Interstellar Adventure
Adventure: the pursuit of life — Daniel Roy Wiarda

Date Update

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Date #2 with the CPA went very well. Good sushi, good conversation, good time. Date #3 with the CPA will be next Wednesday. Good night.

Back to work...if I must

It was a good, long weekend! I cleaned house a bit yesterday, got caught up on most of my laundry, took a good nap, and goofed around on the web. I wanted just one more day...but then after that I would want another 'just one more day'... My date from Friday night called last night. YAY! We're going out again tonight. YAY! So soon you say? Yes, well the rest of our weekly schedule dicates that unless we want to wait a whole week before going out again, we go out tonight. How exciting. He was super nice, and made me laugh a lot. Total gentleman. We'll see how it goes tonight! I also continued with my marathon training this morning. My alarm started going off at 4 AM. YES! You read right folks. During the week I get to wake up even earlier! I pushed the snooze button once, then dragged my butt out of bed at around 4:20, got dressed, gathered up my stuff and my kids (poor things) and drove off to the track to meet the running group. My kids were so tired, but I gave them the 'This is important to mommy speech' and they were so excellent and just slept in the car while I ran for an hour. I rewarded them with McDonalds for breakfast. And, we talked about them training for a 5K run too. Get them involved and it will be easier, right? I got in 5 miles in 59:32. It was an 'easy' run, so that's why my pace was slower. But, I felt really good the whole time! NIKE WOMEN'S HERE I COME!

Quit that barking!

Monday, May 30, 2005

Last night my two lovely, crazy, muddy dogs were outside just barking up a storm at around 3:30 in the morning. For them to wake me up means 1) they're barking very loud, and 2) they've been barking for quite awhile. They just don't bark like that for no reason, so I wondered what could be driving them so batty. Hoping it wasn't some crazy nut trying to break into my yard, I walked to the back door and peered out into the dark. I could see them both standing on either side of some poor little animal. At first I thought it was a bunny. No, no big floppy ears. Then, when my dogs realized that I was at the door, they came running over, giving the animal the opportunity to look over. It was a 'possum! So, I opened the door and brought Wrigley & Tori in and gave the poor thing a chance to escape. I thought I had seen a 'possum one night while I was driving in the neighborhood, and now I know for sure that I did. I'm always amazed at the amount of wildlife one can find in a urban/suburban setting. Our local greenbelt provides some excellent habitat for wild things. There are rabbits I know, and I've seen an owl once. I've heard of coyotes venturing into the city, but heck, we're encroaching on their home range with our urban sprawl, so who can blame them. Anyone else have any cool wildlife around their 'hood?

Marathon Class: Day 1

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Despite setting both of my alarms, this morning I opened my eyes, stared at the clock and read 5:59 AM. OMG! I was supposed to be at the Run On! store in 1 minute. Crap crap crappity crap. So, I jumped out of bed, threw on my running clothes, grabbed my coffee (fortunately I had set the timer on the coffee pot the night before), a breakfast bar and headed out the door. I managed to drive up into the parking lot at 6:20, just in time to see the class jogging towards the track at SMU. Not good. I ran inside and inquired about the marathon class. Yep, that was the group I had seen running off. I could complete the registration info later, just go on and catch up. So, I ran over to SMU, and by some miracle, ended up right at the track just as they were about to start the time trial. The time trial would give the coaches our 5K pace and this would enable them to place us in pace groups. I was having a feeling I wasn't going to have a great run (yeah, I know, not good to start off with negative thinking), but my quads were sore from my ride the day before, I had woke up late, didn't eat like I should have, and I was feeling guilty for being late! But, I lined up nevertheless, and ran as best as I could. I started off too quickly. After 2 laps of the track, I was on a 10:00 mile pace. Waaaay to fast for "Slow Poke Lass"! I finished the first mile on that pace, then I slowed it down a bit. They had said that we should be only able to respond to a question with Yes/No, but not a complete sentence. Well, I don't think I could have said Yes/No. I dropped back, and was lapped by some crazy fast runners. But, I ran my own pace, pushed myself at the end, and finished in 33:06. A new PR for me. 20 seconds off my previous PR a couple of weeks ago. I was shooting for something under 33, so I got real close. Next time. Then, we ran (when can I stop running!) back to the store and I completed my signup, paid, and listened to the coaching team talk about the remainder of training to come. This is going to be so much fun, and a real challenge. I am so looking forward to it. After the speech, I followed my friend Judy to her house, where we picked up her kids, went to another track, and ran another 3.2 miles. Her kids are training for a 10K race next month. Then, we went and ate breakfast. A well-earned omelette if I do say so myself. Tomatos, avocados and cheese. YUM. Then, I went to my friend Melissa's house for a pool party. Depite the overcast sky, and the brief sprinkle of showers, I had a nice, relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Tomorrow is a day off before I start up on the marathon training. Perfect time to clean house and do laundry. Glamorous I know, but hey, somebody's got to do it. Hope your weekend has been fantastic so far. Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

