Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I made it out the door at 5:20am this morning.
I've been having a rough time dragging my sorry ass out of bed for my runs lately, but I told Tracy last night to wake me up when the alarm clock went off.
The alarm clock went off, I was already awake, and he didn't stir. Grrr!
Ah, well, I got up anyway.

I managed an average 10 min/mile pace for 4.5 miles and felt pretty good.

I'm a runner.
Life is good.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What happened to my waist?

OK, I had a vision of how I "thought" I looked, and this ain't it...

Well, let's just say I hate this picture and leave it at that.
It's from the Santa Dash a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sweet Corn and Watermelon

So, Saturday morning was the 10K for the Sweet Corn and Watermelon Festival. My alarm went off, and I thought about how much I did NOT want to get out of bed. So, I got dressed and ate my little bowl of oatmeal, all the while dreading the hilly course. Never mind that I'm still gaining weight and felt like a bloated mess.

When the race started, I was running with Barbie for about the first half mile, give or take. We were dead last when the race started. Let me just tell you how much I hate hearing the ambulance behind me during a race. HATE that!! I heard it for the first 2 miles...
So, Barbie takes off and I continue to plod along, but I really didn't feel bad at all. Just hated being so close to last. Damn High School kids!!

The weather couldn't have been better, though. The race was well organized, and there were plenty of volunteers and water stops.
The cross country coach from the kids' school was working one of the water stops, and he was an excellent cheerleader! Kept me going at mile 4 when I was ready to walk up the rest of the hills!

So, before the race started, Barbie decided that we should go and talk to the super-fast guy who wins all of the local races. He was really nice, and it was nice to meet a new person. At about mile 5, he was running out for his cool-down, and ran back in the last mile with me, cheering me on all the way. Wow! Talk about a huge help! I needed that, I was slowing down by the second until then!

So, I finished in 56:39. This is 1 minute 42 seconds slower than my last 10K, but still a respectable 9:08/mile pace. Still, out of 50 runners, 35 or so of them High School kids, I finished 47th!!! Can you believe it? What the hell?! But, ya gotta love small town races, I still won 1st place amongst 30-34 year old women... 1st out of 1. But, it's still a win!!

And, I am now committed to stop being such a slacker!!
Let's see if I stick with it.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Not a single step

since Sunday! It's not like I haven't been waking up early enough... Just lazy.

Monday night, I had to go in to work twice, once at 9pm and once at midnight for 1-2 hours each time. I used that as my excuse on Tuesday morning, even though I felt rested enough to run on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, I used the excuse that I needed the extra rest from the night before, even though I woke up at 5am without the alarm.

Thursday morning, I woke up at 5am without the alarm and just decided to give myself a break.

Friday morning, I was exhausted and didn't want to make it worse the day before the race.

My 10K tomorrow morning is going to blow.
And, my ever-expanding ass is getting plenty of fuel to continue to expand.

In April, I was 7 lb away from my weight goal. As of my scale hop this morning, I am 23 lb away...

Trying to get back on track, even though I just don't feel like it.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Santa Dash, in August

This weekend was yet another productive one! Lately, that has been unusual for me.

So, let's just step through it, shall we?
Saturday morning, Tracy drove me to my race in Salem so he could take my car to get the oil changed while I was running. It was hot, and I knew the run would be tough. It was odd running a Santa Dash in the stifling heat! But, I actually warmed up for a bit before the race (unusual for me). The race started at 8am, up the street and directly onto my old nemesis- the hill on Boone Street. Ugh!
That didn't slow me down too bad. I ran my first mile in 8:40. From there, I slowed but not too bad. I wound up with a finish time of 27:37, which was a 8:54 mile pace. I was happy to be under 9 min miles, especially with the heat the way it was, and there was NO WATER on the course. Of course, they told us there would be no water just before the race started- we were already lined up. If I had known, I would have carried a bottle.

The rest of Saturday was spent driving around, looking at houses that are on the market, not on the market, looking at landscaping, and going to the Sherwin Williams store to pick out paint to go over that god awful tile in the master bathroom!

Sunday morning, I woke up at 6am and felt great. So, I got up and went out for a 9 mile run. Can I just say that I hate running in the heat? I despise running in the heat! It wasn't too bad when I started out at about 6:45am, but it warmed up quick. I think I walked more than I ran for the last couple of miles. Quite a difference from the day before, I wound up with an 11:04 min/mile pace... ah, well, I got the miles under my belt anyhow!

