Thursday, November 25, 2010


I am thankful for:

-a new PR at this morning's Turkey Trot!
-my body which, despite the neglect and abuse I showed it for the first 25 years of my life, is a total trooper and allows me to do things such as run.
-being married to my best friend, who just happens to be a fabulous cook.
-my family, even though they are far away
-friends, new and old, near and far.
-my neurotic, spite-shitting, yet totally sweet and awesome dog.
-a possible new job opportunity (I should know next week!)
-West Virginia. Because it's the most beautiful place I've ever lived. And, nowhere else will you see a guy riding a BMX bike with a case of beer on the handlebars, carrying a shotgun.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Holiday Baking Season Preview

"Hi there. What are you doing? Oh, you're making peanut butter cookies? Mind if I sit here and stare at you until you drop some dough on the floor?"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Confessions of an Almost-Runner

That horrible 5-mile run that I went on a couple of weeks ago? That was the last "long" run I've done. I have kept up my weekly running schedule, but I've only run 3 or 3.5 miles at a time.

Since Daylight Savings Time ended and I've been leaving work in the dark, I've moved my weekday runs indoors. I've been hitting the good ole 'mill at the YMCA a couple of mornings a week at the ungodly hour of 6.00 am. It has allowed me to maintain my schedule but, man, do I hate running on the treadmill. My goal for the winter is to do at least one (long) run outside on the weekends, and run on the treadmill during the week. I even bought a pair of winter running tights this weekend.

I signed up for the 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at the beautiful KSF. I convinced Brad to sign up, too, and since I'm not making him run with me this time, I expect that he will finish a good 10 minutes before I do. Since it is likely going to be a small race, I also expect that I will finish near the back of the pack, if not DFL (dead fucking last). I've come to terms with that and am going to run with my only goal being to finish faster (or less slowly, as the case may be) than my last 5K. A new PR, if I were a real runner.

After the 5K, Brad and I are going to come home, put on our stretchy pants, and cook a huge Thanksgiving dinner for just the two of us. It's going to be legendary.