Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday Workout Update - 'Work With It' Edition

Well, running club did not go as planned, because we had severe storms roll in Friday evening, along with two tornadoes just outside of town!  Jeff and I were sitting at our local hamburger place, where we had just finished splitting a burger (and had plans to get some frozen yogurt next) when the tornado warning came on the television.  Decided we'd better book it home (just a five minute drive), which was a good thing, as the torrential rains caused flooding all over!  After a few hours of rain and some hail, it eased up a bit so we went in the front yard (along with most of our neighbors) to check out our drainage area, which is normally a nice grassy play area.  It was flooded, and spilling out onto the street - I've never seen it this bad! 
Friday night - brave neighbor, going barefoot in the flood waters (I worry about creatures like snakes being them so I wore my rain boots)
Tuesday afternoon - this is what it normally looks like!
Paco may be afraid of thunder, but floodwater?  FUN!
This side of the street was covered from curb to curb - good thing we didn't want to go anywhere!

The town was flooding all over, so running club was called off - but this being Texas, our weather is so extreme that it stopped raining and most places dried out enough that Jeff and I were able to go out for a run on Saturday afternoon!  We went to the scary statue park but stayed in the roadway, as the trails were covered with mud, silt and still had some pretty good puddles.  On the schedule for Saturday was a 2 miler,  which I did using 3 minute walk/1.5 minute run intervals.  Pretty easy considering we've been walk/running around 3.5 miles, but I wanted to do what we would have done with the club.  I give this run a big thumbs up!
Paco, doing his whole body lean onto me, as usual...

This week has been a bit off, and I've realized that I just have to work with it, because no matter what I plan, things are going weird.  It started with Saturday morning's run being cancelled (so I worked with it to go in the afternoon), then on Monday, the temperature was below my 40 degree comfort cut-off for the pool - but I went anyway.  Got there and noticed that the water level was way down - my pool buddy Nancy swam up to me and said "it's really cold" - oh, great.  Not sure why so much water was missing, but they were adding more, with a nice cold hose...which was two lanes over from where I swam - and also?  The heaters weren't on!  I knew I wouldn't last too long, and I couldn't stand the thought of getting my face and head wet, so I worked with it by just doing kickboarding - 50 lengths.  Better than nothing, right?

On Tuesday, Jenny wasn't able to meet me for our run, and while I wasn't relishing the idea of running by myself, I planned on going out after I got my hair cut.  Then I got a reminder email about the track workout that night, and while I don't plan on doing many of them (because I'm trying to limit my running to just 3 days a week), this worked out perfectly to get my run in with I went.  And I got another opportunity to work with it, as the track was closed (soccer game was being played), so we ended up going for a little run instead!  Good thing I decided to be flexible, right?

Today is another swimming workout, and I sure hope the pool is filled AND warm.  But if it's not, I'll work with it, one way or another.


  1. I love your "no excuses, turn roadblocks into opportunities" way of thinking!

  2. Good job! Just keep looking for other ways - many times, that's where the opportunities are.

    This weather is something - I'd heard you guys were getting some severe stuff. It didn't hit us like that.

    And belated happy birthing day to you :-)

  3. You worked your way around things you couldn't control this week Shelley, great job!

    Good for you that you did went for a run Saturday afternoon after the running club was cancelled.

    I think the weather is definitely weird this Winter. You have a tornado, we have very cold weather and bloggers I read that normally have the weather we have, have a mild Winter. Weird.

  4. Oh and of course love Paco as usual!

  5. Wow, that's a lot of rain! Glad you guys got home safe - when tornado sirens go off here, I am the first one in the basement!

    Yep, sometimes you got to just go with the flow - glad you are flexible and did as much as you did - you rock! :D

  6. Oh my goodness Shelley! You brought back vivid memories of a flash flood that I was in when i lived in Texas! Wow, I don't think there's anything quite like Texas weather.

    And man, you did great 'going with it.' Especially on that cold day in that cold pool! Ooh, I am shivering just thinking about it.

  7. That's sort of how it looked when it flooded here a couple years ago - scary! I'm totally with you on the snakes and foreign objects being in the water.

    I'm proud of you for flying by the seat of your pants, making adjustments and sticking to your basic plan to get your exercise! Love, Dolvelen.

  8. Wow - what a weather event! And good for you for working your fitness around it. Love the pup, too!

  9. Crazy weather!!! Yup, sometimes we have to deal with what we're given.
    Good job on the run and LOVE the outfit. :-D

  10. Belated Happy Birthday to Sam!!!! And wow.....that is quite the flood. Love the photo of Paco being brave and venturing in to check it out. He's so lovely!!!!!! Hope the wild weather subsides and all calms down in your neck of the woods.

  11. Never play in storm water. Ick! I think about all the sewers that overflowed. Yuck.

    So glad you are getting the running back!

  12. Good for you! I noticed all your pics on FB too. When you are given lemons, YOU make Lemonade. You are my hero.

  13. I'm with Dana. You are my hero Shelley! I need to adopt your attitude quick like.

  14. Good for you - I definitely wouldn't have gotten in the cold pool...but I also don't really like swimming :)

  15. Texans are great, but that weather... I've lived on the left coast all my life; I'm a wimp.


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