A day in my life: Wednesday January 26, 2011

Thoughts:
Thank you all so much for your advice and tips for what you eat during your long runs. I’m going to start Saturday by eating more for breakfast and see how that helps me. I will take something to eat with me just in case I might need it.

Well I got 15 years older yesterday. I was walking Bella and I turned 5 years older when a piece of wood got stuck in her throat. She couldn’t get it out herself so I had to help her which gave me some fresh wounds on my hand.

Later that walk her leash slipped off by accident added 10 more years. And Bella listens most of the times except when she’s off the leash, she won’t come back to you. That’s why we never let her walk without it.

We were walking along a very busy road and I was so scared she would run across the street and would get hit by a car. I tried everything to get her to come to me but she just wouldn’t come. I asked a little boy if he could call her because she loves attention from other people but that didn’t help either: she smelled freedom. And finally it happened: she crossed the road. I was so lucky the drivers from both sides saw her and stopped. She was scared too by the cars and stopped in front of a car and lay down flat on the street and that’s where I could catch her. My heart rate was up as if I just worked out hard, but gladly it all ended well.

Exercise:
Yesterday I went to Pilates. A great class as usual, we worked on the legs, abs and back this time.

Today I had to run 8K with 4.8 at almost half marathon pace. But I haven’t been feeling that well the past few days and I didn’t want to go at all. I decided to go and do 4.8K at the dreadmill (please remind me next time that I really don’t like it). Afterwards I was glad I did go and tried. It wasn’t 8K but for today 4.8K was enough.

Stats:
Weather: inside
Distance: 4.8 K / 3 miles
Time: 00:34:03
Average time: 7:06 /km
Average speed: 8.5 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Black Eyed Peas – I got a feeling.

Top 5 list of the week: Authors

5. Stieg Larsson
The Millennium triology was above my expectations. I loved all three books and once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on the internet recently that his girlfriend thinks she can finish the 4th book which he was working on when he died. His family got copywright of the books and have to approve that she finish it. But to be honest, I’m not sure if that would be as good as when he wrote it himself completely.

4. Stephenie Meyer
One day I saw some premiere photos on people.com of New Moon. I’ve read about Team Edward and Team Jacob and had no idea what they were talking about. So I asked K. if she knew what this consternation was about and that’s when she told me about the Twilight Saga and lend me the first book. I was hooked from page 1. Of the four books Breaking Dawn is by far my favourite and New Moon my less favourite (not enough Edward in it). I did buy her book The Host too but I didn’t like it and never finished it.

3. J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter, need I say more?
R. doesn’t read books but he has read 4 Harry Potter books and likes them too. He still has to read the last 3 weeks but usually does that when we are on vacation.

2. Karin Slaughter
Again another friend of mine told me about her and that her books were great. Before I started reading the first one, I hadn’t read thrillers for a few years but these books brought my interest in this genre back. I have no preference for the Grant County or the Will Trent series, I love them all. I found out yesterday her new book about Sarah Linton and Will Trent will be published this Summer. Can’t wait.

1. Jilly Cooper
Jilly Cooper is an English writer who has written a lot of books but I’ve only read the Rutshire Chronicles which exists of 9 books. Every book has a different theme like show jumping, polo, an English television station or classical music. But in every book a few characters return. I still have to read the last three books from this series. I bought them in English because they aren’t translated in Dutch.

What is/are your favourite author(s). Maybe you give me new ideas.

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17 responses to “A day in my life: Wednesday January 26, 2011

  1. I would have been a nervous wreck as well had I been around and that happened to Bella…my word, very scary indeed, so glad to read it all ended well…a good facial and the 15 years older will be all gone….LOL

  2. I understand the concern with Bella. I freak out anytime things like that happen. Glad everyone is safe. Great job getting out there on that treadmill!

  3. ACCKKKKK Bella … bad girl! That would be terrifying. I’m very lucky that Tia does not take off when she’s not on a leash, though I have had her get scared of a dog and rip out of her leash on a busy road before. So scary!

    Can you get her some kind of harness that she can’t get out of. I have one that goes around their neck and behind their front legs around their chest. Pretty much impossible to get out of.

