Tuesday, July 20, 2010
4.5 miles this morning...started out well since this morning was finally a bit cooler than it has been. We've always said that one of the advantages of living in this area is that even though it can get scorching hot during the day (110 is not unusual in the summer with the occasional 115-120 showing up), it cools back down at night, mostly back into the 60's-at the highest the low 70's.Not the last few days...it has stayed in the high 70's or even in the 80's-not exactly fun weather for running in. Today it was 67-ish, fine weather for a run. I'd much prefer something in the 50's or so, but I'll take what I can get!
Started out in the dark but the sun came up while I was out. I took a different route today than normal. I went farther west than normal and was pleasantly surprised. My section of town is a little odd, but in a kind of cool way. Hemet used to be a very agricultural town. Lots of large dairy ranches, fruit orchards and produce farms. It has changed a lot in the last couple of decades. Our section of town is an ecclectic mix of the left overs of those old family farms, a few dairy farms and a mix of old and new residential developments. There are some Mobile Home Parks where I have no idea how long they've been around, but most of the housing developments date from the 80's through to ones being built up until the bottom dropped out of construction. No matter which direction I go I run past some sort of farm.
Today the first "farm" I could smell before I saw it. I drive past this property all the time-it is in between the kids' school and my favorite grocery store-lol! They have a herd of goats-my goodness those buggers are stinky in the morning. LOL!
Kept going and ran through a little park that had a fun little "trail" running through it. Ran past the middle school, then the high school. Stopped at a busy 4-way stop sign where I TRIED to wave a couple cars through while I rested, one truck wouldn't go for it-very galantly let me go first, dang it, there went my excuse to take a break. Waved as I crossed and ended up on a gravel road-"huh, I had no idea". I guess I have NEVER driven this particular section of road, even though the housing tract where a friend lives is at the other end!! I guess I have never had a reason to go that particular direction. Dirt and gravel the entire way, on one side I had a big field of hay that had been mowed and the hay was sitting in bales in the field, with one of our hills setting a backdrop. Gorgeous, wish I'd taken my camera this morning, the sun was rising and casting rays on the hill and hay bales, it took my breath away-oh wait, no it was the fact that I was running that took my breath away, but still very pretty-lol. On the other side a bunch of pastures without animals. A little bit farther and I got to say good morning to a herd of cows looking at me as if they were trying to figure out what the heck I was doing. Got to the end of the dirty road and was tempted to turn left and go hang out a my friends for awhile, but I had to get home so hubby could leave for work- ;p! New, housing tracts to the left, more farms and fields to the right, cross over the main road heading north out of town, switch sides of the road since the wrong side (which for runners or the Brits would be the correct side) was narrow and without side walks, passed some vocal dogs. Found a Soprano German Shepherd. Cracked me up. This German Shepherd had the highest bark of a dog that size I've ever heard!! Another "farm" so the dog even had a really long yard in which to follow me and keep barking at me. Turned the corner and knew I had exactly one mile left. This section of road is my least favorite. It is narrow, there is no sidewalk on either side, there is a dirt shoulder, but this time of year it is full of pokey weeds. I stuck to the wrong side so I could see what was coming at me and only had to jump into the dirt a couple of times. Most of the drivers were VERY considerate and gave me a wide berth early on so that I knew they had no intention of trying to run me over or drive me into the weeds. This time of morning the traffic on that part of the street is light so that was nice too, maybe 10-15 cars over the course of the entire mile. Had to stop here and walk about half of the last mile. The HRM was not just beeping at me, it was yelling at me, I didn't take any water this morning, I was sweating like crazy and I was getting tired, decided to walk a bit and bring the HR back down to at least a reasonable number. Ran the last little bit and walked back to the house-DONE!! Done with 4.5 and it was an interesting and fun run. Got to see an interesting mix of things, not just house after house, after house. I got hot and sweaty, HRM says I burned upwards of a thousand calories, and I feel good, and tired. I still haven't decided if running actually feels "good". I definately enjoy how I feel when I am done though!!
