‘Not Guilty’

Yesterday morning I really wanted to run the Legacy Trail once more before leaving Nokomis but then I had to motivate myself because I ate ALL the things in the fridge the night before.  Why is it that when you know you’re leaving some place and there are left overs in the fridge you are determined to eat them all?  Why can’t you just throw them out?  Or is that just me?

Snaccident

Anyway, I finally got my ish together and got out the door.  It was easier than I thought because once I started running I felt fine but isn’t that always the case?  Anywho, I made it to the trail head and then turned left and ran toward the bridge over Shakett Creek and soon realized that the North portion of the trail was closed.  As in closed which meant I had to change my course.  Damn.  I almost said screw it and gave up, instead I turned around and went South.

Then I realized I would have to run over the steep highway 41 bridge, it’s short but steep.  UGH!

complaining runner

This is totally me

I ran anyway and the great part about running on this part of the trail is that it turns into the Venetian Waterway and you get to run along the canal.  Since this was a casual run I decided to take a few pics for you.

venice canalVenice waterwayThe building to the right is Venice High School.  If you went to school there, please for the love of God tell me how you managed to graduate.  I would have played hooky every day and ran the trail and then fished in the canal.  Every. Single. Day.  I wonder how many of you alumni actually did that?

venice high

Bless it.  I would have failed out of high school for sure.

Before long I forgot all about how crappy I felt and all the food I ate the night before and I just feel into the motion of my stride and because the weather has been so rainy, the trail was nearly deserted.  That means that instead of the usual humming, I sang.  Out loud.

cant sing

Y’all it aint pretty!

I was totally in my own world and having the time of my life and that’s probably why I was completely startled when the vagrant guy driving the three wheeled, junk filled bike came rollin’ up on me.  I swear to Jesus had I not been about to shit my pants I would’ve taken a picture.  He was covered in tattoos and he rolled up real close to me and said, ‘Damn girl, you are fast, I’ve been trying to catch you for the last 10 minutes.’

scary

I wasn’t running fast at all but you can bet your sweet ass I was after that.  In fact, you have no idea how fast you can run until a homeless guy in a garbage bike rolls up behind you sporting a ‘not guilty’ tattoo on his lower back.  You can fly sis!  And I did.

When I got back to the house I told MacGyver about it first thing and he asked if I had my pepper spray and I said yes, and then he said, ‘what kind of idiot gets a tattoo that says not guilty?’

Really

He obviously thinks I’m completely capable of protecting myself. #fooled

Seriously though, I’m telling you this story because while I didn’t feel as threatened as I have in some other situations, I did learn a valuable lesson.  I’m definitely going to be more careful about getting so lost in my thoughts when I’m out there by myself.  It could have gone horribly bad if that guy had been dangerous because I was so into my own world that I had no idea he was there until he was on my heels.

So, be aware when you’re out there.  I’ve been running a long time and even I do things every once in a while that I later realize were pretty stupid.  (Singing doesn’t count.)

worst tattoo

Can you imagine? Holy hell, that’s permanent.

And for God’s sake if you’re going to get a tattoo, take your mother with you.  She will be honest.

Have you ever been so lost in thought and then gotten the scare of your life while out running?

Birds of a feather flock, wait don’t tell the dogs….

It’s still raining here.  Mind you, I’m not complaining because just last month it was me who was saying that we desperately needed rain, it’s just that it’s sort of miserable when it rains all day and we don’t really get a break from it for several days.  I mean, I need a little break.

girl in rainNope?  Okay then.  We’ll move on.

Or not….because this morning MacGyver and I took the dogs for a walk in the rain for the second day in a row.  They hate it too.  Woody also hates rain.  He just sits on top of his cage and looks outside as if he wants to go out but he isn’t going to because dry is soooo much better.

It must be hard to learn to fly in the first place but imagine trying to learn to fly with soaking wet feathers.  Not gonna happen.  This morning we took Woody with us along with the dogs on their walk.  He rode on Boomer’s back.

Woody and Boomer

What?  Like you never seen anything like that before?

The neighbors think we’ve lost our minds.  Obviously they’re new to the neighborhood.  They’ll learn.  At least it’s interesting around here.

How’s your weather this week?

Run, Clean, Sleep, Repeat, (throw some baking into the mix.)

This weekend we didn’t go anywhere.  Not to Nokomis or Englewood.  Not to the cabin, not anywhere.  We stayed home in order to try and get caught up on some things around here.  Let’s recap shall we?

On Saturday I got up very early and did some running, about 10 miles worth.  It might have looked a bit like this:

running

or not but you weren’t here so you’ll never know.

It actually probably looked more like this:

awkward runningBut hey, 10 miles is 10 miles, right?  Right!

And then I cleaned the house for HOURS, and when I say hours, I mean hours.  What felt like days, really, but I sort of like that kind of thing.  I even got a bit of yard work in before it started to rain. I was on a roll.

on a roll

Not this literally

I wish I could have done more because believe it or not, I’m still about 900 days behind.  Give or take a few weeks.

Anyway after that I slept.

Falling asleep

It wasn’t pretty

On Sunday, I got up and ran again, only on Sunday it rained for most of the day so Sunday’s run looked mostly like this,

Raining buckets

Minus the dress and the bags of course.

And it was only a 4 mile run after which I cleaned house again for hours.  HOURS.  Twelve, to be precise.I think I should put my house cleaning routines on Instagram or Pinterest because they should be considered legit workouts.

WOD

Should I put this in my Pinterest WOD?

 

After Cleaning, I slept again.

sleepy

I seriously do love my sleep.

And that was my weekend.  Yeah, super exciting.  I know.

Two other things did happen though.  One cool thing, we took Woody out to play on Sunday and another red bellied woodpecker flew down to the ground to say hello to him.  It was hella cool and we weren’t expecting it at all. (Hence the reason we ddidn’t have a camera 🙁 )

Woody was so curious and the other woodpecker was so friendly.  We’re hoping he continues to come back and visit and maybe teach Woody how to do the things a woodpecker needs to do to survive in the wild.

The other thing isn’t quite as cool but since MacGyver is a good cook and I’m a pretty decent baker we decided to try and make some of my favorite gluten free favorites so we don’t have to spend a fortune every week at the grocery store.

Yeah, let’s just say Udi’s has nothing to worry about.  They’re still gettin all my money for a while.  Chalk this one up to a big fail!  We’ll continue to try and try again.  We’ll get it right though and when we do, I’ll post the recipe 😉

That’s all.  Happy Monday.

What did you do this weekend?

Do you run when it rains?

Do you love to clean house?  I know I’m a weirdo but I seriously do!