28 February 2009
What is it about Fridays that brings out the worst in everybody's driving behaviour? Combine a Friday with rain and hoo-boy, watch out!!!!!! I had several motorists that would be merging--oops, wait a minute, I don't think you can call it merging if they get to the end of the ramp and slam on their brakes. I won't share the colorful language I was using for a large part of the day, LOL. Just imagine being in a very large vehicle with a top speed of 64.5 mph, traffic on your left, on wet roads with a very light load (~4000 lbs) and having to brake hard because the car in front of you that was traveling at a speed greater than 65 mph decides that the tractor-trailer distance between you is not enough room for them to merge in even though they are already half in the lane with you. Or better yet, pretend you're in the middle lane on I-440 and you have a pickup merge in from the right all the way to said center lane doing 10 mph less than the surrounding traffic. Yeah, I had a fun drive today ;-).
26 February 2009
I finally managed to get a decent tempo run in this morning, I was having my doubts about ever being able to get one done at any mileage over 3. It was overcast this morning but HUMID--I was completely soaked before I was 1/2 through. Felt great once I was done, a huge sense of accomplishment for sticking it out (considered quitting a couple of times, lol!).
Didn't get dispatched until after lunch even though there were Mt. Juliet loads on the yard last night. Oh well, gave me time to recover from this morning. I'm currently waiting south of San Antonio so I can say hi to James in person before heading on north and it will give the I35 rush-hour traffic time to calm down. Hopefully James will get dispatched tonight and be headed back north too. Not going to wait for him because I need to get up to Bald Knob before all the parking spots are filled, I'll just drive the pickup back down to NLR to get him (his truck needs servicing).
Oh man, a Carter Express o/o just backed in on my passenger side but instead of parking normally he has taken up 2.5 spots, some of these guys are just rude.
It's absolutely beautiful right now, near 90 F, and sunshiny. Yeah I know it sucks for exercising but for just walking around it's fantastic.
On the food subject, I'm loving, loving, loving having a microwave on the truck. Tonight's supper will be a baked potato with salsa, mmmm.
What I didn't love this week was having to drive through Dallas because my fuel optimization plan had me fueling at Caddo Mills. Basically it's go-go-go, oops hard brake, go-go-go, stopping again for no apparent reason. yeah, haven't missed the DFW traffic one little bit since I found my shortcut. On the upside, diesel was $1.97/gallon at the Pilot in Caddo Mills.
Monday, James and I rode one loop at the Searcy mountain bike trails, approx. 4 miles. Doesn't sound like much but it's a tough trail and my legs were still tired from the weekend. Plus I had to leave out for TN that afternoon so didn't have much time.
Tuesday, after dropping and hooking at Mount Juliet (and visiting, everybody wanted to know where I was at the previous week) I drove back to Hurricane Mills for what was supposed to have been a 5 miler--turned out to be a 4.5 mile run instead because of the aforementioned digestive problems. Except for that it was a great run, overcast and in the high 40s/low 50s F so didn't freeze or burn up and Elsie was enjoying herself. On the way back I met another truckdriver who was actually giving his dog a real walk. It's so unusual to find that, he even commented about how odd it was to find somebody else exercising their dog. One of these days I need to video Elsie while she's bouncing, it's hilarious.
Today, started to leave out for a 5 mile run without Elsie at Mt. Vernon, TX but she wasn't having any part of that. She started crying so loudly that I could hear her almost .10 miles away, had to turn around and get her. I was worried because part of my route was going to be next to the freeway and she usually doesn't deal well with the loud traffic noise but she did fine. I had to cut it short because of the stupid stomach issues (3 miles). I'd gotten an early enough start this morning that I just decided to get south of San Antonio and try again esp. since I'd already found out that I wasn't going to have a trailer. Pearsall was my 2nd try of the day and you guessed it, problems again but it was within the first .25 mile so just ran back to the fuel stop and was ok after that. Ended up with 3.3 miles + a 3/10 mile cool-down walk. It was a bit warm (over 80F) and humid so I had a very red face for a while, even after my shower.
Tomorrow I have 8 miles scheduled with a tempo run in the middle so I guess I'm going out to the mall and run loops around it. Should be fairly safe and will be flat so hopefully I won't have any problems.
22 February 2009
I finally have an a.p.u. on my truck!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy about having a coffee maker and microwave in my truck it's almost ridiculous. No more having to deal with instant coffee or (EEEK) doing without for half the day. AND I can make my own oatmeal. Do you know how hard it is to get a decent bowl of oatmeal in a restaurant anymore? I will also be able to have a little more variety in my diet now. I'm very, very, very sick of Subway veggie sandwiches but unfortunately it's about the healthiest, quickest choice usually available.
