I’ve missed you blog

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog.  There have been many, many changes over the past almost 2 years.  One, I should probably change the name of my blog to “NOT a Arkansas Runner Girl” since I hardly ever run, but hopefully I can get back on track soon.  Two, I bought a food truck, that’s right me and a good friend bought a food truck, then she took over the whole business and then sold it.   Three, I have another grand baby, Sadie, born September 5, 2013.  Lots of other things going on, nothing super exciting, working out at my favorite boot camp 4 days a week, doing lots of crafts, which I love and keeping Sydney on Saturday and part of Sunday.  Will try and post some more later.  Miss you blog…..

Willpower and the lack of

Eating willpower     (2-20-12)         

I remember my mother telling me one time “I wish I had your willpower, you can eat just a few cookies, I eat the whole bag”.  Well now I’m my mother, geez, it’s depressing, eat, eat and eat again.  I’m eating right now!!  Mind you I don’t eat a LOT of bad stuff, but still it’s all calories regardless of what you are eating.

About 10 years ago, when I still had willpower I went almost a whole year without eating any chocolate or fried food, could I do that now?  Probably not, fried food I could go without, hardly ever touch it, but chocolate, nope, love it, I Love you Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, I WOULD eat it every day if I could.  No lie.  Chocolate anything, cake, ice cream, cookies, plain, in candy, doesn’t matter, just tell me it’s chocolate and I’m weakened.  I think I may need an intervention.

At lunch today I made my weekly trip to Wal-Mart, yes there are a couple of things I buy there, PowerBar Gels in Strawberry Banana 4-pak for 3.88, Great Value cereal bars in Mixed Berry $2.00, Great Value sliced Mozzarella cheese can’t remember price, but it’s irrelevant because I love it, same for the cereal bars.  Where was I going with this….oh I remember.  My sister loaned me a swimsuit last year and she said she got it at Wal-mart, well I took a gander at the suits, EEK, nothing I would dare wear!  But there was a pair of bottoms (boy shorts) cause I ain’t showing my fat ass!  Pick up a medium go to the dressing room and on the way I’m thinking “this won’t be bad” you’ve been working out, running, they’ll look ‘OK’”  WHAT a freaking nightmare, I was just appalled at my thighs!  They are so flabby and not shapely at all, I leave for vacation in 3 weeks, and I’m sick, literally sick.  Wondering what extreme measures I can take before we leave to slim these babies down!  So embarrassing. 

So back to the willpower, I need it NOW, I need to not eat anything extra, including chocolate for the next 2 ½ weeks.  If I could just lose 2-3 pounds I think I might be able to go on the beach.  And it all boils down to willpower; I eat just to eat, not because I’m hungry.  I know what to do; just don’t have the gumption to do it.  Help, I need help!!  Can you hear me peeps?  Can you help a girl out??  Hide the cookies, hide the cupcakes, this girl needs to look good in those boy shorts!

Countdown to the Marathon, 13 11 days!  Got my bib number this weekend, #593, not excited, but it is what it is.  I will run it and Kim will be running with me.  I just know how much pain I have been in on the last few runs and dread that part of it more than anything!  Already looking forward to the finish line, HA!!!  We ran 12 miles on Saturday and for some reason my shins were killing me, no idea why, maybe I need new insoles, but hate to get them this close to marathon, or maybe I should!

The 12 miles was not that bad, Tammy ran the first 4 with me, always nice to have her company, we ran on the River Trail, over Big Dam Bridge over to Two Rivers and back, very boring to say the least.  I have been carrying my iphone, no headphones, just listening to Pandora Disco, it’s a hoot!  And people commented the whole route back on Saturday, especially on Disco Inferno!  Saw some people doing a couple of John Travolta moves, keeps it interesting.

This week could be a bust for me.  Stephanie wants me to keep the baby Friday night, one of her  girlfriend’s will be in town, so I can either take the BOB and take BOJ with us or go on Sunday, not sure yet.  Weather will play a huge factor.  Can’t take her if it’s too cold.

Well that’s it, except some exciting news coming soon, it’s a new adventure for me and my friend Sheryl, we are ironing our a few things before I make any huge announcements.

