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    KELLIEBEAN   100,421
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What a long, strange trip it's been!

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!



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FUNLOVEN 6/4/2013 8:33AM

    I am so directionally challenged that I couldn't imagine leaving home without it - LOL ! Our GPS has taken us on some pretty stupid routes over the years.

Great job on getting out there in the rain/sprinkle for your run. I think one of the best parts about SP is the friends and support we have here. It did me good, Kelly, when you wrote that 3 months ago you were struggling to finish 3 miles. There is hope for me yet !

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AM_MORRIS87 6/2/2013 1:39PM

    Omg that's incredible!!!!!!! Your running has really progressed and I am SO freaking proud of you!!!! :) I'm glad to hear you're doing so well (except for that awful GPS mess.) But I hope you have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week!

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BESSHAILE 6/1/2013 6:36AM

    good for you to get your run in anyway.

My GPS is a DeLorme's Atlas - big red paper map booklet. I buy one at Walmart for DH about every third birthday.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/29/2013 7:49PM

    that was a strange trip so glad you got your run in

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TATERCAT 5/28/2013 12:03PM

    Great job on the 5 mile run! You are my inspiration. You know how to channel your negative days and emotions into something positive. Good Luck at The Warrior Dash and let us know how it went. I am intrigued in it, but not sure if it is my thing.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 5/28/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon run in the rain! It's not so bad once you get started, and it's always so quiet.

So glad I could provide some motivation to get you out there! emoticon

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SUGAR0814 5/27/2013 11:19PM

    Those GPS can be a pain! I swear my GPS keep saying recalculating one time too many this weekend. I almost threw it out of the window!! Great job on your run in the rain!! You are totally emoticon !!!!!

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DARLY55 5/26/2013 7:25PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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    After all those frustrating hours behind the wheel of a car I imagine your body was longing for a run. When your body got what it wanted it rewarded you by giving you something you wanted. That's some very good symmetry!
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BIGPAWSUP 5/26/2013 3:00PM

    Depending on the GPS they can be tricky.

glad you had a great run.

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NEW-CAZ 5/26/2013 11:16AM

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MJREIMERS 5/26/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon emoticon job using that "frustration" energy for something positive! I bet it wasn't easy to get out there, but you did it! emoticon

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