Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Climbing Out Of My Rut

Lately I've been in a negative-nancy-glass-half-empty-why-me kind of rut. If you caught my last posting at all, you probably guessed that life has had me in a fickle funk as of late. Yesterday I decided it's time to move on with the past and forge towards the future, head held high.

Sometimes I get into these weird unexplainable ruts that become difficult to climb out of if I stagger in the funk too long and let the stink soak into my soft skin. Usually the best way for me to move ahead is to make a list, create some goals, make a few changes, and get excited about something new. And that is just what I'm doing these days.

I created a Chicago Runner Girl Facebook page. 
Not sure yet what I'm going to be putting on this page, but feel free to head over and like me.

I finally own my url, Chicagorunnergirl.com.
If you've stopped here in the past 24 hours you may have caught my blog amidst the transition. Also, if you'd like to continue reading on about my crazy life journey, you may need to change your feed address now that I've dropped the "blogspot".

Went for a long run.
Yesterday I went for a 12 mile run. I don't know what has happened between the marathon and now, but somehow my feet have lost their edge. Not spending 15 hours a week trapped in a stinky running shoe has softened the bottoms of my feet. Somehow a massive blister the size of Texas took over the bottom of my left foot, and it is not cute or comfortable.

Refine my goals for the remainder of the year.
Part of the reason why I have been so blah lately is because I have already shot for the majority of my big goals for the year. Not having something big to aim for and look forward to has left me with mopey feelings. I haven't really had a plan for how I'm going to tackle the remaining months of the year and have just been getting up moseying through my day. While I still don't have a plan, I'm working on making a plan and trying to actually be productive with my time.

I bought a new toothbrush.
This may sound a little weird, but I am insanely neurotic about my oral hygiene. Treating myself to a new toothbrush always adds a little pep in my step.

Bake something delicious.
Not sure what yet...but it will be mouth watering and make my knees weak it'll be so good. If you didn't know, I used to be a professional baker and I've got quite a few tricks up my sleeves.

Try some new activities.
Recently Cara over at EAT. PRAY. RUN. blogged about this really cool app called the Nike Training Club. I haven't yet given it a go, but some of the workouts look amazing and I cannot wait to get my sweat on with the NTC.

Buy some new equipment.
I live in a teeny, tiny, closet sized apartment with my husband and two dogs. We don't really have a lot of room for athletic equipment, but I've been feeling motivated to buy some small things lately. Maybe some free weights and a medicine ball. I once had a stability ball, but my dogs thought that it was a toy and popped it.

Any suggestions as to which brand I should go with for free weights or a medicine ball?

This photo has absolutely nothing to do with this posting, but it makes me smile so I thought that it would be a nice addition.


  1. Funks are the worst! They are annoying and hard to get out of, but you are definitely headed in the right direction! Woohoo for having your own url! That's big time! :)

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, friend! Appreciate it and I know you'll love the app! You'll be out of your rut in no time! You're not alone though, I think it's post chi-town depression but I want to sign up for a 1/2 this week and join a new gym for the month. Gotta spice it up as winter approaches!

  3. Love this! So important for me to set goals and refocus when I'm in a rut. I hate funks! Was it hard to change over to the new url? I want to do this too but Runninghood.com is taken and we'd have to fork over big bucks to buy it but runninghood.net might work. Your post still popped up on my blogroll though. I'll find you on facebook! xo

  4. I find myself in similar ruts when I don't have any type of goal to shoot for. You'll feel better soon!!

  5. Your blog still came through my google reader without the blogspot, no problems there.

    I wonder what kind of toothbrush you have...I am a huge fan of electric toothbrushes. I got my first one last year and can't imagine what life was like before I made the big leap. Teeth feel much cleaner, mouth fresher.

  6. Baking? Great toothbrush? You are speaking my language girl! Hope you shake out of your funk (tis the funk season)soon.

  7. I hate being stuck in a funk - it always passes though, as will this one for you! So funny you mentioned the new toothbrush, because I get a new one every few weeks. It makes me happy and it's such a small thing!

  8. Love the picture of the doggie! makes me smile too! Yay for getting your own url. I love having mine, somehow makes me feel really cool! I love new toothbrushes. I would use a new one every day if I could afford it. someday when i am rich...ha!

    yay too for a FB page I will have to go like you :)

  9. I never think you are a negative nancy! Plus, if you blog like I do, I air all my negative thoughts more than my positive...because it feels good to vent the negative, but it comes off as bragadocious and yucky to blabber about how GREAT MY LIFE IS!!!! So, ya know, we're all probably more chipper than we come across on our blog. Except for hungry runner girl. She is just CHIPPER and more chipper.

  10. We bought these ones: http://jillcostantino.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-09-14T14%3A30%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=20
    LOVE - LOVE - LOVE them. They came with a 3 yr warrenty and were about $300 (can't remember exactly), but they each take up the amount of space as a shoe box and bc they go from 5 - 50 pounds each you can get a pretty decent workout in especially if you have a ball as well.
    Awesome on the changes!

  11. i've been wanting to use that app! i hear great things.

    just added your new fb page to my fb page favorites :)

  12. Yay for getting out of your rut! I really need to make some goals for the rest of the year, so I am not lost until January in my workouts lol

  13. I'm happy you are getting out of your rut. It is difficult to carry on post marathon because we devoted so much of our time to it- now it's over, its a big question of "Now what?!?!?!" For me, without a race to look forward to, I lose all focus and tend to be a couch potato.

    Your dog is so cute!! :)

  14. There are always highs and lows when it comes to training. Throw in some hormones and us women get the short end of the stick sometimes! Hang in there!!

  15. Congrats on the new url! I updated my link on my blog, and reader :)