Sunday, November 30, 2008

Back to the Grind

Oooh I dread going back to work tomorrow after such a nice long break. There are really not enough Thurs/Fri holidays in the year. I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We had a great weekend. It started with getting out of work early on Wed, which is always nice! Thursday morning I met Sara for a frozen 6 mile hill run at South Chagrin reservation. Then G and I headed to his dad's house for turkey day. That night we chilled out and watched a movie with the dogs, The Golden Compass, it wasn't very good. Friday I ran a bunch of errands while G was working and got a lot of Xmas presents done. I also took the puppy to Petco to work on his confidence (This puppy is a nervous nelly), he pooped in my car on the way there and puked on the way home, fun, fun! That afternoon Sara and I went to see the move Twilight. It was laughably horrible and I was hugely disappointed as I loved the book series. Friday night we went to a fundraiser for the family of one of G's friends that passed away. Sat we started the day with puppy class. Little Fonzie was the best behaved dog there, no jumping and barking and wigging out. He just leaned against our legs and took it all in. A few people commented on how jealous they were of how good our pup was, little did they know, he's great, until left alone, hello separation anxiety, although hes doing much better. This morning I met Sara and Sherri and North Chagrin and we had a muddy 5 miler then breakfast at YT. That was super fun, I hadn't seen my friend Sherri in way too long. Then Sara and I went to see another movie (yes I love movies!) Four Christmas', it was really cute and I enjoyed it. Now I am sitting here getting ready to finish up my book club book (Falling Through the Earth) and hanging with the pups, dreading going to work, ugh.
Monday, November 24, 2008

Modest Mouse

Well we have a modest baby and it didn’t want to show off it’s stuff today. So, we have no idea what we are having despite an hour long u/s today. Oh well, I can’t be too disappointed, all the limbs and fingers & toes were there. Baby opened its mouth and closed it for us and the brain, spine and organs look good. The baby sure is crammed in there. To me it looks like it has really long legs and big feet, just like daddy, but what do I know! It was fun to see the baby for that long, but frustrating that we didn’t get to find out.
Friday, November 21, 2008

Finally Friday

Hi Bloggy friends! We are getting a snowstorm here in Cleveland today. Boo. We are supposed to get about a foot before the end of the day. My commute to work was no issue, but going home sure will be. I am dog sitting for a friend Fri – Mon and she lives right in the snowbelt. So I am in for a hell of a weekend b/c I will have to go back and forth between her house and mine a lot due to the puppy and Gary’s weekend work schedule. I am not anticipating the next few days being very fun!

On the puppy front; Fonzil really is a sweet dog and I know things will be fine, but the housebreaking isn’t going too well. He also seems to have some anxiety induced crate pooping which will be a big issue once Gary is back to his normal work schedule and the poor pup is stuck in the crate for 7 hours. But we are doing what we can to work through it.

I am still sick and just can’t even believe it. Although I am better than I was for sure. My real problem is that I get up with the puppy in the middle of the night, which is fine, but I cannot fall back asleep. I do not know if it’s due to my cold, or the pregnancy or what it is. But it’s making me feel pretty damn run down. I didn’t work out Tues or Wed, but I wanted to redeem this week, so I pulled out my slim in six DVD last night and did the 45 min DVD. It’s actually a great workout, lots of lunges, squats and pushups. I am sore today. I plan to run Sat & Sun for sure. My running has really taken a hit this last month.

I am going to see Twilight this weekend and am totally geeked. Yes I am a child.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Finally feeling a bit better

Finally the cold cloud is lifting. This morning I CAN BREATHE!!! I am so happy. I still feel cruddy, my throat is raw and I'm kind of weak, but I feel like I am on the mend! Getting up with the puppy in the middle of the night probably isn't helping me too much. He is so cute though, such a little stinker and Musi is so funny with him. Fonzi just follows him around like his shadow, he's in love.

