July 26, 2015

My lucky day! (Grandma's Game)

This morning, I was much more compliant about getting my run done first thing when I woke up. I had plans for lunchtime, so I wanted to make sure to get my long run in this morning. I had eight miles on the schedule, which is the same as yesterday. The Hansons Marathon Method has two back to back longish runs on weekends instead of having one long run per week, which I found much more preparatory for marathon training.

I was a little concerned about how my legs would do, since my training has been minimal lately (per the Galloway training plan). I chose the treadmill again, considering the humidity outside was awful. Today, I bumped the speed up just a touch--for the 3:00-run portions, I did 5.8 mph; and then for the 0:30-walk portions, I did 4.0 mph. My run was pretty much identical to yesterday.

After my run, I took a quick shower and then ate breakfast. While I was on the treadmill, my run ended in the middle of a One Tree Hill episode, and I really wanted to finish it. I turned that on, and while I finished watching that, I decided to play a hand of my favorite solitaire game.

I've mentioned the game in my blog several times, because it really helps me to keep from binge eating sometimes. I like to play it with real cards (not digitally). I've been playing the game for over two decades, and I'd NEVER WON. Not once!

Well, apparently, today was my lucky day. I ACTUALLY WON. My heart was pounding toward the end, because I was doing so well, and I couldn't believe it when I actually won. My mom is the one who taught me the game, and she only won it one time (about 40 years ago). It's a really difficult game to win!

I was dying to tell someone, but nobody really cares(!) so I decided to make a video that I've been planning to do for a long time but just never got around to it. I made a video that explains how to play the game. It's a hard game to describe, and I never even knew what it was called until I wrote about it on my blog a couple of years ago (the closest game I can find to what my mom taught me is called Grandma's Game, or 13 Stacks).

Anyway, if you're into playing solitaire, here is a video that explains how to play. I wish it was a little closer up, but I hope that it's pretty explanatory.

At 1:00, we had plans to meet up with Rik and his wife Cynthia for lunch. If you don't remember, Rik is my co-captain from my From Fat to Finish Line Ragnar team. They live in Wisconsin, but were passing through the area today to look at a car they were interested in buying. We made plans to meet at Public House, a local restaurant, for lunch. It was fun to get to chat with them!

Jerry and Rik made plans for Jerry to go to Wisconsin to visit soon. I often feel guilty that I get to travel sometimes for blogging, so I encourage Jerry to go on some solo trips to have fun, too. I know he'll have a lot of fun hanging out with Rik!

Tomorrow is Motivational Monday! It's been a few weeks, but I will definitely have a post tomorrow. If you have a submission, please get it to me by tomorrow morning. Here's how. :)


  1. I love playing 13 packs on my card game app. The only difference is when you pick up a stack it let's you rearrange the cards and if you do it right it makes it easier to use strategy to win. I liked the video. I'll have to try it with real cards ;)

  2. I have wondered about this game! You've talked about it so much! Thanks for making the video.

  3. Amanda K.July 27, 2015

    I wish you were coming to Wisconsin too! Of course, I don't know where Rik lives if he's even close to the Milwaukee area. I would have loved to meet you! Wisconsin is so great, I think Jerry will love it. Make sure he catches a Brewers game! (Even though they suck right now, haha)

  4. Aw so nice seeing you and Rik side by side!! Congrats on winning the game. :)

  5. Thank you for giving me ANOTHER game to obsess over. I do not know how you could play a game for 25 years and not give up when you can't win! The video was great...and I haven't won yet. :-)

  6. Thanks for a new to me game! I'll have to give it a try since I love to play Solitaire!

  7. That was an awesome video - thanks for sharing! It's nice to know what you're talking about now when you say you're playing solitaire. I found an online version of the game and got lost for over 2 hours! It's definitely going to be my new go-to solitaire game now!


Feel free to leave a comment! I had to turn on comment moderation due to a ton of spam comments, but I will approve your comment ASAP.

Featured Posts

Blog Archive