Training 9/15-9/21

Mon- OFF.

I had signed up to go to Rev Cycle but between a stressful day at work and a sore body from the race Sunday, I called it a rest day.

Tues- OFF

Again, I had hoped to make it to Rev but my work schedule makes it difficult to get there for the 7pm class. Rest will be good for me in the long run.

Wed- November Project (6 miles) + PM Massage

I woke up and had to decide whether to bike or run to the workout. My calves weren’t in terrible shape so I decided to run. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have but it is what it is. The workout was a combination of stairs, squats, sprints, and pushups. I did about 2.5 miles of stairs and sprints and then ran home. My calf almost gave out on me twice but for the most part they felt okay. If it doesn’t start feeling better soon I’ll probably bike down to the workouts to watch and just hang out while everyone else runs. I promise that if you do November Project you would understand that it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

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Thurs- 60 minutes spinning

The 6am class is one of my favorites of the week. Esther is the best instructor (she owns the studio) and I always leave feeling wide awake and refreshed. This week there was a special guest- one of the leaders of November Project is training with her right now and he led the warmup so that was an extra fun time. I love Rev. I’m going to miss this unlimited membership even though I haven’t used it as much as I would have liked.

Fri- OFF

I was supposed to go to Pop Physique with some other Bmore bloggers but I don’t get out of work early enough. And a morning run was out of the question due to my calf issues, so rest day it was. I’m holding off on Friday November Project workouts until I’m feeling good again.

Sat- 60 min spin

I was going to run but decided to just take the rest of the week off. I’ll reevaluate next week. Yesterday was Rev Fest so all of the spin classes were held outside. I didn’t love the instructors as much as Esther (the owner) but I still got in a good workout. I showered after because I didn’t have time to go home before work- nicest showers I’ve ever been in.

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Sun- 60 min spin

I love Sunday morning “Church of Esther.” I haven’t been able to make it the past few weeks so it was nice to be able to get in there this morning for a sweat session.

Sometimes your body needs rest. This week mine definitely did. I didn’t force the workouts, I did them when I was in the mood and when I had time. I opted to sleep in Friday instead of exercise. If I really am having issues with the nerves in my calves, that’s not something I really want to be messing with. I don’t know what’s going on but I know taking time off has worked in the past so that’s what I’m going to continue to do.

I’m in the process of switching all of my doctors to this area now that I live here but it’s taking awhile. If my leg is still causing me problems, I’ll book an appointment with a sports medicine doctor, but my parents have always had a rule that they will not pay for me to see someone until I’ve rested first. I know I didn’t overdo the workouts this time around, but my calves are extra sensitive to shoes and any differences in mileage so I’ve been trying to do things that don’t bother me as much. Spinning doesn’t hurt and I have this unlimited membership so I might as well use it.

I may have a chance to get a pair of the new inspire 11s in the next week or two that are being released in November so I’m hoping that will help with some of the problem as well. I can’t really wait until November when they come out. My elixirs are shot but there aren’t any other ones out there that seem to help manage the problem, and I can’t wear the inspire 10s for whatever the reason. If the 11s end up working out for me, I’m literally going to buy a hundred pairs so I never have to worry about them discontinuing my shoes on me again.

Just a few things

I haven’t participated in Thinking Out Loud in awhile or really talked much about life lately and I was starting to miss sharing random thoughts. I don’t miss trying to come up with a long list of things to say but sometimes it’s nice to have a place to just get it all out there to look back on.

1) I finally got my massage last night. Or the first of several, at least. One of my friends recommended her to me and her her office happens to be down the street from me so I just walked there on my way home from work. Winning. It was painful but that’s exactly what I wanted. She will definitely be a backup for the next time I can’t get in with the other woman I’ve been going to since last spring. Which will likely be in a week or two. It’s expensive but it’s worth it if it’s going to get me feeling myself again.

