Owls, Hippee’s, and a training update.

So we are still in appliance hell. We got a call from the in-laws last week and they informed us that the new(ish) washer is no longer working correctly. Apparently it plays the steel drum and dances across the floor. It sounds really cool, except, it’s not really supposed to do that. I’m not buying another one though because I have more important things to spend money on….like races.

Speaking of races, I was thinking about how much it cost to race in other areas and how I never really do that because I fail to plan. And then I found these:

race banksWhat a great idea, right?

Over the weekend, MacGyver went to the cabin in Holopaw so the kid and I went to dinner together on Friday night. After dinner we made a quick stop at the dollar tree and then as we were leaving the store, I dropped my change on the pavement.

Within a second, a horned owl swooped down from a nearby tree, took the quarter and flew back up to the tree. I swear. An owl!

The kid and I looked at each other in disbelief and without saying a word we both dug through our pockets and threw out more change….but he didn’t come back. Gah!

On Saturday I got my long run in and then I cleaned house for the entire day. MacGyver got home that evening and so we got up on Sunday and headed down to Venice. I was reading in the car on the way down and I saw this article and it really caught my attention. As someone who has suffered with hip problems, it spoke to me! I am definitely a hippee, you know, a runner who suffers from hip issues.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Ultrarunner Adam St. Pierre thought he had training down to a science. An exercise physiologist and running coach in Boulder, Colorado, he ran 40 to 70 miles a week, stretched 15 minutes twice a day, and saw a massage therapist twice a month. But at the peak of the 2014 racing season, the 33-year-old athlete was nearly sidelined by tight hip flexors. “The muscles run from your femur up to the pelvis. When they’re tight, you lose range of motion and considerable speed, and you feel like you have to pee all the time,” he says. That’s untenable for an average day, let alone a 100-mile race.

Go here to read the article in its entirety. It even has links to articles on how to sit correctly and other helpful things.

I’m still hammering away at my training for the Sarasota Half Marathon. I had a few successes and a few fails last week but as promised, here’s the recap.

marathon owl
Ran 6 easy miles on the Legacy Trail
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
Ran 6.5 miles in the neighborhood – Tempo Run – Avg. Page 9:30
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
50 Shades of Glutes Workout – This killed me!
Ran 8 slow miles in the neighborhood
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
Ran 12 miles in the neighborhood – I combined my long run with a hill run.
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.
Ran 7 miles – Tempo Run – Avg. Pace 9:19
Marching Bridges – 3 sets – 12 reps ea.
Lying Side Clams – 3 Sets each side – 10 reps ea.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad training week. Unfortunately, after the 50 shades of glutes workout on Wednesday my butt was so sore, I couldn’t even fathom doing another session like that during the week. I’m switching up the strength training this week and hopefully it will go a bit better.

So, now it’s your turn. Tell me about your weekend and if you’re training for a race, tell me about it!

Thursday Things – Team Work

Y’all it’s so cold. I know you have no sympathy for me, especially if you live anywhere north of Georgia but dang, I am freezing my tookus off!

running weather
I went for an 8 mile run this morning and with the wind chill factor it was 41 degrees. Forty. One! We will probably only reach 49 as the high today, and tonight will be 33. If it continues on this path, I may have to consider moving south, but since Miami’s high today is only around 60, Cuba is in the running for my new homeland.

After I got home from my run this morning, I went through the garage and onto the back lanai, just as I normally do. Typically I leave my shoes and my visor out there and the dogs are always out there to greet me. This morning, they were not there.

At first I was a little worried but then I called them and after a few minutes, they came out. Boomer seemed a little skittish and Hank was avoiding me. I should have known something was wrong. I should’ve known.

As soon as I opened the back door and looked into the den I could see it. A ridiculously long trail of garbage that began in the kitchen and went through the dining room, living room and ended in the den.

dogs make mess

Just picture this… only with a lab and a dachshund and way more garbage.

And of course they waited until I left this morning, you know, right after I emptied the coffee grounds and the dirt from the vacuum cleaner into the trash.

There it was, all over the floor and in all the main rooms of my house, the entire contents of my very large, and now empty trash can. God bless the little baby Jesus because it was all I could do to keep from smacking the crap out of both of those dogs. They’re hellions!

After I cleaned all the floors I was finally able to sit down and go through emails. I wish I had done so sooner because the email that I’m going to share with you is only valid for 24 hours.

Pro Compression socks
Click on this link for Pro Compression Socks and get them for $14.95. I’m serious, $14.95!

That is one hell of a deal. ***UPDATE – Sorry guys, the deal is over, they are now back to $24.95. I hope you were able to get some when they were $14.95.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go research weather patterns, because a friend just left me a message telling me the temperature in Cuba today is only 64! God Bless it.

What is the temperature where you are today?
Do you prefer hot or cold weather?

WTF Wednesday – The washer and dryer saga

Sometime back in August, the washer at the Venice house started acting up. It would stop running mid-wash and then I’d have to open and close the lid a few times until it kicked back on. No big deal. I didn’t even bother mentioning it to MacGyver. Besides, we only paid 40 bucks for the washer and dryer both at a garage sale, so I’m pretty sure we got our money’s worth and then some. All the same, I hoped it would last for a while.

Broken Washing machine
After a few months of opening and closing the lid, that stopped working. Big shocker I know.

Anyway, I figured it was time to tell MacGyver about it. So, I told him what was happening and braced for his response which I assumed would be somewhere between “we don’t really need a washer down here anyway” to “why are you so bad with appliances?” I got the later response.

Soon after, MacGyver bypassed the timing mechanism thingy and the washer started working again…even with the lid wide open. Actually we had to leave the lid open, that’s the only way it worked.

washing machine lid open

You may be wondering why we didn’t just go buy the part and fix the thing properly. MacGyver doesn’t waste good money on parts when we can bypass circuits, duh! Besides nobody spends 30 bucks on a part for a forty dollar washer, not in the land that MacGyver and I live in anyway, not here in Thriftyville.

This weekend the washer finally died. MacGyver pulled it apart to solder some parts and get it working again but when I smelled the faint odor of burning wires, I put a stop to that. Once it becomes a fire hazard, I draw the line. It was time for a new washer.

broken washing machine


Thankfully we have an iPad and Craigslist and about an hour later we had a new washer, albeit used. It actually works quite well and MacGyver only had to rewire one part of it. The best part, it only cost 30 bucks with the trade in of our old one, less than the part to fix it would have cost. Score another one for Thriftyville!

We returned home on Monday night and yesterday I decided to wash our sheets and then I threw them in the dryer. Typically it only takes about 25 minutes to completely dry them but when I checked on them, they were still damp. I went through the same routine 3 more times until I realized the dryer wasn’t working. Yeah, it takes me a while.

Broken Dryer
It turns out the dryer is broken. It needs a new heating element and I know this because MacGyver spent two and half hours tearing the entire thing apart to investigate.

Tim the Toolman

The bad news is the part cost close to a hundred dollars. The good news is, I found all of this and more inside the dryer:

money from the dryer
It’s not quite enough to pay for the part, but $7.43 will most certainly buy me lunch at chick-fil-a today! So….Winning!

WTF? It must be Wednesday!

Are you good with appliances?
Have you ever broken a major appliance?
Chick-Fil-A, love it or leave it?