June 17, 2014

Thrift store finds

Well, I guess I spoke too soon about the fish flies not being too bad this year. Yesterday, Jerry and I went to the rec center so I could sign the boys up for football camp, and I couldn't believe how many fish flies were on the wall!

In the afternoon, we went to the thrift store to see if we could get cleats for the kids for baseball. Whenever I go to the thrift store, I end up browsing around for the longest time, just looking at all the interesting stuff that accumulates there. I found a couple of cool things:

A CamelBak! It was literally brand new, and only $2.99; the only problem was that it was missing the bladder. But I knew I could buy a replacement bladder, and Jerry really wanted the CamelBak, so we bought it.

I also found this book, which I just had to buy!

I love that the woman on the cover is wearing a button-down collared shirt to run ;) The book was published in 1978, so I'm really curious about what kind of advice it offers. Should be an interesting read, to say the least.

Last night, the kids had a baseball game at 7:00. I had to leave early, because I had a Skype interview at 8:00 with Heather from the Half Size Me podcast. I was on her podcast before, in the fall of 2012, and I really enjoyed chatting with her. I love her podcast, so I was happy to do it again. We talked about maintenance, and the struggles I've been having, as well as a little about the From Fat to Finish Line documentary. I really don't have any news about the film--when I asked Angela, the producer, she said it could be a while before it's available. Apparently, documentaries take a LONG time to go from filming to screen.

Anyway, the interview went great (at least I hope so). I felt a lot more comfortable this time around, and I don't think I said "um" so much ;)  Heather is really easy to talk to! I'll let you know when the interview from yesterday is available for download.

This morning, Jerry was off work and we decided to let the kids play hooky from school today. They only had a half-day, and their last day is Thursday (tomorrow and Thursday are also half-days), so we didn't see any harm in letting them stay home. As soon as I got up this morning, I wanted to get my run out of the way. It was already 73 degrees with 83% humidity at 7:00 this morning! I only had three miles on the schedule, so I wanted to get it done before it got any hotter. I hoped the fish flies would leave me alone for 30 minutes.

To say it was a hot run was an understatement. I hate when it's super humid, because my sweat doesn't evaporate, which makes me feel like a slippery mess. I ran at a 9:00/mi pace for the first couple of miles, and was tempted to slow it down for the third mile. As soon as I hit the start of mile three, some birds started dive-bombing me, and I ran hard to get away from them. After that, it was really hard to maintain pace, but since I'd already gone 2.2 miles at that pace, I decided to just try and run a sub-9:00 for the last mile. Not a bad pace for this humidity!

When I finished my run, I was pretty much gasping for air. It was so hard to breathe when the air was so thick. I sat in front of the fan drinking some ice water for a few minutes before taking a shower.

In the late morning, we took the kids to the wave pool at the Metropark. There was a threat of a thunderstorm, but it looked like it would hit north of us, so we took a chance and went to the pool. I really don't like swimming, so I brought Bart Yasso's book (that I bought at the Runner's World Half expo), and sat in the shade to read while the boys swam.

It was really windy, and I started to worry that maybe we would get a storm, but it never came. Because of the wind, the Metropark deflated their huge water slide, though. The kids lasted a few hours in the pool, and then we headed home.

We're supposed to have thunderstorms tomorrow, too, so we'll see what happens.


  1. OMG, I will have the heebie jeebies for the rest of the night after seeing those flies. *swatting the air*

  2. I LOVE thrift store shopping!!!!!!

  3. SEVERAL random thoughts -
    Camelbak for $2.99?? SCORE!! Thrift stores are fun even if you don't buy anything!
    Fish flies are just nasty...
    Did you see the recent article about Lyme disease and Bart Yasso? Wow... Ticks freak me out.
    Have a great day!
    Good run girl! Esp with the humidity. Usually makes for a craptastic run.

  4. Those flies are gross! Wow. We don't have those. Yuck.

  5. 1978 is when I started running! I'd love to hear what that book says. Back then, I ran as cross training for rowing. I just restarted running a couple months ago, and it's much harder now that I'm 50 than when I was 20 :)

  6. Ugh, the flies are so disgusting!
    I haven't liked going swimming since losing weight because my legs are just so ugly with all the loose skin. I tried swim skirts but they just suck to swim in. I decided to buy a pair of long boy's swim trunks, the lycra kind and I wear them with a tankini top and I feel so much better. The skin is hidden and doesn't move around in the water. I might look unique, but that's fine with me, and when one friend said, she wished she could look so good in those shorts, I was in compliment heaven! lol....wearing the shorts constantly now...jk.hahahaha

  7. AnonymousJune 18, 2014

    Try running in the Florida heat and humidity! By 7am the humidity is already 100*. Here in Florida especially in the summer you have to get your exercise done by 8 am or you are toast. I hate Florida in the summer.

  8. I love thrifting! I am working on finding the perfect vintage furniture to reupholster now :D

  9. I started running in 1978, never wore that kind of shirt though.

  10. AnonymousJune 18, 2014

    I love thrifting. Awesome finds! Now I'm going to go burn my eyes out after seeing those flies. I don't do bugs, lol.


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