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Call it Craos

Tomorrow is Friday!!!!  Woo hoo!!!

Lately, I have been so tired and stressed, I have troubles putting words together.   Or maybe it’s the blonde coming through, I don’t know.  But I have made my co-workers laugh so then it’s ok right?   The first moment was few weeks ago when I was trying say one of their names.  Instead I stumbled over all 3 of them and somehow combined them all into “Renini”.   3 names into 1 just makes things easier right?  Then since we have been borrowing people from other locations while we work on hiring, we have had people who are surprised by how quickly we can go from calm to crazy busy.   I was trying to say welcome to the crazy but accidentally combined it with chaos.  So craos.  Hmm, that one kind of works- change approved.  🙂  But today was the real winner.   I noticed that 2 of my coworkers were wearing similar skirts and looked nice.  I said I felt left out since I missed the skirt memo as the 3 of them were wearing skirts and I was wearing pants.  They all just stared at me for a moment or two.  Not only was employee 3 wearing pants but I was wearing a dress!    Wow.

I have lost my mind ...Thanks Pinterest.

After Sunday’s race, I was pumped to run this week.   I packed my gym bag every night and took it to work.   Monday went off track though.  Not only did Monday show more crazy CA weather, I hurt myself.   Home town hit 105 and work town only made it to 59.   That’s a 46º difference.  Now work may be 45 minutes away by car but it’s actually less than 30 miles.  What the frak?!    Ugh, I wasn’t sure where to run.    IMG_0716I’ve been feeling some odd left foot pain since I tried the Inspires.  It hasn’t gone away with the new Riders.  It doesn’t happen all the time but I have been trying to figure it out.   I wasn’t sure if the new shoes started/ contributed to it or not.  I had also picked up some store-bought insoles for the boots I wear most frequently, so maybe that was part of it.    Monday I had the bright idea to take the left one out…but not the right one.   Maybe that aggravated what happened later or it was when I lifted a heavy bag I shouldn’t have been lifting.   But by the end of the day, I felt like my neck and shoulders were tingling and there was a band of pressure on the back of my head at the top of my spine.   I felt off, not quite dizzy but not normal.   It was odd.  Between that and the heat, I decided to rest instead.    Which worked out since my mother needed a ride from tennis practice as her car died on Sunday.  😦IMG_0736Tuesday turned into another rest day as I woke up feeling like I had pinched or pulled something in my neck.   Grrr.  Wednesday it felt a little better so I was hoping for a short easy run.   Cue the crazy weather again.   Work town was sunny but with high humidity.  Then we find out that home town is under a thunder/ lightning storm warning and there was hail.    Then the emergency broadcast system broke in and said that people in my home town should take cover.  What?!    It cleared up by the time I was off so I headed to run town hoping that the storm hadn’t moved south.  The temp was nice in the low 70’s but the humidity level matched.   Ugh.  The air felt stale and stagnant.    Kind of like the way the little remaining lake water looks.    I struggled through 3.5 miles but was just glad to be out running.  IMG_0748Today I took next week’s half day.    I had been looking forward to running early but was feeling rough.  I indulged in pizza last night for the first time in 3 weeks and my system was not happy with that many carbs.   I decided to head home to rest a bit first.  Arrived home to 94º.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the warmth, I just haven’t adjusted yet.  I decided to read some blogs as inspiration to get out the door, I fell asleep instead.  Once I woke up, the last thing I wanted to do was run, but it’s become too easy to bail so I forced myself out the door.   I knew it was going to be a slow, warm slog and I was ok with that.   A little over 4 miles later and I was done.  It was slow, it was rough but I was glad I had done it.  🙂

And now it sounds like the Army base up the road is playing war games and the house is shaking, so bring on more craos!!    Also, I do realize that I have been freakishly tired lately and will be making a doctor’s appointment to see about that.   But tomorrow is Friday, so woo hoo!   I am picking up bagels on the way to thank everyone for their hard work, hopefully I don’t eat too many…that would be bad.

What do you think? Does Craos need an “h”?

How was your week?  What’s your weather like?

Have any weekend plans?

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A Reason for Speed

Happy Wednesday!

After this weekend’s hot miles, I felt like I had a blister forming on my right foot, which is not cool. I have to admit that I have only had one blister since I started running.  I think the heat plus the miles made for some uncomfortable feet.   So I switched the usual run on Monday for Tuesday’s yoga.   Sometimes I feel like that DVD is easy but I always end up ridiculously sweaty.  I also still can’t hold the poses very long either and I have to drop my knee while doing side planks.   But I am going to keep trying!  Like I said before though, I am glad no one can see me.   🙂

So bad but worth the smiles
So bad but worth the smiles

Tuesday was a pretty good day work-wise. I was able to get away for lunch and hit up the Dollar store for some pens and things for my coworkers.   Not the healthiest choices but guaranteed to bring a smile to someone’s face. 🙂   I was looking forward to an easy 4.5 miles after work. Then I apparently decided to prove that my hair color is natural. Without going into too many details, we were wrapping up at work per usual, and I went and did something I thought I couldn’t fix.  It was a pretty big something.   I felt like my stomach had dropped to the floor and I went slack jawed. I was trying to figure out who to call first and trying not to panic. What an example I was setting.  🙂  One of my coworkers said that something similar had happened before and she thought she knew what to do.   My face now probably showed complete disbelief, because seriously how does a person do what I did?! We were able to get it straightened out but it took another 20 minutes. Whew. But then I was running behind to get running.6-10

After changing in a hurry and finally getting to the park, I saw plenty of people on the path. I still had to change my shoes and get all my gear together so I was a few minutes longer than usual in my car. When I started to get out I noticed a potential lurker sitting on the fence two places down. Really?! I waited to see if I was just paranoid. He finally meandered down by the horse shoe pit. I got out of my car but kept an eye on the pit and ran the path in the opposite direction than I usually do. There were about 20 people on the path and more in the park and on the playground but I still made sure to keep my pepper spray handy. I am sure that he was probably harmless but my theory is that when you are running alone, everyone has the potential to be creepy so it’s best to be cautious. I didn’t see him on first loop back so I did another. The general uneasiness had me only running 3.5 miles. I also went from an easy 4.5 to a closer to pace 3.5. Potential lurker = run faster.

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The iPhone didn’t do it justice, so there may be a filter on this

The sky looked amazing as I was leaving, so I tried to snap a few, very quick pics before jumping in my car.

That brought my little challenge to 10 for 10 so far. Today, I had planned on completing the yoga DVD again but my lovely stomach chose to rebel again so today ended up being the 1 out of 7 that I allow myself to be really lazy.   I hit my goal every day (7 out of 7, what!) last week so I was hoping this week would be the same, but 11 was not my lucky number. But that’s ok, too.

I am looking forward to getting back on track tomorrow. And I have a 9-10 miler to look forward to this weekend. I also may need to look for new socks as well.  For shorter runs, I have been using the Target C9 socks, but I really do not want blisters. Any suggestions?

How had your week been?

Anyone else had any lurkers while running?