Thursday, January 17, 2008

11 miles and i'm down for the count...

I've been trying really hard to make sure that with all the craziness that is my life and the wedding and work right now - that i make sure that i make time to get my long runs in on the weekends. The weekly mileage isn't quite where i want - but at least i've been able to keep building my long runs. I even went as far as to take a half day vacation the friday of my bachlorette party so i could get my long run in! So this past saturday I set out to do my 11 mile run - hoping to maintain an overall 8:35 pace. Well I started off really well - running closer to 8:10's. It was a great day for running and I was happy with my run. Well on my way out I saw a girl running towards me - i gave her the runner nod hello and kept going in oppposite directions. Well I went about 1.5 miles more out before turning around. Well not too long after i turned around i caught up to this girl. I'm no speed demon - but it was clear to me that i was running faster than this girl since I caught up with her fairly easily. Well as i'm running next to her i realize that she is holding her cell phone in her hand and running while talking on speaker phone. I couldn't handle being by that for more than a few moments so i passed her and moved on. Well as luck would have it i get stopped at the next light - and here comes old cell phone talker. well that's fine i'll just speed up -- well as i speed up - she speeds up - like she's trying to race me - well she starts huffing and puffing b/c she's talking on the phone - and i pick it up a little more and I get away from her. Well i look down and notice my shoe is untied. Stop to tie my shoe and the next light and here she comes again! She tries to stay with me again - so i just kicked it in and got the hell away from her. why would you want to try and stay next to someone and make them listen to your phone conversation about people at work?
So the rest of the run went well til about mile 9. I started to get a little dizzy - but realized that i could really slow down the last two miles and get the time i wanted. well i got to the point where i was barely picking up my feet - and yes the last half mile was straight up hill - but still. Well i got in the car and was happy with my time 1hr 36 min for a little over 11 miles -
Well i rushed home shoved a little food in me even though i was starving during the run. long story short - met my friends at the mall to help me pick out an outfit for the rehearsal dinner. we didn't eat dinner til 9 o'clock - by that time i was so sick i had to go home - i couldn't stay out to help my friend celebrate her birthday. Well by the time i got home - things got way worse - i spent the next three days throwing up with a fever and all sorts of body aches. Ended up going to the doctor. stomach flu. just what a girl needs 2 and half weeks before her wedding! i ended up missing two days of work - i don't think i've ever missed two days of work in a row for being sick! Anyway finally feeling better today - don't think my body is quite ready for a run yet though - so i may not reach my goal of keeping with my long runs.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I was going to write about some of the runs i have done lately, or the fact that we are now at 24 days from the wedding, or perhaps share some stories about my bachlorette ski trip last weekend. Instead I let you all into the weird world of my dream land.
Well i woke up this morning in a cold sweat - well apparently my dream i was having was very upsetting to me. In my dream i was running a marathon - and things were going well - except for the fact that we had to keep stopping at detours and stopping to complete different tasks. Well at a certain point in the race a man came out and was handing out yellow pieces of paper that said a number on it. He was shouting out that we were on pace to finish in four hours sixteen minutes and two seconds (why two seconds i'm not sure) well steve got one and I grabbed the last paper - because anyone who didn't grab a paper wasn't allowed to finish the race. Well it turns out that steve's good friend jeff who hates running - and will never run a marathon - was up ahead of us and he came back to check on us and didn't get a yellow paper. Well in my dream i started sobbing b/c it was my dream to finish a race in 4 hours 16 minutes and 2 seconds - and although i knew jeff should have my yellow paper instead of me - i knew he hadn't even trained for the race. So we decided to say screw the system and we all kept running. Well at this point the race turned into a version of tackle the tower and I was leading all of the people at the back of the pack up these stairs and ladders only to find when we go to the top that it was a dead end. So we all had to climb back down and go into this big room where we discovered that to make it to the next part of the race we had to do some sort of science experiment. Well other groups were finishing up their task - and steve and jeff would not tell me what we were suppose to do -- all i knew was that it involved sottering something - but that was it - well in the meantime steve was telling stories about his old cell phone at his job ten years ago - and not working the task. So i started sobbing again b/c now there was no way we were going to finish in 4 hours 16 minutes and 2 seconds. Then i woke up drenched in sweat. Not sure what that means -- maybe that i should see a doctor! ok - that's the end of your secret special glimpse into my scary world!

Monday, January 07, 2008

first annual xmas run

so - i've been waiting to blog til steve uploaded the pictures from our first annual christmas day fun run! Well - he hasn't done it, hasn't done it - well today i checked his blog -- not sure why since he hasn't updated it since september... well the little stinker uploaded the picture on his blog!!! check out steve's link - to see the picture. I wore a santa hat and steve wore an elf hat - I think we made at least a few people in the neighborhood smile that morning. My plan is to keep doing the same 3 mile route every year til we get people to start joinging us. It will probably not happen - but i'll keep running it - just in case! hope you all had a great christmas and new year's.