27 September 2009
The van had no windows and no seats. My eyes blinked at the darkness. There were already 2 other girls lying on the van's floor. I could tell from the dejected looks, there was no easy way out of here. I huddled against the wheel hub and prayed the driver would slow down so we wouldn't knock around. Over and over he stopped and threw other people in the van, mostly women. At first we didn't speak, we just stared at the floor, still in shock at how we got there. The van grew crowded and hot. The stench was unbearable. I wondered if we would ever get where we were going.
So, apparently, my body hates running. This is news to me. For I, or at least my heart and brain, love running. My body however, didn't get the message. And it's trying very hard to send me a message of it's own. Clearly.
I did not have a good long run today. Again. The goal was 20 and I started off strong. My head was in it, I was going to kick that 20 miles in the astronaut. Instead, it knocked me on my astronaut. Almost literally.
Around mile 11 my knee just gave out. It didn't hurt, but it wouldn't hold my weight. Unforch, my coach witnessed this and demanded that I sit on the curb. She whipped out her phone to call the SAG wagon. I pleaded with her not to. I was sure I could just walk it off. She would hear none of it. That's how I ended up in the crowded van. The agony of the SAG wagon.
I've rolled, iced and elevated my hip and knee. I'm hopeful that I'm not actually injured. My marathon is only 5 weeks away. This cannot be happening. Yet it happens to runners all the time. Gah. Can't I just wish it away?
I'm taking it easy today. Lunch at Red Robin might make me feel better. There is hardly an emptiness that steak fries can't fill.
I'm being dramatic. This I know. I'm planning on a strong 18 next Sunday and a visit to some type of smarty medical type person this week. I can't keep diagnosing myself on them internets! :o)
Keep you posted...
26 September 2009
The good kind of busy though. Recently they opened a University Co-op in Dallas. It was at aforementioned Co-op that after much deliberation, and a little modeling, I found the perfect hat for the marathon. It's actually a technical fabric so hopefully I won't be trying to shed it come mile 9. Hook 'em!
Thursday, Jules and I headed to Fadi's to enjoy some yummy Mediterranean food. I often get the veggie sandwich and you just never know what delicious vegetables it will contain. They'll just throw in whatever they cooked that day. Spinach, eggplant, tabouli, green beans, potatoes...the list goes on. However, they have the best cauliflower ever. Ever. I get so excited when I see they have cauliflower. They didn't have cauliflower on Thursday, but I heard them tell another customer that they would make it for him! He declined, but I nervously asked if I could get cauliflower added to my sandwich. They did! Like manna. Keep in mind, while it certainly IS a large sandwich, it's on a bread plate! I could eat at Fadi's every other day. So delicous. And most everything is cooked healthily. Imagine that!
Later in the day we headed down the lane to take a tour of the Federal Reserve Building. You see, our "teambuilding" funds have been slashed to zero this year, so we are getting creative. The tour is free, and since we are also a financial organization, it made sense. You know what? It was great! If you have a Fed in your area (there are 12) check it out! We each got packages of shredded bills to take home. Here we are with our cumulative $240!We take our football very seriously in Texas. Very. This was homecoming weekend for our local high school. So even though we didn't go to school there, nor do we KNOW anyone that attends, we traipsed our merry little selves down to watch the Homecoming Parade. So fun! I loved the band, all the floats, the motorcycles, the cheerleaders! Made me nostalgic for high school. Also made me want a mum. Those things are gaudy as all get out, but oh-so-important! Girls who didn't get mums would actually skip school the Friday before homecoming so they didn't have to attend mumless. High school can be so tragic. I've been told mums are a Texas thing. Did y'all have mums for homecoming?Today I've been resting, hydrating and gearing up for another 20 miler tomorrow. I am currently on a mission to stock our freezer and pantry. I'm pretty bad about only buying what we need, and most of that is fresh food. Okay, so that isn't bad, but we usually don't have staples. No ingredients to actually MAKE things. Our freezer looks like this most of the time.Full of nothing but ice. You know, for the all important ice bath. I've found large plastic containers better than just cubes. They take longer to melt. OC there is my water bottle, frozen, in preparation for tomorrow as well. I think there is one fruit popsicle in the box. That is the only edible item. Pathetic. So I headed out and bought "in bulk" a few staples to keep frozen. Okay, so not all of it will freeze. But lots of extra nuts, breads, chicken (for Hubs) plenty of milk and a cutie pumpkin thrown in for good measure. And yes, those ARE white biscuits thrown in with that whole grain pita and Ezekiel bread. Hey, I'm from the South. Gotta have a little comfort food in that stocked freezer, right? Mmm, biscuits and white gravy. Biscuits and butter. Biscuits and jelly.
Speaking of, I'll be climbing in the biscuit soon. Gotta get my rest before my long run. I've only got 3 more long runs left before tapering begins. Where did the time go? Good luck to all those racing in the morning!
24 September 2009
I love Running Warehouse. The website makes me happy. It’s easy to use, they always have just what I’m looking for and always at the best price. Plus, no tax and free shipping. What’s not to love? This is my Go To site for running apparel and shoes.
I know I’ll need new kicks before my marathon and I wanted to have a pair a few weeks prior so I could break them in a bit, but still have ultimate cushiness for the race. Click, click, click and QUEL NIGHTMARE, they are OUT of my shoes!!! My shoes. My beloved Mizuno Wave Riders. What’s a girl to do?
Swiftly moving towards hyperventilation, I reminded This Pink Girl that having pink shoes was not the most important thing, support is. So I moved on to the green and blue Mizuno Wave Riders. Out. Panic begins to set in once again. Out? Out! How can you be out of my size so close to my race? What about me? Will I have to, gasp, pay retail? I noticed anticipated arrival dates for several other sizes, but my size, 7.5 B, completely gone. Like maybe Mizuno will never make size 7.5 B again.
