Waving At Your Fat

I think I have mentioned that I belong to several running groups. One of the groups I joined is a virtual running group. I belong to the Whovian Running Club. It is a club that runs for good causes and it’s members are all fans of the British science fiction TV show Doctor Who.

I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since I was a kid. Our PBS station in Arkansas would play reruns. They mostly showed the Tom Baker era. That is when Baker played the part of the Doctor. This show is awesome! I mean if you wanted a show to just keep going, you come up with a character like the Doctor. He is an alien that looks like he is human, but he has two hearts. He doesn’t die. When he is badly injured he just regenerates. Brilliant! I mean say you have an actor that leaves the show for whatever reason. Does the show die? No! You just get another actor to play the same character and add their own little quirks because he is an alien after all. You can do that!


The front of my hoodie and medal

I first joined the group back when they did not run with a phone app called Charity Miles. They just ran and you bought a medal. It was all on the honor system. We got our first medals, but the second medal we decided to purchase never came. I loved the design of the Hello Sweetie medal. “Hello, Sweetie,” is something one of the beloved characters says on the show. Dr. River Song is a smart and sassy character. I tend to like the sassy ladies. I like to think I’m kind of sassy. Anyway, there was some drama over the admin who was running the show. There might have been some laws broken. I’m not sure. There sure were a lot of mad people. I wasn’t very happy myself. There was also a lot of angry Facebook posts.

Another group of ladies offered anyone who had purchased a medal to join a new group. They promised that this new group was legit and planned on staying that way. It has lived up to all of those promises. We never got our Hello Sweetie medal, but they did give us another medal instead.

Since then the group has had several running challenges and formed some sub groups to get people involved in some friendly competitions. The sub groups are based off of the companions the Doctor has had. That or spin-off shows. I loved them all. It was a hard decision, but in the end I chose Donna which was Catherine Tate’s character. She was the companion that I related to the most. She was like most people you might meet, but she was sassy. She was also very special, but she just didn’t know it.

So with everything going on here in the real world there wasn’t very many virtual races I could afford to run. Then this cute little medal popped up with this cute little kid. How could I refuse?


The back of my hoodie

This particular medal was with RODS, Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome. There was a cute picture of a little boy name Charlie that was trying to get to his forever home. So I just had to do this one. Charlie is cute and the medal is cute. I love Donna and the episode with these cute little aliens made from human fat (Adipose) was one of Donna’s episodes, Partners in Crime. That is what is on the front of the shirt and on the medal, a little Adipose. I love it when she says, “I’m waving at fat!” It was just meant to be.

I didn’t make any particular day my special Adipose 5K because my regular runs are little over a 5K. Now one might think that makes it trivial for me, but it doesn’t. I mean just because I didn’t say that August 27th was the day and took pictures and posted it doesn’t mean it wasn’t special. Every run I do is special. I’m lucky because I can get up and run for a healthier me. It is a time when I can reflect. It is a time to center myself and be a better wife and parent. I also always use my Charity Miles app when it works (Charity Miles is having an issue with the Oreo update. So I have missed logging my miles for the last few weeks). That is how I make every run special. I figure as long as I do the distance, get the medal, and use my Charity Miles; it is all good.

I love this medal and the shirt is so soft. I can’t wait for the cooler Fall weather to wear it. Whovian Running Club did a Timey Wimey event to open up old races to give people a chance to get medals they might have missed. There were a lot of cool ones, but I just couldn’t do them all. Congrats to all that did and got to be a Key Holder.


Just Keep Mooooving

Once again, no rain! How did that happen? How did we do three half marathons in Kansas in the Spring and not get rained on during a single one of them? We were pretty lucky I guess.

I was worried we were going to be late (as usual I always worry), but I could have sworn the time for the Running with the Cows was a 6:30 AM. Websites and emails said it was 7:30 am. I was nervous because neither Rodney nor I had ever ran this particular half marathon. We weren’t sure where to go or what to expect. I eventually figured that I just confused the time for this race with the Garmin Half we did earlier this Spring.

The drive there looked easy enough. It was pretty much a straight shot down US 69 for us. There were signs as well. We got parked in a field near Queen of the Holy Rosary in Bucyrus, KS. We got out and didn’t have to walk far until we were at the start. I was a little bummed because my cordless headset LG HBS760 was not working. I mean it was able to charge, but once I turned it on, nothing! I love my cordless headset. I was so upset I had to use my headset that was not cordless. Then my phone started to act up and I couldn’t even get any music to play at all. I didn’t want to have to deal with the cords if I wasn’t even going to get to use it. Hubby got a new phone and I helped him get it set up so he could listen to a podcast. I just wasn’t in a good mood from the get go.

