Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My New Boyfriend and Current Running Status

Long time, no blogging.

Well, still not running over here. Turns out the PT wants me to be able to do single leg squats on my "bad leg" for two minutes before I can attempt a run. Hell, I couldn't even do that before I got injured. You go try it before you call me a pussy.

It's been almost six weeks. For the love of God! Personally I feel completely healed, but better not to rush things. Ever heard of the saying, "Better safe than sorry?" I just made it up.

Don't worry. I'm filling my time just fine. There are trips to Vegas where you pose with Michael Phelps at the pool (he was not, by the way, super excited about this photo but I was).

He was drinking water. I was drinking vodka that looked a lot like water

Then there are dinners at Giada De Laurentiis' restaurant (also in Vegas) where you balance things on your nose because why not? I'm not sure Giada would be proud, but she wasn't there and she got money so....if you go, get the bucatini. Tell them nose girl sent you.

Not sure the couple sitting beside us were too amused

And of course, lots of this:

If you can't run, lay down
Sometimes I wear rompers:



Yes, I've been cycling a lot. And walking. But not much more. I still have a Ragnar Relay (Northwest Passage) in about three weeks, so that could be a shit show, but oh well.

It's a shock at first when you can't run, but then life goes on. When I am running and training I feel so consumed inside a running bubble. Now that I've popped the bubble, life looks a bit different. It really is okay, but I'll be glad to get back at it. It helps to find other things to keep yourself occupied with, and I don't think it's the worst thing to step away for a bit (yeah, you can tell I'm six weeks out - I have successfully gone through the stages of  injury grief and have arrived at acceptance. You didn't want to see me when I was angry and sad).

I can say this - if you are injured - three things to remember:

1. It gets better and your mental state will improve
2. It is temporary
3. You are cool even if you can't run (because maybe you see Michael Phelps or wear a romper)

Tomorrow Emma and I embark on a college tour to San Diego (SDSU and Univ of San Diego), then onto Tucson for Univ of Arizona. My children are all leaving me. It's okay. I have a romper and a trick I do with my nose and I know how to ride a bike.

Most famous person you've met?  Greg Kinnear (went to high school with him), Michael Phelps, Dean Karnazes, Deena Kastor, Michael Franti, Aaron Neville, Linda Ronstadt

Where did you go to college? Recommend it or no? James Madison in Virginia. Loved it!


SUAR



46 comments:

  1. You went to high school with Greg Kinnear?! I used to have a big crush on him when he was the host of Talk Soup (I'm probably dating myself a bit here). Please tell me he wasn't an a-hole in real life?

    I have had two semi-celebrity encounters, both which are a bit embarrassing. I met Carrot Top at a bar in college (UW-Madison - yes, there was as much beer drinking as you would think)...He was the opening act for Adam Sandler and was hanging out after the show. At some point, he offered to buy me a drink and let's just say he didn't respond well when I declined.

    Encounter number 2 was with the lead singer of Blues Traveler (John Popper)...I was at a music festival in MN and was hot and tired after a full day, when someone driving a golf cart suddenly veered in front of me and pretended to be on course to run me down. It startled me more than anything else and I reacted by flipping the driver off...My friend promptly informed me that it was John Popper.

    So there you have it...unpleasant encounters with semi-celebs. Your celebrity encounters are much more exciting!

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    1. When I knew Greg way back when, he was friends with my best friend's brother. He was a nice, well rounded guy. So, no, not a dick as far as I could tell!

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    Also, JMU—D-d-d-d-d-d-Dukes!

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  3. I had a one on one conversation with Keifer Sutherland at LaGuardia airport as we waited in line to buy a pretzel! He was very nice and I was shocked no one else was talking to him. This was during his 24 days and I loved that show.

    I also took a picture in Jan 2014 with Meb and then he won the Boston Marathon that year. Later that year I met Desi and took a picture with her and told her that I had been Meb’s Good luck charm. Well it took a few years but we know what happened. I love both of them. So down to earth. I also have a picture with Ryan Hall.

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    1. I would trade all my encounters for a minute with him. He’s been my “pass” for twenty years.

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  4. I went to college with Chris Farley. He bit me in the butt one night at a bar. He and his friends were going muff diving.

    I went to Marquette University. It was fun! My son actually got a scholarship to go there but he turned it down. Seriously. He's going to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is fine by me. Even though we'll be broke.

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    1. I saw Chris Farley and Adam Sandler on tour back in the day (see above comment regarding their opening act of Carrot Top) - your comment doesn't surprise me in the least. I'm pretty sure he was hammered during the whole act! Oh, and I'm a UW grad..It's quite the tough school to get into now so congrats to your son! It really is a wonderful school w/ top notch resources...my daughters are hoping to go there, too (which I'm sure will cause us to go broke as well...the things we do for our kids).