Frantic, I was about to e-mail the nice folks at Running Warehouse, but then I spotted a toll free number. My fingers flew to the keypad and lickety split, the phone was ringing.
I proceeded to ramble like a maniac to poor Drew who picked up. Words just poured out of my mouth, I caught, “need sweet kicks for my marathon” and “will even settle for non-pink shoes.” Bless her heart, Drew mashed a few buttons, read a few notices and…informed me that my precious pink Mizuno Wave Riders will be in on October 15th. A solid 2 weeks before the marathon. Sigh.
Drew honey, you just seriously made my day! I’ve always been very pleased with any transaction I’ve had with Running Warehouse. They ship fast and for free. The merchandise is first quality. The website it easy to use. And now I know, that even in person, they deliver superior customer service. Thank you Running Warehouse for saving me when I was almost reduced to tears. Thank you for handling my request so swiftly and reassuring me I’d even have time to break my new Riders in, and wishing me luck in my race.
And no, this isn’t a commercial for Running Warehouse. I’m a firm believer that great service should be recognized. Mad props to RW!!!
22 September 2009
This weekend I plan to watch "You've Got Mail" while eating home made soup to celebrate. What are YOU doing to celebrate the arrival of Fall?
Happy Fall y'all!
21 September 2009
This I know for sure. I started the day off with 8.4 amazing miles. When I finished I knew for sure that I could easily run another 4 miles if I had the time. Funny how that works. Where was this mojo on Saturday??? Probably in bed asleep.
Where I should be now. 4:30 comes early. Per ush.
Part of my marathon challenge is to raise $2500 for the charity Run for Something Better. Today I held a bake sale at work. I prepared strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate, chocolate chip poundcake. I love to bake and I love to make food cute! I cannot tell you what temptation having dozens of cupcakes on your desk all day is. But I did not eat one. Not even one! Okay, so I might have had a few crumbs of cake. Only crumbs though.
My goal was to raise $25. I raised over 4 times that! I am blessed to work with such amazingly generous people! I felt so much support today from each person that stopped by. Gave me some resolve to continue my training at full force. I won't let them down! Three weeks to tapering.
And yeah, I'm already looking for an early Spring marathon. This bidness is addicting!
20 September 2009
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13 September 2009
Well, to be fair, it actually rained lightly for the first 12 miles or so. Just enough to be annoying. Then the heavens opened up for the next few miles. Yeah, our planned 20 miles turned into 14.20. (don't forget the .20!) There just comes a point when it is raining so hard that you can hardly see, your shoes squish with every step and they weigh twice as much as they should. Plus your sweat rag is soaked, but not with sweat. Time to call it a day.
Yeah, we are totally hardcore. Michelle and I changed clothes twice. New shirts and hats after mile 11, and again before we got in the car. My toes were all wrinkly and we were just about the only people at the lake. Yeah, no cyclists, no dogs, no babies. Just a few insane runners. You know, and us. That's me, the super cool one with the head lamp. (and the still nasty bruise from my attack of the thorns)
The rest of my day was spent caring for poor blind Hubs. He's actually recovering from his Lasik nicely, if more slowly than expected. I did head to the grocery store and gasped with glee when I saw THIS at the entrance.
The first pumpkins of Fall! Of course I bought one. These are intended for cooking, but they are just so darling I couldn't resist one for our living room. I am passionate about pumpkins. I usually pick up another each time I head to Central Market. My very favorite are the sage green/taupe Fairy Tale pumpkins. Gorgeous!
I headed out this evening for a bit since I cut yesterday's run so short. I got in a solid 3 miles with six 30 second pick ups. It felt good to run fast! I need to remember to do this more often. What's 30 minutes? Not every run has to be in the double digits!
Tomorrow I'm back to work. I wish I felt rested, but I don't. Oh wells, there is another weekend in less than a week! Maybe I'll set some sleep then. My goal tonight is to be in bed by 9 pm. Can I do it? It's still rainly and gloomy, that should provide some good sleeping weather, plus, I love a challenge!
06 September 2009
Other hips wiggle. My hips just hurt. I've been keeping frozen corn on the offending hip and stretching like a rubber band. Hoping beyond hope if I'm really, really kind to it, the pain will go away.
Today's scheduled 20 miler turned into 16. Something about a holiday and lack of coaches. Whatever the reason, I was NOT disappointed to "only" run 16.
WITH MY NEW GROUP! That's right, I dropped down to the 11:30 group this weekend. Because I was tired of feeling unsuccessful in the 11:00 group. Mostly because the 11:00 group insisted on maintaining a sub 10 pace. Uh, not so eleveny. Too speedy for this girl! I loved running with the new group! Much smaller (less than 10 vs more than 20) and we did a great job of keeping on pace. My old group was full of fun characters that I'll miss listening to on Sundays, but my body is so grateful for this change.
Only one dramatic event to mar this wonderful occasion. I sorta got into it with a thorny tree branch that Mother Nature decided to leave in the road, just waiting to ensnare me. Ouch.
It looks much better up close and in person, due to the bruising and all. But I'll spare you the microscopically detailed view. I don't know why my toes look all gnarled in this shot. Maybe because it's challenging to take a semi flatter photo of your own leg. That angle, man it will get you every time. The best part was that because I was so sweaty...get ready this is gross...it looked like I was bleeding a lot more than I really was. Ah, running is so sexy.
I've enjoyed an ice bath, a long shower and Whataburger taquitos. Soon Hubs and I are hopping on a plane and heading for Minnesota! Sleeping late, multiple naps and plenty of magazine reading are in my near future. Put your hands up for relaxing vacations!