Puppy Cuddle

Friday, November 15, 2019

Today at work I participated in the Puppy Cuddle fundraiser. Midwest Animal Rescue Services brought in some puppies to my building and we donated to their cause to play with the puppies. It is part of our company’s Giving Campaign. My company matches all of our donations. One of the puppies pooped by me. Man that was stinky but at least it wasn’t ON me.

No, I didn’t bring one home for Swirl. He doesn’t like dogs.









Madison Half Marathon

Thursday, November 14, 2019

I’ve run this half marathon the last two years and I did it in 3:05 both times. My times are only 6 seconds different between the two years. Going into this race I didn’t know if I could get 3:05. My training has been terrible this year and I’ve been really slow. I’ve tried speed workouts but I think my bigger problem is a lack on endurance. I haven’t gone on the long runs like I should have. 

Race!
I had a great dream the night before the race…I was feeling great the whole time and finished faster than I had in years past. I woke up thinking I was going to do it. I was pumped. I wanted to get 3:05 or faster. Well that lasted all of 4 miles. Actually, more like 3.5 miles.  I started struggling at mile 4. Why??  I ran 8 miles a week ago and felt fine. What is my problem??  Anyways I trudged through the race and finished at 3:14. NINE minutes slower than the last two years. ARGH!!!!!



Post Race!
I was disappointed in the food after the race. The last couple of years they had Panera sandwiches and cookies in bags that you could grab and eat when you wanted. This year they had vegetarian chili, mac and cheese, potato salad and brats. Not what I would call great post race food. And you basically had to eat then or it got cold. I tried the Mac and Cheese and it was meh. I ate a few bits and threw it away.


The Medals!
I got my 3rd piece of the pictures (the 2017-2020 medals make a picture of the Wisconsin Capitol Building). Only one more year left to complete the set. I can’t wait to move on to another race. There are quite a few races on the same weekend as Madison that I want to do but I got suckered in to the 4 years to complete the picture.

Pre-Race!
We picked up my mom and Aunt Betty Jane to join us in Madison this weekend. I was very excited to meet Jax, my cousin’s baby, for the first time. We got to see my Uncle Jack and Aunt Jackie. We had dinner with them Saturday night and played cards and games. It was a fun evening. Mom and BJ stayed at Jackie’s house.

After “Party” 
Sunday after the race and 30 minutes soak in the hot tub to warm up we met my friends Jenny at her Veterans’ Day concert in DeForest. We went out for dinner after with her family. It was nice catching up.



Snow!
Monday morning we woke up to fresh snowfall. It made for an interesting drive home. Took an hour to get to Jack’s place which was only like 10 miles away. We got home safely by 4pm.


Halloween 5K

Monday, October 28, 2019

This is always my best race of the year and this year was no exception. Fastest 5k of the year by over a minute and half. I beat 38 minutes...by one second. I love this race. I'm not sure why this is always my best race. Unfortunately I wasn't as fast as last year. :(


Mankato Half Marathon

Monday, October 21, 2019

They changed the race to Saturday from Sunday (Boo!)  We had to rush down to the expo after work to get our bib. We stopped at the RVR booth to see Paul and check out the massaging leg system. It made my toes numb! 

Lindsey, Paula's sister, was running the full and we met up with her and her husband at the Expo. They were going to go to Olive Garden but called me shortly after they left to ask if they could join us at Pagilli's for some pizza as the wait for OG was over an hour. 

The morning of the race we stopped by Caribou Coffee and ran into Brenda. She was also running the half. It was good to see her again. She stuck around me for a couple miles but I eventually lost her. 

DJ and Tim came and cheered us on in a couple spots on the race course. 

I had high expectations for this race since the last time I ran it was almost under 3 hours. Through 8 miles it was going well...then we hit mud and a chewed up road and that destroyed my mojo.  I struggled the last 5 miles and finished on par with my halfs this year...3:11. They changed the race course from the last time I ran it. But that doesn't account for the 11 minutes longer it took me this time. Boo. I really need to train better for the next race...in 3 weeks. Yikes! 





Byron's Surprise

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

We surprised Byron this weekend! Paula planned the weekend. We came down for a 2 mile trail run. I'm not a big trail run person so I walked most of it with DJ. We walked all the uphills, run down the downhills and mixed it up on the straight aways. I technically finished DFL (dead f*%king last) because they called DJ's number first but whatevs. It was very cold too for October. And it even snowed. :(


 



We had lunch and birthday cake and played some games.


