Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 8 2010 / Running, at least some

Week 8 2010:
Week’s Running totals: 39
Running Total for 2010: 339.45
Weight training: 1.5
Swim: zero (yeah, that's two weeks and no swimming. err)

Another calendar month coming to a close (thankfully!) which means another month close to warmth! February seemed like the month (from hell) that would never end. Probably because I spent the vast majority of it … sick, amongst other personal garbage. I’m so sick of being sick. Sick of being sick of being sick!! Happily, I’m feeling slightly better, though…not 100%, but at least I feel progress toward a healthier life is happening. It’s amazing how our view of things change so much when you are left feeling lifeless for a few weeks!

BRING ON MARCH!!

I ran 16 today. A true miracle considering the (miserable) week I’ve had! I met Tara and Beth downtown today; a sort of mutual destination point for all of us who are on complete opposite ends of the metro area. Downtown and vicinity has a lot of places to run so this worked well. Beth was a blast to meet, and just really sweet and as much fun as her blog dictates. Tara was sporting a lung issue….I’m half convinced it was my lung fungus that she contracted, probably when we were swimming last week (There ya go, Tara, A.D.D and lung fungus’ I have shared so well with you!); leave it to me to suggest running UPHILL for ¾ of a mile to a girl with a lung infection – smart move there, Jilly! She was having a hard time so at two miles, we turned and went back so she could just wait out the rest of the run Beth and I were to do. She hadn’t planned to run more than 6 anyway so don’t all hiss at Beth and I for abandoning her; she planned to get a some work done while we ran on so that we could all meet up afterwards for some FOOD! I’m feeling “ok” at this point, I mean, we’re talking 4 miles, but I could feel some crud in my lungs. Beth and I ran uphill along the path and were averaging a pretty good pace, but I truly was having a hard time with the hills….and the stupid lungs. I thought it would be a relief to head back downhill on the way back to meet Tara for lunch. But it wasn’t. By now, the lack of much running in the past 3 weeks was catching up to me and I was just tired. Thank God Beth was capable of simple math, unlike myself, and knew when we needed to turn around and head back. We hit 16 on the dot right in front of “The Market” where we inhaled our lunch (and Tara a beer :) ). Not to let a day go without an A.D.D. monent. We we were done running and I went to get my car key out of my pocket, it was gone. Pocket open in my pack. Thought I lost it. Felt horrible for asking Tara and her husband to give me a ride home - I don't exactly live next door. They are so sweet and so generous. Get home. Wait for eternity for college daughter to take me back downtown with spare key. 8 hours later, after I left my car at the REI parking lot, I return to car. Original "lost" key was lodged right in the passenger door key lock. Hum. Guess it never made it in my pack after all; I left it there when I opened the door. Opps. All I can say is I can't believe everything was still in my wallet. Oh good lord!! I think it's time for some serious A.D.D. medication!!










Beth, Tara; Sloan's Lake

Me; Cheesemen Park, downtown Denver in background

Me, Beth, Tara; having lunch at "The Market" downtown Denver

It was a great day. Not in weather as it was actually kinda cold with gray, damp air you find common in the Midwest, but great for me to get out of my suffocating, germ-infested house and around the company of great friendship. And what better than to run!!

One day at a time. That’s all I’m taking it. I’m not even going to update my calendar at the bottom because I have no idea what I’m going to do each day until I wake up, see how I feel, and take it from there. I am frustrated, to say the least; the obvious signs that 16 was difficult for me today shows how much conditioning I’ve lost, but I am encouraged slightly because I know, now, that though I may not race as well as I hoped, I think this crud is finally leaving my body and I have a little time to get in some training.

I just need to be smart about it, back off the miles (as much as it pains me to admit) and just get in more quality running. For now.

So there ya go, that’s the (sad?) running news.

On the home front news:
Saturday, Brendan (twin #2) was in a boxing match. His first. He’s been in a boxing bootcamp for about a year now but has never officially boxed another team or anything. He was so nervous. Friday, he wanted to head over to the gym after school to do a little bit of weights and some cardio. I thought I’d run while he did this, but my lungs had another plan and 3 miles was all I could tackle. So Brendan and I did some weights together and called it a night…Friday night at the gym screams loser all over it. Yeah, that’s us! Saturday, we head over to the boxing gym and wow, these kids who were up against our kids were like all muscle-y and everything. They looked like boxers. They looked like they boxed everyday for 3 hours. Our boxers, though tough, looked liked they boxed for an hour once a week. Like they do. Brendan’s opponent: Juan. Yep, Juan. Tattoo Juan. Muscular, 4% body fat, Tattoo Juan. You know where this is going. Within the first round, Juan smacked Brendan in the right eye and suddenly B’s wobbling. Let me just inform you that as a mother, to watch your kid get smacked in the eye and wobble is NOT a fun experience. Brendan’s coach told him to take a knee (they count for 10 to give them a break. I guess. I don’t know much about this sport. And there’s a reason for that!) and when he got up, he was still wobbling so his coach called the match. B lost. With about 3 broken blood vessels in his eye, his eye bleeding, and it swelling as it turned black and blue. Naturally, all the kids thought this was cool and B, himself, was pretty dang proud. I guess only a mother would freak over this sight. I’m not sure I can ever go and watch another one of these – at least not anytime soon. Here’s a few pics of the great boxing B.













