Saturday, March 29, 2008

First day back in training

Ankle has been feeling pretty good (some muscle fatigue, but that's to be expected) so I thought I would go out for a run today. I actually did pretty good considering I haven't run hardly at all in almost a month! So....

I did a 2.93 mile run/walk in 38:16, which averages to a 13:03 mile pace. Not too bad! My running intervals were 10 - 11 minute mile pace, and my walking intervals were 16 -18 minute mile pace. I did a 10 minute cool down at a 19 minute mile pace which slowed down my overall pace, but I still think I did pretty well! I love my Garmin. Talk about detailed workout stats!

Funny, my foot/ankle is a little tired, but I felt more pain in my knees and hip flexors. Just reiterates I am OUT OF SHAPE again. Poop. I strecthed them all out really well and will probably need a day or two of rest.

But I am HAPPY to be back RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Positive Thinking

So, one of my CW's is reading "The Secret." She says it is totally working. Me? I'm definitely more of a skeptic, but then again, nothing bad can come of thinking more positively, right? When she's done, she's going to lend it to me.

In the meantime, I am really working hard at it. I have some amazing girls that came to mental rescue a couple days ago to keep me on track with running and weight loss. This whole lack of exercise thing is screwing me up, but they are right - I CAN'T give up now. I have to push through. So last night, I did the rehab exercises our awesome team mate Nessdogg posted for me. Then I took 600 mg Ibuprofin, rubbed aspercreme on it, and iced the crap out of it while I watched "The Biggest Loser." I don't really know if it feels better today, but I'm going to tell myself it does.

Monday, March 17, 2008

(Tell my why) I don't like Mondays

Just like the Boomtown Rats, Mondays put me in a funk.

I am still anxiously awaiting my acceptance or rejection from school. I shouldn't expect anything for another couple of weeks, but I can't help it. I don't want to make any changes until I know what is going to happen. It's nerve-wracking. Which brings me to my next worry...

If I do get into school, how the heck am I going to pay for it and how are H and I going to make ends meet? I know I'm not getting any younger so the sooner I can get through school, the better. But I know if we had the rest of this year to get our finances in order, the better I would feel about everything. The recession is freaking me out too. H and I have a considerable amount of debt between us - his because he is not very money savvy and me because I ended up putting a lot of the wedding expenses on my credit cards. I wish we had gone to the courthouse. I originally wanted to just go to Vegas, but DH vetoed. So I can blame him, right? We are now diligently paying everything off, but it takes time. Unless we win the lottery of course. Fat chance of that happening! And the economy is slowing....

This makes me nervous as well. Especially since my townhome has dropped in price by almost $200K, and is probably worth less than what I paid for it four years ago. I have no options but to stay and wait it out. And since we currently live paycheck to paycheck while we pay off the debt, I am worried about either of us getting laid off. Yet another reason why going back to school might be the best thing overall. My job is not recession proof, but hopefully my future job will be.

On top of all of this, I am still sidelined from my 1/2 marathon training. Sooooo jealous of all the girls who are progressing with their training. I feel like I'm going to be left behind. Sad. I did go to the doctor last week, and he basically told me nothing. Nothing on the x-rays, I just need to rest it until it stops hurting. WTF? I WALK on it every day. That is screwing me up mentally too - I haven't had this much time out of the gym in well over a year. And why is it now that I am not working out, I want to eat way more than normal? I swear, I'm going to be 300 freaking pounds by the time my foot heals. In fact, I would be willing to make a bet that my ankle doesn't feel 100% for months. *&#$%#%*!

Oh well - Happy St. Patty's Day. Go drink a green beer, a black and tan, a Guinness or maybe some good old Irish whisky and think good thoughts! I know I will.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Nike Half Marathon!

I have signed up for a half marathon - The Nike Half in San Franciso! Of course, runners are chosen by lottery due to the popularity of the event. Why is it so popular? I personally think it's because of the Tiffany Necklace that they give out in lieu of a medal. I hear it even comes in a pretty blue box too.

The ankle is doing good - I think I can actually go to the gym tomorrow! Yay! Probably won't be running on it until next week at the earliest.

So now it looks like I will be waiting for TWO pieces of good news come April 1 - my nursing school application and the notice of if I get to run in the Nike Half and earn my first Tiffany necklace/medal!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What a pain in my...

Ankle. Why do I have to be so clumsy stupid? I sprained my ankle walking. Not running, not exercising or doing anything remotely athletic. And not in crazy high heels either. Flip flops. Bless my DH - he is making up stories about crazy potholes, but I don't really remember any. Either way, now I'm two days out of the gym and grumpy. I spent two days in an air cast, and that was a major pain, so now I'm just wearing an ankle wrap. I haven't been to the doc, but I don't want to rest it and ice it for any longer than I need to! And now the girls are talking about the Nike Half Marathon in San Fran, and get this - the medal is a TIFFANY NECKLACE. Complete with BLUE BOX. I need it. Seriously.