When Sucky Runs Attack…

Yesterday I was supposed to run my “long run” for the training week, which was 5 miles.  I started late (about 9am) and ran at the Lake that I frequently visit.

I ran in my new Apaeris Compression Shorts and my new CEP compression calf sleeves (which I will review both at a later date.)  I also brought my Garmin 305, my Hydrafoam amiphod water bottle, and my ipod armband holder.  I was a total running tech nerd girl, I should’ve taken a picture.

The temperature was 84* but the heat index was 96* and the humidity was 57% with no breeze, even by the lake.
Lately, I’ve had more runs that are bad than good and I blame it mainly on my stupid hip and working night shift.

Anyway, I managed 4.6 miles even though 5 miles were planned and this is why my run sucked so so much:
– It was hot and humid.
– I couldn’t catch my breath.
– My hip felt tight (but my adductors felt great!)
– The compression sleeves were wonderful for my calves, however it was hotter than hell so midway through my run I had to stop and take them off.
– I kept sweating into my eyes.
– I got dizzy toward the last mile and walked the rest of the way.
– I was tired.
– I had some serious GI issues going on.

It’s so defeating to me to have runs like this.  I know a lot of people have sucky runs, but when it’s one after the other, especially when it’s a struggle with a bum hip, it makes me question.  I forget why I enjoy running in the first place.  I always get over my depressed mood about it eventually, but I just wish things could go back to normal.  I’m still convinced I have a hip labral tear, something just isn’t right and I can sense it.

Even though I complain a lot (I know I do, it’s something I’m trying to stop doing so much), I like to look at the positives in everything.
Positive points to this run:
– My adductors felt good.
– I had some good music lined up.
– There were a lot of friendly active people out and about.
– I saw a man feed some starving kittens a big bowl of cat food.
– The lake was beautiful.
– I am otherwise healthy and able to get out and do something, it’s better than just sitting on the couch.

How do you get through your tough/crappy runs?  What motivates you to keep going?

 

What To Do When Your Landlord Sucks…

I moved into my house in November 2011.  I rented because I didn’t want to fully commit to buying a house.  I realize that I’m basically just throwing my money away with nothing to show for it.

When I first moved into my house, there was kitchen tile that was broken and possibly dangerous for my foot.  There is also a bathroom in the garage with a toilet that didn’t work as soon as I moved in.  Both of these things were supposed to be fixed within a month of me moving in.

Fast forward to July 2012.  Are either of these things fixed?  No.  Despite my landlord sporadically telling me he is going to get a new toilet, etc… He has not.  The only thing he has actually ever replaced is my air conditioning fuse thingy (not the technical term).  He feels the need to tell me what everything is going to cost if he replaced it.  Guess what?  I don’t care.  I pay you money monthly, early at that, and this is your job.  It’s what you signed up for.

When I went on vacation to Cancun, Oklahoma City had a horrible hail storm that busted out windows, damaged roofs, and really tore up some houses.  The only real damage I had was a window that looked like a baseball had gone through it.  This was the beginning of May.

Apparently my landlord got an insurance adjuster to evaluate the house and the roof (which I haven’t had any problems with) needs to be redone along with the window.  He also said “I will fix the toilet, because I told you I would. I wasn’t in a hurry since it’s just you that lives there.”  I’m sorry, do I never have people over?  What if two people need to poop at the same time?  I rented this house with that thought in mind.  Thanks for being so kind and DOING YOUR JOB.here

Just to be sure I’m clear, things that legitimately NEED to be fixed/replaced, but are NOT:
1.Toilet
2.Tile
3.Window

Things that aren’t a necessity to be fixed, but are being replaced at the moment anyway:
1. The Roof

Makes no sense to me.   Not only is he replacing the roof, but he’s doing so ON. THE. DAYS. I. HAVE. TO. WORK.  I work nights. 12 hours shifts.  Although I told him my schedule and which days would be better, the company comes on the days I’m working anyway.  I will kindly start nailing shingles to their roof right above their bedroom at midnight or one in the morning and see how they feel.here

Either way, this experience has led me to the decision to buy a house.  I’m saving right now, and hopefully by January I can get out of this hell hole and get a place to call my own.

In the meantime, I have no idea what to do with my sucky landlord.  He claims he’s called the window company, but I know that’s total B.S.   Frustration.here

50 Shades of Grey a.k.a 50 Hours of My Life I Can Never Get Back

Warning:  Spoilers are included in this post.  Read at your own risk.

Yep.  I got sucked into the phenomenon of the “50 Shades of Grey” Series.
I resisted it for as long as I could, but everyone and their cat raved about how awesome it was and how it will change your life.  I’m confused.  Were we reading the same book?

I haven’t actually finished the last book of the series.  I’m struggling to get through it.  When it comes to books I have to finish them, even if they are so so so bad.

I’m embarrassed to say, but this book is also known as “Mommy Porn.”  It has a lot and I mean a lot of sex.  It becomes redundant as most everything is in this book.

