Archive for October, 2007

10.31.07

3 fast miles on the mill. It seems such a waste of time to put these running shoes on for just a measly 3 miles! However, between now and 12.3 that’s going to be about it [for the mill anyhow].

Still not sure about a long run on Saturday. My running partner can’t make it, and Anne is going on a mission trip, so I’d be all alone to run with a group of people I’ve never met. That sort of scares me — what if I can’t keep up?!?  I’m sure I can, but what if…

10.29.07

3 really fast miles on the mill.

3 weeks and 3 days left ’til the Thanksgiving Day 1/2 marathon. Plans are to run this in under 2 hours, well under would be a nice thought. Would like to drop a lb or 2 before then.

My running partner completed the Marine Corps Marathon on yesterday in good time, 4:27 I think was her chip time. Considering she is very sick, has already been to the dr. a week ago, is on all kinds of meds including an antibiotic which doesn’t seem to have had any effect on the infection, I thought this time was quite commendable! She was planning a sub 4:00 but being sick really messed that up. She said the course had a LOT of out and backs. To a runner, that is probably the most discouraging kind of course — at least to me it is. The only thing worse, is a course full of hills that you weren’t prepared for or a really hot day when normally it’s 60-70 — thus the ING…and the ING had a really long out and back TOO! Back to the MCM– she said it was very windy and the amount of spectators was overwhelming. The finish line area sounded like a fiasco. However, one GOOD thing– she was able to go back to the hotel [although she had already checked out] and take a shower in the fitness area before heading to the airport– I’m sure everyone on the plane appreciated that! I’d like to do this next year, even with all the bad reports. I’d like to do it just once — after all, it is the “People’s” marathon, they say.

I was planning to go to the BIG Peach this week to get professionally fitted [again] for a new pair of running shoes. I did that about a year and a half ago at Phidippides. That’s when I switched from Nike, which I had always run in prior, to the Filas I currently run in– I’m on my third pair of Filas. Ever since I switched, I have had nothing but foot problems. So, I am considering going back to the Nikes or at least getting some advise on what I should be wearing.

I got an email this a.m. and as a part of their push to get people prepared for the upcoming ING, the BIG Peach is having a foot doctor [and I’m pretty sure this is the same foot doctor that my friend Anne recommended to me] at the BIG Peach on Saturday morning. He will speak on foot related issues, how to prevent them, care for them, etc., etc., etc. So, I registered for that. I was planning to go on Thursday but Saturday there will be a lot less traffic in Buckhead and it’s such a GREAT opportunity to meet this problem head on with some professional advice! I’m excited. AND, there will also be a group run from the BIG Peach– I’d like to do that as well if my running partner is up to it or if Anne is there, we’ll see…

Marathon training is about to start for the ING and I want to be prepared and give it my very best shot this time. So, for the next month, the month of November, I will be “preparing” which not only includes a new pair of running shoes but also seeing the chiropractor until I get this hip to stay in place, and purchasing some supplies at GNC. I’m going to give it my all this time in hopes of having a better ING experience and maybe, just MAYBE even being able to keep up with my running partner and post a sub 4:00! WHEW! That’s a tall order!

This weekend I did some exciting stuff around the house. I’d been in a quandary about these mini blinds in the kitchen, dining room, and living room — it’s all one BIG room :~) I know we spent a lot of $$ to have them custom made and all but that was 7 years ago, and I’m really SICK of them! AND, I’m sick of these lace curtains — they were expensive too, but they’re really not too stylish right now and they block a lot of the view… SO, I took down the curtains and raised the blinds, cleaned the windows inside and out and WHALA! It lets so much BEAUTIFUL sunlight in and really opens up the place. I had my decorator over [he he — my mom– that’s what she does for a living, how convenient, a friend in the drapery business] and she’s going to make new ceiling to floor draperies for all these windows, including the French doors that lead to the sunroom. We will use the existing rods and will only have to purchase a matching rod for the French doors and rings for all the rods. Instead of hanging the drapes from the woodwork where the rods are currently mounted we are going to extend the rods out, beyond the beautiful woodwork and up almost to the ceiling above the windows, giving the appearance of much larger windows and at the same time allowing for full sunlight when the drapes are open, a better view outside as well as of the beautiful woodwork around the windows. The mini blinds and history! I’M SO EXCITED!

