Thank you, Ms. Runninbear!

I was nominated for “A Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by the one and only Runninbear, author of A Running Reminder; to say I’m truly humbled is a complete understatement. Thank you for thinking of me and acknowledging my carryon 🙂 I’m excited to share what I’m doing, but far more thrilled to see what everyone else gets up to. Truthfully, so I can breath a sigh of relief and think: “Thank G I’m not the only one!” (e.g.: potty breaks before, during, after a run 😉

As an award recipient, there are rules to follow. They are:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things about me:

(1) I took Gaelic lessons as a kid. That’s right. I can’t really remember a thing from it, other than the usual words people can pick up from YouTube or listening to the Rankins. But I did the classes with my best pal (Catriona) and I know we had lots of giggles (especially at the expense of our instructor). We were certainly the youngest in the class; I can’t remember how old we were but there had to have been at least a twenty year age gap between us and the rest of the students. We were awesome.

(2) I love smelly cheese. I have to thank Uncle Bob for introducing me to the cheeses of the world. When I lived in New York, I’d spend weekends with my Aunt and Uncle in Connecticut (thankfully) where I was spoiled with terrific food and of course, wine & cheese. Since then, I search high and low in every deli department looking for the perfect cheese to enjoy whilst having a glass (or several) of red 🙂

(3) Fact: I am going to marry someone I met on a blind date.

(4) I had a serious infection in my leg in 2009 in which I had to carry around an IV in a fanny pack. It was gross and I have a hole in my leg + scar to prove it.

(5) I have a serious potty mouth. You know those swear jars? I figure I can pay for Felix to go to University some day. Every day I say I’ll stop cussing and I’m pretty good not to, and then I relapse. I can’t even blame my parents because they don’t curse! Where did I learn this from?!

(6) I believe in mediums but don’t get numerology. But I am too scared to go to one; especially since I played Ouija with my sister and her asshole friends when I was little and they told me I was going to die young.

(7) I always wanted to be a lawyer and probably should have been. But I’m too old to go back to school.

Here are my nominations. Most of you I’ve connected with here and others, I’ve just followed along quietly (which is a surprise…) I just wanted to quickly remind you of why I think you have an inspiring blog and why you are awesome. – You’re amazing. Living on another continent and doing what you want to do. – Love seeing you knock your 5k off the list and can’t wait to see you kill the rest! – Keep it up – your first post is a terrific start and I hope you’ll stick with it! – Your blog is an inspiration to everyone. I am always in awe of your truth and how you share with others. Thank you. – Your posts about food make my mouth water; weekly reflection of gratitude makes me think and I hope that the rules for this aren’t too much because I just wanted to share! 🙂 – In which I laugh hysterically at your posts, daily. Thank you. Laughter is the best medicine. – People don’t realize that you can make your own happiness. Love your blog. – I love living vicariously through your travels. I thought moving 5000km from home was a big deal, let alone TO to AUS! 🙂 – I just love your blog. Period. And you’re right on my doorstep 🙂 – Keep blogging about your journey because we need to stick together! – Because you trekked to base camp mount everest to raise awareness and funds for Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. – Your blog is inspiring because I grew up with a close friend who has faced many of the same challenges and it would have helped her years ago… – So glad I found your blog and I’m happy to share it. – There’s nothing harder than losing weight. Your blog is a complete inspiration! – Love seeing what everyone is up to – inspires me to some day want to do a triathlon… even though I hate biking. 🙂

Thank you for writing and motivating others to push harder and higher for their goals. And to those of you who I consider my online running buddies:  keep the support,encouragement and especially the laughs coming!

Day 72: 5km run, plank-a-day continued and “Out of Africa”

Today was a busy day! Was up early to run a 5km and then we hit the road for “Out of Africa” – a zoo in Camp Verde, Arizona.

My run this morning was alright. I slipped and fell on my hip in the hot tub the day before yesterday; yeah, I realize it’s hard to have sympathy for that, but it really hurts. Every time my leg jiggled I would cringe. It feels like there should be a big ass bruise, but there isn’t and so I look like a wimp! At any rate, I finished the 5k in less than thirty, which was my goal this morning knowing I’d be in some discomfort. Also, I thought I saw snake skin on the sidewalk; I ran by and I was too scared to look back but thought I’d definitely snap a picture of it because it looked big. However, when I turned around on the way back it turns out it was just a rope! Oh, how the imagination works!

I also completed my “Plank-a-day” and I am up to 2:40. My son also joined me for this – it was tough. I transition between regular plank and standing plank. Some day I will be able to do one or the other continuously – some day!

Completely unrelated to running, I want to tell you about our trip to Out of Africa – it was so neat! We saw camels, zebras, tigers, lions, giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, leopards, lemurs, anacondas, boas, vipers and loads of other stuff too. It was a beautiful day to be outside (nice temperature) and we laughed when we realized most people were wearing long pants/sleeves and here we were in shorts/t-shirts! Anyway, I have never been to a private zoo before, so it was an experience. They did something called “Tiger Splash” where they get the tiger to chase after balloon toys and such (trying to get it to jump); I tell you, there were two chain-link fences between us and them and I was still a little nervous! Felix fed a giraffe – it was awesome. They did a giant snake show which was also cool even though I despise snakes. AND it rained RAINED in Arizona!!! Can you believe that? They are calling for snow on Sunday in the mountain area. I won’t believe it until I see it. It was 33 today!  At any rate, we had a terrific day! Hope everyone is well out there!

Day 62: Running with a wedgie @morrison_susanj – nothing like it!

Tonight was a four mile run and it was fantastic – you know why?

Because I finally got to go with my running buddy. It was terribly icy so we took our time, but that was alright because we had tons of catching up to do from the last time we ran (not that we don’t text on a daily basis, but this is different!) We did a route in my neighbourhood that is relatively flat, with only a few sets of lights that can mess up rhythm. I think the temperature was just right for an evening run, anything colder wouldn’t have been nice though. And there were definitely areas of extreme ice where we took it especially slow. I could feel my feet slipping and at one point I thought I was totally going to lose it (coincidently, in the same spot I almost REALLY fell last night.)

Other than that, the run was filled with the typical laughs, stories and general observations. Oh yeah, and at one point I thought I saw something move behind a power transformer. I only saw it out of the corner of my eye, but I was pretty sure it was a boot. We got closer and it most definitely was a boot – there was a little person hiding behind it. No doubt hiding from dinner. I was happy it wasn’t the drunk who likes to hang out in the bushes in front of our place. Awkward.

We didn’t have a super fast pace tonight, but I blame the fact that we talked from the start of the run until the very end (even when walking to cool down). And we are running in winter conditions and it’s frisking October 25th! Hello -16 + snow + ice. Now, after all that I’m going to enjoy a glass of wine and a movie. Tomorrow is a rest day. Yahoo!

Here are tonights stats:

  • Distance: 6:45
  • Time: 46:37
  • Pace: 7:14
  • Best Pace: 6:30