6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Spontaneous

I am on loan to a new Big Girl job until the end of the year...which means new work location. This has totally thrown me off of my usual lunch running. Where to change? Where to run? Where to shower?? URGH!! So yesterday my co-worker was going to the fitness center and I joined in.

She gave me a little tour. The treadmills looked over a beautiful courtyard, with a little path and over sized Willow trees, BEAUTIFUL!! Almost like being outside. I am not a Treadmill runner, so I picked the Manual setting and got to work.. It was HOT, I totally forgot to turn on the fan.. OOPS Pause, and we are back in action.. Being forced to run a consistent pace is new for me, I sorta run by feel and it usually equals out. It was a TOUGH workout, I tried to push the pace... I ended up with 5 miles in just over 41 minutes.. Not too shabby... I am pretty sure that I should sign up for the gym, at least to get me through the Fall and winter months..

Today marks 1 month since my Dad passed. It has been TOUGH. I just want to have something to look forward to, to distract me from the sadness..... Soooooo I did something a bit SPONTANEOUS!!! Remember how Amanda HERE moved away and we never got to say Goodbye?? Well she is running the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon.. I texted her to see how things were going and who was going to run with her....and come to find out she was going solo :(

HMMMMMMMMMMMM............... I like Vegas!!

So I texted Muscle Man to see what he thought. He gave the go-ahead, I booked tickets on Southwest and I am going!!!

WHAT AM I THINKING?? I am not in any shape to run a Marathon.....but the idea of being in Vegas with Amanda was too good to pass up.. And maybe my Mom and sister will come too, it is TBD!!
After a good night of sleep I was hoping to possibly convince the lovely Amanda to run a Half with me instead. Below, for your enjoyment, is our text stream:

Tall Mom- Fast half pace u to a PR? Or slow Marathon?

Amanda- :) I am certainly not is fast half shape. I'm thinking slow Marathon.

TM- K. LOL! I should have thought of this 2 months ago... Maybe my Dad will help carry me the distance.

A- I'm sure he will! Well if we get to mile 16 and it sucks maybe he will carry us to a nice cushioned seat in front of a slot machine! Ha ha!

TM- And a Million dollar jackpot

A- TOTALLY!!! Think of all the destination races we could do with that! After we pay off the house of course :)

TM-Dublin Here we come..

A- Nice! And Athens! And Bahamas! and Kona!!

TM- We must test the Honey Buckets (porta potties) on each continent

A- LOL! Hilarious...

Soooo I am going to run a Marathon in less than 3 weeks.. Do as I say not as I do :) Sometimes in life being a little SPONTANEOUS is just what the Spirit needs..

  • Anyone else running Vegas??

HAPPY TUESDAY!

43 comments:

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Thinking of you!!!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I won entrance into Philly this weekend but won't get to do it. (insert sound of my bawling!)

I think you'd love running with Amanda and the trip would be sooo fun!

I am stuck on the treadmill today...heavy rains. Too much for the weather shield on the jogger. boohoo. Gee I am a whiny baby today!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Yay! How exciting to have this trip to look forward to. Sounds like so much fun! I love being spontaneous and just seeing where life takes me...I'm a planner too but these days much more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. Good luck with your 3 weeks marathon training plan! :)

kimert said...

Treadmill running has become a pain in the butt for me. So much so that I called it quits halfway into my run yesterday. Yikes!

And yay for you!! How exciting! I just know your Dad will carry you.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

after you win all that money for the destination trips, call me and we can plan the next one!

honey buckets. gets me every time.

P.S. You are still going to run a faster marathon than me. Just saying.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Wow that is spontaneous!! I wish I was running it! I am sorry about your father!
I say sign up for the gym...I cannot run in the cold!

akjenniekt said...

I think that a little spontanity is great- especially if you need a little distraction. It's wonderful that you can run Amanda :)!! Good luck!

Lisa said...

it's wonderful that you have flexibility in your life to do something like that in short notice. have fun!

akjenniekt said...

...i meant run WITH Amanda... :)

I RUN LIKE A GIRL said...

Wow, that sounds awesome and spontaneous! I know you will rock it!!

I'm sorry to hear about your dad, and thinking about you today! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating his life!

Denise said...

as much as people hate the treadmill, i think you can get a great workout on it. you can really push yourself.

have fun in vegas. that was my first half...i must have liked it b/c look where i'm at now!

April said...

I would love to run vegas! Good for you! You are right, a little spontaneity is good for the soul! Enjoy your time with Amanda!

Pam said...

I'll be in Vegas for my first full. Maybe we'll bump into each other!

