Wednesday, May 18, 2011


thoughts from today....

as I walk back to the house, 
just completing my run for the day,
satisfaction fills the air,
satisfaction for my mind. 
satisfaction for the heart,
satisfaction for the soul.
The site of daylilies blooming all through the yard,
the smell of gardenia everywhere. 

I feel my body becoming stronger each day.
This brings a smile to my face.
I hit 45 and 50 miles per week.
What's in the numbers that makes me smile?
I'm not sure,
but it does.
I'm nearing another training peak.
It's a high, that I love and savor.
I've been here before, 
but each time is special.
I'm thankful !

Tonight I tried a Joy Baur recipe.
Mix together:
1/2 c part skim ricotta
1 tsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
"small" splash of milk

In a separate bowl, microwave a half cup mixed berries for about 1 minute--then stir warm berries (w/ liquid) into ricotta cream.  
(because I'm a sugar addict, I would prefer more SUGAR, but I resisted)
Stats according to Joy - 240 cals, 16 grams protein, 2 grams fiber

Back in Feb. I decided to plant a few "seed potatoes."   This was my first time to give this a try.  Not having much confidence in my gardening abilities, and because I already have WAY TOO MUCH yard work, I only planted about 8-10 pieces of the seed potatoes.   Today, I decided to do a little digging to see what I would find.
Not too bad for a novice.
no chemicals, no pesticides - I like that!
Wish I had more motivation to garden.  
There's something really nice about knowing where your food comes from.
It's also nice to know.....I did that! 
Wk of May 2nd - step back wk in mileage - 22 miles running, etc. 

Wk of May 9th:
quality listed below, and the other days were easy mileage days
*Tues - 12 miler

*Thurs. - 5 with a 3 mile tempo run 8:45 avg for the 5 miles - the 3 mile tempo was at 7:53 avg.

*Sat. - 8 X 400 @ 1:46 avg,  1 X 800 @ 3:41,  2 X 800 @ 1:43, and 1:42
Ended Sunday with 45 miles running, 5 miles walking, 2 days of weights, planks, squats, burpees, lunges, etc., and 1 yoga class
Chad ran with me for the 400 workout on Sat., and on Sunday.  On Sunday, I needed 4 miles for 45 miles for the week.  
sunday conversation with Chad, after the 4 mile run to finish 45 miles for the week.
Me: "that's 45, and that makes me HAPPY!"
Chad: "that's all it takes?"
Me: "pretty much!" lol !
I am a runner!
May 16th - this is week 5 of my 8 week 5k training plan
Monday - 8 miles easy, weights, planks, squats, jump rope, core work
Tues. - yoga class, 2 miles am, and 6 miles pm with 10 X honeysuckle hill (.21 hill) 1:52 avg
Wed. - 5 miles easy monitoring heart rate.
Thurs - will be a 12 mile run



Amanda@runninghood said...

Your posts...this one especially...make me feel happy. Your joy and love for life just comes through in your words. So glad that running brings you such joy. It is wonderful! And especially more so now that the weather is getting nice again. Great job on your workouts! Love your energy girl!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Glad you're on a "training high" right now. That's a great feeling, when you feel strong, fast, and ready to run for a long time. Great job!

Jennifer said...

Great post Ginny. It's funny I can actually hear that conversation between you two! Nice to feel the high! And kudos to you for the nice looking taters!

misszippy said...

And it's a great reason to be happy! You're on a roll right now. Enjoy!

Jill said...

I love how happy you are! 45mpw would do it for me, too. Oh heck, 11mpw is doing it for me right now - haha - but I totally get what you're saying!

Raquelita said...

Yay for satisfaction and 45 mile weeks! Your potatoes look awesome!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Growing your own food is so much fun! And so is bing able to run a lot of miles!

lindsay said...

It is so satisfyingto grow your own food. I am trying... Not doing so well lol. Your potatoes turned out great!!

mfranks said...

Sounds like you are living it up! Nice work on the miles.

Love that satisfied feeling. Keeps me going. Without it I have an anxiety attack over not being able to find my keys.


I love this post. All of those things are satisfying!! :)

I love your little potatoes - great job! I started a mini (potted) garden and I love it! I'm waiting for my peppers and tomatoes to sprout.

Have an awesome weekend Ginny :)

HappyTrails said...

Me too - 'more sugar, please!'. I will have to try out the recipe. You need to post some pics of your beautiful garden - your area is so green and lush compared to our high desert green. Neat about the potatoes - I too, wish I had more time and energy to do a 'food' garden. I wouldn't mind a few chickens, either, for fresh eggs! Keep that big, happy grin about your running!

Jenn said...

Oh-just reading this makes me WANT satisfaction. It is only teasing me this week! I WANT IT!!!!!

I'm not sure about that ricotta deal. Yay on the protein but did you actually like it??

I LOVE gardening. We grow so many things. Problem is that I was heavy into gardening before running and now it's hard to find time to get both done....

Great job on the miles and the runs! You're attitude is inspiring to me today! Good luck hammering out that 5K plan!!

Chris K said...

You crack me up Ginny. That Chad is one lucky guy. Basically he just needs to stay out of your way and you are happy.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Jenn - I sent you a detailed message, but the ricotta is good for a filling snack.

Chris K - Ha! My sister was telling my Mom about it, and she said.... "maybe you should have said Chad and 45 miles." not needed!
"he get's me!" Hopefully he knows he's the king of my world.

Cory Reese said...

Way to go on some big miles!

Irene said...

I love that sense of satisfaction. There's nothing like it!

Hmmm... I've never tried to grow potatoes. Those look fantastic.