Saturday Training & Urban Adventure

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Today, I got up at 5 am, met my friend Judy at 6 am. She's training for a 50-mile ultra trail run in Wyoming in a couple of weeks. She usually trains with her husband, but he was out of town this weekend. So, while Judy ran and I biked (mountain bike) as her support, carrying her extra fluids and snacks. We started at the Galatyn Park/75 DART Station to the UTD trail, over to the Prestonwood Trail, over to the White Rock Creek Trail, to White Rock Lake, through Lakewood to M-Streets, then to the Katy Trail. Then, we went all the way down the Katy Trail past the American Airlines Center, and ended down in the West End. 27.77 miles total in 5 hours! Holy guacamole! You know you have a sickness when a training run is longer than a full marathon! I'm only working my way up to the full marathon right now. We'll see if I get infected with the 'running sickness' any more after that. We then stopped and ate lunch at Fridays. It had started raining by this point (we actually got very lucky and stayed dry all the way downtown. So, I pulled my bike into Fridays and parked it in the bar. I'm guessing we were pretty stinky, which is why the hostesses asked us if we wanted to sit in the bar next to my muddy mountain bike, and away from all their nice, normal, good-smelling customers. So, we ate, re-hydrated and checked in with Judy's husband who was running from the airport in Charlotte, NC to the Lowe's Speedway out there. We finished up lunch, and it was still raining, although not quite as hard. We bought our rail passes and waited for the next northbound DART train to arrive. I managed to get myself and my bike on the train to go back to the Galatyn Park station. The slow rocking of the train almost put me to sleep, and definitely made me yawn a few times. We finally got to our stop and I was ready to get back in my car and get home! Except me and my bike didn't make it out of the train before it started moving again. We didn't realized until too late that we had to push the button to open the doors and only Judy managed to get off before the doors closed again! YIKES! Wait! My car is back there! Fortunately I had just given Judy her car key out of my pack, so she was able to get in her car and wait for me. She offered to come get me, but I didn't want to leave my bike unattended, and definitely didn't want to put a greasy, muddy bike in her brand new beautiful Saab. So, I got off at the next station and tried to figure out how to get back to where I was parked. The George Bush Tollway was right in front of me, and short of riding back on the freeway service road in the rain, I didn't have much choice of where to go. Judy said get back to Renner Road. So, I rode my bike up the service road a bit, and turned onto Plano Road, which then intersected with Renner. Fortunately there was not much traffic, so I felt relatively at ease, even riding in the driving rain. I turned into an office park and tried to pick up the UTD Trail from there. Except it was fenced off where I tried to get on. Between the office park and the trail was a 5 foot black iron fence. There was no way around that was easy to see, but I did not want to ride back up a very busy 75 and go up the service road. So, I devised a plan. I threw (well, gently lifted and placed) my bike over the fence, and then started to climb over myself. Then, I noticed the other side of the trail wasn't fenced. There was a bridge over a creek just 25 yards down, so I rand down and ignoring the numerous creep-crawlies, I slid down under the bridge and bumping my pack against the bottom of the bridge a few times, managed to make it out without touching anything that moved. Successfully to the other side, I ran back to my bike. I had no clue which way to go, but I headed off in what seemed like the right direction. Just on the other side of the bridge I quickly realized, nope, not the right way and turned around. I biked down to a split in the path and again gambled, this time correctly, on the path to take. Then, I saw signs for Galatyn and followed them. Until I got to the sign that pointed both ways. I turned left, even though I had a strong urge to turn right. Either way I would get there! I'm pretty sure I picked the long way around, but still managed to find my way back to the office park and to my friend who was nervously waiting for me. She accused me of just wanting to get in a 'real ride' for a few minutes. I did indeed get my heart rate up there for a minute! Whew! I guess I call that a "Mini-Urban Adventure". It turned out it probably would have been a couple of minutes faster for me to wait for the next train headed back south, but it would not nearly have been as fun, and I wouldn't have as good a story to tell to you all! And this I do in the name of training! Up at 5 am again tomorrow to run a 3-mile time trial to be placed in a running group for my marathon class. Certainly won't be as eventful, but I hope I have a good time. I'm fairly certain I'll be in the slowest group, but I don't think I want to be THE slowest.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Most of you will have a three (or four!) day weekend this weekend. Hopefully you have something fun and relaxing planned. If not, find something! It's time to be with friends and family and cook-out and drink beer (if you're of age). Tonight I'm going to a baseball game. Sure to be fun. It's the minor league team that's here locally. The park is small and intimate, so you get right into the game. Tomorrow I'm riding with my friend who has to run 5 hours. Yeah, she's even crazier than I am! She's training for a 50-mile trail run in two weeks. Amazing...my hero! Sunday I'll go to a pool party. Well, pending the off and on rain that's forecast all weekend. The only thing the rain will interrupt though is actual swimming. The eating and beer drinking will not be affected. And, if the rain holds off, I'll head up to Bar H for a little camping on Sunday night and some mountain bike riding. Monday will be a rest day. At this point. Unless my plans change and something else fun comes along. Have a fun and relaxing weekend everyone! Wear your seat belts (car) or personal flotation devices (boaters), elect a designated driver, and be safe!

