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Thursdays are cursed

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Last Thursday my car threw a rod and blew my engine. Major car repair cost. I have been driving my old beater "just in case" minivan. It runs VERY loud and slow and I have always known it would eventually die.

Today it died. In the middle of morning rush hour on a road under construction that was down to a single lane less than a mile from the gas station where I had just filled it up. Two guys stopped and pushed me into the construction lane so I didn't hold up traffic too much.

Next Thursday I plan to just stay in bed, I do not have a good trend going right now.

I knew last week that my normal commute would strain the minivan but right up until the moment it quit it had been running "normally". It gave no indication it was about to die. It just stopped.

I'm not too upset about it; I knew it would probably happen and it lasted a week, so that's one week of car rental I did not have to pay. What upsets me is the $55 in gas I just put in the tank. The stupid thing could have had the decency to die BEFORE I went to the gas station.

I don't think I will get it repaired. Based on how it had been running I suspect it won't be cheap...both the motor and the transmission and issues. I paid $350 for it three years ago and have put on new brakes, a muffler and replaced the tires. So all told I've got maybe $850 into it. My sister drove it for a year when she didn't have a vehicle and it saved me about $150 in car rental this last week so all in all I feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of it. The tires are only a few months old so I can sell them, or I can just donate the vehicle to charity and take the tax write off (the say they take non-running vehicles although I still feel weird about dumping it on them). As a bonus saving the plate registration is due in a month so I won't have to pay that now if I get rid of it, and my car insurance will drop by a few dollars.

My son has his permit and the minivan was going to be what he would drive when he gets his license. He's still a few months away from that; we will have to come up with another plan now. His dad said he might be able to do something in Jan/Feb to get Matt a car to drive so he can get to school and get a job.

The only car the rental place had when I got there was a Dodge Charger. It has a push button start which is major cool. Yes, I am easily impressed. I am also 100x more likely to get a speeding ticket now, this car and my luck (and, I'll admit, driving habits) all scream "I'm speeding, give me a ticket!". It's like I am a beacon for police radar and I don't seem to be able to do the helpless "poor me" act well enough to get out of them like other people I know have done. Oh well, I will deal with that if it happens...and try to make sure it doesn't. Maybe I'll track it here as an Other Goal..."Do not get a speeding ticket 1x per day".

I signed the invoice and put down the deposit at the car repair place Tuesday night so they should have ordered the motor yesterday. Depending on how fast it ships I might have my car back by the end of next week.

Now I'm just waiting for the third bad thing to happen, because problems seem to come in 3s.

  
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VYVIENN 9/30/2011 2:10PM

    Oh no, honnnnnney! That sure answers that car question I just posed... that Charger sure sounds like a sexxxxxy car! We had near-issues a few years back when I rented a Mercedes SLK for DH. That damn thing accelerated when you looked at it and basically drove itself... phew!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/25/2011 10:57AM

    I am so very sorry about this. What a terrible day. I don't think it can get much worse! Watch out for the po-po! You don't need them in your life.

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FUNKY5RED 9/23/2011 11:10AM

    I'm sorry about your Thursday troubles. Do siphon out the gasoline. It costs too much to just let it go. Hang in there. This too shall pass. In the meantime, it sometimes just feels good to stomp around in the privacy of your own home (when you are alone). Get it out of your system and you will feel better.

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MCJULIEO 9/23/2011 8:43AM

    Oh yes, I am ALL for siphoning (NOT BY MOUTH- YOU DON'T WANT A MOUTHFUL OF GASOLINE! there are tools for that)

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ELYMWX 9/23/2011 1:02AM

    Methinks it's next Thursday you need to watch out for the cops...

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MIQUEY73 9/22/2011 11:14PM

    Watch out for those cops! Don't want a speeding ticket as your third thing. :)

Hope next Thursday is better for you!

