Monday, April 30, 2012

April Wrap Up

April was a good month in Rabbits and Runs Land. The mileage increased, a camping trip was taken, music was enjoyed, the rabbits took over the blog, and a new adventure began.

Let's start with the mileage.

Running: 35.48 Miles
Cycling: 51.24 Miles
Hiking: 10.55 Miles

Total April Mileage: 97.27 Miles

I'm hoping to top 100 miles in May.

I know I blogged about the camping trip, and I'm pretty sure that Walter & Spot's Easter Takeover didn't go unnoticed.  I didn't blog about the Rodrigo y Gabriela concert, but let's just say: It. Was. Awesome.  If you ever have a chance to see them in concert, do it! If you can't see them live, go check them out on YouTube! I swear, it's impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to them.

This past Sunday also marked the beginning of a new adventure for The Husband and I. We've decided to attempt to section-hike the Ice Age Trail.  There's no time limit for this 1200 mile adventure, and no real rhyme or reason as to what order we will be hiking the sections, but we have decided to co-author a blog detailing our wanderings.  If you're interested, we're blogging at

Here's a few pictures from our first segment, which we completed yesterday, to entice you to check out our joint blog.

Don't worry Rabbits and Runs isn't going anywhere - we just thought that it would be a good idea to give our Ice Age adventures their own home!

On that note, I'm going to go munch the last of the hoarded Peanut Butter Patties (I think they're called Tag Alongs in the rest of the country), pet the bunnies, and call it a night.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Food Survey

I've seen this survey floating around the blogosphere and thought I'd play.

1. Coke or Pepsi?
I'll drink either as long as the word 'Diet' is in front of it.  I don't care for the sugary version of either.

2. Lemonade or Fruit Punch?
Lemonade. Fruit punch tastes gross to me.

3. Caramel Apple or Cotton Candy?
Caramel Apple for sure - especially if it's from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

4. Butterfinger or Snickers?
Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger.

5. Pudding or Jell-O?

6. Turkey or Chicken?
Chicken.  In our house, turkey is referred to as 'Tasteless Bird'.

7. American or Provolone?
Provolone, but I'd rather have a sharp cheddar or pepper jack!

8. Crackers or Cookies?
Depends on the day.

9. Pretzels or Chips?
Tortilla chips all the way.

10. Mexican or Japanese food?
I like Japanese. I lurrrrve Mexican.

11. Chinese or Italian food?
I can't decide because I like both.

12. Pie or Cake?
I'm not really a dessert lover, but I'll go with pie since I don't really like frosting.

13. Ice Cream or Cookies?
Ice cream cookie sandwich...duh!

14. Pizza or Pasta?

15. Soda or Juice?
Diet soda

16. Chocolate Bars or Chocolate Truffles?
If Vosges Haut Chocolat makes it, I want to eat it. My favorite truffles are the Rooster and the Balsamico.  Favorite bars are the Red Fire Exotic and the Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt.


17. Apples or Bananas?
Depends on the day.

18. Salad or Soup?

19. Cauliflower or Broccoli?

20. Onion Rings or French Fries?
French Fries

21. Blizzard or McFlurry?
I love the French Silk Pie Blizzard.

22. Fried or Poached Eggs?
Fried - and the yolk had better be runny!

23. Crepes or Pancakes?

24. Oatmeal or Cereal?
Cereal.  Peanut Butter Puffins are awesome for so many reasons.

25. Beer or Wine?

What are your preferences?  Feel free to answer in the comments or post the whole thing on your own blog!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dramatic Brick

Last night I did my first true brick workout (moving from one sport to the next with no break) - and I think I understand why it's called a brick. By the time I was done, I felt like my legs were made out of bricks!

I decided to make my workout exactly half the distance of my upcoming duathlon (which will be a 2 mile run, 10 mile ride, 2 mile run).  I set off on the first run leg and was feeling pretty good and my watch proved it

Cold, rainy weather and darkness dictated that the bike portion of my workout be done on the trainer in my basement.  As soon as I burst through the back door, I ran downstairs, pulled on my cycling shorts, and jumped on the bike for 5 miles. Almost immediately I could feel the effects of having run a fairly fast mile before hand.  My legs felt heavy and it took quite a while to settle into a comfortable cadence/speed/gear combination and then maintain it.  Overall though, I was pretty pleased.

