Runner Friend Meet ‘n Greet and Fun Facts

Welcome to a Monday afternoon folks! How are you all doing? Well, I guess ‘all’ could be a relative term, it could be all one of you or maybe even all ten. That said, we’ll jump to the running stuff right off the bat. Today was an easy 8 miles and change, core work then abs. AND I’m happy to report that I ended with a little stretching…hurrah for me. Ya, I’m still no bonafide yogi or all the bendy but I at least did my muscles good.

Yesterday I forgot to write, got all wrapped up in showering the dad with praise, but I did my usual harder 5 miler workout. With a warm-up and cool-down it came out to being a bit over 11 miles total for the day. Chased by upper body weights.

BUT, what’s more exciting about yesterday (well, again it still comes in second to my dad but since he’s down in CA and I’m up in OR I wasn’t able to get down there to spend the day with the fam, so other plans were in order) was that I got to hang out with one cool chick-a-dee. Yes I did just use that term.

Actually, kinda random, I happened to literally run into Allie (well, not actually hit her but run by her in the opposite direction) and her friend at the track a few days ago. Back to the day of the bloody handed Cait’s a dork workout, and since she’s in town for a few more days we were able to meet up. (Allie’s far right and sporting some nice hardware)

She’s currently rocking the fast runnerchick status, and you should read all about her on her own blog. Do it, if for no other reason than because I said so. Jk. But since of course Beaverton, OR is the hip and happenin metropolis that it is, we really tore this city up. Please note the sarcasm there. But no, we had fun and I did learn a few things that I’d like to share:

* Best Buy greeters can’t hold a candle next to the greeters at Wal-Mart. That sorry (albeit hot) looking 20 something does not have the zeal or enthusiasm of a geriatric in a Rascal Scooter. Sorry. Also, Best Buy dude didn’t offer me a smiley face sticker, double deduction.

* My annoyance for Drew Barrymore is still burning strong. I don’t know why it is, but I think the side mouth talking thing has something to do with it.

* Normal people drink coffee and so naturally a Starbucks run was in order. Allie had coffee but I don’t drink coffee, I know I’m not normal, but me on caffeine is like a normal person taking crack. I’m way too high energy to begin with. I did once take a caffeine pill before a race just to see if the extra kick would do me good, I thought my heart was going to come careening out of my chest. I was eating some pre-race pancakes and literally couldn’t hold the fork steady. Whacko-cracko. (Above, Allie and Me. I’m the creepo on the left obviously mid-blink, she’s the purdy girl on the right. Now you know why you don’t see more pix of me.)

* Starbucks is catering to the diet conscious folks with their mini-bite cupcakes or whatever. This was the first time I’d seen then in person and I kid you not those things are about a bite and a half. Now I know my mouth is abnormally large, literally and figuratively, but in my humble opinion, while they look pretty, they aren’t even worth the two chews. I know some people who are able to satisfy a craving with a small smidge of the treat, but personally if I want a cupcake I’m gonna eat a freaking cupcake and more likely in multiples. Just saying. I wish I could be one of those people that can take a spoon to a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and later be left with contents still in the pint, but I’m not. Those sane minded folks mystify me and I want to study them like Jane Goodall and her chimps.

* I’m not the only runner who hates taking a break from running. Allie’s just starting her break after her track season, and she’s doing so in similar Cait begrudging fashion. (Read sneaking runs when she shouldn’t. Sorry if I call you out on this one Allie, but I’m going out on a limb and assuming it’s safe to say that your coach isn’t reading this…hehe) I know some runners who LOVE their breaks, but I’m not one of them. I know that it’s a mental thing and that physically the body needs a break every now and again, especially if you’re training hard, but knowing and doing are tricky. I have some funny ‘oops I’m caught doing what I shouldn’t be’ stories and they’re really only funny in their ridiculousness. Me being ridiculous that is. Older and wiser I’d like to think I’ve gotten a wee bit better at listening to sanity. Good news is, Allie at least is and as of yesterday abstaining from sneaky stealth runs. 🙂

Aight folks, I’m off for now! I hope the start of your weeks are going great!!

1) Coffee drinker? Coffee addict? Where do you fall?

2) Are you a two-bites and I’m satisfied kinda person who I’ll have to get tips from or are you like me and want to take your mondo bites and lots of them?

3) Do you look forward to or hate any kind of running/workout breaks? I know lots of people are going on vacation and some of them don’t exercise during those times, but I still keep my date with Mr. Sweat, do you?

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7 thoughts on “Runner Friend Meet ‘n Greet and Fun Facts

  1. seriously laugh everytime I'm here. 🙂

    I'm a coffee drinker. I give it up for a year, then go back to hitting it hard, then give up. Currently I"m in the several cups a day even at night phase.

  2. Coffee? I could take it or leave it. I need my morning tea with milk though!
    I can do the 2-bite thing, actually. Not all the time of course, but I can usually quite happily take a bit of hubby's dessert and be ok.
    I hate workout breaks! I take rest days, and sometimes rest weeks, but I know how hard it is to get back in the habit!

  3. tricia, thanks so much…gotta love me my haha's! 😉 don't worry about pulling a LiLo type rehab addiction with your coffee, whatever keeps you going, right? 😉

    vanessa, oh so you're a tea drinker! 🙂 i was curious if you were really good with the two-bites thing because of your weight loss journey/success. power to you sister! 🙂

  4. I'm addicted to coffee. I've tried to quit, but the withdrawal symptoms are bad. I don't drink a ton of it, but I have to have it every morning, then another cup usually in the afternoon. It could be worse. I definitely have to have it before a race if the race is in the morning. I have my digestion system timed perfectly to eat 2 hours before and drink a cup of coffee an hour before. That, uh, clears things out and wakes me up before a crash in time to race.

    I used to be way too obsessive with running. I still am, but have gotten better. If I miss a day or two while on vacation, it doesn't bother me as much as it used to. I try to put other things (like relationships, rest, health) before running on my priority list. It's tough sometimes, but there are times when we really do need a break.

  5. Um, are we the same person?! I don't drink coffee either because the caffeine seriously makes me insane. No joke. Now and again I have some and I go craaaazy!!

    Naaah I can't do two bites! Are you surprised? 😉 And I'll DEFINITELY still be exercising on vacation!! Just try and STOP me!! 😛

  6. Haha – yay for a little stretching! 🙂

    1) Definitely a coffee drinker – I don't think addict quite yet but I definitely love my morning cup. Not a HUGE deal if I happen to miss it though.
    2) Depends on how good the dessert is. Usually a two bites and I'm satisfied but if it's really good I can down the whole thing 🙂
    3) I HATE running breaks and I'm currently on a 7 month (and maybe indefinite!) one due to 2 slipped discs. It SUCKS!! Run for me will ya?? 😉

  7. txgirl, wise words about taking time off. as for ur coffee addiction, hey i think it's better that than winding up partying with LiLo and all her junk. 😉

    emma, HAHA we have to be twins! i can totally see u being a fellow crazy hyper girl even without coffee! lol…and i shouldn't have even asked u about the two bite thing. 😉

    cait…oh i'm sooo sorry to hear about ur slipped discs!!! my gosh please know that i'll def be sending u all of my positive healing vibes. try not to get too down, rock ur recover and trust me the time WILL pass.

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