29 March 2009
28 March 2009
I did get to see a double rainbow and a fantastic sunset Tuesday evening in Arkansas between the bouts of storms. Wish I could have been able to get a photo of it but by the time I got stopped, parked, and raced for the bathroom it was gone.
Thursday and Friday were rest days (HA!) but only Friday was scheduled to be one, blech. The trailer I picked up in Laredo is (was) equipped with the very cool, tiny, l.e.d. lights. Needless to say the ones on the rear of the trailer that were within reach were all missing so that meant a couple of hours waiting in line at the shop to have them replaced. By the time I got rolling there was a severe thunderstorm moving through so no afternoon run, didn't want to get struck by lightning. That's what I get for not setting the alarm to get up at the crack of dawn. Needed the extra 2 hours sleep though.
Friday, both James and I had to make a stop at the International dealer to get recall work done on our tractors. The airlines installed at the factory were just a tad too short and quite a few of them had been pulling loose. These ProStars have just been 1 recall after another it seems like. Oh well, at least International is making an effort to fix things instead of doing like Volvo a few years ago and denying that there's any problem while the truck is falling apart around you.
OH, the new rest areas between Jarrell and Salado on I35 have a fitness area outside with a bench to do crunches, chin-up bars, etc. I try to stop at one of them once a week to check my pull-up progress and I can do TEN pull-ups now! Chin-ups, well I'm still working on those :-). I can get myself up in the chin-up position but can't lower myself, then pull back up--I can hang there a good bit though, lol.
Friday was an ABC-Searcy (Arkansas Bicycle Club) meeting. Good presentation although a little preachy about helmets. I wear mine but it doesn't mean I like hearing lectures about it. I was so tired though, I'd been up since 4:45 am and was ready to get out of there and get to bed because I had a 5k Saturday morning. Race report will be later.
Monday: Brick! 12.75 mile ride with James (easy spin, high-cadence day), 2.1 mile run
Tuesday: 4 mile run with Elsie, then 2.35 mile run/walk with James (windy, warm, and humid)
Wed: 3.9 mile run with Elsie (interupted by tummy issues)
Thurs: 7 pull-ups
Fri: 10 pull-ups, 10 chin-ups on low bar with legs extended in front and feet on ground (kind of like a reverse pushup), several seconds of hanging in chin-up position
Saturday: 5k race
23 March 2009
22 March 2009
Anyway during last Sunday's 1/2 marathon I found myself reading the backs of peoples' t-shirts in order to take my mind off of the stomach cramps and the miles. I've decided that I need MY t-shirt to have something on it, maybe entertain somebody else and help them through the miles. My problem is that what little creativity and imagination I have has completely fled my brain, I have a couple of ideas but if y'all want to throw some suggestions this way, please do so. It would be an added bonus if it was trucking-related. Thanks!
21 March 2009
15 March 2009
Next month's 1/2 will definitely NOT be a p.r. because I've heard it's much hillier than Little Rock and I hope to be home to do a 10k race on Saturday. The Grand Prix has the 10k and 1/2 back to back so I'll have to choose one to race and use the other as a training run. Since I'm probably not going to get significantly faster I will have to hit as many of the G.P.races as possible to keep my points standing close to where it is now.
Ok, editing this post
Official times are 2:03:22 gun, 2:02:22 chip
20/187 age division
10k time 56:12
Should I start with last night? I was very, very, very, cranky. Mood swings and nerves galore. I'd like to blame it on the fact that I was completing our state taxes last night but alas, it was just plain old horrific pms. Found out that I stress Elsie when I start cussing at the computer screen
(discovered that you have to e-file Arkansas state taxes at the exact same moment you e-file federal, wtf?!). Anyway I caused her to go and hide under the couch, sorry baby.
Hope to get those front teeth fixed sometime this summer. If you can't rollerskate already don't attempt it in your late 30s, LOL.
14 March 2009
Arggh!!!!!!! Time to pin the race number on and attach the chip to my shoe. Try not to think about the achy knee and sore shin, where did they come from anyway?
