Tuesday, October 18, 2005

2 days in a row!

I was supposed to do a long trail run (7 miles) after CBS today with a friend. She was a no show and i ate lunch there and decided to run at home after my belly settled. I was proud that i actually ran, instead of just thinking about it. I ran to the I-85 North Suwanee rest stop and back. 50:41 minutes. stopped for a pee and water break, but all the sinks and water fountains were "Out of order". no wonder the DOT is closing them down. How pathetic is that? My cats used to drink out of the toilets all the time and it never killed them..... I wonder what would happen if I ... no.... I didn't, but isn't it amazing what your brain does when it is depending on and expecting water and then surprisingly doesn't get it? I hate to admit it but when running, and i come across a "No Trespassing, or Restricted Area or Private Property, or No Admittance, " it really tweeks me. It is at the core of every runner to be "free" unrestricted, thats partly why we run, because we are free to. and can. To be told I can't run on that square inch of dirt because someone says NO, is just plain wrong. I am a rule follower. I keep a clear conscience on everything, except this issue. Part of the reason the run to the rest stop was new and exciting was because i accessed it from a back road through a "Restricted Area" "Public not allowed to use the upper level" Why am i made to feel like a criminal when i did nothing more than the deer do every day back there?
If a cop had been watching me come through that area, dressed as a runner, and running, would he have arrested me? something to think about when you're running. another great freedom we take for granted, our thoughts.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Letting off some steam

Today, Monday was the first run in a week. Pathetic. But i got out the door and did a 36 min around my standard Collins Hill park route. it felt good, sunny mid 60s and at 4 pm, not my usual running time. last Thursday i did a BodyPump class and couldn't move without pain for days. On Friday or maybe it was Wednesday? i did the coolest class called BodyFlow. it blends Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga. i loved it. the weekend did not yield a long run as i had hoped. commitments to volunteer at my son's band competition on Saturday. Most of Sunday was spent doing Bible study preparation for Monday morning's class. But it was a good weekend. One cool surprise was how our pastor preached on the perils of divorce and letting our marriages fall apart. instead of an altar call for those suffering through bad situations, he called every couple married 20+ years to the stage for everyone to honor that it can be done!!!!!! We don't have it all figured out either, but one thing we've done is never thrown in the towel. That is the only difference. we've learned to fight FOR each other, not against each other. What a good day to celebrate marriage. We've been together 27 years. That is something to celebrate.
Back to running, i think i need to set a goal of consistency. i was wanting to commit to a long run and sense all i'll do is injure myself. i need to swallow little pieces instead of the whole enchilada.
Last Thursday night my sports management class was so frustrating. i'm the only woman and the prof turned us loose on a project he had not taught us how to do, just to watch the disaster unfold. It did. I hate being associated with things that are out of control. Friday I volunteered at a local golf course who was holding a tournament to benefit the hurricane evacuees. It was even worse than the Thursday night situation. My worse nightmare come true. Someone sticks you at the registration table with 2 minutes of inadequate training, then all these men are wanting to get started golfing and i don't know how to deal with it. Why did i do this willingly? to get experience i thought would serve me well in my class and in my future career path. one takeaway is that women are not respected around a golf course. this is not Augusta National, but the feeling is there. its a man's world, especially the golf course. OK, i was so p....... when i got home that something had to die. In the yard, i mean. as in some poor bush or tree was going to meet its maker right then. i got the chainsaw first and ripped up 2 huge azalea bushes down to nubbins so they'll never grow back. then cut down 2 weird evergreen thingys at the front door railings that were too big for their britches. a little calmer now, i switched over to an electric hedger and clipped the 6 bushes around the power box. i cant wait for the first frost to kill the butterfly bush so i can whack it down and transplant it to the backyard. some idiot planted it in the FRONT yard and it is the most unsightly thing you've ever seen. the butterflys love it, but they can do that just as well in the back yard.