Rainy days and Sunday

It’s been raining all weekend, Kim and I talked last night and the forecast looked promising around 7:30 this morning so we set a date to meet at Academy Sports and then head to the River Market where we would head over to North Little Rock to run 10 miles on the River Trail. Well, around 3:30 am this morning it was storming and raining so hard it took awhile for me to get back to sleep, at 5:00 it was still raining, when I got up at 5:30, you guessed it, still raining. I called Kim at 7:00 am after looking at the radar which was almost completely green with rain and said “what do you want to do?” We decided to call each other back in an hour to see if the rain had let up.

I had time to get some things done around the house, put a roast in the crock pot, get dressed, but I was really wanting to get out of the house, so a little before 8 it appeared to have stopped raining so I called Kim and said “Let’s go”. Well, I was sadly mistaken about the rain, by the time I arrived at Academy Sports at 8:15, it was coming down pretty good, too hard to run in. We decided to go ahead drive over to Little Rock and if it was still raining as hard, we would just go to Starbucks.

When we got to the River Market it had let up some. We had both used our brains and worn rain jackets and hats, I put my phone in my jacket just in case there was a flood or torrential downpour and we headed out. There was no on at the River Market nor was there anyone on the River Trail. The rain continued for most of our run, we really couldn’t tell how wet we were until we stopped. Thank goodness it wasn’t cold, it was in the 50’s. At times these big fat drops of rain would hit our ears, that wasn’t fun, neither was the spray from the cars before we got to the River Trail.

We saw our first individual around mile 4 and he was on a bike, I was really surprised there wasn’t more people, I mean really, Kim and I are not hard core by any means. After that we saw a girl walking with an umbrella and an older guy walking. We saw our first runner about a mile from the River Market, that’s it. Closer to the end of our run we were able to take our rain jackets off because it was just misting rain instead of drops. I was so glad we decided to go ahead and run, if we would have waited any longer I don’t think we would have gotten it done. We ended up with 10 miles at an average pace of 10:50 per mile. My leg was pretty cooperative, I took an anti-inflammatory before I went to bed and two ibuprofen before leaving the house, I also took a Fioricet for good measure.

We made our customary stop at Starbucks, but this time we decided to go to the one in Barnes & Noble where we could browse the books. It was a great run, wet or not. Here are two pictures we took, notice the Canadian geese in the background, the pictures are not good, through my crappy phone, this was pretty early in our run, probably less than 4 miles.

Cheryl

Me

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Kim

I’m leaving for the beautiful city of Boca Raton, FL in the morning, so my blog may be short and sweet this week.

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I need a vacation from life

Do you ever feel like that?  I just almost can’t stand anything anymore.  My job, my home life, myself.  I’m teary eyed constantly, I need some sort of outlet, a break, a vacation from everything.  Seems everyday brings some new piece of crap I don’t want to deal with.  I know people have it worse than I do and I should be thankful, but I’m sad, very sad.  I don’t want any sympathy, I want an answer.  I can’t do this day after day after day, I just can’t.  I keep thinking things will get better, but they don’t, I have to change them myself, and my first step is making an appointment to get my leg/hip/groin looked at when I get back from Florida.  I’m making the appointment today.

Does anyone want to go on a girls vacation?  This is what I envision, a beach, not too crowded, no one preferably, a smallish house/condo nearby, an umbrella, waves, sun, and a margarita or three.

Another night of speed work

Well, not really. I didn’t do the speed work, my leg was freaking killing me, I was almost in tears at times. I did time Annette and Kelly number 2 for a couple of their 200s and 400s, that was fun. I got in a few miles despite my pain, woohoo. I don’t want to go back to the doctor, but I guess I will have to. I’ll make an appointment soon.

Today I had a job interview, it went much better than I expected. It’s with a regular staffing company instead of a medical staffing company. Sounds very interesting and I would consider taking the job if the offer was made. The only drawback is there is not a benefits “package”, no 401(K), no insurance, but they do reimburse half the cost of insurance, they do have generous paid vacations and personal time off as well as the regular holidays. They also have a bonus and incentive plan that is very lucrative. So, we shall see.

