wow, you guys. WOW. WOW!!! thank you all for popping out of the woodwork to share your identities (and ideas) with me yesterday! i was actually rather flabbergasted to see the comments rolling in at the rate that they did. it was so cool to learn that:
♥ you're a geographically diverse crowd! i find it especially exciting that several of you are from places i am absolutely dying to go see in person, including sweden + new zealand.
♥ you span a wide age range. from 18 and fresh out of high school to "60-year-old grandmother" (hi, beebee!), there are multiple generations represented.
♥ many of you have blogs! and this weekend, i am going to make a point of checking them all out. after all, i'm sure many of us have lots of things in common.
♥ you don't seem to mind the hodgepodge. thanks for that :) i'm thrilled that my anthro-obsession doesn't seem to be bothering anyone.
it seems like a common theme was wanting more running-related content (a few details on that below). of note, i LOVE hearing suggestions about what to write about -- it is inspiring and just plain fun to tackle a topic when i know that someone specifically wants to read about it. so feel free to throw suggestions out there anytime!
♥ you are super-nice. seriously. to the point where i need to remind myself NOT to get a big head, because of course the blog -- while i try to be as honest as i can -- is still a rosey picture of me. i mean, of course it is; i think all blogs probably are, to some degree.
you all (well, "you all" not including josh) don't get to see me in my frumpiest outfits with bedhead, or appreciate the short & snappy temper i can exhibit in certain moods (working on it!). you don't get to see how many PREP questions i get wrong or the cooking projects that fail (or don't happen at all).
and that probably won't change. well, except maybe the bedhead part.
yeah, i'm keepin' it real. thank you all once again. you really did make my day yesterday!
several of you mentioned that they'd like to hear more about my running/workouts these days. the truth is that i've fallen into a bit of a rut. my weekly running/cross-training schedule has looked something like this for the past couple of months now:
i haven't even run a race since march (unless you count the pretend REAF 1-miler from last month!).
the truth is, i'm DYING to do so. it is taking every bit of restraint in my body to not sign up for a late fall/early winter marathon or half. it seems like there are so many new ones cropping up, and every time i read someone else's training plans, i think about how much fun it would be to jump into a training cycle of my own. josh is even throwing around talk about training for a 5K or longer race.
but, as i've mentioned before, i've got this little project. and uh, i'm still working on it, if you get my drift. while there are no written rules (that i have seen) about training and working out while trying to conceive (there, i said it!), it just doesn't seem to make sense to work towards a race goal that very well may not happen. and i also think (though i have no evidence to back this up) that it's probably better not to be doing super-hard interval workouts and extra-long runs when i want my body prepared for a different type of event.
so, the above is my version of a workout holding pattern. enough to stay quite active and in decent shape, but workouts that are more "exercise" than "training." thoughts (suggestions? experiences?) regarding this are welcome!
and i'm off
. . . to tackle that '5-6 with tempo' now! tempo is as intense as it gets these days. i still definitely enjoy these runs, though.
workout: 40 minute yoga session -- i used an older DVD that i have from sara ivanhoe -- crunch yoga. it's a little dated and a bit cheesy, but i actually like the workout. it's a good mix of lunges, abs, and stretches, and while it's not very challenging, i did work up a sweat by the end.
breakfast for dinner: i made this vegetarian hash from clean eating not-so-vegetarian by adding some chicken sausage on the side.
butternut squash + rosemary = excellent combo! i'm already psyched for lunch leftovers today.
board prep: finished the pulmonary chapter. i can't even think of a good fun fact to offer -- it was all asthma & CF. but i'm happy to say i'm still on schedule.