  4. OMG! I would of been scared to death too! It is always so nerve wrecking when our pets end up running free in the streets. Thank goodness she is okay. Maybe she will stay close to you because of this experience. Keeping fingers crossed for you:)

    Good luck with your future training Fran! Hugs to you:)

  5. Thank goodness Bella is okay! That would terrify me as well.

    For authors, I have always been a Stephen King fan. He has given me many a nightmare over the years 😀

    I also love Agatha Christie. Any Hercule Poirot book is gold in my eyes.

  6. Sorry you lost so many years off your life! ; )

    I’m actually reading the second Steig Larsson book right now. They’re good reads. Just finished an amazing book by Jonathon Franzen called Freedom. He also wrote the Corrections, another fantastic book. Love his stuff!

  7. I think I lost some years just reading about Bella! Geesh! I’m so glad that Delilah doesn’t usually even realize if I accidentally lose the leash. She usually just cowers because I make noise. Otherwise as long as I don’t go after her too quickly, she lets me go to her easily. That sounds so scary!
    As far as authors go, I’ve only read Stephanie Meyer of the ones you mentioned. I wasn’t as excited about the Twilight saga but I read the entire thing anyway just to see what the fuss was about.
    One author that I LOVE is Janet Evanovich. She has a series about a bounty hunter woman named Stephanie Plum. The first book in the series is called “One for the money”. The whole series is excellent. She’s on #16 or so now.

  8. I am so relieved that Bella is ok! I know you must have been living a nightmare, watching her go in the road like that. Whew!!! When we took Paco to puppy kindergarten, the first thing the instructor had us work on was “come when called” because they DO get away from you. Her advice was to offer a “high value” treat – in Paco’s case, it was peanut butter – and always, always reward him with it when he came after we called him. It worked – he’s really good about coming back, and I occasionally pull out the peanut butter to not only reward him, but keep him guessing…like “this time I get peanut butter?” Anyway, so happy everything is good with Bella. 🙂

    I read a ton of books – off the top of my head, I like Carl Hiasson, Jonathan Tropper, Harlan Coben, to name a few.

  9. Thank goodness Bella is okay! Whew!

  10. Oh Fran, scary dog incidents are the worst. I always panic!
    Thank you so much for the author ideas, I really need to read more!!

  11. Very stressful day! Glad it all worked out ok, and everyone is well. Good job on the run, I am a bit under the weather with a cold, so kudos to you.

  12. I’m so glad your dog is okay! This past weekend, my dog also choked on some wood chips. She began to foam at the mouth and I was a VERY worried puppy mama. A stranger was very nice to comfort me, but I understand the stress.

    Nice job making the 3 miles on the treadmill! It would have been easy to just not run at all.

    My favorite authors are also J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. I also really like Sophie Kinsella (Confessions of a Shopoholic is her most famous), it’s great chick lit! I really like John Irving too.

  13. I also think that JK Rowling is a better writer than Stephanie Meyer 🙂
    Great stats on your workout. Good luck with Saturday

  14. Although runners hate treadmill, it is an ideal way to avoid the hassle of weather or darkness.

    My favourite author? I’ve just read “A tale of two cities” (in English), written by Charles Dickens. It gives a picture of the French Revolution, but even in these troubled times people can still love and be generous.

    Have a nice run!

  15. Glad to hear Bella is OK. The whole 15 yr. thing makes no sense to me though.

    I love Nicholas Sparks. He is the one author I have to buy every book he writes as soon as it comes out!

  16. Gosh Fran I think I grew 20 years older just reading this post! Wow I’m so glad that Bella is ok, I can only imagine how frightened you were. that’s awful but I’m so glad it ended well.
    And on a lighter note, you probably built up endurance and speed trying to catch her 😉

  17. I just started the first of Steig’s books this week. Took a little to get into it, but now it’s pretty interesting!!! Haven’t heard of your #1 and #2. Will have to check them out!

    Oh no Bella!!! So glad she wasn’t hurt!!!!!!!

    My favorites. Jim Butcher (his Harry Dresden books are awesome!, Stephen King (lifelong fan), Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series), and Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse).

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