Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Life since Thanksgiving

What I've been doing:
Woah. I had a blog at one point. Been busy living life and not blogging about it. Alas. I've been:

-Running. Two back to back highest-for-me mile weeks to date. Which is exciting! See the workout summaries at the bottom of this post. I'm excited about this. I upped my running from 3 to 4 days per week, which was the main cause of the increase in mileage. I'm actively trying to get to around 20 miles/week consistently. I think that'd be a good point from which to start thinking about longer races (10 miler or half-marathon).

-Working. Which isn't so bad. A few longer days, but not nearly as bad as it could have been. Though I've been told that January could be an entirely different beast. Trying not to get too worked up about it in advance, especially since the project keeps changing timelines.

-Family-ing. Dan's sister had a baby! He's so teeny tiny! So we went to see him, which was awesome, obviously.

-Kinda sorta doing those grad apps. I'm done with 3 out of 8 (full disclosure: the 3 were due end of November/early December--it's not like I actually got my butt in gear before the deadline). The next set are due early January, with some stragglers into mid-Jan/Feb. My goal is to have all of the essays done by Christmas and all of the applications done by January 1st.

-Decorating, just a bit. I made a festive mini tree! (idea originally from my mom, who made me a mini-tree in college with ribbons in my school colors. Too cute). If you asked me when I was younger, I would have told you I would never be the decorating type--too stuffy and traditional. But I've found that a few festive touches around the apartment really lift my mood and are visually appealing [Placeholder to myself to take a picture and insert it later!].

What's on deck:
-Lots more family. Tis the season, right? Going to see Dan's family this coming weekend then my family the next. I accidentally scheduled myself to be at my mom's house for a week over Christmas...I don't think I've been home for that long since college. Dan will be there for half, and then he'll leave before the actual holiday. I'm looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the time.

-Maintenance running. With lots of upcoming events/travel, I know I won't get to continue to increase my weekly mileage until January. My goal is just to get a couple of quality runs in each week to mostly maintain my fitness. Then it's time to build in January, with some sort of longer race on my mind for spring.

-Finishing those damn grad school apps. Once I get them done I will have NOTHING besides normal life duties on my plate. And it will be glorious. For the past 1.5 years I feel like I've had to be working toward that next step (finding a new job, studying for the GRE, grad school apps, etc.). Once the applications are in, there isn't much more I can do but...wait.*

*This is me lying to myself, a little bit. I know I'll have tons of financial aid and some fellowship applications to do. Let's ignore those for now.

So that's what is coming up. Before vacations/life disruptions I often get antsy and start wishing for the time to pass so I can go back to real life. Which is terrible! I just crave the return to normalcy and to knowing exactly what to expect. So I'm going to do my best to live in the moment and enjoy the time, knowing that normal life will be on the other side waiting.

It is very possible that you may not hear from me until the new year, but I'll return with lots of thoughts on next year's goals and running plans!

Weekly Workout Summary x2, November 26 - December 9, 2012:

Monday: 3.5 mi @ 11:38

Tuesday: 75 min vinyasa yoga

Wednesday: 3 mi on the treadmill (1.0% inc., 5.0-5.8 mph). Damn this was hard. Way harder than running outside. Never thought I'd be one of those runners that prefers the outdoors!

Thursday: 3.7 mi @ 10:39. I was in a rush to get a package from our leasing office before it closed. Intentionally pushed it!

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 6.3 mi @ 11:41

Sunday: OFF (Baby visit!)

Week of November 26 mileage: 16.5 mi

Monday: 4 mi @ 11:17

Tuesday: 75 min vinyasa yoga

Wednesday: 2.5 mi @ 11:11 (outside), then I went to our apartment gym for a strength session. Felt good to lift again!

Thursday: 4.5 mi tempo run. My first attempt at a tempo! I did two miles at 10:02 average pace, which is  fast for me (especially to maintain with no breaks), so that was exciting.

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 7 mi @ 11:29. This was sort of hard, but gorgeous weather. I need to map out a new running route because I always feel like I'm circling back and weaving around to try to tack on more miles to my long runs.

Sunday: 90 min hatha yoga. I only did this because I have a pass that's expiring before Christmas. I wouldn't go back to hatha in the studio--it was nice and stretchy, but I feel like I'm capable of leading myself through a hatha session at home (vs. vinyasa I really like having someone push me).

Week of December 3 mileage: 18 mi

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