Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back from Paradise

Jason and I went on a quick, little trip from Florida. It was a nice break. We went down to Naples and soaked in some sun and relaxation. I really love spending quality time with my husband. I guess I'm one of the few who is actually happy to be married...to whom I'm married to.

I was more thrilled to be able to run outside then anything else. When we arrived, they were in the midst of a cold spell....which was quite warm for us. It dipped to 32 degrees the first couple nights, but once the sun came out it warmed up nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed every step of my runs....even though I felt like crud on a couple of them. It just felt so nice to have sun beating on my skin...in shorts and a T-shirt. Once funny site...I was running through a ritzy, ditsy area of new homes, and I see this lady pull up in a fancy car and get out to check the status of her new home being built. She comes out wearing super fuzzy boots and a zebra print fur coat....and a handbag as big as my checked luggage. It was really funny watching her walk around the construction site. It was around 65 degrees that day. Wish I had a camera. Ahhh....back to reality.

So I figured out that my sore lower back and glutes had to have been from the treadmill running. Once I got outside, everything loosened up and I feel much better. I have a massage coming up on Friday which I received as a Christmas gift. The lady actually comes out to your house. Jason and I both are actually getting a massage. I'm excited about this new idea of a traveling masseuse.

Oh...I finally opened a Facebook account. I spent a while making fun of my hubby about it...until I got sucked in. I can't believe how many people you can hook up with that you forgot existed. It's so much easier to keep in touch. Great concept.

On this weeks running front, just planning on cruising along. I'm hoping to start up with a few more structured fartleks...to get me going a bit. I'm kind of lost without some real concrete running goals. We'll see how it all goes.

M-7 miles (Treadmill)
T- 30 Minute Bike/Lift
W-8 Mile Run (7:43 pace w/ Garmin....Naples)
Th- 8 .5 Mile Run (7:41 pace w/ Garmin....Naples)
F- 8 Mile Run....Naples
Sat- 12 Mile Run....Naples
Sun - 5.5 Mile Run (Treadmill....back home)

Total Miles: 49 Miles

Monday, January 19, 2009


I have been on the treadmill for 2 weeks! I think that is some kind of record for me. I thought last Monday I would have a chance to get out, but I got home too late. I have a rule, if I can't jump onto the curb or lawns to avoid cars in the dark, I won't run outside. I just won't risk it. The temps have just been down right obscene cold. Which make me ever so excited that I'm going to Florida tomorrow!!! I'm more excited to get out and run in my shorts then anything else. I'm going to run everyday I'm there...as much as I can. I'm so pumped about it.
We almost went to Florida this past week which would have put me into the Naples Half (which would have been more of a fun run per lack of training)....but we decided on this week due to it being much cheaper airfare. Nonetheless, I'm excited to get a little break from the cold weather.

As far as my running, I'm kind of getting used to my treadmill. I'll have to shoot a picture of it. It's kind of pathetic and funny, but it works. I can't believe this thing hasn't broken down yet. Last week I logged 41 miles. Most of them I felt pretty darn good. I start out a bit slower and take it down. I've gotten in the habit of speeding up during commercial breaks which makes for a little fartlek type run. Good times.

Everything is going fairly well. I have had major issues with doing morning runs and workouts. The last 2 weeks have been evening runs which fit into my schedule so it works. I really am more of a morning person, but something happened. Not sure if I'm just not sleeping as well, or if I just got used to sleeping an hour later. Whatever it is, I have to get out of this funk and wake my butt up. Just glad to be logging miles though.

In other news, I finally opened a Facebook account.....after much persuasion. It's actually pretty neat. It's like a whole new little world of networking. I just can't get too sucked in.

Weekly rundown (I'm going to try and post a quick weekly rundown from now on....hope it makes me a better blogger):

M-7 m
T-7.5 m
W-30 minute bike, lift
Th- 8 m
F- 7 m
S - Off
Sun - 11.5 m

All treadmill....blah. Off to Florida though!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year....Merry Christmas...Happy Thanksgiving....etc...etc...etc.
I have some catching up to do. I need to be much better about posting.

To sum it all up....everything is just great. The holidays were hectic as usual, but really nice.
Many of our family and friends had babies, birthdays, and other special events. My birthday came and passed....which means I'm another year older. Haven't moved up to the next age group just yet. Next year. Heh.

The running is going well. No big plans as of now for this year. Seems like I'm on the treadmill more this winter then last. It's not so bad. I'm just glad to be running. I'm averaging about 40 miles per week. Nothing special, just enjoying my time while keeping in shape. I only missed a couple days just after Christmas because I caught a little cold from Jason. I wish I would have signed up for the Buckeye 50 though before it sold out. It would have been really fun I think. At least it would have gave me something to do in terms of getting out with running friends. I really wish this icing over would stop though. I'm not sure if it's the weather, or the fact the cities aren't cleaning the roads as well this year. Who knows.

In other news, Jason accepted a research position at a small company in Akron which means WE ARE STAYING!!! I think it all worked out for the best. He's got a job in an environment that I think suites him, and it gives him the chance to teach if the opportunity pops up. It all worked out and I'm so happy! Funny thing, NASA decided to contact him after he decided on this job. Go figure. We think this was the best for him anyway. I'm just happy, happy happy :)

So, it looks like I'll still be hitting the streets and the starting lines in Northeast Ohio...for a while at least.