So this is what it's like to be relaxed...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

I don't remember when or why it happened. I don't think I was always this way. But, at some point in time I turned into a giant stress-ball. The littlest thing could set me off in tears or anger and would ruin my entire day. How did I get to that point? D always thought of me as a control-freak, and I guess I would stress out over things that I couldn't control. I think part of that tendency was out of a desire for order in my life that wasn't there, and the other part was out of necessity, because D was so out of control for the longest time. But now, like I said last week, I'm smiling. Even though I can't control certain things about this situation I'm in, I can control how I react to it and how I proceed with my life. I'm more relaxed. I'm enjoying myself. I'm able to think about what I want to do and not worry if someone else is going to approve. I don't need anyone else's approval! Even though I'm angry, I am able to look at where I am now and wonder if it's not for the best. For both of us. I was absolutely denying myself the care and attention I deserve, and at some level I knew it. But was I too afraid to take the step that he did? I don't like the way he did it for sure, but maybe, after it's all said and done, I owe him a genuine 'thank-you'.

Hill Repeats

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I have discovered what sucks more than sprints. That would be hill repeats! Basically, sprinting uphill. My friend/coach/torturer Judy talked me into running them with her this morning. Well, we ran the 1 mile warm-up together, but she's power-woman up the hills and thus left me behind in her dust. So, .2 miles up the hill, then .2 miles down the hill. 4 minutes total x 6 times. Then another 1 mile to cool down. Did I mention that I had to get up at 5 AM to do this? What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, right? The good thing is I can see my legs shaping up quite nicely (well, in my humble opinion). Now if my butt would cooperate...

I'm surprised I'm not more evil...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

And I'm sure those of you who know me are shocked as well. I really must work on my evilness. This site is certified 29% EVIL by the Gematriculator This site is certified 71% GOOD by the Gematriculator

Get Your Ass over the Pass

Monday, May 23, 2005

My next big crazy adventure is the Wild West Relay in Colorado in August. Last night we had a team meeting and met the other runners. Everyone is really excited to run. My friend Judy and her husband Keith are coordinating this whole thing and doing a damn fine job. We picked our running legs too, and I'm runner number 12! This means I get to run at night and I get to cross the finish line! YAY! How exciting! It also means that I am the slowest runner and this is the easiest leg. Judy actually said 'If you want a harder leg, we can work it out." Uhhhhh....no. I'm perfectly happy to let all the other crazy runners fight over the hard legs.

What does your birthday mean?

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Found this on FTS' blog. Your Birthdate: November 30 Your birthday on the 30th day of the month shows individual self-expression is necessary for your happiness. You tend to have a good way of expressing yourself with words, certainly in a manner that is clear and understandable. You have a good chance of success in fields requiring skill with words. You can be very dramatic in your presentation and you may be a good actor or a natural mimic. You have a vivid imagination that can assist you in becoming a good writer or story-teller. Strong in your opinions, you always tend to think you are on the right side of an issue. There may be a tendency to scatter your energies and have a lot of loose ends in your work. You may have significant artistic talent and be very creative. Hmmm. I must say that I agree with this for the most part. I don't personally think I'm very creative, but others tell me I am. And, I've been called a Drama Queen a time or two. And, I AM always right...so there. Find out what your birthday means.

Wildflower Festival Saturday Night

Saturday evening wasn't nearly as eventful as Friday evening, but it was still fun! I actually had a date. Guy asked me out, and I said sure. So, we met and had Indian for dinner. Very nice conversation. He seemed nice and normal. Then we went over to the festival, spread out a blanket on the grass and listened to Cheap Trick. Not exactly a 'date band' to be sure, but better than a movie. Managed to make it home by midnight and got some sleep. I woke up at 5 AM this morning to do a 2 hour run. Got in just over 10 miles. Not too bad for a humid morning. Now it's time for a shower and a nap! This afternoon I may head back over to the Wildflower festival again. A three day pass was $20...not bad for a weekend's worth of entertainment!

