Monday, November 27, 2006

Inov-8

I still can't quite believe that Inov-8 offered a sponsorship to me. Every once in a while I'll receive a box of goodies. Today I received a box of goodies for the winter running season. How cool is that? I've ever so grateful.

Winter running pants and jacket


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Unbelievable..

Today after my run with Topaz I saw a box on the front step. Ooohhh...it was from Inov-8, what will it contain?

Well, Merry Christmas to me! 4 more shirts, 3 pair of shoes-Gortex, of course, thick socks, 2 more running bras and uh..two.. pouches????

See the black and blue pouch. Hmmm..what is zippered up in there?

Merry Christmas!


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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Family..3 Generations at Thanksgiving


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Feast


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Family and Feast

I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving. We celebrated Thanksgiving #2 on Thursday. My parents, some relatives from Bemidji and St. Cloud and Laurie and her family all came over. We had a fabulous time. We played cards, dominoes, watched old movies of family and ate. And ate. And ate. Oh lord: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, lefse, cranberry hot dish, salads, cookies, pecan pie, ice cream, red cake..too much. Luckily we began the day with a 10 mile run/jog on the trail. Laurie is really getting into this running thing. She asked if I had an extra water bottle carrier for her to use. Of course! I just love it.

Friday was all about shopping. It is tradition that Laurie, Mom, me and sometimes Dad hit the malls or shop somewhere on Black Friday. Not because of sales, no...we do we get up and out at 5 AM. We just spend the day shopping together, just because we are all together and we can. This year Dad went with Tim and Steve to Cabellas and Gander Mountain. Steve bought his Christmas present already! He decided on a gun scope, case and a number of other 'gun/hunting' things. Mom, Laurie and I hit Arbor Lakes/The Fountain of Maple Grove. We shopped for a few hours and had enough. I finished up Christmas shopping and we just had a good time together, laughing and such.

Back to our house for leftovers. Oh man, one microwave and a 4 burners on one stove was not enough to reheat everything! Plus Mom had to prepare lutefisk and lutefisk is just wrong. I try it each year and just can not get past feeling it in my mouth. Ewww. I stuck to salads and turkey. Tyler had some lutefisk and was up from 11 PM to 4 AM puking. I'm sure he is blaming it on the lutefisk. Ick.

My parents will head out of state, to TX, on Monday until April. Each time they go I worry that I may not see them again. Sad, but hey, you never know. They drive all they way there and back, and so far, have been safe. We usually fly out for a long weekend to visit them during the winter. I'm thinking about President's weekend in February for our visit.

It's late this morning and we haven't even left for a run yet. I and Topaz are on our way..15 miles today. Mom and Laurie are thinking about getting in 5. Today: hitting the Outlets at Albertville.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Getting Longer

Yesterday Topaz and I ran 15 miles..I figured we might as build on that long run, my longest since Ed Fitz. Today I woke up early, we hit the trail before dawn for 20 miles. Topaz stirred up the snoozing deer and had a blast herding them back to me. I couldn't see that well, as it was still very dark, but made enough noise to make them turn away from me.

I became tired at about 15 miles..Topaz was still full of energy, bounding after grouse and trumpeter swans. I was taking some walk breaks, he was not.

20 miles took us 3:40; enough time for the frost to melt, for the temperature to increase from 14F to 34F and enough time to tire me out!

I came in and prepared Thankgsgiving Meal Number 1, as family flew in from CA on Friday. Topaz chose to go outside and run after the boys playing paint ball for 5 more hours.

Good grief!

I had planned to attend JFK 50 mile this weekend, then chose Ultracentric. When family decided to fly into town, I decided not to race and Steve gave up a weekend of deer hunting.

Maybe next year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Topazs' First Road Run

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Topazs' First Road Run

I had been thinking about how I was going to fit in a run today, preferably with Topaz. During the week he is stuck inside of the house for 6 hours, anxiously awaiting his family's return. I didn't want to run without him.

