Running for Biscuits

I woke up early and went to the gym this morning. I laid out my clothes last night and just got up and went.  No coffee.

I’m pretty sure I slept through 45 minutes on the elliptical, but I got a little over four miles in and a bunch of steps for the day before 8am, so that’s good.

I am still not a morning work out person, but I managed to get there.  It’s so nice to be done already. I need to remember this feeling the next time I want to work out in the morning.

I’m working (I use that term loosely today) until noon, and then I’m getting on a plane and heading to New York.

Until then, coffee. And a biscuit with my grandmother’s homemade rhubarb cherry jam.  Mmmmmm. And more coffee.

So much packing help.

So much packing help.

4 miles completed!

Cody and I had a discussion on whether they would come running today or not.  I had planned to run alone so I could go faster and not have to stop for potty breaks or sniffing investigations, but Cody had other ideas.  I went to put my shoes on, and he was at my side.  He would just gaze at me and wag his tail. Again, I’m a schmuck for those big brown eyes.

My knee has been sore lately, so it’s probably not a bad thing that I went a little bit slower today. Maya was DONE right around the 3 mile mark. When she’s done, she just stops walking and the leash holder jerks their shoulder out of socket running against 115 pounds of stopped stubborn dog weight. I managed to get her home and then finished the 4th mile by myself.

54.1 Miles so far for the month.  I leave for New York tomorrow and wanted to be over half finished before I left.  Check.

Crap, I need to pack.

How are you so cute?

I have no idea, but thank you for the sweet message!

If you dig brunettes in gym clothes, I’m your gal.

My puppies have gotten so big!

My puppies have gotten so big!

Finally cold enough to have a fire! Fall may have (briefly) found Knoxville.

Snuggling puppies and watching the Vols on the deck.

Life is good.

Sprint for the Prints 5K this morning.

It was cloudy and about 65 degrees. It was perfect!

I ran by myself. My nieces had Fun Friday last night so they decided against running this one. Lots of people can’t run after a Fun Friday.

I overheard some guys talking before the race started about the course. They said it should be nice and flat.


There is nowhere in Knoxville that’s nice and flat, or even a little bit flat, especially around the university. The first half was all down hill, and the second half was all up hill. At least it was cool and cloudy.

AND I did it under 30 minutes! First “official” 5K under 30 minutes in over a year. It felt good. I need to ice my knee and I need to find some tart cherry juice, and I’ll be in good shape.

The rest of the day will be spent moving before the game tonight. Anyone want to come help haul boxes? We’re having ribs for dinner!

Trader Joe’s told me they are OUT of tart cherry juice until OCTOBER!


The hardest part of working from home is being able to get out of my desk chair.

The hardest part of working from home is being able to get out of my desk chair.

In 2001, I was a sophomore in high school.

I was a band geek. Every three years, my high school’s band took a big trip. The freshmen were excited because they were going to be able to go on TWO big trips while they were in high school. 

Nobody likes the freshmen.

We had a trip planned for September 19-23, 2001. We were supposed to go to New York City.

We didn’t go.

Next Wednesday, I’m going to New York City. For the first time. I’m going to go do all of the tourist things I was supposed to do on that trip when I was a sophomore in high school. I’m going cruise past the Statue of Liberty. I’m going to eat pizza. I’m going to run in Central Park.

I am not going to take a tour of the World Trade Center towers.

Instead, I will tour the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  I will think of the people who lost their lives, of the firefighters and first responders and police officers and rescue dogs who worked tirelessly to save those they could, and of our military who fights to keep us safe. 

I will say a prayer for all of them and their families.