Monday, March 31, 2008

Departure of March: Part Three

These pictures were taken today.
Nice warm temperatures around freezing . . . the snow will go.
But in the meantime (tomorrow!) we will do our
12K on the indoor track.

Not sure what the total snowfall is for the day, but here we think we got about 5-6 inches.
These pictures were taken around noon.

Snow is coming down fast and hard in this one.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Departure of March: Part Two

First robin sighting! Hopping Oh glorious! Sunshine . . . 50+ degrees . . . dry streets . . . a 5K in the neighborhood . . . let the spring times roll!!! Sunshine

Departure of March

Last Saturday morning in March: sunrise on the way to run with the St. Croix Valley Runners.
Some trails are still snowpacked, but running on streets and roads was pretty good. Ah glorious to be outdoors!
Daylight time Christmas cactus for Easter. Alleluia.
Regular readers of this blog can recognize Sweet Pea's and my favorite color.
Joy for all seasons

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Indoor Track

10K on the community center indoor track today... No injuries... Sweet Pea and I are ready and eagerly looking forward to outdoor running in the next week or two.
Easter flowers

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

6 Word Memoir - Part 2

If you would like the rules for the tag game.. or just some guidelines, you can find those at Why I Run, by Charles.

Monday, March 24, 2008

6 Word Memoir

A tag going around: write a 6 word memoir.
Well here's one for me: DANCING AS FAST AS I CAN

And here's a fuzzy picture of me holding the newest member of Don's greater family on Easter Sunday.
Little One

Blessings. . . . Season of Easter

Don's niece in the choir And an afternoon with Don's sister and a houseful of family.. from 3 weeks old to 97 years. We are blessed.

May all sorts of blessings be yours in this Easter season.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Minnesota Theater of Seasons

Sweet Pea Yesterday we got out in the neighborhood for nearly 8K. Notice the street is clear of snow and dry?

Today I traded my running shoes for snow boots to run out to feed the birds.
Yesterday this driveway was dry
Sunflower seed customer
Our average yearly snowfall is about 50 inches, and we have had less than 40, including the 5 inches we got today... See picture below.. taken this morning.
In contrast, this snowfall will probably put Chicago and Grand Rapids MI over 100 inches for the season.
Same trees, new snow, new picture We certainly should have the moisture, but street shoulders will be too snowy and sloppy tomorrow for safe running in Saturday traffic... Soooooooo back to the community center track to run tomorrow.
No time for running on Easter Sunday. On Monday resume training... and look forward to the snow melt and clearing of the Gateway Trail.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


This early morning scene greeted us today..
It was the wonderful kind of snow that kids love... just right for snowballs ...sticking together ... and plenty of it for building stuff in snow.

Hard to imagine that 8K race two days ago in St. Paul.. in 4 inches of snow. (see previous post.)

So back to the community center track for 9K this morning.

Yesterday we had a free consultation with the new trainer who just started working at the community center. We got a new stretch and exercise program to perk us up.

On the way home we stopped at Target for an exercise ball and some stretch bands. Oh the fun of the variety of it all....

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Great Day for the Human Race

Human Race, 8K at 1:20 this afternoon, temperature 36 degrees, south wind about 9 mph
Runners ran on both sides of the boulevard, historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

There's Sweet Pea in the white jacket.

Turn around at William Mitchell College of Law, where Runner Dude graduated 10 years ago.
Sweet Pea coming to the finish line. Her time was 4 seconds less than last year! Notice Runner Dude, in orange, over on the left, cheering her on.
Sweet Runner, having a Masterpiece Day!
You can read about his results at Mayo last week on the posts for March 3-7 on Myeloma Hope.

My time was a 1:27 less than last year, which delighted me, because I am not feeling particularly fit right now. Last year at this time I had finished 2 marathons since New Years.

We ran indoors and out this past week... and participated in myeloma information/support group meetings in both Stillwater and St. Louis Park.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Sweet Pea and Runner Dude First outdoor run in the neighborhood... oh yea!
28 degrees, light breeze, snow on the ground

Yesterday, after 4 days of driving down to Mayo Clinic, it was actually great to get back to the indoor track for 6K.

For the best up date on Don's myeloma read the posts for the week of March 3-7 Myeloma Hope blog.

Friday, March 7, 2008

4 Days with Myeloma Hope Don at Mayo Clinic

Live piano music at Mayo A student entertained at the grand piano in the lobby.

For the best up date on the myeloma read Myeloma Hope blog.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Just 5K on the Indoor Track Today

Heard on the radio today: This was the first February since 1978 that the temperature here did not break 40 degrees. . . . All month!

Monday, March 3, 2008

10K on Indoor Track

Last year at this time we were doing marathons every other month. It is about time to start doing some longer runs, but the cold weather and the indoor track have not inspired me.
Anyway, I am trying to think of the 10K yesterday as some sort of beginning!

LATER PS: You can read about our trip to Mayo Clinic today at Myeloma Hope.