I decided I'd try him on-leash, in town, while Tyler was at his 5:00 guitar lesson. Troy had a basketball practice from 630-830, I was planning on attending the gym during that time slot.

Topaz has run in our neighborhood before, off leash. We live out in the country, there isn't much traffic, I live on a dead end with .5 mile of driveway so he isn't used to moving vehicle traffic. He lives a sheltered life!

After some digging around I found a waist belt webbed leash I purchased for him online but had never put to use before. I found his collar. Tyler packed up his guitar, we were ready to roll.

I don't know why I haven't taken Topaz with me during the guitar lesson run. I guess much of the time it is too warm, the pavement is too hot for him, and I don't mind running without him once in a while. I knew he'd love it, hell, he'd love running over a molten lava field as long as he was running and he was with me. He loves me.

I brought Tyler to his lesson, parked the car and Topaz and I began our run. Oh my gosh, he pulled and pulled and pulled. I couldn't believe how he pulled me forward. He was making that gasping choking sound and I was going as fast as I could go! Thank goodness he was fastened by the waist band because I needed my arms to pump as fast and hard as they could!

We had a few miles in before we came upon the lake, I took out my flashlight so we could see where the rocks were and he went in for a swim and drink. Back out to the sidewalk and another mile before we came upon the real heavy traffic along Highway 10. The asphalt path is inbetween the lake and the highway for a while. Topaz is not used to traffic; this was heavy heavy traffic. Semi trucks, people honking at us that recognized me, trains, etc. He ran even faster! I realized what a country dog Topaz is. He was confused as we waited for a red light. I had him sit and stay and he's like 'why? I have my leash on and we are going for a run. what's up?'

Eventually we came upon a heavily wooded area where I was able to take the leash off and he could romp around as he loves to do. I realized he hadn't fully extended his legs during the whole time he was on leash. There was no way that he could while I was attached to him! He had stopped gasping early on, but there was never any slack in the 10 feet of leash between us.

He ran all out, tearing up the field, legs fully extended. I sat in a ball on the grass and panted.

He kicked my ass. I'm proud of him! He did very well on his first run in town. We now have a new Tuesday run around the lake.

We finished our run in time to pick up Tyler, get back home; pick up Troy and get on back to town for basketball practice, as I went to the gym..for workout #2: shoulders and back.

Is it wrong to have a dog for a best friend?

Monday, November 13, 2006

Racing Topaz

What a fun run today! After work I came home, changed clothes and told Topaz 'let's go for a run!' We headed off to the trail before the sun was going to set. The sky was beautiful: pinks, oranges and yellows. I didn't have my camera. I'll bring it next time!

I felt pure happiness again while running. It's been a while. I've felt burnt out, in a rut, whatever you want to call it. I'm not sure what is was. Probably still a sting from Superior 100. That won't go away until I finish her.

Anyhow, as I and Topaz were running I began to laugh, to talk to Topaz, and realized I hadn't done that in quite some time either.

I felt awesome, happy, strong and fit. I was trying to race Topaz. As he would meander off of the trail to chase a deer, or smell a turkey, I'd run up ahead as fast as I could. Inevitably, he'd notice I was ahead of him and tear up the trail as fast as he could, passing me, and getting in another 200 feet for good measure. I can not beat that dog. Ever. I kept trying, it was hilarious. For my last effort, he took off for a pheasant, of course the trail happened to go up hill, I ran as fast I could, trying to be quiet so he wouldn't notice that I was ahead of him. I didn't get half way up the hill when he came tearing by me as fast as he could go. I couldn't stop laughing. What a speed demon I have created in him! He truly loves running as much as I, plus he has that little Border Collie herding instinct working for him.

As we walked to the trail head I realized I was laughing, beaming, just having a grand time. I'm so glad I'm back!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sugar and Fat

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'Tis The Season

My cookie baking season began today. 20 dozen Buckeye and 20 dozen Russian Tea Cakes. Next week will be all about Pecan Pies, Waldorf Asotria Red Velvet Cake, Oreo Brownies, Lefse and Rosettes. Sweets for family (I live with three cookie monsters), teachers, co-workers, run club, book club, etc. Put a few dozen on a festive plate, some ribbon, wala, a great gift..that tastes good too!

