Caturday #2

Hope you are enjoying your Caturday! I am recovering from the Lakeland Runners Club Watermelon 5K by ingesting lots of coffee and bagels. I also find that many cute cat pictures help with tired legs.

Tail is a strange sleeper. He often has one of his front legs straight in front of him as he sleeps. J and I call it the Super Tail.

Tail The Cat Arm

This is a great spot because you can see the great room and kitchen from this perch. No one is getting by Tail the Stalker.

I like to have my phone with me when I am walking around the house. You never know where you might catch a cat sleeping.

Cat Sleeping In The Closest

Neither cat is immune to making sure there is cat hair on all of our clothes and towels.

Cat In Dresser

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Caturday

I take so many pictures of my cats that if cats ever go extinct, there are enough pictures on my hard drive to document to all of humanity how they existed.

I give you Tail who is super cute but a huge jerk. (I can just see him defending himself in this picture. Claiming his utter lack of jerkiness.)

Cute Cat Sleeping In Bed

He will only sleep at the highest point of any room or facing a door so he can see (and control) who enters or exits. He is a control freak cat who needs to know everything that is going on in his universe (otherwise known as our house.)

Alia is quieter. She spends most of her time hiding or running from Tail. If you asked her if Tail should leave, she would emphatically say yes. (Doesn’t she look so serious? I always imagine if she could speak, she would have an upper-crust British accent.)

Alia The Cat Staring

Tail is very photogenic. (Maybe vain is the right word?) He always looks so peaceful and calm in pictures but really is demonic on the inside.

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J and I hope you have a very Happy Caturday!

My First Week Back To Work

This might sound crazy, but I am actually glad to be back to work.

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Don’t get me wrong, two months of sleeping late and watching more TV than normal was nice. It turns out I actually like leaving my house everyday and having an income. Having people other than cats to talk to during the day is also nice.

Tail The Cute Cat And All Of His Toys

(It is true that my house is full of nothing but cat furniture and toys.)

I am slowly getting adjusted to being on a regular schedule again. It will probably take a few weeks until I am completely acclimated into being around people in actual pants but I am getting there.

My first week was all over the place workout-wise.

Workouts First Week Back To Work

My running is way down but I did at least get one full body strength training session in. ( I did Jackie Warner’s Power Circuit Training.) It also demonstrated how much more frequently I need to strength train because the abs circuits nearly killed me. (I may have been swearing and had a cat staring at me like I was a crazy person.)

I joined a gym for the first time in a few years. It is halfway between work and home. The location is perfect because I have to drive by it to get to work. My plan is to get my easy and speed/tempo runs done on the treadmill before work. It is getting to that point in the year where the oppressive heat and humidity of Florida is wrecking my runs. I think the gym is the best solution to keep my mileage up. Plus, how can I skip going when I have to drive by the place twice a day?

I have no races in the near future and this is the first time in six months where I am not on a training plan. To keep my motivation going, I plan on running four days a week (two easy, one speed/tempo, and one long run) and doing strength training twice a week. The new gym offers Les Mills classes, so I want to give those a shot and see if I like any of them. I want to try spinning but do feel a bit intimidated by it. (I am scouring the internet for spinning for dummies type articles. My best bet is to tell the instructor I am new and have them help me get set-up.)

I did get my biopsy results back and I do not have cancer.

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Valentine’s Day Part One

I expected a pretty low-key Valentine’s Day this year because J and I are trying not to spend money until I get back to work. So I was surprised to see a gift left on the kitchen counter yesterday morning.

Cute Cat Valentines Day Card

Not sure if you knew but I love cute pictures of cats. A kitten in a bag may be the perfect card.

Breaking Dawn Part One Special Edition DVD

Then there was this. I actually mentioned the night before how I wanted to pick this up to watch over the weekend.

The card also mentioned dinner reservations for Chalet Suzanne for Saturday. We have both wanted to eat there for years but never gotten around to it. I am so excited and have already stated to plan out my meal. (Herb Butter Lump Crab probably.)

Tail was staring at me while I was reading the card. He did not seem impressed.

Tail The Cat

I gave J a card and made chocolate chip cookies. That may have been a mistake because now I am in the house alone with a huge plate of cookies and it smells like them everywhere.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used this recipe from The Joy of Baking. I have baked these before and they always come out great. If you are interested in a crispy, sweet chocolate chip, I definitely recommend it.

