1. A nervous habit I have is biting my nails and cuticles. I realize it’s really gross and is a terrible habit, so I try to keep myself from doing it by keeping my nails painted.
2. Something that makes me sad is that Chino and I only have a little less than a week left living together. I’m going to miss my little fur ball. :(
3. Today I am thankful for Julie’s impending visit to NYC! Just a few more hours of work and we will kick off an awesome weekend!
4. My favorite room in my house is well, there are no rooms per se (I live in a studio) so I guess that means the living room/dining room/bedroom is my favorite. It’s actually really cozy and has great views of the Hudson and sunsets!
5. I can’t stand people who don’t do their fair share of the work. Everyone else is working hard, would it kill you to do the same?
6. If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today I would probably go somewhere for dinner. I don’t eat out at restaurants often because it’s cheaper to cook at home, but I might splurge and get a nice dinner. (I wish I could say that I would spend it on something more exciting…)
7. The last person I hung out with was my former co-worker Carla! Carla and I stopped into Coogan’s last night for a beer or two and we took turns filling one another in on the past few weeks of our respective lives. Carla is equal parts comedian and therapist. It was a much needed talk.
Work continues to be unpleasant and stressful, so the opportunities I’ve had to go running this week have been much appreciated. Even though it was raining steadily when I got home today, I decided to man up and get out there. I love the rain and I love running in the rain.
The run was wonderful. I went iPod-less which was probably for the best. There weren’t many people out and while I always feel safe down here, it’s probably best that I stay alert when I do my nighttime runs. I did my usual route and went out really fast. This has become a bad habit. I’m not sure if it’s just the excitement to be free of the workday and other obligations or what, but I take off like a bat out of hell… The wet leaves littering the Hudson Esplanade were a bit slick and I slowed it down after the first two miles. (I also decided to slow down because I didn’t feel like I could sustain the pace for the full 4 miles…) All in all, it was a great run and I feel much better. The stress of the day and of this week just kind of melted away. The other day when I wrote about my running being hit or miss… tonight was a hit.
1 World Trade was lost in the fog…
After my run, I looked like a drowned rat happy, water-logged runner…
Garmin breaks it on down…
(I was actually really surprised that my Garmin picked up [and kept] a signal with all of the rain and cloud cover… *snaps for Garmin*)
What Happens When My Running Comes Up At Work: A Case Study
*Setting the stage:In exchange for my help yesterday stuffing and addressing envelopes for the fancy lecture and award ceremony coming up, a coworker treated me and the other helpers to pizza this afternoon. The following occurred as I was grabbing a slice of pizza and was chatting with the lab manager. Big Boss Man (he's a big deal) was passing through...*
Me (to lab manager):Oh boy... I wasn't going to run tonight after my gnarly charley horse last night, but after this I might have to.
Big Boss Man:How far did you run?
Me:Oh, it was just... It was 4 miles bu--
Big Boss Man:JUST 4 miles? How far do you usually run?
Me:*Blushing and speechless* Uh... Well I mean... It depends -- I just -- I...
Coworker:She's like a marathoner or something...
Me:Oh! No marathons yet! But I've run half marathons... *trails off*
Big Boss Man:That's wonderful!
*Aaaand scene... *facepalm* Boss Man and I have only exchanged pleasantries like, "good morning" and "have a nice evening," and he once autographed my copy of his book, which may explain my extreme awkwardness. Must remember that while no one likes a braggart, that I shouldn't be overly modest either. Must learn how to strike that balance, and also how to talk to authority figures without peeing myself.* /Is this a humblebrag? What the, I don't even...
Today’s Productivity Brought To You By: Lissie’s awesome cover of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness
I really like Lissie… Like, girl crush like her. She recently released an album of 5 covers including Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters. It’s called Covered Up With Flowers. Check it out!
I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good.
I meant to write about last night’s run but time got away from me, so better late than never…
I took to the Hudson River Esplanade for another nighttime run. It was mild (somewhere in the 60s probably) and pretty windy out when I left my apartment and I had a little trouble getting a signal on the Garmin, but eventually it got with the program. There wasn’t a whole lot that I found remarkable about the run. Leaves rained down on me as I ran along the river and it was really peaceful.
My running has been really hit or miss lately. There are some runs where I feel like I could just keep going beyond my intended mileage, and others where I have to talk myself out of cutting it short. (I am glad that I no longer allow myself to take the easy way out.) Last night, a little before mile 3, my calf seized up in what is probably one of the worst charlie horses I have ever had. Needless to say, the next few miles were… special. (It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the ridiculous amount of booze I consumed over the weekend and the resulting dehydration…)
My great 9:17 pace (admittedly a little faster than I would usually run) quickly turned into a 10:02 and so on… This morning my calf feels bruised and I can feel it every time I take a step. Tonight, I might have to skip the run and go to the gym to do some weight lifting. I don’t do nearly enough weight lifting these days and I would really like to get back into it. I used to lift a lot in high school and some in college. I was toying with the idea of trying CrossFit…… This is a very slippery slope.
Oh! And the Wow Neon Yellow Shirt was amazing. (As expected…) Mostly just because I love the shirt (regardless of it’s cheery “don’t run me over” color). I want to order 4 more in different colors. They really got it right with this one.
Treat yo self to two back-to-back weekends of awesomeness...
