Every Mile A Memory

August 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Are you ready for a somewhat unbelievable tale? Well buckle up.

So. First off, last night I couldn’t fall asleep. Finally passed out around midnight…but by 3am I was wide awake. Eventually I migrated to the couch and watched TV there until 4:30 when I gave up, wandered the internet, and got ready for my day…which was scheduled to include a 6 mile hike. (Ha. You just wait and see what ACTUALLY happened)

I picked up my friend Jenn around 7:30 and headed down to my parents to meet up with them for our hike. We were heading for Kelly’s Knob which is off the Appalachian Trail.

It looks so serene and nice! Little did we know...

It looks so serene and nice! Little did we know...

The first 2 miles of the hike went fairly well…aside from finding a VERY creepy house which of course we had to go play in.

Seriously? Creepy.

Seriously? Creepy.

Then we moved on to the Laurel Creek Shelter and got slightly confused by the directions on the print out that I’d brought. Eventually we found our way towards the top of the ridge…we wandered for quite some time…with a lot of back tracking…but never found the blue blazed trail that supposedly led to the knob.

However…after we gave up, sat down, and ate lunch…dad ran in to another hiker who said it was about a half a mile further. Mom and dad voted to head back towards the car. I was fine with this since I needed to get back by 6ish anyway.

So…back we went. Dad was a little tired…so Jenn and I forged ahead. We took the car keys and agreed to meet mom and dad at the trailhead with the car. (We had had to park the car at a church about a quarter mile from the trailhead because of the four thousand NO PARKING signs in the field where you picked up this portion of the trail.)

Jenn and I wandered along…FINALLY getting to the bridge that led through a pasture and to the last stile. On our way in, we thought we had seen a donkey in the cute barn on the other side of the pasture. As we approached the bridge, we could see a donkey or two out in the field!

When I got on the bridge, I saw not one, not two, but FOUR minature donkey’s! Jenn and I were highly amused. As were the donkeys.

Aren't they cute?!?! Don't you just want to pet them! Yeah. I'd think twice about that if I were you.

Aren't they cute?!?! Don't you just want to pet them! Yeah. I'd think twice about that if I were you.

The first thing I did was grab a handful of grass to try and see if they would let us get close. One bold donkey came right up and accepted my offering.

And then he proceeded to bite me.

Bit. Me. BIT.

Bit. Me. BIT.

Yes. On the Appalachian Trail, folks, it’s not the bears you need to worry about, it’s the donkeys.

And then he tried to eat my pack.

Seriously...he tried to take it from me.

Seriously...he tried to take it from me.

I played tug-o-war with a donkey for nearly 5 minutes.

Once we were free from the jackasses (sorry…I couldn’t stop myself) we headed for the car. We drove it back, just as mom and dad came over the last stile. I parked near the trail and got out to help Jenn get her stuff situated and to re-arrange mine for the drive back. As I stepped out of the car….and walked towards the rear….I suddenly found myself at eye level with the tires.

I fell in a hole.

Yeah. Instead of getting out of the hole, I tossed Jenn my camera. You're welcome.

Yeah. Instead of getting out of the hole, I tossed Jenn my camera. You're welcome.

Yeah. Didn't get hurt hiking. Got hurt exiting a vehicle.

Yeah. Didn't get hurt hiking. Got hurt exiting a vehicle.

I fell. In a hole. Yes. That’s right. Moments after getting bit by a donkey…I fell in a hole.

It was covered in grass and really deep. Not my fault!!!

It was covered in grass and really deep. Not my fault!!!

So. Once I climbed up out of the lovely ditch, we piled in the car and headed towards food. Since we were all starving, I dug the awesome peanut butter candies I’d bought before the hike out of my purse. I asked Jenn if she’d like a piece of candy. She said she’d love one…and I was about to hand it to her when I squealed and grabbed it back. Jenn’s allergic to nuts. I tried to send her in to anaphylactic shock. At this point…we were all basically delirious…and laughing hysterically.

Now we’ll fast forward to the end of the night…I dropped Jenn off and looked at the increda-scary sky above. When I got back on the interstate to drive home…some of the worst lightening I have EVER seen started. It hit so close, that the hair on my arms stood up right as the bolt hit, and the thunder quickly followed.

