I want to go to the ocean and send a postcard of my loneliness

The last thing in the world I wanted to do after work yesterday was go run a race. I wanted to go home, eat dinner, make a cocktail, read my book and go to bed. (Sound familiar?)

Alas, I had already paid for the race and told Bob I would go. He picked me up at 5:15 and we were off. We parked close to the finish, walked down to get our bibs, walked back to drop our bags off at the car (I didn’t get a t-shirt because I “only” registered a week in advance. BS!), and then we jogged to the start. I didn’t expect to know many people there, but I should have known better. I ran into several friends, including my buddy Tim who I hadn’t seen in forever.

My heat took off at 7:10 p.m. (late, because I am old now), and I just focused on going as fast as I could. I didn’t bring music, I just listened to my feet and my breathing. A mile never seemed so long, not even the last mile of a marathon. I hit the half in 3:05, and finished the race in 6:08, good for a 9-second PR! I thought I had a PR in me, so I was pretty happy. I do really want to go sub-6, maybe if I can drop this extra weight again, I will be able to in July?

Anyway, there was also a team heat, so even though I was second woman in my heat, I ended up being third in my age group. I won a sweet growler!

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Why does it look like I have no eyebrows?

There was a beer garden but I cannot drink beer, so I snuck ciders in via a water bottle. They had gluten-free pretzels!!!!!!! I was so excited. Bob and I accidentally stayed until they shut the beer garden down (oopsy). And then we listened to Dashboard Confessional on the way home. Then Bob suggested we go to the brewery since it’s on the way home. TOTALLY unnecessary. But, so much fun. Tim joined us, and before I knew it, it was 10 p.m., and we needed to go home, haha.

As usual, I tried to sleep in today and was wide awake at 5:45 a.m., so I went to the gym for an hour of cardio, then walked the dog and then ran so many errands. It’s 1 p.m., and so far today I’ve done three loads of laundry, went to the grocery store, Fleet Feet, Target, the liquor store and the dollar store. I am tired. I had 10,000 steps by noon and I didn’t run today.

Now, it’s off to walk Miles, and then pack the car. We’re heading to WB around 4, I think I need to pack a roadie, traffic is going to be awful.

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Dynamite with a laser beam

Today is my Friday!

And I got to sleep in for the third day in a row too! I am trying to figure out the least amount of time I need to get ready in the morning and see if I am able to move my alarm up a little bit. The 4:50 has been a staple for well over a year now, and I think it’s just too early, I just cannot seem to get used to it. Anyway, I slept in until 5:30 again this morning and did a shorter run because I am doing a one-mile race this evening. Why am I doing this? I have no idea. I suck at the mile. Bob told me when we ran last week that he was doing it and I should do it so he didn’t have to go alone, and I said okay and registered. So, I will be doing that tonight. Pray for me.

Then, I am looking forward to a glorious four-day weekend. I already turned off my alarm for tomorrow. I plan to hit the gym, run a few errands (including pick up a new pair of much-needed running sneakers) and pack before picking Tim up and hitting the road for WB. We are spending the night with my parents, and then heading to Hawley for the rest of the weekend to celebrate Bill and Irina’s marriage, along with their baby on the way. (Friends, stop having kids, it’s weird.) I am really looking forward to seeing the New York gang, it has certainly been a while since our last get-together. And Miles is coming! He better behave.

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I am also planning on packing lots of healthy food so I am not too tempted by junk. We had a catered lunch meeting yesterday and I just stared at the chips and salsa. It was so hard to avoid them, especially when everyone is eating them. I had my watermelon, which was delicious, but not chips. However, I see what’s happening on the scale and I really need to tone it down. So, whole30ish is starting May 31. Again. Sigh.

 

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And lightning comes and lightning goes

Hello there friends, and happy Wednesday to you all.

I am a good mood this morning because I yet again got to sleep in (5:30!!!!!!!!!!!!!), and my left leg behaved on my run. That are two very good things! As May creeps to a close, the humidity is on it’s way in. I think it may be time to break out the water bottle on my runs. In other news, there are so many people out now, it’s awesome.

I finally got to watch GoT last night, what a heartbreaker. “Hold the door.” Even though I knew what was going to happen, it was still sad. I also was very good and massaged my left leg with a lacrosse ball. I think that really helped. I will be diligent! I will also be more careful about squatting, I will not do it directly after 10+ miles.

I received a postcard from my best friend, Amy, yesterday! She is hiking the Appalachian Trail. I know I say this all the time, but she is really the most incredible person ever. She never ceases to amaze me.

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Today is my last day at the Hilton, I am excited to see my office.

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The show goes on

Oh, another day, another dollar.

Work was long yesterday, I was at a conference-like event from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., so I was beat by the time I got home. I went right to bed, and let myself sleep in a bit (5:30!), before heading out on a run. My run went pretty well, I stopped at the Y to squat near the end of my run (half of a mile to go). Ooof, this was dumb. My legs were tired already, and they felt like jello after. Also, I think I did something to my IT band, it felt “funny” the whole way home. PLEASE BE NOTHING. I am really worried.

I will be back at the hotel for today and tomorrow morning, but the good news is that I get to leave normal times. The good news is that by the time I get back to work on Wednesday, I only have a day and a half of work until a four-day weekend.

