Sunday, September 28, 2008


We put in a nice, easy 16 miles out on 1585. Around 0830 we hit the road so it was calm and cool out there. As the run wore on, the heat picked up and there was not a breeze to be had. Weird for the Plains of Texas! We did pretty good though, still feeling strong. I head back to work tonight for the next 4 days. I have GOT to win the lottery! Work gets in the way of life, ya know? I will probably take the next couple of days off from running and then put in 6-8 miles on Wednesday. I have Crossroads on Saturday so I definitely won't run on Thursday or Friday. Anyway, I guess I had better get ready for work. Damn!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


This morning's run wasn't as incredible as yesterday's. ha We just ran a little 4 mile recovery run and felt like shit the whole time. Man, you just gotta love running!! Yesterday we were on top of the world and today we were under it. In all honesty, it wasn't THAT bad but we were still chuckling that our legs felt a little fatigued. We did really push ourselves pretty hard yesterday on the 10 miler and really kicked it out at the end. We ran a 7:30 pace the last mile and I actually pushed it up to 5:30 pace the last 50 yards. Anyway, we just did the 4 miles today so we'll have some left in the tank for tomorrow.
I went ahead and ordered a pair of Speedcross 2's and they should be here on Tuesday or Wednesday. Looking forward to that! I love getting new stuff! I also need a new headlamp. Jemez did my last one in! Seems like Jemez was just out to get me.

Friday, September 26, 2008


My runs are just getting better and better. Aubrey and I put in a nice, easy 10 miler today and my legs were just absolutely HUMMING with energy. Man, I love that feeling!! It is so nice when your training takes you to where you need to be. I am soooo ready for Palo Duro and Javelina. Javelina will be my first attempt at a hundred miler so I have no idea what to expect, other than a lot of pain towards the end.
On the shoe subject, I am looking at the Salomon Speedcross 2's. They have more support and more cushioning while only adding a couple of three ounces to the shoe. I am going to keep my eye out and see what I can come up with.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Another nice, round 6 miler for today. It's getting a little repetitive I know but while we're working, it's all we can muster. ha On our next few days off we'll go longer. We're both feeling really strong out there so it won't be difficult. We have Crossroads coming up a week from Saturday and we're looking forward to that. On another note, I am kind of wanting to find a new trail shoe to start wearing. I have been running the last several months in the New Balance mr790's (the yellow ones cuz they make me feel fast!!). I really like them but I am wanting a little more cushioning and support without getting a heavy shoe. I am really, really fond of the mr790's simply because they are sooooo light and minimal but I think my feet and legs would benefit from more support and cushioning. Any suggestions for good shoes or comments would be appreciated. I have also thought about just getting some really good, cushioned insoles and sticking those in my 790's. I still REALLY miss my old La Sportiva Slingshots!! They were PERFECT!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Busy night at work, Beautiful morning again, Ran 6 miles. Nuff said!

Monday, September 22, 2008


Last night I had to work until 0300. The night wasn't too busy which is very atypical. That made it possible for me to get up a little earlier than I normally would. Anyway, I got up around 0945 and called Aubrey and we headed out to 1585 and ran 6 miles again. I just didn't feel like running 12-15 today. We're going to go back out tomorrow after work and see how that goes. Mondays are typically Hell in the ER so I can expect to get my ass handed to me on a silver platter but I definitely need to get the mileage in. C'est la vie!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


All humans should be forced out of bed early on mornings such as this one! Perfectly serene and amazing! It's cool and calm once again out there, another perfect morning for running. It's actually so cool outside this morning that I almost had to put on some running pants instead of shorts. I'm a real tit when it comes to being cold! I would never have survived the above photo shoot. It looks WAY too cold for me!! It is, however, one of my favorite Greenpeace photos.
Even though the morning was fantastic, we didn't have the time that we wanted to spend so we only ran 6 miles. Aubrey worked all night and has to get up early this afternoon for his grandson to come over. I am working tonight but only til 0300. I can get up around 9 or 10 tomorrow and we can get in a good 12-15 miles then I can go back to bed for work tomorrow night.

Friday, September 19, 2008

9/19/2008 An Early Fall??

The last couple of days have been fantastic. We have a hint of an early fall in the air and the weather is cool and calm. Just great for early morning running. Yesterday Aubrey and I ran a nice, round 12 miles. And then today we recovered with 5 miles at a little bit brisker pace. We have the inaugaral Crossroads Marathon in Odessa, Tx coming up on the 4th of October. We obviously don't know what to expect but we do know that it's put on by the Crossroads Fellowship Church there in Odessa so they should have lots of good volunteers. haha It's a Boston qualifier which is pretty impressive for a first time marathon. Again, we are just going to use it as a training run so no pressure to do well, just to finish and feel good.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I had to take the last three days off because of work but I got back out there today. I got in a 6 mile run this morning. The weather was beautiful, just a little warm. It's so hard to run when I am working though. I gotta figure out how to get that done.

