Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Near Perfect Day

Saturday morning I woke up bright & early, 4:15, so I could get ready for the ABB 5K.  Luckily, I had been exhausted the night before so I really wasn't all the tired surprisingly when I woke up.  I made sure I had everything packed: iPod, arm band, Polar watch, water bottle, camera...and then started my car so it would warm up while I made myself a smoothie.  At 5 am I hit the road for downtown Houston with the address for a parking garage in my GPS.  Due to the fact that it was the ass crack of dawn on a Saturday traffic was a breeze, even with shut downs & re-routes on the freeway.
I arrived at the parking garage around 5:45, at the same time I got a text message from Mr. Fireman wishing me luck on the race (good timing Mr.!).  Unfortunately, that parking garage, along with most others that I saw, were closed to the public.  Due to the chaotic mess of shut down roads the day before I didn't even try to get closer to the convention center.  (Turns out I should have)  Instead I found a valet parking garage that would let me park there for $10 for the entire day.  I was so stressed out because, well driving in downtown Houston does that to me, that I thought I had put my car in park when really I only still had my foot on the brake.  When I took my foot off the brake so the guy could get in my car started rolling forward... finally I got my shit together & grabbed everything I was going to need for the day.  I didn't know exactly where I was so I whipped out my GPS so I could figure out how to walk the 3/4 miles to the convention center, at 6 am, alone, it was slightly scary & slightly exhilarating.  I made it, unscathed, only to find out that on that day, unlike the previous day, the lot right in front of the convention center was open...for $10.  I got my race packet, checked in my stuff, & then sat around waiting for the race to start at 8 am.
At 8 am the gun went off & I was on my way.  It was a chilly morning so I wore my fleece zip up for the first half of the race until I got so warm that I needed to not only take it off but move my bib & arm band with my iPod in it.  Skills people, I got skills.  I took moved the bib from my fleece to my shirt, my armband from over my fleece to on my arm, & my zip up from on my upper body to around my waist all without stopping...granted I did slow down to do so.  Official times still aren't in & I didn't do real awesome or anything (somewhere around 36-37 minutes) but that's around 6 minutes faster than the last 5k I ran in September.  After the race I had planned to take pictures around downtown (which I did some with my phone) but it turned out that my camera battery had died so I decided to just snap some on my walk back to my car before heading home.  For the record, the 3/4 mile walk wasn't as scary in the daylight.
On the way back I was craving pancakes like no other.  I was hoping that by the time I got back home Mr. Fireman would've had a long enough nap that I could get him to go out for breakfast with me.  Unfortunately when I text him about the race & what not afterwards he said he had just gotten home because they had gotten a call at 4 am.  So instead, I let him sleep & headed to Whataburger.  Twice before I have been a part of the whole pay it forward thing.  Once in college at a Burger King & once not that long ago when I decided to start it by paying for someone else's Starbucks behind me.  When I got to the window to pay at Whataburger it just so happened that the person in front of me paid for me so I did the only logical thing & paid for the person behind me.  That was the icing on the cake.  It wasn't even 11 am & I knew it was a great day.  After not really hearing much from Mr. Fireman the previous 2 days due to his hectic work schedule I got an early morning good luck text, despite having not trained all that well I beat my last race time by 6 minutes, & then once again got the chance to pay it forward.
I was so exhausted when I got home that instead of showering like I should have I ate my breakfast & then passed out for a few hours.  Finally I got out of bed & showered and then sat around most of the day just relaxing.  The plan was for me to go over to Mr. Fireman's house that night around 6-6:30 so we could play card games & drink.  Instead I got a text around 5:30 asking if he could come over instead.  At 7 pm he showed up with a case of beer and my very own set of Phase 10 cards.  We started a game & then ordered some pizza and wings.  Once the food arrived we took a break from the game to eat & watch the end of Talledega Nights on TV.  We then finished the game (he won) & then tried to watch some Breaking Bad.  Unfortunately, something was wrong with my TV/laptop connection so the sound wasn't right.  We found some Dave Chapelle on TV & he almost instantly passed out.  The next morning we decided to play another round of Phase 10 (I won) & then we went out for breakfast.

All in all it was a pretty fantastic day!


  1. awesome and congrats on the run! who cares if it was not as what you expected -- be proud that you ran a 5K. even after all this time, i have never even signed up for a 5 or 10k because i'm scared!! which is weird because i did tough mudder but that is different.

    Vodka and Soda

    1. Thanks! My 1st 5K was the Warrior Dash...which is completely different than a normal one. My 2nd was the Color Run...which is also completely different because it's not timed & hardly a soul actually runs lol. I was so nervous for my 1st one but I just felt so accomplished for actually doing one.