Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Going full throttle

Dear motorist,

I want to thank you. From the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul, I would like to express my gratitude. I'm sure you were not thinking of others when you loudly revved your engine 20 feet from my bedroom window at what many would call the ungodly hour of 3:44 a.m. Nor do I think it was your intention to do more than excite yourself as you sped down my quiet residential street. I want you to know that the minute amount of joy your antics may have brought you that you brought me more.

You woke up an already restless toddler and brought him to a full scream that only a mother's touch and a 2-ounce bottle of milk could quiet.

You left me agitated and worked up, preventing me from going back to sleep. I watched the minutes creep by slowly, counting down to when my alarm was supposed to go off.

You twisted my arm and made me turn off the alarm, set for 4:55 a.m. so that I could get in my tempo run before Miles woke up.

You gave me an excuse to not feel guilty for turning off the alarm even though I had just promised myself that I would work in the harder runs early in the week thus keeping them from hanging over my head on Friday.

You not only woke up my husband, my toddler and me but you awakened a drive to prove people wrong. I decided that you might have screeched to a halt but I didn't have to. So, despite getting interrupted sleep ... despite having to take the stroller for a tempo effort ... despite having to set a personal distance record with the stroller ... I was going to get in my workout.

By revving your engine, dear driver, you revved mine. I logged four miles at tempo pace and while my goal was to get each under 9 minutes, I eked out an 8:43, 8:28, 8:28 and 8:24. Not only did I log a stroller PDR, I'm pretty sure I set a mile PR with the stroller, as well.

So thank you. Thank you, driver, for being a completely irresponsible ass and ruining my planned tempo run. You made me angry enough to log an even better outing.

All the best,

P.S. If you try to pull that shit tonight, I will use my new found speed to run you down and hit you with sticks.


  1. Way to make to turn a crappy situation into a positive!

  2. haha no joke! I might have told my alarm to eff off after that! Great job speedster!

  3. amazing how anger can fuel a person ;)

    totally sucks that this happened!! but you turned it to your advantage. well done. and that guy/gal can suck it.

  4. There is this very, very loud motorcycle that goes down my road ONLY when I put my toddler down for a nap. It's like the old man knows when my son is aleep. UGH!!!

  5. You have so, so much more runner guts in you than me. You rock. Thatisall.

  6. Way to go speedy!

  7. This is the funniest, most motivating thing I've read this week. So glad I stumbled onto your blog!!