Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Really? February's gone?

Thank God I keep a record of everything I do because I seriously am having trouble remembering what I did yesterday.  Sheesh!  I know I like to keep busy, no doubt about it but lately I have just been crazy busy. 

Yes, I'm training for a 100-mile bike ride happening in a month.  Yes, I'm trying hard to get in great shape for Sara's wedding in three months.  I'm also trying to keep a high-energy Catahoula happy along with my loving, patient husband.  Oh, throw my job at REI and the business we run from our home in there too.  Every night I try to fall asleep, I lay awake thinking about what the next day entails.  In the evenings I feel completely brain dead at times.

A week ago Monday I was able to get out with Boomer for a much needed run.  I didn't go out to the mountains because of the recent rains, I didn't feel like running through a bunch of mud.  I had been sick all weekend, remember.  We went to the Alameda Creek Trail and ran 6.5 miles along the creek and into Quarry Lakes.  It was so good for my soul to be out there running with my boy. 

Tell me Boomer's *not* part Rat Terrier!

Saturday I went on a 65 mile training ride.  We met half an hour earlier this time because of the longer distance.  There was talk of snow here in the SF Bay Area and believe it or not, it DID snow in San Francisco Friday night.  I was watching the news and they showed it coming down in the city at 10:45 p.m.  That hasn't happened since 1976!  Well, when it came time to get packing for the ride, I pretty much knew I had enough cold weather gear to keep me warm.  I was just hoping I wouldn't have to use it all.  Unfortunately, I did.  All FOUR layers on top, shoe covers, a Buff, headband, full finger wind/water proof gloves, headwind pants.  About half of the girls showed up to brave the weather.  It was 36 degrees when we started the ride.  Yeah, brrrrrrrr!  I kept thinking if this doesn't kill me, it will definitely make me a stronger rider.  We made it, and we all did great.  This Saturday will be a 70 mile ride and I'm happy to say it should be warmer!! 

Monday morning I got up early and was out of the house before 7:00 a.m. so I could get a run in before work.  Boomer and I went to the Alameda Creek Trail again, and watched the sun rise up above Mission Peak.  It was a beautiful morning but it was still quite cold.  My car said it was 38 degrees when we got there.  At least with running, it doesn't take too long to warm up.  We ran around for 45 minutes and I loved the peacefulness I found being beside the water. 

How did my February turn out? 
I ran 34.2 miles
I walked 26.25 miles
I went to 19 classes at the gym
I rode 191 miles
Calories burned (not including walking):  18,318.  No wonder I'm always hungry!

I want to run more.  In March, I will run more!!

"MED2011" Accountability:
02/21 - 6.5 mile run, BodyPump
02/22 - 1 mile walk, Spin class
02/23 - BodyPump
02/24 - 2 mile walk, Spin class
02/25 - 1.5 mile walk
02/26 - 65 mile bike ride
02/27 - 2 mile walk
02/28 - 3.75 mile run, BodyPump
03/01 - 1.25 mile walk, Spin class
03/02 - 1.65 mile walk, BodyPump class

Xena update:  She had a follow-up appointment Sunday.  Her blood was drawn and the glucose level was checked.  Much to the doctor's surprise, her level was in the "normal" range.  He was completely dumbfounded!  We will continue to give her the very small dose of insulin twice a day, along with her wet food.  She goes back Sunday for another blood test.  If we're lucky, we have found the right combination of insulin and food on the first try.  We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Until later.............


Ewa said...

Good news on Xena.
I like your idea of keeping monthly totals of your workouts. I will start doing that too.
I missed the SF snow because we got totally snowed in at Tahoe. Fun!
And I think you are wrong about March being here. I am quite sure it is early, well maybe mid February. :)

Lily on the Road said...

Love your recap, you put me to shame! Maybe I should start keeping a workout diary too.

So very happy to read that little Xenia is doing so well...that is great news!!

BTW, any news on Spike's recovery??

Aron said...

February was BUSY!!! Sheesh. I love all the big white puffy clouds we have been having lately - beautiful in your pics! Great job on fitting in the workouts in between all the other stuff!

trailturtle said...

I am so glad February's gone (for me). Good for Xena. I love cats. Good for you to have done all that mileage. My first century (1980's) was the Western Wheeler's Sequoia Century in June which I did a handful of times--it had 6000-8000 ft of climbing in it (Page Mill, La Honda, etc)--talk about a killer first choice! Good luck with your training. Do they allow guests on training rides?

Aka Alice said...

Snow in The City? I can't even imagine Nob Hill in the snow. What a nightmare!

I'm with you...I have no idea where February went...but it's gone :-)

The Green Girl said...

I'm thrilled to hear Xena is doing better.

I am so excited for you and your upcoming century!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i am just loving your runs and especially having such a lovely running partner!! here's to s solid running march for us all!!

trailturtle said...

I'll be out for work & play. I'll probably do the 5m or HM at Canyon (CTR) and the HM at Diablo (Brazen) but I might have to drop down to the 10k (long story). I might also rent a bike...but that looks less likely because of my hand surgery. I might have some time during the middle of the week for play, too. Maybe we'll finally get it right this time :)

Christina said...

WOw ... you have a lot of things going on.... :)

From one of your pictures, you had a leash on the dog. Now, does he wear a harness or do you just have a leash to his collar? I'm trying to figure out the best way to run with my puppy ... (more like walk/run now since she is still young, but I want her to get used to a leash/harness)

Anonymous said...

awesome month and yay for Xena! :)