Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bum Run and New Patio

Cute pic's of my little gals and I enjoying our favorite pizza joint! 
First pic is My little Marigold, and second pic is little miss Georgia!
  Wednesday Mornings I have been getting up at the crack of dawn to meet a good friend for training runs.  With only about an hour to spare in the mornings we manage to get a quick run in and off she goes to work.  It sure is great having a set plan like this to hold me accountable.  That is what I need these days as I have been feeling like quite the BUM.  Another friend Kelly that is training for the You Go Girl team joined us this week.  We were on the road and met up on Ruston at 5:45am!   I was sure hoping I could hit the only bathroom at Starbucks and take care of business before we hit the road but no such luck! We took off running up Shuster parkway which is one of my favorite places to run!  This is You Go Girl territory, we travel it twice during the race, it is about mile 6 -7 and then at the end 11-13.  It has some rolling hills but nothing too tough.  This particular morning it contained 2-3 BUMS who decided to make a nice cozy bed out of leaves on the sidewalk we ran along.  As we approached the first BUM I was sure to quietly point to the right making sure me fellow runners saw the man and did not trip over him.  This brings me to an important question?  When you run early in the am or late in the pm, do you always bring a friend?  I am a little bit of a saftey nut, but really...... It proves to be a good warning on this day, where I am running around BUMS.  We headed down Dock street and of course my body was ready to do it's thing, so we took a little detour into down town T-town, I hit the Tully's for a quick visit and we were back on the road.  It was kind of nice running on the City streets bright and early, we didn't get stopped by too many lights, and it was nice to have the shade of the big tall buildings.  We continued back were we had run the first 2 miles, past the BUMS vacant pile of leaves only to find he had moved about a half mile down the side walk to a new residence.  I started to feel thankful that I do not live that life and just pondered for a bit on what it would be like.  I can't even imagine!  We got back down to Ruston way and I tried picking up some speed as we did a little tour of the new Chinese Park they have finally opened at the very tip of ruston way.  It was a great run, I am so glad I have people to keep me motivated and keep me SAFE!  6.25 miles at 1 hr 6min

  On a side note I took a whole week off from running last week!  Yikes!  Doesn't pose as the greatest idea 6 weeks before a half-marathon but I needed a break.  We poured a concrete patio last week which created quite the mess around this place.  There was a death in the family and the weekend was filled with family get togethers, the funeral and a welcome home day for my little bro who has been gone for 2 years on a mission.  Talk about being drained of all ENGERY!  To make matters worse I somehow manged to hurt my foot during all of this madness!  I have no idea what happened but it hurts right at the top of my foot before my toes.  It causes the most pain when I lift my foot off the ground after standing or walking on it. Hmmmm.  I have been using it a the main excuse for not running, until this week.  I ran 3 on tues, 6 on wed and 3 today.... it was a little sore but the running wasn't making it worse.  Today I set out for another run and at 1 mile I stepped on a rock, OUCH!  That hurt more than ever and now I am icing the darn thing for the rest of the day!  I HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE HOPE this doesn't stop me.  PLEASE PRAY that it is nother major!   The race is less than 5 weeks away and I WANT TO RUN!!!!  Notice I say WANT to RUN?  It's true!   I miss it, with a whole week off I felt like a BUM, in a different sent, but no less I was not able to get what I needed from life without it!  WHO AM I?
IN case you were wondering what it might be like to pour a concrete patio here is a quick couple of pictures of the process!   My husband in the Green shorts an his 12 firefighter buddies got the job done, for some reason it doesn't look like they were all working too hard!  But hey who can complain right?  =)  I am happy, and if I had the computer sticky thingy I would download one more picture of my patio set on the patio with me enjoying a nice cold one!  Maybe next time!


  1. Beautiful patio! Sorry to hear about your foot pain. If it doesn't get better REALLY soon, go and get it checked out -- don't want to end up with an even worse injury. Hopefully it will end up being nothing major and your training won't be too disrupted. Good luck :)

  2. Your patio looks great!

    Sending good vibes to the foot. And I am glad you have people to run past the bums with too!