Sunday, February 27, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I had dinner and drinks with the girls the other night and we then we will celebrate next weekend as a family - dinner and shopping.  Very low key.  The way I like it.  

Ward has been asking me what I want for my birthday.  I’ve been thinking long and hard about it.  All I could think of was, a shopping spree at Horny Toad, Patagonia, and NorthFace. Then he showed me these babies. 

They are Barefoot Pace Gloves by Merrell. I am in love.  I’ve been wanting a low profile shoe and I’ve really loved the Vibram Five fingers.    But I wasn’t sure of the feeling around my toes.  I just wish there was a Merrell shore store closer so I could try them on before I buy them.

Should I just go for it?  Buy them online and hope they work?  Hopefully there is free returns if they don’t work out! 

Or, should I look for some low profile racers first?  Hmmm….decisions. 



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Double Bummer

So, the Midwinter Classic has officially been cancelled.  Yuck.

The girls and I had a night-before-the-big-race pasta dinner with the families at my house.  When 6:30 came (which was the time the organizers for the Midwinter Classic were going to "make the call") we huddled around my computer to find out if were running in Cape Elizabeth or running in Gardiner tomorrow.  I guess we are lucky that we don't have to drive over an hour to run.  (I think)  We have been training for this race forever!  It was originally scheduled for February 6, then postponed until the 27th.

The worst part about it is that Stacy and I will not meet our goal of running 1 race/month for 2011.  

I had a post ready to go about my pre-race jitters and the prepping I got through to get ready for a race.  I guess you'll all have to wait until the next race.  Which is 2 weeks away.  We are going to do the Shamrock 5K in Bath.

Good night all!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mailbox Speed Training


Yesterday I tried something different with my run.  I’m not one for adding speed work into my running, unless I’m on a treadmill.  They guys went out for a lunch run yesterday to do some speed work.  I opted to not tag along because their speed work is far different than my speed work.  Try a difference of 2 min/mile pace.  That’s how different it is! 

Keeping in mind that my road is hilly and I don’t really have a quarter mile stretch that is flat, I decided that I would run as fast as I could handle to mailboxes (when I got onto relatively flat areas).  I have to admit, it was pretty fun.  I was super pumped to see negative splits AND take over a minute off my time! 

Here’s the details:

Overall time: 29:13 minutes for 3.5 miles 
Average pace:  8:22/mile
Mile 1:  8:44/mile
Mile 2: 8:34/mile
Mile 3: 8:13/mile
Last ½ mile:  7:31/mile

The plan is to rest today and tomorrow.  We are also going to have a pasta dinner with the “girls” and our families tomorrow night so we can “carb up” for the big run Sunday! 

Please, please, please, Cape Elizabeth, don’t cancel the race on Sunday!!!!  I know we’re getting snow today and we’re expecting snow on Sunday, but I really want to run this race!  (do you think this will work?) 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 2 of Vacation Week!



I know I should really paint or do something productive around the house, but I really don’t want to.  Maybe tomorrow. 

Instead, I started off the day with some pumpkin scones.  Then I took the kids to the Children’s Discovery Museum in Augusta.   My plan worked because both kids fell asleep on the way home! 




On the way home, I noticed the temperature was warmer than I thought it was going to be.  32 degrees AND sunny!  Almost feels like a spring day.  Almost. 

My rule with the chickens is if the temperature is around 30 degrees and it’s sunny, I open the door to give them fresh air.  Sometimes they come out and walk around.  Sometimes they don’t.  Today, they did.  They actually came up to the house and were sunning on the steps.  Too cute.  So, Izzy and I threw some bread out there for them as a snack. 





I asked Izzy how cute she was today.  She said “too”.  Adorable!   It reminds me of the video I have of her just before her birthday.  




Today’s workout:  
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – Izzy did join me for the 1st part.  I need to get pictures of this! 

11 miles on the stationary bike at Jill & Wade's house.  

I plan on getting in a run tomorrow.  

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 1 of Vacation Week!


First thing this morning I made some granola.  



