Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Monkey Problems? Why would I have monkey problems?

So yeah, the title of my blog has nothing to do with the entry itself. Nor is it running related. I've just finally discovered the Office. We've watched almost 4 seasons in less than 2 weeks, thanks to Netflix instant queue. It's amazing. I love this show. It's competing with Dexter, the Sopranos, and the Simpsons for all time favorite shows.

Moving on...our last poll asked what your best (thanks to running) asset was. 50% of you said that thanks to running, you are more disciplined! Way to go, Running! Following behind discipline, it appears that some of you appreciate your nice abs or your ability to eat whatever you want! Thanks for the responses, everyone!

On Saturday, I ran in the Reindeer Romp 4K at Cherokee Park. It was a fun little race of about 600 runners. I finished in 24:41, which wasn't as fast as I was hoping for but I also didn't try as hard as I could have. While I was running, I was aware of this fact. But I didn't really feel like giving anymore than I was. Is that horrible? Now, don't get confused. I didn't run at an easy pace--I exerted PLENTY of energy during the race, especially on that last hill. Pooey. But I just didn't run as fast as I could. Plus, my foot was bothering me. That scared me.

Even so though, I ran a sub-10:00 pace, which is basically my goal for every race (up to 10K) from now on. Luckily, I don't have any 10k's coming up. ;) DBF ran a good race, especially for his first outdoor running since the Spring. I think the best part was having Panera Bread with Tom, Joe, my mom and Joey after the race. :)

Because my foot has been giving me a lot of discomfort, I decided (not easily) to take a few days off to allow my foot to heal. Yesterday I noticed that it was MUCH better--it was the first day that I could say that. I could still feel that twinge of "something" inside but I wasn't noticing it with every step anymore. So I decided to get out and run today--I've been going crazy without runs for the last 3 days. I did an easy 3.5 miles after work--and it felt GREAT. I could have done more, and I wanted to run longer, but I didn't want to push my foot too much. I won't be running tomorrow but I plan to get in another easy run on Friday if all goes well.

NRR--On December 5, Joey and I picked up our new puppy from one of our friend's. She's a 4 month old pitbull, beautiful and sweet as can be. We took her home for a trial run, since neither of us have had a dog before and we wanted to see if she would fit in here. It's been a little rocky but we decided we'd give her a try and keep her. I've had a lot of fun with her so far--she's been my park buddy and she's definitely in love with me. Tonight, though, she had a couple of incidents with our cats (who weren't doing anything at all to her) and now we're seriously considering giving her back or finding her another home. It's been a bit of a stress to have her but it was something I was willing to learn to deal with. Now, I'm thinking that among other reasons, it might be better for us to let her go now. I'm sad, even though she's not gone yet. I'll miss her if we do give her up but I can't put my cats in danger like that--the whole energy of our house has been WAY different since we got her and I'm not sure it works for us. :(

Enjoy the remainder of the week, everyone! And happy, healthy, safe running!!!


Anonymous said...

To me it's Dexter, The Sopranos AND... The Tudors! That's my latest invention and I just can't get enough of it :D

tjohnson1970 said...

I totally agree the best part was Panera bread. It was fun hanging out with you all.

Sorry to hear about the puppy issues. I was really pulling for you all to work.

Jesse said...

YES! I love The Office. It's kind of trailed off lately and it's not as good as it used to be, but it's still the best comedy to surface in a long time.