Serena Williams can’t run a 5K?

Hey gang, how goes it?

I just got back from a slow but satisfying six mile run. It’s not balls hot here but it’s getting there and it’s pretty humid too so I’ll take that six miles and own it, thank you very much.

This weekend was a mixture of highs and lows for me. I woke up on Saturday morning and pulled off my best plank to date. It looked like this:

Plank you
I was on cloud nine after that plank and then I went out for a 10 mile run.  Which I promptly ended at 8.05. I felt fine up until about the seventh mile but then I started crashing hard. It was most certainly due to the Wendy’s frosty’s and Reeses Peanut Butter cups that I’ve been consuming like a boss.

Friends, you just can’t outrun a bad diet. Ever.

crashing
My blood sugar was probably at zero because I felt just like that cat. Thankfully, I made it home and I ate some healthy oatmeal.  Unfortunately it was too little, too late because the low blood sugar ended up giving me the worst migraine I’ve had in quite some time. I should have known but sometimes I’m just stupid.

it's a migraine
I put off taking my migraine medicine as long as I could but by early in the afternoon I pretty much wanted to die. I kept thinking it would go away and I reasoned that it was just low blood sugar and the fact that I’d eaten would surely help to ease the pain. It didn’t.

Then I reasoned that it was probably due to allergies or sinuses since I had trimmed some of the plants in the back yard to help widen the path for the cable guy.  But it wasn’t.

Both MacGyver and the Kid kept telling me I needed to quit making excuses and just take the migraine medicine and sleep it off.

I know its a migraine
I hate the migraine medicine because it makes me loopy and then knocks me out and I’m too busy to be knocked out, but finally around two in the afternoon, I took the medicine.

It did knock me out for about an hour and a half but it didn’t take away the migraine, that is, until much later in the evening. And so because of Saturday’s migraine I played it safe with a short 3 mile run on Sunday and only a 3 minute plank. It worked and I was headache free all day yesterday.

And that brings me to a point that I wanted to make.

When I don’t feel well, I play it safe. Depending on the malady I’ll either go out for a shorter run or no run at all. And if I’m injured I don’t run until I know it’s better and that there is no chance of making the injury worse. This is the reason I cannot for the life of me understand this:

Serena Williams takes a taxi to the finish lineImage Source
About a month ago, I told you how Serena Williams got all superwoman and chased down a guy who stole her cell phone. It was one of the coolest things I had read in a while about a female athlete. But then I learned that Serena, who was hosting a race for her charity, the Serena Williams Fund, ran the first 2 kilometers of her race and then hopped in a taxi and sped off to the finish where she exited. No, really.

Now, here are my thoughts on the subject. First, if you’re injured, don’t run. Don’t even head to the starting line. There are plenty of other things you can do, hand out water, cheer on the runners, offer words of encouragement, but don’t run. Everyone will understand and if they don’t screw em’. A professional athlete should never risk prolonging or worsening an injury.

Adversely, if you’re not injured you need to finish that race. Even if you walk the damn thing, finish it. This is for your charity and all of these people are out there running in the heat. You’re a professional athlete and you should have no problem finishing a 5K run.  If you have to, walk it, just walk it.

In defense of Serena she did admit to taking a taxi in a facebook post later in the day but she didn’t say that it was due to injury, and she said she would finish the race next year. Her sister Venus also ran and she did finish. Kudo’s to her for owning up to the taxi ride but I still think she should have finished the race and I’m disappointed in her.  C’mon, this is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the year!

What do you think, should Serena have finished the race?

I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Well, technically I didn’t go anywhere but I’ve been MIA for a few days.

You may remember that my Mom has been in town and since she was leaving this morning I wanted to spend as much time as possible with her, hence my little disappearance.

And now, we have some catching up to do.

Me and the TurkeyOn Thanksgiving morning I ran the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot. I ran the first 5K which I believe is called the wingding or something like that. It was supposed to be the more competitive race and the fun run, (which was later in the morning), was supposed to be for the walkers, strollers, dogs, etc.

I got to the starting line about 4 minutes late and so I didn’t start with any of the competitive runners, I was behind mostly kids and walkers. I didn’t really mind because there are 10’s of thousands of runners in the Turkey Trot every year and unless you are an elite or start at the front of the pack, you most likely start a bit late and get crammed behind other runners or walkers, regardless of which race you run.

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That’s me, in Orange.

Or, as in my case, you might have to pee before the race and spend a bit too much time in the port-a-potty line which means you get to the starting line late, oops.

Turkey Trot 2015

Where’s the turkey, Get me the turkey!