I felt guilty for not working out in awhile. I only worked out 3 times last week :( So, last night I did the weights routine from my tri book since I didn't feel like braving the weather and heading to the gym. When you have a little puppy you feel bad leaving them at night b/c you are away all day. SO, I might have to get creative with my workouts for awhile. Tonight I am going to dust off my old fav Slim in Six aerobics DVD. Exciting I know, but I want to try and work out everyday this week, just not very high intensity. 30 mins a day, nothing major, then when I feel better, I will work on getting my time back up.
Sunday, November 16, 2008

Introducing Fonzi

Here is the latest edition to our family, Fonzi. On the cold front, I am still miserably sick, and can't take any medicine. Ugh. Workouts are not happening since I cannot for the life of me breath out of my freaking nose.
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Blurghy Thursday

Well I was doing pretty well until yesterday afternoon. It started as a slight trickle in my throat. I woke up this morning feeling like I have strep throat or something. I feel awful, awful people! I have a headache, I am stuffed up, my throat hurts and my stomach feels gross. Yet I came to work, I totally should have stayed home today, what was I thinking! But I only have 1 available day the whole rest of the year to have off and I'm scared to use it up!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So far so good

I have been able to get some workouts in since I vowed to start over. I had a nice 6 mile hill run on Sat and a swim on Sunday. Last night I went to the gym and did 10 mins on the hellish stair climber (not the stepper, the kind that has the actual stairs on a rotation) and 20 on the arc trainer, then lifted weights. My legs are sore this morning from the stairs. I hate that machine, but boy it hurts so good.

I didn't make it up for a morning workout either yesterday or today. I may just have to come to terms that those are out of the question. I set my alarm, I try to get up, but I just feel like a ragdoll. It stinks b/c I used to be a morning person. Tonight I will swim and hopefully get in a short run, but its cold out there!
Friday, November 7, 2008

Are you ready for this?

I am actually going to blog about a workout! I went swimming last night. I only did 1000 yards, but it was enough. It took me about 30 mins, but that consisted of some kick board and breast stroke too and breaks of course. It wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. I haven't totally forgetten how to swim, thank goodness.
Thursday, November 6, 2008

Time for a plan stan

Okay I can’t bear to look at his little sweet face every time I open my blog, so it’s time for a new entry. The week of vacation was very active. I ran a half mary and did a ton of walking and hiking. Since I got back from vacation, I have ran once and that is it! AHHHH. I hate to even say it out loud. It is beyond time for me to get my ass in gear. It’s more important than ever that I stay in shape now that I am preggo. I have some very inspiring ladies blogs that I read that have worked out their entire pregnancies. I need that to be me! I want to be able to rebound from this baby quickly and be back on my bike and running within weeks. In order to do that I must keep up my workouts. But lets face it I am pregnant and it’s harder to get moving, plus the gray and gloom of winter will be setting in soon, so I am making a schedule for myself and my goal is to hit 5 of these workouts. As long as I hit 5 I will not feel bad, if I hit more, awesome. I think I can always make Sat & Sun and it will be more enjoyable to run those days b/c I will see daylight, I hope to always make all 3 of the runs (2 around 4 miles, one at least 6) and then at least one spin and one swim. I haven’t swam in a REALLY long time and it’s time to get my toosh in gear with that. I want to get back up in the yardage by end of Nov and then hopefully hit a masters class in Solon once a week. I will do weights after spin class & also try and get one weight session in weekly while watching tv. I am going to keep a tally in my sidebar starting next week to keep me honest. So today is Thurs, think I will hit the pool if I can fit into my bathing suit!!! I need to order a new one online stat.

Mon – AM Spin class/weights
Tues- Run & swim
Wed- Run
Thurs- longer swim
Fri- Spin class/weights
Sat- long Run
Sun- Run & yoga

Last year over memorial day weekend I went to Lake Placid for a weekend workout on the Ironman course. The same group is going back next year, but this time in June. I really want to go, really bad. But is it crazy to think that 2 months post partum I could be ready to bike the 56 mile course of Lake Placid??? I really want to be able to do a fall marathon and be a kickass buff mom. I look at people like TriSaraTops and know it is possible. I tend to border on extreme working out and no working out. I don’t have much of a happy medium. I need to find it until this baby is out!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Good bye Taiko

Tai had a really bad night, lots of vomiting. So today we made the horrible decision to put him down. I miss him already. Nothing was better than coming home and having Taiko greet you at the door, he would howl and carry on like it was the greatest thing in the world. He loved it when I would lay on the living room floor, he would stand over me and plop down on my belly insisting on a back rub. He was a great dog and I miss him already. Life will be a little less bright withou Taiko in it.