Laura said...

I'm running Vegas!! But I'm only doing the half -- my FIRST half marathon. :-) Sure, if I were smart I would have chosen a race closer to home, but I just couldn't stop thinking about running on the strip with Elvis (and my husband loves Vegas, so he fully supported the idea).

Unfortunately, I strained my hip flexor during my 12 mile run last weekend, so it may be more of a challenge than I'd thought. The doctor assured me I'll be okay to run, hopefully between the adrenaline, BIOFREEZE, and KT tape I'll cross the finish line with a smile on my face.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Wooo whooo!! My face hurts from smiling! It is going to be great!!! Sorry about going for the slow full!! But I would rather have a slow full than a realllly slow half! Ha!!!

Greta job taking on the dreadmill!!!! You'll learn to love it!

I love that my spontaneity is rubbing off on you like an infectious disease!! He he!

ShutUpandRun said...

Wish I was running in LV, but still injured over here. One of these years I will get to that race. I have a love affair with Vegas, so running there would be the ultimate for me.

Melissa said...

I hope you have a blast. You totally deserve it.

Marlene said...

You know, we ALMOST planned a group trip to Vegas for the race! Now I am sooo wishing we had. If it wasn't so far/expensive, I would totally do it on a whim. You are going to have a blast!!!

marathonmaiden said...

hahha i was going to run vegas as my destination marathon but decided that my wallet would not like it at all

track coach and adorable wife said...

That sounds awesome! You will have so much fun and I know you will be able to finish! You'll have to take tons of photos so we can all feel like we were there and be even more jealous!

Shawna Simpson said...

Woo hoo! Hubby and I are running Vegas!! We're staying at the Wynn and I'll be in my super bright Brooks ID uniform!!

Rene' said...

That is so exciting Mel! Good for you! you are going to have a great marathon. Sometimes spontaneous is good!

Megan said...

Hi I am a new follower and I AM RUNNING VEGAS!!!!!! :) I am actually doing the 1/2 due to a cranky hamstring that wasn't ready for the mileage required for the full. I can't wait!! My parents are coming to watch my two kiddos (3yr old and 4yr old) so my hubby and I can turn this into a mini vacation :)

Megan

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Thinking of you!
Also, good luck!! I know you will do great on the marathon!!!! After all, you are amazing!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I think this sounds perfect! And just what the Dr. ordered. I hope you and Amanda rock it!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

How much fun! good luck to you and Amanda!!! Vegas baby!! I'll be there a month later! :)

MCM Mama said...

Sounds like just what you need. Have a great race with Amanda.

Laurie said...

I think you'll have a great time and the race with a good friend will be just what you need.

Alisa said...

I have no doubt that you'll still beat me =).

Kate said...

Thinking of you today. I'm coming up on the 17th anniversary of my dad's passing...I mark it in my heart every year.

The spontaneous marathon sounds like a blast...a trip...to Vegas...to visit a friend...and RUN! Good luck with the slots...if you win, I think we should see some serious giveaways here! lol

Bethany + Ryan said...

FUN!!! Ryan and I def have vegas on our to do marathon list! This will be great for you <el! i'm so excited for you!! :-)

Ann said...

So sorry to hear about your dad. I lost mine as well at 18 and miss him daily.

On the running front, I wish I was running Vegas. Can't wait to see a race report.

Julie D. said...

Oh my word!! i love it. Way to be spontaneous. Your dad will be smiling down. Finish that thing strong for him! What a great thing to do with a good friend!! Good luck.

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

I am running the RnR Las vegas too. it will be my first marathon and I'm also running solo =/

Christine said...

Spontaneous things are always the best! I think it's awesome and I'm sure you will have a fantastic time with Amanda!!
Girl Getaway + Vegas = FUNx3 :)

Angie Bee said...

Good for you!!!

Kadie said...

Enjoy Vegas! I'll be there running the half! :o)

Zaneta said...

How fun! Sometimes, spontaneous plans are the best plans!! :D Can't wait to read all about vegas!! :D Have fun!
Zaneta
http://zanetaruns.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Oooooh I'm doing the Vegas full and aiming for a sub-4-hour! It's a fantastic race, and it's an excuse to party it up in Vegas. I'll be on the lookout for a girl taller than me.

Alili said...

Hurray for spontaneity! Sounds like something I would do. :)

Colleen said...

Yay! You'll have a ball! And what a great friend!!!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Oh my gosh Mel - I am soooo happy that you signed up for Las Vegas - You will have so much fun seeing and running with Amanda!

Erika said...

That's awesome!!! Good luck on your race, you deserve an amazing time!