I know I’m probably going to offend the die hard fans of this book, but once again, this is my opinion.  I have read a lot of books, ever since I was a little girl I have loved to read.  I consider myself pretty well rounded, and I don’t get offended easily so that is not the main issue I have with this book.  I like to believe that I know good writing and an interesting story line when I read it.  I’m not saying that my writing is perfect either, but when you are a best seller, I would expect better.  Who in the hell published this book?  Didn’t anyone proofread it?
The issues I have with this book are numerous, but I’ll keep them to a minimum.

1.  This is basically a remake of the Twilight Series, only with a bunch of sex and very poor writing.

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2. The author of this book obviously used the thesaurus WAY too many times  during her writing.  I am a smart girl and I have read many books in my day, yet you should see the dictionary on my phone.  It is filled with words I have never heard before in my ENTIRE life.  It would be different if this book was historical, sophisticated in some way, or War & Peace.  It’s not…at all.
 3. I cannot stand the helpless girl act who has no identity until she meets this ass of a man who wants to beat her, but then decided he loves her in 3 weeks time.  He’s a billionaire so it’s okay that he wants to do that and that he stalks and invades her privacy in every way.  It’s so charming.

4. If I have to hear one more reference to her inner goddess, which is her inner slut or a remark about her subconscious, I’m going to put myself out of my misery.  That’s why I can’t finish the last book. I’ve had it.  I’ve absolutely had it.
5. Between her incessant lip biting, eye rolling, and calling her vagina “down there” or “her sex”, I was pretty sure a 16 year old giggling girl wrote the book.

6. She overused words to the max.  I’ve never heard the words “beguile”, “jeez”, and “clamber” so much in my entire life. 

I don’t know why, but it bothers me that all these women like love this book.  It’s great if that’s what you are into, but I’m sure there are hundreds of other erotica books that are written much better than this.  I was expecting more out of this, I think that’s why it’s pissing me off.  The story line is slow and boring, although it picks up a little in the second book, and tries it’s hardest to be interesting in the third.

I think these books give false hope and expectations to women.  It’s also disturbing to me that women make comments about finding that perfect guy like Christian Grey.  Really?  Sure he’s wealthy and handsome, those attributes I can understand.  He wants to punish and beat her, he stalks her every move, he needs constant reassurance that she loves him, and he’s 10 times moodier than I am on my period.  In other words, he’s a rich douche bag.  Sounds like a great catch to me.  Good news is that there are plenty of stalkers and douche bags out there, it’s just finding that right combination ladies.

There is my rant.  I had to get it off my chest.  Obviously I don’t recommend reading this book.  Save yourself the time and don’t be an idiot like me and read the books begrudgingly.  I’m not the only one who feels this way either, there are over 2,000 reviews on Amazon warning you of the same things I have just spoken of.  Take heed, my friends.

 

iPhone sickness

When I was on vacation in Cancun, to make sure we didn’t get unnecessary international phone charges we turned off our phones.  Technology and social networking is such a huge part of our lives and to have it cut off for 5 days wouldn’t seem like a big deal, would it?  Even though we had our phones locked in our safe, I would catch myself looking for my phone or wanting to check it.  It was an automatic thing I did, and my other friends did the same thing.  To contact one another we had to actually pick up the phone and call each other’s room.  If we were out of the room, and wanted to contact one another, we would have to get up and walk around to find that person.  It was amazing, really.

I found it frightening how dependent I was on this tiny little technology square.  After a couple of days without my phone, the compulsion to check it was less and less.  It was actually pretty nice to be without it.  To have no idea what was going on in everyone’s lives on facebook, twitter, and the blogging world was very freeing.  When I got home, I found myself not checking my phone as much and just leaving it when I went places.  I didn’t like the feeling of needing my phone.
 A couple of days after I came back from vacation, I went to get a manicure. This lady came in to the salon to get her nails done and she was rude from the moment she stepped in to the place.  She sat down next to me to get her nails done and while the man was doing them, her phone started ringing.  She let it ring for awhile, then rudely made him wait to finish her nails while she picked up the phone and talked loudly on it.  After she was done, instead of turning it to silent, she just sits it next to her.  It goes off again.  She let’s it ring the full ring, then makes him stop again so she can answer it.  This goes on for about 10 minutes and everyone in the salon was getting aggravated.  These calls weren’t even important calls, we knew this because we could hear every word out of her loud mouth about guinea pig food and then a slew of demanding/degrading words to her husband, I assume.  Luckily I got done way before her, so I didn’t have to suffer her through her rudeness for very long.  Unfortunately, I seem to encounter people like that more and more these days.

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IN OTHER NEWS:  I leave for the Cayman Islands on Friday!
The Thunder play the Spurs tonight and if we win, we will be going to the NBA Finals!  If that happens, I am determined to go to a game, no matter what the cost!   That would be a dream come true!