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2) Runner’s World is in ONE month. That is crazy! I can’t wait to go hang out with some of my favorite bloggers (and other friends that are coming) and see Runner’s World’s HQs! Let’s just hope I’m up to running that many miles in one weekend again. There’s still time to sign up! I promise it will be a lot of fun. I can’t promise there won’t be hills though…

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3) I’m trying to decide what I want to do about the rest of my fall race schedule. After RW, I don’t have anything else on the calendar. Part of me likes that, but another part of me realized how much I enjoy running races after finishing the Run to Remember on Sunday. I still think I’m going to sign up for the Annapolis Half in November, but I am going to wait and see how my legs are feeling in late October before I pay the money for a race I can’t run.

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still bitter about this

4) On that note, can we please talk about how annoying it is that you have to commit to running races so early? I don’t know if I’m going to be in the mood (or healthy) to race 6 months in advance. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get time off work, or if I’ll be available that weekend. I hate that they hike up the prices as the date gets closer. I would rather just run the way I always do and then sign up at the last minute if I’m feeling up to it. #endrant

5) This week life has finally slowed down a bit. The past few weeks have been insane. I was gone pretty much every night of the week with different people and come Monday night I crashed. As in, I was in bed at 8:45, asleep by 9:15. As much as I am learning to love being social, it has been a welcome change to be able to come home after work, eat dinner on the couch, and read a book before bed.

6) My old roommate and one of our friends came down from Towson (it feels so far now that I don’t live up there anymore) the other day for brunch. We’ve decided we’re starting our own weekly brunch tradition with its own hashtag just to be “those girls.” Yes, we realize how obnoxious that is. My salted caramel whipped cream and waffles from Barcocina really hit the spot post-race. It’s going to be hard to live up to that.

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7) And just because… we came to Baltimore for the crabs. True story.

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8) This guy has the right idea. I have a feeling we’d get along well. I’m not the only one who can’t stay awake that late when I go out with friends at night. I need to find more bars with couches that I can sleep on…

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9) My brother was supposed to come down this weekend to go to the Red Sox game but apparently he’s having a blast at school now- or at least enough of a blast to not want to come visit. Which means I actually have a free weekend. Tonight I’m going to a “soft opening party” (whatever that means) for a race this weekend and tomorrow night I have a very important roommate date. But after work Saturday, I have zero plans. That hasn’t happened in a very long time.

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nosebleed seats at the Yankees game last Friday

10) I almost forgot to add a blurb about November Project. I’m still going. Obviously. And still loving it. Obviously.  My calves aren’t, but I wouldn’t miss out on spending my mornings with those people for anything. I might eventually start going and just watching but that won’t happen unless I’m really in pain. Because who doesn’t love a good set of stairs (or ten…)?

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yesterday was all about the t-rex arms

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just another morning sunrise run with my friends

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you like signing up for races far in advance?

Run to Remember 5k (21:51)

Where to begin with this race…

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this year’s award

I wasn’t sure I was even going to run it. I didn’t make a final decision until I was on the starting line. My calves were really bothering me all week so I hadn’t run since Tuesday and I took Friday and Saturday completely off so I wouldn’t irritate them any more. It’s hard to describe the way they feel- they just are extremely tight and like the nerves are pinched up the back making running (or walking) painful.

I woke up early Sunday morning unsure of what to do. I sat in bed for half an hour with the stim machine to see if that would help. It did. I put on my compression sleeves and ran down to the start of the race about a mile and a half from my apartment. I got there way too early and was standing around getting cold again…. until I realized half an hour before the race started that I forgot my timing chip at home so I had to run back and get it.

By the time I had run back and forth, I had 10 minutes to spare and I had done 4 miles of a “warmup” at a much faster pace than a warmup should be done at. So while my legs were tired from the extra mileage, they were also loosened up and no longer hurt. I decided to run the race at 8:36. The race was scheduled to start at 8:46.

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The race was put on by my running store (Charm City Run) and there was a long remembrance ceremony at the starting line. I chatted with a few friends from the store before the speeches began and ended up starting next to Lisa! I love races where I know so many people- it keeps me out of my own head.

The gun went off and the adrenaline kicked in. My calves felt fine after doing such a long warmup so I focused on sticking with the other girls at the front of the pack. I had no idea how fast we were going since I didn’t have my garmin (it’s broken…) which means it could have been a really stupid move on my part if we were running faster than I was capable. I felt really good the entire first mile and it honestly felt somewhat conservative. I was worried I was making the wrong decision by pacing with the people around me but it ended up being a smart move.

