Week in Review

by Carilyn on August 13, 2012

I had fully intended to do six weeks of 140-plus miles, but only ended up with five. Hubz was threatening to send me to Europe by myself, telling me I had gotten “bitchy” and “no fun to be around,” and since I had publicly stated I might kill him in my last post, and therefore would be the first suspect if he accidentally swallowed rat poison, I knew retaliation was not an option. I had to get “unbitchy,” and that meant getting some rest. So, my week was a little lighter (and a little less ominous for my family):

Miles run: 120

Rest days: 1

Hill workouts: 1

Speed workouts: 2

Aerobics: 5

Core workouts: 6

Swim workouts: 2

Outfits worn: 17 (I swam in my running clothes)

Cupcakes eaten: 2 PLUS almost half of my parent’s 58th Wedding Anniversary Cake – Go Mom and Dad!

Slushies consumed: 0 (a count I plan to rectify this week, but because of above mentioned cake consumption I was afraid I’d get diabetes)

Bowls of Cap’n Crunchberries consumed: 4 (so bad, it’s good)

Times my childhood nickname “Brujita” (little witch) was used by members of my running group: 4

Times I accidentally tripped the person running next to me: 4

Number of people who e-mailed me to say they were pissed at their Running MogulΒ description: 7

Number of people who e-mailed me to say they felt sorry for Hubz: 5

Number of people who e-mailed me to say they felt sorry for me: 0

Number of people who e-mailed me to say they felt sorry for my kids: 1 (And his e-mail address just happened to match my son’s)

Happy Running!





Kate August 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I hear that cake for any anniversary over 30 years is calorie-free, so you really should have gone for the slushie…not that you have to worry about calories running 120 miles in a shorter week! πŸ™‚

Char August 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Were you called Brujita before or after you tripped the person running next to you? I’m just wondering if the tripping was in retaliation or visa versa. I’m really glad there was no bloodshed since your last post. I’ve heard it’s really hard to get your miles in when you’ve been incarcerated.

Carilyn August 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

OOOOOOOHHHH! Does that mean I can finish the rest of the cake πŸ™‚

Carilyn August 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

The tripping was definitely retaliation – I never strike first πŸ™‚ And your right, Char, prison is tough on training πŸ™‚

Kent August 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

There are times when no kind of answer will satisfy the wife. That is the classic set-up if I ever heard one. I hope the bit of rest helped you and Hubz.

Carilyn August 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

It did! πŸ™‚

Zaneta August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Just wanted to stop by and say hey… I just found your blog and will be reading it from now on! πŸ™‚ Wow… 120 miles for the week is impressive! πŸ™‚

Carilyn August 16, 2012 at 5:50 am

Thanks for stoping by, Zaneta! πŸ™‚

Joe Fejes September 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

Carilyn, please increase the number for feeling sorry for Hubz from 5 to 6. You can keep the number that feel sorry for you should at “0”–lol!!! It was great hanging with y’all in Poland–can’t wait till Desert Solstice!!!

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Week in Review

by Carilyn on August 6, 2012


More traveling – this time to San Angelo, Texas. People always think of West Texas as dry and barren, but I assure you that is not always the case. Β I spent the majority of my weekend running around lakes, slurping slushies, and trying to figure out how to get California to sell Texas-style barbecue (really, how hard can it be?).

I managed to get my miles in, though many of them were just downright ugly. You know the “ugly cry”? Well, many of my miles last week were just “ugly run” miles. I’m super fatigued, and traveling compounded the problem, so the best I could do was “get ’em done” and move on. It wasn’t pretty, but luckily no one was harmed in the execution – I think.

Miles run: 140

Ugly run miles: probably 8-10

Number of people who asked me why I was breathing so hard: 3

Number of people I tried to put a spell on but remembered I don’t know any magic: 3

Most miles done in one day: 24

Core workouts: 6

Aerobics: 4

Swim sessions: 2

Dead animals seen on the road: 17 (driving and running across Texas would be a roadkill lover’s paradise – blech).

