Friday, September 04, 2009
I didn't get this written yesterday - Just too many other things going on!
I decided to make this a long run if my calf would hold up and I had to get out early since this was another Drs. office day for MIL. It was raining, but just barely. After the first half mile, I didn't even notice it.
I like to watch for birds and critters when I am running - gives me something to do I guess. A little bunny gave me a start when he bounded into the bushes - I hadn't even seen him until I was almost on top of him! But he saw me!
I usually see lots of people walking or running with their dogs, and I see lots of different kinds of dogs. There are a lot of Golden Retreivers and yellow Labs out there. Today's run (Thursday) I saw a Fox Hound - first one of those! I also saw our friend with the Greyhound.
The "Travelling Shoes" are still missing. I thought about taking that little path that they were next to and looking to see if they were along it someplace, but didn't want to interrupt my run. I should take the dog for a walk one of these days and go explore! I think it just goes up over a little hill to the back side of a little shopping area. Maybe the Shoes have travelled there!
The sun came out a bit by the time I had gotten to my halfway point, and it started getting pretty warm! At least I was pretty warm! It makes it so pretty along the lake with the sun out. That lake looks different every single day!
I didn't get out there early enough to see if there were any bats going back into the Bat House. That would have meant starting from home when it was still Dark. I don't do running in the dark, at least not on the trail. I did once, several years ago. Turned out to be one of my fastest runs ever (at that time), I guess fear is a powerful motivator! It is sorta spooky out there in the dark!
By the time I had gotten back home, I had run 7.17 miles! I had to stop once and retie a shoelace, and then I actually walked for about a tenth of a mile because my ITB was really hurting my right knee. The calf never did hurt though. It turned out to be a very slow run but that was ok. I won't do a 7 miler very often. It was just good to be out there and make it all the way!
Seven miles! I would never have believed it if you had told me in January, or even February, that I could do that!
Things are looking up. I don't feel nearly as crazy (at least not today!) from all the stuff going on in my life. I am still worried about DH, and his "ticker", and dear MIL of course. Things turned out not to be as serious with my son as I had earlier been led to believe. So now I just have to have some faith in him that he will manage do deal with it in a healthy way.
OK, time to get in my cardio workout and then get ready to go with Hubby for his nuclear stress test. I told him he will probably glow in the dark, and then I will laugh at him!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Today is a much better day for me. Partly because it is an "at home day" meaning I don't have to go to Federal Way to see Dear MIL.
Hubby decided to go on my run with me today, at least for part if it. I guess he wanted to see the "Shoes". He runs faster than I do, so I felt pushed a little, but not too badly. It seemed like every one we met had a dog with them today. By the time I finished my run I had seen about 17 people, and only about 6 of them didn't have a dog! When we got to where the "Shoes" had been to start with I was showing Hubby where they were, and then where they had been moved to. When we got to the last place, NO SHOES! I had made it a point to look on both sides of the trail, and still no shoes! We only ran as far as the 1.5 mile mark (from our house) before we turned around. Both of us looked on both sides of the trail on the way back, but ...no joy! Shoe Guy - Come back! I miss the shoes!
We got back to the place where we entered the trail, and Hubby peeled off to head on home, making a 3 mile run for him. I continued on to do my planned 6. Just after he left I started getting a cramp in my right calf, so I stopped and stretched it out for a bit before continuing on. It was still hurting when I started again, so I figured if it didn't let up I would turn around and go home. But, slowly it loosened up, so I kept going. Eventually, I decided to go the whole 6.5 miles instead of turning around early and only doing 6.
At what used to be the half mile mark on my old route I discovered that someone had built a Bat House! That is so cool! I knew there were bats around the lake, as I had seen them some years ago. One of the benefits, since we live close to the lake, is that we have very few mosquitoes! One of these days I will have to go for a run around dusk and see if I can see them by their house! That would be awesome!
That won't be today though, or maybe even tomorrow. That cramp in my calf came back after I finished running, and now my calf is REALLY sore! Walking isn't too bad, but going down stairs really sucks!
I don't know what is best for it - heat or cold - Maybe I will just have DH massage it for me!
Next time I do run I will be watching for the Return of the Shoes! I hope they will be back!
Monday, August 31, 2009
It has indeed been one of those weeks! I know everyone has them, but this week for me it feels like the world, or life in general, is really ganging up on me!
For starters, there is my dear MIL. She is nearly 96, and lives about 18 miles from us in a Senior Living Facility. Due to a stroke a couple years ago, and severe arthritis, she is wheel chair bound. I take care of her medications and her laundry so she won't have to go to assisted living. She is really very sharp And she still does her own finances.
