Friday, September 28, 2012

TOT Time

After many months of waiting and training, the  runDisney Tower of Terror 10 mile run is finally here. I've been a knotted mess of anxiety all week. Mostly about my ability to stay awake. K1 has a Cross Country meet tomorrow morning and we have to be there at 7 am. Then we will hop in the car and head to Orlando, check in the hotel, and then shoot over to the Sports Complex to pick up my bib (yes!). Disney's race bibs are almost as cool as the medals.
I'm not sure if we will go to a park or just hang at the pool for the rest of the day. My race doesn't start until 10 pm. It's going to be a long day. Sleeping in the middle of the day isn't easy for me, so I'm really anxious over not being rested enough. With my thyroid disorder, taking any type of "stay awake" pills can really set my heart to racing, so that won't work either. I'm still nervous about being able to complete the whole race since I still have not completed a full 10 miles in training. Hopefully the adrenaline will kick in and keep me going. 
Last weekend I cut back and only ran 4.5 miles. I thought, briefly, about trying for at least 9, but I started to feel a little pain in my hips and knees and decided it would be better to stop pushing myself and get some good stretching in. The rest of the week I have just been running everyday for 20-30 minutes to keep myself in check. At this point, I don't think I could do any more to train and just needed to focus on not injuring myself. My asthma has been more under control this week than it has in years so I'm feeling really good about that.
I think my family is going to go to the Sports Complex to see me at the 6.5 mile mark. K1 was going to come to the after party and see me cross the finish line, but when I went to buy her ticket it was sold out. So, I guess I'll have to look for Mickey Mouse to cheer me in. The debate now is if I want to run with my little camera or not. There are always little photo ops along the Disney trail-ways. I'm not going to wear a costume like many others will. I think it will just aggravate me. The weather is still warm and I get overheated when I run anyway, so I don't need a costume rubbing me the wrong way and slowing me down. However, I'm not running for time, rather just to finish. Not that I want to be last, mind you, but I enjoy the races more when I just run for completion and fun rather than beating a certain time.

Well, this is it. No backing out now. All my forms are printed. My training is done. Only thing left for me to do is pack my bags - hope I don't forget anything - and give myself this birthday gift of completing a challenge. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's Football Time

A few weeks ago we went to the University of South Florida's opening game. Even though I have been employed by the University for 10 years, this was my first time to go to the game. We scored some cheap tickets from the hubby's co-worker who wasn't able to attend. We even took the kids along...maybe not such a great idea. We thought they would enjoy going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneer's stadium. It's pretty cool with the pirate ship at the one end zone.
 I think K2 like the cheerleaders - or least their cool boots.
Pre-show was treat of some SOCOM paratroopers. Very patriotic and exciting to watch.

Rocky the Bull deflated the poor Hooter's Owl. I'm not sure that was supposed to happen.
Oh yeah, there was football, too.
I have to say this about college football, there is definitely a lot more energy on the field.
And then you get the half-time show. Brought back a lot of memories from my high school and college days.
It was a good game with lots of junk food and fun times, even though it was hot. K1 even got into the game.
Ok, maybe next time we will leave the kids at home.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Busy Week

Do you ever get the feeling like you have been doing everything but achieving nothing? That has been my week in a nutshell. Let me give you a run down of what I have been through since my last post this prior Thursday.

Up at 5 AM to get K1 to the bus. Get to work at 7 AM. Busy day, but left early to get K1 from school and down to Ruskin, FL for first Cross Country meet. 
Lots of pictures and cheering and HOT! Kids ran out of water which made for an unhappy mom. Drove home - dinner finally at 9 PM. Crazy! K2 has friend over for sleepover. Giggling girls all night long.

Up around 6 AM. Make breakfast for the troops when they finally get up around 8 AM. Take K1 shopping for new running shoes. Of course, she has to stop at all the cool shops along the way. Lunch at IKEA and pick up new sheets for K1's bed. Laundry. Pick up ice for party and drive up to New Tampa. Party Time! Eh, it was pretty low key. No one got out of control. Left around 9 PM to get to bed for early morning 8.5 mile run. Hey, who let that 10-year-old in our bed? Wasn't me!

RAIN! Not just rain, downpour with lightening. No running for me. Back to New Tampa to take the fabulous HenPen (my friend's 5 year old son) to the movies. Stopped for lunch at Mel's Hot Dogs, but it was closed. Good thing we could get popcorn at the theater. Watched Paranorman, but proved to be too scary for HenPen so we played out in the lobby while K1 and Hubby finished movie. Played some arcade games - Duck! That kid has an arm on him which makes no skee ball area safe. Splashed in the rain puddles all the way back to the car to take HenPen home. Finished laundry, cleaned bathrooms, and graded papers while watching the Broncos on TV. Go Peyton!

Darn 5 AM alarm clock! K1 to bus, me to work. Teach class at 10:30 AM. Lunch meeting to develop revised course- because there just aren't enough hours in the day. K1 supposed to do drama audition, cancelled last minute. Got a 3 mile run in with K1 to make up for missed practice - worked on building her endurance. Holy cow it's hot and muggy out!

