So before I start telling the story about my adventure of getting lost during my run this morning, let me first start out by saying that this was probably one of the most physically active weekends I have ever had. Here’s what I did:
- Friday night I went for a 3.01 mile run around my neighborhood. When I got home, I then the Jillian Michaels ‘Yoga Meltdown’ DVD which is 30 minutes long.
- Saturday Frank & I went out to breakfast and then walked around the farmers market some. (I also met a lady there who makes WW-friendly baked goods. They are *SO* good. I bought the creamsicle cup cakes for 3 pts a piece. YUM!) After that we went and played Tennis for an hour then came back home and grabbed our bikes. We ended up riding 6.66 miles…and no, that distance wasn’t planned…that’s just how awesome we are!!
So that brings us to today. While the stuff above may not sound like a whole lot, it kind of is for me. Other than running I really don't do many other types of physical activity, other than the elliptical. Going out there and doing different kinds of workouts definitely has a different effect on the body…but it’s a good one!! I feel more fit and like I was more “active” this weekend just by the simple fact that I mixed it up. Plus, it was great to be able to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and do some of those activities with Frankie.
Any who, back to today…I woke up feeling sore and tired. The side of my oblique's are killing me (thanks twisting planks!) and my legs barely wanted to walk down the stairs. But kind of automatically, I threw on my running gear as soon as I got up. I told myself that even though I was sore and my body was tired, today would not be a day off!! I was going to get out there and try to run a couple of miles at least.
I went down to the parkway and it was pretty nice. I started to run and about 1/2 a mile into I hit some major traffic. There was a walk for MS there today so it was uber busy.
Just a little vent here…it’s great that so many people showed up to support a great cause and I hope they made a lot of money and what not, but here’s the thing…there are TWO area’s at the park; The main pathway and then the smaller path next to the lake. STAY ON ONE PATH!! WHY do you all feel the need to take up BOTH paths!! First of all, I’m pretty sure its all mapped out for you and secondly I’m pretty sure they tell you to stay on that mapped out path. It was a bit annoying and frustrating for us non-participants.
When I got to the 2 mile mark the thought of turning around and having to run around that mess of people & their children & their scooters & their dogs & their strollers & well…pretty much everything else they brought with them, just made me even more annoyed. It was hard enough that I was having a difficult time mentally getting into this run. I knew that having to go back through that mess was going to make it even more difficult.
So, I decided to take a different route. One that I was pretty much familiar with (or so I thought at the time) but had never ran. This route would take me out on the road and down and around the village. I figured it was basically about the same distance as if I turned around and went back through the parkway the same way I came. WRONG!
I’ve never gotten lost on a run before. Nor have I ever ran in an area that I wasn’t familiar with. Now this route I chose, I have driven many times but apparently the roads I had imagined before taking off to this area where not exactly 100% accurate.
I ended make a major crescent AWAY from where the park was. I had to go over a bridge where there was heavy construction and I had to walk across that bridge and look down at the Thruway with the zooming cars below me on a WOODEN PLANK BOARD!! While on the worlds scariest rickshaw bridge, I came in contact with a creepy-hobo carrying bags of clothes and what have you. I’m almost 100% positive that if he had wanted to, he could have picked me up and threw me off this thing and plummeted me to my death. I tried to get a picture of this shit-tastic “bridge” without the hobo seeing me do so. This is the best I got:
Sorry for the crappy shot, but I didn’t want “Mr. I like to murder woman with big breasts who I can tell are obviously fatigued from their workout” to see me snapping shots and kill me.
At this point I was more tired than ever. While technically I was not “lost” because I knew the area I was in pretty much and I did know how to get back from where I came from, I was not aware of my approximate distance from where my vehicle was and that was what frightened me. I also was not 100% sure of my whereabouts from the parkway either and this too put some scare in me. I ended up doing walking and running intervals because the little sense of panic I had was taking a toll on me. Also, there were some crazy hills and I just couldn’t run all of them. Not with my current state of mind anyways.
At this time I thought to myself…”man, I wish I had one of those fancy GPS thingies.” Fast forward to about 5 minutes latter when I say to myself “you dumbass, you have your phone on you & that has GPS!!” So I pulled out my handy dandy phone and turned on my Google maps. I was definitely way farther away from my car than I thought.
A few minutes later, I saw the lake in the distance and I started to feel a small sense of relief:
I got to see some beautiful houses in the village and all the pretty gardens that had just been put up. I’ve always thought it would be so nice to live in the village and I actually came across this house that is for rent:
The house is gorgeous and is very close to being a dream home for me. I looked it up online and actually it is only $35 more than what we pay now to live in this crappy townhouse we are in. Unfortunately though now is not the right time. Our lease is not up till September and cash is tight. Plus, I believe this house is smaller in square feet compared to what we are in now and we would like to get into something bigger, since we are cramped now as it is. I wish it was the right timing. Oh well.
Finally…I spotted the parkway!!
This really made me feel at ease. Also, they had been saying all day that it was supposed to rain with thunderstorms (they still say that, yet still no rain or storms) so I was pretty sure that any minute I was going to be stuck in the middle of that. It’s so weird because I was never really lost, but I felt so out of touch with my sense of where I was that it was actually quite frightening. Even though I knew I could have turned back and I knew how to get home and all of that jazz, not really being able to put a distance between where I was at the moment and where my car was parked was enough to make me feel very lost.
The total distance ended up being a little over 5 miles. I ran 4.17 miles of that. The rest was walked. My pace was really slow…in the 11"’25” mark, but that's ok. Overall I’m glad that I did it and I’m glad that I kept going forward.
Also, this run today put me in the ‘Green’ area on the Nike+ system!! Whoo Hoo!! Now I just have 463 miles to go until I get to the blue level, LOL. Oh, & I also came in 3rd on a Nike+ challenge I did for the ING Philly 1/2 marathon. The person in first had like 501 miles in but I was only about 20 something miles away from the person in 2nd place. Actually if I had used my Nike+ on some of those runs where I used my phone instead, I may have made 2nd. Not like I win anything anyways, but nice to know I came in 3rd I guess.
Well, I hope that everyone has had a great weekend!! I’m wishing it wasn’t Sunday as I’m *SO* not looking forward to going back to work. Right now I’m sitting outside on my bench, drinking a few Bud 55’s and thinking about dinner. Tonight is BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, and I’m making some home fries to go with it. I wasn't 100% on program with WW’s this weekend, but I guess I wasn’t too awful either. At least tonight's dinner will be healthy for the most part.
What activities did you guys get out and do this weekend??