Monday Madness

  1. I survived Hurricane Irene and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.We got lucky…we lost power for literally three minutes on Sunday afternoon, and then it came right back on.  Most of our town still has power, though the highest amount of outages in our town involved 25% of houses.  We also did not have any damage to our home or any homes around us.  Very lucky indeed.
  2. My office didn’t have power today so I got to work from home.  I did have to drive a couple of towns over for a meeting with one of our clients, but the rest of the day was spent doing work in my pajamas.I’m just like the woman above.  Minus the baby and with a bed.  And food.  Actually this is probably more accurate:And I just logged into my work laptop and the latest email said that as of this evening they didn’t have power so everyone should expect to work from home again tomorrow.  That would be really nice.
  3. Pete was not so lucky.  Even though his power stayed on the whole time, a tree branch fell on his truck, smashing his windshield.No worries.  That’s not Pete’s actual truck.  This is some random photo I found on the internets.  I guess if there was a time for car damage, it would be now, since he can’t drive because he recently had surgery on his hip.
  4. Speaking of Pete, he lives 11 miles away from me.  Eleven.  That’s it.  I drove to his house today after work, and it took me an hour and a half.  I kid you not.   That means I was driving an average of 7-8 miles per hour.
  5. The traffic was due to Hurricane Irene flooding a major road.  As a result, people were taking different routes home after work.  You know what was not a result of Hurricane Irene?  The fact that I was driving through the ghetto of Hartford and I saw a man walking with a lamb.  Yes, a lamb.  It kind of looked like the one below, except it was real.
  6. Did anyone ever watch Lamb Chop?  I did.
  7. This is my 95 year-old grandma drinking a margarita on Friday night.  We’re not sure if she knew what was in it, but she liked it.How did everyone else hold up during the weekend?  Any recent ridiculous stories you want to share?

Friday Things

Well, I did it.

I signed up for another race…in Vegas!  Right now I’m planning on the half marathon but I am going to see how training goes and if it goes well, I will upgrade to the marathon.  Craziness.

This would also mean that I would have to be motivated to run consistently.  And, as you can see below, I haven’t been.  The 13 miles was my half marathon almost three weeks ago, and this is how much I’ve run since then:

Pathetic.  I think the fact that the race is almost four months away isn’t helping with the motivation, but if I’m considering the marathon then starting training now is essential.

People at work are trying to kill me.  On the same day that Domino’s pizza was ordered for a meeting, these appeared in the kitchen:

I didn’t have any cinnamon rolls.  Pizza was a different story.

On Saturday, I am headed up to the college where I’m an assistant coach for a play day.  It doesn’t look like the head coach will be there because she just had a baby…so it looks like it will just be me and the other assistant!  It has potential to get awkward, as I will be seeing some of my former teammates (the college I went to and played field hockey at is attending the play day) and some of them don’t respond well to my changed role.  Regardless, it will be a good time and I’m hoping the weather holds up, because…

On Sunday, possibly Saturday night, there will be a hurricane up here.

No, not that kind of hurricane.

I’m talking about Irene.

She’s coming for us.  It’s still up in the air as to how strong the storm will be when it hits Connecticut, but it’s definitely headed our way.  Should be interesting, and hopefully not too scary!

Anyone out there getting hit by Irene yet?  Or going to get hit by the storm?

Any other exciting plans for the weekend?

Happy Friday everyone!

Busy Weekend

Perhaps one thing that stressed me out this week at work was not only the work, but knowing that this weekend would be busy as well.

But busy doesn’t always equal bad.

Last night, my mom and I went to go see The Help.

After my horrible movie experience the night before, when I watched Something Borrowed, I was hesitant to watch another movie based on a novel I liked.  But, The Help actually got good reviews, so I went in excited to see what all the fuss was about.

I absolutely loved it!  I felt like they did a fantastic job with casting and covering all major components of the storyline.  They were able to successfully remove aspects of the book that were more trivial, without sacrificing anything necessary to the understanding of plot, overarching ideas or themes, and character development.  I loved it.  If you’ve read the book (or even if you haven’t), I highly recommend this movie.

Afterwards, my mom and I got some ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s…which, not surprisingly, didn’t disappoint.

Today was filled with a 7-mile run (only my second run since my half marathon two weeks ago), a high school friend’s party, a trip to the mall with Pete, and some household chores.

Tomorrow, I’m going up to the college where I am an assistant coach part-time.  The girls are moving in a week early and this week will be full of two- and three-a-days, as well as some team bonding.  With work, I won’t be able to be there most of the week, but I will be there all day tomorrow for move-in assistance, administrative tasks, and pre-season meetings.  And, Monday night, after working a full day, I have to drive up there to run practice from 7-8:30, and then make the hour and twenty minute drive home, only to wake up and attend an 8:00 a.m. meeting for work.

It’s going to be a busy couple of days!  The good thing is, that when I’m super busy, I actually tend to feel better and more positive.

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful weekend so far!

