I'm officially wearing 2 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, 1 coat, 1 tuque, a scarf and gloves when I run. And occasionally my spikes. Running feels like it takes double the effort, and the wind bites. I remember when I used to see runners out in weather like this and thought they were certifiably insane. Hmmmm, maybe there is some merit to that.
But I do think it's fun when ice crystals form on my eye lashes.
I keep meaning to post about the funniest run we had a couple of weeks ago, and I keep forgetting. So even though it's late and it's going to seem thrown together, here is the story.
So about 2 weeks ago Lesa and I headed out for our long run on Saturday morning. We head out a little later than our usual time because both our hubbies' schedules allow for that. However, even though we go later on Saturdays, we typically NEVER see another soul out and about at that time of morning. You know what I'm talking about. Well this particular morning we were only about a half mile into our run when we saw a man walking toward us. He looked like a nice enough guy, and neither of our creepy guy alarms went off...that is until we were about 5 feet away from him and he starts laughing hysterically to himself. Like gut grabbing laugh, then says, "Hello ladies," through the laughter as we passed him. Ummmmmm ok. That was random. But we just kept on running and didn't think much more about it.
Then on our way back on our loop we passed another gentleman, this one a little older, and as we passed him he yelled to us, "Give it hell girls!" with an accompanying fist shake. We both just busted up laughing and decided that maybe those men needed to stay in bed longer that morning. We decided that it was officially the random man run, and that any time we needed a little motivation we'll just yell "Give it hell girls!" So the next time we get to run together (like in a bazillion years) don't be surprised if you hear a little fist shaking shout from me to give a little encouragement!
hey ladies. i've lost that lovin feeling. i need a challenge. one that i need to be held responsible to. i can't register for a race, dang fees. but i can compete....against myself. will you challenge me to something? something with a timeline? otherwise, my running career might be slowly dying in front of my eyes.
I woke up this morning to snow on the ground and was quickly filled with the best of memories of our early morning runs on the first day of snow. I enjoyed every minute of our early morning work outs for those two years, but I didn't realize at the time how much I would always treasure those sweet memories o how I would always consider those memories one of the sweetest seasons of my life...I have you two to thank and share them with! Heart you two!
So saturday morning was one of those perfect runs- I ran 3 miles with my neighbor, it was just a fast easy great coversation kind of run as we were ending I realized I really really didn't want to...so I decided to keep going and keep going I did for another 3 miles. The next three miles alone I prayed, I poundered, and I ran strong and fast. It felt so good to be able to run strong- since feeling strong and healthy really haven't been feelings I have had of late. I thanked my Heavenly Father for this speical moment to be back in my game. I came home with great plans for my day...and then it happened. My vision went blurry, I got light headed. No biggy right? I drank a glass of water, made me some breakfast, drank more water, took a shower, drank more water. Nothing helped in fact at this point I was dizzy and my head was killing me. I climbed back in bed and didn't move until 2 in the afternoon! I should have stopped at 3 miles I guess I am not that strong or healthy- but o'well at least I got a good prayer in :) and 6 miles is actually decent milage for the day!
No Connor isn't sleeping through the night yet. In fact, he still wakes up more than once most nights despite my best 'you-have-got-to-get-on-a-routine' techniques. But I have been dying to get back out there. These past couple of months have left me feeling unstable for reasons you're both aware of and all I could keep thinking was, "I NEED a good run." So yesterday morning I decided I was back in the game. I'm already exhausted so why not? I went yesterday and this morning. It felt amazing. I am so.dang.tired. but it's totally been worth it. I suddenly feel like Lori. No sleep and still functioning. It must come with having more than one kid. Well at least it did for me....I'm always trying to be like you Lor! And I was even chipper in your honor yesterday Erin. Man I miss you guys.
So my guts are still full of infection I have been going in every two-three weeks since June and I either get a whole new set of meds or they add to the combination of meds they already have established- bottom line is running long distances isn't happening. So last night I came up with a new plan.....operation 5k! My work has a 5k at the end of september and the ladies in my hood always run the BYU alumi 5k in October. So I am going to train for them (yes a 5K) I want to be FAST...we are talking Amanda style fast! (well maybe not that fast I naturally don't carry those skills). I will probably run my work one with Hayden so my goal 27 minutes and for the BYU 5k I am thinking 24 minutes 23 minutes if I am lucky :) silly goals I know but I got to have something as a goal besides laying a solid duce! yep I did say for the enitre internet world to here
I have taken a complete month off of running, off of any sort of impact on my knee, and off of any therapeutic pavement pounding mornings. Quite sad, but the good news is I can now TRY to run again. Once I rebound from this fun little sickness and my lungs choose to be able to breathe again, I'm at it.
So excited I can hardly wait. I don't even care that the humidity is hovering 90% and I'll probably look like I just took a shower. Nope, don't care even a smidge.
