Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Runner - It's What's for Dinner

I  had a pretty good weekend, uneventful for the most part, but enjoyable.  Friday morning I got up and started my weekend off right, with a long run of course.  I set out for 10 miles around 8:30 (all too late for these Oklahoma summers!); it was already hot and muggy and it took me a good half a mile to find my tempo.  A little over two miles into my run, something came out of nowhere and whacked me on the back of the head.  Then I felt claws graze my scalp.  It was terrifying.  I hollered what I think sounded like "What the fuck!!??!", then promptly surveyed my surroundings to see if anyone overheard my explicit outburst.  Luckily no one was around (I'll take this opportunity to explain to the reader that I have been working on my foul mouth for some time now; however, when it comes to running I find myself fully uncensored, so please excuse me), except for the bird.  The damned creature had swooped down in front of me after it's attack and then proceeded to park itself in a tree across the street from me.   We're not talking about a sparrow or a pigeon or whatever the hell else kind of small birds you see all over the place - in the streets and lining the telephone lines.  We, in fact, are talking about something not unlike a crow or a raven or maybe even a small hawk.  It's wingspan was massive, at least a foot and a half across; I will even venture to say it was probably closer to two feet.  At this point it was necessary to cross the street to continue about my course.  I warily eyed the creature sitting forebodingly in the branches of a suddenly eerie looking tree and as fast as I could, sprinted across the street and away from the demon creature.
It was staring at me as I did this and I could feel it's eyes boring into the back of my head as I took off down the street.  About a mile later, I finally calmed down a bit after freaking out about the bird germs that were all in my hair and continued on my run without further incident.  I made it through 7.5 miles at a decent pace and walking only once to eat some GU gels, but after that point the heat and humidity started dragging me down and I found myself walking quite a bit the last 2.5 miles.  Even so, my pace ended up being ~11:00 min/mile.  Not my best, but I'm satisfied with myself for facing the hellish weather and making it through 10 miles.

The rest of my Friday was really busy.  I had to finish birthday shopping for my sister and getting her a cheesecake tart thingy for the family get together later that night.  This doesn't sound like much, but when my sister was coming over directly after work it left little time to spare.  I managed to finish everything before my sister showed up and then we headed out to do a little bit of shopping.  My sister had some Kohl's cash to use and ended up getting a really pretty top and a new bra for only a buck and some change out of pocket!  Later that evening we went out for dinner for my sister's birthday after opening presents.  I'm pretty sure this was her favorite gift from my dad:
Her first electric guitar!
Saturday, I got up early and headed to the gym for Body Pump and Zumba.  I got there a bit late and missed the warm up, but made it in time for the first regular track.  I've been leaving class during lunges and sometimes squats to jump on the elliptical and it seems to have been making a difference with my knees.  Both classes were good, I especially had fun in Zumba.  After Zumba, my friend Fida, and I played around with some songs we're working on and spent a good deal of time just chatting.  It's hard to find time for friends when you work a full time job and teach and I really enjoy the post-class camaraderie.  Fida and I decided to go have some Thai food for lunch afterwards.  I really have very little experience with Thai food, so Fida and I ordered a couple different things and shared them.  We ordered seafood Yom Tom soup (I think that is what it was called!), curried vegetables and Shrimp Pad Thai.  The soup was SO good!  Ohmyallthingsholy kinda good!  It was full of shrimp, squid, crab, huge chunks of tomatoes and bell peppers.  It was also served with rice, which was awesome mixed into the soup.  We ordered the soup at a level 5 of hotness which was fairly spicy.  Fida piled on some extra pepper sauce, which of course prompted me to try said sauce.  I put just a small teaspoon and couldn't tell a difference, so I added a larger spoonful with little pieces of Thai peppers in it. I mixed it into my soup and went at it.  At first I could tell it was a tad spicier, but it was still delicious, I just felt the burn afterwards.  Then I bit into one of the peppers.  That was the end of that!  Tears started pouring down my face and my nose started running and I was an embarrassing mess!  And Fida was enjoying her soup, peppers and all with not a care in the world.  In fact, she was enjoying my discomfort, immensely!  While I had the flames of Hell burning rampant in my mouth, Fida was rolling in laughter.  Eventually I cooled off my taste buds enough with the Pad Thai and could go back to enjoying my soup, but not without Fida hiding the chili peppers from me.  ;)  After some time, Fida started fanning her mouth and made the comment that it was indeed hot.  At which point I chose to laugh and say "that's what you get for laughing at me!", to which she replied "at least I'm not crying!".  Well, um, yeah.  I shup.  I'll have to find a way to get her now!

Later that evening, after visiting with in-laws, we went to look at cars.  Not a total waste of time, but I'm still without a car.  We ended up not getting home until almost 9 at which point I decided I was not cooking dinner and so we decided on a completely healthy, quick and easy meal:  Taco Bueno!  I figured I had only eaten once all day with none of my usual snacks or even breakfast, plus I had worked out 6 days this week, so I justified to myself that Taco Bueno was certainly acceptable.  (I still haven't decided if I was just fooling myself.)  Sunday was a lazy day for the most part.  Breaking Bad was premiering that night so Mark and I decided to watch all the episodes available On Demand to refresh ourselves.  Man, that show is so suspenseful and keeps you on edge the entire time!  So later that afternoon, we hit the grocery store, went to visit with Mark's grandparents and ran a couple other errands before returning home where I finished laundry, cooked dinner and got ready for the coming week.  Breaking Bad did not disappoint, I can tell it's going to be another awesome season!    I had a couple of great classes yesterday, the evening one especially.  I had another pretty full class and someone came up to me after class to tell me how much she enjoyed and loved my class.  It seems here lately that after most classes I have someone come visit with me about how much she enjoyed the class.  I love it!  I am not sure if I ever thought I would be a successful Zumba instructor, of it it was just the thought of never trying that prompted me to go through with it, but I'm so glad I did.  I like to know that if even for only an hour I make someone's life a  little bit more enjoyable!  Tonight's workout plan?  Body Pump and a 5 mile run.  I'm actually kind of nervous about the run.... it's been so long since I've run on a treadmill that I worry about my speed.  I'm hoping for 10 minute miles.  I hope to get my speed back into the 9:30-9:45 range by the end of the summer, maybe even faster by mid fall!  Welps, now I have to get to work for a lovely Tuesday!


  1. Nice job Lealah! I didn't see one "eff it" moment at all this weekend!

    1. I believe the Taco Bueno was the "eff it" moment for me! Lol.

  2. Omg about the bird! That would freak me out!

    I cannot do spicy food! I don't want my food to hurt me!

    1. It was pretty freaky! I've had dogs chase me, and reckless drivers almost hit me, but never had birds attack me! I love spicy food, but apparently I can't handle as much as I thought I could! :p