Monday, February 23, 2009

Moving Along

I am entering Week #2 of being alone at work and trying to keep my sanity. Last week was not so great. I was just one grumpy witch half the time and I couldn't help it. Sometimes when you are surrounded by depressing news and other difficulties it tends to wear you a bit thin. I tried to stay quiet since I didn't want to be snappy or mean to anyone. I can't say the same for when I got home. This week will be better!!! I'm optimistic!

Wednesday was the day from the devil, I swear. The weather was the icing on the cake. I got in my car and made it 1 mile from my house in 30 minutes. I turned down a side street and went back home for a couple hours. The lake effect snow was just too much to handle that day. I went in a couple hours late...did my thing...then watched the weather and traffic report. They closed I-480 due to a 20 car accident or something. I took an alternate route, just to be welcomed by white out conditions and a 2.5 hour ride home. I am so over this freakin winter...it's not even funny.

On the upside, I made it through the week and got in all my runs and workouts...and then some. I've been a bit tired, but nothing too crazy. I did a long run on Sunday in what I think were the most brutal conditions I ventured out in in a while. The wind was so strong, the temp was below 20 without the windchill, and it was snowing and slippery. I just didn't want to run on the treadmill again for a long run. Yuck. My fingers almost froze off and my eyelashes were frozen, but I got it done. I ran up to the park at the end of my neighborhood and thought maybe I could get a loop in. No way....too much snow. I did stop for a minute and took in the view. The wind was whipping up the snow and it looked like a winter wonderland. Kind of pretty....if you weren't ready to freeze to death. Winter has it's own little joys if you know where to look for them, and take the time to appreciate them.

On a side note, the couple hour delay to work on Wednesday gave me a little time to watch some TV. I turned on a show and wondered what it was. Turns out it was the Baby Story. I have to stay, that show is the best birth control available to anyone out there. What the heck is that all about? Who wants to watch some poor woman, going through a difficult labor, just to get a C-Section and describe, painfully, each detail. No thanks. Do people really watch this show...and enjoy it? Maybe it's just me. Give me a show with little bouncy babies...or a family that is expecting. I don't need the gory details. I have friends I can call for that. My rationalization for why it is on during the day is that the women who are stay at home moms already gave birth, therefore, must find this show as a way to relate. Women, like myself, need to stay away. Wow.

Anywho, I'm thinking of perhaps running St. Malachi, which is sooner then I thought. I think it would be fun...though I can't imagine it would be pretty. I need to get a some more workouts so my legs and lungs don't freak the heck out.

Weekly Recap:

M- 7m
T- Medium Track Workout:
(2m w/u, 4x800 (3:09, 3:10, 3:06, 3:04), 2m c/d) 7m Total
W - 40 Min Bike & Lift
Th - 7m (treadmill....shoot me)
F - 6m (treadmill)
Sat - 5m
Sun - 13m (brutal winter weather)

Total: 45m

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fashionista...or not

As I was making my way out for a run yesterday, I looked in the mirror and laughed at myself. I am such a "typical" runner. The funniest part is, I totally, never, ever match. My husband makes fun of me for this on a regular basis...but yesterday I really noticed it. Then, I thought about what I wore running the past few days, and yes, total mismatch. Something draws me to the blue spandex and black top.....the red shorts and pink shirt.....apparently I am subconsciously drawn to completely opposite patterns in one running outfit. I guess I never really think about it...nor do I care, but I did have to laugh at myself. I wonder what people think when they drive by me. I do have to say though, the colors I generally wear are darker in the winter. I don't try to draw attention to myself. I like to be unseen and off the radar when I'm on my runs. I can't understand why anyone would ever want to be famous. Maybe it's just me.

So that got me thinking to my college days of running. I remember one of my teammates would always give me a hard time (in a best friend kind of way) about the colors I put together when running. Heh....I guess things never change. Thank goodness for the Vertical Runner race uniforms!! There were a few times my husband was like "you're not wearing THAT together...are you?" as I was on my way out the door for a race. At that point, I do try and match a bit for races if I'm not wearing my VR gear....but I just about always stick with that.
In my defense...and I have been arguing this for a while....total opposite colors kind of go together. Right? Maybe not, but I'd like to think so. Good thing I don't dress like I run...I think. Heh.

So, last week was a good week in one way and terrible in another. I got in some good miles, but I felt like total crap on half the runs. Total poo. I'm guessing it was a hormonal thing. Dudes have no reason to complain. I'm feeling better this week thank goodness. There is nothing worse then walking out the door for a run, then realizing you feel like crap. Then you think it will pass, but it doesn't. It gets worse. Then you just want to crawl on the side of the road and plop over on someones lawn and call it a day. It was just one of those weeks I guess. On an up note, I did get a morning run in on Friday which was wonderful. That evening we had a lady come to our house for a massage. Jason and I each received one. It was a Christmas gift...and it was great. Massages make me feel sick though. Weird.