Hope everyone has a great day.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Today my sister and I changed our regular running plan and met up with another Sparker-AWEISE. We met at a local park. Years ago I used to ride my bike or go walking on the trail around this park, but I haven't been there for a couple of years. It was a fun, great workout today.We ended up going about 3 miles which was fine considering it is still really hot (80 degrees when I got home at 7:00 a.m.). The best part about the trails at this park is that they are hilly!! We finally found a great place to run that has gentle hills. We will be going back there again. It was lots of fun meeting up with another Sparker too!!
A couple of days ago we went to the beach here are a couple pictures from that....This is my son boogie boarding...
Apparently I didn't take an pics of the girls. Thinking back, first I was holding the youngest and the older girl flat out refused to get in the water so I never got a chance to take their pics becasue I was always down at the water with son.
My garden is doing well considering this is the first time I've really managed to grow anything.
My peas (trhere are beans growing in here too-I still needs to put up string for the peas to climb)-
My eggplant-I never knew an eggplant blossom was so cute-
My pumpkin-this is kind of cool-last November we planted some pumpkin seeds, generally speaking a bad idea, but we'd been having a REALLY mild winter so we figured why not, lets see what happens. Well, one pumpkin started to grow, but never blossomed and eventually died in a frost. As soon as it started warming up though this one blossomed and struggled for awhile and then started to take off now it is doing pretty well, it remains to be seen if we will actually get a pumpkin from it, fingers crossed.
My yellow squash-these are doing the best of anything-even the zucchini aren't keeping up with my squash-we took two more off last night, they will go well with tomorrow's chicken dinner.
There is also garlic, onions, the zucchini and a couple tomatoes and some sunflowers (just for fun). That is what I've been up to lately. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
That pretty much says it. SIL and kids are going to the beach and invited us to go along, so we're off to the beach today...I'll take some pictures and post later. It is going to be hot here today. Around 100 F. Usually much cooler at the coast thank goodness. Hope everyone has a great day. I think this is my shortest post ever!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Errg...I am not feeling at all sparky. I am being lazy, I want chips in the worst way (thank goodness I have no money for chips). I feel like doing nothing for a month...
Ugh...I didn't run this morning, probably a part of why I'm feeling so errg. I fell victim to excuses. No, change that I allowed myself to talk myself out of it. I am not a victim here. I made the decision and it is what it is so I need to own it. I don't want to own it. It is one of those decisions I make way too often and it is not a great thing.
Blah...Life right at this moment is kind of blah. I am feeling overwhelmed by finances and things that NEED to get done and things I WANT to get done but don't have the money for. I am having to mark more and more things of the list of what is going to get accomplished in the near future and it is getting frustrating. The amount needed for my dream budget keeps going up. Maybe I am the only one who does this, but I have a " a dream budget". That is the best name I can come up with for it. An amount of money where if that amount just fell into my lap I could accomplish much of what is needed/wanted. New flooring, a trip to the optometrist, trips to the dentist, new tires, etc. You know, not the amount to totally change my life, but the amount to take care of the life I currently have. Tired of thinking of all of it and trying to budget on an ever decreasing amount of money.
But, hey Whatever!! It is what it is. All I can do is make the best of any of it and get off my Popo.
So today we are thinning the herd. Traditionally this term applies to when I go through and weed out stuffed animals that are not as loved as some of the others and send them to live elsewhere. Three kids means the herd has to be thinned about every year. This time I put the kids in charge of thinning the herd, but we are going to carry it further this time to toys, books, etc. I thinned the herd in the dishes and my books recently and the books went to the library which will shelve any that they feel would benefit the library and the others will end up in the library's bookstore. Dishes, clothes, etc. go to Salvation Army. The kids' books are getting thinned today too. Older daughter "K" has asked me to leave the Barbies alone. I can do that. It is time to take control of the clutter and lose some weight in relation to household items. By getting rid of a set of dishes, which granted I love, but we never use I freed up enough cupboard space to move all my canisters into the cupboard and off my counter. My microwave just died over the weekend too. So it is going away into the storage shed until somebody has an electronics waste drop-off. I am wondering if I can live without a microwave.
