Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Randomness

I met my old college roomate for dinner last night. Since we were meeting across town, I knew I wouldn't have time to run. So instead, I am posting some random crap...

Garmin woes...
As you know, I was having issues with my Garmin back in September - it would turn off mid-run with no warning. Sometimes it would happen after only a minute or two, sometimes after 10 minutes, sometimes after 2 hours. Well, I did send the watch back to Garmin and they quickly replaced my watch with a "newly overhauled" unit.

Woohoo! (or so I thought) The new unit started having the same exact problem. Sooo, I called Garmin's help desk again and this time they thought we should try a new power cord. Fine. That still didn't fix the problem. In fact, I couldn't even get my Garmin to power on after that. So, I once again called the Garmin people and this time they thought I should get a BRAND NEW Garmin with a new cradle and even a new heart rate monitor band thingy. SCORE!

Or not. I called several days later to confirm that they had received the Garmin I mailed back to them and when I did, they could not find me in their system. In fact, the "RMA #" I was given was linked to someone else in another state. So, my Garmin was floating around there somewhere and I had apparently never called there. After some research, they did find a record of my 1st two issues, but they never found any record of that last phone call. Oh, and they eventually did locate my Garmin. But, when I received that lovely package from UPS yesterday I had a little surprise...it was another "newly overhauled" Garmin. That's it. No cradle. Lovely.

I called again today. I am returning "newly overhauled" and should be getting "BRAND NEW" next week. I better...Houston is less than 3 weeks away. I NEED my Garmin dammit!

Weight Loss...
I decided a little over 5 weeks ago that I wanted to get down to a certain weight by race day. It's all part of this crazy plan I have to become a lean, mean swimming, biking, running machine.

Anyway, this became my "8 pounds in 8 weeks" challenge. As of last Wednesday, I was right on track - 5 lbs in 5 weeks! How was I doing this? Back to my previous eating plan - high protein, low sugar, eat my fruits/veggies and lots of water....and no alcohol or sweets until after the 1/2. The only exception to that last part would be Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day. Last year, I did great at keeping the junk food to a minimum over the holidays, so I knew I could do it. And I did okay...not as great as last year, but not terrible. I am right back at it now that my 2 splurge days are over and hoping that the scale will continue to move downward!

NYC 2010...
I decided to do something crazy...I threw my name in the lotto for the 2010 NYC Marathon. I ran this marathon in 2003. It was year that P. Diddy also ran and as much as I hate to admit it, it was my slowest marathon ever. Embarrassingly slow. However, it was the most fun I had during a marathon and I was able to run most of it with one of my best friends (who just happened to be nursing an injury - hence the slowness). I decided back then that I would DEFINITELY do NYC again to celebrate turning the big 4-0. Back then, 40 seemed so far away! But time flies, because next year I am going to be 38 and 40 is just around the corner. Honestly, I don't really intend to run NYC in 2010...I just thought that if I didn't get in, I could keep trying (if you don't get in 3 years in a row, you are automatically in on the 4th year). If I do get in, I will defer until next year. Either way, I will be running NYC sometime near my 40th birthday. Yay me!

Well, that's enough randomness for now. Have a great New Year's Eve and Day if I don't post again before then!!!

8 comments:

Jamoosh said...

New Garmin = sweetness!

Junie B said...

wow. that was a lot to read and process... you were all over the place!! LMAO!

OK, i had a goal weight in mind too for Las Vegas, but missed it. i've lost fat, but i still want the scale to move. it has by 4 lbs. since my dr visit back in early november i guess it was. however i will still like it to move by 2-3 more lbs by Houston.

i dont think thats going to happen.

l.borrego said...

I love that you can say, "I ran the NYC marathon...the year P.Diddy ran it." That's so funny!

How did you feel about Zooma? Is it a fun race? I've been wanting to do it but it's on the heels of Austing Half (which is on the heels of the HOU half). I was thinking of just doing the relay, but only if it was a fun event. If not there are some other shorter races that look good.

TX Runner Mom said...

Zooma's race is pretty brutal because of the hills. The necklace they gave away was pretty bad, in fact most of ours broke before we even got home. Oh and the "brunch" was a soggy burrito. But, the girl time after the race hanging out at the resort pool and floating in their "lazy river" while having 'ritas made it all worth it! That's the whole reason I am going back! :-)

Tara said...

Ugh...sounds like you've had some major issues with Garmin, I hope you get it all straightened out and have your brand NEW one by the marathon!

I've been losing weight for my races too. It helped that I cut the meat out of my diet, but Christmas did me in! I have been partaking in too many sweets.

That's really cool that you put your name in for NY. Would love to watch your training for that one! Hope you get in!

Happy New Year to you too!

That Pink Girl said...

Good luck in the NYC lottery! Isn't it the best crowd???

Meg Runs said...

Yeah for the new Garmin! I just got a new one for Christmas and it's super sweet!! I hope you get into NYC, that would be fun for you to do it again! That's a perfect almost 40 birthday experience!

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