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 9/22/2011 10:23PM

    I had a Dodge Charger as a loner a couple of years ago when my car was in the shop. I loved it so much I wanted to keep it. People kept telling me they loved my car...lol. It really does demand to be driven really fast. The only problem I had with it was that it took a lot of gas to fill it..it cost me about $20 more to fill it than my car.
Have fun with it!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/22/2011 9:43PM

    WOW, that's a lot of bad stuff packed into 1/7 of a week! Highly recommend 1) getting car fixed before next Thursday, 2) not driving anywhere on Thursdays, and 3) Stay in bed all day next Thursday

Good luck....you're handling all this with grace and strength....and a great attitude!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/22/2011 9:30PM

    Oh, man! Your attitude, though, is what is impressing me. I am so proud of you. Re-read your blog. Can you hear your optimism? I sure can! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISTINKP 9/22/2011 4:55PM

    I had a pretty sucky Thursday too. My hubby just found out that he didn't get the promotion he was up for, which had me down this afternoon, then I dropped my phone and it shattered into a billion pieces. What's next?

Just curious, where did you get your rental? Hope you took the damage waiver...if not I recommend calling in sick next Thursday! :-)

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TIGGERJEAN 9/22/2011 3:41PM

    *HUGS*

We've all been there.

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MS_DOLLY 9/22/2011 3:33PM

    Unfortunately, your third bad things has arrived - and no it wasn't the $55 in the gas tank.

As a member of the cats team you are banned from drinking anything other than water next week...

Okay no, not really - but if it will help you, I would be happy to make that part of your challenge. Hmm?

emoticon Sending bright thoughts your way and hopes to a good ending of your day.

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THISYEARSMODEL 9/22/2011 3:31PM

    I know what you mean, except for me, it was Fridays. Some years ago there was a six month period where I hated Fridays because something bad would always happen around 2:30 on a Friday.

If your rental uses the same gas as the beater, siphon honey, siphon! 55 bucks is 55 bucks! I've lived in two supposedly nice neighborhoods where gas was stolen from people's tanks on a regular basis (in two different states no less), so I say...steal your own!

It will get better. Use your karate zen to bring it. Focus on what you want to happen, and keep telling yourself "things are getting better!" until you believe it.

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CANDOK1260 9/22/2011 2:45PM

    FOR ME IT USUALLY A ABD WENESDAY THURSDAY ARE USUALLY GOOD FOR ME

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/22/2011 2:41PM

    Dang girl, I agree - stay in bed! just kidding.
sending happy, bright positive thoughts your way!

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CAALAN23 9/22/2011 2:25PM

    Well, maybe you can count that $55 tank as the third thing? Here's hopin' anyway.

I had one of those beater vans, we went to trade it in and they laughed. They laughed until they realized we were serious and there was no way in hell we were paying what they were asking unless something gave on the trade. Heh. It was worth it just to see their faces. Of course, I'm the one with the car payment...so...Hmmmm. :/

Good luck with the repairs and cops!
Tina

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ASHBASH24 9/22/2011 2:21PM

    Sorry about your sucky Thursday! And that's so funny about making no speeding tickets a goal you track on SP! At least I drive super slow so I don't gotta worry about that :)

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The lights turned on! Now all I need is a good man!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Or so I was told once (have faith, I will get to the point eventually).

This weekend I resumed replacing light switches and outlets. I am going from the 35 year old original beige switches & to nice sleek black panel switches.



I changed 5 light switches and 2 outlets on Sunday. Whatever “electrician” installed the original ones probably electrocuted himself a long time ago. None of them were wired the same way and the bathroom outlet – which is right next to the sink where I use my blow dryer – was not the proper kind nor was it even grounded! Even I know enough to realize that isn’t good.

Fortunately I don’t have to run new wires, I just need to unhook them from the old and attach them to the new. Unfortunately the stupid things don’t come with directions so I have no idea why sometimes the wires poke into tiny holes and sometimes they bend around screws. But at least they are now all grounded (and the one in the bathroom is now the proper kind of outlet, GFSI or whatever it is called) and turn on / provide power.

