Welcome new Virtual Running Buddies! To get you caught up on the latest drama…I missed my 20-miler on Mother’s Day because my son is sick. I had to cancel on my running buddy, but she’s awesome (and also a mom) and totally understood. Okay, that pretty much summed it up.
So what do you do when you miss a much-anticipated first-ever 20-miler?
Here’s my 7-mile ‘mill extravaganza bulletized because I have no time:
- It takes me just as long to get ready to run on the treadmill as it does for an outdoor run.
- I chose to run on the treadmill Sunday during T Junior’s nap because it was raining. The sun came out around Mile 3 and teased me through the window.
- I watched a couple episodes of a WWE Tough Enough marathon on mute while listening to my own music. I am not a fan of WWE (wrestling), but this is a reality show about people who want to be wrestlers and they have to complete all kinds of physical tasks. My favorite one on Sunday was a mountain run they had to do. I have no idea how far it was since I couldn’t hear it. (That Michelle girl that had the skin rash on ANTM a few seasons is a contestant.)
- I should figure out how to work the closed captions on my TV.
- I chose to do a tempo run to break up the mileage a little. Plus, I like to start slow.
- I felt really good after the run. No shin soreness.
- Nothing went according to how I had planned it last weekend. Nothing. Not even movie theater popcorn (probably a good thing; I tend to make myself sick with it).
- I thought about my mom around Mile 4 and how she drove me to all my sports events and practices. And how she was there to watch me. And I thought about how she wouldn’t let me quit. She’d always make me stick it out for one more practice or game or whatever. And then I stepped on the front plastic piece of the treadmill and almost fell! Keep it together, lady!
- I finished my run just as T Junior was finished with his nap: 7 miles in 65 minutes (this doesn’t include quarter-mile warm up and quarter-mile cooldown).
- I confirmed this weekend that I am not a good lounger. But I also am not good at doing housework. It creates quite a bit of internal turmoil: I don’t want to sit around, but I also don’t want to scrub toilets…hmmmm…wish I could go running again.
T Junior’s fever returned. He felt like crap. I know because he wasn’t chatting me up all day and asking “why?” every 30 seconds. He rested on the couch most of the day, sucking his fingers and watching Polar Express for the millionth time. He didn’t even want to go outside, which made me sad…and worried. The poor guy.
I didn’t stress about getting a workout in during the day, but once he was in bed, I was itching to exercise.
It was too dark to bike (the sun never showed its face yesterday), I couldn’t run and I didn’t feel like doing my 100 pushup/200 situp/crunches challenge. I needed something a little more engaging…and sweaty.
Good ol’ Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred delivered. I did Level 2 and tried to keep the impact to my shin minimal. Then I showered, went downstairs and watched Cheers with Mr. T. We are loving reruns of Cheers on Netflix. Oh, and ate a Skinny Cow. Gotta have my Skinny Cow (with PB on it).
Oh, no bullets for Monday. Fooooled you.
Today was unusual because T Junior is still sick and I had to work from home this morning. This meant no lunch run with Mel. So I got up early and ran during the 6 o’clock hour. Back to bullets:
- I wore my black and pink Nike Tempo shorts, aqua Brooks jacket and white CEP compression socks. As T Junior would say, “That doesn’t match.” (He’s big into matching things right now.)
- I figured out how to show my overall average pace on my Garmin while I run. Now I am re-obsessed with checking it.
- I stopped running at exactly 30 minutes, which was 3.23 miles.
- Walked home as a cooldown past the high schoolers getting on the bus.
- Hoping tomorrow is closer to normal, although T Junior’s illness is sticking around…just in a different form: head cold.
- My shin’s a little sore this evening. Will ice.
Random Things that Didn’t Fit Anywhere Else
1. Watching Cheers is interesting. I have a new appreciation for the episodes now that I’m adult. They cover all the emotions and bring up some pretty heavy topics. I always just thought of it as a comedy. Also, interesting little thing I noticed: When I was younger and watching this show, I always used to think the characters look so old. Now I look at them (Ted Danson and Shelley Long especially), and think, Wow. They look so young. Do you ever watch shows now that you used to watch as a kid? Do you feel differently about them now?
