Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I am really making an effort to get in some good training for my upcoming events. I haven't financially committed to any yet, but I have them (in pen!) on my calendar.
August 19 - 10K at a local zoo
September 15 - Sprint Tri in Atlantic City
October 21 - Runners World Half Marathon
October 27 - Run Like Hell 6K
I think this is a pretty good fall schedule! So today I got up, did a 3 mile run (it was hot and soupy and miserable, but I did it), went to my chiropractor, then did a 20-minute swim and a yoga class this evening. I am beat. AND I did schoolwork on top of it all!
Speaking of school, there are two interesting developments. I don't want to jinx anything, but I could use some positive thoughts, so I'll put this out there. First, I got an e-mail from one of the school districts I applied to saying they are doing preliminary screenings and they want my materials. Even though this is a generic e-mail, it's a step! The second thing is that today I learned that one of the music teachers in my old district is retiring. Right now it looks like there is a 50% change I could get called back (I don't know my seniority ranking with one other music teacher who was laid off with me). I have a phone call into my old principal and an e-mail into the director of personnel - keep your fingers crossed for me, please for something good to come of all this.
- morning spin class
- trip to Goodwill
- get some schoolwork done (UGH I am so tired of it!)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
This morning I tried something totally out of my comfort zone - Aqua Zumba! I don't really like Zumba because I am an AWFUL dancer and just don't really like to dance, but I thought since I really like being in the water I'd enjoy this. And I did! I loved it, actually. It was super fun, and since my flailing limbs were under water, I didn't feel self-conscious about my dance moves.
Yesterday I wrote about how ill-prepared I felt for my triathlon, and I *know* that I just got lazy with my "training." So today I thought about how I can be better prepared for the next event. A big part of my training is getting up early so I can get my workout done, no excuses. The last few weeks I've been going to be late, getting up late, and skipping my workouts. I just have such trouble getting in a workout at a time other than first thing in the morning. So starting tonight, I'm going to bed earlier and getting up early so I can do my workout. It's hard because the hubs works so late and I want to be up with him, but it's taking a toll on my training. And since I want to keep doing bigger and better events, I need to figure this out so I don't have another awful race like I did yesterday.
Before I go to bed tonight, I am going to schedule my week of working out. I have some future goals in mind - a triathlon in September, and the Runners' World Half Marathon in October (I still haven't signed up, I'm seriously considering it, though). I'm not just going to be able to snap my fingers and be able to do those things, though. I need to work for it. And I WANT to work for it, I just need to rearrange some things so I'm able to do it!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
This morning I had my second sprint triathlon! Yahoo!
I got a really awful night of sleep last night - I stayed at my mom's (she lives about 5 minutes away from where my tri was) and I babysat her dog while she's at the beach. So I get up at 5:00 this morning (argh) and head on out to get my setup ready. I have to admit, I felt much less anxious about setting up my stuff this time than I did for my first tri.
Swim: The water temp was 81. Holy moly. It felt like a bathtub. A big, nasty, seaweed-filled bathtub. I had a pretty good swim...
Bike: I wrote on Drebenezer's page that the bike course was a 16 mile loop, all uphill. It reminded me of that MC Escher print of the staircase.
Run: I thought I was going to die at this point. It was so freakin hilly (it was at a ski resort, after all) and I walked a bit of the really steep hills. I finished, had a sticky bun and a banana, and hung out in my flip flops. The race food was delish - Panera baked goods and really good bananas. I am very picky about my bananas, and they were perfect!
Lessons: I was WAY underprepared for this tri. I had lots of fun, but I was disappointed that I didn't prepare myself better for it. I seem to have an issue with signing up for a race, and then letting my training fall off the face of the earth. It's hard for me to see that far into the future sometimes. If anyone has suggestions on how to bust through that, I'd love to hear them.
Tomorrow morning I am doing Aqua Zumba at my gym! I don't like to dance, but I love the water, and i thought it would be a great way to keep my body loose from today's race while giving it a rest. It's also getting me out of my comfort zone, which might be a way I can get past this training funk.
Time for a hot bath and bed!
Friday, July 13, 2012
This past week has been totally overwhelming! I get overwhelmed pretty easily, and usually I can deal with it by writing in my journal, but this week I just couldn't. So I shut down.
I was at my mom's house over the weekend, and it was about a million degrees, so I didn't do my workout (excuses, excuses). Sunday night, I moved a whole room's worth of furniture (by myself - hubs was working) to get ready for the carpeting to come in. Monday through Wednesday were AWFUL. The house was a disaster area, I was "trapped" in my bedroom while the guys were putting in the new flooring, and I didn't have my computer. Which wasn't good, because I started two online classes on Monday. Turns out I missed an assignment and about 50 e-mails from one professor - ARGH.
I know that working out would have made me feel better - I often remark at how running gives me clarity - it's very meditative for me. But I just wasn't feeling it. I was snapping at hubs, not doing anything, and most of all I was miserable. Not enough sleep... blah blah blah.
So yesterday I put lots of stuff back to get the house back to a liveable state, and I worked on my school work. I just have to pick up from where I am now and do my best from here. As I worked, I decided that I was going to suck it up, set the alarm for this morning, and do a workout. I absolutely MUST get my workout in first thing in the morning, or else I don't do it. By the time I'm done with this blog, I will have finished my coffee and will head out for a run. I think I'm going for a new route today. I like my usual route, but I'm feeling like a change of scenery today.
Have a super day!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I am feeling held hostage by this carpeting project. It needed to be done - I don't think the flooring in our house has been updated since it was built in the early 1990s. Hopefully we won't get to enjoy it for too long - we will be calling our realtor soon to put the house on the market.
Sunday night we moved a bedroom's worth of furniture and *stuff* to the other two bedrooms. We have been sleeping all squished into a little area, surrounded by bookcases and dressers. Luckily we managed to set up the mattresses, so my sleep hasn't suffered *too* much. Yesterday the two guys were here for about six hours (!!!) putting in the new vinyl flooring and laying carpet for part of the upstairs. Today they are finishing the part they started, and they will be doing part of our downstairs carpet. AAAAAHHH
There is so much furniture to move, and it's hard to deal with this because Brad works from about 3:00-11:00. I have been staying up until he gets home so I can talk to him about what we need to do. But I am also getting up early to get things ready for the house. Someone has to do it - he's been a big help, but I do most of the stuff right now because I'm not working and he is.
I can't wait until this is over so I can go back to my normal schedule. I haven't been running in almost a week (and I can give you a million excuses why), I have either allergies or a cold (I think it's allergies) and it's driving me bonkers. I constantly go back and forth between feeling really hopeful for a job and really pessimistic about the prospects.
I have to keep reminding myself that this carpet thing is a HUGE step forward in selling the house. For those of you that know me, you know that we've been talking about selling the house for YEARS. It's kind of surreal to think that this is actually happening now. I still haven't quite come to terms with having lost my job - I think it's really going to hit me this fall when I don't go back to my old school.
But anyway, here are some good things I have to look forward to:
- this weekend, my best friend and I are going to a wine festival. We are camping out and drinking wine. Perfect.
- next Wednesday I'm going into NYC with my mom and brother to see the musical "Once" - I can't wait. I love Broadway.
- I have a triathlon next weekend! I'm not prepared but I'm going to have fun anyway.
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