But getting back to the blog title…Replacing the switches & outlets reminded me of when my grandmother moved in with me about a month after my divorce. I had spent part of a Saturday replacing all of the burned out light bulbs in the house, including the #!@$* halogens above the stove (a major pain in the backside to replace!) and putting covers on some of the outlets where they had been missing. There were MANY burned out bulbs and many had broken in the socket so I had to turn off the power & use pliers to remove the little metal screw in things (I have a serious desire to avoid being shocked or electrocuted). Why were there so many you ask? It’s a long story, suffice to say my ex had a lot of issues and the stress for me to maintain even simple things like light bulbs & outlet covers just wasn’t worth dealing with him in those final years.

This “work” was certainly nothing major or complicated, at least in my opinion (except for the #!@$* halogens!). Actually, I can’t see it being considered as a lot of work in anybody’s opinion. But my grandmother was mightily impressed and said to me…”You work so hard, what you need now is a good man!”

“Why do you say that?” I asked.

Her response? Said in all seriousness…”So he can do everything for you!”

Ummmm….no, I don’t think so.

No offense guys, but I think I can handle light bulbs LOL! And a whole lot more. Although I am willing to hand over responsibility for the #!@$* halogens.

So here’s a question for the men…Would you really want a wife / girlfriend who depended on you to do “everything” and was not willing and/or (seemingly) capable of handling “anything”, even something as simple as removing a broken light bulb?

I’m not talking about true physical / mental / medical conditions or disabilities that prevent someone from doing things, that is a different issue and completely understandable. I’m talking about someone choosing to be helpless.

I would chalk it up to generation gap (my grandmother is in her 80s) but it is so far out of my comprehension that anyone, of any age, man or woman, would either a) want to be with someone who was that completely helpless; or b) could be OK with him/herself being that completely helpless.

What I REALLY need is…a good housekeeper! I seem to be missing that gene.

  
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DEZZIEJAMES 9/23/2011 1:53PM

    I know a woman who let her husband do EVERYTHING. She is going through a divorce and doesn't know how to pump gas. Yeah.

That will NEVER be me, and any man who wants me will just have to learn to love my independence. Or it will never work.

Way to go FFK!!!

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THISYEARSMODEL 9/22/2011 4:13PM

    Congrats on your electrical work! I'm handy & can do a lot of stuff, including spider patrol, but electrical is freaks me out too much.

As hard as it is to believe, there are guys who like women who are helpless. The most surprising culture shock I had when I moved to Los Angeles is that there are a lot of men here who dislike strong women and prefer weak, helpless ones. (Note that the weak helpless women, as part of the deal, are expected to take care of the men.) I think it's because so many of the guys here work in an industry where they literally write and create their fantasy girl, they start to expect that in reality. Unfortunately there are a lot of women here who are happy to comply, especially if the guy has money and power.

Not this one! I don't mind asking a guy to do something now and then if he likes to feel needed, but there's no way I could deal with a guy who needed that every day.





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TIGGERJEAN 9/22/2011 3:36PM

    No one (who is sane) wants the burden of having someone completely dependent on them. As in all things, the housework has to be 'give and take' - honestly, I do a lot of the cleaning around the house, but my husband does a lot of support/fix-it jobs that I could probably learn...but heck. I'm not itchy to work on the water heater or crawl under the house to examine pipes. I can load up the dishwasher while he does the sweaty stuff.

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DOGSTARDADDY 9/22/2011 11:07AM

    Now you just hold on there little lady..... Yer' talkin' crazy talk over there. A good man'll fix everything.
ps... can you come over and fix my outlets too? I'm not allowed to touch the electrical any more since the "incident".

