Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Winter is Here

I think Winter time is here for the most part in Northeast Ohio. I think we may have an occasional nice day, but for the most part, old man winter is here. It was 60 degrees on Friday and I did my run in shorts, this morning it snowed so much overnight, I had to run on the treadmill. Joy. I must admit though, I catch up all kinds of news when I run on the good old mill.

I noticed this year, I have a much better appreciation of cold weather running. I dreaded it in the past. I mean I absolutely could not stand the thought of running in the cold. This summer I noticed myself longing for cold, winter runs. WHAT?!? There is some sort of peace and solitude with the chill in the air, light snowflakes kissing your skin (I'm saying LIGHT snow...not LAKE effect!), and the serenity of the quiet before the world makes up for their day. I feel like the only person in the world, just running along checking things out. On almost every run, I keep tabs on what I would take pictures of. I really am going to get a cheap, small camera and snap some pics. I think it would make a nice reflection at the end of the year.

Anyway, my runs are going really well. I'm getting most of them in in the morning. I'm just under 40 miles per week at the moment. Working on lots of core and starting some light lifting. I take 1 day off and 1 day cross training too. I'm working on getting more of a butt. My butt is flat and pathetic. I need a little more there, so I'm working on that too.

On other fronts, Jason had an interview with one of the large local companies for a research position....and.....he just got a phone call saying they decided to go with another candidate. Sigh. He's sad....I know he is. No matter what, I know it a blow to your ego. Even though you know it's kind of a crap shoot, it still sucks to know you didn't get picked. We've all been through that. My only question it...what OTHER candidate? Seriously? His area of research is highly specialized and only a hand full of people in the country work in similar areas. This particular position was an exact match for him. Who knows. Their loss. He's extremely smart & talented....especially in the mathematics department (I'm allowed to toot his horn :)) I just tell him he'll find the right match, and it will be where he needs to be. It may take a little while, and searching, but it will work out. It always does. I just hope we don't have to move anywhere. O well.....move on with your head confidently up high. He has an interview is another local (smaller start up) research company Monday. Updates to follow.

The Philly marathon is this upcoming weekend. That was the marathon I thought about doing. I'm just fine with not doing it. A cheese steak would be great though! Man o man, the Richmond people had a heck of a run. It was hot, windy, and plain old crappy. I read up on E-Speeds blog and it sounded brutal! Sucks when that happens for a marathon.

Thanksgiving is next week...which means....TURKEY TROT!!!!! and turkey....and pie.....It' my favorite holiday of the year!

Monday, November 3, 2008


It was Jason and my 5th Wedding Anniversary (October 25th)!!! Whohoo!! Can't believe it's been 5 years already. These are the beautiful flowers they delivered to our house. They were from a flower shop in downtown Hudson called Stems. I was really impressed with these.
We had a lovely dinner at Ken Stewart's. Calamari, Ahi Tuna, & Port. Great way to celebrate. My husband rocks!

Speaking of the Port. I'm such a lightweight, that the TINY glass of Port after dinner caused a massive headache for the run the following morning. What is wrong with me? This thing was like 5 ounces or something. I have to say though, it ended up being a very nice run. Heh!

So in the running life.....well, it's pretty low key. I'm loving it though. I already am getting excited about training and racing in the spring. That is a very good sign. I noticed that there are so many BEAUTIFUL things I see when I run that I wish I could capture on camera. That got me thinking....perhaps I could find a mini camera to take with me on my runs and take some pics. That would give me lots to talk about. I think it would be kind of cool. Just a thought.

I also decided I'm going to start posting a few more pictures. Pictures are fun....yeah? Let's start off our lovely pets (our kids for the moment)....Stewie (dog) and Einstein (cat). They got a little bored during the New York Marathon and took a snooze.
I thought it was exciting anyway. What a motivation. It made me want to lace up and go run.....