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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Box Of Happiness Goes To...

Thanks to everyone who commented on my 1st anniversary blog and signed up for the giveaway.  I wish I could send everyone a box of happiness.  But, I can only pick one, and the recipient of the happiness box is...

Alessandra from The Life and Times of A. Nighbert!  Congratulations, Alessandra.  Send me your address and I'll mail your package to you.  

What else is going on?  Well, yesterday I ran outside for the first time since October.  It was a bit chilly, and the trail in the park was very very muddy.  This is what I don't get:  you have a trail, in a park.  The park is quite large, and there are many many places to take your dog to poop.  Why the hell do you have to let them poop on the trail?  Really?  People walk and run on it, you know.  I spent most of my  time  A) Dodging poop; B) Running off the trail on the grass to avoid the huge mud puddles and quicksand that was the trail; C) Cursing myself for wearing a long sleeved shirt.  Oh, and I forgot what time I started, so I had to guess at my finish.  I was attempting to complete my virtual 5k.  I think I got the time right.  It was a bit of a frustrating experience, but I was happy to be outside.  I trashed my shoes, so now I have to clean them up before I go to the gym.  

I did learn a few things:  I have a long way to go before I will feel at ease running again.  I have a long way to go before I can run non-stop for 30 minutes.  I cannot wear long sleeved shirts when I run.  I hate sweaty wrists--does this make sense?  I should have just worn short sleeves, been cold for a bit, then I would have felt better.  So thinking about my mid-morning escapade while at work last night helped me formulate a running plan for the next few months.

What's the plan, you ask, sitting on pins and needles?  Well, my next race is a 5K at the end of May.  Until that time, I am going to work on running 3-5 miles every time I run.  I have to tune out what's around me, and concentrate on standing up straight, lengthening my stride ( I tend to not take a big enough stride and it makes my hips really stiff), and retraining my brain to work with my body to achieve a sense of accomplishment for every little positive step I make.  If I don't have a great run one day, I'll just try again.  I will not start getting worked up about that fact that I am not running 8-12 miles at a time.   And drinking water!  Not keeping myself hydrated enough is what causes my horrible side cramp.  It's always my right side, and it happens way too frequently when I run.   Park the water tank right here, and attach the hose to my face.  

I'm still saving for my Garmin!  That is spurring me on to keep running each week.  And this poster reminded me of what Bud says to me when I feel like I'm not up to doing something:  "Don't say you can't.  I hate it when you say you can't do something. Try."  This comes from a man who does not have "can't" in his vocabulary.  Bud will figure it out, and always try.  And since he would probably be someone who could survive a nuclear holocaust, live off the land, and build a shelter from leaves, I know he lives by this motto.  And, too--I don't wanna be a weenie woman.  

get poster here

Every time I want to say "I can't go any farther" I have to say " I'll try".  What keeps you going when you want to quit?  


  1. Sounds like Bud and Ryan have a similar mentality. He's always telling me to rid "can't" out of my vocabulary. And I think Ryan might like to live off the land for a game every once in awhile. Haha! Good job getting out there. I'm really looking forward to some warmer days! :)

  2. Yeah, Bud really gets annoyed with me sometimes. He keeps me always on my toes!

    I just want the trails to dry up so I can run without splattering mud all over my backside. It looks soooo attractive;}

    Have a great day Stephanie. My forecast says rain, but I don't see any on the radar.

  3. Congrats on running outdoor, there's nothing better. Thanks for the happiness box, I'm really excited to get it. My email is

    Have you tried those finger shoes for running? I just got a pair and they're the most comfortable shoes I've ever run in, and they make you go quite a bit faster too,

  4. Hey, go you on your first 5k race of the year! We run in a park where dogs are allowed off-leash, so we get plenty of extra exercise hopping over the little blighters.. ;D

    By the way, who says that you have to run for 30mins without stopping? Did you know it's healthier for your body (heart) to run intervals? Enjoy your runs and celebrate the small victories! xo

  5. Alessandra, I was looking at those shoes just last night! They have me intrigued, for sure.

    Thanks Diane for the pep talk! I am working on enjoying the small victories :)

  6. I know you'll do just great in your 5K! I was never a runner, but I used to "power walk" 5 miles every night with Mr B and I really miss it. His legs are dang near a foot longer than mine so it made me keep up a pretty steady pace. (I hate to be last! lol)

    I kind of missed your blogoversary, so a belated congrats on that! What a great idea for a giveaway. After the crazy winter the whole country seems to have had this year, a box of happiness was the perfect choice. I'm sure Alex will really enjoy it.

    Keep up the great work and watch out for those little puppy presents!

    XOXO Mrs B

  7. I CAN'T wait to hear about your first 5K race!
    I love your attitude, you truly inspire me. Now I CAN'T wait to run outside!...maybe a few more weeks, but it's decided, I will be running sooner rather than later.

  8. Mrs B and Sandra:

    You both are rock stars! And I can't wait to run outside again. Unfortunately, we got a boat load of rain in the last few days, so my muck is now officially a muddy mess. Got my fingers crossed for next week and outside running.


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