We crossed mile 1 in 6:36. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I have a bad habit of taking the first mile out way too fast. Last year I would run mile 1 of a 5k in 6:05-6:10 pace and absolutely crash for the 3rd mile, so a 6:36 was exactly where I wanted to be. I felt like I could have kept going at that pace before I realized how hilly the second half of the course was.

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I held my own in mile 2 and was slightly behind the top 4 females. It was getting harder but I still felt strong. I saw two of the GMs from my store who were taking pictures and they got a few classic ones of me looking a lot happier than I was. I thought I had slowed down a lot more than I had, but I ran mile 2 in 6:46. At this point I was just telling myself to hold on, and that I run way more than 3 miles most days so running 1 wouldn’t kill me.

Mile 3 was hard. Really hard. I haven’t run hills in a long time and I was struggling for the entire last mile which was straight uphill. It felt like it was never going to end, and part of that was because the official course was measured as 3.16 miles instead of 3.1 which does make a significant difference in a 5k. That means I ran at least 3.2 miles since I’m not good about cutting the corners. I knew that going in, but I didn’t realize how much it would affect me. Lisa passed me just before the finish where she almost PRed (I still say she did because the course was long).

I crossed the finish line in 21:51 as the 6th female overall and 1st in my age group (20-29). While I wasn’t thrilled with my time when I first saw it, I was okay after I put things into perspective. First of all, I still ran a sub-7 minute pace due to the longer course. Second of all, I hadn’t run since Tuesday and I could barely walk the day before. I haven’t been training hills and my body was extremely worn down from several months of consistent workouts. I know that had I not been having calf problems last week, I would have PRed and could have potentially been a contender for top female (20:30 won the race and my road PR is around a 20:45).

After the race I hung out with a lot of my running store friends while we waited for the awards. I will most definitely be running this race again next year. I always forget how much I love 5ks but they are my favorite distance for races. I said the same thing about Charles Street 12 though, so maybe I just like any race my running store puts on. I’m not biased at all…

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one of my coworers and I, courtesy of Charm City Run’s Instagram

My legs felt okay after walking probably 6-8 miles after the race showing my aunt around the city and meeting up with friends for brunch downtown but I woke up in a lot of pain again yesterday, so I’m taking it day by day until I can get these knots out of my calves again.

I don’t know where this leaves me now. I’m not considering myself “injured” but I’m also not feeling my best. I’m taking some more time off running this week, I have a massage booked for this week as well as in 3 weeks when my regular massage therapist has another opening, and I’ll be on the spin bike to continue cross training. I’m definitely being a lot more careful than I ever have before. I have been injury free for several months now and I know it’s because I kept my mileage under control, so I’d like to keep it that way.

Training 9/8-9/14

This week did not go as expected at all. My legs are in rough shape and I realized that about halfway through so I started pulling way back. It may not have been what I saw myself doing in terms of workouts and mileage, but it was what i needed to do.

Mon- 8 Miles.

I met one of my November Project friends at dark ‘o clock to run. We are always partners for the NP workouts but we’ve never run outside of it before. She’s from a town close to where i grew up and we have become good friends over the past 8 or so months I’ve been doing November Project. I have a feeling it will be the first of many runs. I was still half asleep due to staying up far too late with my roommates but I felt pretty good.

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friends from day 1

Tues- Spinning 5.25 miles + 4 miles bike

I had the wrong day for this and I was having a rough day and felt the need to run so I went and tried out a new-to-me group (Tin Roof Runners) after work.We did about 5.25 miles around the harbor and it was nice to chat with people I hadn’t met before.

Wed- November Project (2ish miles) + 6 miles bike

I. Love. These. People. Nobody I’d rather be with at 6:30 am, nowhere I’d rather be. I woke up and my calves hurt so I biked to the workout instead of running like I normally do and then avoided a lot of the jumping exercises. I did do a fair amount of stairs, lunges, and squats, and I did some suicide runs. With the laps in between, I probably did 1.5-2 miles of running.

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Thurs- Spinning

Those 5:20am alarms are worth it. I wake up exhausted with the intention of going back to bed after class, and I leave the studio feeling wide awake and refreshed. I just wish I could keep this membership for longer than a month.

