Grumpy Sunday Runday

The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, and I wasn’t in the mood to go for my long run on Sunday.  I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, so that could be the number one reason right there. My alarm went off at 6, but apparently on its first snooze, I turned the alarm completely off.  No worries.  Meep managed to howl and scream and annoy the hell out of me until I woke up.  He knows.  He’s a good cat.

Regardless, I still didn’t get out early enough.  It was already hot.  And heat makes me cranky.  I don’t know how the weather can change from 45 deg F to 80 in a matter of 24 hours.

And OMG, all the people on the trail.  And bikes.  And dogs.  And pollen.  And bugs.  Following are a few of my grumpy observations on the first part of my run:

  • Two big dogs walking with their owners without a leash.  Just so happens a bike rice was passing through… one wrong move from these leashless dogs and they would’ve been flattened out like yesterday’s newspaper at the bottom of a birdcage.
  • A toddler running back and forth across the trail.  Again… people… bike race… flattened toddler. Did the millions of fast bikes passing you not give you a freaking clue?
  • To the cyclist who passed me thisclose with zero room to spare… Dude.  I don’t need to feel the wind from your draft.  If I trip over my feet and stumble while you’re passing too close, you’re going down, as is the rest of your entourage.  I bike this trail, so I know there’s plenty of room to share, especially when I’m already running in the grass.  A$$hole.

Then at mile two I had a special escort.  A white butterfly.  This lovely little butterfly flitted along with me for at least 1/2-mile.  My spirits started to lift a bit.  Once that happened, the butterfly flew directly in front of me, then disappeared, never to be seen again.  It was the only butterfly I saw on the trail all day.

And then I looked up.  There were the eagles… Papa on his tree watching over things, Mama in the nest taking care of Junior.  My heart was full and my angst gone.

However, an hour later on turn-around, I started to get cranky again.  I was running into the sun.  And I was hot.  And proof-positive that I sweat lavender as the bees started to become interested in me.  WTH.

Total sun trap.

I eventually made it home in one piece without any incidents, even without seeing any incidents, thankfully and surprisingly.  James was kind enough to make me some eggs with zoodles, and after a shower, I went back to bed.  The best cure for a bad mood.  It was definitely not the greatest runday 2 weeks before my next half-marathon, but it is what it is.

As well, I have just finished day 19 of The Whole 30.  My appetite has decreased, although on Saturday, I got a big case of the munchies.  I snacked on olives, dates and a baked potato.  I think I had an orange in there too.  This was about 4 p.m., and it actually ended up being my dinner as I wasn’t hungry afterwards.  11 more days.  Awesome.  And in case you’re wondering… yes, I do feel lighter on my feet during my runs.

Lastly, for those of you who have never heard communication between eagles before, I managed to get one of our resident bald eagles to open up to me, who then got the other to start talking.  I usually sing to her, but no way was I putting that on camera.  You’re welcome.

Have a great week!

35 thoughts on “Grumpy Sunday Runday

    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Awww, thanks for understanding the grumpiness Lynne! 😉
      And I still have 11 more days to go on The Whole 30, but I’m so pleased with how I feel and the effects so far! Thank you so much for your support! 😃

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  1. Doctor Jonathan

    A bad run with a grumpy attitude is ALWAYS better than a grumpy attitude and NO RUN! Glad to see your meal plan is working well for. With the run only a couple of weeks away, make sure you have the food balance in order to avoid sugar imbalances. Looking forward to seeing your success!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! Yes, the nutrition is my soul focus for this upcoming race, fueling properly, and I’m hoping I’ve got that figured out now. We shall soon see! 😁

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  2. artisticsharon

    Good on you for going running no matter your mood…and how cool is it you had a ‘butterfly escort’ part of the way – I love that!
    Thanks for sharing the video, I had no idea what they sounded like!! So cool!!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Sharon! Yeah, my little butterfly made me smile, 😁
      I’m glad you enjoyed my eagle video! She was just chatting with me in that one, but they also have another very distinct sound that they make which is a distress or warning call. They’re fascinating creatures and crack me up because they always look so pissed off. 😊

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  3. 50in50marathonquest

    well you did awesome getting it done…and a grumpy run is better than being grumpy and stuck on the couch with a bad back, right?!!! hugs!!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Yes, heat + humidity = I’m staying inside, lol! And thank you! I’m kind of interested to see as well. I feel I have more power, but will it hold me for 13 miles, that’s the question! 😁

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  4. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Those seem to be my only runs lately — grumpy! Today is more downhill repeats. 😦

    But seeing an eagle is always pretty awesome. Who knew they were so high pitched? Like a man singing falsetto?

    Hope you have a more awesome run soon!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      The eagles, I know! Very high pitched! Not what I expected when I first heard one. It almost made me laugh. Hope you have a non-grumpy run soon too. We must be positive… can’t carry our crankiness into our races. We do this for fun, don’t forget! 🤣

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Antonia!! It’s now getting hard, but the end is near! So you’ll have to excuse me while I drool all over your gorgeous cake pictures for awhile, 😃. And Fiesta Friday, oh my! 😄

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  5. Susan Leighton

    I love eagles. It was so cool to see them when we used to live in PA and AZ. They are everywhere in BC. I know what you mean. Most of this week, it was in the 60s, today it was over 80. On my morning hikes, I hate it when it is already ridiculously hot. I feel your pain.

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  6. meesh107

    Off-leash dogs freak me out! Maybe partially because I live in the congested suburbia of NJ, and also because my previous dog was a troublemaker, so even if i had HER on leash, if there was an off-leash dog it could have meant a fight I didn’t need to be breaking up!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      I agree with you! I actually go into panic mode when I see a loose dog. I can’t imagine breaking up a dog fight, especially when one of them isn’t leashed. How scary!

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