Number of outfits worn: 21

Number of cupcakes consumed: 2

Number of slushies consumed: 2

Amount of barbecue consumed: 2 pounds

Number of times I was called Katherine: 5 (luckily it is my middle name, so I just answer)

Hours spent watching the Olympics: 15

Sports I considered pursuing “right this minute because I am so sick of running!“: 5 (badmitton, swimming, rowing, kayaking, beach volleyball)

Minutes it took me to seriously consider said options: 1.5 (none of my choices have good uniforms for a mother of 2)

Luckily, I regained my perspective (thanks to a couple of cupcakes and a fun run with the San Angelo Road Lizards), and all is right in my running world again. I’ve quit window shopping other sports and am happily back in the runners’ camp. But, I am taking the day off – lots of Olympics to watch. Hmmm…I wonder how hard it would be to take up fencing at this age? Their uniforms might work.

Happy Running!



Kate August 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

OK, I’m thinking you and your runner’s body would look pretty good in the beach volleyball outfits. I love volleyball, so watching the women play definitely makes me think it would be fun. You wouldn’t catch me fantasizing about any rowing/paddling sports, though…the paddling legs of adventure races are PLENTY for me!

And roak kill…ugh…the worst thing about running and biking is the fact that you’re exposed to it for soooo long.

Carilyn August 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

You are too kind, Kate! I definitely couldn’t carry off those bikinis – yikes!

Marcia August 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

We have a new badminton net in the yard and if I can tear myself away from the Olympics, I’m out there. Rio 2016 here I come!
Mmmmm Texas barbecue–love it!

Carilyn August 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Ooooooh! I want a badmitton set! So cool, Marcia!

pensive pumpkin August 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Hang on, your Mama named you Carilyn Katherine? Doesn’t she understand that in order to be cool you’d have to be Carilyn Catheryn or Karilyn Katheryn or Karilynkathryn or something? Goodness gracious. These people with their old fashioned ways just kill me.


Okay, so in truth I’m jealous of your ultra cool name. My Mama named me after my two grandmothers, despite the fact that neither was very nice to their children. And the way she combined the names is one step away from being awesome and cool, but yet she lacked the imagination for that step. Sigh.

Now I have to go back and read the rest of your post because I read that little part and started obsessing about your cool name. My brain is whack. And I will be repeating your hypnotic name all day long. Maybe it will be my new running Mantra for ugly cry runs.

Char August 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

You’re really letting down all the cupcake bakers by only eating 2. If you lived closer I’d totally use you as my cake-tester. And you’re a little low on the Olympics-watching if you ask me (an obsessed Olympics fan) But I’ll excuse you because you’re having to put so many miles and hours in to run off those two measly cupcakes.

Carilyn August 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hello! I like Lawrence Welk, the Mousketeers, and ABBA – a cool name would have made no difference πŸ™‚ You crack me up – you are too funny! I was running when I saw your comment on my phone and I had to stop because I was laughing so hard. I grew up in the era of Mean Girls named Marti, Mindi, Mitzi, Jenee, Randi, etc. Carilyn Katherine? Sigh.

Carilyn August 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I know, I know, Char! I’m in desperate search of a new cupcake store – unless you want to move to the States. I’ve probably watched much more Olympics than I claim, but I have enough bad habits posted πŸ™‚

Beth McCurdy August 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I love your blog. The part about people asking you why you are breathing so hard. Hilarious. I know people have wanted to ask me the same thing on my high mileage weeks. My running buddy locally is Joe Fejes. you will see him in Poland as the 6th male on the team. I’m running North Coast next month trying for over 125 miles and maybe the Worlds in the Netherlands next Spring. Ashley Walsh (you like her blog) is a BFF and coming with me to crew. Good luck at Poland! And the bald guy is Joe Fejes. He’s a great guy.