Did you have a good Valentine’s Day?

Whirlwind Weekend

This weekend has been insanely busy but really great. I took Friday off and ran 12 miles, it was my furthest run yet. I did much better fueling than I did on my ten mile run and feel fairly confident that I found something that will work for my Half. This run was around a local park that allowed me to access water fountains so I was able to refill my fuel belt. I needed the extra water and will keep this in mind as my distance increases.

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This month might not have been my highest mileage month but I am proud of my progress.

On Saturday and Sunday, I was lucky to be able to attend the Florida Democratic Convention.

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I learned a lot and always enjoy being surrounded by other political junkies. It was held at Disneyworld’s Contemporary Hotel and Conference Center. Parking was limited which forced those not staying at the hotel to park at the transportation center and take the monorail to the hotel. On Saturday, I inadvertently got on the one monorail that only goes to Epcot. I had to get off that monorail and board the next monorail which went back to where I started. Finally, I found the right monorail but I had sadly missed Alan Grayson and the newly founded Florida Progressive Caucus meeting. I need to pay more attention to where I am going. (I was able to find my car after only one loop of the parking lot on Saturday. I think I came out ahead.)

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So minus that one snafu, everything else went smoothly and I feel re-energized to hit the ground running for the upcoming year plus of campaigning.

The Convention was over by the afternoon, so I was able to come back home and practice more with my new camera by chasing my cats around until they do something cute.

Cat in drawer

(Please ignore my laundry on floor. Also, Alia is judging you.)

J went to see Guns N’Roses at the Amway Arena on Friday. He broke out this old t-shirt for it. I wish I could have gone but had to get up so early to go to the convention.

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Did you have a good weekend?

Half Marathon Training Week Five In Review

To view my previous weeks of training, please see my workouts page.

Sunday: 2.8 mile tempo run.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Elliptical for 20 minutes and No More Trouble Zone for 40 minutes.

Wednesday: 4.27 miles easy

Thursday: Rest (I had a Young Dems social meeting right after work.)

Friday: 3.35 miles easy

Saturday: 5.44 miles long and slow

Goal Miles: 17

Actual Miles: 15.86

Thoughts:  Tempo runs are hard. That run did not go well for me and I was all over the place pace wise. I think this weeks attempt, needs to be done in much cooler weather. Hopefully, this will be a much more positive experience. I am starting to get really nervous about the 15K on September 24th. This weeks long run of 5.44 miles is the longest run I have done in six months and I have never made it to double digits. What if a 15K is too ambitious?

Plan For Week Six

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 3.14 miles

Mileage Goal: 17

Strength Training Goal: Two full body workouts

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Tail would like to know how your workouts went this week?

Ever start to get nervous before a race?

Like Herding Cats

I have had better days than today. Work was like being body slammed repeatedly by a wrestler but for practically no money.

I did get a run in before a Skype meeting. The run was quick, short, and sweaty. The meeting was productive and nothing like herding cats. Although it may be because I am turning 30 in a month but trying to add someone to the Skype call was perplexing. Next time, I hope to know what I am doing before I host a Skype meeting.

One thing that made me smile today is that Sarah, who writes over at Running is a Life, sent me the cutest cat pictures. No day can ever be so bad that looking at cute pictures doesn’t solve.

This little guy is Ziva and she is seven weeks old.

Ziva

This is Kubbi. She carries the teddy bear around with her.

Kubbi

Thank you for sending me such cute pictures!

How was your day?

Why My Cats Are Cuter Than Yours

If you have been around here for awhile, you may have noticed that I love my cats.

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Even if I am certain they are up to something.

Hypno Cats

If you have a cat that you think is cuter than one of mine (doubt it) or you would just like them featured here, please send me an email to dinaruns@gmail.com. The internet needs more cat pictures and I will be the one to provide them.

Back to the reason why you actually read this site. Running.

I actually woke up early enough to get out of bad before it reached one million degrees.

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I will count this as my last entry into the Hotter Than Hades Virtual Half Marathon that I ran in 45 runs. Fingers crossed that I win a prize.

Now I am off to Tampa to visit with my Mom, Brother, and Nephew. Stay tuned for an explosion of food reviews with the two places that J and I are eating tonight.