Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I've been trying really hard to focus on one week at a time as far as working out. I get easily overwhelmed and cope with it by shutting down and not doing *anything*. So my workout calendar only has one week at a time filled in, and whenever I feel myself looking too far into the future, I remind myself that I have to get through today before I move on.
So it's been working so far! I've given myself a daily goal of "getting in my scheduled workout" and so far, so good! Since I'm not looking to what I'm doing *tomorrow*, I can focus on getting today taken care of.
I woke up from a nap yesterday with an awful back pain, and it hurt all the way through the day. I had a horrible night's sleep, so I didn't get in my morning run (not really an excuse, I could hardly move). As the day progressed and I loosened up, my back started feeling better. I was scheduled to do a swim and go to yoga tonight - I made the executive decision to run instead of swim (to give my shoulders/upper back a rest) and do my run instead. I consider it a success - got in my two miles and did my yoga class. My back actually feels a lot better after yoga - I really paid attention to it so I didn't strain it too much, and the stretching felt good.
There's good news! I have a job interview on Friday! It's for an elementary teaching position. I am very excited - any kind of progress is good for the ego. I can only imagine how many applications/resumes come in for a music position - with all the cuts, positions are getting fewer and fewer. The next few days I have to gather my materials and practice some piano.
Tonight - sit on the couch with a glass of wine and watch some Olympics action!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Today was one of those days. I got an awful night of sleep last night, which is weird, because I was in a hotel and usually sleep really well in a hotel. Hm. I guess it didn't help that last night I had a few beers, and I don't know the last time I've had a beer.
I had a good time at my friend's wedding! We tore it up on the dance floor - I haven't seen her in a while. It was nice to get together.
But today, I was SO lazy. I took a nap, laid on the couch for the better part of the day, and to top it off, I got General Tso and ice cream for dinner. Ugh. I ate the egg roll and a bit of the Tso, but the whole pint of ice cream. (BTW - it was Blue Bunny I Do, I Do Wedding Cake ice cream and it was delicious.) I didn't mean to eat the whole pint, but I got so focused on picking out the cake bits that before I knew it, the pint was gone. Huh.
But tomorrow is a new day, and I feel like I got the Chinese food and ice cream craving out of my system. I have to read some stuff for school and then plan out this week's workouts.
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!
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