My Pumpkin Granola Recipe

4 cups of oatmeal
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup honey (or maple syrup….whatever you have available!)
¼ cup flax seed
2 TBS chia seeds (or more if I'm feel like it)
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 TBS canola oil
¼ cup shredded coconut
½ cup dried cranberries or other dried fruits

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except the coconut and dried fruit) in a large bowl. 
  3. Spread into a baking dish – make it a thin layer. 
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.  Personally, I’d check it at 30 minutes, stir it up, then watch closely for the remainder.  It burns quickly!
  5. Sometimes I add in the coconut near the end of baking – around 10 minutes left or sometimes I just wait until I pull it out of the oven and add it with the dried fruit and mix well.  I like to see that there is coconut in my granola.  I add the dried fruit after the baking because I’ve had really bad luck with burnt fruit.! 

With the 10 miler rescheduled for this Sunday, this is my rest week.  Which is good, I think, because I’m pretty sure my IT band is acting up again.  I plan using the foam roller and stretching quite a bit this week. 

Instead of using the thin, foam roller imposter I borrowed from the PE department at school. I get to use my new foam roller which came today! 


Today’s workout: 
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  I’ve never been one for a DVD workout, but I do like Jillian Michalels and I like that it’s a fast moving workout.  Not the same as running, but it’s something. 

And after dinner, I went over to Jill & Wade’s house to use their exercise bike.  I took Ward’s iPad to catch up on my Grey’s Anatomy!   I got in 11 miles in 40 minutes.  I need to figure out how to the programming on that bike works because I hit some killer hills.  


Dinner tonight – not eggs.  I had Portland Pizza Pie and I was really craving my favorite – spinach, carmalized onions, and feta.  I know I could have made a breakfast pizza, but I just wasn’t feeling it tonight.  Perhaps tomorrow!



Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Love Eggs!



We have been very fortunate for a majority of this winter with our egg supply.  It appears as though our chickens are happy, egg laying girls.  We get anywhere from 5-9 eggs a day.  Which means, lots of eggs! 



I love eggs.  I thoroughly enjoy scrambled eggs, egg sandwiches, omelets, “dippy” eggs.   I could eat them every day and be a happy girl.  However, my family doesn’t always feel the same way.  My challenge for February break is to make other recipes using my eggs.  Today’s venture:  quiche.  I could make so many variations of quiche and be happy.  However, I need to make something my meat-loving hubby will enjoy as well.  So, I made a sausage quiche.  



Sausage Quiche
Recipe:
-       10 eggs
-       ½ cup milk
-       8 oz shredded cheddar
-       salt/pepper
-       refrigerated pie crust
-       8 links of breakfast sausage – browned and diced

Directions:
-       preheat oven to 400 degrees, mix all ingredients, roll out pie crust and press into pie plate, pour mix into pie crust, bake for approx. 45 minutes.  

(note from husband:  it was awesome!)


The girls and I went out for our training run this morning – 9.9 miles.  While the thermometer said 20 degrees, we had a windchill of 2 degrees.  Boy it was way windy.   While we disliked this course the last time we ran it, we opted to do it again for a few of reasons. 
1.     We are hoping it is harder than the Mid-Winter Classic 10 miler next weekend!  (Yes, I know the course has hills, but here’s hoping the Cape Elizabeth hills are nothing compared to some of the Richmond, West Gardiner, Gardiner hills!!!
2.     Last time we ran this course, it had snowed the night before and the roads were horrible.  We didn’t have any fresh snow on the ground today! 
3.     While we all knew we shouldn’t really do 10 today as part of resting for next week’s 10 mile race, we just felt we needed to.  
Final time: 1hr 44 minutes – 9.9 miles.  Slow and steady.  That’s how we like our girls training runs! 
  
I need to share this.  I came home from this morning’s run to find this water bottle sitting on my counter. I guess you should never drink after your 2 year old!  



I then noticed Tucker’s toenails were a bit too long.  He refused to cut them, so I put nail polish on them.  Once I did his, Izzy wanted hers done, then I wanted mine done!    


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ideas anyone?


          

In my quest for pig knowledge, I’ve noticed some super cute pig farm names here in Maine.  Here you go:
  • Chops Ahoy
  • Hog Heaven
  • This Little Piggy


I need some ideas.  I know we’re not an official pig farm.  We’re definitely not going that route.  But I’d like fun name to go along with the gig!  Help! 


Friday, February 18, 2011

Piggily Wiggily



Raising a pig is harder than it looks.  I’m exhausted already and we are months away from getting piglets!  First, you have to schedule an appointment for a slaughter date.  Really?  I have to schedule an appointment for pigs I don’t have yet?  Yes, that is right.   I stumbled upon this information, of course.  I actually only called West Gardiner Beef to inquire about pricing for processing a pig.  That’s when I was told if I was planning on processing pigs, I needed to set up an appointment and that that 1st available one was December 27th What?  It’s only the middle of January.  I took the date right then and there. 

