Everyone once in a while a few things pile up that aggravate me and I always think to myself that I should blog about it. I typically don't do a lot of rantings on the blog, but today I thought I'd share some. You know, just for kicks and what not. Some of these are running related some are not. Do you agree or disagree with any of these?

1.  Runderwear
I can't stand this term at all. I don't understand why female runners wear these things. Are they comfortable? Do they really make that big of a difference in your race or your final time? Why don't men wear tight booty shorts when they run? I just can't. My thighs just can't either.

2. Carb Loading vs Carbo Loading
To me, carb loading is the right way to say that. Carbo just has too many syllables. Carb loading just rolls off the tongue so much nicer in my opinion. What do you say?

3. People not sharing the trail
There are a couple different running paths the Hubbo and I run on regularly and it never fails. We'll pass a group of runners/walkers or whatever and they will be taking up the ENTIRE PATH! You can't walk 5 people wide! You must allow space for people to use the path on both sides! There have seriously been times when the Hubbo and I had to step off the trail to allow for a group of people coming the other way to pass. Had we not moved, we would have just collided. Share the trail people and move over when others are coming the other way!

4. People who park like assholes
If YOUR tire is in MY parking spot when you park you'r car, you're doing it wrong! Not only did you just park like an asshole, but you put your car and my car at risk. There's a place that I park regularly and the same car has been parking next to me after I've parked and EVERY SINGLE TIME, their tire is over the line! When I come out to leave, I have to ninja my way out so I don't hit them and I don't mess up my car.
One of these days I'm going to leave a note...

5. Click Bait Websites
I hate it when you are on Facebook creeping along and you see an article that sounds interesting so you click it.
Then you try to read it and for every sentence, picture, or even a small part of an article you have to click to the next page. But when you go to the next page there is only a small part of the article and 1 million ads! Yes, 1 million! 
It's just a marketing ploy to keep you on the website longer and to make you see more ads. Marketing companies, that's lame! Stop it! 

It's YOUR Turn! What's been bothering you lately?

 
 
I remember when I was playing softball when I was younger, we loved to yell chants or cheers while our teammates were at-bat. A lot of them were ridiculous. Okay, probably all of them were. But we had fun and I still remember a few of them after all these years and occasionally one will get stuck in my head. The one that has stayed with me all this time as I've trained for races is, "You've gotta want it, to win it, and we want it bad! You gotta be good, to win it, and we are the best!" Not that I've ever won a race or will ever, but you get the idea behind the motivation. That chant would pop into my mind from time to time when running was hard and it would remind me that I need to keep going because I had goals I wanted to accomplish. 

Well frankly, right now, that doesn't apply to me. At all. 

I don't want it.

I don't want to train for a full marathon. 
I don't want to run in the cold, rain, snow, ice, wind, heat, etc.
I don't want to give up 3 nights a week to running after work.
I don't want to get up early on Saturday mornings to go log miles with my group.
I don't want to give up my lunch breaks so I can cross train. 

To put it the most simply, I just don't want it.

Why?

I'm sure it's a combination of a lot of things. I've been in this training funk since November and it's getting old.  

I do know that after my full at Route 66 it left me completely deflated. I crossed trained 2-4 times a week, I ran 4 days a week. I worked on my diet and nutrition trying to find the right combination and did all of this from July to December when I ran my last full marathon in Honolulu. 

I'm burned out and deflated. I'm deflated because I put in a lot of work for Route 66, my goal race, and it didn't even come close to my plan A or B goals. 

I'm deflated because I run marathons and gain weight. I gain it quickly and a lot of it. I know it's possible but it doesn't make sense. I've said it before but my Doctor recommended a low carb diet to control my weight. Well low carb and 20 mile runs don't mix. Just sayin...

I know, I know. You're thinking,  you win some and you lose some. I get that. But I worked hard and for a long time and crashed and burned and it just took it all out of me.

I struggle.

I struggle with my weight. I struggle with the medications I'm on to control my PCOS symptoms. I struggle with motivation. I struggle with my nutrition. I struggle with Plantar Fasciitis. 

(I know I'm not the only one that struggles but this is a venting post that is long overdue and I'm hoping that it helps me get it out so I can move forward.) #BloggingAsTherapy

When I started a new medication to treat my PCOS in September, it caused a lot of side effects that were detrimental to my running. It made me even more sensitive to the heat (great), it caused a sharp, stop-you-in-your-tracks, pain in my rib cage, it made me pour buckets of sweat even on cold days, and it messed with my cardio/ability to breath while running. Then, as if all that wasn't bad enough, about 30-45 minutes after a long run, I would get extremely nauseated. I knew that after a long run I couldn't go to breakfast with my group or stand around for chit chat. I needed to be home because I would be so sick, I'd curl up on the floor unable to move until it passed. Luckily, one of my Doctors said I should stop taking it. Frankly, he was a little surprised I was on this particular medicine even though I told my other doctor I am running and training for marathons. My primary doctor is also a seasoned marathon runner so I trust him and decided to stop taking it this month and we'll see what PCOS symptoms pop up and I'll figure out how to deal with those.