Wildflower Festival Friday Night

Saturday, May 21, 2005

OK, first I got carded for beer and the guy almost fell over when he saw how 'old' I was. Then, Starship (featuring Mickey Thomas) was actually really good. Even the songs I didn't know (the new ones) were good. Plus he kept giving updates on the Mavs game, which was actually kind of cool. But, the highlight of the evening, of course, was Rick Springfield, heart-throb extraordinaire of the 80's. For a 55 year old man, he looks GOOD! He rocked and played it up to the ladies. And, then...he came down in the audience. I was up front, and I was right by him when he finally stopped. So, what did I do? I reached over and grabbed his butt of course! YES! I touched Rick Springfield's butt! I definitely give it an A+. It is a butt that I would grab again given the chance.

I'm Smiling!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Ear to ear! Had a great run last night. Well, except for the sprinting part. Got to run some trail for the first time in awhile and I will be taking my bike to ride those trails soon. (Judy, close your eyes...you didn't just read that.) Tonight I'm going to see Rick Springfield at the Wildflower festival. Tomorrow I have a baby shower for one of my good friends, and then I'm going back to Wildflower for Cheap Trick! Can't stay out too late though, because I have to wake up at 5 AM to run 2 hours on Sunday. It's gonna be a great weekend! Oh, and I got my copy of the 'Petition for Divorce' in the mail yesterday. I shed a couple of tears. Then I called my friend Amy, and she helped cheer me up and reinforce me with good thoughts. I love you Amy! I honestly do feel that I truly am happier at this moment than I have been in years. Getting through this is going to suck from time to time, but I have so many good things going for me. I'm having more fun, I have great friends, and I'm looking forward to what each new day will bring. I am loving ME and paying attention to ME and doing what makes ME HAPPY!

Ride of Silence

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

I will be riding tonight in the Ride of Silence. This ride is to raise awareness of cyclists injured or killed by motorists. Just started last year in Dallas with around 1,000 riders, there are 163 official rides tonight going on all over the US. I'm a new at cycling. I've done two road rallys, and at one, there were two accidents, one involving a cyclist being hit head on by a motorist. Fortunately that cyclist was only injured, not killed. Share the road, ya'll. Ride of Silence

The Dating Game

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

One of my girlfriends was talking about a blind date she had last week. I haven't 'dated' anyone in eleven years, and the prospect is both exciting and terrifying. Yes, I'm not even divorced yet, and I'm already thinking about it. I'm just not a person that likes to be alone. It's not that I can't, and I'm having plenty of fun with my friends. All I'm looking for is friendship. After what I've been through, the next poor guy will be run through the paces quite well, and will be tested for worthiness. I'll print up 'Approved by Inspector' stickers... But, how does one 'date'? I mean, I know how to flirt, that's the easy part. But the whole 'progressive relationship', timing, do I really like him or is it just 'chemistry'. It's all very confusing. So, for the benefit of a newly single female and her single friends, what advice do you have?

I'm in the Spotlight!

Monday, May 16, 2005

Oh my! My 15 mintutes of fame are here. Thanks FTS! I'd better be extra-interesting this week. Hope I can stand up to the task! This weekend I had to relax. I've been going and going and going and I needed a mental and physical break. Plus my kitchen floor really needed mopping. So, yes, I skipped my tri. At least my running coach will be happy. Sorry if I disappointed you folks...but dangit...I am training for a marathon! That's got to be worth something. I drank too much beer at the Byron on Friday, and so Saturday my run didn't go so well. I was supposed to run for 1:45. I ended up running for 45 minutes, and did at least a half hour or more of walking to the park and back from where I had to stop running. Between heat, beer and tight quads I just couldn't make it. So, a total of at least 1:15 forward movement. I made a full confession and begged for a pardon from my coach. I repent! OOOH! And in more exciting news, I also got two new chairs for my den, for free! When D moved out, he took half the furniture from the house too, so my den has been sitting empty except for the bookshelves. My grandparents are real-estate agents and have been sitting on a model house that was furnished. The home-builder moved the furniture out, but left two big rattan chairs with very pretty cushions and told my grandparents they could have them if they wanted them. So, they called me! YAY! How fortunate am I to get some very nice, FREE furniture.... Now, if anyone's got a TV... Oh, and here's a 'Help Wanted' notice for you. I officially joined up on a 12-person relay to run a 195-mile trail race in Colorado in August. It's called 'Get Your Ass over the Pass'. One of the team members dropped out, so we are in need of another runner. If you're interested in joining up, let me know and I'll pass along your info to my team captain. You'd have to run 3 legs, so around 20 miles total. Preferrably you would live in or around the Dallas area, but definitely have to be a 'Flatlander' (i.e. live in low elevation) to be eligible for our team.

