Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bloody Wind

Last night on the news, those damn meteorologists who love to repeat themselves kept talking about how windy it would be today. Not the kind of windy where your hair blows serenely away from your face making you look like a supermodel, but the kind of windy where you tie down your children and hide under a mattress so flying blenders don’t knock you unconscious.

My friend Hugh and I had a longish run planned for this morning. I kind of very much wanted to chicken out, but he wouldn’t let me. He said, “A little wind doesn’t stop me!” which made me feel like a pussy, so I told him I was good for 8 or 9 miles.

Hugh’s English heritage must make him a strong runner or something because he did three marathons in the past three months. He’s kind of bloody crazy like that. I knew I’d slow him down and he lied and said he didn’t care. The first four miles I could feel the wind at our backs and it even picked me up off the ground a few times. I knew the run back would be hell. And, it was. I’ve never run in wind like that. Plus, as we neared nine miles and I huffed and puffed my way into oblivion, Hugh remarked, “Oh, I guess I lied. It’s more like a bit over 10 miles.” Bloody hell!  For the last half mile or I had to run behind Hugh just so he could block the 60 mph gusts. Yes they were 60 mph. I don’t even need to exaggerate or embellish like I usually do.

We did 10 miles in 1:27, so I was good with that considering the Wizard of Oz conditions.

In all seriousness, there was a major local tragedy today when the wind blew a branch into a man’s windshield impaling him. Really sad, sad news and my heart goes out to the family on this New Year’s Eve.

On a much lighter note, as we close 2011, here is a list of the top ten resolutions people make (from HERE):

  1. Spend More Time with Family and Friends
  2. Exercise
  3. Lose weight
  4. Quit Smoking
  5. Enjoy Life More
  6. Quit Drinking
  7. Get Out of Debt
  8. Learn Something New
  9. Help Others
  10. Get Organized

I am a rebel and am not doing any of these things (especially the exercise thing, I gave that up over a year ago). Instead, I am adopting some resolutions from this list (with my own commentary):

I will...

  1. Stop drinking orange juice after I just brushed my teeth (or just stop brushing my teeth altogether)
  2. Stop licking frozen flag poles (even if it is in honor of the Christmas Story)
  3. Watch more movie remakes (or just more Lifetime movies like the Christmas Shoes)
  4. Only eat white snow (brown is TOTALLY out)
  5. Spend less than $1825 for coffee at Starbucks this year (guess I’ll order boiling water every other day)
  6. Claim all my pets as dependents on my taxes (a three legged, one eyed pooch has got be good for something)
  7. Talk with a robot voice all the time (because people love this even though they claim they don’t. Especially at the drive thru)
  8. Gain enough weight to get on The Biggest Loser (so I can be closer to Dolvett and learn how to cook my Jennie-O turkey the right way)
  9. Start smoking to lose weight (What? The Marlboro Man looked healthy)
  10. Stop buttering my doughnuts (might use Crisco instead)
  11. Eat more fruit... snacks (or veggie…chips)

Any resolutions for you?

What are you doing tonight? We’re going to a PARTAY. Sometimes people invite me to things.

Happy New Year! The best of the runs in 2012 to you!



  1. Last year I actually asked my accountant if we could declare our pet insurance costs on our insurance. He said no:( I definitely think pets should be covered:) They are so dang expensive! Good job on your windy run!

  2. I plan to stop consuming fiber. Totally over rated.

  3. I'm going to stop reading your blog.

    (My New Year's resolutions never last a day anyway, so I might as well stop something I don't want to stop.)

    Happy New Year!

  4. I am having a REALLY hard time picturing you heavy enough to be on the biggest loser. It's a funny mental image though!

    Not to mention that they would have to bleep out so much of what you say that it would barely be watchable... :)

  5. Super mom: What the f&*K?? Me talk sh%t? Never?

  6. My partay is at home celebrating with my kids because I'm drunk driving phobic! I'm good with being home and comfy in my sweats and no bra lol! My top resolution is to spend less time on facebook and twitter and be more present with my family. Of course I will be exercising and running so no need to make more resolutions to do more...

  7. I plan to give up sharting mid run

  8. Elizabeth - good luck with that. My prayers are with you.

  9. I will attest to that crazy wind if someone doesn't believe you! I can't believe you got out there in that, the track team (and thus I) were going to go run the trails at Lookout Mountain but we chickened out and ran at the Highline Canal. I gave up after 2 miles. Very sad about the branch and the guy's fate... I hadn't heard that!

    Happy New Year, my friend!! :)

  10. I give you credit for the morning run...I bailed on my morning run and opted for late evening - luckily the wind died down or I would have been getting blown over in the near dark!

    My resolution is to avoid making resolutions...I never keep them anyway!

  11. Happy Nude Year!

    Dammit, did it again. Happy NEW Year!

  12. I read the title and thought something terrible had happened to you after eating some mysterious combination of foods. Imagine my relief.

  13. My biggest goal is by June to be drinking 2 Diet Cokes a week instead of 3 Diet Cokes a DAY!

  14. I can't not believe you ran out side yesterday!! Our power was even blown out! NO way. I left the gym and the dirt was making is so hard to see and I could barely open my car door!

  15. You are too good ... I need your motivation! 10:45 AM and still have not run ... my excuse ... my running partner ... is snoring in bed beside me!!!

    Oh, excuse number 2 ... I needed to read your blog!

    Resolutions? Unlike many ... I always do them ... not always fulfill them ... but I make them!

  16. You are crazy brave to run in wind like that!! I do make resolutions, last year it was to really start running and I did it. This year I'm going to sign up for and run at least 3 halfs!

  17. I think you sent your wind to Tucson today - rode my bike in it. Thanks a lot.

    I'm with you on the resolution thing. I just try to do the best I can at everything I do and expect that sometimes I will make a mistake and learn from it.

  18. The day before RnRLV we ran in wind that wasn't 60mph but it was tough. During training I ran in 20-30 mph winds but again not do you move? I felt like I was running into a wall so I can't imagine 60mph.

    Way to tough it out. So did you make a decision on the NYCRR and have you registered for IMAZ yet?

  19. this is the BEST resolution post. i am so tired of reading 2478392 posts about losing weight or eating or whatever. stop eating brown snow!

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