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There have been at least two previous posts where I said “Okay!  Here I go back into training!”  And guess what happened?  Nothing.

I have to confess, I am mad at myself.

I worked so hard to get to the level of conditioning I had when I completed the Adirondack Marathon on September 26th.  I was in the best shape of my life.  But once the race was over, I ended up doing what I feared most – nothing.

I wasn’t really sure what to do for my recovery.  I found plans online, but I didn’t stick to them.  Instead, I let myself slip into a running funk.  I didn’t run for a week.  And then two weeks.  And then a month.  And now it’s been two months.

It would be inaccurate to say I haven’t run at all.  I have run.  But it’s been inconsistent, and minimal.  Since the day after my marathon, I’ve run a grand total of 54 miles.  And it’s been two months.

Now, on the bright side, taking this time off has allowed me to rest my foot.  My plantar fasciitis seems to be completely gone, which is excellent.  I have to keep reminding myself that that was my original plan – I had been saying that I would take a month or two off to let my foot heal up.  But when it actually happened, I felt like a complete and total slacker.

The beautiful thing about life is that you can always look ahead.  Every day is a chance to start fresh.  I took my two month recovery time, and now it’s time to get back on the wagon and get my butt in gear.

I want to get a couple weeks of solid running in before I fly off to New Zealand in January – because then I’ll be very busy with field work for three weeks and I have no idea what my schedule is even going to look like until I get down there.  But I figure three weeks of hiking in the mountains all day will keep me from losing all of my conditioning during that time.  Then I’ll get back at the end of January and I’ll have all spring to train uninterrupted.

It’s going to be a very challenging round of training.  Winter is here and it’s cold and dark out – forcing me to either deal with it or go on the treadmill.  I don’t mind the treadmill – I’ve run 17 miles on it before! – but I’ve been spoiled with running outside all summer and now I don’t want to go back to my little basement treadmill.

I’m also pushing myself with a very full schedule and lots of demanding things going on (busy at work, starting on my Ph.D., and house hunting).  But, like many others, I find that I’m most productive when I’m extremely busy.  Having a full schedule forces me to prioritize and not waste time.  When I’m not busy, I find that I spend a ridiculous (disgusting, really) amount of time farting around online or watching TV.  And then all of a sudden it’s the end of the day and I have no idea what happened.  When I’m busy, I can’t do that.  And honestly, I don’t miss it either.  I don’t like that lazy-just-sitting-around life.  It bores me, makes me anxious, and makes me disgusted with myself.  It’s also a vicious cycle.  When I’m angry at myself or disappointed in myself, I get frustrated and depressed, and don’t want to get out and do something productive.  And the cycle continues on and on.

So the cycle of lazy self-loathing has gone on long enough.  My plantar fasciitis is gone and I’m ready to start taking care of myself again.

Here’s the plan for this week:

  • Monday – Rest, maybe swim and lift
  • Tuesday – 4 miles
  • Wednesday – 6 miles
  • Thursday – 4 miles
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 8 miles
  • Sunday – Rest, maybe swim and lift

I’m not starting on a set swimming and lifting schedule until after I get back from New Zealand.  I use the gym at work and the semester is almost over.  When we get into this part of the year the gym schedule is all over the place and then it’s closed for much of the winter break.  So I’ll get into a regular routine with that stuff once the spring semester starts up.  For now, I’ll just work on getting in to my running routine again.

What am I thankful for?

  • My family
  • Great friends
  • My sweet and loving dogs
  • Being healthy
  • Having a job I like, which gives us the ability to keep a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs.
  • That my parents nurtured my interests, and taught be to be an open-minded person.  I didn’t appreciate this until I became an adult.  I have no idea how they did it, but I’m really glad they did!

I didn’t get to write a Thanksgiving day post yesterday because my husband and I were away all day – traveling to Long Island to have dinner with my side of the family, which is always a good time.  It was great to see my parents, sister, and brother-in-law again.  We’re scattered all over the place now, so it’s rare that we’re all together.  Due to an unfortunate combination of events/personal schedules, we won’t be able to see each other for Christmas this year, so my parents brought a few things with them that they wanted us to open early…

Guess who got an awesome camera??  This guy!  Thanks mom and dad! (Oh yeah, and my husband and I set up our tree today.)

