Some orders of business

Happy Thursday! This week has been crazy at work and today and tomorrow are going to be even crazier. The beginning of the month is always a nightmare and when it falls on a weekend it’s like 4x the amount of work we normally have. Hence my blogging absence this week. I don’t have the energy to craft coherent posts. So, here’s some thinking out loud with lots of business matters to attend to.

1) It’s a miracle I haven’t face planted yet this winter. The other day I came really close walking out of 7-eleven but I reallyyyy didn’t want to lose my hot chocolate so I did an awkward running man type of move and only spilled a little on my jacket. Crisis averted.

screen-shot-2013-04-09-at-1-43-29-pm2) I did my first interview on Monday. It was really nervewracking. Probably about as scary as when I was the one being interviewed. My boss came up to me 5 minutes before asking if I wanted to do it and then said “don’t talk too much.” He was being completely serious. I’m not a talker. At all. I was like “I don’t think that’s what you have to worry about. I hate talking.”

3) I’m finally feeling really comfortable at work. I don’t know what changed besides some promotions happening to other members on my team leaving me as one of two “senior traffickers.” I’m not a very vocal person if I don’t feel 100% comfortable with, so it’s kind of nice to finally let some of my sarcasm out. It only took 7 months to get to that point…

4) I don’t remember what it feels like to be warm. I need a vacation. Next winter I’m going somewhere tropical. I don’t care how much it costs me. I can’t take winter anymore.

5) Despite being cold all.the.time. I’m still running. I try to be strategic about what days I’m running and how warm it is out (unless a -15 degree day falls on a November Project day, then I’m all about being #weatherproof), but I’m really enjoying getting a good mix of solo runs and runs with friends/NP.

6) You should all do this race on April 18th! If you’re in the area and aren’t doing sole of the city or the north face endurance challenge! My friend is putting on this race for a great cause. Unfortunately I’m running Sole of the City for Charm City Run, but if I wasn’t I would absolutely do this race!

10450857_527376390735906_1127538085989658183_n7) November Project PR day was yesterday. I didn’t feel like racing it (Wednesdays have been my day to catch up with friends so Kristine, Lauren and I ran at a conversation pace instead) but we did squat to Sally which is my favorite. No stairs though. They’re covered in ice and apparently that’s dangerous or something.

1496490_883118438418662_7375436294434170501_o8) Pro Compression is having an awesome deal right now. The winner will receive a $150 Southwest travel gift card to go somewhere warm (umm you bet I entered). Or wherever.To enter the giveaway, you can either use the 40% off code SOUTH or go directly to www.procompression.com to enter. Two ways to enter and no purchase necessary!

65084_458909164257459_1814286892875475752_n9) In more racing news (I know, a lot going on right now), my friend Sara at Mamma Chia let me know the other day that you can use the code ESEXPO to get $5 off the ODDyssey Half in Philly until Friday! I’m thinking about signing up for it since I’m looking for a good summer half (it’s June 14)… so you should come run with me.

10) When life gets hard, I miss Rhode Island the most. This is the longest I’ve ever been away from my parents (I’ve always seen them about once a month) and it’s hitting me suddenly and hitting me hard. Luckily only 3 more weeks until my mom is in town because otherwise I would probably consider booking a ticket home. Life has been crazy in a lot of ways lately and while most of it is good, it can’t be easy all the time. So I’ve been missing Cassandra and home like crazy this week.

What are your randoms?

People who live in the mid-atlantic region— any good late spring/summer halfs I should do?

Flexibility

I’ve never been very good at being flexible. At all. I’m as Type-A as they come and my biggest pet peeve is when things don’t go exactly as planned. Not exactly the most admirable trait but something that’s constantly a work in progress.

Lately I’ve had no choice but to be flexible in a lot of areas of my life, and it’s honestly the best thing that could have happened to me because it has forced me to accept change.

Weather randomly decides to be in the negative temperatures? Call it a rest day.

Work suddenly gets slammed and I’m forced to stay past 6? Deal with it.

Run out of Trader Joe’s grilled chicken for salad before I can get to the store? Make some tortellini.

