Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Metro problems and three miles in the bag

I'm pretty sure the Red Line is doing everything in it's power to keep me from getting home at a normal hour to get my run in. Last night right after 4 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a Metro train one stop from the one I take to get home. The reports are saying the man was intentionally on the tracks. (Meaning he was most likely trying to kill himself.)

Metro suicide attempts aren't the most uncommon thing in the world, but I mean come on...seriously...on the Red Line again! After what happened last week. Unreal.

So my commute was again messed up last night. But this time I knew before I left work and a friend offered to have me take her Metro line home and then she'd drive me to my house. Thank God for good friends!

I got home later than normal, but it's okay because I got to catch up with a friend I hadn't seen in a while (looking for the positives here). After helping my roommate fix her wireless, I was finally able to get my three miles in.

I'm glad I didn't leave until later because holy crap was it humid. It felt like I was running through water. I toughed it out though and finished my three miles in 28:54. I had a little bit of nagging in my left leg around mile 1.5 but I kept going because it wasn't too bad. I noticed my form getting a little wonky at the end of the run and I'm not sure what that was about, just something I'll have to pay attention to from now on.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Left or right

I was less than eager to get out of bed Sunday morning when my alarm went off at 5:45 in the morning. I hit snooze a few times but eventually dragged my butt out of the bed so I could get my run in before the temps climbed too high.

I did my usual prep routine. Toast, water, threw a Gu in my pocket and I was out the door. My target was eight miles, taking it up to nine or 10 if I was feeling good.

Turns out my legs had other plans and right around mile one I had to stop and walk because my left calf was crazy tight and I could feel a bit of a shin splint developing. I walked for a minute or two and felt better so I picked the pace back up again. A few minutes later the nagging shin/calf pain came back.

Stopped and walked again. I continued this way until about the two mile marker when I had to decided if I was going to turn left and push through the full eight miles or hang a right and cut the mileage in half.

I went right, cut the run short and iced a bit when I got home. In total I went four miles in 42 or 43 minutes. So my time wasn't too crappy despite the leg issues. Hopefully things go better the rest of the week.

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In weekend news, I saw "The Proposal" Saturday night with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds and it was hillllarious. I truly hadn't been expecting that much out of it, but it cracked me up!

And in Monday morning commute news, I was able to take the Red Line on the metro for the first time since the accident last week. It was really crowded and running very slowly, but I got to work only a few minutes late. So I'm crossing my fingers that things will be back to normal sooner rather than later!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Adventures down the manhole

(Why do I just know Glaven will come up with some horribly inappropriate comment about that title?)

So the BF is in the midst of packing because he's hoping to move soon and last night his mom came over to drop some boxes and things off. Unfortunately when she got out of the car, her iPhone slipped out and fell right down the storm drain.

His mom is understandably kind of bummed out, but the BF was like oh I can just crawl down there and get it out. His mom and I look at each other a little confused thinking oh really?

And BF goes on to tell us you just have to take the manhole cover off, climb down the ladder in there and grabbed the phone. (Should I be concerned the BF knows so much about the inner workings of a storm drain?) So we grab a flashlight and the BF finds something in the garage to yanked the cover off with. Those suckers are heavy.

Then he climbs down the ladder, hops down, grabs the phone and climbs back up. Like you know, it's an every day thing for him to climb down into storm drains.

Oh the best part of the story is that his mom iPhone works perfectly, even after the 10 footish drop and landing in a little puddle of water. She had it in this rubber case, which I'm betting is what saved it.

So BF saved the day and his mom didn't have to buy a new phone!

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In workout news, I've got a long run schedule for this weekend. It's something between 8 and 10 and I'm just going to play it by ear depending on how I feel!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Klutzy McGee goes to work

After Monday's Metro crash, I worked from home Tuesday because I couldn't get into the office. Full service still hasn't been restored to the my line on the Metro so since Tuesday night I've been staying at the BF's and doing about an hour and 10 minute commute from his house because the Metro line he lives closest too is working fine. That long of a commute is crappy, but the Metro was telling people to add between 30 minutes to an hour to their normal commute time if the were Red Line users. That would have pushed my get to work time anywhere from and hour and a half to two hours. Not cool.

Wednesday was desk moving day in the office because we got a new member of our team. So I got to move on up to a bigger desk. In the process of moving I was sitting on top of my desk trying to screw a cabinet shelf into place. After being proud of myself for completing it without problem, I went to hop off the desk. Swung my legs around and WHACK. Knee connects with corner of cabinet.

I hobbled around my office for a while until the pain subsided, but my knee was nagging me the rest of the day yesterday.

It seems to be OK now though. I'm such a klutz sometimes.

I'm hoping I'm not too drained when I get home from work tonight because I'd like to get a run in. Waking up at 5 a.m. to make sure I get to work on time is rough though and dealing with rush hour traffic once I got off the Metro left me drained yesterday. Cross your fingers for me that I'm not beat so I can at least get something short in tonight.

