Thursday, November 3, 2016

If We Were Having a Cocktail Together...

What's up? Let's get a drink.

If we were hanging out at happy hour having a glass of wine, a shot of Fireball, a frosty mug of beer or simply a sip of moonshine (<can you tell I just got back from Virginia?), I would tell you that I had a walk down memory lane this weekend visiting both Richmond (where I met Ken and lived for a bit) and James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), where I got my undergrad.

It was homecoming weekend, but also a chance for Ken and his friends to show off being 50 years old:

This is clearly how 50 year olds act. I am 49 and I would never do that.

I would tell you that Ken dug up some JMU shirt I never even knew he had from 30 years ago. I would tell you he looked really sexy in it and that it's pretty easy for me to check his moles when he wears it.:


I'm going to borrow it and wear it with the hole in the front.

I would tell you that it's odd to go back so many years later and remember how you felt when you were 19, 20, 21. And when you lived in the top right corner of this building (which used to basically feel like a convent and now it's co-ed and God only knows the things that go on. STD-City!).

Attractive 60s/70s architecture


I would then try to show off for a minute and would tell you that when I was 19 I rappelled down the face of that very building with ROTC. No I was not in ROTC (can you even imagine that?) but they were doing a practice drill and they let me do it too. No one cared about liability shit in 1986). That is me:

Outstanding form for a scared shitless person
I would then show you this picture of Clair and I posing:



 And, this one of me with the best porta potty ever because it is in JMU colors and it stole my heart (and took a piece of me, if you know what I mean).

Red Solo Cup! Just like the college kids!

If we were having a cocktail or two I'd tell you that Ken and I tried to go on a trail run in the Shenandoah mountains and it was kind of a disaster. We had researched a run that people actually do, but found that the trail really wasn't that runnable at all. In fact, it took us almost 3 hours to go 9 miles. This was really the only stretch of trail you could run, which clearly I'm happy about.



I would tell you that I thought for sure I had poison ivy on every portion of my exposed skin and tics in every crevasse, but I didn't. Sure was pretty though!



If we were having a bottle of wine each, I would tell you that you really need to plan your travel plans around festive holidays because drinks were free on Southwest when we flew on Halloween.

Take me home you people with free drinks. I even dressed up as a tired traveler.

Then I would tell you that I applied to be on two triathlon teams (one local and one national) and did not get onto either one. I would lie and say rejection is good for the soul because it makes you tougher and is just a part of life, but I would really feel kind of crappy and wonder why they didn't take me. Ouch.

If we were drinking our asses off I would tell you that my runs this week have felt kind of blah and I've had a hard time getting out there. But, I have been getting out there. I don't know if it's age, too much wine or my attitude, but I rarely have a running moment that feels effortless. It just feels pretty hard most of the time. But I do it because I know how to Shut the Eff Up and Run.

And, on that note, I need to say goodbye so I can go to bed and wake up and hopefully not suffer too much on tomorrow's run.

If we were having a cocktail, what would YOU tell ME? Spill it.

SUAR



29 comments:

  1. So sorry about the triathlon teams -- good on you for putting yourself out there and too bad for them without you. Three months and one day until I run the Death Valley Marathon -- seems a little close for comfort but I look forward to it. I hope you find a wonderful next challenge.

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  2. If we were having cocktails--and I've had a few glasses of wine tonight--I'd tell you that I truly believe that bad stuff, bad runs, the runs--it all comes in cycles. That I've had a really shitty 6 months. And that maybe, just maybe things turned around this week. The Cubs won the world series. My son was cleared to play sports again. My oldest got his get out of shit free card this week. Running is good. Only one portapotty stop today, which was probably my happiest event of the week!

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  3. My son is in Virginia going to school. He's a Marine. The walk to the Base Exchange is through the woods. He later found a tick on his stomach. I think he's still in therapy for it. So.gross.

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  4. If we were out having an Angry Orchard Apple Ale I would tell you I am sick of sitting on my ass and long for a shitty run. Hell, I long for a shitty walk around the block on two feet without a boot or a knee scooter! Man! Rant over.

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  5. I would tell you that I slightly rolled my right ankle on a trail run this morning. I ignored the sign that running a leaf-covered and slightly wet trail was a terrible idea and proceeded to really roll my left ankle. I would also tell you that I'm currently pretending it's "not that bad," but the immediate and continued swelling suggests otherwise. I would finish by saying that the wine is helping... sorry about the tri-teams. Obviously, they are missing out.

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  6. If we were sitting together having a drink, I would tell you that even though the weather has been good, gray November just showed up and now I have a cold. I would tell you that I probably scheduled myself for one-too-many half-marathons this year and my heart is not in it for this weekend. If we were getting totally wasted at our own little pity party, I would tell you thanks for this: "But I do it because I know how to Shut the Eff Up and Run." because that's what I need to hear right now.

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  7. I'm sitting here with my coffee cup and I will tell you that we also flew on Halloween. Honolulu to Los Angeles. There were a few little trick or treaters on the flight. We were the tired couple who moved out of their rental that morning.
    I made the decision to drop out of the Honolulu Marathon next month. With 6 weeks to go my training was not happening. A knee injury that doesn't want to get better and absolutely no motivation sealed the deal. I ran it 2 years ago, but could not get my act together this year. My strongest emotion was relief, so I took that as a sign this was the right decision.

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  8. If we were drinking I would tell you I am so Freaking tired of my sore foot that took the Dr. 5 months to finally tell me I have to have a cast! I would lie and say its good to take a break from running and then you and I would choke on our last sip of alcohol and say no its not good. And actually if we were having another drink together I'd sign up for a race with you cuz I'm just up in Wyoming......

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  9. If we were drinking I'd tell you that I don't believe you were scared shitless while rappelling down the building. As any avid reader of your blog knows, you've never been shitless.

    And if you really did spill it, I'd tell you the Irish joke about spilled drinks. When you die and present yourself at the pearly gates, there is a barrel there. It has all the drinks you've ever spilled, and you are plunked head down in it, and if you drown to hell with you.

    And since we're on our third drink now, and the third drink is where the truth starts coming out, the real truth, I'd say you would look awesome wearing that shirt, with the hole in the front.

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  10. I'd tell you that I want to quit my job, and not in the usual way, but in the real, actual, "oh, Target is hiring" way.

    Then I'd tell you how if I don't get to run soon, I don't know what I'm going to do. I hate being broken and all the garbage it brings, which leads to more drinking (that I obviously don't hate).

    Are we still awake? Okay, then I'd tell you that I'm leaving for Mexico on Tuesday, and I might just not come back. *Cheers!*

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  11. If we were both chugging down bottles of wine I would tell you that my 22 year old son is in the process of buying his own home and I am proud but also realise that he is no longer my baby. :(

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  12. Hunh! My husband and I just returned to CO after visiting family in Roanoke, VA. Being avid mountain bikers here in Boulder County, we found a place to rent mountain bikes and rode some trails. (Carvins Cove) Definitely fun, but had the new experience of cruising through piles of leaves on the trails and not being able to see what they concealed. Blindly lunge! We have decided that Halloween is a much better time to travel and visit family. Less stress and fun times!

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  13. I'd tell you that I just started a blog myself and I'm a little insecure about whether or not I'm a good enough writer for anyone to read and enjoy it!

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  14. I'd tell you that even when it's hell to get your trainers on & the dog needs walking, the kids need feeding, the washing needs sorting, the kitchen needs tidying, you've already worked 10 hours today & you've just driven down the same road that you drove down 12 hours ago on the way to work this morning.... it'll all seem less important & more manageable when you've been for a run!!

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