30 March 2008
Had one car splash me with a rooster tail of water, I don't want to automatically think the worst but I kind of think she did it on purpose. No wave of apology, just a get off of my road glare.
It is thundering like crazy right now, just one rumble after the other. I don't think we're going to get any more flooding because this cold front is supposed to move through quickly.
Got in 17 miles this week running, finally feel like I'm getting my endurance built back up. Considering the Big Dam Bridge Duathlon on April 27th. Ok, looked at the website and it's limited to 300 particicpants, so just registered online. I'm committed now, really need to work on that cycling part.
29 March 2008
Ran at Prescott this morning on the frontage road between the Love's and the old truck stop at exit 44. Had to do a little bit of running in the parking lot to get 4 miles even but I made it. 65F, cloudy, a little humid but it still felt great to me, esp. after yesterday's debacle of a run. I had planned on getting a bicycle ride in this afternoon, but I'm such a wimp when it comes to cooler temps and the bike (both the bicycle and motorcycle). Maybe if I invested in some actual cool weather cycling gear I might actually get out and ride, ha-ha!! Did get the stitch in my right side that I have when I'm not hydrated enough but managed to run through it. I should have had more than enough fluids so not sure why it occurred this morning. Any ideas? Suggestions are more than welcome, I've only been running 1 year so I still have a lot to learn.
Since I wussed out on the bicycle ride I made a quick trip to the gym for a weight workout. There's only a handful of other women that use the free weights and machines. I think most of them do the body pump classes. It can be a hassle dodging the guys but I think most of them don't use that area because of the mirrored walls. That's my theory anyway.
Tomorrow is supposed to be cool and rainy again but I'm hoping it will be a little warmer than this afternoon.
Oh, 2 weekends ago I was in Sports Authority and overheard a conversation between 3 women that were complaining about the popularity of the running/fitness skirts. Evidently a fitness instructor had showed up in one to teach a class. That was the 2nd time this month I'd heard disparaging remarks about the skirts. Not sure why, the skirts show a lot less than my running shorts do.
Not doing the Cabot Spring Fling tomorrow, had planned on it earlier in the year but I'm not anywhere close to being ready for a 5k race yet after the stupid flu/bronchitis. Next year I'm definitely remembering to get my flu shot.
28 March 2008
Yes I saw the world's largest peanut on yesterday's run in Pearsall, TX! Actually according to Eccentric America it's now the second largest peanut. It's amazing the interesting things you see when you run in a different place away from the freeway. There is this absolutely beautiful house in Pearsall (hacienda style, gorgeous landscaping). Now if only yesterday's run was half as good as some of the scenery I would have had an excellent day. Warm day, very humid. I only had an apple and 1/2 a gatorade am for breakfast and it was not near enough fuel for a late morning run. Had a 4 mile pace run scheduled, turned into a "can I survive this run?" right from the start. Ended up taking 3 walk breaks and I have no clue on the mileage because it was very overcast and my garmin was not getting a satellite signal (qualcomm wasn't either). I'm assuming it was at least 4 miles because the total time was almost 45 minutes and even on bad days I generally have 10 minute miles.
There was a sign in front of the Chamber of Commerce at Pearsall advertising the Potato Fest car show and 5k race May 9 and 10. Couldn't find any additional info online, just a phone number to call. Surely they have web access, how are they going to get participants from outside the area if no one knows about it?
26 March 2008
Did a weight workout yesterday at lunch, it's been way too long and I was having to use lighter weights to try to build back up. Couldn't even do my normal 300 lbs on the leg press machine so my ego is a little bruised. I am sore this evening, wasn't bad this morning but I have gotten stiffer this evening. Rode the marin bike to the gym for a warmup and then rode for just over 8 miles afterwards, it was all I had time for and honestly just between us it's all I could handle yesterday. Grrrr, I have got to get it together and get some saddle time in. Part of the bike trail was underwater so had to use some very busy streets to get back home. That was very scary!! Too many people do not want to share the road. Most everybody in the Saturday morning group is scared of motorcycles but I would rather be on my motorcycle in traffic than the bicycle.
Today's run was a nice easy 3 miler on Crescent View Rd. That's usually a pleasant run, beautiful scenery and very little traffic. Trying to build my base back up, March's miles are pitiful--34.7 miles and part of that was the half marathon. Boo-hiss on the flu and bronchitis!! Anyway off to bed, didn't sleep well last night and I would like to face the Texas I35 corridor well rested.
