A low key weekend with 21 miles

This weekend was extremely low key.  Because Hank had surgery on Thursday we were worried he would be in pain and we wanted to keep him as comfortable as possible so we stayed home and didn’t really leave the house at all.  Well, I didn’t.

I work from home and realistically I could stay in my pajamas for days and it wouldn’t bother me a bit but once I realize that I can’t leave for whatever reason, I get stir crazy.

I can't leave!

For the most part MacGyver and I took turns watching Hank.  I watched him when MacGyver needed to work on the lawn tractor and he watched him in the mornings so that I could run.  It worked out pretty well.

Surprisingly, Hank hasn’t lost his appetite at all, he’s been eating regularly since he came home but he doesn’t really want to drink so I’m giving him water with a syringe.  I think he secretly likes it because truth be told, he might be a bit spoiled.

dog with bottle

Not that spoiled, yet.

On Sunday I asked MacGyver to watch Hank for a bit longer because I wanted to cut the grass and weed eat the lawn.  As much as he hated to, he said ‘sure, no problem.’  I know it killed him inside though.   I could tell every time I passed by the front door and saw him lying there on the sofa watching TV.   (Surely you detected the sarcasm there right?)  Because we haven’t mowed our lawn since before Christmas…

high grass

Don’t worry babe, this shouldn’t take long.

Actually it really shouldn’t have taken more than an hour or two.  I got the grass cut in 45 minutes but unfortunately it took me 3 hours just to weed eat the grass because our weed eater is a MacGyver special and it kept shutting off.

weed eater special

I am not even kidding you, we have a weed eater head just like this…

MacGyver can fix anything so all of our equipment is either souped up or modified and that’s why I had to blow in a hose every few minutes and then stick my finger over it to keep the weed eater from stalling.

 

I kid, I kid, that’s how I keep my ATV from stalling  (Not kidding.).  I’m pretty sure at least one person out there knows what I’m talking about, perhaps Mrs. Inspector Gadget, AKA my sister in law.  She gets it.

But let’s get back to the weekend, shall we?  I ran 13.1 miles on Saturday morning.  I did not have another hydration fail and even though I was home with Hank all day, I got a ton of cleaning done around the house.  The most important thing to tell you though is that I did not get a migraine after that long run.  Not even a slight headache.   Except for the one I got last week, that’s about 3 months of long runs without migraines and my longest run during that time is 15 miles so I’m extremely happy about it.

migraines

I am really looking forward to sharing with you this week a few changes that I made  back in November.  In doing so I’ve been able to do continually increase my long runs and prevent the migraines that I had become accustomed to getting afterward.  I’m going to share the first of those things that I changed tomorrow and then more during the week so I hope you come back to read.  Maybe some of them might work for you.

On Sunday, I wasn’t really sure how many miles I was going to run.  We were playing everything by ear because of Hank but MacGyver told me to run as long as I wanted to so I ran 8 miles.  It was a beautiful morning here and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  I love the weather we had this weekend.  It’s was in the low to mid-sixties in the morning and the low eighties by the afternoon.  It was absolutely perfect.  It won’t last though, summer will be here before we know it.  Hopefully by the time it does, I’ll be acclimated.

Last week I ran 38.5 miles and walked 2 miles.  I ran 5 days and my longest run was 13.1 miles.  My strength training this week was yard work and believe me, it counts.

Hank is getting his drain removed this morning so I’m off to the vet.

How was your weekend?

Did you run?

Yesterday…

Demssew Tsega Abebe has a marathon PR of two hours and nine minutes and a half marathon time of one hour and one minute.  He was expected to run in the 2016 Olympics for his country of Ethiopia but that was before.

Demssew Tsega Abebe

Before his own country imprisoned him for a peaceful protest and then cut his heels and his feet so severely that he wasn’t able to run for a year.

Abebe escaped to find freedom in the United States and yesterday he was finally reunited with his family after two long years.  Abebe is also running again and I’m looking forward to hearing more about what this talented runner will accomplish. You can read about his story here.

Not too long after a tortured runner and his family became whole again, seventeen other families lives were ripped apart.

parkland school shooting

More and more reports are coming out to suggest that many people saw this coming.  If that’s the case then why?  Why did it escalate to this end?  It’s heartbreaking and I cannot even imagine what it must be like to be a teenager in this day and age.  I would never have in a million years expected any such thing to happen when I was in school.  It’s tragic and unfortunately I don’t believe the answer is a simple one but if we don’t start working toward a solution, I fear this is our new reality.

Yesterday I took both dogs to the vet.  Boomer is already getting better but Hank still seemed very lethargic all day yesterday.  I wanted to chalk it up to the cocktail of drugs that he’s on but I knew something wasn’t right.

This morning the swelling in his hind quarter started to subside and as it did I noticed something in his skin.

Dachshund bite

bug bite

It looks a lot like a bug bite to me.  I do know that his back gives him problems  from time to time but I’m fearful this is a spider bite.  His vet is in surgery this morning but I am taking him back in this afternoon.  It’ll probably cost me another few hundred bucks but I’d rather be safe than sorry and we need to get hm on the right medication if it is a bite.

Someone is looking out for me though because I went on a seven mile run this morning and about two miles in I saw something on the ground.  It was cash, and then I found another, and another, and another.  When I got home I pulled it all out of my sports bra and threw it on the counter.

found money running

I made two bucks a mile today.  Fourteen dollars total.  Not bad.  If I could find money like that every day, I’d never stop running!

What’s the most money you’ve ever found while out running?

Has your pet ever been bitten by an insect?  How could you tell?

Cold weather running advice from a Floridian. I can’t even say that with a straight face.

Yesterday I did not leave the house until almost 4PM when the sun finally decided to appear and it reached 50 degrees.  I wore a parka just to be safe.

Cold weather wearI only ventured out for 20 minutes to take the dogs for a walk and then I retreated to the warmth and safety of my sofa.  (With a heated blanket I might add.)

It wasn’t just the cold that got to me yesterday, it was the wind and the rain.  I don’t mind the cold so much but when you add rain and 25 mile an hour winds, I’m done, I just can’t.

This morning the wind and rain were gone and believe it or not 39 degrees didn’t feel all that bad.  The trick is to pile on as many layers as you can at least 30 minutes before you leave the house.  It gets really hot inside with all those clothes on and when you get outside you’ll appreciate the cold.  That’s how it happened for me anyway.

I didn’t really have a planned route this morning so I ran down by the park and through a neighborhood and then back towards my house and through another neighborhood. There’s a guy that I see frequently who runs in the neighborhood too, and I see him at least 2 or 3 times a week depending on where I’m running.  He always wears shorts and no shirt and he’s super fast.

Sure enough, I saw him this morning.  I expected him to be in sweats and a hoodie but no, he was in shorts.  And believe it or not, absolutely no shirt!  No shirt!

scared

That’s a recipe for pneumonia.  I yelled out to him,”hey, aren’t you freezing?” He yelled back, “no, it just helps me run faster.”  Seriously?  The dude is already outrunning most of the cars.  It must be nice to be that fast but for those of us who hover at just past a turtle’s pace, we run in layers, and gloves, and knit hats, and maybe a parka.

What do you wear when it’s below 40 degrees outside?

Do you like running in the cold weather?

How about when it’s raining or windy?