The third and final blow is that shortly after my long runs my plantar fasciitis has been flaring up pretty bad and made it hard to walk without a limp. I've been working on it, but it takes time.

So in summary, it hurt while running, it was hard to run due to impaired cardio ability, then I'd get extremely sick after a run, and last and certainly least, I could barely walk the next day and a half because of foot pain. No wonder I lost my desire to run. I know running is not always easy, but come on! Sometimes you actually need to enjoy it to want to continue on the bad days. Or in my case, bad months. 

To say that I've been "phoning it in" the first 8 weeks of my training cycle would be an understatement. I had to drop back a pace group in my running club, which is fine, that is why there is more than one. I haven't ran 4 times a week yet. I haven't logged nearly enough miles in the runs that I have completed, and today was only the third time I went to the gym to cross-train in 2015.

Long story short, I need to get my motivation back. My next marathon is about 8 weeks away. I know going into this race that my one and only goal will be to finish it and collect my medal before the cut-off time. This is why I've mentioned that I'm going to retire from the full marathon for a while and stick to half marathons and working on my 5k time. 

Okay, venting over. The end.

It's Your Turn to Vent! What has been bothering you lately?

 
 
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It's not very often that this Ginger Kid goes on a rant, but here we are! I don't know why the mood struck me, but I started compiling a list of things that bother me and here are ten things I can't stand right now.
You're Welcome!

1. Coffee
The taste of coffee makes me want to gag. It's so bitter and gross and makes my tongue want to shrivel up and die and take all my taste buds with it.   Why can't I just like coffee like everyone else? People who love coffee, seem to really really love it and talk about how they can't live without it. I can't take more than a sip of it without wanting to barf. However, I love the smell of it. Weird.

2. Fast runners who say they are slow. 
I get it, we've all had to take time off from running due to injury, sickness, work, or whatever and coming back you have to build you way back to your usual endurance and speed. I'm not talking about those people. I've been there and that sucks. I'm talking about the people who like to brag about how they've BQ'd 9 times but in the same breathe talk about how "slow" they are. I also get that as runners, we're extremely competitive and we compete with ourselves more than anything. We have our performance measured with every race but the next time someones says their sub 3:30 marathon was so slow, I'm going to punch you in the face! 
Oh and I'm sorry, but if you're on a trolley heading to a race talking about getting to the Elite Starting Line and you've qualified for Boston, YOU. AREN'T SLOW! If you have qualified for Boston several times... just STFU already! 

3. The Bachelor/Bachelorette. 
Don't get me wrong. I'm a total reality TV fan but I never could get into that one. Seems like the wrong way to find love to me and dating 20 girls/guys at the same time just seems gross! Just how many of those relationships have worked out anyway? Even people on Twitter are saying the girls on the current season of the Bachelor are being totally obvious about only being there to get their 15 minutes of fame. Juan Pablo who?

4. Skinny girls who call themselves fat. 
So I know that we are all bombarded by the way the media projects the "perfect body" and we should all have our ribs poking out of our skin, but let's be real. We all want a better body than the one we have and the grass is always greener yada yada yada.... But If you are 110lbs soaking wet and you're 5'7''. You. Aren't. Fat! STFU

5. Social Media Attention Seekers 
People who post vague Facebook or Twitter statuses with *sigh* at the end hoping someone will pay attention to them or ask what is wrong, annoy the daylights out of me and I intentionally avoid your post on purpose! Or a bigger pet peeve of mine are the statuses that are vague and make you think someone died and really they just lost a shoe. Stop! Just stop. I. Can't.

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6. SPAM Twitter Accounts
Twitter accounts that have 0 followers, who are not following anyone, and have sent out less than 100 tweets and tweet me a link.... Umm I'm not clicking on that! You look like a spam bot!

7. People who tell me I need to have kids. 
Last time I checked I didn't want any so it's probably not a good idea to bring an unwanted child into the world, K? I don't make life changing decisions for you, so stop trying to make them for me. #KThanksBye

8. Bad Customer Service
I haven't had any terrible experiences lately but I've had some less than awesome ones. With tons of choices on where I can spend my money if you don't at least try to provide a decent experience, I'll probably go somewhere else. Just saying.

9. Restaurants who don't have a website. 
WTH? What year is this? I want to know what your menu is like before I agree to go and spend money at your establishment and you don't have a website? What if I'm trying to decide if your menu fits into my eating plan? What if I'm going there for the first time and I want to read the menu because I'll be too distracted to do it when I'm there with my friends? 

10. Fake Southern Accents. 
Hey, Casting Director!  How about you, I don't know, cast someone from the South who doesn't make us all sound like idiots?!? Or at least, make the actor/actress take a southern diction class and practice a little before they hit the big screen. I can't.

And I'm sure I'm guilty of about half of these so I annoy myself right now too!

Leave a comment!
What is annoying you lately?