5:38 new running shoes!

MacGyver tends to buy a lot of things at Dicks Sporting Goods mainly because it’s located a few miles from our house and Bass Pro Shops is over a half an hour away.  I don’t mind because he gets a lot of reward points and sometimes when he’s feeling especially nice, he lets me use them.

Earlier in the week Dick’s had a 15 dollars off 75 dollar sale plus free shipping so it was a prime opportunity.  We had to use both of our emails and I had to spend $42 but look what I got, two pairs!

Brooks Launch 4's

I have to admit I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have the new peacock collection.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am super happy to have the Launch 4’s and I would never have gotten them for that price anywhere else but the peacock collection is soooo pretty.

Brooks Peacocks

If anyone deserves to have running shoes with peacock designs it’s me!  Right?  I run with peacocks every day.  I should definitely have peacock designs on my shoes.  Maybe I should just go ahead and buy a pair but I’m waiting until I find them on sale.  In the meantime, I’ll just look at the real ones every morning.

Peacocks

I still have that twitch in my eye.  I had thought that maybe it had something to do with my thyroid medication so I stopped taking it for a few weeks.  That was not a smart thing to do.  Mainly because it caused my thyroid to crash hard core and it’s going to take me a few weeks to get it back to normal but also because the damn twitch is still there.  And despite all that, I still wake up every morning at 5:38AM without fail, no matter what.

So, last night I broke down and decided to try a half of one of the xanax pills the doctor gave me.  I was hoping it would help me relax and at least sleep.  MacGyver joked that maybe I would sleep in to 5:40.

Im wide awake

Nope.  5:38 on the dot.  Oh well, time to get the weekend started.

What time do you wake up in the morning?

Do you buy your shoes when you need them or do you buy them when they’re on sale?

25 of the longest seconds

If I were Eliud Kipchoge I’d be out of my mind right now.  I’d be thinking about how maybe I could have shaved just one second off of each mile and broken that 2 hour mark.  It would consume every minute of my thoughts.  I’m so glad I’m not Eliud Kipchoge.

I have OCD

Is it possible to run a sub two marathon?  I don’t think so.  Not without the absolute perfect conditions and a lot of outside assistance, but what do I think will happen?  Nike will sell lots of clothing and lots and lots of shoes.

I could be wrong though.

What do you think?

I won the lottery, sort of.

The mini vacation is over and we are back to the grind over here.  I don’t mind it so much except that, okay, I do, I mind it.  I mind it a lot.  I hate being behind on anything but especially work because let’s face it, work generally sucks anyway regardless of whether you’re ahead or behind but behind is worse because then it just takes forever to get through the day.

man returns to work

Thankfully I’m not too far behind because we were only away for four days.  We left Wednesday evening after my appointment with the cardiologist, which, by the way, went okay.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he was an ironman but not thrilled when he told me that endurance running was not really good for the heart according to recent studies.

back up hater

I told him that I had read many recent studies that contradicted some of those theories and we agreed to disagree and then I told him about my favorite trail in Venice and suggested he try it out sometime.  He told me endurance running is not good for the heart and that he should really listen to his own advice because neither are triathlons but he said he understood the endorphin high.

Then he scheduled an echocardiogram for a later date and we parted ways.

cash me ousside

On Thursday I had a blast taking my Mom and my Mother in law shopping at University Town Center.  It was my mother in law’s birthday and mom and I wanted to take her out all day and shop til we couldn’t shop anymore and that’s exactly what we did.  I may have even gotten a few new things from lululemon because, LULULEMON!

lululemon

On Friday we had some friends down from Vermont and we all went out to celebrate at the Casey Key fish house.

Casey Key Fish House

Casey Key Fish House

After dinner, we showed our friends how the better half lives and drove down Casey Key.  The wind was blowing really hard and the waves were crashing over the road but I got some great pictures.

Casey Key Beach

Mom went to Fort Meyer’s to visit with a cousin on Saturday and MacGyver and I took our friends down the Shakett Creek canal.  It was cold as shit and I froze my ass off for most of it but the pictures were totally worth it.  Take a look at a few of them.

Shakett Creek

Shakett Creek

up the creek

On Sunday we went over to the in-laws and MacGyver took us out on the boat.  It was chilly but there were a lot of people out on the water, more that I expected.

Goin boatin

The hat lasted about 2 seconds!

boats on the water

Boats on the Water, Fire in the sky….

We drove down towards Venice since the wind was still pretty bad but instead of heading the way we typically do we went in to an alcove and headed toward a beach area.  It looked like this,

Hidden Beach

We got out of the boat and and walked up the beach and there were trails everywhere.

Beach Trails

So we decided to follow them.  I took pictures of course, for scientific reasons, you know, to share with you on the blog.  And also in case we got lost at sea and someone found the phone they could possibly locate us.

hidden beach trail

It seemed to go on forever but it got more and more interesting.

trail hill

And then it opened up to this scene.

Hidden Beach

paradise beach

 

Paradise! Who knew?

It was waiting there all this time and we had no idea!  It was breathtaking.  Apparently it’s a well-kept secret but people do know about it because there were people with tents camping all over the island and lots of people with lounge chairs hanging out.  It was stunning though.

Paradise Beach

And just in case you’re wondering, I did run quite a bit this weekend as well.  I ran a total of 26 miles on the legacy trail.  As always, it was wonderful but my long run on Saturday was epic.  I was plugging along around mile 3 or 4 when a bicyclist came rolling up and I looked over and saw an ironman logo on the shorts and at first I thought it was a friend of mine whom I always see when I’m running there and I got ready to say hi but even though the face was familiar it wasn’t my friend.

It took a minute to sink in but then it hit me.  It was my cardiologist!

I sped up to get right beside him and then I said, ‘I’m glad to see that one of us listen to the others advice!’  He laughed and said that it was an awesome trail.

That it is, and running is good for you too!

On more thing that happened this weekend.  Mom and I had bought lottery tickets on the way to Nokomis and I totally forgot about them because I almost never play.  On Sunday morning I checked them and of course they were losers, except for one.  I picked the powerball number.  Did you know that you win money when you pick the powerball number?  You do!  I won 4 bucks!  I’m a winner!  Winner winner, chicken dinner.

How was your weekend?