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I’m a .com now!!!
This blog has officially moved to: challengedandrunninginthebikelane.com!!!
Hope to see you there!
Something rare happened at work today..I finished up early and thought, “If I leave now, I could get a run in!!” I instantly got butterflies in my tummy as I quickly grabbed all my stuff and headed towards the door!!!
I was home in no time flat…you know, because my commute is super short now. I dressed, loaded up my water belt and out the door I went. It’s a cool 85* here in Phoenix, gorgeous, bearable running weather!!
For today’s run, I laced up my old Pearl iZumi’s and my feet felt like they were home. You know what I mean?? They felt great on my feet, like they were made for me!
Didn’t take long to get lost in my thoughts…
I ran/walked 2.13 miles in 27:01 minutes, a 12:41 pace. Last Wednesday, I did 1.79 miles in about 28 minutes, a 15:31 pace. As you can see, there is vast improvement from last week!
All in all, I’d sum up the run as this!
After the run I immediately stretched and it really seemed to release the tension I was feeling in my left leg. As I write this post, I am following Yo Momma‘s tips to ice my foot!
Do you get excited to go for a run?
Any fun plans for the weekend?
Have you ever done a half marathon you weren’t prepared for?
A couple of weeks ago, my boss gave all of us witch hats with instructions to decorate them and bring them back in to the office for some Halloween spirit.
The hats were due back in the office on 10/15 but since I was out of town all weekend, I didn’t have time to work on my hat until tonight.
Warning: I am not crafty. I have never been huge on Halloween. I don’t like scary things. That said…here is my hat!
I stuffed the pointy part of the hat with newspaper and K cut out a cardboard piece to secure the paper in the hat. We stapled the hat to the cardboard and covered the staples with the flowers. He’s far more talented than I am when it comes to this crafty stuff.
Witch hat meets FLOWER POWER!!! As you know, I’m pretty new to this office and as I finished my hat, K said, “Company, meet Jac!” He thinks this hat definitely reflects my personality…minus the “witch” part, of course!
Is it me or does this hat make you want to eat Lucky Charms??
On to running related matters… My alarm sounded this morning for my run and I…chickened out. My leg is feeling so good and I’m so scared to test those waters and have the pain come back. I felt so guilty for wussing out so all day today I would power walk when I was up and about and see how my leg held up. First off, I was actually able to power walk and that hasn’t been something I’ve been able to do since…August. So that made me feel a bit better.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m really having a hard time getting myself motivated. I am scared to feel that pain again. I have a really hard time getting up early for runs (unless it’s a race day and then I have no problem getting up early)!! I’m struggling. And then I read all my favorite bloggers and how bad ass they are and then I just feel guilty. **Insert music from world’s tiniest violin here!!**
*Heavy sigh* It was about 68* on my
extremely short drive in to work this morning and I counted at least 10 runners out on the road. That just made me feel even guiltier for not getting up and running. After all, that should be me out there!
Any words of advice to get my @$$ up and out the door for an early morning run?
Does your work get in to the Halloween spirit?
K and I picked D up early on Friday from day care with a surprise for her birthday!
Happy Birthday (on Monday), D! We’re going to Disneyland..jump in the car!
Yeah…we’re nuts. Arrived in Anaheim really late Friday night and left town super early this (Sunday) morning! We determined we were in Anaheim less than 36 hours…fastest trip EVER!!!!
Naturally, D was very excited with the surprise. Here are some of the highlights of our whirlwind visit!
D asked to ride in the front row, wish granted. From then on out, she seemed to score front row seats (without asking)!
The park was SUPER busy and I can’t recall the last time we visited on a Saturday. Sadly, we encountered a few times where we’d get to the front of the line and the ride would break down. We’d then have to get out of line – TRUE STORY!! It was a bit frustrating but what can you do??
What could make this weekend any more perfect for D?
