october is the greatest month of the year

Well, this will be a short post:

October Goals

Nope.  Not yet.  Or rather, I ran about 25 seconds before hitting stop on the treadmill.  And I'm totally okay with that, and with where I am.  I made some huge strides this month.  I spent more time in the pool than I maybe have in my entire life, cumulative.  I got back on the bike, and oh wow, did that help to fill a gaping hole in my life.  But exercise aside, October has been a month where I really get to appreciate how full my life is, and how lucky I am.  It started with a wonderful birthday, followed immediately by an overwhelming and terrifying surprise.  But it opened up many great and deep conversations about what we want out of life, which we might not have had otherwise.  We celebrated Graham's first birthday, and I am thankful every day that I decided to take home the puppy that bit my finger instead of the one that licked my knee.  I got to return to IU, one of my favorite places on earth, and had a perfect fall weekend with some of my greatest friends.  I did my first post-surgery organized ride and was not the last person to roll into the parking lot.  We celebrated the birthday of the poet, and I got yet another chance to be thankful for my family.  Yesterday, I got to cheer on at least a dozen of my friends as they all cranked out solid marathon performances.  And the days in between these celebrations were generally filled with friends and giggling and food and swimming and talking and wine - exactly what I think life should be.  

Miles run: .05 on land, 7 in the pool.
Miles cycled: 243, for another low month, but I'm on my way back.  Believe it.
Rest days: 4
Pairs of pants purchased in September that I returned: 4
Days I took a shower, got dressed, put on makeup, and left the house to work: 8
Sparkly dresses purchased: 1
Ear infections due to massive increase in swimming: 1
Super-size bags of Halloween candy purchased: 0 (SERIOUS win).
Pictures taken with borrowed camera: 523842
GOOD pictures taken with borrowed camera: 12
Times I rolled up my jeans to show off my fierce scar: at least 100
Times I've made people feel my newly ripped shoulders (see, massive swimming increase): at least 100

November Goals
Register for a race.  Ignore time despite extreme likelihood of PW & listen to body.
Look for some new recipes.  Break out of the 5-meal rotation.
Go back to the Egyptian Magician, despite possibility of bitch-slapping for having surgery.
Man up and ride outside as long as possible.
Do not, under any circumstances, buy clearance Halloween candy.  BACK AWAY FROM THE CANDY.


  1. I ran two PWs this year, and only one felt like the end of the world. In other words, they aren't so bad, especially when they signal the start of something better. But I do want some clearance candy SO BAD.

  2. I am in awe of anyone who can make it through the winter riding outside--it's already getting to cold for me. So I'll give you major props if you get out there!

    A great race up here in Baltimore in December is the Celtic Solstice 5-miler. Could be a nice comeback race for you! Google it and check it out--awesome premium this year.

  3. your october was so full! especially when you put it all in the same post. wow, so much to happen in such a short period of time!

    and i love that you buy and return stuff. awesome!

  4. Yay I was one of the hundreds that touched your newly ripped shoulders - like a ROCK.

  5. Quick, tell me if you have this book:
    "Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide by David Zinczenko"

    If you don't, I will gift it to you! It is the best recipe book I have found, I cook from it constantly, and it's all OM NOM NOM.

  6. My favorite line - "pants purchased and returned" HAHAHAHA! We are sooo the same way!
    Don't worry about the running, you're biking a ton and still exercising like a mo-fo. It will be back soon! I promise ;)
    Miss ya! WE NEED TO CHAT! Text me ;)


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