I seriously need to break that alarm clock. Not feeling rested and really getting fed up with the OLD bed. Need to get serious about picking a new mattress. Polling my Facebook friends proved to be humorous, but not really helpful. I think Ozzy and Harriet had the right idea because I don't think the hubby and I are ever going to agree. Picked K1 up at school and raced home because K2 scheduled for Safety Patrol induction which they decided to hold in conjunction with the PTA meeting...sneaky. It was a little emotional, especially when she was selected for an officer position. Time to celebrate. K2 picked CiCi's pizza. Gross. Her celebration, so I will deal with it.

Still not on speaking terms with my alarm clock. Want to call in dead, but I have class today. Not surprising, office is freezing. Have to go outside to thaw out before class so my students will be able to understand me without chattering teeth. Walked through the new garden outside of the library.
Nice! Weather is perfect. Met an old friend in town for a brief visit. Wished I could have stayed longer, but family calls. Need to go to the grocery store, but decided to go for a run instead. The weather rarely cooperates so I need to take advantage of it. Besides, this is my stress relief and is much better than eating. I'm sure I can find something to throw together. Decided not to focus on new mattress because now my computer is dead. I mean really dead. No power at all. Joy.


Facebook status says it all. Barely dragging myself into work, but was pleasantly greeted with a homemade energy bar from my fancy friend. Ah, yes. I need that reminder of why I love my job. She makes everything much easier to deal with. Hubby and K2 going to USF football game tonight. He won tickets...he's very lucky. He won Tiger Woods' car a few years ago. K2 has always loved posing for the camera LOL.
Notice that he didn't take me to the game. Wonder how long he'll be paying for that one? Took K1 out to dinner after CC practice. MMmmmm Lemon Grass Thai Kitchen! A little out of our way and at the worst traffic time, but so worth it. I love this place. Watched Les Miserables while she does homework and I catch up on emails. What do you know, my computer rose from the dead. I'm so confused.

Finally, it's Friday. Not that I can get too excited since I still have yet to go to the grocery store (has it really been two weeks?!?!) and K1 has a CC meet tomorrow morning. Yep, we have to be there at 7 am. So much for sleeping in. Sunday maybe? Nope, still need to get that 8.5-9 mile run in that I missed last weekend from the rain. Guess what the weather report says? You guessed it, rain. Well, that was my week at a glance. Seems like I was always going, but I sure don't remember getting a whole lot done. I still have a list a mile long. I hope your weekend is shaping up better than mine!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

TOT Training Week 23

I am now seeing why the number of weeks for training should be appropriate to the distance one is training for. Not a big deal, since I would be running regardless, but I have noticed my desire to complete my long runs has dwindled. Some of that could be due to weather. We seem to either have extreme heat and humidity or dangerous storms. The days are getting shorter which mean that I have less time in the evenings to run after I finish shuffling kids around to their school related activities. 

A little over a week ago, I became a little disheartened when I discovered that there won't be any public viewing areas. This means that unless my family purchases tickets ($42-$52) for the after party, they cannot see me run at any time during the race. My parents were planning on coming down from Georgia, but with that news they cancelled. So, it looks like I'm on my own. The good news is that I got a really good deal on the hotel and it includes a round of Disney Mini Golf for me and my family. We're just going to make the best of it.

Onto my training update. I wish I could post that I've improved my time by x amount of minutes, but the truth is, I haven't even paid attention to times. I'm so focused on getting to the 10 mile mark that everything else isn't even part of the picture. The weekend before last I made it up to just over 8 miles. I've started alternating weekends for long runs. K1 started her Cross Country season training and I have been running more with her, but at shorter distances. Somewhere along the way, my short runs have now become 3.1 miles when it used to be 1 to 1.5 miles.

Now for the big news....drum roll, please! I signed up for my first half-marathon. Yep! I even convinced my hubby to join me. It's in February, so the weather should be great. I figured now is the time since I'll have completed the 10 mile race. It's only 3 more miles so it shouldn't be a big deal. At least, that is what I'm telling myself now.

22 more days until the Twilight Zone 
Tower of Terror 10-miler!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012


I wanted to send out a quick update to all my readers. I know I have been mostly MIA, but I'm still around, I assure you. I was talked into taking on a second course this fall. I typically only teach, one since I work full-time, and I feel it's about all I can handle with everything else in my busy life. However, strange circumstances arose and here I am to save the day. Just call me "Underdog". Yes, I'm dating myself.
Anywho, now that classes are underway, I will only be posting once or twice a week for the remainder of the term. This is also putting a crimp in my "decrap mihouse" challenge, but I'll manage. Want to keep up with my new sporadic schedule? The best way is to subscribe to my blog via RSS feed, or email. You can find both over to the right. This way, when I post, you'll get an email delivered to you and you don't have to worry about missing something. Hang in there and we'll get through this I'm sure.