Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 OMaD - Week 15

So I dropped off the face of the planet after my run with the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon.... read on to find out where I've been and what I've been up to!

April 9 - 15

Day 99: 3.12 Miles - I ran a 5k! I ran a 5k! I took super easy, but it felt amazing to go run! Then I came home and had breakfast with my love. So great! Then it was off to work for me.

Day 100: 0 Miles - Gobs of errands to run including the first run to the grocery store for healthy meal options! Yay! We've, especially me, have been wanting to eat healthier and so we're giving it a go!

Day 101: 0 Miles - I was so tried from the weekend that I stayed home.

Day 102: 0 Miles - Oh, Wednesday. My rest day. It'd be even nicer if I didn't have to go to work! :P

Day 103: 3.20 Miles -Another 5k in the books! I was actually off this day to even out my work hours for the week. It was so nice to go run then I had lunch with my mom before doing some errands. Awesome day!

Day 104: 0 Miles - Did I mention that we're still unpacking? I'm getting close to just the boxes of decors, thought!

Day 105: 0 Miles - Saturday work. Saturday box unpacking!

Total Miles this week: 6.32 Miles

Miles to Date: 103.18 Miles

2017 OMaD - Week 14

So I dropped off the face of the planet after my run with the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon.... read on to find out where I've been and what I've been up to!

April 2 - 8

Day 92: 0 Miles - The unpacking begins!

Day 93: 0 Miles -  We found  our kitchen and had unpacked enough boxes that it was time to bring the kitty cat home. We also cooked (from scratch) our first meal in the apartment... Cincinnati Chili. Yum!  

Day 94: 0 Miles - The unpacking continues...

Day 95: 0 Miles - And so it goes... the unpacking...

Day 96: 2.50 Miles - There are still more boxes! Upside! I went to the gym and used the elliptical. 2.5 miles! Yes!

Day 97: 0 Miles - How many boxes do we have?

Day 98: 0 Miles - I hate boxes. With a passion.

Total Miles this week: 2.50 Miles

Miles to Date: 96.86 Miles

2017 OMaD - Week 13

So I dropped off the face of the planet after my run with the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon.... read on to find out where I've been and what I've been up to!

March 26 - April 1

Day 85 0 Miles - I can't even remember what I did this day other than sleep and pack my apartment.

Day 86: 0 Miles -  Ditto.

Day 87: 0 Miles -  Ditto. Oh, but I do know that I was still coughing from my cold. The cold part was over thankfully... but still coughing.

Day 88: 0 Miles - I was off from work to focus on packing and getting things ready for the move! Aaagh!

Day 89: 0 Miles - I dropped my kitty off at my parents' so that he was safe and sound during the move. Then it was back to packing. I remember this night I was so ready for the move to be done and over with because I hadn't gone to the grocery store in so long and I was eating fast food. My body was starting to go into retaliation!

Day 90: 0 Miles - It's Moving Day! It was good. It was simple and yet it was chaotic. It was a long day. Like 18 hours long. But we got two apartments moved into one. We cleaned up my old apartment to the best that we could. I now realize why I never moved! But the best thing of all for that day... M and I now have a home together.

Day 91: 0 Miles - In the morning, M and I cleaned up his old apartment before having lunch. I had to work for a couple of hours, but then we were home getting things unpacked.

Total Miles this week: 0 Miles

Miles to Date: 94.36 Miles

2017 OMaD - Week 12

So I dropped off the face of the planet after my run with the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon.... read on to find out where I've been and what I've been up to!

March 19 - 25 

Day 78 13.30 Miles - So that cough I woke up with the Saturday before? Yeah, I was getting a cold. I thought it was nothing. Allergies. Nope. A cold. I basically ran the Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon while (1) developing a cold, which had already gone to my lungs so my breathing was a little off, (2) under trained cause I've been so busy and a wimp, (3) it was that time of the month, and (4) My pre-race fueling was off. The race, which really really like - if not love - was so. hard. to. run. Half way in my endurance was leaving me. Everything below my hips were in aching pain and were going numb with all the lactic acid. But I pushed through. I finished. Sub-3 hours, which was great, but it was definitely not the finish I was (unrealistically?) hoping for.

