Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I'm Baaaack...and I got Lost!

Did ya miss me??  Probably not but I'll act like you did!!!  :) 

I don't know how people travel regularly for business, I was just plain exhausted after three days of it and couldn't take anymore.  Saturday I was about as lazy as one could be in a day.  I did about 3 or 4 loads of laundry and that was way too productive for me. 

Backing tracking some...I was in Washington DC last week for a conference.  Love that city but didn't get to really get out and check anything out much. 

Here's a few pictures from my trip. 

Capital Building - About as good as my "site seeing" got

being lazy in the hotel room the only night I got a chance to be

Lincoln Memorial on our way to the airport

 We stayed at the Embassy Suites and I was very impressed.  I had my own room all to myself and loved that...felt like a queen for the few moments I was in the room.  Although I was severely disappointed in the cell phone reception in the rooms and lobby of the hotel.  You would think being in downtown DC you would be able to get a cell phone signal but I had no luck. 
Bathroom - obviously

Living Room

I would definitely stay in an Embassy Suites again though, the breakfast in the morning was AMAZING.  You could order anything you wanted and they made it for you!  Omelet with totamos and onions please! 
Also in the evening they had a free happy hour with snacks and this wasn't just a cheap happy hour.  My co-workers loved this part and thought it was amazing...I rarely ever drink so I wasn't as thrilled, I just kept wanting to go back to my room to relax.  Hello LAMO! 
I did run on the treadmill at the gym of the hotel both mornings and I have decided that I absolutely HATE running on a treadmill and totally get why people call it the dreadmill!  I pushed to 3 miles the first day and it seemed like it took an hour and the second day I did 2 miles and said screw it.  I was bored out of my mind and hated feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere.  Kudos to those of you who run on a treadmill regularly, I'll stick to running outside! 
Saturday morning I had breakfast with this cutie patootie

We missed each other just a little bit. 
Sunday I scheduled to do my 4 mile run and I was dreading it.  I didn't eat the best while I was gone and just knew it was going to effect my run.  I was still in my "I want to be lazy mode...I'm so tired and mentally drained" that I knew it was going to be a rough one. 

weather - not as cool out as I had hoped it would be
So I dropped Miss H off at religion class and I headed out.  Pretty much kicking and screaming like a 2 year old but I started my runKeeper app and went out.  And I was moving slow and I was tight! 

I got to a stop light and turned left and was waiting and waiting for my GPS to tell me I had hit 1 mile and it seemed like it was never going to!  I finally got to another stop light and I needed to stop.  I was fighting myself mentally and physically and I was only 1.5 miles in.  It was going to be a loooooong 4 miles. 

Started up again and felt tired immediately and felt like I needed another break but I didn't let myself and kept going a few more blocks and hit mile 2.  Thought about turning around and then I would know exactly how much further I had to go but the thought of going back on that awful section of my run was just not making me anymore excited and so I kept the path I was going. 

I turned into the newer section of a neighbor and knew that I was going to need to make up a mile in that neighborhood because if I finished the block I normally do it was just 3 miles and I DID NOT want to have to continue past the church I started at and to have to keep going to hit 4 miles. 

Well...let me just say that I got lost in the damn neighborhood!  I passed a street and saw another one ahead and I thought ok I'll head up to that street and then just go around the block...well I never found that block so I could loop back.  I kept thinking "seriously I've gotta see that street somewhere" and at one point I could see pretty far ahead of me and there was no street in sight for me to be able to turn right like I needed to be and cutting through people's yards didn't seem like the right thing to do.  So I turned around and I totally lost my sense of direction.  I only had an hour to do this 4 mile run and I was coming up on only having 20 minutes or so left to get back in time and I started to slightly freak out. 

I am not someone who really gets lost.  I just have a really good sense of direction normally and can figure it out with no problems but this time I definitely got lost.  Thank goodness I had my phone on me and could look at a map to see where I was and where I needed to be but of course it wasn't exactly right and I just started running and hoping I would find something that was familiar and sure enough about half mile I found where I was and was able to get back to the church in time to get Miss H. 

I ran around 4.5 miles. 

This is off some because I forgot to start my app up again after I had stopped to figure out where I was. 

The good news is that I was able to run the 4 miles and I actually did get to a point even after 2.5 miles of the most painful draining run, it actually got easier and once I hit 3 miles I felt really good and probably could have done 5 miles.  Which really made me feel confident knowing that the Turkey Trot is only 10 days away!!! 

I also took my first ice bath this weekend after my run.  I was sore.  My inner hip was killing me.  The ice bath was heaven and wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it felt amazing after 4 miles! 

This week...my plan is to run 3.5-4 miles twice and then on Sunday do 4.5 miles.  Then taper and rest before the big day!!  I'm getting excited and nervous for it!!

So admit it...have you ever gotten lost on a run?? 
Tell me I'm not the only one!!

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