The one where things are listed

12 08 2010

Super LtothAtotheMtotheE right?   Right.   I’m doing it anyway.

  • Summer.  Can you believe it is almost OVER?  Two weeks from yesterday and the kids will be back in school.    As always I have mixed feelings about this…too many to list
  • Knitting.  Been working on lots of things…too many to list.  Here are my favorites.  Join Ravelry to learn more….A few of my favorite knits
  • Bad/sad news.  Really world, I’m quite sick of it.  Please   Whether it is people getting sick, passing away, or having generally junky stuff happen, it needs to stop.   Hear me???   Again, really too much to list.
  • Sewing.  I’ve been doing some sewing.  Found some AWESOME sheets at Goodwill–a sheet set from Tommy Hilfiger  and just another neat one.  The TH ones became summer play clothes for Sunshine daughter and a dress.   The other sheet is waiting patiently to become new PJ pants for me.  Using the sheet to become pants, is the most awesome sewing trick, b/c there are NO HEMS at the bottom of the pants!  Yeah!!!
  • I’ve been reading AND logging the books with the HP Library book club.  Total geek.  Favorites so far: Once upon a Marigold & Eat Pray Love.   I’ve been hitting the Goodwill and buying way too many books and STILL going to the library for more books.   Man I do love to read….
  • Running.  Wish I could say I was breaking speed records….I can’t.  I haven’t run in a long time.   Hoping the weather cools down a little or I start hauling my fat keister out of bed earlier so I actually get out and run.   I’d feel better, so why am I not doing it?
  • Kids.  The kids are crazy and loveable all at the same time.  All are healthy (thank God!) excepting allergies.    Sunshine sons are going into third grade and Sunshine daughter is going into Kindergarten.   They alternately got on each other nerves and were playing wonderfully.  We didn’t do much this summer and that is OK.  (No, really it is.)  Money is tight and frankly, I’m a bit sick of camping, so we stayed home.  We went to the Sunday concerts and did a whole lot of nothing.   For the boys it might be the last summer of nothing.

Bullets, love ’em or hate ’em, they are useful.   I know, its still LtotheAtotheMtotheE.


5K Knights Run for Disabilities Wrap-up

21 09 2009

Quick & dirty notes: 

  • The race was close by–6 minute drive door to door.  Sweet!
  • Weather–Beautiful.  Balmy and reasonably cool morning. 
  • Finish time–WELL under my goal.   More on that below, but let’s just say…I was PUMPED!
  • Running with people I knew….  It was neat-o to see the little (old) lady who comes to mass in decked out in high heels and dressed to the nines in her jogging clothes and sneaks.   It made me smile! 

So my second 5K finish time was 41:01.   That is a 13.23 time.    PR.   Though a note about the PR stuff.  It is great, to finish faster, but when one is running 16 minute miles, there is only one direction to go…down (time wise).  

One of the best things about this 5K is how good I felt at the end.   Tired, yes.  Exhausted and kicked to the curb, no.   It made me think I would like to try some other longer runs.     Ever since the 12th, I’ve seen TONS of triathlon bumper stickers around town.    If it were an “easy” one…I might be tempted.   It has me thinking that my sister-in-law might not be as crazy as I thought she was….   What?   Oh, sorry.   She wants to do a 1/2 marathon in the spring….  When she mentioned it I thought she was a little crazy (ok, a lot crazy–sorry Shan), but now…she might be onto something.  

This is the finish line picture from Hub, who brought the Sunshine kids to the finish line.   I got a little choked up to see them all there and the kids each ran with me for a bit.   Way to go Sunshines!DSCF2589

I’m looking for my next 5K in October…not sure where or when just yet.  

November???   We’ll yes indeed, I have some plans for that run.   It will be participating in the GO FAR race   .   I’m helping to start a GO FAR group at the school.   It starts this week and I can’t wait!!!!!   Any ideas on how to get parents & staff on board??

You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes…

11 09 2009

I’ve said (and written) this to a bunch of people, so forgive me if you’re one of them.   Running and pregnancy/labor have a bit in common.   They are both difficult & joyful.    When they have ended, it is bliss.  You think (at least I did)…NEVER again.  For most people though, there is another.  