Baltimore doesn’t know how to plow and I can’t get my car out to do errands? Do them tomorrow.

DC metro system is a mess and KBT gets back later than planned? Rearrange dinner plans.

Obviously none of these things are a big deal. For a normal person, they’d just move on. But I’ve never dealt with change well. I don’t like change. I like structure and I like things to go the way I imagine them to. Clearly, very unrealistic. Which leads to a whole lotta disappointment.

Umm run today? better not.

Umm run today? better not.

I don’t like surprises. I’m not good at surprises. I like to know what’s coming so I can plan for it, but sometimes you just can’t. And that’s okay.

Overtime, I’ve gotten so much better at letting go of some of those expectations. I’m so much more flexible than I was a year ago. I didn’t suddenly flip a switch and become a free spirit. I still try to stick with my original plans, like attempting to drive to Towson in the middle of a blizzard this weekend. I’m still disappointed when KBT’s train is delayed and I have to eat dinner on my own. I still try to run despite the fact that it starts snowing a mile in. The difference between then and now is that I’m able to accept that I can’t always stick with the original plan.

This weekend was perfect yet nothing like I imagined it would be. Friday morning KBT texted me saying it was going to be a late night at work. I’ve gotten used to that happening lately so while I was bummed, I accepted it. Then I got another text as I was wrapping up at work saying he was on the train and would be home earlier than normal. Best surprise ever. The little things.

walls in the bar we went to Friday night

walls in the bar we went to Friday night

Saturday morning while we he made pancakes I got a text from my manager at Charm City telling me not to come in due to the impending storm. It was the first weekend I’ve had off since I moved back to Baltimore that I was actually in town without plans. I went for a long run (and came back with my eyelids frozen shut) and got caught in the middle of the blizzard. I planned to drive up to Towson to the store anyways and pick up something I had on special order only to drive two blocks and turn around and drive home. The roads were a sheet of ice. So an afternoon on the couch it was. Not planned, but you can’t change the weather.

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sorry mom, I know i’m not supposed to run when it’s that cold…

I went back to KBT’s Saturday night and we watched House of Cards for awhile before we started going stir crazy. We decided to go for a walk around 10pm once the snow had stopped. There were a lot of other people out shoveling and walking around…and others looking for people to have a snowball fight with (I did not partake). I don’t know what it was, but there was something different about going for a walk so late at night. We made s’mores in the oven after. So good. I don’t know who came up with that idea but it’s genius.

I did learn I'm dating a circus clown...

I did learn I’m dating a circus clown…

Sunday we went for another long walk (after pancakes round 2) because after being stuck inside all week due to frigid temperatures, how could you not take advantage of the 40-degree weather?

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This weekend was 100% unplanned. And it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in awhile (besides last weekend, but that was enough craziness to last me a few months). The only things I knew I was doing was running and working, and one of those didn’t happen. My ideal weekend is simple: sleep. errands. exercise a little. be outside as much as possible. No, I didn’t expect to get snowed in. But it was yet another lesson in flexibility and it ended up better than I imagined.

Life is going to keep changing, especially in the next few months. Dealing with change-especially last-minute ones- will never get easier, but I can learn to be flexible. And sometimes those surprises are worth breaking routines for.

Are you flexible?

Did you get snowed in this weekend?

2/15-2/21

Another week of running. Right now my runs have no purpose. I run when it works with my schedule, I run when I feel like it. I don’t run when I’m not in the mood. I’m getting in my base miles and random speed/strength work here and there so things are going exactly the way I want them to. Only a few more weeks until my racing season picks up so we’ll see how much consistently going to NP has helped my speed.

Sun- OFF

I was still in New York. We probably walked 4 miles throughout the day going back and forth to the subways but the majority of the day was spent sitting. It was too cold to do any sightseeing.

Mon- OFF

I walked to get a bagel and back and then to the movies later in the afternoon, so that’s about 5 miles. I was going to run but it was freezing outside (felt like -5). Not about that.

Tues- 7 miles

I should have run Monday. I woke up to 6 inches of snow and Baltimore barely plows the roads, let alone the docks/sidewalks. I got in 7 miles, some of which was probably run at close to a 12 minute pace because the snow was slippery and was holding me back big time. It wasn’t too cold though and overall a more mentally stimulating run.