I got to the start line with Hubby and we laughed at how close the 2:15 pacers were lined up with the 2:30 pacers. I haven’t looked it up, but I’m guessing there is a reason that they line up that close at all the races? This race didn’t seem to have as many participants as Garmin or Rock The Parkway anyway. I got a little panicky because I didn’t think my phone was going to work at all. I really needed my Charity Miles to work for my Doctor Who Running Club team. I’m on Team DoctorDonna. I felt like I haven’t been pulling my weight because I’ve missed some runs, but in all fairness I missed them to be with my family during our difficult time of losing my father. I just took a deep breath and rebooted my phone. It sometimes takes a while and if there was some kind of weird update or something that it needed to do it could take up to a half hour or more. I crossed my fingers that did not happen. I was lucky and my phone came back on in time for the start. I did, however, forget to turn my Garmin on right at the start. My Garmin would go off every 1.1 miles as if I had just did one mile because of that late start. It was all good though. I really wish Charity Miles would automatically link to my Garmin account like a lot of other apps do.

We started off okay. Like I said it wasn’t too crowded. Hubby wanted to do his thing of running, then walking, and then running again when I caught up with him. It was what paid off for him during the Garmin Half. He did fine with that until about mile four. It was hot and it was zapping his energy. I didn’t see him again until the end. It was about mile five that the 2:20 group caught up to me. I tried to stay with them, but I just couldn’t. Maybe the heat was getting me as well.


A picture of the course from my Connect App

We did a turn around on the course at about the half way point. It wasn’t a true out and back though. We took a turn off and around back to the original road where we started. It was kind of a big square with the small turn around point. I saw Hubby after the turn around point. He was back with the 2:50 people. I asked him if he was okay and he just made a funny face like a dog panting. So I knew he was in good spirits. One lady running next to me in my same direction thought I was talking to her. I told her what I was doing and that I was just worried about my husband with all the people having issues at races like this. When we were at Rock The Parkway we didn’t even know that a young gentleman had issues. We found out about it when we heard a pastor ask for prayers for the family at our church later that day. The pastor mentioned that he died. We were at the Arkansas Heart Hospital with my Dad weeks later when we saw on the news that someone had a heart attack at another race. We didn’t see much more of that report because my Dad’s doctor came out to talk to us.

I mentioned the two runners with the lady beside me. She didn’t know anything about them, but of course she could have been from out of state. There was as lady behind me that caught up and talked to me about the poor gentleman at Rock The Parkway. I told her that Hubby has a family history of heart problems and that he is on medication. We chatted about some other things. She was doing a walk/run thing like we do at our Disney runs. I left her behind when she walked, but she would catch back up to me when she ran. We didn’t talk much more during the race. The 2:25 people caught up to me at mile ten. There were several people who would go back and forth passing during the last part of the race.


The cow in the upper corner can be taken off and worn like a pin.

I finished with my Garmin at 13.12 miles in 2:29:25. My official time on the website was 2:29:23.1. Interesting since I started my Garmin late. I got my medal and water. My right leg felt like I was trying to get a charley horse the last two miles. I didn’t hurt as bad when I was done. I went to the KC Running Company tent to get our Heartland prize. It was a medal. I asked the lady if I could get my husband’s as well. She asked if he was also a first time finisher and I said yes. She handed it to me no questions. I got the same thing from the lady handing out the little cow bells. I got a pink one for Baby Girl. I wanted a purple one for Little Man but they didn’t have purple. The nice lady gave me green one though which is another favorite color of his. So to you nice ladies that did that without question, thank you.



I called Hubby before I got the Heartland medal and asked where he was. He said he was at mile twelve and that he was fine. I guessed it would take him about twelve more minutes to finish. I waited in a shady spot for him. When he didn’t show at the time I thought he would, I got worried again. I thought maybe I should walk down the street a bit. I prayed he was okay. I think losing my Dad had me super emotional.  I finally saw Hubby from where I was standing before I started to head down the race route. I’ll admit I teared up a bit when I saw he was okay and headed back toward the finish line. He finished in 2:50:26.2. I had on sunglasses so nobody noticed I was upset. I wiped away my tears and stood next to the guy giving out the Running With The Cows medals. I put his Heartland medal on him after the other medal was placed.


Hubby was hot and there was no cold water. Too many runners had gone through already and taken all the cold ones. Hubby was drinking the water warm. I had cooled off a bit waiting for him to finish. We went inside someplace next to the church. We turned off the wrong way at first and did a loop back outside. Don’t ask me how or why. We went back in and found the food. Oh My Gosh! I’ve never seen that much food at a race. Seriously! It was crazy. I should have gotten a picture, but I was hungry. We definitely got our fill of food that morning.

Hubby and I sat down and ate. We both agreed we didn’t really like the course. It was so hot and there was no shade. It was just brutal. It was the wrong course to not have music. I used to run “naked” all the time. I mean no Garmin, no phone, and no headset. Once you get used to it, it is kind of hard to go back to the “old” ways. The band at the beginning was really cool and the guy playing drums in the middle of a field was pretty awesome. The people at the aid stations were great. We just weren’t “feeling it.” We probably won’t do it again unless we try the Heartland again. We do like a challenge.