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?

There’s a lot of jumping in this post

When I don’t write a blog post on Monday it’s usually because of two things, either nothing happened and I have absolutely nothing to write about, and I don’t want to bore you on an already depressing Monday or, something crazy or extraordinary happened, and I am still recovering on Monday because my head is still spinning.

head spin

It would be the later in this case.

You probably think we sold the house or something but what we did do was celebrate a birthday with our one and only little Hanky Panky Poo.

Hanks presents

He was spoiled all day on Saturday.    I may have spent a bit too much money at Woof Gang Bakery but it was so worth it.  He is still wearing that party animal shirt.

Hank

He was the sweetest little thing all day long and even let MacGyver and I leave for a few hours to make a quick trip over to an estate sale and to the grocery store.  He returned the favor by peeing in MacGyver’s shoe and on my planter.  I was just happy he went out to the lanai.  It’s the little things.

Boomer and Woody also enjoyed the party.  Poor Boomer thought it was a costume party and was a little embarrassed that no one told him otherwise.

Fishing Boomer

Let me tell you about the best thing that happened this weekend and by the best, I mean the absolute best thing ever.

I ran!

Did you hear me?

I RAN!

I ran

It was only 3 miles on Sunday and 3 miles on Monday but dammit I ran.  It felt so freaking good.  Funnily enough, I hadn’t planned on going back until October but my hands are still giving me some trouble or particularly my right hand and so I thought that running might help me because it helps when I get up and walk around and get the circulation going.  And guess what?  Running did help!

I’m taking it slow though.  I didn’t run today.

Also, I should mention that I had a near death experience on Monday.

I ran my typical route on Sunday and there’s a bit of a hill so I decided to run the flatter route closer to my house on Monday.  It’s an out and back.  I ran the first half and then headed back.  Just before I made it to my house I was on a sidewalk on a main street and I heard a loud crack behind me and when I turned around I realized a huge tree had fallen all the way across the sidewalk and into part of the road.

Tree Down

I’m pretty sure that would have hurt.

Anyhow, I had a lot of things on my plate yesterday and a blog post was not going to happen but we can now return to our regularly scheduled posting.

I’ve been meaning to ask, does anyone know how to force sync the fitbit HR?  I haven’t synced mine since August 18th and now the stupid thing won’t sync at all and I can’t find my  dingle or dongle thingy so if it involves that thing that ain’t gonna happen.

Oh and also, did I I mention we got an offer on the house for the full asking price?

jumping up and down

It is currently under contract and if all goes well we should close sometime at the end of October, first of November, cross your fingers!

Do you find it hard to get back to normal after a busy weekend?

Which do you think is more stressful buying or selling a home? 

Does someone have a big life insurance policy on me?

Are you one of those lucky people in the path of totality who will actually see the full solar eclipse today?

path of totality

My mom is pretty close where she lives in Tennessee however, we are not.  We’ll be able to see a partial eclipse but I’m still excited about it.  If you want to know how much of the eclipse you’ll be able to see, you can visit this really cool site here.

We just got back from Nokomis last night so we’ll be watching from here.  I’m glad I’m watching it from anywhere because I was nearly decapitated on Friday.  No, really, I was.

MacGyver and I were trimming the canal from our John boat and we were throwing the clippings in the middle of the boat.  MacGyver tripped over all the brush and fell backwards with the sharpened loppers in his hand and they scrapped right across my collar bone narrowly missing my neck by an inch!

neck injury

We laugh about it now but it could have turned out really bad.  That’s why on Saturday MacGyver asked his brother to help finish the job.  I cleaned the house instead and I also had lots of help from my awesome sister-in-law and thing 1 and thing 2.

Afterwards, we went to dinner at a new restaurant that we hadn’t been to yet, and then we all went to the drum circle.  Because I live to embarrass myself and those who love me with my most awesome dance moves.

dancing in drum circle

And now the family is on their way to Clearwater to spend the last week of their vacation with us.  I am pretty lucky to be able to share my birthday with my nephew.

Happy Birthday Thing 1, I love you!

Our birthday’s are Wednesday by the way, in case you want to send presents.

Now, get out there and watch the eclipse today but make sure you have the right type of glasses or use a pinhole viewer.

Boomer America

These are obviously not the right type of glasses but fortunately Boomer doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the eclipse.  Dog treats, that’s another story.  He’s open for any and all sponsorships, (and I’m not above pimpin out my dogs for early retirement), just sayin’.

Are you going to be watching the eclipse today?

Will you be able to see the full eclipse where you are?