Sunday, February 1, 2015

Silver Liningness Sunday

Greetings on this Super Bowl Sunday!  Any wagers?  Anyone care much?  Personally, I'm not necessarily a fan of football or Katy Perry, so no hype going on here.

Except, I did spend this lovely sunny morning running the Super Half Marathon once again.  What a great day for it!  But more on that later...

This was another lovely week to close out January and kick off February.  Is it me, or did January go by super fast?

I think I've gotten settled into the routine of classes and tutees again after the long winter break.  I just have two tutees currently, and one is about to go out into the big world, so I'll be down to one.  I plan to keep it that way for a while. I'm continuing to enjoy my classes.

In movie news, Magnum and I watched Win Win, which we both liked.  Some good humor mixed with some deep stuff to make for a good all-around flick.

And I'm happy to have been able to do the Super Half this morning.  Remember I said I coughed my self into an achy rib injury?  My left side has lovingly become known as "The McRibs".  I really wanted to participate in the Super Half, but wasn't sure if that would be a wise thing.

By Friday, the weather forecast was looking good - sunny and high 20s.  The McRibs?  They were a "maybe", so I went ahead and got registered, vowing to take good care of The McRibs until race day.  Then yesterday, I apparently did the unthinkable.  I laughed.  Nothing gut busting, just a "HA!" that turned into *pop* followed by "ooch, [expletive]" and maybe an [expletive].

By bedtime, though, they'd gone back to "maybe" status.   So this morning, Magnum asked, "You gonna run?"

"Yes", I decided.  "It'll be a counter-irritant".

"Running will be a counter-irritant to the McRibs?", he asked

"Maybe?", I said with fake conviction.

But y'know?  The Super Half was bunches of fun.  The McRibs and I felt pretty okay with the whole thing.  I made myself take it slow and gently with no care about my time, and by the turn-around, I was feeling like the first half had gone by really smoothly.  That gave me confidence for the second half and I gradually picked up my pace a bit.  The last three miles felt really good and I managed to pick off quite a few others coming into the home stretch.

Maybe I'll give a more in-depth race report later, but for now, the stats:

Time:  1:50:23
152nd overall,
38th for the ladies,
2nd for the old ladies.

First 600 finishers for the half got this medal that is also a bottle opener - brilliant!

When I got to the car, I texted Magnum "The McRibs and I survived!"

Anyway, good times.  I will say that I don't have the fun photos like Agg79 shares with us from his races each year, but there were some nice supporters and cute signs along the way.  So now I guess I'll settle in and enjoy [some chick flicks on my tablet while Magnum watches] the Super Bowl and its commercials.  At least we know that this year, the Broncos won't be Super embarrassed.


ShadowRun300 said...

13.1 miles with McRibs? You rock! Did you really wear just that while you were running in 20 degree temps? I'da had at least three more layers on.
I'm half-heartedly watching the game, and not too concerned with who wins. I AM liking that it's been close the whole time.
I, too, thought January went by really fast. That much closer to spring!

Abby said...

Whatta game, eh? I did stream a movie, but watched the game with one eye. It helped that we were in the lead for the office football pool and... we won! Well... Magnum picked it.
So you know, I was fweezing at the start of the race, but as expected, things warmed up. I think I was hoping for a numbing effect on the McRibs, and maybe it worked a little.

agg79 said...

Ok, I've gotta congratulate you on a great run but part of me is uber jealous. Especially of your course time. Even with a McRib injury, I am envious of your "I'll just get up and run 13.1 miles" approach. (No Pain, No Gain). And high 20's to boot? Dang, I feel like real slacker down here an my lazy jog. At sub 30, we would have had people running in parkas down here. Awesome pace and congrats on a great run. I imagine you will kick butt in next year's run. Love the utilitarian feature of the medal - everyone need a good bottle opener.

Abby said...

I remember hearing some guy say, "If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready". That works for me 'cause I don't like to get ready.
There were some front runners in running shorts and singlets - too hardcore for me!

Riot Kitty said...

Hooray for you and the McRibs!

Anita said...

I like that: stay ready...
I need to post that on something visible in my house. Well, maybe on my phone.
I hope your ribs are better. Can't help it, but my thoughts are drifting from you to an actual McDonald's McRib sandwich... though I may have missed the promotion period.

Abby said...

I think a samwich should be named after them.

Abby said...

I'm not sure if the promotion is over yet or not. Probably, but it'll be back! Just hopefully not on me.
Stay ready!

Marcy said...

You are a tank! Wow. Congratulations!

I really enjoyed the game this year. I'm usually more in it for the commercials. My husband is a Patriots fan, and it was a really exciting finish. Plus nachos. Win-win.

Abby said...

It really was a "Super" bowl this year - down to the wire! I'm not necessarily a fan of either team, but we were in the lead for the office pool going into the game. Magnum waivered all week over which team to pick and went with the Patriots at the last minute, so that made it all the more interesting. Go nachos!

terri said...

2nd place among the old ladies, in spite of the achy ribs? IMPRESSIVE! Congratulations!

Abby said...

Thanks, the ribs didn't nag too much, and it was a great day for it. I'm so glad I didn't wimp out.