Now, I have to find pigs.  It shouldn’t be that hard.  Can’t I just order them from the local feed store?  Nope.  At least the nice man at the feed store gave me the name of a local farm.  Stacy suggested that I contact Keena at our CSA, Little Ridge Farm.    Keena was a  wonderful resource.  She gave me the name of a website with a list of pig farmers in Maine – Maine Pork Producers Association  and wonderful advice.  Actually, her CSA website is quite informative about pigs as well.  Another friend actually asked her brother for some leads, so I’ve added those names to the list.  I have spent countless hours on the phone with some of the local pig farmers.  

Here’s what I’ve learned so far….
1.  Schedule a slaughter appointment almost a year in advance. 
2.  Calculate when you should get your pigs.  The longer you have them, the more money you sink into them on feed.   From what I gather, pigs should be about 6 months old when they go to slaughter.  With a slaughter date of the end of December, that means I want piglets born in June.  I’ve learned that piglets are usually available for purchase when they are about 8 weeks old, so now I need to make sure I have my piglets sometime in August.  At least I have plenty of time to get ready for these piglets.  Oh, I mean, Ward and Wade have plenty of time to build a home for the pigs. 
3.  Feed prices are increasing.  What isn’t increasing? 

I’m still researching all of the other details, such as best way to feed the pigs and how to make sure we have plenty of water for them because they knock over just about everything.  Ward also needs to figure out how he’s going to get these 200 to 250 lb pigs to West Gardiner!  Good luck with that, honey. 

I really hope this pig venture works out.  It’s been challenging to lay the groundwork.  Chickens were so much easier.  When I ordered the chickens, I went online, found a site that seemed reputable and ordered them.  In a month they were delivered to my house.  It was that easy.  More on raising chickens another time!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Walking on Sunshine




Today was one of those days that if I wanted to run during the daylight, I had to get it done during my lunch.  It was a perfect day to get outside!  47 degrees!  Can you believe it?  It was totally meant to be because the first song that played on my iPod was Katrina & the Waves Walking on Sunshine.  This wasn’t my best run, but I did do my 3.73 mile BJHS loop in 30:24 (8:09 pace). 
Mile 1 – 8:21 min/mile
Mile 2 – 8:22 min/mile
Mile 3 – 8:10 min/mile
final .73 – 7:56 min/mile

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Clever Idea



At the start of my winter outdoor running adventure, I noticed my ankles were cold.  At first it didn’t really bother me, but then the temperatures really started to plummet.



“Coach” Ward told me I should wear different running socks so I could cover my ankles, but I really wasn’t buying into wearing different running socks.  I love my ankle height Smartwool running socks. 



Then I read a post by Emilie from onemominmaine.com.  She wrote about the same problem with exposed ankles and her solution was to cut off the bottom part of a high pair of socks so they went over your regular socks and covered the ankles.  How ingenius! 



I immediately found a pair of socks I no longer wear, cut the bottoms off and put them on.  I’ve run with them a few times on really cold days.  What is even more awesome, is during one of our runs, Jill noticed what I had done and said “you got that idea from One Mom In Maine, didn’t you?”  


I actually wore them this weekend on our long run. Thank you for the clever idea, Emilie!





Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

The girls and I ran our 11 miles yesterday.  I have to say it was our best run yet.  We started at Jill’s house, ran past my house, and ended at Jess’s house.  We had some incredible smoothies made by Jess's hubby, Joe.  Yum!  The only girl’s house we left out of the loop was Stacy’s.  Unfortunately, it will take much more than training for a half marathon to get to her house.  Perhaps when we kick up the training to marathon training, we’ll take on that challenge and run to her house!   We did the run in 1:56:57 with an average pace of 10:32.    I was a little nervous before the run because my beloved Garmin decided to have a freak out, which nearly forced me to a freak out mode.  Seriously, it kept flashing some words and beeping at me.  Jill and I tried to fix it at her house before Jess and Stacy got there, but none of the recommendations on the Garmin help site were working.  I decided I would just let the battery die, recharge it and hope for the best.  This meant I was going to run naked.  Not really naked, but without a Garmin.  I know I’ve only had this watch for a little over a month, but I am truly addicted and love watching our pace as we run.  Thankfully, my brother-in-law offered me the use of his Garmin.  Thank you, Wade!  You rock!

