Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thankful Thursday - ED??

  • The "Buick Rendevouz" for going 5600 kms (3500 miles) on holidays with "ZERO" problems

  • Olives stuffed with Almonds

  • Friday follows Thursday

  • April showers

  • Freedom to make my own choices

  • The "Boss" for keeping me grounded and the "Boys" for keeping me young

  • "Oatmeal to Go" squares

  • Running

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Man Tats…….things your Mother never told you!

It has been about 2 weeks since I posted anything on the blog. Have just been too busy with everything…..

Two weeks ago the weather here sucked. High winds, rain, sleet and snow. I got in a few treadmill runs but kinda lost my drive to do much of anything. I think part of me knew I was going to Orlando for a week with the family so I just put the running on the back burner to try and get everything ready for the trip.

We left Friday at 4pm and drove straight thru the night with a little 2 hour nap at a rest stop and then arrived at our destination at 5pm. I’ll tell you, that last 3 hours from Jacksonville to Orlando has to be one of the craziest trying places that I have ever driven. Where I come from, slow traffic should move to the right and let the quicker folks go on the left. Nope….3 lanes of folks who just poke along and then move to the left when the feeling arises…just because. At one point I lost it (and forgot who was in the car) and let a few nasty words escape out of my mouth that rhymed with fuddrucker much to the delight of son “B” who giggled so hard he near peed himself…that of course got everybody laughing and the real vacation started at that point.

We did the typical touristy type things with the exception of Disney. We had been there before so this time we went to SeaWorld to see this and ride these (no, we did not ride the Sea Lion, the Dolphins or Shamu!):

We did Universal studios and to see Harry and ride this:

And the best day was when we went to New Smyrna Beach and parked here:

And ran 8 miles on the sand in beautiful, warm SUN:

We did have a funny at the beach. The folks we were with have a timeshare in Orlando so we stayed at their place (like a big apartment and they have boys about the same age as our boys) and then travelled together to the beach for the day. I of course was so excited about running on the beach; I forgot my Bodyglide for the Man Tats. Luckily, I had some Band-Aids in my knapsack so at least I had something. Well, you should have seen our host laugh as I was putting them on. I guess I no longer worry too much about it but she just howled. She could not believe I was doing that….no matter how I tried to explain what chafes when you run. For me, I sweat….I don’t perspire…I FREAK’IN SWEAT.  In fact, for anything longer than 10 miles, I break out the NipGuards.  So needless to say, she got a little education at my expense and we all had a good laugh.

So the vacation was just what I needed. We slowed down on the drive home, stopping at Fredrick, MD. for the evening. Nice Comfort Inn with a waffle maker for breakfast. The lads were in heaven. I did get in a few runs in Florida to total about 24 miles. It could have been more but to get to the amusement parks in the morning, you had to leave pretty early. And in all reality, this vacation was for the boys……not for me to run. We did come home to no snow which was nice but it was short lived. We had a few dumps but it all disappeared pretty quickly.

I finally got back on program this week for the Marathon training and put in a good 15 miles today to finish with 42 miles for the week. I think I have that feeling back after this morning’s run. Mind you, it did not start off well running into the wind (feels like -18 °C this morning) as my CamelBak froze up pretty quick. Good thing it was sunny so it thawed out on the way back and I was able to hydrate properly.
So, glad my long run for the week is done, now time for lunch and basketball. Unbelievable watching the UCON beat the Wildcats last night. Am now pulling for Kansas to win it all. Am also glad to get a post in after two weeks away….literally and figuratively. 
Have a great week everyone!
PS - Plenty of great beers on the trip too...I have become a Yuengling fan! But more about those beers on a later post.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thankful Thursday Friday

I am thankful that Southern Ontario will soon be in my rearview mirror and Florida will be on the Radar

Enjoy Spring Break all

For those stuck in the snow...I will run a few miles for you in the SUN!!!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oh least snow melts

Well, got my 10 miler in Saturday morning. Re-did my out in the country route with ZERO knee pain and just a real nice run. There was a bit of rain but luckily I was out the door at 6:45 am and missed the heavy stuff that came the rest of the day.

Sunday however was a write off. All that rain the day before saturated the ground so when it turned into snow, we got a 12 inch dump of snow on wet that had nowhere to go. Ditches were full of slop and in some places they had some flooding.

This meant a treadmill run....sorry folks.....blah....not happening!!!

