Dog Days of Summer

It’s 98.5 degrees here today and there is no relief in site. It just keeps getting hotter. Random thought: If I had a band, I would name it 98.5 Degrees. It’s going to be a long summer. I apologize in advance to everyone who has a social media connection to me. You might get really tired of me before long.

It’s not even July and here we are, the Dog Days of Summer.
So much for running outside. Or so much for running. Actually, so much for being outside. I’m sweating inside my own home. With the AC on. And a fan. I’m blaming it on recovery.
Summer is usually my favorite season. My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. My anniversary is July 7. Good things seem to happen to me in the summer. I’m pretty sad that I had to get sick during the summer. No pool. No camping. No running. No racing. No backpacking. No canoeing. No picnics or cookouts if it remains 100 degrees outside. At least for this summer. Maybe I’ll be able to go to the fireworks? Bummed.
Oh well, there’s still social media, right? Welcome to my Dog Days of Summer:

“Don’t be sad, Mama, there’s things to do inside!”

“Yes, Mama, you could check your email again.”

“See? We can enjoy the view and Tweet about it from right here!”
“It’s true, Mama. Tough times don’t last forever. Not even in cyberspace.”
“Tough times!? Will the excessive heat stop you from taking Instagram photos?”
“Can you stop blogging and take a nap with me now?”
“Facebook? Seriously…I’m getting tired of waiting!”
“I’m not waiting for you, Mama. How many more pictures do we need?”
“Forget my bed, I have my very own PillowPet that I stole from you!
Everybody knows I’m a criminal, don’t they?”
“Keeping up with social media is hard work. We’re so dog tired!”
How will you spend your Dog Days? I would love to hear about it!
Until the next mile marker,

When all else fails I will tell you about my weekend…

It was a beautiful day for gardening in Central Ohio. Bluebird skies and hot….

I discovered I really like Sheperd’s Purse. I’ve been munching on it all week. It is a member of the mustard family and has a peppery taste to it. It kind of dances on the taste buds. It is called Shepherd’s Purse because of it’s tiny, triangular, purse-like pods that hold the spice. Native Americans and old-world Europeans often used it as flavoring for food and it also has several medicinal properties including treatment of chronic bleeding disorders. It grows native and wild in a variety of places. Here is a close-up of the purses.  


It was also a weekend filled with puppy cuteness.
Who would ever want to get out of bed in the morning?
I had some beautiful days and even a little relaxation too…
I also ran the Race for the Cure with my mother-in-law who is a survivor. It was hot and surprisingly long for a 5K! I finished in 53:18 (run-walking) and I went back and walked the last 3/4 with my mother-in-law and team. She has been cancer-free for two and a half years now. 

And, I made this awesome recipe this weekend. It is not healthy, but it was sooooo good and the husband loved it too. It’s nice to splurge once in awhile – don’t forget that! 

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend too! Tell me about it in the comments. 

Until the next mile marker,

Am I Goofy or What? Week #4 Training Recap

This recap is brought to you by…
Me and my puppies – Grace & Sadie!

I had a great training week, although winter has descended way too early in Central Ohio! 18 miles and strength training has not happened in I-don’t-know-how-long. It felt good to get some abs work in (That you Jillian Michaels – I love her!) and feel the burn that I didn’t realize I missed so much. My long was on Saturday with the MIT gang, and it was the BEST. RUN. OF. THE. SEASON. even though it couldn’t have been more than 40 degrees when we started. Love these runs! I think I forgot I was running because I had Nita and Kelley of the Lucky 13’s to keep me company. We talked about everything from shoes to parents to kids to loss to hydration to races to long runs to husbands and on and on. We saw deer, chipmunks, squirrels, geese (not, my sister, either), countless other runners and cyclists, plus Nita almost got hit in the head by some giant nut that fell from a tall tree. SO, we had some adventure too! Nita and Kelley will be running their first half on October 16 – The Columbus Marathon in just two weeks! – And I couldn’t be more excited! I might just join these ladies for the journey, I had that much fun!  
I know that the 45 minute treadmill runs (which take forever to go not very far) are really helping because I can feel my endurance building back up after what I have lost. I feel like I am plodding during those timed runs, but on Saturday, I could really feel the payoff. The time flew by! Sunday’s run didn’t go so well, I was tired and my legs were heavy. The Goofy is going to be a major challenge and I am terrified! I came home near tears on Sunday and when my husband asked me how it went, I sputtered, “Terrible! I don’t know how I am going to run Goofy.” He said, “You just will.” I will, right?!  

