Three Things Thursday

1.   Slow and steady progress on shedding the pounds.  Down 3 so far.  On the recommendation of a few people, I’ve been using to track my calories.  It has proven to be an invaluable tool.

2.   Sometimes I really hate being in management.  Good help truly is hard to find.  And when you find it, it’s hard to keep.  The carrier I hired last spring turned out to be a God-send, but now she is transferring to another office.  I’m very happy for her because it’s a move up for her, but I’m sad to lose her.  And I absolutely detest the hiring process.  I hate interviewing people, and I hate trying to make the decision on who is the best choice for the job.

3.   I’m detoxing from Facebook.  I posted a status a few days ago that I was going dark for a while, but then I ate those words when I turned to Facebook trying to find a home for the stray that showed up at work Monday.  But I mean it this time.  It’s gotten to be way too much of a time-suck for me.  I peeked in on my news feed once today when my phone alerted me that someone had just sent me a message, but that’s it.  And I’ve got to say I made it through the day just fine not knowing what so-and-so had for breakfast and what was ailing such-and-such today.


Another One Drinks the Kool-Aid!

This running thing… it’s contagious, no?  It rubbed off from my friend onto me.  I’ve conned convinced my hair stylist to run a 5K with me this weekend.  I suckered sweet-talked my BFF of 20 years into running a half-marathon with me next month.

And the latest and the best???

I’m just a teensy bit excited about this.
She reads this blog, so y’all give her a shout out!

Hero For A Day

At least in a dog’s eyes.

When we got to work this morning, this little guy was hanging around our office:

Isn’t he an absolute cutie-patootie???  He just walked right in like he owned the place and loved on all of us.  He had no collar or ID of any sort on him, so I started calling the neighbors.  No one recognized him.  Just what I was afraid of.  My office is in a dumping grounds hot spot.  I have no doubt the little guy was dumped over the weekend.  We gave him food and water and began making phone calls and sending emails to rescues.  No way was this fella going to the county pound, and I couldn’t just leave him outside.  We are on a busy two-lane highway, and this pup had no fear of cars whatsoever, furthering my suspicion that he had at one point been a house dog.  Wherever he came from, he had been on his own a while.  He was pretty thin (not emaciated but underweight) and really dirty and desperately needed his nails trimmed.  But I couldn’t just send him back out on his own, so I had a little four-legged shadow at work today!  The more time I spent with him, the more certain I became that he had been a pet.  He didn’t pee on anything (not a normal behavior for an un-neutered male).  I let him outside and he peed and came right back.  And by the end of the day, he had staked his claim on my computer chair.  Yeah, he was familiar with the creature comforts.  But I still had no idea what I was going to do with him at closing time.  I couldn’t bring him home.  Bella and Harley are both dog friendly, but they play entirely too rough.  I was afraid they would hurt him not meaning to.  And I couldn’t just leave him in the office overnight.

Anyway, in addition to calling around, I uploaded this picture to Facebook trying to find him a home.  After lunch, a lady that I worked for a few years ago that lives a couple of hours from here spoke up and said if I couldn’t find anyone else she would take him.  HALLELUJAH!  I was in the process of trying to get in touch with her when one of my regular customers came in.  His mom lives across the street from the office and was the first one I called this morning.  She had called him and told him about the dog and he came by to see it.  Praise the Lord, he took it home.  He already has a poodle and a miniature pinscher at home, so it should be a great fit.  I left work with a happy heart and a smile on my face.  Nothing… absolutely nothing… makes me happier than to see a stray/shelter/abandoned dog going to a good home to live a happy life.  I will never in a million years understand how some people can treat animals as disposable objects.  It sickens me.  I’ve had to accept that I can’t save ’em all, but it makes me really happy to know that I made a difference in the life of one dog today.

A Little Bit of Both

I ran 10 miles today.  I hated it.  Then I loved it.