To add to the chaos of the day, I had to take the train back home to my car, so after I hobbled out of the finisher shoot to sit for twenty minutes before hobbling to find my bag drop and getting to the station... I had to sit on a metro train for 45 minutes to get home. In one position. Talk about agony.

Then! I had set this day as the day that my family, bridesmaids, and M and his mom would meet up to work on our Save the Dates. Because of timing, I didn't eat anything all day long with the exception of some healthy snack food. I was so tired. In pain. Still developing a cold. But the fact that everyone was having fun (the meeting of the Moms went great!) and we were working on something for my wedding gave me energy.

M fed me Chinese food to help me out afterwards. Then I begged him to cut my legs off because they were in so much pain that I was crying.

Day 79: 0 Miles - Thank God it was my dad off from work. I was sick. I had a fever all day. I'm a slug. I could not even get myself pack even one box. Moving day was 11 days and I have so much stuff. But I did nothing. M took me to Thai food to help with my congestion, but it was so spicy that my tummy could eat only a little.

Day 80: 0 Miles - No running today. Made it to work. Still coughing.

Day 81: 0 Miles - No running today. Made it to work. Still coughing. g.

Day 82: 0 Miles - No running today. Made it to work. Still coughing. .

Day 83: 0 Miles - No running today. Made it to work. Still coughing.

Day 84: 0 Miles - No running today. Made it to work.... and ... still coughing.

Total Miles this week: 13.30 Miles

Miles to Date: 94.36 Miles

2017 OMaD - Week 11

Another crazy stressful week!

March 12 - 18 

Day 71 0 Miles - Why is it that during the week, when you are stuck inside working that the weather is gorgeous, but when you have the day off and ready to run it's freezing? Why? I didn't go to the Lake today, a little bit because I'm a wimp when it's col, but mostly because my brother and his wife were in town this weekend and it was my last chance to see them before they left. After they left, I had a wedding budget meeting with my dad... fun times. All is good, though. Yay!

Day 72: 0 Miles - Sleep in day! I did some work around my apartment. Nothing majorly fun.

Day 73: 0 Miles - No run today, but I definitely added in a 20 minute kettlebell workout. I'm still a little challenged by the 10lbs kettlebell, but I've been pondering for a while about upgrading to a 15lb. I'm not sure if I'm ready just yet, but it keeps on popping into my brain. So... more than likely I'll buy a 15lbs in the style I like from Amazon soon enough! Oh! Also, in this day's news... My car battery died, and I didn't know until I left work at 9pm (in a sketchy area of town), and my corworkers were already gone. My fiance M was amazing. He had just sat down after taking a shower, after nearly 10 hours in the kitchen, and got dressed an drove like a bat out of hell to my rescue. I'm now a proud new owner of jumper cables and a car battery. At least I learned how I can replace a car battery!

Day 74: 0 Miles - Rest day! Crazy day at work. Then I was at the grocery store for an hour. I bought everything to make sloppy joes with the exception of... the ground beef! Doh! Good thing I bought a frozen pizza too!

Day 75: 0 Miles - Again, no run today. I spent the morning working on my apartment. 15 more days until Moving Day! Aaaaaahhhh!!!!

Day 76: 0 Miles - Busy day at work. Busy evening trying to pack!

Day 77:  0 Miles - Finally a day off from work! HC and I took the Dart metro train down to the convention center to pick up our packet

Total Miles this week: 0 Miles

Miles to Date: 81.06 Miles

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 OMaD - Week 10

A fun filled week, and I'm finally trying to find a balance with running. Looks like I may have to run more at the gym until we move at the end of the month!