My second 5K race is tomorrow, The Knights 5K Run for Disabilities .  I signed up about a month after finishing the first one.   After I told my neighbor, J, not to let me sign up for another one.  She knew I was talking from exhaustion.   Thank you J for not reminding me I said “Never let me do this again.”  

Originally, I found Hal Higdon’s training and I was working it and feeling better, running better and was excited about the race.  Then August arrived with its humidity and nasty air.   Hal’s training schedule of 6 days running and 2 days strength training (otherwise known to Hal as “rest”) was too much.   I slacked off bigtime and only ran SIX days in August for a total of 15 miles.   Cooler air and  seeing “RACE DAY” in big, black Sharpie helped get me kick started again.     Hal, once this race is finished, I’ll be back.   You’re a man with a great plan…just not for girls who live in NC during August. 

So, about the title.  I was looking at my sneakers.   They are New Balance.   They are wide and pink & grey.   I love them.   I was giving them a once over the other day, before heading out and it struck me how far these shoes have carried me traveled with me.  According to Daily Mile, I’ve logged 57 miles since July 1st.   These are just runs and they don’t count May & June runs before I fell in love with discovered Daily Mile.  The runs have been around the neighborhood, usually in the morning.   I always have my iPod on, but I consider the music to be my soundtrack, rather than something to “do”.  I realized, looking at these shoes of mine, that running is not exercise time for me.  It is time to think, pray, worry, plan, brainstorm, and  time to NOT do anything except put one foot in front of the other. 

I have other shoes and they all tell different things about me I’m sure, but my running shoes give me a glimpse into that better side of myself. 

What do your shoes say about you?    I’ll be back soon on how my shoes did this time around.

On Birthdays, Camping, Running and Friends

18 07 2009

Not particularly in that order.  


  • We planned (though please use that term loosely) a camping trip for this weekend plus part of next week.   We are heading to Hanging Rock, NC.  Please send cool DRY weather wishes our way. 
  • My companions on this trip could tell you the exact countdown of time left, but I am ignoring them. 
  • I am nervous about not having packed something important.   I guess I won’t know about that until its too late.  
  • My camp knitting is packed:  dishcloths (duh, of course!), silk kerchief, & baby yoda sweater for new-on-the-way nephew (thank you for discovering the sex of the child, I appreciate it!). 


  • I have some rockin friends.   They are knitters and I love them all!   I am lucky to have found you.   I don’t say it enough.   Thank you for being great friends. 


  • I’m still running.  The past few days, I’ve even seen another person running.   Wow!  I have been reading lots of running blogs lately.  This morning as I walked in the house, a strange voice came over the ipod and said, “This is Tiger Woods.  Congratualtions on running your fastest mile yet.”  Wowie, powie.  
  • It was a junky run this morning, neither my brain or legs seemed to be interested.  The music was so-so and part of me wished I was still in bed.  
  • I stumbled onto Hal Higdon’s website and I’m using his 5K training for intermediates.  It is interesting doing the interval training.  Not sure how the “long” run is going to go, I’ve never run 5 miles before. 
  • I downloaded a few new (to me) songs onto the ipod: Single Ladies, Big Country, Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) amoung others.   Any good running tunes I’m missing?   I heard those three in a row yesterday while running and I felt like I was flying!  It was wicked sweet. 


  • I had a great birthday this year.  I don’t know what it was that made this year so great, but if the birthday is any indicator of the year, it is going to ROCK!   Bring on 36!  Maybe it was the presents; ipod nanos and nike+ sensors certainly don’t hurt.  Maybe it was the BBQ/swim party we went to in the afternoon.  Maybe it was the fun time we had at the fireworks–great show, perfect weather, and all around great time.   Whatever it was, I had a great time.   
  • Happy Birthday to you whenever your birthday is!

Sorry for the lack of links, pictures, or actual useful information. 🙂   I have a feeling there will be camping stories to tell.   Have a great weekend!

