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!


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?


29.5, 15, 1, 518 and 9,000,002

29.5 That’s the amount of miles that I ran last week.  I ended up with a total of 32.5 but I walked three miles on Thursday so technically I’m still under 30 for the week.  I’m not upset about though because I ran 10.5 miles on Saturday on the Legacy Trail and it was epic.


Okay I will.

Double digits sure feels nice.  It’s not something I can accomplish every day but I’ll take it once a week all day long, I’m still excited about it, in case you couldn’t tell.  I also ran 5 more on Sunday.  Fifteen.  Fifteen is my weekend total of miles run.

After my long run on Saturday I still had a lot of energy so I decided to build a fire pit at the new house.  One fire pit.  It turned out pretty sweet if I do say so myself but then so did my last one.  I think I missed my calling.  Is there a career in fire pit building? I would nail that job.

my fire pit

One.  That’s also the number of Christmas trees that I put up in the Nokomis house and it’s the number of nutcrackers but the nutcracker is rather large.  I got him at a garage sale for 4 bucks, score!

The tree is one that I’ve had for a million years and it has definitely seen better days but I dressed it up anyway and sat in in a galvanized bin and I think it looks all right.

christmas tree next year it may look just like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Nine.  That’s the number of Sheepshead that MacGyver caught while I was running and building the fire pit.  Sheepshead are fish that have the most beautiful teeth ever.  They seriously look like they just visited the dentist for a cleaning.  It’s uncanny and unfair.  We should have at least two rows of perfect teeth!

Sheepshead teeth


But beyond that they taste delicious.  Seriously delicious.  I would know because that’s what we had for dinner last night.  I would eat like that every night if I could.  I’m not even kidding.

518.  That’s the amount of active minutes I racked up on my Motiv ring this week, the most ever by the way.  Probably all from chasing Hank around.

9,000,002. That’s the amount of times that Hank escaped and ran out of the house and took a field trip around the new neighborhood.  It’s also the same amount of times I had to chase his little ass.

Hanky Doo

I ain’t even sorry about it lady, you need the steps.

That’s it, my weekend by the numbers.

Let’s do something fun, tell me something about your week and use a number.