what a nice weekend

friday night, we went to grampa’s again. i feel like this might be a repeating event for friday nights… as long as we get there before 6; that seems to be when they start getting overly busy.
on saturday, i was awake at 7:30. :/ we walked the dogs and then ran for the first time in two and a half weeks. it wasn’t so bad, i’d like to keep it up i guess.
then matt put the trailer on the bike and we went to pick up our fourth csa (i can’t believe it’s been two months already!)
later that night, i made cauliflower popcorn and cornbread, and we made one-pot spaghetti.
we watched a lot of six feet under (we’re on the last season!) and went to bed.
i got these quiet spot dog tag silencer things because they tend to shake their heads when they want us to get up, resulting in their tags making a lot of noise. this will no longer happen. so on sunday, the dogs let me sleep til about 9.
i walked them and fiddled around in the house, cleaning up from the previous night’s dinner. i got myself to mickey’s for brunch, and both my mom and my cousin informed me that they’d be on their way! what a nice surprise.
after brunch, i came home to make kombucha and realized i didn’t have enough sugar. then, when matt got home, i realized i didn’t have any tea. :/ so we made an emergency trip to woodman’s.
then i made dal in my new pressure cooker. it was so yum.

oops

we’ve been slacking… ever since we “graduated” from the c25k program, we haven’t run once. mostly because it’s been so hot that it would be dangerous, but secondarily because we really weren’t enjoying it *that* much (i don’t think). now that it’s cooled down a bit, i’d like to get back to it. tomorrow would be a good day to start back up. we should probably rewind a couple weeks in the program in order to ease back into it, don’t you think?
in other house related news, a high school (boy)friend of mine has been over a couple times to look at some electrical problems. i don’t know what genius wired the upstairs, but it was probably the same idiot who did the plumbing for the kitchen. don’t get me started on that.
i actually felt kinda like running last night, after a pretty crappy day at work, but it’s hard to motivate oneself.

graduates

well, we did it. sort of. we ran 30 minutes with minimal walking. i think we’ll get there eventually. i thought i started to feel ok about it around the 20 minute mark, but it would be nice if that were closer to the 10 minute mark.
i can’t find a decent loop that is even close to 3 miles, tho, and i’m not too keen on running down milwaukee street. we might have to just go up and down and around between starkweather and eastmorland parks.

week eight

we did days one and two on wednesday and saturday. saturday didn’t bode very well because of the humidity. it just makes it impossible to breathe and run at the same time. also, matt got a panic attack in the middle and we did a fair amount more walking than is prescribed. we’ll likely have a do-over tonight, depending on how my face feels after i get a filling at 4 o’clock.
i’m down 10 pounds, too.

week seven

we postponed the mid-week run until friday, because the humidity on thursday was borderline dangerous. so, we got up on friday and ran… for almost 25 minutes straight. we only walked a couple times just to regain composure, and drink. it’s surprisingly difficult to drink from a water bottle while running.
after the run, we walked the dogs, made breakfast, took them to scramble’s*, and started on the three hour** drive to matt’s folks house.
we hung with his parents for about an hour before the house filled up with the rest of the family. his mom made enough food for about thirty people, so we all filled up sufficiently.
after a drunken game of cards against humanity, i snuck off to sleep at about 12:15. i slept pretty well until the little ones returned for saturday daycare.
the morning was for catching up and more quiet time. matt’s dad made us eirekuchen with fresh eggs from our chickens. i was just looking up the spelling of said meal, i see now that it’s just german for “pancake”. maybe i’ll try it soon myself.
we headed back home on a new route that matt’s dad suggested and somehow got off course, but we took a small detour and got the interstate out of plover. i’m not sure it was that much faster, but it was nice to be able to go 79 mph instead of 64.
this morning, we finished up week seven; same routine as before. it was hot, but not going to kill us. i think we walked less than friday, but i’m not really keeping track.
* nickname for my mom when telling the dogs who’s coming or where they are going.
** google says it’s three hours, but when i drive, it’s not.

week seven, day one

we skipped the monday run because matt has a hand injury and wanted it to heal a little more. i kinda wish we’d have run, tho, because the humidity was about 80% less than yesterday.
we walked the dogs after work, and the return trip was mostly sun and sweat, so i suggested we wait a little while, i was thinking about a half hour.
by the time we got eggs, checked the gardens, biscuitted and fed the dogs, changed into gear, filled water bottles, assembled ipod and key into holder, it was 30 minutes later.
we sighed and headed out the door. this whole week, it’s the warm up walk, followed by 25 minutes of running and then the cool down walk.
we made it about nine minutes before the humidity had oppressed us enough to walk. we walked a handful of times, but not for very long. it was mostly just to drink out of our bottles without exerting too much energy.
after she told us we were halfway, i felt as though i got a little lighter and it was easier to run, but then we rounded a corner where there was no shade for a couple blocks and my gumption had been beaten.
our loop was a little short, so we had to modify the last minute by running up a block so we could walk back through the park.
on the way through, a friends’ wife was pushing her kids on the swing set and she yelled, “you look super cute in that outfit!” and i said, “no one is supposed to see me in this! say hi to kevin!”
we got home, stretched, and cooled down.
we watched a little six feet under and then i made egg sandwiches with pepperjack cheese.

week six, day three

knowing how hot it would end up on saturday, we opted to run early. well, as early as 10:30 is… for some reason, i was totally pooped and slept til 10, so we didn’t get out of the house til 10:30. the dogs were highly confused because, usually, we walk them first and then run, but it was sprinkling a little, so we decided to run in the rain.
then make breakfast. then walk the dogs. they hated waiting.
the run was ok… i think i actually felt good about it fifteen minutes in. matt could tell that i picked up speed; i think i was just anxious to get it over with.
anyway, the last two weeks of the program are all just running with no walking, so i guess we’re officially runners.
maybe we should celebrate with some sushi. :)

week six, day two

this time, it was run ten, walk three, run ten.
i hated it.
i hated it when we got to the last block before dempsey because it is a relatively steep hill. i stopped one second before she said, “begin walking.”
that was the shortest three minutes of my life, i think. so far, anyway.
on the run home, we were facing the sun. there are trees most of the way, but there’s a little stretch of about 30 feet that has no shade protection at all. it was miserable. i think that’s where i felt like dieing. i made it to about 9:30 and had to stop prematurely.
i have no idea how we’re going to survive tomorrow’s 22 minute run.
in other news, if the weather cooperates, we’re going to bike around the lake tomorrow.

week six, day one

i thought it would be way easier than saturday. it was run five, walk three, run eight, walk three, run five.
i barely made it four minutes into the first run and had to walk for a couple seconds. the heat and humidity made it very difficult to breathe; it kinda felt like i was going to drown.
almost halfway through the eight minutes, i had to stop again. there’s a hill at our halfway point and it killed me. the second half of the run was tolerable. i made it without stopping at all.
when we had about three minutes left, i think my body just decided that i had to keep moving because that is what i was there to do. in any event, when she happily told us to begin our cool-down, my throbbing head thanked her.
i’m glad we don’t run again til thursday. we’ll be running twenty minutes with a three minute walk in the middle. O.o

week five, day three

i guess we’re officially runners now. i just calculated the run from saturday, and it appears it wasn’t a whole 2 miles, but 1.6, which is fine with me.
we walked a couple times in the middle, but according to other runner friends, that didn’t count against us.
one thing i’ve learned from talking to people who run is that everyone hates it.
people are already trying to get us to do hash runs and 10ks. to which we both shake our heads.
oh, i’ve also lost 4 pounds.