Crazy week

Another crazy week which I’ll recap instead of boring you with the boring details. Nothing exciting happened during the week in St. Louis, it mainly rained all week or was threatening to rain so I was on the dreadmill Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, holy cow I hate that thing. I had planned to run in the park, but the rain kept me away.

I left St. Louis early on Friday so I could attend the Women Can Run Pasta Party on Friday night, and thank goodness I did, I 2 brushes with greatness at the St. Louis airport. First and most exciting was Uno the beagle who won the Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show this year, he was adorable! Standing just a few feet away in the security line, no cage, just on a leash, the lady had bought him his own seat of course. I saw him again in the gate area, he was headed to Milwaukee. Here is a You Tube if it works. I tried to get a picture, but my camera phone sucks.

Next I saw former Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee in my gate area waiting for the same plane to come to Little Rock, there were several people going up to him to shake his hand and photo ops. Of course he was the governor of Arkansas for a bit, I was more excited about the beagle!

I headed to the banquet around 5pm, got there too early because I thought I would be able to pick up my race packet for tomorrow’s 5K, but that was not the case. I milled around and talked to a bunch of the Cabot girls, most of which I hadn’t seen in a while. I ended up sitting with the North Little Rock clinic group it was a much smaller group, there were only 5 of us. Jeff Galloway was the speaker, but it was not up there for very long, maybe 15 minutes, then he was selling and signing books afterwards. The packet pickup was after the banquet, I sprinted to the table and was one of the first ones in line, thank goodness, because after that the line was horrible.

Saturday morning was the 5K for the Women Can Run Clinics, I really was not feeling it and only at the last few minutes put my chip on and decided to run. There are some things going on at home that I’ll post about later. I was about mid-pack and it took quite a while to get out of the masses, but then I started passing people, continually. I tried not to look at my Garmin at all, just keep moving forward was all I was thinking.

There are clinics all over the state and each clinic had their own T-shirt design so I would see a Cabot t-shirt and in my mind I would say “catch that one” and I would, and then pass her, that’s the way it went for most of the race. Somewhere around 1.5 I saw Kelly’s daughter Kelsey and she was walking, I told her to come on and she started running with me, I told her we were half way through and she could do it, but I was telling myself that too. We ran a bit and she said she had to walk, we walked for just a few seconds and started running again. It wasn’t long and she wanted to walk again and I told her I would see her later.

I picked up my speed again after leaving Kelsey, I felt bad for leaving her, but I needed this run for some reason. So I started my little game again, pick out a girl and pass her. Then I saw Joan from the Cabot Cruisers, she was pacing someone, but still Joan? So that was my next goal, catch her and pass her, and at mile 2 they stopped for water and I didn’t, whoosh, right past them. I had a small 4 ounce bottle of water in my hand, so I didn’t need to stop. My Garmin had started alarming because my heart rate was at or above max of 182, but I felt okay, just started trying to breath a little better, it would stop and then start again when I would pick up the speed. I could hear Joan behind me talking to the girl she was pacing “we only have 1/2 a mile to go” and I picked it up just a bit. I think that Vicki was somewhere around this point cheering people in.

I could hear someones feet coming up behind me, fast. But, I was getting tired, I glanced at my Garmin and it was about 2.83, just a lap to go. There are two girls just right behind me and I can hear them say, let’s pick it up just a little bit, I’m thinking, OMG, I don’t know if I have anything left, I don’t think I can keep up with them, and they were YOUNG!, and then there was this lady that kept turning around saying, we’re almost there, pick it up, pick it up!!!

THEN, we round the corner at the 3 mile mark and there’s BRENDA, she is screaming at me “COME ON CHERYL, PUMP YOUR ARMS, PUMP YOUR ARMS, YOU CAN DO IT, PICK IT UP, KEEP GOING, IT’S NOT THIS MAT IT’S THE NEXT ONE!! KEEP GOING, DON’T SLOW DOWN!! PUMP YOUR ARMS, YOU’RE GOING TO BE UNDER 30 MINUTES!!!” I thought I was going to die, seriously, I don’t think I have ever run that fast, I was giving it everything I had, which wasn’t much at that point, and when she said, it’s not this mat, it’s the next one, OH MY, I thought holy shit, I’ll never make it, but I did!! 29:42, according to my Garmin, I didn’t even see the timer, I passed two girls on the mat! I couldn’t breathe at all when I was done, I had to sit down or I was going to pass out! But, I felt great, thank God Brenda was there to run me in! It made all the difference.

I hung around for the awards and door prizes, which I didn’t win. Annette won first place in our age group, I think her time was 27:XX. That was fast! I now have a new PR for my 5K, but that course was super flat, one tiny incline, but flat, not many of those around here.

Today I’m going to run at Lakewood with Kim so we can catch up on the week and then it’s back to packing for St. Louis tomorrow, yippee…..

Be sure and watch the video of Uno, very cute, but not too clear, there are others on You Tube.