Then Chris and Banyan showed up!





TC 10 Mile

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Eric had a great run. Me not so much, especially the last half. First 5 miles were as expected. But I was stupid and thought to myself I didn’t need any fuel for just 10 miles and drank too much water at mile 5 to curve my hunger and that failed. It made my stomach upset and I was still hungry. I tried running best I could. That is the last time I think to myself it is ONLY 10 miles. Haha! 

I was so hungry that immediately after I crossed the finish line and got my medal, I went to the table of mixed fruit/peaches. I grabbed a container of peaches opened it up and chugged it. Eric tried to give me a spoon and I said I don't need that. The funny thing is I don't like peaches!  I was so hungry, I didn't care. We went into the Champions tent (ie. we run a lot of their races so we get special privileges) and had a bagel, breakfast burrito and a chicken Caesar wrap...oh and a Mountain Dew. I don't drink a lot of pop so that was a rare thing for me. 



Corn Maze

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

On Saturday we joined Greg, Celeste, Evelyn and Carmen at the Sever's Corn Maze. This is the first year in their new, larger location. The theme is Dinosaurs. It was a fun time!









Maple Leaf Half Marathon

Monday, September 23, 2019

State Number 24 was amazing. The course scared me but it really wasn't so bad. I did better than I imagined considering my last half was 5 days before.  The weather was prefect. It was 25 degrees cooler than Connecticut race. 

The race was very small and I was concerned again with being last. But thankfully I wasn't last...close by not last. There was always somebody in front of me and somebody behind me. I ran it entirely without somebody. It is different experience. 

The worse hills were during miles 8 and 9. They really sucked! I would say this race was almost better than the Connecticut...I was still running regularly during miles 10-12...granted they were all downhill. I have said this before but I think hillier courses are better for me even if I don't like uphills.

Its too bad this race doesn't get more runners because it is a nice course.


 




Vermont and New Hampshire

Monday, September 9, 2019

We left our weird inn in Manchester and headed to Calvin Coolidge Historic Site. It was neat little place in the middle of nowhere Vermont. Calvin was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, VT. He spent a lot of his life in this tiny town. The town has been preserved as it was when Calvin Coolidge lived there. His church is there, the general store his family ran, the house he was born in, the house he grew up in and the place where he took the oath of office for President of United States on August 2, 1923…his dad swore him in! He became the 30th President after Warren Harding died.  He is even buried here. Literally everything important to Calvin Coolidge happened here. How cool is that?  I think his wife would have been awesome. I mean she did keep a raccoon and many other animals as pets.


On the way to Franconia State Park we stopped at the Quechee Bridge and Gorge. I remember this place when we visited in 2006. It was nice to stop again. I looked back at old pictures and there wasn’t a fence on the bridge. I’m sure they had to add it for safety reasons.
 

We also visited Franconia State Park when we were there in 2006 but it was so foggy we couldn’t go up the Tramway. Well this time it was sunny…well to start. Haha!  I got a few good pictures when we got to the top before the fog came in. Darnit!  It was also very cold up there.



The next stop was just down the road at the Flume Gorge. It was very cool to hike back to the gorge and see what nature does to rocks. Of course there was a waterfall back there too. I love my waterfalls!


We made one more stop at Glen Ellis Waterfall before heading to our hotel. It was a short hike from the parking area but totally worth it.
 


We stayed in North Conway, New Hampshire this night. Our hotel had a couple waterslides in the pool area. There were no kids in there, only a few adults in the hot tub, so Eric and I went down them a couple times. It was so much fun!

The next day we drove in to Maine to say we had been. It wasn’t that exciting. Our next trip out to New England will be mostly to Maine. I want to go to Acadia so bad!

We drove the Kancamagus Pass through the White Mountain National Forest. We also did this in 2006. I remember because I slipped off a rock and fell into the river. The good ole days. Haha.


We stopped at one last State Capitol/House in Concord, NH. We stumbled upon the tour and it was very interesting. We went into the governor’s office and the secretary of state’s office. It was interesting to hear about how much the state representatives and senators make….$100 and $200 a year, respectively. It really is a volunteer job. For comparison, a Minnesota Legislator's salary is $45,000 per year. Crazy difference!


That was the end of our touring. We drive back to Logan and had a late flight back home.