Wed- 9 miles- Sunrise 6K with November Project and 5 miles to/from Rash Field

It was cold. Really cold. I had planned on racing the 6K to win but decided not to push it when I woke up and realized there was still a lot of ice. I also wanted to catch up with Kristine (NP BFF) so we ran a little easier. It was an out and back twice course and we finished the first half in 14:30 and were 5th and 6th female (with no hope of catching the 1st place female). A few minutes later I was itching to race so I took off. I passed 3 of the girls and finished in 27:35, ended up as 3rd female. While it’s not a PR, it’s not that far off from my cross country days and I didn’t push it at all the first half. I’m excited to see what happens at the Shamrock 5k in a few weeks!

IMG_7618-768x512Thurs- OFF

High of 16 without the wind chilll, low of -5. No thanks. My calves were pretty sore from racing in the snow the day before.

Fri- 9 miles (5x1mile hill repeats, 4 miles to/from Patterson Park) with November Project

I did one less hill repeat than normal due to the cold temperatures. With the windchill the temperature was -15 degrees. I literally wore ski goggles, 3 shirts (including a turtleneck to partially cover my face), a down vest, mizuno breath thermo tights and my mizuno trail shoes. I was overdressed on top but I wish I had a second layer on bottom. My ski goggles steamed up at one point and then froze so I ended up taking them off for the last repeat because I couldn’t see out of them. Not my smartest run, but November Project is #weatherproof so I was determined to be too.

Sat- 9 miles

It was cold. And snowy. And my face froze. But I got it done.

Total- 34 miles. Right on target.

Today I was going to take the day off but it’s supposed to be super warm so KBT and I are thinking about heading down to DC to run again or we’ll go find some trails to hike. It’s kind of become our “thing” on Sundays so I’m rolling with it. Rest tomorrow.

TOL: Short Week

1) Another week, another Thinking Out Loud. Such an original intro, I know. Sorry.

2) Wednesday was November Project Baltimore’s Sunrise 6K. It was the first “race” I’ve done in awhile. It felt good to run fast. I cruised the first part with my NP BFF Kristine and then raced the second half to finish in 27:35. Not too shabby. I’m running a 5K on my birthday in a few weeks so it was nice to get a legitimate speed workout in.

Capture3) Running on Tuesday was almost laughable. That’s how terrible it was. So icy, I legitimately ran 11+ minute miles through some parts of it.

Capture24) I’ve been exhausted all week. Like, 8pm bedtime exhausted. I blame it on several late nights this weekend. One last picture… (I’m not this artsy- can’t take photo credit for this)

Capture5) I’m a huge fan of having Mondays off. We should do this every week. Then you wake up on Wednesday and feel like it’s Tuesday and it’s a huge surprise because you’re one day closer to Friday. Best thing ever. One more day until the weekend. I’m not complaining.

6) I like to consider myself a pretty intuitive eater these days. After weekends where I’m heavy on the carbs, I usually crave vegetables like woah. But I also know I need red meat. I know some people don’t think they need it, but I do. 100%. I get really tired if I go more than a few weeks without it. While we were in New York I ordered steak. It was exactly what I needed. I would show you a picture, but I deleted it. Oops.

7) On that note, too many vegetables make my stomach hurt. Which is a problem, because I really like vegetables a lot. Almost as much as I like dessert. So it’s really easy for me to overdo them. I make giant salads at night and I’m usually fine but when I have a big salad at lunch, that doesn’t work for me for some reason. I make sure to limit myself to no more than one salad a day. And I soak all the veggies up with lots of carbs on the weekends or my stomach would really start to rebel.

8) I’m OBSESSED with the new Ellie Goulding song from the 50 shades soundtrack. Ob-sessed. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for weeks now.  Can’t stop, won’t stop.

 

9) This weekend I have zero plans (besides working at the store on Saturday) and that makes me really happy. As nice as it is to do get away from reality for a few days like we did last weekend, it always makes you appreciate coming home and sleeping in your own bed after. The next few months I’m going to be traveling a lot between races, a wedding, going home, and random weekend getaways, so I’ll be making the most of the weekends I do have at home.