Goin' to The Byron

Friday, May 13, 2005

Today, I get to slack off from work and hang out with my clients. Well, I don't know how good the hanging out with the clients part will be, but the slacking off from work part will be great. I'm going to the Byron Nelson golf tournament today. I'm sure to see lots of women with silicon (this is Dallas after all), wearing shoes that aren't fit for a golf course, too much make-up, and too little clothing. And I'll get to make fun of every single one of them.

I picked a winner

Thursday, May 12, 2005

OK, latest in the D-divorce saga. He goes to meet with the lawyer yesterday. I knew he was going. By 10 (PM), he hadn't called me yet to give me any details. So, I called him. He was studying (he has a final tonight). I asked him what the lawyer said. Below is a summary of the conversation, but I will bold the direct quotes. "Well, I got a big packet of information that we have to go through. We have to agree on stuff about the kids, education, medical, visitation, you know. And then, once I file, we wait 60 days. Then we have to go to court I guess. And once we go to court, it takes like two minutes, piece of cake, and we're done. " OMG! Mother F***ER! Eleven friggen years, and in two minutes, piece of cake, we're done. So, of course, I got a bit upset. And then he said "Look, I don't have time to do this tonight. I have to study for my final.". Fine. You say, to my face (well, over the phone) that in two minutes our entire relationship will be over, piece of cake, and you can't take five minutes to grovel! At least he's buying me a new hot-water heater.

when the days crawl by

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The only thing I have to look forward to at work lately is the end of the day. Various things have affected my projects, and I barely have anything to do. Much less what I was hired to do. So, I do busy work, and I'm bored out of my skull. So, all day long I think about training, what races to do next, look for races to do... And so, the days crawl by. It's only Wednesday. OK, granted it's after lunch on Wednesday (had a yummy chicken burrito from On the Border today), so the week is officially half over. But, the minutes are ticking by. Maybe I should re-arrange each piece of paper in each of my files. I've already cleaned out my inbox today. That took about two minutes.

My sister is moving

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

OK, so I have two sisters. The 19-year old B, and M, who is 27. I got an email today from M, and she's MOVING to COLORADO on MAY 30! She's been talking about moving for a long time. Resons are kinda fuzzy. She's not happy here, so she thinks she'll be happy elsewhere. She has no friends here (well, except one that I greatly dislike), so she thinks she can make more elsewhere. She doesn't like her job here, so she thinks she can find a better one elsewhere. Oh, and our lives are so busy she doesn't see us that much anyway, so it won't be like we'll actually miss her. WHATEVER! So, she sends me an email today and is like 'Um, I'm moving, so I won't be here for Z's birthday, so can I take him out another day'. And I was like 'Oh, were you planning on telling me or were you just going to stop by on the way out of town.' HELLO! This is the dumbest idea ever (IMHO)! But, who am I to stop her. Just up and move with no job, not much money, and no idea what the heck you're gonna do once you get there. That's cool. It'll all work out...sure. Sorry, I just had to rant there a little.

Trying not to chicken out

Monday, May 09, 2005

So I've been doing really well on my running, but I haven't been on my bike in two weeks and I haven't been in the pool in three weeks. I'm trying to psych myself up to do the Tri I promised myself I'd do. Even if I only do the sprint distance -- I had originally planned to do the International distance. Now I'm not so sure. I'm actually more worried about the distance of the swim and the fact that it's open water. I can do the bike and run no problem. Gaaa! What to do...please put pressure on me not to chicken out! I want to do it! I swear!

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Today was a good Mother's Day. My children were baptized today, and our entire family was together. My family and D's family came together and had a pleasant day and we were all happy for the moment. Z got me the sweetest card, which made me cry. He was sad that I cried, but I told him it was ok because they were happy tears. L was sweet as could be. My niece even called me 'Aunt T' for the first time and asked to sit in my lap. She's two, but very particular and shy about who holds her. It all made for quite a special day. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. You are truly special people.

