Chicago….Here I Come???

Sunday kicked off my 18 week training for the Chicago Marathon. And I kicked it off with a 10 mile bike ride with Kevin. I could have ridden 20 miles.

Monday was a rest day after a long work day.

And it was 92 degrees today so I took my 3 miles on the treadmill watching “Criminal Minds.” I worked up a great sweat but I was worn out afterwards.

I’m ashamed to admit but I am no where near marathon training ready. I struggle through a 3 mile run right now. But I’m determined. I still suffer a little bit from a piriformis muscle issue but it is getting better. I am getting much better with before and after running maintenance by using my add-a-day and foam roller. I also am making an effort to stretch more. I want to train smart this time with plenty of cross-training which I did not do the last time.

So, it begins and just when the temps are hitting 90s! Kevin and I have a “Race for the Cure” 5k this coming Saturday and running with the team “St. Louis Blues.” It is always one of my favorite and for a great cause. I am always so inspired at this event.

My diet is gravitating more toward vegetarian but it’ s more pescatarian (vegetarians that eat fish). I don’t think I could ever go vegan because I just love swordfish, trout, shellfish and especially crawfish. I’m getting weird in my old age.

The other day driving to work…I passed a 18 wheeler packed full of baby pigs. They were looking around with excitement like they were going somewhere fun. One even made eye contact with me. It reminded my of my boys (Peyton and Eli) when they get in the car for a ride. Something came over me and I cried. I’m not sure I can every eat pork again. I never eat much meat anyway but that bothered me in a profound way. I don’t judge others…but I don’t think I can eat those cute little guys anymore.

I booked our yearly vacation to Santa Cruz and area. And it hits during some of the long runs. I love beach running but I don’t see me running 16, 18 miles! I want to sit on the beach and drink, dammit! 🙂 Plus hike the redwoods. I always get plenty of exercise there so I think I can juggle my running schedule around and make it work. I will be retiring there if I live long enough! It’s my dream place to live.

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My work is getting busier with new responsibilities. My days are often 12 hours and when I get home, I’m beat.

I haven’t seen my cute little kiddies in 2 weeks so that is never good for me. We will be there this coming weekend and the next is Daniel’s 8th birthday.

A few weeks ago we took the kids strawberry picking. Kevin and I started our 2nd batch of “2 Brown Dogs” strawberry wine after picking about 25 lbs of beautiful strawberries.

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Stay tuned for more complaining about training in the summer.

“Bring on the Windy City Marathon”


9 thoughts on “Chicago….Here I Come???

  1. I almost cried when I read about the pigs. On our way down to Arizona, we drove through the Northwest corner of Texas. Have you ever been there? They have cattle lots. Have you ever seen a cattle lot? Cows crammed together in dirt lots as far as the eye can see. I totally lost it. My girls won’t eat beef anymore because of it. It’s horrible. Once you make that connection, you’d have to be heartless to return to eating meat and not feel something.
    You’re just getting back into training, you have a long ways to go and you’ll be fine! That’s why the programs start back to square one, right?
    I’m getting really nervous for my marathon on Sunday. The forecast is calling for rain and storms. I may be wet the whole time I’m running, but it’s not going to stop me! I’m crossing that finish line!

    1. I know and have seen those lots packed with cows. I look at animals so different since Peyton and Eli came into my life. They made me a better person and much more aware of animal treatment. Hey, Nervous is good! I hope the storms pass but maybe a little rain will feel good? I am very excited about hearing about when you cross that finish line. 🙂

      1. I think the Hawks have this…sadly! STL blues let Jackman go today. I liked him so much. I volunteer with his wife at Stray Rescue and they are our neighbors so that hurt. Go Lighting! 🙂

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