Tuesday, August 23, 2016


My life has just kind of been ticking along.  I've been working a ton, but I'm not really complaining.  I love my job and my husband has been pretty busy too.  He actually was not working at all this past weekend but he was more than happy to sit next to me on the couch while I worked remotely since he could watch all kinds of Olympic wrestling rounds. 

It was funny, when the Olympics were over, he commented that he was so glad he only likes watching this every four years because watching sports otherwise would just take up too much time.

We both did our fair share of shouting at the television in the last week.  I loved watching the marathon, and I was just so happy to see Meb finish.  A lot of what he said in his interview after the race made me get all teary.

And wow, Usain Bolt!

So my three big thoughts re: Bolt:
A.  Why not try to shatter the records and do one more Olympics?  Even if he just competed in 1 event and it was a relay, the chance to break Nurmi's record would be so cool!
B.  How many miles per week does he run in his current training, and what is his training like?
C.  What would happen if you gave him a year to train for and run a marathon?

On my own running front, things have been pleasantly unremarkable!  We actually had an amazing 10 day stretch of weather, and I was in town for all of it.  Our overnight lows got into the low 70s, which is unheard of for us!  It was still sticky, but the cooler temps made me feel great.  I had several runs where I was pleased with a majority of mile splits. 

I had last taken a full rest day on July 16, and I took another one on August 13, just because.  I ended up doing 3 easy this past Saturday (my usual rest day), because the weather was so nice and I knew it would put my weekly mileage into a rare (for me) mileage bracket -- that 55-60 mile week.  I've gone over 60 miles once in the last 15 weeks, but it was a double long-run fluke due to scheduling (long run on Sunday to start the week, and Saturday to end the week, but no long run the following week at all, since I had moved Sunday to Saturday).

But aside from my upper 50s week, I've been holding pretty steadily between 45 and 50, which is a good spot for me.  But there's a good chance it's coming to a screeching halt. 

I got the bad kind of "come home" phone call this morning, so I am flying home tonight to see my grandpa.  They're keeping him comfortable, but it sounds like he's reached the end of his road.  I'm glad I'll be able to be there for my dad, it's breaking my heart to hear how upset he's been when he's given me the last few updates.  I bought a one way ticket, but I'm hoping to only be home for a few days. 

Next week's break in training will be much better -- heading to San Fran on Wednesday and staying until Tuesday!  We're going to Tahoe of a couple days in between, and it will be great quality time with my little nephew Willard, who turned 1 in March -- and even more exciting for me, I'll get to see my sister-in-law pregnant!  I was bummed that I didn't make it a priority to be in the same state as her at any point while she was pregnant with Willard, but their next is due in January, so this time I'll get to see her with a belly.  Can't wait!  And they're actually finding out the sex right when we get to San Fran, so that will be exciting. 

September will actually be a low work travel month for me, which will be nice.  One trip to Colorado, one to Phoenix, one to Philly.  And then I'll just have one Colorado and one Philly in October, and then one big trip to South America -- not for work! 

So even with the family sadness, I'm getting by and doing all right.  Think this is the longest I've ever gone without blogging since I started it.  Oops! 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Solid weeks

So as much as I've been emotionally all over the place lately, I'm happy to say I've been logging some pretty steady running weeks. 

I've switched to going to boot camp only two days per week.  In theory, I'm still doing a run commute one day per week, but since I've been traveling for work so much, that seems to only happen once every few weeks.  I'm doing our "hill loop" (which is 6 miles, with "6" hills (it's really, 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C, 6, bonus)) once a week pretty steadily.  And I've been skipping rest days lots of weeks in favor of a short social run (about 4 miles most weeks).  And thus far, I've been holding on pretty well I think.  Rest days will likely return in August when my long runs are 18+ most weeks, but I have felt fine skipping the rest days lately. 

Looking at my mileage for the last few weeks:

6-19:  42.1
6-26:  45.2 (technically it was 60.3, but I switched my long run day for the Fourth, so two long)
7-3:  44.8 (technically it was 29.7, but due to the switch, no long run)
7-10:  45.5
7-17:  48.0

And I think this week is on track for about 52.5.

Things are really ticking along, although my pace is far from where I'd like it to be.  But I'm doing a good job of not focusing on that, just doing the miles and enjoying them.  I guess the good part of work travel is that it tends to boost my mileage, since it's so easy to run in another city instead of doing something similar to boot camp. 

Now I just need to lock in for sure what all these miles are for.  As in, I need to commit to a race.  I'm leaning toward KC, but I've got two Iowa races in consideration as well.  I sadly have given up the idea of Columbus (sorry Meredith), I want to save that race for when I'm feeling faster (if that ever happens again), since it looks like a good one.

One fun thing from my running this week -- I was in Philly (thought it would be mega-crazy due to the DNC, but the only crazy thing was the hotel rates!) and it was 72 when I went running!!!!!  72 degrees!  I was tempted to wear long sleeves, haha.  But yeah, a mile in I remembered that 72 is significantly less miserable than 82, but still plenty warm. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Blue laundry

I always hang dry running clothes.  I think I've worn blue everyday since last Friday, with the exception of my race uniform for a 15k (that I did as part of a 16 mile training run), and a few non-blue bottoms.

I want to just move into a little bubble where I don't hear any sad news or angry, hateful views.  I know that's not a solution, but ahhh, a girl can dream.  My heart goes out to Baton Rouge now, where there's already been so much struggle. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Irrationally paranoid

So this is on the agenda for tomorrow.  Anticipating another night with little sleep and far too much worry:  

The rational part of me knows there's nothing to worry about.  But it's not the rational part of me that seems to be in control for the last week.

Words for the last week of my life:  anxious, tearful, insomniac, paranoid, grateful, fearful, shocked, prayerful, distressed, struggling, proud, nauseous, hungry, isolated, confused, nervous, worried, touched, defensive, lost, protective, Pokemon, restless, overly sensitive, disbelieving, irrational, awake, disappointed, hyper-vigilant, terrified, clingy, sad, obsessed, scared.      

The best word is probably a phrase:   Irrationally paranoid. 

I had lunch with another "wife" yesterday and she's feeling a lot of the same things. Especially the irrational paranoia.  And we concluded it will probably just take time.  Eventually, I'll (we'll) be able to say goodbye in the morning again and have it be like it was 8 days ago?  Just a regular "bye"?  Not an irrationally paranoid "bye"?  Eventually, surely...