Fri- OFF

My calves have been hurting pretty badly and I was still waddling around from Wednesday’s November Project workout. Sleeping in was a good decision.

Sat- OFF.

I was planning on spinning but I agreed to go into work early which meant another rest day. I needed it.

Sun- Run to Remember 5k + warmup/cool down (4ish miles)

I’m running a race this morning for my running store. We’ll see how my calves hold up. Compression socks will be worn, as will my new mizunos that mizuno zach (our rep at Charm City Run) hooked me up with. I am currently wear-testing the Sayonaras which are much firmer than what I’m used to (I’m running in the Elixirs right now). I won’t be wearing them for everyday running but they might become my new race shoes if I like them.

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I’m taking advantage of that unlimited monthly Rev Cycle Studio membership I bought right now. I only needed to go to spinning 3 times to break even (the deal was $50 for the month instead of $125) but I love Rev so it would be crazy not to use it. I’m also trying to keep my mileage low right now and not run more than 3-4 days a week because my calves are getting to a point where they’re extremely knotted again and I don’t want to end up sitting out of running for another 4 months. Been there, done that. I’m going to try to go 2-3 times a week until it expires and then I’ll decide what I want to do about a monthly membership.

My massage therapist is finally back from being out of town for the past month but she’s booked until the end of marathon season so right now I’m doing what I can to get by. I’ve found a few potential places I could go, but I know she can do what I need so I’m hesitant to try anywhere else. If it will get me through to my appointment with her, though, it will be worth it.

I’ve been MIA

I’m back. Kind of. Things have been crazy around these parts lately and blogging has been put on the back burner for awhile. And will most likely stay there for the next little while. It’s not that I haven’t had time to blog, I just haven’t had anything to say. I hate feeling like I’m forcing posts, and that’s what it has been like lately. I don’t want to come home from work and open my laptop. I haven’t touched my macbook in weeks. I’d rather sit and eat ice cream with my roommates, catch up on our days, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. I’d rather go for a run at sunset. I’d rather spend time with friends. I’d rather do just about anything but sit down and stare at a screen until I magically come up with a post. So I haven’t.

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hey guys… check out my new boat

Between a Thursday night concert at Power Plant (Fitz & the Tantrums were playing for free), my friend getting into town Friday night, working all day Saturday and going out Saturday night, walking around all day Sunday and staying up way too late talking with my roommates Sunday night, I have barely had time to breathe. Let alone grocery shop, do laundry, or remember to pack my lunch.

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I could tell you about how I am still fighting with the MVA to get a Maryland license. I’ve now been there 3 times without much success. Hopefully today is my lucky day. I might say screw it and move back home to NH if it doesn’t work out. I’m kidding… sort of.

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Until then I’ll just sit here and stare at the water all day with my hot chocolate and water bottle

On the running front, things are still coming along. My calves are in desperate need of a good massage but my massage therapist seems to be out of town so I’m making do with compression socks and my trusty old stim machine and foam roller. They aren’t as knotted as they have been in the past, but I know if I am not careful they’ll be headed in that direction. I’ve been running 3-4 days a week for the past few weeks and will continue to do so until I get it straightened out. I’m not really “training” for anything serious. I run because I enjoy it, not to go out and win the Olympics. So if it means backing off for awhile, I will.

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Yesterday I woke up on the wrong side of the bed which is probably what prompted me to open wordpress again for the first time in several days. 9 times out of 10, my life is awesome. I love it. I wouldn’t trade my roommates or friends for the world. My apartment is amazing, I have a social life I love, and I’m happy. But there are of course still days where I miss home, miss my parents, and miss the boat. Those are usually the days where I’ve finally allowed myself to slow down and breathe. I just felt off for pretty much the entire day. Thankfully I have awesome roommates who understood exactly how I was feeling and we sat on the couch catching up until our grandma bedtime (9pm). We haven’t been able to do that lately because I’ve been so busy and it was exactly what all of us needed. That, and ice cream.

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Love them.

So if you don’t see me around the blog world as much, this is why. Life is busy, life is great. I’m up early for November Project (obviously) which will pretty much guarantee that today is a good day.

