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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays. So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

I had another killer commute/meeting combo today and since I am back to my weather stalking ways, I was afraid that I would not get my run in after work (a midday run was possible, but sometimes our staff meetings don’t break for lunch so did not want to risk it) since the prediction was for afternoon/evening rain. I had to leave the house at 730a, which meant I was going to take a page from Sean’s running handbook and rock the pre-dawn run! Or at least, attempt to… I stayed up late last night making Lil Sis’ favorite Valentine Day cookies for her and some friends and set my alarm for 545a with high hopes but a healthy degree of skepticism that I would actually heed its call.

I don’t know about you, but I know within about .21 seconds of the alarm going off whether or not it is going to be easy to get up on an early day. I have no idea what makes the difference – did I wake up in the right part of a sleep cycle? did I know that a run would be the best part of the day? was I feeling inspired by Sean and wanting to be as badass as him? No idea, but whatever the case I did not need the 2 snooze cycles I had given myself as a buffer and up and out I went! Here is what I saw:

Not much to see at first - this is the light from my headlamp :) The sun joined the party soon enough...

Not much at first – this is the light from my headlamp 🙂 But the sun joined the party soon enough…

Oh my, that is better!

Oh my, that is better!

My imagination loved running with this image - a farmhouse with just a few warm lights on inside, just waking up for the day. In my mind, there were a few people in colonial garb pulling fresh bread out of the oven inside that kitchen. Likely, right?

My imagination loved running with this image – a farmhouse lit from within by a few warm lights. In my mind, there were people in colonial garb pulling fresh bread out of the oven inside that kitchen. I’m pretty sure that if I knocked on the door that is exactly what I would have seen, right?

Environmental rant of the day - this is EXACTLY what I am talking about when you see my mouthing off on FB about how I don't agree with using Xmas trees to stablize a beach. This is what happens more often than not  - a row of random trees, just chilling on the beach, looking as out of place as I would at a Fashion Week. They are collecting no sand and just become an eyesore. If this were a fashion magazine, the trees' eyes would be blacked out and "DON'T" would be stamped across it.

Environmental rant of the day – this is EXACTLY what I am talking about when you see my mouthing off on FB about how I don’t agree with using Xmas trees to stabilize a beach. This is what happens more often than not – a row of random trees, just chilling on the beach, looking as out of place as I would at Fashion Week. They are collecting no sand and just become an eyesore. If this were a magazine, the trees’ eyes would be blacked out and “Fashion DON’T” would be stamped across it.

Any chance I could just sit on this bench all day, I wondered? The answer was no. :)

Any chance I could just sit on this bench all day, I wondered? The answer, alas, was no.

I did not see this while running, but seriously could not handle their adorableness and had to share! My boss Kathy made these for our co-worker's birthday. Can you even stand it??

I did not see this while running, but seriously could not handle their adorableness and had to share! My boss Kathy made these for our co-worker’s birthday. Can you even stand it??

And while we are on a sugar kick, here's a picture of the cookies I made - Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Love the one you are with - doubly so if that just happens to be a box of chocolates :)

And while we are on a sugar kick, here’s a picture of the cookies I made – Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Love the one you’re with – doubly so if that just happens to be a box of chocolates (or a tin of cookies!) 🙂

What did you see on your run today?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays. So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

Dear Winter,

You and I have not seen eye to eye for some time now and I was under the impression we were on the outs. But then you go and throw me a bone like today and I am forced to rethink our entire relationship. Were you just toying with me, with your 60dF temps and sunny skies? Or was it an offering of peace, an acknowledgement that it is hard to survive your bitter days and that this brief respite will steal me for the weeks to come? Whatever the case may be, winter, I thank you for today’s gift. I soaked up every last minute of this glorious day and though I can’t pretend to understand you, I sure do love you on days like this:

For real!!

For real!!

They are working on updating a garage to become our new office. This will be the window I look out of one day soon (and I am using the government version of "soon" - we have already been waiting a "few months" to move in which was scheduled for August 2011)

They are working on updating a garage on our property to become our new office. This will be the window I look out of one day soon (and I am using the government definition of “soon” – we have already been waiting a “few months” to move in which was scheduled for August 2011).

A visor instead of 2 knit hats? Yes, please!

A visor instead of 2 knit hats? Yes, please!

Do you see that?? It's the liquid state of water!! No ice in sight!

Do you see that?? It’s the liquid state of water!! No ice in sight!

Time to turn around - Hurricane Sandy impacted Tuckahoe WMA impoundments. They are due to be fixed over the next few months, but the buck stops here for now.

Time to turn around – Hurricane Sandy impacted the Tuckahoe WMA impoundments. They are due to be fixed over the next few months, but the buck stops here for now.

Tuckahoe marsh. Feel the day's tension slipppppping away...

