Monthly Archives: July 2015

Living With Wildlife

I have the best job ever.  I live in the great Pacific Northwest, I love animals, and I work at a wildlife rescue and rehab facility.  How can life possibly get any better?!  There is, however, a great need to educate people about the wild animals that live among us.  I have come to find a majority of people just don’t understand the laws and/or behaviors concerning the wildlife that we see day in and day out.  Part of my blogging mission is to educate people and to share wildlife stories, good or bad, with everyone so that they, too, will understand the laws and behaviors of some of our fabulous animal friends.

For instance, did you know:

  • …that crows live on the ground for 7 to 10 days while they are learning to fly?  Please leave them alone.
  • …that you can tell a crow is a fledgling because it has blue eyes?
  • …that mama birds will NOT reject their babies if handled by humans?  This is a huge myth; their sense of smell is not that good.
  • …that mama deer leave their fawns to sit alone for hours at a time while mom goes off to forage for food?  Just because you don’t see mom doesn’t mean the fawn is an orphan.
  • …that ducks will not accept other babies as their own?  Ducks are very territorial and will kill other ducks that come near them, including babies.
  • …that it is illegal to trap and relocate wildlife?
  • …that it is illegal to rehab and release any wildlife in the state of Washington if you are not licensed and permitted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife?

I spend multiple hours on the phone, day after day, week after week, informing people of what’s right and what’s not when it comes to wildlife.  If I can save that one cute little raccoon from being imprinted by humans and then ultimately euthanized because it doesn’t know how to hunt for food, then I have done my job.  Please let our wildlife stay wild as nature intended!

A nonreleasable Northern Saw-Whet Owl that was hit by a car and now has permanent eye damage.

A nonreleasable Northern Saw-Whet Owl that was hit by a car and now has permanent eye damage.

My Recent Weight-Loss Plateau

My husband and I started using the My Fitness Pal app to record our food intake on a daily basis.  It’s a well-known fact that if you’re honest and document every single little morsel that goes into your mouth, it will prompt you to make better choices if your true goal is weight loss or to eat healthier.  We are also “friends” on this app so that we can support each other in every success (or slip-up) that we may have in regards to diet and weight loss.

James wants to lose weight because he’s training for the Chicago Marathon that he’ll be running in October.  The thinner he is, the better chance he has of getting his sub-zero race time for which he’s aiming (okay, perhaps not really sub-zero, but it may as well be in my mind, hehe).  And I just plain want to lose weight, but of course losing weight will also help me with my goal to shave time off my race pace too, so it’s all win-win.  James has been doing the My Fitness Pal thing for 2 months and has already achieved his perceived race-weight goal, for which he has now made his goal an additional 5 pounds less.  I have been doing this for a month and a half and I’ve bottomed out at 8 pounds.

And they aren’t kidding when they say your metabolism changes after you hit 40.  I run faster backwards than what my metabolism runs forward!   As a matter of fact, I’m beginning to think my metabolism IS running backwards just to mess with me as it’s a constant uphill struggle!  For the past 3 weeks, my weight has teetered between the same 2 to 3 pounds… down 2, up 1, down 0.5, up 2, and so on and so forth.  You would think that a person in training who is dieting and eating healthy wouldn’t have such weight-loss problems, but oh, not so.

To keep my spirits up, I’ve decided to forgive my metabolism for running backwards for the time being.  I now like to think of my silly little weight-loss plateau as a way for my body to re-baseline itself.  My body apparently likes the weight its at for the moment for whatever reason and doesn’t want to lose any more.  At least for the moment.  But my will and patience is a lot stronger than that, and giving up is not an option.  One day very soon, I know that the scale will start going down again… and I know that I will be celebrating my 10-pound weight-loss milestone… because I know this is actually one event that I will… without a doubt… win.

 Why Blog?

I’m Paula.  I’m a 40+-year-old working wife and mother.  And I run.  Well, kinda run, kinda walk.  I’m in my second year of running, and I’m slow.  Very slow.  This year I hope to improve my pace, but for now, just know that I’m slow.  I started this blog because I want older runners who are just beginning to know they are not alone.  And I’m not ashamed to say that I’m slow, or that yes, I have come in last place in a race before.  It’s okay to be last because, in reality, I’m doing something that probably 20 million people aren’t doing… I’m getting off the couch and moving.  Running a race keeps me motivated.  One has to do the work in order to cross the finish line, so the racing also keeps me honest.  And I won’t enter a race that doesn’t have great bling.  After all, at the end of day, it’s all about the bling.
So please join me and my family in my journey while I laugh, scream, cry, hurt, rejoice, all while trying to live life, lose weight, train, and work on trying to improve that oh-so-slow race pace.  Regardless of what happens, guaranteed I’ll have lots of fun life adventures, training mishaps and successes, great bling, and race stories to share along the way.

Don’t worry about being slow, only worry about standing still.  — Chinese Proverb

 

First and only week of pre-training… done!

I loved the Fit One Boise event so much that I’m making it my premium race this year.  Last year I ran the 10K; this year will be the half.  There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about it… the course was gorgeous, the people and volunteers were ultra-friendly, the post-race snacks were fabulous (all the chocolate milk a girl could want), and the bling was everything a bling should be, sparkly and big!

So, tomorrow begins the countdown and training for this super fun event, and today, I finished my only week of pre-training to dust off the cobwebs.  And boy, do I hurt because I let my training slide.  There’s not a muscle in my legs that don’t say ouch, WTH!

For this upcoming cycle, I will be using one of Hal Higdon’s plans, the Novice 2.  I figure it fits as this is my second year in.  I also like it because the mileage in the middle of the week is doable, and the LSR’s on the weekend gradually increase each week to where I’ll be running 12 miles the week before Boise.  It’s important to me that I get that long mileage in so my body is aware of exactly how much pain it’s going to be in when it crosses the finish line.

My next three training runs will be 3 miles long each, and I have this wicked loop in my neighborhood that’s uphill both ways, with another killer hill smack dab in the middle of it.  See picture below.  I’ll measure my progress on this one particular loop as I will always have a 3-mile run each week of my training.  Today was a test run… not even worth posting a time.  Okay, so I walked a lot of it.  Did I mention it was hot!  I guess I really shouldn’t complain… The Motivator is training for the Chicago Marathon and had to run 9 miles today in the heat.  We should’ve gotten up earlier…

On top of the hill looking down... it's even worse going up!

On top of the hill looking down… it’s even worse going up!