I found out that if you tear open a bag of microwave popcorn and scrape the corn and gunk into a pan with a lid it will still pop!! If I don't replace it I get even more counter space.
Time to get busy and fix my space, maybe that will help some...
Gotta tell you a story though. So, (I think that is the first "so" of this blog-improvement ;p) my two girls are thinning the herd in their room and bringing everything into the t.v. room and making "keep it" and "give it" piles. Youngest (3.75 y.o) "R" brings out a mommy and baby cat, the mommy cat is holding the baby cat in her arms, and tells me "this on goes in the get rid of it pile because the baby kitty cries and makes too much noise". This toy does NOT have a sound at all, she is making this up. So, "K", her older sister argues back, "all you have to do is pat the mommy on the back and the baby will be quiet." I am busting a gut as this discussion continues on for several minutes. The toy finally ended up in the "give it" pile. All my kids were blessed with ample imagination and creativity. I think as they get older I am just going to be in more and more trouble-lol!!
Okay time to go break some funk. Hope everybody has a great day. Maybe it is because the heat is on again...I hate the heat, but more that 6 months of exceptional weather kind of makes up for the summer...okay, going now...have a great one all.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
My kids know when Mommy starts speaking German they need to start paying attention because Mommy only slips into German when she is stressed or not happy. Sometimes I speak German when English just won't cut it. English, my native tongue, cannot express emotion the same way German can, at least not without expletives.
So, what exactly sent me into German mode this morning? Hill Repeats.
I was supposed to do my first round of hills two weeks ago but didn't make it. So today was my first time doing these hills. I've said it many times before, but my town is FLAT, flat, flat, flat. Except around the edges...we are a valley and not far from my sis' house is one of the many hills surrounding our town. This particular hill is at the base of the hill that forms our local reservoir.
We started out running about a mile warm-up around the buildings, parks, etc. at the base of the hill, then it was up to the hill. Before we get to the hill we run there is a little hill and I'll tell ya' that hill seemed fine to me!! I rounded that curve and lo and behold there is the hill. My sister said this first, but I think she is right, I could swear I heard that hill laugh at me. It is actually quite a great hill for running. There is a section just right for doing repeats, up a bit, then turn around and go back down.
When I saw the hill I thought "five, I'll do five-I'll go up and back 5 times". I had 40 minutes to spend on this activity...My sister averaged right around 2 minutes per repeat. Well, I didn't do 5, I ran 10, running up and walking back. Then I walked 2, walking the entire way. Then, just because I could, I ran 1 more, running up and back. Let me tell you, running down hill-WAY more fun than running up hill-LOL!! So, I ended up going up that hill and back down a total of 13 times, my sister did 22. So, in two weeks we do it again-I've got a number to beat. I'll have 50 minutes to do more than 13 repeats. I'm setting a goal, right now, to do 18 in two weeks. That means I have to go the distance and do it just a tad faster than this time. Ehhh, I think I can do it.
While we were running, my sister and I saw a lady running down the hill, did I forget to mention, we do just a tensy-tiny piece of the hill-this sucker goes for quite a bit more before getting to the lake and it gets steeper? Anyways, lady coming down, we both asked her if she went all the way to the top and we were both amazed when she said "yes"-MEINE GUTE!!! This lady rocks!!! So (I say "so" a lot-gotta start editing) I am starting to think that running induces temporary insanity because when we were done running we started talking, this is not extraordinary-we do this all the time, but what we decided was maybe a bit crazy. By Labor Day Weekend we will run, walk, crawl, whatever it takes, all the way to the top and then back down. Distance wise this is not really too bad, we drove it and checked it once, but I don't remember what it was, nothing out of the ordinary for our running distances though-the hard part comes in the uphill all the way to the top. It's gonna be FUN!!
Oh yeah!! I wore my new socks today...they rock!! Light weight and cool with extra padding in just the right places. Ahhhh, love good socks-Merrell Swift in Raspberry. Very nice socks, wool and synthetic blend, soft, cool and dry!! Now I get to go do a little scrapbooking-fun for the rest of the day too!!
Hope everyone has a great day!
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