 

 

 

Marathon Countdown

 As the day’s countdown, 19 to be exact, the more anxious I am becoming, especially after the miserable 20 mile run on Saturday.  Thank goodness Kim came for the weekend and ran with me, not sure if I would have stuck it out for the whole thing.  We knew it was going to be cold, but OMG, it was freaking TORTURE!  I wanted to quit so many times and when Tammy said so long and headed back I desperately wanted to go too.  When my stupid Garmin kept f’ing up, when I dropped my gloves trying to take a drink a gazillion times, when we would turn a corner and the wind would slap you in the face like a 2 x 4, I was pissed and done, wanted to quit, I really can’t believe we finished it.  If the weather is good on race day we should be okay, if it’s like Saturday, they can keep the medal and my money!  HA HA!!  That’s how bad it was. 

I saw a girl running with no head band, no hat and this was in the beginning of the run, before the sun came up, she had her ipod plugged in, had a hood, but not on her head, I have no idea how her ears were stilled attached to her head, mine would have fallen off, it was that stinking cold!  She was nuts!  Sorry girl….put that hoodie on! 

We were almost run over on Chester Street in Little Rock, someone getting off the interstate with their heads turned to the left looking for traffic, they were not expecting us freaks out running!  We were aware though and avoided being run over, even though the thought of being finished….. just kidding! 

Part of the Little Rock Marathon Team, not sure who they were other than Hobbit, had an impromptu aid station around the Fire Station on Chester, it was super nice, snacks, water, etc.  A nice break too.

 

We finished about 10:30, yeah it took us forever, but we did make 3 stops and took our time, we regrouped at the Holiday Inn, got warm, got some needed nourishment and readjusted all of our clothing.  We also stopped at our favorite stop of all, the State Capitol, they have the best bathroom, well, it’s only the best bathroom when you are freezing cold, you need to go and need a place to lay down, cause they have all of that and more.  I could have spent the rest of my day on that bench. 

We were running up Markham by the Deaf School and we heard honking, it was Tammy who had left from the run earlier, she pulled over at the school and when we got up to her we stopped and chatted, ate some apple slices she offered, bitched about how miserable we were and then headed for our last 6 miles.  Another hour, at least the sun was out and it felt wonderful! 

I tried to think about Sherry Arnold, whose bib was attached to my back, who was murdered on a Saturday run back in January, I tried to think of her and hope that she did not suffer, that she wasn’t scared, that she fought those bastards with every ounce of her being, because that’s what I would do, or at least it’s what I hope I would do, fight.  I saw on SUAR’s blog that over 20,000 bibs were printed for the virtual run, that’s amazing, 20,000 were thinking about Sherry on their runs this weekend.  Hope this makes everyone a little more aware of their surroundings when they go out and run alone, I know it makes me very watchful everyday.

 Until later. Maybe. 

 Oh and Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowl of Jello (Nov 16)

That’s what my mid section has become, a big jiggly bowl of jello, geez, what happened?  I know what happened, finished Insanity and was so damned happy not to have to see Shaun T or jump or do another push-up I just quit doing anything, seriously.  Now look at me, big fat ass.  Gotta get back to some sort of work-out program NOW or I will be needing a lift chair.

I have been running, which is good, but I have to cross train, my body does not know what it means to do just one exercise I have to do multiples, yeah, lucky me….ugh.

Ran 12 miles on Saturday with the Little Rock Marathon group, I was so dreading it, Tammy was running from home, Kim lives is some awful place down south, so I’m left alone, poor pitiful lone runner.  I can’t remember the last time I ran 12 miles, I guess it was at least a year ago before I was stricken with the PF.  AND we were running from ADEQ which is mostly River Trail, another ugh, at least there are bathrooms in case of emergencies and lately I’ve had my share.

I guess I was about 3 miles in when I started running with Aricella, I’m sure the spelling of her name is botched, we were confused about the sign on the River Trail, but luckily our executive decision was correct and we ran together until mile  10ish.  Thank goodness for her, there is absolutely no way I would have done the entire 12 miles if she hadn’t been there.  I could have easily turned off and headed back to my car after about 7 miles, and seriously thought about it, but I’m glad I didn’t.  Aricella is from Cabot and of course since she is a runner she knows Annette so we had a lot to chat about, it is so nice to have someone to run with, especially on long runs.  I guess I need to load up that Shuffle in case I don’t have someone to run with.

Wow, I have nothing else, nothing.  Boring, boring, and more boring.  OH wait, I have been traveling some, I was in Neosho, MO, Pine Bluff, AR and somewhere else I can’t even remember!  All for work of course, it’s going really good with the new job, home for a couple of weeks before I have to head back to Meridan, MS.

