Sunday, February 27, 2011

Legs of Lead

I didn't make my run on Friday. I had waited for my husband to get home from school so we could run together. But.....we needed to pick up my new sunglasses first. For some reason the office was full of people and it too a good 20 minutes to just hand me my new sunglasses (I didn't need an exam, just the box in my hand!!). By the time I made it back to the car we were losing daylight and Husband was in a pissy mood. We would have gotten locked into the park we planned on running and Husband suddenly has a fear of the dark :(

So.....we didn't run. We went home mad at each other instead.

Sunday rolled around with a cold breeze. I wasn't totally feeling it. Husband was feeling motivated to clean and organize the we did that. When we finally reached a stopping point I realized I couldn't avoid the run no longer.

I planned a looping route through 3 neighborhoods that are connected by an not-yet-built neighborhood. This kept me off main roads and away from traffic. However, there were a ton of hills! My pace and legs were really slow :( I also took a ton of walk-breaks. I just had to. Lead legs don't move fast! At all! Argh!

I guess that's what I get for skipping all my other runs this week.

Tomorrow is a new day and the start of a new week. I'm done with PT and can't use that as an excuse after school anymore. These runs will get done!

Happy Running!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

One of those days

Today is Parent/Teacher conference day.

I have my last PT appointment and then I'm going in to school early before conferences start to get stuff organized.

I haven't run since Monday.

I haven't felt like running since Monday.

The haven't-seen-the-sun-since-Friday blahs have gotten me.


Plus side......I ordered a little something to giveaway to one lucky follower :)

Weird side.....I wrote about my half-marathon training in our "staff spotlight" letter this week and had coworker ask me for running advice yesterday. Asked ME! For advice! No one ever does that! Can you believe it?!?! I told to invest in a good pair of shoes :)

Monday, February 21, 2011


After last week's temperature teaser (it was in the 50's here and made it to 60 briefly by Friday) I am soooo ready for Spring. Winter is my favorite season because I look better in winter clothing :) can get a little boring after a while. Inside is only so interesting. I miss the sun. I miss being able to take Bentley on every run and not worry about if he'll freeze his paws off. This cold is getting to me.

Today I ran my rescheduled 4-miler on the trail. I usually never go to the trail by myself, but today I did. It had been raining all night and somewhere before dawn it switched over to freezing rain and everything had a nice slick coating on it. Bentley even slipped off the deck when I let him out this morning. Husband had school and it's supposed to snow this afternoon. Ah! What to do?!?

Well....I chose the lonely trail because it's gravel and was less likely to be slippery. I was right. I also chose the trail because it is tree-lined and was less likely to be as windy as other places. I was right. Overall, it was a good run. I felt slow and heavy but when I checked Pedro at the finish he read 43:49 and I didn't feel too bad. I'm dying at the end of my runs again and that concerns me. :( GB is only 82 days away! AH!

On the bright side, Husband and I bought plane tickets to Orlando in June! It's official we're really going! Yay! Mickey here we come :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ups and Downs

This week was a great week for running!

6 miles on Sunday (1:06)
3 miles on Tuesday (:33)
3 miles on Friday (:31)

I kept all my scheduled runs! I didn't reschedule even one of them :) So proud!

However, this was a terrible week at school. From my previous post about my after-4:00 e-mail ban, I just can't stand some people anymore. But....I will get through this. Spring break is only a month away. I can make it!

I have a bachelorette party to attend tonight. I think it will be fun, but i'm not exactly crazy about it. Hopefully things will go ok. This week has just put a total damper on any fun I could possibly be having :(

Oh well. There's always next week!

Oh...bright side! I ordered some BIC bands for my sister and I this week and got them in the mail yesterday! Love them! Next ones I order will be the size bigger though. Apparently I have a big head :)

Who knows......maybe I'll order one just to giveaway for my 200th post celebration!!! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Rule

I hereby establish a new rule...... school e-mail checking after 4:00 PM!!!............

Why you ask? Because of bitchy parents who refuse to take responsibility for their rotten, snotty children. This woman makes me want to jump of the roof just so I'll never hear from her again. This kid is the reason why I question why I want to have children.

I was having a good after-school experience, great PT workout, great 3 mile treadmill run, great dinner, etc. And then......I checked that darn e-mail.

ARGH!!!!! This is the part of teaching that I hate :(

Friday, February 11, 2011

One interesting week

I stopped being lazy today and hit the treadmill at the gym for 3 miles. My time was 30:05! Fastest time yet! I felt great....despite yesterday's PT appointment.

Yesterday at the PT appointment, my PT decided to use "The Stick" on my IT band. I was in tears by the time he was done. My leg is slightly purple today! And the desks in my classroom are just the right height to hit the sore spots on my leg when I bumped into them today :( I even saw my PT at the gym today and he evil-giggled at me! Grr! (I love what he's doing, and the evil-giggle was more of a joke. He's totally awesome and is really helping.)

Stress kept me from running another 3 miles this week.

6 miles will be run on Sunday as scheduled. Plus, it's going to warm up and I can finally hit up a different running route!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Titletown Here I Come!!!

The Packers Won the Superbowl!!!!!

Husband and I are big-time Cheeseheads and are really excited about this one!

We're even more excited to be running the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon in May! Mile 13 finishes with a lap around Lambeau field! This will be 10x's more awesome now that the Lombardi trophy is coming back to where it belongs!

Anyways......the training report.

I did my 5 mile run today like I was supposed to! (be proud of me) We had gotten another inch or so of snow and the neighborhood hadn't been plowed yet when I started. The temps were in the upper 20's, so I brought Bentley with me. He had a good time dodging snowplows and slipping on packed spots with me. I only kept him for a mile before I dropped him back at home because he was messing with my form. And...he can't run 5 miles in the cold like this.

As I dropped him at home the Brown Monster did a sneak attack on me. Luckily I was at home and it wasn't a problem. After buisiness was taken care of, I headed back out for the last 4 miles. I ran what we call "The Box" because it is a long out-and-back route across a corn field that is about 2 miles long and forms two sides of...well....a box...if you look at it from the air. When I hit the turn around at mile 2.5 the Brown Monster started to bother me again. Again?!?! Seriously?!? With almost 2 feet of snow surrounding me off the road....well, you get the idea that I was able to "hold off an attack" until I got home. However.....I made it home with .5 miles to go! So, after buisiness was taken care of, I made myself finish that last .5 mile.

Total distance: 5 miles
Time: 54:40 (7 seconds better than last week!)

Two PT appointments and Two training runs on the schedule this week.

Happy Running!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why I ran at they gym today

So, here's why I ran at the gym today. And why we ended up with 2 days off of school! Which never happens!!!!!

This drift is 4'5" tall. And that was before I started shoveling.

If you look close, you can see that the neighbors across the street left an igloo shaped snow mound for their kids to play on/in.

It took us an hour to plow out the driveway and now we're battling sub-zero temperatures. So, I accomplished 3 miles at the gym today. After it reopened from being closed yesterday.

Back to school tomorrow and another 3 miles on the treadmill.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


So.....IL is in the middle of a crazy blizzard!

And guess who forgot to shut the garage door after she got home! Yup. Me.

Thanks to a neighbor, we were notified 4 hours later.

Yea....we had to shovel it out.