It was a fall-back week on the running schedule thank goodness. My legs were so trashed from last weekend that when James and I went mountain biking Monday afternoon I spent about 25% of the time walking the bike up the hills. Also didn't do the pushups last week. Will start again with week 5 tomorrow or Monday. The new rest areas at Salado have monkey bars and a bench for situps so I decided to try some chin-ups. Wed. I did 6 counting the first one that is basically momentum and Friday I did 7, woo-hoo, the pushup are working! Skipped the plyometrics this week too(again my legs WERE trashed). Tomorrow will be an easy 4-5 mile run with James in the morning, then hope to join Gary R. for a 20 mile ride in the afternoon. Maybe it won't be too cold.
21 February 2009
Anyway back to the 15k. Did I mention that it was cold? and rainy? Yeah, there's the whining again, lol! I can handle cold or rain but both is just plain miserable. It's a beautiful course, very scenic, and it's long enough that if you're a middle of the packer like me people are more apt to talk and joke around. I started out with Brenda, Cindy, and Robert but it wasn't long before Brenda and Robert started pulling away (Brenda is a very strong, consistent runner and I have no doubt that she will Boston qualify within the next 1-2 years).
Tried to drink at the first water stop while still running and it ended up going up my nose! Within 2 paces I had a stitch where it messed up my breathing pattern. Slowed down a bit to allow the stitch to go away then tried to resume my pace with mixed results. The crowd had thinned out by now so from here on it was just try and catch the person in front of me and try not to allow people behind me to pass--I did get passed a few times but not an extreme amount. I had been shadowing this older guy for a few miles--maybe 5-10 feet back. I enjoyed being around him because he would crack these jokes every so often. Then for a while whenever we'd pass somebody he'd tell them about the woman (me) who was following him. I finally told him it was because I was enjoying the view, he got a huge chuckle out of that.
Mile 4-10:03 (big drop, uphill portion I think)
Mile 5-8:07 (must have been the corresponding downhill)
Mile 9-8:21 (tummy started cramping, ugh)
As you can see, I didn't have negative splits, grrr. I also didn't hit my goal time of 1:20:00 or under but I did p.r., last year's time was 1:24:05, according to my garmin I did 1:21:40 (don't know what the official time is yet). Anyway it was enough to get third place in the 40-44 age group which I didn't expect at all today. I enjoyed last year's race a lot more than today though! Don't get me wrong, I loved getting to visit with all the Cruisers (and non-Cruisers) before and after but I just wasn't up to what I thought I should have done during the race this morning.
Oh, and I got to visit with Lisa M. quite a bit this morning--I wish I would have thought about asking her if she wanted to do the trail duathlon as a relay team with me. I'm getting the run-around from the person I asked originally, he says he wants to do it but doesn't want to at the same time. Shoot, all I want is a yes or no answer but at this point the du is 2 weeks away and I'm just ready to say to heck with it and cross it off my calendar.
As of today I'm 3 for 3 on the Grand Prix but this race ended my time on the top 10 overall female scoreboard--it was a fluke that I made it in the first place ;-). It was pretty neat to be there for a couple of week though, lol! I'm now ready for a hot bath to soak my sore muscles, although that won't be so great for the 2 toes on my right foot that are now sporting blisters.
James is cooking supper and a cake for me tonight and he bought me some more flowers (awww!).
15 February 2009
I didn't get a very restful night's sleep because Elsie decided she wasn't going to do her business at the normal time. She woke me up at 11:58 pm, then decided to lay on my legs until she decided she had to go back out starting around 4 a.m. I ignored her until 5 a.m. then tried to go back to sleep for the rest of the hour. Didn't happen, laid there and read a little bit then decided to get up and around at 0545. Felt slightly hungover from the interrupted sleep and decided that even if I felt like crap I was going to look cute for my long run. Wore my new purple running skirt with the white and silver polka dots that I'd gotten on sale from Academy Sports in Laredo a couple of weeks ago ($9.88!!!).
Today I got to run with Annette, Arland, James, Jane, Karen, and Michelle (alphabetical order). Lots of gabbing and laughing put me in a much better frame of mind. I don't know about the rest of y'all but it was a great run. Well, except for the last couple of miles that I did solo--I had more on the schedule than the rest. Once I didn't have any company it seemed like it lasted longer than the previous 9+. Annette and Michelle did drive by and torture me with their coffee in the last .5 mile, lol. Annette did offer to go back and get me one too, she's a sweetie!!
I thought about quitting at 10 miles but I felt ok so pushed on to finish the 12. I was already 2 miles short from one of my runs earlier in the week so this kept me pretty close to the schedule. 12 miles in 2:07:46.
