Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Leaf Tote & Christmas Bears

I have been filling up my "vacation time" (self-employed means, you don't get paid when you're on vaca!) ;)  with finishing up projects and doing some training online that I have been really wanting to do, but did could not find the time.  More on that in a bit.




Here's the christmas bears I did for the little girls we see at our friend's xmas party.  I sewed up little bags out of cute winter flannel and made the bears their own little sleeping bags out of fleece. 

I did a swap literally last March with the mom of a good friend of mine - she sent me watercolors and I sewed up some bags.  This is the second bag...

This is the back...my friend's glass work was used for the zipper pull and the buttons added a nice touch to the felted leaves I put.  I used variegated thread on the back, so that is why you see the changes in color on the machine quilting.


Here's the front of the bag - black thread for the quilting so that it does not compete with the leaves.  I "painted" the leaves using inktense watercolor pencils on white fabric.  Then painted a thin coat of colorless extenter onto the leaves - this keeps the color from fading or bleading when washed.  Fused the leaves and cut them out, fused to black kona cotton.  Thread-sketched on the leaves and then quilted.  Assembed the bag.  When I went to put the handles on, the black cording I bought untangled on me - ended up looking cooler than the original cording!  It posed a problem though, cause I had to cover up the edges where I sewed the cording.  Ended up needle felting some leaves and hand-sewing them on. 
Well, it and another little bag are on their way to Monique's mom today!  Thank goodness she is patient!

So for my training - I have always wanted to learn Adobe Flash Professional, so I took an online course yesterday on "the basics."  It was fabulous!  Really broke it down well - that lynda.com really rocks and is worth every penny! 

As for running, I am now on a new medication for my eyes - totally test only, but in 6 months or so, we should hopefully know if it will help the degeneration.  What does that have to do with running?  Well, one of the side-effects is that you could gain weight, so back onto a running program I go!  Gonna research some spring races and get my plan together this week. 

6 more weeks until we go to Hawaii! 







Thursday, December 23, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mittens Challenge!

Mittens by Kristin
Don't you love it when someone sends email that's fun?  Craft Leftover's is like that - she is so stinkin' creative with the materials she has on hand.  In 2011 - she is whittling her craft stash down to only 5 lbs!  This should be good!

I love mittens.  My dog loves mittens.  Thus the need to have multiple pairs.

This tut is super easy.  Have a sewing machine your mom, grammie or friend gave you and you really have never used it?  Get it out!  Get them over to help you make up a batch of these puppies.  You quilty girls out there...ooooh, how fun to do some quick applique?!

Here's the tut over at Craft Leftovers -

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No Sew Coasters!

I get emails from Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors - really good content for email marketing - the way it should be done!  Anyway - want a new sew, totally fast project and super cute?

Check this out!

Can Your Brain Explode? A little cure..

Oh yes it can!  Here are the signs:
1)  You drink way too much caffeine
2)  You are exhausted at 6:30 pm (thank you daylight savings!)
3)  You wake up at 1:46 am completely and totally WIDE awake
4)  Your husband says you are talking a ton in your sleep
5)  Your son says - Mom, you really need to make me dinner
6)  Your running is now NON-EXISTANT
7)  Your dog is the only reason you step away from the computer!

So what if you can't step away? (and really don't want to because you are really getting alot done for your clients and learning a ton...)


You put this on and stream a little holiday spirit your way...
North Pole Radio to the Rescue!

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Straight A's and a New Puppy!

First off,  new puppy is not ours, but my mom-in-law's.  This pic is not of the actual puppy, but one that is full grown at 3 lbs.  Oscar our shi-poo was 4 lbs when we first got him - so liiiiiiiitttttttttlllllleeeee.  I am so excited!  It's a teacup bolonka breed.  It started out on Thursday with Scott saying, my mom wants to get a puppy.  My FIL, says NO WAY.  That turned into ...well i am not taking care of it...to today, MIL going to pick it up.  They have been flirting with getting a dog since we got Oscar.  Cannot wait to see the little thing!

