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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sac Fit Saturday!!

So today I went to the trail with strict instruction from my doctor not to run (until my congestion goes away), but instructions from my PT guy to walk and work out the tightness in my hip - so hubby and I walked 6 miles and then I sat around and enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness waiting on the groups to get back. Hubby and I were also talking that a little over a year ago, my rehab would have included sitting my butt in front of the TV with a pint of Ben and Jerry's and now it involves a 6 mile walk!! After they got back from doing their insane amount of miles Hubby and I went to Bicycles plus in Folsom to buy bikes! They are so pretty they will get their own post and I will post a picture. We got a trailer cycle for Logan so we can take him on the bike trail with us, and hubby will have something more exciting to do than nature walks when I'm running my long distances.

Logan's Race for the Arts

Last weekend while I was with my mom at a Red Hat convention my little guy did a run without me. Logan started out strong and the tripped just a little ways into the 1/2 mile run - this was him limping back - Jeff told me it took forever for him to come back. Notice him holding the shorts so he wouldn't get blood on them and also notice in the other hand a bottle cap that he had to stop and pick up - I guess it was shiny and distracting....
Afterward he got to sit in the back of an ambulance and get patched up - he thought that was the coolest part of the run!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X - James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Premise - from Wikipedia - Daniel X works alone. Having watched from the shadows as the brutal murder of his own parents unfolded before him, he has been forced to make his own way in a dark and unforgiving world with a heavy task handed to him. Daniel's parents were alien hunters, working his way through a fearsome 'wanted' list of aliens intent on seeking control and wreaking devastation with his four best friends who he has"created with his mind and powers. But as he planned his next target, his own time was running out. Following his parents' sudden deaths, Daniel faced an uncertain future: he knew little about his family nor where he came from but a few things were clear, he had inherited the list from his parents and a unique ability to create anything that he needs including some very devoted friends to help him along the way. His life has become dedicated to the mission. Every day has been transformed into a terrifying hunt, watching each step he takes for danger awaits around every corner and lurks within the shadows. His ultimate aim is to exact revenge against number 1 on his list: his parents' murderer. But first he must target the others: each more sinister and gruesome than the last.

This is another teen series from James Patterson. I grew very fond of the Maximum Ride series, so I was hoping I would like this one as well, but I didn't. The plus was it was entertaining, easy read for me today since I'm sick.

A great quote!

"Taking charge of your body can help you take charge of your life. And that power can help you go wherever you want to go, every single day."

CHERYL BRIDGES TREWORGY, member of five U.S. World Cross-Country teams

I've been awarded!!!

Tammy and Velda - both gave me this award!!

I'm honored and humbled!!

The rules of the award are:

1. The winner can put the logo on her/his blog.

2. Link the person you received your award from.

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.

4. Put links of those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated.

Here are the terrific blogging friends I give this award to

Tammy -- A great person who shares a lot of my passions - we have so much in common!!

Velda -- An amazing lady who does so much for everyone!!

Vicki -- Another amazing lady who has the biggest family and the biggest heart!!

I don't really read that many blogs so I don't have 7 and I don't expect for others to follow along and post their own, just consider your blog loved!!

Week 58 weigh in!

Well I knocked it out of the park this week! I lost 5.3 pounds!! I think a lot of the gain last week was water retention and I spent most of the week getting rid of all that! So I'm now down more than I have ever been - 59.6 pounds! - I'm also closer to being under the 200 pound mark, which I'm very excited about!

Went to the doctor yesterday...

The sinus pain I was having was horrible and in the middle of the night I had to take my asthma inhaler - so I knew something was up - the verdict? A severe sinus infection. - The results - no running until I feel all better! I'm taking antibiotics now and today is a small improvement, but I'm just hoping that I'm better by saturday so I don't miss my long run.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sac Fit Saturday!!

Well my run on Saturday was interesting...