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MCJULIEO 9/22/2011 8:30AM

    I like the TEAM concept so the work gets done and we can all enjoy it together,,,(and we raised all our kids to be handy, too- our daughter was the only one in her all girls dorm in college with her own tool kit, and she was good with them, too! not nail file/blow dryer type tools, but drill, screwdrivers, level, pliers, hammer type tools)

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FUNKY5RED 9/21/2011 10:05PM

    I don't need someone to take care of me, but it sure is nice to have someone love me enough to want to take care of me. We do different things to show we care for each other. He changes the oil in my car. Yes, I could do it, but he likes to work on the car and it is a kindness he shows me. It is all a give and take. That said, good job on the wiring. It is a great accomplishment.

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DOODIE59 9/21/2011 8:45PM

    The situation in our house is that neither my husband or I are handy ... although we do have the light bulbs under control.

I WOULD like to say how impressed I am with all the stuff you do inside and outside your home:)

One other point, the women of your grandmother's generation had a much different house chores workload -- much harder and more labor intensive -- than today's women. I still see my mother hand-wringing the laundry ... Just in terms of groceries ... they didn't have convenience foods, magical cleansers, etc.

Anyway, just to say her comment might have been a generational thing. Or -- hey -- she might have been talking about sex.

Enjoy the bright lights!
Deirdre

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ALLISON145 9/21/2011 2:45PM

    In these changing times where the wife may bring home more "bacon" than the husband, I think guys sometimes like to feel like they can still take care of us in some way. For this reason, I will ask my husband for help with things that I could do on my own if I think he would be better/faster at it and appreciate the opportunity. If not, I just handle it. It seems to work for us. :)

-Allison

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LILLI56 9/21/2011 1:54PM

    Our plumber must have been a sibling to your electrician. When we moved in and hooked up our washer the cold was hot and vice versa. In the kitchen the same. . .and the sink in the bathroom but not the tub. I have to keep reminding my grandkids it is backwards.

My mom would be 100 this year, and she was the handywoman in the family. My dad didn't have tools. .they were in the kitchen under the sink. Until I grew up, I never thought it was funny that mom fixed stuff. I am glad I have a husband that can and will fix stuff - but if he isn't available I can do it. emoticon

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RUSSELL_40 9/21/2011 1:44PM

    And I don't need any help with the cleaning, laundry, or cooking EITHER!!! lol.. jk emoticon

We don't admit it any more.. but society has categories of " men's work", and " women's work". Everything goes good till someone gets tired, and says " dishes! that's women's work! ".

I could not have lived 40 years ago.. I can't even change oil, but I cook pretty good, and the bathroom smells nice..lol

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VYVIENN 9/21/2011 1:36PM

    Hehe, yeah, I can't see that in you at all, either... though I just sneakily and accidentally conned DH into fixing dinner while I played FarmVille, and that's after his run! Ooops!!

Your electric wiring (before) must've been done by the same "handiman" who did our house in MD... our inspector nearly had heart failure when he looked at the naked wires dangling from the ceiling...

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CANDOK1260 9/21/2011 1:32PM

    great blog, my problem is I have no man and is doing everyting for my 85 year mom while my twin live with us also and do whatever he want

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TRI_BABE 9/21/2011 12:37PM

    Hahaha I wouldn't mind a man stepping in and taking care of the rest of my house, while I went to the beach... for a while, then I think it would get boring.

It does help though, that LH is a professional drywall contractor and painter, LOL. Also to do things I just find unpleasant, like pick up the dead mouse that was behind the wall emoticon

I think conversely if I dated a guy who was helpless it would get on MY nerves, and might not work, as I think I could intimidate a lot of guys. Also if some guy treated me like I was helpless I would find it incredibly annoying, as well.

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/21/2011 12:13PM

    Oh yes, I agree 100% with you LUNALOCA. We all need to be wanted, and it is good to help each other out. My grandmother, however, fully meant that as a woman I shouldn't *have* to do anything for myself (or even know how to), that the man is responsible for doing everything. Quite a bit different from helping someone because you want to, or accepting that help because it is freely offered. I certainly don't feel a *need* to do everything for myself (if I were in a relationship that is), or ever expect that anyone is required to take care of everything for me.