I'm hoping by next week things with the Metro will have calmed down and I can go back to my normal routine.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Grateful to have made it home

This post has absolutely nothing to do with running. I just need a place to process everything that happened yesterday. Feel free to skip this post. Or if you need the background of what happened, it's all over the Washington Post homepage.

When I get the email alert from the Metro yesterday saying there was a train malfunction at Tenleytown (the opposite side of the red line from me), I wasn't too worried and just figured my train would be a little more crowded than normal because of the minor delay.

When I got to the station that's pretty much what I found, but I was able to jam myself onto a car waiting on the platform. Standing room only, which almost never happens to me because I leave work before the major bulk of rush hour starts.

For the rest of the trip it just seemed like a normal Metro ride. I was four stops from home when a woman got on a train car and said she had come from the car in front of us that didn't have AC. Everyone felt bad for the people in that car, including the Metro employee who was riding on our train with his very loud walkie talkie.

We headed part of the walk to the next stop before we stopped suddenly on the track. This happens a lot. It's usually just to let another train pass or let a train leave the platform in front of us. But then the walkie talkie starts talking and we hear "code black" or something similarly ominous and the employee is like "Oh man, that's a collision." The car collectively groaned knowing we'd have to wait longer, but no one panicked because the Metro employee was being pretty chill.

Then we hear from the walkie talkie "All available Metro personnel are needed to report to Fort Totten immediately" Our Metro employee quickly runs through the emergency doors connecting cars and that's when we know it's going to be a long time sitting on the train. At least our car had air conditioning. 

Our conductor came on and said there had been a collision and we were instructed to hold until further notice. 

This is where I will sound like a horrible person. Someone on my train apparently had an asthma attack about 10 minutes after we'd been waiting on the tracks. So the announcer said we'd be pulling in to the next station where we could all get off. I had never felt so grateful for someone having an asthma attack. (I truly hope it wasn't serious and that person is OK)

So I'm stuck at Catholic University which doesn't run buses back to where I live. So I hopped on a bus to the next metro station up with my new found friend who lives in the apartment building next to mine. While we're on the train, I'm calling my roommate and the BF to look up bus schedules and lines and see what will get me close to home. Turns out I would have needed to take like three different buses from where I was. 

I called a friend who I knew would be off and he graciously offered to pick me and my new friend up at the next Metro station. He's a saint and I treated him to dinner to thank him. 

It took us over an hour to drive back to my house. We drove right past the scene of the crash. It look horrible. I have never seen that many emergency personnel in one place. And cop cars, fire trucks and ambulances continued to pass us the whole way back home. Unbelievable.

I'm glad to be home safe and sound. I'm thankful that I have such great friends who called and texted to make sure I was OK. And I'm really glad I had two great friends who both offered to give me a ride home from where I was stranded.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones yesterday and those who were injured in the crash. 

Monday, June 22, 2009

Weekend at home with the fam

I headed out of town this weekend to spend some QT at home with the fam. for Father's Day. I had good intentions of getting my long run in on Saturday morning, but a combination of late arrival the night before and sucktastic pouring rain all weekend kind of killed those plans.

So instead, the BF and I went bowling with my parents and we had a blast. Seriously, I love me a good game of bowling.

I did get a nice four miler in last Thursday though. We finally got a break in the rain and while it was ridiculously humid I managed to slog through the miles. After mile 2.5ish there was some major run-walking going on. The hills were killing me. They were fairly slow miles, but hey at least it was something outside after all the rain!

BF's training has been slightly derailed by a nagging knee soreness. So after taking some time off he's trying to get back on board with his training too. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping with the rain gone and his knee back in shape this will be a better training week for the both of us!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Life is interfering with training

I've been having a stressful two weeks lately and so I apologize for my absence. Training last week was less than fun, but I muddled through it and managed to survive. In the middle of training I found out one of my coworkers had accepted a new job and so we're all doing the who's-going-to-be-taking-over-what shuffle. And I'm sad to see her go.

So things have been kind of nuts.

In workout news, last week when I was in training, absolutely none happened, unless you count the 15 minutes of ab work I did on Monday when I had the motivation and was still trying to make the effort to get something in.

I got back to it this week though. I attempted to do my speed work Tuesday night, but I'm not really sure one could call what 6 miles that I did any form of speed work. I had planned on doing intervals, but my legs were having none of it. So then I figured I'd do a tempo run, but my legs weren't so keen on that either. So I did 6 miles of alternating speeds on the dreadmill, trying to push it when I could.

Last night I taught yoga. I thought it was a crappy class because mentally, I was not there. I was so seriously distracted thinking about other stuff that I've got going on. In fact at the end of June, I'm actually going to be dropping one of my yoga classes because I've just got a little too much on my plate right now.

Last night I was determined to drop both of them at least for the rest of the summer, but I think I've reconsidered and I'll keep one of them through July and then re-evaluate. I may be writing a little less regularly over the next few days and weeks, but I'll keep trying to stay caught up with you guys, although my comments may be a little less frequent. I'm not however going to be taking a blogging sabbatical like soooome people.

