WTF Wednesday – How a Race Course is measured!

Hey Peeps, it’s an update! Surprised? Good.

Mom and I headed off to shop because you aren't born with these kinds of skills, you know, you gotta hone that shit!

Mom and I headed off to shop because you aren’t born with these kinds of skills, you gotta hone that shit, you know?

I was a little worried that my readers would abandon me because I haven’t been updating much. I don’t worry too much about my stats since this blog is not exactly a money-maker but I do like to keep my loyal readers up to date, (and by loyal readers I mean my Mom, my sister-in-law, and possibly a second cousin twice removed.) God Bless it!

Self importance

Since Mom is here with me, inevitably my stats should be pretty low but imagine my surprise when I saw that I had the most page views ever earlier this week!

Before I got all high and mighty on myself I should have checked the source….

The creepy weirdo dance.

The creepy weirdo dance.

Yeah, apparently I’m a pretty good read for some perverted creeps out there…Glad that I was able to entertain you, but it’s not THAT kind of blog and no I will not post pics of my black toenail you little freaks!

Moving on…..

Aside from all the shopping, I’ve been running a lot. I’ve also been reading a lot of great articles about running and training and there is one that I have been dying to share with you for some time.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my GPS results after a race and wondered just how the heck they come up with the course length. I mean, how do they measure it because according to my God of all Garmins, it was wrong!

Garmin 620

How the heck do I know it’s an accurate course if Garmin says it isn’t? And if it’s accurate, what the heck is wrong with my GPS? Why is there a difference?

I’ve also read a lot of training blogs from some very competitive runners and a few of them have mentioned their strategies for running the course and this only made me more curious. Why would someone run close to the side or diagonal around a curve? Just how is a race measured anyway and what part is measured? Is it the side? The middle? Does it make a difference where you run?

Thankfully, the good folks from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series had the answers and they put them in this easy to read infographic! It’s awesome and I had to share it with you.

Running GPS vs Course Length Infographic

You’re welcome.

Now, how many of you are going to be enjoying a huge turkey dinner tomorrow? I know I will be but after seeing this, I probably wont be eating as much as I normally would….

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That’s some crazy ish right there.

Maybe you can offset the calories with a Turkey Trot race? I’m not sure if I’m running one or not but I am sure that I’ll be spending a wonderful day surrounded by my family and friends and I wish the same for you. We’ll be making the usual feast and I’m making these Turkey Cookies

Turkey Cookies

Hopefully the end result will be less messy….

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Do you have any family traditions that are dear to you? Tell me about them.

Did you know how they measure race courses? Did you like the infographic?

I’ve been a busy little booger….

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while.  I’ve been a little preoccupied with stuff and things.

But because I love y’all, here’s an update, in pictures with a few words.

First, I’ve been doing lot’s of running…

Garmin shots This is one of many runs. Sorry I just can’t with all the garmin pics because really, one is plenty. Really!

And I’ve been hanging out with my neighbors.

Peter Peacock

           He only loves me because of my fruit stash.

albino peacocks

           The Albino neighbors are too cool to hang with me.

I got a used farm house table while my sister-in-law was in town and I re-finished it.

the Farm House style table MacGyver insisted we hand rub the finish and it took forever…but it was totally worth it!

MacGyver and I went to a Vintage Fair.  I’ve never been to a vintage fair and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Vintage train

    Go to a very cool vintage fair, don’t buy a thing, check!

My Mom came to town and I got a cake to celebrate.

cannoli cake

                 HOLY CANNOLI! That’s a cake son.

and then I We ate it all in about 2 1/2 days.

I organized our very first community garage sale and tons of people participated.

Garage Sale Set ups According to Mom, presentation is everything. That’s why I let her set most of it up…well there’s that and the fact that I was out running.

After the garage sale, I proceeded to hit up the Mothership the Mall with Mom and I spent every penny I made, plus more.  (Kidding MacGyver, really, just kidding..)

cute dress

                   No I don’t need another dress…I need 5!

I posted a Throwback Thursday picture in which I sported a pretty fine Tennessee Tophat.

Throwback Thursday

This is a obviously a picture my Mom took. She likes to cut off heads. Thankfully my sister made it into the picture…albeit barely.

