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Hair of the Dog 5k and Chesterfest

Sunday, May 19, 2013

(Lots of links in this one and I'm just feeling to drained to get them in here. You can read this on my WordPress blog for the full "link experience" wp.me/p1N36Q-8F )

Last month, a few friends of ours from the American Odyssey Relay tipped us off about this 5k where dogs and their people are invited to run together. A low key, pet friendly run sponsored by a local winery that ends in a day of wine tasting and live music sounded super appealing to my husband and I, and even more so when our friends shared that they usually tailgate the festival and grill up all kinds of goodies to pair with the wine they purchase.

However, this morning rolled around and brought with it a chilly 55 degrees and light rain, putting me in a very negative state of mind for three reasons:

1. It isn’t a heck of a lot of fun to run or to sit outside and drink wine when you are cold and wet;
2. Our 6 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Joey, was coming with us as a spectator – and therefore very likely to get muddy and gross (my OCD doesn’t handle that very well); and,
3. This.

Let me explain what this is. My husband and I have been looking for a good, dry weekend to stain the deck. Because we hadn’t had rain this past week, we figured Saturday would be perfect. The clouds certainly concerned us, but we kept our eyes on weather.com before proceeding with the work. About 5 hours into it (sore arms and legs included), the showers began, leaving the awful mess you see above. This distresses me. Such a waste of:

- Money. We’ll have to go back and buy more stain.
- Time. I can think of 8 million other things I would have done with my day yesterday.
- Mental Health. Any time I have yardwork or housework looming overhead, I just don’t look forward to my weekends as much. I feel accomplished when projects are finished, but now I know I’m going to have to give up another future Saturday or Sunday to get this done.

So you can see why I was in such a foul mood this morning -not good for running nor trying to eat mindfully.

I finished the course with a time of 28:32 (I’m not sure what my real time was – I’m going to guess about 28:00?). I wasn’t anticipating a PR today as I have had some knee pain and running difficulties since I ran the Adventure Run last week (I blame the New Balance Demo shoes). Also, the course is an out and back route along the road the winery sits on, with one small detour through a local neighborhood – so there is a good, long stretch where there’s not a lot of space for passing people because you have to leave one side of the road open for runners coming back the other way. Also, dogs make challenging obstacles, as they aren’t always looking at who they are running into (I almost fell over a husky, and then a labrador tried to take me down. Cheater!)

I’m certain I’m making excuses – my husband absolutely smashed his last 5k time. (42 minutes in December down to 33 minutes today. Because he’s that awesome.)

Joey, meanwhile, won the “Best Spectator” award.

Oh well. Cold, wet, and still stewing in misery over my deck situation, we made the most of the tailgate (thankful for some EZ-up tents to help keep dry) with some glasses of wine, burgers (no bun for me), chicken, salads, chips, and rice krispie treats. I believe I must have expended more energy in trying to avoid one particular treat than I did in running the 5k:

It’s an “Inception Cookie” – a cookie within a cookie.

Being cold and unhappy though is a formula for failure – and I ended up eating a cookie. The good news is that I didn’t binge today, and got myself right back on track after eating it (mostly because I didn’t feel too good afterwards). Went home, warmed up with a nice hot shower and cup of tea, and curled up on the couch for a nap.

And now I get to look at my sad deck again. Ugh.
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    Thanks for the positive encouragement! Another day just about conquered, although the deck... it's worse than we thought! The rain made the stain splatter on the side of the house, leaving brown stain all over it :(
    1857 days ago
    Sad deck, but happy binge-free day! I'm so glad to hear you were able to keep control and go home for a calm evening.
    Sorry about the deck... it is seriously time for Spring to have sprung - enough of this late-May gloomy rain and cold, unpredictable weather, right?
    1858 days ago
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