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Goodbye For Now

The longer I put off posting, the harder it became to sit here and actually write anything. To be honest though, I still don’t know what to say. I’ve been busy, super busy actually, but that isn’t why I’ve been absent – if I’d really wanted to blog, I would have made time for it. Truthfully, blogging hasn’t been one of my priorities for a long time. Over the past year, I’ve watched it take a backseat to so many other wonderful opportunities (friendships, travel, time with family, school, work, running, etc) and I’m also feeling much more private in general. I’ve tried to hang on to my blog by cutting down on posting, posting only about running, and even deleting a bunch of old posts that I felt were no longer representative of who I am but it still felt really fake. Occasionally, I’d even have a great idea for a post and then when I’d have a few minutes of free time, I’d decide to spend it with Ian or my friends doing something that I love instead of glued in front of a computer screen where I already spend the majority of my day.

I’m not really sure what the point of this post is. As of now, I’m not planning to delete my blog; however, my domain name is due to expire in February and I don’t know whether I will renew it. I’m also not sure that I’m done blogging forever, I keep hoping to get the itch to write and I sometimes wonder if I’ll want to blog once I start training for another race (estimated – mid-Dec) while other times I feel like I’m done for good. What I do know is that I’m done blogging for now.

While I’m extremely grateful for all of the opportunities that blogging has provided, right now the burden of blogging outweighs the reward and I always promised myself that I would step back from my keyboard when that happened.

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While I am gone from here [for now] you can find me hitting the lakefront path for early morning miles, spending time with family and friends, doing the best I can balancing work and school, and planning a wedding. I also don’t plan to delete my DailyMile, Twitter, Instagram, or e-mail accounts so you can always reach me there.

It’s been fun! I hope to see you out pounding the pavement!



Weekly Workouts

Sunday – 30 minutes Garminless running

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Monday -  1600 yard swim

Tuesday – 20 minutes Garminless running

Wednesday – Easy 4.02 mile run (average pace – 8:41 min/mile)

Thursday – Easy 6.1 mile run (average pace – 8:21 min/mile)

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Friday – OFF; sick

Saturday – OFF; sick

Thoughts

  • I wasn’t going to post a weekly recap because I haven’t been exercising as much as I’d like and I feel bad/embarrassed about it. I always try to be real on my blog including posting about workouts (or not working out) and to be honest, I wasn’t motivated at all last week. I could chalk it up to the fact that all of a sudden it got cold outside or because I got sick towards the end of the week but I’ve run/worked out through both situations before so who really knows… I keep telling myself that I need to give myself a break, I ran a marathon two weeks ago, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that I feel lazy and guilty.
  • When I did run though I felt really good. Nothing is achey and I have no lingering hamstring pain from the race. I can tell that my body isn’t 100% recovered and I’m not planning on doing any speed sessions for a while but I feel like I’m in a place where I can safely start increasing my mileage.
  • The above is a good thing because I am NOT feeling swimming right now. Swimming is my second favorite form of cardio and I actually love feeling strong in the water but for whatever reason, I did not enjoy my swim on Monday. I think it has more to do with the cold weather than the fact that it was more difficult than expected because on Friday I actually bailed on swimming before work (bag was packed and everything) because I couldn’t fathom walking to the pool in the cold to get wet. Granted, I woke up with a raging sore throat that was the main reason I decided to skip my workout but my warm self in bed was not upset with this decision in the least. I plan to keep swimming (I purchased a pass!) but I doubt I’ll keep up with it over the winter unless something changes. This is alright because I’m already eyeing a spring marathon.
  • I accidentally set my Tuesday alarm for an hour later than I should have and woke up really frazzled. I was determined to fit in some exercise so I raced to get dressed and out the door. By the time I got outside, I only had 20 minutes to run. Whatever, it was well worth it. Something is better than nothing.
  • On Thursday, I finally made it down to the lake and it snowed! I was also so happy to run my [favorite] 6 mile route.
  • Like I said above, I woke up Friday with a really bad sore throat. I couldn’t take the day off from work and with an exam next week (and limited time to study!) I also knew that I couldn’t risk getting sicker, SO I skipped my swim and felt pretty awful about it. Originally I told myself I’d run when I got home from work but I really didn’t feel any better then. Plus, I don’t think being out in the cold is good for illness. So here’s to hoping two days off from exercise will help me feel better.
  • I also signed up for the F3 Half Marathon as motivation then I realized I might not be able to run it because of lab. Sigh. Although, I suppose I could try and make it up during the week if I decided that I really wanted to run the race.