24 March 2008
Finishing this Monday morning.......Sunday's run was 5.5 miles accompanied by James on his bicycle. Was whistled at once, yelled at once--not sure what the girl was yelling, she waited until just past us before she started. Made 1 attempted pitstop at a convenience store where there was a waiting line for the bathroom. A somewhat large woman came out and told the 2 teenage girls waiting in front of me that if they wanted toilet paper they were going to have to let someone know because she had used it all up. WTH? 1)She used up the paper so she should be the one to tell somebody 2)Why in the world did she find that so funny--she was acting like it was hilarious. Oh yeah, did I mention there was one employee with a very long line at the register? I gave up and made a stop at Walgreen's which was another 3/4-1 mile away. If I hadn't been so frustrated with the tp incident and thinking clearer I would have had James guard the men's room for me.
Today's plan is to get in a weight workout at the gym and a bicycle ride before leaving for the week. I haven't done weights in about a month so tomorrow will be interesting.
22 March 2008
James test rode a 2006 Marin Venezia road bike this morning and we ended up putting it on layaway at Bike City. He had been test riding several different bike brands and decided that he liked the gearing on the Marin bikes better than the Specialized. It was a tossup between the Venezia or an '08 Portofino but the Venezia has better components so he shouldn't need to upgrade for quite a while. I'm lusting after the women's Treviso that the Marin rep. had sent into the shop (he's spending several days in AR starting tomorrow to try to get other bicycle shops to carry the brand) but I need to keep my Portofina for now to try to get more proficient on the bicycle. The Treviso retails for $1,140 so definitely need to do my learning (read mistakes) on the cheaper bike.
Mr. Tom did join us this morning, this is the first time since he had taken a spill on his bicycle last fall. He told me today that he ended up having to get 14 stitches. We also had a family join us today with a couple of younger girls--a 9 1/2 year old and an 8 yr old. It was their dad's birthday and he said that he wanted them to ride with him this morning as his b-day present. They did really good, although the 8 yr old tired out towards the end so I rode with her at the back of the group.
Afterwards, Bill adjusted my bike and the bike James put on layaway and we went for a short but faster ride since I didn't get much of a workout with the group. I'm starting to get the hang of adjusting the back gears but for now I'm just leaving it in the middle ring on the front (my bicycle has a triple).
After fueling I was then supposed to go to the Memphis yard and pick up an empty trailer that supposedly was being saved for me. You got it, no empty there. Several more calls to dispatch later and find out that my trailer is now on the way to Ft. Smith. End up spending the night in Memphis--that is usually not a good experience, the truck stops off of Hwy 78 tend to be rough places. I didn't have any problems this time but I stayed at the new Love's that's just off of I240 and their security is good right now.
I end up sitting until 1300 Monday afternoon before being sent on to the Nashville drop yard to look for empties. Again, no empty trailers so I end up spending the night there. Didn't sleep well because there were trucks dropping and hooking all night and it was very noisy. I'm sent to a trailer repair shop Tuesday morning and FINALLY get an empty.
After all that I was very frustrated and NEEDED to run so got in 4.28 miles after I got to Pulaski and checked in. Great run, saw a large flock of wild turkeys (approx. 13 hens with 1 tom). Tried taking pictures with my phone but it was overcast and didn't turn out clear. I'm ok during my runs but still having major coughing fits afterwards. I think it may be because of all the pollen/allergens in the air right now irritating my lungs.
Skipped my runs on Wed. and Thurs because of running behind 24 hrs. Wanted to get home as soon as I could to get in some bicycle training this weekend. And because of the heavy rains midweek, several of my usual running spots in Texas had water over the roadways. The Mt. Vernon rest area frontage road was especially bad Wed. morning.
Not sure what my exact mileage was on Friday's run. Forgot to bring home my garmin and mp3 player, we're having to park our big trucks 15 miles away and didn't want to drive all the way back for it last night. James had also forgotten his sports watch so I was just out of luck on having a way to time it too. I think it was at least 3.5 miles, was gone 49 minutes. That included my warmup and cooldown walks and a bathroom stop at a gas station.
16 March 2008
New music for today--"This Gift" by Sons & Daughters. Had to go to 4 stores before I found it in stock at the NLR Barnes & Noble. Was resigned to buying it online when I found it finally.
14 March 2008
I WANT TO RUN!!!!!
If there's any bright side to this, I did lose 3.5 lbs. Hopefully by Sunday I'll be able to get out on the road.