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ELYMWX 9/21/2011 12:09PM

    My wife and one of her co-workers were talking many years ago, and they decided that what they needed was another wife to keep the house in order while they worked. Of course, I worked at he same company (as did her co-worker's husband - all four of us are engineers) so when our wives told us this at lunch we knew better than to say anything, because anything we said would have got us shot!

And, speaking to your question, no I would not be happy with someone who was helpless. My wife and I are a team, and we complement each other. There are some jobs that are "mine" and there are some that are "hers", however if one of us is off our game for one reason or the other the other fills in.

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DEBRA0818 9/21/2011 12:05PM

    I have a similar situation to Lunaloca where my husband does things to show me how much he loves and appreciates me. My mother said to me once, "How come you always call Joe when something needs to be done (home maintenance wise)," and I said, "because it is the way we express love and mutuality to each other." That's what happens when you marry a handy guy. When he's busy or not around, I quietly handle things on my own, but I love the joy it brings to him to show off his "manly" competence.

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LUNALOCA 9/21/2011 11:50AM

    I think, rather than creating the gap of "helpless" that a "good" man rushes to fill in, that it's more a matter of him *wanting* to do those things *for* you, to make life easier, to show how much he loves you, etc. My dad is like this, and my husband somewhat, and I think it's very sweet. I'm far from helpless, but I do appreciate help and being shown that he cares enough to get his touche off the couch and help.

Just my take on it. Nice light switches!

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PASTAFARIAN 9/21/2011 11:44AM

    The tiny holes are for electricians who don't care if the connections fail after a while - as long as there is enough time to get out without being blamed. They are poor quality compared to the wrap-around-the-screw technique which provides a more durable electrical connection.

Good job on the plier extraction! I know how annoying that is, too.

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Race picture

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We had to stand around for an hour in the cold so I wore long running pants underneath my skort...and realized right before the race started that I had no way to carry them if I removed them to run. Oh, well. I think this was taken around mile 6.



This is Sandy, the Team in Training coach with whose group I have been doing my long runs. The weekend before the HM she ran a 50k (or maybe a 50 mile, she does both!).

  
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THISYEARSMODEL 9/22/2011 4:14PM

    Congrats!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIGGERJEAN 9/22/2011 3:39PM

    You look FANTASTIC. Way to go! Give in to the crazy, dear.

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CBAILEYC 9/22/2011 1:18PM

    Fabulous pic! You look strong and fast!
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C~

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MCJULIEO 9/22/2011 8:19AM

    I just KNEW there had to be a photo of this skirt somewhere!

You GO!

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 9/21/2011 2:00PM

    Great skort!

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/21/2011 1:58PM

    Sweetie, you look beautiful!

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FUSCHIA6 9/21/2011 12:37PM

    You look fantastic! I love seeing that success skort (and you) in action. Way to go my friend, way to go!

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ANNIE7205 9/21/2011 12:35PM

    You look fast and strong. Way to go!

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CAALAN23 9/21/2011 11:57AM

    Run, girl, run! Love the skort, very cute!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/21/2011 10:51AM

    Good on you and congrats!

go Team!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/21/2011 10:50AM

    emoticon You look like you were running strong! Way to go!!!

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KKINNEA 9/21/2011 10:01AM

    That is the most fantastic race outfit!!

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ELYMWX 9/21/2011 9:40AM

    Woo-Hoo! emoticon

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MOOVINMAMA 9/21/2011 9:39AM

    Woo Hoo! emoticon

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Oh what a difference 4 months made

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On April 30 I ran my first ever race, a 5k. At the time it seemed incredibly difficult. My original goal run is only a 2 mile in 18 minutes but I decided I needed to be able to run further than 2 miles as a kind of buffer / safety net, to ensure I wouldn’t crap out on the 2 mile when I test. So I signed up for the race - which was local – and ran, took flying leaps over flattened road kill and had a conversation with my multiple personalities.