Why…a stop to put her feet in the surf, of course! Honestly, D would stand with her feet in the surf all day long if we’d let her.
Of course, I’m all kinds of curious as to where these random black rocks come from. The beach we visited wasn’t “rocky” and these rocks seemed completely random to me. But D sure had a lot of fun hunting them down and then throwing them out in to the surf!
She also got a kick out of using the telescope!
Sadly, we weren’t able to stay at the beach for long and after an hour and a delicious fish taco..we were back on the road making our way home to Phoenix!
In running related news…My leg managed to hold up really well during the trip. In the beginning of the day at Disneyland, I noticed it was sore and sometimes I would get off a ride and bear all my weight on the left leg and I would feel a twinge. But as the day went on..I noticed the pain disappeared. Is it possible I walked out my pain? It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened to me. Last year when I went to visit my sister in Boston, one of my legs was hurting but then after a long weekend of doing a ton of walking..the pain was all gone and never returned.
Do I dare to dream this has happened again?!?
Needless to say…or I should say…a run is on the schedule for Wednesday. I plan to wear my old running shoes (not the ones I despise but the ones before that) and see if the new shoes may be contributing the issue. I’m excited to find out!
What is your favorite childhood birthday memory?
What’s the last weekend trip you went on?
Have you decided what you’re going to be for Halloween yet?
What’s better than racing with friends? Honestly, I can’t think of anything. But M thought running a race that ends in eating chocolate sounded divine!! I had to hold off on registering since we heard about it shortly before I lost my job.
But today..that all changed. I am officially registered to run the Hot Chocolate 15K
M shared coupon code: PHXMOM2012HC to save 10%, basically the service fee for registration! So if you live in Phoenix, wanted to sign up for the race but were holding out for a coupon code – get yourselves registered!
I need to do some research but I might register D to run the 5K all by herself! Having run other 5K’s, I’ve seen plenty of kids along the route running alone…so..someone out there does it!
Speaking of D…we are moments away from the big surprise reveal. I am so excited!!!! I’ll be back later to share the big news with you. Until then…have a great weekend!
It just occurred to me…I’m sitting here on the injured list..haven’t run more than once per week for a few weeks…and I just registered for a 15K. I think this makes me officially nuts!
Have you run the Hot Chocolate race?
What do you run for: beer, chocolate, cheeseburgers, etc?
Would you let your 9 year old run a 5K all by themselves?
It contains a surprise message for D! She won’t get to read it until tomorrow afternoon. But all week K and I have been plotting and planning to pull off this birthday surprise! She turns 9 on Monday!
In recent months, I would wait until the very last minute to get things in order for whatever event may be occurring. But not this time. I’ve been working all week to prepare. I took D to get new shoes last night – they are needed for the “surprise”!
While we were out, we were less than 25 feet from Yogurtland and I told K and D that I would have my blogger rights revoked if we didn’t stop! We each got a very little bit, it was probably the cheapest trip to Yogurtland….ever!!
After work, I had to swing by the grocery store to pick up some necessities for the SUPER surprise! Check out this view!
That’s a street light and clouds rising up behind it. I thought it was wicked cool and as I stopped to snap a photo of it, I noticed other shoppers around me taking a moment to admire the beauty!! It was like 85* here in Phoenix today..it finally felt like fall with the weather and clouds. RELIEF!!!
I’m not going to run tomorrow. I’m not going to run again until next Wednesday. I swear the injury is actually in my foot and just radiating to other areas of my leg. You know how when you go to the dentist and point out pain on one side of your mouth but the problem is actually from another side?? Yeah..I think that’s what’s happening here.
That’s my theory…I could be wrong…but I’m starting to believe I’m not!
In other non-running, non-surprise, completely random news…K and I are finishing up the final season of Weeds. Can’t wait to see how this all ends!
Have you ever planned a big surprise for someone?
Do you wear Crocs?
What’s your favorite froyo place?
Do/did you watch Weeds?