Cool Running

1 07 2009
For almost 2 years I’ve been doing WW and for almost 2 years, I’ve been avoiding exercise.   Since January my weight loss has been sporadic and and nearly non-existent.   Something had to be done.   Although this is the “thinnest” I’ve been since I can’t remember when, it is not my goal.  

What’s a girl to do when she is broke but still needing to exercise?  Sign up for a 5K run and get out there!  You weren’t expecting that were you?   I’ve always said (at least I’ve said it in my head), “I only run when someone is chasing me!”.   So what inspired me to do this?  Well, alignment of the planets, the biggest Loser, temporary insanity, a little extra money in my pocket, and oh yeah, an incentive from WW to get something “free”.  

So in early April, I signed up for the MacFest 5K Fitness Run.  I then googled couch to 5K and running plans and found some training programs.   The best I found were Podrunner: First Day to 5K and some training modules on Active (which I abandoned, because I am cheap frugal thrifty lazy).  
Since it was April, I started running in the evening but because I live in NC, the weather quickly turned sub-tropical by 6:30pm, I began running in the mornings.   By morning I mean the ungodly hour of 5:45am alarm, 1 (OK, two) snoozes, and then hit the driveway at 6:05am.  The first two weeks were not pretty, but I’d put my intentions on Facebook and Twitter too, so I was committed. 


There were SEVERAL “what have I done” moments along the way, but June 13th came and I was at the starting line–well close to the back of the starting line.  
Am I running yet?
Am I running yet?

See all those people around me?  Yeah, they went ZOOMING ahead.  Let me give you some of my thoughts while I was running:

  • “What the HELL am I doing?”
  • “Crap, those 12 year old girls (the ones in the pink shirts in the above picture) are going faster than me.”
  • “What the HELL am I doing?”
  • As I made the turn at the one mile mark, the eventual winner for the 5K overall, passed me, going the other direction.  “Crap.” 
  • “Do not stop.  Small children are going through chemo and all sorts of horrible other things, you CAN and WILL finish this. Do NOT stop.” 
  • “I think I’m going to throw up.”
  • Just as I got to the 2.5 mile mark, the winner of the 10K race passed me.  “Crap.” 
  • “What the HELL am I doing?”

You get the idea.   The girls in pink proved to be a saving grace for me.  Since they were wearing those bright pink shirts, I could see what was left–1/2 mark, turnoff toward the finish, etc.   Thanks girls in pink!  I might have given up if it weren’t for you showing me how much was left.  

The other person who gave me a boost was my sister-in-law, Shannon.   Shannon cheers my crazy younger brother on when he runs, bikes, and attempts other acts of athletic wackiness.  She did a great job getting me pumped up and then she helped me finish the race.   She kept me going.  I would not have run up that hill without her.   THANK YOU SHANNON!

Getting to the end

Getting to the end

My official time was 47:10.   I figure I was running about a 16 minute mile.   I read later on that moving at this pace is technically called jogging, not running.   Oh, well.   

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Getting your big arse out of bed at 6:00am is worth it. 
  • Even though running itself is cheap, the accessories, not so much.
  • Running a 5K was alot like labor and delivery.  It sucked and was painful along the way, but now it is through, I’m thinking it wasn’t that bad.   I swore I wouldn’t (in both cases), but I’m going to run another 5K and hell, I’m game for another baby too!
  • It really helps to have great friends & family cheering you on.  Thanks Ken, Tom, Joe, Kate, Tom, Shannon & Jacquelyn for the cheering and running beside me at the end.  
  • Water is an amazing drink. 

So, what’s next?   (here she goes with the bullets again)

  • Another 5K in September.  I’ve started training and although I haven’t set my overall goal, I’d like to see the pace time around 12-14 min per mile. 
  • Help my kids and the kids at Triangle Lake Montessori School get running.  I’m not sure how I’m going to do this yet. 
  • Reading all I can about running and training.   Got any good running blogs?   Most of what I’ve found seem to be ads for something. 

Although I can’t  say I love to run, I can say it is growing on me.  Guess I better start running faster!