Thursday, December 7, 2017

Currently...(Running Edition) and Why This Morning Sucked

This morning has started out beautifully! I overslept because I wore earplugs last night and was completely dead to the world as I dreamed about being in Costa Rica and at the same time hating my car insurance carrier (weird how dreams mix all kinds of shit up that just DOES NOT go together).

I got up 14 minutest late and took Heidi out back for her walk. Leaving our yard, the gate completely fell off its hinges, so I just propped it up, figuring someone would take care of it someday (best to ignore things and they go away).

Can anyone come over today and weld this for me? 

Heidi and I got out to the golf course where she left a humongous pile of poop. It was then I realized I forgot a doggie bag (I was still asleep when I left the house, basically). I was in full view of many houses and didn't want to just leave the poop at the tenth tee. So, I did what anyone in that situation does and got a stick and kebab-ed the poop and threw it in the creek. Fish food!

Never tell me I am not creative.

I came inside to Emma telling me it was hat day at school - she was wearing a Santa hat but there was a huge hole in it (yeah because I let Heidi carry it around and rip holes in it the other 11 months of the year). So, guess what? I sewed that shit up in about 5 minutes with my handy sewing kit I got the last time I stayed at the Wynn in Las Vegas. It is totally worth it to spend $400/night at a hotel because you get a sewing kit and can be your daughter's hero on the spot (I wish I had taken a picture of the sewing job before she left for school - it was really grotesque. I should be better as I used to work at a fabric store in high school and actually made some of my own clothes - why wasn't I more popular???)

All of this happened before 7:28 a.m. and now I'm exhausted. But there is this:

And, this because she is cute AF and I just got her a new collar. #therapydog!

How's your morning?

Wait! Is this a running blog? Yep, it is. Truth is, I've been running a fair amount and not blogging or social media-ing about it (that IS possible!!).

Here's the rundown of "Currently...."

Averaging: 25 to 30 miles per week. I'm running 5 days/week with at least one of those days doing a longer run on trails with elevation gain (1,000-2,000 feet). Here I am doing that:

Dreading: The fact that while it is eerily warm here right now, we will be getting into those 10 degree runs where my butt turns into an ass-icle and my snot freezes in place. It's just the Colorado way.

Planning: Trying to narrow down my races for next year. I wish I had more money. I know there will be a 50K or 50 miler in there (thinking about the Dirty Thirty 50K in June and the Crested Butte Ultra 55K in September).

Drinking: Weird, but I have found my pre-run secret sauce. I've always been a Nuun drinker (and a noon drinker, but that's a different story). I have been having 12 ounces of Nuun before my longer runs and it gives me super powers.

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Strawberry Lemonade is the key to happiness (with vodka - that's noon drinking)

Racing: Not doing too much of that lately. But, guess what? I did a 10K Turkey Trot a couple of weeks ago and it was my third fastest 10K ever. And, I did this magic trick where I finished in 50:00:00 (fifty minutes, not hours) on the dot. I did that because I am 50. Or, because I got lucky.

Obnoxious Christmas ornament

Contemplating: This would be really f*cking stupid, but I a thinking of entering the lottery to do the Leadville 100 Run in August. I have no business doing that, but I have no business doing many of the things I do (remember how I picked up that poop today?)

Anticipating: Guess what?? Looks like I am going back to Nevis (British Virgin Islands) in March with the Tourism Board to do the Nevis to St. Kitts Channel Swim. It is a 2.5 mile swim from - you guessed it - Nevis to St. Kitts. I'm also hoping to climb Mt. Nevis while I'm there (3,500 feet).

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Reading: The Blue Zones. Probably why I dreamed about Costa Rica.  The book outlines how the author traveled to places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives and what the lifestyle choices/patterns are of those people. He considers things like climate, how often you're outside, if you own pets, diet, etc.

You can take the author's happiness test HERE. I am a B+ in happiness.

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Ken - why don't we live in Ikaria or Nicoya?? Then I'd be an A++++

Welp, that's all I got today!

What was your "grade" on the happiness test?

What job did you have in high school?

What's one race goal you have for 2018?



  1. I took the test then realized I had to sign up, so I didn't. I am actively going around unsigning myself down on all the various accounts I've ended up with. Opposite of signing up. That makes me happy. I think it would be a really good grade, given the questions. The bad high school job was working in a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I still can't smell it without gagging. The good job was delivering pizza.
    I'm being encouraged to goal race a local Oly tri. I'm thinking about it.

    1. Oh yeah, I should mention the signing up thing. Forgot out that. You are probably an A+

  2. I don't see Chicago on that list of Blue Zones. I wonder why?

    Seriously, I need to get to a healthier environment. For now, we've got to get the boy to and through college.

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  4. You had to sign up so did all that to not get an answer. Yes I had many jobs in high school, working for my Dads shoe store, babysitting, cleaning houses. My next two athletic goals for 2018 are The Casco Bay swim/Run from Island to Island in Maine and then the Half Ironman in Maine 2 weeks later.

  5. Totally LOVED this post! As for Ikaria it is a magestic place - but keep in mind EVERYTHING and I do mean EVERYTHING is super slow! I guess thats why they are happy LOL

  6. I'm really struggling to get myself to embrace the cold this idea why, but I gotta just get bundled up and go! I think it's because my whole schedule was so weird with being injured, I forgot how dark mornings are!

  7. Sorry; I have all the skills in the world at construction-type stuff..EXCEPT welding.
    I never had a crappy job in High School. I started doing construction when I was 14. Made at least twice minimum wage, and was strong and tan all the time. I did go to meet my friend after his shift ended at Arbys once, but he'd been wrong about the time and didn't get off for 4 hours and my ride had left. So his manager needed help and put me to work for 4 hours. Was kinda a novelty, to me, so I didn't hate it, but I would have if it was my regular job.
    Dirty Thirty is awesome. It was my first ultra and now I volunteer there every year. I also volunteer and pace at Leadville every year. I can tell you everything you want to know (and some things you need to know but don't know you need) about those races, if you want.

  8. Leadville????? DO IT!!!!!
    I had ALL the crappy jobs in high school - McDonalds, Arthur Treachers, anything that'd leave me reeking of grease.
    I took that happiness test, then felt my current happiness level PLUMMET when I realized I needed to create an account to see my score - as if!
    Running a 12-hour race in May. LOVE this one - it's a one mile loop that you run ALL. DAY. LONG. Trying to break my record of 63.756 miles!

  9. Job in high school - I was a camp counselor for awhile. It was fun. Goal Race - will decide after Christmas. Excited to hear you are thinking of the Dirty 30! I have ran the 12 miler 3 times now and it is a lot of fun so I imagine the 30 miler is fun too! Seriously you will enjoy yourself. You won't regret running it.

  10. I wanted to let you know about this awesome skirt I got, it's a wrap skirt that is fleece-lined. I wear it after I run to keep warm but you could wear it while running since it gets cold where you live. Stonewear Designs Eldo Wrap Skirt. I got it on sierra trading post.

  11. My senior year in high school, I took a job waitressing at a very ritzy country club. About one week in, a crochety elderly woman threw her melon balls at me because I didn’t intuitively know that she wanted her grilled cheese on raisin bread. I think I lasted about 3 weeks in that position!

    No race goals yet - I’m recovering from hip surgery to shave down excess bone and repair a torn labrum and tendon. Not sure how much I’ll be just straight up running going forward, but am hoping to explore the world of triathlon in 2018.

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