February 22, 2012

Too many races

Dog sitting last night was fun! However, I think my cats have put me on their shit list for it ;)

The cats spent the whole evening sulking in my bedroom. Paolo is usually totally fearless, so if any of the cats would be cool with a dog, it would be Paolo. He unsuspectingly walked into the kitchen to eat, and then Bailey (the dog) spotted him. Bailey ran up to him and started barking and getting down on her forepaws like she wanted to play.

Paolo just stared Bailey down and neither one of them moved a muscle for about two full minutes. Then, at the exact same time, they both started to run--but they were on the linoleum, and they both have furry feet, so they weren't actually moving anywhere, despite moving their legs as fast as possible in a run. It was hilarious to watch! Then we had to intervene and put Paolo back in the bedroom.

The cats usually sleep with me on the bed, but none of them did last night--I think they're really mad at me. Bailey slept on the couch with Jerry:

I went to the rec center to do my run today. I had planned on running 3 miles of intervals, but my friend Jennah said that she wanted to start running, so I asked if she wanted to come with me. I decided to go early and run three miles alone and then run two with Jennah (if she could run two--she's not a runner).

My Garmin foot pod was newly calibrated (I took it to the outdoor track last week to calibrate) and it's true--the indoor track is measured around the center, rather than the inner lane. Oh well, at least now I know. So my five mile run meant over 60 laps around the track--SIXTY. Hahaha, it went by fast though.

Jennah completely amazed me at how well she did. For not having run (like EVER), she did the full two miles with me, only stopping twice for a drink. I would haven't have made it around the track even once as a beginner!

When I got home, I had a snack I'd been craving for weeks--Ezekiel bread, toasted, with peanut butter. Today I used the cinnamon-raisin Ezekiel bread, and the Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. It definitely hit the spot!

I got an e-mail about running events that are coming up soon, and one of the races on there was a 4-miler on Leap Day. I impulsively decided to go for it--for no real reason other than the fact that the race shirt is a sweatshirt ;)  I got a sweatshirt for a Memorial Day race last year, and I love it. The Leap Year 4-Miler is an evening run, starting at 6:30, and it's in a Metropark, so it should be a nice run.

I've committed to way too many races this year. I had planned on not doing more than one or two, to save money, but everything just sounds like fun! I have a 4-miler, a 5k, two half-marathon, and a full-marathon all before JUNE. Oh well, at least it keeps me running!


  1. wow your friend did a great job!

    And your cats will get over it. They are probably scared he is staying.

  2. I have 3 cats & two dogs. We have animal stampedes on the hardwood floors. Seriously hilarious.

    Your friend should be proud! I have been run/walking forever and it feels like I'll never consistently make a mile, much less two.

  3. Uh-oh! Are you spoiling Bailey by letting her on the couch? I used to let Molly on the couch, but her damn nails put holes in the perfectly nice couch cushions, so I had to go out and buy the 3-piece microfiber slipcovers for 2 couches and a loveseat at B,B&B to the tune of $400+ (after coupons). I do like the solid chocolate brown better, though.

    I LOVE toast and peanut butter. It's my most common breakfast. My toast is near burnt. What does that mean I'm craving/lacking again?

  4. Mmmmm toast. Anyways! If you are feeling a little guilty about all your races, here's how I see it- yes, these races add up. But if you go with a friend, think of how healthier it is than going out to dinner together! And restaurants don't give you tee shirts, haha! I keep finding 5ks I wanna do while I'm in the states visiting for 2 weeks, and I told my bf I can't do them all. And he said I should if it makes me happy and keeps me in shape. Anyways just think of the other things you could be spending money on and race fees don't seem so bad! :)

  5. I LOVE the cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread! I'll eat it in the mornings as French toast - soak it in one egg (no milk), with vanilla and cinnamon mixed in with the egg, then tossed in a skillet. It's sweet enough to eat alone, but I'll top it with strawberries, blueberries, or bananas, depending upon my mood!

    I hear you on the races. I have decided to do a race a month until the end of the year. I just finished a half-marathon for February, and March's run is a 10K. I know October's race is another half marathon, in New York City, but the others are wide open!

    Love your blog!

  6. They make cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread? : )

    I had to reread the races you have scheduled. I was in utter disbelief.

    Congrats to your friend for running 2 miles right out of the starting gate. So inspiring!

  7. Your friend has a strong mind! I could never do that to begin, WOW! I would have loved to see the dog and kitty running, or trying to... LOL!

  8. Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter sounds SO GOOD! I will have to keep my eyes open for that!

    ~ Stepheny

  9. Jerry looks good! Has he lost weight too? You guys make a cute couple.

    1. Yes, he's lost about 75 pounds total. Still working on the last 10, just like me! ;)

  10. I saw that, and it's nice to know that people have that option now. I don't want to block people from pinning everything on my blog, however--it's just the tummy tuck photos that I don't want on Pinterest.

    But thank you for sharing that with me!

  11. Katie- I found the one picture of you with your blog on it, but I have not come across any others. Where the heck are all these pictures?

  12. Omg you made me snort with laughter about the cats putting you on their "shit list" - mine do that too!!

    That bread and PB looks good!! What is Ezekiel bread?

    S x

  13. I think keeping the pounds off is worth the cost of those races. RUN KATIE RUN!

  14. Replies
    1. There are links to them on my "Running" page. Let me know if you'll be doing any of them and we can meet up!

  15. I was so looking forward to the doggy/cat recap. I knew there would be something funny coming from that. Poor kitties, they think you are moving the Bailey in, that's all. You will be back on the good list in no time. I'm still loving reading your blog, and I will tell you that I'm on Pinterest EVERY chance I get and I have only seen your blog pin, no tummy pics at all.

  16. I love that you're running a Leap Day race. I'm a "Leapling" and will be celebrating my 10@40 as your run your race. :o)

    Thanks for the quick email response last night about blogs...guess this means you don't feel compelled to write several a day just to keep me happy? HA! Juli


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