Sunday, August 26, 2007


I feel like I have been gone for weeks.

But, in reality, it has been only a week. I went to visit my sister in Oklahoma for a week, to help her around the house with the kids, and with my BIL. And he is doing much better. I helped to get him moved to a new facility on Friday. He's out of the hospital, and in a rehab place that specializes in treating people with brain injuries. He seems to be doing so much better, I won't be suprised if he gets "kicked out" in a few weeks... they say the "usual" length of stay there is 2 months, but I don't see him being there that long.

It will be good for him, but it's really kind of a depressing place - since it is for people who have had brain injuries, it's pretty much locked down, so people won't wander off, or try to "escape" as they put it. There are very strict visiting hours, and you are not allowed visitors outside of those hours. One of the main reasons he is staying, is that it would be about a 45 minute drive (one way) to get him there, and to pick him up, and my sister would have to drive since he can't do that yet. But, once they get him sorted out and evaluated, hopefully he will be able to be home on the weekends.

So that was a lot of my vacation. Sitting in the hospital. Taking my nieces to the movies (Underdog), cooking food for my sister, and other general laziness.

I drove down there on the 17th (well to Kansas City, and stayed with a friend). I went for a run Saturday morning - 3 miles, and it was awful. Hot, knee hurt, and I had to stop at a 7-11 to use the bathroom in the middle of my run. I planned to do a long run on Sunday... and I got out at 5:15am with my new Garmin (new toy!), and went 1/4 of a mile before my knee started screaming at me.

as in "bitch - what the hell are you trying to do to me?"

So I went back to the house and crawled into bed, and went back to sleep.

The only exercise I got all week, was a bike ride on Thursday. Okay, so I went 17.5 miles, and was out for about an hour and 20 minutes...

But that's it for the week. 'Cause my knee has been bad. Like hurts to walk down the hall bad. Not sure what's up.

Oh yeah, and I stepped on the scale this morning, and I gained 5 pounds. Happy vacation!


Friday, August 10, 2007

She moves, she grooves...

Is it really Friday again?

I feel like I have been in over my head, a bit. Marathon training sure sucks up a lot of time!

Not that I am complaining. I love the way I just clear my head, and am able to really think about nothing when I run. It's definately a sanity check.

So an update on life... I actually talked to my BIL on the phone on Monday. I guess he babbles quite a bit! He told me that he gets confused if he has to think about a lot of things. He did remember that I work for the railroad, after I told him I had gone for a train ride. But, he also told me that he had gotten hit several times, (and I can hear my sister in the background say "No...."), then he revised it to, he got hit in several places, (and again my sister says "no...."), then he says, that he had many injuries.

After work, I met up with a friend of mine, and we went cruising around in the convertable - down Summit Ave, north on East River Road, across the river at Franklin, then south on West River Parkway to Minnehaha Falls. We had a great time enjoying the wind in our hair, looking at all of the houses, and just plain relaxing!

Tuesday was a pretty low-key day. Got up early and hopped on the NordicTrack for an hour, off to meetings at the yard, then back home to work on some reports. The evening was spent running some errands, and to bed early.

Wednesday, I got up at 4:45 am. Went for a 7.5 mile run. No earth shattering pace, but it was fun to be up and out of the house in the still of the morning, and I was able to see the sunrise over Lake Phalen. It was also a day of driving. I drove to Superior for a meeting, then headed to Fargo where I was staying the night. I had packed food with me, and for supper, I found a park, and ate my salad with turkey, parmesan and pine nuts at a picinic table. It was a nice break during my drive.

Thursday, meetings until noon or so in Fargo, then it was the drive back in the afternoon, so I could make it to my next physical therapy appointment. Things with the knee are going pretty well, actually. I am having a lot less pain, and as long as I am keeping up the exercises, I think I will be able to keep up the training.

And this morning was pretty good. Eric was up and out to work early (left the house at 5:30), so I got up and dressed, and was running at 6:00. 3 miles was on the schedule, so that's what I did... in 28:37. Yep, that's right! under 30 minutes for 3 miles. I wanted to push and see what I could do. I started the timer, and didn't look at it until after I had stopped it after my 3 miles. Yay me! It kind of makes me want to sign up for a 5K, to see if I can get a PR... but I have kind of decided that I will be sticking to the training schedule, and not running any races until the marathon.

Tomorrow, I will do 10 miles. Then, my mom will be here, we are going to get our hair cut, then go shopping.

Anyway, that's the skinny.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Weekend running

I think I was dehydrated. Or under fueled. My run on Saturday knocked me on my ass.

Shall we start with: Friday night I went with my husband to his 30-year class reunion (yes, he's old...) There was no meal, so I ate quite a few slices of turkey wrap, mini-egg rolls, and shrimp on cucumber slices. And four glasses of wine. I was at a class reunion that was not mine after all.... I actually chatted quite a bit with another of the spouses. I kept telling her I was eating so I would be able to run the next morning. She, and others were impressed.

Anyway, we got home somewhere around midnight, and 5am came awfully early. I had planned to get in about 10 miles, then meet the running group, and do another 8 after that. Yeah. I was not able to get myself going that quickly... I ended up doing 6 miles (out and back) in about an hour and 10 minutes, then I did another 10. I'm glad I made the decision to turn around at the 5-mile mark instead of doing a 13-mile loop that I had considered.

It was hard. I sucked down all of the water I had brought with me, and went through 2 packages of sport beans. And at the end, my ass was dragging. but I did the 16. Further than I have ever run before! I thought it would be emotional, like my 15-miler, but I was honestly too tired to do anything but go home.

I ended up taking a 3-hour nap on Saturday, and never really woke up before heading to bed at 9pm.

Note to self: Better pre-run nutrition, and less pre-run alcohol.

I will get up to 20 miles sometime in this training... and I will finish the 26.

It all begins with the first step. And I have taken many.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I wasn't on the bridge...

In case you were all wondering.

Instead, I was shopping for a dress. With my husband. We heard about it when we were making our purchase. We then went to get something to eat at Applebees, and to gawk at the television.


Otherwise, It was a pretty good day - I got up at 5 and ran my 8 miles, had work meetings, then stopped at my parents house and borrowed my dad's Mustang convertable, and got home to go shopping with my DH. The knee is a little sore, but not anything terrible or unbearable.

That's all I've got at this time. Kind of a watch and wait situation.