10) I’m really struggling to come up with a 10th thing, so I’m not going to. That seems to be the name of the game these days. I have nothing to say. It’s weird. Usually I can’t shut up.

What’s going on with you this week?

Does your stomach hurt if you eat too many veggies? Can you tell when you need certain foods?

 

New York City

Happy Tuesday! I hope some of you got to enjoy a long weekend. I know I’m really glad I had yesterday off to play catch-up after a crazy couple of days away in New York City. I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I thought I would. It was too cold to take my phone out of my pocket and I honestly just didn’t want to. While it’s nice to have pictures to look back on and remember, you end up missing out on what’s right in front of you.

Friday

I got out of work late Friday night so I picked up a salad from Nalley Fresh on my way to meet KBT at Penn Station. We got to New York around 10:30. We stayed at the DoubleTree in the Financial District. It was a pretty standard DoubleTree hotel so I have no complaints– especially after they gave me a toothbrush when I forgot to pack mine (and the only hotel we could find for the weekend) but it was way off the beaten track. There were metro stops nearby, but it was a hike to get anywhere so I probably wouldn’t stay there again. By the time we got to the hotel it was almost midnight so we pretty much crashed right away.

 

Saturday

Sleeping in didn’t happen. We woke up at 7am so we decided to head to Central Park to meet up with Kaitlin for a run. I was really excited about this because we weren’t sure it was realistic to get there by 9 and didn’t want to commit to anything, but since we had plenty of time, we decided to go. We ran chatted our way around the park for probably 4 miles and then continued on by ourselves for a few more miles. It was nowhere near enough time to catch up on everything since we last saw each other, but it just means another girl’s weekend is already in the works.

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Photo credit goes to KBT. He can be my personal photographer from now on. 

We were freezing afterwards and Kaitlin recommended a good bagel place called Ess-A-Bagel. Unreal. Best bagel I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was worth the 15 minute wait outside in the cold. I would have waited 2 hours. They were that good. We also got a couple of muffins to go which we ate the next morning.

My aunt happened to be in the city with my cousins for the NBA All-Star Game so we met them at FAO Schwartz to say hello. At this point, I was borderline hypothermic and couldn’t stop my teeth from chattering so we didn’t stay for very long. It was about 15 degrees and I was only wearing one layer. I’ve never been so cold in my life.

After a really hot shower, we headed back uptown to Soho for some shopping. We all know I am not a shopper so I wasn’t planning on buying anything. When I need something, I get it, but I don’t really enjoy browsing, hence why I buy multiple shirts/pants/etc. in different colors. We went to Uniqlo and then the lululemon men store where they custom make shorts for you. I ended up talking to a random old guy who lived upstairs for a good 20 minutes while KBT’s shorts were being made. They had gourmet chocolates and Stumptown coffee on a dry bar in the middle of the floor too. Win.

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We had time to kill so we went to a french bakery for croissants and then we wandered over to the women’s lululemon where I splurged on a jacket and tank top. When in New York….

We headed back to the hotel to change for dinner and then took an uber to Co-Op at the Hotel on Rivington. We picked the restaurant originally because it looked really nice but also had a menu that would appease my picky taste buds. Then a few weeks ago they called and told us the menu would be prix fixe and suddenly it didn’t sound quite as appealing. Luckily, they gave us the regular menu and the Valentine’s Day menu so we ordered off the regular menu. We started with Truffle popcorn and I got steak and frites. It hit the spot. We split the Co-Op Birthday cake (KBT left most of the sprinkles for me) so of course I was in heaven.

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After dinner we walked a few miles to meet some of KBT’s friends at a bar. By the end of the night I’m pretty sure we walked more than we ran, so I was wiped. And freezing. Being a girl is hard.

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Longtime readers probably recognize this dress. It was time to make new memories in it.

Sunday

We slept in and checked out of the hotel before trekking over to Queens to meet up with some more of KBT’s friends and sister at a local sports bar. It was too cold to do much of anything so we avoided being outside as much as possible. It would have been nice to walk around some more but nobody wants to be outside in that kind of weather.

