"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Friday, February 27, 2009

I am overwhelmed with gratitude

I can not thank you all enough for the overwhelming kindness I received to my last vomitus post. I am not quite back to where I want to be and I certainly think there is a seasonal/weather component. I HATE that I am that "sensitive" (read: that much of a big, fat baby) but fortunately, that does put a time limit on it and gives me an end in sight to this.

I was going through some pictures from recent runs and I thought I would share:

This one was taken in the very flattering stainless steel mirror of a public restroom on my last 1o miler.
If you EVER feel like a geek running with your gear, here is something to make you feel better. I guarantee you got nothing on me when it comes to running with an
inordinate amount of shit strapped to your body.

Here are a couple pictures from an Icelandic Horse Farm that I ran by last weekend in Solvang.

Cutest ears EVER! Seriously, have you seen cuter ears?!
I thought not.

Maybe they were watching me for running tips? Or...
more likely, watching lumbering bipeds amuses the hell out of them.

5 Semi-Random things about this week's training:

1. Taper week for Napa Valley Marathon. Less training? I was cool with that.

2. I hate swim masters with the white hot passion of 1,000 suns.

3. Every Tuesday and Thursday I go to swim masters and every time I pray that I have forgotten my suit, some sort of toxic pollutant will make them close the pool, or a meteor strikes the Earth. These things never happen.

4. On Thursday's we do relays as the last set at swim masters. Yes, as in races. Super awesome when you are the slowest. To make things fair the fastest swimmer always gets me as their partner for relays.

I know, you want to be me. It is ok to admit it.

Anyhoo.. this time we were teams of three and all left the wall at once. The coach was trying to explain that the team's time would be determined by when the slowest person hit the wall. He slipped and said, "The team finish time will be determined when Stacey (me) taps the wall."

The man should consider a job as a prophet. The team's time was in fact determined by when I sputtered and splashed my way to the wall. All three times. Super awesome to have the whole masters group waiting for you to finish, so they can start the next set.

5. See #2


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Kim said...

I think we are cosmic sisters.

I'm getting ready to go for a run with all sorts of things strapped to my body-which makes my already svelte body look even bigger!

Diana said...

Thank God spring is almost here! This month has been nothing but hell! Love the bathroom pic!

Unknown said...

I love the grey and pink long sleeve shirt you are wearing in that first photo. LOVE.IT.

Maybe this is a stupid question, but if you hate masters so much why do you keep going?

Best wishes with the upcoming Napa Valley Marathon!!

Unknown said...

Good luck at the Nappa Valley Marathon. You will rock it!

I LMAO at #3. That is how I often feel about my lunchtime runs. I lucked out on Thursday as we got nailed with a snow storm. But even though I have a hard time doing it, I always feel better after the fact.

Jo Lynn said...

Glad to see you are feeling a tad better. Happy times are around the corner. ;)

Alisa said...

Glad you are feeling a little better. I can't tell you how horrible I feel some days, for really no reason, only happens in the winter!

Love the bathroom shot, do you read Marcy (I signed up for this?!?!)...she's all about the bathroom shots.

I gotta say, I love swimming! LOVE IT! Your description is often how I feel about running relays, I'm always last. I'm the tortoise not the hare, for sure!

Calyx Meredith said...

I am a big fat copy cat because everything I wanted to say - someone else said first! But I'm going to add a little anyway ('cause I'm a wordy wench that way)
-Why don't you do your swim training alone? You know what kind of drills/times/distance you need. You could do it on your own and not have to put up with other people!!
-I'm glad you're in somewhat better space. (The cute horse ears totally work for me. Soooo cute - love that you noticed and took a picture of them!) Taper is good. Enjoy it. Keep taking care of yourself!! Best, best, BEST of luck at Napa!

Jo Lynn said...

Oh, Napa tomorrow??? I was trying to figure out your counter, it says 4 days. It didn't compute in my head. Best of luck to you at Napa then. ;)

Go Mom Go said...

Hey there.
I think I added you, if not shoot me a note at diehlphillips@comcast.net

I have to agree with all the other posters, if you hate masters so much, swim on your own. It really is ok.

Hope everything else is good! :)

Karen said...

ooohhhh damn. I hate it when they make you do relays. Every week?

I don't know girlie, I have all sorts of weird gadgetry to attach to my person before I leave the house. You look like you might be right there with me though...

Lindsay said...

i thought i was on the wrong page for a minute until i got down to #3 and realized nope, i was in fact reading the right blog. :) (i mean that in a good way! i love your sarcasm) swimming is the reason i have not signed up for an ironman (because starting with a sprint tri wouldn't be enough of a challenge). i just plain suck at swimming.

Kelly said...

I feel the same about swimming, and I imagine that you are training with a group...because if you weren't you may not go. At least that is how I would be. I am contemplating my first tri, but have no desire to put in the swim hours :( I don't think we have anything like your masters but I wish we did. Keep up the good, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your sarcasm!!!!

Aron said...

ohhhh i was out there cheering today!!!!! did you see 4 obnoxious girls??? :) hope it went well despite ALL that rain!!!

Ordinarylife said...

I also feel like a bit of a pack horse when I go running! At least we are in Summer so I don't have the layers.

How you feel about swim masters is how I feel about group cycles. I intensly dislike it(understatement). But then we don't have Masters swimming here, so I do all my swimming alone. If we did I would probably feel the way you do.

JenZen said...

YEAh - thanks for the picture post. I am such a gear freak too... Nice to know there's more of me out there. SOOOO glad you're feeling better too!!!

Aileen said...

1. HORSES!!!! Sooooo happy to see them :)

2. Glad you're feeling a bit better. I've had a horrible feeling of anxiety in the pit of my stomach too and we can only hope the feeling passes quickly.

3. If I were in the pool, GUARANTEE you'd be faster than me. By a lot. Seriously.

Formulaic said...

Great job on another Marathon!

5:18 is nice considering the conditions there.

Good job out there. Can't wait to read about it.

ShirleyPerly said...

I LOVE horses. When I was a kid, I thought I'd get one if I drew enough of them (little did I know there was no way in hell I was getting one). There are a few along my bike route but none as cute as those you saw.

Hope the marathon went well this weekend. As for that masters swim coach, just imagine with every kick you are kicking him!