March 5 - 11

Day 64: 10.10 Miles - Running Buddy HC pulled out from meeting at the lake. I was a little hesitant too because it was getting chilly and windy that morning. I hate that! We've been having such nice weather during the week when I'm stuck inside at work, but on my weekend days it's cold! I decided that I would just go to the gym. At first I thought I would go up to 8 miles in case I couldn't cut it at the gym. However, with the help of good fueling the night before (pizza!) and awesome music videos on YouTube I made it up to the needed 10! I had to work in the afternoon, but it wasn't bad at all. After that we had dinner at my parents.

Day 65: 0 Miles - In the morning M and I viewed our future apartment! It looks nice! It's a little smaller than expected, and it was a smidge different from the floor plan we had seen on paper. I was little worried about all of my stuff, but M assured me that all will be ok. After lunch at our favorite Chinese place, we met with a potential caterer! We liked with what they were offering and so on! Hopefully we can go with this one!

Day 66: 0 Miles -Busy day at work! I didn't go run cause I had things to do, but I had Thursday off from work to run and catch up on things.

Day 67: 0 Miles - Rest day!

Day 68: 0 Miles - No run today. No errands today. No cleaning today. Due to a family emergency with my boss, I had to come into work on my scheduled day off. I understand the circumstances, but it sucks when you're the only backup work has! I did throw in a 20 minute kettelbell workout to help a bit.

Day 69: 4.17 Miles - So I had not time for breakfast at home. I'll go to Starbucks. In front of me was a doctor. He ordered at least 2 fancy coffees, a box of coffee, and 6+ pastries that all needed to be heated up. If I ordered my sandwich I would be 10 minutes late to work. Can't be done. So I left without food. I. Was. Not. A. Happy. Camper. I had to eat part of my lunch to help tie me over till lunch. What a crappy day! I skipped on going to the grocery store after work cause I didn't trust myself being around other people. I rested a bit with the cat before I headed to the gym and ran 4 miles. I finished just when M was getting off of work. We had a tasty pizza before going down to my parents' to see my brother and sister who just came into town.

Day 70:  0 Miles - Busy day at work! But I got to see my best friends for dinner! 

Total Miles this week: 14.27 Miles

Miles to Date: 81.06 Miles

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What I'm Missing...

So, while updating my 2017 One Mile A Day weekly updates today I guilty that I couldn't remember what I was doing each day (not that it's extremely important, since I make the rules!). I also feel bad that I haven't been in a regular running/workout routine for quite a while. Who's the blame? Me. But it's also the wedding planning and getting ready for the move at the end of March. I've spent the morning with M when we actually are both get to sip coffee and thin/discuss things at the same time.

After updating the blog, I take a look at the blog roll. I can't even remember the last time I read any blog posts from my fellow running bloggers! It tugged at my heart that I feel that I'm not part of the same running-centric world as they are (despite know that I'm not quite like them to begin with!). So... I started thinking of things I'm currently missing.

1. Running 
Now, don't misunderstand. I am running. Thank God! But I'd be extremely lucky to run two days a week. I've been making a push to run as much as I can because of the Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon coming up. But, basically, I've been so busy and trying to juggle M's new work schedule (he goes to work later in the morning that I do). We've been spending the morning talking about whatever is happening. It's typically a really good time to do so since we're both not tired from the daily grind like we are at dinner. Though, I do admit that I have a little issue with leaving him home to go run (Ok, Ok, I admit it... I'm still puppy dog eyed for him!), but I'll I need to work on that. It'll get easier when we have a home together.

2. The feel of my Garmin 
Over the past few weeks (if not longer than a month) I have had a phantom feelings around my wrist. It's that "naked" feeling you get when you don't wear your watch or FitBit. I feel like I should be wearing my Garmin. I obviously haven't been running enough for my wrist to feel normal. Perhaps this is also a side effect of no longer being in marathon training mode where I was running at least three days a week.

