27 miles, a birthday, a boat ride and why I’m avoiding stores and people.

Hello from Nokomis, Florida.  We’ve been here since Thursday night for a long weekend to celebrate MacGyver’s birthday, which was yesterday.  He’s still out fishing today so it looks like we’ll be headed home tonite.  I don’t mind at all because I’ve spent a ton of my time here,

The legacy Trailand here,

Legacy Trail

and here,

Legacy Trail

Seriously, does it get any better than that?  I mean how lucky am I?  Including today I ran 27 miles on that trail including this long run that I did on Saturday.

Long Run

Long Run Done, Boom!

MacGyver and I worked on our house a bit too.  He’s been doing some work around the dock and in the canal and I’ve been trimming up all of the plants in the back.  It’s starting to look good and once we get it to a point where we love it, I’ll take some pictures.

For MacGyver’s birthday his parents took us for a late lunch/early dinner at this place.

Saltwater Cafe

If you’re ever in the Nokomis, Florida area, I highly recommend it.  It’s very, very good.

After we ate we all jumped in the john boat and took a ride down our canal.  It was such a treat to be out on the water after so many cold days.  Apparently everyone had the same idea because there were a lot of people out.  Here are some pics from our day.

dona bay

This is our canal

dona bay

Dona Bay

Snake Island

Snake Island was packed

pelicans

Of course I had to take a few pictures of the pelicans.

One last pic because it’s probably winter where you are and you really need to see how beautiful it is here.

Venice Inlet

Makes you want to take a vacation doesn’t it?

We’ll be heading home later this afternoon.  I really need to go to the grocery store but I like to wait and go to the 24 hour Walmart around 1am because I’m terrified somebody’s gonna be out with the flu and I’m avoiding it as much as possible.  Every time my mom calls she tells me somebody died from it and MacGyver’s mom tells us the same thing.

Yesterday we made a quick stop at Winn Dixie and the guy collecting carts told us how serious the flu is this year and that tons of people are dying and and he told us how everybody should wear masks and how he thinks it’s a virus created by the government and I just kept thinking, why are there so many carts out here?  I was practically running away from him and he just kept spouting off facts that may or may not have been accurate. It didn’t make me any more fearful because that’s probably not possible anyway

I’m just gonna stay inside with my dogs.  This is a typical day for Hank and me.

Hank on my lap

Ain’t no lap like momma’s lap.

Just in case you don’t think he’s totally comfortable, here’s a better view,

Hanky Poo

This dog has the life

Boomer prefers his own space.  And by own space, I mean his own sofa.

sparkle sparkle boom

How was your weekend?

Did you run?  How many miles and where?

 

Older runners, you can do it! There are no limits.

Over the weekend tragedy almost struck twice.  On Saturday after my long run I decided to trim up the ferns in the back of the Nokomis house.  All was going well until I realized my Motiv ring was once again, missing.

Oh my God

I was sure it wasn’t going to fall off.  I had checked several times and it seemed tight enough on my finger and yet here it was missing.  I looked all through the ferns and y’all have no idea how many ferns are in the back of this house.  TONS.  There was no way I was going to find it in there so I thought maybe it might be in the trash can where I had been throwing all of the cut branches.  It was a long shot and the huge can was full but I had no choice other than to dig through it all.

found it

I FOUND IT!

Laying somewhat close to the top of the can amidst all the fern leaves, boom, there it was.  I put that baby back on my finger and vowed never to lose it again.

On Sunday we went over to Englewood to visit with the family.  We weren’t sure how long we would be over there so we took the dogs with us.  On the way over MacGyver stopped at TJMaxx so I could run in quickly and look for something I I’ve been looking for but they didn’t have it.  Then I saw that the thrift store in the same plaza was going out of business and having a big sale so I asked MacGyver to sit in the car with the dogs just a bit longer so I could go check it out.

By the time we got to Englewood Hank was itching to get out of the car and he nearly pulled my arm off as I held onto the leash.  We finally got the dogs settled and as we were talking with my in laws, I reached down to twist my ring around as I often do, and that’s when I realized, IT WAS GONE!

son of a bitch

MacGyver instantly recognized the look on my face and asked what was wrong.  When I told him he said he couldn’t believe that I lost it again.  This time, I had absolutely no idea where it would be and MacGyver thought that maybe I had lost it in one of the stores that I had been in.

I decided to go out and check the car in case it had fell out in there and MacGyver and his dad followed me outside.  As I went to open the door, I looked down on the ground and low and behold, a shiny Motiv ring was laying in the grass.

Holy shit

That’s what I said!

