Running Through It All

This is a tough night to write a light-hearted or even funny blog.  The insanity of last night’s massacre in Las Vegas has just knocked me for a loop.

But back in the Wyoming mountains this past weekend was a mixture fall and winter.    The leaves are changing but with temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, I just don’t think they will be on the trees very long!

I was able to get in some runs on Saturday and Sunday.  It seems if I don’t get out and run 1st thing before breakfast, my chances of running dwindle with each hour that goes by.  I really admire those of you who actually run during your lunch hour or in the evening.   Where do you get your motivation?  Please share!

I have also been faithfully dong my IT Band exercises.  In fact I have been more sore the next day after these and wondering if that’s normal.  Shouldn’t it be feeling better?  I mean I have been doing them for 4 days!


The other day I saw the smallest cattle drive ever right outside my house.

One cowboy – one cow.

Yep.  That’s it.  Git along little dogies…..


Two days later on my way home from work I came around the corner ……..


I began my own Toyota round-up.


For the last few weeks I’ve been trying very hard to not eat anything after dinner.  No snacking.  Snacking is definitely my weak spot.


I have very successful.  Of course I find myself going to bed at 7:30………     If I’m sleeping, I’m not eating.  🙂

But thank goodness, it seems to be working.

I hope this week improves.  My heart is  broken when I think of how our world has become so violent and scary.  We have got to find an answer.

As always,

One step at a time




National Geographic and an Anatomy Lesson

So first let’s talk about running.  I have continued doing my workout app.  This is a walk, run, sprint combination 3 times a week.  Believe me it is exhausting when you are doing many sprints along with your normal running.  I got to do my last one outside which is a whole lot better than the treadmill.

After submitting x-rays, MRI and past surgical records for my hip to the surgeon up in Vail, Colorado I finally heard back.  We talked on the phone for about a 1/2 hour.  They told me that the ‘space’ in my hip joint is still good, so after talking to me we are thinking it may be  IT Band Syndrome.  So lets see what the internet says:

A painful condition in which connective tissue rubs against the thighbone.
Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when the connective tissue (ligament) extending from the pelvic bone to the shinbone becomes so tight that it rubs against the thighbone. Distance runners are especially susceptible to it.

See that big red spot on the side of the hip?   Yep that’s exactly it.   The good news?   Stretching and exercise is what I must do – not surgery.  YAY.  I was given several examples of what I need to do every day as well as ice massage.  Somehow “Ice Massage” does not sound pleasing.

After 4 weeks I will get back to the Dr.  If no improvement, we’ll advance to Plan B.  I am planning on this working.

Oh and the best news??  Running will NOT damage anything.  🙂

Enough about my aches and pains, now on to my wild life!

Ok, more like wildlife.  Once again the herd was right near my patio.  There were 4 bucks having a banquet.

Do you think he is asking for more flowers to be planted?


I know this wouldn’t win any awards – dark, lots of reflections, etc.  But the morning color seemed amazing.


As I drove to work facing the glaring sunrise,  I wanted to show you how careful one must be…   Do you see it?


Rather than the deer, these are Pronghorn Antelope.

And right across the street…


Then – trying to be a little more domesticated, I decided to make some homemade soup.

I sent the results to Patient Husband.


This is a video of the horses letting me know they are ready to eat.  Sorry about the audio (dogs whining)  I tried to mute it, but I couldn’t.  You can always mute your computer..

One Step at a time,