Anyway, just wanted to check in and let you know I'm back on the training wagon. I'd love to get some outside runs in if the rain would go away. Seriously, I think it's been raining for like two weeks straight.

Monday, June 08, 2009

In and Out

I'll be in and out all week, but mostly out because I'm at a suck-tastic week-long work training with zero access to the Internet. I'll try to catch up on blogs in the evenings when I'm not busy doing training homework (yes that's right, this training comes with homework and a project due at the end of the week....kill me now, didn't I finish school?)

I ran nine miles on Saturday, but my watch was MIA again so I don't have a time. I can't imagine it was very fast though, the hills kicked my bootay and I had to stop and walk a lot. Plus my legs were super exhausted from doing Jillian the night before.

And now my IT band is so knotted that I can actually see the bulging knotted muscle in my thigh. I'm assuming that's not good. I've stretched. I've Sticked. It's gotten a little better, but it's one stubborn mo-fo. 

I'm still on the fence on whether or not I'll get out for a run tonight. I'm wondering if it might be worth giving it another day of rest. We shall see how I feel in a bit I guess. 

Hope you all have awesome weeks. I'll do my best to stay caught up. Friday can't get here soon enough.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday miscellany

It's Friday and my brain is all mush and I feel like I can't string together a cohesive blog post. So here's some quick bullet points for you. Enjoy!
  • I bagged last night's workout because 1) it was pouring rain so no running and 2) my legs were still killing me from the Shred so no Jillian. So I took it easy last night and chilled with a friend.
  • I'm hoping to get some Jillian in tonight before some friends and I head out for dinner and drinks (for them not me) in D.C.
  • Tomorrow morning I'm hitting up the local farmer's market for some delicious fruits and veggies. If you guys have any great recipes that use lots of produce let me know because I'm going to be excited to try new stuff.
  • After Tuesday's horrible day full of exhaustion I tried to get more sleep the rest of this week. I was pretty successful and it made me feel a lot better. I may be adopting a 10 p.m. bedtime.
  • The weather's got me bumming. It's rainy and in the 60's and it's June. What gives?
  • I'm loving the new Runner's World. I soooo wish I could do the Marathon Challenge. How cool would it to be trained by Bart Yasso and run with the editors? Unfortunately, the day of the Richmond Marathon is also the day of the Maryland vs. Virginia Tech football game, a grudge match of sorts for the BF and I because he went to Tech. So we've already got big game day plans. Major bummer.
Ok that's it for me. I can't stand to make you read any more random babble. Happy Friday and hope you all have awesome weeeknd!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

No running for me on NRD

Yesterday was National Running Day. And you know what I didn't do? That's right, I didn't run.

Why you might ask? Well because National Running Day fell on one of my cross-training days and I wasn't about to get my training schedule all messed up just for some faux-holiday running celebration.

Seriously, I run most days of the week. In my mind every day should be National Running Day and people shouldn't need a special day to go out and do it. But yea, America is fat so I guess the country as a whole needs days like this. Props to all who participated.

I however knocked out a solid day of cross training. I did Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred for the first time and holy moly I was in some serious pain. I had to do the modified version of a lot of stuff because I thought I might die. What an awesome workout.

Then I taught my yoga class where I for the first time had two participants who I don't think smiled once. They were all super intense yoga people and the whole time I was just thinking, "Oh man my class is so not for you." My class is so mellow and chill and for people who just do yoga for a good time and for the health benefits. I don't like making people bend into unnatural shapes. So I feel like those two ladies probably didn't get a ton out of my class. But my normal Wed. lady was there too and she looked pretty happy with the class, so it's all good.

It's raining like crazy here today so we'll see how I'm feeling about tonight's run. If the weather clears I'll get it in, if not I might just swap in another day of the Shred.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Spotted in D.C.

Sometimes I see some weird things on my morning commute. I think it must be because I leave my house by 6:25 to get into the office at 7 a.m. and all the wierdos haven't gone to bed yet or something like that.

I also tend to see a bunch of runners out logging their morning miles.

Well this morning I saw the funniest thing ever. I was walking down the street after getting off the metro when I hear singing over my right shoulder. I'm thinking it's just a homeless guy walking down the street singing to himself. Nothing that out of the usual.

I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when I get passed by an older man out for a run (wearing all black...whoo that's not smart in the summertime with the sun..and doing more of a shuffle than a run) and rocking an old bright yellow Walkman (didn't know those things still existed) clipped on the back of his belt.

Yup he was wearing a belt with all cotton and some tube socks. But the most bizarre thing of all was that he was singing to his music. And I'm not talking like under your breath humming like I'll sometimes do. I'm talking belting out his jams. I chuckled to myself a little bit.

Hey whatever makes you happy on a run right?

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In other news my laziness and crappy eating streak have continued. I skipped my run this weekend in favor of taking a day trip to the beach. It was a cut back week so only five miles so I didn't feel toooo bad about it. But then I skipped yesterday's three miler too because I was so exhausted. Back on the training wagon tonight with a tempo run. I have a feeling after my laziness and weekend of indulgence it ain't gonna be pretty.