My parents got me a really nice camera so I could take it with me to New Zealand when I go for fieldwork in January.  I can’t wait!  It’s a Nikon D3000.  Wohoo!  I’ve been playing with it nonstop, much to the annoyance of my dogs.

Rocket hates the noise it makes.  It’s quite entertaining.

Jade is less than amused, as usual.

I think I’ve taken approximately 15,000,000 pictures of my dogs since I got home last night.

Besides actual Thanksgiving yesterday, I had an early Thanksgiving with my friends on Sunday.  I had three of my favorite people over for dinner, and made a full-on vegan Thanksgiving dinner for everybody.  I had so much fun cooking everything!  I used recipes from Angela (Oh She Glows).  She had a great Thanksgiving recipe round up the other day, and there were so many things that looked delicious, it was hard to pick!

I ended up making

Others brought the stuffing (Pepperidge Farm Country Style with lots of veggies mixed in), gravy (from C’est La Vegan – totally amazing), and dessert (Apple Gingerbread Pie).

I didn’t take pictures of the food because everybody dove in so fast, I never got a chance.  But it was delicious, and I’m sure I’ll do something very similar for Christmas.  And next time I promise I’ll take good pictures.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

So I think I just realized how busy I’m really going to be these next few years.

Believe it or not, we’re almost to Thanksgiving, which also means we’re getting close to the end of the fall semester at work.  This means it’s time to look ahead to the spring semester.

I just realized how nuts my spring is going to be.  Here’s what I’ve got going on…

  • Teaching two classes – four sections of one, three of the other.  Roughly 140 students total.
  • Working with a student for an independent study
  • Creating a new course for the fall – which is going to be totally awesome, but also a lot of work.
  • Training for the Buffalo Marathon
  • Looking for a house (hooray!)

AND, my big news that I can FINALLY announce…

  • Starting to work on my Ph.D.!

I am super psyched about the Ph.D.  I was on the fence about it for a long time.  It was a huge decision, and of course, being me, I love a lot of things.  I immediately started to second guess everything and was thinking about all these other career possibilities that were completely different (opening a vegan bakery/cafe, or going back to school for exercise science and nutrition).  But when I really sat down and thought about it, I realized that was just because I wasn’t yet confident in myself and my abilities.  Then I realized I’ve come a long way since my previous grad school experiences (geology and education).  And once I realized this, I became much less nervous about committing to a Ph.D. program.

So I took the plunge!

Beginning in December, I’ll be working full time, AND working on my Ph.D.  My field sites are in New Zealand, so I’ll be spending a lot of time there over the next few years (no complaints here!).

I’m sure that the blog will become a little more sporadic – as it has been over the last couple weeks since all the craziness has been kicking in.  But my goal is to write at least one or two times a week.  And hey, when I’m out doing fieldwork, I can put up awesome pictures from New Zealand!

One good thing for the blog – now that I’m going to New Zealand, I HAVE to get a good camera.  There’s no way I’m going to go all the way there and not be able to take amazing pictures.  So no more bad pictures for the blog!  Hooray!

My biggest struggle with all this is going to be finding the time to fit things in.  I’m probably going to have to force myself to start running in the morning (uugh – I like my sleep).  Getting up really early stinks, but I know I’ll be glad I did it.  We’ll see how it goes.

I do have to say, I’ve been having a really hard time getting out to run lately.  I should say I’ve had an impossible time – because I’ve barely run since the marathon (46 miles total since September 27th – yikes).  I’ve learned that if I don’t have a race looming on the horizon, I lose my motivation and other things take precedent – like cleaning, cooking, or spending time with my husband, dogs, and friends.  Fortunately, I’ll have a race looming soon.  I haven’t registered for Buffalo yet, but I’ll need to soon so I have that extra kick to drag my butt out of bed in the morning when it’s cold and dark outside and nice and warm under the covers.  I’m also considering another one at the end of February.  But I’m hesitant to do a winter marathon.  The other downside of that one is that it’s a course where you just run the same loop over and over – 5 times.  BORING!!  Still… if I gets me to stick to my training plan…  Oh, it’s also only $20.  How’s that for a registration fee???  (It’s a very small race – less than 100 finishers.)

Alright, I think I just needed to ramble tonight.

On a completely unrelated note – how excited am I about the Harry Potter movie coming out this coming week???  I already got my tickets for the midnight showing.

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