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Monday, October 29, 2007

Catching Up with J-Wim

Thursday: Since it was my birthday, I took the day off from exercising. Mike took us to Mac's Pizza Shack for the buffet, which is my alltime favorite pizza. Mike let me mow the lawn on the rider because I like it, even though I know it was secretly driving him crazy that I didn't do it "right" (translation: Mike's way).

Friday: It was back to the grindstone after work. Mike, Lucas, and his buddy Justin lifted weights at the Y. While they were busy puffing out their chests and squeezing each others biceps, I went to the pool and cranked out some laps for the first time in a while. I did 2000+ yards, then wound it up since i figured they were probably about done lifting. It felt great to get in the pool again and after getting warmed up I was going nice and steady without dying (always a plus!).

Saturday: Did not do much of anything - some errands, some grocery shopping, took a nap while Mike waxed his cars. Lazy, lazy, lazy day. Boring. I loaded up the iPod with some new tunes (thanks Michele! She gave me a Itunes card for my birthday). Some of the great running tunes I added:
Kanye West - Stronger (great for hills!)
Soulja Boy - Crank That (I can't sing along, but it makes me laugh- when it's on I picture the Pooh style video to the right --------------> )
Run DMC- It's Tricky (great beat!)
50 Cent - I Get Money
Timbaland- The Way I Are
Seether - Fake It
Maroon 5 - Wake Up call
Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
Plain White T's - Delilah
The Game- Lets Ride
Unk - Walk It Out
TI - You Know What it is
Rubberband Man

Sunday: I had had it with sitting around! Mike was out playing with his moneypit in the garage, so I decided to take off on a nice long run. I took off past the high school, over to the country club golf course, down through Riverside Park, up the Kiwanis trail next to the Rock River, over to Court Street, then zigzagged through my neighborhood for some hill work before I headed back past the high school and to home. My right hip, knee, and first tarsal head were really hurting me off and on through the run so I did have to walk here and there, but I did get in 10.36 miles by the time I got back home, in just about 2 hours. I played my new playlist over and over - it was AWESOME!!!!
It was a great day out, sunny and cool, so After grabbing a quick lunch I decided to take the dogs for a walk to Blockbuster to return our movies. It was about 4 miles altogether. It was good for the dogs and gave me a chance to burn off a few more calories and get some more activity in. let me tell you - the Gentle Leader Walk Harness is about the best invention EVER. I can walk my spastic unruly Springers with one finger once we get going. With anything else I pretty much feel like my rotator cuffs are completely ripped out from all the pulling, jumping, and yanking.

Today: Mike went for a run, but my legs were a little sore yet from yesterday's big run so I went to the Y pool instead. I got 2460 yds in. I was shooting for 3000, but a there was only 1 lane open and a couple got into the lane with me (there were swim lessons taking place in the rest of th pool) and they were all over the place, swimming a few strokes then stopping to pant and walk, then swimming a couple strokes. They were driving me crazy and I was kinda tired anyhow, so I hung up my goggles and hit the shower. The thing with the pool at the YMCA is that it is onyl a 20 yd pool. They dug up the regulation size pool and are r emodeling it into a waterpark (uh....hello?.....when did fitness become not a priority at the Y??). With the small size of the pool, you are forever doing turns, its hard to get a rythm going, and it is super warm so it feels a little like. say. someone peed. Give me Olympic distance anyday - swimming at Rockport outdoor pool all summer spoiled me!
Tomorrow is the SWAT swim practice at Marshall Middle School Pool. Mike is going to lift with Lucas then go to swim practice. I have an appointment to get my hair cut, so I proablaby will just go along for the ride to swim practice and do some stroke heckling from shore, and do a little coaching for Mike.


Dan Seifring said...

Nice recap J.

Great run Sunday.

You are a swimming machine.

I have heard great things about the gentle leader and I think I need to get two.

Tri-Dummy said...

You are a stud muffinette.

Happy Birthday, Stud Muffinette.

blink140pnt6 said...

Happy B-day as well.

As for

"I know it was secretly driving him crazy that I didn't do it "right" (translation: Mike's way)."

I always tell my wife no matter what IT is "go ahead, just don't screw it up."

Inside joke I guess, no malice involved.

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

sounds like you had a really nice and easy weekend. I have a question though..."Mike waxed his cars." Is that "code" ?

Steve Stenzel said...

I LOVE Kanye!! And Rubberband Man!!

Steve Stenzel said...

p.s. I have a stat-counter - when I log into their site, I can see who's looking at my site, where they live, how they got to me, etc. It's fun stuff to know!!

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Bigun said...

I love hearing about amateurs on riding mowers...

20 yards - I've actually done that once recently - my pool had some swim meet they were setting up, and one area they had for kids set up at 20 yds...after 50m, you are right, it's hard getting into a groove in 20 yds.

Pat said...

I think I'll let my wife mow the lawn for her birthday and christmas and hanukah, and kwanzaa and independence day in Uganda. heck, I think I'll let her mow the lawn every week.

sounds like you had a nice run.

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