It’s a wrap, the weekends over!

Over the weekend our weather turned cooler and it was beautiful.  So beautiful that even though I had the flu all week, I ran.  I didn’t go crazy or anything but I did run 7.5 miles on Saturday and 8.5 miles on Sunday which brought me to a total of 24 for the week.  Not bad for 3 days of running even though I probably should have rested a bit more.

running is not restingIt caught up with me this morning because I went out bright an early but after only a few minutes of running I felt sick to my stomach.  I ended up walking for three miles instead and I’ll play it by ear tomorrow.

The good news is, Hank is getting better by the minute and already itching to get out and run with me.  And with the recent weather change we had to put on his warmer clothes, which means, he got to wear this:

Hank in track suit

C’mon Mom, let’s go running!

I cannot get enough of that track suit.  Seriously.

Hank in adidogSo damn cute.

Other than the weather change and Hank feeling better not much was going on this weekend over here.  We stayed home for most of the weekend and just vegged out.  My mom was a little worried about me so she called and texted often to check on me.

My mom is hilarious.  I save her texts sometimes just so I can go back and read them when I need a little giggle.  Here, I’ll show you.

She texted me late last week to ask if I was feeling better and if I was getting back to work.  I responded and then her reply just cracked me up.

moms textHAHAHA, yep, hazmat for a kitchen fire sounds about right.

Over the weekend I sent her a picture of Hank in his track suit and told her that I also bought one for her dog.  This was the conversation that followed.

mom text 2See what I mean now?  Random hilarious stuff.  I just love my mom.

One more quick thing to show you.  MacGyver brought me some old windows to play around with and I made this over the weekend.

crafts with windowWhat do you think?

What did you do this weekend?

My longest run yet with no migraine and a Hank update

Happy Monday to you.  I’m a little behind with work and my blog and life in general due to all the trips to the vet and such so this post might be all over the place and full of typos and grammatical errors so, bear with me.

Hank is doing really well after his last surgery.  The wound is open so we have to use a special type of bandage which unfortunately tends to shift.  To help it stay in place the vet suggested doggie pajamas.  When she started to tell me where  I could find them I had to stop her.  Hank already has many pairs but now I have a legit excuse to put them on him.

Hank in PajamasIt’s been a little on the hot side here lately so I haven’t been able to put him in my favorite ones yet, however, it’s supposed to cool down later in the week and once it does, he will get to wear these:

AdidogRight?  I mean, those pajamas are everything.

On Saturday morning I had to take Hank in for a bandage change and I asked them to give him a shot to help with the itching and 60 bucks and an hour later the bandage was on the living room floor so the pajamas are on until this thing is completely healed.

For those of you who are following along, here is what the wound looks like currently.  Click on it to enlarge it but be warned, it’s really gruesome.

Hanks spider biteThere is one little area that looks a little dark to us but I don’t want to have any more skin removed.  Instead I ordered this kit and I’ve read really good things about it so MacGyver and I began using it this weekend.

spider bite first aidNow, let’s talk running because I had a killer weekend of running.  On Saturday I set out very early for a long run.  I made sure to take lots of powerade and water with me and I stashed some extra bottles along my route because it was hot.  I ran the longest I’ve run since I started to getting migraines, 15.25 miles and I did not get a migraine afterwards.

I didn’t look at my garmin or my phone during the run because I wanted to run by feel. I knew there was no way I could run long if I kept looking at my watch so instead I tried to run at a comfortable pace.  My comfortable pace is not really pretty.  It looks sort of like this.

awkward runningAnd during the 7th and 8th mile I felt like I was flying.  I was sure I was running an 8 minute mile or faster.  I felt like I could beat anyone.  And I was positive I looked like this:

running as fast as you canI was a little embarrassed when I looked at my splits later and realized I was running in the 10 and half minute range.  So much for me running by feel.

No matter, I still managed to run 15.25 miles.  I planned on 16 miles but I had to get to the vet with Hank so I had to stop a bit early.  On Sunday, I ran 5 more easy miles because again, it was ridiculously warm.

I have some more things to share with you this week about what I’m doing to keep those long runs migraine free.  Tomorrow I’ll share another piece with you.

What did you do this weekend?

Any of you run Gasparilla?  Did you see Meb?

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?