Carilyn August 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping by! So exciting that you are working towards making the team – it’s a great experience. I don’t know Joe, but I’m looking forward to meeting him. And I adore Ashley πŸ™‚ Hope to meet you soon!

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The Week In Review

by Carilyn on July 16, 2012


Since my week ends on Sunday, I meant to post this last night. But then I got lazy. And I have a good book. And then I fell asleep. You get the picture.

So here is my week in review on Monday, a day late, a dollar short (what does that saying even mean?):

Miles run: 140

Days of running: 7

Rest days: 0

Cupcakes consumed: 6

Icees consumed: 1.25 (spilled 3/4 of one down the front of my shirt, remember?)

Petit Ecolier Cookies consumed: 8

These are the same cookies I consumed daily when I was in school in France. Β I left the US a size 4, and came back a semester later a size 12. Oh, and I had decided to quit wearing a bra. And took up smoking. My parents were very proud and really happy about all the money they spent on my “education”.

Number of “fat girl with no bra” photos I have which you will never get to see: 3

Running outfits worn: 18

Loads of laundry done: 10

Times wearing makeup: 2

Gallons of sweat produced: 1246 (okay, we all know I’m making that up, but it was a lot!)

(That is NOT pee. It is sweat, which is grosser, as far as I’m concerned, but most “normal” people don’t seem to feel the same way.)

Hill workouts: 2

Speed workouts: 2

Miles walked: 1.75 (at the end of a run, and when a new runner couldn’t make it up a hill. I wish this happened more often so I had an excuse to walk. I love to walk. But it makes me feel like a pansy. And my OCD doesn’t allow for much wiggle room).

Number of times I fell: .5 (I tripped, but didn’t fall – a record for me)

Number of times someone honked at me while I was running and scared the bejeezus out of me: 6

Number of times I considered practicing angry hand gestures I learned while going to school in France: 6


Happy Running!




SteveQ July 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

We all have those photos we’ll never show, yet never throw away. I’d trade “no-bra fat girl” for my “plaid pants on a chairlift.” I have a personal post I keep thinking of publishing about my history with girls who smoke; guess we were never in France or Texas at the same time.

Carilyn July 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

I would love to see the plaid pants photo, Steve! You show me yours, I’ll show you mine πŸ™‚

Marcia July 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

Sounds like quite a busy week! Forget the sweat and fat girl pics, I’d like pics of the cupcakes please. : )

Kate July 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I totally want to see your fat girl/no bra pictures!! I’d be all about posting those if I looked like you do now. πŸ™‚ I have an atrocious picture from when my older boys were little. I weighed about 229 and looked it. Even though I’m a long ways from where I’d like to be, I’d still like to post a picture of where I came from.

Kate July 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

…but I can’t find the picture.

Carilyn July 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Marcia, I will post pics of cupcakes next time πŸ™‚

Carilyn July 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I will see if I can figure out how to scan them and post them (i.e., get my teenage son webmaster to do it πŸ™‚ ), Kate!

Carilyn July 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I want to see the pic, Kate!

Char July 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Now that you’ve mentioned the fat photo you really should show us. After all I showed you mine …

olga July 17, 2012 at 7:47 am

Now I feel like a fat girl with no bra, after reading it. Thanks!

Carilyn July 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

I may upload a version of it, Char, but I promised Hubz and teen sons to never let the braless photo see the light of day πŸ™‚

Carilyn July 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

No way, Olga! I’ve seen you – you look great!

olga July 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

I’ve perfected the way I hide things, silly! I am not a spring chicken anymore! πŸ™‚

Carilyn July 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I’m trying to hide things, too, Olga – but more and more things keep popping out πŸ™‚

Jeff Dinkin July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

Good stuff. One other stat I’m curious about is how many hours of sleep you require. I’ve upped my mileage in the last few weeks and noticed I need about 1 hour more than I did, particularly on the day I’ve done a hard run.

Carilyn July 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I get about 8 hours a day, but I could definitely use more – just not enough time. I know the big time runners get up to 10 a day (including naps).

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