Let me ‘splain…

I hated it because:

  • It was cold.  (But in all fairness I would have hated it if it was hot, too.)
  • It was windy.  And not just a little bit windy.  And I swear to God, it didn’t matter if I was running north, south, east, or west, I was running INTO the wind.  How the hell does that work?
  • My out-and-back was uphill both ways.  Again with the defying physics!
  • I was hungry.  I got up and ate a Clif bar for breakfast at 7:00 with all intentions of heading right out to run.  Well, I loafed around and didn’t start until 10:00.  I should have eaten a little something else before I left, but I didn’t, and my stomach was growling by mile 2.
  • The GU I ate, took, sucked down (I never know what verb to use with GU-related activities!) at mile 5 gave me a hellacious stomach cramp.  It lasted forever and forced me to walk 0.2 of a mile at mile 7.  It finally went away.

I loved it because:

  • It burned off the fistfuls of Reese’s Pieces I ate at the movies last night.  (We saw The Adjustment Bureau–great movie!)
  • Even though I was for the most part ignoring my Garmin, despite the wind, and even including that short walk break, I finished with a pace faster than expected:  10:38 (stop laughing), a 10-mile training personal best.
  • It showed me that if I get lucky and the stars align and I have good running conditions at my half next month, I just might really be able to pull off the time goal that I’ve had floating around in my head.

Three Things Thursday

1.  I woke up with yet another pimple this morning.  Seriously, am I 31 or 13?

2.  I will be trying my hand at gardening this spring.  Please pray for my plants’ lives.  I was planning on joining a CSA this year, but that’s just another thing that’s been knocked off the list thanks to my buddies at the good ol’ IRS.  I’m not going to go overboard.  You know.  In case I really suck at it.  I’m thinking I’ll try mainly the easy stuff that I spend the most money on:  strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers…

3.  I’m writing this from my laptop as I sit on my back deck enjoying this BEAUTIFUL afternoon.  It is 73 degrees and sunny with a breeze.  I do believe it’s the most gorgeous day we’ve had yet this spring.  I plan to soak it up before it starts raining tomorrow.  I’m actually supposed to be running right now, but I’m ditching.  Shhhhhhhh…  I know, I know… all winter long I DREAMED of days like these to run in, but this afternoon I am enjoying chilling on the deck with a cold beverage and watching the dogs wrestle and play and run in the back yard.  Although it is hard to type up a post when all you can see is this:

My reflection in the laptop screen.

Harley says, “I always stretch after a strenuous afternoon of cardio.”  Have you ever seen a more perfect downward dog?

For Lack of a Better Topic…

… let’s talk about running.  We haven’t done much of that around here lately.  There’s no reason for the neglect, really.  I’m still running.  I’m still spinning on Wednesdays.  I’m still doing the elliptical and doing some strength training a day or two a week.  Still working on speed by doing intervals on the ‘mill one day a week.  I finally feel like I’m doing the things that I should have been doing all along.  And my pace is showing it.  I had a 5-mile tempo run last night, and that run ended up being only a few seconds off from my 5-mile race pace from only about six weeks ago, and I definitely could have kept going had my plan called for a 6- or 7-mile tempo.  I was able to kick the ‘mill intervals up by a couple tenths of a MPH last week.  I’m doing my long runs with no walk breaks.  I guess I just feel like I’m slowly and steadily becoming a stronger runner.

I’ve got a few races coming up within the next month and a half.  I’m kind of curious to see how I can perform.  Next weekend I have another 5K.  I don’t expect there to be just a lot of improvement since my last one, the Cupid’s Chase from only four weeks ago, but I bet there’ll be some.  If I can just take 0.96 seconds off and get that sub-28 I’ll be thrilled.  Then in April I’ve got two half-marathons.  I’ve got a goal floating around in my head for one of those, but I’m still not sure how that’s going to pan out.  It looks like a friend will be running the first one with me, so I’m thinking I will end up running one for fun and racing the other one.  We’ll see.

In short, I’m running and I’m doing it faster than ever and I feel great doing it.  Yay!