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Call Me Calamity

What do you do when a Sig alert comes across your phone saying that your route home is currently blocked due to a string a fires?

Well, first you stare dumbly at the phone.  Then you check the CHP website, followed by the local news sites, no one hurt- fires mostly contained but freeway blocked.  Hmmm, now what?  You adapt.    Running gear still in car from a failed attempt at running on Monday?   All right, time for a Tuesday run.

Running on Tuesday’s is odd.   Smashrun told me that only 7% of my runs are on Tuesdays.😛   I’d had a day where I was surprised I didn’t break something.  Slammed my fingers into things so many times I lost count, dropped things,  knocked my elbow, kicked things and popped my toes out of joint at one point.   That said I was looking forward to my first run since last Thursday.


I headed out for a run in work town.   The humidity was higher than I would like but there was no smoke so bonus points there!   It didn’t feel like a walk in the park after 4 days off but it felt so good to be out running.

That is until I hit a root on the path and went pinwheeling.

Seriously, my thoughts alternated between- “pull up!, pull up!” and ” I’m going down!”.

I swear I pinwheeled half running, half falling, arms swinging for almost 50 feet before I somehow pulled myself out of it somehow.    Then I came to complete stop, gasping for air- mostly out of shock- damn that jarred my whole body!   Geez- what else could I do to myself?  Shouldn’t have asked- I was only 2 miles into the run.  😂😂


I ran on to the turn around point and then made my way back towards my car.   Around  mile 3, I looked down at my watch once I got to a sidewalk. Only to look back up and immediately dance right. Holy sh**, phone pole in the face!!  No pausing this time, just running on to avoid embarrassment of both the pole face and some colorful language that escaped as now people were around.

Apparently I needed to be put in a protective suit on Tuesday.   😛  I finished 4 miles and drove home on mostly clear roads and tried to just not further injure myself.    Then I realized that it was my last run at that particular age so maybe I really wanted it to be memorable?  Ha! Or maybe I was saying goodbye to a hazardous year?  Who knows?

Ever have a hazardous run?

 

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Night Moves

Working on my night moves
In the winter time
in the dark winter time

Like my rewrite?  Sing it with me!

You guys, I ran at night!!!!  Which if we’re keeping track is only the second time ever!   I braved the dark, the cold and the potential mountain lions and went for a run.  It was only 2 miles but it was a start right?

I packed my gym bag on Monday but I really wasn’t feeling it.  I had only found 1 blinky light and while I had checked my flashlight and while it worked, I had checked it in the daylight.  I didn’t really know how much light it put out.  Work ran late, I was exhausted and I was telling myself I still didn’t feel well even after a week off.    I used the restroom before leaving work, went to grab my gym bag…and stared at it.    It’s not like it was getting darker right?  So, after a lightning fast change, I headed towards home.

The whole drive home, I wondered if I would chicken out.  Running in the dark is not my thing.  But I really hate the treadmill.     I parked at a local business directly under a light and headed for what I think is the best street.  Which is funny as it has like 4 street lights. 😛😛  I had a blinking light on my belt, a flashing band on my arm, reflective hat and my flashlight.  I didn’t feel like it was enough.    Bonus, my flashlight was dying.  Slacker fail.


I stuck to the sidewalk.   I kept it nice and slow.   Can’t worry about pace when you can barely see right?   My eyes adjusted quicker than I thought they would.   It was colder than I thought it would be.  It was in the high 50’s and I probably would have loved that during the day.  At night, I wanted more layers.

A group of teenage boys drove by and catcalled me and I celebrated.  They could see me!!!  My lights were working!  I did a little jig.   A short, slow 2 miles later and I was back at my car.   I did it!

All excitement aside, I will be more prepared the next time.  I found my second blinky light.  I need new batteries for my flashlight.  I need to buy a reflective vest.   That should be it for now.  No need to get crazy.   Let’s make sure I do this more than once a year this time.  😛

Do you run in the dark?  Night or morning?

Best apparel advice?

 

 

 

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Outside of my Box

Disclaimer: I received Luvo Inc. to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro  (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Food is my weakness, my Achilles heel- guilty pleasure, comfort food, way to celebrate, when I’m sick, when I’m bored, yadda yadda.  I know I have a dysfunctional relationship food, I’ve mentioned it here a few times.  I have a very angsty post on the back burner too but that’s not the point right now.   Laziness is also a weakness- I eat out way too often.   I try not to think about how much money I spend on food.    Side note- I did set up my online banking to track pizza spending once—holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!

