Running, Race Nerves and Randoms

Ya’ll I am so glad it’s Friday, how about you?

Yesterday, I got up very early and ran 5 miles around the neighborhood. It was pretty humid out but not unbearable. I ran negative splits again. I’m practicing negative splits with pretty much every run lately.


Believe me when I say negative splits are not an easy thing to master but once you do, it makes a huge difference. I ran 4 more miles this morning and I ran hills, and I still managed to pull off negative splits. Not a fan of hills by the way, but I ran up and down those hilly beasts like a boss and I am pretty proud of myself.

I believe negative splits are the main thing that’s going to help me reach my goal of a sub 2 half marathon, well that and all the cannoli’s I’ve been eating.

Each day after I run I take the dogs for a walk. It gives me a chance to cool down and stretch a bit and the dogs get their much needed exercise and also because look how cute they are….

Boomer And Hank

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I’m still really nervous about my race this weekend. I am hoping it isn’t real humid or hot and I hope my Achilles behaves! I have a strategy but it may change based on the weather so we shall see….Do you get overly preoccupied with a race and nervous to the point where you get a little scatterbrained? I mean like forgetting where you parked your car? Uh, Okay.

Well, anyway, yesterday I forgot where I parked the car. MacGyver and I had gone to Target and after a shopping trip that was anything but enjoyable we were so flustered we couldn’t find the car.

At that point I did the only thing that I could do and I used my proven method for finding the car in a crowded parking lot. I’m not sure whether MacGyver was horrified or impressed because he just stood there with his mouth open as I hit the panic button on my key fob and followed the sounds to my car.

I don’t think I will tell him that this is how I find my car on the reg. In fact, I once told a mall security officer that someone might have broken into my car because I could hear the alarm but I could not find my car. I made up this story about how I thought I had parked in spot A but it wasn’t there and I wasn’t sure if that was exactly where I parked it or if someone had tried to take it because I thought I could hear the alarm. He drove me around in his golf cart for 35 minutes until we located it….right where I had parked it.

I never told Mr. Mall Security that I set off the panic button so I had to spend an additional 20 minutes while he ‘inspected’ my car for signs of forced entry. The next time I lose my car, I will not enlist the help of mall security no matter how comfy the golf cart looks.

Now, if you’re not laughing at me, go laugh at these funny runners:

Do you get nervous when you have an upcoming race? Have you ever lost your car in a crowded parking lot?

12 thoughts on “Running, Race Nerves and Randoms

  1. Good Luck to you! I hope your achilles behaves..and that you stay under 2 hours! You need to get the ‘find my car’ app. It’s for ios. I use it all the time.

    Amazon just told me my forerunner 620 shipped. I’ll blog about it. I have 30 days to try it.

    • OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhh I am so Jealous! Green eyed monster is rearing his ugly head, down monster, down! Damn it Garmin, hear my cries, my husband is a cheapskate! I need the 620!!! LOL

      I can’t wait to hear what you think about it…Definitely write a post! Good luck to you tomorrow too, sounds like you have some pretty cold and windy weather.

  2. Good luck on your half this weekend! I hope you meet your goal! I don’t get as nervous before races these days as I used to. But then these days, my goals are usually to finish a race while having fun, not to meet a time goal. With that being said, one of my 2014 goals is to break the two hour half-marathon again. So, I’m right there with you! And, I LOVE running negative splits. They just seem to work for me.

    I not only lost my car once, but two dudes that were driving through the parking lot with their windows down, started laughing and very loudly said, “Look that lady can’t find her car.” I’m not sure which mortified me more, the fact that they were laughing at me or that they called me “that lady.”

    • LOL, Thank you. If I can just get a sub 2 I will relax..or not….I think I prefer lady over m’aam, I hate that one. I feel like a grandma anytime I get that one.

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