Tuckahoe marsh. Feel the day’s tension sliiiiiiping away…

What did you see on your run today?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays. So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

In what I am hoping will be the last of my very loose interpretations of WISWIRW’s, today I am going to share some action shots from the Bahamas! It is wayyyyy too cold outside to even consider running (not for every human, as my friends Liz and Sean are demonstrating – they have been out running this week- but temps in the 20s with the howling wind is entirely too much for my wimpy constitution!) but after this I hope to make Wednesdays a regular run day again. Until then, I am going to go to my happy place and find serenity now by getting lost in these images. Please feel free to join me:

Hiking through the pinewood forest of Lucayan National Forest

Hiking through the pinewood forest of Lucayan National Forest

Hiking through water to get to plover flats.

Hiking through water to get to plover flats.

Cartwheels, the cornerstone of any fitness program.

Cartwheels, the cornerstone of any fitness program.

Tree climb! A must in tropical locales.

Tree climb! A must in tropical locales.

Sprints into the water

Sprints into the water.

Meditation

Meditation

Vertical jumps

Vertical jumps

Refueling

Refueling

What did you see on your run today?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays. So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience

No running or swimming or really any movement of any kind to report today! We had an all day staff meeting at an office 2 hours from my house so today involved driving, sitting in a meeting and driving. But the grind of a day was saved by a fun meeting with the creative Carrie to work on a logo for CIR and then dinner to celebrate Running Momma’s birthday. And even the staff meeting was not so bad. The only thing that was really missing was a run! Here is what I saw while not getting out of breath:

Sunrise was the beginning of the day - well, that is pretty standard to the beginning of every day, but  I am not usually driving to work during it!

Sunrise was the beginning of the day – well, that is pretty standard to the beginning of every day, but I am not usually driving to work during it!

Coffee was a necessity today!

Coffee was a necessity today!

Staff meeting to work on our mission statement was made easier by sweets and cake for someone's bday. I did no partake in either, but the sugar boot was appreciated by most!

Staff meeting to work on our mission statement was made easier by sweets and cake for someone’s bday. I did not partake in either, but the sugar boost was appreciated by most!

I met with Carrie after work to see what she had come up with for logos. Needless to say,  I LOVED her ideas, but am keeping them under wraps until an unveiling. She is awesome!!!

I met with Carrie after work to see what she had come up with for logos. Needless to say, I LOVED her ideas, but am keeping them under wraps until an official unveiling. She is awesome!!!

Soup's on! Sissy made chicken soup for mom's bday and GD and  made a lemon meringue pie for dessert. Yay!

Soup’s on! Sissy made chicken soup for mom’s bday and GD and made a lemon meringue pie for dessert. Yay!

What did you see on your run today?

 

 

 

 

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

I actually pretty happy I am on rest detail right now, given the incredibly nasty day it is out there! I did see one guy running this AM with his dog and a big ‘ol smile on his face. I theorized that he either just recovered from an injury and was happy to be running no matter the conditions OR Santa hooked him up with some awesome water repellant running gear that he was psyched to try. No way, no how he was just out for a regular run with that kind of smile on this kind of day!

I spent my morning at the docs, looking at my MRI results. More good news is that there is nothing on there or the X-ray to suggest that something major is wrong. For soft tissue, he generally suggests 6 weeks off and since it has been 3 weeks since my last run, he thought I should give it another 3 and try then.  If you  consult a calendar, you will see that 3 weeks from now is January 16th, which just happens to be the day I land in the Bahamas to look for wintering Piping Plovers which just happens to be a country I need for my run list!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am taking this as a sign that the plovies will be my magic elixir back to running health! Here’s hoping!

Hello doctor's office! Nice to see you on this yucky, nasty morning when I am nursing a cookie hangover.

Hello doctor’s office! Nice to see you on this yucky, nasty morning when I am nursing a cookie hangover.

Ohh, my MRI results! I feel like this is the board game Clue and the answer to whodunit are inside! It was a dumb runner at the marathon with the quadriceps! I knew it!

Ohh, my MRI results! I feel like this is the board game Clue and the answer to whodunit is inside! It was a dumb runner at the marathon with the inability to make a smart decision to DNS! I knew it!

I kept myself busy waiting for the doc learning about arthritis of the knee. Hey doctors of the world, slightly more interesting wall materials would not be a bad thing. I'm picturing something like "20 things you never knew about the human body" and it could include things like ~8% of human DNA is from a virus and not our ancestors, a fact I recently learned while reading the excellent Violinist's Thumb.

I kept myself busy waiting for the doc learning about arthritis of the knee. Hey doctors of the world, slightly more interesting wall materials would not be a bad thing. I’m picturing something like “20 things you never knew about the human body” and it could include things like ~8% of human DNA is from a virus and not our ancestors, a fact I recently learned while reading the excellent Violinist’s Thumb.

