Sunday, July 17, 2011

what up?

Learnin' to shoot!! Typical American 4th of July activity
 meets mother/son bonding time.  Here's SS teaching me how
to use a BB gun on our recent trip to Omaha.
Hey peeps!  Here's what I've been up to lately, along with my typical stream of consciousness-type blogging....

Running?  Not so much.  My ankles are still really sore.  I've been taking it easy, just doing 3 miles at a time, nice and slow.  And daily walking with Jane of course.  My right ankle in particular is bugging big time.  The pain is now starting to travel up the ankle bone..... I might need to schedule some quality time with my sports doc.

Our awesome shirts for the Warrior Dash!
I'm signed up for two races next weekend: the Lumberjack Days 10 miler on Saturday and the husband and I are doing the Warrior Dash on Sunday.  The Warrior Dash shouldn't be a problem but I'm a little worried about the 10 miler.  That could be an ugly one, especially with my practically non-existent mileage.  We shall see what the weekend brings.

I started a couple of new programs - 100 push-ups and 200 squats.  They are both 6 week programs brought to me via my new iPhone.  There's an app for that!  My upper body strength is crapola so I'm hoping the push-ups will help with that.  And call me crazy, but I LOVE doing squats.  Both of these will be easy to incorporate into my day so I'm thinking they are doable and attainable goals.

Hey, remember Misty?  I was lucky to run with her for a while in the Stillwater 20 miler and then saw her heading towards the finish line at Grandma's.  I'm not the only one who's inspired by her.  There was an article in the Pioneer Press about Misty and her amazing accomplishments!  Way to go, Misty!!!

We are in the middle of some nasty-ass weather.  Feelin' hot, hot. hot.  And humid.  I think the humidity has been in the high 70's.  It's like being underwater when you go outside.  I actually LOVE hot, humid weather but this is getting to be a bit much, even for me.

How I ruined the husband's birthday last year. 
Work has continued to be super busy.  Super duper busy.  It's awesome that I can work from home about 50% of the time.  It's so nice to not have to spend 2-3 hours a day in rush hour traffic.

The husband
We celebrated the husband's birthday this week.  Last year I pretty much destroyed his birthday by getting in a 3 car accident on the interstate (during rush hour traffic) and totaling my Pilot.  It was the first car accident I've ever been in.  Scary!! I wasn't hurt, other than major torquing of my body and LOTS of muscle pain, so that was good.  But it did kind of put the kibosh on any sort of birthday celebration, unless you count time spent in Urgent Care as celebrating.  And my trusty Pilot didn't survive.

the calorie-laden remains of the husband's birthday cake.
This year was better.  I didn't try to steal his thunder with my usual attention-seeking behavior (e.g. totaling my car).  He didn't get home until late on his actual birthday (Bastille Day!) due to two kids in sports but I made a fantastic german chocolate cake for him.  It's his favorite.  Almost a whole pound of butter between the cake and the frosting.  I think it's about 800 calories per slice.  No lie.  It's so worth it. (My mouth is watering just typing this.  I might need to go get myself another piece.)  We've spent the last couple of days extending the celebration.  I think he's enjoyed it.

Photo shoots always tire Jane out.
I signed the husband (and myself) up for the Medtronic TC 10 mile lottery. It's limited to 8800 runners and is run the same day as the Twin Cities Marathon.  We'll find out in a few days if we made the cut.  I love 10 mile races.  I think it's the perfect distance!  I really hope we can get in.  It would be fun to be a part of the TCM festivities!

So that's about it.  Things remain pretty quiet here in Lake Wobegon.

What's everyone else been up to?


  1. German chocolate cake is the best! I hope you get in the TC 10 miler. I'm in for the marathon. What was i thinking? Tell me it'll cool down by then.

  2. I love german chocolate cake. Bud's mom makes it for his birthday--total homemade. I could eat the whole damn thing!

    The heat has permanently damaged my brain. I am not finding it any easier to run in the heat now than I was weeks ago when we had our first bad heat wave. I cannot wait for cooler temps!

    Hope your ankles feel better soon.

  3. nora - just thought I would check in on you - and again you throw my name out there - I was hoping that NOBODY read that section of the paper - looks like you had fun in the warrior dash!! what a mess!! I've not been so good - right after grandma's my back started spasming....and I've pretty much not run since...hoping to heal quickly and get back to running, I miss it!!

  4. Thanks for the comments, ladies! Still waiting for the heat and humidity to settle down.....
    Didn't make the cut for the TC 10 mile so I'll probably do the Women Run the Cities 10 mile instead. It's a fun race too, but I was really hoping I could be part of the TCM fun!!
    Heading to the sports doc today to see what the deal is with my ankle.
    @Misty - I hope you don't mind that I dropped your name again.... but I'm just SO impressed with you! I hope your back heals up soon. Those spasms sound painful.


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