Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Waterfront Challenge

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Yesterday was a very strange day from start to finish. 

Ranger Rabbit and I have never left on time for anything since kids, and we have come to say that is how it is we set times earlier! So the car is packed 3 kids over night bags, race bags, water it was all ready (so we think). Drop the kids off at my Great Aunts and head out. 

Our 1st stop is to a running store on the way, its not far from home but we never go north for some reason we always go to Nashville. We LOVE that store and our next pair of shoes will be from them, I have my eye on a pair of trail shoes ….  they are the great. To boot they are friends with a couple that are friends with us. Ranger Rabbit is trying to get the owners to go run a Spartan .. no thanks I am out on that one.  

We set off to Louisville, its only 2 hours from this point and the road is always got construction or bad crashes often (reason for leaving early) but make it in recored time, and get to the river front in no time flat as it was just a few blocks over from the KFC ? YUM Center that Danger Daughter had Archery at. 

We have 2 hours before the race even starts and 3 hours before our wave, so we are walk the park drinking our water and looking at the course, having a great time kidless. AS that never happens that we go off with out them. Walking over to the to check in table , I am struck over the amount of homeless people sleeping or just in the park and glad Ranger Rabbit was with me, as well he was Infantry many moons ago and still scary!  We walk down by the river to the sign in table and a homeless man stops in front of us and starts peeing on a park bench!  Ranger Rabbit hand singles me to move to the other side but everything was ok, just odd. In all my trips to Nashville I never have had issues with the homeless doing things like that in front of me. there is more but I will get to in in a while with this topic. 

The race, I hated it. I had a cramp in my side cotton mouth and I was pissed that I was doing it at all. I am used to treadmill, track or roads NOT  this running up and down man made levees, it mad me so made and I could never get a good breathing pattern. The crawling, tires course, tire carry, the running over picnic tables , over semi trailers, 10 lbs of weights over your head or even the 20 push ups with a Drill Sargent yelling at me, was bad as the darn hills!  I remember thinking at one point going WHY are you not crying yet? I tend to cry when I am pissed  or disappointed. I was very disappointed in myself for not running, and seeing all the thin people passing me like I was nothing, or seeing the people clapping for me and I kept thinking you are doing that because its your job to cheer people on but why cheer me as I am fat and I can’t run. I just kept thinking I don’t have it in me to cry why? This is not like your self why? 

Ranger Rabbit did it 30is mins, and I was very much slower then that, but you know I am ok with it, I never wanted to run as fast as him. He did it for years, I am just starting after letting myself go. The wife card or the mother card or the something other then i need to be me card was always the next card dealt. 

I got my medal and I am proud I got it even if i did walk most of that damed course with the damed hills, I felt great when it was hung around my neck, and I got my bottle of water that had Army Logo on it, and it downed on me WHY I did not cry, a Sargent saw me holding my side and puffing and he said “pain is weakness leaving your body” I know Ranger Rabbit has said that to me many times, but he has to say that as he loves me, this man did not know me from Adem, and I kept going saying I will be faster next year.

 

Ranger Rabbit and I skipped out on the after party, we had to get home! Life with kids there is always something going on, and Ranger Rabbit was taking the Middle Man rock crawling.  We are walking back to the car kinda as my cool down, and Ranger Rabbit had snagged some water bottles from the Army Booth and we both got a bottle from the race it’s self both have a good stroll back to teh car drinking water, and making plans for next year. 

We get up to the car, and a man (homeless) comes up and asks for water, and if we would give him a bottle. Watching Ranger Rabbits stance I moved to where I am away from him and in to a place I can run if need be, but I am so glad it was not that way, he just handed him one of the half empty bottles (sport bottles mind you) he’ed been drinking and the man walked off with it.  THEN we had a different man to yell at us that we are in his spot, that is where he lived !  We had plans to go over to the Subway to grab some grub but ended up getting the heck out of there it was crazy. 

We get out of Louisville and we are starving and I see a Waffle House sign and say that HAS to be a normal as we met all kinda of crazies in the park. I do believe that was the best meal I have eaten in a long time. This country gal loves her grits…oh so good.  We sat and talked about what our day had been like and what time we would be getting in, who would drive, just talk I guess. It was very nice as we do not get that many times we get to just talk and be husband and wife, with out a parent or something more 

All and All it was a good day, and I am ready to run it next year, maybe take some self defense classes just cause of the crazy homeless dudes that seem to be abundant 

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I am a smoothie addict…. this makes me happy

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 I am a big fan of smoothies! I love vegetables and I love fruits. So, it just makes sense to have a veggie smoothie right? Sounds yucky? Well, try these recipes and you might be surprised! 

Green Blueberry Banana Smoothie 

  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup of water

Green Coconut Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup water

Green Peaches & Oats Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup raw oats and 1 cup water

Green Pineapple Banana Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups water

Green Banana- Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 skim milk, half a banana
  • 1 tbsp of honey (to taste)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach

Green Cinnamon Banana Smoothie

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My 1st 5k I paid to run

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ack my wave is at 7:30 Eastern time, and I am a mess.   I can’t believe I am going to drive around 3 hours to go run 3.1 miles… thats justs sounds  plain crazy right?  After yesterday and and a mild case of chub rub, who knew you could get that by strolling a convention ?  I will have to stop and get some body glide before I get to the race site, mine is MIA now

I love summer, but….

