UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just imagine there are pictures: thursday 13

Dear Diary,

The wind is blowing like crazy outside and I am curled up under a quilt with Sweet Baboo, three cats, and Tom Waits keeping me warm. Getting up to put the promised pictures of the exercise room profiles of runs, and such, would involve leaving this all behind. Sooooo...placeholders for now.

don't you know there's no devil; it's God when he's drunk?

13.  Friday, two mothers and their respective children showed up at 3 pm, each claiming a 3:00 appointment.  Unfortunately, they were both correct: someone had double booked me.  I saw one at 3, and the other graciously agreed to wait until 4. 

Lunch had been Lean Gourmet Swedish Meatballs, and the package of Trader Joes Peanut Butter Goodies cookies that my Secret santa left in my inbox.  Urp.  I started eating Lean Gourmet because it's all I really have time for, and at the BX, it's about 80 cents.  NO, i do not want to know how high in sodium it is, or that there is a list of ingredients with chemical names longer than Moby Dick.
 It's food. It's cheap, it's portion-controlled, and it's pallatable.

12.  Saturday, I ran about 4 miles on the trail.  My legs felt heavy, which was attributed to the lunges and squats I had done during the previous week. Then, i went to a holiday party with the people who work with Baboo.
Each year I make the same potlock meal: curried yams, and brown rice. It's vegetarian, it's yummy, and it's wildly popular. I take home an empty dish.   But here's the thing: only Sweet Baboo's coworkers, psychologists, eat it.  My fellow counselors or social workers don't touch it. Ever. What's up with that?

11.  Sunday, I did 14 miles of a planned 50K FatAss that will be held on New Year's Day.  Here is the profile:

*placeholder for missing run profile here*

10.  Monday, Lunch was Lean Gourmet flatbread.  It wasn't bad.  It was the size of my hand.  I recognize that this is a normal portion.  Also on monday, I found out that the kid whol told me Friday I'm not fucking going upstairs with you for an assessment was hospitalized over the weekend. I told her so.

9. Also on Monday, it snowed. Again. We have had an unprecedented amount of snow so far this winter. Right now, as I'm typing this, the wind is howling and more snow is coming down, and they have closed I40. 

Now, New Mexico I thought we had a deal: you give me moderate, sunny winters, and I look the other way regarding the whole dust thing.  What happened?

*placeholder for snow pictures here*

8. Tuesday, I went to a local hospital's psych ward to see a kid that had tried to escape. He went over the wall around the facility the day before carrying, of all things, his lunch box.  
Also on Tuesday, I couldn't find my car keys. Anywhere.  I finally went outside to see if I left them in the car, and behold: they were there. 

In the ignition.

With the car running.

Yes, that's right. I parked my car at noon, got out, leaving my car running in the parking lot for four hours.  In th parking lot of a mental hospital. Have you ever done anything so stupid? I say you have not.  

Tuesday's lunch was Santa Fe Beans and Rice (Lean Cuisine).

7.  By the way: Lollicup.com Sugar-free flavoring syrups for coffee.  I'm just sayin'. It's the secret to me being a morning person.

6. Wednesday, the lunch of the day was shrimp scampi from Lean Gourmet. That night, we ate with folks from my the office at a local steakhouse, and the starters menu had calorie counts after each choice. It. Was. Horrifying. Few starters were under 1000 calories. I wound up having a 6 ounce fillet with sweet potato fries, and steamed brocolli.  I was very proud of myself. 

5, Most of the people I work with are in their mid-twenties. It was an interesting evening.  I found out things that I never knew about my coworkers.  Like, nearly all of them are half my age. 

4. Also wednesday, i had to caution an adult who wouldn't shut up and let me ask about their kid. It was all, me, me, me.  I get that people with disordered kids are grateful to find anyone who will listen to them but I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD. I DO NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE VOICES IN JUNIOR's HEAD. 

3. Also on Wednesday, I made the following law, called GeekGirl's law no. 5150: 

if you name your kid Chaos, don't complain to me about his behavior.  

Ever.

Also, Greek Goddesses. I'm just sayin'. Greek mythology is a soap opera, so you're asking for trouble by naming your kid after one of the principle players.

Unless you're Greek, and then it's okay.

2. Also on wednesday, i discovered that 1) all seasons of 'Bones' are on Netlix, and 2) apple tv has closed captioning.  Thus, my new winter running is in place, in my new exercise room.  Bliss!!!

Pictures:

*placeholder for missing exercise room pictures here*

1. Okay. Here it is, my 50-mile running plan.  I hope this formats right. I used to code in HTML and am perfectly capable of creating a table, but why do that when I can copy and paste from Numbers?  
Recall: I. Am Lazy.