I'm not a baby boomer (Gen. X'er) but this is hilarious!! And parts of it is applicable to my generation too.
14 February 2009
I absolutely love the Penguin sports wash but my only source in Searcy no longer carries it and I usually forget to order it online until I need it. One day while following James around the sporting goods section in Wal-Mart I found a cheaper version (on the right in the picture). Identical bottle, similar label, HALF the price and seems to work just as good. Now if I only didn't have to trek into wally world to get it I would be happy. Now, don't get me wrong I have nothing at all against Wal-Mart, I actually like shopping there but I don't like driving to the opposite side of town and fighting to get around inside. What is it about elderly people and shopping carts that causes them to turn into jerks?
I'm the one in red, ha-ha!!
Any-hoo part of what I've seen this week
Tuesday--On I-40 in Tenn somewhere between Nashville and Memphis (told you I was bored!) a bald eagle sitting on the grass with 2 parked cars on the shoulder. I'm guessing the eagle got hit by one of them or they witnessed it being hit and were waiting for some kind of animal control to arrive to tend to it. Gorgeous bird, I don't think I've ever seen a bald eagle outside of captivity before.
Wed. and Thurs.--On Hwy 19 at the lake between Emory and Sulphur Springs, TX. Lots and lots of dead ducks on the road. For some reason the younger ducks were getting up on the highway and then getting very, very smushed by the 65-70 mph traffic. They weren't ducklings but not full grown, they didn't have very good control of their wings yet. Wed. morning when I drove through it was only dead ducks but Thursday I ended up having to slow way down and dodge some of them. Fortunately I didn't hit any but it was still disturbing to see the carcasses scattered on the road. I've been taking this shortcut for a couple of years and this is the first time I've seen this. Wonder what was causing them to get on the roadway in such large numbers?
Friday--watched a pair of cardinals doing their mating ritual on the shoulder of Hwy 67. Silly birds, don't they know kids (and immature adults) are watching?
Told you it was odd bird stuff this week.
This brings me to another humorous rant. Why do guys that ride the oversized motorcycles assume that I ride a Sporty? There's absolutely nothing wrong with Sportsters, actually with the right setup and a skilled rider they will beat most bigger displacement cruisers but they have an undeserved rep as being a "chick bike". Anyway some men take it as a personal insult that a woman can ride the same size motorcycle as they can.
As weird as this is, this isn't the first time that somebody has called us trying to find out if we were okay because of a serious accident. The only difference was that he'd heard it was a big truck accident that killed/maimed us while we were driving team. Strange.........
08 February 2009
After she got left with James I took off across the Big Dam Bridge and was really looking forward to the water fountain on the other side. Boy was I disappointed, it had been shut off for the winter I guess, grrr. So back across the bridge. I was getting kind of frustrated because you had some cyclists that wouldn't warn you "on the left" before passing and kind of crowd you--I was against the wall unless passing somebody myself, but it's still nice to get a heads-up. On the other hand, you would have people walking 3-5 abreast who wouldn't move over for the cyclists when they would warn them. Probably lack of experience on both sides. I did get several thank yous when I had Elsie because I would move completely off the trail with her while we were running so that the cyclists would have plenty of room and wouldn't get freaked out while passing a dog.
My truck still wasn't finished when we got back to the dealer so we hung out in the grass behind the shop so Elsie could play off the leash and I took the opportunity to do my pushups. Final day on week 5, will have to do another test in a couple of days to find out if I move to week 6 or do level 2 on week 5. Today was 2 sets of 13, 2 sets of 15, 2 sets of 12, 1 set of 10, 1 set of at least 30. At 21 on the final set I started having to pause at the top and rest for a second before moving on and couldn't get myself back up on 29! Arms were shaking and I pretty much did a face plant on the grass for a moment before getting back up for the last one. Did get cat-called by a group of Cal-Ark drivers walking around looking for their trucks. Oh well, I'm pretty sure that I can do more pushups than they can so they can make fun all they want.
Thought about getting the road bike out when I got back home but I'm TIRED. This has been a hard week. Still hate to pass up such pretty weather though. Did get my 30 miles in this week that was supposed to have been done last week. I think I'll still be ok on my schedule for the Little Rock half-marathon anyway.
06 February 2009
Workouts for the week
Monday 4.09 miles at home before I left
Wednesday--pushups, dips, walking lunges, and plyometrics in the morning at a picnic area just north of Athens, 5.09 mile run at Buda in the afternoon
Thursday--3.74 mile run at the new Academy Sports off of loop 20 here in Laredo (supposed to have been 8)
Very, very, very frustrated with today's run for several reasons. 1)I can't find a place to run at Laredo that is safe and won't kill my legs 2)I slept late so had to deal with traffic and construction workers 3)warmer than I'm used to 4) my legs ache from yesterday and 5) it was WINDY! It was blowing so hard my truck was rocking back and forth. If I hadn't been stubborn and tried to do the stupid intervals today I probably could have gotten in 5-6 miles okay. But, noooooooo, I had to try and be a hard-ass. Well it kicked me in the ass instead of the other way around. Blech.