Oh and of course the Grandbaby, she is so freaking adorable, she has stopped all the screaming about getting in her car seat and diaper changes, weird, just stopped.  She is the sweetest thing ever; she loves her baby dolls and the cats, oh and of course me.  We have the best time when she comes over; I love how she comes to get me, just grabs my hand and leads me wherever she wants to go.  I can’t believe I dreaded being a Granny, now I love it.  Call me old, I don’t care as long as that little girl is around you can call me whatever you want.  She is starting to put two words together, the other day she said Bye G!  And when she says Bye, it’s a huge BYE!!!  She wants everyone to hear her.

All right, that’s it, signing off.

September came and went

Wow, where did it go?  Seems like that is a common phrase for me lately, where does the time go? where do my keys go? where does everything go?  September was super busy for me, lots of preparations for Kim’s Wedding Shower, lots of work to do, just in general busy.  I typed out a post on September 21st, but got busy and forgot to post it, may post it still.

Let me start with today and work backwards since today is the most fresh in my old head.  It was freaking chilly outside this morning and I do not like putting on long sleeves, or hunting down my headband or wondering “should I wear my gloves?” Ugh…here we go again.  Anyway, no gloves for today’s run, but long sleeves and headband, both of which I was glad I wore.

Our run today with the Little Rock Marathon Training group started at the ADEQ in NLR.  Tammy had already sent a text she wasn’t coming, so I was really not feeling it and didn’t know how far I wanted to run, 6 miles, 8 miles, whatever, doesn’t really matter at this point, just so I’m out there doing something.  I’m standing close to the sign in area talking with a new girl, Wendy, she is asking me about my Nathan water bottle thing I’ve had since my first half marathon a million moons ago, we are just chatting it up and this girl walks up and says “Are you Cheryl?” uh…yeah.  She says “I read your blog, I know everything about you, Tammy, Kim and BOJ!  You have inspired me?”  Me? Inspire someone?  Me?  Uh, okay.  I was shocked.  She was so nice, said she has read every post, I felt bad that I hadn’t been posting anything because it’s so stinking boring!

We continued to talk, she (“Heloisa” I hope I remembered and spelled her name correctly) was running 3 miles, so we took off together and continued to chat it up until she turned around a little past the 2 mile mark.  It was remarkable that she knew so much about me and my running, she asked about Lakewood and my early morning runs, mentioned 10-10-10 when I was in Boston last year, just all sorts of things.

I know people read blogs, I read blogs, but when someone you don’t know actually reads what you have written and looks you up, WOW!  I was floored!  Thanks Heloisa for making my week!  Sometimes I don’t post on my blog because the things I want to say seem so trivial I just don’t bother, those thoughts just stay in my head in that dark little spot that I use to scream at people when I drive home from work, frustration, depression, etc, it all comes out about 5pm, so watch out!

I have been doing a little better on my morning runs, got my new Mizuno’s last week and they made a huge difference.  I picked up some new runner peeps around the lake, Sheila and Cliff occasionally.  Sheila for sure, she seems to be at the lake every day!  My runs are averaging around 4 miles a day 3 days a week, still not nearly what they were last year, but the mojo is still MIA.

Last weekend was the WEDDING SHOWER for Kim, it turned out great, but I am about partied out, all these surprise parties, showers, etc. ENOUGH!  The only thing about the shower that was a bummer was the turn out, we invited about 30 people, I made 13 caramel apples for people to take home as favors, I sent 5 home with guests.  The rest went to the to-be Mother-in-Law, the host house and I took 3 to work.  Sheryl helped with the shower and brought the cake, we didn’t even make a dent in the cake.  Sad.

Finished Insanity, thank goodness!  Don’t miss it a bit!  Thought about starting boot camp again, but just can’t afford it, this past month has about run my savings dry!  Why is it everything is either due all at the same time or everything happens at the same time?  Anyway I just started going back to the NLR Community Center, they have a couple of great classes, it’s just hard to get there on time with the STUPID traffic in LR and trying to go North on I-430 at 5pm.

Signed up for the 2012 Little Rock Marathon, it’s the 10th anniversary and very likely my last Marathon, my feet just can not take it!  I will not say for sure until after it is over though!  I think Kim and I are doing the Batesville half in December, it is super hilly, guess that mojo needs to hurry up and find its way back to me!

The BOJ is getting so big, she will be 16 months old tomorrow!  Cutting lots of teeth, throwing temper tantrums, walking fast (not running), just so much fun I can hardly stand it!  She is coming over this afternoon, hope we can get down to the park or Fun Fest.

