Monday, April 26, 2010

Aloha!

This Easter, Smoosh Bunny (SB), a Giant Marshmallow Bunny that has been mailed back and forth between my hubby Dave and his sister for years, turned 21!



And he (she?) showed up with a message.



So I brought him along with me back to Kona. SB got lucky and had his own seat on one of the flights.



He hung out on our lanai when I went out for my first run in 2 weeks after having sprained my ankle at the Gator Half Iron.



He hopped and sat in Dave's patio chair and watched surfers and boogie boarders play while patiently awaiting my return.



After my 5-mile run, I was drenched but very happy that I had no ankle pain at all -- Woohoo!!! But I was NOT used to running in heat having been spoiled by an unusually cool winter in FL. Need to start out earlier, not mid-morning when it was already approaching 80!



As promised, I took SB out for a bike ride. To make sure he had a good view, I put him into one of my rear bottle cages.



I'd been mostly cycling while I couldn't run to stay in shape the past few weeks (unfortunately, the ankle flexion involved when swimming bothered my ankle so Coach didn't have me swim much once I could put weight on my foot). Below, we are at the bike ride turnaround. I had to hold onto SB tight when I took him out as that rascal wanted to keep going!



As usual, we had a headwind going back but lovely ocean scenery and other cyclists to try to catch made the ride back fun.



Next up for me, 3 marathons in 5 weeks, starting with the Providence Marathon (Rhode Island) on Sunday. My longest run was 16 miles last Thursday but all I want to do is finish these marathons, which should be doable provided I don't roll any more ankles.

Look forward to catching up with everyone this week!!!

25 comments:

Stefan said...
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Lisa said...

Oh, cute!

ignore last comment, my son was still logged into gmail on my computer and I didn't realize it until I saw his name in the comment field!

Midwestern Dot said...

Wow, that is the best thing ever! SB sure got quite the trip...looks like it traveled in first class! I would LOVE to hear the story behind the mailing bunny!
Can't wait to hear about your upcoming races!

lindsay said...

that is awesome that they have been mailing it back and forth for so long! too funny. and kind of gross that it still looks edible... gotta love processed food right?

ok... and here i thought i was cool for doing 2 marathons in less than a week. nooo you have to top that with 3 in 5! ;)

hope your ankle is back to 100%, and thanks for the post-boston email!

Caratunk Girl said...

Glad the ankle is feeling better. SB sure got to go on a good trip. Wow. 3 marathons in 5 weeks! Best of luck in your upcoming races!

Marlene said...

What a fun tradition! I'm glad SB got his bike ride in Hawaii. :)

Awesome news on your return to running and no ankle pain!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Sweet... being back in TRUE paradise....

Heather said...

Hi. I just stumbled upon your blog through a tri website.

Looks like you and bunny had fun.

Can't wait to hear more about your races.

Petraruns said...

Wish I were Smoosh Bunny! Cool travels! I guess after all this time no-one is ever tempted to bite his head off..

I am thrilled your ankle is feeling so much better - can't wait to read the reports on your travels and races. Hope your travel is more succesful than mine last week :)

Regina said...

So funny, I loved this post!

DaveP said...

Who knew that water bottle holders double as Smoosh Bunny bike seats?

Sherry said...

Twenty-one years! Holy cow!

I cannot believe that nobody has eaten him yet! I would have located a fire pit and speared him with a stick long ago! Yum! ;)

Seriously though, that's really, really neat-o!

Florida misses you, Shirley... and good news, the heat is ON! Best wishes coming at you for your race this weekend! Run hard!!!!

Meg said...

Smoosh Bunny rocks, Shirley. I was cracking up at this post, especially the seatbelt picture.
I wanted to respond to your comment about you not having any post race blues. You said you always have long term goals and short term goals and I was wondering how many marathons you do a year? How many tri's?
I can't wait to read about your three marathons in five weeks, how exciting!

Rainmaker said...

Once and for all proving that those things are without a doubt made out of something from another planet. 21 years? Holy cow.

EndorphinBuzz said...

What a lucky SB :-)

Good luck for the marathons!

Formulaic said...

Good to have you back!

Kristi said...

Nice traveling for SB! And probably a very considerate seat neighbor. :)

Glad the ankle is healed up and best of luck with the upcoming marathons...hard core!

Black Knight said...

3 marathons in 3 weeks and a bunny to cuddle: very busy period. As usual great pics!

Irish Blue said...

Man, I wanna have the life that bunny has. LOL...too cute...both you and the bunny.

Good luck with the 3 marathons. Wow, can't wait to hear about those.

Karen said...

LOL that is hilarious!

Jade Lady said...

lucky bun!

Annette said...

Lucky Bunny!!!! any chance you will be doing the Fargo Marathon on May 22nd??

Stef said...

That bunny had too much fun!

RoadBunner said...

SB is seriously TWENTY-ONE?! He looks so good for his age!! What does your family do to keep him in such good shape? Obviously from your recent adventures with him it does not involve a glass case!

Runner Leana said...

Wow, that is quite the tradition! Looks like SB had a great trip to Hawaii. Glad to hear the ankle is feeling better!