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  6. 4. You could come to Calgary, and we could stroll. You injured and me old, it would work out. If only you could trust the cat and dog not to get a room while you're not watching.

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  7. I don't think I've met very famous people... Michael Che (friend of my daughter) who was super nice, Richard Hatch (Survivor) and the late Jonathan Winters.

    I went to Linfield College (back in the day when it was $5K a year!) and then Purdue for graduate work.

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  8. Greg Kinnear and I share a birthday! He's I think 6-7 years older though.

    I went to the University of Texas at Austin. Huge school, loved all of it.

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  9. Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Romano Prodi, Boris Yeltson, and Jacques Chirac during the G8 Summit in Denver.

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  10. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu...

    But I would rather meet you than Micheal Phelps

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  11. I was working at a Toby Keith concert one time and ended up on his tour bus afterwards. I danced with him and drank whiskey out of the bottle he was holding. Then I told his drummer I didn't really like country music.

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  12. is it ok to consider a woman posing in a bikini on the internet as a MILF? (probably not...)

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  13. I'm impressed with all of these celebrity encounters. The one thing that comes to mind is the banjo player from Steep Canyon Rangers (who play with Steve Martin) lives in my neighborhood :)

    I went to Smith College (best decision I ever made...other than choosing my husband) and UW Madison for grad school. I'm already the 3rd Badger on this thread, it looks like!

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  14. I live in Los Angeles so yes. Some highlights:

    Julia Roberts (in line at museum shop)
    Barbra Streisand (talked about kitchen tile)
    Luke Perry (at "Friend's" peak!)
    Angela Bassett (at kids' bday party. She's awesome)

    UCLA. Go Bruins!!!

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  15. Wow, time sure does fly. Can't believe both your kids will be out of the nest soon! I do hope you are can (quickly)make a complete recovery and come back stronger than before!
    Famous ppl I've met-
    Keanu Reeves (at Chicago airport in 2001) johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Winona And Niomi Judd (all 3 met at church in Nashville TN), that's all the ones I can think of so far!
    And Brevard College, Brevard,NC
    Go tornadoes!!!!

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  16. Wow this is very impressive. I'm gonna say "I know someone who met.....". Meanwhile I can so relate to your weeks without running. But you definitely are having way more fun than I did. :)

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  17. oooh sorry that you are injured. Cool about seeing Michael Phelps though. That's awesome. I always find that celebrity restaurants sort of suck. So now I avoid them. I do like Giada though so I'd be tempted. I went to college at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk.

    If you have a minute check out my latest post on running on vacation. I went all the way to London to do a parkrun. Turns out we have them here too. I think there's one in Aspen ... I'd love to know what you think about the concept. http://www.amysaysso.com/2018/06/20/my-first-parkrun/

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  18. I've met Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, Glennon Doyle.

    I went to Georgetown University for undergrad, and Boston College and Providence College for graduate degrees.

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  19. Ron White "You can't fix stupid", he was well into his scotch even at the meet-n-greet before his show! Willie Nelson driving a golf cart around the hotel in San Diego where he does a small show every summer. Surprised your selfie w Rinny isn't on your list! She is maybe not as famous in a general sense but in the world of sports/triathlon = up there w the best!
    Western Wa University, Bellingham Wa = such a great town! Like Boulder but w/o the hoity-toity

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  20. I couldn't run last year to illness and I get what you mean about stepping outside of the bubble. I had so much time to go on weekend trips and explore other things that interested me. It's made me approach running differently now that I'm finally back. That said I hope you get to your two minutes quickly!!!

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  21. Celebrities I've met:
    Ben Utecht, Colt's football player, met him when he was in high school
    All members of the boy band 98*
    Chris LeDoux, country singer
    Carrie Tollefson
    Dick Trickle, NASCAR driver

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  23. My husband and I saw Guy Fieri while in Rome. We didn't want to bother him but my husband wanted to take his picture with our nice camera. He kept giving us the side eye. Afraid he thought we were paparazzi so we bolted!

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  24. Oh Beth, i feel for you. Its hard i know.
    Ive been injured for 6 mths!! i completed an Ironman 70.3 in australia. my first! and rested for 2 weeks. went for a cycle and had pins and needles in my arms and pain. Long story short. I need Spinal fusion surgery. Plus i have a meniscus tear (which i work around). But it does my head in. I hurt when i swim or run and can only turbo cycle to nowhere. Most people would just lay on a lounge and give up right?
    I met and spoke to Turia Pitt in a North Sydney street once. She couldnt wait to get in that taxi i reckon LOL What an inspiring individual she is to all people!!!

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    1. Well, that just sucks!! I'm so sorry. Hang in there.

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