This is what one slice of my right hip looks like! Wowies! Not a stress fracture or too much unwanted fluid in sight - super cool! Guys, I love science.

This is what one slice of my right hip looks like! Wowies! Not a stress fracture or too much unwanted fluid in sight – super cool! Guys, I love science.

What did you see on your run today?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays – Holiday Lights Edition!

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

Blah, blah, I went to the sports doctor today, blah, blah, it’s not a stress fracture (praise Jesus!), need an MRI to rule out anything major but probably just need more rest and some PT, blah,blah, chiropractor tomorrow. Ok, with that business out of the way, let’s get to the Christmas lights! I did not run past any of these, but I did drive past them on my way home from the pool 🙂

I've driven past this house for a few weeks now and appreciate how dedicated they are to covering every inch of their property with festiveness. I did not realize until tonight, though, that it was a multi-sensory experience. Pulling down the window, I noticed that one of the decorations doubles as a music box. I'm not sure who it is for, but I enjoyed it!

I’ve driven past this house for a few weeks now and appreciate how dedicated they are to covering every inch of their property with festiveness. I did not realize until tonight, though, that it was a multi-sensory experience. Pulling down the window, I noticed that one of the decorations doubles as a music box. I’m not sure who it is for, but I enjoyed it!

Victorian Cape May suteness!

Victorian Cape May cuteness!

My mom went through a phase (maybe still? can't remember!) where she covered the tress in red bows. Whenever I see them, I think of holidays from my teen years, opening perfect gifts that she had picked out - clothes from the Gap and Express, Tori Amos CDs, Calvin and Hobbes books and all sorts of other goodies. Thanks for all those years, mom.

Awhile ago, my Mom started decorating her tree with red bows. Whenever I see them, I think of holidays at my parents house, opening perfect gifts that she and my dad picked out – beloved stuffed animals, board games, movies,  my first CD player, big girl jewelry, a TV for my room, clothes from the Gap and Express, Tori Amos and They Might Be Giants music, books, books, books and a stocking filled with goodies (that changed year to year, but always, always included a toothbrush, Avon chapstick, lifesavers and an orange at the bottom). I know all Mom wanted was to give us the Christmases she never had and she succeed beyond all measure. Thanks you for all those years, Mom and Dad. I cherished all those gifts, but what lives on in me still is a special brand of coziness that only this particular combination of Kisiels can create.

One of my favorite houses on Sunset Blvd.

One of my favorite houses on Sunset Blvd.

My very favorite thing to do at Christmas is to lay under a lit tree and look up. I was a lazy bum and did not put up a tree this year, but thanks to the folks who decorated trees at the circle, I still managed to get this tradition in this year.

My very favorite thing to do at Christmas is to lay under a lit tree and look up. I was a lazy bum and did not put up a tree this year, but thanks to the folks who decorated trees at the Circle, I still managed to get this tradition in this year.

What did you see on your run today?

What are your favorite Christmas lights? Did you put up a tree this year?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

Today’s run is brought to you by the letter “D”. Disappointed. Deflated. Dejected. Dastardly. Some might say Dramatic (as in my reaction, not some super exciting event that took place during the run). I’ve been resting, rolling, heating, went to an ART session (have another booked for tomorrow), did a proper warm-up for this run and still… still my quad nags at me. I was on cloud 9 for the first .50 mile of this run as I felt fantastic and SO HAPPY to be running. But by .82,  that familiar tightness showed up in my right quad. I ran for a minute or so more and when it was clear it was not going away, so I started walking (no pain with walking). I walked for a bit, then tried running again and nope, not any better (I like how runners do this – “hmm, let’s see it’s been about 3 minutes. That ought to be enough rest to see some real improvement!”) . This is when I started crying and got a little dramatic. I knew this is what I was risking when I ran the marathon, but it’s still a bitch to pay the piper. My ART guy, Scottie O (man, one thing this blog does not need is more Scotts to keep track of! But I love each of them, so they all are gonna stay. And this one is a great ART therapist, highly recommend him!) does not think that whatever is tweaked out is a major injury, so that is a plus. But it is enough that running is not in the cards today. Ah well, it was still a gorgeous day, and I saw these things through my tears:

I even did a Lunge Matrix before starting! It made me remember that lunges make me weak in the knees, but in that good way that you say “ohh, I did something!”

Ironically, my run ended at this cemetery. Not funny. Too soon, running gods, too soon.

Giant, pretty Christmas balls. I likes!

Yup, that’s a sink under a tree. Not from the hurricane, just part of their landscaping. It definitely beats gnomes and those weird oracle balls that people are fond of, but I am not sure I get it. I sorta wanted to knock on their door and inquire – maybe one day I will work up the nerve to.

