Wednesday, December 29, 2010

When things don't go quite according to plan...

Here's what was supposed to happen this morning:

  • Go for a run
  • Physio appointment at 9:30

This is was actually happened:

  • Went for a run
  • Came home 30 mins. later to discover that I was locked out of the house
  • Stare at the door helplessly
  • Curse and stomp my feet
  • Pace up and down the driveway trying to decide what to do
  • Run like hell to the trail where I know hubs is running
  • 5K in 23:23! (Nothing like some adrenaline-fueled impromptu speed work!)
  • Arrive our usual parking lot and no sign of hubs' car
  • Minor melt down
  • Collect call Juliana to rescue me (THANK YOU!)
  • Use J's cell to call physio and let them know I'm not going to make it (J offered to take me but I'm a sweaty mess and hadn't shaved my legs - lol)
  • J drives me back home to see if hubs has turned up (he hasn't)
  • J drives me to an alternate parking lot on the running trail to see if hubs' car is there (it is)
  • Leave a note for hubs and head back to J's house to wait
  • Hubs eventually shows up to take me home
  • We discuss where we could stash a spare key
This is sooooo not how I expected to start my day, but sh*t happens.... at least I hadn't broken my leg, which was Juliana's initial thought when she heard "Collect call from Marlene..."

HBBC Ongoing Tally Dec. 25-31:
Dec. 25 - run (5.4)
Dec. 26 - run (12)
Dec. 27 - run (7.6), cross-training class (4) = 11.6
Dec. 28 - run (9.9)
=38.9

36 comments:

TNTcoach Ken said...

I didn't think you guys locked your doors!!!!!!!! HA

Forward Foot Strides said...

Oh man! What's with locks lately, my gym lock refused to open yesterday, I had to have the security guys in my building come rescue me with their lock cutters!

Also glad your leg isn't broken!

Carly said...

Oh no!!! That stinks but at least you got a good speed workout in.

Mark said...

Ah, the unexpected...great 5K time,btw!!! Sorry you missed your appt...that's an aweful feeling being locked out...

Jason said...

Way to adapt and overcome. That is what us multi-sport athletes do....we adapt and overcome.

And the super speedy 5K time to boot....AWESOME!

amy said...

At least it wasn't as cold out today as it has been lately...although with that speed session you added you probably wouldn't have noticed :)

I am planning on learning from your lesson, and figuring out a spare key spot at my own house!

Detroit Runner said...

A spare key has saved me many times!

macnic said...

Well, at least you got an AWESOME 5k in!

Bethany + Ryan said...

ok, lesson learned from this event is this: you must keep your legs shaved! It's kind of like when mothers tell you to always make sure you are wearing clean underwear in case you get in an accident! glad it all worked out!

J said...

Oh man. That is like my worst nightmare. Last year I used to run with my key and would always be afraid I would drop it somewhere along the way and not know it.

Joanna said...

That is the worst! I've been there, too. My parents stayed with us for a few weeks after my son was born. My Mom turned the lock on the knob of the front door, which we NEVER did (always just used the deadbolt). I took took my son for a walk in the stroller only to return to find the front door had locked behind me...and my parents were asleep in the basement. I rang the doorbell. I yelled at the window (fire escape window) in their bedroom. Could NOT wake them up. And of course the baby was screaming. Worst.Thing.Ever.

Boris Terzic said...

Getting locked out sucks, I know.

MCM Mama said...

That sucke!

Beer Geek left town after my first marathon after meeting me at the finish line. Only after he left did I realize I didn't have a key and neither did my mom. I was all set to break a window when we realized my neighbor had a key to the back door. Whew!

At least you got some speedwork out of it LOL.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Just found your blog... Enjoyed reading it a bit. I agree with your motto about being on a mission to another marathon. Have a good 2011!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Yes a hiding spot is a GOOD idea. Hugs to finding ways to work through bad situations..

Nicole said...

spare keys are always a good idea... or leaving one with the friend you collect called too! :) hope tomorrow is better!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Nice 5k!! Don't you wish we could package adrenaline?!!

Char said...

Sounds like the kind of morning you'd like to rewind and start again. Tomorrow will be better.

Heidi said...

Oh that sucks! I locked myself out of my office at work a couple weeks ago. About 2 hours of waiting for someone to come back. My dog was in there so I didn't want to leave, plus my legs were super sore so I couldn't even go out for a run to pass the time by.

I had physio this morning too. Hurt like &^$#!!!!!!

Amy said...

I am terrible with keys! I locked myself out of my dorm room in university constantly, out of various appartments so often it was embarassing how well I knew the super, and out of my current home more times than I can count. The worst was when I locked myself and my staff out of a work vehicle (with the keys inside) - as the supervisor, aren't I supposed to be the responsible one?

At least you got your run in, and a little bonus speed work to boot!

Jogging with Fiction said...

that blows! but it's kind of a funny story at least. I figure, no matter how frustrating something is, if it makes for a good story, at least it has some redeeming qualities.

Heather said...

Frustrating, but yes, way better than a broken leg. :)

lindsay said...

umm. why don't you run with a key? duh. :-p if i got a collect call i would assume JAIL...

hubs drives to a trail 3.1 miles away? lazzzyyyyy.

PS i'm glad you did the right thing ;)

destination262 said...

Sounds like quite the process you went through! I locked myself out once just taking out the trash. It happens, but I always feel so helpless. And without a cell phone... oh man. I don't think I would have even thought of collect calling. Glad it all worked out.

Lisa said...

did you end up making it to the appt or not?

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

what I have just realized is the only phone number i know by memory is my parents in KC..not helpful in miami

Deb said...

That sucks! Glad it worked out okay.

I have to admit that I often run without a key if someone else is home. Probably a bad idea since there's always a possibility they'd have to leave unexpectedly.

Jess said...

This is a familiar frustration for me. I have locked myself out MANY times!

Jim Weatherly said...

That morning sucked! My wife and I enjoy your blog - hang in there!

Jarrett @ "PaddlePedalPlod" said...

Hooray for silver linings. Plus, now I have proof that this happens to other people! Glad it worked out (sort of)

Wifey said...

YIKES! Quick thinking on your part. I'd definitely say a spare key is in order. Cute post!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Brutal!! Glad your leg wasn't broken!
Reminds me of the time hubby locked his keys in the trunk of his car, with his cell inside!

Christy said...

I know it must have sucked in the moment, but I am still laughing (with you) about the events of the day!

Happy New Year Maureen!

Christy
http://christy-goingthedistance.blogspot.com/

Fair Weather Runner said...

oh dear, what a mess. but you know, i do that crap all the time! which is why i started always running with a phone, because i am a walking disaster. haha.

note to self: must re-stash house key. thanks for the reminder.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Oh my gosh- I have had that happen to me a couple of times and it is terrible. One time I seriously considered walking 5 miles or so to my parents but I wasn't sure if they had a key to my house or not haha. I tell my husband we have to stash a spare key but he is convinced the robbers will find it haha

EndorphinBuzz said...

Maybe J should have a spare key instead of stashing it where a thief could find it ;)

It's a sign of what your friends think of you when they hear bad news and they immediately think of broken legs. My mom always thinks I will have a heart attack or get hit by a car (both fueled by news reports from events involving runners years ago).