This weekend, one of my best friends, Kate, left the District and came to the City and we got into trouble had a lot of good clean fun. Treat yo self was our mantra this weekend. Tom and Donna would have been proud…
Clothes… (treat yo self)
Fragrances… (treat yo self)
Massages… (treat yo self)
Mimosas… (treat yo self)
Fine. Leather. Goods… (treat yo self)
We spent two wild and crazy days (and very late nights) soaking up all New York City has to offer two twenty-somethings. It was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had in New York.
This upcoming weekend promises to be “best weekend everrrrr 2.0” with the arrival of my best friend Julie on Friday! I feel really lucky to have back-to-back weekends with two of my favorite ladies followed by a flight back to Michigan and a Woodruff Family Thanksgiving Extravaganza! (Complete with a very unofficial 5k that I have dubbed the “Woodruff Family Gobble Wobble” on Thanksgiving morning. I may be the only one running…) So much love and happiness squeezed into such a short period of time!
What. A. Day. Some days you look at the clock thinking “I could really use a beer” and then you realize that it’s only 11:30… Today was one of those days. Fortunately, it’s now 6:30 and is acceptable to drink a tall boy. Beer me strength.
*Don’t judge my Bud Light… Oh wait, I give zero fucks today… right. Judge away.
Found out that the Asics running top I am in love with comes in “Wow” a bright, neon yellow, that should help me to not get run over by taxis, bikes, or buses… (Now if only they had it in that lovely Hunter’s Orange, I could run through the forests of Michigan in the fall and not be mistaken for Bambi’s buddies…)
*I would be lying if I said that I’ve never had a meltdown about what to wear for a run. I don’t usually put “outfits” together for running, but when I feel like I’m missing a running gear staple, I tend to turn into a three year old.
**And yes, I did just qualify a neon yellow shirt as a running gear staple…
So, I realize that I haven’t done much in the way of discussing my running here lately. My running posts have been sporadic at best. I have been doing it. I swear! Without my iPod and Nike+ software, I just haven’t been as good at posting it all and keeping it up to date. I’m flying under the running radar. But now that I have my beloved Garmin, I’m trying to get back with the consistent posting game.
Last night I decided to brave the dark New York evening and go for a run. Things at work have reached a fever pitch (as they tend to do as we approach the holiday season) and I’m feeling like I’m spread very thin. Even with the extra hour we squeezed in on Sunday, I feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. So because I’m stressed, I’ve been running a lot. (Not that I’m complaining, this is a wonderful problem to have.) And because darkness arrives so early now, I’ve been on the treadmill, but the weather the past few days has been too nice to not go out and run.
I’ve never done a dark, nighttime run in New York, but it had to be done last night. The darkness element added a whole new variable to consider when getting ready. I want to be warm and I want to be seen. I spent a few minutes lamenting the fact that I don’t have anything neon to run in and then pulled myself together. Before taking Chino out for his walk, I threw on my running tights with reflectors and my white, reflector-covered running jacket and felt confident that I was visible enough to not be hit. For safety’s sake, I ditched my iPod (oh, the horror!) so as to be able to hear everything going on around me. For 4 miles and 40 glorious minutes, everything stopped and it was just me, the pavement, and the city lights. Total catharsis.
Well, it was not easy… There are so many options and it took me months to settle on the Forerunner 210. I had looked at the Nike+ Sportwatch GPS because it offered the GPS option in a decent looking package. But, after reading through reviews I wasn’t sure that it was quite up to snuff quality-wise, and for the price I figured I might as well go with the Garmin technology.
The Forerunner 210 offers the heart rate monitor option (I opted out of this, but it’s nice to know it exists should I change my mind). It’s accurate and works around the tall buildings here in NYC. It offers interval, split/lap time options, GPS and is really easy to use. It also has the ability to sync with my TrainingPeaks account which was a plus. I spent a fair amount of time talking to the guy at the local running store and it seemed to be everything I wanted from a running watch without being too much more than I wanted. I also perused the internet for reviews of a handful of different watches, including the Garmin FR60, Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS and the aforementioned Nike+ Sportwatch GPS.
I hope this at least a little bit helpful. If you have any more specific questions, I’d be happy to answer them.
Spending the morning in bed watching the marathon was inspiring and I’m so proud of everyone I know who went out there and dominated the streets of NYC. I felt like a bit of a slacker. Watching it all go down made me think ahead to next year when my feet will be pounding that pavement and I will be running over those same bridges. It made me feel so excited.
I’ve been on a search for a running watch for a while, but not knowing exactly what I wanted out of a watch, I couldn’t commit to buying anything. After pining away after the Garmin Forerunner watches for the past year, I finally bit the bullet today and got myself the Forerunner 210 and oh, it is love…
I also picked up a Spibelt because I constantly find myself wishing I had a place to put keys, money, or my phone while I’m running. Problem solved. Because I wasn’t feeling well, I wasn’t going to go out and about to play with my new toy today, but then somebody suggested that I just go “sweat it out” so I did just that. I wasn’t sure how far I was going to run or how far I would be able to run with this sinus pressure and congestion, but I managed to eke out 4 slow miles.
It was an absolutely beautiful day for a run. Sunny and cool. There were people everywhere and a ton of runners out and about. Having all of the information one could ever want at my disposal while running was exciting and I can’t wait to run again. Now I’m going to go play with my new toy and shower before settling in with little Chino and catching up on my DVRed shows…
I definitely don’t regret that run (or the purchase). Even though I don’t feel cured, running always makes me feel better.