Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Little Bit of Randomness

There's no rest for the weary since the herd has another half-marathon, the Napa to Sonoma half, to do in about a month. So last Saturday, Betty, Elsie and I ran in Balboa Park. It was a beautiful, overcast morning, which definitely left me thinking WHERE THE HECK WERE ALL THESE CLOUDS for the Rock and Roll Half?
Previous weekend, I was running on that road...
No blue sky (on the Laurel Street Bridge going into Balboa Park)
I managed to eek out about 7 miles, which wasn't bad a week after running a half. Elsie and Betty got in five miles! After our run through the park, we met at Elsie's house for breakfast and as an added bonus, we got to meet Elsie's newest grand-calf!
Everybody gets some breakfast. (No, we did not offer mimosas to the baby...geeesh)
Is she gorgeous, or WHAT! (Betty loves babies)
Somehow, however, once the week started, even though it is summer, I managed to get in very little running--just two short runs on the mill. It's getting warm now, so I've really got to get in the habit of running earlier in the morning. I just really can't do more than 30 minutes on the mill.

We've got 8 to 9 miles planned for this weekend and Mik and I also have a plan to do more circuit training (squats, lunges, and core work) to train for this race. I'm hoping that doing strenght training will help me get past that 11 mile barrier that I've faced the past several half-marathons.

Ihave no doubt that Mik has been diligent about her strength this week, but me?

Kinda like the running...Not so much.

In other life-randomness, in this post that is in search of a point, or an overarching theme, or hopefully, at least, a reasonable transition from one idea to the next, I can share the following:
  • HBO-GO may be the most evil iPad AP ever because now I can watch ALL of the episodes Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm as I lie in bed, which has kept me up and away from sleep too many times these past two weeks.
  • I've started wearing a mouth guard because, apparently, I clench my teeth as I sleep (surprised by this? I didn't think so). I don't like it.
  • Father's Day is this weekend, and for the first time EVER I am prepared and will NOT be running around in a panic on Saturday!
  • I can loose 6 pounds in 10 days on the South Beach Diet, and gain most of it back in two when I start eating carbs again. I know this because this is what I did yesterday and today.
  • Betty got a bib to the Napa to Sonoma half...and is all legit because she paid the transfer fee and so she gets to run as Betty this time, and not as Tiger or some other random pseudonym.
Speaking of the Napa to Sonoma half...We almost had a major debacle in our travel plans...luckily I discovered my own epic-almost-failure as the herd travel organizer which lead to this email last week.
Hey Herd, 
It was bound to happen're booking agent and travel organizer has made a whopper of an error. 
I THOUGHT that I'd made a reservation for all of us at Embassy Suites in Napa. I have several emails to all of you saying that I was going to do that...

Then we got the email that we got into Nike, and so I switched my attention to booking rooms/flights to San Fran.

Oh...then I probably went and taught a class or something.

Anyway, I was checking to confirm things this morning, and I couldn't find a hotel reservation for Napa. I called Embassy Suites, and they don't have a record of it either AND they are sold out!

So...I booked two rooms at the Double Tree in American Canyon...although I may change it. It's not in's in American Canyon, which is farther away, although it looks nice...  GAH!
The truth is, I think the herd would stay in a Motel 6 if I booked a room there. I'm the one with the "minimum hotel" requirements.

Stay tuned. Our trip to Napa should be quite the adventure!


  1. Oh I envy you that trip - even if it were in a Motel 6 - I think? Have fun!

  2. OF COURSE you didn't give the baby a mimosa. That would less for you guys. duh!

    I am deeply saddened to report that we can't get HBO-GO here. I tried. I had Game of Thrones on my mind. And True Blood.

    If you're the one with the minimum hotel requirements, all I can say is, don't ever book a race in Fox Creek. Not that that is terribly likely, I guess. I'm just saying.

  3. I sure do miss Balboa Park!

    I think your Napa trip sounds awesome! My friend and I are thinking of running a trail half marathon in Napa in October (in lieu of Nike Women's that we did NOT get into). I look forward to hearing how the Double Tree is. I don't think we are on an Embassy Suites budget.

    I am also more prepared for Father's Day than usual. It is ironic, because my hubby pretty much blew off Mother's Day. Oh well...what good does it do to hold grudges?

    I wanted to let you know that you are part of my application to run Hood to Coast with Team Nuun. I list "getting along with other bloggers" as one of my attributes. *wink* Check out my entry :-)

  4. I think I'm staying in Santa Rosa that weekend.

    Now I want an HBO subscription, just so I can have that app. I love Entourage.

  5. Yeah, carbs are evil. I think I could become anorexic not eating carbs and then gain 100 pounds once I started again.