Changing things up and went for a morning run this Wednesday since I’m normally wiped out by the time I leave work. I don’t like running in the dark but…you do what you gotta do..with caution, of course!!
Some random thoughts during today’s run:
I ran/walked 1.79 miles in 27:48 minutes, a 15:31 pace. Which is a LOT slower than my pace was last Wednesday. I honestly do not get it. But I don’t have time to ponder all the mysteries that is my injury, I must get ready for work!
Have a great Wednesday!!!
Got any theories about my mysterious leg injury?
What is your favorite day of the week?
What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?
Have you ever heard the saying, “A body in motion stays in motion”? Or is that a Bible verse? I could Google it but I’m pressed for time but..you know the saying, right?
I made up my mind Saturday that I had to get myself back in to the habit of taking care of things I’ve neglected and I’ve been holding to it!
I cleaned this out of my wallet!
Two months worth of receipts!! I do keep a checkbook in Excel so I had to enter all that info before I could take the stack to work and shred it! This is what I did early Sunday AM when I was up early with a sick D!
I’m on this “eggs for breakfast” kick and have been fixing eggs for D and me every morning!
One day I didn’t have time to make us eggs and I noticed I was starving less than an hour later. So..definitely making a point to make sure that both D and I have some source of protein in the morning with breakfast!
I think D loves the idea of mommy fixing her breakfast every morning…and brushing her hair..and pulling it out of her face..and brushing her teeth. SPOILED!!
I was so proud of my packed lunch this AM!
I love getting surprises in the mail…like this!
In other fun, exciting news, M and I booked our flight for the Tinker Bell half marathon weekend today because Southwest is having a fabulous sale!! Our travel dates fell within their travel restrictions so..score! Round trip for $139 can’t be beat! Imagine our excitement when we registered for the race and then our excitement when we reserved the hotel room and now our excitement that we have our flights booked!
Been busy but I’m feeling good. I’m getting my mind and body prepared to go for a run tomorrow morning. I am just way too tired in the afternoon to run so I need to change things up and get my runs done in the morning’s. This is a total switch for me so it’s going to be an adjustment. We’ll see how it goes!
What’s your favorite kind of apple?
Do you keep a checkbook register and balance it every time you get a statement?
Are you running the Tinker Bell half marathon?
Do you pack your lunch or buy every day?
I was watching a recorded Dateline show last night in which they were following 3 families fighting their way through unemployment. As a result, this morning I have been thinking and reflecting on what I went through this past summer.
The truth is..I really hit a low during my unemployment time, even though my unemployment turned out to be very short term, 34 days. When you’re in the middle of something like that, you don’t know how long it’s going to last. It feels like there are more questions than answers. It feels like everything in your world is on hold. It was a rough summer. J moved to Ohio and even though he’s in a safe place and has my parents helping him out, it’s still hard to let go. Then 6 weeks after he was gone, I lost my job. But even though there were some devastating situations this summer, there were also some great events; my friend C came to visit, I PR’d, and I got a job! Through it all, I was surrounded by the love and support of my husband, children, parents, my seester, family, friends, and you lovely readers. I am truly blessed.
When I was working, prior to July, I use to wish I had more time to clean the house. When I found myself unemployed and had all the time in the world, I couldn’t bring myself to do anything about the mess around me. It felt as though I was living in this fog and I could hardly function. I struggled to snap out of it but the reality is..I was consumed in feeling paralyzed. It felt like all I could think about was that I didn’t have a job and I needed to find one.
They say that when a company lays you off, it isn’t personal – it’s business. I, quite honestly, don’t agree. It is personal. It was very personal to me and my family. Not only was my job taken from me but the daily interactions with great people was also gone. not to mention my benefits, discounts, vacation possibilities… While it wasn’t personal to the company, it had a very personal meaning to me.