Week of:      Week. M.    T.     W.    Th.   F.    S.    Su.   Total
Dec 5, 2011 1 0 2 2 2 0 8 6 20
Dec 12, 2011 2 0 2 2 4 0 10 6 24
Dec 19, 2011 3 0 2 2 4 0 12 8 28
Dec 26, 2011 4 0 2 4 6 0 14 8 34
Jan 6, 2012 5 0 4 4 6 0 16 10 40
Jan 13, 2012 6 0 4 6 6 0 18 10 44
Jan 20, 2012 7 0 4 6 8 0 20 10 48
Jan 27, 2012 8 4 8 6 0 0 10 8 36
Feb 6, 2012 9 4 8 8 0 0 22 10 52
Feb 13, 2012 10 0 4 10 8 0 22 10 54
Feb 20, 2012 11 0 4 10 8 0 24 10 56
Feb 27, 2012 12 0 4 10 6 0 10 8 38
Mar 5, 2012 13 0 4 12 8 0 0 31 55
Mar 12, 2012 14 0 4 12 8 0 24 10 58
Mar 19, 2012 15 0 4 12 8 0 26 10 60
Mar 26, 2012 16 0 4 10 8 0 16 10 48
Mar 5, 2012 17 0 4 6 6 0 10 6 32
Mar 12, 2012 18 4 3 2 0 0 50 59

Each week I will post that week's running plan and the actual mileage, making me direrctly accountable to the half dozen people who still read this blog :-/

Last week, i was 2 miles short on my training plan.  This week, i was 2.3 miles short. 

The week day runs are all treadmill. The weekend runs are all on the hilly trails behind our house.

Ta-daaaaa!

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13 comments:

  1. Hey, guess I'm One of Six? (I'm sure not Seven of Nine!) Thanks for the the plan. Picturing the snow...brr. I think I'm eating everything you're not, so the balance in the universe is maintained. Ugh. However, I would love the recipe for the curried yams and brown rice, it sounds terrific. The Torani sf gingerbread syrup is awesome, allows me to make my own version of a (gluten free) gingerbread latte (non-dairy) at home - coffee w/ that & "creamer". Also worked great when I poured some on top of hot quinoa cereal with canned pumpkin (oatmeal before GF). I imagine the pumpkin spice would work too. That Bacon flavor looks tempting for a pancake-like carb. I have seen some of them at CostPlus World Market, not sure if you have those nearby. Stay warm and safe. Perhaps some hot chocolate with the "milk" of your choice?

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  2. We still read, we just don't comment as often since we are reading through Google Reader! Those long runs on the buildup schedule sound painful but sort of amazing - I am looking to build back up run mileage, I like this notion...

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  3. I see your running car and raise you my first marriage. :)

    I'm a little jealous of your snow. Apparently, Illinois and New Mexico traded weather for December. It's nice going out in just a jacket, but a 50 degree Christmas day is a little weird. And I know we'll pay for it eventually.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  4. Hey there - I read you! Your commitment to your running and health inspires me. & maybe sometime soon I will actually get up and out and do something! I have drifted to nearly 200 pounds at 5ft 7 - I am getting beyond the point of getting away with it! I am an apple shape with high blood pressure and 41 years old - am realising I can no longer take 'youth' for granted... So 2012 will be a year of activity and counting food points. I may even blog. Been meaning to for years. But... I. Too. Am. Lazy. So Merry Christmas to you and those in your eclectic world. Keep warm in that desert snow. From a strangely warm Yorkshire in the UK on Christmas Eve Eve (It's around 50 degrees F here and I am craving chilly crisp frostiness all around!)

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  5. #3 is hilarious because I have the same general rule in dog sports. If you name your dog Mayhem, Menace or anything of the sort, don't be surprised if its' a wild thing!!!

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  6. Babysitting a boy named Chase for 5 years in school is why I am 34, my husband and I have been married for 14 years, and we have no children. And. Never. Will!

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  7. I'm sure more than 6 people read this! I always love your updates. I always get excited when I see a new one in my RSS feed. Have a nice holiday/vacation and a happy new year's!

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  8. You're international. I always get a thrill to see a new post. And ran today in the low 30s. That would NOT be Fahrenheit. :)

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  9. I'm reading. And loving it. :)

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  10. I'm still reading after years...Happy New Year!

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  11. I am so glad you posted a 50 miler plan. I have been thinking of doing one after my first ultra in November but wasn't sure exactly how to train!

    Love your blog! It makes me laugh out loud every time!

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  12. I would also suggest that it is wise to avoid naming your child from the location of conception as well. Such as, Chevrolet Caprice..... Sigh. I am super happy that I got new running shoes, that is just about as cool as a nifty exercise room :-) Enjoy the fitness bonanza.

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  13. Did you write your own 50-mile training plan or did you find it somewhere? This looks way more manageable than the 50K plan I saw online today.

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