Sunday, August 24, 2008

What is a yard without a huge hole!

John's project for the past couple weeks has been to dig the biggest ass hole in our yard. Everytime he goes out, he heads to his work of art. Here are a couple pictures so you can appreciate the process.

First, the inspection. Is it still there? How does it look?

Now to get to work. Have to dig a little over here.

A little up here.

Show off how deep it is so everyone can be impressed with all the hard work.

Work still in progress or at least till winter hits.

Training for Half-Marathon

It is official. I am going to be running my first half-marathon on October 26th at the Niagara Falls International Marathon. Niagara will be Bill's second. His first is coming up in two weeks when he runs the Arc race here in Syracuse.

Not only will it be my first, but a few friends as well. They drank the kool-aide and will be joining us. I couldn't be happier because not only it is hard for me to run this distance, it is even harder to run it alone. Kris and Shannon run at the same pace, if not a little faster. Having the support near you when you are starting to have your mental meltdown around mile 9 is the only way I am going to get through the race.

Today was the longest distance training run yet. Trac and I did 9.5 miles and stuck with our run 9/walk one minute training routine. Our pace, even with the walking was just a little under 11 minute mile, which is exactly were we wanted it to be. The theory behind walking the minute is to save your legs so they don't poop out on you near the end of the race. For me, it is the way to go until I get some strength built up in my legs.

My legs feel good until around mile 7-8 and then the fatigue sets in my legs. Everything starts to hurt. Especially on my right side, which is a preview to what the next day feels like. No matter how much water I drink after a long training run my legs are so sore the next day. So I need to start doing some weight training to strengthen my quads. For as much as I run they shouldn't be this sore!

After an hour into our run Trac and I broke out the Power Gel. The flavor I had was Strawberry/Banana and it was NASTY. Trac had the Latte one and said it wasn't bad. We were wanting to do the Gel to see how our stomach's would feel. I didn't have any upset's, but I think Trac stomach was off later in the run. Next weekend I think I am going to try Shot Blocks.

The run was hard. Really hard, but we hit 9.5. Next week (gulp) will be 10, then a recovery week. I'd never EVER thought running 8 miles would be a recovery. WTH.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Willow Bay 5k

It hurt. It wasn't pretty. Most likely won't be walking well tomorrow, but I exceeded what I thought I could do. Feels pretty damn good. This gives me hope that I can finally run with my husband!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Wish me luck!

Getting packed up and ready to head back to Ohio. God help me. My mom is already in a panic about what I am going to eat. I keep saying -- "no I don't eat chicken either." I think she is more freaked out by the fact I am making a vegan meal on Thursday night and she has to *try* it. It was really hard to decide what to make because there are so many awesome things! I didn't want to make anything with tofu, tempeh or seitan because that would totally freak everyone out. After much thought I came up with Cheesy Bean Cheese Enchiladas! Perfect because my family loves mexican so this will be a little less scary for them. However, I am not looking forward to the ramifications of serving all those beans, if you know what I mean.

Just a side note - I love that movie. One of Mel Brooks best, besides History of The World!

Anyway, I am also going to make those most sinfully delicious Cinnamon Rolls. If that doesn't prove to my mom vegan food is fan.drool.tastic nothing will.

Will report back in a few weeks. That is if I survive.