It wasn’t how I planned it but hey, I ran 20 miles!

Hey y’all, I’m writing this post from somewhere on I-75. We were still in Nokomis this morning but MacGyver has to get back.


Hank is ridin dirty….you know cause he’s in the laundry basket, get it?

We came down Friday Night after work. Originally we had planned to come home Sunday night but then we realized we didn’t have enough time to accomplish some of the things we came down to do so we decided to stay just a tad bit longer.

When we got here I laid out all of my things so that I could go running the next morning. But then Boomer had some issues with his ears and was shaking his head so hard we thought he was going to give himself brain damage.

Sometime around 1AM we got up and put some medicine in his ears and he seemed to feel better. I feel back asleep shortly after but I kept waking up. Until around 5AM that is. Precisely an hour before I was scheduled to get up, that’s when I finally fell asleep and somehow missed my alarm.

No matter, I had 12 miles on my agenda and that’s what I set out to do, at 7:30AM which is much later than I usually leave but the weather was good so I was ready.

I decided to run the Venetian Waterway Trail rather than the Legacy trail because part of the Legacy Trail is under construction and I didn’t want to have to detour. The only thing I hate about the Venetian trail route is the bridge over 41 because it’s straight up, but I ran over it no problem and soon after that I ran along the water and all I can say is, the view.

Venetian Waterway
About mile 7 I started getting really tired. At first, I thought it was just my mind telling me to quit so I played head games with myself. Like, if I see 2 dolphins I’ll stop and walk but then I actually saw two dolphins so I had to get more specific like, if I see two dolphins jumping out of the water and kissing in the air because no chance of seeing that right? It worked for a while but it was not going to work for 12 miles.

I noticed at mile 8 I was starting to slow down. Normally when I start to slow down, even though I’m trying to keep the same pace, I know my body is trying to tell me something and I was right because shortly after my back started hurting.  So I finished 10 miles and then I walked the last two.

Garmin shot

I have to be honest I was pissed at myself at first but then I decided that I would alter my schedule a bit and do a back to back semi long run if I felt better the next day.

On Sunday morning I got up bright and early, determined, and feeling strong. I ran the Legacy Trail portion this time because I wanted a different view and I really wanted to run 10 miles, but I was ready to call it quits at any time if my body didn’t agree with me.

Fortunately my mind and body were on the same page because that was the best 10 miles I’ve run in a long time. I’m pretty sure I could have gone to twelve too but I didn’t want to push it.

Sun Run
It felt really good and I’ve decided that I like running back to back longish runs. A lot. As a matter of fact, I’m going to incorporate them into my schedule at least a few times a month starting now.

And maybe it’s a mind game but 10 miles doesn’t seem quite as daunting as the 12 and then 6 the next day I had originally planned on running, even though it’s actually more miles in the long run. Long run, hehe, see what I did there.  I know a lot of ultra runners practice back to back long runs and it helps them with their endurance and I’m hoping that maybe it will help me too.

Other than running we didn’t do much this weekend other than work on the house. In case you’re wondering what the new house looks like, here are a few pictures so far.

We worked on the house some but we also visited with my in laws. While we were there a neighbor came over to tell us there were cops at the end of the street and some crazy mayhem going on but let me back up and give you the back story.

When MacGyver’s parents first started coming down to Venice, they fell in love with the area and decided to buy a house here. After a lot of looking around they found one in a quaint little community in Englewood and immediately fell in love. Since they aren’t year round residents I told them about a website I subscribe to that keeps me up to date on any criminal activity and I added the area around the Englewood house to my notifications.

Every now and again I would tell them about things going on in the neighborhoods like the time we had a vehicle theft in Clearwater or the time there was a drug arrest in Nokomis and they would ask me about their little community in Englewood and I would say, ‘crickets’. Nothing ever happens there, ever. I’m pretty sure they roll the sidewalks up at 9PM. It’s pretty much crime free. Until Saturday afternoon.

We ran outside to see what the commotion was and low and behold, detectives, forensics, crime scene tape, it was a serious matter whatever it was. There was much speculation but no one really knew anything except that it was probably bad and we didn’t find out for sure until later the next day.

Sadly it turned out to be a murder and the whole situation was just horrible. You can read about it here. I just feel really sad for the woman’s family and I pray they can find the strength to deal with their loss.

Any ultra runners who run back to back long runs? Have you found it beneficial? In what way?

It’s Friday and this post is a quick one because I’m in a fight with a squirrel

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for a few days. I have a pretty good explanation. You see the kid is coming home for Christmas for a few days and it’s also his birthday and so I’ve been getting all prepared, which basically means….

boss shop
So, yeah.

