Happy Marathon Monday, We’re in Venice and I’m broken.

Good morning.  Happy marathon Monday!  In case you weren’t aware, this morning is the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.  MacGyver and I are in Nokomis and had planned on taking the day off so he could take a day to fish and I could watch the marathon.  In case you want to watch it live online, you can do so here.

We came down here on Friday night after a really long work week and on Saturday morning I got up early and went out for a long run.

long run done

I’d say I accomplished that.

After I finished running MacGyver wanted to take the boat over and test out the new motor but I had some things that had to be done around the house and I also had some work that had to be finished before I could begin the vacation so I stayed here and powered through everything.  I don’t know why but for some reason we never have to do anything to the lawn here and yet it always looks great.  The flowers and the plants are always healthy and bloom year after year with little to no maintenance.

Check out my lillies.

I started out with about 12 bulbs 3 years ago and this year we have about a hundred lillies!  It’s insane and they’re gorgeous.

I get carried away working in the lawn down here, I just love it but that’s probably why I didn’t notice that I was feeling sort of sick, until much later, when MacGyver got back and he and I went out to get some groceries for Easter dinner.

Since we were smoking a ton of meats on the Traeger, MacGyver and I decided to grab some fast food for dinner but I wasn’t all that hungry so I just got some fries and I hardly ate them.  Sometime later that night I woke up with the most sour of stomachs ever and my stomach decided to hand back everything I had given it for the last 48 hours!  And it wasn’t pretty.

Yes, it was!

This wasn’t the first time.  This has happened a few times this week.  Apparently I am not fixed.  I am still broken.  It may have something to do with the little bit of sugar I let slip in over the last few weeks or the fact that I ingested a bit of gluten knowing I shouldn’t have or my doctor could be right and I could be lactose intolerant and it could have been the ice cream or yogurt on the few occasions that I had them but whatever it was, I am not completely fixed.  Not just yet.  And I didn’t run on Easter because I was very dehydrated.

Actually, I didn’t even get out of bed until 9:30.

And then we went to MacGyver’s parents to eat and spent the day enjoying the new motor.

I guess if you have to be sick to your stomach on Easter, then you might as well have a view like this:

View

Thankfully I’m feeling much better today and I was able to run six miles this morning and now I’m off to watch a marathon.

How did you spend your Easter Weekend?

 

Two awesome things about running

Two awesome things happened yesterday, The Boston Marathon and my first day back to running, post injury.

First let’s talk about the Boston Marathon. Meb Keflezighi was amazing and finished in 2:08:37. He looked strong throughout the entire thing in my opinion and I was wholly impressed. Rita Jeptoo won for the ladies after trailing Shalane Flanagan for most of the race. Jeptoo finished in 2:18:57 setting a course record for her third win.

One of the most interesting things about this year was that all four of the top female finishers broke the previous course record and I think it was in large part due to Shalane Flanagan who set a pace early on that forced everyone to bring their a game. It made for quite an exciting race and I enjoyed every minute of it.

And here is an interesting tidbit, did you know that all four of those finishers will also receive a $25,000 bonus for breaking the course record, in addition to the prize money? Not bad, huh?

I love the Boston Marathon as I think most runners do. When I first started running I soon became so in love with the sport and the Boston Marathon became one of my goals. In those early days, I wanted to run it for the simple reason that it seemed unobtainable without a ton of hard work and a lot of luck. The course is very hilly and quite a challenge and I put it on my bucket list, but I liken it to Studio 64 back in the day. Everybody wanted inside because not everyone was allowed to go in. You had to be chosen and when you have to be chosen, it makes you want to get in all the more.

As I continued to run over the years, my feelings about Boston changed but not my desire to get in. I just wanted it for different reasons and I’m still working on it.

If you think you know all about Boston or how difficult it is for the average runner, watch this episode of Nova. I think you’ll find it not only interesting but also inspiring.

And if you want to get an insight into the mind of a runner during a marathon, this should do it:


And now, let’s talk about me. I ran 3 miles yesterday. It took me over 33 minutes and my max pace was only 9:06 but it felt so good. I’m still not totally pain-free and my pace is pretty slow, but that’s something I’m working on with flexibility and strength training, and it will take a little more time but I’m running again and for right now, that’s all that really matters.

Did you watch the marathon today? Have you ever ran the Boston Marathon?

Church of the Long Run, Shalane Flanagan is awesome!

I trust y’all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty gosh darned exciting!

Peacocks and Pedicures Two things. Peacocks and Pedicures! There is no substitution.

My Mom and I had a garage sale this weekend. You might think that would be fun for me since I love going to them, but not really. Actually, I hate hosting them. I am finding that in my oldish age, I don’t really like too many people. Granted the majority of the people who came were nice but we also had our fair share of idiots and nutjobs. I realize that I may also tend to attract these types of people but the ‘wish it up’ lady and 9am drunk were my favorites.

Piss Drunk

Did you know that you can just walk around and wish for things all day and most of your wishes come true? No really, you can. This lady was like 55 years old and she’s been doing it her whole life. She wished a few new cars and even a few wins at the casino, Bless her little heart.

The next time you are bored or need some cheap entertainment, I suggest you host a garage sale of your own. That is some fine entertainment there people and it’s free, although you may want to borrow my idiot and nutjob attraction perfume just to make sure you get the cream of the crop. I’m gonna to be bottling it up pretty soon and it should be available at all the fine department stores.

This year I had a garage sale but last year at this time, I ran the Iron Girl half and even though the massive bridges you have to run over kicked my butt, I was really sad I missed it this year. But even though I had to miss it, my friend Cheryl ran and I am so proud of her, she finished first in her division! That’s gold baybee!

Cheryl wins gold I stole that picture from your facebook Cheryl! I couldn’t help myself…

Cheryl is one of the only people I have ever met that loves running as much as I do and she probably doesn’t know this but she is one of my inspirations and she motivates me to want to be a better runner and to get faster.

And since we’re on the subject of my inspirations, did you watch the Shalane Flanagan interview on 60 minutes last night? I hope you got to see it. My Mom and I watched it and we’ve decided that if Shalane lived near me, we’d be besties. (The Church of the Long Run, OMG) We love her.

But on a serious note, I want her to win Boston so badly. She really deserves that and how great would that be, right? I know I’ll be rooting for her and I may even have to call up the wishing lady.

Now because it’s Monday and you might need a little motivation, heres another pic I stole, this time from my Brother-in-law’s facebook:

There was a fire

 

What did you do this weekend?

Did you watch the interview with Shalane?

Garage sales? Go to them or have one?