Skip to main content

Running, Relaxing & Playing

Running and Relaxing
I must say it's been a really good weekend. Yesterday I ended up waking up way earlier than I had wanted. But, it turned out to be a good thing really. At 7 am it was already 70 degrees with high humidity.

I still didn't get my run started as early as I should have, but 9 am on a Saturday was early enough in my mind. I set out on my usual route for longer runs down at the river trails. I was sweating bullets pretty much from the start. The wind started to pick up, which at times felt good because it helped cool me off, but then at the same time I felt like I was running in place.

I definitely had a hard time judging my pace because of the wind. It always throws me off and it sounds crazy but I end up going faster somehow. Like my whole idea of perceived rate of exertion is thrown out of whack. I assume it's hard because of the wind, not because of my speed. So I definitely had to remember to check my pace more frequently.

After the shock of seeing both a bobcat and a colorful snake, things were pretty low-key. I made sure my route took me past a bathroom with water fountain so I could take a potty break (hello hydration), get more water, and re-fuel. I always look forward to taking my GU. That all went down around 5.5 miles into the run.

Overall, I had a great 9 miles. Well, I should say 8.5 were great, the last half a mile kind of sucked. There is part of the trail that is sort of temporary because they are doing construction. So the asphalt is tilted/slanted every which way but right. It's potted, pitted, tilted, and up a hill. And when you're getting fatigued, you just amplify that by about 10 degrees of annoyance and effort. I guess in some ways it's good though. I certainly had no desire to push past 9 miles after getting though that patch.

So 9 miles with average 9:16 pace = happy Heather.

It was a pretty low-key day really. We got a new/used fridge, had to transfer all the food and start cleaning the old fridge out. Jason and I did take a break for a late patio style lunch at Dugan's. It was nice to sit outside and just relax for a bit. We went over to our friends' house for a bit and sat out on their deck, always a nice way to spend an afternoon if you ask me.

Today Jason and I got in a very easy 4 mile run through our neighborhood. We sort of zigzagged up and down streets, which was a nice change of scenery. We kept it slow. It was more of a recovery run for me and Jason's first run in about 2 weeks.

Luckily, I was able to sell our fridge within an hour of listing on Craigslist, so the people came and picked it up. I got my car washed and ran some errands while Jason did yard work.

Then, onto some simple relaxing. We met some friends at a place called Pizza Cafe. They have cold beer, great pizza, and a patio to enjoy it all on. Definitely been a low-key weekend for the most part. Kind of what we both needed though.

Heath and His Toy
I did manage to get a video of Heath playing with his new "talky" ball. I found a ball on Amazon.com that makes noises as long as it's moving - it was suggested on one site I found for blind dogs.

We originally tied a sock around it so he could grasp it - it's a bit larger than he needs and hard plastic. You have to turn the volume up, but you can kind of hear the toy. The weird whining is actually Heath. He goes bonkers for this darn toy and it's nearly impossible to get it away from him.



And, in case you missed it, don't forget to enter my NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway!

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Sunshine
  • Running
  • Relaxing
  • Time with friends

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

Let's Have Coffee

If you're a regular blog reader, I'm sure you've seen similar posts, scenarios if you will, about what we might chat about or what I might say if we sat down and had coffee together.

I think these can be fun. Maybe fun isn't the right word choice exactly. But maybe it is? They're transparent, showing who the blogger really is ... if they're being honest of course. It's not often you truly get to sit down with the person behind the blog.


If we were to have coffee together ...

I would first let you know that I'm not a super fan of coffee. I drink mine with hot cocoa and it's mostly out of habit rather than the need for caffeine. I could forgo it on the weekends entirely.

Since we're talking coffee, I would also let you know that I've never ordered coffee from Starbucks and only once from a true coffee shop. I've only been into 2 Starbucks shops - the original in Seattle and one in town where I ordered a bottle of tea when meeting a friend. …

My Home "Gym", Super Saturday With Quinoa Granola Bars

My Home "Gym"
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a request to do a post about my home gym. After mulling it over, I thought it was a really great idea. I can show everyone that you can indeed get really great results without having to spend a fortune on a home gym. Don't get me wrong of course, I would LOVE to have the money and room to have a treadmill, a nice weight machine set up, squat rack, even a barbell. Yes, you read that, no barbell (for now). I don't' even have a bar to do chin-ups or pull-ups. The ones that are supposed to fit every doorway do not in fact fit doorways built in 1890 apparently.

I must also say that I do have a gym membership that I almost only use for the cardio equipment. It was not until this January that I actually did weights at the gym. So, while I do have gym access, I still choose my home "gym" mostly out of convenience. 

Back to my gym: I also wish I had a much larger room. The room used for weights is rat…