What did you see on your run today?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

Today was more like “What I Saw When I Walked Wednesdays”. Le sigh. I took a full week off and by Saturday had no pain in my groin. I gave it until yesterday before I tried running and went for a very conservative 2-miler- 1 mile of which went very well! But suddenly, somewhere early in mile two, I started to feel some tightness in my right quad that just got worse as I continued. It definitely was not my groin, but felt like something was not right in my quad- not pulled per se but very, very tight. Hmm. Later that night I  happened to be reading Amby Burfoot’s excellent article in Runner’s World about longevity in running – he has been running for 50+ years so I tend to believe he knows what he is talking about! Of course, there was a whole section about injury prevention/treatment and of course it highlighted the importance of backing off when injuries flare up and of course I wanted to ignore it… but then I again thought back to the speech I gave myself at mile 23 of the race which was “don’t give up, don’t give up… body, if you don’t give up I promise, promise, promise you I will take good care of you afterwards”. So I am resigning myself to a bit more time off, as I have BIG plans for the spring (more to come on that!) and must be ready to train all winter. For once, I am going to be smart and heal properly. Whether I can do that without going completely insane is another matter all together but at the very least I will show my body that when I make a promise, I keep it. So here is what I saw on my walk (happily, the pain does not rear up when walking):

No run today, just a walk at lunch at Tuckahoe

Walking along means you can check out bark on trees, so that is a plus.

The sky also cheered me up – yesterday was so dreary that I really appreciated the return of the sunshine today 🙂

Part two of my walk (it was like a double day in running except a lot easier) was this evening with GD under the watchful gaze of the gorgeous moon, Jupiter and the lighthouse.

What did you see on your run today?

When was the last time you were injured? How did you cope?

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

Last real run before the maraaaaathon!!!! I was planning on posting a picture of me with my legs up today, resting, but yesterday’s crudilicious weather bumped that run to today. I laced up, stepped out into the sunshine and enjoyed 4 miles with 4 30-second pick-ups.  Here is what I saw:

It was finally a cold enough and a short enough run that I tried running with my compression sleeves without worrying about overheating and if I could get through the miles without going crazy if they were too annoying. Good news is they were super comfortable and delightful!

I kept looking at Garmy and thinking “you ready, buddy? We’re going to 26.2 and beyond in a few days!”

This is what passes for hillwork in south Jersey. God help us!

Everywhere I looked were reminders that a marathon was right around the corner! I’m not sure anyone else read this sign and thought about pasta fueling their race… but then again, we are in the heart of Philly marathon land, so maybe a few other runners noticed it too!

 

Every mile was infused with the smell of fallen leaves. Add in a brilliant blue sky and it was a quintessential November day.

Great day for a run, for sure!
When you are not-so-patiently waiting for a race, what reminders taunt you?

What did you see today?

 

 

 

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What I Saw When I Ran Wednesdays

For those of you who read food blogs, you will often see a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Same idea here, except it will be what I saw when I ran on Wednesdays.  So take a peek at what my orbs observed and then add your own experience!

I am not sure if I am crazy or lucky with these storms and running.  Strike that, I KNOW I am lucky in terms of Sandy and so far with Athena (as Melissa asked “since when are we naming winter storms??”) in the big picture – we have our home, electricity, no loss of belongings, etc.  But I have also been lucky in terms of the timing with my runs. The worst of Sandy was a Monday, always a rest day for me and I was able to get in my Sunday and Tuesday around her monsterness. Today I thought for sure I might have to bag my outdoor run and give in to the lure of the warm, dry dreadmill but then Athena, in her infinite wisdom, decided to let those beautiful snowflakes fly! The prospect of a windy, cold, rainy run suddenly morphed into a windy, cold, snowy run and I used my infinite wisdom to declare “game on!”.  During a late lunch break, I managed to squeak in 4 miles around the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area without getting too cold or too wet – or at least not so much as to care considering the beautiful landscape I ran through! Here is what I saw on this odd November day:

There is a certain gleeful joy that comes with being the wacky person in the office that MUST go for a run during a snowstorm 🙂

It was seriously hard to believe it was November 7th today!

I didn’t do a great job of keeping the drops off the lens. In my defense,the wind was howling and I could not feel my fingers for the first 2 miles!

Buuut, it all worked out because the drops made this shot all artsy. It’s like the days before filters on iPhones!

“Hi! It’s 2 miles in and snow is accumulating on my hat and this zipper is making my chin brrrr but dang, this is fun!”

“Fall, say hello to Winter. Winter, this is Fall”… it’s not often the seasons butt up against one another in such an absolute fashion. Very cool, but has not swayed me from wishing it were still Summer!

But I have to give it to Winter – snowflakes on your tongue is pretty charming. Well done, Winter, well done.

Did Athena ruin your running plans today?

What did you see on your run?

PS I know the seasons are not technically proper nouns, but I think of them as their own little people,  so they get capitalized on this blog!

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