Monday, May 20, 2013
May 19, 2013 dawned overcast but warmish - a perfect day for a Half Marathon!
Saturday evening several of us gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory in SW Portland for a carby dinner.
Renzryd, GayeMC, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Bill and I had a delicious dinner (they instructed me in the finer points of mizithra!) and loads of great conversation.
The next morning, Renzryd, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Kashmir and I met up for a photo pre-race.
It was a lovely morning, at least for a bit.
It stayed mostly overcast and cool, but we dodged the rain.
This was my 5th Half, and my slowest by 2 minutes. For being alone on the course though, I had a good time. I walked the whole thing, and while I was wobbly at the finish LOL I felt pretty good, and today I'm not feeling too badly. I'm a little stiff when I stand up from my desk, but after a few steps I'm loosened back up.
I'm fairly certain this new form of therapy helped me feel better!
From the bottom up - Maggie, Bubbie, Pudgy, and Ben - they all sacrificed their comfort and playtime to curl up on/near me to help me feel better! Ms. Millie opted to send me healing thoughts from a pillow across the room; she likes her space.
Overall, it was a good busy weekend. I scored a new Fitbit badge with over 33,000 steps for the day.
That's a total of 18.5 miles and 35 floors climbed.
My next challenge is the Portland Half Marathon. I'll be doing that one with GayeMC and I'm very excited about it - yes, already. I enjoy doing races, but it's been a while since I've had someone to do one ~with~ and that makes all the difference in the world.
For anyone out there who was on the course and finished upright and smiling yesterday - Congrats!
I've got a blog or two percolating in my brain, so I'm hoping to put down a few more words soon. Until then.............
Monday, May 13, 2013
.. and unexpected. I received this via email on Friday.
That's a lovely little 500 miles badge from Fitbit. I really hadn't thought about how many miles I may have covered so far this year, so it was a neat little ~bump~ to receive. It's not as much as it should be, but nothing really has been lately. Still, it's nice.. and perhaps a bit of challenge to set ahead of myself - I've covered 500 miles in 5 months. Can I reach 1,000 before October (10 months?).
6 days to go!
Thursday, May 09, 2013
We dropped Lib, Liam, and Ms Poppy at the airport late Tuesday night. Their flight was suppose to leave at 12:40 am Wednesday morning. Suppose to. Turns out, their flight was delayed and delayed and delayed until they finally canceled it altogether! They weren't able to leave until 8:50 am Wednesday morning. I felt so horrible for them, but there wasn't anything we could do - they couldn't leave in case the flight was suddenly on again, which it never was. They were actually rebooked on a different airline's flight (others on their canceled flight were bumped until the NEXT DAY's flight). Lib said the kids did great, considering how miserable spending more than an hour or two at the airport is.
They're all safely home now, and last message I had from my sister was "My bed has never felt so good!!" LOL Poor chick.
While they're gone now, they've left us with a full house. Yes indeedy!
Mr. Pudgy Porkchop Bailey has officially joined the family. He's 13 weeks, 3.4 pounds of pure joy, ornery, and attitude! He had his first vet visit on Tuesday, and the vet said we are in for it! Mr. Pudgy thinks he is king of the world and we are all here to serve him. He's not far off LOL
The big kids (Millie, Maggie, Bubbie, and Ben) all have various feelings about him. Millie and Ben are pretty indifferent - I think his energy makes them very very tired (I know the feeling!). Bub and Maggie are intrigued by him. He and Bub have developed a way to play together - Bub talks and grumbles at him and nudges him with his nose, trying to engage him, and Pudgy boxes at him with his tiny little paws. The only time so far that my heart has stopped was when Bub yawned and Pudgy put his little head in his mouth to check things out.
We're having quite a bit of fun slowly and safely helping everyone get to know each other. Already they're settling into their 'normal' routine, which was turned on its head with our visitors.
As for me.. well. The next few days will be spent weaning myself from the bagels and chips and pretzels and snacks and pizza that we devoured with abandon while everyone was here. Back to fruit and yogurt, roasted veggies and meat, etc. and so on. I'm not saying it will be easy, but it will be worth it.
R'n'R Half is in 10 days! I'm looking forward to it and seeing 'old' friends and new, soon.
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