Just Finished Something Borrowed

That was a terrible movie.  Horrible.  The plot lacked continuity, and by making the movie a reasonable amount of time, many significantly details of the plot were missing.  Had I not read the book, I would have been confused.  Aside from this, there was no character development.  The book was way better.

There were, however, two good things about the movie:

1) Getting to look at Colin Egglesfield

2) John Krasinski’s character was funny and nice to look at

Off to hang out with Pete some more and then going to bed early.  So happy the weekend is almost here!

Providence Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon Recap pt. 2

You can see the first part of this recap here.


After a fitful night of sleep, I woke up at 6:00, ready for my 7:00 race.  Unfortunately the forecast the night before said that it was supposed to rain into the afternoon, and when I got up, the weatherman was right.  It was pouring outside.

I had laid out all of my clothes the night before, and decided to do french braid pigtails, a hair style that always proved beneficial during rainy field hockey games, as my wet hair stayed in place and out and the way.

I was ready to go.  Tired, but ready.

I left my hotel and walked over with someone else in my hotel who was running the race.  It was only drizzling at this point, so I was hopeful that the rain would hold up until after the race, but I was wrong.  Shorty after it started pouring again.

The corrals were located right outside of the Amtrak station, so while most people stood in the rain, I waited inside the station for it to get closer to 7:00.  The race didn’t start for about 15 minutes until after the projected time due to the police trying to figure out road closures.  I managed to find a comfortable place just outside of my corral under someone’s umbrella, which made the wait more tolerable.

As my corral started to move forward, I was finally able to get inside the gate, and I was off.  Overall the course was pretty good, though hillier than I expected.  I actually should have been ready for the hills, as the course elevation map from the race’s website shows the following:

The hills kind of messed me up, especially that big overall incline between miles 3.5 and 5.5.  I did see a sign at the beginning of one of the hills though that said, “next hill at 7.8 miles,” which was somewhat inspiring and kept me going.

The biggest problem with the race was definitely the rain.  My shorts had completely absorbed all of the water and were definitely weighing me down.  I found myself wringing water out of them throughout the race.  I also spoke to a woman who had to safety pin her running skirt because the water was weighing it down so much it wouldn’t stay up.

Here is me at mile I-have-no-idea, completely soaked and ready to be done.

The other problem with the rain was that my headphones were soaking wet and I couldn’t listen to my music because they kept falling me out.  This wouldn’t have been a big deal on a sunny day, but because it was raining it was absolutely necessary.  You see, because of the heavy rain all morning, probably about half of the bands weren’t outside playing.  No live music results in too much quiet and too much time for me to think about how crappy it was.  This was also kind of disappointing because I feel like having live music is one of the things that makes the Rock ‘n Roll races so big.  Each mile there is something to pump you up.  That being said, the bands that did play were awesome and I have a lot of respect for them for sticking it out (even if they were put under tents!).

The course support was also really awesome.  There were a ton of volunteers standing in the miserable rain, handing out water, Cytomax, and Gu.  And there were still people outside cheering, which at times, really kept me going.  One part I distinctly remember was approaching a highway overpass, and from hundreds of yards away, you could hear people screaming.  When I finally got to the overpass, there were a bunch of middle school-aged cheerleaders screaming for all of the runners.  That definitely made me feel like a rock star.

A couple of other notes about the race.

The last few miles of the race were a struggle to keep going, mostly because it was so crappy out and I was so tired.  But the good thing is, they were flat.  As I turned a corner, I saw a sign for the 12-mile marker.  I immediately got really excited, until I realized that that sign was for the runners coming back from a two mile stretch and my sign, on my side of the road, had the 10-mile marker.  At this point two miles shouldn’t have felt like a big deal, but thinking I was one mile away when I really had three to go briefly killed me.  And, running past all of the people that were almost done also had its ups and downs.  In a way, it sucked because hey, those people were almost done and I still had a few miles to go.  But at the same time, it was inspiring, because I knew I would be coming back passing people at some point and then I would be almost done.

I’d say about a tenth of the last .15 of the last mile was up a crappy hill.  It really sucked.  By then I was honestly absolutely dead, but I pushed it up the hill and by the time I made it to the top I wanted to collapse.  But, I didn’t.  Instead, I ran the last fifth of a mile or so, and then, I was done.

Considering the injuries I faced only a few days prior to my race time, and all the panicking I did, I was really happy with my time.  I expected a time around 2:11 (a 10-minute mile average pace), and I managed to pull off a time of 2:11:50.  I’d say that is pretty awesome for my first half marathon.

I was so, so tired, but so happy that I did it.  I can officially call myself a half marathoner.

After grabbing a banana, some Snickers Marathon bars, a bottle of Cytomax and water, I temporarily got lost (as I do), and then eventually limped found my way back to the hotel.

Clearly, I was thrilled.  I did it.

And, even though it took me a couple days to recover, I think I want to do another one.  And, I booked a hotel at a currently undisclosed location to do another one.  We’ll see how training goes, but I can definitely see how people get hooked on this stuff.  I felt a sense of accomplishment I’ve never felt before.