Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring Cleaning...

I had a sort of epiphany earlier this week. It was late in the day on Monday, I had just had 2 glasses of wine...and it hit me. Social networking might me the death of me. I realized at that moment that Facebook (in particular) is pretty useless to me. I can honestly admit that at one point in my life (last week) I would check my Facebook about 6 or 8 times. a. day. (Who am I kidding...sometimes 10.) Seriously. Checking it would be one of the first things I did in the morning and one of the last things I did before I went to bed. And sometimes, if I couldn't sleep, I would check it in the middle of the damn night! For what?! For me to see where so and so had dinner, to see what so and so's doctor said about their rash, to read about someone's hellish day at work, or to see pictures of whatshername's latest flame? Pass.

It's not ALL bad. There are good things that come from it too, but unfortunately it's all the negative that sticks out to me. It all got to be too much. Facebook was leading me to be annoyed for unwarranted reasons, thinking about other people more than I was thinking of myself, and the ocassional Wall stalking of certain folks. (Don't pretend like you don't do it too.) I don't need that. I think I have more people "hidden" than I do those who actually show up in my News Feed. Pretty sad, huh? (Don't worry readers, none of you are hidden. I love all of you. :) ) I also feel like I can't be "myself" on there. My friends list was dictating what I put up and what I didn't put up. I want to use swear words if I feel like it, and I want to post pictures of the funny random things I might see that may or may not be in good taste. I'm makin' a change. If you like me or what I have to (potentially) say, then great! If not...there's an Unfriend button for a reason. I want to live my life for me and although having documentation may be beneficial and kind of cool...it really is unnecessary.

Facebook is so ridiculous. I get the point - good for making connections, keeping in touch, networking purposes, being interactive with friends...I get it. But it's so ridiculous. I was practically posting about my entire life for the whole world to see! The truth of the matter is that no one really cares. If people cared, they'd keep in contact with people outside of a website. "Liking", commenting, Wall posts, blah. It's crap. It's useless. It's a waste of time. And yet........fear not........I will still keep Facebook. Simply because I'm a hypocrite like that. I'm taking a hiatus from Facebooking for now though. I will return eventually...one day...who knows when. Probably tomorrow.

In conclusion, I have cut down on my social networking. I deleted the Myspace, revamped my Twitter (THAT'S the next thing to go...), made this blog private, took useless information off of my Facebook profile, consolidated photo albums, untagged ugly pictures, and trimmed my "friends" list by almost 40 people. And dammit, it felt so GOOD!

Less clutter makes a happier you. Even if it is virutal clutter, it still feels the same.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lockin' it up...

I've decided to make this blog private.

If you enjoy reading it and want to continue to do so, please comment with your e-mail address and I will gladly add you to the list of invitees.

:)

*I added all of you that commented, I just didn't publish your email address as comments.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Race Wrap Up #2

My second race of the year was yesterday! I did the Las Vegas Fat Boy 5K, which was put on by the Las Vegas Track Club. The race took place not too far from my house; just over a mile away. Conveniently enough it was at the exact track that I often venture to during the week to train. The race had a start time of 12:00 p.m., which is new for me. I am used to early morning start times! Not having to get up with the sun was very nice. There were just over about 300 participants of all ages. I think I saw tiny little 7 or 8 year olds and even some "senior citizens." The race was split up by weight classes. Mine just happened to be named "Only Lite Beer For Me". HA! Each class started two and a half minutes apart so there wasn't a huge crowd of people starting at once. After a little bit it was my turn to go. I was stretched out and excited to start. Right after we took off I even got to see my sister and niece and mom who were just past the starting area. They've never actually seen me in a race, so it was fun to finally get to be able to be greeted with some friendly faces who offered tons of encouragement. So, as it turns out, the weather wasn't cooperating. The forecast called for rain ALL day and for some wind. I could have dealt with rain...but that left the WIND. And let me just say....it.was.awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. I hit a wind wall at about a half mile in - and oh...my...goodness...it was hard to run into. I forged ahead anyway and was quite pleased with my finish time. I knew I wanted to redeem myself after last month's debacle and I certainly felt good when I found out my time. I finished in about 35 minutes. That's not too far off of my first 5K time of 34:29 last year - which I hope to beat next month at the Six Tunnels To Hoover Dam 5K.







So, that is that. Number 2 of 12 complete! 10 more to go.

*I finished in 35:06 and was #26 of 41 in my age division. I finished 170th overall.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Road block(s)...

Right when I (think) I'm getting back into a running groove - boom! Side tracked. Again. My most recent road block happened about 5 weeks ago when I caught a touch of sickness. I had a pretty sweet cough, and my throat constantly hurt from the delicious PND. I couldn't bare the thought of attempting to run knowing that I probably wouldn't be able to breathe! I recovered from that after a few weeks and even ran a few times when I felt all right.

I ran a mile at a 10:24 pace (A PR!) a week or so ago and on Monday of this week I did it again - ran a mile at a 10:24 pace. Tuesday morning I woke up with a cough AGAIN. In addition to the cough, I was wheezing as well. I do have asthma, but it rarely acts up...mainly just in the Fall and Spring. It never really effects my breathing when I'm running; I think I've built up enough stamina to be able to control my breathing well. Anyway, Tuesday...cough, wheezing, nasty congestion. I narrowed it down to either picking up some germ somewhere or from being out in the elements the day before. The air quality in this city sucks. The weather is changing, there are all sorts of allergens in the air, I suppose it could have been anything. The point of all of this is that I have a 5K to run this Saturday and want to be healthy. I feel like I haven't been at 100% on the healthy scale for WEEKS now. That is so unlike me. I'm NEVER sick! My immune system normally knocks out any and all germs I come in contact with - but this time, it was different. Maybe I should consider more Vitamin C?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Can you hear the horses? 'Cause here they come.

Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her
Stuck still, no turning back
She hid around corners
She hid under beds
She killed it with kisses
And from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with a drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother
And fast for your father
Run for your children
For your sisters and your brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can't carry it with you if you want to survive