I was supposed to do 11.5 miles and I was looking forward to it all week - on Friday I start not feeling well, headachy, sinus pressure etc... Thanks for sharing your cold with me son! So Saturday I go - fully intending on turning back early if I start feeling bad. I stop at the drug store on the way there and grab some sinus meds that make me feel pretty good and I start the run. My group stops at the bathroom and with my problem with my hip, I don't want to take the chance of stopping so I press on in between two other pace groups. I do fairly well and after I pass the 5 mile mark out I get very interested in the surroundings since I had never been that far out before. I missed the turnaround point and realized it once I hit the 6 mile out mark. OK so no big deal - 12 miles instead of 11.5 I can do this right?? Well since the other groups had turned where they were supposed to I was behind everyone and then the medicine wore off. Not gradually, just gone all at once, I felt horrible and my hose started running and the headache came back. I also started having trouble with my hip - it was the darndest thing - It hurt like crazy if I did my walk interval, but my run interval felt fine. So I just ran a little more, but slower and tried not to walk.

I made it back, but was one of the last three back and I iced my hip before I left there and got the sports therapist card - he says he can fix me up!! I took a cold bath once I got back home and I feel pretty good today. I know part of my trouble is my hip and the majority of my trouble was the cold/sinus things and I should have either stayed with a group (any group would have been good) or turned back early. But of course the bottom line is - I ran 12 miles!!! A new mileston distance for me!!

The Darkest Evening of the Year - Dean Koontz

Description from Wikipedia - Amy Redwing's risk-taking on behalf of desperate dogs is legendary. With money she inherited from a source she will never discuss, she founded and runs a group that rescues abandoned or abused golden retrievers. She has a treasury of astonishing rescue stories -- and she'll be broke by the time she's 40 if she carries on funding the work. Is it this reckless devotion to her work that prevents her making a commitment to the love of her life, Brian McCarthy? It seems so when a particularly thrilling and bizarre rescue brings Nickie into her care. Nickie is instantly recognized as pack leader by Amy's own two dogs, and her bond with Amy is like no other dog's. But at this moment of joy an unknown and dangerous person arrives on the scene. Amy believes her attacker is Wes Greeley, just released from an 18-month jail term for egregious animal cruelty thanks to Amy's testimony. Subtle intrusions escalate into terrifying assaults on everything Amy holds dear. If Greeley is the culprit, it's clear he's not working alone. At last, Amy understands her need of Brian, and a lot more that has been hidden by her passion. Unable to turn to any authority, Amy and Brian are pressed to the edge of a precipice in Koontz's most emotionally devastating thriller that races with inexorable speed to a wrenching climax.

I had never read a Dean Kootz book before and even my husband looked at me funny when he saw me reading this, but I thought it was good. Very unpredictable - some things come out at you from left field, but all in all a good book!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Signed up for the marathon!

So last night I officially registered and paid for the marathon! Here is the google maps view of the route - I know have that as my desktop picture so I get to look at it everyday until November 15th!

Week 57 Weigh in!

It has taken me a little while to process the "feedback" I got at this weeks weigh in, so it has taken me this long to post it.

The scale showed a gain of 2.7 pounds this week. At first I was very mad, because I did have a rough time over the weekend since all our meals were provided and I didn't have control over what I was served, but as this week has gone by I have realized that a lot of that was water - according to my scale at home that weight is now gone and then some - but I do have another tricky weekend coming up. I'm attending a red hat convention with my mom and I won't have control over what I eat there either. I'm going to bring stuff with me, so I have healthy snacks and I'm still leaving the convention to do my run, so I hope the damage done won't be too bad.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sac Fit Saturday and Camping!

So this weekend was the scout pack family campout, it was a lot of fun! It was really hot on Friday when we got to camp and was setting up and it never really cooled off, it was a hot night and I couldn't wait until after my run on Saturday so I could hang out in the river! The run was good, it was a scale back week so it was *only* 7 miles. I did them all, but a little slower than my normal pace. Several reasons for that, one I was still really hot from the day before and I didn't sleep well since we were in a hot tent and I was afraid I wouldn't get up in time to make it to the group and I was sleeping on the ground so I was a little sore and stiff in the morning. The dip in the river felt great afterwards and after going back to camp I felt pretty good. The boys all had a great time and it was fun seeing my son camping for the first time.