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Frickity frack

The IV today was my last hope. It didn't work, they couldn't keep it in his leg. My plan is to do one more day of sub q fluids, then on Thursday morning we will go in to see the vet and have his blood drawn yet again. If his levels haven't improved, then that is that. All hope is lost. The question then becomes when do I put him to sleep. Part of me just wants to do it right away, why delay the inevitable. But I am so scared that he could miraculously pull through and I wouldn't have given him the chance. But the last thing I want is for him to be in a lot of pain. I just don't know what to do.

Go Obama

I’ll say it loud and say it proud. I walked into Canterbury Elementary school this morning at 7:45 am to no lines and stepped up and voted for my man Obama. What an exciting day in history. I know I am officially old b/c I care about this election. I know there are a lot of negative things you could say about Obama, mostly about him being too green for this job, but I just truly like him. I think he comes off as classy and intelligent and articulate. He cares about the things I care about energy and education. I don’t think John McCain is horrible, but I think Sarah Palin is and I wouldn’t for a moment want her one step near the white house. One day Howard Stern said that the whole Sarah Palin thing sounded like a bad Disney movie – Hockey mom through a series of events ends up president – and I can totally picture that movie. When McCain first picked her, I thought WOW smart move, what a classy looking lady. But boy when she opened her mouth, ouch. Okay, enough about my political feelings. Go Obama. I will be on pins and needles all day waiting for the results.

I went for a run this weekend. The first time since the half marathon (yikes!!) and it felt really good. But I have been so tired and stressed out with Tai being sick that workouts have fallen by the wayside. I don’t see that getting better until this ordeal is over. But when it is I have to get back on the horse, so to speak.

It is a very sad time in the Nowac household. Taiko is not doing well and will likely not make it. He is still fighting though, he’s not ready to go. I gave him sub Q fluids, the poor man’s dialysis, all weekend and they didn’t affect his levels at all. Today I made the hard decision to leave him at the vet’s office all day for them to do a more aggressive flush on his kidney’s. It was a hard decision b/c he is really sick and gets stressed easily. He doesn’t like going to the vets and it broke my hear to lead him into that cage and turn and walk away. He doesn’t understand. And they are going to pull him out of the cage, muzzle him and wrestle him until they are able to get an IV in his leg. They already did this once last week and the IV didn’t stay in. I sooo hate to put him through it again, but it’s our last hope. And it might be too late. To some people dogs are just that, animals that live in your house. To me they are family members and Tai being sick is like my child being sick. I am so sad, I can’t stop crying. I hate having to be at work, I want to just stick by him and rub his back and wipe his mouth when he vomits. I will likely have to put him down soon and I can’t even type that without tears welling in my eyes. But he’s not ready yet, his eyes are still clear, he can get up and down the stairs and he still wags his tail and gets excited to go for a walk. Once he doesn’t come to the door when I get home or want to go for a walk, then we’ll know it’s time.
Monday, November 3, 2008

Doggy prayers

Ahhh my sweet little guy Taiko, who I just wished a happy birthday a few posts ago, has kidney failure. I have spent the weekend poking and proding him, giving him sub q fluids, shoving pills down his throat, trying to get him to eat. He isn't doing well and is probably not going to make it. If you are so inclined, please say a doggy prayer for my guy. He is young, so he has that on his side, but he hasn't eaten in way too many days, so I am not very hopeful. But maybe he will turn it around. You just never know.

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distance runner attempting to run a marathon in every state, vegetarian foodie, mediocre triathlete, sucky swimmer, mommy to Harper, tea lover, coffee drinker, animal saver, hubby snuggler, race addict, full time working 31 year old living in cleveland
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Marathons so far

  • Sept 2012 - Corning, NY - TBD
  • April 2012 - Louisville, KY - TBD
  • Sept 2011 - Erie PA - 4:25
  • June 2011 - South Bend IN - 5 hrs+ (it was 98 degrees!)
  • Dec 2010 - Rehoboth Beach DE - 4:26:06
  • Nov 2010 - Huntington WV - 4:11:44
  • Oct 2009 - Towpath - Cleveland area OH - 4:30:35

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