Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday Bust - Tuesday Better!

So hubby gets home from the gym on Monday and gets called into work on his day off (our day off). Does he say no? Unh uh. I'm like, hello? Can I get to the gym now. I have the contractors in the basement. The washer repairman still to make an appearance, inspectors to inspect and Ginger to get to the vet. He kisses me goodbye and says he'll be back soon.

The washer guy arrives. He finds a quarter (or what used to be a quarter) jammed in somewhere. The door pops open and OMG the smell (wet sheets sitting in the washer for about 6 days). It took 3 washings to get rid of that funk - phew! Needless to say the gym was a no go. I couldn't even get to the treadmill cause it's packed up with the construction in the basement.

Tuesday I made it there. I did 1/2 hour on the Arc Trainer, ran for 2 miles and did 1/2 my weight circuit. I should just probably run a 5K tomorrow at the gym because the 2 Turkey Trots that are near me this week are right after 12 hour night shifts. I may attempt Saturday's tho..???

It is almost 1am and I am in work. Since 3:30pm I have been asking, any homework to do, studying (because we all know that this does not count as homework). Anything before I leave for work? Crickets chirping. I get a text from my 16 year old son at 9:20pm asking if I am an organ donor. Hmmm.... where are we going with this? He has a paper on organ donation and has to ask me my views. I ask...when is it due - cringing. Tomorrow, I am almost done. I said email me what you have and I'll edit it for you. It has to be 1-1/2 to 2 pages long. What is your definition of "almost done?" I said there is barely 1-1/2 paragraphs here. He said yeah but with double spacing, bigger font and moving margins.... You are in 10th grade. The teachers know all these tricks. Put some of your nurse stuff in it for me please. Twenty minutes later I sent it back to him with tables, etc. I did it for him because I'm still ticked at the teacher for giving him "0s" when he was out with the swine flu. It was the end of the marking period and he couldn't make up the classes. (These are gym classes I'm talking about - the paper is for driver's ed.)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


  1. Don't you just love it when the spouse's work calls and screws up your plans?! Hub's work calls all the time...Grr.

  2. Sounds like you have quite the busy household. Don't ya just love last minute homework. Must be a boy thing because my 13 year old pulls the same crap.


Getting ready for my very first run!

After I renigged on my promise to run the Broad Street 10 miler with my friend Chrissy D - I decided to make it up to her by running the Ben Franklin Bridge 10k. Did you read below where I NEVER ran before? She told me that if I cancelled on her again, she would drag me across the bridge by my hair. Okaay then.

I was in shape until a work injury side-lined me (a patient decided to herniate two discs in my neck and tear my shoulder in two places - thanks!) So kiss that bikini goodbye. Pain and inactivity followed. I found myself unable to sleep and in front of the pantry at 3am - everything screaming "eat me!" My day consisted of Percocet, Valium, Red Bull. Percocet for the pain, Valium for the muscle spasms, Red Bull so I could pretend to play mommy for my children. So, physical therapy, epidurals, steroid injections and 40 pounds later, I decided that getting ready for this run was going to help me get back into shape. (I decided against 3 surgeries at this time.)

I had already conquered the ellipticals at the gym. I could do them for an hour on level 6 and barely break a sweat. Surely I could run a measely 6.2 miles. I moved on to the treadmill. I couldn't even run .25 miles continuously. This was a lot harder than it looked.

The Ben Franklin Bridge is almost 3 miles back and forth and it went up, up, up!! and then down. The first time I crossed it (walking, mind you) on the pedestrian cross-walk, my calves were cursing me in three languages. What did I sign up for - who was I kidding?

I downloaded inspiring, fast beat music to keep me pumped up and ready (Britney, Buck Cherry's Crazy Bitch (yep that's me), Pink, PCD, etc.) I decided that I would go for distance and not speed. I discovered that I had exercise-induced asthma when I pushed a little too far (anything at that time was too far). Soon I was able to run a mile, then 2 - at once. I continued to "do" the bridge and even took my kids a couple of times. I had to find a better way to keep my iphone close. They didn't make an arm band that I liked so I found a "runner's belt" online and soon had it. I tried it out one day in the park. My 11 year old was with me and started laughing when I put my iphone in it. "Seriously mom, a fanny pack?" It is not a fanny pack, it is a belt. It stays still, doesn't ride up and I can put my keys in it too. So there!

The weight was slowly coming off. I decided to take a drastic measure - no alcohol at all for the month before the race (oh no, what was I thinking.) My goal was 20 pounds by race day. I continued to plod along on the treadmill. I was up to 5k with almost no problems. However, when I tried to run outside, my body rebelled. The park trail was 1.3 miles - however, it was not flat (but hey - either was the bridge). I was a wheezing, sweaty mess .4 miles into the "run." I was running faster than I was used to on the treadmill. (GPS is a wonderful thing - an app I downloaded on my iphone let me know my distance, speed, and even mapped my route - love the gadgets!)

Strep throat struck my son (11) and he generously shared it with me two weeks before the race. I bought new sneakers (Asics Nimbus Gel 11) and my shins and calves let me know it was not a good idea to change things two weeks before the run. So I went back to my Nike Lunar Glides and made everybody happy. My 16 year old decided he would like to try on the Swine Flu one week before the run. My throat was still bothering me from last week and my chest was tight. I was having some serious doubts if I would be able to finish this race. Not to mention Lysol toxicity from degerming the whole house.

I completed 5.5 miles on the treadmill on my birthday, 6 days before the Sunday race, and for the first time I thought I might be able to do it. It rained for the next two days, so I didn't run the bridge (think shuffle up and run down). I worked Friday night and had off on Halloween. Was I ready? I made my goal of losing 20 pounds two days before the run - yeah me! (20 more to go!)
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Ben Franklin Bridge

Ben Franklin Bridge

Kids on the Bridge

Kids on the Bridge