Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Into the Oven

After a sweltering run last summer
So, despite better judgement, I ran 9 miles yesterday.

It wasn't pleasant. Oh where do I begin...
I knew they'd do PT Testing on the outdoor track, so at least for starters I'd have to run inside. But, how hot could it really be in there? They have a fan blowing on the track at each turn and halfway down each side. Sure, I'll start my run up there, but since I'll already be there, I'll just do the whole thing. It can't be that hot.
Holy crap. As I climbed up the sweltering staircase, I told myself it would get better once I got upstairs. It just feels like 8,000 degrees because the staircase is enclosed, that's it. I opened the door to get on the track and....
nope, still hotter than an oven. Well once I get going on the track and the fans are blowing and I'm making my own breeze, it'll be just fine.


I was stopping every 5-8 laps. First, after 8, then after 6, then every 5. No sooner had I drunken water (warm of course) from the fountain, my mouth dried right back up. My usual go-to cool down method of dunking my head under the water fountain was also foiled by the warm temperature of the sickly water (not that I didn't try). Every step felt like a lifetime. And the idiots had forgotten to change the direction of the track, so it was counter-clockwise again! Curses, you bloody bastards! My hip will not be sending you a Christmas card!

When I thought I could go on no more, I looked out the window and saw the beautiful, wonderful sea of yellow and green PT vests returning from testing. Faster than you can say 'I'm out!' my scrap of a t-shirt was off and I was on the outdoor track.

What's that wonderful thing I feel? Oh, is that wind? I love you wind!

I finished up the remaining 6 miles, and went back to the 95 degree gym (I'm not kidding, that's what the thermometer said) to do weights.

The hip hurt throughout and was hampering my speed. So I think I'm going to have to stick to the bike for the next week or 2 so I can once again, nip this stupid thing in the bud....until the next time.

My scenic view from the bike
Which leads me to my dilemma. The gym was 95 degrees. And that was only when it was 81 outside. I cannot keep riding the recumbent bike at the gym if it gets any hotter. So what to do. I knew this day was coming, I just didn't think it would come this early! Luckily, if I can sweat it out Wednesday and Thursday, the temps should be in the more reasonable 60s range next week. But what to do this summer?

After failing to convince the Turtle to buy me my own recumbent bike..
"There's no room!" he scoffs
"We don't need a kitchen table!!" I reasoned.

We decided that I will get a by-the-month membership to LA Fitness for the summer. Its right by the house (and conveniently right next to Target), and I'm hoping it'll be a place where they won't make me honor any '30 minute per cardio machine' rule. It's also the same gym that Dave Chappell works out at (or at least smokes outside of and than goes in to bs with friends), so that's a plus. I'll have to take a tour and make sure it fits my needs.

But I'm torn. I'm going to miss all of my seniors at the gym. My posse of septuagenarians has grown quite large, and I will miss them all (and no, GymJim, I am not referring to you as one of these AARP members, so don't get huffy)! So I think I'm still going to do weights at the gym, just so I can keep up with their shenanigans and keep them in line...Oh ok fine. Because I hate change, particularly when it comes to changing my ab machines. Its only for the summer, afterall.. and hopefully I'll heal up and will only have to use LA for my once a week bike and no more. And hopefully, summer will go away until mid-June, where it belongs!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

To get more pumped about The Hunger Games hitting theaters next Friday, I took a break from my mega painting project to make a little tribute for the tributes..heh heh.

Coming soon: Catching Fire and Mocking Jay.

Another use for my Honey Bunches of Oats obsession

Prepping for the gold

And finally....

"The Hunger Games"  12" x 12" acrylic

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fun with Tape

Who knew tape could be so much fun?! But before the tape, an update on running. Ever since I got back from Disney, I have had completely kick-ass, rock star 9 milers. Twice a week, every week since we've been back I've whipped around the track like I'm flying. They've felt amazing and I've been actually had fun running inside. But of course, because its warming up and outdoor running season is about to begin...my hip sayfs Nay. I've run outside twice recently, and both times my hip was not happy. It still wants to hibernate on the track. The last run outside I did 2 weeks ago really pissed it off and its been letting me know it ever since. Top it off with a run in counter clockwise on the track today, and I think its back to the bike for awhile....just in time for 75 degrees this week. Ah well. For every good spell there's always a bad one.

On to the tape. Here's my latest. The next one I'm working on is going to take awhhhhile, so it might be awhile before another painting update. Here is UltraViolet Light

Tape outline

Let the tape peeling begin!
touching up with white paint after peeling the tape off    

And finally....

"UltraViolet Light"    18" x 24"

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Drawn That Way

When we were in Disney this January, my friend fell in love with a painting of Jessica Rabbit at one of the galleries. And since I'm the most awesome friend in the world, I painted it for her. And I discovered a new love...Painter's Tape. It's opened a whole new world of possibilities. Painter's Tape and me...we're going to be besties, I just know it.

Sketched and beginning to put on the tape

All taped up and ready to paint!

Va Va Voom!  24" x 36"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bella Notte

I started work on my brother and sister in-law's house warming painting right after Christmas. Hours of stippling, several painted hoodie sleeves and one white-splotched eyebrow later..... here is 'Bella Notte'

Sketched out before leaving for Disney in January

I love my bridge... I cannot stress enough... I seriously love my bridge

There were many redos to get the water just right

 And finally, the finished product!

Full View - 16" x 40"

Right half

Left half

The stars of the piece: Lady & The Tramp

Though I didn't take a pic, I did add a solid gray stone to the bottom of the bridge, to help Lady & the Tramp to stand out more.

I think it was a success! They already hung it up!

Prepping the spot

Happy in its new home

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Wanna Get Hiiiiigh?

Ah the Runner's High. I tell people all the time that I run to be done. It doesn't matter if the umpteenth person cut me off that day (very common in this odd little town), I found a gigantic zit in an unreachable spot or I only got one hour of sleep because my next door neighbor, the Elephant, spent the night body-slamming the wall we share (you think I'm kidding).

None of that matters, because somewhere around halfway thru my run..the buzz begins. My usual pre-run crankiness is magically gone, replaced with a euphoria that only running 84 laps or circling the block 7 times could produce. I swear flowers start sprouting out of my ass and happy, cuddly forest animals hop alongside me. I have a sudden urge to talk to anyone and everyone. No contact in my phone is safe on my giddy drive home from the gym. I happily wave at the soccer mom who pulls her caravan out right in front of my path as I cheerily sing along to Britney or Rhianna (no weepy Adele for this drive home...ok, or ever..but I digress).

Some may scoff that The Runner's High does not exist.... To that, I present Exhibits A, B, C and D


Towpath Half Marathon 2008

Becoming human fly paper on a summer night run

PRing: Biggest High EVER