I had planned on writing something solely based around running that I was going to post at some point this week, but the words weren’t coming. That seems to be a theme lately. I don’t know how often I’ll be popping in here other than maybe a race recap or a “training recap” weekly but I’m still reading, even if it’s silently.

Training 9/1-9/7

Mon- 4.5 mile walk + 2 hour kayak with my family

I walked with my parents around the island one last time in the morning.

Tues- OFF. Travel Day.

Wed- 4 miles (november project)

Ran (super fast) with my friend to NP, did the workout, and ran back. I didn’t eat or drink enough Tuesday so I felt pretty sluggish, tired, and dizzy throughout the workout. It was probably a combination of the heat, not running for 4 days, plus the dehydration but I was surprised I made it through.

Thurs- Rev Cycle + run 4.5 miles

I signed up for a month unlimited deal with Rev Cycle so I’m trying to take advantage of it. It may mean cutting back my mileage for the month but I’m not sure exactly what training for the month of September is going to look like yet.

Fri- 6 miles.

Sat- Run 10 miles

Sun- 60 minute spin at Rev Cycle.

My friend was still asleep so I went to get my spin on. I love the Sunday morning class. It’s called “Church of EC” and it’s led by the owner of Rev. Best class of the week, in my opinion.

My mileage was significantly lower than I thought it would be but I’m okay with it. The workouts are harder and faster than I’m used to doing and I managed to fit in a decent amount of cross training so trying to run too many miles on top of that would be stupid.

Running with Guys

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve kept my mileage relatively low (for me) in the past few months. As much as I love the idea of running 45-55 miles a week, my body didn’t love it. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to consistently running 40+ miles a week until I decide to train for a marathon, but for now, I’m doing much better with 30-35.

Rather than focusing on running #allthemiles, I’ve been doing a lot more workouts, both with November Project and with friends outside of it. When I’m running at November Project, I tend to stay with the guys because I get competitive and I like to test my limits. It’s one of the few places I feel like I’m able to push past that point of comfort when it comes to running- more so than races, even.

Running with guys is very different from girls. As much as I love running with my lady friends (HI LAUREN WE NEED TO RUN SOON), I think running with guys has really pushed me lately. I’m learning to focus more on the quality of the workout I’m doing rather than getting in as many miles as possible. I still will always love my long, easy miles though.

Here are the major differences I’ve noticed thus far:

**I am NOT saying this is all-encompassing. Some girls may like to run really fast and some guys may be really talkative. I realize this post is a generalization and it is not meant to be offensive in the least.**

1) They like to run faster.

This one is where I’ve seen the most improvement in myself. When I run alone, I run 8-8:30 pace. It’s comfortable and I could quite literally run forever. If I run much faster, I get tired and/or psych myself out. If I run much slower, I get bored. I don’t change up my pace (because I rarely wear a watch) because I enjoy the run a lot more when I’m comfortable. That being said, I’ve been doing some of those non-NovProj runs with a guy and we run a lot faster than I would on my own. He doesn’t think it’s that fast, but 7:30 pace for me is a tempo. So running with him forces me to run faster. As long as I’m not doing this more than once a week, I’m fine. I’m actually getting speedwork in that I wouldn’t have otherwise done.

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from when we ran in the spring and I almost died.

2) They don’t talk as much.

I remember my trip to Missouri (let’s not talk about that- sore subject) where I ran with the guy I was visiting and we did 10 miles in silence. He wore headphones and I just acted like it was a normal run. It was so boring. I’m used to gossiping with girls and catching up on life. Guys aren’t like that. Some will hold a conversation but it’s nowhere near as much as I would if I was running with my girl friends (part of that may have to do with the fact that I’m just trying to keep up). (ETA- this morning I ran with two guys and they talked more than I did, so it really does depend)

3) They make you want to keep up.

I’m a competitive person. Embarrassingly so. When I run with guys, the last thing I’m going to admit is that I want to slow down. It’s not that the pace we keep is too fast, it’s that it’s pushing that threshold level of comfort. So I would rather keep my mouth shut and get in a hard run than say “hey, let’s slow down and enjoy the run a little more.” Is that ignorant of me? Probably. But like I said- there’s no way you’ll ever hear me admit to someone that something is too fast unless we’re running sub 7-minute miles.

