Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Final Count

I just added all of my miles up for the year. The grand total is (drumroll please)........557.62 miles! (unless I have some sudden urge to get a few more in later today.) As I sat here looking at the number I first got disappointed in myself. I thought, "Man, why couldn't I have done even more?" But that I kicked myself in the ass and said, "Heidi, what are you thinking?! You didn't even think you could make it past 100 miles, let alone 500. Be proud of yourself for doing what you did." So I shall be proud in myself.

The next question to myself, "What will my goal be for next year?" That's going to be a tough one to decide. I have a hard time just saying "500" again. I've already done that and even surpassed it. I personally feel I need a higher number. At the same time, at the rate I've been going the past month or so, I'm scared to set a higher number. These winter months, it's harder to get out there and run, even if it is inside. I also think to myself, "if we're truly planning on running a marathon, then I'll kick out some miles."

So what's my mileage goal for this next year? I have no flippin' idea. It does help, if you have a number being held over your head, to get out there and pound some pavement. But maybe I'll just run and see where it takes me.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Weeweechu



It's a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged."

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

"Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."

Merry Christmas from our family to yours =)

David, Heidi, Viking, Natchez, Jax, Lily, and Spencer

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Eve Of Christmas Eve Shenanigans

After the Roth Extravaganza our family went to the 'rents so the little ones could open their presents from Grandma and Grandpa Quirie and Justin and Cassie. I took pictures, which I have already posted on Flickr. Here's a video of all of the girls dancing the night away.


video

After the gift giving it was time for mom to receive her gift from J, Cass, David, and myself. For those of you who are unaware, mom absolutely LOVES Oprah. In addition, she is the hardest one to buy for, so Justin and Cassie came up with the idea of Jan's Favorite Things. We had fun preparing her gift and had even more fun presenting it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Running Digs

While you run you have a ton of time to think random thoughts. It's amazing the amount/type of thoughts that come and go. For instance, the other day I was thinking about what running products that I couldn't live without. Okay, technically I could live without them, but these items definitely make running a bit easier. I'm not a label whore, so name brands weren't a must have. I've gone through many styles, brands, and trial and error to find what works for me....and these are what I ended with. I guess you could say I dig 'em.

My hat of choice is the Nike Thermal Running Skullcap. It fits my head perfectly and has the sloping design that helps fully cover my ears. It's not bulky, but keeps the wind out. In addition, it has a small opening in the back for your ear bud wires to enter. I've never used this feature, but it seems pretty smart to me.


In the summer months I take to the Bondi Band. It's basically a hip sweatband. They have all different patterns, fabrics, and styles. It definitely helps to keep my hair and sweat out of my eyes. A must have for sure.

My running tanks are so variable that it's hard to mark down what I absolutely love. However, I have definitely found a pullover for winter that rocks. It's the C9 by Champion® 1/4-Zip Fleece Pullover at Target. I'm telling you, Target has some awesome active wear. I have multiple items from there, and although they didn't make this list, they rank VERY high on my items I wear while running. I'd highly recommend checking out their selection. And then when you can catch them on sale, that's even better!

Alright guys, you better skip this one, but I'm sure the ladies will appreciate it. Having a right fitting bra is number 1 when it comes to my wardrobe. That's no different when it comes to running gear. I searched high and low for a bra that would work and the Nike Pro Women's Training Sport Top is it. Bras are always an issue for me. Although some may be surprised, I am a larger chested girl. Not only that, but I'm small around, which makes it that much more difficult to find bras that fit/work. In addition I have a condition where I absolutely need good support. The experts say I should wear an encapsulated sports bra, but one in my size doesn't exist and doesn't provide the support I need. This is where the Nike bra comes in. I went with the XS, which personally I think is crazy. Looking at it off of my body, it looks like it should be a kids bra. It's an interesting feat to get into and out of. I'm now used to it, but the first few times I put it on it literally took the wind out of me. Those suckers aren't moving. The bottom line, and I'm not joking, if it weren't for this bra I wouldn't be able run.

