New ring, new shoes, uh, best weekend ever!

Let me just start by apologizing for this post because even though I had several opportunities this weekend to write and tell you about all the things going on around here, I didn’t. So, this is going to be last minute verbal vomit and I’ll probably butcher the hell out of the English language but if you’ve read this blog before, you’re probably used to it.

MacGyver and I are going to have a crazy week this week.  We are in the process of our closings on the houses in Nokomis.  I’m looking forward to this new chapter but also sad to be close one because I kind of feel like the Nokomis house is what started to bring our family all down to Florida and we really love that place.

On the other hand, the new place is pretty darn sweet and much bigger and I can’t wait to put my Pinterior Designer skills to work and make it really ours!  Trust me when I say you’ll get sick of the pictures.

pinterest

Over the weekend MacGyver and I hit up a lot of the community garage sales and I scored some stained glass windows for 15 bucks!

stained glass

We also stopped in for lunch at the cutest little café in Dunedin called Bonnie’s.  It’s a French café and they only serve breakfast and lunch but if you’re ever in the area, you should try it, it’s really good.

Bonnies

On Saturday we helped a friend remove some trees and limbs from her yard and then MacGyver and I chilled around the house and hung out with the dogs.  Hank is perfectly fine to hang out on the sofa with us if there’s a blanket around but Boomer steals the throw pillows and hides under the table.

Boomer

Hank

Also on Saturday I got two packages in the mail that I’m so excited to tell you about.  The first is something I told you about months ago and I’ve been waiting on for what seems like forever.

Motiv Ring

That’s right, I got the Motiv ring!  I haven’t had ample time or the opportunity to test it out completely but I promise once I do, you will get a full review.

Secondly I got a little present from Mizuno.

mizuno wave rider 21

Wave Rider 21’s, ah hell yes!

I am so stoked to run in these shoes and I cannot wait to give you guys a full review!  It may be a few weeks before I can give you the most thorough review but I’m crazy excited about it.  I love Mizuno and these shoes are so pretty and they’re the best fit for me with my hip issues.  Can you tell I’m a tad bit excited?   Well, I am!

And with that, I’ve got to run.  I have an early morning appointment.  The next time you’ll hear from me, we’ll be in Nokomis, knee deep in boxes and packing tape.  Oh joy!

What was your weekend like?

What’s your favorite pair of running shoes right now?

Have you tried the Motiv Ring?  Do you like it?

Tuesday, the thoughts that run while running

The one thing, the absolute one thing that I really need more than anything is the endorphin high or the rush that I get every morning from my little workout.  It’s maybe the reason I love to run so much.  I just need it.  It calms me and puts me in my happy place.

I get up at the ass crack of dawn, sneak off to the bathroom and dress in the half dark and then I slip out the back door before anyone else gets up.

sneaky deaky

I go out the door with all of the problems of my day in my head and in that brief half hour to an hour I figure them out.  Seriously.  I do.

I wish I could explain to you how this happens but I swear to you it does.  I figure out how I’m going to manage all of my time for the day, which projects need to be completed and when and what to work on first, who to call, what to say, etc. etc.

I totally clear my head and ease my mind and come back so peaceful.  Jokingly we call it runner’s high but It’s an incredible feeling.

I’d like to teach the world to run.

It would be such a happier place.

For everyone.

The long run that really shouldn’t be called a long run because really


I wrote most of this post last night and woke up this morning to hear the shocking news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those who were killed or injured in this horrific and senseless tragedy. 

Well just like that it’s October.  Already.  Seriously, does it seem like the year is just flying by?  Maybe it’s just me but some years seem shorter or longer than others and this year is just flying by, flying.

Anyways, let’s get right to it shall we?  I ran 17 miles last week.

YAS

I know.  I have to say that I was pretty happy with it considering I haven’t really racked up any real miles in what seems like forever.  Plus, I’ve got that nasty situation with the nerves in my hand which make it almost impossible to do anything without pain so seventeen miles is golden to me.

I will admit though that on Saturday I cut my run short to dig through a neighbors garbage.

Don’t judge.

im judging you

They happened to be throwing away a perfectly good plastic tool box exactly like one I already own which houses some of my crafting supplies and it’s overflowing and I know I paid 30 bucks for that thing and if I can get one for free, well, I’m going for it. So I may have ended my run a tad bit shy of 3 miles and dug through the garbage hoping it wasn’t busted in some hidden area that I couldn’t see, and, it wasn’t!

so excited

I dropped the toolbox off and then finished the run so it’s a win win!  The next day I decided that since I had cut my run short the previous day I would try for a long run on Sunday.  Not a really long run mind you since I haven’t put in any serious mileage since my hips have been recovering and my hands been nervy but just more than 3 miles.

I made it to three and a half.  Good Lord, when did three and a half miles become a long run for me?  It was the breathing thing again.  Can you feel my frustration?  Yes?  Well, ignore it because I’m channeling my determination now.

Good God

I’m determined to get to the bottom of it and I will.  I suspect it has something to do with my spine and I’m going to add in some yoga this week and visit the Physical Therapist to see if that helps.  Couldn’t hurt, right?

MacGyver and I worked in the yard for most of the weekend in Clearwater, taking out some more trees and limbs, of course.  I also managed to find time to decorate for fall so I thought it would be fun to show you.

I made this wreath.

Fall Wreath

I had a few leftover flowers so I put them in this jar,

fall jar

And these are the decorations around my front door

fall

fall

Fall

I even pulled out one of our favorite fall blankets which Hank promptly claimed.

It’s obviously one of our favorite times of the year.  I just wish it was a little cooler but you can’t have everything. What you can have is Oktoberfest and this year Tampa Bay Downs is having a, wait for it….

Weiner Derby

Did you see it?  It’s the Wiener Dog Derby!  Hells yeah!  Hank is in training people.  I may not be a race contender but my dog is.

How many times have you had to come back to running after an injury?

Older runners, do you find running is harder after injuries as you get older?