I switched back to my running shorts, grabbed my jacket, and ran up the stairs and out the door for my final leg.  At first, it felt like I was running on air. My legs were pretty numb from riding, so it felt pretty easy.  That didn't last long.  Within 3-4 minutes, my legs felt like, well, bricks. My pace slowed down and I had to argue with myself for the last half a mile to keep running. 

Overall Time: 36:19

I hit 'Stop' on my watch and reached for the zipper on the pocket containing my key and discovered that it was partially open and my house key was nowhere to be found!  I searched all of my pockets, hoping that I had stashed the key in a different pocket than normal.  Nope.  There I was; a tired, sweaty mess. The Husband wasn't home and I didn't have my phone.  I was NOT happy.  Fortunately, The Husband was enjoying an after work drink with some friends at the bar up the street from our house.  I dragged my sorry self up there, feeling like a total moron, and praying that they hadn't decided to go somewhere else since the next option for getting into my house was a 2 1/2 mile run to my mom's house!  Fortunately, The Husband was there and the other guys were kind enough not to laugh at me too much for being an idiot.  We got home, looked for and located the missing key, and I collapsed onto the couch for the remainder of the night.

Hopefully my next brick won't have such a drama-filled ending!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunny Days. Frigid Nights.

The title sums up our first camping trip of the year.  Aside from a small threat of rain on Friday afternoon, the weather was beautiful - during the day.  Nights were another story.  But, let's back up a bit.

Luckily, The Husband and I both had Friday off, so we took our time doing a few last minute errands, making sure everything was set for the bunny sitter, and packing the car.  We arrived at our rather secluded (surrounded by steep hills on three sides) campsite around 4:00pm on Friday afternoon and immediately set about setting up our tent since there were some gray, ominous looking clouds in the sky and the wind was pretty gusty.  After one minor snafu, we went from this:

To this:

As soon as we got the tent up, the sun came out and the wind died down.  Go figure!

The Husband got our campfire started while I blew up our air mattress and topped it with no less than 5 layers of blankets!  We've learned that camping in cool weather requires some extra insulation and, since the temperature was predicted to be near or below freezing on both nights of our trip, we brought an arsenal of blankets and sleeping bags!

After the fire was going it was definitely time to eat. I'm not a fan of attempting to cook on a campfire, so I fired up our trusty camp stove and in no time at all, we were scarfing down burgers and beans.

If you want food styling - find a food blog!
After dinner, I wandered off to find the ladies room and discovered that the nearest one had met an unfortunate demise since our last trip up here! 

I don't know if this was caused by lightening, an uncontrolled campfire, or arson, but whatever it's definitely not good!  Fortunately there are other facilities available in the area.

When I returned to our site, I was pleased to see that you really couldn't see much from the main road.

Our tent is behind the stand of trees to the right.
And the high hills around us did a nice job of (mostly) protecting us from the wind.
The trail leads up to a seldom-used service road
Although it had been pretty pleasant out during the day, by the time we were ready for bed IT. WAS. FREEZING.  To give you an idea of how cold it was, I slept in: Under Armour pants (that I usually wear if running in freezing temps), a long-sleeved technical shirt, an Under Armour Cold Gear hoodie (with the hood up), a fleece pullover, a hat, gloves, and the thickest pair of Wigwam socks I own - and I was still cold!  Fortunately, with all those layers and all the covers around and over us, we were actually pretty cozy and warm by the time we woke up on Saturday morning.

After breakfast and a couple of cups of coffee, we set off on our mini-adventure for the day.
I wasn't kidding when I said that coffee is a food group in the Rabbits & Runs houe
We wandered down past the lake.

Over a wooden bridge.
And onto the Ice Age Trail.  We've camped in this state park over half a dozen times and never noticed that there was a trailhead there!
The Ice Age Trail is a 1,200 mile footpath that winds through the state of Wisconsin, highlighting natural features left by the last glacier to cover the state.
It's also one of only 11 trails in the country to be designated as a National Scenic Trail.  Its more famous sisters include the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

We hiked approximately a mile out to one of the backpack shelters, turned around, and headed back - and passed a herd of slow-moving Boy Scouts on the way!

 Once back at our campsite, we made our fire, had dinner (chicken and mashed potatoes), and settled down to read by the fire until the light faded.  By midnight, we were ready for bed, so we piled on our layers and crawled into the tent.  It was definitely cold, but not as brutal as the night before.