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One last picture from shopping Saturday. I loved these hearts in all of the Banana Republic windows.

Our train was supposed to leave at 8pm but we got to the train station at 7 to find out it was delayed. We ate a slice of pizza and waited for what felt like forever. Finally around 9:15 the train finally arrived and when we got in we found out it was overbooked. They started kicking off off-duty Amtrak employees to make room for more paying customers and then the train had mechanical problems. When all was said and done we left New York 2 1/2 hours later than planned and didn’t get home until 1am. I won’t be taking Amtrak again.

Monday

Thank goodness I had yesterday off. I walked to get a bagel (which didn’t even come close to competing with the one from NYC) and hunkered down on the couch before braving the weather to get some grocery shopping done and going to see 50 Shades of Grey. I hated the ending but the movie was okay.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t a sappy, mushy weekend at all. That’s not my style. It was just a really nice weekend away. Next time though, I’m not booking a trip to New York in the winter. Too cold.

How did you spend your Valentine’s Day?

2/8-2/14

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day! This post is pre-written since I’m definitely not reading blogs/writing posts this weekend. We’re in NYC for and I plan on making the most of every single second of this mini-vacation. With that, let’s look at this week’s workouts!

Sun- Longggggg walk.

I spent the first 6 hours of my day in the car (no joke, I was in the car from 9-3 driving my brother and cousin back to school from the airport) so when I got home and it was 55 degrees out, I was kicking myself for moving my long run to Saturday. I did back-to-back 10/11 mile runs Friday/Saturday so I knew I couldn’t run. Instead, I headed out for a walk to do some errands and ended up gone for 3 hours. I probably covered 8-9 miles, so it didn’t turn out to be the rest day I had planned at all, but I lost track of time while I was on the phone with a few people.

Gorgeous sunset the other night

Gorgeous sunset Sunday night

Mon- OFF

True rest day. I was definitely stiff from all the walking the day before.

Tues- OFF

I was supposed to go to Tin Roof like I have been lately but plans changed and I ended up taking another day off. That meant I was itching to run come Wednesday morning. I didn’t really mind- I’ve been exhausted after work lately so it was nice to come home and relax for a few hours before bed.

Wed- 8ish miles November Project

Speed dating workout. 6 miles to/from the workout, then 1 lap (1/3 mile), 25 squats, 25 pushups, 25 lunges, 1 set of stairs, 25 squats, pushups, lunges, repeat. I did the cycle 3 times so I got a lot of work in during the 40 minute time frame. Probably because my legs felt so fresh after taking a few days off. I also made 6 new Valentine’s during the workout, just in case ;)

CaptureThurs- 6 miles.

Usually Thursdays are a rest day but because I skipped Tin Roof Tuesday night, I pushed my run to Thursday morning. I wanted to get in a slightly longer run but unfortunately I didn’t set an alarm and slept in a little later than planned. It worked out fine though and I got a good run in, I just felt more rushed than I would have liked.

Fri- 10 miles November Project + massage

Shake Shack opens on Monday so they sent someone to join us as they start setting up a Shack and Field team! You know I’m excited. We also had Bojan, one of the co-founders of November Project, at the workout so it was extra special. I did 4 miles to/from and then 6 hills. Serious workout before a long day at work and then a long train ride into the city.

10974675_875973609133145_866843828485767240_oSat- 6 miles with KBT and Kaitlin + walking 109949595 miles around NYC!

KBT and I met up with Kaitlin for a run yesterday. That was probably one of the things I was most looking forward to about this trip. It was so nice to catch up with one of my favorite people (and obviously introduce her to another one of my favorite people ;) ) over a run. Not exactly the girl talk we had planned originally but I’ve decided I really love running in NYC.

Total- 30 miles

As expected, this week was lighter on the running. I actually got in a lot more activity than I anticipated. My workouts are a lot more spontaneous than they used to be. Of course my Wednesday and Friday runs are planned, but I never know how far/when/where I’m going to run on the weekends and 3 days of the week start out as total rest and that changes if something randomly comes up. No complaints.

Okay… back to enjoying the Big Apple!

