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Sunday, August 06, 2006

farewell, general

Congrats to B on her race last weekend--way to make your goal time! This heat is certainly making running that much harder. Thank goodness our big race is in October when the weather should be more ideal for running. I'm glad to hear your short training runs have improved. I know just what you mean about what I call the running continuum...some days I run with such ease and confidence, and other days I wonder why I'm voluntarily putting myself through misery.

I finally ran another 8 mile long run yesterday, and I felt mostly okay. My problem has to do with fueling up for the race. Too much food, and I have indigestion. Not enough food, and I have a different form of indigestion. Any ideas? Our running group is having a food and fitness program this week and hopefully I’ll learn some new approaches to eating for endurance! I'm scheduled to do another 8 miler Tuesday night with my new running friends, since I'll be out of town next weekend. I hope it goes even better than yesterday's run.

This past week has been eventful. First, the sad news. Our family dog, General, had to be put to sleep. His health was in serious decline--two days before my Dad took him to the vet, we saw General limping around the yard. He would take a few steps and then stop, and then resume his trek to his favorite spots around the yard. We were all sad, but knew this was the kindest action. General was 13 and a half years old, and especially for an all-outdoor “farm dog,” that’s not too shabby.

This week included a trek to Zingy’s with S. We dined there twice, complete with gelato on the second round. I bought bread, sweet wheat and rustic Italian, and cheese, fresh mozzarella and san joaquin gold. S and I shopped at my favorite store, Vintage to Vogue, where I found a magenta shirt of cotton lawn that I’ll pair with a pair of white cotton/linen pants for my back-to-school outfit. I also snagged a pair of David Kahn jeans on super discount.

Tonight I’m enjoying dinner with friends K and J, who are now neighbors. I’ve baked a peach-blueberry cobbler for dessert, and the warm smell of fruit and cake baked together fills my home with the scent of comfort and summer at its best.

The farmer’s market these days is filled with the bounty of the season, and I’m eating corn on a regular basis. Yumm! I’ve taken to making a kind of succotash, with whatever combination of corn and beans and other veggies cut into small pieces, and sauteed in olive oil with a bit of garlic. I hit the just cooked veggies with a touch of milk and some parm-reg. Yumm again.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:53 AM

    I am sorry to hear about General. That is sad news.

    Things here are going well. I did a speed work out yesterday that kicked my butt. I am actually getting a little faster, but man...I was in rough shape after the workout. I am supposed to be running right now, but there is a raging thunderstorm going on right now. So I decided that I would write about running instead of actually doing it. Do you think that counts in my training?

    My family is coming to visit this weekend. I am excited to show them around town. I am planning a nice home cooked dinner on Friday night. We will have Greek Salads, grilled portabello mushrooms that have been marinated and grilled red peppers on a sandwich with homemade pesto. We will have ice cream with blueberries for desert. I haven't planned out the rest of the weekend yet, but I am working on it.

    I also have a long and short run I have to get in this weekend. I think that I will get up really early to run so that it doesn't take up too much time in the day. I have to run 4 miles on Saturday and 9 miles on Sunday. My mom wants to go to the beach this weekend and I think that jumping in the lake after a 9 mile run sounds like a great idea.

    Well, it sounds like your summer is going well and you are enjoying to foods of the season. We cannot wait to see you in October.