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Once There Was a Girl Who Wore VFF’s…

29 Sep



Toddlers and Tiaras.  Not one of the 3 year olds, of course.   I look like one of the moms.  You know the one’s who give their little girls (or boys) Red Bull and 15 pixie sticks speed before they go on stage… spray tan their toddler…. spend ridiculous amounts of $ on dresses and trainers and coaches….put fake eyelashes (with glue) on their little baby girls…. look like total idiots in the audience trying to get their child to do Lady Gaga moves or something wrong like that.  I love that show.  Not as much as My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, of course.

It rained this afternoon.  At first I was discouraged that I would freeze my ass off trying to do a run but eventually, I saw it for what it was.   I have never been a winter or bad weather runner and my goal is to “suck it up” and just do it, no matter what Michigan throws at me.  For snipples sakes, it was raining and only 60 degrees out.  I can handle that.  Besides, I need to be prepared because I have no idea what the weather will be like in Grand Rapids on October 16th..

Since it was rain pretty hard, I decided to wear my Vibram Fivefingers.  I can wash those babies.  At first, I caught myself trying to be careful by running and jumping over mud puddles.  As I got soaked, I thought, “screw it”.  I need to enjoy it.  I seriously felt like a little kid.  I was free!  Water was splashing up on the back of my pants, my VFF were soaking wet.  Cars, trucks and semi’s were going by throwing a thick mist of muddy mix in my face.

I finally had a break in the day for my run at 4:10pm. 

Yes, I’m wearing a Ski Doo hat. 

I don’t have hats so I had to borrow from Mick.  Being he wasn’t around to ask, I took the hat I thought he’d least care about.  Hope I was right.  I think visor’d hats are good for running in the sun but also great for heavy rain.  It’s hard to see in that heavy run, Yo.

 I only planned on a 5 miler but I ran 7.36 miles with a pace of 8:18 average. 

Do you remember how I ordered a Smartwool base layer shirt from Steep and Cheap.com?  Well I did and it came in the mail today. Shweet!

I paid $33.99 on Steep and Cheap and the Smartwool website has the same NTS Microweight Crew shirt for $65.  Now I  need to find another pair of pants, gloves and a hat (and maybe a jacket?!) and I’ll feel more at ease and prepared for the crazy weather coming. 

Happy Anniversary to Mick and I.  Problem with my realizing this and stating it today?  Well probably because our anniversary was actually September 21st (or 22nd).  I’d need to look it up on the marriage license to be for sure.  Who’s really at fault?  My selfish sister.  I depend on my little sister to remind me.  Every year I get a text from her the morning of.  First, she didn’t invite on her honeymoon.  I got over that (kind of).  Now, she planned a 10 day trip Europe to play in Barcelona and Paris instead of being here to remind me of Mick’s and my most special day.  Nahh..


Merino Wool? Base Layer? Cold Gear?

6 Sep

Woke up to forty-six degrees.  Can I run in that?  Yes.  I’m not really concerned about that temperature.

What I am concerned about though is the cold temp’s Michigan gets.  I usually take it to the treadmill when the temperature gets to below 50.  I’m going to try to do something different and run as long as I can outside this winter.

Times are coming where it’ll be sub-zero and sleeting.  Will I actually run those days?

What will I wear?

It’ll probably warm up again before the real cold stuff comes.  I tend to worry about things months in advance.  Afterall, I’m kind of freaking out that I don’t have air for our January cruise.  You know, waiting for a better price.

I know I should dress in layers but I don’t want to carry stuff (clothing when I get too hot) in my hands mid run.  I don’t want to freeze.  I’ve bought a pair of Under Armour running tights so far.  Not sure what to wear for a jacket…

I thought the hot weather was rough.  Now I have to make sure I don’t get frostbitten.

Okay, so it’s not freezing yet but I still worry.  That’s my thing…worrying.

Today was absolutely perfect for a run. (dark picture but it truly was beautiful when I took it)


It was 49 degrees and partly sunny when I finally got going.  I started my run at 9:15am and ran 15.6 miles with an 8:13 average mile (again, probably not that fast but that’s what the app, “IMapMyWalk” on my Iphone said.

Yes, I wore the crazy socks.  They’re not just for bed after all…

Met with my doctor today to discuss my SAD (depression).  It’s back and it’s here earlier than usual.  She didn’t want me to start taking a massive amount of vitamin D (I already take 1200 IU’s) until after we look at my labwork.  Too much D could be toxic.  More to come on this.

Brucee, my daughter and I went to lunch and it was lovely.

We then went to my favorite running store in hopes of finding Brucee shoes.  Brucee found $125 shoes for his fast growing feet so I told him we needed to wait or that he’d have to come up with some of the cost.  We may revisit the store later.

While at the store, I asked for cold gear for running and the salesgirl recommended a Smartwool merino wool long sleeve (lightweight, next-to-skin) which would absorb sweat. 

Problem one, even though it’s not supposed to itch like regular wool….it did, kind of.  Two, it was $85 mother frickin’ dollars.  I’m going to look around to see if I can find it for a better price.

Chili dogs, chili mac spaghetti, potato salad, and corn for dinner.

Kissed my little girl goodbye and sent her off for school.

I have tomorrow off.  SWA EET!!