Coming to Terms with the Lack of Running

**First off, I’d like to wish my hard-working hubby a very happy birthday today!! Poor guy is  working 12+ hours today on five hours (or less) of sleep. It’s hard getting old! 😉 **

Spring finally decided to grace Kentucky this week = YAY! But my running has been put on hold = BOO!

Since my meeting with the sports medicine doctor, I have begrudgingly paused my running training. I also decided I wasn’t going to push things by running in the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon later this week–it’s not worth spending $85 on a race that I may or may not do well in, nor risk doing more damage to my tendon. It stinks…no, it sucks. It sucks because I have friends running in it and I wanted to run with them. It sucks because it was my first half marathon last year, and you always want to run in your first race all the time. It sucks because the weather is so beautiful outside and you see so many people out running on the same routes I run on, and you just want to feel that wind in your face and lose your breath.

I know it’s not forever (Lord I hope not). But I guess I just need a good whine every now and then. For now, I’ll enjoy the dark scenery of the spinning studio, focus on strengthening my legs in the gym, and stretching out all the kinks with yoga. My first physical therapy appointment is Thursday, so I’ll have more information and updates after that.

One of the trees in the backyard is finally blooming, which is a sure sign of Spring in Kentucky. (And torture to M's poor allergies.)

One of the trees in the backyard is finally blooming, which is a sure sign of Spring in Kentucky. (And torture to M’s poor allergies.)

So Tuesday evening, after walking the dogs (at least I can still walk them!), I enjoyed the outdoors in another way, by eating a light dinner on the patio with the dogs and the cats laying around in the thickening patches of grass.

Yogurt bowl: Oikos toasted cocnut Greek yogurt with chopped apples and homemade granola.

Yogurt bowl: Oikos toasted cocnut Greek yogurt with chopped apples and homemade granola. (Sorry for the blurry image.)

I have to thank Nicole for the inspiration for what is probably my new favorite light meal. I chopped up an apple and mixed it in a bowl with Oikos toasted coconut Greek yogurt and some homemade granola (peanut butter and honey mixed over oats and almonds with some shredded coconut and dried berries). It’s light for those warm days (like Tuesday–80*!), but quite filling.

The girls love it when I sit outside with them, but they would rather me throw the tennis ball than work on the computer.

The girls love it when I sit outside with them, but they would rather me throw the tennis ball than work on the computer.

The pups enjoyed relaxing on the porch while I did a little work (so thankful for wifi). It was quite relaxing, that is, until M’s cat Sean decided to jump over the privacy fence into the neighbor’s yard, then under another fence to another neighbor’s yard (mind you, he is declawed in the front). I ran over to the neighbors behind us and retrieved him from their yard. It’s funny because my cat, who has front claws, doesn’t try to escape the backyard when she goes outside. Oh well…just gotta keep an eye on the troublemaker.

So how do you celebrate the warmer weather outside of running?

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Welcoming Spring

Sunday dawned bright and early. Well, actually I thought I only slept until almost 8 am (which is sleeping in for me), but thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it was actually almost 9 am. Whomp whom But still, it was nice to take our time getting up and moving.

Breakfast was simple for me: a bowl of cereal. And it was yummy. (I don’t have cereal very often because it doesn’t fill me up very well for normal days.) The pups and I then set out to clean up the yards outside: rake up the spiky balls in the front yard and pick up the dog poop in the back yard (yeah, that part was not so fun). The weather was gorgeous–sunny and warm!

M and I cleaned out the car and I played a little tennis ball with the girls. We then grabbed a couple bottles of water and packed up the dogs to head over to Keeneland Race Course. We took the dogs for a walk around the fields surrounding the Entertainment Center. It was nice to walk and talk while M told me about different things about Keeneland that I didn’t know about and that he’s learned during his first few weeks of his job. I knew a good amount about the association and racetrack because of my job and living in Lexington for the past six years, but he already knows more than me!

The best way to spend a Sunday in March--warm weather, sun, and a walk with the pups at Keeneland.

The best way to spend a Sunday in March–warm weather, sun, and a walk with the pups at Keeneland.

We played tennie with the girls and soaked in the warm weather. After about a mile and a half, we drove around the property (Keeneland’s a lot bigger than you really think).

Exhausted pups--it's hard to traverse tall, thick grass when your legs are only 4 inches long, says Dally.

Exhausted pups–it’s hard to traverse tall, thick grass when your legs are only 4 inches long, says Dally.

After lunch we came home and I set about washing my truck. I’ll be the first to admit, I have a love affair with my truck–it’s the first vehicle I picked out, test drove, and negotiated (and paid for) on my own. I’ve always driven a truck, first a GMC Sonoma, then a Dodge Quad Cab 4×4, and now a 4-door Dodge 4×4. Yes, there are times that I some times wish I wasn’t driving a big truck (like maybe when I’m forking out $80-90 at the gas station), but he’s (yes, my truck is a he, and his name is “Hoss”) is one of my prized possessions.

Of course the day after I get my truck all nice and shiny it's supposed to rain...

Of course the day after I get my truck all nice and shiny it’s supposed to rain…

The rest of the day meant a little cleaning (I’ll be gone for almost a week, who knows how the house will look when I come home from Oklahoma) and baking with a friend to prepare for Nationals.

Oh yeah, and I tried making granola for the first time, inspired by Nicole! Recipe to come later this week!

Taking Advantage of the Weather

TempsHow often does it happen that the weather is in the mid-50s and it’s semi-light when you get out of work in the middle of January? Not often. So I took advantage of the weather Monday by getting in a run in my old neighborhood by my gym after work. I missed out on a long training run over the weekend because I was in Tennessee for an agility trial, so I wanted to push my speed over 4 miles and see how I felt.

My first mile was my fastest in a long time–8:13! After that, I slowed down, but I still ended up running 4 miles in 0:34:19 (8:44 avg min/mile). Not bad!

I cooled down on an elliptical in the gym, then did some upper body with resistance bands, and then some core work before stretching and heading home. I forgot how much I enjoyed using resistance bands–I think I’m going to have to start incorporating them in my workouts for a change from the free weights.

Then after dinner (pasta with meat sauce M had made a couple of weeks ago and we froze, with some Very Veggie salad mix), I decided the pups needed to go on a walk since our lunch walk didn’t happen in the earlier rain. So while M worked on his homework, we set out for a 2-mile walk in pants and a sweatshirt…still warm! The perfect way to kick off the week!