Friday, July 1, 2011

STOP...Take Life In!!!

Is it crazy that I want to sign up for twitter for the sole purpose of chasing food trucks around the city of Chicago?

This week my body has been telling me to slow down and take life in.
Relax for a change.
Make the most of the upcoming three day weekend.
Enjoy life's simplicities and blessings.

Take time to appreciate this guy who does weird things with his hands that ruin perfectly good photos.

Celebrate life as the "little one" turns 17, and isn't quite so little anymore.
Rock out to Counting Crows and Jack Johnson like the old days.

With one bum knee from my fall almost a week ago still bugging me and the other still aching from running in a pair of less then desirable shoes for my feet, I am one gimpy lady. Oh and not to mention my run in with the trash can on Wednesday that had left a giant strawberry and bruise on my arm. I'm a hot mess.

Note to self: when it is human against trash can, the trash can will always win.

My mind always seems to say "go, go, go" which can be exhausting on me physically. Intentions for this week were to take my workouts easy so that my knees would heal and I would be physically ready for a few 70 mile weeks ahead. While I should be enjoying the scale down this week, instead my mind is frustrated and I keep wanting to find time to pile in more miles. I had to stop myself yesterday when I was mentally ready to take on a double digit run and my knees weren't. The pains are getting better with each day, but it is a slow process here. Telling myself to "wait one more day" was truly a challenge, but listening to the signals my body is sending me is an important step to being the forever runner I want to be and not just a right now runner. The main problem is that there is stiffness preventing my stride from its usual range of motion, but only on the right side of my body. I can only imagine how strange I look running right now, bruised and beaten with an uneven stride. It is probably quite an entertaining thing to watch.

I feel ready for the miles ahead and EXTREMELY anxious and eager to put them in. Just thinking about October and the potential of crossing the line sub 3:10 and knowing that I am going to PR no matter what gives me goosebumps. But, there is a time for everything. Now is the time for a little relaxer in mileage despite what my mind is telling me. So yes I did run 12 miles today, but only because my body said okay. This is still a lower mileage week for me, where I will rack up about 50, compared to the few behind and ahead of me.

After a month of waiting, my ACSM certification finally came in the mail a few days ago. It feels weird. I did 9 months of self study for this test and now I'm a personal trainer. Should I feel different? Shouldn't I have just woken up one morning and been like super buff or something?

Alright Chicago food trucks, you may think you have fooled me for now...
but I'll find you...
until then I'll be enjoying the holiday weekend.
Taking mental pictures of all the beautiful faces in my life,
and celebrating life.


  1. You should sign up for twitter! I love it, but watch out, it is super addicting.

    Anyway, letting your body rest and heal is probably a good thing. I always want to push through my injuries and hate taking time off but I think I am worse off and end up being out longer by doing so. Wow, 3:10 marathon, that is an awesome goal/time. Stay healthy and keep it up!

  2. i'm considering joining twitter, but nervous i'll get totally hooked. good luck on chasing down those food trucks!!

  3. Congrats on becoming a personal trainer!!! What a great accomplishment!

  4. I don't know about the food trucks - but you should sign up for Twitter b/c it's fun!!

    Now is the perfect time to take a few miles off - I give you a free pass :) You know, because I'm such an expert and everything. Ha ha.

    Congrats on getting your certificate!!

  5. Congrats on the certification!

    If you join twitter, I'll send you all the food truck info :)
    I dont post anything On twitter generally- I just stalk the food trucks and news.

    you make an excellent point about being a forever runner vs right now runner. It is so hard to be patient while waiting for injury to pass. But it is so important.

    Have a great weekend and hope you are pain free soon!

  6. Yeah I always say that if it came down to runner vs. would ALWAYS win! So it's not worth experimenting with. Good to know the same applies to trash cans :)

    Have a great 4th of July weekend!!

  7. I haven't signed up for twitter yet but have been considering it. I just feel like I have so many other things that suck up my time it would just me one more time suck. That said I will probably be on it by the end of the year.

  8. Happy 4th of July!! I LOVE this: "listening to the signals my body is sending me is an important step to being the forever runner I want to be and not just a right now runner". I think we all have to stop and think about this sometimes. I feel the same way sometimes - just wanna pack in as many miles as possible. But at the end of the day, I look at people running who are in their 50s and 60s and I totally want to get there. Slowing down and listening to our bodies is really what it takes to do this forever!

    Have an amazing day!

  9. CONGRATS on your ACSM certification!!!

    This is a fabulous post. The phrases a "forever runner" and "right now runner" stick out.

    The times you pull off on bum knees floor me!!

  10. Ummm.... Can I be your first personal training client? I know it's long distance but if u give me some strength workouts I will totally do them!!!!:) congrats on that! So exciting!!! And food job on listening to your body. I was SO tempted to start running yesterday but decided I should listen to my doctor..... Why is it SO hard??? Xxx

  11. I just joined twitter recently and I wish I understood it better. Now I know how my mom used to feel when I would talk about Facebook. It's tough getting old. Congrats on being a certified personal trainer. What all did you have to do in order to do that? It's something I've considered for sure!

  12. Congrats on becoming a personal trainer!

    Your point about becoming a forever runner instead of right now runner is a great one. I'm injured right now, so I understand this completely. I'm realizing that while blogs are great to interact with other people, sometimes I get too wrapped up in having a great workout right now to report back to everyone on. Recently I've taken a step back and realized that I need to run for me and my goal should be to run forever instead of getting obsessed with running a certain time right now. Maybe in the end it was therapeutic for me to get injured.

    For sure I think you will PR in Chicago, getting the 3:10 will be tough. Seems like it all depends on the weather, if it's nice I could see you getting it.

  13. Congrats on your certificate!

    I am sorry you are such a hot mess right now. I hope your knees shape up soon and your bruise goes away. Not being able to run when you want to so badly is so frustrating :(