Friday, July 20, 2007

I will be gone...

.... but not forever.

I am heading out tomorrow to move my stuff into my new place. I will most likely be unpacking and organizing for the few days after that. From there, we are taking off for Chicago, stopping in the Twin Cities to see my sister and her hubby. I will have internet access a week from tuesday, so you will see me then! Hehehe :)

On a side note. The knee is doing much better. It was the weirdest thing. I could turn my leg in different directions and it would crack, over and over again. Last night, it got to the point where I couldn't straighten it without something pinching. I iced, stretched, and took some ibuprofen. I went to bed with my leg propped up a bit. It was a little stiff the morning, but throughout the day it has gotten a whole lot better. Depending on how it feels after moving all my stuff, I might attempt a short run sunday night. We'll see!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


.... Don't Come Back.

I couldn't believe how nice it was for my run this morning. What I really wanted to do was 4 miles today, and then 7 tomorrow. But, with how perfect the temperature was, I just had to go all the way. I chose an out-and-back path, mostly along the golf course, river, and through the park. There was just enough shade from the huge trees, and the breeze was wonderful!

The first 50 minutes were perfect. I ran about 7-9 minutes with 1 minute walk breaks. I felt like everything was insync. Then, I stopped to grab a powerade from the machine in the park, took a few minutes to drink it, and then was on my happy way.

About 7 minutes in, my right knee started making a clickity-clack noise. I stopped to walk, and ended up walking for almost 7 minutes. Talk about discouraging. The first half+ was wonderful... what's the deal now? I struggled with the last couple miles, taking more walk breaks than I wanted to.

But, I finished and tomorrow I will most likely take a rest day. Maybe I will go for a three mile walk with my sister.

ORN: 7.28 miles
Duration: 1:34:00
Avg Pace: 12:54
Avg HR: 171
Max HR: 180
Temp: 65/74
Humidity: 72%/ 45%

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Okay, so I wasn't smokin' fast, but I was faster today than I was on saturday. And that has got to mean something.

I was really hoping to get up and do a long run this morning, but with the stiff legs and the heavy humidity I decided not to. Instead, I opted to go for a spin on the bike ... in the afternoon... with this heat?

Anyway. While I was flyin' by.... a nasty bug flew in my mouth. It was only a natural reaction to cough... and then spit it out. Well, in the process of doing so, this lady on her bike coming my way gave me the most evil look.... as if she was very disappointed. I wanted to spit on her. Besides, why is it necessary to dress nice, wear tons of make-up, big earings, and a lot of perfume while out on the bike? She reaked! I could almost taste her perfume in the split second it took to pass her. Crazy woman.

OCN: 10.96 miles
Duration: 46:19
Avg Pace: 4:13
Avg HR: 154
Max HR: 176
Temp: 81 degrees
Humidity: 62%

I have to get in my long run tomorrow... friday at the latest. Only a couple more days and we will be moving my stuff ... to my new place! And... I will probably won't be posting or commenting for a short while. I will be taking a long weekend, next weekend, to take a trip down to Chicago for a Jazz festival. I am sooo pumped!

101 Things About Me

New... and Updated...