My first meme

Saturday, May 07, 2005

I just figured out what the heck a meme is, and then I get tagged with one. Thanks FTS...I think! The object is to find a song on my hard drive that suits me and my personality. Well, I don't have any songs on my hard drive, but I do have a bunch on my MP3 player. So, I would have to say... I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor At first I was afraid I was petrified Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong And I grew strong And I learned how to get along and so you're back from outer space I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face I should have changed that stupid lock I should have made you leave your key If I had known for just one second you'd be back to bother me Go on now go walk out the door just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye Did you think I'd crumble Did you think I'd lay down and die Oh no, not I I will survive Oh as long as i know how to love I know I will stay alive I've got all my life to live I've got all my love to give and I'll survive I will survive (hey-hey) It took all the strength I had not to fall apart kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart and I spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for myself I used to cry But now I hold my head up high and you see me somebody new I'm not that chained up little person still in love with you and so you felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free and now I'm saving all my loving for someone who's loving me Go on now go walk out the door just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye Did you think I'd crumble Did you think I'd lay down and die Oh no, not I I will survive Oh as long as i know how to love I know I will stay alive I've got all my life to live I've got all my love to give and I'll survive I will survive Go on now go walk out the door just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye Did you think I'd crumble Did you think I'd lay down and die Oh no, not I I will survive Oh as long as i know how to love I know I will stay alive I've got all my life to live I've got all my love to give and I'll survive I will survive and Eye of the Tiger Survivor Risin' up, back on the street Did my time, took my chances Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet Just a man and his will to survive So many times, it happens too fast You trade your passion for glory Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past You must fight just to keep them alive It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight Risin' up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night And he's watchin' us all with the eye of the tiger Face to face, out in the heat Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry They stack the odds, till we take to the street For the kill with the skill to survive It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight Risin' up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night And he's watchin' us all with the eye of the tiger Risin' up, straight to the top Had the guts, got the glory Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop Just a man and his will to survive It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight Risin' up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night And he's watchin' us all with the eye of the tiger The eye of the tiger The eye of the tiger The eye of the tiger Who to tag next? Hmmm. Well, definitely Culfy. Oh, and Goldiemowling. And, last but not least, my little sis. Fun fun fun!

Dino Dash

I set a Personal Record today! I ran the Dino Dash 5K and 10K. Yes, two races. It was either that or run for an hour and thirty minutes by myself. So, I collected another t-shirt and some other free swag! Even though I drank too many lemon drop martinis last night, I still managed to drag my butt out of bed and make it to the race early. I got registered and then relaxed in my car for a few minutes before meeting my friend Judy and her family before the start. Judy was shocked that I had even showed up. She was at poker night last night and was frowning at me as I consumed consecutive martinis. LOL! Judy, you should know that if I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it! So, we lined up for the start and planned our race goals. I was hoping to finish in less than 35 minutes. This was doable at my recent paces. Q, Judy's 7-year old son was hoping to finish in 32 minutes. Nothing to challenge you like a 7-year old! Her 12 year old daughter L was planning on running a 9:30 pace! These people are crazy. Her husband Keith was running with Q to keep him on pace, and Judy had one of the people from her running class to pace with. I would be left on my own to run, but that's OK, I had my music! The start gun went off and we started our watches and our legs running. There were a lot of kids and walkers in this race, so it was difficult to dodge them all at the start until we got spaced out better. I was concerned that I started too quickly when at the 1 mile marker I looked at my watch and saw 10:46. I tried to slow down a little, but didn't want to pull up too short. I decided to go for as long as I could to try and meet my goal. Mile 2 split was 21:56, so that one was a little slower. I was still feeling good and had my breathing under control, and was on pace to exceed my goal of 35 minutes, so I decided to push it and see what I could do. I crossed the 5K finish in 33:26! WOW! And, ahead of Q I might add. How sad is it that I'm proud to beat a 7-year old. OK, I'm not proud to beat him, I'm proud that I didn't let him beat me! I would feel such shame... Then I had about 5 minutes before the 10K started, so I grabbed a bottle of water and cheered on a few more people that were crossing the finish line. I switched my race numbers (yes, a number for each race) and got ready to go again. The gun went off and I knew I was just going to run this one to finish. My legs were wobbly already and my right knee was starting to twinge a bit. So, I stayed pretty far back in the pack, and was quickly left in the dust by all those 'good' runners. I was shooting for a 12 minute pace or thereabouts to finish the 10K. Through the third mile I was doing pretty well on that. At mile 4 (my mile 7 in reality) my legs started to go numb and my quads were burning. I thought maybe if I walked a miniute, but no, when I tried that, it hurt worse than if I just kept running. Plus my breathing was totally under control and even, so it was just a matter of me mentally pushing my body. I allowed myself to walk through the last water station, but then it was back to a trot to finish out the race. I passed a few people there at the end, which is always good...you know you didn't push yourself too hard and managed to cross the finish line in 1:16:17. Just around a 12:15 pace. Not glamorous, but gets the job done. Now if I could just find me a Cinco de Mayo party...and a mojito.

