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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Running Update And Other Stuff You Should Care About

Actually, there's nothing here that you should care about, I just thought that title would grab your attention.

Two attempted nights at home with Bud have failed--he's had last minute things pop up, which meant not coming over til much later than planned.  Keeping a stiff upper lip (with a bit of a quiver) that soon we will actually have a night together that involves a lovely meal and spending some quality time together.  He still hasn't even tried my two ice cream concoctions!  (which means I can't eat them, cause I would eat it all and he'd have none to try).  I am being very patient, but the Bananas Foster ice cream is calling my name.  It's ridiculously good. I have put my cookbook away so I'm not tempted to try something else this week.  Well, maybe Saturday...

Running has been pretty crappy this summer and I am so disappointed I can't dwell on it or I'll cry.  My plan of having a carefree summer of running when I want, building my strength on hills, and enjoying it have crashed and burned.  I pulled a muscle over a week ago, and it still hurts.  So much that I tried running yesterday morning before work, and I ended up walking most of the time.  I'm giving myself until Saturday, when I have a day off and I'm going to attempt to get in a 5 mile run. I am now officially panicking over the 4th of July 8K race that is less than 2 weeks away. I will run that race, but not like I had hoped.  My friend Michael has already run the route, and he tells me to just run it for practice.  I reminded him again that I don't feel comfortable running in that particular part of town by myself!  I have read another account of a woman runner being murdered while out on a run.  I know chances are small, but I would rather not take the risk and put myself in a situation like that.  Cedar Rapids is not a giant metropolis, but bad people are everywhere, and it can and does happen here.  If I were a man, I would confidently run at night, or run by myself in otherwise *ahem* questionable parts of town.  Instead, I will wait til race day, when thousands of other racers can accompany me on the route. I will keep plugging along, and remind myself that it is okay to have a time where running just isn't the bright shinning experience I am aiming for every day.  

Creatively, I am a dead space.  Like a black hole of non-creativity.  I feel like I lost my bearings in May and have yet to get my shit together.  Thinking that week's staycation is required pretty soon.  Very lucky to have 4 weeks of vacation a year.  I've burned two, with another week in September already planned.  Since I'm not going anywhere else this year, I may have to take this time off soon--for my well being and the sake of my house!  Do you ever just want to close off the world and be quiet for awhile?  I'm approaching that pretty rapidly.  

So...July needs to be a better month for me.  Ticking off that "to-do" list, setting my house (inner and outer) in order, and taking a moment to breathe.  Running for the joy of it, and that feeling of accomplishment after every run.  Clearing out unnecessary "stuff" and hitting restart.  I can do this.  And with an ice cream maker, and dreams of sorbet floating in my head, I will have delicious treats for Bud every week.  I am pretty positive he will just love me to death for giving him dessert every night he's here.  Yep.  


  1. The ice cream sounds soooo good!

    I have NO doubt you will rock the race. You are too resilient and awesome not to. Seriously, I couldn't come close to what you do. I'd run less than half a mile and pass out.

    Well, my life is rather boring at the moment, so that kind of hurts the creativity factor for the blog. I'm in a date drought. The men are either married, just out of a relationship, the commitment-phobic types, or players. It's rather depressing.

    1. Frisky, you are such a sweetie. Thank you for your kind words! I will remember them when I want to walk during the race :) I am also in a date drought--Bud's life is super busy right now, so talking on the phone every day is about it. Hope to see each other very soon. Yes, I certainly get that "no good men"! Been there. Just remember: your perfect man is probably working hard somewhere and not dating. That's how Bud was.

  2. I really like your new blog look. I know what you mean by running not being the highlight of your life right now, nothing like trying to run on a pulled muscle. I would use the 8K for practice and aim for the next one you want to do. Can you take your staycation during the 4th of July? It might be fun and relaxing. You have a lot more willpower than I do, I could not wait to eat ice cream for anybody!

    1. Alex! I'm so glad to hear from you. I'm hoping to maybe fit that staycation in sometime at the end of July or early August. One whole week off! That's my aim. It helps that the ice cream is in the deep freezer in the basement, so I would have to walk down there to get it. I'm just lazy :)

  3. Homemade ice cream sounds good. I might have to make some myself one day.
    It's been too hot lately to run much anyway.


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