Sunday, June 13, 2010

Runnin' Down the Avenue, See How the Sun Shines Brightly in the City


So, my weekend has turned out differently than I thought it would. It's not bad...It just didn't really care about the plans I had for it.

Friday was a good day. I ran and drove Stinky and her babysittee to the pool. Then I went with some friends to play disc golf for the first time. I really liked it...And I got much better at it with every hole. Of course, I didn't even get halfway through before Stinky called me to pick her and her charge up at the pool. It was fine. At least I tried it, I know I like it, and I can play it again whenever I want.

Friday night was a very mellow affair, I had to run that race the next morning, so I hung out by myself, cleaned my kitchen and watched some more first season of Weeds episodes. I tried to go to bed at a decent hour, but couldn't fall asleep and then kept waking up to weird dreams. I finally woke up for good around 5:30 to a thunderstorm.

My friend H. smoking a ciggie before her first foray into disc golf.

Storms blew through on Saturday up until a half hour before my first 10K. I was prepared to run in the rain, but they held the race another 15 minutes and then I didn't have to. I started out pretty slowly, and had way too much kick at the end, but it was a really great experience. I started raining again, right as I saw the finish line, which probably helped my time. I just checked the results and I placed 2nd in my age group for women. That really isn't saying much, because its a smaller race, but I'll take it. My final time was 54.02. Which meant I ran about 8.42 minute miles. I didn't exactly tear up the streets, but I'm still happy with it.

The rest of the day, I spent trying to fall asleep with almost no success. I finally got up around 4'ish and got ready to go to a BBQ at a friend's house. It was very nice. I ate great food, had a couple glasses of wine, had a fun talk and got to play with Eggo's adorable baby boy. I went home around 8:30 and was suddenly hit by a blinding migraine. Who knew that no sleep and a couple of glasses of wine would cause that? Uh, I did. Duh. I took meds, but it took a while for them to kick in. G. called to see if I was going to meet them for the bachelor party, but I had to bow out. I fell asleep in my clothes with all the lights on, until almost 2 am, when I woke up and got ready to sleep for the night.

Look how green it is here. That's because it rains every damn day.

Today was pretty mellow too. It stormed most of the morning and early afternoon. I've tried to do something new every day of my vacation, and today's new thing was to sit on my screened-in-porch during a thunderstorm and read a book. It was very nice and I'm sure I could easily make a habit of that. The skies finally cleared and I was able to mow the lawn and get some things done in the yard. Then I made a turkey dinner and brownies for dessert. G. came over and ate and we went on the back porch to talk.

Stinky asked if her best friend could come over, which somehow turned into half the kids in her class. I started a fire for them in the backyard, and the kids devoured brownies, and split their time between the outside fire and the NBA game on in the living room. They're good kids and respectful, so if they want to deplete my house of lemonade and brownies, I'm okay with that. I think we all know, with teens, it could be soooo much worse.


rel said...

Wow, if I'd run a 8;42 mile I'd be jumping up and down with joy.

Tara said...

I hate restful nights with weird dreams. By then I'm too tired to appreciate those dreams.

girl crush said...

awesome race time! proud of you for getting out there and doing it.

booda baby said...

I'm loving your weekends - and, for once, not necessarily because of any vicarious anything. At least in your descriptions, they're loaded with sensations and textures and stuff you wring out of time. Sensual, you know?

You will NOT be surprised that my word v. is: grati.

SkylersDad said...

Nice work on your 10K!

Dexter said...

that disc bag looks familiar :) sorry i missed out.

Churlita said...

Rel, Thanks. I'm not a fast runner, but I can usually run pretty far.

Tara, Yeah. That's what it was like, I just wanted to sleep and didn't want to waste all my energy dreaming.

Girl Crush Thanks. I still have to a du like you did, but I will.

Booda Baby, I'm a big fan of putting all my senses to good use.

Skyler's, Thanks!

Dex, Does Ted have your disc bag? We missed you that day, but you were having WAY more fun than we were, so shut-up.

laura b. said...

Congrats on your amazing 10k time! Sounds like another Churlita Special of a weekend :-)