We turned the heat on in the house for the first time this weekend, put the electric blanket on the bed. I’ll be moving my fall and winter cloths out to the front of the closet and putting the spring and summer stuff to the back soon. The leaves are changing and this is my favorite time of the year! November is going to be a good month which leads right in to December– all the smells and sounds of Christmas. The decorations are already out in the stores, the tree at work is up, and I started playing Christmas music in my office a week ago :~)

10.26.07

Well, a FINAL DECISION has been made. I prayed about it and last night the Lord just really seemed to shut the door. I will not run the MCM this year. Several things played into this decision, I’m really not up to it physically– training has not gone well, the last 6 weeks or so have been an absolute wash! Just the whole traveling thing and running in a place I’ve never run before makes me a bit nervous, and last night my mom reminded me that I’m supposed to feed her cats this weekend– that kind of was the “nail in the coffin” so to speak. That was when the Lord just made it real clear to me that you know, this is not the year to be doing this– maybe next…

WW last night went really well. I’m down 2 lbs. from last month and considering my 5 days in Daytona and crabcakes twice +++ that’s very positive. I’m not hitting my goal of 5.5 each month– so far it’s been 3.8 and 2, so I’m a little over 1/2 way to my first month’s goal, but I am headed in the right direction.

Training for the GA ING Marathon starts on 12.3, by then I should be good w/a few more trips to the chiropractor. I’ll spend the month of November getting this hip to behave and get fitted for a new pair of running shoes. I’m looking forward to those long, cold runs around the Rock this winter :[] with my running partner.

10.25.07

7 fast miles on the mill. OK, OK… 4 fast miles, and 3 that don’t hardly count 😮

I haven’t done one of the pre-programed workouts on the mill in probably a couple or 3 years so I thought I might try that this a.m. just to recall what it was like and to do something different. I picked the highest intensity of 8 different workouts, a 3-mile, 40-minute workout with some hill work. WHAT A HOOT! I felt like I had done NOTHING when it was over. I can remember when I first got this treadmill and that was a tough workout. Now, it’s like a breeze!

I’m still toying with the idea of doing the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. I’m watching some bibs on Ebay and craigslist. Watched one on Ebay last night that was up for $9.99 and it didn’t even get a bid! WoW! They had to have paid at least $85. for it — what a loss! I’ve been checking flights as well. I’d be flying standby and I don’t think it’s looking too good. But, I’d rather miss a flight after paying .99 for a MCM bib than $85. that’s for sure!

I’ll need to make a final decision by tomorrow, the flight going up would leave early Saturday a.m.

It would be a struggle with the injuries and lack of training, but I think I could pull it off.

Traveling Pants

This is so cool! If you listen to Kevin & Taylor in the morning on the way to work or whatever you probably already know about the “Traveling Pants.” These pants have been all over on mission trips and vacations alike— to Berlin, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, London, Uganda, Bahamas, Belize, Coast Maya, Cozumel, San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Ireland and evidently, just returned from Italy.

traveling-pants.jpg

Go to their website at http://www.thefishatlanta.com, drag your mouse over the “Morning Show” [on the left] and click on “Kevin & Taylor In The Morning.” Scroll down the page until you reach “Kevin & Taylor’s Traveling Pants.” This is what it reads: “Going on a trip? You can take Kevin & Taylor’s Traveling Pants on vacation with you! They’ll be the most traveled pants in the world. You’ll bring them on your journey and take pictures of you and your loved ones wearing them in famous places. Just fill out this form. You could be one of the lucky ones to take the traveling pants on vacation with you.”

