Sunday, June 09, 2013
This is a great way to start a Sunday... enjoying the sunshine with my Labrador, a beautiful breeze, coffee, sparking and looking at the results of yesterday's pedicure.
I was never into what I considered "high-maintenance" activities such as manicures, pedicures and massages. I always thought that was for women with nothing better to do.
DH started buying me gift certificates a couple years ago for salon services and I came around. I don't go often but it's a nice mood lifter once in a while.
The plan for today is to take the dog for a walk, plant some flowers and maybe hit the elliptical later.... of course after I enjoy the quiet of an early Sunday morning!
Edit... I've tried this twice, not sure why the picture looks correct when I upload it but goes upside once I post it. Oh well. The world can be an upside down place.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Hey there! TGIF!
I always tell people about a quote I read once (forgot where, by who and the exact wording), "you're not having a bad day, you had a few bad moments that you held onto all day".
Today is one of those days where I feel like telling anyone who looks in my direction what a bad day I'm having. I have resisted that urge so far. There's nothing I can do about it. I can't change people, only my reaction to them. So I keep repeating that thought in my head, that I'm not having a bad day, just a couple bad moments. Gotta let it go!
So some movie lines I found online to lighten up a Friday afternoon............
"You havenít seen enough movies. All of lifeís riddles are answered in the movies." Steve Martin - Grand Canyon
"Iím on this new diet. I donít eat anything and when I feel like Iím about to pass out I eat a cube of cheese." The Devil Wears Prada
"You see, the most fantastic, magical things can happen and it all starts with a wish!" Jiminy Cricket - Pinocchio
"You know, it's moments like these when I realize how much of a superhero I am." Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man 3
So everyone, go forth and be a superhero today!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
!Happy Hump Day!
Earlier this morning I posted a message on one of my SP teams that I committed to a group motorcycle ride tonight before I knew it was National Running Day. I said I'd rather run tonight but I need more motorcycle time to get ready for an 8-day trip next month.
Wait, stop, back that up, what did I just say???! "I'd rather run". That came out of me??
Some people who know me are still in shock (after four years) that I ride a motorcycle but I think the most shocking thing in my life now is "I'd rather run". Those are words I would have never imagined would exist in my vocabulary.
How bout that?!
Two years ago, I downloaded the Get Running App and started this running journey. I remember one night, it said I was supposed to run for five minutes and walk for two I think. I grimaced the whole five minutes.
Fast forward, I am currently pushing myself and finishing five miles. FIVE MILES! Not five minutes, FIVE FLIPPIN MILES! Whodathunkit?
So Happy National Running Day. I may not have time to run later but today has brought me a running revelation!
Someone run a mile or two for me today.
This just in..... plans changed, DH is sick so no motorcycle ride. I quickly changed my clothes after work and ran 3 miles, then walked the dog. HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!
Thanks to those of you that maybe thought of me when you ran and thanks for all of the encouragement!
Monday, June 03, 2013
The weekend that was....
Friday night was dinner out with co-workers at a Mexican restaurant. I was proud of myself; only ate half of the taco salad, had a skinny rita and lots of water. I headed home early to get to bed in preparation for Saturday's 5K.
It was a great day in the cool, rainy Chicago area weekend. People that lived along the race route were outside their houses with their coffee cheering everyone on. Little kids outside in their pajamas high-fiving runners. It was a feel-good morning for sure.
Later I looked at the race results and noticed they posted chip time and gun time. Gun time showed I was about 20 seconds slower than my last 5K. I thought I had done better, only slowed down to a walk for two sips of water and one incline toward the end. Chip time showed my best time ever!
So I googled it and found that gun time is the time between when the race officially started until the time I crossed the finish line. Chip time is the time between when I crossed the start line until I crossed the finish line. I usually run between a 10 and 11 minute mile so lining up behind the faster runners, it takes some time to get across the start line.
It made me wonder about the other 5Ks I have run. They were all chip timed but I never saw gun times posted. But hey, I was off the couch and being active so it's all good! I came in 18th out of 66 women in my age group. I'll take that!
Later I ran some errands then picked up my daughter at the train to go visit my mom and dad. Then she took me out for a belated mother's day dinner while watching the Blackhawks game (YAY !! Go Blackhawks!). We had a great time.
Sunday was cold and dreary here but we had planned a group motorcycle ride. Eight hours. OOF!!! We had a great time despite the weather. Bless whoever invented the heated jacket liner!!!!
After the ride, DH and I got in comfy, warm clothes and sat down to watch the Blackhawks game. We were both asleep shortly after the first goal was scored. I am SO beyond tired today! As I drove to work, a local DJ said something like "It's Monday! Come on, what's the matter with you, you're alive aren't ya, let's go!"
So I'm going to try to channel the energy I felt just before the 5K started on Saturday and dig into the day. So everybody else that is dragging out there today, "You're alive aren't ya, let's go!"
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Happy Sunday to all. I hope everyone is having a safe and mindful weekend. Thank you to all of you that have served or loved, supported or lost someone who served. Words to express gratitude for that service have not been created!
I'm going to have a kick back and relax day. No festivities planned. Yesterday was full enough!
Stupid GPS! Stupid me for not reading the directions first like I normally do. DH had to work so I was going to make the 2 1/2 hour drive each way to his aunt's memorial service. I had only met her twice but she was a lovely woman.
DH loaded the funeral home's address in the GPS before he went to work. I got myself ready in time to leave a smidge early just to make sure I got out there in time. Right out of the gate things went wrong. It took me in the wrong direction right away but me being horrible with directions and not having been out that way in a long time, I gave it some time to see where I was heading.
I decided this wasn't right, pulled over and started over. I wasn't thinking when it asked me to start at the beginning of the route that that meant it was going to take me back home. So I pulled over again and started over again.
I'll spare you the details of all the weaving it took me through and all of the foul words I said but after 2 1/2 hours in the car, I was weaving through tiny, uninhabited, gravel roads. Farm land as far as the eye can see and I am now a half hour late for the service. I felt like I had been cut off from civilization with NO sense of direction. Then the rain started and I got a little panicky and said that's it, I'm going home!
I pulled over again and hit "home"on the GPS. That finally got me back on a main road. I then remembered there is GPS on my iPhone. Duh. Wish I had tried that sooner. I pulled over , fired that up and decided to see how it went with both guiding me.
I could see the interstate to get home was a couple miles ahead. Hear the angels sing! Just then the stupid GPS told me to turn left. WHAT? The GPS on my cell phone did not so I said something not so nice to the GPS and headed for the interstate.
I had planned to run after the service then go grocery shopping but as I got close to home, I told myself I'm not doing it. It's raining and I've been driving for 6 hours for no reason. Then I remembered SP member PUPPYWHISPERER blogging about running in the rain the other day so I quickly changed after I got home and headed out.
It was only sprinkling by then and the sun came out a bit so I took that as a sign....let's see how far I could go. I took it at a leisurely pace, ran a little further before heading back home and it felt good, I didn't get winded at the usual spots.
I passed four miles and was still doing okay. Three months ago I was struggling to finish three miles. As I got close to my house I saw I had .2 miles to go to reach five miles. The thighs were burning and it hurt to pass up my house. When the nice Map My Run lady announced five miles, I slowed down to a walk pumping my arms in the air Rocky style! FIVE MILES! No fargin way! OH YES I DID!
Next up the Warrior Dash on June 15 then I think it's time for a 10K soon!
Thanks to all my spark friends for inspiration on my runs!
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