No big surprise here, but the Garmin Forerunner 205 ranks high on my list. David calls it my crutch. Unfortunately it does tend to be. At the same time though, it helps me keep my pace and know how I'm doing in my run. Of course I haven't been able to use it since I've been running on the 'mill, but I do look forward to the warmer weather and using it again.

If you run outside, especially by yourself, then you need the RoadID. It's kind of like insurance, it seems pointless until you need it. I pray that it never has to be used, but it's there and gives me peace of mind.

On short runs I don't use hydration, but when I go out for the long haul I make sure I take something along. When I started training for the half marathon I kept my options open. From the recommendation of Erika I decided on the Quickdraw Plus. It holds just the right amount of water I need and has a pouch that I personally use for my MP3 player.

For all of my other crap that I take out on long runs (cell phone, keys, etc.) I use the SPIBelt. Just like the Bondi Band is a hip sweatband, the SPIBelt is a hip fanny pack. It's so tiny, but being made out of spandex allows it to stretch to your needs, which doesn't feel bulky. In addition, it stays put instead of bouncing up and down like a typically fanny pack. It's crazy how much stuff you can put in it.

I absolutely love my Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Women's Running Shorts. I love them so much that I have 5 pair. After tries with different brands and styles this is what I have settled on. They have the typically running brief inside, but don't ride up your crack. And they come in a ton of colors. It's as though they are constantly introducing new colors.

The Adidas Astro Pants are my pant of choice. They're not as tight as tights, which I also have. Not being too tight allows me to use these to wear over my shorts when heading to the gym. Or I can put on another layer under them during cold weather. At the same time, they aren't super loose either. The legs taper but have the back zippers allowing for a slight flair when you're not running. Out of all my pants I find myself wearing these the most and grabbing for them first.

This is another area where the guys may want to skip. And some individuals may not understand the need for Body Glide. Body Glide is an anti-chafing product. You place it in any place where you chafe and you're good to go. Originally I did not like the first time I used it. It made me sticky, which was totally the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Needless to say it found itself in the junk drawer. However, I have found that it is a must-have when I'm running in the gym. I've tried to explain the use of this product to several women and they kind of look at me like I'm crazy. Having my target area for Body Glide be my inner thighs, they look at me and say, "I don't have that problem." I have some pretty big thighs, something I absolutely hate, and attribute to being a bigger kid and riding horses. At the same time I never thought I'd be in the minority for having this "problem." Heck, maybe I'm not but everyone I talk to about rubbing thighs doesn't seem to have the problem. That aside, this product rocks and not so wet as Vaseline. But it all honesty, when you're chafing you'll take anything that relieves it, including straight up Vaseline.

When I started running my legs/knees were the furthest thought from my mind. True, I have a bum leg from breaking my femur back in the day, but I didn't think it'd be an issue. Of course I didn't have plans to run half marathons back then either. Originally we purchased the Knee Pro-Tec Patellar Tendon Strap, by recommendation of Erika, for David's bad knees. Soon after I started having problems with my bad leg and found that the strap made a world of difference on my knee, keeping everything tight, and I haven't run without it since. However, somehow it got misplaced (aka lost) within the past 2 weeks and I've been running without it. I've survived but I'm looking to get another one.

On those same lines, a supplement I won't live without is Cosamin DS. We use the same product for dogs and cats at our practice. Of course it's labeled under a different name. It's glucosamine chondroitin supplement. In all honesty I was hesitant in what to expect from it, but when you're in pain you're willing to try anything in hopes of making it better. It takes about 2-4 weeks to notice a difference. And even then you notice the pain is gone but you really notice it about 3-4 days if you stop taking the supplement. Not only have I seen this personally but also in the dogs and cats we put on the product. All glucosamine chondroitin products are costly and this one is no different. You'll actually see that this one is a bit more expensive but seeing the results, and knowing the company and their quality control (which many companies with supplements don't have and can't provide their research/data) it's worth it. And lastly, if you can catch it at CVS or Meijer on sale, you got yourself a deal.

