Tuesday, July 31, 2007
ps. tonight, I'll be running a very familiar route.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sally did get here on Thursday (after some serious competition/foot racing at the airport in Chicago... her original flight was cancelled... thank goodness she's been doing speed work! Her sprint to a airline rep allowed her to get 1 of 2 spots on another flight). Unfortunately, her bags did not get here... nor was anyone at my house to sign for her bike upon delivery. Well, searching for the luggage and bike gave her something to do on Thursday and Friday. She's always enjoyed a good scavenger hunt.
Although her luggage was still MIA on Friday morning... I outfitted mini-Sally in a swimsuit and goggles. There's no excuse for skipping a swim workout ;) So: Sally, Noel, and I formed a little swim team and held a private practice at the outdoor pool. Even though we'd probably get our butts kicked in an 8 & under heat, we had a blast splashing around in the morning fog.
So, not much real work got done on Friday... Sara & I were most unproductive at MDA. Don't think Noel was any more on top of her game at the clinic. I used my lunch break to go grocery shopping with Mom. We stocked up on camping food: wiener shaped meats to cook on a stick (turkey, beef, brat), trail mix, marshmallows, fruit, beer, chips, etc... And then, while I wasn't getting work done at the office... Sally located her missing bags/bike.
Along with Sally's Stuff... we found Sister Sarah on Friday!!! Not that she was lost, but it did add to the excitement. She drove up from Auburn, AL for our girl's weekend. Sarah would like to report that she still hasn't learned to avoid Atlanta traffic in her journey from AL to SC &.... she's in the process of moving into a new place... so, her "packing" for the weekend consisted of shoving any bags which might contain appropriate gear/clothes into her car (which is why she looked like a long-lost relative of the Clampett's).
After everyone got their possessions in order... Friday night was fun! Peter, Sally, Sarah, and I went to Barley's for dinner. Mmmm mmm good pizza. Good stories too: Peter recounting hilarious happenings from his trip to Switzerland; Sarah filling us in on college life and a recent trip to Florida to go scalloping (hey, I told you her boyfriend is a serious fisherman!); Sally told us about Nationals in Oregon. That night, we all went to bed anticipating the camping trip....
In my last report... the Saturday plan was to forge deep into the jungles of South Carolina and roar "Woman Power." yeah, uh.... so it was raining on Saturday morning.... and, you probably know where this story is going....
Well, it was early in the morning when I rolled out of bed to discover the rain. Noel and I had made plans to drive over to Furman University to do our long run together. Not afraid to run in the rain, we got in the car and headed to F.U. (appropriately named, which you'll learn about here in a minute).
Still in a sleepy haze as we started the run... I let Noel dictate the route. (She is very familiar with the campus and surrounding area, while I am NOT). We began our warm up by locating the start for their campus 5K... and following the markings on the pavement. From there, we did out and backs, made turns, went off campus, passed by the same spot a few times... and... sorry for writing about this Noel, but details are crucial to my story... she was having some GI "issues." Therefore, we made some bathroom stops.
So, with about 10 min left in the run... she asked to stop again. I really just wanted to finish, so told her I'd meet her at the car. She gave me an inquisitive look, "do you know how to get to the car?!"
"uh, not really," I responded
"well, just go that way... go around the round-about, then straight, you'll get to another round-about, take a left... and you should get to the parking lot," said Noel.
why, oh why... did I just assume I'd be able to find the car. Normally, I'm decent with directions / finding my way. However, I had no idea where I was going, I did not know the name of the building I'd parked by, it was still raining, I had no water, and I was beginning to get hungry. Off I went.
Yup, you got it. I got SO LOST. I began running by buildings/structures we'd passed, I saw familiar roads... then, 15 minutes later... I was RIGHT BACK where Noel and I had split. WHAT?!
So I tried to go a different way. Suddenly, I was at the 5K FINISH. Well, at least I knew the car was near the START. I kept running... doing the route backwards. REALLY not wanting to do another 3 miles, I began searching for someone to point me in the right direction. Wouldn't you know it... everyone I asked was there for flipping Band Camp. Yeah, they were NO help. Then, hallelujah, a person with a Furman shirt on.
