Cades Cove

Cades Cove

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Storms,running,no sleep

    Not in complete order. For me it started last night around 11pm taking a sleeping aide. I started feeling sleepy after midnight and as I am slipping away we get the most intense severe weather ever. Shazam!(a nod to the Andy Griffith Show). Lightning in the backyard. It is safe to say any sort of sleepy evaporated from my body. There goes a good nights rest.....again. I go to our main weather man Spann. There is a Flash flood and high wind advisory for where my sister lives. Too late to call and check on them. Then I scroll down and on the street my Bro and sister in laws live on, is a house fire. Luckily all were OK. Minus a pair of my neighbors across the street. They both had tree damage. So, I am very thankful that the only thing I lost was sleep last night. Can I just say the lightning was non-stop for hours. There was about an hour reprieve early morning and then the second storm came through. Done with my pity party and insomnia.....but really.... shouldn't exercise and good foods help with sleep? 
This is my view while writing this. Cat's don't care and have zero shame. Whatever lily you do yo thing.
 Today was gym day. I set my goal and achieved it. I only increased it by 2/10 of a mile. It's my goal not yours. Some people set huge goals and some set baby goals. I'm totally good with it all. I saw this photo in my news feed from and before anyone gets offended these ladies are all married and provide great advice and neat dating tips for you and your spouse. It's sad I have to clarify that.
As a female this is especially true...for me. Which reminds me of another quote that says "Don't let comparison steal your joy". Today I logged 2.60 miles. I ran 1.80, walked .20 and ran .60 to end. Good day over all.


Friday, July 27, 2012


I ran my puny 1.20 miles today at the gym. I know people scoff at that but everyone has to start somewhere. Rome wasn't built in a day. It is easy to look at others who ran faster and longer and get discouraged. I am well aware there will always be someone smarter, prettier, faster, thinner......I'm good with that. I might as well except that now and move on with life. The pace was decent and if I wasn't so self conscious about the gentleman two treadmills from me, I may have ran longer. The problem was..I was jamming to my music, and he was jamming to nothing. No headphones just staring at TV's with no sound. I was really afraid I sounded like an asthmatic horse. He never turned his head my way, but he could have just been polite and didn't want to stare. 
   Am I the only one that gets excited when I get new cleaning supplies?
My whites will be whiter, my cabinets shinier and my Latrine, well cleaner. I don't know why I am more motivated to clean with new supplies. I guess I am just weird.
  Continuing on...I have an unhealthy obsession with Chap-stick. I am convinced the makers add a drying agent to make consumers keep using and buying and losing it and buying more. I can go from losing 4 tubes to finding 3 tubes in a day. What a happy day it is when I find one.
    I found 3 today <3

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Trail Runnning

Does this give you any indication of how my day went? I was overly optimistic when I decided it was a good idea to trail run with the husband, you know one on one time. I can honestly say that was the hardest run I "attempted" since running. Hills go straight up and I narrowly survived walking up them. My turkey and provolone sandwich threatened to make it's way up a few times. Of course husband can run the entire course over and over. Must.Be.Nice. One day I will get to that point. I have a tendency to set a goal and fail...miserably. So, short logical goals are best for me. I was sore an hour after running. That can NOT be good. Just my personal opinion though. I would love an armband and some sort of thingy I can keep water in. I know I say this all the time but I hate carrying anything when I run. I feel like it sucks the energy right out of me. I run better when my arms and hands are free. Or perhaps I am just particularly choosy. I have a few weird quirks when it comes to my comfort in sleeping, eating, tags on my clothes etc. So my hands being forced to hold something when it does not want to grates on my nerves. 
 That's my "no mo pictures" look. I am make-up less hot and nauseated. I just added a nice little filter on this pic so I wouldn't scare anyone away. Fun times. Tomorrows plan is to run earlier. I survived 96 degrees marginally. 
  Oh! I went to the thrift store earlier in the week just to see what I could find. I feel in love with these flats for 4$. There was no wear on them so I was confident I wouldn't contract a foot fungus ;) 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Retro Run and stuff you can see that's me (needing a tan) running. This is the end of the line for me about 30 yards ahead was the finish line. In this moment I had Chas telling/yelling at me to run faster and my mind telling me "your about to puke". I am shocked I didn't. I could not have done this without her talking to me the whole way. Checking my breathing, making sure I wasn't running sideways and reminding me of that rainbow (God's promise) we had most of the run. I felt guilty that she had to run with the newbie while her aunt and bestie were so far ahead. I tried to tell her to go ahead of me but apparently I'm not the only stubborn female in the world, here I thought I was unique.
Before the run, happy and nervous and wondering WHAT I was thinking. Actually most of the day and run I was thinking "what was I thinking!!???????????!!!". So, that's that. My next goal is to improve my pace and time. Nothing about that is fun. I hate hills and the heat but if I focus on the things I don't like it will override all the good things. With anything it is easier to focus on the negative things. I only know a few people that don't focus on negative all the time............gah. There is so much good in life yet negative things seem like they are ten feet tall and bullet proof. While the good things about life and people hide in a corner sucking it's thumb. I'm not perfect nor is my life. Anyway, blah blah blah as your fast forwarding to something else.
    Positive things....making goals and accomplishing them. Your mind gives up before your body does. That's me.
     It was awesome meeting up with an old friend again and meeting new positive people. Looking forward to new races and adventures. 
  On a side note....while I was laughing inside about all the uncomfortable pictures being taken of people who ran the race I found mine. Shame on me....I still wonder why photographers post the most awkward pictures of people you could ever imagine. As we all know, NO ONE ever post a bad picture of themselves on social media.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Retro Run!
 I am super stoked to say I am running my first 5k Saturday evening. Even more exciting than that is, I have a sponsor!!!!! I go into this run not as a competition (by any stretch of the imagination), but to get my feet wet. I am glad someone got the ball rolling for me. I'm sure I would have procrastinated at least until 2013. I have no expectations, except to finish. Also, I get a tee shirt! I love T-shirts. Just ask my sister..or husband. Anyway, everyone I've talked to about it says I will be hooked after the first run. Now, I certainly believe them when they say that but, about's still up in the air. I'd like to think it will be awesome and it won't take me three hours to do. I can picture Jon and the boys being the only ones at the finish line..lights is get the idea. maybe not though, I'll try and be optimistic. Regardless, It will be very interesting and entertaining.

