Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Thursdays are for thinking out loud, according to Amanda at Running with Spoons. Here's some random thoughts from the mind of Wendy....

You can see some remaining snow behind me...
Today's run was glorious...sunshine, 40 degrees, and the snow is almost gone. I only hit one icy patch. But man, what a mess out there...mud, sure, but the crap that was buried under the snow? Do people throw this stuff from the car? How does it end up there? I saw the usual liquor bottles and fast food wrappers, sure. But last year at this time, next to the busy suburban road where I run, I saw a bunch of those airplane-sized liquor bottles and 2 pairs of ladies underpants. Someone must have been having a party, right? But how did that stuff end up by the side of the road? Imagine the conversation.."My mom will kill me if she finds this stuff in her van..." Another time I saw a big goldfish just laying next to the road. Dead of course, but how did it end up there? Did he get too big for the tank and someone just decided to fling him out the car window? Did they throw it at a runner? Always entertaining, but somewhat disturbing, running outside this time of year gives me plenty to think about...

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And a little TMI for you all, but my tummy has been understandably but horribly unreliable these past couple of weeks. I had to make a pit stop this morning on my run. Praying that it behaves itself on Saturday at my race. Imodium, anyone? I applied for that Shower Pill promotion through FitFluential but I didn't get it. Too bad. I think I'd be the perfect tester for their product. Sara may not want to ride with me after all...

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No comment needed..
Yes, I have a half marathon in 2 days. The Get Lucky 21K is my backup plan race, my replacement race for the Sarasota Half Marathon that I had to defer due to my family drama. I'm alternating between looking forward to it and dreading it. The race director changed the start location 2 weeks ago and failed to tell any of us. Luckily, I saw it on their Facebook page. Parking is still uncertain, and when I posted a question about it today on their page, they posted a picture of the weather forecast. Helpful. The other concerning factor is that the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade is at the same time. Should be interesting. Stay tuned. I hope they have adequate portapotties.

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I've been running pretty consistent and I'm hoping everything falls into place for Saturday. I'm looking for sub-2, and a PR would be icing on the cake. My legs have been loose and strong. Pace has been good. So besides my tummy, I need to get my head in the game. It has been 5 months since my marathon. I haven't had to put on my race face since, with the exception of that Turkey Trot in November. Time to pull out the mantras. Catch that red dot!


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My husband finally went back to work this week, and Monday morning before work I enjoyed being alone in my house for the first time in 3 months. I was tempted to just run around naked, just because I could. I didn't, though. I just did yoga. Today is my day off and guess what? My oldest son is home "sick" with a cold. He's blasting heavy metal up in his room. So much for time to myself. Serenity now.

What's going through your head? Have you checked out Amanda's link up before? The posts are pretty awesome!





23 comments :

  1. Eeew to the gross roadside stuff. I don't see much of that but oh the roadkill. Deer even. : ( I hope you have a great race (I smell mega PR) and the St Patty's Day parade doesn't affect it!

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    1. Well, there was that dead mouse I saw on the sidewalk...

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  2. Good lucky, Wendy! I hope your stomach cooperates so you can nail that PR! I get another humidity poop-fest this weekend...ugh. I've been seeing the head of a toilet brush on my daily runs for weeks now. Can't someone (other than me!) pick that up???

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  3. Hmm..I think this race could provide some interesting stories--looking forward to it! And best of luck to you. I totally get long lags of time between races. That is my middle name these days.

    The dead goldfish and underwear on the road..ewww!

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    1. I'm thinking the same thing about this race. So disorganized.

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  4. I often see odd stuff along the road and just ask myself WHY? Like someone didn't notice they were missing one shoe, or their pants!

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    1. I feel the same way! Underware? How do you lose that? Well, ok, I get it...

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  5. oh you make me laugh. Good luck on your race this weekend!

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    1. It's my goal in life! Beats crying all the time, right?

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  6. I hope you have a great race!! I am running Rock N Roll DC on Saturday and I'm kind of dreading it to be honest. It's supposed to pour and it will be my first run outside all winter. My legs are actually pretty heavy from a workout I did on Wednesday so not sure how speedy these legs will be. Hoping for 2 hours!

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  7. Legs loose and strong sounds great - go get that desired sub 2 :) Try to leave something that worried you the past few months with each mile, sometimes when I run emotions off I run better. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. That sounds like a great plan! With all that I've worried about, I could do a marathon, I think...

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  8. I think the same thing about the road trash that becomes apparent with the snow melt. Ick! Seriously can't people wait till they get to a gas station and then purge their car into the garbage cans like the majority of humanity?! And I am cracking up about your cat meme with the laser pointer. Maybe I'll PR my 5K this weekend if someone could pace me with a red dat :)

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    1. I'm just going to chase the virtual red dot... Good luck this weekend!

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  9. I always wonder about the solitary shoe I find sometimes, who loses one shoe? and I hate the diapers.. seriously gross. Good luck with your PR attempt! Mine will not be a PR attempt, I wish, but just not there right now!

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    1. It's just a goal, but sub-2 would be just fine as well!

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  10. I hope the weekend works out for you, Wendy! And I hear you about the husband thing. Mine is retired but works a biz from home. When I volunteer and get out of the house I feel like I got a get out of jail card. LOL!!!

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  11. Good luck on your race!!! The traffic will be nuts, so be safe!!!

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  12. I see you found my Kramer gif on the interwebs, nice.

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