On to socks! My favorite running sock are PowerSox PowerLites Running Lo-Cut. I think they are so awesome. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but they are one of my favorites. I've tried other brands (Under Armour) and they just don't do it for me. They keep my feet too hot. Some are too thin. Some too thick. Dunno, but I dig the PowerSox. Bad news though, I haven't been able to find they locally anymore, which has led me to use other socks. I think I have found a new favorite pair by Asics, but we shall see.

I'll end with my shoes, Mizuno Wave Riders. I started out running in trail shoes. Looking back I have no idea how I did it. They were flat, hard, and heavy. I remember walking in and getting fit for my first official pair of running shoes. They looked at me like I was crazy for previously running trail shoes to run in. They were surprised to see that I hadn't killed myself yet in them. Heck, I didn't know any different. And as with everything else, shoes aren't the easiest for me to buy. My feet are long but narrow. Nothing seems to fit just right. But when I slid my first pair of Mizunos on I knew they were the shoe. They fit like a glove. Every time I place my feet in those shoes I find why I love them all over again. I'm on my second pair of Mizunos and don't see myself changing anytime soon.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I Don't Get It

Recently, in Sandusky, I've noticed several of these trucks around.


For those of you who aren't familiar with the truck, it's the Lincoln Mark LT. I'll be the first to admit I know nothing about cars, let alone trucks, but at first glance I think the truck is gorgeous. It's classy, tight, and just a good looking truck. Then something hit me. Who the heck would buy this nice of a truck when they need a vehicle to do truck things. Now I'm sure most individuals who buy a truck aren't thinking of, "where can I get some cinder blocks to haul?" the moment they purchase a truck. Or that they're just dying to scratch up their new truck to initiate it. I know knicks, scratches, etc. come with time and in the end makes a truck a beater. At the same time my personal feeling are a truck's a truck. There's a reason for it. If you have a truck like the Lincoln Mark LT, who would want to use it in the way you should use a truck, with the chance of marking it up? Not only do I feel this way, but I'm sure those guys driving around in the things have no plans on placing anything in the bed, other than groceries, if that. Just guessing. And at $39,000-$43,000 why would you you want to beat it up? At the same time why would you buy a truck for that kind of money, that runs at 12 MPG, just to drive around and look "cool"?

I'm not just targeting the Lincoln truck, but all of the trucks out there that fit into the same category. They're awesome looking, but I just don't get it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Personal Shopper

We all know that my fashion sense has gone out the door in the past few years. If the clothes aren't scrubs, running gear, jeans, or t-shirts, it ain't in my wardrobe. I think I posted this a few posts ago, but David and I totally have switched roles. Back in high school he was all about the jeans/jerseys look while I was the preppy dressed kid. Anytime David had a button-down shirt on people assumed I dress him (not true!) Speed up to today and I'm the one bumming while David is prim and proper, always matching, looking suave. Don't get me wrong, I'm comfortable in my own skin, but sometimes I feel like a total bum standing next to him. Of course that's my fault....I could come home and get all gussied up. Or on my days off spend a few extra minutes on myself. But it's just not going to happen. When you work 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, you get home and it's time for bed. And on my off time I'm going to spend time doing things I want instead of worrying what I'm going to wear. This idea goes all the way to my jewelry. I got a good collection of jewelry from right hand rings to necklaces, etc. Do I wear it? Nah. I can't wear it at work due to obvious reasons, but it's not like I'm going to come home and wear my "jewels" around the home.

So I've been dealing with this lately. I don't have all that many "nice" clothes. When it's come to the weekend I've been wearing t-shirts or sweaters. Obviously it's sweater weather and I only have about 5 sweaters. 3 of those are all the same style, just different color (hey, when I find something I like I buy one in every color), and are about 4 years old. Given that, they're looking pretty ragged. I can't ever justify buying regular clothes for myself because I feel so wasteful and they never get used, but I decided it was time for some new ones. So the adventure began. I absolutely hate shopping for myself. David, on the other hand, can shop all day. Mom, David, and I headed out to tackle the mission. Store after store it was a, "no. no. no." Nothing was working. Frumpy sweaters, ugly sweaters, and too expensive of sweaters. Oh yeah, not only am I picky when it comes to style, but I'm also a cheap ass. I will not spend more than $20 on a sweater. Call me crazy, but my last sweaters lasted 4 years and I didn't spend much on them. When you don't wear them that often I can't see spending a ton on them.