Here is a link to the original blog / race recap and an excerpt:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205982


Crazy Me: There's the Perch Run in July, and I bet there's other races around here in June...and The Crim is in August and then there's the half marathon in October...
NM: (realizing that [Crazy Me] isn't playing with a full deck) Wait just a minute there! The Perch Run is 4 miles! The Crim is 10!
CM: (not pausing for breath) By July 4 miles will be nothing.
NM: Hold it!......Running is a means to an end, not the end itself. Remember my goal? Earn my Black Belt. That's it, not distance racing.
CM: (still not stopping for breath) But...if we...keep adding distance to the running, we can talk to IT Finance lady at work who's training for a half, and join a running club, and start training, and..
NM: (giving The Look) No....No 10 mile run. No half marathon. Don't even say marathon or I will b*tch slap you into next month.

So what did I do?

Saturday 9/18 I ran my first half marathon. 13.1 miles.

Crazy Me, a.k.a. Becky, was in heaven. Not only did she get to run her race but we did so in a hot faux fur leopard print running skort (she’s enthusiastic but her taste is slightly different). Unfortunately I do not have a picture from the race.

My original goal was to finish in 3.5 hours. As I kept training I kept revising that time downward until I reached 2.5 hours. The last 3 or 4 long runs I did prior to the race kept coming in just over that time so I figured it was a good goal.

My official finish time was 2:14:23. My unofficial time, by my watch, was 40 seconds faster (we did not have individual start times & I was at the back of the pack when we started so it took a few seconds to get to the starting line). I finished 25 out of 31 in my age/gender group, and 240 out of 306 overall. I was *slow*.

I am in no way upset that so many people were faster than me. I wasn’t running to “win” a medal, I won just by finishing. I ran a personal best, I ran the whole way without walking (except for a few steps at each water station; I tried running & drinking at the 1st one and ended up snorting water), was ahead of 66 other people, blew away my goal by 16 minutes AND did so without completely killing myself. So I know next time I can do even better. I am simply amazed at the fitness level of the 239 people who finished ahead of me. I struggle to run 2 miles at a 9 minute mile pace and these people ran 13 miles at that pace and faster. The overall winner finished in a mere 86 minutes.

One of them was a 50-60 something lady who has been running for about a year; she also kick-boxes and strength trains. This was her 1st half marathon too. She passed me at mile 2.5 and I never saw her again until after I finished. Simply amazing.

Some things that were different from the 5k races I did:

I only saw 1 person walking. There may have been more behind me but I didn’t catch up to or pass anyone except the one guy.

One older man was puking by the side of the road at about 7 miles. I give him credit though, he started running again although a lot slower than he had been.

I saw a woman crying at mile 9, she looked to be struggling a lot. She had a friend with her though, encouraging her, and she was still going when I passed. I think she, like the older gentlemen above, pushed too hard too fast in the early miles, caught up in the excitement of the race.

One lady was on the ground with paramedics only a dozen feet or so from the finish line. She left by ambulance. She didn’t look like an emergency but rather injured and she was pretty upset, she was asking them to at least get her across the finish line (they wouldn’t).

At least one other person behind me left by ambulance. I think that person was an emergency because the sirens were going, where they hadn’t for the lady.

Right at mile 13, when the finish line was in sight, Sinatra started playing on my iPod…”And now, the end is near”…I crossed the finish line hearing “I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption, I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway, and more, much more than, I did it my way.”

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So, now what’s next? Becky’s insisting on a full marathon. There is the Detroit Free Press marathon in a month. However, being the partially sane personality I am resisting. I highly doubt I am ready to run a full marathon. The farthest I’ve gone is 15 miles & those last 2 were tough. Of course, if I actually ask my coaches if I’m ready and they say no I will have to run it to prove them wrong; if they say yes then I’m committed to doing it. Having a competitive alter ego is a pain sometimes. So I have so far resisted asking the question.

There is also a half marathon as part of the event which I know I can do but it’s getting late in the year and I’m starting to be…concerned is too strong a word…that I will have trouble in the cold.

