This weekend seemed like it was really disjointed and choppy! Friday night the headache that plagued me all week went supernova and I couldn’t do anything but lay on the sofa and wimper. During the night I had an epiphany that maybe I have a sinus infection so I took a decongestant and an advil and was provided with enough relief that I’ve diagnosed myself with it. I used to get them alllll the time when I was a smoker; it’s been so long since I’ve had one that it didn’t even cross my mind. I slept for 12.5 hours Friday night and when I finally woke up on Saturday morning, Ray was gone to do some errands and I spent a couple hours back on the couch with my coffee before he came home and we took Gracie for a good (slow) 5km walk. It was such a gorgeous day and getting that bit of fresh air was so nice! I did a bit of cooking on Saturday afternoon, took another nap and then we went to Ray’s daughter’s for a family dinner. She made spaghetti and meat sauce but was sweet enough to cook a spaghetti squash for me. That whole relationship has come an amazingly long way, I’m so grateful for where we are today!
Sunday morning I was up bright and early and in the car, driving through immensely thick fog to get to my sister’s house for our 5km event.
We were very excited about our run. The distance wasn’t too far, completely achievable, and our plan was to do it together from start to finish. We were reminiscing about the two that we had done previously, one in March 2008 that was my first organized event ever (I was so nervous I couldn’t even smile for the pics) and the second one was in July of that year and it was so hot and I was so hung-over that I nearly passed out halfway through the course from dehydration. And…..this time I had a severe sinus infection. Grrreat.
We were not to be deterred though, the horn finally sounded after an hour standing around in the freezing fog and we were off! We kept a good pace through the first half, stopped just after the 2.5km mark for about 30 seconds for a sip of water and then pushed it back to the end. We finished strong, sprinting our way across the finish line holding hands; wish there was a picture of that!
We finished pretty much smack dab in the middle of the pack as a whole and in the middle of our female age group. Our official times were 34:36.9 and 34.37.4. I’m extremely happy with that, it’s my fastest 5k (which, according to my GPS was actually 5.25k) and was achieved with no outdoor run training, mainly just cardio conditioning on the treadmill a bit and the rowing machine for the most part. I have to decide now if I want to train outside on hills and roads in order to see if I can place in the top 10 in March. Right now I don’t really give a rip….but after my legs stop hurting I might consider giving it a shot!
Saturday was also, sadly, the one year anniversary that our foster puppy, Snoopy, passed away. For those of you who don’t know, Snoopy came to us as a foster and we’d pretty much planned to adopt him. He was an 8 month old boxer puppy, a sweet little redhead, full of fire and love. I wrote this post: http://darcycanaday.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-snoopy-saga/ when he started to get sick, even reading back on it is hard, that was such a hard couple of weeks, the stress & sadness from that really threw us for a loop at the beginning of last year. Here’s the post I wrote when he passed away: http://darcycanaday.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/rip-snoop/
In order to not end this post on a sad note, I’ve included a bunch of photos from yesterday as well as my Century chart which I am over 1/3 of the way complete. Today is the quarter way mark and if things keep on at this same pace, I will happily reach my 100km goal and book my foot reflexology appointment!
Good job! It’s cool to run with your sister.
That it is, we had a really good time!
I feel cold just looking at those pics! Good for you two for doing that and what a nice sister bonding thing to do!
Sad to remember the anniversary of Snoopy’s passing. I remember how much that gutted you and then a whirlwind of other bullshit ensued and boy, oh, boy… not a good start to the year. Glad you are in a much better, happier place this year.
Thanks Tara, it was a really fun bonding thing, while we have done it before in the past, this was totally different!
Ach….Snoopy….still mucks up my insides when I think of him and his suffering. Even though we only had him for such a short time, we still often miss him and wish he had stayed as part of our family. Meh. Poor puppy.
I am so grateful for January 2014 and the path that it’s taking. It’s been a good amount of work to make sure it stays on the rails and I’ve superimposed the feeling of control and content overtop of the mild depression and anxiety that tries to peek through. Seems to be working so far!