3.34 miles avg pace 11:21

  1. 10:58
  2. 12:12
  3. 10:31
  4. 11:12

Does Chocolate make you run faster?

The answer is no, it makes you poop. I was in need of a chocolate fix yesterday afternoon, a mix of down in the dumps and just that sweet tooth craving. I found a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms I had bought for Chipper Nettie, aka Annette, to take to Nashville when she runs the Marathon, I guess I saved her some calories. Those M&Ms where sure yummy about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, the problem with them is you can’t stop eating them. After a couple of HANDFULS I was about to vomit, knowing I had the running clinic a little later.

I met Kim at 5:30 for our usual run over to the clinic, I could still feel those little dark goodies in the pit of my stomach. Still could use a good purging. We started out pretty slow as usual, seems it takes me longer and longer to warm up these days. My leg is still bothersome and the ibuprofen has no affect at all. I could feel my tummy saying we need to get rid of all this chocolate and it’s not coming up so its going down. Uh oh.

We made it to the school with a few minutes to spare, checked the doors and of course today locked. Oh well, I think I’ll be okay, I’m not in desperate need, yet. Tonight was speed work, oh boy, not my favorite, I’m not speedy and I hate being last and I was last on every dang one! We did 2 warm up laps, 2-200’s, 2-400’s, 2-200’s and 1 cool down. I was on pace for all my splits or whatever you call them. My 200’s where about 54 seconds or less and my 400’s where all at 2 minutes. So I was happy even though I was last.

It was very windy and chilly so when we were finished Kim and I headed back to Lakewood, we only got about half a mile when my stomach decided it was time to go to the bathroom and of course we are in residential bliss. I would try and run because I needed to get to the bathroom, but couldn’t run because it made me need to go even more. Damn chocolate. The more we walked the worse it got. Right before we turned on the street that goes in front of the Old Mill I told Kim to go ahead and run, we were about 3/4 of a mile away, she said she would go get the car and come get me. I was miserable by this point, but kept walking.

I kept walking and I was getting colder, the pressure in my stomach was horrible. I knew there was a port-a-potty at the Old Mill, I didn’t think Kim would make it back to the cars and to me before I could reach the port-a-potty. I was getting closer and I really didn’t know if I was going to make it, the pressure was intense! Should I sit down on the side of the road or try and hurry to the port-a-potty, I hurried. I made it and luckily no one was inside and luckily there was toliet paper too! It was just in the nick of time, I don’t think I could have gone any further, it was miserable!! So lesson learned, no more chocolate before running, it only makes you run faster to the port-a-potty.

When I came out of the port-a-potty I expected to see Kim flying around the corner in her Honda, I walked up to the top of the hill which was just 30 or 40 feet away and I could see her coming, fast. Of course, she didn’t know I had already gone to the bathroom. She swung open the passenger door and she had all her passenger seat stuff piled in her lap. I explained I had already gone, we started laughing, she was telling how she was running trying to get to her car, she said she kept looking down at her Garmin saying can’t I run any faster?, didn’t even take her IT band off, didn’t get her door closed, and was just saying to herself, I’ve got to hurry and get Cheryl, it was very nice (thanks Kim!). Something ALWAYS happens when we run together. It was pretty funny AFTER it was over with.

Here are my run stats, which are bizarre, for the day, tonight is another bout with speed-work, no chocolate beforehand!

3.72 Miles Avg Pace 11:20 Avg HR 139 Max 180

  1. 11:44
  2. 12:48
  3. 8:28
  4. 12:44

Roller Coaster Run

Saturday Kim and I met with the Little Rock Marathon Training Group for their Spring maintenance run. This week it was the torturous Rahling Road route. We were doing 10 miles, but ended up with 11 because of an errant runner.

They always start their runs at 6am, early I know, but you get it done with plenty of time for anything else you need to get done. When we arrived there were only a few cars, but it didn’t take long and the parking lot was filling up. We got out to warm up, but in the usual running fashion, it was WINDY!! We were both cold and shivering so we decided to go back to the car for headbands and gloves, they felt so good when we put them on. Promptly at 6:00 Tom Singleton announces “Good Morning Crackheads” not that we are on crack, but I guess because we are up with the crack of dawn, it’s pretty funny when it says it.