Grateful

Thank you to anyone who checked in to see if my family and I are okay. We’re very fortunate that we weren’t on Boylston Street when everything happened and are so happy to be back home in Chicago. I will write more later this week, but I wanted to express my gratitude for all of the messages, e-mails, phone calls, and texts that I have received in the past two days. You can be sure that the running community and the city of Boston will stand strong and please don’t forget to hug your loved ones today.



pvBody Update

So I know I’m definitely not the first blogger to post about this but I wanted to make sure to address the pvBody changes.

As you may have heard, pvBody has decided to launch their own new line of athletic wear, Ellie. Instead of sending out designer clothes at a discount price, starting February 1st, pvBody will allow subscribers to pick two pieces from the constantly changing Ellie line each month.

I spoke with one of the lovely ladies that I had been working with about the change and she assured me that the Ellie clothing is beautiful and functional and that the company has implemented an entirely new customer service department (the old one was the source of a lot of common complaints). She was very understanding and apologetic regarding the way regular customers had been treated and assured me it has been improved.

I first heard about this change while I was in Florida and I did my best to ignore the unsettling feeling in my stomach. However, when I returned home I knew what I had to do. First, I wanted to make sure I told all of you. I have really enjoyed working with pvBody and had a great experience with the clothes I received. However, after hearing about the changes occurring, I canceled my own membership and I thought many of you might want to do the same. Second, I stepped down from my ambassador position at the company. While I really hope Ellie is successful, I didn’t feel comfortable working with or promoting a company that so drastically changed it’s concept. Not to mention all of the little issues that had been popping up among the customers.

Anyway, that is my final take on pvBody. While I enjoyed my experiences with them, I know not everyone was so lucky. Remember, if you wish to unsubscribe, just log in to your account and cancel your next shipment.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an update on running!




My Long Lost Hobby

Do you have any long lost hobbies? I sure do. There are many things that as a kid I really enjoyed, lost interest in when I was in middle school and high school, and then have really started to enjoy in the last few years. One of these things is fitness and running and another one is reading.

I clearly picked up reading from my mom. When I was growing up she would spend a lot of her free time reading and usually read about a book every 2-3 days. She would often take me with her to Barnes & Noble and while she would pick out a few books for herself, she would let me roam free in the children’s section. I loved these mother-daughter dates and I would always leave with a stack of books that I could not wait to dive into.

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I read everything from the Dear America series (fave!) to the Nancy Drew mysteries. At one time I loved Baby Sitters Club and then I read the entire Boxcar Children series. Reading was just something I did when I came in from playing outside. It was a part of life.

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When I started middle school, life was just too busy to read all the time. I had homework which included reading and then when I wasn’t doing school work I wanted to spend time on AOL IM-ing with friends. I read on occasion during my summer break (hello Harry Potter) but didn’t really get back into the habit of reading for pleasure every day.

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During college I had small affairs with reading. I would pick up a few books during winter/summer break and I would promise myself that I would keep reading during the semester. Unfortunately, things would get busy quickly and then free time was spent going out with friends and yet again reading would fall to the wayside.

After graduating with my Masters degree last May I took some time off of anything academic. I was completely burnt out and tired of cramming reading into every second of every day. Ian and I watched a lot of television and whipped through the entire Mad Men series. It took awhile but without fail, a couple of months later I started to feel the itch again. I wanted to read. I started easy and reread the majority of the Harry Potter series. When I wanted something more challenging I started Catch-22. After that, I decided to do the reading challenge, read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Animal Farm. Before I knew it, reading became a natural part of my life again and my Nook and I became BFFs.

I forgot how much reading for pleasure helps me relax. I read on the ‘l’ on the way to work in the morning, on my lunch break (on days that I actually have some time to take a lunch break), on my commute home, and before bed. I love the feeling of getting lost in a good book for hours at a time. For some reason it feels so much more productive than sitting on the couch watching tv (although clearly there is time for that too- life is about balance!).

So tell me, do you have any long lost hobbies? What are they?
Also, any good book suggestions? I’m in need of a new one!