Tuesday, the thoughts that run while running

The one thing, the absolute one thing that I really need more than anything is the endorphin high or the rush that I get every morning from my little workout.  It’s maybe the reason I love to run so much.  I just need it.  It calms me and puts me in my happy place.

I get up at the ass crack of dawn, sneak off to the bathroom and dress in the half dark and then I slip out the back door before anyone else gets up.

sneaky deaky

I go out the door with all of the problems of my day in my head and in that brief half hour to an hour I figure them out.  Seriously.  I do.

I wish I could explain to you how this happens but I swear to you it does.  I figure out how I’m going to manage all of my time for the day, which projects need to be completed and when and what to work on first, who to call, what to say, etc. etc.

I totally clear my head and ease my mind and come back so peaceful.  Jokingly we call it runner’s high but It’s an incredible feeling.

I’d like to teach the world to run.

It would be such a happier place.

For everyone.

The long run that really shouldn’t be called a long run because really


I wrote most of this post last night and woke up this morning to hear the shocking news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those who were killed or injured in this horrific and senseless tragedy. 

Well just like that it’s October.  Already.  Seriously, does it seem like the year is just flying by?  Maybe it’s just me but some years seem shorter or longer than others and this year is just flying by, flying.

Anyways, let’s get right to it shall we?  I ran 17 miles last week.

YAS

I know.  I have to say that I was pretty happy with it considering I haven’t really racked up any real miles in what seems like forever.  Plus, I’ve got that nasty situation with the nerves in my hand which make it almost impossible to do anything without pain so seventeen miles is golden to me.

I will admit though that on Saturday I cut my run short to dig through a neighbors garbage.

Don’t judge.

im judging you

They happened to be throwing away a perfectly good plastic tool box exactly like one I already own which houses some of my crafting supplies and it’s overflowing and I know I paid 30 bucks for that thing and if I can get one for free, well, I’m going for it. So I may have ended my run a tad bit shy of 3 miles and dug through the garbage hoping it wasn’t busted in some hidden area that I couldn’t see, and, it wasn’t!

so excited

I dropped the toolbox off and then finished the run so it’s a win win!  The next day I decided that since I had cut my run short the previous day I would try for a long run on Sunday.  Not a really long run mind you since I haven’t put in any serious mileage since my hips have been recovering and my hands been nervy but just more than 3 miles.

I made it to three and a half.  Good Lord, when did three and a half miles become a long run for me?  It was the breathing thing again.  Can you feel my frustration?  Yes?  Well, ignore it because I’m channeling my determination now.

Good God

I’m determined to get to the bottom of it and I will.  I suspect it has something to do with my spine and I’m going to add in some yoga this week and visit the Physical Therapist to see if that helps.  Couldn’t hurt, right?

MacGyver and I worked in the yard for most of the weekend in Clearwater, taking out some more trees and limbs, of course.  I also managed to find time to decorate for fall so I thought it would be fun to show you.

I made this wreath.

Fall Wreath

I had a few leftover flowers so I put them in this jar,

fall jar

And these are the decorations around my front door

fall

fall

Fall

I even pulled out one of our favorite fall blankets which Hank promptly claimed.

It’s obviously one of our favorite times of the year.  I just wish it was a little cooler but you can’t have everything. What you can have is Oktoberfest and this year Tampa Bay Downs is having a, wait for it….

Weiner Derby

Did you see it?  It’s the Wiener Dog Derby!  Hells yeah!  Hank is in training people.  I may not be a race contender but my dog is.

How many times have you had to come back to running after an injury?

Older runners, do you find running is harder after injuries as you get older?

Planking, Running, OMG, I can’t breath.

I have never been so happy to see Friday in my entire life.  I lie.  You know I say that every Friday right?

Because at the end of the week, this is me….

This morning I got up and did what I’ve been doing for about a week now, I planked.  Yeah, I’m up to 2 minutes now.  Go me.  It may not be much but I’ll take it.

Plank

Two of the longest minutes of my life…..

And then I went for a run.  Unfortunately, I only made it for 2 miles because for some reason I’ve got this nasty cough thing that’s been happening the last few nights and also for the past two morning when I’ve gone out for a run I’ve been really short of breath, like really bad.  ME!  I’m not out of shape y’all.  Something ain’t right with this picture.  By mile 2 I was a sweaty out of breath mess.

Proof

horrible out of breath feeling

What is that cowlick thing happening? I ran for 23 minutes and I literally could not breath!

Not pretty.

I might have to go see the doc this afternoon and check it out.  The last time I was feeling short of breath I blamed it on my thyroid and I actually had bronchitis.  I recently heard that people around here have been getting sick due to all the trees down and all the debris from the Hurricane.

There’s that and the fact that MacGyver and I dug a lot of nasty trees and shit out of our canal so God only knows what kind of bacteria and crap we came into contact with.  I mean, it’s true our house down in Nokomis is on the water and it is a nice area and all but the canal is brackish and as my brother describes it, it most closely resembles motor oil.

Brackish Water Canal

See? Motor oil!

So yeah, I probably have typhoid fever or Malaria.   Let’s hope not.

What are your plans for the weekend?  We’re taking down another tree because, well, I don’t know why, we just are.