**I knew this would happen but I was hopin’ not today

**From I’m Not Runnin’ Anymore, by John Mellencamp

I’m now going to have to get my running information vicariously from you bloggers.  I can barely walk on my foot, after teaching all day.  I ran 4.5 on Tuesday, and was seriously LIMPING the next day.  Unless something else happens, this Gymnotes Rat will have to support.  Perhaps, I will be able to run 5Ks.  I doubt I will be ready for the Half, but I’ll go and support Kim.

At what point do you say, “not today”?

I don’t have the energy for self-pity or depression about it; it’s just what IS.  I’ve been icing, rolling, socking, etc.  After watching John Mellencamp on this YouTube of Jay Leno, I feel better.  He is the master of making your hobby into something good.  Perhaps I can somehow knit my way into a job…or cook…or read…(wait a minute.  i sound really old here.  i haven’t knitted in a year, and i cooked a pot of chili last week, so i doubt i could make a living at it.)  I still am a licensed Therapist, but it’s not my gig right now.  Wow, that was not what I was going to write about here…

Or I could blog for a living.  HAHAHA (I saw a contestant on the Trivial Pursuit gameshow, briefly because I hate game shows…and her profession was A BLOGGER!  I laughed so hard.)

I love the lyrics :

Well I look in the mirror – what the hell happened to me?
Whatever I had has gone away
I’m not the young kid that I used to be
So I push the hair back out of my face
That’s O.K., I knew this would happen
But I was hopin’ not today
Hey Baby, I’m not running anymore
But I’m on my way

I’m on my way
I’m on my way
I’m on my way
And I’m not running anymore

Update on my poker runs.  My boss is concerned that the school board will frown upon us using POKER for a class.  Maybe the school board should have some cocaine drop in their laps for them to wake up.  I’m not gambling, I’m *meeting kids where they are*…the big catchphrase of the day.

Today, we played the Straight Game, instead.  The first person who had their cards in a row from Ace down to 2, won.  I’m sure somehow the board won’t like that either.  Tell me, how do you do PE when all you have is a cement slab or a Yoga room?

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Get out and what?

Date: 10/19/2008 9:30 AM
Type: Race
Course: Get Out & Run 10K
Distance: 6.2 miles
Duration: 1:07:15
Pace: 10:51 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 🙂
Misc: Quality: 7/10, Effort: 8/10
Weather: 55° F, Sunny
Event URL: www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=233438
Notes: Get Out & Run 10K
Statistics: Calories: 839
VO2 Max: 28.1

Aren’t I special? I got a 3rd place medal. Well, that would be really special if there were more than 3 40 year olds running today. This was a very small race, and had some good and bad.

  • A 10K is not simply a 5K done twice. My first mile was 10:09, then 10:30, then 10:30. I’ll let you math wizards figure out the rest. On someone’s blog this week, I read this: Respect the distance. I learned that lesson today.
  • A beautiful trail by the American River is the perfect spot, even if there are four loops in one race. Simply stunning at 9:30am.
  • Ice water should not be offered to runners during the race, should it? I was given a cup at mile 3.1, and tried to sip, then sputtered. My throat froze!
  • Happy volunteers make the race fun. This was a very small race, as the Nike Women’s Marathon was happening in San Francisco, and there was a virtual race at Fleet Feet in downtown Sacramento. The volunteers were cheery. I like that.
  • At the same time, just because it’s a small race, I don’t think you should be picking up the pylons before everyone comes in.
  • Ditto with turning off the music. Yeah, there were only a few people there, but I paid my $25 for the whole experience.
  • Speaking of money. This is our 8th run this year. We’ve supported Hilmar High School track team, the Sacramento Zoo, The Edgewood program, which helps abused kids and Moms, raised money for the Ripon High track, women runners, and kids scholarships. We were talking about this at lunch, that next year we are going to be more selective in terms of where we put our money. This race supported a racquet club in Sacramento. I’m not sure what else.
  • Sharing the trail with two teams of bike riders was definitely hard, if not distracting. Who moves? Them or me?
  • I should have been wearing inserts the whole time. I picked up some at FF. Will try that this week.
  • Visualization works. During that brutal mile 5, I kept thinking of our runs around town, and pretended we were going over the catwalk.
  • The girl at Fleet Feet said I looked in my mid-thirties. I bought the inserts. Duh.

All in all, a fun day. Three (3) weeks until the Fresno Half Marathon. It’s Fresno’s FIRST Marathon!

**If I ever lose my faith**

Get out and run 10K.  We had to revise our plan of going to the 10K at Half Moon Bay, because we found a closer 10K.  In Hal Higdon’s plan, we are running a 10K race this weekend, so I spent 2 hours looking for one the other night before our 4.5.  With our limited resources, we still find $25 to go and race. 

I run, because I can.  I’ve said this before.  My stomach is not back in perfect GI health, and my foot continues to plague me, but this is not enough to deter me from The Plan.  The Plan is to run the Half Marathon.  To finish. 

But, that’s not all.  It’s enough that I’m going to be 50 in February.  I don’t feel old, but um…the facts are, that when I tell my students that I was born in 1959, they look at me in shock.  Much like I used to feel about my teachers when they talked about being born in the 30s.  Like, no way.  So I’m not really running because I’m going to be 50.

I’m going to be 50 because I run. 

