Monday, August 31, 2009

stinks and shopping

Monday had me traveling to Texas so before the flight I decided to run one of my scheduled 12 mile runs for the week. Technically the first 12 miles of the week should have been done Tuesday but Monday was a cool day in the city I didn't want to try to figure out where to run in the Texas heat or that long on a treadmill.


The run turned into a gag fest. First, the lake had kicked up some nasty seaweed and other miscellaneous junk and it was sitting on the concrete baking. Then, the pick-up and clean-up of port-o-potties remaining from the volleyball tournament was happening. I had to pass the truck twice. Finally, mix that with the city garbage truck pick-up of the extra garbage bins that were at the beach for the tournament as well. Yeah I nearly lost my shot bloks and water by mile 6.5! Nasty! After that I ended up finishing the 12 miles under 2 hours.

Since I was playing switcharoo with the schedule Tuesday I opted for 6 mile recovery run with 6x100 repeats on the treadmill. I was all excited when I finished up early on site which meant arriving at the next hotel early and hitting up the mill before the 5pm rush. On the drive to San Antonio I saw the signs for an outlet mall I've seen every other time. I told myself I wouldn't stop because I didn't have much room in the suitcase. Then I convinced myself I would stop and see if they had a Nike outlet as I love the Nike outlet but I wouldn't go anywhere else. Hahahaha. 2 hours later I walked out of that mall with a couple extra bags. And... I hit up Coach outlet hard. I had to pay to have the items shipped home. It's not all for me though I found great deals on some excellent birthday and Christmas gifts. Just doing my part to stimulate the economy :) So after all that I didn't arrive at the hotel until 5 pm. After some room key issues I finally made it down to the full workout room. Luckily there was 1 treadmill open! 6 miles felt long on the 'mill but the pick-ups helped pass the middle miles a little faster.

One more day in Texas then home for the long weekend! Let's hope I start September off right by having my flight take off on time. Every trip home in August end up delayed 3+ hours. That is a trend I do not want to continue!

9 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Just the thought of those smells makes me gag!

Good job getting the run in though.

I'm horrid when it comes to the outlets. My parents have one near there house and I stop every time I come here and always leave with my suitcase fully stuffed. At least this time I can blame it on Jones' growth spurt and a need for longer pants for him LOL.

Marlene said...

Nice work on the 12-miler!

Here's hoping for an on-time flight home.

RunToFinish said...

for the first time ever my work travel is allowing me free time... I'm sitting in harvard square right now reading blogs!! wahoo and then I'm gong running with a friend later...awesomeness.

ok that run would have probably had me turning around much sooner..ick

Jeri said...

OMG I totally feel your pain. There is a water treatmant plant on the trail that I do my long runs on. When you breathe through your mouth, I SWEAR you can taste it. YUCK.

And I cannot say no to outlet malls, especially Nike, and Coach (!!) oooh! :)

kristen said...

Thats nasty! I wouldn't be able to handle the port-a-jons being moved. Gross!!

I like to tell myself I'm stimulating the economy too :)

X-Country2 said...

It's a law that you need to stop at all Nike outlets. Coach too. Very nice runs!

Mark said...

Sounds like training is going well! I'm in need of a shopping spree!

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