Completely soaked from rain/sweat, I begged this lady for help. "Do you know where the start of the 5K is?!"
"Oh, my... huh, I really don't. Let me radio Public Safety. Maybe they can tell you," she pulled out her walkie talkie. "yes, hi... I have a runner here. She's looking for the start of the 5K race. I didn't know there was a race today. Can you tell us where to find the start?"
Oh no. Now I was spreading rumors that there was a 5K race on campus!
I tried to clear things up. She pointed me toward the Athletic Center. Here's what I thought about while running there:
- I don't want to be running any longer
- Walking is nice, but it is much slower than running
- Why won't the rain STOP?
- If I don't find a water fountain soon, I'll be forced to take off a sock and wring it over my mouth for hydration
- Noel, why did you leave me (yes, at this point it was most definitely HER FAULT)
- Lost, really, who gets lost on a college campus that is approximately 3 square miles?!
- I miss my car
- If I stay put, will she find me... answer: NO, she's waiting for you at the central location... your car, stupid!
- Furman University... that makes them FU. Darn right, FU Furman!
- And, as an added bonus... I remembered Kate telling me that the original FU mascot was the Christian Knights. ha ha ha. The F.urman U.niversity C.hristian K.nights ;)
- NOEL, where are you?!
- ok, I'll admit it... my eyes filled with tears. I was wet, tired, and SO DONE with the run
- finally, finally... I saw Noel off in the distance.
"WHERE have you been?!" She called to me.
"I was lost!" I yelled back.
I wanted to run to her, and hug her, and hit her for letting me run off on my own. And, being a true athlete... she made me run with her for another 60 seconds to get to an even stopping time!!!!!
It was a traumatic run.... one which resulted in about 25 extra minutes of run time. Ouch. Sorry Noel. ps. don't EVER leave me again. The answer is NO, I don't know where the car is. And, NO I won't be able to find it on my own.
To smooth things over, I got us Starbucks. It helped a little.
Once back at my house, I quickly showered. Sarah and I jumped into the car and drove to my grandma's assisted living facility to meet Mom. It was great to catch up with family. But, the rain didn't let up. While in my grandma's little "dorm room," the text messaging began. As ring leader of the camping trip, people were contacting me... wondering what we were going to do.
Day of the trip - it was raining - and we called it off. Even if we were to go, everything would have been soaking. To salvage the night, I told everyone to come over to my house.
Saturday night ended up being a lot of fun. We went to see "No Reservations" (good movie, predictable, but... ah, Aaron Eckhart is yummy). And, it wasn't as cool as sitting around a campfire at Jones Gap... but, grilling on a miniature Weber on my front porch is a good time! We did still grill up the dogs and roast the marshmallows. To simulate real camping, I made Caroline pee in the bushes... ha ha, just kidding.
Saturday morning, we said bye bye to Sarah Bear. Mom and I got things ready for a bike ride. I was excited about showing her the best of Moore, SC ;) (those of you who are familiar with Moore know the joke). We had a good ride! She took it easy during my intervals... and when she tried to bail and ride back to Peter's by herself, I suddenly had flashbacks to the FU run. Oh no, no no... there will be no splitting up.
I made her circle my TT loop and wait on the steps of a nearby church while I finished the hard efforts.
We wrapped up the weekend with a nice dinner & wine on Peter's back porch: Great food prepared by Chef Peter himself. I think I've found his calling for post IM racing employment. Funny point in conversation... while telling Peter about getting lost on FU campus, he stopped me when I told him about getting to the finish of the 5K. Evidently, the FINISH and START are at the same complex... just on opposite sides. Duh, I'd retraced my steps... even though I was literally 50 yards from the parking lot where my car was located. Nice.
Even thought the weekend didn't unfold the way I'd expected... I had so much fun. And, you know why... because my friends are Amazing! Rain, shine, plans, no plans, changed plans, lost, found, hungry, thirsty, tired.... we made it work. Thanks everyone!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Using advise my mother gave me many, many years ago... I only invited FUN PEOPLE! A rule that has proven to be very valuable over the years. It's ended up to be a random group; many people will be meeting for the 1st time - but, it's a mix that will produce some hilarious stories!