The EYE. Pretty, eh?

College girl was home all weekend, though we didn’t go see any sappy movies to report. We did a little girl shopping on Friday night but being between seasons, it wasn’t even much fun. We did manage to eat a ton of food. If that counts for anything. During our food fest, she told me I was emotionally needy. Which is probably true...but don't you just sometimes wanna slap that brutal honesty??!!?? Haha. Don’t worry, Julie and Beth, college girl doesn’t call me either, unless she needs something. But she also only goes to school 20 minutes away so I do see her more than you guys. And seeing her makes me happy. Unless she's brually honest.

I have some new clients that I’m really excited about. Brian is going to run a half marathon here in a few weeks, and Alley is running a half in May where she is trying to land a starting corral position for her marathon debut in Chicago. They are awesome and I have been busy getting their schedules together and have enjoyed every minute. Another client, Emily, is getting ready to run her first marathon in 3 weeks. I’m so excited for her, she is running incredibly strong and super charged (huge pat on back to Jill. Haha).

I’m watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, full of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons. Hum. No more comments on that. I’ll close my blog for the night, on closing ceremony night of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Oh, other than to say: I don't work on Monday! Yeah, I know, ya love me!!

Run well, friends!!

40 comments:

HappyTrails said...

16 beats Zero, eh? Good you got out to run and are feeling a bit better, but PLEASE do not send your crud south on I-25!!!! Have a great week!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Way to make it work!! It is really tough recovering from being sick. I HOPE that you can make it up the mountain to visit. I have most of the day Sunday and Monday off next week. I know you are busy... Congrats on your clients that is awesome!

Tim said...

Your running calendar makes me feel weak. I'm running about 1/3 the miles you are running. I need to get my ass in gear! Guess I need some motivation. And some younger legs. Or something.

You're doing fantastic, Jill. I think in about 7 weeks from now you'll find you are very strong!

Char said...

I don't think I could watch any of my sons box. I have enough trouble watching the play some of their soccer matches - and they're supposed to be fairly non-contact.

ajh said...

16 miles and running with friends sounds great! My children both went to school close by and I was the laundry machine so I saw them a lot! Worked for me. I can't imagine watching the boxing! That's got to be hard. Have a good running week!

Julie said...

Hi Jill,
I am so jealous that you have blogger friends so close to you to do runs with every now and then!! It must be so fun getting to run with Tara and Beth:) I loved the pictures and look at how cute you look in your white running visors!! Darn it I really do miss down town Denver..it is such a fun place and I loved people watching there:) Keep up the awesome work Jill!! Happy Monday:)

C2Iowa said...

Glad to hear that you were able to stretch your legs a bit outside with friends. Denver looks nice; cool pics. Enjoy your day off and hopefully you are wrong about your future condition for Boston. Something tells me that you will do great.

Tell your son -- one loss to make him stronger and smarter for the next one.

Staci Dombroski said...

Great job on the mileage!! I can't believe his eye :( I hope that you have a great week!

try said...

沒有經過反省的人生,是不值得活的人生 ....................................................

Heather said...

Glad you were able to get the 16 in - hope you continue to feel better and can get some good runs in this week.

ShutUpandRun said...

So glad you found your key and so glad that nothing was stolen!! It was a fun and thanks for giving it a great recap. I hope you continue to get your strength back and to feel better. I know it will be soon. BTW, your son's eye looks AWFUL. Hopefully it looks worse than it really is. Take care...

Velma said...

I can totally see myself leaving my keys in the lock. You don't have ADD - it is busy mom syndrome - I have a bad case.

Good for you watching the boxing - I am not sure I could do that!!

Happy running - March will bring good health. You are going to go into the month like a lamb and come out like a fighting lion (cheesy I know)

Whitney said...

I would freak out watching anyone that I knew boxing.

And wow - good job on 16 miles with lung crud. I've had lung crud for a week and haven't run at all. You are tougher than me!

Anne Marie said...

Yeah for you to be on the mend. and YES! bring on March!!!
it's fun to see the pics of you and the other running bloggers. very cool
and what I love most is seeing your lil, or I guess big, twin kids! My heart just melts b/c I feel like I'm looking down the road when my own 2 are college age...
and that eye! yikes, but yeah, I get that he's proud.
Glad again you're on the mend!

Katie A. said...

Awesome job on the run! So jealous you three got to meet up! And don't beat yourself up too much, you haven't run that far and felt good for a while! Aweomse!

Melissa said...

Awesome mileage. I'm so impressed.

The boxing thing would drive me to an early grave I believe.

Marlene said...

Way to go on the 16! Looks like you had some good company. Must be nice to have that under your belt.

Sending continued good vibes your way...

I am so ready for March!

Kerrie T. said...

Haha! Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloons. I thought that, too. :)

Hope you feel better soon!

Kenley said...

I have not done a whole lot in Feb, but March I look forward to with anticipation. Great post here Jill. By the look of the pics, looks like you keep the fun in running. Take care.

