Thursday, February 28, 2013

February February Goodbye

February is leaving us, which I am glad.  It has been a snowy month for us and we haven't had much snow all winter and I am ready to be done.

Short and sweet week recap...
I took off work last Friday because the girls didn't have school. With some snow that fell the night before I opted not to drive to run, so I ran 17 miles on the treadmill.  Yep, 17 miles on the treadmill.  I was a huge build up for my mental stamina.  I figure after that, I can run long runs outside like a champ.  I broke it down in time blocks, played some kick-ass music and got it done.  

We also went to the mall where we scored this cute had for Zori for $2.

 We had Zori's birthday party on Saturday.  Just family, fun and simple.

Hamming it up for the camera...
Sunday morning I met Jamie aka Running Diva Mom  and her BF for a run at the Pettit.  We cranked out 13.1 miles.  We talked for the first half and then listened to our music the second.  We had a delicious lunch at Saz's after, then went to my place to sample Jason's brews.  Bill and his wife came over as well, it was a lot of fun!
Yesterday suprised me with a snow day!!!  I worked on my National Boards for a while, not getting as much done as I wish I would have.  Knocked out my run, and baked treats for Zori to take to school today.
I love to cook, NOT to bake, so this was waaaay to time consuming for me, but she loved them so it was worth it! And of course we went for custard at Ferch's tonight for her REAL b-day!

February Miles: 152

Monday, February 11, 2013

I've Got Hills...

I''ve got HILLS,
they're multiplying
and I'm losing self-control
'cuz the power is occupying, 
Its electriFRIED me

You better shape up, 
'Cuz you're the only one
And with your legs its up to you
You better shape up
YOu better understand
Your only thing that's going to carry you through

Nothing left, nothing left for me to do

Starting with a song really gets me going these days, not sure why but it works for me!  

Saturday morning Bill and I had planned a hilly route that he knew of near Alpine Valley.  I'm always game to try somethings new.  I was a little nervous about the roads being snowy/wet but that defintiely wasn't the case.  The wind bit my face a bit more than I would have liked, but as the run went on, we were both warm and it wasn't a big deal.  We basically had a 6 1/2 mile loop, with the option of adding on 2 more miles if we wanted to do 15, which is what I had planned.  At 6 1/2 miles we stopped at the car to gel up and grab a drink.  The cool thing was that we did the second loop in reverse, running up hills we previously ran down.  We did add the two miles on, but ran full on into the wind during the last mile my left eye was dripping and I thought it might freeze shut. 

Once we finished we drove the loop and stopped to take some pictures, because it really was beautiful running.  

Overall, it was not as bad as I thought, but I know I must revisit this spot before my Blue Ridge Marathon.  The temps were below freezing this whole time running, and I am not going to lie, I hate running in winter.
There I admitted it, but I'm not going to let it stop me.

That night Jason and I went out to celebrate his birthday (which was Sunday).  We ate at the Comet Cafe, had their meatloaf sandwich.  Yum.  Then we went to World of Beer and tried some tasty offerings.  Sunday we went to our local marble top custard place, but it was closed for a staff party.  So we DQed it and called it good.

Does winter weather get you down?  
What do you do to beat the winter blues?
Can you send me some sunshine!?!?!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Goodbye January-Hello February

I guess it it true that time flies when you are having fun getting older.  The month of January is a thing of the past already.  I logged in 140 miles, including a half marathon and a full marathon, so must say I'm pretty pleased about that.  

My new love for 2013 is running indoors at the Pettit.  Aside from the Gold Medal Challenge that I posted about previously, I did two long runs there.  One was a Saturday morning the other on a Friday afternoon. Although nothing beats getting outside and running, the largest indoor track in the US definitely beats a treadmill. I have to admit I am not only a cold weather wimp, the fear of falling down on the ice and snow only increases the older I get. The Pettit usually has other things going on to distract you, other runners and walkers to lap or get lapped by, and of course Zamboni crossing. 

By getting my long in this past Friday in the afternoon, I was able to log in seven on the treadmill Saturday morning.  Bill called and asked about going sledding with our kids.  We have a newly constructed sledding hill in our town, so it was exciting to go and check it out.  The wind at the top was brutal, and the climb up the hill burned, but the laughter as the ladies went down was all worth it.  I enjopyed spectating more than flying down, but made sure I got a few runs in!  

We haven't had much snow at at all this side of the state, so it was nice to get out and play in it for a bit.  How have you been enjoying your winter?  What ways do you change your routine?