We finally get to TJ Maxx and within a few minutes I was done and ready to head to the next store. That's when Mom and David asked me to be patient and David produced not 1 but 3 sweaters that worked for me. Perfect fit, perfect price. So, in the future, I'm just going to send him out to do all of my shopping. Less stress and he has perfect finds. Yep, that's why he's my husband.

ETA: No big surprise but mom came through too! She ended up find a sweater online, on sale, and perfect for me. Knowing how I am she purchased 3, all different colors. Sweet!

Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm Addicted

Yes, it's safe to say, I'm addicted to Ebay. Not buying on Ebay, but selling on Ebay. A couple months back I decided to place some of my books on Half.com. I just thought I'd sell a few here or there. Starting out I sold 2 immediately and then nothing came of it. I just thought to myself, nothing gained, nothing lost (since it costs nothing to post). Then I started talking to my co-worker who encouraged me to post the books on Ebay. She said it's quite easy and it helps to get things off of your shelf. Mom has been trying to put fire under my butt for several years to start selling stuff on Ebay, but I just saw it as intimidating. So it's been in the back of my mind, but having even more encouragement pushed me to finally take the steps to start selling. So I started selling some of my books.

Most people can understand how buying on Ebay can be addicting. It's like gambling since you're trying to be the highest bidder. But I never knew I could get addicted to selling. But once you start making a few dollars here and there, you think to yourself, "I can do this! What else can I sell?" That's when David and I started going through the house. Not surprisingly, it was quite easy to find things sitting around the house that we no longer need/want/use. So we went from just selling books to now even selling clothes, housewares, David's old drum stuff, and odds and ends. I must say, it never ceases to amaze me what people will buy. We put a few things on there that I thought no one would buy. I took the risk, posted them for a $1-2 and waited to see. Those were the first things people bid on! What?! Now mind you it's not like we're going to get rich on $1-2 but it's now out of our hands and we made a buck. We won't complain.

Selling on Ebay has kept me busy. I'm sure no one would be surprised that I have it down to a system....I find items, take pictures, write up descriptions in a Word document, and then post a couple every day. The biggest time consumer is getting everything together and organized. Posting it is quite easy. And thankfully I have access to a decent amount of boxes and packaging through work (due to deliveries) so we haven't had to buy much, other than some extra bubble wrap. I have even gone so far as to help mom get a few things out of her basement. We sold Vintage Fisher Price toys, and some other odds and ends. Once again, it's not like they'll become rich, but it's off their hands with a few dollars in their pocket....and less clutter in the basement.

We've had a few snafus here and there but things have gone a lot more smoothly than I initially expected. I know the time will come when I run out of things to sell, but for now it's giving me something to do (like I need more, right?) and I'm enjoying it. Not to mention, the little bit of extra money pads our pockets just a bit more during this time when money it quite tight. As my co-worker stated, the money is helping to pay for Christmas gifts. No matter what way you look at it, you're a bit more ahead of the game than when you started.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

6 Months Of Vegetarian Life

As of yesterday I've been vegetarian for 6 months. With the exception of a few slip ups (french onion soup is not vegetarian) I think the transition has gone quite easy and I'm very happy with my choice. True, there are a few things I miss, but those are usually things I shouldn't eat anyway.....rice krispy treats and Knox Blox (jell-o square things)....and when the Easter season comes Peeps will be out. Thankfully I've found some alternatives such as Ricemallow, pre-made "Marshmallow Treats", and gelatin substitutes. Unfortunately I haven't found them in stores, locally or in Cleveland, and they must be ordered, which I have yet to do.

I have only had 1 true craving for a burger and it didn't last long. Those Morningstar Farm Burgers rock. (especially the spicy black bean). Mom even made a special batch of her chili just for me, and I couldn't tell much difference. If anything, there was less grease on the top, which definitely is a good thing. As always, it was super yummy and I still have some frozen in the freezer for later in the winter season (thanks mom!)

