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February 5, 2010

Friiiiiiiday and 5 week check-in

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Hey all! Another busy Friday for me.  Do I ever get a break?! This weekend is going to be all about the homework.  It feels overwhelming but — deep breathe — I know it’ll all get done. How? Good question.  But it will.  Small steps.  So clearly I am being productive by blogging 😉

Nothing too exciting running wise here.  Got in a very nice recovery run this morning and followed it up with some afternoon lifting. The pacing of the run was typical: start of shuffling and then after loosening up the legs move into a more fluid form.  Another reason I like morning running is that no one I know is awake on campus to see me doing the “granny shuffle” as i start these runs.  So my ego gets to stay relatively intact 🙂

My knee is feeling somewhat better today.  Definitely still bruised and it’s red/purple.  I wish I could remember what I banged it into!! So annoying but the more I think about it I could see it being a lifting related bruise.  I often bang my knees with the weights inadvertently.  Nothing really bad  but I’m a klutz haha. I’m also thinking it could be a result of the way I sit in my desk chair: with that leg under me.  I’ve always noticed that it hurts my knee when I get up and I think that it might be a cause of the pain that’s there.  I’m not ruling out a running injury although the color of my knee suggests that’s unlikely.

I figured that since today is about 5 weeks into the New Year I’d take a moment and reflect on the goals I set for myself like I did a week into the year.  I think it’s very useful to frequently remind myself of them so that I don’t keep them on the back burner:

  • Drink more water Ehhhhh.  I do drink a liter of water, a liter of milk and some diet coke with lime everyday so I am staying hydrated but most of what I drink is in the afternoon and night.  This makes my sleep interrupted because I have to pee.  All. The. Time. At. Night.
  • Get faster aka do more speed training. Semi-Check.  I still have been doing the 2x a week speed that my plan calls for but I feel stagnant a bit.  I mean, yes I am fast, and my tempos have been rocking but I think I need a race to truly give me a sense of where I stand with this one.  I’m sure I am faster (how could I not with the killer speed stuff I’ve been doing?) but I need a good check-in and hopefully I can find a race in the next few weeks.
  • Get stronger aka do more lifting. Check.  Since my last check-in I’ve been lifting 3x a week and still LOVE it.  I definitely love the way my muscles look when I keep lifting regularly and I know that the reason I’m able to hit quality workouts is because my muscles are strong.
  • XT more Kind of Check? I’ve incorporated ellipticalling into my routine but not as a replacement for running. More as a supplementary was to do a shake-out run without actually running.
  • Stretch more Maybe. I’ve been inconsistent with this one.  There are periods of a week or so where I am religious about stretching and then periods of time where it won’t happen.  So better than last check-in where I had yet to begin a routine but definitely room for improvement.
  • Respect rest day FAIL. Nope.
  • Listen to body Ehhhh Check. Last week I let the streak go because my body just wasn’t feeling it and I’d like to think that it let me be a little less obsessive with the miles.  I am really good at listening to my body when it comes to pacing and I’m a lot less judgmental about that.  Which is a HUGE victory.
  • Wear sunscreen FAIL. And I’m just going to let what I wrote last month stay: “Granted the sun hasn’t been out that much in the past 10 days or so when I made these goals but I need to remind myself that even though it’s WINTER the sun is just as bright and dangerous.  In the vein of skin care I have made a dermatologist appointment to get some of my suspicious moles checked out.”

So I’ve actually improved over the past 4 weeks since I last checked in. Obviously room for improvement but what fun would life be if all your goals immediately came to you? I like a challenge!

Okey-dokey.  Going to go try to do some work before heading into the city tonight to catch a movie with a friend.  No idea what we’re seeing but that’s okay because he has free passes.  And since I’m not spending my own moolah I don’t have to be picky haha

And check out this giveaway over with ErikaH

Happy Friday!


  1. I love the granny / grandpa shuffle! Good job. Working on my goal reflection post … will be up later tonight.

    Comment by A Marathoner — February 5, 2010 @ 16:42

  2. I enjoy keeping up with your goals. Now bear with Grandma here, or alternatively, Girl Who Was Going to Be a Dermatologist in a Past Life:

    WEAR SUNSCREEN!!!!!!! (I’m just saying it with a smile, not yelling at you)

    Comment by EE — February 5, 2010 @ 17:40

  3. I’m right with ya on needing to drink more/earlier in the day.

    I think not being hydrated is what held up tempo back today. Not that I hadn’t been drinking water before the run….but it was $1 Pints at the bar across the street last night….so I might have had 1 or 4 🙂

    Comment by Nick — February 5, 2010 @ 18:02

  4. ill be doing HW all weekend too….boooo! I have been failing at taking a consistent rest day too (2-days off so far this year), when my legs fall off i’ll consider it! 🙂 I hope you have a fun weekend even though it will be mostly hw…don’t stress it will get done! (clearly easier said than done!) luvvvv u! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — February 5, 2010 @ 19:32

  5. Looks like you’re doing pretty darn great! But come on, respect that rest day–don’t learn the hard way!
    Enjoy the movie!

    Comment by Teamarcia — February 5, 2010 @ 20:34

  6. Lol respect the rest day? What does that mean 😉

    Comment by Matt — February 5, 2010 @ 22:44

  7. I’m sure you can count fruits into your daily water intake, too! 🙂

    Comment by sophia — February 6, 2010 @ 01:12

  8. Sounds like you’re going pretty good on your resolutions. Your sunscreen one made me laugh because I haven’t thought about the sun in a loooooong time.

    Comment by Chelsea — February 6, 2010 @ 06:38

  9. Awesome job on your goals, your definitely making progress on them!

    Comment by Ada — February 6, 2010 @ 07:52

  10. Haha I’m exactly the same with the drinking too much towards the end of the day, I’m always waking Mike up, I think it drives him nuts!! oh well 😛

    Tea time isn’t too exciting I’m afraid! It’s just like dinner, do you call it dinner, like an evening meal we just call it tea! So you should definately start calling your evening meal tea time heh

    Out of interest, what sort of strength routines do you do?

    Comment by Laura — February 6, 2010 @ 08:33

  11. I like trying to support each other’s REST day. Today is mine…and I AM JONESING for a run! How to not run? That is the question

    Comment by specialkphd — February 6, 2010 @ 08:49

  12. Good job on your goals! You are awesome. I also fail at wearing sunscreen…pretty much ever. I should work on that.

    btw, I’m running a half tomorrow. Can you send some speed my way? Thanks!

    Comment by runningfiance — February 6, 2010 @ 11:21

  13. I think it is really important to (honestly) assess goals! Looks like you are doing well and know where you stand! Sunscreen was hard for me to gey used to as an everyday thing as well…I always wore it for laying out but didn’t always remember for running. Now I have made it part of my morning routine.

    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by onelittlejill — February 7, 2010 @ 10:36

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