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4) They don’t care about distances as much.

This is one of the biggest changes. As I said, I rarely wear a watch, but I know exactly how far most of my routes are. When I run with guys, they don’t seem to care about the distance as much and go by time. For example, a couple weeks ago we were out on a run and I took us on and out and back that would be just over 6 miles. On the way back, the guy I was with decided to tell me he had a “better way” and managed to cut out about a mile from the run to make it 5 miles instead of 6 so we would stick to the 40 minutes we were planning on doing. His real reasoning behind it was because he knew my legs were shot but he does every run based around time- I just estimate the distance based on how fast we were going.

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5) They don’t like to let girls beat them.

This happens often at November Project. There are obviously some guys I can’t keep up with, but when it gets close to the end of a sprint, time trial, or stair workout, I guarantee you I will hear a guy huffing and puffing trying to out kick me at the end every single time. They can’t let a girl win. Ever. And I thought I was competitive…

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don’t ask.

Have you ever run with guys? Do you notice a difference?

Thursday Thoughts

1) Is it really already Thursday? I woke up yesterday morning so confused as to what day it was. If it hadn’t been for November Project I probably would have thought it was Tuesday. I’m not complaining though- I could get used to 4-day work weeks. So with that, time for some Thinking Out Loud.

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2) This week has been a whirlwind. I got back to Baltimore Tuesday morning, went straight to work, had a company dinner cruise, hung out with a friend, got up at the crack of dawn for November Project the next morning, went to work, had to go grocery shopping, and finally caught up with my roommates last night before collapsing at 9pm. I’m exhausted just reading that. I haven’t unpacked and haven’t done laundry- I’m just taking things day by day for now until I have a minute to breathe again.

3) Speaking of that dinner cruise- My job is awesome. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to return to Baltimore from a weekend of #boatlife than a cruise. The company rented out the Spirit of Baltimore where we were supposed to have dinner and an open bar. I would have loved to go… if I hadn’t gotten stuck in the middle of torrential downpours. In a white shirt. With no raincoat or umbrella. And we were on severe thunderstorm watch. As much as I love boats, I’m not really a fan of hanging out inside a boat in the rain. Been there, done that.

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I’ll just hold onto the memories I do have of my own.

4) My legs feel so. much. better. after taking 4 days off. My calves were getting pretty tight and I was starting to live in compression socks again (that’s how you know it’s bad). I wasn’t mentally burnt out from running in the least, but I hadn’t taken a break in a few months so this was beyond necessary. I enjoyed the time relaxing with my parents in Rhode Island and was active in other ways. Like kayaking for 2 hours on Sunday. My arms almost fell off.

5) November Project. My favorite. Enough said. Yesterday I was not ready for it at all. I hadn’t run in 4 days, hadn’t eaten/drank enough Tuesday, and wasn’t used to the heat/humidity. I ran to NP at a pretty reasonable pace but by the time we started doing the stairs I felt like I was going to pass out. Lesson learned. Be smart about your training- what you eat matters.

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6) I keep referring to a “friend” I’ve been spending a lot of time with. Yes, I’m dating someone. Yes, he knows about my blog and reads here occasionally. I’m not going to broadcast it on social media. I’m not about that. This is one of those things I’d rather not splash all over the interwebs which has definitely contributed to my lack of blogging lately. SO while I may mention running with a “friend” or going out for dinner, I will most likely continue to keep this aspect of my life separate from blogging. But it’s also awkward dancing around the subject so now it’s out there.

7) I got roped into running a Metric Marathon in 2 weeks (see #6 above for the person to blame). I’ve never run more than 16 miles before. This is terrifying. Not really, actually, since I’m probably doing it with one of my friends from November Project, but it’s definitely pushing my comfort zone. I’m not going to change the way I’m running right now since it seems to be working for me. As long as I’m fitting in one 10+ mile run a week I should be fine. I’m not looking to win the thing, I just need to finish it.

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8) I have another busy weekend coming up. My best friend is visiting from NYC and I can’t wait to show her my new apartment. I haven’t seen her since graduation 3 months ago so we’re long overdue for some quality girl time. It will be a weekend of very little sleep but it will be worth it.