Needless to say, there was also a lot of quality downtime this weekend with the cold and rain: 

Michael made a Sadie Burrito!       
Pretty puppy.
Am I Goofy or what?! My Weekly Training Recap:
  • TUE 09/25 – Ran for time; 45 minutes at an easy pace; 2.70 miles; 20 minutes of strength training w/ Jillian Michaels Hot Bod in a Box.
  • WED 09/26 – MIT Group Run; 3 miles in 40 minutes.
  • THU 09/27 – Ran for time; 45 minutes at an easy pace; 2.5 miles.
  • SAT 10/01 – MIT Group Run; 8.01 miles in 1 hour 52 minutes.
  • SUN 10/02 – Ran 2.01 miles in 28 minutes.
Until the next mile marker, 

Am I Goofy or What? Week #2 Training Recap

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Are we going to run today, Mama?

Ever since the Air Force Half Marathon last Saturday, I have been excited to get back on track with my training. I don’t know why, I guess I just needed a good race to get me going again.

If all else fails, my Race Day Strategy will be…

Compliments of One More Mile!

 Am I Goofy or what?! My Weekly Training Recap:

  • TUE 09/13 – Ran for 40 minutes at an easy pace; 2.53 miles
  • SAT 09/17 – Air Force Half Marathon; 13.1 miles in 3 hours 24 minutes

 Until the next mile marker,  

This IS a running blog, believe it or not.

Wow. Where has the week gone and where have I been? Oh yeah, that’s right, not running because my knees have been screaming at me this week. I took a half a mile walk yesterday afternoon and they were sore. Not good. I’m getting tired of waiting for them to stop protesting my every move. 
Oh, and I swear this is a running blog – you’ll see! 
My birthday is in a couple of weeks, but I’m not overly thrilled about it. I have not been looking forward to my first birthday without my mom. She always made birthdays special in the way that only mom’s can and they usually involved getting a fun pair of socks or, in recent years, something to do with running. But, it’s obviously not the gifts I will miss, it is her. For 28 years she called me every birthday and sang Happy Birthday to me – the whole song – first thing in the morning, no matter what else I may be doing. She and my dad sometimes brought me a festive balloon to work or took me to lunch. There was always a big family dinner and an ice cream cake. Even though I’m not a huge fan of any kind of cake. It’s tradition at our house. Our birthdays were special to my mom – there would be emails and text messages and snail mail galore. For my parents, my sister and I truly were gifts to be celebrated. 
Even though my mom is not here, I know I am not forgotten.
Last night, I had the opportunity to hang out with these lovely ladies for a little pre-birthday action:
 That’s my sister Mollie, Me and RB. We grilled out (Bison burgers and corn on the cob!) and RB made Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream for desert. Okay, I lied; I do like that cake, but mostly because of the strawberries.
There was beer too:
 I cannot believe I did not know this existed – I swear I could have chugged it like lemonade!
And RB gave me some pretty awesome gifts that she said she wanted me to have early.
Awesome Gift #1: Encouragement Changes Everything by John C. Maxwell. 
 I believe I could use a little of this right now. I think we all could!
Awesome Gift #2: The Long Run by Matt Long. 
 YAY!!!!!!! I have wanted to read this book for a long time about the NY firefighter, marathoner and ironman who was run over by a 20-ton bus and nearly died. He goes on to run the NYC Marathon after being told he would never even walk again. “Running saved my life,” Matt says and he has become a symbol of hope and recovery to the running community. I can’t wait.
Awesome Gift #3: Lore of Running by Tim Noakes, MD. 
 Am I a total nerd if I say I feel like a real athlete when I hold this book? Just check out the thickness:
 I have dreamed of this book. I want to literally absorb the information that it holds. Every last bit of it. It has been dubbed “running’s most extensive book [that] provides unsurpassed information on physiology, racing, injuries, and the individuals and events that shaped the sport’s history and modern form.” Eeeeek!
Thank you, RB! You’ve made my birthday special already.
Of course, since I’m not running, the weather broke in Central Ohio. Mid to upper 70’s, 50’s at night, no humidity and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect, if you ask me. Why won’t my knees cooperate??
Sadie is at least enjoying the cooler temperatures and taking in the fresh air:
Grace has to wait her turn to snag a spot by the window:
It was dark by the time she got her turn, That poor puppy:
It’s a beautiful evening to sit on the porch, blog and enjoy the re-installed fountain:
 I wish I had a lemonade-style beer right about now.
The baby ducks (who are growing up fast, I might add) even came by to visit:
Then they brought the masses:
No, my neighbors have not made it clear by avoiding all eye contact with me as they creep by that I am weird for taking pictures of the ducks.
Live a little, guys. You would do it too if you had a blog.
How has your week been? Tell me your running adventures! Have any of you read any of the books I got for my b-day? If you have, what did you think? Tell me in the comments.
Until the next mile marker,