I made it to my tiny little town…and was driving down the main road behind another car. I saw the other car slowing down, but I couldn’t tell why, so I slowed down as well. And….that’s when the car disappeared in to a tree. I had a small heart attack and then went through the tree as well.

The tree had fallen across both lanes of the road. It was so large that you couldn’t see if there was traffic on the other side…and it was so dark and rainy, that even going 20 under the speed limit, you couldn’t see the tree until you were right on top of it.

I took a tree to the car. The car in front of me was going quite a bit faster than me and definitely hit the thicker part of the tree. After I exited the roadforest I could see parts of tree coming out of their grill. And mind you I’m still behind them.

I’m fairly sure my car escaped tree-free. If she got a little scratched…it won’t be her first. She’s 10 years old…so…no harm done really.

Overall…it’s been one of the most comical days of my entire life.

So…to recap. Today, on 3 hours of sleep, I hiked 8 miles, fell in a hole, got bit by a donkey, almost sent my friend in to anaphylactic shock, and drove through a tree.

I feel…accomplished.

Live and Learn

June 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So……

In the last 2 hours, while wandering the internet instead of packing for tomorrow’s hike….I have learned two important lessons, and I would like to share them with you now.

Lesson #1: Always check the sleeping bag you’re washing in the washing machine for possible wasps nests. *pictures to come later*

Lesson #2: If highly motivated dog who won’t typically run IS, in fact, strong and fast enough to rip tie-out stake and rope out of ground. Proper motivation appears to be furry rabbit I didn’t see until it was too late. And mostly because it’s dark.

On that note…I shall retire.

Break Stuff

March 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Posted in Cross Training, Half-Marathon, running, Training | 6 Comments
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All my stuff keeps breaking. See “Other Junk” for details.

Annnd it’s been almost 3 weeks!

I swear, I need to work on my posting regularity. The good news is there was a lot more running than blogging so…that’s what counts, right? 🙂

Knitting Week:

Hmm…where did I leave you? Oh, my fun little bags! Well using said bags quite a bit. Haven’t made more…no time and haven’t been home but that’s ok.

I did finish ONE of the aunt’s socks! One more to go!!!! I also cast on for a cat sweater that dad wants.

Yeah. Cat sweater.

Not a sweater for him with a cat on it…but a sweater for his cat.

Yeah.

I’ll just stop there. There are no words. But feel free to google images of “cat in sweater”. It’s highly amusing.

This is the one I’m making, except in red.

Yeeeah. Cat sweaters. So wrong. So very wrong.

Yeeeah. Cat sweaters. So wrong. So very wrong.

Yeah.

Running Week:

So far this week, 2 good runs and some awesome yoga.

Last week, 2 run days, some sick days, and some yoga.

Week before, 3 run days, bike day (whoo!) and some other stuff.

PS, Half Marathon training started. DUM-DA-DUM!!!!!!!!! So super excited! The half is the Trail Nut Half that Mountain Junkies does. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

I’m also hoping to sign up for the MCM come this time next week. I’m debating between that and the OBX Marathon. Mom REALLY wants to do a half this fall…and since MCM doesn’t have a half…and OBX does…I’m debating. If mom will pay for lodging and transportation to OBX…I’m down with that one. 🙂 Also may talk Carly, Chrissy, Cali, Jordan and Kristen in to doing that one. Or at least I’ll TRY to talk them in to it. Haha. OH but wait…Karyn is doing MCM this year I think……Crap, I wanted to meet her! Karyn, you doing MCM? Yesno?

Anyway. Next Saturday is the Susan G Komen race here and I am BEYOND excited!!!!!!!!! Hopefully my friend and her mom, who is a breast cancer survivor, will walk it with me. That would be awesome. Either way, I’ll be there helping out and/or running/walking. 🙂

I missed signing up for BOTH tri’s so no BAMF award for me. 😦 But I will do the Mill Mountain Mayhem on April 17th. Pretty excited for that.

Moving on.