Paperwork was delayed for 20 minutes but that wasn't a problem at all, it gave Nashville traffic a little extra time to clear up but then I hooked up to my new trailer and had trouble with the tandems again. This time the pins pulled easily but I couldn't get the trailer to move! Got out looked on the other side to make sure everything was where it was supposed to be and by this time the yard driver came back around when I was getting back in my truck to see if I needed a 2nd pair of hands again. Everything went ok then, he didn't even have to get out of his tractor. I told him that I had scared the trailer by cussing at it when I walked back the last time, lol.
Tuesday afternoon I stopped at NLR to grab an early supper with James then went on my merry way with dreams of making it to the Mt. Vernon area before 10 p.m. Yeah right! Had a truck pass me with shiny doors and I noticed that I only had one headlight. Shouldn't have been a problem, I carry extra bulbs with me. Well, I get to Prescott and pulled into a parking spot after fueling to change it out and the new bulb wouldn't work. Thought it had maybe gotten banged around or maybe had touched the glass part so drove on down to Hope to grab a new one at Wal-Mart. Changed it again, still not working. Checked the wiring to make sure I didn't have anything loose, cut, melting, etc. Nothing. So call Road rescue and get sent back to Prescott TA. James fortunately had told me to drop my trailer so that I would have a parking spot in case I got held up and I'm glad that he did. I was very frustrated and don't think I would have remembered to do it otherwise. What should have been a 15 minute job turned into 4+ hours because the guy that initially started working on it didn't have a clue as to what he was doing and was preoccupied with the fact that his shift ended in 30 minutes. I noticed he was having trouble with the electrical testing tool but when he took off I thought he was going to ask somebody for help not leave without letting anybody know what was going on.
At this point all the remaining technicians are busy with other trucks so it was almost 2 a.m. before one got free to work on my headlight again. Took him less than 2 minutes to find the problem and under 15 to fix it and shut the hood. He apologized for the other guy and gave me a voucher for $15 to use in the restaurant later in the morning. Next problem, computers were down for updating at the service desk so had to wait around for over 30 minutes to complete the paperwork while listening to a driver with an overactive imagination embellish a tale of 2 women in a Mustang on I-45 in Texas that were driving around nude and evading the highway patrol. He went on and on and on and the story kept getting wilder as he got wound up. When he finally left, the service desk guy told me that I might ought to park as far away from that driver as possible, LOL!
So now it's Wednesday, it's cold, it's raining and I'm sleep-deprived. No matter how late I get to bed I can't sleep past 7-7:30 am. I had a 3 mile run scheduled that just didn't get done (see the cold, rainy, and sleep-deprived part), so that made me even more cranky and traffic was a mess all the way down the I35 corridor. I'm thinking something else went wrong but can't remember what it is right now. Anyway, I ended up getting to the rest area just north of Laredo and went to bed instead of making my delivery early.
Thurs. up before dawn because I want to beat the morning traffic and get out to the mall to get my 5 mile tempo run done. Got dropped ok, although I had to wake the guard up at Penske, he was kicked back in his chair, mouth wide open. Had to knock on the window 3 times before I got his butt up. It's somebody I like so just gave him a hard time about if I couldn't sleep then neither could he.
Tempo run didn't go quite as well as I would've liked, supposed to have been 3 miles at 8:28 but didn't quite hit the mark.
Mile 1: 10:29 (warm-up)
Mile 2: 9:25
Mile 3: 8:56
Mile 4: 8:58
Mile 5: 10:07 (cool-down)
Again, it was cold, rainy, very windy and I was tired. It really shows in my mile splits. I think Laredo was around 38-41F that morning so I was the only crazy person out running around the mall that morning. On the upside, Elsie ran the entire distance with me which is unusual because if it's raining I have a hard time getting her outside. Actually when I stopped to stretch I took her off the leash and she was grabbing it and growling at me to go again. I had to tell her "no mas" I was DONE.
Picked up my trailer after lunch and found a low tire. Most of our trailers have the auto air system and I was hoping that it wasn't anything major and would air itself up. Well it did but when I pulled around the opposite side of the yard and did a 2nd walkaround I found a nail that started hissing air when I pulled at it. Grrr, had to pull around to the shop and get in line. I was the only one that needed trailer work so I actually didn't have to wait very long, my luck was starting to look up finally.
