Monday, June 13, 2011

Cruisin Baby!

I just got back from a week long cruise.  It was AMAZING! I didn't run at all even though I had planned to.  Meh.

Only gained about 2 lbs on the cruise.  Not too bad.

Triathlon in less than a month!!

When I lose weight again, this will be a "before" picture...since I look super fat and somehow pregnant in it!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Runner's Blue Balls

Ever start a run, just to have to stop less than 5 minutes into it?  That is what I call blue balls for runners.  Specifically, the trail I run at has a 0.1 mile path that leads you to the trailhead.  I use that 0.1 miles as a walking warm up.  Two times in the last two weeks, I've had to stop as soon as my feet touched the trailhead and began to run.  Lame.

Time Number One:
Run...run...phone rings...crap.  Nate:  "Nipper (our dog) is in a lot of pain and is shaking.  I'm at the vet."  Me: "Sigh. Crap, I'll be there in a minute."  Remember, I work at the vet, and I JUST LEFT 10 minutes ago to start this run after work.  Ugh.  (Nipper was totally ok, she was sore after her vaccines I had given her the day before).

Time Number Two (TODAY)
Run...run...*burp*...oh god!  That burp brought up some stuff!  Body: "Oh, looks like we are puking.  I guess we should continue."  Brain: "Oh, ok.  I'll get right on that." 
So I hurled.  Awesome.  It should be noted that I've never puked on a run before.  I have a stomach that is usually made of galvanized steel.

After I finished puking, I looked at my Garmin (to restart it, since you know, I was doing more expelling of food and liquids than running at that point)- and it had died.  Batteries, no more. 

I said "FUCK IT!" and walked back to my car with my head hung in shame.  Totally planning on doing the run later tonight.  It didn't happen.  Why you ask?

While I was cleaning my house (waiting for the Garmin to charge), I found this mystery substance dripping down my refrigerator.

What...the...??
So, I open the cabinet, look on top of the fridge...nothing!   Then, I remember. There are two boxes of coke on top of the cabinet above the fridge from Christmas 2009.  That must be it! I move the first one- totally fine.  I moved the second one...pay dirt! 

Moldy Christmas Coke Box.  Fantastic.
So, my question is...how the hell do collectors have those 50 year old coke cans?  This was inside my house, it's not like they were sitting in my car, expanding with the weather or something.

After pulling out the fridge, scraping 12 cans of coke worth of jellified sugar shit off the floor, and washing the cabinets, the fridge itself, and then MYSELF because I got it all over my arms....I was pretty tired.  And not interested in running anymore.

The running gods were not with me today, folks.

How'd everyone else do?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New trail!

I ran a new trail today.  It is also out at the trail system that I frequently run, but I've never ran that trail.  I did however cross country skied it one time.  I feel that the snow evened out some of the hills- which were killer!  They were however the reason I ran this trail- I really wanted some good hills.  Yes, I know how sadomasichistic that sounds. 

The elevation chart from my Garmin.  Note that the biggest difference is about 850 feet- 500 of which was covered in less than 0.1 miles.  Oh yeah.

One of the hills
 It was a beautiful run today.  I have a lot of pictures...so today is going to be a mostly picture blog!




Pretty flowers

Part of the trail ran across a clearing made for some major powerlines

Bridge that I don't think was there when I cross country skied this trail



What the bridge was over



Tree that was growing out of a rock!  How awesome is that??




Pictures of the Lake- all the wind made whitecaps which was pretty neat


This run was great!  I found out the issue I had with the super tiredness the other day was most likely due to Zyrtec- I tried it for the first time this week, and at first it was fine (for like two days), but since then everytime I've taken it I've passed out for like 8 hours.

At the end I even pushed to a 8:30 min/mile time for about 0.2 miles, and finished at a sprint at 5:30 min/mile.  However, my average time was still 13 mins/mile since on the crazy hills I walked a lot of it.

I even only had two ticks attached to me by the end of the run!  Not too bad!


I'll leave you with a video of the waves on the lake.

How was everyone else's latest run??

video