Why am I Running from Cancer?

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Life gets in the Way

It has been a week since I have written on my blog and at least 4 days since I have checked up on any of the blogs that I follow. yikes . . . I miss it . . . but I have been so busy. Work has been very hectic and I have been working 11 hour days. We also had 16 inches of snow last Wednesday followed by extremely cold temps. It warmed up over the week end and my runs on Saturday and Sunday almost seemed balmy - it was 32. But the weather is again hovering around zero. burrrrrrr!!!!

My sons and I are heading to Colorado skiing this week. Our original plan was to leave on Friday and we were going to drive. But on Sunday I checked airfares and found flights that I could use my credit card points towards and get "free" tickets. To get these tickets we would have to leave earlier than we planned by a day . . . leaving on Thursday instead of Friday. I went back and forth all day on Monday - one minute thinking I should book the plane tickets, the next minute thinking no - we should just drive because even though the air tickets were "free" I would then need to rent a vehicle and add an additional hotel room to the budget . . . another day of skiing and more food.
But what the heck - after being diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago - I tend to live more in the moment . . . still saving for the future - but not wanting to be penny wise and pound foolish.

Vail, Beaver Creek and Steamboat here we come. We will be flying out of Milwaukee at 6:00am Thursday. It will be an early morning, because we need to drive to Milwaukee from Madison - which means we will be leaving at 3:00am - OMG. Oh well - we will take it easy on Thursday and then plan to ski at Vail and/or Beaver Creek on Friday and Saturday. Sunday morning we will leave the Silverthorne area and head up to Steamboat and ski there until Thursday. I would have booked a room in Milwaukee, but my oldest son won't get back from college until Wed. evening late, because he has a final on Wed. evening. So we will simply get up EARLY.

All this means that I have been busy rounding up ski's, boards, jackets, bag's, under armor, etc. and getting them all set out so that we can pack things tomorrow and head out on Thursday. Doing laundry every night to get things ready. Why is it that when you travel, you always want the clothes that are dirty. All the other clothes that are in my closet could work . . . but no . . . I want the clothes that are in the laundry basket.

Need to sign off . . .
Take care and enjoy your family. I will try and check in on my fellow bloggers.

Peace and Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blizzard conditions

Well we are getting socked by a winter storm tonight. Blizzard conditions are expected tomorrow with up to 16 inches of snow. ;-) My husband and I went for a walk this evening. We took our dog, Sophie - it was beautiful. The snow was really coming down and it is starting to get pretty windy - but the temp's are still in the low 30's - so not too cold. I guess the cold temp's are coming tomorrow evening. I was suppose to head to Chicago for a conference tomorrow - but we have decided that the there will be too much snow tomorrow to travel. So I am stuck here in Madison.

Kids will be happy - schools are closed tomorrow. That just about never happens for the city of Madison. Many of the nearby rural communities close school pretty often or have delayed start times due to snow - but the public schools in Madison rarely close. But tomorrow will be a snow day. I can count on my hands the number of days my kids have been off for snow.

My husband, Todd works at UW Madison and that is also closed tomorrow. So I will be the only one heading out tomorrow morning. Chances are that I won't be heading to work to early in the morning - depending on just how much snow we have on the ground. I didn't get home tonight until almost 7:00 - I figured I was at work and had lot's to do - so I stayed and got some stuff done - incase I don't get there very early tomorrow morning. Problem with that is that my car did not get in the garage - so I will have to clean it off tomorrow morning.

I will take some pic's tomorrow morning and post them.

Peace and appreciate all you have.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cold and Snow . . . brrrrrr

Last week I was having problems figuring out how to dress for the cold - some days I was too warm and some days too cold. Well when I ran this morning things went much better. I think that once it is cold it is so much easier to dress. For this mornings 3 mile run I had wind pants with polar max tights underneath. I had my polar top on with a fleece vest and light jacket - hat and gloves. I was pretty comfy.

Tomorrow the forecast is for 3 inches of snow overnight with temps in the low 20's in the morning. This will be the first time we have gotten any real measurable snow fall this year. Looking forward to the snow. I should be able to dress the same as this morning and feel pretty good.

I have never run in Yaktrax's - but I am thinking about getting a pair. Any body have any experience with them? Seems like it would be pretty awkward running in them??

So here is the forecast for the next 6 days - I am heading to Chicago on Wed. afternoon for a 1 day conference - I love Chicago and would love to be able to do some shopping - but I am with a group from work and will only be there the one day. Check out the low temperatures on Wed & Thur . . . single digits. Brrrrrrrrr

Enjoy your life!



AM Snow Showers

Light Snow

Snow Showers/Wi- nd

Partly Cloudy
Extended Forecast
High: 33°
Low: 25°
High: 28°
Low: 21°
High: 30°
Low: 29°
High: 29°
Low: 2°
High: 15°
Low: 3°

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Badgers beat Duke

I just got home from seeing the UW Badgers beat Duke 73-69. The Badgers led for the entire game - it was awesome.

Love it . . .

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Clothes for winter

Winter is coming and I have been having problems dressing for the cold. It use to be that I just suffered through being pretty cold at the beginning of the runs - but for some reason . . . age might have something to do with it . . . I just don't want to suffer through that cold feeling and numb fingers.

I have been using 30 as my cut off point - above 30 and I am fine with my under armor shirt and light pants - below 30 and I have been putting on fleece under my pants. Problem with that is that although I am comfy when I start out - I get way too hot and start sweating.

Maybe part of the problem has been that our weather has been very erratic - this morning it was in the high 30's when I ran and tomorrow morning it is suppose to be in the low 30's with 15 mile an hour winds - which will mean a windchill in the mid 20's. Maybe if it gets cold and stays cold I will adjust to the colder temp's.

Tomorrow should be the beginning of about 7 + days of cold weather. Since I run at 6:00 AM - I will get to face the low temp's and will probably wear the fleece. How the heck could I be too hot when the temp is near 20 degrees? I know that I have hot flashes - but there is no way I should be too hot in those temp's. I will let you know how I feel after my run tomorrow morning.

MADISON, WI forecast

Partly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy



Partly Cloudy
Extended Forecast
High: 48°
Low: 32°
High: 38°
Low: 26°
High: 33°
Low: 23°
High: 29°
Low: 21°
High: 34°
Low: 23°