  1. I am known as Teacherwoman to most... but please, feel free to call me Stacy.
  2. I am a special education strategist...working in an elementary setting..
  3. I have only lived in one state. North Dakota.
  4. The beautiful endless prairie, ... the Badlands covering the west, the hills and valleys, and the ferocious wind on the east.
  5. I love seeing the change in season... summer, fall, winter, winter, spring.
  6. I used to think I needed to get out of this state to be happy... now I just plan on doing a lot of traveling during my months off.
  7. I hope to get to Europe in 2008.... maybe on a Contiki Tour.
  8. I have been running since May of '06.
  9. I have a love/hate relationship with running...
  10. I love it most of the time..
  11. ...and hate it when I have minor setbacks.
  12. I have done a handful of 5k's
  13. and look forward to my first half marathon in the fall.
  14. I don't know if I will ever have the desire to run a full marathon.
  15. I have wanted to train for a triathlon,
  16. but haven't had much access to a pool... not anymore!
  17. I love spinning.. and hope to get into another class.
  18. The stairstepper and doing lunges kill me.
  19. But I do like the jello-y feeling left in my legs aftwards.
  20. I love spending time with family and friends.
  21. I am the eldest (and wiser) of 3.
  22. I have two younger sisters.
  23. I can't stand to sit and do nothing.
  24. I need to keep myself constantly busy.
  25. I love to paint... but find it hard to find time.
  26. I love to follow basketball and baseball...
  27. ...and some football in there.
  28. ... and some Sioux hockey.
  29. UNC Tarheels are my favorite NCAA basketball team.
  30. The Twins are my favorite MLB team.
  31. I love following a lot of NBA Teams...
  32. Timberwolves, Bulls, Suns, Heat, ...
  33. ... I didn't care much for the Lakers....
  34. because of Kobe...
  35. but that might change this year.
  36. The University of North Dakota is my alma mater ... twice.
  37. I love food. all kinds of food.
  38. especially pasta, potatoes, pizza, chicken.
  39. ... but I hate shrimp.
  40. I have tried all kinds.
  41. My downfall is salty chips, peanut M&M's, and soda.
  42. If I get hungry... you'll know it. I tend to get crabby... or edgy.
  43. I do have an occassional coffee drink... but I do not like black coffee...
  44. ...but love my sugar-free caramel lattes, ..mocha's, ...and mocha frappacino's.
  45. I love running with all my gadgets.
  46. nano, garmin, heart rate monitor...
  47. I also love the occasional run with another person...
  48. usually my parents or sister.
  49. I have never run with a group...
  50. ... as it scares the crap out of me.
  51. I am always afraid I will hold others back.
  52. I don't spend a lot of time watching tv shows,
  53. I would rather watch any game on television.
  54. But when there is no game on,
  55. I like to watch Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, House,
  56. I also love watching all the crime investigating shows like Law & Order and CSI.
  57. I love all kinds of musics.
  58. especially jazz, blues, and oldies for relaxation.
  59. I love my hip hop, rock, trance, and disco for running.
  60. I love curling up with a good book.
  61. a good love story, memior, or biography.
  62. especially on rainly, gloomy, or snowy days.
  63. that... and baking!
  64. I tend to get along better with guys.
  65. Sometimes girls have too much drama.
  66. and tend to hold too many grudges.
  67. Don't get me wrong.. I love my girlfriends!
  68. When it comes to spending time with friends,
  69. I would rather hang out at a friends house (grillin', drinkin', laughin'), rather than at the bar.
  70. I do like an occasional good time at the bar...
  71. but find it hard to do when in trianing mode.
  72. During the school year, I am usually getting ready for bed by 9:00-9:30.
  73. .. hopefully sleeping by 10pm.
  74. Those kids wear me out.
  75. I am definitely a morning person.
  76. I would rather workout at 5am than at 5pm.
  77. Some are amazed that I have enough patience for the demands of my job and students.
  78. sometimes I am amazed as well.
  79. Some wonder how I can work with children... let alone children with cognitive and behavorial disabilities.
  80. I try not to get emotionally involved with my work.
  81. But.... easier said than done...
  82. especially when you see or hear the struggles some of my students have in and outside of the school setting.
  83. I absolutely hate being late for anything.
  84. I am always early.
  85. I don't wear much make-up, besides some concealer, eye shadow, and mascara. I would rather go with out.
  86. I would rather wear shorts and a t-shirt than dress up daily.
  87. Although, I do ocassionally like to dress-up.
  88. even though I don't get many calls, I have to have my cell phone with me at all times.
  89. I will cook a good meal every night...
  90. if someone will do the grocery shopping.
  91. I will do the laundry and vacuuming if someone cleans the bathrooms.
  92. I have to have a glass of water by my bed ... even if I don't drink can't be from the night before and it has to be fresh... and cold.
  93. I usually fall asleep with the tv on.
  94. I would rather have any doctor appointment over going to the dentist.
  95. I have never broken a bone or had stitches...
  96. Thursday is my favorite day of the week.
  97. I don't know exactly why.
  98. eventually, I want my own dog.
  99. Preferably a bigger dog.
  100. when I get a "home" of my own.
  101. Over the past year.. I have learned that everything happens for a reason. ... Sometimes good.. sometimes bad.... and we just have to make the most of it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007