Hey!

Sorry, sorry, sorry for being such a shit blogger!

I have tons of stuff I want to share with you, but I’ve been busy with another project, plus I’ve been struggling with a lot of tiredness during the day lately, so blogging hasn’t been a big priority at the moment.  It’s kind of been one of those things where I think about writing a post, but then the thought of trying to string together words coherently is just exhausting.

So, quickly addressing the tiredness issue. I’m not really clear on what’s causing it. I feel like I am getting fairly decent sleep at night, although I have been waking up with some hip pain on the side I will be laying on.I was also dealing with waking up super sweaty in the middle of the night, but have since changed to just a light quilt, so that has been helping there. I made a coffee this morning, so we shall see if that has any effect on the sleepiness I feel in the afternoon. I’m working on getting my shit sorted to make sure I am taking all my medicines and vitamins like I’m supposed to (I am really terrible about it), so once I manage that for a month and if this issue is still persisting, I will be contacting my thyroid doctor to probably review my dosage of my thyroid meds and/or looking into additional issues. I’ve been cleaning up my diet as well, even though it’s not perfect, I don’t think it’s 100% behind the tiredness.

Moving on from that-running and workouts!

Running has felt ridiculously hard lately. Especially since the half-marathon that wasn’t. Some days feel a little easier, but most days still feel like a slog. I have started trail running, which has  been fun! I’ve only encountered snakes a few times, and two of those times they were just wee little guys (although still venomous) and the other time was last nights run, when two girls told me about a “Copperhead” that was right next to the path in the grass. Turns out it was just a black or rat snake. He was pretty chill to just slither across the path and continue on his merry way. So, trail running also makes me a lot more vigilant! I’ve been pretty consistent with my running and have only really missed a few runs here and there. So that’s been good as well. Yoga is a different story all together. I haven’t been to the studio in ages, and I’ve only been practicing a bit a home. I did *finally* purchase a book about yoga sequencing, so that’s been helpful. I also took an aerial yoga class and loved it so much that I got an aerial yoga hammock for home. So I’ve been playing on that a bit as well. Plus, doing some yoga sculpt here and there. I would definitely like to be a little more consistent in my practice, so that’s something to work towards.

I finally got the bike out for a ride last month as well. And then it seemed like the weather was either really shitty or I had too much going on to get back out for a ride. I keep telling myself I am also going to start riding on Wednesdays but, obviously that hasn’t happened yet. I’m pretty sure that riding in a thunderstorm is not recommended.

So that’s just kind of a what I’ve been doing the past month life dump there. I’m nearing the deadline for completing my project I’ve been working on, so hopefully I will be able to get back into the swing of things with blogging. I have lots to share with you, including some recipe and product reviews!

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So…

Yeah.

Did not finish the half marathon on Sunday.

I didn’t get injured, although my foot was bothering me a bit, I probably could have finished. But I didn’t. Some things happened, and while I have sent an email to the Go! offices, I haven’t heard back yet. So I don’t want to get into before hearing from them, because without hearing from them I don’t think it would be fair to the organization.

So for now, we will move on.

One more night working for tax season and then I’m done it appears for the season. I don’t know if I will go back next year or not. This year was really draining for some reason and my heart was not really in it. It will be something I will need to look at when continuing education gets here.

I’ve just spent the first few months of this year feeling like I had absolutely no spare time to do things, and then what little extra time I had seemed to get snatched up by other people and things. It’s something M and I have talked about several times, the fact that we always seem to be go-go-going and hardly feel like we have downtime to relax or do things we want to do.

In other news, I have my first run since the race scheduled for Thursday evening, and am planning on getting back to yoga soon as well. I’m also going to make time to go see a chiropractor who specialize in sports medicine and hands and feet about my foot issues. I had it last year in the other foot and now its back again this year in my right foot. It’s not something that is horribly painful, but it is pretty bothersome and I’d like to get it worked out before it turns into a bigger problem. I’m looking forward to having a bit more normalcy to my life and routines.

Well that’s all for now! I will be posting again soon!

Update: I’m Still Here!

I’m still here, I promise! Things got a little crazy with tax season and other life things and I just didn’t have much to talk about. I did manage to get probably 60% of my training runs in for my half marathon this Sunday (eeek!) but between illnesses and some pretty shit weather, I will have to make do with what I have done.

Pretty much the entire month of February and half of March was spent being sick with some sort of ailment. I still have a bit of a lingering cough from this last go-round, but it’s slowly going away.

I’m looking forward to the half marathon on Sunday, even though I don’t feel quite 100% prepared for it. I just hope that the weather holds off and we don’t have to deal with rain or snow during the race. It can snow all it wants to after I get home and snuggled up on the sofa! But during the race? Yeah, I’ll pass on that.