White Rock N Roll

Friday, May 06, 2005

Cool! So the White Rock N Roll 5 mile last night was fabulous! The rain had cleared and it had warmed up considerably. This worried me a bit as I had packed long tights and a long sleeved shirt. I met up with my AT friend Foxy Roxy and her friend Koleen...at least I would have someone to start with! After waiting around the start for a bit, the race finally kicked off about 10 minutes late. There was quite a crowd there, and we were kind of far back, so it took a bit to get up to cross the start line. I punched my watch and headed off with a goal of finishing in less than an hour. I had to dodge a few walkers early on, and it was a bit difficult to get a good pace going early on. I was trying not to go out too fast, as I am wont to do in races. My goal was a fairly even pace and I didn't want to kill myself too quickly. There were bands placed about every half to three-quarter mile...hence the Rock N Roll, so I didn't wear my headphones, but chose to enjoy the live entertainment. I paced myself behind a couple of other runners for the first mile, and checked my time. 11:20 for mile 1. A bit quicker than I had anticipated, but I was feeling OK. I slowed down a bit for mile 2, mainly due to the hills. About half-way through mile 2, it started back downhill again, and I was able to run a bit faster. I got to the 3rd mile marker, and doused myself with a bit of water...I was warm. At the 5K mark my watch said 35:00, so I was on a good pace to meet my goal. After the hills in miles 2 and 3, my legs were a bit wobbly, but the last half of the race was mostly downhill to flat. Starting with the hills in mile 2, I was starting to pass some people that I had kept on pace with so far. Mile 3 brought on some new 'challengers', and I managed to outlast them as well. On to mile 4, I caught up with quite a few people, and from 4 to the finish, I picked up the pace just a little. With a little more than a quarter mile to the end, I passed a lady that was walking. When she saw me, she started to run again. She got just a little ahead of me, and then I really turned it on, sprinting the last bit to the end. I almost caught one other lady too, but she had a little more juice left in the tank than I did. As I neared the finish line, I could hear Foxy Roxy yelling and whooping it up for me! It's great to have encouragement! I crossed the finish in 57:09, meeting my goal of finising in less than an hour. As I was running the last mile I wanted to finish in under 57, and I just barely missed it. Oh well, next time. Roxy and Koleen and I stretched a bit and then walked back up to the Point and grabbed a piece of pizza, a few freebies, an awesome orange and a bananna and found ourselves a little patch of grass to sit and watch the sun set over White Rock Lake. The place is gorgeous! And to think, this was only my third time out there. The sunset was full of pinks and purples and reds, slowly blending in with the deepening blue of the sky. There were clouds neatly spread out across the skyline, and with Downtown Dallas peeking up in the background, it was simply magical. What a night. Tonight is poker night again with the girls. I really can't win this time. I have to go to bed early! Up at the crack of dawn to run 9 miles tomorrow morning means just a little bit of poker and no more than 2 martinis. :( That makes me sad. I love martinis.

oh, and I trained too

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Sorry, got so worked up over his comment, I forgot to post that I did my training recovery run. 2.1 miles, 23:39, ~11:15 pace. Was supposed to do 30 minutes, but had to get the kids from after-school care, so I had to cut it short. Hope to run the White Rock N Roll tonight if I can find a last-minute baby-sitter. If not, I'll run those dreaded sprints again. I'd rather run 5 miles...

You were stupid not to see it coming

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The gloves are off. I tried to be nice. I haven't said a bad word about him. But now, after tonight, I can't hold back. Yes, the above is a direct quote from him spoken this evening. "You were stupid not to see it coming." Bam. There it is. Yes, this is the winner that I've been married to for 7 years, together for 11, and had 2 kids with. And, just another hint at what a stand-up guy he is, he moved out while I was at work, after what now is evident as a 'good-bye screw' the night before. He SOOOO does not deserve me! I am so much better than that. After the initial shock, I realize I am better off without him. I am happier, more relaxed, more confident, and taking better care of myself and my kids. I don't need him around with his self-centered concerns. Good-bye to you.


Sometimes there's something sitting right in front of you, but you can't see it. "Plain as the nose on your face" some might say. But, you're not looking for it. Then, suddenly, it hits you smack in the face. Yesterday, I 'saw' my littlest sister for the first time. I have two sisters and a brother (I'm the eldest). My sister M is 27, my brother J is 24, and my sister B is 19. We're all very different, yet very alike. Yet, due to circumstances of childhood and time, we're not as close as we could be. Especially my youngest sister and I. Nearly 11 years difference in our age makes us a different 'generation'. And, while I adored her when she was a baby, by the time she was a toddler, I was a teen and interested in other things. Then, I became and adult and had no use for a tween/teen, other than a baby-sitter of course. We are all intelligent, but B has something special. She's an old soul I think. She has a creativity that I could only dream of. She also got the height I desired, which is somewhat of a sore spot for me. OK, I'm tall (5'8"), but she got that extra inch and half or so that I yearned for. She has beautiful brown eyes and long, thick brown hair. She is so good at math and science and art, but English (my forte) is a pain for her. Yet yesterday, I stumbled upon her blog, and I was amazed. "I can't write. I hate writing." she says. Ok, she can't spell, but she can write. But that wasn't what hit me square in the face. What hit me was the fact that I don't know my sister. There were emotions and ideas that I never imagined that she had. Her spirit shone through. Maybe it's only apparent to me because she's my sister and I could 'read' into some of the postings. I've always looked at her as a little girl, but she has become a young woman. One that I want to know better. So I called her last night, and with tears in my eyes, I told her how much I loved her, how proud I was of her, how sorry I was that I've only ever viewed her as a little kid, how sad I was that I had never taken the time to ask her how she was doing and really listened to her. The world is superficial, but that's not how we're supposed to be with our loved ones, yet that is what I had done to her. I could use so many excuses...wrapped up in life, job, kids, etc. I won't kick myself for my past actions, but I will so look forward to getting to know my sister, hang out with her, treat her as a friend, learn from her, and love her. I love you B.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Oh! My burning quads! After careful consideration, speed work immediately following a long run is not recommended. I should have switched up my rest days this week. At least I get to rest today! I felt like a total slug last night on the track. It was cool, if not a little windy on the back side of the track. Resistance! At least I ran though. That's what counts. Glad I'm not the only one who loves her tights-shorts! Anything that requires adjusting when you're running is no bueno. HA!