Here are some pictures from the shower and of course the baby!

Kim, Abbi and Sydney

BOJ - Labor day weekend

Bride to Be – Kim

Birthday and other stuff

Friday, August 26th

Haven’t had a lot to write about the last couple of weeks.  Still trying to get my running mojo back and it is starting to get better.  Hoping to build back up to around 5 miles a day by October, right now I’m doing about 3.5 miles 3-4 days a week and then a longer run on Saturday.  It’s been tough, my stomach is not cooperating all the time, some days I have to come back to my house a couple of times, which really pisses me off, hate to come back to the house, then I don’t want to go back out.  But I do, usually.

Had a Birthday celebration at my Mother’s a couple of weeks ago, it was a lot of fun, hate to admit it.  Rather just skip the Birthday part of it and just enjoy the Family.  These past two Birthdays have been especially hard; I have noticed so many changes in myself and realize more than half my life is over!  Just try to enjoy what I do have, it goes by so quickly.  Oh I got a Kindle from my Mother, big surprise and haven’t started “reading” any books on it yet, but it’s pretty cool, so many features, I had no idea!  Can’t wait to start reading my first book on it, as soon as I get a light for it I will be purchasing my first ebook or they do have free ones.

Insanity, hmmmm, well Tammy and I are still hard at it.  Yesterday was a rest day, thank goodness!  After Wednesday nights workout my legs, back, abs, everything needed a rest.  We did some ungodly amount of push-ups, more than 96, which was in one set and then there were these V push ups, side push ups, push ups where you do a push up and then jump up and back down into another push up, actually it was push up HELL!  And squats too, jumping here and there, geezzz.  And to top off the week, I gained a pound, which really gets under my skin since I am working harder than I ever have and my ass is still fat.  I guess I could blame it on the cookies I ate in Clarksville last week, or that piece of Hunka Pie Tammy brought me, or wait, that Birthday cake.  Maybe if I would stay away from the sweet stuff I would lose a pound, HA!!!  Not likely.  I don’t overindulge, a girl needs her sweets, at least this one does.

I forgot about going to Clarksville last week.  I did miss out on some Insanity workouts, but I did get up each day and run, which is scary, since I have no idea about the area, even though the front desk says “don’t worry, it’s a safe area”, he didn’t tell me that dogs don’t have to be in a gate…..  Little yippers!  I carried a stick the next day.

This morning the temperature was so much better, not even sure what it was, but compare to Wednesday it was a blessing!  Felt perfect to me, even though I had to make those stupid extra stops, I probably could have gotten in about 4 miles if not for that!  It was cooler outside than in my house so when I got in I opened all the windows and turned on the attic fan, the temperature dropped about 3 degrees in a matter of minutes.  Nice.

Kim is coming to LR this weekend and we have a lot of catching up to do, and from what she has told me, some shopping too.  Whatever we do I’m sure we will have a great time catching up, from her text this morning “49 days to my wedding”…… I guess she is in full Wedding mode.

Tammy has mentioned doing a Marathon in Maine next year, hmmm, I’m doing Little Rock in March, but I would love to go to Maine, not sure if I would LOVE to run a marathon in Maine, but I might be persuaded.  Something to consider anyway, need to look at lodging, air fares and that sort of thing before we decide, I think it is in October and registration starts this October.  Not sure if my feet can take two marathons.

Well, that’s all the catching up I have for now.  Oh, I forgot, I now have grass, green grass, it’s been so dry and hot all summer, it’s been hard for me to keep my front yard watered and looking decent, but now that we have had a little bit of rain, I have green grass in both my front and back yard!  But that means I will have to mow more often, oh and tons of leaves already from the dry weather so I have to rake first, ugh.  I raked my front yard on Sunday and had four 54 gallon bags full.

 

 

the 100’s and sweet tater tots

It’s been a hot week around these parts, in the 100s every day, I think we broke some records this week, if I’m not mistaken Wednesday was either 114 or 115, and unfortunately it doesn’t cool off much at night, I had one good morning run and the temp was 88.  The other 4 runs sucked, but that is normal and I’m getting used to the suckage.  A year ago I was flying through 5 and 6 mile runs every morning, this year is like my first year running, can’t breath, heart rate is way too high, foot hurts or if my foot doesn’t hurt it’s some other body part.  Oh well, I’ll just keep hoping for better runs.