Here are my stats from the race from my Garmin –

3.13 miles average pace 9:30 Avg HR 171 Max 193 HOLY COW

  1. 10:01
  2. 9:27
  3. 9:19
  4. 7:09 this is the .13 when Brenda was running me in, probably why my HR was 193!!!

Busy Week

It was a busy week in St. Louis and I didn’t have much time for myself, much less to post anything.  This morning will just be a recap, I have a ton of crap to do this weekend, my mom and sister both live in Carlisle,  which got hit by tornadoes yesterday.  My mom’s house did not have any damage, but my sister’s house sustained some roof damage and she lost all the trees in her yard.  They were both very lucky, I spent most of yesterday worried because I couldn’t reach either one of them and I was in St. Louis.

I didn’t run on Sunday last week, but probably should have, I can’t even remember what I did besides pack, I know I did other things, but what they were….hmmm.

My flight to St. Louis on Monday was at 7am, so that meant I was up at 4:15, yuck, and I probably should have gotten up at 4:00, I’m always scrambling.  The airport was busy, of course it was Monday.  I was standing in my designated spot at Southwest when I could feel someone looking at me, I looked over and there was Joan from the Cabot Cruisers, small world.  She came over and we talked until it was time to board, I was in the A group and she was in the B group so I saved her a seat and we talked on our short 1 hour flight to St. Louis, she was connecting and heading to New York.  It was nice to sit and talk with Joan, usually we are at some running event and can’t really “talk”.  She has been running for years and I think she is amazing!  When I’m her age I hope I can still run, she holds a few state records, but I’m sorry to say I don’t know exactly what they are.

It was really cold in St. Louis when I got up Tuesday morning it was 30 degrees, so of course I didn’t bring the right clothes, my sandals were not keeping my feet warm.  It was another busy day at work, the software we are rolling out was having issues and my face is breaking out because of it.  I worked late and decided to run on the treadmill for 45 minutes and that is exactly what I did.

Wednesday was not any better at work, still software problems and all the clean up work that needs to be done is not getting done and other work is taking precedence.  The weather was warmer so I decided to run outside at the hotel, they have a quarter mile trail, I used that and added on a little service path that went around the end of the hotel where a mama goose was parked in the middle of a parking lot and everytime I would run by her she would stand up and start honking at me.  I also saw a wild rabbit with huge brown eyes, it was nice to be out in the “wilderness”.  I ran about 3.25 miles.

Thursday they finally got the data where it needed to be and I worked late, but still wanted to get in some running, but I had a terrible stomach ache and decided against it.  Ended up working in my hotel room until 10:00pm, exciting I know.  I did this watching Grey’s Anatomy and Lost though.

Friday is when the tornadoes where in Arkansas and Glenn kept calling me and giving me updates, so I was a nervous wreck all day yesterday.  I had talked to my sister around 1:30 and she was crying and said her house had been hit by a tornado, but she didn’t know how bad, she was at work in Little Rock and was heading home.  That was the last time I talked to her until about 7:30 last night when I found out my mom, step-father, brother-in-law and their houses were okay.  My Aunt’s were calling me because they couldn’t get in touch with my mom, it was very nerve-wracking!

Since everything was okay at my sister’s I got up and ran with the Little Rock Marathon Training group this morning.  They were meeting at the State Capitol at 6am, it was very windy this morning, but about 55 degrees, I grabbed a jacket, thank goodness, I needed it most of the run.  When we started running I got about 1 block and decided I HAD to go to the bathroom, HAD TO GO.  I turned around, got in my truck and started driving, I was thinking, oh my god, I have to really go, like NOW, and there was nothing open, it was 6am after all.  I drove down Capital Ave. and I started looking for a Hotel, that was my best bet, there was the Legacy Hotel, parked, and almost couldn’t get out of my truck, waited a few seconds and then I ran inside and there wasn’t anyone at the front desk.  But, I knew there had to be a bathroom on that floor so I just started looking and there it was, RELIEF.  Did my business and headed back.

When I got back to the starting point everyone was gone, I wrote my name down again, because I had scratched it off from when I left just in case I didn’t come back, and headed down Capitol Avenue by my lonesome, it was 6:15, not too bad.  I had already scoped out the route and it wasn’t in the best neighborhoods by a long shot, I was just hoping I could catch up with the walkers so I would at least be in a group of people and not a lone white girl running in the worst part of the city, well that didn’t really work out.

I didn’t reach a single person until mile 3 at the Governor’s Mansion, I had run through some pretty shady areas, homeless folks, prostitutes, boarded up buildings, you name it.  I saw a total of 8 people and they were all walkers, I guess that 15 minutes really put me behind, but I made it back safe and sound, ran my 6 miles in a little over an hour and now I’m home, and I have to do some cleaning, it looks like I’m the only one that’s going to do it, unfortunately.

Tomorrow I will be packing again to head back to St. Louis, and this next week will be even busier since they finally got our software working, we will be beta testing and double entering everything, woohoo, I should also work from home, but not sure if that will happen, maybe tonight, maybe not.