Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I ran in the rain for the first time today. I feel like a real runner.

It was another early morning run. On the drive up it started sprinkling a bit and I debated calling my running partner and cancelling, but as soon as I thought that it stopped. So we get there and notice there are dark clouds one direction and clear sky the other. (It was dark on the drive up, so I couldn't see the clouds). We could either do the 5 mile Hill Run in the directions of the dark clouds, or go with the other group that was running the Sunrise Run, 6 miles in the opposite direction. We decided that we didn't want to run 6 miles and did the Hill Run.

It was going pretty well until we got about a mile in. Then it started sprinkling. It was actually kind of refreshing since it was a very humid morning and we were pretty hot. It steadily rained harder until it was pouring. I didn't have a hat so it was raining on my face and sweat was getting into my eyes which was uncomfortable at first. But then I got used to it and actually enjoyed myself.

It stopped raining for about the last ten minutes of our run. As we were going up the last hill a transformer on the street we were on exploded which gave us a pretty big scare. Maybe it was a sign that we shouldn't be running in rain like crazies. Or maybe not.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Today was a gorgeous day for running! Last week's run of 6 miles almost killed me. Today we did 8, and I felt like I could have done a few more. It was a bit chilly when we first started out (54 degrees), but with the sun out, we soon warmed up. I was armed with directions since last time I got lost along with two other girls.

We ran through some gorgeous neighborhoods in Homewood and Mountain Brook. The beautiful houses were a nice distraction from the many hills. After the run, a group of us went to Demetri's, a barbecue restaurant that also serves breakfast. I had some of the best french toast I've ever had and some ham. I don't know if it was so good because I just ran 8 miles, or if it was really that good. I hope it's the latter.

I'm going running again tomorrow at the Lakeshore Trail with my husband's running group. This is their third week of running. Depending on how my legs feel, I'll either run 5 miles on my own, or run their training run which includes some walking breaks.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The insanely cheerful girl was not at spin class this morning. Instead she was replaced by smelly girl. She comes in and sits on the bike right next to me. Before we even started class I noticed a smell. It was sour. Either she's got some awful body odor, or she didn't brush her teeth before class and has some atrocious morning breath. It was disgusting. I know it's really early morning, and I don't expect people to shower beforehand since you're only going to get sweaty and have to shower again, but really! If you smell that bad, do something about it! There' s no way she couldn't have known that she was so stinky. Unless she smells like that all the time. And that's just sad.

I was so glad when class was over. There is a pub run this evening that I'm planning on going to. It's a 4 mile run, but it looks like it might get rained out. If that's the case, we're just going straight to the pub! Either way we can't lose!

Friday, May 9, 2008

As I posted earlier, I went to spin class this morning. In order to go to this class I have to wake up at 4:00 am to give me enough time to wake up, brush my teeth, dress, and get out the door to make it to the class on time. I'm not really a morning person, but I like getting my exercise done and out of the way for the day.

This morning there was a girl in the class that was way too chipper and cheery for so early in the morning. She brought her hairdresser with her so he could take his first spin class. I'll set the scene for you. She's a little blonde thing, probably 5 feet tall, 90 pounds soaking wet. He's your typical gay male hair stylist. In great shape, tan, with better hair than I'll ever have.

So we get started with the class. The first song comes on after the warm-up and we start going uphill. Apparently she likes going uphill so she lets out this whoop. It sounds like the noise white girls make when they've had too much to drink and are dancing (stumbling) on the bar (Whooooo!!!!!!!!). Got that? She did this continually throughout the class. Then a song came on that her friend really liked. So he started bouncing in his seat and clapping along to the beat. WTH? This is spin class, not a dance club! It got really annoying really fast and I wanted to punch both of them by the time class was over. But maybe it's just me and I need to get the stick out of my butt.
I don't think so though. I hope she doesn't come to the next class…

I did get a good workout though, and I guess that's all that matters.

I’ve been slowly easing my way back into running. I ran a couple of times on the treadmill this week, went to spin class this morning, and am going for a 6 mile run tomorrow morning with my running group. Some are doing 10 miles (this is the marathon training group), but I’m just going to do 6. I think 10 at this point would do me in. So it’s another early morning for me tomorrow!