Excitement

It’s Thursday. Let’s Think out Loud. No introduction needed.

thinking-out-loud1) These past two weeks have flown by. I can’t figure out why since the few weeks before that moved at a snail’s pace, but I’m not going to complain about it. Well, the second half of the week didn’t go by as fast because I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for awhile. Tomorrow is going to feel like a really long day.

2) I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow morning (finally!) but for the first time in a long time, my legs feel fine. Great, even. They aren’t super knotted, they just need to be worked on to make sure they don’t get to that point. Plus, I always enjoy talking to my massage therapist. It also means I get to go into work almost 2 hours later than normal (I usually don’t get to work until 10:45 on massage days) so it’s the perfect way to start the weekend.

3) Tomorrow night KBT and I are taking the train to NYC. We have a few plans to see friends/family while we’re there, but mostly we’re both just excited to get out of town for a few days and relax (I’m not the only workaholic in this relationship…). And what better place to spend Valentine’s Day than New York City?

Last year in NYC. Not Valentine's Day.

Last year in NYC. Not Valentine’s Day.

3b) My best friend put this on my wall yesterday. Apparently I’m not a very emotional person? Relationship or not, Valentine’s Day is not exactly my favorite holiday. Unless you count the chocolate part of it. I do love sugar. Lots of it. But I can do without the mushy stuff.

Capture4) My mom comes to DC in just over a month! I was supposed to go down to Virginia Beach that weekend to run the Shamrock half but I decided I’d rather see her instead. She’ll be here right after my birthday so we’ll probably meet up with her for dinner Friday night and I’ll spend the weekend with her when she’s not in meetings. It’s weird realizing I have no plans to go home anytime soon for the first time in my life. I’m thinking July as of now when the boat is in the water.

5) On that note, I called my mom on our way to PA last weekend and she tried to trick me into coming home by bribing me with a ski trip during my brother’s spring break. Unfortunately I’m pretty sure I’m booked that week, but man is it tempting.

Completely staged a few years ago.

Completely staged a few years ago.

6) Last week I saw so many of my friends from school. I hung out with my old roommate and a couple of my former teammates twice. Then one of my best friends was in town for the weekend so I got to see him for a bit. It was like one big unplanned college reunion.

IMG_55667)  November Project is fun. Yesterday we did “Speed Dating.” Basically we paired up with a new person each time we started a new round. I went on 6 “dates” but I pretty much just ran with people I already knew. Oops. It was still a really good workout with a decent amount of stairs and more pushups than my scrawny arms can handle.

Capture8) I don’t really have much to say this week. My brain has been occupied with getting ready for NYC. Actually, that’s a lie. I haven’t started packing, I still need to go to Target and pick up a prescription, I need to get my nails done, and I should probably do laundry so I can wear some clean clothes while I’m there.  You know, the little things.

So that’s all I’ve got. I know. I’m usually full of things to say. It’s kind of strange. But I’m sure I will next week. I probably won’t be back with a “regular” post until Tuesday or Wednesday since I’ll be busy enjoying my mini-vacation.

Are you doing anything out of the ordinary for Valentine’s Day?

Day in the Life

I’ve seen these “Day in the Life” posts popping up and it’s always fun to see what other people’s days look like. Let’s choose Wednesday because they’re my favorite and because it’s WIAW, I’ll show you a “typical” Wednesday of eats. Most of my days are pretty similar (although I only wake up to run in the mornings on Wednesdays and Fridays) so last Wednesday is a pretty good example of what a normal weekday looks like for me.

5:52am- Alarm goes off for November Project. Lately I’ve been confused as to why I’m waking up even though it happens twice a week. Don’t ask.

Yes, I do need a reminder to go to work

Yes, I do need a reminder to go to work. It’s the new hours.

6:04am-8am- Run 2.5 miles to Rash Field for November Project. Work out with all of my friends. I always leave a very happy camper. Run the long way home (about 3 miles) so I get about 6-8 miles in total, depending on the workout.

