While out running today, I got hit on the head!

This morning I went out for a 6 mile run. It started off fine and I felt great. The weather is not as cool as it has been but even at 94% humidity, 64 degrees feels pretty darn good in the morning.

I ran the first 3.5 miles in a loop and then headed down the road for an out and back and that’s when it happened.




It felt like someone grabbed the front of my visor and ripped it down as my head was pulled toward the ground. It was so quick I barely had time to react but once I realized what had happened……………………. I laughed out loud.

And then………I kept going until I finished my 6 miles.

After finishing my run I came into the back door and yelled out to MacGyver.

Me: You’ll never believe what happened to me this morning.
MacGyver: What happened to you this morning?
Me: A squirrel fell out of a tree and landed on my head.
MacGyver: What? Are you joking?
Me: Seriously. It fell out of the tree, landed on the front of my visor, slid off, and then ran across the road.
MacGyver: Good thing it didn’t get stuck on your ears. Those things are like roadblocks.

Well played MacGvyer, well-played.

I must say that a squirrel falling onto my head is the absolute strangest thing that has happened to me while out running.

What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you while running or walking?

WTF Wednesday – Potato Ice, Cooking Kids and Candy Crack.

Y’all I totally overslept this morning! MacGyver went hunting, which is what he did Saturday when I also overslept. Apparently when MacGyver leaves at 2am I sleep like a baby.

Oversleeping is not fun!
Anyway, I had 6 miles on the schedule but there was no way that could happen. Instead I opted for 4 quick ones. Normally when I run in the morning my mind clears and thoughts go through my head….sort of like this…

Oh wow, look at all those peacocks. I wonder if it’s mating season. Do peacocks lay eggs? I wonder how big they are…I wonder if the emu lays eggs… Are they as big as ostrich eggs? Do people eat emu eggs? I wonder how big emu poop is….is it bigger than peacock poop?

But, instead of the usual thoughts, this morning I had thoughts like this….

I wonder if I have time to get 4 miles in…if I don’t, will I have time to do more tomorrow? Why do I have to run the exact amount I have on my schedule anyway? I’m not Kara Goucher for cryin out loud… Why am I so anal retentive? I wonder if the dogs are looking out the window and waiting for me….I wonder if Hank is Spite peeing on the lanai because he hasn’t had his walk. Oh crap, I need to speed up to make my conference call at 9…and hopefully keep Hank from peeing on the patio…


As you can see, oversleeping and then trying to run do not a happy Up and Humming make! Anyway, it is Wednesday, so WTF, here’s some random shit that has happened lately..

My neighbor saw MacGyver and I re-finishing my farm-house table in the driveway so he came over to say hi. Somehow we got on the subject of wine and he gave me the best tip ever. You’ve probably already heard of it because I’m always the last to know, but here’s the tip.

Freeze white and red grapes and then use them in place of ice cubes in your next glass of wine! The grapes won’t melt like ice does so the wine won’t become watered down and the grapes will also enhance the flavor. Genius! I don’t drink much but when I do, MacGyver and I like a good glass of Vodka. Here’s a tip for you, Potatoes do not work the same way!


Leave out the Potato Ice!

I watched that kid cooking show last night, Master Chef Junior Edition. Those kids! I swear to all that is Holy and Betty Crocker, those kids have more cooking talent in their little fingers than I have in my entire being, they are amazing (and also a little pretentious) but that part doesn’t really matter. I’m embarrassed to admit that half the time, I have no clue what they’re even talking about. An herb and cheese spaetzle? For crying out loud, who makes shit like that? Who even knows what it is? The Master Chef Junior kids, that’s who. Pint sized little freaks of nature.

Yep, me cooking
Guess what I’m going to do later in the week? I’m going to go to some garage and estate sales… because even though my house, or rather both of my houses, are chock full of shit, and I want or need for nothing, I cannot stop. I need to go to your garage sales. This weekend there are several that I am seriously looking forward to however one of them is advertised as ‘a bakers dream with loads of kitchen gadgets including various Tupperware items and many pyrex bowls’. That bitch is at the top of my list!