Logan doesn't like bugs and especially spiders so he wouldn't go in the bathroom - I think he only went twice the whole time we were there and once because we carried him into the bathroom in the lodge and told him he had to go. He also didn't eat very much on Saturday, but he made up for it on Sunday! He liked hanging out in the tent and he liked making smores and collecting fire wood (I guess I shouldn't tell him how many bugs were on the wood, but by then it was dark!). The pack had also gotten a big inflatable water slide and the boys played on that for almost 4 hours on Saturday.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Christopher Killer - Alane Ferguson

Product Description - From - As the daughter of a Colorado County coroner, seventeen-yearold Cameryn Mahoney is no stranger to death. In fact, she’s always been fascinated by the science of it. So she’s thrilled to finally get some hands-on experience in forensics working as her father’s assistant. But Cammie is in for more than she bargained for when the second case that she attends turns out to be someone she knows—the latest victim of a serial killer known as the Christopher Killer. And if dealing with that isn’t hard enough, Cammie soon realizes that if she’s not careful, she might wind up as the killer’s next victim....

This is a teen book and I had read the first one in the series, so I thought I would read this one as well. Being teen, is was a quick read and pretty predictable in most parts, but then at the end there was a surprise for me! I checked out the third one today, but I have several other things to read first.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Country Music Test

How Much Do You Know About Country Music?

You Know A Lot About Country Music
You Know A Lot About Country Music
You listen to it all, the new and the old, you pay attention to the words and I am guessing you like what you hear because you know a lot about country music.
How do you compare?
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Logan and the American River Bike Trail

So most of my running is done along the American River Bike Trail - My hubby and my son go with me to not only support me but to get a nature walk in and have a good time. Hubby took this really neat picture of Logan - they are by the river and the bridge behind them is the bridge that we run across when we go upstream. Once I hit the bridge on the way back I know I'm almost done!

Week 56 weigh in!

I lost 1.3 pounds this week making a total of 57 pounds down! I'm very happy with the way things went this week - no struggles at all and I feel like I'm back in the groove!

Sacfit Saturday!

I had the best run ever!! We did 10 miles and everything felt really great! I had worked with a couple of coaches on my form and posture after the track workout on Tuesday and when I put into place what they had taught me, I felt great and didn't have any of the hand swelling that I normally have. I stayed right on pace all run and finished so Happy with myself! What a great feeling!! The organizer also told us about a newly organized marathon in November and I'm seriously considering doing it. The course is the same trails that I run with the group and there will be a ton of the group doing it.

I also tried out a new pair of shorts that worked so great, they didn't ride up at all, they are a little longer so they cover up my upper thighs and they have built in tights that are sewn in so they prevented the usual chafing. I did have some chafing in two other places - I wear a heart rate monitor and the sensor chafed pretty bad (and half way through the run I realized I didn't even turn it on!!) and my new armband for my Ipod chafed under my arm. Two more places to put the body glide next week! Live and learn!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Where are you now? - Mary Higgins Clark

Review From Publishers Weekly - Bestseller Clark (Where Are the Children?) spins yet another imaginative tale of murder and deceit. Every Mother's Day over the 10 years since Charles Mack MacKenzie Jr. disappeared from Columbia University just before his graduation, Mack has phoned his mother in Manhattan to let her know he's all right, but otherwise reveals nothing. In the meantime, Mack's lawyer father has perished in the 9/11 tragedy. Now Mack's younger sister, Carolyn, a graduate of Columbia and Duke Law School, where Mack was intending to go, tells him during his annual call that she's going to find him. When a note from Mack turns up in the collection plate at St. Francis church, asking Father Devon MacKenzie, his uncle, to tell Carolyn not to look for him, she becomes even more determined to do so. Based on a real story, as Clark notes in her acknowledgments, this novel of suspense will keep readers guessing to the nail-biting conclusion.

I really liked this book, I have never read Mary Higgins Clark before and I wasn't diispointed! It kept me guessing right to the last minute!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Week 55 weigh in!

Today I weighed in and I had lost the 1.6 that I had gained last week! I was hoping I would at least lose that and I did! I'm still very excited! It's been a great weekend!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Sac Fit Saturday!!

I ran nine miles!! - did you hear me?? - I RAN NINE MILES!!! It was a very good day! I ran slower than my normal pace, but I finished the whole nine miles! I'm very excited!! (as you might be able to tell!)

I did very well nutrition wise and didn't really have the ups and downs that I had in the past. I think I got a great thing going and I'm not going to mess with it. My nutrition and fuel consists of Power bar electrolytes in my water, Sport beans - 1-2 every walk interval, and a vanilla bean Gu taken every 30 minutes. Oh and before the run? Either an english muffin with "better then peanut butter" on it - or my hubbys wonderful banana bread with the peanut butter on it.