And it got a little chilly which meant I got to wear my new boots…

New Boots             Got new boots but clearly I needed new jeans.

I also finally wore my orange Pro Compression Socks.

Orange piped shorts My compression socks match the piping on my shorts. Holy shit, I’m a fashionista!

I did a little more shopping and then I came home to this…

Dog Puke

 Nothing says ‘Welcome Home’ like a little dog puke on the floor.

So, that’s the recap.

Tell me what you’ve been doing.

Sorry for the late post, but I was pretty sure I was dying.

Happy Monday to you. I realize this post is a bit late but well, it was a rough later part of the weekend and a weekend in which, I was pretty sure I was dying.

I took Friday off from running and went to my beloved garage and estate sales because that’s just what I do. I didn’t buy all that much but I did get a killer pink Tupperware butter dish circa: sometime before your ass was born. I also got MacGyver some kick ass trains and train parts because we have a little project in mind. After all the shopping I came home and vegged out with the pups. All in all it was a stress free and uneventful day.

On Saturday morning I woke up early and went out for a long run. I had twelve miles on the training schedule. Guess what? I did it! I didn’t have to stop once, even when I almost stepped on a black snake, I just kept going. It was the longest run I’ve done in months and do you wanna know how I felt afterwards….


Yep, just like this!


Then I went home, showered and took the dogs for a walk. After that I convinced MacGyver to take a ride with me to run a few errands and to go to lunch. And then sometime around 11:30 I started getting a migraine.

Now, let me stop right here and tell you that I get frequent migraines and I have 3 classes of them. Class one is a mild one and I can usually stop it within an hour if I take 2 ibuprofen but if that doesn’t work, it progresses to class 2. Class 2 is a medium migraine and it usually requires Excedrin for migraines and a warm towel around my neck followed by about 30 minutes or more of rest and if that doesn’t work it’s a full blown class 3. Class 3 is a bitch. Class 3 is a migraine that ends any additional plans for the day because it requires Dramamine, a dark room, no noise, and sleep. Fortunately the recipe for class 3 has always worked.

On Saturday it did not. My migraine had progressed to a class 3 by late afternoon and my usual regime for relief did not work. The Dramamine knocked me out for about 10 minutes until the pain became intolerable. At that point, I got up and walked around which seemed to alleviate it, but it never quite went away. It just sort of hung around for a few hours. Since MacGyver was going hunting at 3am he needed to go to bed so I decided to lay down with him and eventually I drifted off to sleep. I woke up about 10 minutes after MacGyver left and it was bad y’all.

the pain is too bad
I have never felt so much panic as I felt at that point. MacGyver was on his way to the woods where his cell phone would not receive a signal, the kid was out with friends and I was projectile vomiting with the most intense headache I have ever had.

It was similar to the food poisoning incident of a few weeks ago….which only worried me more. What if it hadn’t been food poisoning? What if something is really wrong with me? What if I’m dying?

You may think I was acting hysterically and usually I would agree but this time there was a reason I freaked out. Because this time my blood pressure had sky rocketed and my heart rate was really low, as in 40 beats a minute low. Since I know I have bradycardia, it’s something I’m keenly aware of and always tracking, but it is not usually accompanied by high blood pressure or an intense headache that causes projectile vomiting. Y’all I was freaking the fuck out!

googling your symptoms

As God is my witness, I will not ever google symptoms again when I am in the throes of despair with an unknown illness. By 5 am I was pretty sure I had either a chiari malformation or Intracranial hypertension. Typhoid fever was also a contender but I quickly ruled that one out.

For the record, I can deal with either of these things if that’s the hand I’m dealt, just not when I am all alone on the floor of my bathroom in serious pain coupled with projectile vomiting which was only increasing the pressure in my head. Fortunately, I remembered I had some misoprostol which helps immensely and that’s exactly what I took. It stopped the vomiting in about 10 minutes and forty five minutes later, I was sleeping like a baby.

I spent most of Sunday in bed.

Today has been much better and my blood pressure has gone down a lot. The migraine is gone too. However, I’ll be seeing a cardiologist soon. MacGyver is insisting, and this time, I know he’s right. I’m just thankful that for now I feel much better.

Ever had a health scare that made you think you would die? Seriously die?