- Thursday Jul 10, 2008
I am still a little tired today but I can feel that I am slowly returning to normal. By the time the weekend comes around, I should be feeling a lot better.
We had our skills night last night in slo-pitch. I worked most of the night, but managed to take time out to enter into two different events. The first event was a throwing relay, where four of us threw to each other up and down the length of the field. The fastest team won. Our team ended up taking third place because of a few mis-throws. One of them thanks to me... :)oops. The second event I entered was the longest hit in the female division. This time I slid into first place by a skin-hair and won 18 holes of golf at our hometown golf course, which is a pretty nice course. Got home around 10pm (which is WAY better than previous years; i.e. 11:30pm, 12:30am, etc), had something to eat because I didn't get anything in for dinner, and went to bed. Not the greatest of habits to get into, but fortunately i'm usually hungry around 5pm and would never last until 10pm on a daily basis!!
Tonight I should be able to get outside for a run. No fastball. Only some paperwork to do for my grandmother, so I could probably take a time out to walk\run for a while. No excuses, right?!!!
:) Have a great day everyone!
- Wednesday Jul 09, 2008
I forgot that I was going to weigh myself this month, but I don't really think i've done anything worth getting weighed over. So i'm not going to. I just don't think I can handle the disappointment!
Slo-pitch skills night is tonight. This is an evening of fun and competition between individuals and teams. We enter contests such as longest hit, hardest throw, pitching accuracy, etc and there are also fun games like egg toss, three-legged race and a hot dog eating contest. I won't get as much exercise as usual, so i'll have to try and make up for it during the remainder of this week. I haven't done a lot of running in the last couple of weeks due to the increase in slo-pitch duties and other trip-related responsibilities. I need to get back on the ball with this as well, as the race is in August and I really have a long ways yet to go - as you could probably tell just by reading my first sentence!
The trip to see my brother went quite smoothly, although it was very tiring and going straight back to work may have been an oversight on my part. Oh well. I was okay yesterday, but am pretty tired today, even with a full night's rest. Hopefully tomorrow my head-fog will clear. I am probably not even making any sense, but am too lazy to re-read anything i've just written so you'll have to bear with me, please!
So, slo-pitch tonight, walk/run combo tomorrow night unless my boyfriend has yet another fastball game. I might throw up if he does. Too much fastball!!! Too much!
- Thursday Jul 03, 2008
I am still doing alright with TOM, very surprising that I haven't had that much pain at all yet. Mostly just a lot of pressure on my back and some throbbing of the stomach muscles. We are leaving on a long trip tonight to see my brother for his birthday - about 20 hours of driving, one way. We have three drivers though, so that will help a bit. I am looking forward to the excursion, believe it or not, I love road trips - I only hope my back and knees hold out for that long!!! :):)
Last night's slo-pitch game was really good. I managed an in-the-park home run because of the other team's errors (there was an overthrow to home plate) and i'm very happy about that because in all seriousness, my hit should have been caught. I was on the ball though, and all my other hits were pretty good. I also managed to catch a couple of balls in the field and playing first base. A little running gave me a bit of a reality check yesterday, showing how much inactivity i've been doing lately, sitting on my butt and watching fastball instead of doing something that might actually burn a few more calories. I need to get on that, but i'm in laze-mode right now and things are just too darn swamped and overwhelming when i'm in laze-mode! I need to pack after work today, and clean my runners (and a few hundred other things), then go to my boyfriend's fastball game, then we're off for the 20 hour drive.
I probably won't get back on here until next week, Tuesday or Wednesday, so have yourselves an awesome weekend, Happy Independence Day (July 4th) USA!!!
- Wednesday Jul 02, 2008
Well, we didn't get the amount we would have needed to put an offer on the acreage. It seems that because of my boyfriend's career choice, we are not a stable enough unit. We can still get a mortgage, just not for the high amount we were asking for. So we'll look around - I still think SOMEthing is better than NOthing, and it's an opportune time to have something that might make us some money in the long run. Who knows, but I think it's worth a try.
Back to work today, yesterday was spent watching fastball and getting a windburn :). I received my period yesterday morning as well, while I was out at the ballfield, miles from home. So that was fun, but at least I had my Advil with me! I had a long and interrupted night last night, and am thoroughly tired today but will persevere and get through it somehow. I can feel a lot of pressure in my stomach and lower back, but the real pain has not started yet (that will probably come tonight or tomorrow) and I am grateful for the bit of reprieve during the working hours. Hopefully it will stay this way for the remainder of the day.
Slo-pitch tonight, although I may not be playing depending on how sick I could still get...