Random thoughts:

  • The Dodgers’ loss to the Phillies continues to plague me.  We have a young team.  Will they be able to gel for next year?
  • Fresno State has a bye tonight.  Aren’t they ranked anymore?
  • The Modesto Bee.  If the Dodgers win, it’s on the little back pages…If someone else, anyone else beats them, it’s front page news.

I’m icing my foot, wearing The Sock, and hopefully will be able to run the 10K.  All. The. Way.

Good luck to the runners this weekend!  SQ ran the New Bern Neuse River Bridge Run this morning, in a great time!!

**If I Ever Lose My Faith In You**, by Sting

I love me some Steven Tyler…

Great shots of him…I ran around mile 3 to this.  Seems like not the best song to run to, but I loved it.  My stomach cramping so bad, from what I now diagnose as the flu, not food poisoning. 

Not a great run, but it will do.  It’s a bit hot (85 degrees), now that we are running in the evening.  In a few weeks it will be dark…We ran a trail by the river.  Beautiful.  10K on Sunday.

Date: 10/16/2008 6:00 PM
Type: Easy
Course: Shady Evening
Distance: 4.51 miles
Duration: 48:51
Pace: 10:50 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 🙂
Weather: 85° F
Statistics: Calories: 611
VO2 Max: 27.5

First Night Run

We are (almost) officially a year old.  Last Halloween, we started running.  We’ve been running in the morning all throughout the summer.  Tonight was the first night run at 5:45.  Last night I had a nasty bout of food poisoning, but I had convinced Kim that we couldn’t run at 5AM any longer, due to the dark.  So, I felt like I owed her that.  I had the whole day off of work *(again)* to recover, so I thought I would be okay.

It was only 80, so not bad, but after last night’s trials, I was a little, um…weak.  However, I couldn’t NOT run.  I had put Kim off long enough.  I guess that’s how I know I want to keep doing this.

Here are the details, and we walked 10 minutes…I was dying over the last overpass, but came on strong at the end.  Thank God for my barista at Starbucks, who as I ran in, quickly got me a water.  I love that place!

Date: 10/14/2008 5:45 PM
Type: Hill
Course: 4.4
Distance: 4.41 miles
Duration: 45:00
Pace: 10:13 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 🙂
Statistics: Calories: 597
VO2 Max: 29.5

It was hard, and it felt like I was slogging through most of it, but it’s over.  Not quite 5, but I’ll try again tomorrow!

You’re unbelievable

Yes, you.  Doctor.  You know who you are.  You kept me waiting for 1 hour and 2 minutes, while you stood outside my door, shot the shit, chatted with the nurses, instructed your intern.  No, I am not on crutches, no broken bones, nothing exciting.

You laughed at me when you found out I’m training for a Half Marathon, but hadn’t run (until Saturday) for 10 days.  HELLO?  I have PF.  You know PF.  You know what you told me?  That I needed to have surgery to take blood OUT of my body, spin out the platelets, and inject them into my foot.  That I would be in a LOT of pain, and it would take 6 weeks to heal.  Thanks for that.

Also, thanks for the 10% discount on NEW shoes AGAIN…does your brother own the store?  You said I could also purchase $350 orthotics.

Ultimately?  You told me to keep wearing The Sock.  Um, okay.  I got that advice from Frank, and found the sock, and now you tell me that’s all I need!  You told me to keep icing my foot.  You told me to keep running.

Uh, yeah.  I’ll get back to you on the whole platelet thing.  Meanwhile, we went over and got some KILLER SUSHI for lunch.  One more reason to love California…

Meanwhile, over at BLUE NOTES, the Dodger live Blog is gearing up for what looks to be a fantastic time in Chavez Ravine tonight.  It’s LIVE, I’m there, so come on over.  If you root for Phillie however, we’ll put you on perma-ignore.  It’s do or die for us tonight.  After last night’s ultra-exciting game, however, I’d like to keep Manny in his seat for a bit.  Please.

Pinkness.  It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Thanks for Dare-to-tri, Marathon Me (Frank) and Mizfit for highlighting this on their blogs.  I’d like a big shout out to Mona in New Hampshire, who just underwent a double mastectomy.  She is a rock star, and I’m so proud of her.   Mizfit got me thinking this morning about heroes. 

Mona.  She’s mine.

PS.  I’m running.  I’m looking for a 10K in Northern CA this weekend, if anyone knows of one.

I’m Off to see the Wizard

I have the day off today (~~cheers~~) and am off to see the Orthopedic Doctor.  Yes, Doctor.  They want to look at my foot.  I ran 2x this weekend, and felt fabulous.  Once on the treadmill, and once yesterday, outside with Kim.

Today, I limp gingerly walk across the floor…

I went to the Newcomers Lunch at church yesterday, and I cannot tell you how much I hate that kind of stuff, but I really love this church…They wanted to take everyone’s picture, so I hid in the back.  I have been dipped, dunked and sprinkled and saved so many times in my life it’s actually become a hobby.  Heh. 

Today, it’s going to be 80, and gorgeous. 

Congrats to Marcy for finishing her first marathon…I’m so glad for her!  She is like the Oprah of the blogging running community, except she doesn’t give away cars or anything!  Still waiting on a race report from Viper, too.

As for the Huskers, Razzdoodle, NikeMom and Husker Running, I want you to know I stayed on the treadmill that whole last run until they made their touchdown.  That was a great game!  (This does beg the question:  “Why do I read so many runner’s blogs from Nebraska?”

OOOOOOOOO The Dodgers made the series 2-1.  There is hope.  🙂