Favorite:

This week’s favorite…I’m going to go with Geocaching!!!!!! What’s Geocaching, you ask??? Well wander on over to geocaching.com and find out!

It’s basically a bunch of dorks (myself included) that use million dollar government satellites to find tupperwear in the woods.

See??? FUN!!!

See??? FUN!!!

Heh.

All you need is a handheld GPS or even a car one *speaking of car GPS’s mine died. More on that later* and a decent sense of direction and stealth and you’re off!

It’s really fun. It’s kind of like treasure hunting for secret hiding locations. Basically, you get some coordinates from geocaching.com (type in your home address, I bet you 5 bucks that a cache pops up within 10 miles of you), drive/walk/hike/run/bike to the location….and get out your handy-dandy GPS…and try to find the cache! If you do, you sign the log…and head off to the next one.

They also encourage people to pick up trash on their way to/from the cache…so yay for being eco-friendly.

It’s really fun to do with a few friends, or with little kids, or adults who act like kids…Haha. So…if you haven’t tried geocaching, then DO IT! Otherwise, TFTC. 🙂

Other Junk:

So my TomTom died. Thankfully I noticed it’s little issue when I was trying to calculate how late I was going to be, and not how to get to where I was going. 🙂

It has somehow reset itself…and when I try to turn it on, it wants me to go through the setup…and when I get to “Select Voice” it crashes, and resets itself on it’s own….so I’m stuck in an infinite loop of Power on-setup-voice screen-crash.

Not. Cool. Can’t google my way out of it either. I’ve tried. If you do happen to have a suggestion, lay it on me, cause otherwise I’ve got a silver square paperweight. (Yes I’ve hooked it up to the computer, tried to update software, done a reset manually…still looping.)

Aaaand if that wasn’t awesome enough…my car crapped itself on Monday. Well technically Friday. It started being all weird…and when I’d put it in park the RPM’s would jump up to 3,000….while idiling….so that was awesome. But then Sunday it was FINE. Acted totally normal.

Monday morning, went out to start it…and RPM’s jumped WAY up again. Turned it off, TRIED to get a ride to work…couldn’t find ANYONE…had to take an unpaid day off work (NOT COOL) and then an hour later when I tried to drive it to the mechanic…… it was fine. Totally fine.

So it’s STILL at the mechanic…they think it might be the wiring…but we won’t know until tomorrow. Let me just say this is NOT how I wanted to spend my spring break…or my birthday cash. (I’ll be….older on April 12th) So yeah.

Other news…I planted stuff.

It grew.

It rained.

My cat is insane.

The end!

(Oh, and one of my students asked me if elephants lay eggs. They were serious.)

Sisterly Love Shoutout:

This week’s shoutout is to Cali who is my friend’s sister and like a sister to me. Heh, she may BE my sister-in-law one day but we’ll see. Anyway, Cali is AWESOME because she’s not only letting me drag her in to doing her first 5K, but she’s ALSO attempting to do my half-marathon training plan along with me!!! I’m pretty sure Cali is a much better runner and a lot more in shape than she gives herself credit for. So far she’s doing REALLY well with her half-training. Hence why I am totally going to talk her in to doing a half in the fall. 🙂

Heh. You know you want to!!!!

Love you guys!

I Get Knocked Down

February 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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…but I get up again.

And then I beast 5 miles.

🙂

Pretty awesome week, let’s get right in to it.

Snow Week:

Snowed and iced Monday. Another inch or so on Tuesday, then Friday night was another 2 inches. At this point I don’t even notice. The mail hasn’t ran since February 4th. I can see the post office from my mail box…and yet…no mail.

I tried on Wednesday AND Saturday to get my mail from the post office. They can’t find it anywhere. Apparently they have so much backed up mail…they can’t find mine. My netflix are in there somewhere…and some other really important items I would like to have. Granted, the mail-person can’t DRIVE up to my mailbox…but if I can park at the end of my road and walk the 30 feet to it…then why the hell can’t she? I mean…I can literally SEE the roof of the post office from my mailbox. Not even a quarter mile…and yet no mail in almost 2 weeks.

I want. My flipping mail.