On the running front, yesterday was 10 miles on the trail with Topaz and a 60 minute cardio crazed run on the treadmill. Today we ran 15 miles on the trail..because we hadn't run that far in a long time. Felt great!

I remembered that I have one broken snowshoe from the marathon last January. I still haven't had it fixed. I don't know if it is fixable or if I need to buy another. Is a person able to buy ONE snowshoe? Hmmmm...I know REI is holding a woman's snowshoe seminar in a bit. I wonder why women would be separate from men? Just curious. Is there a 'men's' snowshoe seminar? Strikes me as odd..

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

June Running In November

Today it hit 70 degrees! Yeah, 70! All I could think about was run club and being able to run outside in shorts. Funny that being a runner, that is all I thought about all day. It brought me a smile when I was irritated with students and brought me a smile as I was paying bills. Not a bad thought to have during the course of the day.

Since it was run club tonight, I had to hit the gym at 4 AM. Shoulders and back for 45 minutes with bursts of cardio. 15 minute run for a cooldown and back home quickly to shower and get the boys up for school. I'm liking this new gym and the 24 hours business. I can be there as early as I like.

Run club was wonderful! We had a good turnout, all sporting shorts and smiles. Hard to get used to the darkness at 6 PM, but with the 70F, no complaining here!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Seeing Orange

This morning the deer hunting opener for rifle took place. Steve and Tyler headed up north to get the almighty buck. I and Troy will be home enjoying the next three weekends in each other's company.

I and Topaz headed out for the trail early this morning. The hunters were out and shooting. The trail which I run is closed to hunters, and it is well posted as such. However, there are hunters surrounding the property, and the sound of gun fire in unnerving. I have orange running jackets - and Topaz wears his orange dog jacket as well. We ran a nice 10 mile route, never seeing any hunters but watched many many deer. Topaz was very busy herding them back to me.

After the run I came home and picked up Troy. We headed to the gym. I had a plyometric workout on tap. Oh good lord almighty. It kicked my ass. Big Time.

Last night the new trainer emailed me this workout and I was like, 'wow, no weights!' Well, no wonder. He wrote me to go hard and fast on the cardio, which I did. Warmed up with 10 minutes running, then plyometrics. Step jumps, jump over step, lunge on step, stairstepper break, jump on and off step, mountain climbers, elipitical break, bend and thrust, dumbbell step up with lunge, walking lunges and finish off with a 15 minute sesson on the treadmill at 8.5 mph. HELLO!

I was wringing wet and exhausted. Yeah. He calls this a 'fat stripping bootcamp workout'. I call it hell. I don't want to see it on my workout list again! I'm sure I will be there again.

Ugh.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Choc*O*Lot

Oh yeah, it happened. The chocolate. The chocolate that I haven't had to eat in months and months. Months and months that I haven't even craved it. The sugar monster has been asleep for a long time. I woke her up today. I sure did.

After Troy and I arrived home he poured all of his candy onto the kitchen table and began to sort it out. Three Muskateers here, Reeses in this pile, Hersheys over here, 10 Twix bars over there, Snickers here and Whoppers over there.

I was broiling a No Name Salmon steak and pan frying some asparagus. I hadn't eaten dinner yet. The damn little pop out thingy hadn't told me the salmon was done yet.

I could smell the freaking chocolate, I could hear it. Then I tasted it. Uhhu. The Reeses, the Three Muskateers, the Whoppers. All of them. I ate them all. And then the salmon and asparagus. Good grief.

A few hours later I went off to Run Club. There were 6 of us in the 28F/35 mph wind. Brrr. Soon we were all heated up and running fast. I felt great, full of energy, hell I had just consumed mucho mega carbohydrates and my body knew it, felt it.

The sugar freak awoke. I'll try putting her back to sleep. At least I got a good run in!