I do have a couple new and exciting things to post about, and I can’t wait to share all that stuff with you guys. Anyways, I’m glad to be back in the blog-o-sphere, and I can’t wait to bore you with more of my mundane life details!

Project 52: Week 4

Cosimo I de Medici

The art around Italy is just amazing! Everything is so well preserved, it’s almost mind blowing to realize most of the buildings and things around you have been there for hundreds of years.

End of January Update

Thought I’d write-up a little recap/update on what has gone on over the course of the month, let you know where I stand on some things. I am planning on doing an update/check-in on most of my goals every quarter, but the health and fitness ones I will do every month, because that’s what feels right, you know?

So, how did I start the month out?

Well, I weighed in on January 1st at 261.6 pounds. Holidays were officially over, and it was really time to get my shit together. Or at least as together as I could manage. So I wrote down some goals for the year, and included some steps to achieving those goals this year. Losing weight isn’t really a “goal” that I listed for myself this year, but it’s something that I know needs to happen, not only for my health now and in the long run, but to feel my best in general and all that other jazz. But because I have little willpower or motivation, if I just generically wrote down “lose weight”, probably wouldn’t happen. So I made goals, some that tied into other goals, and planned things out.

I brought my lunch almost every day this month, with 6 days being an exception. And on several of those days, I brought my lunch but ate it for breakfast, and had lunch with my dad because my mom did not come into the office (I do the accounting for my parents company). I tried not to snack too much, but didn’t always pull through on that one. I also drastically cut back on soda, which I had almost completely eliminated at the beginning of the year, but crept back into my diet over the course of the summer and fall. So there are still places to clean up, and I will for sure be working on that!

I worked really hard on not getting stressed out by things. I tend to be a stress eater, and I for one, am not talking about carrot sticks and hummus. I’m talking cheeseburgers and fries from McDonald’s. So that has been a big help.

I’m drinking more water too! I have several reusable water bottles, and then on occasion I will by a giant bottle of smart water and refill it a couple of times.

Also, even though I didn’t get all my workouts in, I still worked out way more than I had been. This included one race,  many cold-ass runs, and a few yoga classes.

How’d I end the month?

  • Total mileage-26.68
  • 4 yoga classes
  • Ending weight-258.2 pounds
  • Total weight loss: -3.4 pounds

I’ll take it! Everybody has to start somewhere right? Looking forward to what the next month brings!

Workout Recaps-January 22nd-28th

This week went much better in terms of getting my workouts in! I didn’t get them all in (missed one run, and only went to yoga once), but it was a pretty good week all in all.

Monday, January 22nd-I originally had this night as a scheduled off day because I was supposed to be working at the tax office. But, since that apparently isn’t happening now, I am going to find something to fill this evening with as far as workouts go. I might make this night a yoga night, and then not yoga on Tuesdays and just run, because I haven’t been feeling the Tuesday night class a whole lot recently. We’ll see how it falls.

Tuesday, January 23rd-No run and no yoga. I needed to do dishes in a major way, since I did not accomplish that at ALL over the weekend, so I just headed home after work and spent some time cleaning up around the house.

Wednesday, January 24th-Worked at the tax office. Although, I am thinking of adding a day of weights in, and it wouldn’t be hard to do a little weight/strength training routine after I get home at night after working.

Thursday, January 25th-I ran! I hurried home after work and got dressed and hurried to Indian Camp Creek, which is just 10 minutes up the road. I had 3.5 miles on my schedule, but because I misread the sunset time on my weather app, it got pretty dark on my fairly quick. And I didn’t want to get locked in the park, so I cut the run a little short at 3.2 miles. 

I felt really good about this run, and especially that first mile because I ran uphill for a good chunk of it! Indian Camp has a really nice two-mile loop that is all uphill on one side and then down hill and flat on the other. I like to do my hill work there.

Friday, January 26th-Official rest day on the schedule.

Saturday, January 27th-I wanted to get up early and get my 5 miles in before yoga class, but that didn’t happen. So I broke my five miler up into two parts. I got two miles in before yoga class on the Katy trail.

I don’t know what’s going on with my heart rate data there.

Then I hit up yoga class, which was much-needed because my legs were tight from Thursday’s hill workout. We spent a lot of class working towards King Pigeon Pose, which is a great hip opener.

After class, I decided to finish up my miles at the ever so lovely Creve Coeur Lake Park.

Much better looking heart rate data there.

I could definitely feel those last three miles. I was feeling pretty tired towards the end, but I tried to make a good run out of it all.

Sunday, January 27th-I had thought about riding my bike, but wound up staying home and working on laundry and then heading to the grocery store and then making dinner and working on my lunches and snacks for this week.

All in all, a pretty decent week for workouts. Definitely room for improvement, but I am feeling pretty good about my runs this far in training. My training schedule for this week is pretty much a repeat of last week, except I plan on throwing in speed work instead of hill work for one of my runs.