Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I have been feeling so good lately, that is kind of scares me!  What happened?  I always run the same, wear the same shoes..etc etc...what makes us have these wonderful runs and then out of the blue, a streak of terrible runs?  Wish someone could give me a little insight into this phenomena, because I know it happens to a lot of runners.  Part of it , for me anyway, I know is the winter, but heck it still is winter around here!  Maybe it is all mental, wish I had an answer.  All I know is, for the time being, I am going to go with this feeling of euphoria I have been having with my runs.  Even the weight training hasn't been bothering me, and usually I do not look forward to that at all.  Also, I feel addicted again, like I did when I first started running, it's like I can't take a day off, I have to do something, whether it be a run, or weight training, or the walk/ jog DVD.  I have done something now for 10 days in a row and I NEVER do that!  I like the feeling, but I am a little obsessed!  Right now, I am at work wondering if I should work out over my lunch hour....never do that either.

Oh well....I will just go with it and hope that I am still motivated a month from now.

Happy running!

Oh...here is a pic of my new running shoes!  Just arrived UPS yesterday, love the colors, can't wait to take them out for a test drive.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Today would have been my Dad's 96th birthday.  He passed away almost 2 years ago now.  We didn't always see to eye to eye, but I know how much he loved me and I miss him.

What a beautiful weekend!  I was planning on doing a longish run on Sunday.  Longish to me these days is over 5 miles..  Rain was predicted for Sunday, so I decided to get out on Saturday instead.  Did 7 miles and felt great!  I haven't felt this good running in months and it is such a relief.  The weather was perfect, sunny, in the 40's and no wind.  I actually got to run without layers of clothing...just an running shirt and pants...so liberating.  Sunday ended up even better...it did not rain and temps were in the 60's, I couldn't resist and went out for another 3!  Ordinarily do not run 2 days in a row anymore, especially after I have done a longer one, but could not pass up those temps!  I didn't feel as good as I did on Saturday, but it was still good.  Today is rainy and windy and snow showers predicted for tomorrow...Spring in Ohio!

On the days that I have not been going outside to run, I am continuing to do some free weight training and the walk/jog 4 mile DVD with Leslie Sansone, this is really a good DVd and gets the old heart rate up...I really think it has helped me with my speed, believe it or not, she really has you moving continuously for about 45 minutes...highly recommend if anyone is in the market for a good workout inside.

I am a little concerned about a weird pain that I have been experiencing in my left calf.  It is a dull ache and it feels like it is going to cramp up, but it never does.  What has me concerned is I was reading an article about blood clots in runners by Jenny Hatfield and the sensation I have been experiencing is one of the symptoms.  If it continues, I will have to have it checked out.  If I had not read the article I would not even be worried about it.

Made this great potato salad this weekend:

2 poundsclean, scrubbed new red potatoes


    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and set in the refrigerator to cool.
    2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
    3. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
    4. Chop the cooled potatoes, leaving skin on. Add to a large bowl, along with the eggs, bacon, onion and celery. Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste. Chill for an hour before serving.

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Because I had such a good run on Friday, I was all set to go out and try to do a longish run this morning.  I was going to try for at least 6 miles.  Anyway, got up at 5:30 this morning, walked downstairs and saw that it had snowed overnight again!  Darn it!  It isn't much, but enough that I don't want to go out in it!  Darn, darn darn!  I am so sick of this winter, I could cry.  I know I can get out there, but it is probably slippery and it just dashed my intentions.  Guess I will wait now until it is light and see how it is.  I do not want to use the treadmill.  I really think I do suffer from the seasonal disorder where the lack of sunshine really despresses you.  The weather should not affect my mood as much as it does.  There is nothing we can do about it and I live in an area where the winters are long, long, long!  Should be used to it.  Just looked outside again, it is starting to get light, made me even more depressed, looks worse in the light.  Plan #2...I will do Leslie Sansone's walk/jog 4 miles in my living room, not the same, but better than nothing I guess, I just can't take the treadmill this morning.   At this rate I  will never be ready for a half marathon in May.  I have to say, in my younger days,  I would get out and run in any weather...I have run during sleet storms in Kansas City where I would sink ankle deep in slush!  I have run in Colorado where it was so cold one day that a person yelled out to me "are you crazy, it is 20 below zero"  , no lie, we had just moved there and I had no idea it was so cold.  But I much prefer when I am running in the warmth with sweat running down my legs, now that is my kind of run!  I totally should be living somewhere in the South.

    So, do you think I have gone on and on about the weather enough?  This too shall pass, right???  right????  I live in fear of another year without a summer that occurred sometime last century.  I couldn't take it, I tell you, I couldn't take it!  

    On a more cheerful note...I have to brag on my granddaughter, Mikayla.  She is 10 years old and is becoming quite a basketball player.  She played at her school earlier this year and now she is playing at the YMCA.  She is the only girl and can play with the best of those boys!  It is so much fun to watch.  My 2 other granddaughters are grreat at sports also.  Cassidy shines at softball and so does Meadow.  Meadow is only turning 10 and has been asked to play with girls much older than she.  Cassidy has always been good at softball and she is a junior in high school now  With softball season right around the corner, I am looking forward to many games.  They certainly did not get this talent from this grandmother!  I am terrible at sports, I will stick to running!  I was always the last person standing when choosing teams (Gees, I hated that feeling)  Just thinking of that makes me feel humiliated all these years later.

    Okay, think I might go out and run anyway, or maybe not......

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    Hurrah!!!   I ran 4 miles this morning and I felt great!  First time in a long time that I had a good run.  I am so relieved.  I was beginning to think that I had lost it.  It was cold and a little breezy, but streets were dry.  Almost didn't go out, was feeling really lazy and the thought of going out in the cold for another lousy run, just did not appeal to me at all, but out I went, and I am so glad that I did.  Now I have to make up my mind whether or not to run the Cleveland Half in May.  I had a terrible experience there last year.  It was a beautiful day in May, but unusually warm for Cleveland.  In fact we had an unusally warm March last year, but then it turned cold in April and May...anyway, the day of the Half was sunny and hot even.  I felt pretty good for the first 5 or 6 miles, but by mile 9 I almost gave it up and boarded "the bus"..having never, ever not finished a race, I just couldn't make myself do it, so I kept plugging alone.  I remember thinking to myself that it was so hot and I wasn't sweating and thought that was odd.  There was a lot of walking, but I did run over the finish line with a terrible time of over 3 hours.  Saw my husband waiting for me, got some water and walked around some, feeling fine....all of sudden I started to feel very sick to my stomach and sat down on the curb, feeling worse and worse, I finally asked my husband to walk to the medical tent and get someone...while he was gone I threw up (luckily it was mostly water) and feeling very shaky.  My husband finally arrived with someone and they walked me over to the medical tent, took my BP, which was very low, and I have HBP normally....then the leg cramps started, from the tip of my toes to my waist, both legs simultaneously, I didn't know where to grab, it was awful...by the way the tent was full, I was not the only one who experienced problems that day...finally, the doctor asked my husband to hold my legs so they could get an IV in me....almost immediately I got relief.  In a few minutes, I was able to drink some chocolate milk and felt so much better.  They wouldn't let me go until I could get up and walk around the tent twice, did that, and I was done.  I have never had this happen to me before, I don't know if it was because it was so hot that day and I hadn't really run in the heat that year because Northern Ohio does not normally get heat like that in the Spring.  All I know is that I hope it never happens again!  Watch, this year it will probably be snowing!  That is entirely possible also!

    Oh what the heck???  I will probably sign up for it again.  It would be nice to see the course, I felt so bad last year I didn't take in the scenery much, I was too miserable.