Yesterday was a bee-yoo-tee-ful day once I got on I35 south--the weather anyway, traffic was a different story. I sat in back-ups due to 5 wrecks between Austin and San Antonio. What was up with that? I could understand if it was raining or overcast but it was sunny and mid 70 F temps. People should have had their windows down and enjoying the day (like me!).
Did a little bit of retail therapy at Academy Sports after my screwed up run. Under Armor and Nike hoodies were marked down to $19.88--managed to limit myself to 2, lol. Also got a couple of long-sleeved Nike tees and 1 pair of workout shorts for 9.88 each, a pair of Nike shoes for $30, and some running shorts and socks at regular price. I only planned to get the socks when I went in, should have stayed away from the clearance racks.
04 February 2009
Hmmm, where to start?
1) I wore combat boots--I joined the Army Reserves in my junior year of high school, did basic in between my junior and senior year at Fort Dix, then AIT after graduation at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Didn't re-up after my initial time was over.
2) I can't dance, if you've seen me dancing anytime after high school it's a pretty good chance that I was very drunk at the time. I think the last time I even slowdanced with James was approx. 10 years ago.
3) People assume that I'm a city girl but actually was brought up in a very rural environment. My mom and step-dad kept a garden, canned food, grew chickens, rabbits, and hogs, cut wood for heat, etc....
4) I won the school spelling bee in the 8th grade (still have the trophy!)
5) I think black (or any dark color) nail polish on a guy is very sexy. Can't talk my husband into it though.
6) Hard angry music calms me down (think I might have issues?!)
7) I'm a Hello Kitty fan, even have a H.K. tattoo on my upper back
8) I don't like needles! I've had multiple piercings and heavily tattooed but I absolutely cannot watch it being done to myself or anybody else
9) I'm sensitive to surgical stainless steel so if I ever have to anything screwed back together it better be with niobium or titanium.
10) I rarely wear makeup but I have a huge cosmetic collection, esp. M.A.C. and Urban Decay
11) Cannot under any circumstances go to sleep without reading a book. It may only be a few sentences before I conk out but it has to be something. And magazines don't work.
12) I'm a HUGE sci-fi fan. If it wasn't for the small issue of me being very claustrophobic I would love to go into space.
13) Speaking of claustrophobia, I try to buy vehicles without power windows or locks. If I'm in a vehicle that goes into any kind of water I want to be able to get out. Sometimes I think we're the only people that don't have a keyless entry/alarm though. Now if I could get an option with only the passenger window being electric I would love that.
14) I have two small scars on my cheeks from where I would walk around reading while outside (usually when I was supposed to be doing my chores) and bumped into things.
15) I'm looking forward to turning 40
16) I've had 4 auto accidents, none of which were my fault. All involved guys running stop signs or red lights (2 of each). Two of those accidents were on the same street, just at different intersections.
17) Most things electronic in our house I'm in charge of troubleshooting or fixing but I'm scared silly to touch any of the knobs except volume, sqelch, and channel on my C.B. because I don't want to mess any of the settings up. If I happen to bump anything I usually whine at James to come fix it. (It's a Galaxy 33 btw if anybody's curious).
18) I was a white milk kid in school. Not sure what turned me off of chocolate milk but can't stand it.
19) I believe James and I were destined to be together. It's weird how many times our lives intersected before we actually met.
20)I wanted to be a veterinarian or librarian when I was a kid
21) I don't like talking on the phone to anybody besides James. My brain gets ahead of my mouth (or vice-versa) and I end up sounding like I'm incapable of a coherent sentence.
22)The most fun I've ever had in school was a mud football game at lunch in the 6th or 7th grade. The principal was threatening to give us detention but was having trouble keeping from laughing so just made us all go to class wet and dirty. I think that was the coolest I'd ever felt, 'cause upperclassmen kept coming up to me afterwards saying they wished they could have been there to play.
23) I watch "What Not to Wear" way too much, esp. since my wardrobe now consists of workout wear, jeans, and tees.
24) I consider pimento cheese to be among the most disgusting foodstuffs in the world (excepting the obvious like eyes, brains, etc). sorry if I just grossed everybody out.
25)I think pink and orange is a fantastic color combo--that's the colors I usually wear on my toenails in the summer.
I'm going to follow Kelownagurl's example, if you read my blog consider yourself tagged if you want to participate.