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Running Withdrawals

Welp, I guess I have finally done it - I have hurt my hip/outer thigh and I am now going on day four without running. I keep trying to figure out what I did wrong -

I did feel a "pull" when I decided to do sprints -which by the way I was extremely proud of myself for being able to run at full speed for a long , okay it was really a short distance but it FELT like a long one in my victorious heart :) Just my luck though, trying to be a "cool runner" when I am thinking I should have just kept my nice easy jog and been happy with that accomplishment SIGH

Now to be honest, I have had issues with my hips in the past - especially if I sit too long but jogging and walking helped it - maybe that is why I hurt myself  - I had cut back on the walking and focused more on running - that is an interesting thought. I finally found a website that said I could walk and do low impact if it's a Hip Flexor injury - I really do not want to go to the doctor and I hope I have not m…

Consumed - House Renovations/Decorating

Wow, it's been awhile since we last spoke  - man time flies!

When I'm not thinking of running clothes - I'm looking around my house fantasizing about what I want to do the house

I really hate how dark my kitchen is and the wood paneling. I also wish I had a separate dining area. I have also toyed with the idea of removing the wall between the living and the kitchen (I am pretty sure it's load bearing) and how spacious it would look if I took out the ceiling and used the attic space for the ceiling, creating vaulted ceilings. Then I think about the new windows that the house needs and changing the builder grade doors to some better quality. I also wish there were a second bathroom in the house, it is amazing how two people in one house seem to need to occupy the same room at the exact same time.

My dream kitchen consists of lots of windows like this:

but the style above is not really mine - I'm kinda  a modern farmhouse

I think I could easily do the below but I hav…

Consumed - Running

It seems that my thoughts lately are consumed by four topics: running, decorating/renovating, my weight, and money. Interesting that clothes used to my in thoughts and they are not completely gone but I am more interested in running clothes, so I put that in the running category. We will talk about my running in this post and the other categories in the next posts.

I am almost obsessed with running clothes - as  a matter of fact I think I might change my style and wear them exclusively on the weekends :)

I really love the running capris - my favorites are these - I really like the compression. I have also discovered that I really appreciate the moisture-wicking. I am also drawn to tshirts and tanks that have sayings referencing running - I guess I want the world to know that I am a runner. HA!

I have also discovered sports bras - so far I have two -this one from Old Navy and this one from JCP - I really love the Xersion brand of clothing - I went running yesterday and I had overdress…

Selfish Runner

As you know, last year at the young age of 45, I decided to be a runner. The motivation was to jump start some weight loss. I have dropped 20 lbs and my body has been in a transformation - my backside has really seen a reduction, even when I was naturally a size 3 - I had an ample backside. I am still not very fast and on my long work out I walk 3.5 miles and jog 3.5 miles. I really do enjoy walking and I read other running blogs and my miles and speed are of no comparison. As an empty nester this is prob the first real thing that is all about me and I really don't feel guilty about. Should I?

I read on Running On Happy how she went from a solo runner to really enjoying team running.  I am not sure I am ready for  that - the team runners on the Greenway like to run all beside each other which takes up nearly the entire lane and they are usually talking. The last thing I want to do right now is talk while I run, I guess running is my selfish time and I do not want to share with an…


The weather in TN has been matching my moodiness, last weekend it snowed early in the morning and it was gone by afternoon - this weekend was filled with sunshine and 60 degrees - perfect running weather for me. I have entered further in the "buying cute running clothes". Why I even bought a sport bra - which I tried out on the treadmill. It was strange feeling to have one on - it almost felt like I was tied up. Now, I am thinking that is probably a good thing for a larger breasted woman but I am a small busted woman, as a matter of fact, I have also learned that I must have the sports bra with padding. Not only, to give me the appearance of having any boobs but I have headlights without the padding and I am way too self conscious for that happen.

So far my favorite places to buy my running clothes is JCP and I have discovered Old Navy, the sports bra I bought there is this one and I then bought this one at JCP, I haven't tried it out yet. The funniest thing hit me thou…

Decorating for Mood Enhancement

I had been really tired and in a funk and while I started taking my vitamins and have been evaluating my exercise regime - another thing that I do to stave off depression is change my house over - I do this with each season. Last weekend, I changed my house over to spring. This change over entails changing curtains, shower curtain, comforters, and dishes.Now I use the same stuff that I rotate out but it still feels fresh and give me a sense of peace and calm. I also do some deep cleaning during the change over, I have also noticed that it takes me longer than it used to, as I am getting older. The change really does improve my mood - it is my way of battling depression without medication. Running/walking really helps this too - if I am able to get outside. I don't mind running on the treadmill occasionally - it is actually both rewarding and frustrating - rewarding that I can keep up the same pace for 30 minutes straight ( I have to only to 30 minutes as I do this on my lunch bre…

Mind Game

Really, you can do whatever you set you mind just like my grandmother said. Let me tell you a lot of times you must trick your mind in order to get things done because sometimes it can be your worst enemy. I discovered this on my journey to become a jogger.

July will make a year that I decided to become a runner jogger and I recently analyzed this on a  jog/walk on the Greenway. The Greenway is my favorite place to be, it's paved, wooded, and the river is beneath. The Greenway was an old railroad so it is a perfect mix of some mean hills and flat lands and it is so beautiful. There are two sides, the easy side is 4 miles total - 2 miles in and then 2 miles back, I'm not as fond of this side because there are parts where are in folks backyards.  Another reason the "easy side" is not favorite is that the easy side is where the families like to enjoy. I am not against families but they seem to be oblivious to others on the trail - walking 5 deep or just standing in the…

But I exercise....

Really, you can be a runner but I think I have forgotten that rest is part of the equation because I am functioning dead on my feet and if I am completely honest, I'm really moody and easily irritated, but I exercise..??

I could not figure out why I am so tired - I thought exercising was supposed to give you energy. I have found that by the end of the week I am exhausted. My normal work day routine - Rise - 5:00 to 5:10 am, shower, let dog out, get ready for work, clean litter box, put up packed lunch in computer bag, start car if under 55 degrees, read my morning devotional, let dog in, dump litter box and put some cat food out so I won't run over any when trying to leave. I leave the house around 6 am to 6:07  - drive for an hour to work.

Then my work day begins - if weather permits I walk the parking lot during my lunch time - I get 3 miles in or if the weather is not good I go to the gym and run 30 minutes on the tread mill. I leave work anywhere from 4 - 5 pm, drive an h…

Pick Me Ups - Kitchen Dreams

Okay, I know I have gone on and on about my financial fails BUT sometimes, it doesn't hurt to spend a little money especially if they are adding on to your investment of your home, right? I do  still have 25% of my income tax money left that I have been holding on to for dear life. For Valentines, my birthday and Christmas, Mr Man bought me a new kitchen faucet and I bought some new hardware for my - I got my bar pulls and cup pulls and I think they added much needed life back into my kitchen.

Here is the faucet I got at Home Depot - I love the industrial look and it has a magnet that holds it in place - that magnet has been so fun to play with and it definitely appeals to my novelty side - I had to get one with the soap dispense and since I am a lefty, any hand washing is done on the left side but I just pump into my hand and then into the left sink. I really appreciate the dispense when I have to wash my hands, very convenient.  I also like how the knob looks like a wrench - I …