It was even less appealing after I went out and shovelled my driveway and the neighbors driveway (her husband is in a nursing home so I have their snowblower and do both driveways...but the snow was wet so the blower was useless). Add in driving son “B” to a bday party in the country ½ hour away in crappy weather and knowing son “A” had an afternoon hockey playoff game (they won 4-1) and then having to do the driveways again and then go pick up the lad in the country just killed any energy I had to do a run.

Then Monday morning we got a 12-20 inch dump. By the time I got up, it was too late to do the driveways so they got done after work. At least this stuff I could use the snowblower on....but that still took an hour and fifteen to get them done. Add in the fact “THE BOSS” is working a ton of 12’s these days before we take a break for sunny weather and , well, I got in a measley 3.3 miles on the treadmill and called it a run and then started in on other household chores. Oh the shame!!!

So, “THE BOSS” is doing a 12 today, son “A” is off the the cheapie Tuesday movies but I have to get him fed before he can go, son “B" 's plans are unknown except that he will be home late because of basketball practice and I have laundry to do to help out and lighten the load.

Soooooo....I may try to get in an hours run today just to keep my sanity plus make up for that sad attempt at a run yesterday. No speed work today, just don’t have the heart for it.

The upside, I know sunny days are coming’s only 24 hours of driving away...yeah for me!!!!

Your life hectic these days too?

Also, my apologies for not catching up on some you can tell, I have been busy....and it won't be stopping for a few more days!!!!

Friday is only 3 days away....whoop, whoop!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Ed V

I am thankful this Thursday for:

  • Q-Tips
  • Treadmills (But only if I have Tunes)
  • Touques
  • Knowing my ABC's (Advil, Beer & Cheese)
  • Dumb & Dumber
  • February being done
  • My new Mizuno's
  • My old Asics
  • Morning hugs from everybody at home
  • The Tassimo Coffee Maker
  • Popcorn

That's it for this week.

Finished Feb with 139 miles total. Bettered my 6 X 800 speed times by 5 secs per leg so the extra work is paying off. Am sticking to the Marathon just have to figure out how to go to a track meet this Saturday an hour away, be back in time for an evening hockey game, drop 1 lad off Sunday in the country for a Bday party while the other goes to riding lessons and get in 18 miles of scheduled running.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and it is NOT wet/snowy or raining.....hmmmmmmm....fat chance of that!!

Have a great weekend all!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What the hell...I will toss out a few ABC's

Monkey (Gorilla) see, Monkey do!!! (and this may be the only time I do this).

(A) Age: >3:20 but <3:35
(B) Bed Size: Queen for the Queen

(C) Chore You Hate: Painting

(D) Dogs? We had Shepard’s when I was a kid, we have 2 cats, Dumb & Dumber

(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Newspaper, Coffee and FOOD

(F) Favourite Color: Blue

(G) Gold or Silver? Gold

(H) Height: 6’ 1”

(I) Instruments You Play: The Stove

(J) Job Title: Chief Cook & Bottle Washer

(K) Kids: 2 boys

(L) Live: Everyday as best I can

(M) Mom's Name: Mrs. C

(N) Nicknames: Nope, never had one...My Dad calls me Shawno

(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? Can’t count that high

(P) Pet Peeve: You don’t want to get me started....but.....being late and everybody using the “latest” phrase going around

(Q) Quote from a Movie: See the top of the blog

(R) Right or Left Handed? Right

(S) Siblings: 3 Bro’s, 1 Littlest Sis, I are in the middle.

(T) Time You Wake Up? Usually 5am...I don’t sleep in anymore, just roll around

(U) Underwear: Athletic Boxers

(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Tomato’s and Peppers (but I like tomato sauce , ketchup and hot food)

(W) What Makes You Run Late: The lads are sometimes a challenge....but for the most part, I don’t like being late and I am almost always 15 minutes early

(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: Lots...head, arms, hands, wrists, chest, etc....see “hospital stays”

(Y) Yummy Food You Make: Most any chicken dish, Christmas supper with a full Turkey and all the extras

(Z) Zoo, Favourite Animal: Silverback Gorillas....they are absolutely fascinating to watch...(least favourite, snakes after a King Cobra jumped at son “B”, hit the Plexiglas and left venom all down the window. The “BOSS” pulled the lad away and threw me in front of the window???? Do I add that to my job title...Mongoose?)