Wednesday, January 23, 2008

when it rains, it pours....

After getting my brother off to Delaware on Monday, the rest of the week really dragged on. I made it to the YMCA on Tuesday and did the Body Fat Test. You get dunked in a stainless steel tub in a mobile truck and it tells you your lean body weight and your percentage of body fat. The tester did complement me on my lean weight – but I do need to get my body fat percentage down (which I already knew). So I will write down everything I eat for a week, figure out the best places to cut calories and keep doing aerobics and running. I worked hard in step class and went to bed with a lump in my stomach thinking about how hard this is going to be.

I dragged Brian to the movie theater on Thursday night to see the movie about marathon running, but as we walked out the door I had thoughts that it might not be for another week….. as I suspected, it is showing on Thursday the 24th – AGGGG. So I missed running and wasted a drive to the movie theater! I packed my bag for the Y when I got home – I was going on Friday night – I had had it with my week – I was turning the ship around.
Friday I ran at the Y for 4 miles doing the hair band transfer and i-pod groovin’. My time was about 52 minutes so I was averaging a 13 min/mile. It felt really good to get back to running – I missed it during the week, especially during this week.

Saturday morning I had full intentions of getting up to run with the Y group – I even set out my running clothes and set my alarm, but I stayed in bed with my husband. Sometimes family time is just more important. We ran errands and went to our Homeowner’s Association meeting. At least my clothes were all ready for Sunday!

Sunday I met the Y running group at the Orting trail at 8 am and headed south. The group took off as I removed the crusties from my eyes and turned on my Garmin. It felt really early, but the weather air was cool, damp and I was ready to run (once my eyes opened). My goal was to go out for 4 miles and 4 miles back in. My garmin ran out of batteries about 6 min. into the 1hr 45 min. run so I was on my own for pacing and timing. I turned up my i-pod and just got moving. Using the marks on the trail and my reference point from my last run, I went out to mile 4 and turned around. Now I have to figure out how to insert the run into the training program even though the garmin did not record it. It was a good run and I met up with the group at Starbucks and asked advice about hotels in Yakima for the Marathon in April.

Brian and I both had Monday off of work and this is when it started raining on us….. Usually when something happens to throw us off course it comes in multiples – as it did again on Monday (the weather was beautiful by the way). The old car would not start in the garage – so when we did get it started, we had to take it into the shop and leave it there – this will make for a fun week of carpooling. So we planned our week – I would drive Brian to work in Enumclaw and then proceed to my work in downtown Tacoma – a nice two hour commute for me at each end of my day! Normally I would have just hopped on the bus, but I had a doctors apt. on Tuesday and a work meeting in Gig Harbor on Wednesday. So, we had a plan, not a great one, but a plan. So I figured that I should get everything ready for Tuesday morning so that we could get out the door on time. I was slicing my apple for my healthy snack (with our freshly sharpened knives) and I slit my thumb open. Being stubborn and tough, I wrapped a paper towel around it, bandaged it up and went to bed. So Tuesday morning I nearly fainted when Brian helped my re-bandage it, I was going to have to go to the doctor. I stopped by the Enumclaw ER and they glued me back together and gave be a great gauze bandage and I was on my way (of course, the bill is on the way) and the doctor admonished me for not coming in earlier – thanks for the stubborn trait mom! I will be fine, thankfully it is my left hand and I can keep working. The results on the car are still not in, so there goes another wad of cash.

So when it rains, it pours on us, but thankfully we can laugh and look forward to spring!

Here is to being prepared and stubborn – two traits that I wouldn’t change for the world.
Oh yeah, I got 12 miles in and one step class – next week even more!


Journey to a Centum said...

She slices, she dices, she makes slashes in her thumb! No more sharp utensils for you lady!

Hope the car gets fixed. Hopefully it's nothing a good tuneup won't fix.


Backofpack said...

I don't know how I missed this post! Maybe cuz I worked a couple nights last week and that is generally when I catch up.

Did you figure out how to get the miles into the training program? If not, zip us an email and we'll help you out.

See you soon!

wendy said...

hey girlie,

I'm heading to the Y around 4:45 tomorrow morning if you want to run a bit with me. let me know if you need help with the garmin, I can swing by and show you how to change it up. =)