I feel so good!

My core is not so sore from yesterday’s core workout, but my lunge muscles are feeling it! Lunge muscles is a technical term. I checked in my anatomy book. So there.

Today was a 3 mile run, nice and easy. It is such a beautiful day today! Sunny and cool (it was maybe 38 when we ran). ETA: I also did P90X Cardio today. I wouldn’t call it a serious cardio workout, but it was fun to mix things up and it was a nice supplemental routine especially paired with a short run. And now my core is sore. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve got a bit of schoolwork to do and just a few errands. I’m looking forward to a relaxing day (as much as is possible, anyway).

School is boring but predictable, which I find vastly preferable to the opposite.

Knitting is going AWESOME! I’m working on a hat right now that is an absolute breeze to knit, the pattern is simple, with only 2 rows of ribbing at the bottom and one color change. I did the first row of decreases for the crown last night, but I need to hit up the LYS for some DPNs in the correct size. Next on my list: my first pair of socks! Super excited to start those. ๐Ÿ™‚

‘fessions: still not running regularly

I keep letting life be in charge of things. I keep letting things pile up until I’m out of time for running. This is even after registering for a number of races and spilling the beans about my autumn plans. WHY?!?! Do I want to fail? I’m sure as you-know-what acting like it.

My hip has bothered me. Every run no matter how long or short, it starts to ache in the last ten minutes or so. That leads me to assume that my posture is disintegrating or something. Or else it’s all in my head and I need therapy more than I thought. I’m concerned that my moron GP (because let’s face it, he really is a moron) misdiagnosed an issue with my IT band as being overly tight hamstrings.

I’m holding myself back and I don’t know why. Talking about it isn’t working. Thinking about it isn’t working. Blogging about it isn’t working. Might I have hit the point where I must actually DO something about it? *GASP*

Not running is really interfering with my plans. So why am I not doing it? I need to get out and do at least a mile tonight. I absolutely can’t go to the Firecracker 500o without having run in a week (or more).

I’m already resenting my classes this summer. I think a good even a mediocre run will help me re-center. I’m waiting for an email that will either have good news or not-good news. But either way, news would be welcome. No news is driving me batty.BATTY.

So: new plan. One day at a time/fake it ’til I make it. Pity party over. For realz this time.

Also, please don’t wear Lulu Lemon wear with red velveteen stilettos. It just makes you look confused.

school & schedule mix-up

And all the song lyrics you can think of…

Today I start a new quarter. We’ll see how things go. Remember my terrible Monday class last quarter, that based on the grades I received, I shouldn’t have gotten higher than a 3.4? Well, I got a 4.0. And remember the Wednesday class that ‘forced’ me to take a mental health day? The one where my whole grade was based on two essays and then just one essay (but he never gave my first one back so I had no idea how my writing style went over)? I got a 3.0. On the one hand, I’m irked because I just don’t get grades that low anymore. On the other hand, I feel like it could have been much worse. Thursday’s class was a 4.0 and so was my 2 credit seminar on trauma & memory which turned out to be exclusively about childhood sexual abuse. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have taken it.

So, a new quarter starts today. I am registered for three seminars this quarter, but I might not be able to take two of them because of something else. But I’m not sure if the something else will come through or not. And I might just show up to the seminars late. Who knows.

Yesterday I was supposed to run. I vaguely remembered that through my Pride-induced hangover. Then I thought about it for a bit, and rationalized switching my strength/stretch day (today) with my running day (yesterday). So tonight I will run. Probably while doing double duty at the laundromat.

Did I mention that bunnies are evil? They somehow managed to chew through the electrical cord to the washer without electrocuting themselves (which I am thankful for). But now we have a broken washer and a TON of dirty laundry.

So I will run tonight. And enjoy every minute of it. Or reflectively enjoy every minute of it once I’m done.

April begins

It’s not raining, knock wood. My classes start Monday, so I’m a ball of nervous energy. I’m planning on a bike ride this afternoon, assuming the weather holds up. I’m half excited and half terrified. I don’t ride. I haven’t since elementary school and we had to do it. I am much more aware of my center of balance now than at 7. I feel about bikes the way some people do about horses. Totally intimidated, even though logically I know I am in charge. Just to clarify, I do not think the bike might eat me, which is something my mother has an irrational fear about horses, knowing full well that equines are devoted vegetarians.

I feel like April is going to bring big changes to my life. I’ve had this overwhelming sense of CHANGE IS COMING for months now, and all of a sudden it feels like CHANGE IS NOW. I have no idea what it is, but intuition says it’s good change. Which would be nice. It’s sort of funny, since I tend to be reluctant to change at all.

I’m debating getting a half sleeve done. I have so many ideas kicking around in my head that a partial sleeve is (maybe) the way to go. I’ve considered a full back, but I really like the idea of a half sleeve. Because when it comes down to it, I don’t really want dozens of small pieces. Or dozens of small pieces connected with smoke/waves. Now I’ve got something serious to think about during “study breaks”.

better, stronger, faster

At least that’s the plan. just keep working, just keep working

I’ve fantasized all day about my upcoming races. I’m planning a 6k, 10k and 5k for April. It might be a little ambitious with regards to my knee, but none of them are big sellers so I’m not worried about giving it some time before I register for each of them. The 10k and 6k are back-to-back (Saturday and Sunday) so I might need to reconsider that plan. I’ll probably just call the 6k my recovery run. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My quarter starts on the 5th, as does my half marathon training plan. To be honest, I’m a little nervous for that race. It’s significantly farther than I’m running now, but I guess that’s why I have 12 weeks to work up to it. Right? There’s no real reason to be nervous about it. It’s not like I’m going to run it tomorrow and have to beat a certain time (THANK GOD!) This will be my base-line half and it will only improve from there. Same goes for the 10k. The 5k will be better than February and the 6k might or might not be better than the St. Paddy’s Day Dash. They are looking for volunteers for that one, so maybe I’ll sit it out to help out.

Here’s the info:

10k Earth Day @ Magnuson Park

6k Seattle Run for Water

5k Top Pot Doughnut Dash

Here’s why I’m excited about each: the run at Magnuson is cheap! The 6k is through a flat, pretty park on the Seattle waterfront. And the Top Pot race… it supports Childhaven (not significantly, I know). They make good doughnuts but I prefer salty junk to sweet junk. I’m just not that into you, Doughnuts. But I’ll choke one down in the spirit of the race. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did my cross-training today and my knee feels fine. I think I need to go back and do my original ab routine in addition to what I’m doing now. I’m not going to push it on tomorrow’s run with tempo or distance. I’ll keep it wrapped up and ice it afterward as a preรซmptive strike. I’m not taking any painkillers, although I don’t unless it’s a prescription. I’ve always felt like if it’s really painful I’ll treat it will real medicine. I think mostly it just feels weak and not painful. Tomorrow’s an early run and I’m looking forward to it! It’s going to be in the low 40s when I’m running, which is perfect. They claim no rain, which would certainly be drier than Monday was. Ah! I’m all amped up now!

G’night lovlies!