This morning we had breakfast, packed up all our gear, and sat around a small fire made with our remaining wood to read for a bit before heading back to reality.  It was great to unplug for a weekend (no tv, cell phones, computers), but it's also great to be home (HOT running water, indoor plumbing, etc.)!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oops!...I Made It A 10

The Husband and I set out to run 6 miles tonight. Somewhere after Mile 1, we started talking about our plans for the upcoming weekend and how hard it was going to be to cram in a long run with everything going on.  Then The Husband said, "Wouldn't it be awesome if we could get the long run out of the way tonight?"  I agreed that it would be nice, but wasn't sure I really had the juice to go much more than 6 or 7. I haven't gone anywhere near double digits since Fox Cities last fall.

As it turns out, I had the juice.  We took it (really) slow, stopped for water and a little fuel (Gummy Bears make an excellent substitute for GU gel), and made it a solid 10 miles!  I was particularly impressed when we threw down a 9:38 mile at Mile 9.

Distance: 10.01 Miles
Time: 1:48:08
Avg. Pace: 10:48

 I have no doubt that I'm going to be feeling every one of those 10 miles tomorrow, but it's definitely worth it to know that my long run for the week is done and I only need to cram in 6 more miles to reach my running mileage goal for the week.

I have some work to do to meet my cycling goal for the week, but Monday's trainer ride put a nice dent in that number as well.


I'm definitely feeling better about my 'accelerated' training plan for Madison. I know I can go the distance, now I just need to work on increasing my speed. 38 days until race day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

45 Days?

First of all, Walter and Spot asked me to thank everyone for indulging them and their Easter Walter & Spot Day blog post.  And now...back to your regularly scheduled posting.

The Madison Half Marathon is just 45 days away. Gulp. Where did the time go?  I haven't been very good about training, but I think I can still pull it off (although probably not at the best pace).  I realized about a week and a half ago that I'd been slacking big time, and rather than bemoan my lack of training, I decided to do something about it.

Last week was all about the bike.  Over the course of 3 rides I logged 33 miles, including my first solo ride outside with the new bike.  I was sort of nervous before I took it out alone.  What if I got a flat? What if I hit a pothole and went flying over the handle bars? What if I had to stop, put my feet down, and face-planted while trying to get my feet back in the toe clips? All that anxiety was for naught.  My biggest problem on that ride was bugs. I literally had to spit out some microscopic bugs at one point and let me tell you...they taste terrible!  I also discovered that I have a long way to go with my bike training before the South Shore Duathlon in June.  I'm definitely faster and more consistent on the trainer, but that doesn't surprise me that much.  I think going from riding on the trainer in my basement to riding on the road is a lot like going from running on a treadmill to running outside.  The trainer and treadmill don't have terrain, traffic, or bugs - the roads do.

I also went for a hike with Mom on Easter.  We went out to the Scuppernong Trail and hiked the 4 mile Orange Loop.  I can't think of a better way to spend a holiday - especially since we pretty much had the trail to ourselves and had a nice picnic lunch afterward.  It also reminded me how much I want to get out on the trails and run - soon!
Mom at the beginning of what I've called my 'Running Nirvana'
Workout Statistics for April 2- April 8:
Monday, 04/02: Trainer Ride
Distance: 11.1 miles
Time: 45 minutes
Avg. Speed: 14.8mph
Avg. Cadence: 89rpm

Thursday, 04/05: Trainer Ride
Distance: 14.07 miles
Time: 45 minutes
Avg. Speed: 18.8mph
Avg. Cadence: 85rpm

Saturday, 04/07: Outdoor Ride
Distance: 7.79 miles
Time: 37:12
Avg. Speed: 12.6mph
Avg. Cadence: 64rpm

Sunday, 04/08: Hiking with Mom
Distance: 3.95 miles
Time: 1:24:36
Avg. Pace: 21:24/mile

This week has been all kinds of crazy on the running front.  I've been running with The Husband, which is always fun.  We started off on Monday with 6-ish miles in 30mph winds. Wednesday was just over 7 miles. Tonight was 2 miles of intervals.  The long runs were definitely not fast, but they served their purpose.  We're both trying to get used to longer workouts again, so long runs with walk breaks were the way to go.  I always whine at the thought of a run over 5 miles, but for some reason I'm actually enjoying the return to longer distances - and looking forward to piling on more miles this weekend!