Noel: My roommate. Also an official smarty pants... currently working as a clinical research tech & studying for the MCAT, which she'll take in Sept. Awesome runner! Super nice. Enjoys Goldfish crackers and texting the Dr. in California.
Sarah K: My friend, G's wife, and mother of Cutie Pie Grace! VERY gifted in the art of interior design... seriously, I suggest inviting yourself to her home for a tour. Avid outdoors-woman, runner, swimmer, and Kayaker.
Sarah L: My lil sista. Coming all the way from Auburn, AL for the camping trip! I'm hoping that her boyfriend, Vaughn, has taught her how to fish like a pro. I mean, his name's not Vaughn Trout for nothing! Let's see the new skills Sarah ;) and ps... I'm already looking forward to hearing you laugh.
Sara W: My counterpart at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She's pretty much the reason my job is fun. Multi talented... training for a marathon, cooks like a chef, mows her own lawn, goes antiquing & restores furniture (another member of the "my house looks like it could be in Southern Living Magazine" club), hosts amazing parties... there's nothing she can't do.
Caroline: My friend & Sara W's cousin. This girl is a Fashionista! You know the type... always wearing the latest trends, with super cute matching jewelry, and fantastic shoes... probably a matching purse too. Always looks great. Let's see what kind of outfits she puts together for a night in the woods?! No doubt, she'll have some sweet camouflage get up on... making the rest of us look like Pauletta Bunyan's.
Sally: My mom. Oh, what can I say. She's trying to get here via plane right now! Not the only mother in the group... but, will be the oldest. To make her feel better, lets call her "the most experienced." Even though she's got some years on the rest of us... I expect her to be the life of the party. fyi - she snores like a bear, so I say "not it" to having her in my tent ;)
We're waiting on last minute additions. Requirements to join this trip: must be a Girl, must be adventurous, must have comedic stories to share over the campfire, and must be FUN!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Well... these little tell-tale signs of a rising body temperature are NOTHING compared to the SWEAT that streams from your pores when you're training in 1,000% humidity! Sometimes, after running, my clothes are so saturated (as though I took a dip in the lake... clothes, shoes, and all) when I finish a run... I don't know what to do with them. I've gotten to the point that, when it gets this bad... I simply get in the shower with my running clothes on. *NO - this is not my substitute for actually laundering the running attire! I just like to give 'em a good initial rinse.
Peter, on the other hand, removes his shirt by his front door. He actually strips the soaking article from his torso, and wrings it out. And get this: he squeezes the dripping shirt over his plants.... and calls this "watering them." Seriously?! I wonder how they like the salty solution?
This past weekend wasn't the most severe humidity I've experienced, but there was extreme sweating involved. I'm sure the sweating began in the pool on Friday afternoon (yes, I'm not-so-happy to report that I, once again, achieved loser status by visiting the Y on a Friday evening). However, when you're swimming... you don't notice the sweating.
Then on Saturday, during our ride... the dehydration monster attacked. We tried to recover with fluids after the ride, but sometimes it's hard to come back from such a deficit! Water fails to make up for the loss. In getting ready, and going to a friend's birthday party (HAPPY 40th CHRIS!!!) I didn't pay attention to my parched system.
*I would like to report that the party was a blast... and I'm sure I wasn't the only dehydrated person in attendance! It was tri-geek city ;) No joke: I even caught a pair checking their heart-rate.
After more super-sweating on Sunday morning (running)... Peter announced that he was going to get "fizzies." His term for soda, pop, coke, carbonated beverages, etc... I was horizontal on the floor (on a towel, in an attempt to keep his carpet dry). I responded with a weak, "I can't make it." So, he took one for the team and left for the store.
I heard him come back into the house... and I expected to see him carrying a few liters of pop. Instead, he had bags of every imaginable liquid. Peter had bought: bottles of Coke, lemonade, ginger ale, raspberry soda, mixed berry soda, beer, gatorade, lemonade powder mix, and my favorite Fruit2O hydration drinks. "The check-out kid asked if I was thirsty, ha ha."
btw... a great post run mix is 1/2 lemonade, 1/2 coke. Very quenching.
