new layout?

I’ve been bored with this one for ages, so I think I’ll update it sooner or later. Now that I’ve typed that out it probably won’t happen until September. Low priority, after all.

What do you think of re-evaluating goals/rewards? Is there a point where you say, ‘no, that goal is not realistic’ or once you set a goal do you chase it down even if it is looooooooooooooooooong, years away? Sigh. I’m thinking I’ll end up sticking to the original goal, but darn it if I don’t want to assign my reward to something else (read: something happening in the much more immediate future).

Running has taught me the benefit of delayed gratification, but I think there is only so much delay one person can take (read: not much for this one person).

Probable solution? A similar reward. Smaller because I will be meeting a smaller goal.

Do you ever get jealous of seeing people running when you aren’t/can’t, even though you’ve already run for the day? I have to find a new way to the Eastside. My current route takes me past Greenlake and darned if I don’t get insanely albeit momentarily, jealous of the people running. Nevermind that I already ran 4 miles this morning. I find that I tend to get light-headed if I go for more than two miles before I eat. I guess I get to take my crack with me on my AM runs! I like that my favorite flavor is on top in that picture.

Why not head over here and leave me a dollar? Do it now and you’re off the hook! Well, I’d love it if you’d spread the word since I think it would be awesome to have everyone donate a single dollar to meet the fundraising goal.

Did something crazy last night

At least for me.

I sat down and actually typed up some goals of mine. I’m not nearly brave enough to say them out loud (not even to myself) but I did write them down. And possibly saved the document with a title that might or might not make it look like a homework assignment. Not like Hubs or anyone else would actually be searching through my Word documents, but I always wanted to be a spy and so sometimes I can be overly secretive.

Speaking of spies… Did you hear about how they arrested 10-12 supposed Russian spies living in the US recently? I think I was born about 2 decades late.

Weekend Warriors recap

As a recap, Brandon of So Long, Fat Ass! posed a weekend warrior challenge with a Braveheart theme. I was going to sit it out since it was supposed to be a moving weekend (loooooooooooooooooooong story that makes me grouchy so maybe I’ll be able to post about it when I chill out which is not now), but then it occurred to me *insert a better looking version of me à la Windows 7 commercials* that because the weekend was going to be stressful is exactly why I needed to participate. So I did.

I set the bar pretty low. My goals were to run at least once, and be mindful of my eating, aka not eating cheese all weekend. Or more accurately, getting calories and nutrients from foods that fall into the category of “not cheese” (aka “second best”).

Well. I rocked the cheese issue. I don’t know if I even had a full serving of cheese all weekend (Alert the media: I’ve been body snatched!!!). I ate veggies and fruit and grains and some fish. Full disclosure, I’m clearly not a vegetarian. I am a pescatarian. I’m cool with that. Sea kittens are delish! 😉

As for that run. I didn’t manage it Saturday or Sunday. But I did just get back from a challenging 5k. I wasn’t going to write this recap until I did the run, so for the sake of time I opted to do it today instead of the end of June when it might possibly be convenient. It’s frustrating that 5k is a challenging distance for me at this point. Although, if I got off my lazy bum and ran on a regular basis the recovery process would go a lot faster. There’s food for thought.

I limited myself to quoting the line that my husband says resonates most closely to my personality: “It’s my fookin’ island!”

Coming soon-ish(as in before the end of this month): April goals breakdown & May goals

Check out how my fellow Warriors did & leave them some lovin’ :

Side note: There is a line from a movie that plays in my head each and every time I write or think that W-word. “Waaaarriiiors! Come  out and plaaay!I would like to call it an 80s cult classic, except that it came out in 1979.  And it won’t shut up. Seriously. Make it stop. I’m gonna cry if it doesn’t stop.

let’s talk about sweat, baby

Apologies to Salt n Pepa and to anyone else who will have that song in their head for the next 6 hours

You know the saying that women don’t sweat, they perspire? And that women in the South don’t perspire, they glow? I guess I’m not as far removed from my Southern roots as I thought. I don’t sweat. I drink around  100 oz. of water a day, plus the incidentals from green tea and my foods. Anything less than that and I can tell I’m dehydrated. But I don’t sweat. I get a glow but my body prefers to release heat in a much less flattering way. All of my blood rushes to my capillaries to release heat. And my circulatory system seems to be under the impression that the only place that heat can be released from is my face. So basically, I look like this little guy/gal, but with significantly less body hair (at least I have that going for me?) So not only do I run which is a complete anomaly in this neighborhood, but I look like that sad little uacari. That’s also how my skin reacts to being exposed to prolonged (read 30+ minutes) sunshine. I hold my north-Atlantic islander ancestors and the PNW weather equally responsible for that reaction.

I’m totally self-conscious about it. I will be lobster red and not out of breath. If I start thinking about it I can ruin my run. How’s that for not having gotten past the adolescent center-of-the-universe complex? I think it’s time to submit a photo to Operation Beautiful.

I’m not sure what to say or do about my knee. It hurt during my run today. It didn’t get progressively more painful, but it was enough to end my run early. I’ve read enough about knee injuries that I can’t pinpoint one as the issue. None of the descriptions really seem to mesh with my experiences. As a hypochondriac, I’m hesitantly self-diagnosing runner’s knee. I bought some tape so I’ll test that out today and tomorrow. Not much else to say. I feel like I’m in that no-man’s land between feeling healthy and being injured.

I’m going to whine for another minute here. Normally I would heed your voices (is it wrong I can hear you?) and make a doctor’s appointment. I’m super lucky that I’ve seen a GP who specializes in sports medicine since my age was measured in single digits. It’s not that great this time of year, though. He’s one of the alternate team doctors for the Mariners. Which means that he’s not usually the one you see on TV when one of them is injured (although I remember a while back there was a TB scare and he was on TV then), but he is unavailable during spring training. He isn’t in AZ the entire time, but it’s difficult to get an appointment with him. I’ve seen a few of the other doctors at his practice, but I am not as fond of them. Yet another reason I’m in limbo. On the other hand,  it’s always fun to go in because all the rooms are decorated with different autographed photos, jerseys and/or baseballs. He’s got stuff from back when they had the royal blue and gold trident M. He also has some Seahawks and Sonics memorabilia. If only there were Sounders rooms, too.

I plan to continue running, but I might need to find a different half marathon. The one in Bellingham sounds nice, especially since I’ve got friends and family up there. Maybe something east of the mountains, depending on the season. I think I’m going to stop increasing my distance, at least until I can get an appointment. And possibly lay off the speed work except that it doesn’t seem to make things worse. Ugh. Enough is enough already!

In semi-related news, I registered as a Running Buddy with Girls on the Run! I’m really excited about it. The one that would be most convenient for me was already full, but the one I signed up for will still work really well for me and my crazy schedule.

In unrelated news, I’m having a blast at Day Zero. The idea is to create a list of 101 goals and complete them in 1001 days (2 3/4 years). Mine starts April 1st, and I’m only up to 35 goals so far. LOL Maybe I’m not motivated enough? It’s hard!

I might or might not ever settle on a layout. When I learn to design my own (yeah right) or WordPress creates the perfect one…