Saturday, May 3, 2008

Absoludedly Habe Heab Cholds

I have a cold.

Pretty bad one too...which was inevitable after handling, shuffling, sorting, and (eeeewwwww) TOUCHING 1700 answer documents (multiple times). I try not to think about the number of germs and viruses I’ve had on my hands these past three weeks....although I don’t really have to think about it cuz, I’m living the result of it.

So I have a pretty bad know the kind where the head pounds, the nose runs, the chest wracks with the occasional fits of sneezing and coughing.

Despite this, at 5:25 this morning, I was fairly convinced that I could still run 16 miles with ya’all. At 5:28, after five loud and messy sneezes in a row, Mike told me to stop being crazy and to go back to bed and get better.

“No, I think I can do this.” I said.

“You should get better.” he said.

So, at 5:30, I called Betty... Her comment (half asleep) “Are you in front of my house?” (Clearly, I woke her up)

Me: “No, it’s only 5:30. I’m not going to run today. I’m sick.”

Betty: “OK, oh good, I thought I’d slept through the alarm.”

(By the way, Betty told me this week that my role in the group is to include adverbs to the ongoing which I said, “absolutely!”)

I can’t remember what else we said to each at that point because I’m pretty sure I fell back asleep.

So I have no funny stories about running for you today. You all will have to fill us in on the running adventures this morning. I’m sad that I wasn’t there but I’m determined to do the Race for Literacy in the morning...

20 miles next week! Whee!!!! Definitely!


  1. I missed the run also due to the calf muscle mystery tour. After the 20 mile run last week, I decided to play racquetball on Sunday as an active recovery workout. Well, I proceeded to pull/strain/tear my left calf muscle, again. No running all week, and as of today 5/4, my calf still has some twinges. Looks like I'll be resting up this week to be ready for the 22 mile jobber on Saturday, Grand Tour of MB.

    Hope all went went for everybody else. Cindi, try some of that anti-germ gel or have Frank help sort the documents for you next time.

    Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 12:07 PM

  2. You guys should not feel bad about being there because I have done enough this weekend for all of you!!!. I decided to pretend I was 20 again and pretty much kill myself this weekend. I have just woken up from a 3 hour nap to write this. Saturday was great because there was a breeze and if there hadn't been it would have been Torrey Pines all over again. I have NO complaints I thought it was great and other then a couple of hills it was smooth. I ran the whole way with my nice friend Ashley who makes me feel tall and reminds me that there are nice people out there. You guys were very missed but we did have a surprise visitor on the run who passed me with a rather tall man. I will mention that the only funny thing that happened to me was as we were finishing in about a 2:45 time the man that I told Alice about passed us by. This was the man who continued to talk to me about going to the bathroom. As he was running past us Ashley mentioned a story she wanted to tell me about this man. It was the same stoy!!!!! So watch out ladies and BBJ this man is out to tell everyone about going to the bathroom and not having enough toliet paper. WORD TO THE WISE, DON'T GIVE HIM A HIGH FIVE OR HE WILL REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE!

    After our nice run I went to Vista and played 5 softball games, got a MVP shirt and a really bad farmers tan. With the farmers tan I now just need a visor, a sweater vest and a cocker spaniel and I am set. This morning was very tuff and I would like you to know that I was still registering when the race begin. The Kenyans took off and I new I would never catch them. I was the last person to start running this morning at the race. For those of you who ran it last year it was broiling hot but this year perfect. Great weather and all down hill and just for you guys everytime we would pass a camera I would tell everyone around me that we had to smile. It was weird that last year when I ran it I threw up and thought it was so long and this year when I finished my nice little jog I felt like I was just getting started. Go Rock n Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 04:39 PM

  3. Unlike Alberta, I'm not convinced that Saturday was all that fun! I felt good at mile 10 or 11 but by 12 I felt horrible! I walked 1/2 a mile and then felt a little better and was looking for a biker to give me a ride back to my van. The older men who speed walk didn't catch me, but this was clearly the farthest I've ever run in my life. I'm wondering how I'm ever going to finish 26.2!

    On a bright note, even though I slept yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed the Race for Literacy and was pleased with the run. We missed you Cindi - but just think, we'll be having this same painful conversation on Mother's Day next week!
    Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 05:30 PM

  4. Luckily, Vanderpot told us about this Novocaine spray that we can use on our tight leg muscles during the race so that we don't feel the pain...Gotta love V for his helpful hints on how to really hurt ourselves.

    I LOVED running this morning...a distance that I could feel good about. I agree with you Alberta, last year's race was HOT and it seemed like the run down 163 would never end. This year's race...easy... Hooray for marathon training!

    I am beyond thrilled with my 49:59 time (beat 50 minutes...and last time year by 8 minutes...and the Smiths by 1 second...not that I'm competitive or anything like that)...I'm happy that training for a marathon has made me such a fine 8K runner! I'm really happy that Mike ran with me for awhile this morning. It made me feel so close to him, even though I think he was trying to take me out with his elbow a few times. It was sweet that he said he didn't notice that our waitress had a whale-tail.


    Did Betty's experiences w/soccer related injuries teach us nothing?

    By the way...Betty and Alberta ran 21+ miles this weekend. You are both my heroes.
    Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 08:22 PM

  5. GREAT PICTURE! :) Keep up the **great** work everyone! I'm cheering you all on from the sidelines!
    Monday, May 5, 2008 - 07:28 AM

  6. I didn't even know you guys were there I didn't see anyone :( I thought know one showed up after the pressure. I want this spray of Vanderpot's and he made me feel horrible when he was running back to the start as I was just finishing the race. I ran with some people that were running slow so I don't think I broke any records from last year but I felt good. Great job everyone! As for Elise if you walked a 1/2 mile and still kicked my ass getting back then you are doing fine!!!!!!!! As for finishing 26.2 you can do it because it's not the destination but the journey! Maybe you will actually have fun and end up finishing in the back with us cool kids.
    Monday, May 5, 2008 - 09:18 AM

  7. For the record, I WAS THERE ON SATURDAY!!!!! But it was brutal. Ran with Tall Tim and saw Betty, Alberta and Kim so they can vouch for me. And there wasn't anyone there taking pictures to document my run! What is up with that?

    I'm getting old girls. My joints were killing me all weekend. Very sad to say, I may have to take a bow out of this if I would like to prolong my running career further than 6/1/08....

    See y'all on Tuesday!
    Monday, May 5, 2008 - 05:06 PM

  8. Wow, what a hard core group of runners - breaking records and kicking ass (or is it getting tighter asses, I forget) ! I'm sorry I missed the Race for Literacy - but someone had to go to Mexico and watch the waves break! Alice may even post the picture I sent her here. I thought about all of you as I jogged the mile around the complex - about 8 times. To RnR the 26.2 or not, that is the question before some of us.... See you wild women on Tuesday... con carino y amor.
    Monday, May 5, 2008 - 09:21 PM