Friday, September 18, 2009

Caffeinated Randomness: In less than 24 hours...

...I'll be on the starting line for my first 5k.

I'm not nervous about it at all. I know I can run three miles, so it's one of those things where my attitude is, "Okay, so what am I doing after the 5k?"

(FYI, my entire Saturday is planned. And it's very busy.)

Rindy and I ran/walked around three miles last night. I had such high hopes for this new route I planned out around my house. Turns out it was an EPIC FAIL.

Problem No. 1: Cars
Since we've been running on treadmills, sidewalks, and early in the morning, cars have not been a problem for us. However, the new route was up and down hills and curves, and cars aren't known for driving slow in those parts. Coupled with the increasing darkness, and I was realizing that this route would not be repeated.

Problem No. 2: Wild animals
My dad walks a lot, and a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned he saw a black bear when he went walking. Naturally, my paranoid state kept me looking for bears, even though we live within the city limits. Not that there's not wildlife around...

Right after when we decided to cut our three mile run into about 2.5 due to the darkness (and the only thing reflective on our attire was Rindy's shoes), we heard a dog barking nearby. Hoping that the dog was a) on a leash b) in a fence or c) nice, we picked up the pace a little bit and suddenly noticed a huge animal rushing our way.

I. Nearly. Died.

I just KNEW it was a black bear. It was too dark to make out the animal at first, and as it came closer and closer, it darted across the road in front of us, and rushed into the trees on the other side of the road.

It was a deer.

Not that deer can't mess you up. Especially in a car. But it was nice to know that it wasn't a black bear. Or a mean dog.

Problem No. 3: Hills
All the routes up to this point have been mainly with no hills or small hills. Last night's route had HUGE hills. I discovered the joy of running downhill (It's fantastic) and the agony of going uphill (I'd rather collapse). I decided we don't need to train running uphill. While I'm not sure how hilly our 5k will be, our half-marathon is in New Orleans. Does New Orleans even know what a hill is?

We ran fairly well last night, though both of our knees were hurting. I need to keep a better record of our running activities. I'm thinking that we were sore because we ran so late at night, and, if I had a record, I could look back and tell.

Therefore, I'm guessing the blog is going to be my record keeper. Because I'd lose it otherwise.

Happy Friday, everyone! For more Caffeinated Randomness, visit Andrea!!


KS said...

Your mistaking a deer for a black bear made me laugh... I would totally be paranoid and do the same thing!!! And your comment on my blog about being married to a 3 year old made me giggle... I love that he points out your bumpit in a crowd :) Happy friday to you!!

septembermom said...

Glad it wasn't a black bear! You're going to do great :) I'm cheering you on. It's terrific that you're doing this. Good luck!

Lauren said...

woohoo!! Good luck tomorrow - I am so impressed! I wish I was a runner ... maybe I will be someday :) So happy you didn't get mauled by a black bear! :P

Brooke said...

you're gonna do great!! :) i can't wait to hear all about it.

Rachelle said...

Me and animals in the dark would not be a good thing! Glad it was just a deer! I still would have freaked! I'm such a chicken!

Mari said...

I love the deer story! I hope the run is full of flat land, good weather and no critters!

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

We have Monkey Hill. So unless the 1/2 mary is at the zoo, you're OK. :)

I'm cracking up that you were scared by a deer, but I would have been terrified too! :)

Lucy Marie said...

Good luck tomorrow. You are going to do awesome. I love the music on your blog - it's really encouraging me today.

sara said...

oh my word I had a heart attack right along with you!! Glad it wasn't a bear! praying for you tomorrow!!!

Brookie said...

Good luck on your first 5k run - you'll have a blast.

Thanks for sharing your running stories. As a fellow runner, I totally understand - a new route makes a HUGE difference.

I really enjoyed your tale. Can't wait to hear how the race went.

Andrea said...

And this is why I don't run. That, and I have a bad knee. Oh, and I would so be scared of bears, even though we don't have any out here!

crittyjoy said...

Good Luck tomorrow!

I totally understand about being paranoid about bears and other wild animals....I would have freaked out just as you did :)

Brittany Ann said...

You can do it and without getting eaten by a bear! Good luck!

Sabrina said...

You crack me up. Enjoy your race!
You know the trick about running uphill, right? Straight as a board, small steps...for some reason it helps a lot.
My race training is over for a few weeks, btw...broken bone.

alihsee said...

You know what, I am exhausted just from reading your post, you energetic thing, you! Good luck with the run!