Bless My Heart

the improvement of a southern girl

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Whew, I made it… kinda.

It’s been a pretty tough week for training, I just have to say. Christmas was beautiful and wonderful and happy. And full of cookies.

And deliciously chewy soft yeast rolls.

And peanut butter candy.

And cold, windy, shortened days that are not inviting AT ALL to someone who hates being cold.

My only workouts this week were Tuesday’s 3.5 miles (that I hated) and today’s long run of 6 miles (that I hated even more). I won’t run my long runs on the same road as I did today ever again, I will tell you that. Too many hills! I was dying and wanting to quit only halfway through. I think I would have if I wasn’t 3 miles away from my house. In order for to be able (physically and mentally) to run 7 miles next Sunday, I am going to have to find a better route. That’ll be my homework this week πŸ™‚

Knowing that I can’t wear my stretchy sweatpants when I go back to work in 8 days, I have cleaned up my eating since Christmas wrapped up (pun intended). Juli’s little vacation from reality on Lazy Sugar Island is over. Hopefully for good. No temptations in the way for months and months and months. I’m excited and ready to rock n’ roll.

Speaking of Rock n’ Roll… Β it’s 3 weeks down, 9 to go till the Rock n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans. Egads!


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A Sunday for the Dogs

Today marks the completion of my first week of half-marathon training and the day of my long run. It was “only” a 4 miler today, and I say “only” because I was up to 6 miles a couple of weeks ago, not because it was easy. I went a different route today and found out that I chose a road with mega hills on it. My butt was aching the entire time. But that’s good I guess, as my butt needs some major work πŸ™‚

I was about .75 miles into the run when I turned a corner and found three dogs staring at me as I approached. Yes, three. A gang. All heads and ears perked up as I got closer and I began to have visions of me being chewed into ground beef on the side of the road. As I got closer, I could definitely see that they were interested in me. I was nervous.

I was almost scared.

And then….

And then….

They all wagged their tails, sniffed me politely as I went by, and proceeded to run the next 3 miles with me.

I couldn’t shake ’em. I thought I did when I turned back and headed the other way. But sure enough, they caught up with me. It was fun. They kept me entertained.

And I know you are wondering how/why I have a video of this??!! My Man bought me an updated ipod nano with the video player for my birthday in September. I was thinking that this was a pointless feature for me on my runs up until today, when I just slid it out and took a little video of my new friends. Thanks, babe. Came in handy after all πŸ™‚

And I’m not telling you what I’ve been eating because, well, goshdarnit, it’s the holidays and I’m eating whatever I want to. Just trying to not completely pig out every day. Running plan is the focus right now, diet will probably be postponed until Dec. 26th. πŸ˜‰