Other news - Max got his report card - straight A's except for one B+ that he already has moved up to an A.  He is just lovin' middle school.  We had a little drama this week when he decided that he really did not want to play tuba anymore.  No really, my son is not a complete dork!  So I said, you need to make a plan and stick with it until the December concert, have an open discussion with your band teacher about switching instruments.  He took a deep breath and listened to me.  (whew...)  He talked with the teacher and all is good.  Of course, now he is playing the low note he was having so much trouble with and he may be back to wanting to play the tuba...He was spouting off musical stuff like notes and what not like nobody's business - does not get this musical deal from me or Scott!  Comes from the grandma's - Marcia played french horn and my mom played sax and piano...

Got about 6 inches of very wet snow - I think it may have taken out our birch tree that we first planted 13 years ago when we first moved into our house.  I hope it bounces back!

Work is GINORMOUSLY crazy.  I have to pull myself away and try to relax. 

Running is non-existant.  Keep telling myself that when work slows down, I will get back into it.  I will, just maybe not til mid-next week. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

My First 1/2 Marathon Race Report!

I did it! 

I finished my first 1/2 marathon and they didn't close the course on me! 

I was in the back of the pack, but there were a good 72 people behind me!  Next year, there will be 82!  ;)  Us back packers are awesome!  We say things like...wow, I've never gone this far before!  Oooh, what model garmin is that?  The spectators can actually see ya and say Hey Pumpkin Girl - way to go!


I want to say thanks to Shannon - she gave me great course feedback before the race, so the HILLS I encountered were really not that big a surprise.  They sucked none the less...oh, I get ahead of myself...Let's start at the beginning...

I got my costume already - a Pumpkin! - I was gonna wear my water pack, cause that was the way I trained all summer.  Note to self - NO ONE wore a water pack...GEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK!  That's ok, cause no one saw the water pack part, cause I forgot to pack the little valve thingy for the end..so I hauled two bottles of gatorade in the pack part. Note for next year:  No water pack and no costume if I want to PR.  It was super fun to see costumes though!  The plan was to stay downtown overnight instead of making 2 trips into MPLS.  My friend Kara and her son Roy came with me and Max.

Friday night we went downtown to pick up my race packet.  Lots of music and people and a couple of booths of running stuff.  It was exciting!  Can't imagine what a full expo would be like!  Kara and the boys waited for me out in the truck, so could not hang here too long.

We stayed at the Depot - the hotel had a deal for runners - it was a nice hotel and good to bring the boys to.  Next year, I will have a bed to myself, even if I have to get two hotel rooms!  This boy is such a BED HOG!  These are not queen beds like they said they were...Water park was fun and we had a nice dinner.  Boys had not really been to a hotel, so they loved it.

This is Max and I at dinner.  Droid pic, not a good one.  Max says - Mom, I need to talk to you before you go.  So I step over to the bed and he puts his hand on my shoulder and says, "Good luck today.  Have fun, I know you will do great.  I love you.  Now don't get hurt!"  He was so cute and serious!
I got up about 5:30 cause I just could not sleep anymore.  This is when I realized I didn't have the valve dealy for my water pack.  Urrrrrrggggghhhhh.  I did not forget anything else.  Anyway, I got coffee and then walked over to the light transit train station.  It was still really dark and I walked quickly though did not really feel scared, but hey - I am now a country girl!  Got my train ticket and train showed up exactly on time.  Took only 15 minutes to get to the Minnehaha stop.  One block over was 50th - just walked from there to Nokomis.  About 12 blocks or maybe 10 minutes?  I was happy to see this store - cause at that time of the morning, you are kinda wondering, did I really read that map right?

So I get down to the race start area and get in the looooooooong lines for the honey pots.  These gals were ahead of me.  They finished 2:17, 2:13 and 2:25 respectively.  That's pretty stinkin' good with the drag ya get from the hair! 

At about 8:25 - business all taken care of and got myself to the back of the pack.  Somewhere in between the 11:30 and 13:44 pacers.

Miles 1-5 - Right on pace!  11:15 - 11:45 miles Feel really good!
Miles 6-8 - HILLS and my right hip really starts to hurt

Mile 9 - Now everything is hurting and I start to walk more
Mile 10 - oh, I could be done right now!!!  Lots of the 2 hour folks are coming back from their Lake Calhoun loop and are headed to the finish line!  I am in awe!!  So fast!  I get energy from this and start to run a bit more.

Mile 11 - Oh, it just looks so far around this lake, but only 2 more miles!