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9) Apparently if you don’t get your car registered in your new state within a month of moving, they’ll cancel your insurance. Good thing my parents remembered to tell me that… so guess where I am this morning- getting a new driver’s license.

10) I think I’m figuring out what I want out of blogging. I’m not ready to give it up, but I do want to transition this into a more fitness/running focused space and less of a personal space. I will obviously still talk about my weekends/life because I know that’s what I enjoy reading on other peoples’ blogs, but there will probably be less life posts. I don’t know where this is going to take me in the coming weeks but I can almost guarantee you that I won’t be posting 6 days a week anymore. 3-5 is probably more realistic for me. I just don’t have the time or the desire to spend my nights after work on a computer recapping my days.

What’s going on in your life?

Have you ever had to get a new license/car registration?

Back to Boatlife

First of all, Happy September! It’s weird to think that the year is almost over. And summer really is officially over. For me, at least. I’m flying back to reality this morning which isn’t as bittersweet as I thought it would be. In some ways, I’m excited to be back in Baltimore (home?). I actually kind of missed it here- my friends, my life, my bed- all of it.

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After a hellacious night of travel I was so happy to see the sailboat in the airport Friday night.

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day! I thought about posting and then realized- I was on vacation with no internet access and limited time with my family. If I spent time trying to come up with a post I’d be wasting the precious time I do have. Not worth it. Staying (mostly) unplugged for the weekend was exactly what the doctor ordered, especially as I continue to question my motivation behind blogging at this point.

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This weekend was everything I needed it to be and more. I got my fill of the dockboys (most of them were gone for the summer but I had plenty of life chats with my friend/mentor Fred. When he saw me he said, “that’s my girl”), of family time, of ice cream, of all of my mom’s home-cooked food, of long walks with my parents, of friends, of kayaking/paddleboarding, and of #boatlife. I accomplished everything I wanted to do and more- not that I really had any specific plans. I treated the weekend as any other weekend on the boat and just wanted to relax and enjoy it. I didn’t run at all, I didn’t make any formal plans, and I didn’t end up working at the beach one last time. I needed a break from everything.

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Yes, I got my fill of #boatlife. I said it. I didn’t dread leaving. It felt more final this time. There were no tears, I wasn’t sad that my life in Rhode Island is over, and I didn’t let it feel like “home.” I felt like I was visiting. That’s it. Because at this point, that’s all it is to me now- my vacation spot for random weekends throughout the year.

Baltimore is my home now. I was talking to someone the other night about how that’s weird to say. But it’s true. When I text my roommate as I’m leaving work, I say, “I’ll be home in 10 minutes!” I don’t say “I’ll be back at the apartment in a few.” Being in Rhode Island this weekend made me realize that I feel almost as much at home in Baltimore as I did living on the island. Except in some ways, my life in Baltimore is infinitely healthier (and therefore more enjoyable) for me because I’m not living in isolation and I’m not letting myself stay in my safe little bubble.

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As I said last week, I didn’t need to go back to the boat. I thought I would when my parents booked my ticket back in July, but as the day got closer I realized I don’t need to use it as a crutch anymore. The boat will always be my special place where I grew a lot and was able to focus on my health, but it’s just a part of my past like school, swimming, and every other life experience I’ve had are.

I love Rhode Island. I always will, and I know I’ll be back there someday more permanently. It holds a lot of my favorite childhood memories and that will never change. But being back just solidified the fact that I was ready to let go. I’m no longer upset about not having my 3 months of the year on the island. It will be a fun place to go back to every summer but that’s it. Those visits will become something I cherish and look forward to rather than take for granted.

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For now, though, I’m back in Baltimore until Thanksgiving. And I’m definitely not upset about it. Today is back to the grind and I’m strangely excited. I’m heading straight to my office this morning followed by a Spirit of Baltimore cruise with my company and ending the night in a real bed- I forgot how uncomfortable boat cushions are. If nothing else, this weekend really reaffirmed the fact that this is where I belong now. But I will never forget those 5 summers of boatlife, either. They make me, me.

How did you celebrate Labor Day?