what just happened??

NeoCon, corporate entertaining, alumni events, graduations and training derailment. 

I have missed two morning runs and a couple of workouts. I might be too tired to really feel bad and I know that after this week I’ll be back on track:

I need to get a (multiple) good nights sleep, stay hydrated, eat vegetables, wear flat supportive shoes and get back into my training routine. This time next week – I’ll have a whole new story!


For the past few weeks I have had a simple goal, to make it to the gym 3 times in a single week.  Standing between me and my goal has been a few incredibly demanding weeks both personally and professionally, and then I got sick.

My health is not yet 100% but four day weekends are not the norm and well, I just needed to get up there.  I feel like it should be said that I am not and have not been running a fever this week, my coughing spells seem to be limited to 3 am while I am trying to sleep.  This has been consistent for the past week, with or without medicine.  lucky me, so anyway, on to the good stuff; this weeks training:

Sunday – pool running and HIIT type exercises
Thursday – backwards elliptical in reverse mode (pedal backwards for the most part and then forward for a shorter time in intervals determined by the machine – this wakes up the back of my legs so that my quads don’t do all the work), leg day
Friday – backwards elliptical in reverse mode, leg day
Saturday – pool running and core rotations followed by a really long walk because it was a gorgeous day!

Admittedly I felt a bit light headed on Thursday so I cut things short at the first signs of dizziness which only happened when I pushed myself a bit towards the end.  So all and all Thursday was a good day, actually it felt great.  Friday generally was a healthier day so I wanted to see what an uninterrupted leg day would feel like and I’m happy so say that was not one bit of dizziness.  Today I decided to switch things up and head to the pool; my gym only offers a lap pool so I cannot get the impact free workout that I would LOVE to get but I have found that the resistance you get walking, running, doing ballet-like kicks and Tai Chi like core rotations feels great and works my body without the use of weights.  Each day I finished my workout with some time in the steam room.

So there it is, I met and exceeded my gym goal for the week.  :)  Next week I’m aiming to go 3 times again.  In other great news I found out that a friend of mine will be running the marathon next year as well.  She actually runs now so we are by no means on the same page and I’m sure she is way faster than me (I have no idea how fast or slowly I run) but I love the idea that we will be out there together becoming marathon finishers and I’m hoping that there is at least one after work downtown Chicago run in our future because that seems like it could be fun.

now what?

The race isn’t until October 8, 2017 and training won’t begin until the spring, so now what?

I need to get in shape.  I am not going to start training to run before the official training begins this spring; but I am going to get in shape.  The current situation is “skinny-fat”: by no means am I overweight; but I am not necessarily fit and while I eat healthy-ish I can definitely eat healthier.

ffcEarlier this year I tried run interval sprints on the treadmill at my gym (this may have been a low key test to see if I enjoyed running enough to join my father in the marathon), I enjoyed this a lot but developed a pain in my hip.  As it turns out this hip pain is actually a common problem with runners who have weak hip muscles.  In my more recent research on what to do in the winter before marathon training begins I have noticed that most articles that I have found about base-training suggest strength training for the core & legs with an emphasis on hips and glutes.  Okay, maybe I read between the lines a little on the emphasis based on the exercises that showed up most but as luck would have it these are my favorite vanity areas to work on ;)

My goal is to get to the gym at least 3 times this week.

The muscles of the hips and buttock help to stabilize your body while running, this cuts back on injuries not to mention that the glutes are the strongest muscle group in our legs.  You see more developed glutes in sprinters because their moves are more explosive; however in distance runners these muscles are not activated as much by the activity itself and because of this the quads can become disproportionately stronger throwing the body off balance.  Personally speaking I was very quad dominant; once I learned that this was a “thing” I made a conscious effort to work the back of my legs resulting in not just a better looking physique but one that had better stability and functioned better when engaging in exercise.

In addition to my various leg exercises I will incorporate a Pilates mat class (this class keeps you from feeling physically old) and once I feel like I’ve woken the muscles of my body up I may even throw in a group cardio.  All and all I’m very excited, really to be fit again, to feel healthy and strong . . . I’ve missed it.

I’m a purple Wildcat!

Yesterday I got the news (by way of a large envelope) that I had been accepted to the MSC program at Northwestern University. . . . wow.  I was actually nervous for a while but always had a good feeling about this venture and now it will appear that my “make a plan and follow it” motto can continue with no need for a  “re-plan as necessary” clause.  Yesterday I spread the news a little bit and today I’m set on a path for self improvement, that and I need to get some loose ends tied up ASAP.  The cool thing is that I contacted the school about next years class and as luck would have it there were some available spots for this year / the less than ideal part is that I contacted the school about next years class but since I got in this year I have a very short amount of time to get everything together.  Is it impossible, not at all; will it take a true effort not to waste any time, yes it will; am I up for the challenge, but of course!

Thankfully I applied for FASFA in the spring; but I will most likely need to get a few immunizations and I need to make a decision about which laptop to get (that one is a fun decision for me despite the fact that I’m sitting on the fence right about now).  I also need to inform my employer . . . I’ll have to fill you in on how that one will go because to be perfectly honest I have no idea what the overall vibe will be.

I’m not sure if there was a shift in my overall mindset or if things just changed for me but turning 40 has been a great blessing, I have really felt great and things seem to be working in my favor.  Perhaps this is all the result of a change in attitude but be it as it may; I intend to take this “can do” attitude with me as I embark on the next phase, the one that I haven’t finished planning out just yet but that I have a really good feeling about.  I’m following a lot of faith, I’ve started meditating again and have been trying to eat more healthy and make a renewed commitment to the gym.  Does any of this have anything to do with me getting into grad school, I’m not sure and I’m not superstitious but I’m going to keep it up if for no other reason because I feel great right about now and I’d love for this to last as long as it can!


maybe its burn-out, maybe I’m just bored

I knit, and I enjoy knitting but I haven’t done it in months and even though I’ve got projects and yarn waiting I haven’t done anything about it.  I garden and I really REALLY enjoy gardening but every week that it’s been nice outside I’ve had other things to do (like spend time with non-gardeners) and while I might feel a tiny bit bad about it at the same time I really don’t.

I go through phases where I am completely into something, it will be a habit, it will be a fully incorporated part of my life and then I’ll just stop, the project will end, the season will change and even though I will ultimately pick it up again, I won’t have the same drive that I did the last time.

yes I’m still a gardening knitter or a knitting gardener.

I’m pretty sure that I’m bored and while some may think that with hobbies like that boredom is a no brainer, I don’t agree.  I want some major change in my life.  and I think that one of the biggest changes is that when I lost my car my world shrunk way more than I realized.  it happened right before I learned to knit but it’s been about a year and a half and walking that 1.25 miles to the garden on a regular basis is not high on my list of fun activities.  I’ve also gotten out of the habit of cooking and doing regular grocery shopping, unfortunately when I do buy food it often goes bad.  my home is out of weird things and doing all of the laundry in the house rarely happens any more because I simply do not like the machines in the basement, they do not work very well, they are small and the multiple trips up and down four flights of stairs over the course of what feels like an entire day really sucks.  yes, I need a car.  I actually recently got a car, a beater, but it kinda broke on the way to me so it sits in my garage without tags.  recently I think that something else on it died and my motivation to shell out about a grand to get it moving has gone the way of the dodo.  the harsh reality is that it is time for me to buy a good car, a reliable car.  I don’t think that will stop my obsession du jour when it comes to hobbies but I think that it may help a bit.

this cycle with my hobbies is just that, a cycle, I’ll either get back into them with full force or I’ll find something else.  or school will start and I really won’t have the time anyway.