Mile 12 - My hands are super swollen so I start to keep them elevated and pump my arms as I walk.  Yes, this is my determined phase - I start to run/walk more even though it huuuuuuurrrrrrts!  I put my hat back on cause I look like a drowned rat and I want my finish picture to not be that horrible.

Mile 13 - Yeah!!!!  I can see the finish!!!  Run Run Run!  I kinda am a little teary eyed!  Wow!  I did it!
Max, Roy and Kara are there to greet me.  I get past them in search of my medal.  Catch up with one of the race folks.  Then go back and find everyone.

We get back to the truck- I just want to sit down!  OH NO!  I forgot my race bag!  Kara and the boys drop me off and drive around the block.  Ugh - the race bags are at the very back of the race set-up.  I stumble my way back there and the nice volunteer guy says - Stand here, I will go get it for you!
ahhhh..lots of complaints about the buses and honey pots, but this guy made it for me!
I get back to the truck and down my gatorade.

Well, that's it!  It's now Monday and I feel pretty good!  I could even go trick or treating with the kids last night!  So all that conditioning really did help - My body has learned to recover faster. 

Would I do it again? 
Heck ya!
Already lookin' for my next race!
Should be back to training on Wed!




Thursday, October 28, 2010

Less than 48 hours!

Getting excited for the 1/2!  It's this Saturday in downtown Mpls - running around the lakes and it's gonna be great weather!  Yeah!!  Tomorrow is costume making day!  No work for this gal!  Get the boy off to school and then fun!  I will have pics - I will look ridiculous, but hey - it's halloween!  Max is super excited cause we are gonna stay at the Depot downtown - they have a water park, indoor ice rink and arcade!  Pick up the race packet and then off to have some fun.

Got the pumpkin all carved - ended up doing most of it for Max, cause the little cutter was kinda hard to manipulate.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Gimme a hug

I literally worked 60 hours this last week and am having flashbacks to my prior self.  Good (love the creativity, purpose) and bad (no exercise and my neck and shoulders ache).  So while plugging away on a web project yesterday (the good) my son walks up to me and says - gimme a huuuuuuuggggggg.  So he leaned into me and I hugged him.  Then he said something so cute, I thought - I need to write that down.  Then I didn't...

and now I remember that it was cute and confirmed to me that he is just an angel..but I can't remember exactly what it was he said! 

So today is for fun stuff, lite run, hangin' out and making apple pie.  Give my brain a chance to clean out the debris from last week.  It's already working, cause he called me into his room just now and I was mildly annoyed to have to stop posting.... 

It was for him to inform me that next weekend for my 1/2 marathon, the weather looks to be perfect - 40's at the start and partly cloudy.  He knew I was worried about the weather and wanted to tell me the good news.  I loooooove that boy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Alisa Burke's Pretty Pumpkins!

She really has amazing tutorials on her site - gotta save my pennies to take a class of hers!
These could last well into the holidays!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall Pics from Last Weekend

You expect the fall leaves pics, but if you look closely - there is still color left to be seen in the garden...




I love this one!



This is the view out the window of my inlaws.

These are the raspberries I spent 2 hours picking - I now have 40 jars of raspberry preserves!

Here's Max's successful hunt.


I love fall!

Oooofta!

Yes, I am a WI girl who lived alot of her life in MN - so I actually naturally do say oofta.  I earned the right to say ooofta - 12 miles later. 

My hubby, I think makes comments when really, he is upset or just worried (This is good that I understand this or I would want to kill him right now...)  I got a little over heated and am just now, 2 hours later starting to feel like myself, but I had to keep sitting down cause I was getting light-headed and felt very nauseous.  I did two gels and 1 qt of gatorade on the run, but I have also never done 12 miles before...Anyway, back to my not killing my husband - He says why do you feel so bad?  I say - I just ran 12 miles.  He says - Well you did not really run the 12 miles.  I say "I was on my feel and moving for 12 miles, 2 hours and 35 minutes later...what have you done today?" 

