Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mount Si


My girlfriend Pam called me to see if I wanted to go with her to Mount Si for a hike. Half of me really wanted to go and the other half of me, not so much but I said yes. She told me to meet her at the Starbucks at 1pm so I did. I think I even got there a little early. Well come to find out she also invited our friend Katrina and her bf Doug. Well Katrina is late to everything!!! So Pam and I waited there for 45 minutes. I drank a green tea while we waited.

When we arrive that green tea I had kicked in and I had to go #1. There was this little out house thing I decided to use. OMG it smelled soooo bad in there. While I was going to the bathroom I probably gaged 10 times. So gross. I can't even imagine what that thing smells like in the summer! Never again will I drink so much before I go there.

And we are off...We start our hike but much later then planned, it's now 2:45, sunset is at 5:15. This hike is 4 miles up, so 8 miles total. We get going, wow it takes so much longer to walk a mile then I think it would. Pam thought we should turn back down at 4:15 but who wants to start a hike they have never done before and not finish it??? Not me! I was like lets just finish it..... Probably should have listened to Pam. We get to the top but couldn't see anything. It was foggy and misty out but I felt good for finishing it. It was still light out so we headed back down. It slowly got darker and darker out and started raining more and more. We were trying to go down as fast as we could but it got pretty hard to see where you were going. Doug pulled out his light helmet and one other flash light which made it a little better but it was still hard. I was stepping in mud puddles I couldn't see. All of the sudden I would just feel coldness on my feet and sink in the mud and know hey that's another mud puddle I just stepped in. When we finally got down It was pouring outside, I was freezing, wet and muddy. However, it ended up to be quite the adventure and I had a great time. I'm glad I went.

Lunch Money


My cell phone started ringing, I looked down to see who it is and it's from my son's school. It was my son telling me he was out of lunch money and forgot to tell me. Well, the school is less then a mile away so I thought to myself I could get in my car, drive less then a mile each way or I could put my running shoes on and go for a little run. I decided to be green and jog on over there. The ladies in the office probably thought I was nuts when I showed up heaving breathing with a check for lunch money.

For some reason on this run my body thought it should run a little faster then I normally do. Which seem to mean I got tired quicker. I'm not sure what's better yet? Run a little slower but go further without walking or run a little faster and walk sooner?? Hmm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Physical Therapy

I have been going to physical therapy for a little bit now because my knee and hip have been bugging me. Most of the time I go after I get off work since it is about 2 minutes away and it seems to work out well. However, today I was exhausted. I was so busy last night at work and hardly got to sit down. My therapist even made a comment about me being tired. I think he may have went a little bit easy on me but it was still super hard. He kicks my butt every time. When he does the exercises to show me what to do they look so easy. But when I go to do them I think I'm dying. I guess you have to work hard to get better.

Outdoor Run


I talked my friend into going for a run with me after we got off work. It was a good thing I did because when it was time to actually run if I was alone I would of got into my car and drove home. We headed to Wright Park and planned to go around the park once, which is about a mile. When we started going my leg was hurting me a bit but not to bad so, I decided to go around again. This is my first jog outside in a long time. I was really nervous about it because running outside is physically harder for me then on the treadmill. However, it was nice to be outside with the fresh air, it turned out to be great. After our run we went to the new playground they put in the park and played for a bit.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hello 2011

Hello 2011!

Ok we are going to move past 2010 where I skipped the half and only did the 10k and say hello to 2011 where I run a whole half marathon without stopping. Hello to sticking to my training plan as much as I can and hello to doing this blog thing....

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lonely 8 miles...


Usually on this Monday long run I have my friend Jon from work to run with, but today I was solo. It's my run I have to do after working four 12 hour night shifts in a row so I'm always tired and it's nice to have a friend that can push me along. Not to mention I am suppose to be at 10.5 miles according to my training plan and I only made it 8.23 miles.

I got all ready to go, turned on my Garmin and it said low battery. WHAT?? Low battery on my long run! I didn't even think to charge it because I haven't used it and it's been turned off! Lame! Well, I figured it would last me a little while so I kept it on a started my run. I didn't even make it a quarter of a mile before that darn thing shut off!

I decided to change up my run a little bit from what Jon and I usually do. The run was going pretty well except for the last mile and a half back to work. Man it just kills me! It has so many hills. I wish I could find a route that only has them in the beginning or middle. To do a bunch of hills which I'm all ready not good at when I'm dead tired just doesn't work for me. Ugh.

I'm starting to get really worried about this half marathon. I'm leaving for Vegas in two days and will be there for 10 days!! All my friends are going to want party it up and that doesn't make for good running. I guess we will see what happens.

Feeling Good


Since on my last run with PamelO my leg was killing me I decided to take it easy because I wasn't sure if my leg was going to start bothering me again or not. I was going along at a pretty slow pace and it didn't seem to bother me so I decided to go a little longer and speed up a tad.

Where I live has some small short hills so I decided to get some practice in. I've got to start somewhere I guess, and I stink at hills. I looped around the neighborhood a few times so I could do the hills more then once. Since I had such a good time running the other day at dark I decided to go a little later today too. I've noticed it's getting darker out so much sooner now. I took my dog Abby with me so I had someone to run with. All though, she would never protect me. Unless getting super excited and licking someone is protecting?? I know the area really well however, they are still building houses and all the streets don't have lights so of course I twisted my ankle on a rock I couldn't see. I iced it when I got home and it was fine. Thank god.

Oh on a side note, I felt really good about this run. I didn't stop at all except to walk up the giant hill and I even made it half way before walking!