27 Miles and a little race envy

Saturday morning when I got up to go running, it was around 70 degrees.  No, I’m not lying, it was epic.  In fact, I’m pretty sure this is what I looked like..

running happy

I ran six miles and I would have kept going except that Saturday was the annual ‘Junk in the Trunk’ sale in Safety Harbor and I really wanted to go to it.  Unfortunately, we didn’t find anything we wanted, or even liked, and I found myself regretting that I didn’t run longer.

On Sunday, the temps were already creeping back up but it was still coolish.  I left around 7 and headed down to the park.  I though it would be cooler that running through the neighborhood.  I didn’t realize the annual pretty in pink 15K was yesterday but it was and it runs right through the park.

At first I was cheering on the runners who passed me but the more runners I saw the more crowded the trail became and a few of them almost ran into me because we were running in opposite directions.

I decided to head back to the neighborhood rather than finish the trail in the park and I was really trying to enjoy my run but instead I was just getting mad.  I’ve run that race before and it’s not only fun, it’s in my own neighborhood and the more I thought about it and the fact that I wasn’t running it now, the madder I became.

mad

I got in my own head.  That’s all.  I managed to run 3 miles before calling it a day.

When I got home I thought about it for a while and then I realized that I still managed to run 27 miles last week.  I managed to get out there every day, regardless of the temperature and how I was feeling, and run.  I may not be where I was a few years ago but I have will power and strength and I know soon, I’ll get back to that point and then I’ll get even better.  It wont happen over night, but it will happen.

As far as the rest of the weekend goes, MacGyver and I spent a little time shopping and I worked out in the yard a bit.  MacGyver had a bit of a cold so I spent a lot of time in the man cave building, guess what?  More wreaths.

another wreath

The one in the window is the largest one I’ve made.  It’s around 32′ in diameter.  I put it in the window and took a picture of it and then posted it online to sell.  I sort of want to keep it though.  How many wreaths are too many?  Two?  Four?  Six? Maybe it’s time for me to start on the Christmas ones…..

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever gotten runner envy seeing a race that you aren’t running?

Run, inhale, repeat

I was trying to find the perfect way to sum up exactly how I feel on Mondays and then, I found this meme.

mondays

It could be worse I guess, I could actually have to leave my house to go to work and that would really suck so I’m not gonna complain…..anymore.

I ran 22 miles last week in 6 days.  I’m most proud of the fact that I ran 4 miles a day for four of them and 2 miles for the other 2 days.  I’m most proud because after never having breathing problems before in my entire life, until last year, this is what I use every single day…

inhalers

I feel like that’s a lot of inhalers.  Fortunately I only have to use them twice a day but because it’s never been a part of my normal routine, it’s been rather hard to remember but I’m working on it.

I did go to see my pulmonologist last week and she is running a battery of tests this week and another scan and she also referred me to a cardiologist whom I’ll be seeing in another week.  She thinks she has the answers for me. Without really getting into it too much, I will just tell you that I was already given the diagnosis 10 years ago but there was no biopsy and since I couldn’t get definitive proof I rejected it.  I hope I can get definitive proof this time but since it doesn’t seem all that important now that lungs are involved.  I just want to focus on feeling better, and running.  Running as much as I can.

Did anyone see the Chicago marathon?  Or run it?  I saw this sign that someone made on reddit and it cracked me up.

chi town marathon sign

MacGyver and I had a pretty chill weekend.  I cleaned the hell out of my house and we hit a shit ton of garage sales on Saturday.  I also worked on some more wreaths because apparently, I’ve got issues.  I have turned the man cave into the craft cave.  Don’t tell MacGyver though because he hasn’t figured it out yet.

wreath

I think the dogs are ready for fall.  Boomer is especially sick of the heat and they love when I work outside on the lanai because it’s one of their favorite places…besides the sofa.

besties

Such besties.

Even though the lanai is still too hot in the afternoon, I take my coffee out there every morning.  It’s serene and beautiful.

my pond

Do you see the reflection of the heron on the water?  See what I mean?  It’s so pretty.  No matter how I’m feeling or what’s going on in my life, I always feel better when I’m out there looking at the water.

Unfortunately right now I have to take everything off of the dock and store it in the garage because we might actually be getting a little hurricane.  One thing is certain, it’s never boring around here.

How was your weekend? 

Do you use an inhaler and if so, why?

A little update, because it was on my to do list

I never finish my to do list.  It’s an endless diatribe of angry babble reminding me of the things that I have to do, the things I really should do, and things that I want to do if I could just finish the first two things.

For the record my to do list looks nothing like this one but I want this one instead.

to do list

My to do list is a myriad of line items, crossed off, written back in, and sometimes added to.  It’s never ending.  Either my days are getting shorter or I fall down rabbit holes regularly.

I ran 21 miles last week in 6 days.  It wasn’t stellar, it wasn’t long or fast and not one run really stood out above the others but the point is, I’m still running and I’m hoping to get back to where I was, soon.  Hoping.

I met with my gastroenterologist last week and she told me that my biopsies came back and they didn’t show anything.  Then she put me on some medications and told me we have to do another colonoscopy and endoscopy in a few months to see if we can get better samples.

um no

I’m thinking, um, no.  I really don’t want to do that again so we need a better solution.  So far she hasn’t come up with anything.

I’ve been making wreaths like a crazy person.  MacGyver says I have to sell some of them because 1 wreath is enough and 2 is tolerable but 11 is way overboard.

overdecorator

I cannot be stopped.  I need to be creative.  I need projects.

I did put my creative talents to work in other areas over the last week.  I found an old dresser in a neighbors garbage.  I know what you’re thinking but it was a nice wood dresser with good bones, it was just ugly.

So I took it out of the garbage and MacGyver helped me get it back to our house and after 2 full days of working on it, it looks like this now.

new dresser

It looks perfect in the guest room of our Nokomis house and I’m love it.  But now I want another one.  Can you see whey my to do list never ends?

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a crafty or creative person?  What’s your talent?