Even though I don’t cook nor do I plan on learning how to at this stage in my life, (regardless of how many episodes of Master Chef Junior I watch), I am convinced that pyrex bowls are the key to my retirement.

Pyrex BowlsMore pyrex.... um yeah

I’m actually trying to save money because I’m thinking of buying the Kid a trip to Alaska for his birthday and Christmas. I’ve been searching for an all-inclusive type of deal with lots of activities. The fact that he’d like to see the entire state of Alaska is seriously impeding my search. I mean, do you have any idea how large Alaska is? It is huge. And there is no way to see it all in 10 days on my budget. It ain’t happening. I’ve narrowed it down to a summer trip somewhere near Denali which I know he would love but it’s still crazy expensive.

I hope I find something soon because currently the only affordable option is Season 2 of Bering Sea Gold on DVD. That’s not really how I envisioned the kid seeing Alaska and I’m almost positive the impact won’t be the same as an actual trip. If you have any ideas, please pass them along.

Are you looking forward to next week’s episode of The Walking Dead? Last week was okay but I got a little distracted trying to watch boring Beth, she just doesn’t really interest me, I’m not even sure why she’s still on the show. Normally I don’t play scrabble on pogo during The Walking Dead but I won 4 games during the Beth episode so that should tell you something. Here’s hoping this week has some Daryl and Carol and a little ass-kicking.

Zombie Jesus
One last thing that I am totally obsessed with lately……White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s! I bought them at Target a week ago but only opened them this week because ever since Nabisco screwed me over on the Candy Corn Oreos I’m afraid they won’t be around next year and I didn’t want to like them.

Candy Corn m&m's
No dice, because, Oh. My. God. I love them. I accidentally dropped one on the floor and literally fought with the dogs to save it. Not my finest moment, I know, but they are so good that even a little dog spit didn’t deter me. My suggestion is….don’t buy them. They’re candy crack.

WTF, it’s Wednesday.

Tell me something random. Anything….
Do you oversleep right after Daylight Savings Time? As soon as I say, ‘I never oversleep’ I oversleep like a boss!

Jeptoo’s failed drug test, is this a trend?

On Monday, Athletics Kenya admitted that the illegal substance Rita Jeptoo tested positive for was EPO. The positive sample was taken on September 25th and considered out of competition but I’m still bothered by it. I find it hard to believe that if she was using EPO it didn’t affect her race.

She tested positive

If you have any doubts of the effects of EPO on runners, read this article. I realize the article goes on to talk about horses but you get the gist of it. And anyway, if you have any doubts of the effects of EPO just consult the experts and by the experts, I mean Google.

The fact that this test was performed two weeks before Jeptoo won the Chicago marathon is not what I have an issue with. What I have the issue with is the fact that she failed. Period. When is that ever okay? And the fact that they have a B sample is fine but why haven’t they tested it? Why is it her decision? And just how prevalent is EPO among distance runners in Kenya, Russia or wherever.

This is not okay
Just a few months ago I read an article in Runner’s World on doping among local elites. These are not the athletes you read about on a daily basis, they aren’t the Meb’s or the Shalane’s of the sport but they still win money and just how fair is that? In my opinion, it isn’t.

I was blown away when I read Christian Hesch’s casual account of doping and how he maintains that he used it 54 times over 2 years but only to recover from injuries, never during races. Sorry, but I call bullshit on that one.

Liar!Once the word is out that someone has failed a drug test, I lose all respect for them and any success they may have had. Whether they raced while doping or not is a moot point. The point is that EPO enhances performance therefore it gives the user an advantage and that is why doping is illegal and should not be tolerated.

I am wondering what will happen with Rita Jeptoo. Will the B sample be tested? Will she accept the findings of the failed test and suffer the consequences? What are those consequences? Who knows, but it definitely brought back flashbacks of this incident.

I agree with Paula Radcliffe and I’m glad this test result came to light before Jeptoo accepted the huge payout she was going to receive for winning the World Marathon Majors. If the test was wrong, then I hope that comes out too but if she did indeed use EPO then she should have to pay the price. We should never reward anyone for cheating and doping is indeed cheating no matter who you are.

How do you feel about doping and EPO?

Do you think Rita Jeptoo knowingly used EPO?