So, we drank... and drank... and drank some more. I think I ended up looking like one of those Ethiopian kids with a bloated belly. If you can judge the success of a weekend by the amount of sweat produced -- I had an AWESOME weekend.
Friday, July 13, 2007
- having a full tank of gas
- receiving something other than bills/junk in the mail
- finishing a tough work-out... one that was mentally & physically challenging
- standing under a COLD shower after running in HOT weather
- standing under a HOT shower after training in COLD weather
- driving while listening to a new CD
- Noel always having goldfish crackers when I'm hungry
- popcicles (new pineapple flavor)
- sleeping on fresh sheets
- eating at MOE's
- running with new tunes on my iPod
- laughing so hard my stomach hurts and tears are streaming down my face
- looking at pictures of my best friend's new baby, Ava!
- shopping at Target
- feeling sunshine on my skin
- Peter making coffee, espresso, cappuccino, mocha chino, or chai latte (all sooo good)
- curling up in bed when it's raining
- watching people perform on the tv show: So You Think You Can Dance
- coffee, ice cream... or coffee flavored ice cream
- looking forward to a fun trip/vacation
- a nice, long hug
- looking at pictures from a fun event
- sitting down after really cleaning my house, admiring the sparkle & shine!
- watching the colors change in Fall
- being in the lake, on a boat
- getting into a good book
- bonfires - making s'mores
- having all the laundry put away
- chocolate chip pancakes (especially if they're made by Dad!)
- crossing things off my TO DO list
- road trips
- floating down the Current River on a HOT, sunny day
- Artic Shatter flavored Powerade
- finding something I thought I'd lost
- free samples (of something I'll use)
- Pretty Woman coming on tv (I'll watch it every time)
- double sided tape
- getting my hair cut (well.... having someone else wash my hair)
- calling Mom... she always answers the phone with an enthusiastic HEY!
- enjoying a gorgeous view of the mountains, ocean, sunrise, sunset, city lit up at night...
- getting a massage
- text messaging
- the theme song for the Olympics
- hearing my sister, Sarah, LAUGH
- seeing a new movie at the theater
- flying somewhere, anywhere
- sitting with my family in my parent's living room (in our assigned seats... you guys know the spots... even better with a fire in the winter)
- remembering life is GOOD... I am so lucky!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Where has this website been all my life?! It is amazing... very user friendly. You can map your route, search for routes other people use. Check out popular running routes in other cities (handy for travel planning). It calculates calories burned, gives you elevation gain/loss, etc... You can even put in a destination (ex: TCBY), and it'll give you a route there!
Here's my favorite G'ville route. I'm a new mapmyrun.com addict!
My old stomping ground: Oh, I do miss running in St. Charles sometimes!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
YEAH! Congrats! Job Well Done!
Way to ROCK Oregon. I am so proud of you all, wish I could have been there too! From reading all the race reports, which I have enjoyed, it sounds like an amazing trip.
MOM!!!! Wowza! Having not run since May 20th... honestly, I was a bit worried about you. But, 4th place AG finish?! (you must have a pretty good coach, love ya Karyn!) Fantastic. You are such an inspiration. I wish you could see the reactions I get when I tell my friends you race tri's... and then the jaw drop when I mention your results at Nationals! I just love bragging about you.
JEN H!!!! You made it w/out Jerome!! Good for you ;) AWESOME race, especially coming off Eagleman. Dang woman. So glad to hear (read) your excitement about the race... and how good you felt during/after. You are such an AWESOME competitor.
ELIZABETH!!!! Same goes for you coming off Eagleman... what kind of drugs are you two on?! And, where can I get some? Hummm, you both raced Eagleman... you both scored a 1st... you're both from Illinois... you traveled together to Nationals... and both got 6th?! This seems very coincidental, and I'd like to jump on the bandwagon please!! Way to go chica. Congrats to Chris as well.
ALICIA!!! Thanks for bringin' it home to the SOUTH! I do love Illinois, and the people there, but someone's gotta represent! Sounds like you had an amazing day. Great Race!
EXCELLENT... I love having such FAST FRIENDS!