Why the hell have you been so silent?: Recap of the Spring

My posts folder is actually pretty clear that I have tried writing what I’ve been up to. I just haven’t been all that successful at publishing the posts. Maybe I haven’t finished my thoughts, maybe I was waiting on a photo. Either way, they never saw the little blue “publish” button hit, and that’s sad. Let’s take a moment to say sorry to the posts I abandoned.

So what HAVE I been up to? Well, the foot saga is ongoing. I’ve taken the new orthotics back to get further cushioned because I just couldn’t adjust to them. I also bought a pair of neutral running shoes. Those actually feel pretty wonderful. I’m at a loss of what the RIGHT answer is for my feet, but I’m just going to have to do what I think is best everyday and hope that it works out. I’m under no illusions. A lot of my issue is extra body weight. When that is lower, the feet will be happier, but it’s a Catch 22 in the meantime.

Me and my friend Michele at the Encinitas 5k

Me and my friend Michele at the Encinitas 5k

I’ve been doing 5k races. I did the Carlsbad 5000 in April and Encinitas 5k in May. I went home to Maine for a couple of weeks and did the Urban Runoff 5k with Portland friends. And I made new friends, as I tend to do. I have the Bolt to the Q upcoming. I’ve been focusing less on time and just on completion without injury. Funny enough, my times actually haven’t been that bad. I had signed up for the Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon this month, but I dropped out of the race. I didn’t get my mileage up with all my foot issues. I could have just walked it bloody, but I really didn’t want to ruin the rest of my week with hamburger feet. So, I supported my friends instead! And my partner in crime for this event got food poisoning the night before, so I would have been solo in my wave anyway.

My personal training regimen has been going well. My trainer is the gym’s fitness director and he’s been working on a group circuit training class, and I’ve been his guinea pig. So, there’s 3 trainers for the class and me. So far I’m the only student that has stuck. The good thing is, it’s all been free for a trial period! So basically I’ve been getting 2 -3 hours of personal training every week. It’s also been good to work with new people. They each push me in a different way and have their own style. I’ve had the chance to learn a lot and do things I didn’t know I could do before.

I've been surprised at the things I can do.

I’ve been surprised at the things I can do.

I also ATTENDED a triathlon. Make no mistake, I haven’t forgotten the reason for the blog. My husband did the duathlon and I went to support him. It was sobering. Even if I sign up for a super sprint, it’s still a big deal. This is still my goal, but I think that I have a lot further to go to get there than I thought.

Big Changes in Little San Diego

I’ve been quiet lately. Too quiet. I’ve had stuff going on, like getting really, really ill with what I am guessing was Influenza B. My foot problems have not entirely been solved. I ended up getting new sneakers, my podiatrist hated them, I got other sneakers, I got my orthotic insoles in. My feet REALLY hate them. I’m back in my old shoes, old orthotics for normal workouts. So figuring all these things out has taken up my valuable blogging time.

It was dark, it was cold, we lost an hour of sleep, but we came out for the San Diego 5k and did really well.

It was dark, it was cold, we lost an hour of sleep, but we came out for the San Diego 5k and did really well.

But probably the biggest news I can share now is that my husband has left his job. The rub is, he took a new one that is in the Bay Area. We’ve had a lot to figure out on this front, and probably still will be figuring it out for awhile. Basically, I’m staying here in San Diego and my husband will be commuting up for the workweek and back home on weekends. We’re planning on getting a studio or loft near his new office.

Here’s where this piece of personal drama relates to this blog. My husband and I have been each other’s partners in crime throughout this whole fitness and health revolution in our house. We are in it together, even though we have different reasons for going down the path, and different goals and activities. We keep each other motivated, honest, and on track. Now, our “flow” is going to be changed. I can’t lie, a part of this terrifies me. I wonder if we have the moxie to be able to make some new routines on our own during the week. Granted, it’s not like he isn’t a phone call, IM, email, or FaceTime session away during the week, but there’s something that is special about having someone standing over you on the couch telling you to get up, get your shoes on and get out of the house.

I worry about myself, and I worry about him. He needs structure and I hope he can find it without me Monday through Friday.

