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Off to the races, attempt 2

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ok, one of my gripes about the iPad is that it dumped the blog I was in the middle of. Oops.

Anyway, yesterday I ran a 8.4 miler with my little Henry in the buggy. It included a 750 ft climb, which was a bit of a smoker. So, I was planning on taking it easy today and do a 4-5 miler at a slowish pace. That was the plan at least...

As I was waiting for the Garmin to find enough satellites, two of my colleagues popped out, getting ready to run. I run alone most of the time, but I do like to run with others so I joined them. Both are 5+ years younger and one (Brad) is in better shape/faster. We picked a route then took off with Brad setting the pace. We did the first mile in just under 7:30 and were at 15 when we hit the two mile mark. Eric and I were about to mutiny, so Brad slowed the pace a bit. We detoured down to the Hudson River and up a trail on the way back. We ended up doing 4.5 in just under 36 min, so just under 8 min miles on average.

Brad seemed to slow on the hill. I learned later that he isn't a strong hill runner. I can't beat him on the flats, but I began to wonder if I could beat him on hills? Running hills, with and without the buggy, has helped me improve my hill running. Hmmm... I will keep running and maybe get a chance to challenge him on a hill run.

It feels good to be running hard and training again. My Achilles injury in May was a real bummer. I am still hesitant to push too hard or far, still building back speed and strength.

Unrelated item 1: my DW was talking to Elizabeth, who turns 3 in Nov. Elizabeth was being ridiculous, and Jillsaid, "what are you, two?" To which EliZabeth said, "I AM two, look at me, I'm two!" Kinda funny.

Unrelated item 2: we have been trying to adopt a cat (or two) and just got approved by the cat rescue agency to adopt two of their cats. They are long haired cats, Maine coons, a sister and brother. Their names are currently Oscar and Ruby, but our kinds are renaming them Misty and Mudge. We have been getting cat supplies and paraphernalia in the mean time. This weekend, my project was setting up a cat climbing area on our wall using shelves from Ikea. Here is the result:

Jill posted that to her FB page and her uncle responded with this:

We get the cats in a week. The big kids are excited, hopefully the smaller ones will be too.

Unrelated item 3: congrats to my SIL finishing her second full ironman (Tahoe) this weekend!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STRONGDAWG 9/24/2013 8:06PM

    I love Maine coon cats. Unfortunately, I'm allergic, but I think they are great. My mother had one years ago - she was one of those cats who'd be all friendly one minute and then turn and bite you the next. But we all loved her anyway.

Mazel tov on your new kitties.

I love your plan to test Brad on a hill run. Make him beg for mercy.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2013 3:25PM

    Not a dull moment at your house! Two Maine coons? That's a lot of cat!

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LISAINMS 9/24/2013 2:28PM

    Love the crazy cat lady starter kit! And for your SIL, holy cow that's awesome that she finished. A difficult course made more difficult by weather conditions. Congratulations to her!

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    WOW you have been busy. keep massaging that achilles - it can't hurt. Good Luck with cats.

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NATPLUMMER 9/24/2013 11:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGIRL06 9/24/2013 10:44AM

    We live in my parent's in law suite and when I told them I wanted to do those kinds of shelves for my cats, I was basically told no (I got "the look"). Haha. Maybe I'l do it anyway cause I love it!!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 9/24/2013 9:31AM

    Congrats on the cats! And your running pace has me in awe/so jealous!

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AMANDANCES 9/24/2013 8:28AM

    I love the cat climbing area! What a great idea!! Wow, a 7:30 mile!!!! That's a dream for me right now, but sounds amazing!!!

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JLITT62 9/24/2013 7:55AM

    I think our daughter's rebuttal is hilarious!

We used to have litter mates . . . So cute. Sadly one had to be put to sleep this year, but his brother is really happy being the only cat.

We used to have ramps up to a shelf by a window in our previous house . . . Zit was wonderful! I'm sure Giz misses that, among other things.

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    Wow, the cat climbing shelves are cool!

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/24/2013 1:40AM

    I've had blogs dumped by both iPad and PC. The secret to never losing another is to make a copy before you's probable a Murphy's Law Addendum the if you make a copy in case the original is lost you will never need to use it. The site only dumps blogs for which there is no back-up emoticon

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RHYMESWITHBABY 9/23/2013 10:28PM

    Okay, all I thought was, "Now somebody will have to dust all those shelves."

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VISUALLYRICS 9/23/2013 10:22PM

    emoticon on your great competitive race!! Sounded Fun!..:::and I just bet you give him a run for the $$$ on the hills the next time! emoticon

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