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?
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