I have what the Dr. has called “exercise induced asthma”, meaning I have had asthma attacks which only seemed to be triggered by intense cardio and/or cold air and aren’t really detectable during the standard asthma tests. It has not bothered me even a single time this year, even during intense cardio, so I started thinking maybe it was just caused in the past by being overweight. But Sunday I experienced the start of attacks 3 times during the race. I was able to slow and deepen my breathing enough to stop the attacks before they really took hold…but October is likely to be colder than it was Sunday and an asthma attack during the race would not be a good thing even if I get my inhaler Rx filled. I could run with the Team in Training group I’ve done some of my long runs with so I wouldn’t necessarily be alone…but… I have to think about this one a little more.

  
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SUPERDUPER26 9/21/2011 1:16PM

    Nice job!
As for the exercise-induced asthma, I've got it too but have just made peace with preventative inhaler use before running. Its worth it in my opinion to be able to go out there and do something, and it sounds like Crazy Becky would certainly agree. emoticon
Congrats on finishing, and good luck with your marathon!

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ANNIE7205 9/21/2011 12:48PM

    Awesome blog. I ran my first half on Sunday and will be doing the full next year. I just started running in January, and had thought about setting my first full for next spring, but I think that's pushing it a bit and will shoot for the Fox Cities (full) Marathon since the Fox Cities Half Marathon was my first half - seems kind of fitting that my first full would be there too. Only you know what you are capable of, though, and best of luck with whatever you decide. From what I've read so far, if anyone can jump up that far in a month - it's you!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/21/2011 10:55AM

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Congratulations on running your first half marathon!

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REBECCATKD 9/20/2011 11:08PM

    I am beyond impressed! Like you, I also ran my first 5k on April 30 (as prep for my upcoming tests!). But my next goal is a second 5k, not a marathon!! Holy cow, you are unbelievably awesome...and I do mean, inspiring awe. Kudos!

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RESULTS361AP09 9/20/2011 10:55PM

    Wow-what an accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself for setting that goal & then breaking right past it! Keep up the good work. You will be ready for the full marathon in no time!

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/20/2011 6:58PM

    This is an awesome blog! I too wish you pictures but the words illustrate the moment just fine. Congratulations on your accomplishment! More power to you and keep on running! Be careful with the asthma you don't want to be the one leaving by ambulance. I also have exercise induced asthma--it will sneak up on you when you least expect it. Keep your inhaler handy this fall especially if you'll be training outside.

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KKINNEA 9/20/2011 5:40PM

    You have been bitten by the bug! Train safe and you can do anything!

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ELYMWX 9/20/2011 5:29PM

    Congratulations to you all!

(I'm disappointed about the lack of pictures, however...)

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RUNNER12COM 9/20/2011 4:35PM

    Love, love, love this blog!

And I will think of you as I am running my first marathon next month. We can do it!

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FUNKY5RED 9/20/2011 4:34PM

    Amazing journey. You have come a long way and will go even further. Just do what you can.

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DOODIE59 9/20/2011 2:50PM

    First, congratulations on the half marathon. Second, if you can run 15 miles, you can run 26 ... the only issue would be form/style/finishing times:). However, do consider the asthma if you are running during a colder season ... what would be the point? How about joining an indoor soccer league ... those games are usually 50 minutes long, and you are jogging or sprinting for the most part. How about basketball? These would keep you moving and indoors during the winter. The other benefit to choosing a different aerobic activity is that you use different muscles and will be less susceptible to repetitive strain type injuries. Food for thought --

Once again, congrats!
Deirdre



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DENISEFOR110 9/20/2011 1:42PM

    emoticon . Just take every precaution and then go ahead and reach those goals!