I am trying to change things up though so when the opportunity came up to try Luvo Inc, I thought about it.   I liked the convenience but was concerned about the food.  I have so many diet restrictions I have troubles remembering what is what.  Then there is the fact of how picky I am outside of the restrictions.  But I spent some time perusing the website and decided to go for it.  Good time to step outside the box right?

So, first things first- I went with a few of restrictions but not all.  So the items I received  had no soy, no nuts, no fish and I no dairy?  I think, not sure about that last one. Not too bad right?  I received-


They looked equal parts yummy and scary.  There were a few things in each meal that I was little stymied by, I won’t lie but I was looking forward to trying them.  They are super easy to cook- place the bag in microwave to steam, let sit for a minute, cut open and slide onto a plate.  Done!!  Want to know something sad?  I use my microwave so rarely, I couldn’t figure out how long to cook the meals!  It got worse when I tried to use the work microwave that is about 12 years old! 😏


Once I got past my ineptitude with the microwave, I discovered that I really like the meals I got to try.   The Red Wine Braised Beef is my favorite.  Well, except for the brussels sprouts, I can’t stand brussels sprouts.  😛  It was also my first time eating Polenta.  Sadly I had to google what it was first but I like it!  I only wish the meals were a little bigger.  I felt really good about my dinner choice though!

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I liked that the meals were all natural and better for me than my usual dinner choices.   They were super convenient and took very little time to prepare.  Plus, they look pretty on your plate so I felt like I actually accomplished something.    They have an Orange Mango Chicken and Chicken in BBQ Sauce that I would love to try.

Do you cook every night?

How often do you eat out?

Have you tried Luvo?

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Random Roller Coaster

Man, this week flew by!  How do I have a 25k in 8 hours?  Yikes!

Even though my shiny new plan came on Sunday and I was eager to start it, I also had to rearrange the days.  In the first week!!  But Monday was scheduled as a rest day and I just couldn’t waste a day off of work to run outside.  So Tuesday’s easy 50 minutes were completed on Monday.   That worked out better than the gym after on Tuesday anyways- work ran late like it tends to after a 3 day weekend.  IMG_8769I thought about running on Wednesday after work instead of Thursday but the day just ran away from me.  Or rather, my brain did.   Every quarter work gives out an award that goes to a few individuals.   The people are nominated by their peers and then voted on by a committee.  It was something new that rolled out at the beginning of 2014 and is kind of a big deal.  The executives deliver the award in person and then a story and picture go up online.  Every person who earns the award then has a chance to earn/win the Presidents’ Award for the year.    I knew they were coming out to our location because a coworker had received one.    I had to be sneaky when I was scheduling the lunches because I wanted everyone to be there to see him get it.  They arrived on time and surprise!!  I received one too! Two of us!  Holy crap!  My brain left the building for the rest of the day, I was so excited.IMG_8778Ever since I was sick, I have not been sleeping well.  I have had coughing fits every night and it makes it hard to sleep.  According to my lovely Fitbit I have been averaging 5 hours a night.  Ouch.  After a few coughing attacks at work on Thursday, I decided that an extra rest day would be a good idea and skipped the gym.    Boo!

Friday was average as Fridays go and I allowed myself to indulge in one cookie at work.   The shocking thing came that night when I went to sleep-IMG_878910 hours?  WTH?  I knew I was tired but come on!   I’ve also noticed that when I sleep with the Fitbit in my sock, it doesn’t measure restlessness very well.  Either that or I was unconscious.   You’d think that with all that sleep I would be raring to go today.  Not so.  After running my usual Saturday errands I came home with the intention of running sooner than usual.  Instead I took a nap.   Seriously?  Once I woke up I headed out for an easy 45 minutes.   It was not.  The whole 4.5 miles felt so hard.   I took plenty of walk breaks.  IMG_8804Which now leads me to being less than 12 hours from a 25K.  Commence the freak out.  Even knowing that I am predominately hiking it, I am freaking out.     What was I thinking?  Maybe I should just go to bed.

How was your week?

Ever been surprised (in a good way) at work?

Who raced today?  Anyone racing tomorrow?