Motivation to Keep Running

Rory: Janet’s out jogging so I don’t know what she thinks, but I have to hope she’s pleased ’cause that girl’s in shape and can kick my butt.
Lorelai: Well, just make sure there’s something she likes on the TV when she gets home. Something soothing to runners – maybe something that goes in a circle over and over. –Gilmore Girls

One of my goals for this year was to stick to a good workout routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job of that, though I know I could always work out more. I’ve been jogging a few times a week with my pup Monkey. Unfortunately the last few weeks my knee has started hurting. I’ve had trouble with it in the past, nothing serious that requires an acl knee brace or anything, but I did have to tape it and do physical therapy for a couple of months. I don’t remember actually injuring it, but one day it just started giving me pain when I would run. It went away when I switched to different workouts, but now it’s back. I know it’s kind of an excuse, but until it gets better or I fix my form I may just have to do power walking as my cardio workout.

Tis the Season to Stress Out

When you walk through the door, does it feel like you are being slapped in the face by Christmas? -Marshall, How I Met Your Mother

This week I haven’t been myself, I’ve been an irritible little stressball. I’ve been sad about the Brazil stuff, worried about money, and stressed out about my family coming into town. My stepmom was making it feel like it’s my fault that the Brazil stuff didn’t work out. My stepmom wanted to stay at their house for the week of Christmas. Did I mention my stepmom is intrusive and completely pushy? Everything has just been weighing on me, and I’ve just been a mopey, stressed out little mess. I haven’t even gotten into the Christmas spirit like I normally do. Last night I think Match had enough of my blue mood and set out to snap me out of it.  Continue reading Tis the Season to Stress Out

He Made Me Feel Like a Winner

Roxanne: The marathon is great, isn’t it?
Jerry: Yes, particularly if you’re not in it. –Seinfeld

Yesterday was the big day-my half marathon. Match couldn’t be there because of the academy 🙁 and Reality Check had bailed on me early on, so it was just me driving out to the city. I was nervous and jittery all weekend, and had an added stress of car issues right before my trip. I guess I had worn the brakes down pretty bad on my car, due to all the hard drives for work; the hour long commuting I do daily, the trips to San Francisco, and the most recent trip to Tahoe really did a number on them. So almost $800 later, I picked up my car and headed to San Francisco. Needless to say, my spirits were pretty down. Knowing that I wasn’t going to have anyone to hug me after crossing that finish line didn’t help. I was starting to really throw myself a pity party, but then I talked to Match and he made me feel better. Still, it was hard to get to sleep the night before the race.

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