Monday, while driving to work, my check engine light started flashing. A little background here…my check engine light has been on forever…so the flashing is new and somewhat frightening. My car has been due for an oil change for quite a while now. I had decided on Monday afternoon that I would get up early on Tuesday and go to the mechanic right when they open, go back home, run, take a nap and then go to work for 16 hours. When I got home, I had changed my mind and decided I would just take the car on Monday, on my day off and that I would sleep in on Tuesday, so I set my alarm for 8:30am. So, Monday night I went to bed with the full intention of sleeping until about 9 (alarm goes off at 8:30, then I reset it for 9 before actually getting up). That was all well and good until I woke up Tuesday morning at 6:44am WIDE AWAKE. Ugh. I did my best to go back to sleep and then finally just relented and just reset the alarm for 7:30 and laid there and waited for it to go off. I got up, ate some egg salad on a whole wheat bagel, then headed for the mechanic.
At the mechanic, I told them I needed an oil change and a code check. They asked me if there were any specific fluids I needed topped off. I told him about the parking brake dash light coming on periodically and flashing and making an alarm at me. He then informed me that wasn’t indicated that just my brake fluid was low, but most likely that it was low because the pads where worn down significantly, thus causing the fluid to be low. So we went with the premium oil change because that included a tire rotation which would allow them to inspect the brakes. All done with the oil change and my brakes are in DESPERATE need of repair. And not just the pads. The rotors are warped and need to be turned (this is a mechanical term that is synonymous with “machined” or, in other words, means that they put it in a machine that evens out the surface) and also, because the fluid is now low, the system needs to be flushed and bled. All of this to the tune of $554 after labor and tax and such. Joy. I don’t have that kind of money just lying around. I wish I did, but I don’t. I applied for their franchise credit card and amazingly got approved for a $400 limit…so that helps…a LOT. I’ll take the car back in on Monday (I would have had them do it Tuesday morning, but it would have been cutting it close for me to make it to work on time), use the card for $400 of it and the owner said he’d let me bring in the remaining balance when I get paid later in the week. YAY!
Alright, so, back home shortly after 9am, so I get changed and ready for my run. I get on MapMyRun and set about creating a new 4 mile route. I didn’t want to run my current 4 mile loop because it’s boring. Haha. So, I created a new one that goes through a couple different neighborhoods, so it’s not boring and seems to go by faster. It was a well-planned route too because I had an overall average pace of 10:29 per mile! It’s pretty funny because when I checked the stats, miles 3 and 4 were exactly the same!
After the run, I showered and then got back in my sleep clothes, set my alarm for noon and laid down for an attempt at a nap. I kept waking myself up because I was snoring. Hooray sinus issues! Not. I finally managed to get to sleep and got a solid 20 minutes before the alarm went off and it was time to get ready for work.
Thursday was uneventful…just a severe lack of sleep for the amount of time I had been awake.
Yesterday, Friday, I was planning to get up by 9am and go for a 7 mile run. However…when the alarm went off, I felt not great…in fact, I made a noise similar to the groan of a zombie when the alarm went off. Haha. I opted to sleep in. When the alarm went off again a couple hours later, I felt much better and quite well rested. I showered and then got dressed and headed to Target to buy some frozen meals, hopefully mostly Indian food meals. I succeeded and was quite happy when I found a frozen meal of my absolute favorite Indian dish…well, sort of. It’s my favorite sauce: tikka masala. It’s my absolute favorite when it has lamb it in, this has chicken in it. I did get a lamb vindaloo meal as well and vindaloo is similar to tikka masala…just a little spicier. So, yea, I didn’t run yesterday morning. I partially regretted it. As I’ve mentioned now many, many times, I am no longer in the business of making up miles I’ve missed. But…7 miles. I’m having a hard time letting go of a 7 mile run, especially since I AM training for a half marathon again right now. I NEED my long runs in order to be properly trained. So, if IF I feel like it tomorrow morning, I will do that 7 mile run. I haven’t decided yet if it will be in addition to my 3 regular runs next week or if it will just take the place of one of my shorter runs for next week. That decision will be made as the week goes on.
Here’s what next week may or may not look like as far as exercise goes:
• Sunday – 7 mile run (?)
• Monday – 9 mile run
• Tuesday – gym, lower body
• Wednesday – run
• Thursday – run (?)
• Friday – sleep only
• Saturday – gym, upper body (run?)
There’s a question mark by Thursday’s run is that it may not be done at all…I have to pay bills and run errands that morning. Also, I put “run?” in parenthesis for Saturday because if I don’t run on Thursday, I might want to run on Saturday and if I do run on Saturday, it will just be a quick 2 miler right before my gym workout like I did last week. If I do that, I’m going to see if I can go faster than 19:22 minutes for the 2 miles.
I finished reading Stephanie Meyers’ The Host Friday night and started reading The Gunslinger by Stephen King. The Host was phenomenal. I now desperately want to see the movie. Monday, when I go in search of a used Russian dictionary and Russian phrase book (oh yes, did I tell you that I have decided I want to learn Russian? At least at a mildly conversational level, of coruse), I plan to see if I can find a used copy of The Host on DVD. Now, I’ve read The Gunslinger before. It’s the first book in The Dark Tower series. I’ve actually already read the first 4.5 books. Read them when I was with my ex-boyfriend 3-something years ago, but when we broke up he took the books with him and I just didn’t care about anything anymore at that point so I never went and bought the books for myself to finish the series. Between my friends Amanda and Vanessa, however, for my birthday and Christmas in December I received all 7 books in the series, so now I’m reading them and I’m going to read them all!
So, I’ve been rather “snacky” lately. I find that I frequently want to just eat and eat and eat and eat. It’s not that I’m hungry, because I’m usually not when I feel like this. So, it’s purely an emotional thing (cue the 90’s group Shakespeare’s Sister). I’ve really got to get a handle on this whole eating thing. It’s going to be the end of me if I don’t figure out a way to control it. I really, really want to be back below 180 by the time I leave to go to Oregon at the beginning of June. The ONLY way that’s going to happen is if I can learn to show some continuous restraint and willpower and control over myself. The last couple days, I did manage to talk myself out of stopping at Wendy’s or McDonald’s on the way home from work, but only by promising myself that I would go and have a “real” burger on my day off (Monday) after I get the brakes on the car fixed.
Okay, so, my plan for Monday is be at the mechanic by 7:45am so I can be the first person in the door and the first car in the bay to be worked on. This mechanic is VERY popular and does excellent work and has excellent customer service, so they get busy FAST…and I don’t want my car to be there allllllll day. I have other things to do. After I pick the car up, it’s burger time. Then, I’ll make my rounds of all the Half Price Books stores I need to in order to find the things I want to find. Then, around sunset, I’ll head out for a 9 mile run. Somewhere during the day, I need to do chores (vacuum, laundry, dishes, grocery shop, put away clean clothes, straighten up dining room…too much STUFF has accumulated on the table, oh and refill the cats’ 5-gallon water dispenser).
The only lady that “outranks” me on my shift at work will be going to the morning shift at the beginning of next month. This *may* mean that I get my Saturday/Sunday days off back. I’m not going to hold my breath, but she’s the reason I lost those days off and had to go with my second choice of Sunday/Monday off. If I do get the weekends back, then I won’t have to use a vacation day the day before races to make sure I can do packet pickup without stress and to make sure I get to bed at a reasonable time the night before as well. Also, it will mean I can leave for Oregon an entire 24 hours earlier than currently planned!