I don’t really know what the clock time was but according to my Garmin I finished in around 29:10 which surprised the heck out of me because it was really congested and there were quite a few times when I had to walk or slow way down until I could get through the crowd. I wasn’t trying to PR or anything though, I was just trying to finish and get home to the Turkey and the Apple Pie because seriously, Thanksgiving!

my first apple pie

Yes, friends that is the very first homemade apple pie I have ever made and it was delicious.  I also autographed it for your viewing pleasure.

We had some very good friends over for Thanksgiving dinner and we all had a wonderful time.  It was a beautiful day and I sure am lucky that I got to spend my Thanksgiving doing something I love first thing in the morning, and spending time with the people that I love in the afternoon.  I am so grateful.

Around 7:30 Thanksgiving evening our friends went home and mom decided that we should go shopping. Y’all should know by now that I cave every year and that’s exactly what happened.

Power shopping

The only way to power shop is in your blue chucks!

We hit up Wal-Mart, Target and a few other places, mostly with disappointing results. That’s why we had to get up Friday morning and head out again, for the entire day.. because, well, Black Friday y’all!  In case you’re wondering, we fared much better that day.

And, after a full day and a half of shopping, I was pooped!

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I managed to make some time during all that shopping to make these two wreaths, one for my sister and the other one for mom.

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We were sick of department stores by Saturday, (that may or may not be a little white lie), so mom and I went to the annual community garage sales in Indian Rocks Beach.

I will go into more detail about that later this week when I’ll be able to share some real proof that solidifies mom and I are the most prolific, capable and die hard shoppers on the planet, trust.  I should have that proof by Friday…seriously.  Make sure you come back.

Yesterday, MacGyver went hunting and so mom and I decided to spend the last day together decorating my house. We managed to get a little bit done but with over 14 boxes of decorations in the upper level of my garage, it’s a week long process.  There was also the matter of the tree, I decided to go get one after my run on Sunday morning but since MacGyver had my SUV we had to take mom’s car.

We channeled our best Griswold’s impersonation.

We are NOT the Griswold's.

How’d we do?

We got the tree home unscathed.  Mom’s car was fine too.

Unfortunately it took me 4 and a half hours to get the thing balanced in the damn tree stand so I haven’t decorated it yet. Hopefully, I’ll get it done before Christmas although it looks pretty good just being a tree in my living room and I could always decorate it with receipts and then I wouldn’t have to dig through 14 boxes of decorations.

shopping addicts unite.

And that brings us to this morning. Mom left around 8am and I’ve been tending to some business things and such ever since.  No running for me this morning but I’ll be back at it tomorrow.  I’m taking a little break for the day, from running, not shopping.  It IS Cyber Monday you know!

So, tell me, how was your holiday?
What did you do over the weekend?

An inspirational journey of 5K’s

Have y’all heard the Derek Mitchell Story?

The Derek Mithell Story

This is Derek Mitchell

At 34, Derek had reached 570 pounds and decided it was time to make a change. Five years prior he had been diagnosed with a prolactinoma, a benign tumor of the pituitary gland that blocks testosterone production and secretes prolactin. It contributed to his weight gain and also prohibited his body from entering puberty.

While Derek now takes medication to shrink the tumor as well as testosterone replacement, he has also made major life changes by developing healthier eating habits but Derek soon realized that diet alone was not going to get him to his goal.

His sister, a marathon runner, inspired him to finish a 5K every month til the end of the year.  He started in March and to date Derek has completed three 5K’s and he has set a new PR every time!

You can read all about Derek here on his facebook page. I am seriously rooting for this guy. And if you are in a position to help, Derek also has a gofundme page to help with his 5K entry fees and medical expenses.

I’d like to show Derek some support from the running community so if you get the chance, visit his facebook page and give him a shout out.

As for running, I’m continuing my streak on the treadmill. With temperatures nearing the mid 90’s and serious humidity, I’d rather deal with the boredom of the treadmill than a heat stroke.

hot weather
And I don’t know if this is the technical term but I think I get heat stupid when it’s so hot. I just can’t focus and I make more mistakes than usual, if that’s even possible.

Case in point, yesterday I almost chucked my car key into Tampa Bay because no matter how hard I tried, I could not open my car door. The stupid button wasn’t working and not even the key itself would work. Thankfully, the actual owner of the car showed up and saved me from having to take an unnecessary swim. It still took me over 15 minutes to locate MY car but hey, at least I’m consistent and staying true to the shit show.

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So, who has been an inspiration to you lately?
How often do you lose your car keys? How about your car?
Is it hot where you live right now?