I set out on Saturday morning do accomplish two things
1) run 6 miles
2) hill train
there are some nasty inclines right around Emory's campus so I thought I'd go that way and just push myself as hard as I could. seriously, ladies, there is one hill that is a mile long. it's a killer.
run started out like this:
but I made it to the top without stopping, go me.
then I ran for about 3 more miles and was too focused on trying to keep a good tempo and push up hills that i didn't stop and take pictures for you two.
i came to my new favorite running place. it's the closest place i've found that reminds me of our trails.
leads to this
leads to this
the funniest part is about 3 minutes after the trail you come out on cement and BAM you're in the city again. ahhhh cities.
about 10 minutes later this happened.
what? what's that lor? oh that's me limping. my knee totally gave out, it was ridiculous. so I had to do intervals of walking, running, stretching to make it the last mile and a half. i was super discouraged by the time i came home. it still hurts. boo. i'm hoping my fall a few weeks ago didn't pop open the hole in my cartilage.
nonetheless, it was a beautiful run. one i'm taking you on if either of you ever make it out my way!
So Tuesday morning I ran 7 with one of my neighbor friends training for the Utah Valley Marathon. As I was walking out the door last night, I decided to grab my phone, I never run with my phone but thought. Its early and 7 miles is kind of a long time if Ty needs me. And off we went. Then mid morning I went to grab my phone, and the pocket I put it in was unzipped and surprise no phone! I finished feeding Hayden and decided I would have to go run/drive the entire run all over again. There is no way I would find my phone just from the car, and it was cold so I would need to leave Hayden in the car...14 miles in one day Tally-ho! Within minutes I got a gmail chat message from Ty that read: "Air you there, someone just called Brad, said they found your phone, did you go somewhere? did you take it running?" AMEN to honest good people! They saved my a ton of effort, time and potentially a new phone! I fellow runner found it, a sweet girl from that running bunch I was suppose to run with last summer- such a small world :)
And if this story has you bitting at the bit- check out my blog for the post about how I left my purse in the shopping cart in Wal-marts parking lot, with $150.00 in cash, $25.00 check and Ty and mine ss cards (needed to make copies of and forgot to take them out the day before)....not to mention it was a way cute purse and I had just gotten a new fossil wallet :) the next day!
I have lost my mind! Don't trust me with anything of value, its a miracle Hayden has survived!
Hey all our faithful readers (you know, Carla and Megan). Just wanted you to know that I'm going to be writingbi-weekly columns right here about running and exercise. If you have any specific topic you want discussed or explored, let me know. I'd love some topic ideas to get my writer brain going.
I'll leave a quick post here on Tres Amigas every time I post, there. Or you can click on the "subscribe" button on my page and you can get my articles in your email. The first (and currently, only) article is Atlanta-centric since it's my first column representing metro Atlanta. They won't all be Atlanta-centric.
As far as ME: I'm finally getting back in my running groove again. Ragnar training started last Monday and I'm doing alright. My legs are learning to hate me again, which is a good thing. No pain no gain! Tomorrow I tackle 5.5 miles on a very hilly course. Wish me luck!
So between the two of you I think you're both a lot better at keeping up with the hip and new so you might already know about these BUT last night Ty says to me, "I have really been search for something great for you for Valentines Day and this is what I'm thinking...." To which I started laughing- I had no idea what to think. BUT their called the Vibram Five Fingers and apparently it makes running, like running bare foot. (Who would want to do that? was my first thought too) BUT now I'm thinking that might be kinda cool. Google them if you think I'm joking, watch videos on YouTube if you think I'm crazy!
You know how we've been cutting out the refined sugar in our home for Miss J. Well, I've decided I just need to take that extra step and dispose of all the extra crap that is in our home. I think I've focused too long on eating "healthy" that I've actually been eating worse. Let me explain.
A lot of the famous chefs, or even people in my life who truly 100% LOVE food are thin, healthy, and seem to get the nutrients they need. Why? Because they aren't completely focused on it! They love food and eat when they are hungry... most importantly? They MAKE their meals.
My new attitude... to embrace the fact that I love food. I'm gonna allow myself to enjoy it for once in my life without feeling guilty (yes, Erin, I'm hearing your lecture from the women's clinic in my head). How does that coincide with my goal to lose weight and firm up?
Well, I'm not going to deprive myself. If I want something sweet. Awesome! Only rule: I have to make it. I figure within the 30-60min it takes me to make it if I am still craving it, then I deserve to it eat it. If it's not worth making it, then I won't. I'm not longer going to buy all the crap frozen dinners even IF they are on sale. I'm going to make everything. Yup.
I'll be checking in on this here blog to let you know how it's going and if I stumble upon any amazing recipes you just have to try.
Lets 10k it first! The Saturdays in March are 6,13,20,and 27- which one works best for the two of you? I can do any day but the 13th (Amanda you'll also be unavailable that day for an independent 10k because you and I will be trail running:) Want to join us Lor? I will be in Ogden the entire week 7th-14th (parents are cruising, and Dall needs a check in sista).
Next, we all need to think about a special path to run...umm. Then pick a time and of course document times, pictures and life lessons, you know all then things we normally would have shared together.