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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

If you’ve read my last two posts, and are still choosing to read more, thank you for sticking with me and choosing to read the good AND the bad. We all have the good and the bad times and, folks – this is certainly my bad time. Yes, it goes on this week as well.  Man, this training has gotten off to a rocky start. It’s pretty typical, as I’ve written before, but the difference will be in how I handle this rockiness and push through it. This training cycle doesn’t have to turn out like all the others. And it won’t. Aside from the happenings of the week, I still had a pretty good week of training.

Monday: I was all pumped and ready to run when I got off work. I even left a few minutes early so that I could be a majority of the traffic and get home with a decent amount of sunlight left. 15 minutes later and this…

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This is my car

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This was the person I hit

It was completely my fault and the first real accident I’ve been in (driving) – especially where it was my fault. Traffic always slows down right before you get off my exit – I know this. Every day it’s the same. However, I take my eyes off the road for just a second and when I turned back forward, BAM! She was only going about 15-20 MPH and I was probably going 40-45 when I hit her. Luckily we are both ok and it seems to only be cosmetic damage to both vehicles. Although my hood is bent in half, it doesn’t seem like there is any engine damage*. It made it the 15 minutes home and it seems fine. I will definitely have to get it aligned though.

I’m leaving what I wrote above, because I didn’t think it was that bad and it didn’t look that bad. My insurance company sent someone out to inspect my car. After looking under the hood, we discovered that my radiator is busted. That and the cosmetic damage will likely be more than sweet Bessie is worth, which means the car will likely be classified as totaled.

My insurance company sent me a message on Saturday. Yes, she’s totaled. Being a 2007, and the damages that were done, the repairs would have been more than she’s worth. I will however get a good amount for a down-payment on a new vehicle. While I will be happy for an upgrade, Bessie and I have been through a lot together. I’m actually writing a post about her. Yes, I’m writing a post about my car. Stay tuned…

Back to training:

With all that has been going on, I still managed to get in FOUR runs, a barbell class, and hot yoga! I was determined to work the frustration out via sweat. One run was with my co-worker friends, Kelli & Amy, during lunch on Thursday, another was a 5K (and I liked it) on a treadmill on Friday, and I finally got a 10 mile long run in yesterday.

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Treadmill 5K: The weather was crappy but I HAD to get in a run. I’d planned to go to run club the day before, but that was the day the inspector came to look at my car. I got to Planet Fitness, zoned out to some tunes, and used my new Jaybird Tarah earbuds for the first time. It felt good!

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10 mile long run: It was REALLY cold and icy Saturday morning, so I went to hot yoga instead of running. Then, I got out around 9AM on Sunday for my run. The greenway was still icy in spots, but I managed just fine. It was a gorgeous day and I actually got hot in my tights and thin long-sleeve. I even took off my headband after the first couple miles!

Now that I’ve had time to process things, I’m feeling like things are taking a turn towards positive again. This week must be better than the last two – I just have to ensure that happens. Time to dig in again – 13 miles for the long run this weekend and a half marathon (15 actual miles planned) next weekend!

Thanks for reading,

Chris

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Ugh, so sorry about your car! While it is exciting to get something new, it sucks to have to go about it this way. 

But heeeeey, the running is going well, so yippee for that!!! 

 

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I'm glad you and the other driver are both okay. That's is scary when it happens. I was rear-ended once while I had my bike on a rear rack. New bike and new car! But yea, still sucked to deal with.

Can't wait to hear about a great week of running!

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Getting insurance money to help buy a new car is always a positive way to look at an accident. Glad no one got hurt. Enjoy your winter!

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I hit a telephone pole once. That was the end of my Mustang.

Time for winter running adventures!

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Uff da that's tough.

Take extra care of yourself this week - stretching, foam rolling, etc. I was rear-ended over the summer and didn't feel the effects of it until a few weeks later. 

Here's to turning the corner!

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My first real accident was in the same year and color xterra as yours. (!!??!!)  It was also my fault, but in my defense- they no longer allow left turns at that intersection anymore.  Very impressive that you got so many workouts in between an accident and a storm!  Well done.

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I totaled a car by rear-ending a 8.5 month pregnant woman once. We were approaching a light in the rain, the second it turned orange she slammed on the brakes while I accelerated. No anti-lock brakes on my Honda. Skid. Boom. The cop was so pissed at me he wrote me something like 8 tickets and made me stand in the rain with no umbrella for a half hour while he sat in his cruiser to take my statement and lecture me. The woman felt bad for me after watching that (he let her sit in the car when he took her statement) and felt like it was her fault (even though it was totally mine) so she found out my court date and SHOWED UP to talk to the prosecutor on my behalf. I paid $450 in fines and had the points dropped. 

Glad you're OK. And I totally get the emotional attachment to the car, looking forward to reading that one. 

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19 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

I totaled a car by rear-ending a 8.5 month pregnant woman once. We were approaching a light in the rain, the second it turned orange she slammed on the brakes while I accelerated. No anti-lock brakes on my Honda. Skid. Boom. The cop was so pissed at me he wrote me something like 8 tickets and made me stand in the rain with no umbrella for a half hour while he sat in his cruiser to take my statement and lecture me. The woman felt bad for me after watching that (he let her sit in the car when he took her statement) and felt like it was her fault (even though it was totally mine) so she found out my court date and SHOWED UP to talk to the prosecutor on my behalf. I paid $450 in fines and had the points dropped. 

Glad you're OK. And I totally get the emotional attachment to the car, looking forward to reading that one. 

Wow. I am a yellow light accelerator too. I would say that the fault would be 50/50 in that case - definitely not all your fault. That was great that she came to court for you! I actually have to go to court too - and pay a ticket - and get 4 points on my license. Ugh. I'm hoping I'll be able to get the points dropped.

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5 hours ago, NCAthlete said:

Wow. I am a yellow light accelerator too. I would say that the fault would be 50/50 in that case - definitely not all your fault. That was great that she came to court for you! I actually have to go to court too - and pay a ticket - and get 4 points on my license. Ugh. I'm hoping I'll be able to get the points dropped.

If you have a clean(ish) record they'll usually wipe the points in exchange for a hefty bribe fine. Good luck. 

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