Can you believe that?  I lost that damn ring twice and each time I found it.  MacGyver said if I lose it again and I’m lucky enough to find it, he’s going to screw it to my finger!  And I have no doubt that he’d try.

Now, let’s talk running because this weekend, I rocked my running shoes my friends.  On Saturday I woke up feeling sad because I haven’t raced in a while and it’s on my list of things to do this year, but since I haven’t registered for anything yet I decided to just go ahead and run a half marathon on my own.

half marathon

Boom! Nailed it!

It was slow and steady but my goal was to keep the pace consistent and I checked my splits after and it was super consistent, like within a few seconds each mile.

On Sunday, I woke up feeling great but since I had run two back to back long runs last week, I didn’t want to do that again.  Instead I wanted to run a progression run of 8 miles.

progression run

Progression run = PROGRESS

I didn’t look at my splits until I was finished.  I just tried to run based on how I felt and again, nailed it. As far as running goes, this was definitely my week.  I’m not sure why I’m so motivated lately but a lot of inspiring stories have come across my facebook feed and across other accounts and they have inspired me.

Did you see the story about Molly Friel?  Shes the California woman who recently qualified for the Olympic trials by running a 2:43:57 in the California International Marathon.

Molly FrielHere’s the thing, Molly Friel is 50 years old.  FIFTY!  So, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old, ever.  You can do anything you set your mind to.

If you need additional proof, look no further than Andrea Linck.

Andrea LinckWhat Andrea did is just as amazing.  She sat out to run a marathon, and not just any marathon but her very first marathon.  And then she won.  No, really, she won!  Her first marathon.  Go girl, go!

So you see, anything is possible.  You just have to get out there and run.

Switching gears because that’s how I do, do any of you live in Hawaii?  What the hell is going on with that notification system and how many people had heart attacks before realizing it was a mistake?  Damn Hawaii, get it straight!

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever lost something multiple times and couldn’t believe you found it?  What was it?

22 miles, concussing myself, and drinking lots of water

Happy National Clean off your desk day!  No really it is.  I planned on getting started early and I was going to do it this weekend but it didn’t happen so I guess I have an excuse to do it today since well, it’s the national holiday to clean off your desk!

national desk day

Oh if it were only that easy…

I really did want to get organized this weekend because I feel like the first week after the new year is sort of a throw away week and no one gets anything done.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Anyway, I planned of getting organized but I still had the Christmas decorations to contend with.

I wish I was as smart as this guy…

I am not a genius therefore, the decorations that I put up take me several days to take down.  And it sucks.

Do you know what sucks more?  When you are putting the decorations into the storage loft in the top of the man cave where MacGyver has also carefully placed two rather large wake boards leaning ever so slightly in the absolutely wrong direction on the top of a shelf.

And as you’re carefully placing your bins of decorations neatly under the shelf, BAM!

ouch

Both wake boards fell directly onto the top of my head.  I’ve got a knot the size of a tennis ball and I’m pretty sure I concussed myself.  I guess I can be happy that this occurred Sunday afternoon and thankfully it all happened after I logged all of my miles for the weekend.

So, lets talk running for a minute, shall we?  I ran 12 miles on Saturday and then 10 more on Sunday!  The best news is, both days I was migraine free!  It was an epic weekend for running and I have to tell you that I absolutely love doing those back to back long runs once a month.  The week after I can really feel a difference in my endurance.

I wanted to tell y’all about something I’ve been doing to help prevent migraines after my long runs because I feel lie it’s made a world of difference.

I feel like I’m pretty good at determining how much water I need and typically if you see me, I’ll either have a sports drink or water in my hand. I have tried almost everything I could think of to stave off those long run migraines and hydration was the one thing that I thought I had under control but I decided that maybe I should tweak it a bit and see if it helped.  Spoiler alert, it did.

Here’s the trick I’ve been using.  I weight myself right before I go out for a long run and then I weigh myself immediately after.  For instance, on Saturday my after weight was exactly 2 pounds less that when I left!  Two pounds.  Converting that to water weight, I needed to drink around 32 oz of water to compensate and so I did, and guess what, no migraine.  None.

happy dance

Some of you may already use that trick and honestly the only reason that I hadn’t was because I thought I knew my body well and I thought I could tell when I needed more water.  In reality, I was underestimating the amount I needed by a ton.  If you haven’t tried it, do so and let me know if it helps you.  In case you don’t remember the conversion, (I didn’t), it is 15.34 oz to 1 lb of weight.

The weather here is heating up again thankfully so I’m pretty sure I’ll be sweating even more.  I will miss seeing these two cuddling on the couch though.

cuddles

How do you determine how much water you need after a long run? 

Do you suffer from migraines?