today's run will be going in my running hall of fame. and it's not because of mileage. or speed.
there are few runs that ever make it in. in fact, until this morning, the hall of fame was empty...
last night i was driving home from my sister's house when my belt/pulley system went out. the serpentine belt came completly off. apparently this affects the water pump, which in turn overheats the engine and creates an antifreeze spill-over. this means nothing to me. i have no clue what happened, this is just what the "car people" tell me. luckily, it was right by my house so i was able to get home.
so i spent all this time last night figuring out bus routes, trax schedules, towing companies, jeep dealers, etc. so that i could get my car fixed today. the catch is i had to be at work in draper at 8 AM and the trax only goes to sandy. so this morning i ran to the train station on 400 S. and caught the 6 AM train. rode down to sandy where my little sister was kind enough to wake up early and drive from highland to give me a ride to draper. my class gets out at 11, from which i promptly took off hoping to catch the 12:00 train. i ran from 12300 S in draper to state street (large dirt mountain climb from a contruction site included) and then ran along state street to the 10000 south train station and caught the train by a hair. i must mention i was wearing black dress pants and had my backpack with textbooks, work shoes and other junk in it. heavy. and hot. the WORST part was the pants. i DO NOT run in pants. ever. the closest i will go is tights. and even then i am uncomfortable. my intensely horrific claustriphopic pants nightmare became a reality. anyone driving down state street in sandy today surely got a laugh. crazy- backpack-black-pants-messy-hair-girl running down the road at high noon in orange shoes. such drama!
i basically passed out on the train, woke up just in time to change to the university line and get home to meet the tow truck man at 1:00. i actually made it home a little early, so i was going to make something for lunch quick but tow truck man showed up early! so we loaded up my jeep on his giant trailer and he drove me to the dealership. after i was dropped off and took care of the paperwork stuff, i had nowhere else to go so i decided to run home. this was about 3 miles. i was almost home when i ran past the guthrie bike shop on 2100 S. i got this amazing idea that i should finally fork over the money to buy a bike. i have been thinking about doing it forever, but now it made more sense. so it was an impulse buy of sorts, even though at some point this summer i probably would have purchased one. it's a very basic road bike, but it suits my needs...commuting and sunday cross-training. the guys at the bike shop thought i was insane. i ran in all sweaty and said "i want to buy a bike right now and ride it home" i think i disgraced the biking community today with my lack of knowledge, but who cares i am sure they were glad to make a sale.
i rode the last mile home on my new bike, sweating profusely at this point. i made it home just in time to catch a phone call from bob the jeep fixer who said he would have my car done by tomorrow afternoon. i work at 8 AM again, so it looks like i will be having the same adventure tomorrow. but now i have a bike.
leg feels fine. i knew it would. it just didn't want to go 15 miles on saturday i guess. :)
marathon week = easy runs, low stress, taper. HA. not today. no more hall of fame adventure runs for the rest of the week. probably taking friday off all together.