Yesterday I did my first little workout in a looooong while. I went up to the track and did 4x800 with a 400 jog. I didn't run then fast at all. Just cruised to get my legs moving. The first one was so weird. I felt like I was in slow motion....like in those dreams where you are trying to run and just can't. Really weird. The track seemed super small on the first lap. I'm not big on track workouts...as I like to ease into my workouts with some fartleks and tempos...but the clear track on a warmer February day just called my name. I'm glad I did it. I just have to remind myself to do a better job of throwing in a good workout from time to time on my off racing time so my body doesn't go into total shock when I try and get it going again.

In other news, the beginning of a stressful time has begun. Whohoo! My parents are in Florida for 2.5 weeks which leaves me in charge at work. I have to manage every last thing. I'm not complaining...I'm really not, but it causes much stress by the end of the day. What I am complaining about is that everything is so slow right now. We were slammed with work, then the new year came along...and bam....it's like everyone died or something. I hope things get better soon. I just keep working away and hope for the best. Thank goodness for running. I'd probably would have imploded by now.

Last week:

M- 7 (sucky, sucky, sucky run)
T- 7.5 (@ park!)
W - Off (walk in a rain storm)
Th - 7
F - 7 (massage in the evening)
Sat - 5
Sun - 12.5

Total: 46 Miles

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Warmer Days

Last week was a pretty good week running wise. It was a quick glimpse that spring may be around the corner? Yeah, it's Cleveland, not quite yet.
I had a very good run on Monday, and a decent on on Tuesday & Thursday. Friday was a crappy run which I contemplated cutting short, but I ran past a couple running in the opposite direction from me. I have noticed this particular girl over the past year. I was pretty positive it was an old teammate from high school. I kept telling myself I would try and talk to her if I ever happened to catch her going the same way, but it hasn't happened yet.

During the end of this run, I happened to catch up to them on a side road. Yes, it was an old Cross-Country teammate from high school! It was her and her husband running. How awesome. We ran together for about a 1/2 mile or so before I had to get home. I just was thinking about how crazy it was that she lives less then 1 mile from my house. We were pretty good friends on the team back in the day. It's so interesting to catch up with old friends that way. It's even better when you hear how well they are doing.

Needless to say, a run that started out a bit on the down side, ended up very well.
Sunday's longer run wasn't too hot while Monday's run was one of the worst ever! Going through a bit of a rough patch I guess. It happens. What is the saying...and bad run is better then no run right? (Most of the time at least!)

On a personal front, Jason is doing well at his new job. This company is very big into Green Energy. He's doing pretty well at waking up in the morning. He is so NOT a morning person. It's not even funny. I could post a whole blog about it. Everyone has their thing. If that's the worst thing I have to deal with....it's not so bad....I guess.

Another item I was pretty excited about was the advancement opportunity the US has to participate in Stem Cell Research.....FINALLY! I normally, wouldn't mention things like this, but my father in law has Parkensons Disease and this seems like such a hopeful thing for the family. It's one thing to voice opinions on subjects...it's another when you have a dire situation staring you in the face. Anyway, I'm so happy about it and wanted to mention it. I guess it's the scientist in me that gets excited!

Last week:

M- 8m
T- 7m
W- 30min Bike & Lift
Th- 7m (Treadmill)
F- 8.5m
S- Off
Sun- 12.5m

Total: 43 Miles

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Snow Snow Snow

Yes, we live in a snow globe. It's crazy actually. This winter seems far worse the the past few. Perhaps it's that they aren't salting the roads as well, or just that it snows at the worst time of day (overnight and before rush hour). I've about had it, especially with the driving. On a normal day, my commute takes about 50 minutes...you can only imagine what it takes on snow covered, accident filled roads. Joy.

As far as running, my treadmill and I have had to make peace. I've been meaning to buy a nice, shiny new treadmill with more power, belt space, and a screen that actually works, but I kind of have gotten used to this little guy. I don't know how much longer it will hold out though.

The roads have been clear enough last week that I was able to get out on what I like to call my snowbird route. It a route through my neighborhood that keeps me in my neighborhood running up and down the streets, sometimes twice. It actually keep the run moving along and isn't too bad. It's less cars, and give me a couple streets with street lights. I ran that Monday and Tuesday....then Wednesday came. So much snow, I didn't even bother to go to work. We got over a foot of snow. Yuck! The rest of the week was on the treadmill with a nice longer 12 miler on Sunday.

Been thinking of starting up some workouts, but I guess I'm just waiting for the weather to break a bit. There are a couple races this weekend I'm thinking about even though I'm in no sort of racing shape. We'll see.

In other news, Jason started his new job Monday. It seems like a great environment with good people. I think he likes it so far. It's a very innovative business. I'm so proud of him!
Another note, which I think it pretty cool, one of his older sisters got remarried last weekend to the man she divorced a couple years ago. They were going through some pretty rough times. They have 2 great kids. It was pretty awesome to have seen everything work out, and see the whole family together again. Everyone did their part and it worked out. It's even better because he is now a runner....yeah!!! Welcome to the "other" side my friend! It was a bit heart warming. I'm so happy for them.

Weekly Run Down:

M- 7m
T- 7m
W- 30 Minute Bike/Lift
Th- 8m
F- 7m
Sat- Off
Sun- 12m

Total: 41 Miles