Tuesday, two places to put your money, do it!

Hey y’all.  Last Tuesday I told you about the Defend Six, a safety wearable that alerts you when someone is approaching.  The kickstarter campaign launched last night.  It’s an all or nothing campaign and they have 30 days to raise the funds to get this thing going.  I am providing the link here.  If you can’t help fund the product, please help spread the word.  Every little bit helps.  This is a product we could all use and I would love to see it out there on the trails!

Defend Six

Most of you are probably aware of Gabe Grunewald and her cancer battle.  During the summer she continued to train and race, all while enduring chemotherapy treatments.  Sadly, the treatments did not work.  Gabe posted a message on her Instagram page recently about her latest cancer treatments and what’s next for her.  Despite everything she’s gone through she remains an optimist and an inspiration.

The last thing in the world anyone in Gabe’s position should have to deal with is finances.  Thankfully AthleteBiz has set up a fund for Gabe to help offset some of the expenses she and her husband will undoubtedly incur.  You can donate here.  If anyone can beat this, it’s Gabe, she truly is awe inspiring.

Lastly, just in the last week two runners were struck and killed by automobiles.  The first, Janet Pickney, 66 of Atlanta, Georgia, and just yesterday Linda J. Evans, 66 of Columbus, Ohio.  I’d like to extend my condolences to both women’s families.

Be careful out there.  Be mindful of vehicles, and stay safe.

Tell me one thing you do to protect yourself while out running.

The weekend and what ruins your good run?

Good Morning!  I’m still trying to get motivated after a long weekend down in Nokomis, not that I ran, because I didn’t.  MacGyver and I worked in the yard for most of the day Friday and then I worked in the yard Saturday and Sunday because, let’s be honest, OCD.

Here are some of the results:

Nokomis Lawn

And also this little result, which happens to be a burn.  Let this be a lesson, if you have metal tiki torches with those little caps that go over them when you aren’t burning them, be careful with those damn caps.

burn

Freakin OUCH!

Yes, it hurts.

Guess what else hurts…my right butt cheek, right outer thigh and my right hamstring, hence not running.  I did manage to walk 3 miles on Saturday morning and I walked a few miles this morning but running is not happening.

If you’re wondering what happened, the best I can tell is at some point when I was doing all that yard work I stepped forward a bit too far and felt a little twinge of pain and it’s been hurting ever since.  It’s not real serious or anything but since I want to run a few marathons this winter and I really want to start seriously training again in August, I’ve decided to rest it for as long as I need to.

running and recovery

When MacGyver and I were in Nokomis, I was watching the news on Friday and saw that Snooty the manatee was having a huge party for his 69th birthday.  I considered going over there on the weekend  because Snooty is the coolest manatee ever and I love manatee’s.  After seeing the news this morning, I wish I had because apparently Snooty died on Sunday.

RIP Snooty

This makes me so sad.

Yesterday MacGyver went fishing and I decided to stay home.  After working in the yard a bit, I took a little break to watch some television.   I watched To The Bone on Netflix.

To The Bone

I have to admit that I wasn’t the slightest bit curious about it until I read the hype and the controversy but I will say if you have or have ever had a serious eating disorder, this may not be a film for you to see.  I could see how it would trigger bad behavior in some.  The film does warn you at the beginning that it could be a trigger but I also felt like there were parts of the movie that almost seem to glamorize eating disorders.  Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how it seemed to me.    I would say if you want to watch it, proceed with caution.

Did you see all of the hype surrounding a tweet that Ivanka Trump sent out like 4 years ago?  I feel kind of sorry for her, I mean, if you looked at all of my tweets, I’m pretty sure you’d find a hell of a lot of stupid things I’ve said from the last week much less 4 years ago.  That being said, this tweet cracked me up:

tweets

I was reading an article recently and it was about the things that you think about when you’re running and the writer said that she can be having a great run and a certain thing could happen and then completely ruin it for her.  In her case one of those things was having someone drive by and yell out a rude comment because she said that she just couldn’t stop thinking about why someone would say something so rude and that it ate away at her until she quit running.

I thought about what would make me stop if I was having a great run and for me, it happens if I start thinking about work and I remember that I forgot to do something for a client that I said I would do. I feel like I have to go get whatever it is done before I forget again and I can’t stop thinking about it and I know it will drive me crazy so I usually just run straight home to handle it.

 

This is why I do everything I can NOT to think about work when I’m out running because when I’m having a great run I feel invincible.

running man

What is the one thing that can ruin a good run for you?

Have you seen To The Bone?

Responsibility is overwhelming sometimes.

I was trying to think about what we did this weekend and what all I wanted to tell you about.  In reality, it wasn’t much and I feel like MacGyver and I are both a little overwhelmed with home owner shit and all the responsibilities.

responsibility

It must have hit us both at the same time this weekend because we had a minor roof leak that we might have ignored for a bit too long but we couldn’t ignore it any longer, so we had to go get supplies and fix it.  We ended up getting into an argument in the middle of Lowe’s over what type of mulch is better.

fighting

That’s when we realized we probably need to get our shit together and take care of some of this stuff, so we each made a list and then we compared the lists to prioritize and that’s when I realized that maybe we don’t even live in the same house.

MacGyver’s list was things like, fix soffit and fascia on west side of house and pump septic for main bathroom, repair stucco on side of garage.  My list was replace carpet in spare bedroom with wood look tile and add a 2nd bathroom in the Nokomis house, rip out extra closets in master bedroom and expand the room, buy new sofa.

not on the same page

Last week I had a total of 35 miles in my workouts.  Only 20 of those were running miles, the other 15 were walking.  I’m okay with that.  Its summer and it’s ridiculously hot so running is not really at the top of my list of fun things to do.  Some days it’s just miserable and walking feels so much better so I play it by ear.

MacGyver and I did manage to do some organizing in the man cave and since the Kid moved out almost a year ago we have decided to put back the home gym.  It’s on the list, somewhere in the middle of re-landscape the front yard and replace the rotten wood on the back deck.

At least we’re eating healthy.  Check out these kabobs that MacGyver made on Saturday.

kabobs

You’re hungry now, aren’t you?

They were delicious and the best thing about that many kabobs is that you can eat them for days!  If you’ve never grilled chicken with pineapple, try it, it’s so good.  We also added onions and zucchini but we both preferred the pineapple.  It was the best.

Last week another sinkhole opened up about 40 minutes from us.  It swallowed a few houses and boats and has put many other homes in danger.  There is a video of the sinkhole actually swallowing the home.  That is one of my biggest fears.  I never thought about sinkholes when I was younger and I can’t really ever remember thinking about them before I moved to Florida though I’m sure they have them in other states as well, but they scare the hell out of me.

I have a confession to make.  I’m a garbage picker.  It’s true.  It’s MacGyver’s fault although I may have done it once or twice before I met him.  But let’s be real, if you saw something really good and in perfect condition just lying on the side of the road ready to be thrown out with the garbage, wouldn’t you pick it up?

What if you could get something like this?

Okay, I admit, at first I thought they were stupid too but that’s what MacGyver and I got this weekend and apparently those individual cars can be worth hundreds of dollars.  We got four of them in excellent condition and lots of extra parts. Boom!  Now maybe we can pay for some of these home repairs and improvements.

What did you do this weekend?