odds & ends

We'll call this a Tuesday mash-up!

My IT band is still continuing to heal at a steady but slow (to me) pace.  I spent a LOT of time on my feet this weekend while out at Homecoming, and quickly discovered that I'm not quite ready to be that active and I get tired really quickly - and then grumpy - from the pain.  All part of the healing process, for sure, but it felt like a set-back to me.  Driving was also tough - in a car without cruise control, my leg would get really stiff after an hour or so.  I go back to Dr. P next week for my 6 week checkup, and while I'm dying to run, I still don't think I'm there yet.  

On the flip side, however, is the good news that I'm back on the bike, I'm swimming faster and longer than I have in quite a while, and my leg lifting days are almost back to pre-surgery weight and reps.  I've been focusing more on lifting in the past 5 weeks than cardio, and I can feel - and see - the differences, both the good in my slightly ripped shoulders and the bad in my slightly fluffy stomach area.

October is my favorite month of the year, but so far, it's been the busiest month of the year.  Every weekend is booked solid, all three of us (me, Graham, and the poet) are celebrating birthdays, and school is keeping me a little extra busy this semester.  I love that our lives are filled with all of these things, but I'm looking forward to a weekend with little on the schedule.  Maybe in January?

As far as the overwhelming extra surprise of awesome, we are still talking.  But I've noticed that I feel much calmer and less terrified about the idea now that I've been given the space to figure it out in my head.  All good things.  We have decided to put off the dog #2 decision yet again - I think we have enough going on in our lives right now, and I don't want to bring a puppy into our family until we know that we will have the time to welcome him the right way.

I have a huge house project going on right now that I am very excited about, but the wires and dust and furniture all over the place is driving me crazy.  I think I'm just going to hibernate in the office for the next week until it is all done.

And, to chime in with the rest of the universe, I've been following the Boston drama via FB/Twitter like everyone else.  I am at least a year - if not 2 or 3 or 4 or ever - away from having any personal interest in the race, but I was surprised to see all the negativity from runners yesterday.  If 18K or 20K or even 30K people have trained their asses off to qualify for this race, and then are prompt about making sure they can run the race that they've spent time, money, sweat, and probably tears to be able to run, then GOOD ON YOU.  And if the qualifications end up changing because the gods of BAA decide it to be so, then fine - we'll all train to run a 3:30 or 3:20 or 2:10 or whatever.  Raise the bar, and we'll all rise up to meet it.  Because THAT, more than anything, is what running is about.  Challenge yourself to do more.  And that's all I have to say about that.


  1. Make it as hard as they want...no way in hell I could ever break 4:30 in a marathon, if I ever even get to the start line of one again.

  2. I am with you 100% on the boston stuff. It's madness out there! And, you might not be at running yet, but you can still pool run, right? Tomorrow?

  3. Glad to hear the healing is going well and that you are still getting plenty of good workouts in.

    I agree on the Boston thing. Plenty of races sell out. Yes, you have to qualify, but there are lots of people running marathons these days. One would assume that as more people run, more people qualify. (I won't, even if they don't change the standards, so, whatever.)

  4. 6 weeks already! Wow! That went fast, for me at least ;)

    Oooo, you better share pics of the project! And we've been talking about another pooch, too. But can't seem to see it working out yet. All in due time I'm sure!
    Have a good Tuesday!!!

  5. Interesting take on the BQ stuff - you're totally right, if they change it, we just have to step up. Of course this slightly terrifies me, but it doesn't mean it's out of reach!

  6. ooooh - whats going on at the casa???

  7. sounds like a good recovery! glad that you're able to get moving and enjoy those endorphins. whenever i have to rest that's what i miss the most...oh yeah...and "earning" my showers.

    i totally agree with you about boston. people need to calm down.

  8. hhmm, good point about boston. ( time change) I want to aim for 3:30 marahton next yr anyhow, so raise the bar,whatev....I did read the neg comments on the site...a lot ppl are, um, interesting.

    side note...yay to heaing and making progress!! I love reading it.

  9. Still cracking up about our post titles! Get outta my head! LOL! :)

    I feel ya on being so busy, I feel like I haven't had a weekend to myself in months... oh wait I haven't!

    Keep up the xtraining girl, when you get the green flag to run it will have all been worth it.

    Also, totally agree with you on Boston. If they raise the bar we'll all just have to man up and make it happen.


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