We are all beat tonight - Max had a sleepover, the dog got groomed - poor Oscar boy, that is just a traumatic experience for him, but he looks cute!  Off to bed early!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Caution - Hunting and First Scheduled Long Run

We are headed to the in-laws this weekend.  For you vegans - stop here - everyone else..scroll down




My 10 year old gets to go gun hunting for the first time with Dad.  Now, some may not agree with hunting - don't bother to neg comment here, cause it's a big deal in our family.  We do all the good stuff with eating what we hunt etc.  What's so great about it is that Max gets great time with Dad and learns respect for the rifle, respect for the animal and spends time away from electronics in the outdoors.  He woke up this morning to tell me that he dreamed there was a big buck, then another bigger one came in, then still another until there were 10 bucks...oh, oh maybe only 4 in range.  LOL - I told him he was a true hunter cause the story just gets bigger and bigger!

Now for the long run - longest so far since the ankle has be 5.5 miles - so my 10 scheduled for tomorrow will be interesting!  Wish me luck!  Also - work has exploded around here..so I am up to my ears in google analytics, web forms and key words!  Good things!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Back Running & Fair Isle Knitting

Had our big quilt show last weekend.  Lots of fun and work!  It was worth it.  I learned alot!  I donated my first pair of Fair Isle Mittens to our silent auction.  They brought in $21.50 for our local family shelter - Grace Place.  If you've never tried Fair Isle, it's not as hard as I thought it would be and bonus, it goes pretty fast and keeps you interested. 

Been back to routine running this week and I feel much better!  Tomorrow, will do a 8 or 9 mile long run - maybe longer if I feel good.  Off to Fall Fest this weekend at the in-laws.  Will hopefully get a family portrait in the leaves too!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

First Week of School

Someone missed a certain someone this week!
Lots of jumping and kisses off the bus!
Max - Sept 1, 2010
Look at those feet!

Alright - the official thermometer on my porch says 45 degrees!  Off I go for 11!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One. Hundred. Miles. ;)

Yep!  Did a quick 2 miler cause I realized yesterday that I was just 2 miles away from 100.  I am dedicating my 1/2 marathon training to those loved ones I miss.  Matt's birthday was August. 4th.  September miles will be for my Mom, Marlene and October miles will be for my neice, Kasey.  (She likes to show up on my runs as butterflies - I've asked her what she plans on doing this winter? **smile**)
I wish you all could have known all 3 of them.  I am the person I am because of them.
Running is not just for physical health, but for emotional as well. 
Go hug someone you love today and then go for a run!

Monday, August 30, 2010

10 miler - No Ipod! That's the cherry on top!

So if you are on daily mile - skip ahead!  10 miler up and down a country road on Saturday with black flies and no ipod - Good to say it's DONE!  11 miler for this weekend!  I have got to figure out this stiff neck deal before the hubby heads out to Colorado! 

On quilting/art news for me - I am taking an online class from Wyanne and it's been wonderful to help me get back to my art!  Very fun!

I was tagged by elizabethlacy at canyon cairns for the Cherry on Top award.  Thanks so much Elizabeth!




Rules:
1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?  Well, this is a hard one!  If I could magically get back people that have passed, I would do that in a millesecond.  But, I am a firm believer that those folks are with me everyday, I just need to make myself open to recognizing the signs.  At the end of the day, I think we make our own opportunities and past is past.  You want to change something?  Change something right now.  Ya got right now - no time for regrets!

2. Secondly, pick 6 people and give them this award. Make sure to inform the person that they have gotten this award!

For those folks that like to find new blogs - here are a few of my favorites, some running, some quilting/art!:
Sue Bleiweiss - art quilter extroidinaire!
Ruth - This gal did the Ragnar Relay!  Woot Wooot!!!
Mysti and Michelle - Two former roommates learning how to run and writing about it!
Leah - Machine Quilting Artist and fabulous instructor! 
Cheryl - Art Quilter who posts regularily with testing new techniques - very fun!
Jacquie - Modern Quilter and fellow Improv(e) Your Butt Challenger
You all seriously rock in the blog department and I get something from your posts everytime! 

3. Be sure to thank the person who gave you the award.  I did - see above! ;) 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

9:21 Mile! PR by 10 seconds!

So all you runners out there, how do you monitor your fitness improvements?  I am running my fastest mile test each week to see where I am at and to test my brain to see if I can push it.  It seems to be working! 

Are you on daily mile?  It's really cool!  http://www.dailymile.com/

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sorry, Oscarboy - you can't go.

