Monday, September 22, 2008


I CANNOT believe it. I have had my credit card number stolen again and someone racked up some charges. This is a new credit card that I've only had for a few months since the last time it was "compromised" and someone got a free vacation. Thank goodness the credit card company protects me, but once again, I have to cut up my card and wait for a new one to arrive. So stupid and so irritating.

So I'm really starting to wonder - who has it out for me?

July - credit card info stolen
August - boat motor stolen
September - van stolen
September - credit card info stolen again

I have been really careful with my card since the last time. I have not used it online and I have kept it in my possession. Both times it was my card, not my husband's. So what am I doing wrong? Any thoughts??


On Saturday, I did my 12 km run. I felt really great for the first 8 km and then my knees and lower legs started to tighten up. I thought about packing it in at the 9 km mark but decided against it and switched to a walk/run for the last 3 km. For the next two days, my legs felt tight and sore but by shins aren't hurting much so I haven't touched them. It's more the IT Band that feels tight, and maybe my glutes, so I have been doing some stretching and I really hope that Tuesday's run feels good. If all goes well, I'll do 14 km on Saturday, but honestly, I don't think I'll be able to do a half marathon on October 12, no matter what happens. I'm probably better off just doing 12-14 km this week and then again next week until I can do the whole 12km without walking.

I was looking at the Okanagan Marathon website today and see that even the 10km has some climbing in it so I'm probably best off sticking with that and do my own half marathon on November, or whenever my legs are up to it.

No other earth shattering news I guess. Erik's back was really messed up this week and he missed a few days of work. I've been pulling double duty at home and struggling with my cold as well. Hopefully now that his back is a bit better, I can get some more sleep and get rid of my cold once and for all.

Bad Boys of Running Guitar Contest Update

The contest is pretty funny. As of this moment, I now have 51 votes, Gordy has 17, Blackfonzie has 12, Mystery Man has 3, and Bob and "Slash" each have two votes. Don't their mothers even vote for them?

The Bad Girls of Running have been accused of all sorts of wrong-doings but of course, they've done nothing wrong. I can't help it if I have a lot of women friends on the internet, all of whom are happy to follow a link and vote for "Some Chick".

They are even starting to talk about it on some of the podcasts. Brett from Zen and the Art of Triathlon had some pretty funny comments about it on his latest episode, calling me a "Hippy Pacifist" sitting cross-legged on a picnic table, in flip flops, as if that's a bad thing! LOL... And this from the guy who claims to be into "Zen"? (And it's a desk at school, not a picnic table, by the way...)

However, there are three days left in the contest and who knows, maybe the boys can get organized in the final hours. I'm having a ton of fun in the meantime!

And if you haven't yet voted for "Some Chick" - vote now!

Bad Boys of Running


bobm512z said...

Sorry about the card deal my wife has had it happen twice and she rarely uses the card.

Sorry the running has been a bit of a chore, take care of yourself.

Hey me and my mom did vote! :D I may loose the guitar competition, but I am racking up the miles.

John at Hella Sound said...

I really can't believe the string of bad luck you're having. It's really unbelievable.
HOWEVER, looking on the bright side, nobody has gotten gravely ill or died, right? So really, in the grand scheme of things it could be much, much worse.
Here's to hoping things are smooth sailing for you starting October.

Nicole said...

Hey Kelownagirl,

Sometimes I need to stop and stretch in the middle of long runs. Especially my hamstrings and calves. I have no problem stopping for a minute or two to stretch, because it definitely helps finish the run. Maybe that will help with your leg tightness? Also, Ian and I are doing Yoga once a week now (Yoga Mondays)...Big help with the flexibility issues...

Keep on Bloggin'!
Running Bébé (Nicole)

losangelesdaze said...

Hey KG, do you use your credit card to pay for gas at a gas station? Or at restaurants? Those places are notorious for having one of those gadgets in their credit card swiper that copies all your information. It has happened to me several times as well.

As for the IT band...I had issues as well once I started ramping up the miles before my half marathon. I went to see a physical therapist, and the culprit was weak glute muscles. I have to do exercises and strengthen those muscles 3 times a week, and I have noticed a big difference.

Kelownagirl said...

Hey guys thanks, I am going to be so careful with my next card. Don't know what else to do. I'm also going to look carefully at my statement and see where I've been using my card. Maybe something will trigger a memory.

RBB - I'm going to start doing more core and yoga stretching. Definitely helps.

LADaze - You're right about the weak glutes. That's what my PT said too. Gotta do the band exercises etc now.

Javier said...

We are all targets nowadays, this is why I just ordered a Facecard, which is a debit card NOT attached to my bank account. I can simply refill it via a transfer from my checking. This way I can pay at gas stations ( its MAstercard) and not fear that all my vast wealth ( NOT!!) will be stolen.

m said...

Sorry about the string of bad luck! Great job with the running! A positive attitude is contagious!