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June 18, 2010

Too Nice For My Own Good

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Ever read that book? Alexander and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day? (or something like that).  Well that’s how my Thursday went.

Or I shouldn’t really say that because nothing went totally bad.  Just everything was off enough to put me in a bad mood.  I was pissed off enough to skip a Celtics viewing party and watch the game wrapped up under my covers.  Which made it even sadder because they lost.  Boo.

I’m not going to recap the whole day (who wants to read about all complain-y-ness?) but I do want to share more about this whole mentoring thing because I’m not quite sure what I’m getting myself into anymore.

Oh no.  Yup. She’s a helicopter parent.  That woman stopped me again (this is time #3 in 4 days and would have been #4 if I hadn’t blown right by her on one of my Wednesday runs). It’s getting to the point where I want to change my running routine in terms of timing or routes.

Now, I don’t have anything against meeting with her daughter and doing the whole “exposure to running” thing but this mom is effing crazy.  Every time she stops me it’s a 15+ minute conversation because I’m too GD nice to do anything.  I do eventually sneak a peak at my watch and she gets the hint but UGH.  And I really do want to give her daughter a chance.  I know that if I were judged by my parents….well let’s just say I would never want that to happen.

What made me really uncomfortable, however, was the fact that she mentioned paying me.  On one hand, I’m like “effing take it MM!” because I’m really effing poor.  But I think that I’m going to end up declining (too GD nice again) because I think it would make any sort of contact with the girl awkward.  Like, your mom is paying me for this.  Not what I want and it makes me more coach than role model.  But still, not going to lie: the appeal of the money is soooooooooo tempting.

She asked me for my number, which I expected her to do eventually, and said that SHE’D call me.  Not the girl.  Her.  I hinted at the fact that the girl should call me to chat but I’m clearly not an aggressive person and I’m awkward so who knows what will happen. I gave her my family landline and have taped a sticky to the phone that if she calls to take her fill name and number (because, while I know the girl’s name, I do not know hers…or her last name. Sketch) but DO NOT GIVE OUT MY CELL.  I even wrote “she’s effing crazy”  on the note.  Probably the smartest thing I’ve done.

Again, I still really do want to meet with the girl.  Crazy parent aside I think that all young girls (and boys) should have as many different types of people in their lives and diversity to expose them to many ideas and, like Rebecca said, instill passion.  Yes that might sound idealistic but running can be a vehicle for many different things (hello my life!). And even if she doesn’t want to commit to anything ever running wise in her life I think that it’ll be fun and nice for her.  Hell I wish I had SOMEONE to look up to growing up.  Someone that I could be like “I want to be like you in X number of years”

Whew that was one long rant-y thing hahah. Moving along…

Anyway the rest of my day was filled with the random annoyances: not enough time to do things, taking 2 hours to drive to my class which is 18 miles away thus being an hour late (!), running out of gas on I-95 (major highway) and slicing open my finger with a can while making dinner.  Fun stuff let me assure you.

But regardless of the other stuff in my day I did get a good run in.  Despite the 21 mile epic-ness of Wednesday (which thanks for all the positive comments.  As much as it felt great to do it it definitely won’t be any sore of regular occurrence! But I like knowing that I can do it 🙂 )I woke up feeling good.  The legs were a touch sore but, if I remember correctly, I’ve never been really sore after my LRs.  I was a bit extra tired and groggy Thursday morning but I’m blaming that on the accumulated sleep debt I’m in as my days get longer with studying. I mean I could do stuff like stretch, ice and foam roll buttttttt….enough said there 😉

The run was on-par with what I’ve been doing lately in terms of pacing which made me happy.  The first mile was very rough and sluggish and junk.  But that’s also on par with what I’ve been doing lately.  Strong finish? Yup that too.

Well maybe not a 100% finish strong.  From ~50% – 75% of the way through the run my legs were tired.  I don’t think my pace changed at all, at in the end even if it did the effect wasn’t great on the overall pace, but I just noticed them more.  They were *there*.  But of course I had run 21 freaking miles the day before.  And with that final quarter kick I’m willing to forgive my legs for the mishap 😉

Because it’s so much fun to finish strong.  Seriously.  It’s like, what now? I’m powerful. I’m fierce. Bring it life.

I effing LOVE Tyra. Well I guess it's more love/hate hah

And then sometimes, in the case of Thursday, life does bring it 😛

But the weekend is looking good:

  • Friday (today I guess) is my bro (K5)’s birthday.  (I suppose this is a double edged sword because Saturday night he’s having 5 friends sleep over.  Did I mention that he’s 14? UGH. ) And I’ve already gotten in a strong lifting session.  Sure because my body is still a little “off” (aka sleep deprived) I lowered the weights a bit — just by one dumbbell thingy — and I felt really good with it and my muscles felt that burning-but-not-dying feeling.  And I plan on getting a good 6-7 miler in later.  The temps are rising so it’ll be time to head out in a sports bra and work some more on that tan (SO BAD I know!)
  • Saturday I’m running with Jess while she’s in Boston.  The weather is suppose to be VERY nice and SUMMER.  I’m really excited to meet her! She’s taking a fun trip here and she’ll also be very likely kicking my booty in a major way when we run.  I’m secretly hoping that my usual buddy-MO pops up: faster = easier but who knows.  It’ll be fun regardless.

Sure I’ll also be studying mucho but it’s very hard to be in a pissy mood when good things are happening.

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