So here's a pic of me right before I set out on my 10 mile long run yesterday morning at 6:45 am.


















Check out the upper left corner....

















It's Oscar...he has the heart of a big dog that would love to just run and run, but alas, he's got a little gimpy leg that really only lets him go about a mile. 














Here is my morning glory vines going nuts!  They are so pretty!  This is the first year I got the things to successfully grow!  My droid takes pretty good pictures, but it really does not capture how the color of these just glows! 

Long run was good!  I actually went about 10.5 because I accidentally turned off the garmin for about 1/2 mile.  I am sure you can imagine the explitives that were muttered.   So, on a positive note, that makes thinking about doing 11 in two weeks much easier to accept!  ;)  I am having a little problem with my right foot, but it sounds like some orthotics should help it.  I land hard on my right big toe - metatarsal issues!  So I have downloaded also, a new way to lace up my shoes.  Will test it out tomorrow.

My boy is heading to middle school this year, so now we have to be fashion conscious...which means no more wally world apparel!  Off to Aeropostle, Gap and American Eagle we went.  My hubby got a shirt from American Eagle and when he got home, tried it on.  Yeah, 44 year old can NOT pull off that look.  So we laughed a little and I'll probably wear the shirt around the house.

It's hot again...aarrrrggggg, but it sounds like less humid weather is on our way.  Last full week of summer vaca for the boy!  Heads back to school week from Wed.  This is when I wish I could drive so I could take him to a bunch of fun places.  Oh well! 

Hope your long run went well!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I broke a 10 minute mile!

9:31:06
Yippy Skippy!  Ran the whole way and toasted it!  Then I celebrated by doing 10 hill sprints!  ;)

Monday, August 16, 2010

I do more than run and quilt!

Really I do!  This summer I worked with a good friend of mine to get her marketing up to par with her wonderful glasswork.  I knew her from my past life at my old job.  So now on my new adventures I get design fun stuff like this!


The art quilt on my blog was a gift to her and it was the jumping off point for the design of her website and marketing collateral.  So it turned into this...



Please go check out her website at http://www.glassgardendesigns.com/.  She does custom work through her etsy shop.  If you have an image that is from one of your races or an inspirational message for your training now or if you just need a stinkin' beautiful gift for yourself of loved one - she's your gal!  Let me know what you think of the site too!  Know someone who needs a great site for a fair price - I'm your gal for that too!  Folks can contact me through my other website - http://www.klscgroup.com/.  Thanks for letting me share! 

93 miles with top speed of 69 mph

Friday's hot run ended at 3:36 miles in about 45 agonizing minutes.  Got home and got ready to go to my inlaws to clean up the storm mess of trees down.  Rushing around and with my internet down since Wed. last week, I did not look at my Garmin to see if it was turned off, just threw all my running gear in my purse and off we went.  Low and behold when I download last night after my 9 miler, interesting to see that I just did not quit running on Friday!  So good to know it reads satelite signal from here to Wabasha! 

Notes from last night's long run -
Pretty nice to run in the evening!  Running into the sundown kinda sucked though.  Ran 2/walk 1 minute the whole run of 1:46.  That made an average pace of 12:06 per mile.  Hammies were really tight, but did some stretching and will be doing yoga later after mowing the lawn.  Used sport beans for the first time 1/2 way through.  Ate a handful and then stashed the rest, picked away at them every mile for the rest of the time.  Really pretty sunset last night and beautiful weather.  It's funny, when I run in my neighborhood, these kids come out and ride up and down the road checking me out!  They must be between 4-7 years old

Before my run last night, I got to spend the afternoon with my friend Jill - she has ran for the last 5 years or so, but she's in her rut right now.  Hip problems and hot summer heat, she's just not feelin' it.  So I gave her one of my Galloway books (really it's ok to walk - you will actually run more and be happier...)  I hope it inspires her as it has me! 

While out and about, we stopped at our local running store and I got some gels, , etc to try on my long runs.  We had a nice lunch at Olive Garden and did a stop at Trader Joe's to get my favorite dressing ever!  Cranberry Walnut Vinagrette! 

We also hit the bookstore and I got a copy of Running Times.  I really like it!  Newest Sookie Stackhouse (I can read these puppies in about a day and 1/2)  and some soduku puzzle books!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

18 mph vs 8 mph - I get speedwork now!

So you read and read and read because you are just a crazy girl who can't get enough.  Well, you follow what the books and the articles say about speedwork, hills, long runs and you are a new runner so you just think...they're the experts they know what they are talking about!  Well now I have a VISUAL for all you non-speedwork folks who have thought - nah, just need to go out and run mile after mile and that's it. 




If you can sustain this for 1 minute...(which I really didn't it was more the peak of that interval - ;p ) than you can run faster for longer periods and it won't feel as tough!  WOW! I am being a little facetious here - but it definately is eye-opening.  I also had during a few of the intervals today where I felt my legs were actually seperate from the rest of my body.  They were just truckin' along like a well oiled machine..I think that was a sneak peak to the runner's high I have heard about?  That could get seriously addictive if it would last longer than 40 seconds!  LOL!  It's also amazing how having a rest day after the long run, you are READY to go!  To the tune of 18 mph ready to go! 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

9.37 MIles! Longest Run Ever!

Really great few days of running lately!  Friday was fabulous with the weather and ran my fastest splits for 4-5-6 miles - yeah!  Yesterday was a great rest day with heading to our family reunion - fun to see everyone!  It was pretty hot and humid, but the food and company was great.  Big family on my step-dad's side!  We saw later, the movie Despicable Me.  Cute, but a little predictable.  Crashed last night!

9.37 miles, 2 hours and 6 minutes - 13:21 avg pace.  Ran 2 minutes, walked 1 per Galloway method for long run.

Today's long run was run around my local neighborhood, so no new streets to explore.  I was out the door by 6:30 and it was humid!  72 degrees.  Not much air moving for a breeze.  Tried out my new non-Camelback water carrier.  Some extra bodyglide, cause it was gonna chafe for sure!  Easy to set up and I was glad for it later!  I felt a little like I was going for a trip on the moon, I was so geared up with my hydration pack, garmin and ipod!  Nothing really to report other than I was happy to see the sun go under the clouds!  The first 2 miles were probably the toughest with just getting into the swing of things, then just kept goin'!

The only thing is that I got a Gymboss - could not feel it vibrating to alert me to switch, so I put it into the inside of my armband.  4 miles in - died on me - SOAKED!  It's working now, but it was a bummer to have to keep looking at my garmin to see if my interval was done yet.  I got through a few intervals just thinking of potential solutions!  I am gonna check their website too.  I am sure it was USER ERROR on my part.  I sweat...ALOT!

I had a great power nap after I iced my legs - I asked on dailymile why power naps are so awesome after long runs?  I feel great now that I have eaten and napped.  Guess I just have to use it as my excuse to nap - sorry just ran lots of miles, gotta snooze!

Tomorrow is recovery and I am going to do some serious quilting.  Tuesday will be speedwork and strength.  Gonna go search for a new lawn mower and some better running shorts on the internet now!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I am REGISTERED! Monster Dash 1/2 Marathon Participant!

It's non-refundable, so I guess I gotta do it!

I ran my magic mile for the Galloway method and I can do it!  I waited another day to re-coup from my long run.  Ran it this morning in the soggy heat and did it in 10:43.  That's even with a couple of 10 yard walks.  I will run the MM every couple of weeks to see how my training is going.  I am going into this first 1/2 to really experience the training and enjoy the race - Complete vs Compete for this first one!  I also looked at the 2009 results and I really do think I can be a true mid-packer on this one! 

I am sooooooo excited! 
I dreamed about rearranging my training plan all last night.  I am off to join the Distrance Dreamers!

Monday, August 2, 2010

ooooh, am I crazy? has the 1/2 bug bitten? Friend me!

Mmmmmm, thinking it over long and hard tonight, but I am pretty excited to maybe sign up for my first 1/2 marathon!  I have just the right amount of time and these lovely folks are the reason why I am thinking this over!  I think I am going to get my nephew to sign up with me!

I am now on Daily Mile as Kelly L. - come friend me! 

Head over to a fellow midwesterner's blog - Julie is hosting a great giveaway! 
http://minnesotamilage.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Well, Hills Suck!

