I’m Thinking Out Loud about my potential race this weekend; about whether or not it’s wise to do it. It won’t be decided today, not unless I wake up feeling a whole lot better than yesterday (doubtful, but you never know), but hey, it’s what I’m thinking about.
And I’ll never be number one. But still . . .
Couldn’t we just always have good health for a race? I suppose it just wouldn’t be racing if there weren’t mishaps (and you can peruse some of mine on Tuesday’s blog post).
To race or not to race?
That will actually be the title of my weekly wrap this week. I am spending a lot of time sucking down tea the last few days. Mr. Judy thought he was suffering from allergies last weekend . . . he was wrong, unless I’ve suddenly caught his allergies.
So there was the hilly 10k I was thinking of doing Saturday. The potentially hilly, rainy 10k. But I was going with friends, and Darlene would be there, and it’s been more than a month since we’ve managed to meet up.
Right now I am resting. A lot. And drinking lots of tea (Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat, Breathe Easy, and Cold Care PM, *all affiliate links). Not to mention taking oscillio (also an *affiliate link), because I also have a low grade temp and mild body aches so it seems more viral than cold.
Of course I have no idea how I’ll be feeling by the weekend yet.
And if I don’t race . . .
Then it’s a question of do I still do my long run. And do I meet at o’too early to run with the group, or sleep in a little bit and run solo (since I’d be running solo with the group anyway).
Again it just all depends on how I’m feeling. It’s a head cold/virus, so technically it’s okay to run, but I do feel like crap. I’m hoping a few days of rest and all that tea will rectify it enough to get a long run in.
And the last question would be do I keep to the 9 miles or shorten it up. Oh, and Monday we have to get to my parents, by the way, which will be a very long day. And did I mention it’s supposed to rain basically from yesterday through Monday?
Why am I in jail? (Bandit update)
One of the hard things about Bandit (and there are just many, many hard things) is all the time it takes letting both Lola and Bandit out, because Bandit can be iffy when they’re goig through a small place like a doorway.
So we got an xpen yesterday. That allows me to put Bandit into the xpen, let Lola out, and then either let Bandit out after she’s done her business or after I’ve let her back in the house.
It still takes more time, but it’s much less than getting Bandit into the bathroom so I can let Lola out, get Lola back into the house, and then let Bandit out.
It isn’t all bad news with Bandit. If you’re not following me on Instagram, you missed the short video I posted of Bandit giving Mr. Judy kisses. He’s actually quite good with us. Bandit and Lola have played together a bit without incident.
He still guards: his crate, the kitchen; he again more than growled when Gizmo walked by him while baby gated into the kitchen. But they walk by each other (with Bandit leashed) often with no incident.
Would he actually do something if he wasn’t on a leash or separated by a baby gate? I’m not ready to find out yet.
Does your dog ask to go out (to potty)?
All of my dogs I have had to learn to read the signs, and they’re subtle. They don’t really ask to go out (which is how I ended up cleaning out Bandit’s crate at 5:30 am one morning).
Of course I’ve only ever had small dogs. Thank God I don’t work — how the heck would they manage?
Do you thrive on competition?
My friend Mawli1 @ Mawli1’s Blog and I were “chatting” back and forth the other day about running, the need for speed (or not), and competition.
My parents raised me to be competitive — in pretty much anything I pursued. Not win at all costs competitive, but show up and do my best competitive.
It’s why I train hard and race. I don’t have a lot of areas in my life to be competitive, and although let’s face it, I’m never going to win awards running, I like trying my best and seeing the occasional improvement.
As I commented to her, at one point, improvement isn’t linear (you don’t just keep getting better and better). It could take a training cycle, several training cycles, or even years to reap the benefits of your training.
So you have to keep the faith and keep on reaching for those stars.
Mr. Judy made me chuckle
Hes’s going to hate that I shared this, but I just can’t help it (you may want to skip this one if you’re squeamish about doggy bodily functions).We were walking the dogs one morning. Lola had pooped. Bandit was getting all set to mark (pee) over her poop, and I was going to let him, when Mr. Judy cried don’t let him pee on that!
So I didn’t, but when I asked why not, he said because he had to pick it up.
Okay, you’re picking up dog poop with a plastic bag around your hand — does it really matter that there’s dog pee on top of there?
Every time I think I’m getting back on track . . .
. . . something happens. I was going to really concentrate on some strength training this summer. Then Bandit happened. Then I decided to start exploring Pahla B Fitness, and now I’m sick. Pretty darn sure that race isn’t happening.
I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
On the other hand, I did finally get started on the first season of Outlander and watched all of the previous night’s Olympics. I always know I’m sick when I lose my appetite!
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Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:
How important is blogging to you (see this blog post)?
What about competition — yea or nay?
What causes you to bail on a race?
I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her: