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Round Lady Running

I ran!

I ran, I ran, I ran! I am so stupidly excited about this!!!

If you’re not a regular reader, or you’ve forgotten the details, let me catch you up: I was a bit of a runner (not serious by ANY standards!) and then I got pregnant. I was sidelined for months thanks to morning sickness, major food aversions, and general exhaustion (I had no idea building such a tiny human was so tiring!). I saw my doctor last month and she gave me permission to run, but only for 5-10 minutes at a time, which I assumed would be my body’s max anyway. Afterall, I haven’t run since September.

Once getting cleared, I was really nervous about the belly jiggling and feeling awkward in the tiny gym at my office. But I worked up my confidence with yoga and the arc trainer at the gym (sort of a cross between a stair master and an elliptical). I went down for a late lunch-break on Friday and found the gym was empty! I was so pumped!

decision to try

My goal for the walk/run was a total of 2 – 2.5 miles, and I was hoping to run 1/4 mile, walk, run 1/2 mile, walk, run 1/4 mile. But I figured I would go with however I was feeling – good or bad.

I warmed up for 1/4 mile and then increased the speed to an easy, slow run. My legs were wanting to increase the speed, but the ligaments in my belly (which vaguely hurt all the time from the expanding tummy thing) were not loving it. They quieted down pretty quickly though and I continued on.

By the time I looked down to see how I was doing, I had almost run an entire mile! So I finished the mile and slowed back to a walk (my slow mile was a little over 10 minutes and I didn’t want to push my luck).

Honestly, the belly wiggled a little, but not nearly as much as I expected (I may have been worried that it would bounce frantically like my ponytail) . I feel like I want to look into some sort of weight belt or something though, just to hold it up a little (suggestions will be taken happily!).

My end distance totals were as follows:

  • .25 mile walking
  • 1 mile running
  • .5 walking
  • .5 running
  • .85 walking
  • Total: 3.1 miles (1.5 running!)

I basically did a 5k at lunch (which is what I liked to run on my lunch breaks before becoming preggers). I’m so excited because I didn’t think I could do it. I would love to run a real 5k super round (like 8 months pregnant, not just the 5 months that I am now) and this feels like the first step towards that. Honestly, my legs felt like I could have kept running, but I didn’t want to over do anything.

challenge yourself

And one of the benefits of the yoga was that I knew some stretches for my tummy after running (which I have NEVER focused on before).

I know this seems like a really small accomplishment, especially to runners (heck, even to the old me who happily ran a 10k), but it feels amazing to me in my new body that I’m still trying to figure out.

Yay! I can still call myself a runner!

You are a runner

Saturday Morning Motivation – Best Day

I hope you all have a great day, today and every day.

Write on heart

Other People Can be Awesome!

Wow… it’s certainly been awhile! I’m sorry I vanished.

What have I been up to since I last posted?

  • Well, I’ve attended three weddings (and two rehearsal dinners because my wonderful boyfriend was a groomsman/best man).
  • I did one race, which I still need to update you about! It was fun!
  • I was intensely under the weather for over a week with a super powerful stomach bug
  • And I’ve been working towards buying a house!

All big and crazy things. Although the house isn’t a sure thing yet. We had put an offer in on it earlier, and the owners chose to go with someone else who bid more (can’t blame them there). However, the other bidder had to pull out because their bank wouldn’t give them enough money to buy the house, tear it down, and build something grander that they could sell off. I’m sorry for them, but psyched for me! It’s been a bunch of work already though. I’m guessing that the seller can’t afford to keep their house, which is a major bummer and I feel very badly for them. However, it also meant that they couldn’t afford to do the proper testing required to sell a house. Which means that we’ve had to pay for all of that and we found out about an hour ago that the house failed a major test! (It’s failed a few little ones already). When I say major, I mean it will cost about $20k to fix and it’s not something we can live without (unless we have no interest in ever using any luxury a bathroom offers… shower, toilet, or sink – and I’m not the kind of girl who can give up indoor plumbing). So we’ll see… I’m not sure the owners want us to take $2ok off our offer.

However, this is a motivation blog. You don’t care about my silly house woes which will resolve themselves either way.

So let me talk about motivation. Let me tell you what has been getting me through all of this stress.

I often like to say that I find other people to be motivating. For example, when I first started running outside and was loosely doing the walk/run of the Couch to 5k program, if I could see another person when it came time for walking, I would keep running until they couldn’t see me anymore. A little crazy? Heck yes, but it really helped increase my running distances. Plus, I live near Boston… so there are always people on my running path.

Well, during this last month, I focused again on other people motivating me. Specifically, my wonderful boyfriend. When I was struggling with that stomach bug, I didn’t want to eat anything ever because as soon as I swallowed something, my intestines would seize up. I didn’t even want water. That’s just not right. He was there the entire time, making sure I wasn’t starving myself.

When this home buying thing got a little scary, he was always there making sure we were on the right track. (I hate spending money, it makes me so uncomfortable. No joke, buying a cell phone makes me want to vomit. I had my last cell phone for 8 years before finally getting a new one. I could never be a member of the iphone cult that has to get the new product the second it comes out. Makes me queasy just thinking about it.)

And I really believe that motivation can completely come in the form of other people. It’s super important to have someone in your corner even when you aren’t. My boyfriend is a truly wonderful person who is always cheering me on or taking care of me or supporting me in whatever way I need. He’s a very positive person. I think that’s really important. Negative people have a way of draining motivation from us. And that’s really not helpful when we’re draining our own motivation.

If there’s anything I can wish for you is that you have an equally wonderful person (partner, relative, friend, whatever) to help motivate you towards what you want (not what they want) when you need the extra boost.

Good luck!

Feeling Like a Hurricane of Emotions

Hi. Remember me?

I’m sorry for the 2 week lull in posting. I promise to come back tomorrow with a real post… about running, motivation, and all that good stuff that you can typically expect from me.

Where I have been? Well, for some of the time, I was literally on the edge of civilization in Vermont (and not the correct side of civilization) for a wedding on a Thursday afternoon (who gets married on a Thursday afternoon?!) It was a nice – although “interesting” – wedding. And then we had another wedding to attend that Saturday. Yep, two weddings in 48 hours! We only have one wedding left in October and then wedding season is finally done for us this year. Yippee! I promise to update about the weddings as soon as I upload the pictures from my camera.

While in VT though, I did manage to go for a 9 mile “run” (there may have been some walking involved… I was literally running up – and then back down – a mountain). It was GORGEOUS! But it may have felt a bit dangerous as well… it was on an unfamiliar set of dirt roads that were sparsely populated. Very different from running past grocery stores and a bus stop, that’s for sure! I was gone for so long that my wonderful boyfriend was afraid that I had gotten lost, been kidnapped, or eaten by a bear… (like I said, wrong edge of civilization). But really, my phone wasn’t getting reception so I went without it. I didn’t know the time or my distance (until I got back)… I just went and enjoyed!

The other part of my absence from blogging is just because I’m a swirl of mixed emotions that aren’t interesting to process on a blog. We put an offer on a house, but a developer bid more so they can tear it down. They won. And then there is the prospect that my neurologist will be changing my generally innocuous (and extremely helpful) meds which just makes me uneasy and anxious. There was some happiness and excitement in those 2 weeks as well, but nothing worth noting yet. If things pan out, I’ll let you know. (Although, some of the happiness was the house… and we see how that went…)

See? Lame! But I should be back tomorrow to talk about a race I’m about to sign up for that will happen in 2 days… oh and there may be costumes involved! (sort of… not like Halloween costumes that Jill will enjoy… but some “extreme outfits”).

Sunday Morning Snarky – Wall of Happiness

This doesn’t really balance yesterday’s… I think they compliment each other…

Saturday Morning Motivation – Tomorrow May Be Better

I was trying to think of some Saturday morning motivation that balances my icky feeling from Wednesday with my feeling for today. Today I’m attending the first of four weddings for this summer. I’m really excited about the wedding today. I went to both undergrad and grad school with the couple getting married (although I’m a bit older than them, so we weren’t super close in undergrad, but we were close in grad school). So not only do I love the couple getting married (and they truly are wonderful together) but I’ll know a bunch of people at the wedding! Awesome!

Wednesday was lousy, but today should be lots of fun!

 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. If not, I hope you can hold on for “tomorrow.”

Good luck and have a good weekend!

Trying to Turn Disappointment Into… Well… Anything More Positive

About two weeks ago, I mentioned that I had a huge opportunity (for me) and I was trying to psych myself into it. I was very vague. Let me explain what happened.

I received an e-mail from a friend looking to hire an adjunct professor at a small, private, liberal arts college. At first I thought it sounded like a possible offer. After reading it about a dozen times, I realized it was an offer for an interview. The e-mail also included the syllabus the previous professor created and the time of the class.

I was daunted and intimidated for two main reasons. The first was the time of the class. Although it would only be a 3 hour per week job, the time of day and the way it was spread out over the week would require me to use a vacation day every week for 15 weeks (so basically all of my remaining vacation time for the year from my full-time job that pays the bills) or change my very structured hours. Hmmm…

The second daunting factor was the material. It was so highbrow and not very fun (read: not my style at all).

But I went in to the interview as prepared as I could be (I read half of the previous syllabus’s assigned homework – not bad for 2 nights of prep – and wrote down as many questions and ideas for making the class more “me” as I could).

Honestly, I’m not sure how the interview went last week. Benefits to me: the hours were still up in the air and could be changed. The syllabus needed a complete overhaul according to my friend/the head of the department. The school itself was lovely and I would have really liked to have worked there. I’m not sure how it went because I was interviewing with a friend… so of course he liked me, but did he like me for the position? I didn’t know.

We were scheduled to have a follow-up today. I may have spent the week creating a first draft of a new syllabus and a few drafts of lesson plans. Additionally, I read two books on information I’m interested in but isn’t really in my wheelhouse but would have been ideal for the class.

Today, instead of us meeting, I got an e-mail that they are hiring an internal candidate. I totally understand, but that doesn’t stop the waves of disappointment. Thinking about the lesson plans really made me want to teach them and I was excited to have students again (I was a high school drama teacher for a brief stint).

I try to stick to positive thinking… so how can I re-frame this experience?

  • It has shown me how much I really want this as my career
  • It has shown me that I should have more faith in myself – something that seems daunting at first can be learned and mastered
  • I’m better at writing a syllabus and lesson plans than I thought
  • I have a broader set of topics to teach than I thought I had
  • I get all my vacation days back…

I still don’t know how I can convince anyone (with hiring abilities) of a few of these things though.

I’m trying to “pick myself up and dust myself off.” It’s time to revise my self-image and refocus my actions.

Maybe what I can take away from this is that it’s time to be serious and go after what I want!

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