- Saturday Jun 28, 2008
Well we decided to phone the owners of that acreage I mentioned, and went out there to look at it this afternoon. It's really a beautiful area and I can now see why they're asking the price I initially thought was outrageous. We are going to talk to the bank hopefully this week and see what we can get for a mortgage, if it's even possible for us right now. If we can pull something off (nothing short of a miracle), we'll put in an offer before our trip to see my brother, and see what they counter-offer us.
My holidays are almost up, one more day then back to the grind. Thankfully, Tuesday is Canada Day so I will be off work, then i'll need some time off for our bank appointment, and THEN I need friday off. And the following monday. I'll be working three days this week, possibly two and a half depending on how long the bank keeps us there. I feel a little bad about that, but I have to get over it. Life is not all about working.
- Thursday Jun 26, 2008
I just took my car into the dealership to get fixed. The "Check Engine Light" came on yesterday and it's been on ever since. I really do hope that it isn't major, because we are conserving every ounce of extra money we can to go and see my brother in July for his birthday. I would be crushed if we had to cancel on them in order to pay for the repairs. Holy tangent. Anyways, I walked home from the dealership, about a half an hour's walk. It's really hot out today!
My boyfriend and I looked at an acreage yesterday, one that I found online near our city. They are asking an outrageous price, but we are going through an economic boom at the moment and everything is being bought up - people are making mucho money over here! We haven't any money to invest in constructing homes or 'flipping' old ones, but if we did that's exactly what i'd be doing. Anyways, it's a nice enough acreage, bungalow house that probably needs some repair, deck, hot tub, double garage, shop and quonset. The yard is well maintained, too, with flowers, shrubs, a hydrant in the middle for easy watering (!!), a well and a nice entry lane. It is perfect for what we are looking for, just way too pricey. It's a shame, because then my boyfriend's younger brother could buy our house for himself and get started in life - right now he is still living with mom and dad and I don't think he's too happy about it!
I plan to finish laundry today, right now i'm working on the bedroom linens and after that I think i'm going to call it quits for a bit. I can't believe I had this much to do! We really need to go through our clothes and ship some off to the store in town that's like an army and navy but is called something that I can't remember right now so am not going to even try to think of. Sorry if that sentence was too long for everyone...
I need to take the dogs for a walk also. We managed to make an appearance at the slo-pitch BBQ last night in leiu of walking the dogs because I promised my boyfriend I would walk them today. So I must do that.
Have a good day everyone!
- Wednesday Jun 25, 2008
I guilted myself into running on Saturday at 2:00 in the afternoon, amidst rotting heat and mega mosquitoes and steam rising up from the roads. Serious!! Okay, maybe i'm exaggerating a little...
I walked the first 1k because I thought it would be beneficial in warming me up and providing me with the sustainability to manage 5k that day. After the 1k "warm-up", I was sweating profusely and swearing at just about anything that crossed my path. Thankfully, there were no passerby, only the blowing grass and a scurrying gopher here and there. So they got an earful. At 2k, I stopped for a break because I was overheating and it just was too hot for me. I contemplated turning around and walking home, making it a total of 4k instead of the prearranged 5k. Instead I crawled on, unable to see myself living with the failure of not even making it 5 kilometers. On I ran, diligently, shuffling through whatever mental anguish I could put myself through. At 3k I again stopped, this time I was certain there would be no more running for me. I admitted defeat and walked the rest of the 5k home (actually, it was closer to 6k, but who's counting?!) and once I was home was quite proud of myself for actually sticking it out and working through my disappointment in myself.
I guess we have good days and bad days.
Sunday I went shopping and got locked out of the house. Don't tell, but I know how to break into my house and had to do so on Sunday since my boyfriend was away playing fastball. Anyways, it left me with scrapes and bruises all along both my forearms, and a VERY tight and sore abdominal area for the next two days! When my boyfriend got home, we took the dogs for a walk.
Monday I was on holidays!!! I did lots of cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, etc. and I got my legs waxed FINALLY. I went to watch my boyfriend's fastball game, and when we got home we took the dogs for a walk.
Tuesday I was on holidays!!! I did lots of cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, etc. and that took me almost the ENTIRE day. My boyfriend and I went for supper when he got home, then we took the dogs for another walk. Our walks are approximately 4 to 5k long.
Wendesday I am on holidays!!! I am STILL doing laundry (this has got to be the 30th load), but managed to squeeze in a doctor's appointment this morning for an upper abdominal ultrasound. FINALLY. My boyfriend has a fastball game tonight that I will probably go and watch. My slo-pitch team is having a BBQ today, but I don't think i'll make it.
Thursday I am on holidays!!! I have to take my car in to get fixed (oh, I think it's going to cost me an arm and a leg... anyone want to donate to my cause? "Legcramps Needs to Get Around Town Using Things Besides her Feet, cause She is Lazy and Has Nothing Funny to Say") If it's nice I want to drive to the lake and sun-tan.
Friday I am on holidays!!! Nothing planned yet for friday... yippee, will it be an ACTUAL day off???! Can't wait!