3. Relaxation
I knew this, but wedding planning is no joke, people. I'll be so happy when we book a caterer (such a huge expense to consider!). Then all I have to do really is work on the decor. Oh, and find someone to marry us. Add that on top of the upcoming apartment move, I'm in stress/busy central! The only part about the move that I'm stressed about? Well, I've lived my in my cozy apartment for nearly 8 years and I have so. much. stuff. Do I need to take everything? Is there anything I can get rid of. Will everything that I want to keep fit in the new place when combined with M's things???? It's a little rough going. Add in the fact that I don't have a stress release outlet like running to help is making it worse! I know that things won't calm down completely until after the wedding, but I'm seriously ready for a break.

4. The feels of running
I also miss the feelings of a solid run. When nothing is aching and your breathing is great. The feel of your body working hard. You're sweating. You feel like you're really an athlete and look amazing (though secretly you know you don't cause you just ran 10+ miles). When you're done, you have the Runner's High. You feel strong and invincible! No one can touch you or judge you. You're doing a happy dance during an awesome shower that comes before our after your brunch. You're so hungry you start getting the "Rungry" tendencies, but feel right as rain and happy after the meal. Then you sit, or better yet, lay down on something comfy, and you just let sleep come over your eyes. Your body completely relaxes and you sink into a zone that I can't describe very well, but am so happy when I do feel it. You take the most awesome nap ever. You wake up and you get up again or drink gobs of water. Then you consider having ice cream or froyo. Yep. I miss all of this.

5. Talking about running 
M doesn't mind talking about running (he was a runner once), but when we do I don't go into deep discussion. Those types of discussion tends to happen with my running buddy HC or a coworker/friend/fellow runner PunkM. I love those conversations. You feel so connected to each other and with the sport. Compare talks like this to the in depth conversations about a favorite thing like a book or a sports team or hobby. It's just awesome. I don't see HC or PunkM often since we work at separate locations and it's a blue moon when we meet up at the lake or a race.

6. Tank Tops and Shorts 
Yeah. I'm so ready for shorts and tank tops as my running. I don't want it blistering hot, like it typically is, but I don't want to worry about being cold on my runs. Granted, this year I have to watch my tan like so that I won't end up looking completely weird in my wedding dress in the Fall, but seriously... tank top weather can't come soon enough!  

7. The test
Every run, even a 5k, is a test. A test of your ability. Of what you can do physically that you thought or questioned you wouldn't be able to do. My last test was my last marathon. A challenge, but one I felt prepared for. The second to the last was the training for it, which was even more of a challenge. But any run, of any distance, is always a test of. A battle between your mind and your body. Your body must overpower the negative thoughts that run through your read. When you achieve a goal... nothing feels more satisfying (other than finishing a race!)!

8. Dates
OK. So, this isn't necessarily running related. But I'm going to throw it out there. With M's new work schedule, and the fact that we're trying to save money (moving costs and... hello, honeymoon!), we haven't had time to go on a proper date. Sure, we've go out to dinner. But it's not the, "Let's dress a little snazzier and go some place we rarely go to. Then let's do this and this.". We have have fun, don't get me wrong. We'll have moments where we laugh our butts off. I love those moments. I also miss a bit of that "Wooing Stage" of our relationship. Who doesn't like being wooed? Hee hee. We've been so busy and stressed that we haven't taken the time to do anything, even if we were able to. I'll also tie this in, which is more running related. M hasn't been able to go to any of my races since the marathon because of how exhausted he is cause of work. We appreciate his new job and the kitchen is great, but it's definitely a busy busy busy job. I know that we plan on doing something after we move, but something always pops up. Let's all hope that we'll be able to have time for a proper "Date Night!"

These are just the things that came to mind today. Other than my fiance M, running is the next best thing in my life. I miss it like I miss a close friend.

I know I sound weak and full of excuses right now. That I'm pushing off the blame on to everything around me. The only way that things will change is me getting a hold of parts of my life... and to get through this move! It will all get better. It always will.


I'm done complaining!


Is anyone else missing something?

How do you handle a running slump?

Live, Love, Run, and Rock 'n' Roll, peeps!

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