All the runners take off in different directions depending on the mileage they are doing. Kim and I are in a group of about 7. It doesn’t take long for us to hit our first hill and we power right up it. Here is a brief summary of the route in case you are from the area.

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We fly down the huge Rahling Road hill and then turn on Pebble Beach where there is a huge up hill, I can only run about half way and have to walk, so does Kim. My heart is pounding and I’m breathing like Darth Vader, oh well, there are plenty of other hills. We ran some, I walked some. Kim ran most of them. As I like to say “I’m not feeling it” and I wasn’t feeling it for those hills at all.

When we were on the backside of Valley Club Circle a lady we had passed and she eventually had passed us, I called her the blue lady because of her robins egg blue top, was running back towards us. She stopped and asked if she was going in the right direction, she wasn’t from the area and we had all lost sight of any other runners, we were also in strictly a residential area and it was still very early in the morning. I had run this route before and it is a little confusing because Valley Club Circle is huge, so I told her it was only a couple of more hills and then she would turn on Pebble Beach, she took that literally. She took off.

Kim and I took our time, we lost sight of the blue lady because of the hills and left turn on Valley Club Circle. When we got to Pebble Beach the street sign was missing. Oh no, I thought out loud, the blue lady would have missed this completely. We looked ahead on Valley Club and there she was, we started screaming “Hey” “Lady” “Hey” and of course she had an iPod we both noticed earlier, so she couldn’t hear us. So we wondered for a few seconds what to do, so we took off after her. Sprinting and screaming “Hey Lady”, of course part of it was up hill too, my heart rate monitor was in alarm mode because I was at Max HR of 182, so I slowed a bit and Kim went on, I was still screaming. The blue lady finally heard or saw us! She was so thankful we came after her, she did say she had her iPod up pretty loud and she should probably only run with one ear-bud in, duh! I’m glad we chased her down, she would have been fine, the street would have taken her back the way she came, but still….

So that added almost an extra mile to our route, but we did our good deed for the day and she said she would pay it forward. Once we got back to Pebble Beach we had a flat route for a little bit, Thank Goodness! Then we hit Rahling again, ARGH!! I told Kim that once we hit the BIG hill I was going to run one light pole, walk one, she said okay, but she was going to try and run the whole thing, I was thinking WOW! We have run a ton of hills already that’s going to be tough, but she did it, she ran the entire Rahling Road hill. I kept her in my sights and she kept it steady the whole way, I was thoroughly impressed. She will have no problem with the Nashville Marathon.

Once we got back to the car we stretched and headed to Starbucks where they messed up her Mocha Light Frappuccino, first by making her wait about 5 minutes and then by not putting a shot in it and then it was messy, they did end up giving her a card for a free one later. We then headed to Academy Sports where she FINALLY bought a new pair of shoes, she really, really needed them.

I got home made a sandwich and then decided to go to Target and Stein Mart, looking for Easter stuff for Stephanie. Got a couple of cute things at Stein Mart, at Target I bought Stephanie a Memorex 20 inch flat screen TV for 149.99. I called her and told her the Easter Bunny had something for her and she happened to be off for the day, but was out eating lunch. She also said she wanted to work in her yard. I told her to give me a buzz when she got home. I ending up at her house for 4 hours working in her yard, it looks so much better. When I was on my way home I had gotten a voicemail from Kim saying they were getting a new TV and wanted to know if Stephanie was interested in their 19″….Figures.

Stats are pretty pitiful, but the hills took a toll –

10.7 miles Avg pace 11:58 Calories 950 Avg HR 160 Max 182

  1. 10:58
  2. 11:22
  3. 11:22
  4. 12:24
  5. 12:32
  6. 12:39
  7. 11:53
  8. 11:55
  9. 12:13
  10. 12:00
  11. 12:31

Shopping and Running

First day of Spring was a great day. I met Kim at Lakewood Lake #3 at 12:30 and we headed to Little Rock to The Container Store, we were impressed. Remember, we live in Little Rock, we get excited easily. We bought a couple of things then headed across the street to Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn where I made an idiot of myself.

