Wow, what a week. While the US was fighting political battles about the elections across the country, we were engaged in a local battle about a different election… our road runners club! Our family has been a member of our running club for a long time now. We support and volunteer at events. You may also know I’m a coach for one of the local running shops (we have two in town), and an ambassador for the local race director (related to each other). Oh, and to be clear, I also am friends with the owner of the other local running shop and also support them too. There’s room for everyone in my world 🙂 And that’s where the story begins.
Miles run: 24.5, miles biked 7 Tapering for my half marathon on Saturday!!
Mon – 5 miles, treadmill. Happy Monday! I also got my strength workout in with my son.
7 miles biking. At night we headed out for a trail ride. Might be the last night ride based on the weather. We’ll see!
Tues – 3 miles treadmill. Just a little run before voting! Well, that was the plan, but when I drove past at 7am the line went down around the street. I was in my work clothes, so not prepared to park in the grass or stand outside in heels for an hour. Had to go back after work. Luckily, when I stopped back after work, it was done in 5 minutes! No line at all. Woohoo!
Weds – 30 mins elliptical. Good thing I had a workout plan for the morning because there was a lot of craziness going on around here. We went to a local running club meeting last night and there was a very controversial election. It’s sad that even our running club is split and it feels like you need to pick sides. The reaction of our current club president (whose “side” lost) was uncalled for, unprofessional, and frankly embarrassing. To give you a censored excerpt, he made a (assumed drunk) post on FB that ended with declaring the other group “considered as enemies and f*cking pu**ies from here on out.” The post was removed, but not before everyone made a screenshot and everyone sent it around.
Thurs – 11 miles, long run. Thursday morning woke to even more rage and fighting among the running club. At one point my husband and I got dragged into the mess. We are friends with both sides and get together with them several times a year, in addition to the regular FB connections. Somehow we became guilty by association and at one point someone actually said “Shame on you Lisa [for knowing about the situation]” and claimed I only showed up at the meeting to vote for the “other side”. She said I rarely attended group events and rarely attended meetings. All of which was untrue and hurtful. Ironically, I DID vote for the losing side. If you know me, I dislike conflict and am apolitical. I don’t want to get angry and upset about the daily news, so I just don’t participate. And now I was fuming and literally shaking out of anger at what had been thrust upon me and how someone would personally attack me like that! You bet I fought back and laid out the facts, and was not being an a$$hole like they had been to me. And with that, I ran 11 miles along the river to calm myself down.
Another Starbuck followed my run (44 more free ones left!), and then I enjoyed a beer at lunch with my husband. Enough already everyone! Why should we have to take sides even in our running community??
Fri – 5 miles running. Probably should be a rest day, but with stupid crap still going on, more running was necessary. In addition, I just stopped looking at the conversations going on FB. I’m not playing that game anymore. We had a send off for the girls cross country team. They traveled to Columbus OH for the State competition. No matter how they run, the opportunity for the team to celebrate their great year, hang out with each other, and miss a day of classes will probably be the highlight of the senior year for my daughter.
Sat – 30 mins elliptical, then hit the road for 2 ½ hour drive down to States! There was tough competition, and the team didn’t have their best races. They finished 19th as a team (out of 20), but our fastest runner had an amazing day and got 10th place overall! A great end to a strong year for all of the girls.
We also took a drive downtown in Columbus. Turns out there was quite a celebration going on! It was odd to see the buildings boarded up in anticipation of riots, but luckily there was nothing bad going on. Living in the suburbs we never get to see stuff like this.
Sun – 40 mins elliptical. Will go biking sometime today to enjoy the amazing weather we are having (73 degrees!!!).
Hope your week was a bit more peaceful than mine was. And sorry, no more kitten pictures! They have gone to their forever home – they were adopted!!
Q: Did you have to wait in line long at the polls to vote, or did you main in a ballot?
Q: Tots or fries with your burger?