I cannot wait to watch Game of Thrones tonight even though it’s already been spoiled for me. SOCIAL MEDIA YOU SUCK SOMETIMES.

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Well I never claimed to understand what happens after dark

This weekend involved a lot of sleeping, some running and some good times with friends.

On Friday, Tim and I attended a little get-together on our block to say goodbye to our neighbor. I really love our neighborhood and how friendly everyone is. We sat outside for a few hours, until I called it a night because I was beat. Fridays are always tough for me. I think they stayed out until midnight though, impressive because it started at 6.

I woke up to pouring rain on Saturday, as anticipated. I ran a few miles, got changed, then headed to the 10K. I felt silly driving the one mile there, but I didn’t know anyone going, and I needed somewhere to put my stuff. It was so cold. I had on an oversized hoodie, and ran one mile in it just to try and warm up my body. They claimed they fixed the course and it was really 6.2 miles, but I heard it was still a tenth of a mile short. My Garmin lost signal at one point, so my splits were all out of whack.

I passed a few guys, and was trying to catch the second-place guy for the last mile. We were both riding the pain train, the finish line seemed so far ahead. He actually out-kicked me, which he did last year too, haha. I finished in 41:48, first female (very small race). Like I said, the course was a little short though, so not technically a PR.

After the race, I hung out with a few of the faster guys since I was alone. I again won a $100 gift card to Sheetz, so that was pretty swell.

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After the race, I quickly showered, shoved some food down my throat, and then Sloane picked up Shelley, Tim and me to go to home tour. We met up with Liz pretty quickly. It was pretty fun, but the weather really put a damper on things (no pun intended). It was just cold and rainy for most of the afternoon. We hung out at the after-party for a bit, then Tim and I went home; we were tired.

 

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I ate dinner and fell asleep on the couch at 6:30 p.m. You read that correctly. I slept until 5:30 a.m. then I naturally woke up. I wasn’t feeling that great again. I mentioned on Friday that I felt really achy and worn-out, and that’s how I felt when I woke up. I felt totally fine Saturday though? Who knows. I met Jill and Colin to run in the rain again, and I just felt awful as each mile dragged by. I was so happy when we were finally done, I even accepted a ride home from Jill. (I usually run home because it’s a mile and change.) I took a very long shower, I just could not get warm. Then, I fell asleep for another hour. That is a lot of sleep in a 24-hour period.

Tim and I spent the day doing stuff around the house, then we watched the Blacklist, and I fell asleep two more times for a while. I’ve never met anyone who sleeps as much as me, it’s weird.

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We could be heroes just for one day

Woof, I woke up this morning feeling pretty terrible. I am all achy and feel really rundown and tired. I really, really, really hope I am not getting sick. Especially because it’s Friday. No one wants to be sick on a Friday. And wasn’t I JUST sick?

Anyway, I am not looking forward to work today, I’d much rather spend the day in bed with Miles. Tonight, Tim and I are attending our neighbor’s farewell party. He only moved a couple of blocks, but we’re still having drinks outside on our block to say goodbye. The weather is actually supposed to be pretty nice. Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to be super shitty (rainy and colder), but I am running a 10K in the morning (Why?) and then it’s one of my favorite days of the year: home tour!

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Here is a photo of Liz and I last year at home tour being creepy. Tim is actually going, so that should be fun. I really hope the rain holds off. Home tour in the cold, wet rain is not so appealing. I really enjoy walking around and seeing the inside of people’s homes. Once a creep, always a creep.

Sunday is runday, then typical errands and getting things done. I think I am taking next Friday off, so I am super excited for a four-day weekend. I have some PTO to burn since Tim has practically none with just starting a new job. And this time next month, I will be at the BEACH. I am really getting ahead of myself, but I cannot wait.

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Everyone’s caught on to everything you do

As it turns out, I did have a meeting last night. I was in such a bad mood about it all afternoon. All I wanted to do was go home, put on my sweatpants, have a cocktail, eat dinner, read and go to bed. So, Tim made me a cocktail and he had a beer, we ran down (it’s only about a mile away) together before he went home, and I survived my meeting. I was home by 7:30, which wasn’t too bad. I ran home so fast. “Born to Run” came on, followed by “Semi-Charmed Life.” I felt like I was flying. But I was very cautious about the sidewalks so I did not fall.

This morning, Bob and I ran together (twice this week, I am getting spoiled with company). It’s only been a few weeks of running up the Greenbelt, but I can feel myself getting stronger, the hills don’t feel as taxing as they did when we first started and I wanted to die. It was a beautiful morning, the sun was coming up as we started, and temperatures were in the low 50s, definitely the best running weather. And my stomach behaved, which is always a relief.

Tim is gone tonight into tomorrow for work, so it’s just Miles and me. I may start watching Girls, several people have told me I would like it, and Tim is totally uninterested. We haven’t been able to find a new TV show in ages.

I had been considering coming out of triathlon retirement this summer, so I was extremely disappointed to learn I cannot do either of the ones I had planned to. So, I guess I’m staying in retirement for the time being. I suppose I’ll stick with this running thing.

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