Well, some time back my running partner signed up to take the pants to the Marine Corps Marathon with her this weekend. Today she gets this email: “We would love to send “
Kevin & Taylor‘s Traveling Pants” with you to the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC! I will put the pants in the mail today and confirm with the post office to be sure they arrive on Friday for your departure on Saturday. OR if you prefer, you can pick them up from the station. I apologize for the short notice, the pants just arrived back from Italy, but they are ready for DC! :)”

So how cool is that!?! I guess the “Traveling Pants” will be going to the MCM with my running partner. She’ll take a few pics with them and they’ll be posted on the website some time soon.

10.20.07

The Peachtree Classic 15K [that’s 9.3 miles], what an exciting race! My favorite of the whole year. My time this year wasn’t as good as last [1:37:53], that’s a pace of 10:31 — pretty slow, but I sure enjoyed running. Last year’s pace was 8:15. I shouldn’t complain too much about the time though, I was aiming for a 10 minute pace and I was almost there. I’ve just got to learn how to pace myself better. 1 mile will be an 8 minute mile and the next a 13 — bad stuff. And I’ve gained some lbs. since last year — working on that, and I’ve been plagued with injuries since the summer…. Blah, Blah, Blah… excuses, excuses, excuses, Anywho…

After the race I hurried over to watch our girl’s volleyball team in the State Championship game. Yesterday they beat Killian Hill 3 games to 0 — Killian is always a pretty good team AND THEN!!! They beat Peoples 3 games to 1 WOOHOO!!! That was GRAND! Then I found out that they had to play Peoples AGAIN this morning [which they knew all along and sadly I missed because of the race] because it was a double elimination tournament and no one else had beat them. And so they did! So sorry I missed that! The State Championship game was against Shiloh Hills – a very good team. Unfortunately, this was not our year. We got beat 3 games to 1. But the girls played well and it was all worth it to see them beat Peoples. I told my bff I’d trade that for a State Championship any day [not really, but it felt good to say so since we didn’t win].

My running partner and her CPA are down this weekend with the grandkittys and we will have a BIG family dinner tomorrow afternoon, minus BIG Tom who will be sadly missed 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 see, we’re all sad BIG Tom. That’s OK, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.

[And actually, I think we are going to have start calling BIG Tom BIGGER Tom because last time he was home we measured him and he’s GROWN — he’s almost 6’3″ now!]

But back to Thanksgiving… which brings me to say, I’ve been slacking a bit and have got to do better to be in shape for the 1/2 marathon on Thanksgiving Day. That’s only about 4 weeks away… I’ve got to pull myself out of bed in the mornings and get on that boring old treadmill and run at least 1 15-miler around the Rock before then.

10.18.07

Just so you know, I’m still alive.

It’s been a CRAZY CRAZY week! I got hit with a deadline on Monday, NO — ON TUESDAY! that took me 17 hours to complete and had to be completed by today at 2:00 p.m. WHEW! Just made it. CRAZY STUFF!!!

Rumors abound about the updates to the Macbooks. I’ve been waiting since the delayed release of Leopard in April for what now looks to be a week from tomorrow – the 26th for Leopard’s release. But early last week [or before] rumors started about updates to the Macbooks the first or second week of November. If I knew these were JUST to the Macbooks I wouldn’t be so concerned. However, if they involve the Macbook Pros, that concerns me. So, I said to myself [I talk to myself all the time, and to my computer too sometimes but that’s usually not too pretty!] so I said to myself… you’ve waited this long, you can wait a couple more weeks. WELL, today I hear that it might be January ’08 and it more than likely will involve Santa Rosa a new platform. UHA!!! [Gotta’ have that!] Do I wait ’til January!?! Can I? I don’t think I can. Maybe I can. IDK. The money is in the bank and I’m sitting on GO ready to buy AND did I say that the computer I am currently working with is 7 years old! YEAH! It’s THAT bad! I need it. So, do I wait ’til January?!? Decisions, decisions…


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