Come on now!

This may actually be my 15th attempt at trying to post this damn thing.  I tried numerous times last night and then again on my lunch today.  No luck.  WordPress and I have been having a tense conversation, mostly one sided, by me, with some very colorful language.

As Monday’s go, today was actually pretty good.  Got most everything squared away from last week’s mess, plus the computers were up and running.   I was sad to see just how dark it was tonight when leaving work.  No run tonight, busy getting ready for a long day tomorrow.  Driving to Upland with the tennis team. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

Happy Monday!!!

And now for the original post-

This Saturday I did not have to work, so yay!   I had the intention to run some errands, go phone shopping with my mom, and get in a good run in the afternoon.

The errands were tedious, lunch was yummy, and the phone store was hilarious.   My mother had a droid which she loved and then hated with a passion.   She was ready for a new one and kept asking my opinion.  I have had an iPhone for years and knew nothing about droids, so I couldn’t really help her.   She claimed she hated iPhones but couldn’t tell me why.   So she did her research online and decided that she wanted the new Moto X (I think).  The phone store was slammed, I was very surprised by how freaking busy they were.   We talked to the representative there for a while before my mom said she would buy the Moto.  The salesperson replied that they did not have any and it would have to be ordered.  Uh oh.   The thing about my family is they have no patience.  When they want something they want it yesterday. My mother thought for about 45 seconds, looked at the sales rep and said “I’ll buy an iPhone.” I cracked up laughing.

So my mother was the brand new owner of an iPhone, I spent the afternoon helping her set it up and download all the apps she may use or need.    Then she and I went for a run/walk.  I have talked her into doing the Spooner’s Cove 5 mile with me.  Her first race!!!   She was tired so we walked together sometimes and sometimes I ran ahead and then doubled back.  I don’t know why, but I loved hills yesterday.  I saw an incline and thought I have to run that.  All in all it was a good 4.5 miles.   Also I took a few fall themed pictures-

Maybe fall will be here awhile?

Maybe fall will be here awhile?

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The plan of attack for today was to hit the track for some speed work.  I was thinking a mile warmup, 3 miles of speed work, and a mile cool down.   However the headache that greeted me this morning derailed that.  I still headed to the track hoping that running would ease it back.  Mile 1- no such luck.  Mile 2- still ouch.  Finshing mile 3, I still felt like crap but figured I would complete 4 miles with trying some sprints for the last mile.   Apparently I should sprint with a headache more often, my last mile came in at 8:47.  And I was done.  I stretched out and headed home to some cleaning and laundry.

I also had the New York marathon on in the background while doing chores.   That was a crazy amount of people!!! And some very impressive running.  I don’t know if I want to run in a race that big or if it kind of scares me. :)

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As for the November challenge, I chose to sign up for Pile on the Miles over at Run Eat Repeat.  I was torn between this one and The no excuses challenge at Running Bug.  I was also tempted by one I read about called No-Run-vember.  Got to admit that sounded tempting!  But I was good and chose to run instead.  :) So 2 3 days in and 8 miles in, I can do this!!!!

And now tomorrow is Monday and fingers crossed, the network and computers will be working again.  Also that it doesn’t take too long to fix the mess left after Friday.

I hope everyone who ran or raced had an awesome weekend!

 

Slacking it at Harvest

As I had to work yesterday, I ended up getting off early on Friday.  However this was not planned and as such I was unprepared.   As I was driving past the lake path, I was cursing my lack of foresight, because I totally could have gone for a run.    But all I had in my car was my old pair of Inspire’s and my belt and earphones.  Think I could run in old shoes and a dress?  I might have received some interesting stares.   I also knew that being it was Friday I would lose the eagerness to run by the time I got home.  And I did.  So I ran errands and caught up on some reading instead.   Slacker!

Driving to work on Saturday, the weather was perfect for a run.  As evidenced by the numerous people that I saw running on the sides of the highway.  My Saturday commute takes me along 2 rural highways, both with wide paved shoulders.  There were quite a few people taking advantage of that that morning.  I was so jealous.   Even though rationally I knew that even if I didn’t have to work, I would probably be sleeping in instead, I was still jealous.   Runner’s logic, right?  It was interesting to see how some people were just running in shorts and shirts and others looked like they were wearing a parka.  It was a lovely crisp 45 degrees.   :)  Ha!  I had the heater in my car cranked up.   The fog never stays gone for long though and rolled in by 11:30 so I got to drive home in the fog, oh boy!

I did 1026make it to the track for a good run though.  I did 4 miles with an average pace of 10:07.  Usually my track times are a little faster than this, but I was brilliant and ate a large lunch about an hour before running.  I had been craving a hot dog as I hadn’t had one in almost a year.  After yesterday, it will probably be another year before I want another hot dog.  It was super yummy but it did not make my run fun at all.  On the plus side, I still love my new shoes!

 

This weekend was the Harvest Marathon in my home town.  It is actually the combo of what in previous years was 2 races: the Harvest Marathon and the Wine Vine Run.  I had participated in both events in the 5K in years past.    I really wanted to run the half marathon this year but since it was so close to the City to the Sea half marathon I was planning on extremely late registration.  I figured I would to see how I felt.  I felt great but my pocket book did not.  It came down to shoes or the race and shoes won.     Plus my left foot has been making itself known to me.  It still doesn’t hurt, but something is not right.    :(

However, I did participate in a way.  The race works as a fundraiser for the local high school’s athletic department.  My mother is head tennis coach there and all sports teams had to volunteer.  So I was up at 5AM to head out and help her and the team work a water table.   We had station #4 which was at mile 8.7 of the marathon.  The half marathoners had a different course.   We had the table up and ready to go by 7:00.  We had people to hand out water, a guy for traffic control and 2 athletic trainers.  We were ready to go but the race started at 7.  We had 40 minutes until we would see the first runner and it was so cold.  :( I went and sat in my car until 7:35.  So very social of me.

Mother and me :) So damn cold!!!

Mother and me :)
So damn cold!!!

The first runner came through around 7:50.  Woo hoo!!!  The first 5 people were men, then finally the first girl!  Actually I think she was another blogger that I just started following but not sure.  This was a hometown race so the marathon only had around 60 people registered, so there was a fair amount of time between people running by.   I was surprised by how much the runners were drinking though.  I have worked aid stations before and people always sipped and then threw the cups.  These runners were guzzling water down.  We started to think that we were going to run out of cups, most runners were taking 3 each!  Also half of them walked the cups to the trash bag on the opposite side of the street, even when we said they could just toss it and we would pick up after.   Also we were not a station that provided Gatorade but so many people wanted it.  I felt horrible every time we said that we didn’t have it!

The runners and the course :)

The runners and the course :)

In between the first pack and the second, the boys decided to play with branches they found on the side of the road.  Really? I could see the runners coming so I told them to put the sticks down, that we didn’t need to have the approaching runners think we were going to pull a Tonya Harding on them.  Every single teenager just stared at me.  They had no idea what I was talking about.  Am I really that old?!?!

Good group but man I feel old now :)

Good group but man I feel old now :)

The last runner passed at around 9:00 and we were done!  We packed up our stuff and headed out.

While I felt lazy that I did not run the half marathon this morning, I was also not inspired to run a marathon.  They all looked so damn tired when they ran through and they still had 17 miles to go.  Do I like that at mile 8 when I run half’s?  No wonder people think runners are slightly crazy.  Still it was rewarding to work the other side this morning and it’s probably not the last time I will do it.   I may even put this race on the schedule for next year, but I may try for Nike in SF instead.  :)

 

Anyone race or volunteer this weekend?

 

Am I the only one feeling my age? ha!