I think the biggest "drawback," if you can even attribute it to my diet, is that I am not as thin as I was this time last year. Once again, I can't say that it's because of the vegetarian thing. More than likely it's due to several causes....not being as religious with my running, not watching EVERYTHING I eat, not keeping a constant eye on my weight, and eating more carbohydrates. Last year I was obssessive about every little thing I put in my mouth and what I had to do to burn it off. Almost to the point of being unhealthy (in my brain). No big surprise, but it's one of those things I have to find a happy medium with. I have yet to achieve that, but am working on it.

So I think it's safe to say that this vegetarian thing is going to stick around. As with anything it's been an adjustment, but in the end I still think it's for the better.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Panic Attack

Dream Theater is a progressive rock band that your average joe has probably never heard of. David introduced me to them awhile back. Must say that when I want to "rock out" I put in some Dream Theater. They are not just a band, but true musicians. Today's power song....

Christmas Questionnaire

Received this from my friend Jen. Figured I needed to post something, so here it is.....

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial. Never had a real one. Would love to but it's a no go with the kids.

3. When do you put up the tree? Day after Thanksgiving

5. Do you like eggnog? I like the fake stuff in small doses. Too much will get me sick. Never had the real kind.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My oh my. Loved so many. Absolutely loved my "wheal orwange" from St. Nick back in the day. The hardwood Barbie house ranks real high for sure. I'm sure I could think of more if I tickled my brain.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My Mom

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. Is it up? No.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither usually, but will do a few mailed here and there.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't remember one that was the worst, but I can think of a few for my siblings....like fish socks for Ande'.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Pretty much love them all depending on my mood.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I keep an eye out any time of the year and makes notes. I start buying in November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not that I'm aware of.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Grandma's Dream Cookies (aka cut out)

16. Lights on the tree? Grew up with white. David likes color. We compromise and change it up yearly.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Absolutely love Carol of the Bells because that was my rock out song in bell choir. But can't seem to rid my head of "ding fries are done" ever since hearing it. I can enjoy almost anything.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel before and stay at home for the holiday.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Christmas

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Nothing all that much. Maybe focusing too much of materialistic things (presents) and not on family and the real reason for Christmas.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Huh? Theme? Mine are all mix matched from Hallmark to homemade. As for color that depends on the year. Would love to do a theme but that'd get costly with how I like to change things up.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Not really sure. Gotta love the butt rolls though. Aunt Val's mud pie thingy. Aunt Daleen's Knox Blocks (even though I won't eat them anymore.....gelatin)

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Haven't made a Christmas list since I was a kid. This makes it hard for David.....thinking real hard I can say that I need a new dustbuster because mine is going. Not real fun, but when you're a OCD clean freak this gives me peace of mind.

That was fun. So discuss amongst yourselves. Post a comment with your own little questionnaire/answers. Post it on your blog. Do what you please, but have fun too! Have a very Happy Holiday Season!!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ecstasy Of Gold

Let's be honest, lately my runs have been rough. Heck, they're always rough. Today was no different. With a stuffy nose and a head that I thought would burst, I didn't think I could make it. But good music definitely helps.

David brought this commercial to my attention several weeks ago and we decided it was a must on our running playlist. It's "Ecstasy of Gold" aka the theme from The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. I know Metallica has their own take on it, which is good, but I dig this.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Give A Dog A Bone

Hello everyone! As you all know David and I adopted Spencer, our greyhound. In the process we became part of a wonderful group called North Coast Greyhound Connection. It is all volunteer based and the basic concept is to find any and every retired greyhound a forever home. Throughout the year weekly fundraisers are held to maintain our funds to vet the greyhounds, find them homes, etc. This is where you come in. I'm not asking for money, just a few moments of your time. If you click here and vote for NCGC we may have a chance to win $10,000. I understand it's a long shot but every little bit helps. I'll also have a link on the sidebar for future reference. Thanks so much!