1 mile & 10 miles

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Early this week I was going to run on the treadmill. Of course, when I got to the community center all of the treadmills were being used. Up to the damn indoor track. I go...I know I should be grateful I have somewhere warm and dry to run. However, 14 laps for one mile gets so boring. Ugh. I walked the first lap to warm up.  I was contemplating how I was going to do this run. Usually I run 2 or 3 laps and then walk a lap. Ever since I switch to Jeff Galloway’s method of running, I haven’t run longer than a half mile straight. So I decided on 3 laps run, 1 lap walk. I started to run and it felt great so I kept going. I did 3 laps and said I’m going to run one more, and then another and another. When I got to 6 or 7, I thought I’m going to run 14 straight! It was tough. I slowed down my pace but kept plugging away and before I knew it, I ran a mile non-stop in 12:30. I honestly don’t remember the last time I did that! The next mile I went back to Galloway method.

Today I set out to run 10 miles. Thankfully I got a treadmill. I ran a little slower to makes sure I can get to 10. I watched 2 episodes of Brothers and Sisters. I switched to Animal House movie because I was missing an episode of B&S. Not much to say about the run. I was pretty much shot by the start of mile 10 so I worked on my speed walking. Overall it was a good run. I checked and the last time I ran at least 10 miles (that was not in a race) was May 11th. I’m very happy with this!

I have ran more in the first 9 days of March than I did all of February. February was a bad month!

8 miles again!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

I woke up this morning, looked at my training schedule and saw 8 miles and thought crap!! I haven't ran 8 miles since the half marathon on December 1st and quite honestly, I was walking already by the time I got to mile 8 because the race sucked so bad. So actually this is really the first time since November 11. That was 111 days ago! 

Since we got another 6 inches of snow yesterday, (After the 40 inches we got in February, the 4th snowiest months since 1800s). I decided if I tried to do it outside I would definitely quit before I got to 8. So I went to the community center to run on the treadmill. I was so disappointed that all the treadmills were taken. I wandered around for a bit and finally somebody got off one. I was so relieved. There is no way I could have done 112 laps upstairs on the track!

Every winter season I pick a series to watch on my iPad while doing these long runs. A few years ago it was Mad Men...I LOVED that series and was sad it was done. After that was the entire Downton Abbey series, again. And now I'm watching Brothers & Sisters. It really makes the time fly by. As I'm slower than molasses, I got through 2 episodes today. There wasn't enough time for 3...that will be next week when I need to get 10 miles in. LOL!

Clay class and running

Saturday, February 23, 2019

I feel 100% better and finally had a good run this morning. We have a half marathon in Philadelphia in 35 days and my training has been nonexistent. I managed to wake up early and snag my favorite treadmill at the Community Center and run 6 miles. It was a slow six but I still got there. I'm a little more confident I won't be walking the entire half. Lol!

After the run and shower, we met the Stayers at Pizza Luce for lunch. Celeste, Evelyn and I had a clay class afterwards. We made lanterns. I really like mine. I had bigger aspirations but we didn't have enough time for what I wanted to do. Go figure. I wasn't happy I couldn't get the top level so I made a cover to go on top, problem solved. I can't wait to get it after it has been fired and glazed.

I can finally breathe…

Friday, February 22, 2019

Well I haven’t had time to write in almost two months. It has been a very busy couple of months at work but today I can finally breathe. We filed our Annual Statements today. The first big hurdle of the year is complete. No more working weekends and nights. Even though we are full staff again, I was busier this year end. It was awful. I can take my life back. And maybe start running religiously again.

I have managed to keep my race streak alive. We ran the Flurry Scurry 5K and the Valentines Day 5K. Both were bitterly cold and my times sucked. Valentine’s day was very bad, I woke up with a chest cold, and sore throat. If it would have been any other month, I would have skipped the race and picked up another one later in the month. But this is Minnesota and there are not very many options. I put on a ton of layers and Eric and I briskly walked it. I was so miserable!

Here is Flurry Scurry 5K picture:

Here is the Valentine’s Day 5K picture:

The Tuesday before the race, I had a really bad sore throat. I had all the classic symptoms of strep throat. After the 3 hour commute home because of the snow storm that moved in, I went to urgent care. Of course the rapid test came back negative so no drugs for me. My fever was still 102 the next morning so I worked from home. I suffered with the sore throat for the rest of the week.

After the race, we spent the weekend with my mom in Wisconsin. We went to the KC Gala. It was the usual meal with the usual people. My chest cold and sore throat affected my voice. I couldn’t talk! It was awful. This is two years in a row I went to this Gala and was sick. I had a rough night with all the coughing and the development of pink eye. Yep! 

Eric and I left right away Sunday morning. It was snowing very hard and the interstate was a disaster. We saw a couple chain reaction accidents involving many cars and semis. There we quite a few cars in the ditch too. It was a bad drive home. We went straight to urgent care. The confirmed I had pink eye and the doctor didn’t like how my tonsils looked. Guess what??? I have strep. Seriously?! I got an antibiotic for that and drops for my pink eye. I actually stayed home from work on Monday too. I tried to work but couldn’t do it. We are now 18 days later and I finally feel ok. I’m still hacking up stuff but otherwise I feel ok.

2,019 Miles in 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

During 2015, 2016 and 2017, I was part of a team for Run the Year. First year was DJ, Brenda, and Eric. 2016, was DJ, Abbie and Eric. And for 2017, Eric and I barely made it when I added my walking miles. I didn't sign up for ,2018...I got discouraged during 2017 and the Facebook group overwhelmed me. But I decided late in 2018 that I'd do 2019 by myself. I'm going to include all my daily miles (both walking and running). It is the only way I can get it done...and it will still be a challenge for me.