Tuesday, May 13, 2008

155.6 - The post that almost was

Holy cow, was it a busy day. But a good one. It looks like a paper plant exploded on my desk, though, I still have so much work to do. It can be really feast or famine in our work (we are self employed), and thankfully we have food on our plates, so to speak, even if it's not quite a feast yet. I worked until 5 and didn't feel like doing the gym thang, so no workouts today. I barely ate all day at work (no time to get lunch, it was that busy) and was mentally fried, which is the perfect recipe for--can you guess it?--McDonald's. At least I had an excuse to get the Southwest Salad for dinner.

Yesterday I almost did something nuts, at least for me. I was this close to changing into my running clothes in my car while parked on the side of the road. I was listening to DMB in the car after dropping off DH to pick his up after it was serviced, and was on my way to get the kids, when the Pavlovian response kicked in and I HAD TO GO RUNNING. I only had like 30 minutes before I had to get Luke and knew I didn't have time to go back to the office to change, and it was just so beautiful I wanted to run outside instead of picking up kids and running inside at the gym.

So I'm hashing out in my head where I could park close to Luke's day care provider's house and change my clothes in the car without being seen. I even thought, Man what a cool blog post that would be (how whacked is that?). I even turned onto a side street where I thought no one would notice, but then I came to my senses and instead drove across the street to a gas station.

Hello, my name is Laura and I have a running problem.

I changed into my running clothes in a gas station bathroom. I tried to pretend I wasn't naked next to the perfume for 50 cents dispenser or the "personal products" machine. And got in and out of my clothes in record time. I bought a bottle of water on my way out so I was a patron and not just some crazy lady with a running problem, then got in my car and drove to Luke's sitters house, parked the car on her street, and ran for 2.15 miles.

It was a short one, but it was pretty fast. It felt great just to move and breathe the fresh air in the sun shine, even if it was only for a little over 20 minutes.

***American Idol Blather***
Oh my goodness, David Cook just made my toes curl. His version of "The first time ever I saw your face" gave me goose bumps. Randy is a complete bonehead for not getting it. That was incredible. I thought Simon was nuts to choose that song (nuts, or decidedly evil), but it was amazing. Damn, that boy is fine.


Running Knitter said...

That is the best! :)

Vickie said...

I can't tell you how many weird placed I have changed clothes.

The last was a "half" change in the physical therapy parking lot last week. Pulled shorts on under skirt, peeled off skirt, changed shoes - I already had a fitted knit shirt on that I could wear to exercise.

Remember I am the one that has gallon zip lock bags with clean extra clothes in the trunk of my car - exercise shorts, jeans skirt, tops, underwear/socks, swim shoes, etc.

I used to wear T shirt style dresses and could pull off my underwear/drawers, pull my suit on up to my armpits, pull off dress and bra, pull suit the rest of the way up.

Did this MANY times at the old pool so that I didn't have to put a baby down in the rest/changing room.

Once I took the kids out of the car - then we could go all the way in, dump bag in chair and walk directly into pool.

I was wondering WHY I didn't put my suit on under my dress as I typed that - and I just realized that I probably ran errands all the way to the pool - and potty (me) was probably the problem.

I would not have been able to hold a baby (off the bathroom floor) and strip and go with a suit on without taking everything off.

Vickie said...

I don't know if you read Mouse every day - be sure to check her out today and follow the links to the running ads (you might have already seen them all - they are new to me as I don't watch commercials).


thought of you the minute I saw them.

Girl with a Problem said...

"My name is Laura and I have a running problem" - I love it! I am still picturing the people in the gas station going trying to figure out what you were doing.

Congrats on actually following through with your idea even though it took some creativity to make it happen.

I'd avoid changing in the car if possible (I've done it myself -but not into exercise clothes) in this day of YouTube and LiveLeak. lol

Maybe we should all wear running clothes under alll of our outfits so we can peel them off in public whenever the urge strikes. We'd be like superheroes! How cool would that be?

Way to go Laura. Love your blog.

Jill said...

Looooves me some David Cook!!! I didn't get to see AI last night but have it on the DVR and will watch it this afternoon.

You are a running superhero, woman!! You are too funny!!

Grumpy Chair said...

Laura, you are my hero! Not because of the running urge (though I am so proud of you and think that girl is so awesome) but because you have no problem mentioning that you feed your children McD's (which I do too. . . sometimes more than twice a week!)

But, if I mention McD's in a post I always get some comment about how I'm poisoning my children or scolded for not making better choices to feed my kids . . . blah blah blah and the comments are usually made by someone who has never had children nor raised one! Grrr.

"I'm sorry Timmy, you can't eat at Mc'D's because I love you; but mommy will make you some meat-free, gluten free, fat free, sugar-free; transfat free, soy-free veggie "pretend chicken" nuggets instead".

You have given me some backbone girl to just let it roll off.

Marcy said...

OMG I am soooo LMAO at this "I tried to pretend I wasn't naked next to the perfume for 50 cents dispenser or the "personal products" machine." HAHAHAAAAAA

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Lol I LOVE This story, Laura!

Cindy154 said...

I think being addicted to running is kinda cool. I am tempted to try it. Much better than any other addictions I have had. I am getting close to trying but am concerned my shoes are not good enough. Any pointers? Also on the night eating - I allow myself to have a light snack if I have to have something. But I try to stop after dinner, and when I feel the urge to eat I just remind myself that if I don't I will get the results I want. I keep focusing on how close I am to goal and how far I have come. And the reality is if I don't eat in the evening I WILL lose more weight. Maybe I can start running in the evening...or would that make me want to eat??

Cindy154 said...

Oh, I did change shirts in the car one day on my work parking lot. It was very late and not too many people were still at work. But right after I finished, someone drove by, very close call. I tried to do it so not much skin was showing at any given time but there came a point where I had to be exposing something. I wouldn't advise it. Especially anywhere where you might know someone. I am still amazed I did that...

P.O.M. said...

Yippy! You kicked butt. I love it that nothing was giong to stand in your way.

I'm a "car changer" too. I change anywhere, anytime. There just boobs. ha ha.

Helen said...

Any little bit is great when it comes to exercise...I always have to remind myself of that! Congrats on grabbing your 20 minutes!!

David Cook? I love him. I've gone from referring to him at the beginning of the season as "David With Tragic Hair" to eagerly anticipating every single performance. And I agree that the Roberta Flack song was SEXY! :-)

Carly said...

WTG! You are officially an junkie!

LMAO changing in the gas station bathroom.

L.G. said...

That is so wonderful and funny. Can you change in the sitter's house or would Luke see you and demand your attention?

Can you wear some of the running gear UNDER your clothes and do a quick change? I once changed a shirt in the middle of a parking lot at work -- but I was fast and it was foggy and my car windows were totally steamed up. (Plus I knew I wasn't giving anyone any thrill -- just a public indecency possibility.)

You rock!!!