Got headed north, San Antonio was ok. Stopped at Buda to visit with James and let Austin ease up a tad. I was starting to drag again at this point, 2 short nights in a row was getting to me so just called it quits at Salado and was in bed by 8 pm last night. I slept GOOD, at least until 6:30 am when Elsie decided it was bathroom time. Walked her and went back to sleep for another hour when James called me. I think I must have twisted around funny when I was fumbling for the phone because I got this horrible muscle spasm in my left hamstring. It's been sore all day, I hope it'll be ok by Sunday.
Now that I'm writing everything down, it just hit me that Friday the 13th was the only day that almost everything went ok on. If it wasn't for the sore hammy and the cold wet weather everthing would have been good. Huh, that's odd.
Oh, I remember what else went awry! I broke my cell phone (again), the one I've had less than 3 months and I think I forgot to add insurance for. Because I'm so klutzy when it comes to phones I always carry a spare but I heard 2 text messages come through on my broken one that I can't read because the screen is black.
10 March 2009
Wednesday--5.13 miles at Mt. Vernon, TX solo. Explored part of the town proper and enjoyed it very much, this is on my list of repeat runs now. I did find out about a place earlier that morning that I'd been wondering about in Arkansas. Was told it was safe, no meth labs around, lol.
Thursday-brutal 8 mile run at Laredo around the mall again, included 3 x 1600 intervals, yuck. Warm, humid, and sunny. James ran too but we were going to be running at different paces so we took Elsie out for the warmup then put her back in my truck. She didn't want to be there so was crying very loudly. No exageration, you could hear her a 1/2 mile away. The maintenance guys kept circling my truck trying to figure out what was wrong so James cut his run short to stay with her so we wouldn't get the cops called on us.
Saturday--approx. .5 mile warmup (not enough), Chase Race 2 mile, 1.3 miles with Melisha, then the 1 mile fun run with Elsie. short ride around town on the mountain bike that afternoon (4.31 miles).
Sunday--couldn't get motivated to run early and boy did I pay for it! I was grumpy, couldn't remember anything, had to walk back for my water bottle, then the sports beans, etc. It was humid, windy, and hot. I was ok until the sun came out but once it did I was miserable. Did try out a new route, followed Collins (dirt road) out to a new subdivision then climbed a huge ridge to look at some McMansions. Gorgeous view and at the last house on the ridge we were greeted by these humongous dogs, one of which was carrying its food dish out to the road to beg some food off of us (James rode along on his mountain bike). I swear that food dish could have held 5 gallons of stuff. I was pleased that I ran all the way up the ridge without stopping to walk, did the Rocky thing at the crest, lol. The sun came out when I had about 5 miles left and like I said it just sapped what little go I had out of me. It got so bad that I stopped at a creek, took off my tank and wet it down so I could cool down a little. 13 miles scheduled, did 12.59 and I don't feel a bit bad about not getting the full mileage in. I was happy to have managed what I did.
34.51 miles for the week
This week's schedule is easy. 3, 3, 5 and then the 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I will be so glad to get it over with but I'm at a loss at where to go now with my training plans. Need to start adding in the cycling because the Tour de Rock is not that far off and I want to do the 1/2 Iron Duathlon in Conway this summer so I don't need to lolly-gag on getting a new schedule going.
Goal for Sunday-- 2 hours (or under). I did it in 2:16 and change last year when I was coming down with the flu and I've done 13 miles in 2 hours in a training run last fall so hopefully I can do it again. Getting very, very nervous though. It doesn't help that my work schedule is already thrown off this week.
08 March 2009
I suck at taking pictures, lol. Anyhoo, this is the hardware I came home with yesterday from a very cool race, the ChaseRace and PAWS. It's a 2 mile race that's also on the Grand Prix and has a 1 mile fun run with your pets afterwards.
Despite myself I managed to have a great time. I'm not sure what's going on but I've been having some excellent training runs but falling flat when it comes to the races. Don't get me wrong, I'm having some decent times but it's not what I should be doing. I thought I was doing a decent job of hiding my weird sucky mood but Annette noticed right off that I seemed, well, "off".