Anyway. I’ve heard that we’re getting anywhere from 4 to 15 inches tonight. Bring it.

Knitting Week:

Well, finished the VT scarf! WHOOO!!!!! Thank God because I now hate that project.

I did create a new theory though. If you receive a knitted item that has stripes of color…the more stripes there are, the more that knitter must love you.

Or at least that’s the new theory for my knitting. There is nothing I hate more than weaving in ends…and on a scarf or BABY BLANKET….*cough*Beth*cough* there are a LOT of ends. Each stripe results in at least 2 tails of yarn to weave in. So…my scarf with 40 stripes…yeah.

This is why I don’t think I can crochet. I look at that crochet hook with disdain from the hours of painful end-weaving. I seriously shudder thinking about it. It makes my skin crawl.

I finished the last end on the scarf, and literally THREW the scarf across the room. I couldn’t even TOUCH it for 2 days.

I also believe this is why knitters often give away most of their projects. The bigger ones…we’ve spent SO much time on them…we don’t want to be anywhere near them for a long, long, long time.

I also started a hat to go with the VT scarf. And then had to rip the whole thing out. I was about an inch in…and realized that A) it was HUGE…like almost triple the size it should be *Yes, I still refuse to knit a swatch* and B) there was a twist. Ugh. So that’s now in a pile. I quit.

Moving on.

Workout Week:

Did some really good upper body work this week and some ab work. Then Saturday was Long Run day. Mmmmm LR.

Planned to do 3 miles…it was a decent day out. Maybe 33 degrees or so. Where I run, it’s straight uphill for about half a mile, and that part is WINDY and cold. That’s also the first part so…I was well layered.

I also put on my yaxtrax because of the snow…however I quickly learned that it takes more than yaxtrax.

It helps if your sunglasses don’t fog up…and if they do, here’s a little tip: Don’t keep running while you try to mess with them.

Within the first quarter mile of my run…as I tried to de-fog my glasses without slowing down…I stopped paying attention to where my feet were going…and didn’t notice the HUGE mound of snow and ice that had positioned itself in the center of the sidewalk.

I hit it….and did a superman-esque dive over the pile and in to another pile of snow, ice, and mud.

Lots of mud.

I was SOAKED. Gloves, pants, shirt….SOAKED.

Everywhere there is dry mud…there was ice/snow/water…from my knee, all the way up to my arm pit, and down to my wrist. Rockstar.

See the stains? Yeah, I went DOWN...

See the stains? Yeah, I went DOWN...

Ugh. I was soaked.

Ugh. I was soaked.

 

So I almost quit then. But…I figured I’d do one lap, then be done. I was already out there….so may as well do something.

I took the gloves off because they were the most irritatingly wet. I did my lap…and got back to the car and felt pretty good. Luckily…I keep extra gloves in my car so I traded them out and decided to hit another lap. I did an extended lap, adding on another road…and then decided to do one more…and then one more.

By the end, my 3 mile run turned in to 5.3.

Kicking ass and taking names. 🙂

Favorite:

I am going to embarass myself right now. Ready?

This week’s favorite…is NASCAR.

Yeah, yeah, I know. But you gotta understand, I’m from the south…it’s part of life. I teach in a location that has a track…I….just love it. And today…is the Daytona 500!

But my favorite part of Nascar…something I like almost more than actually going to a race… Ok I probably DO like it more… It’s a Nascar Nap.

A Nascar Nap occurs when you turn on the race…and about 30 laps in…you just pass out. You can’t help it. It just knocks you OUT. And it’s always a REALLY good nap. Mmmm, Nascar Naps.

I had mine today, have you!?!?

Other Junk:

So…driving around this weekend, I passed this sign.

Bwahahahahaha!!! Global Warming. Heh.

Bwahahahahaha!!! Global Warming. Heh.

Enough said.

🙂

Strenghtening Shoutout:

This weeks shoutout is a thank-you to Missy. I really appreciate you giving me your personal Ironman experience. You really have made me want to go for it even more. Your emails have really motivated me. In a couple years…I think I’ll be ready.

So if you haven’t checked her blog out, go see Missy and enjoy her story. She’s a really inspirational blogger!

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