all. Not one bit. You see, I run early in the mornin'. Early. Okay, not as early as some of y'all, but I'm usually up on the wrong side of 4:30 am. So, yeah, sleeping until 6 hasn't exactly been difficult. I'm making good use of my extra time. And still running! Getting to work on time has been a nice change. So has arriving to work with DRY hair and full makeup! I'm sure my co-workers appreciate this as well.
Tomorrow morning Michelle and I will hit our old trail for 4 lazy miles. And then we'll rest until, well, Race Day. Whoo hoo!
This has been an incredible journey. I've learned so much about myself these past five months. (good and bad) It still amazes me that anyone would read what I have to say. Much less people that don't know me IRL. I'm blessed by your words of encouragement. Thank you for sharing your comments, your wisdom and your experience with me. What a great blogging community! I'll be thinking of y'all as I "run with endurance the race that is set before me."
23 October 2009
Dummy me didn't open the bag right away. About 30 min later I opened the seemingly flat bag to see how big it was. And you know what? It was crammed with stuff! Even better!!! I got a hat, a long sleeve NYC marathon tee, orange laces and...a RFSB tee shirt that I think, might just be sized for a small child. I did manage to squeeze into it (thank goodness for stretch) for a picture. Trust me, if I didn't already have ON a shirt, this one wouldn't have even covered my belly. And we don't need to bring back the 80's half shirt. (shudder)
Thank you ING for all my cool stuff! Now I can travel in style with my new bag! Whoo hoo!
18 October 2009
And it's not even over! Started off my Saturday at the local high school craft fair. They host it ever year as a fund raiser for the drill team, The Pacesetters. Who doesn't love a good drill team? We take our cheerleading AND our drill teams very seriously here in Texas. So my mom and I set out to see what kind of damage we could do. Oh, I scored BIG! I have a lot of little girls in my life and I found the cutest dog purses and beaded necklaces. Only $5 each - what a deal! Snagged some yummy pumpkin dip mixes, a vintage Bingo card, some adorable Christmas cups and...a PHS tee shirt! I didn't go to school there, but I live here. I pay school taxes here and hey, it is a good cause.
Made it home in time to put our our Halloween decorations, or at least some of them. That paper skeleton has been a part of my Halloween since I was a very small child. My mom gave it to us when we got our house. He's got years of yellowed tape on him and I just love him!Then installed myself on the sofa to watch some college football. Not just any game, the Texas v OU game! It was an exciting and nerve wracking game, but Texas won, OC. 16-13. Hook 'em Horns! Here I am getting ready for my afternoon run. Do you know how difficult it is to take a photo your both your hat AND your knee all the in same photo? By yourself? Not an easy task. I did have to take a few because the first several were all Meghan McCain. It's a difficult angle.
This was my first run with the kinesio tape. My doctor said about 50% of patients think it's a miracle and 50% think, eh. Clearly I was hoping to be in the whoopee category. She asked me to try 6 miles. So figured 8 would be a good test. Check that mileage on my Run'd Performance. 10 miles baby! 10 pain free, glorious miles!!! It worked! I haven't felt that good during or after a run in well over a month. What an amazing feeling!!! I'm once again hopeful. I go back to see her on Monday and I'm going to buy a case of kinesio tape and probably stock in the company. This stuff is amazing!
Off to enjoy my Sunday afternoon with Hubs. Can't wait to read all the Nike Women's Marathon race reports!
11 October 2009
10 October 2009
I'm hopeful for tomorrow. I'm wearing my race outfit, or what I plan to be my race outfit. I'm really not sure what to expect weather wise for the race. New York in early Novemeber. I'm thinking it will be shorts weather. For runners, clearly not for tourism. Just for running. My cut off for tights is usually around 50. Sub 50 and I'll keep my legs warm. Above 50 and I'm going to want my legs to fly free and clear. I think I'm happy with the Thorlo Experia socks. We'll see tomorrow!
06 October 2009
Do not miss your chance to blow. 'Cause opportunity knocks once in a lifetime.
