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4 miles. Hills. 49 min. 45 sec.

My alarm went off at 5:45 this morning.  I did not get out of bed.  I promptly text my TNT mentor and let her know that I would be sleeping in this morning.  I sure am glad that I did.  I got to sleep until 9:30 and I haven’t done that in months.  It felt so good.  I headed out for my run at about 9:45 and it was hot.  Today was supposed to be a six miler, but 4 miles of hills in 90 degree heat will suffice for me.  I’m feeling so much better when I run…just stronger.  It’s fantastic.  Speaking of fantastic…

How about the Wimbeldon marathon match?  World Cup Soccer?  Rangers’ Baseball?  What an amazing sports week?!?!  I’ve really enjoyed it!

While I was running this morning, I was thinking about everything that goes into going on a run.  I used to just throw on my running shoes and head out the door.  Now, it’s become quite a process.  I fill up my water bottles for my water belt, make a big ice water and put that in the fridge for when I get back, eat a goo (only for my long runs), put on my watch and set it to 0.00, spray my body with sunscreen, roll on body glide, put neutrogena sunscreen on my fact, put on my hat and last, but not least, I put on my road ID.  This is my newest running accessory.  It is an ID tag that I wear around my ankle.  It has my name and contact phone numbers for my parents along with my allergy information.  Since I’m allergic to everything known to man (just about) and there are so many different ways to get injured, sick, etc. when you’re running distances, I thought it would be a good investment!  In any case, can you believe it takes all of that to go on a run?  I’m really learning that running a marathon isn’t all about the training.  It’s learning how to get ready to train!

As I was running, I came up with a new strategy for hills:  don’t look at ’em.  If you look up a hill while you’re running it, you’ll never get to the top.  I pull the bill of my hat done and put my chin down.  This keeps me focused on just taking the next step.  The other strategy that I developed today was to run in old neighborhoods.  There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) The roads are typically wider
2) Old houses are great scenery to look at
3) Old houses mean older trees.  Older trees equal bigger trees.  Bigger trees means more shade!

I normally blog right after my run, but I was in a hurry today.  I had to get out to the Ballpark to speak to a group of young adults with the Texas Youth Workforce Commission.  I’ve spoken to the group several times and I really enjoy doing it.  Usually, there are about 40-50 people in there and they range from 17-25 years old.  They are learning job and interview skills so I talk to them about communication skills, confidence, and what I do.  Now, this is right up my alley because I LOVE being in front of a crowd.  The only thing that would make it better is if I had a microphone and there were 4 or 5 thousand people instead of 40 or 50.  I’m not kidding, I won’t lie…I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!  So, like I said, I’ve done this several times in the past couple of years.  This group, however, was different.  I think they were younger.  In any case, they weren’t as interested in getting jobs as the other groups.  In fact, during my speech, one kid says rather loudly, “this is boring.”

I was furious.

Side note: On my way into the ballpark I kind of got into with a security guard who wouldn’t let me in the ballpark.  I’m a very nice person and I tried to handle this with grace and tact, but this guy was just a jerk.  I had my employee badge on and I watched about 10 other employees go through the gate.  He just didn’t want to let me in.  I ended up having to call the main security desk and hand the jerk my cell phone so they would tell him to let me in.  That put me in a bad mood before I even got to the TYWC speech.

Okay, back to this kid.  I was IRATE!!!  I stopped speaking for a very uncomfortable 30 seconds.  It was silent and I just stared at him.  When he looked like he couldn’t take it any more, I sugary-sweetly said, “hmm, that’s interesting.  Do you have a job?”

He said, “yeah.”

I said, “do you like your job?”

He replied, “it’s okay.”

I said, “good, because with an attitude like that you probably aren’t going to have a lot luck getting another one.”

I mean, this kid got a free $40 ticket to a Ranger game and these people are trying to give him life skills and that’s how he acts???

Between him and the security guard, I don’t know who I’d prefer to have one good shot at.  I’m fiesty today!  The rest of the day has gone really well and I’m planning on going to the movies tonight.  Some days just aren’t “people” days and this is one of them 🙂

On a final note, I’m starting INSANITY up again tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to it.


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