So this afternoon, Kenzie came in with Thor and I snapped a couple of pics. Isn't he gorgeous? I couldn't catch him with his teeth bared in typical chihuahua style but I got a couple of good shots! He wore the bikini for a second but I think he ended up ripping it to shreds.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


The weather here today is gorgeous. It's overcast and cool with a slight breeze. No telling what Hurricane Ike will throw our way later but right now it is great running weather. Aubrey and I ran 10 miles out on 1585 this morning. I'm really happy with how I am feeling day to day. It definitely bodes well for the marathon, 50 miler, and 100 miler coming up in the very near future. I am trying to focus on my diet more closely cuz I want/need to lose about 12-15 lbs before my 50 miler. If I get focused it should happen. We shall see.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hundred Year Flood

Wow! Some of these pics are amazing! Apparently yesterday broke all the records in Lubbock. They cancelled the kids' school today due to RAIN, a first in the history of Lubbock! We actually have a little sun today but not for long I don't think. The rain is supposed to continue into the weekend and Hurricane Ike hasn't even come ashore yet! Craziness!
Aubrey and I ran a simple 6 miles this am and I'm feeling good but really wish the weather would lay so we could get in some more good long runs. Oh, well, we pray for rain and we get it!
Enjoy the pics of the Tech Stadium! This will bring a whole new concept to the sport of football! How will they ever swim with all those pads on??


If you haven't been watching the news, check this out.

Rain creates emergency status in city
Friday, September 12, 2008
Story last updated at 9/12/2008 - 2:27 am

While Lubbock looked east the past few weeks to see if hurricanes would bring evacuees here, the city was drenched by storms coming from the west as six inches of rain caused numerous problems Thursday.
More rain is possible through this weekend, which could cause cancellations or rescheduling for community and sporting events.
No high school football games have been canceled yet, but athletic directors across the area said they will monitor the situation to make sure no one will be in danger.
Thursday's impact was widespread:
• Lubbock, Cooper and Frenship schools are closed today in anticipation of flooded streets.
• Reports of cars trapped by floodwaters across the city poured into Lubbock emergency offices across the area, including some confirmed reports of flooded homes, said Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin. For thousands of other drivers, the heavy all-day rains made driving a chore and some roads were also closed.
• Martin said he planned on declaring a state of emergency for the city to respond to flooding he believes will reach the status of a hundred-year flood.
• City officials said they were using Lubbock County inmates to fill 5,000 sandbags to place in the heavily flooded areas, particularly the area around 66th Street and Avenue W.
• Martin said normal city services, including trash pick-up, may be canceled during the next few days until water levels start to recede. Also as a result of the flooding, wastewater from the water treatment plant was released into the Yellowhouse Canyon to accommodate excess water which is overloading the system.
• Lubbock County Judge Tom Head said he planned on declaring a state of emergency for the county also as rain water continued to flood roads across the area. "Please try to stay in your homes unless it's an emergency," Head said. "If you are in a car, do not drive through water as it only takes a little to lift a car."
Because the city has been on standby to receive evacuees from Hurricane Ike, Martin said the shelter facilities could be used to house Lubbock residents displaced by flooding.
"A lot of people are concerned about the hurricane, but at the same time we have a disaster of our own in Lubbock," he said.
Martin said the flood would not affect Lubbock's status as a possible placement site for refugees from the Gulf Coast, though an emergency city council meeting was scheduled for 1 p.m. today to discuss appropriate responses to damage caused by the rain.
An emergency callback system was activated by the city to notify people in areas heavily affected by flooding about the possibility of water reaching homes.
Officials warned people to stay out of floodwaters and out of the playa lakes as they pose a significant danger for drowning.

So obviously I haven't been able to run the last couple of days. haha Aubrey and I are headed out for a short run this am between rain storms. I'll let ya know how it goes this afternoon.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Last night was busy as Hell! It always seems to be nowadays with people using the Emergency Rooms for primary care. It never ceases to amaze me what people will come to the ER for. Anyway, I was pretty exhausted when I got off work this morning but I still got out and ran 8 miles with Aubrey. I bought new shoes to wear to work and last night was my first time to use them. THEY SUCKED!! My feet were torn up before the shift was half over. It made my run painful big time. Crazy freaking shoes! Don't ever buy Street Cars! Seriously, the balls of my feet were on fire and the backs of my ankles were blistered. I've never had a pair of shoes do that to me. Back to my Nike Frees for work! They're comfy!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Okey dokey, things are going really well. Aubrey and I put in another 5 miles today and I am hoping to up the ante tomorrow and put in more like 8 miles in the morning if I can haul my ass out of bed early enough. I start back to night shift tomorrow night and will be on for 6 shifts. That's way too many in a row as far as I'm concerned but I'm still on orientation. I will be off of orientation at the end of this 6 day stretch then my schedule will be back to a little more normal. Ok, so, running plans. First the Crossroads Marathon on 10/4 as a training run, then the Palo Duro Canyon 50 miler on 10/18 which is a training run for the Javelina Jundred on 11/15-16 if my entry goes through. Lots of running coming up so I hope I am up to it. If I feel as good as I do now it won't be a problem. We shall see!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I'm sitting here relaxing, listening to some bad ass music and just thinking about how good I feel right now. After the marathon on Sunday I had to work Monday and Tuesday so I didn't run. I don't think that I would have felt like it anyway since my calves were pretty tight. However, today was a new day and I headed out for a recovery run of about 3 miles. I ran five instead. I just felt great! Yay, ME!! I went ahead today and sent in my entry for the Javelina Jundred in November. I don't know if they will accept it or not but the website says that if the entry is postmarked by Friday they will consider it. I guess we'll see. There's another marathon coming up on October 4th in Odessa so that will be a great training run two weeks before the Palo Duro Canyon 50 miler on the 18th. Strange to be using all these races as training runs but I really like it that way. That way there are more people around to keep me motivated and inspired. See ya down the road!