LOL - They really do! Which only tells me that I really, really need to start cross training.  So, this week - I will be doing committing to 2 days of CT workouts to try them out.  To me, cross training means sore - sore means hard to walk!  It also means developing muscle and losing fat...so yep.  IT'S TIME.

What are your favorite cross training things to do?  Do you weight train?  I know lots of people kick box and do hot yoga - both of which I don't have easy access to classes...

Oh yeah, why do I know hills suck? Cause the impromtu 5K I did this morning had big - mean -  long ones.  At least they seemed so to me.  My friend's husband who ran the stinkin' 5K in just over 22 minutes - he's like - why does everyone think this is hilly?  Eeeerrrrrgggggghhhh.  whaaaaaattttttteeeeeeevvvvveeeeerrrr dude!  I couldn't hit him cause they gave me a ride to this torture.  I did my normal cheering to all those speedy folks that were coming back from the turning point - It's amazing how people look surprised that I am cheering them on.  If I could run that fast, I would want someone to say WOOO WHOOO!!!  A senior runner lady next to me said - how do you have energy to yell?  I said, cause I walk! (smile) Huff,puff away. I guess I am just a sunny, crazy person out there!  And I cheered everyone on!  Anyone that looked like they were in pure pain - they got a wooo whooo- keep goin!"

Anyway - I did it in 35:52 - So, my plateau has been reached with my current training - 33-36 minutes for a easy-difficult 5K.   My friend asked if I wanted to do another in 2 weeks with her and her sister.  I declined, cause I said I was going into a new phase of training and it would be too soon to race.  I have been researching my next phase and Matt Fitzgerald's Brain Training looks to be the winner.  I am blending in a little Galloway for the long runs, but instead of doing bi-weekly long runs, I am going to do weekly long runs, but do them run/walk/run.  I want to get stronger, but I do not want to get injured and ruin all of this base I have built. 

Well my Maxi has a friend over and I promised a bonfire with some serious smore's action! 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Fitness - Improv(e) Your Butt!

Along with running, I am just as passionate about quilting - art quilting is really my deal.  I make pieced quilts for our Caring Quilts at the guild, but I love, love art quilting.  Anyway - the love of quilting, means alot of sittin' on your butt, either at the sewing machine or in your chair if you are doing handwork.  Thus, the need to get equally passionate about running!  So, it's funny that other quilters are feeling the same way.  I follow Tallgrass Prairie Studio and she posted about this challenge -

Her directions are really clear about how to sign up - come on over and join the fun!  I think with all my miles for fabric, I will be actually making a king size quilt for our bed.  Something I said I would never do - just like running - I thought I would never actually do it!  Let me know if you sign up!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Little tiny, tiny taste of fall

Running and designing is my life lately!

It was actually a tiny bit cool out this morning!  A miniscule sampling of fall!  Today's run - 12x200 repeats with 1m warm and cool down.  Ran them 6:56 - 7:48 pace.  Which is much faster than last week's 7:30 - 8:30 pace.  So funny after about the 5th, I think I had slowed down considerably and I look down at the garmin and I am going faster...I am starting to get a glimpse of what a 10 minute mile will actually feel like!  I think that's the point of going really fast, so that the other paces you thought you would never, ever be able to do, you now can!  Plus, I can definately feel my muscles much more than after a regular run - so they are getting TESTED.

Had tons of fun yesterday morning after popping into Tall Mom's blog and checking out all sorts of running blogs.  I really think I am going to like blogger much better than typepad!  So much inspiration out there - I love art/quilting blogs just as much, very similar, passionate and friendly people.

Been working on a friend's website and marketing materials for the last couple of weeks.  That's the front of the business card I designed.  Once her website goes live, I will post a link.  http://www.wix.com/ is pretty cool to work with, without having to know lovely code.  Doing projects like this really brings me back to my old life, but in a better way, cause I am much, much more happy to be doing this!  I did a quickie re-tool of my blog graphics, but will be back at that after our big quilt show in September.  We meet tonight to discuss all the details for that.  (that little dragonfly quilt in the about me section is an art quilt I did this spring.)

Off to work on the guild website for a bit and then enjoy the afternoon outside!  (I got the first season of True Blood on netflix, so looking forward to seeing those - I am only through book 2)

Have a good run!