Back to the race--this is the first time I've ran a 2-miler and I'm not so sure I liked it. Line up and wait for the start then it's balls to the wall. This is not a distance where you pace yourself and I'm not a fast-twitch muscle type. Still working on my pacing for the longer distances but not fast enough for the super-short races, sigh. After the 1/2 I'm going to try and work on my speed a bit more but I also want to keep my long runs at the slightly higher mileage.
I didn't line up right at the front, learned my lesson from the elbowing at the Valentine's Day 5k but I wasn't quite in the middle either. I did manage to get lined up behind a small group of women that wanted to run 3-4 abreast and just could not get around them in the beginning. This was after the several speeches we got about not doing that before the race start. Guess I'm just not aggressive enough. Looking back it's kind of funny but it wasn't at the time. I'd go to the right and try to pass and got blocked, tried to squeeze between them (didn't work), move to the left, same thing.
Was feeling dehydrated so grabbed a water at the stop for one quick sip (just enough to wet my mouth and throat). Should not have needed it for that distance and the conditions but was miserable. Forgot to mention that I was having tummy troubles that morning, THREE trips to the bathroom, ugh.
Finish time was 15:11, a 7:36 per mile pace. Placed 25th (again) out of 202 females. Won my first ever Masters award--3rd place. It's the mantel clock pictured above. Didn't expect it at all, as a matter of fact I was standing there gabbing at someone while they were announcing the master's division so didn't hear them call my name. James had to nudge me and say "hey, that's you". Complete surprise. The clock, by the way is very nice, good heavy weight and even has an alarm feature.
Between the 2 mile and the 1 mile pet run I ran around the shopping area with Melisha (who placed 6th overall, I hope some of that speed will rub off on me, lol) for 1.3 miles then rushed back to change out my race numbers. Found out that Elsie was nipped by a huskie while I was gone. Prior to that she was acting all happy checking out the other dogs and letting them check her out. She just doesn't like her butt sniffed, she has no clue about proper doggie greeting behavior. After the nip she was very leery of all the other dogs, even the yorkies and chihuahas so we couldn't line up near the front for the 1 mile fun run. There were way too many people that were using the retractable leashes and letting their pets take it to the end so there were quite a few stumbles. Me and a little boy about tripped over each other because he couldn't properly control his dog on the leash--I think his parents should have been running with him.
Elsie was great once the run started, we had several people comment on how well and fast she was going. My baby can RUN for a little dog. We ended up being the 20th across the line and we got an extremely cute bulldog trophy for 5th place female with leashed pet. And the husky? Yeah, we smoked them, LOL!
Interesting sights during the fun run. 1) A llama--yes, you read that right, somebody brought a llama to the fun run. 2) A raccoon in a baby stroller, James was wondering how many drugs they had to give it so it would stay still during all the commotion 3)Service dogs, there was one pulling a little red wagon with puppies in it AND carrying a basket in its mouth for the entire mile. Sign on the wagon "Puppy Party Wagon", very, very adorable.
Unfortunately after the race, a couple of guys in my running club had an accident on a training ride. Both had road rash, Russ broke his arm and James broke a clavicle and at least one rib. Both were wearing helmets and Arland was riding with them (he's a fireman and trained for emergencies) thank goodness. Sorry guys, I know from personal experience how bad it sucks to have that happen.
04 March 2009
Elsie's first snow! We didn't get very much in central Arkansas last weekend so imagine my surprise when I started seeing snow accumulation on Hwy 64 in the eastern part of the state when I left out for Mt. Juliet last Monday. Memphis to Jackson really got hammered, as of Tuesday around lunchtime it was still ankle-deep. Soooooo glad I didn't have to drive through it while it was falling, most of us southerners have no clue how to drive in the white stuff, LOL. The picture was taken at the rest area just west of Jackson on I-40 Tuesday.
How did Elsie handle it? Well, she didn't want to do her business on it so we had to find a non-snowy area (meaning I had to kick a spot clear). As far as playing in it, she was ok on the crunchy stuff but had no clue how to handle the soft snow.