Friday, February 5, 2010

Aaaaaaand we're back

Apparently my last blog post was sort of out there. You'll have to excuse me for that. It was written from deep within the fog of my dissertation, which I'm happy to report is now out with my committee. One good thing came from my post though--I discovered runjessrun, and that she follows my blog! Good stuff. I now follow hers, too.

I promised I would explain my "not even pretending to try to run." But, the more I try to come up with a metaphor for what those two weeks were like, the more I realize that I don't know how to verbalize it. I had anxiety so badly at times that I couldn't sleep despite complete exhaustion. In the middle of it I got a bug that's going around and that, for most people, sucks but isn't a huge deal. It put me in the ER so dehydrated it hurt to move my eyes. I know that sounds dramatic, and drama's not really my thing. I tell you all of this as a way of saying, "work got so out of hand there for a while that I internalized it and it messed with me completely." I am SO glad I got through my deadline and now have time to do things like run and update my blog. Oh, and go to a crop with my bestie next weekend (!!), which I am so excited about.

I finally got back to running today. On the 'mill, of course, with this crazy storm that's coming through. You know I love the list, so here it is.
1. I totally underestimated how much fitness you can lose in 16 days
2. I have dissertation weight that must be lost. Seriously. It has got to go.
3. I am officially behind on my short-term mileage goals for the year. The 1000 mile challenge (or, the 730 mile challenge, as I like to call it) is still motivating me though, so I guess it's doing its job.
4. My mileage this time last year was 18.5! So lame! So at least I'm still ahead of that.
5. longish run planned for Sunday afternoon. Yea!!

Mileage (a few runs from pre-crazy didn't get put here, so here's everything):
20.8 + 4.6 + 4 + 3.5 = 32.9 miles

In other post-crazy news, I've finally had time to tackle one of the two big projects I set out for 2010: scrapbook my honeymoon...that happened in 2005. I've had so much fun starting that. Scrapbooking is such a good creative outlet for me. I don't post all my layouts online (this is a running blog, after all), but every now and then it's fun to show you what I've been up to. So here you go--one of the pages from our cruise to Alaska. You can click on it to see the description of it on twopeasinabucket (a fabulous scrapbooking website).


Run Jess Run said...

Yay!! Welcome back to the blogging world and running! And thanks for the shout out:)

QSOgirl said...

I have to tell you, of your recent layouts, I think the one you showed in this post is my favorite. I just love those circles!

And woooooo!!!! crop! I'm starting to plan for it today... (yes, i know i'm a nerd)

MJ said...

I'm glad to see the dissertation behind you and feel just awful that I didn't know about your ER trip and hectic things had really gotten. Looking forward to catching up soon. Wish I could crop with you.