But, I do see an opportunity here as well. I’ll be alone during the week, which means I only have myself to think about when it comes to meal planning. That may actually be a good thing. I don’t have to wait for him to get home from work to have dinner together. I don’t have to keep in account the list of vegetables he doesn’t like. And I only have to worry about what I’m in the mood for instead of trying to find a good compromise. I think being on my own during the work week, I’ll be able to do meal planning and cooking for myself a little better.

Besides, whenever there is a big change in life, it gives you a window to make some other sweeping changes at the same time. It’s kind of like punctuated equilibrium in that regard. While things are in flux, might as well use it to add in some beneficial changes that stubbornly don’t like to meld with the former status quo. If that makes any sense.

Friend Makin’ Monday: Quick and Random

First of all, thanks for all the feedback on the “Tales of my Fitness Past” series of posts. I’m not done yet, but it’s been a great experience for me to write about it, get the photos together and process stuff from the other side.

For my own fitness – this week hasn’t been great. I’ve picked up the mythical Southern California Common Cold. Ugh. I’ve been taking it easy to get rid of it, but I’m looking forward to hitting it hard when I can breathe out of my nose again. Hopefully that is tomorrow.

My Fitbit went for another joy ride in the washing machine last week. Luckily, 2 days in a plastic bag full of rice and we’re back in business. My sleeping has been crap lately, so hopefully with the Fitbit I can get some data on when I’m waking up.

I’m very excited for another round of Friend Makin’ Mondays!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1. Choose three songs that would be on the soundtrack of your life. “Goody Two Shoes” – Adam Ant, because I really am a rule follower.  “Center of Attention” – Guster, is pretty much the story of my life.  I’m the stereotypical only child.  “Last Train to Trancentral ” – the KLF, because that energy is what I try to bring to whatever I do.  I’m always striving for that.
2. Share the details of one project that you’re currently working on.  I’m working on getting our office under control.  We down-sized our office space with every place we’ve moved and even though we’ve gotten rid of things long the way, there’s just not enough room to have the stuff and be able to work.  The space is small, and we have the sleeper sofa in here so it can double as a guest room.  Guess what, the sofa gets covered in my crap.  I think I’m going to set up a modular shelving unit in the hallway outside for the stuff that just won’t work in here but we have to be able to access easily.
3. If you could learn to do one thing overnight what would it be?  I’d love to be able to sing.  I’m pretty bad.  My cat bites me when I sing, no joke.
4. If you could be a fictional character which one would you be? I really can’t think of a good answer to this.  There’s been so much drama in my life, that it makes fiction look boring sometimes!
5. What’s your favorite thing about the month of October? When I lived in Maine, I’d say, it was the changing color of the leaves.  Now that I’m in California – probably Pink for October.  Breast cancer research and awareness is an issue that I really care about, and I’m glad that the word gets spread, even if the proceeds don’t always get back to where they should go.  Anything that reminds women to get themselves checked and to do self exams is a good thing.
6. Share one TV show that you’re embarrassed to admit you watch.  I love Keeping Up with the Kardashians and all of the spin-offs.  I think Khloe is one of the funniest people ever.  Despite the fact that they are wealthy people leading a fabulous life on TV, I think they do work hard and they do give back to the community.
7. Name one friend that you’re thankful to have in your life today.  I am always thankful for everyone in my life, but I just got back from brunch with Michele.  She’s been a dear friend since we were 14.  We’ve been through a lot in our lives, together and apart.  She moved out here to SoCal this summer and it’s a gift to be able to see her most every day.  She understands me in a way many people don’t, and we have the same sense of humor.  It’s nice to have someone laugh at my jokes all the time!
8. What was the most relaxing part of your weekend?  I got to do some “gardening” yesterday.  I’ve been in the process of repotting the plants that have survived me and  my brown thumb.  I hope I can keep them alive for awhile.  I’m kind of guilty because one was sent to me (in the mail!) by my mom (it was one of her own) when I first moved here 4 and a half years ago and it isn’t looking so great.
9. Do you like to dance?  I love to dance.  I probably look ridiculous, but it’s very fun.  I got to dance the night away with a friend at a wedding this summer.  It was awesome.
10. Share one thing that you’re looking forward to before the end of the year.  I’m looking forward to stepping up my training.  If I’m going to do the triathlon next year, I’d better make sure I can handle the bike and road portion!  I’m not worried about the swim at all.  Well, I haven’t tried the swim in open water or in a wet suit, so maybe that’s not true.