The lyrics to Em's Lose Yourself keep running through my head. Truer words have never been spoken about my first marathon. It's a great tune to run to, the tempo is just right, it's inspirational and hey, it makes me feel tough. True, I do love Eminen more than I should, but we all know I adore those Detroit boys, right? (winking at you Hubs!)
Mostly though, because I seem to only be able to get to 8 miles before I fall apart. My knee! My hip! My confidence! "You used to be such a strong runner." These words, spoken by my pal Kat, keep running through my head. Used to be.
I've seen my chiro twice now. She's trying her best to be helpful. I'm trying to be optimistic. But this morning, once again, my knee just stopped cooperating. I was close enough to the finish to touch it with my hands. (well, almost) Yet I couldn't run another step. So frustrating. I've got 22 miles on Sunday. 22 is like, officially a lot more than 8. Just so you know. All the soda in the world isn't going to get to me 22!
I hate to self diagnose, but I really am starting to think it's my IT Band. So common for runners. I'll keep seeing the doc, but I'm going to stretch, roll and ice with a hopeful heart. Runner's World says 33% of readers responded to having ITB issues. Uh, can you say ouch?
I'm at the park all week for work. I know, I know, rough job. We are hosting an employee celebration this week. Each day 1/4 of our staff is coming out for BBQ and some fun. We had a BLAST yesterday playing football, frisbee and washers. I think the indoor peeps enjoyed Spoons, Bing and Dominoes. Yeah, we are a crazy crowd for sure. It's supposed to thunderstorm today so maybe not so much football. If I can figure out how to post a video on here, I'll post a hilar clip of the girls throwing the old pigskin around. I declared that if you let it bounce FIRST before catching it, you get 8 points. Men and their traditional rules.
I'll leave you with words from another inspiring artist, one who is a tad cleaner than my pal Em.
Now I feel like a star, a daybreak about to expire.
And get lost in the sun, Me and you
We gotta leave and just run and run
Run and Run, You can't stay, Can't stay
Run and Run, We will walk until my bloodruns out until my heart is burned
~ Matisyahu, We Will Walk
Yeah, that's me. Diverse. Abusive rappers and Hasidic Jews. I got it all on my playlist, that's for sure!
03 October 2009
I can seriously throw down party food. How are such tiny morsels to amazinly fantastic? This cookbook is full of easy recipes that look scrumdiddledeedumptious. I can't wait to have a shindig to try it out! Speaking of yummy party food, my girl Jules will be walking in the 3 Day Walk for the Cure on Nov 6-8th. Is she hardcore or what? That's 60 miles in three days! I'm so proud of her raising funds for an amazing cause. She hosted a Scentsy party and a portion of the proceeds from the party sales will go towards her fundraising. Jules throws down a sick party, complete with pumpkin dip! It was all so cute and for a wonderful charity!So impressed with her Fall decor, Morgs and I headed to Hobby Lobby to score some orange cutsies of our own. It was all 50% off - I just LOVE the Lobby! Picked up this adorable turkey and inspiring plaque. All for less than $12. Thank you HL!It's pouring down rain right now. The forecast shows an 80% chance of thunderstorms all morning. Perfect for my long run. Hey, at least it will be cool! Gotta practise running in all conditions; it could be raining on race day. Goodness knows I've run in enough heat!
I want you to know, I've been kind of blog gripey lately. It's all coming from frustration. I DO realize that I'm very fortunate. There are so many people who would be grateful to have hip pain, blessed to be able to feel any pain at all. I KNOW that. And I've been waaay to wrapped up in my own marathon frenzy. I can hobble across the finish line if I have to. I'm blessed with a healthy body. I'm thankful for this opportunity to do what so many people could only dream of, to run.
I'm very optimistic after consulting a chiropractor yesterday. She thinks it is a nerve issue and I'm inclined to believe her. A quick adjustment and I'm hopeful for my run tomorrow. But if the pain, the wonkiness doesn't go away, I'll still make my marathon. I've got two strong legs, two healthy lungs, and a heart that beats strong for the Lord. I'll never take that for granted. I so appreciate your encouraging comments. They lift my spirits and make me smile!