Running Through Life said...

Sounds like you had a rough weekend. I hope your feeling better soon. Glad you found the key, but not the ideal way you wanted to.

Your son's eye looks pretty bad, I hope it is healing well.

Psyche said...

You are doing a very smart thing with the taking-it-one-day-at-a-time method.

Hope you're back to 100% soon.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Is that guy in the picture behind you three girls actually snoozing!?! Too funny!

I don't "get" the boxing thing. I do judo which is more like grappling. The idea of allowing someone to beat on me is not my cup of tea. I tend to shy away from fists.

Glad you are feeling a little better. I am sure you can pull it back together, so don't stress over it too much. Your conditioning hasn't left that fast, it is just hiding. :)

Slomohusky said...

yikes! i will keep my ankle problem in vegas if you keep that lung thing in denver. sorry about the key mistake. i laughed at the table shot for lunch twice now. tara's blog and now yours. laughing over the guy in the background who looks sound asleep while you three are laughing it up. he looks like he is about to do a face plant in his soup.

Running and living said...

So glad you are feeling better. And how fun to run with a blogger friend. I am so excited to meet everyone coming in for Boston. Will talk to the powers upstairs about good weather, little wind, and strong legs for all of us!

Anonymous said...

You? Emotionally needy? NoooooooO! I knew that before I even chatted with ya! hahaha.

Good run to get back in the groove!

Mikey B

lindsay said...

man had i known, i would've offered to trade mondays with you! ;) loved the running/hanging out w/ friends pics, but yikes about the bloody eye. too gross for my weak stomach :)

NY Wolve said...

I could never deal with the boxing. of course I have 2 girls, but even if i had boys, I am not sure I could watch.

What great running pictures, though! We go to Aspen every summer for several weeks, and I love Colorado.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

That eye - ugh! Glad you found your car keys! Sorry about the rock confusion on my blog!!!

Megan said...

Yikes! Boxing. Yikes!

Tara said...

Hey girlie! I love the butt pic w/ Beth and me; I'm so glad you didn't put the armpit stain one up. That one was pretty.

Hang in there; I think that you are on the upward swing of things. You're going kick that crud right outta your lungs!

I don't remember you telling us about your kiddo and his boxing match? Maybe I was too busy trying to breathe.

Meg said...

Yahoo Jill! 16 miles and you're on the mend!! Nice run and you Colorado girls have all the fun :) !! I enjoyed your family catch-up and your poor son...eek on the eye!
Goach has NO advice this week since you're ripping it up out there on your own but the minute you need it...it'll be there. Advice; simple and cheap!
HUGS Girl, I'm smiling because I know all is better with you! It's March, by the way, almost birthday time!

Katie said...

Sorry to hear you've had lung troubles. I've also been having issues, but perhaps not as bad. It's a real pain in the butt when you're trying to run and can't breath. So I totally agree "stupid lungs!" Keep feeling better!

Jamoosh said...

Closed down February with 16 miles - way to go!

misszippy said...

Sorry to hear you are still battling the crud...it can hang around so long. You are definitely reminding me of my fall marathon training this year. But you did get 16 in, so that's in the bank no matter what. As to the boxing--wow, I would have a really hard time seeing my guy all beat up too! you're a good mom.

runningcommentaries said...

Nothing like brutal mother/daughter honesty! At least she can tell you. And I cannot believe you are old enough to have college kids, you look SO young!

Great job getting out of the house and getting it done. Hopefully it warms up soon!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're on the mend, my friend! A good 16-miler and some camaraderie should lift your spirits and put you solidly on the path to an outstanding Boston! Hope your life-storms will pass on by and let you focus on your running for the next 6 weeks!

SeniorRunner

Irene said...

I'm so glad to hear that you're finally rebounding! Ditto on the less than stellar February we've had and also being sick for most of it. I hope there really is such a thing as "muscle memory" and you'll get your strength back soon. Nice job on the run, even though it was hard, but it's good to be with friends to pull you through.

Nice shiner! At least he has a cool boxing story to go with it. I take it there's no detached retinas or anything. I'd freak, too. I broke blood vessels in my eye from coughing. See, not as exciting of a story. :)

Laura said...

Awesome job...I fear being sick/injured in terms of trying to tackle the 'comeback' part.
Hope he is ok ...but that eye...freaks me out.

RunnuRMark said...

Hi Jill! So you're doing boston, huh? Well I'm jealous! I'd definitely be doing that this year if I had the time and money to squeeze that trip in. Instead I'm doing the Olathe marathon on 4/10. That was actually supposed to be my first marathon last year before it got cancelled due to a snow storm. But I guess the good news is I got free entry into this year's race.

Sorry to hear about the nasty infection you've been carrying around. I would have freaked if I had to take 3 weeks off. I probably should have taken a little break myself, but all I did was replace an interval session with an easy run during my sick time. Thank God for drugs...that's all I gotta say!

Adam said...

I think I've been to that place in downtown denver...(my mom lives down in the springs)

oh WOW. I have a lot of repect for you to let your son do boxing. NO WAY my mom would have let me and no way I would let my kids do it! :)