Tuesday, March 16, 2010

12 Miles, Sushi and New Glarus

I ended up having to run my 12 miler indoors on Saturday. The weather was to crappy and I didn't feel like going outside in the rain and cold. I know it rains and can be cold on race day, but I just wasn't feeling up to it. My wife came to the gym with me and I used one of the 6 guest passes they gave me. Family hours at the gym weren't until later in the day and I wanted to run in the morning so I had to use the pass.

I ran 6 miles on the first treadmill with no problem. The machine only would allow you to run one hour before shutting off so I moved to another location in the gym for a change of scenery. I ran 3 miles on the different treadmill and the last 3 on the track. It was actually nice to break things up and it didn't seem to bad. My wife did 6 on the treadmill and 6 on the track. It is 9 laps for a mile and I didn't feel like making 54 turns around the oval.

After our run, we went home and Terri jumped on the computer to see if she could get Elton John tickets that went on sale earlier that morning. We actually were able to get 2 tickets that weren't too expensive and decent seats. So we are going to Michael Buble in 2 weeks and Elton John next month.

Staurday evening Terri and I headed out to some friends for a party. It was a wine & sushi party. They did it to raise money and/or donations for their local food bank in their town (Wacounda). They have had this party for the past few years and I think it is an awesome concept. They are very generous to host this every year. I actually tried sushi for the first time ever. I do like fish, but didn't think I would like sushi. I liked the spicy tuna roll and the sashimi. They also had other items besides sushi and they had other things to drink besides wine but I wanted to try it anyway. I was the designated driver this time so I had one glass of wine for the evening.

I have previously mentioned that my friend, Jeff lent me his snow blower earlier this year. We actually made a swap. I made him oak window cornices and he gave me the snow blower. Sunday morning after waking up an hour later, due to the time change, I headed out to his house to install them for him. After the installation we went to lunch and I had a couple of Boddington's and a burger. Jeff lives near the Wisconsin border in a town called Rockford and since I was that close, I headed up to Madison after lunch for a new 1/2 barrel of New Glarus beer. I was hoping to get the newest brew, Moon Man, but they did not have it in 1/2 barrels. I ended up taking home Stone Soup. By the time this runs out, they will be brewing one of my other seasonal favorites, Totally Naked for the next keg. I loaded up on a few other New Glarus product and made my way back to Illinois. After the beer run, I went home, picked up my wife and son and we went to the gym for family hours. I lifted weights, Terri rode the bike and Dante played basketball and ran a few laps on the track. Afterwards we all went swimming in the pool and Dante played on the indoor water slide.

Last night I came home from work and was feeling the onset of a little cold. I went to bed earl;y to get some extra rest and today at work, I was taking daytime cold medicine. Luckily I only have a 3 miler to run tonight and I plan on getting to bed early again for some rest. I think I just have been running myself around so much and not resting.


  1. Hi Tony,
    So you were playing musical treadmills:) I have done what Terri did....I ran eight miles around our indoor track at the gym. It is 7 laps per mile and it sucked! My ankles were pretty darn sore the day after:( Go Terri!! It is not easy to do long miles on the track. I love Elton John and would be so thrilled to have those tickets!! Good for you!

    BTW: I had my first beer in about twenty years Saturday night...Blue Moon. It was okay...I am on a mission to find a beer that I like:) Any suggestions...it can't be just a normal blah beer. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your week Tony!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend. I love sushi and that event sounds way cool. Take care of yourself and get healthy I have been out sick a ton it sucks!!

  3. 12 miles inside sounds awful to me! I prefer the cold! But good for you. THe Elton John concert should be great.

  4. Nice 12 on the mill! Never an easy task but yes the weather Saturday stunk.
    Wow EJ and Buble--nice choices!

  5. Well done with the indoor running! I don't know how I'll cope with that. In all my running years I've never had to run indoors. That's a perk for living in South Africa.I'd love to see Elton John.

  6. You said New Glarus. I say I am jealous.

  7. Julie,

    Since you are not a beer drinker, I would suggest some of these these:

    New Glarus Raspberry Tart
    New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
    You can only get New Glarus inside the Wisconsin state line.

    I also would suggest these:

    Lindemans varieties:

    Lambic Framboise (raspberry)
    Kriek (sour cherry)
    Peche (peach)
    Cassis (blackcurrant)
    Pomme (apple)

    You can get these at most liquor stores. It doesn't taste like beer but, I think you would enjoy.

  8. 12 miles indoors? You are tougher than me! sounds like a fun weekend otherwise. :)

  9. Tony,
    I love how you guys go to the gym together. That is so cool! You've been really busy, but your running seems to be going so well. You must have the balance just right.

    Thanks for the name suggestions! I'll throw them in the pot for voting. But there's no random number generator on this one, so you'll probably win something for over-achieving:)

    Mmm. Beer. My boss makes a REALLY good blueberry beer. How lucky am I that my boss is a blue ribbon winning home brewer?

  10. My hubby keeps trying to get me to try some of the New Glarus beers, but I'm just not a beer girl. Good luck at Madison Marathon. I can't believe it's right around the corner!

  11. Hello my Italian Chicago blogging friend,
    Thank you Tony! Actually, I am intrigued by your Lindemans suggestions! We make it into Wisconsin a few times a year for my daughter's b-ball games and my oldest son's girl friend goes to Stout. I will have to make sure to purchase the New Glarus beer too:) Thanks again Tony! Happy St. Patty's Day:)

  12. I can't do 12 miles indoor, You're hardcore! I would rather brave the elements and be miserable :) Keep those miles coming!

  13. Good job getting those twelve miles in on the treadmill and track! I agree, it does kind of breaks things up a little bit, but I've never actually switched treadmills mid run! Too funny.

    Rest up and feel better.

  14. Hi Tony,
    The free beer that they served us after our race was Finnegan's Irish Beer. I think it tasted better than the beer that my hubby and I had when we when out to dinner the other night. I drank about half of it which is really good for me. It was a little bitter and had a bit of a bite:) I would like to find something with the flavor but not so much bite. I don't know maybe it will grow on me:) I will just keep tasting different beers until I find my true love....I am on a mission!! I hope that you have a fabulous week Tony!