A Good Run

I missed my workout on Monday evening because I had to work late. I never work late. So when I do I get really irritable about it. You made ME work late one day this whole year? HOW DARE YOU workplace that has been nothing but good to me for the past 8 ½ years!  Plus, missing workouts just makes the day worse because it does not mean I make better food choices because I won’t be burning calories that day. It’s the exact opposite. I workout; I eat well. I don’t workout; I polish off the box of graham crackers with frosting and wash it down with some vodka. 

Yesterday, my jaw was killing me all day. I have to wear a night guard every night while I sleep because I grind my teeth. And I’m not talking a light grinding where it’s “recommended” that I wear a night guard. I discovered I grind my teeth when I was 17 and the grinding woke my mom up in the middle of the night. No joke. My grinding was loud enough to wake up a sleeping, old woman.

Speaking of my mom, she’s even older today. It’s her birthday. Happy Birthday Mama Bird!

Since I was 17, I’ve chewed through 5 night guards. I can’t use the rubber ones because they last about 6 months until they are so destroyed I can’t wear them anymore. So I have to get special porcelain ones made at the dentist. They require impressions and being sent away to labs and fittings once they come back in. So, they cost $500 each. They are not covered by insurance, and I need them if I want to not have chalky white nubs in my mouth.


Dentists have told me that I need stress management. Well, since then I have changed shitty, stressful jobs, changed living situations, changed shitty, stressful boyfriends, and started working out and I still grind my teeth. I’ve even tried acupuncture. No dice. It’s what I do and it sucks.

Every now and then the grinding at night makes my jaw sore during the day and the soreness gives me a headache. The reason I’m telling you this is because it almost made me not go to the gym last night. Running either makes it worse or makes it better and I never know which one it will be until I get on the treadmill.

Well, I did make it to the gym. I did my speed run that wasn’t that speedy because I was afraid to piss off my legs even more after those 20 miles on Saturday.

Here’s what it looked like:

     8 x 800 (1/2 mile) at a 9:13 pace.  (.5 incline)
    Total mileage: 6.10

The run felt pretty good AND it cured my headache! Ahhh…finally a day I can not bitch about running. Thank you running for reminding me you do something other than make my ass sore and give me blisters.

This weekend, our long run is 10 miles. I never thought it would be a relief to run 10 miles. But it is. Because running 20 miles sucks. Unless you’re crazy. Since it’s a holiday weekend, it’s considered an “on your own” weekend with my running group. My group still gets together, but I’m sleeping in every day this weekend and doing my long run on the treadmill. Marathon training is really taking its toll on me and I need a break from the early mornings.

In random news, my in-laws bought Rango and loved it.


They hate all animated movies. In fact, neither one of them can stay awake longer than 30 minutes if one is playing. Not even Pixar can melt their cold, lifeless souls.

Well, Hubs and I borrowed the movie because we keep hearing great things about it and because we couldn’t believe they would like an animated movie. Has anyone else seen this? Because we couldn’t really get into it. It’s not particularly funny or cute. The first 20 minutes were pretty bad, then it got a little better after that but we only made it 45 minutes in. Is it worth finishing? Or is the first half just like the second?

RanGowatchsomethingelse?  (You think that joke is lame now but you’ll use it one day and thank me.)


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30 responses to “A Good Run

  1. I watched Rango twice, the second time was thinking that somehow I slept through the funny part. It’s not funny. And I live somewhere between Bambi and Family Guy, so I had high hopes. It would either be little kid funny, or adult funny, and it was neither. I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way.

  2. I turned Rango off. I thought it was awful.

  3. Connie

    Happy Birthday, Paula’s Mom 🙂

  4. Not even my kids liked Rango. And they liked Rio and Spy Kids IV. Save your time.

  5. I haven’t seen Rango, but I loved Up! But boy, was I a bawling mess during that movie.

  6. love that 800 workout. my fav 🙂

    i like some animated movies. mostly the old school disney ones. rarely anything new

  7. I didn’t think Rango was very good. We Redboxed it a couple of weeks ago and didn’t finish it.

    Have you seen Up? I love that one – the animation is good, its emotional and the dog emotions are hilariously. I felt like it gave me insight into my little dog’s behaviors.

    10 miles is glorious!

  8. Why watch a Johnny Depp movie when you can’t see him?

  9. happy birthday to yoru mom!

  10. I hated Rango!! I made it about 30 minutes before falling asleep and then woke up during the last 45 minutes and decided to do chores instead of actually watching it. I just couldn’t get into it no matter how hard I tried. It wasn’t funny, cute, or interteresting in my opinion.

  11. Lisa

    So glad I am not alone with Rango! We put it on as a family movie night (3 and 6 year old), the little one went off to do something else after about 10 minutes and a group decision was then made by the 30 minute mark to shut it off and put it right back in that Netflix envelope it came in. Awful.

    • You know it’s bad when the kids don’t like it. I really thought I was missing something but everyone’s comments seem to tell me I should save my time and not watch the last half. Done and DONE. Thank you!

  12. O.U.C.H. The grinding sounds so painful. I have a guard that I wear on occasion, when I’m really stressed. EEK, it makes me hurt for you thinking about it! I wish so much it would get better for ya!!!

  13. I couldn’t get into Rango, but Despicable Me and How to Train your Dragon are AWESOME!!!! I cried my little tiny eyeballs out during both.
    And a vodka lemonade sounds amazing! Is it bad when a cocktail sounds good at noon on a Wednesday?

  14. scooley

    Crazy one sounding off here…I still remember my first 20 miles and LOVED it. It helped that it was cool weather, I had a great running partner, and we talked for the ENTIRE run. I hope your next 20 goes better, but no guarantees b/c running in Florida sucks! 🙂 Enjoy your “easy 10” over the weekend.

    I also grind my teeth…not the “mandatory guard” way, just the “receding gum lines, so I had to get fillings to cover up the exposed root” way. It still isn’t fun! I went to the dentist every Thursday in August. UGH.

    Have a great 4 day weekend!!

  15. Paula, that was RUDE. My 20 miler was not easy. The first 18 miles zipped by in comparison to the pure misery of the last two. Plus I was inside in the A/C watching TV. You woke up at 2 am to run outside. Who is crazy now? Well?

  16. I didn’t really like Rango either. Maybe it’s because I don’t really like Johnny Depp? I don’t know.

    I was going to ask if you wanted to join my OYO group this week – but I guess that’s a “no.” 🙂

  17. is that a tub of ice you are residing in?

  18. haha nvm. I read your post “Sitting down is awesome” and realize it is exactly that.

  19. That’s some hardcore grinding! I’ve never met a grinder before, but it sounds really unfun.*

  20. I’ve never even heard of rango, does that make me out of hte loop? Oh well I don’t care! And sleep in girl! The only reason I won’t be is I’ll be Phoenix so I don’t have a treadmill there and will be forced outside which means I’ll have to go running in the middle of the night. Oh wellz… what else is new 😀

    Thanks for the encouragement about taking time off. It’s so hard when you’re so deep into a training cycle you know? However,being able to ‘sleep in’ this week all the way til 6am has been helping my guilt! Muahahaha

  21. I liked Rango but didn’t love it. I’m a HUGE Johnny Depp fan so that might be why I liked it 😉

  22. Happy Belated Birthday to Momma Eat Watch Run. She looks so sweet.

    I’m totally with you on the grahams and frosting bit. In fact, I downed three the other night before my husband starting giving me the side eye. Whatevs, I’m pregnant, and babies like frosting dammit.

  23. Our mamas have the same birthday!!! How fun!! Happy birthday to her!!

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