Double-header basketball and a long run

Monday, May 02, 2005

My son has been playing basketball for the first time ever. The season is almost over, and we're planning on continuing to play. He's played baseball before, and while he was ok at it, the speed of play couldn't hold his attention. Basketball is better for him since it's constant motion. And, he's really good at it too! We had a double-header weekend, with a game on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The Saturday night game was one of the best games they'd played. The team we were playing was #2 in the league. We went down pretty quickly in the first half, but by the second half, our boys just started to 'get it'. We outscored the team in the second half, but not by enough to even up the score for the whole game. But it was great to see the kids start to gel and play like a team. I don't know that I've been more proud of my boy recently! Sadly, the Sunday game wasn't as good. It was pretty much a slaughter, and Z got really frustrated, but he pulled it together and stepped up in the second half again, giving me more reason to be proud. Then, I managed to squeeze in my long training run this weekend. It was a bit warm out, but the trail that I run on is fairly shaded, so I just took some extra water with me. And, I broke down and bought some short-tights and a tank. I don't like traditional 'running shorts' for some reason. I just prefer the kind that don't move when I run. I have plenty of tights for cooler weather running, but it was too warm to wear the long ones yesterday. I had to run a hour and fifteen minutes. My coach's hubby inquired how far I intended to run...at least 6 miles right? Uh, maybe I thought. If I get in 5.5 I'll be happy, since it was warm. But, I managed to surprise myself, and in 1:13:42 I managed to get in 6.4 miles! Over distance, that was an 11:30 average, which again, is a PR for me. The consistent running is starting to pay off, and I am very, very happy! More speed work tonight. A longer tempo run. Which, is, IMO, better than those sprint things, but still is hard work. Thank goodness it's supposed to be cooler this week. Can't wait till the real Texas heat hits and I'm training for a marathon. Oh yes, I can.

Desperado Friday Night

What do four otherwise normal adults do on a Friday night? They take their kids to see the Dallas Desperados play the New York Dragons. Yes folks, it's the Arena Football league. What could make me yearn for real turf, goal posts and 100 yards...arena football. But, Christy, Tracy (Christy's sister), and Keith (Judy's husband) and I fortified our resolve and dared to venture out with six children under the age of 12. Of course, at any good game, there are giveaways. Last night's giveaway was "Thundersticks". Plastic tubes you blow up and beat together to make a most annoying noise. Each child had a pair of these noisemakers, and there were 6 kids...12 thundersticks, 6 water bottles, 6 mini-footballs and the top of the arena later, and we were in our seats. Who's idea was this anyway...oh yeah. It was Judy's idea, and she wasn't even there! Every major (if you can call these guys major) sport teams have silicon-filled, over-made, college-age girls busting out scanty clothing and doing suggestive dance moves. My nearly 10-year old son thought this was absolutely wonderful. I'm surprised his eyeballs didn't fall out of his head. Evey time we got a close-up of one of the girls he begged me "mom, take a picture!". Lordy. Keith equated arena football to tennis. You're expected to score on every possession. Basically it's the defense that wins the game for you by preventing scoring on a drive. Needless to say, the Desperados lost. The game was extremely slow, but we got a good chuckle out of the alternate entertainment. Every penalty flag was sponsored, every timeout was sponsored, they played silly games during timeouts, and took breaks where we couldn't figure out why they were breaking (no TV timeouts here). The kids had a blast, the adults had a few laughs, and it was better than McDonalds. So, all in all it was a good night. But, there's just no substitute for the gridiron. I never thought I'd say it, but give me some NFL football!
Fiery Entry
We're having fun!
Go Desperados!
Go Team!
Back from the fourth trip to the loo...
We had fun