I have to note that after letting the battery die on my Garmin, recharging it, and reprogramming it, it is working right now.  Thank goodness!!!!

My running bag - packed
full of all my clothing options!
I wasn’t planning on running today because we just did our long run yesterday, but when I saw what the weather was going to be, I couldn’t help it. The only part of today’s weather that made me leary was the chance of rain.  40 degrees in February is glorious.  40 degree in February with rain is horrible, in my opinion anyway.    I planned ahead and packed my running bag last night.  The only problem was that I wasn’t sure what exactly to bring.  There were so many possibilities.  It could have been 40 degrees and raining or snowing, it could have been super windy, or it could have been incredible spring-like weather.   I packed my bag prepared for all options.  I even threw in my running skirt and tank just in case the rain was too much for me and I decided to get on the treadmill in the school’s gym.   After the walkers were dismissed, I checked out the temperature on weather.com, which said the temperature in Brunswick was 41 degrees.  I was SOOO excited!  Today’s running outfit was out my tights, 1 medium weight shirt, and my vest.  It felt heavenly!  Although, my body was super tired.  It took all I had to crank out a 9 minute mile.  At least I got out there and enjoyed the weather. 

I cannot wait until I wear these on a regular basis.
These were my emergency,  just in case it's pouring and I have to run on the treadmill clothes. 

In case it was raining.  


I had to bring these just in case.  You never know!

Just in case it was a chilly day!

The winning outfit!


Going from 9 degrees for yesterday’s run to 41 for today’s run makes me curious as to what temperature we’re going to have when we run the rescheduled Mid-Winter Classic in less than 2 weeks.  While I’m on the subject, is there anyone out there who is registered for the Mid-Winter Classic and cannot make it to the rescheduled race?  I have a friend who’d like to run it.  Send me an email!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Ward made me a special card.  This is what I get for being married to a cabinet maker.  It goes with the birthday card he made me a few years ago. 

Super sweet valentine from Ward.  Love you, honey!


My birthday card from a few years ago.  I think I need more!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones and & Homemade Lara Bars

Today was delicious.  Good thing the girls and I are running 11 miles tomorrow.  I have to burn those calories off somehow! 

I started off the day making Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.   I wish I could say I created the recipe, but I’m not that good.  I did tweak it a little, but that’s about it.  A few weeks back I made these delicious scones and they were a hit with the hubby and the kids and they were super easy.  




Here’s the recipe:

Scones
-  2 cups all-purpose flour
-  7 tablespoons sugar
-  1 tablespoon baking powder
-  ½ teaspoon salt
-  ½ teaspoon cinnamon
-  6 tablespoons cold butter
-  ½ cup canned pumpkin
-  3 tablespoons half & half
-  1 large egg

Glaze
-  ½ cup powdered sugar
-  1 tablespoon soy milk or regular milk



TO MAKE THE SCONES:
                   
                  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
                   
                  2.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife, fork, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter are obvious. Set aside.
                   
                  3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball.
                   
                  4.  Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle (about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide). Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal portions. Cut those three slices diagonally so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet.

                   
                  5.  Bake for 15 minutes. Scones should begin to turn light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
                   
                  TO MAKE THE PLAIN GLAZE:.
                  1.  Mix the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth.
                  2.  When scones are cool, drizzle glaze over the top of each scone with spoon
                  .





Next on the agenda, Homemade Lara Bars.  These babies are another super easy recipe.  I didn’t make them into bars though.  My sister-in-law made her version of these using a mini muffin pan.  What a great idea!  Actually, the whole idea of homemade Lara Bars comes from Jill.  Thank you, Jill! 

  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1 cup of cashews

1.  Put in food processor until fully blended.  You’ll want them to be slightly moist so they don’t completely flake apart.  Scoop small portions into the mini muffin pan and press down. 

  1. Pop in refrigerator for a few hours or you can pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes or so. 

Keep in refrigerated if they last that long! 



After all that, I did manage to get a 3.5 mile run in today.  It was breezy, but still great to get out there.  I took it easy today knowing I have 11 miles in store for me first thing tomorrow morning.  