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I only ran 1 freaking mile last night as it was crazy hot. I am ready for it do drop a few degrees so I am not melting. other then that I have not done much of anything. Race on Saturday! eeps.

 

I love summer but not two blown tires in a 8 miles from the house! It’s been a classic day for Ranger Rabbit and I.  I was given a car for free, but the AC was out and I took it to my local shop as RR said eh was NOT going to work on it, 1k Later and a month its sparking like crazy to the point I did not feel safe for me to drive it to down.  Well we don’t believe in tow trucks out here in the ticks and RR said we would trailer it.  The 1st blow out I first thought we dropped a U-joint (yeah we do that often too) then no it was the trailer tire and oh my free car I was sure got torn up from the flying alligators on the road(trucker talk for blown tires) ugh… SO 1st time we don’t have a spare we call my mom to get the stuff we need. 4 miles.. yeah I can run that but today it was NOT happing with me walking.  That took us and hour to fix, and we get to the lot to drop of the Big Red, and blow yet that same tire.

It makes me glad we have great friends in town that helped out this time, because I don’t think I could ask mom to come save me once more as I don’t even wanna think.  We will get nice new 8 ply tire tomorrow and I dread how much this car is going to cost me this time… ugh.

After this I think we have put off building our rock crawler 😦

It all comes out in the wash.

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 I love making Laundry soap, this was my 2nd time a making it the 1st time I used this one, but I thought I would change it up a tad even if they are pretty much the same thing. This time this is what I used this 

I started out with Borax, we have been making slime so have I had it on hand, I got the Zote from big lots for .20 cents I think? its been a while and washing powder. I like Zote over the Fels Napa as I like pink an its has a small amount of smell. 

                                                           Grated up in my stock pot

                        Poor water in, to melt the soap and add in the borax and laundry powder.

It looks like slime:) when it gets cool it sets up like jello, but thats ok for how I use it. I keep that in a jug until I add it in to my laundry bottle and add more hot water when I am ready to use it. I don’t like to keep a lot of empty bottles around until its time to make more so I store and dilute as I need it. 
For my HE front load washer I use the middle line no a Tide bottle cap.
I have also made a dry mix but I like this better as I also use it a kinda of a shout stick too. 

So much for my lazy Sunday.

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It all started with me Saturday ending quite happy with meeting up with old friends, and me coming home to do homework after the trio of twerps headed to bed, and me working up until 2 am. Ouch I am not so young that that is a good idea.  Then bad got icker after I went to crawl in to my nice soft bed and there are two of the twerps in MY BED in my spot. But so cute I could not move them. Hey guess what I will sleep in twerp threes bed.. yeah not so good.. I woke up with a stiff neck and my hip hurting .

That does not stop me from having a lazy day right?

I made a big batch of homemade laundry soap, washed and put laundry on the line, picked the garden, went to visit my Grandmother, and get my beef mom gave me for Christmas last year (its at my grandmothers as I did not get my freezer moved from her house in time) worked more on homework, played with the three Twerps, napped while they watched Transformers, cooked supper that was a great supper if I do say so and I need to right down what I tossed in to it and then see how fatting it was :/ but that will be for a different day. (ha)

The big thing was my running or that lack of. I have my 5k in 6 days now and I am running slower then EVER.. and I am not happy about it. I have always used the Jeff Galoway run/walk but it seems that I can’t keep a good rhythm breathing and after 60 seconds I am walking 😦  I have known idea w hat I need to do but as of tonight I am going to just treat this race as a fun run and now worry about anything other then getting across the line, and that scares the liver out of me.

This is also the last week Ranger Rabbit is at his current job, he’s been there 3 years almost and I never like change but he will not travel as much or if any with this new job, but still new everything.

The last weekend of July is going to be busy, the 5k in Louisville Ky, a RFD cookout, then Embroidery Mart, that is in Nashville. Then 1 Aug , twerps 2 and 3 start back to school! Eeeps I need to get a  move on to make sure we get it all done!

I will post pictures later of the soap and dried tomatoes that I have drying (did I forget to say I am drying tomatoes too? ) See told you it was a not so lazy Sunday!

The non graceful runner

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I have never been graceful, since I was a small child with very horrid  vision and chronic ear infections. Mother always said she hated to take me in public as I was so bruised. This set me up to be a non sports player or athlete in anyway. 


I took up running to keep of this mommy weight a few years ago and while I am not a great runner I do like my track and treadmill! Well the Ranger Rabbit   told me a few week ago he was going to run a Warrior Dash with some of his buddies he was been on a trail run, getting his time up to run muddy icky runs. So he conned me in to running a trail we hiked a the beginning of the summer. 


So this weekend we end up at the cabin to head out. 100% with a storm heading in, so bad that walking made me short of breath. Yet I was not going to chicken out, I kept thinking I am going to fall flat on my face and Ranger Rabbit will leave me in his dust and I am stuck. 


So yeah that is what did happen a mile in, I climb over a fallen tree since the last time we did this, and I fell, and hurt my hip, scrapped up my shin, and my wrist. I have no clue how I did not break my phone, since its on a fast path to die now that I want to keep it longer, as it was in my hand. 

My owie

I was very happy to see that beast of ‘burban!   I am so very glad we made it back in time to head out as a few miles down the road we ran in to a wall of hard rain.

I pulled over and made Ranger Rabbit drive I don’t like the bridge on nice sunny days!  But all and all I would try it when it was not so humid and crazy. 


I only did a 2 miles and it was very slow after I got hurt.