Also, I had to have MacGyver repair some Christmas lights and then I had to restring them. In case you’re wondering why, let’s just say I’ve got a contract out on a certain squirrel in my neighborhood.

Kill the squirrel
Oh, it’s so on little squirrel, IT IS ON!

I’ve also been busy going through my closet and trying to find out what fits and what doesn’t. Most of the things I’ve tried on fall into the latter category.

scale fail
I know what the problem is. Topirimate. When I stopped taking it the weight just creeped up. And I’m fine with it. I’d rather be 10 pounds heavier that have pneumonia every other week and run the risk of destroying my lungs. And then there’s the whole eye issue thing. F*ck Topirimate all the way to hell but I’m not bitter. No, really, not at all.

I went to ALDI a few times this week and each time someone has given me a cart without asking for a quarter.

In case you don’t know how ALDI works, you pay a quarter to basically rent the cart while you shop and then you get it back when you return the cart. It helps ALDI because they don’t have to pay someone to retrieve their carts from the parking lot and in turn keep their prices low. We like low prices around here.

We also like not having to dig to the bottom of our purse to find a damn quarter. Because you know how I dig through my purse, right?

purse digI throw that shit right on the floor.  It has never failed me.  Well, except once when I threw everything on the floor in my car and the one quarter rolled up under the seat in that little spot that you can never ever reach.  So, thank you random stranger and I paid it forward too!

Happy Friday folks, I’m going hunting, for a squirrel.

What are you doing this weekend?  

Any Christmas light fails?  Tell me please!

Tech tuesday because I seriously love my gadgets.

I am the luckiest person I know. For real.

I'm so luckyYou probably won’t think so when I tell you what happened in the last few days but Im’ma tell you anyways cause that’s the kind of girl I am.

First, on Sunday when I was out running, just after mile 5, silence. That may not seem like a big deal but it is because I had my iPhone on and I was listening to Pandora and I had the Runkeeper app tracking my run. When I left the house at 7AM, the phone was at 100% but after less than an hour, silence.

phone fail
Just after mile five the battery was at 1%, wtf! So, yeah, it died. Fortunately I run that route almost every single day so I knew how much farther I had to go to get to my six miles.  And I knew what time I left that morning so all I had to do was quickly run into the house and look at the clock when I got home thus determining my time and pace. Easy peasy.

Except it wasn’t because I had to first enter the code to open the garage door and then I tripped over the dogs who were waiting on me to walk them and finally I made it to the kitchen where there are two clocks and both of them displayed a different time.

Oh GodI was able to make a fairly good estimate and I just had to live with it.  Do you know how hard that is for someone with OCD and a stat addict?  HARD.

Y’all know what happened later in the day right? Yeah, I lost my Motiv Ring. So on Monday morning I had to rely strictly on my phone for my stats. I mean I could have charged my Garmin but I didn’t and that’s probably why at mile 2.4, crickets.

The phone battery diedThe technology Gods are laughing at me, hard.

In light of all this trouble I was having I decided to dig out my trusty old Garmin 620 yesterday and charge that bad boy up. While searching through all of my electronic gadgets I happened to find my Lumo lift and my Lumo Run. I totally forgot I had the Lumo Run. Seriously. I know, that’s bad.

A year and a half ago MacGyver bought me the Lumo Run and at the time I wasn’t running because surprise, I was injured. So, I put it in my ‘electronics drawer’ which is basically a pile of gadgets and cords in a box. Yesterday, I found it and I am so excited to use it. I remember when I first got it I was so upset that I couldn’t use it because it has so much info. You can read more about the Lumo run here.

Anyway, I was having a real hard time focusing on work yesterday so I went outside to finish cleaning up the back patio and maybe to add a few more lights.

light display
That picture above might just be the end result I was going for but I’m nowhere near that yet. It’s so magical, but I digress, as I was outside preparing to sweep the back patio I moved a plastic lawn chair over to the side and as God is my witness, there it was, right there just lying there on the ground.


Crazy Dance
I mean, how freakin lucky am I? It was right there. I was so excited to have it back and also to realize that I racked up 541 active minutes last week. I still can’t believe it. I found my ring!  I FOUND MY RING!

Anyway, because I don’t trust my iPhone right now, this morning I decided to go ahead and run with the garmin as well, just to be on the safe side. But guess what? The iPhone worked for all 5 miles and it was pretty fun to compare the stats between the runkeeper app and the garmin. (They were almost identical.)

And now I’m back on my gadget kick so for the rest of the week when I run, I’m going to use the Lumo run and the Garmin and some of the other tech gadgets I have. I forgot how much of a stat geek I am. And also how lucky.  Really lucky.

What tech devices do you use to track your exercise and what do you like the most and the least about it?