Thursday, February 10, 2011

FItting It In


I distinctly remember thinking (in my heavier days) that I’d like to exercise but wasn’t sure how I would fit it into my schedule.  I remember telling Ward that I “just couldn’t find the time”.  The truth of the matter is it means enough to you, you find time.  I need to exercise, so I make time. I’m not going to lie.  Sometimes it’s a challenge.  It requires thinking ahead.  I find myself looking at the calendar every Sunday to plan out my running week.  Which days I do I have an IEP meeting after school?  A staff meeting?  On those days, I know I cannot squeeze in a run after school and get to Miss Karen’s in time to get Izzy.  That’s just not going to work.  When I had a particularly packed meeting week and it was looking like I wasn’t going to get my runs in, my sister-in-law suggested that I run during my lunchtime.  At first I was nervous about this and thought I was going to get in trouble. Plus, I never eat during my lunchtime anyway.  I snack throughout the day and I don’t eat with anyone else at school. But, I was desperate to get that run in, so I did it.  It felt great AND I didn’t get in trouble!  I found this awesome loop around the junior high.  It’s flat and fast.   I love it!  I decided that I couldn’t do this everyday, but would reserve this running time to one or two days a week.  Today was one of those days.  But, today, as I was running past the school where I will be teaching next year, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was going to be able to pull off my runs during the day as I do now.  I sure hope so!  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Night Running

Running at night, alone, scares me.  Honestly, I have a difficult time going down to the barn (on my own property!) in the dark.  I have been known to bring a weapon (like a golf club or bat), one of our dogs, and the big flashlight when I have to go to the barn after dark.  You can imagine that running on our very rural road would completely freak me out.  I wasn’t impressed with today’s weather forecast, so I felt the need to get in a run yesterday.  I didn’t plan ahead, so I didn’t have my clothes with me to get in the run immediately after school, so that left me with only one option, running outstide, in the dark. 

It was a glorious 35 degrees. It may seem cold to you, but compared to the temperatures I’ve been running in, 35 degrees seems spring-like, especially in February! 

I chose my gear carefully.  I wore my white shirt as my top layer – super reflective, and
I borrowed Ward’s reflective vest and head lamp – had to make sure cars could see me!
Then, just in case, I brought my cell phone with me.

I didn’t run far from home.  I did a lot of out & backs close to my house, so that I could always see my house.  Also, I only ran in areas where I was close to a neighbor’s house, just in case.  I am super pumped to report that I did get in 3.4 miles last night with an average pace of 8:16!  Go me!

Night Runner

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lazy Sundays (yeah, right!)

This is where I tucked my gum until
we got running!  

The girls and I got our run in this morning.   It was a pretty slushy run. We were running on the backroads of Richmond, Litchfield, and West Gardiner, so we have to expect terrible conditions.  What I wasn’t expecting was the hills!  I also wasn’t expecting the little old ladies to speed up as to make sure they would splash us either.  Geez!  While it wasn’t exactly 10 miles, it was close enough.  The Garmin (I really think I should name her something else, any ideas?) said we ran 9.9 miles for 1 hr and 48 minutes (10:54 pace/mile).  



I put Ward's big boots on for the chicken coop cleaning.
He said that they look sexy.  I think he's delusional!


When I got home, I immediately put on Ward's boots and went down to clean out the chicken coop.  Those girls are much happier when they have clean wood shavings.  I thought since it was 37 degrees out there, it would be a perfect time to clean it out.  Let’s hope they reward me with some (more) eggs today.   We ended up with 7 eggs today.  Thank you, girls!



This one was not impressed and stayed up on
her perch while I cleaned out the coop!
She seemed very happy with the fresh saw dust.
I caught her rolling in it!






















Our eggs for today!

Next on the list was Sticky Caramel Rolls (the actual recipe calls for pecans, but I’m all out, so we’ll settle for plain ol’ caramel rolls today) from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook. (see recipe below) I whipped up a batch of dough, let it rise for the 2 hours, then split the dough in half.  Half for today’s Sticky Caramel Rolls and half for bread later on this week.   I put the rolls in the oven for at 350 degrees for 40 minutes then we went outside to sled! 

Izzy and Ward taking the sleds up to the hill!
Izzy and Ward going down the hill!

Tucker's turn!


 What a glorious day it was to sled.  Last night’s rain gave it just enough of a crust to really get some distance.  





























The Master Recipe (start with this first!)
3 cups of lukewarm water
1.5 tablespoons granulated yeast (or 2 packets)
1.5 tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt (I use ¾ tablespoon of regular table salt)
6.5 cups unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour

  1. Add salt and yeast in a 5 qt container.  Pour in warm water.   I usually mix it up a little.  
  2. Add flour.  Mix.
  3. Cover the container, loosely.  Let it rise for approximately 2 hrs. 