2. I suck at doing nothing. The problem is that I feel like I should be doing something. Do you like to lounge around the house every once in a while? Got tips?
3. I found out I may be in Yakima for a dog show on the weekend of my 22-miler. I do not know the area at all. I will probably have to either run it alone (and take advantage of the hotel’s ice machine afterward) or run it alone when return on Monday (after begging someone to watch my child). Anyone live in Yakima?
4. The almost-fall on the treadmill was scary, but I laughed afterward. Have you ever fallen on the treadmill?
Do you like all these questions? Or is it getting old? Do you think I should write some more? Or have you navigated away from this page already?
1) I am good at lounging. I just tell myself 'it's OKAY'. I run at a million miles an hour every other minute of the day….lounging and zoning out is my favorite thing to do.2) I also get good and cuddled in the couch/tucked in/ with phone, remote, and computer by me…so I don't get up.3) What day is your 22 miler?
Boo for shin pain. Don't even get me started on that! I used to live in Yakima, so I can help you plot out a route. Some areas are a little scary. Email or FB me and let me know where you are staying, and I can help you plan a route. :)How is T Jr. feelig?
1. well you know there is this canyon in yakima where they hold a marathon every year that is about 24 miles long or so.. haha. j/k. Its not safe to run there unless the road is closed. I might have just run there a month ago..2. I'm good at doing nothing – watching tv or playing online or reading. But I know that my home time is limited so a lot of the time I have to crack down and just get the chores done.
I watch shows from when I was younger and can't believe how raunchy they are, now that I get the jokes, lol!Check your remote for a “CC” button. My closed captioning is too small to read from the treadmill, so I just put on something I've seen a lot, like last week I watched Chicago. I have fantasies about asking my husband to run speakers from the tv through the ceiling over to the treadmill.
Glad to see you got back on the horse after your aborted 20 miler. Not only is the marathon a marathon, but training is a marathon as well (if that makes sense). No one trainnig run will make or break your race day, it's the bits and pieces ofendurance building that will get you to the finish line. So, with as long as your training cycle is, you'll be totally fine. Most don't even run 20 more than once and you've got at least 2 at or above that distance.
I love the questions—but there are too many! My brain is smoking!! i think it may explode!! =)I have almost fallen of the treadmill a number of times. I believe a blogged about doing it once. It was totally scary!I'm sorry your little man is sick. I hope he gets to feeling better soon! And good for you for being flexible with your long run. It will be just fine! although 6/25 is fast approaching!!! YIKES and YES at the same time!! My mom drove me around to all my events too. I had no idea what kind of sacrifice or how supportive that was at the time but now I completely understand. They never missed a game or x-country meet. I plan to be that way for LB!
great attitude about the 20 miler! I have no doubt it'll go amazing next weekend 🙂
Sorry your little guy is still sick! I have fallen on a treadmill at the gym and I looked like an idiot. I just smiled and waved, but I felt like crying.I'm not really a lounger either (or really good at keeping my house clean – I can't win). I think this stopped when I had kids. There is always something to do these days.
There is a nice path that runs along the river in Yakima. I did a 9 mile run there last summer when there for a tennis tournament. Not sure how far it goes, but i bet you could get 22 out of it. Good luck at the dog show!! I used to show Berners and Tollers…now my Toller is 12 and is happy to rest on his US/CN Ch and do nothing!
Lounging around home is pretty easy. Turn on computer. Read email. Read blogs. Sigh.
I hope lil' T feels all better soon!! :-/
Regarding #4…I haven't fallen off (or on) the treadmill, but there was an almost incident: FOr your reading enjoymentI guess technically, I fell ON the treadmill…but not off.
That is SO true about Cheers! You are right, they look so young now. And agree about the topics!