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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!)

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TIGGER622 7/25/2012 9:58PM

    OMG fingers are triple crossed babe!!!! HUGS!!!

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MUFFIY831 7/25/2012 8:26AM

    Lots of good stuff coming your way, I can feel it!!

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CFMOSS 7/25/2012 7:30AM

    here's prayers for your job possibilities esp in your old school district - nice work on the sweat front. keep up the healthy push.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/24/2012 10:57PM

    Your upcoming events sound super!

That's great about the job prospects!

Keep moving forward. You're doing a wonderful job! emoticon emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 7/24/2012 9:33PM

    Ooh, I'll keep my fingers crossed!

I was going to say, with regard to training... I have to come up with my *own* schedules, because when I am following someone *else's* schedule too closely, I get a little nutty. And nutty means it stops being fun...

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PATSYB7 7/24/2012 9:27PM

    Fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed, making for some tricky typing! Here's hoping a job comes your way. :O) Patti

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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!

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MUFFIY831 7/23/2012 8:46AM

    Aqua Zumba sounds fun! I have the same problem with Zumba re: terrible dancing skills. :)

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CFMOSS 7/23/2012 7:25AM

    Nice to try something new. Success to you in balancing your life -- I find that to be a challenge some times.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/23/2012 5:46AM

    I have gone up and down with my training too. It does help to have a plan and believing you have no choice but to follow the plan

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COOPSM 7/23/2012 5:23AM

    Carrie---you can do this!!!! I am with Suezette...where is the HM???

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/23/2012 1:39AM

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EATNBOOGERS 7/22/2012 10:34PM

    I hear you--my husband is a night owl. But exercise is my sanity. Other things which help include laying out one's workout clothing, premaking breakfast, etc.

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ETTEZEUS 7/22/2012 9:37PM

    You can do it Carrie!
If I don't exercise first thing, I don't get it done either.

Where is the Runners World HM?

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UMUCGRAD 7/22/2012 9:36PM

    Aqua Zumba, huh? I didn't know. Like you, I've never been much of a dancer and now, I'm really not able, physically. But, the water.... hmmmm


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DLDROST 7/22/2012 9:31PM


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Tri, tri again.

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!

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TORTUETOO 7/23/2012 5:30PM

    Yay, great job! I test rode the bike course for my upcoming tri and I know exactly what you mean about that endless staircase painting. OOF. Oh well - the devil you know vs. the devil you don't know, I guess. :)

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BOBBYD31 7/22/2012 8:28PM

    training funk.......hummm, maybe you learned your lesson today??? the main thing is to finish upright and prepare yourself for future events right?
good for you for sucking it up cupcake!

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LYNNANN43 7/22/2012 8:00PM

    Sounds like a ridiculous course, but it was WAY worth it! STICKY BUNS!!!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/22/2012 12:09PM

    This tri sounds hard! Mountains? Yikes. Aqua Zumba sounds fun and just what you deserve after a tough race.

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CASSIOEPIA 7/22/2012 10:33AM

    I love Jillian's suggestion about training with a friend. Congrats on completing your second tri. I love the staircase visual. AND NO WAY - your mom lives on a ski resort? OMG that would be so fantastic to have accommodations available like that!

Have fun in the water today.

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MUFFIY831 7/22/2012 10:01AM

    I am so proud of you for finishing the tri! You are a rock star!

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CFMOSS 7/22/2012 7:38AM

    You've done more than I have - way to go on completing your second sprint tri - that's a major accomplishment even if you could have prepared more. On to another.......

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/22/2012 6:33AM

    Good for you for finishing! I have the same problem with follow-through once I sign up for something.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/22/2012 6:10AM

    Sign up for a race with a friend that way you keep eachother on track. Glad you finished it.

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EATNBOOGERS 7/22/2012 1:21AM

    Do you follow an actual training program? Maybe getting it on the calendar would help? Congrats!

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DREBENEZER 7/21/2012 11:02PM

    Carrie, great job. The accomplishment is finishing! Sounds like a tough course and you did it!!!

Thanks for the tip about swimming on my blog. My plan was to rely on my arms and save my legs the best I could. Hoping you recover well and enjoy Aqua Zumba!

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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!

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TIGGER622 7/15/2012 7:23AM

    Hang in there girlie! Just do your best with every minute of everyday - that's all we can do!!! If you slip you slip, you are allowed that once in a while!!! One weekend off can't erase all of the awesome habits you have developed!!! HUGS GIRL!!!

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EATNBOOGERS 7/13/2012 9:27AM

    Ugh, I'm sorry about your week. I get cranky if I don't get exercise, too. And the furniture/carpet disruption would have really bothered me, too. You will enjoy your run, and it will make your day better!

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GIANNA345 7/13/2012 8:59AM

    You can do this! Hugs!

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ELRIDDICK 7/13/2012 7:34AM

  Thanks for sharing

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/13/2012 7:25AM

    A new route sounds like magic. A workout always make you feel better as long you listen to your body. Hope you spring back from losing a day of online classes.

You can do it !

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Carpet - Day 2

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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RUNNERRACHEL 7/10/2012 1:55PM

    Glad you are moving forward with the house situation. That sounds like you are moving in the right direction.

You'll get back to your running when the work in the house is done.

You have a lot to look forward to--the wine festival, Broadway show and tri next weekend! So cool! All that sounds so fun.

Keep up the great work. You are doing a wonderful job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIGGER622 7/10/2012 12:44PM

    Girl you ROCK!!!! That wine camping trip will be amazing and I am excited for your TRI!!! Have fun wtih it!!!! I just finished my first olympic and it was soooooo fun! YAY!!! Enjoy yourself babe and I am so glad this carpet stuff got done, HUGE weight off, things are moving forward for you!!! YAY!!!!!

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LAURELSPARK 7/10/2012 10:37AM

    I feel for you.....hopefully your floor will be done soon.

We had hardwoods and tile put in a few months ago (every room but the kitchen). I thought it would never be done but it is and I love it!

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EATNBOOGERS 7/10/2012 10:05AM

    Oh Carrie, big hugs! You'll get through it! It sounds like a total PITA, but it will get you toward selling the house. Try to run--you'll feel better.

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