Now, onto the Sticky Caramel Rolls!

Caramel Topping
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (I used salted)
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup brown sugar
30 pecan halves (I omitted this time)

The Filling
4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I omitted today)
½ cup chopped and toasted pecans (I omitted today)
Pinch of ground black pepper (I omitted today)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees at least 20 minutes prior to baking!
  2. Cream caramel topping together.  Set aside. 
  3. Cream filling together.  Set aside. 
  4. Dust the work surface with flour, cut off a 1.5 (cantaloupe-size) piece of dough. 
  5. Roll out the dough to a 1/8 thick rectangle.  Use flour if sticky, be careful to not make it too dry!
  6. Put filling mixture onto top of dough.  Start with long side, roll the dough into a log.  If the dough is too soft to cut, let it chill for 20 minutes to firm up. 
  7. With a sharp serrated knife, cut the log into 8 equal pieces and arrange in pan, with the edge facing up.  (The recipe calls for you to cover it with plastic wrap and allow to rest and rise for another 40 minutes with unrefrigerated dough or 1 hr with refrigerated dough – I didn’t today and I think it turned out fluffy and spectacular.  You choose!)
  8. Top with topping mixture.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. 


Yum!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Bummer...

I've been looking forward to the Mid-Winter Classic all week.  I've been tappering down my running and resting as well.  I was even ready for my pasta dinner tomorrow night.  Because I've been excited about the race (and nervous too!) I've been absolutely obsessed with the weather. (Just about as obsessed with it as my father-in-law.  Which is downright scary!)  My excitement about the race came to a end when I read my email this afternoon -  "We are sad to announce that the Mid Winter Classic 10 mile race scheduled for Sunday, February 6th, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine has been cancelled.  The Cape Elizabeth Police Department has informed us that we will not be permitted to host the race due to safety concerns.  Recent storms have caused the snow banks along much of the course that's open to traffic to swell, leaving precious little space in the breakdown lane for a pack of 800 runners.  The Police Department also felt that the town would not have sufficient time to clear the snow expected to fall on Saturday night, salt and sand the roads, and cleanup all the high school parking lots before the race on Sunday morning.  No other acceptable alternatives could be found that would mitigate the risk to runners."  The email goes on with some other race details, but does add that the new race date is Sunday, February 27th, same place, same time.  Well, at least the race really isn't cancelled, it was just postponed!  Postponed to the day before my 34th birthday, but is there any other way to celebrate my birthday other than running 10 miles?

I had to get in touch with my running girls about this news.  We were all in agreement that we are still running this weekend.  At this point, I think we're on for a 10 mile run from Richmond to Gardiner Sunday morning.  Storm or no storm!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Race Recaps

As I walked by the toy room yesterday, I caught a glimpse of my running bulletin board.  It made me realize I don’t have a record written anywhere of my previous races and that this mess was my pathetic attempt at record keeping.  Ha! Honestly, in the beginning, I was so horrible I didn’t want to keep track of my races.  Then I started to see my times improve, so I started keeping my bibs.  I've even won some trophies and a plaque!


In time I hope to figure out my blog template and make this an actual link to a tab on the top of this page, but for today I’ll amuse you with a recap of my races. 


5K’s







Old Hallowell Day Race
July 2010 – 24:56, 2nd place for my age group!













Race to Remember, Gardiner
May 2009- 24:50









Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K
May 2009 - 25:45
May 2010 - 25:17







Monmouth Apple Fest
September 2010 – 30:05 (with running pal Stacy!)








Operation Smile Halldale
October 2010 - 23:41, Women’s 1st Place (my 1st trophy ever!)








Spooky 5K
October 2010 – 23:43, Women’s 3rd Place (my 2nd trophy!)







Jingle Bell
December 2010 – 22:02 (definitely not correct, I heard the course was ¼ of a mile short!) 













4.5 Mile
January Thaw
January 2011 – 37:16 (8:13 pace) – Women’s 1st Place















10K’s
LL Bean 4th of July 10K
July 2009 – 60:20
July 2010 -  53:26











Beach to Beacon
August 2009 - 53:14
August 2010 - 49:29















Great Osprey 10K
November 2010 - 49:55














Half Marathons
Maine Marathon ½ Marathon
October 2010 - 1:54:36