Remember when my wonderful friends returned all the belongings that had been in my old desk? I brought the stuff home, quickly unpacked it in J’s room and avoided looking at it afterwards. Well, today I decided I would go ahead and go through the stuff. But first..I was going to pull out all my “old company” t-shirts from my closet because seeing them hurts. I’ll be looking for something to wear, come across a shirt and it’s like a knife through my heart. So I gave myself permission to donate them!
Then I decided to go ahead and go through all my “old desk” stuff to determine what I might want to take to my new desk. Don’t worry, it won’t be 4 boxes full! I think I learned my lesson!
For my birthday this year, my friend A cut out all these different pictures of rainbows and hid them in places around my desk. As I sorted through my stuff today and found all these pictures, I started to cry. I worked with some amazing people who were so loving, supportive and caring. I am blessed to have these memories. I’m definitely keeping all the rainbow pics, after all, rainbows make me happy!
I use to post positive quotes on the walls of my desk, like this one:
I struggled with my attitude during unemployment but for the most part I chose to remain positive and trusting. It was a choice I had to make from one moment to the next but I am a firm believer that you can choose what attitude you’re going to have about the situations you face in life!
I’m a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan. First, the ride at Disneyland and then second, the movies. I’ve had this little Pirates treasure box for a few years, something I got in a Happy Meal. Over the years, at work, I gathered little treasures to stick inside.
Pictures of my lovies, confetti from an old team decorating my desk for my birthday, guitar pics from a friend, “chips” from Vegas (every treasure chest must have “gold”), a Target and Wal Mart penny (long story surrounding that one), Mickey heads a ring D got when she was just a toddler, and a candle from a birthday cupcake. Will I take my treasure box to my new desk? Probably not but I welcome collecting treasures from my new experiences with my new co-workers.
I had a “fun” desk full of trinkets and mementos of my family and the great people I worked with. I surrounded myself with happy memories and things that made me smile. Although I may not take very many of these old treasures to my new desk, I’m happy to have the tokens as memories.
I got knocked to my butt this summer. My training went to crap. My eating habits went to crap. I felt sad. I cried a lot. My house became an even bigger disaster zone than what it normally is. I have piles of running and fitness magazines that I haven’t opened. I’ve been going through the motions and not doing much more beyond that.
But I’m making a comeback and I’m giving myself permission to take it slowly and ease in to it. I’m allowing myself to dismiss ideas of plans of things I thought I needed to do and refocusing on things that I absolutely believe I should do: take care of my family, get my house back in order, get my running routine back together, reestablish my better eating habits, and a whole bunch of other stuff.
My life has changed. My work hours are different. Our schedules and routines need to be readjusted. I’m open to the change and I’m actually excited about it. I just need to figure out how it’s going to work for the 3 of us. For example, I use to run in the afternoons after work but I don’t think that schedule is going to work for us any more. I’m not an early morning kind of person but running is important to me so I need to change my attitude about morning runs!
There are going to be some hiccups along the way but I’ll get it figured out. Trial and error, right?
Sorry for the super long post that’s not so running related, but kind of is. I just know that watching the Dateline show last night helped me and I thought that I could share some of the thoughts I’ve been having this morning and maybe it can help someone else?! You just never know who is out there reading…
How is your Saturday going?
I was so busy today at work that I skipped taking a lunch and ate at my desk. But then I ended up finishing my work by the “8 hour mark” so packed I up and headed out. Normally, I would have stayed until my regular quitting time but since I had a date with the bike lane – I was really happy to be getting out earlier than expected so I could get my run on!!!
Can I just tell you how giddy and happy I felt racing home to go for my run? Here are some random thoughts I had during today’s “supposed to be speed training” session:
I ran/walked 1.87 miles in 26:32 minutes, a 14:11 pace. The leg wasn’t nearly as sore as it was when I ran on Sunday!
Do you have a leg that always gives you problems?
Do you giggle when it’s time to go for your run?
What’s for dinner tonight?