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Monday, February 25, 2008

Malfunction Monday

Today nothing went as planned, but it turned out to be a pretty good day. I was planning on going into my office today, but I didn't leave my house until 9:30 to drop the girls off at the baby sitter's house. On the way there I spoke to my husband and found out he needed my help so I promised him I would go back home and help him remotely. While home, I ended up prodding my 15 year old into getting her latest assignment done. She has been ill for 4 months with a mystery stomach ailment that we can't seem to get diagnosed, so she is having to do independent study since she was missing so much school. Anyway, it is like pulling teeth sometimes to get her out of bed and get her focused - today the best way was for me to sit in her room with her and talk her through her work.

I didn't really get done with that until after noon, so I decided to do my work-work from home too. I did manage to put in a few hours.

Since I was home.....(this is why working from home is hard), I decided I had better get my long run in. I missed it yesterday since we went to IKEA. I have never been to IKEA before and had no idea it is like spending the day at an amusement park. We were there a good 3-4 hours, and by the time I got home I was exhausted - no energy to run - and went to bed early.

Anyway, back to the run. I started to get my gear together, and discovered somehow all of my songs had been deleted from my ipod (I strongly suspect a certain 3 year old). OK, so I grabbed my husband's old archaic original ipod, knowing I would have to carry it the whole way (won't fit my armband) which I knew would be a little tedious since I had 10 miles planned. Oh well, better than no tunes. Then I put my Garmin on, and it warned me it had a low battery (why can't I remember to rest it on the charger)! I strapped it on anyway hoping it would last and set off. Nope, about 3/4 of a mile in it died. Shoot, but luckily I was running laps around the reservoir at the end of my street, and I know the mileage - .63 miles per lap. So I took the next lap and 1/2 trying to figure out how many laps it would take to get to my 10 miles (yes, I'm an accountant, but I am useless without a 10-key). Once I got that figured out, I had to decide how to keep track of my laps.....do I collect a pine cone for each lap or trust this 40 year old, overloaded mom of 3 kids brain to keep track! I decided to take the riskier option, and chanted each lap in my head over and over so I wouldn't slip up. I did okay with this method, only had problems with laps 6 and 7 - 6 laps down 7 to go, or 7 laps down 6 to go.....but I think I kept it straight. Every song that came up on my hubby's ipod was slow too, it is hard to keep a good pace to Sarah McLaughlin - that is bathtub music, not running music! and my hands did cramp up a little holding that big ol' heavy ipod.

All things considered though it was a good run, I have no idea how fast I went but I think I kept a decent pace, and I did my 10 miles. It really felt great to be out there and the weather was perfect.

An update on the diet front, no wine since Friday and no diet coke for a little over two weeks. This appears to be working, I think I am down 2 pounds already. I may have been a little bloated when I started, and I have lost these 2 pounds before. I'm encouraged.

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Jenny said...

Oh, my! What a stressful run! I might have thrown in the towel on that one. Good for you for sticking to it.

IKEA! My favorite, yes it is like an amusement park. And then you get to put everything together.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Quite a day, no wonder you need a planner.

We'll have to talk about my tour. I looooooove wine country. :D