Monday, July 16, 2012

lonely runner

    I have been a bit discouraged these past few weeks. Blogs not posting, general life stress' etc. I was running but not as often as I should have. I started analyzing the cause of this gloominess. My conclusion was that I really didn't have a daily routine. I just kind of went with the day with no structure. I think most can agree we get along better with life when you have a plan, routine, structure. I remembered this great website. 
  It is a SUPER website for getting organized and de-cluttering. I've been reading it for the last two days and feel so much better. I guess I never realized how important a routine is. Now you know I have a cluttered house. Oh well, we can't all be perfect. Kudos to those who are happy all the time with pristine houses or pretend anyway.
     NEXT! My run today. So, another reason my running has slacked. I'm a lonely runner. 
 I don't know many people that run. Maybe I should say I don't know many beginner runners. Most I know run 10 plus miles. I've looked up running clubs, but ones I have found, like with any club, there is a fee. Not.Cool. Why is there a fee for eeeeevvvverything? Speaking of money and rabbit trails which I have just gotten off on. Running can be very costly! Running shoes in themselves are easily over one hundred dollars, not to mention a Garmin. I know for competitive runners, good shoes are a must. Clothes....I wish I was related to the poor sap who runs Lulu Lemon. In passing and I do mean passing Nike running shorts/pants are 70 bucks. I did stop, look at them and ponder how the heck are they that much? I am cheap, rather thrifty. That sounds more appealing. The running clothes are cute, so are purses and 100 dollar jeans. Maybe one day(when Dave Ramsey allows)......(daydreaming of that day). 
     Anyway, my run today. I did my normal 5 minute warm-up and then ran my mile. Halfway through I just took my head phones off. I hate them. I feel like that wrap around my arms and I can't be as fluid with my shoulders and arms. Once "they" were gone my run became more fluid. I just stared at the tv's trying to zone out. I'm not really sure of my time but I will make a point of pin-pointing it tomorrow. Unless it's like 19 minutes or something. I know my friend Chas will laugh at my measly mile but I also know she is proud of anyone striving toward their goals. Thanks for that Chas. 

   I kept this "in mind" the entire run. It is so true. Especially for me. So after the mile I walked a half mile and began running again. Then "it" happened. The be all end all. I'm not saying I said bad words because bad words constitute using speech sounds that produce words. In my head it was more like what  whathareaohmgrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr as my head phone wires get tangled in my HANDS and propels my phone between my legs 10 feet behind me on the floor. OH-MY-GOSH-ARE-YOU-FOR REAL-THAT-JUST-HAPPENED-#$@$#&^%*&$#!#@!#@^%$ then a bunch of fuzzy words as I get back on the treadmill and started walking. Because, at this point I could have used my death ray stare at "the Headphones". I certainly was not running anymore because I was so mad.
 I am certain this was my face. Minus the headband. Anyone have an armband for an iphone 3gs they no longer use? (remember I'm thrifty). I know you don't want me to have that face you??????????? I cooled down, literally, mentally and physically. I ended up running a mile and walking a mile. All in all the good out weighed the bad.
 Hot, sweaty, oily and red. Anyone know the reason behind some people turning into a beet while running and others look.......normal.