Monthly Archives: October 2011
Running can be a bit time consuming. Especially if you run like me.
With all of this running /calculating km’s for running /trying to think of reasons to get out of running, the hours are flying by at a nerve-wracking pace. (Seriously, only 67 days until the end of the year…wtf, calendar!?) So I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the motto “if you’ve got time lean, you’ve got time to clean”. No wait, that was my McD’s manager’s motto. Mine is “If you’ve got time to sweat, you’ve got time to run”. Which really means, instead of making time for weights or other cardio, go running. Just for the next two hellish months. Don’t get all ‘tsk, tsk‘ on me. I know this plan won’t do me any favours in the ass or abs department and, yes, it IS a fantastic way to get injured! But until that little joggin’ logger passes 2000km, it’s all running all the time. The only other exercise my body is seeing lately are spin classes that I’m teaching and my weekly Exercise Diaries endeavour. Needless to say, my arms look fantastic without any weight training.
Clearly, this won’t do. Enter: The 100 Push up Challenge! A few weeks ago, I opened my big fat mouth and
duped encouraged five of my most gullible favourite peeps to tackle this challenge with me. And because I am a superstar marketing guru, they agreed! Crap.
Fast forward to present – we are into Week 3. And it ain’t easy. Especially because my triceps have only been used to open wine bottles and tie shoelaces for the past 2 months. Truthfully, I would have pulled the plug around mid-Week 2, but I couldn’t. Not because I’m not a quitter (I love quitting!), but because I’m team player…and have flarms that rival turkey wings. So how is the rest of the crew doing? As far as I know Eduardo and Shannaners are humming along just fine. Jerks. BMac and Muffin? I’m not sure they are still on this gravy train. But now that I’ve managed to lump them in with my sad little Cabbage Patch arms, they’ll take this opportunity to play a little catch up? Keep us posted, fellas.
And that’s where I’m at. Run, push up, ralph, repeat. Like prison, but with more push ups.
A quick favour, por favor?
Your favey-faviest music to sweat to? I’ve got a few long runs ahead of me before this race and am in NEED of SPEED (tunes). Mostly so that I can blissfully rock out whilst forgetting that my legs are made of frosting and vodka (coincidentally, my two favourite food groups).
Lay ’em on me…I’m taking all suggestions for this Road2Hope-I-don’t-die-race playlist. Except for Nickelback or Rush. Don’t make me kick your shins. Your prize for contributing? Full credit/bragging rights/street cred/gangsta props when I share my hustling list with y’all.
It’s official…I’m registered!
There are a few reasons why I’ve decided to come out from under my rock and face the world of average-paced-runners again.
1) It’s likely one the last races of the season with the possibility of (fingers crossed) half-decent weather. Winter is coming whether I like it or not. Effff.
2) Monday’s 17k went off without a hitch. Actually it was one of the quickest paces that I’ve had in quite awhile – yay 5:35. (However, the two runs that I have done since it and since registering on Monday afternoon have been disturbingly and progressively slower. Somehow I tricked myself into thinking I was practically in race shape…despite my summer of gluttony and sloth. Denial, table of one please.)
PS – Speaking of summer…my October 10th long run outfit:
Just 26°C outside…in Canada…on Thanksgiving weekend. Totally normal, climate change skeptics. (But just FYI…weather and climate are different.)
3) But most of all, this race appealed to me because of this little nugget of information I found on the website…
It doesn’t get much easier than that, dearies. And I’m totally into easy. Ahem.
So I’ve got a few weeks to pack in some long runs…this weekend 19k, next wknd 21k, followed by an 18-20k, and then race day. It’ll be here before I know it! Which is good because: “time = stress = lashing out at loved ones” to me. So you’re welcome, everyone.
Also – stay tuned for updates on the new challenge that’s taking THE WORLD (actually 5 of us) by storm!
Guess who didn’t run 17km as planned on Saturday?
Guess who had an exciting encounter with a skunk at 6am on Saturday?
In the span of about 3.7 seconds my whole Saturday went to the dog(s). Instead of a sunny, warm long run, followed by apple picking and a hike with the family, I spent hours supply shopping, dog groomer consulting, washing, spraying, skunk-offing, more washing, cursing and one more wash with my stinker of a retriever.
So holiday-sleep in-Monday is now 17k-hot n’sweaty-Monday…because a) I’ve got about a million miles to make up in the next few months annnnnnd b) I think I’m going to do a race! Let’s see how I manage this long run tomorrow and I’ll make a decision from there…so by Monday evening I might be registered for the Road2Hope half-marathon in November. Or not. Because maybe Stinkaroni will sniff out another new BFF and I’ll spend another lovely day covering in stench and wet dog hair. Win-win, really.