She sometimes has trouble taking her medications since she tends to drop the pills. She doesn't hear well, so she doesn't know she has dropped them. I worry that if the one she drops turns out to be her blood pressure pill, she may have another stroke. I worry that she will fall and break a hip or something. We are there about every other day, so I can bring her clean laundry and pick up the dirty stuff.
Those issues are on-going and I don't expect that part to change right away.
Then we found that the results of my DH's stress treadmill test, contrary to what the nurse who did the test told him, actually showed that his heart doesn't get enough oxygen at times (like when he is running). Since we got that new information he has had a Halter monitor on for 24 hours, (we don't have those results yet) and he has an appointment for a Nuclear Stress treadmill test on Friday. The Cardiologist he saw says there COULD be a blockage. He did stress that we don't know that yet and we shouldn't worry and it's ok for him to run as long as he takes it easy --but stil....... Hopefully we will get the results of Friday's test while we are still there, since the doc said he would be there for the test (he SHOULD be able to read the results - right??)
And then we found out that our son is having some health, (physical, mental, emotional) and legal issues that could be pretty serious. Among other things he is bi-polar, and tends to be at the depressed end of the spectrum. I am so worried that he will do something stupid.
So, between all of those I just feel like if I have ONE MORE thing to worry about I will just go sit in a corner and play with my lips! I am sooo thankful that I am able to run now - if not for that I would probably just be a basket case.
I have done pretty well with the calories. I have gone over my count the last couple of days -but I am trying really hard to keep that under control. At least I have only healthy snacks in the house - so if I do get the urge to chew on something it's good stuff!
Thank you, my Sparkie Friends, for listening to me rant! It feels better just to have gotten it off my chest!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Ok, First off, Cool Running, in this case, does not refer to a Jamaican bobsled team!
On Saturday I decided to get my run in extra early since we had so much going on that day. It was grey and drizzly out, but I really needed to get that run in! I thought I would probably have the trail to myself, but in the first 6 minutes I saw 11 other runners! And later a couple more, including one "old guy" that I have seen on the trail before.
The light rain and drizzle actually felt pretty good! And it wasn't really cold out either. I was so warm after a while that I guess I just evaporated the rain cause I never really got wet!
I decided to keep it a short run, and just work on gaining some speed. And I did do that. The run was much faster than my long runs, but not as fast as many of my short ones. (And how is it that previously it was about all I could do to finish three miles, and now, three miles is a SHORT run?! Never thought I would see that day!) Since I was only doing three miles, I thought I would go out the trail to just past where I last saw the shoes, to the 1.5 mile mark, and then head on back.
As I was going by, there were the shoes, right where they were last time. So of course I started wondering - " Am I just too early? Maybe the "Shoe Guy" doesn't get out this early. It IS Saturday, so maybe he is taking a day off? Gosh, I hope he isn't sick or something! See, that's the way my mind works - I guess sometimes I look for things to worry about! But with all the other things in my life right now - I really don't want to worry about "Shoe Guy" too!
"Shoe Guy", Please come back out! I will be watching for the Shoes next time!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
What a georgeous day it is for a long run! Not a cloud in the sky! It is expected to be 85 today, so I went real early. The nice thing about going early is that you almost have the trail to yourself. On the first leg I saw one young fella on a bike. After my first turn around I saw a cross country team out running together. My goodness they were fast! At least compared to me! The slowest of the group, a couple of young women, actually stopped a couple of times to stretch, and I STILL couldn't catch them!
Later on in the run there were a lot of folks out there. I even saw a couple that I know. They were out walking their rescued Greyound.
After I got back home, DH asked how my run felt. It felt good to be able to say that it felt Great - even when I was running. I felt faster, and it was easier to get into my "zone". As it turned out, I was faster! My overall pace was 12:08, and the best pace I had had before (on a long run) was 12:13. And I must have really been in the "zone", because I missed the spot I had intended to turn around, and ended up doing 6.54 miles! So it was a really good run, and I am glad I went as early as I did, since it was really getting warm by the time I got to the halfway mark.
Of course, I was watching for the shoes as I ran. I also found myself watching the feet of people I met as I ran. No one was either barefoot, or wearing black men's dress shoes! The shoes were very near where I had seen them on Tuesday, right next to the little path leading away from the trail, just a little closer to the trail than they were before. And this time they were pointing away from the trail. Last time the toes of the shoes were pointing to the trail! What is that about?
Well, if nothing else, the curiosity about the shoes gets me out to the trail and running! I think I will be sad if they ever disappear!
Until next time -- stay tuned-- and Keep Sparking!
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