Workout Statistics for April 9-12:
Monday, 04/09: Running
Distance: 6.27 miles
Time: 1:09:26
Avg. Pace: 11:04/mile

Wednesday, 04/11: Running
Distance: 7.25 miles
Time: 1:14:52
Avg. Pace: 10:19/mile (*getting better*)

Thursday, 04/12: Random Intervals
Distance: 2.0 miles
Time: 19:36
Avg. Pace: 9:48/mile
Best Pace: 4:58/mile (obviously that was held for approximately 1/100th of a second, but I almost fell off my chair when I saw it!)

Tomorrow will be a rest day, since The Husband and I have tickets to see Rodrigo y Gabriela.  I'm ridiculously excited - and so is The Husband.

 I'm hoping to get a short brick (run/bike/run) workout in on Saturday and a long run (8-ish miles) on Sunday, but we'll have to see how things go!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Walter & Spot Take Over

Hi! Walter & Spot here - we're taking over our mom's blog in celebration of Walter & Spot Day! We hear that you humans call this day 'Easter' or something like that, but let's face is all about BUNNIES!!!!  We know our mom uses this blog thing to give you a peek inside her life, so we thought we'd use it to show you what our lives are like - since we're waaaay more interesting (and much cuter) than she'll ever be!

*pushing and shoving*
Walter: I wanna go first!
Spot: No! I wanna!
Walter: I'm the big brother.  I get to go first!
Spot: Fine. Have it your way. *hops off to sulk*

Hi there, I'm Walter. I'm 2 1/2 years old and, unlike my little brother, I'm pretty laid back.  I mostly like to hang out in my house, cuddle with my brother, and stay out of trouble.  Sometimes, I like to come out of my house and lay in front of it on a fuzzy blanket or perch on the furniture that mom and dad buy for us.
The 'Star Blanket' is my favorite!
This is my La-Z-Boy

When I'm feeling extra adventurous, I'll scoot my way down the hall to the bathroom and hang out next to the bathtub.  Don't ask why.  It's just something I like to do. At least I don't hang out behind the toilet like Spot does! When I make my way down there, mom and dad usually bring in towels or blankets for me to lay on and that makes me happy.

Getting some 'Me Time' in the bathroom
 Every once in a while I get inspired to play with some of my toys - and for some reason mom and dad find it incredibly amusing.
I'm half in the bag. Why's that so funny?

I also enjoy watching tv with my brother sometimes. Our favorite show involves a bunch of guys doing something called 'fishing'.  I'm not sure what that is exactly, so I'll have to look it up on Wikipedia sometime, but we do like the show.

Anyway, my favorite thing in the whole wide world is food.  Seriously, I get so excited that I make little squeaking noises as I'm hopping to my nightly greens! And for such a little guy, I sure can eat!  I love all food, but my favorite food is when I get little tiny pieces of banana for a treat!  I think I should get treats every day, but my mom says that I'd get sick if I got them too often. I let her know how much I like bananas by practically climbing in her lap when she's holding them!
See that huge carrot? I will devour it!

This blogging stuff is fun, but I'm getting tired (and hungry), so I'm gonna go lay down on one of my blankets and let Spot have his turn.  Catch ya later!
Bye everyone! It's been fun!

Hi! I'm Spot. I'm 2 years old and oh boy, am I ever curious...about EVERYTHING! While my big brother likes to spend most of his free time hanging out in our house, I like to go out an explore.  There's nothing I won't check out!

I like rabbit furniture

I like human furniture (and have delusions of being a cat)
I even like to explore baskets of laundry - clean stuff only, please!
When I'm not busy exploring, sometimes I like to help my dad read books.  He knows it's going to be a good book if I rub my chin on it or try to eat it.  I also like to steal mom's bookmarks and chew them up.
 I also really like to hide under stuff.  Sometimes those silly humans, and dad, have trouble finding me!
You can't see me!

 I'm not a total foodie like Walter, but I do love a good pile of dandelion greens and the occasional bit of apple as a treat - adventuring makes me hungry!

Anyway, I agree with Walter. This blogging stuff is fun, but typing with my nose is getting tiring, so I'm gonna go snuggle with Walter.  Bye, humans! See ya later!

 Thanks for indulging us and have a 'Hoppy' Walter & Spot Day (or Easter, if you insist on calling it that)!