- Friday Jun 20, 2008
Well, crappity crap crap crappay...
Of course, that means I did NOT run yesterday or today or at all since Tuesday. OOOOhhh, crappy crappy. I can sure piss myself off sometimes, you know? We did take the dogs for a walk though. I was all geared up ready to run, but we had just eaten hot dogs for supper and I could feel the mixture of whole wheat buns and hot dog meat choking my chest in an attempt to give me a bad case of heartburn. I just couldn't make myself run, no matter how much I tried. Plus, I was breathing heavily just from walking up a short incline. I was in no mood for running yesterday, lemme tell 'ya. I think i'm lucky I didn't physically hurt anyone yesterday because of my mood, to be completely honest with you. Yesterday, the word crappity crap crappay meant a few different things to me; it described my effort at running, my mood, the unfortunate series of events that happened upon a friend of mine... I think I summed it up when I said to her: "Just when you think you're rising up out of that big tub of sh!t, someone else sh!ts all over you again". Please 'scuse my french, but it is sometimes very true and although it's very unfortunate it's a part of life that we all have to endure at some point in time. Doesn't mean it ain't crappy.
I'm busy today shovelling all that crap back into the lagoon...
- Thursday Jun 19, 2008
I'm pretty sure that I died at some point during the two slo-pitch games I played yesterday. Somewhere in there, maybe after the first inning of the first game. It was so humid and hot! I love the warm weather, I would just have rather sat around watching ball instead of actually having to move. I outplayed myself though, hitting some pretty good line drives and... well... that's about all I did. But that's okay, I managed to race around the field a few times and drink what felt like about 6 gallons of water. I was in and out of the bathroom all night :)
My boyfriend and I even took the dogs for a walk after we got home, he from his fastball game and I from my slo-pitch games. The dogs were happy. I was not. Halfway from home I decided I HAD to go to the bathroom again. I somehow managed to make it home, but it made for a VERY uncomfortable walk!
I am supposed to run again today. I hope I manage to get out there. It's warm and windy, but i'll take that over a cold wind. Should be a nice day today. Then one more day (Friday) and i'm on holidays for a week. I. Can't. Wait.
- Wednesday Jun 18, 2008
Sometimes life walks by you and just when you think they're long past they turn around and smack you in the face. And sometimes it's totally the opposite and you end up wondering why you weren't woken up by a good smack in the face because you're pretty sure you needed one. Yesterday, life smacked me in the face. But it's okay, because now i'm awake, see, and not floating through life half-asleep. Anyhoo.
After work yesterday I got home and figured it would be raining later on and that I wouldn't be able to run. It put me into a bit of a bad mood, and to make matters worse my boyfriend had *stuff* to do and didn't want to eat yet(he had just finished a piping hot bag of popcorn just before I got home). I found myself something to eat, then when he wanted to walk the dogs I bowed out, pleading exhaustion. Yes, I really thought I was exhausted. I was going through a certain amount of mental anguish in having made my decision to NOT run, and I didn't even feel like walking the dogs anymore. Nevermind the fact that it had still not yet started to rain as I had initially predicted.
In an attempt to soothe my battered mind, I took a relaxing bath and read Runner's World. Well, that just made me feel even worse about not doing anything, so soon after I picked up the magazine I quickly put it back down. I decided during that bathtime that I would wake up early the next morning and go for a run, to make up for my procrastination (or some other word that is much more cruel) of today.
When my boyfriend returned from walking the dogs, he advised me that he was going to visit a friend of his. My immediate reaction was anger due to the fact that he would now interrupt my slumber upon his return to the house. Then I thought: 'Self, why don't you use this anger as a driving force in getting you outside for that run you keep fretting about?'. And so I did. I had already taken a bath, but I changed into workout clothes, put my runners on, filled my water bottle and headed out the door. I was gone for an hour.
The start of my run went well - I had warmed up in a decent amount of time and was ready to start running. I had a quick stop halfway to the halfway point (lol) where I managed to swallow down a few drops of water - the rest of course running down my chin onto my shirt. I will never take a water bottle with me again. Once I was turned around and heading back the way I came, I went through a bitter mental argument. My body wanted to stop. My brain would not allow it. I would push through for a few meters and it would happen again. The fight between my body and brain continued during the middle stretch of my run, when finally I found myself near the end of the run and all the whining inside my head just suddenly stopped and I could run in silence. Granted, I had a few walk stops during this time, but was quite amazed at how I kept running after a quick walk break. I checked my time on the computer once I got home, and realized that during the time my body was fighting with my mind, I was running my fastest pace of the entire run - at just under 6 minutes per kilometer.
Today is slo-pitch and it's hot and humid out there. We have two games tonight, so i'm sure i'll be falling into bed afterwards...