Saturday, March 10, 2007


RUN: 4:03 / 16.0 MILES / 4R:1W

It was the perfect morning for a long run. No clouds in the sky. No wind. The starting temperature was 32. Today was an important run for me in my training for the marathon. Alot of my longer runs until now had been on the treadmill. Taking it to the streets feels so different.Besides a few snowy and icy spots on the sidewalks , conditions were perfect. I packed up my fuel belt with 3 bottles of water, 2 bottles of gatorade and 4 GUs. My hope was to stay around a 14:30 pace. The first hour nothing was clicking. I could not get into a rhythm. My pace was way off.Finally ,I settled in and the rest of the run felt comfortable. I am signed up to run a half next weekend. The course closes after 3 hours. If I ran like today,I wouldn't make it. I'd prefer not to be that person in front of the police car with the lights on at the end. I feel like I'm cutting it close on my training for the PIG on May 6th.

I haven't been able to blog much lately because my life has been so hectic. My MIL sold her house in ohio in is moving up here in 2 weeks to her new duplex. My Hubby is in Ohio with her today packing the things in the basement of his dad's. Hopefully everthing will be calm by April 1st.

Waddling to grab lunch....

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


SPIN: 60 MIN. / AVE HR=148 / MAX= 164

Did you ever just go somewhere else in your mind in spin class? Tonight was a great workout but my focus was off. Luckily Mary,the instructor, would notice and say my name and pull me back to earth. Although by the end of class. I felt the misbehaving student whose name was called a million times.
I did manage to get a good workout in.

I checked the weather for this weekend and it is actually-cross your fingers going to be possible to get out for a good long run. I am hoping for 4 hours. I need to get some confidence under my belt for next weekend's half marathon.

Waddling into orbit......

Monday, March 05, 2007


RUN : 40 MIN. / TEMPO/ AVE PACE= 12:58
I looked up in the sky tonight when I came home and saw something that I didn't recognize. It was bright up the sky with a warming light. I suddenly remembered--the sun.
I felt great getting out. No aches or pains. I tried to keep the pace up and was shotting for a 12:15 average but I wasn't far off. I had Dakota (my golden) with me and it was his first time out in a couple of weeks. He hung in there but I think I won this round.
Waddling into the sunset.......

Sunday, March 04, 2007


SATURDAY: RUN = 3:00 / 4R:1W

This weekend we made the trip home to see my dad for his 85th birthday. We arrived at dad's between 5-6pm . He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and was working at the fish fry they were having. We showed up there for dinner and surprised him. I think that's the best birthday present we could have given him. We ate at the front table and we were introduced to everyone he knew. He is so proud of his grand kids.

On Saturday morning , I got up early to go for a long run. But of course, it was cold, snow and windy. So what's new. I did get 3 hours in on the road. It was a tour of memories and my hometown for me-hills and all. I first ran south to he cemetery. I passed where my mom was and ran through the entire place. I love running in there. I left and ran up soapbox derby hill then passed my best friends house. Memories of my times with Kathy made me smile and laugh as I went by. I ran down by the river next. The above picture is a photo of the railroad bridge over the Miami river which was above flood stage. This road took me passed my grandma's house. I walked there for lunch everyday in grade school. She had a player piano in her front room that I so loved. The next turn took me to my grade school and by my church that I grew up in. Looking at the playground, I could hear the nuns ringing the bell to go back to class. The journey was 3 hours but spanned a lifetime of memories.

That evening after mass, our traditional family restaurant, Hussy's was our choice for dinner. While celebrating dad's birthday , my MIL got the call her house in Cleveland was sold. Things now needed to go into motion to move up near us. It was a big evening.

Sunday was a blur with driving back from Ohio and getting things planned for my MIL to move here. Today also was my hubby and my 18th anniversary. It wasn't a romantic day but we'll celebrate later.

Waddling to tell my hubby goodnight and happy anniversary............