Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hubs and I don't have AC in our house, so yesterday we spent almost all day sitting on the couch reading and drinking water. Same thing again today, so I opted to skip my run this morning - nothing is more awful than coming in from a run, showering, and still sweating. And no AC to cool off.
This afternoon I'm headed down to my mom's house - I'll get in a run tomorrow morning. Just a little one, because on Saturday I have my long run scheduled.
It actually feels pretty good to be kind of lazy - I have gotten lots done over the last week, so I don't feel like a total slacker.
- lots of water
- enjoy the time at mom's while keeping nutrition in the back of my head
Monday, June 18, 2012
It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but somehow I've managed to stay pretty calm through it all. I've been crossing stuff off the to-do list, kept up with my fitness, and haven't broken down and ordered Chinese food in a moment of weakness. My running miles have increased, and my times have improved.
Tomorrow hubs has a day off - we're going to run some errands, go through some house stuff, and have some good meals together. In the morning I'm scheduled for a run - I have a wonderful little route right by my house. Four miles: downhill for two, turn around at the post office, and uphill to come home. I think the hill running is really good for me. On Saturday morning I did a longer run (6 miles) on a flat trail, and I was really happy with my time.
It's time for a hot bath... I need to relax before bed.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I knew today was going to be a good day because I managed to sleep in until almost 8:00. The woodpecker didn't wake me up, and the neighbor's dogs weren't barking and baroo-ing.
Today was a scheduled rest day. I wasn't sure how my body was going to feel after doing six miles on Saturday (I haven't done 6 miles in over two years!) but it felt great! Knees are happy, hips are happy, calves are happy... I can't tell you how good it feels to finally feel like I can push my mileage! Yay! On today's rest day I:
- finished mulching the front garden
- painted our downstairs bathroom
- talked to my dad about babysitting our piano while the new carpeting goes in and we try to sell the house
Yes, I did type "sell the house." Most of you have read that from me so many times it's probably getting to be like the boy who cried wolf. Up until now, we haven't really had a real reason to move... I mean, we both want to live in a city, but we were doing well up here, so no real rush.
But that all changed when I got laid off. There are just about NO positions in education where we are right now - this means that right now it would be about impossible for me to find a job around here. We wrote up a list of things we need to do, and we're doing them! Painting the bathrooms, getting new carpeting, talking to our realtor... I think that the silver lining around my furloughing is that it is the kick in the butt we needed to really deal with this house.
Sigh... so much to do! Tomorrow is another day.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
One of my very favorite times of the day is in the morning, when I have on my running gear and there's just enough chill in the air to throw on a cozy sweatshirt before I get out on the road. It's at this time where I feel the most reflective and most able to set goals for the day.
Earlier this week I was writing in my journal - I was feeling a little sad about my job - but not for the "losing it" reason. Instead, I felt as if I had lost a little part of my identity. I expressed this to one of my friends last week and he said "you are the same person you were yesterday." Good advice and i think of it often.
But as I wrote in my journal, I discovered that there is another part of my identity - one just as big, if not bigger, and certainly just as important. And this one, nobody can take away from me.
That's my identity as a runner. As a triathlete. As someone who works on her wellness. This immediately gave me a sense of calm. No matter how bad things get, *that* is the part of me that can't be taken away. It felt really good to know that I *hadn't* lost all my identity.
So running has really kind of saved me - if this would have happened just three or four years ago, I don't know that I would have been able to handle it half as well as I'm handling it now. I'm looking at bigger and better opportunities, and I continue to train for, and sign up for events (my next triathlon is in July!).
The whole of me is bigger than just my job... and if it took losing my job to realize that? Well, I'd call that a really good life lesson.
Now excuse me, but I'm off to run.
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