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CANDOK1260 9/20/2011 11:44AM

    I know nothing about racring and barley walk fast but listen to the word of wisdom maybel wait still weather get warmer emoticon emoticon

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DOGSTARDADDY 9/20/2011 11:11AM

    Thinking will only slow you down.
Cool timing on your music mix tho :)

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MOOVINMAMA 9/20/2011 10:58AM

    You are amazing! Thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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CBAILEYC 9/20/2011 10:55AM

    I'm going to second what VYVIENN said. You've done spectacularly well with your HM training and your pace and timing. I'd worry that one month isn't enough time to ramp up to a Full. Absolutely put it in front of you (Becky?) as a goal in the near future.. spring.. summer.. but allow yourself to fully develop. Bask in your status of awesome Half finisher for a while. You've earned it!
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MCJULIEO 9/20/2011 10:51AM

    Somewhere probably in geosynchronous orbit there's a satellite that has an image of you in that hot faux fur leopard print running skort ..... I would like to see it!

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GLASSPAK22 9/20/2011 10:35AM

    Great emoticon

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VYVIENN 9/20/2011 10:30AM

    Honey, I LOVE what you've done with yourself; you've been nothing short of amazing! Just one teensy-weensy word of caution: I have absolutely no doubt that you could do that marathon. You'd finish. It would probably suck at the end (I hear they tend to do that), but you'd finish. And here comes the but: please don't push yourself too far if you have any inkling in your mind at all that you may not be ready. Better to hold off until the spring and really kick it. So, if there's a nagging voice, listen to it. I don't want to see you injured now that you're a) doing so, so well (you are, to quote Jillian, aspirational!), and b) so close to your black belt.

If all systems are go, I say.... go! I sure hope I can run like that some day (I'm turtleing my way up to that 10K, whistle, whistle). Though I'll never be able to pull off leopard print... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUSSELL_40 9/20/2011 10:30AM

    I would be careful with the cold air .. maybe do the half in Detroit, and not push to the full till you can do a warmer race.

maybe you can do a sub 2 hour half.. avoid any breathing difficulties.

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A night off? Moi?

Monday, September 19, 2011

I am not a morning person by even the most generous definition so I almost always do my fitness in the evenings. I haven't missed a day since one Sunday in mid-January when my original fitness schedule called for 1 day off per week; that schedule lasted all of 1 week and I have done some form of cardio 7 days per week for the last 8 months. Until tonight. I decided to take the night off.

Tonight I went to dinner with 2 friends from school. We were in 13 of the 14 MBA classes together back in 2002/2003 and this is the first time all 3 of us had met in person. We got our MBAs through the University of Phoenix online program. So we've talked a lot on the phone and in e-mails but I am the only one to have met the other 2 (separately) face to face.

Iris is in town today for a conference and Mary lives about an hour away from me so we drove to Detroit to have dinner together. I have a picture of the 3 of us but it is on my phone which is charging so I will post it later. We had a nice dinner and talk to catch up; it was a pleasant evening. We went to the Detroit Beer Company; the food was excellent, the beer was excellent (only 3/4 of 1 glass spread over 2 hours plus dinner, I do not drink & drive).

But being after 9 pm by the time I got home I decided the world will not end if I don't exercise tonight. At least I hope it doesn't; my apologies in advance if I am wrong LOL! I have karate tomorrow night and if I am able to get up and to work early enough I might also be able to get to the yoga pilates class I haven't gone to for months. That's a big if but I'm going to try.

  
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IMPROVINGME 9/20/2011 1:19PM

    Yes, you definitely deserved a rest!
Glad you enjoyed your visit with your former classmates.

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VYVIENN 9/20/2011 2:05AM

    Becky must've been off someplace herself, since she didn't try to get you to do an extra long workout after your evening out, haha!! Sounds like you had a good time, and you certainly both needed and deserved that. emoticon

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FUSCHIA6 9/20/2011 12:52AM

    Sounds like a great evening. So far, my corner of the world is holding up just fine. I'll let you know if trouble starts on your account!
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MIQUEY73 9/19/2011 10:53PM

    Sounds like an enjoyable evening.

Have fun in karate!

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