I spent Sunday afternoon working on the bedrooms, organizing and sorting through crap, and getting stuff ready for this stupid garage sale. UGH! Half of the front room is full of crap that needs to get ready for this sale. And, I still need to go through the Kitchen and get rid of all of the 'wonderful' kitchen gadgets that I have never used. I. AM. NOT. MOVING. ALL. OF. THIS. CRAP. INTO. ANOTHER. HOUSE.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Swimming in my pool

Well, right now I'm just swimming in my pool of sweat...
One of the houses we are pretty serious about has a really nice pool and deck. I'm wondering how quickly we could make an offer, close on the house, and get moved in... hmmmm... a pool this summer is probably out of the picture. Damn!

Why must Tracy wake up at 4:30am every morning and foil my plans of putting off my run!? If he hadn't been whining about not being able to sleep this morning, I probably would have skipped running all together.

But, I made it. I'm thinking at the pace I'm going, my 5K on Saturday is going to suck royally. I ran my last 5K at a pace of 8:36/mile. This morning's run was 10:25/mile. I try to blame the heat, but I think the vast majority of it is pure laziness on my part. UGH!

My dog friend was waiting for me again this morning. He still won't let me pet him, but he will run up to me and let me give him a treat now. I'm growing on him, I just know it!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Horses and Heat

This weekend was my anti-slacker weekend. I have been such a slacker over the past several weeks, and this weekend just said, "ENOUGH!"

Saturday morning, I got up and went out for a very enjoyable 4.5 mile run. It was so, so hot and humid. But, I felt fantastic! Hoping throughout the entire run that Sunday's long run will be even better for the previous day's warmup.

This run made me feel so great that I managed to get Tracy to finally put up the shelf in my laundry room and the miniblinds in our bedroom. Looking at houses after my run gave me a new appreciation for those little things.

Sunday morning, I drug myself out of bed and managed to run 9 miles in the stifling heat. I left the house before 7am and was STILL sopping wet head to toe when I got home. And, my run was so super slow. But, I did it! Coming around the curve before the big farm where the goats are, about 6.5 miles into my run, I saw vultures in the road. Vultures? But, there was no roadkill!

As I got closer, the vultures flew away to a tree next to the road. I was thoroughly confused. Then, I smelled it. Yuck! Looked in the ditch on the Left hand side of the road, and there it was. A DEAD HORSE!! Yes, a dead horse, stinking like it had been there for awhile. I think I actually jumped all the way to the opposite side of the road and never missed a beat.

Sunday afternoon, I was so inspired by HGTV that I bought all of the stuff for replacing the flooring in the kids' rooms and cleaned out the garage and the storage shed. OK, so I didn't do it all myself. But, I had to do most of the sorting of all of that nasty stuff that had been out there forevah! Ahhh, before long I won't be too embarassed to put the house on the market and perhaps we can get a house that is big enough to spread out!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Really? A Blog?

So, here I am starting a blog- the most uncreative person on the planet. But, thanks to my fellow runners on the WW board, here I am. Let's see if I can at least make this somewhat readable!

So, why did I name my blog this way?

I have always struggled with my weight, mostly because I'm so obsessed with it. It all started with the boy who used to sit behind me on the bus and call me fatty starting when I was in 4th grade. Mind you, I wasn't all that fat. So began my obsessive journey, beginning with starving myself in high school to be 5'8" and 120lb, continuing after my divorce when I made myself vomit repeatedly every day to maintain at 140-145lb.

So, in the Summer of 2000, I started talking about running. I had been working out pretty regularly for almost a year, and needed something more. People who had known me for awhile scoffed- I could never be a runner, I always HATED to run. But, I started running anyhow- on October 1, 2000. And here I am, countless 5K's, 10K's, 15K's, a few Half Marathon's, 2 Full Marathons, and 4 RRR Relays later... still not sure that I'm REALLY a runner.

I'm definitely inconsistent- who knows what I could accomplish if I trained consistently? But, I'm still trudging along...
C'mon and join me! And, feel free to let me know about it when I start getting lazy and slack off (because I will).