Okay, I don’t shop much for my house because I don’t know how to decorate, period. I have no clue, but I’ve been down in the dumps and I wanted to buy something, so while in Pottery Barn they had these nice pillows, spring colors, bright and cheery. I picked up a blue one, long instead of square, in the picture it’s beige on the right. Looked at the price tag, regular price 29.00 on sale for 18.00. What a deal, I should get two. So I called Stephanie, my daughter, to see what color I should get her, picked out a yellow one.
Went to check-out and for a Thursday afternoon they were pretty busy. When it was my turn I put the pillows on the counter and the girl, who Kim had already dropped a different pillow on top of her head in another part of the store, asked in a very pleasant voice “did you find everything okay? on the pillows, would you like the inserts?” My reply “inserts?” her “yes, you can buy just the pillow sleeve or buy it with the insert, the pillow is $29.00 and the insert is $18.00” me “oh, I feel really stupid” her “it’s very confusing”, me “no kidding” her ” let me check I think this one is on sale, oh yes, this one is $19, plus the insert” me “I think I’m just going to pass, I feel like an idiot”. This girl standing next to us checking out just kind of gave me this sad smile, it wasn’t that I couldn’t afford to pay for the stupid pillows, it’s just I already had in my mind what they were going to cost.  You know.  We walked out. OMG, I felt like such a ding dong. We laughed about it all afternoon.

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We then went to Ann Taylor Loft, and then headed across the street to Dillard’s, it’s Clinque bonus time and I am a sucker.  I use Clinque, so why not get the bonus, I just bought the stuff I normally use and receive some samples in return.  We then had about 10 minutes before we needed to leave to go to my Chiro appt.  Kim needed to go to Bath and Body Works which was right next door, we zoomed through there where I almost killed myself in my stupid shoes.  My glasses fell off my head, the lens fell out, about twisted my ankle, we were quite the pair.

We made it to my appointment just a couple of minutes late.  Once I was finished with my appointment we had a little time to kill before our running clinic so we went to Pier 1, I bought a clothes hamper for $11.18, regular price $45.00, deal of the day, made up for the stupid pillows.  We realized at this point we hadn’t eaten anything, we wolfed down some peanut butter crackers and were on way back to Lakewood to change clothes.

When we pulled into Lakewood they were having an Easter Egg Hunt or something, lots of colored eggs, but not a lot of eggs, weird.  There were also people on the lake in kayaks, first time I’ve seen that!  We changed clothes and we walked once around the lake then started our run to the school.

Kim was wanting 9 miles for today, she was going to be lucky to get it today, but when we got to the school we were a little early so she continued to run around the track.  We also made a run for the bathroom where I tried to break in the stall which was occupied by some lady who didn’t wash her hands when she left.  Nasty.

We finally got started and tonight was another off track run because Diane left it up to us and since I said, I don’t care, Kim piped in and wanted to do some more hills and loop around the neighborhood again.  We did some very good hills and once we FINALLY got back to Lakewood she had 8 miles, I had 6.82.  So all in all in was a very nice start to the first day of Spring.  My spirits were lifted by just being outside instead of cooped up in this house all the time.  It was great.

6.82 miles   Avg pace 11:16   Avg HR 160   Max183   616 Calories

  1. 11:15
  2. 10:54
  3. 10:53
  4. 11:37
  5. 11:39
  6. 11:17
  7. 11:20

Scaredy Cat

I admit it, I’m scared to drive in Thunderstorms. Big Chicken. Scaredy Cat. Call it what you will, but yesterday there was a huge front coming through the state, bringing thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods. Our Tuesday Night Flyer’s Running Clinic is about a 30 minute drive at least, and the front had not made it through our part of the state yet, but it was close. At 5pm (clinic starts at 6pm) I was glued to the Internet trying to decide where the front was, would it start storming before I got to the clinic or on the way or during the clinic? I looked outside and it had already started raining at my house. Hmmm. I called Annette who lives in Cabot and it wasn’t raining there, I told her I didn’t think I was going to come, after the last time I got stuck in a horrible storm on the way home. She understood. So I didn’t go. The front didn’t come through till later, of course, and I felt like a loser for not just driving up there and taking a chance. I’m sure everyone had a great run while I did nothing. I’m a loser without a run on Tuesday and it’s pouring buckets this morning and WINDY!!