Tammy and I are in our Recovery week for Insanity, I beg to differ on the “recovery” part, the workouts are 38 minutes long and it is still a workout, the only good thing about the workouts is that we don’t repeat everything 3 times.  Not sure what’s in store for us with the Max workouts for the next 4 weeks, but Tammy said she had read that some people can’t even get through the warm-up without pausing, yikes!  I know the workouts will be more intense and I hope to see a little weight loss, to date I have lost a whopping 1 pound, whooptofreakingdo.

Yesterday, oh my, what a day.  Start off with our Insanity workout at 6:30am, then we hit the Immaculate Conception Rummage Sale where we scored some great deals, of course “lucky” Tammy got the best deals, she got some Athelta tops for a buck a piece and some Merrell shoes for a buck.  After that we hit a couple more yard sales and headed home.  Few chores around the house and then I headed to my hair appointment in Little Rock, but first I stopped at the Garden Center where I had a coupon for a free perennial, score for me.

After getting rid of my gray I headed to K-Mart for diapers and other have to haves and finally got home around 2:30, I knew I had to get my yard mowed and the temperature was 108, holy cow, oh well, gotta get it done.  I finally forced myself to go outside and told myself you have to be finished by 4:30, watered all my poor pitiful flowers, spent 10 minutes coaxing the lawnmower to start and mowed my 87-year-old neighbor’s front yard first, I was using the bagger because of all the leaves that have fallen it was so stinking dusty!  Finally over to my yard where after mowing half of it I had a bright idea and got the water hose and sprayed the yard to keep the dust down, it really made a difference.  Finished yard at 4:20, it was miserable out there.

Showered off and then got ready for the big Ranch Run for Soaring Wings Ranch, it was a race Tammy picked out a few weeks back, we had no idea it would still be so stinking hot!  We had to leave my house by 5:30 to get there in time to sign in get bib, etc. before start time at 7pm.  It was only supposed to be about 45 miles, well, someone, I won’t mention any names, but I was driving and the other person was in charge of directions.  We turned onto Hwy 36 east where we were supposed to go 1.8 miles according to said Navigator in passenger seat, we went about 2.8  miles and never saw the turn off, we turned around thinking we had missed it and no, still no turn off.  Hmmm, maybe directions are wrong, we went back to the 8 mile gas station and asked the employees there, nope, no one knew where it was, really?  NO ONE?  no one.  I called my sister and she was trying to get us there when I picked up the directions and noticed we were supposed to go 6.7 miles, not 1.8 miles, AH HA!!  Back we go.  We made a bee line at Mach speed back the way we came and finally arrived at the Ranch (field) about 15 minutes before race, thank goodness we left when we did!  An luckily there were no bibs or packets, very small race, about 100 runners.

It was hot, but there was a breeze and the loop, which we had to run twice was more than half shaded.  Couple of issues, gravel road for the most part and my heart rate, again, damn it, this is really starting to piss me off.  Tammy and I ran together for a bit then I had to walk and I walked a lot, more than I wanted to.  Geez.  My heart rate would get up to about 175 and I would walk, wait till it got down in the 160s and then I would run for a bit, it would spike right back up, it was freaking miserable.  My new favorite phrase, freaking miserable.  I finished in about 37 minutes, worst 5k ever.  Oh well, who gives a flying flip, but me. 

We got a shaved ice afterwards and a slice of watermelon, hung out for a bit, then we hit the road back to civilization and Sonic where we were talking about trying those new Sweet potato Tots, we had talked about them on the way up to the race and now we had to have them!!!  It’s a rare treat to get some sort of fried food for me and I think Tammy too, I never eat anything like that so I couldn’t wait!  Yum.  We finally arrived, pulled up, looked at the menu and Medium Tots were $1.79, okay, we both got our $2.00 out and ready, I pushed the big red button, ordered the 2 Medium Sweet Tater Tots with BBQ sauce (tammy), “Your total is $7.42″ WHAT??? $7.42??  for 2 Tater Tots?  Are you freaking kidding me?  Was it the BBQ Sauce?  I pushed the button again and the unfriendly dude says they are $3.73 each, told him to cancel the order, sorry but that is freaking robbery, no drink, no sandwich, nothing but tots!  We were craving something so we ordered to regular tots from a friendly girl who delivered them promptly, they were yummy.  Not sweet potato tots, but still good.

That was it for the week, the baby and I are headed swimming….

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