10904610_871208216276351_6821992490239871655_o8-8:35am- Hop in the shower. I can’t go to work sweaty and cold. Get dressed. Leave for the office. It’s about a 10 minute walk but I add in extra time to stop at 7-11 for hot chocolate which is a little bit further than my office. I also hate being late so I’m usually at my desk by 8:56am.

9am- Toast my bagel (THB caters our breakfasts in the morning at work) and set up my monitors. Start working on tickets (basically creative changes on ads that are currently running) that came in after we left the night before.

9:30am- Go to Round Table which is a meeting with everyone in Operations to go over the best and worst performing campaigns from the previous day and discuss any campaign issues that came up overnight. I really like this meeting for the broad overview. I’m used to mindlessly launching campaigns so this puts what I do into perspective.

10am- The rest of my team shows up (I work 9-6, everyone else works 10-7). I go back to working on tickets and launches.

11am- Weekly team meeting where we share one thing we learned over the past week. Mine last week was that Shake Shack is coming to Baltimore. We’re really professional if you can’t tell. I haven’t come up with one this week so if you have any good ideas, let me know!

10712687_336313546571982_1004813207873396583_o11:30am- Go back to working on tickets and launches. Basically my job is to launch advertisements on smartphones and tablets. A ticket is where we’re changing out the banner/video that you see, a launch is setting up all the details like when it goes live, who it’s targeting, etc.

12:30pm- I usually don’t eat lunch during lunch but I like to walk home and pick up packages since the leasing office isn’t always open when we’re home at night to pick them up. Sometimes I pick up a slice of pizza on the way back to the office, other times I snack my way through the day or make a salad. It depends on how hungry I am.

If I know I'm having pasta at night, i'll try to get my veggies in early

If I know I’m having pasta at night, I’ll try to get my veggies in early

2pm- Bootcamp. I’m leading training sessions on one of the newer systems right now with one of my coworkers so we have an hour long meeting every Wednesday to go over different types of campaigns on that system that we might come across.

3pm- Starbucks break. I don’t actually like Starbucks but I go with my coworkers for the walk. A few weeks ago I tried my first cake pop. Life changing. Sometimes I eat a zbar and an apple since I’m usually getting hungry again.

The cashier at Trader Joe's said "These bars are really good... but I guess you already know that"

4pm- This is our busiest time and it’s also when I start to crash. I start getting hungry again so I usually pop some popcorn. I’m well-known in the office for it because everyone can smell it. The deadline for all east coast account managers is 4pm so we usually get slammed after a slower morning.

5:45pm- Pack up my things and head out (unless I’m tied up with a launch in which case it might be a little after 6). Walk home from work and it’s finally not dark out for the first time in months.

This isn't from my walk home but this is actually the view I see every day.

This isn’t from my walk home last week but this is actually the view I see every day.

6:15pm- Chat with my roommates, make some veggies (green beans) to tide me over until dinner. Read some thought catalog articles or finish up any last minute thoughts for a blog post.

7pm-7:45pm- Meet KBT at Penn Station. We usually have dinner Wednesday nights so depending on what time he leaves DC is when I pick him up at the train.

8pm-9pm- Dinner is sometimes delayed if he gets home really late or it takes forever to find parking. Lately we haven’t been eating until close to 9. That’s why I eat the first part of my dinner before I go. Otherwise things would get ugly. And I need my vegetables, so it works out well. Just to make things clear: I don’t cook. Anything that looks remotely edible is made by him, not me. I’m pretty much only good for chopping vegetables and supplying the ice cream.

New favorite dinner- pasta with chicken and pesto

9-10pm- Watch an episode of House of Cards. We started from the beginning and even though it’s not the type of show I’d usually watch (I don’t really watch TV unless it’s Pretty Little Liars or The OC), I’m hooked. We try to watch one on Wednesdays and a few over the weekend. We’re done with season 1 but I’ve been falling asleep in the middle of it lately so I keep having to rewatch episodes so I know what’s going on. We usually eat some cookies mashed into ice cream while we’re watching it. Tonight we’re KBT’s making brownies to mix things up.

Ghirardelli cookies with sea salt caramel talenti gelato

10pm- Sleep. Enough said.

What does a “typical” day for you look like?

What time do you usually eat dinner?

Have you ever watched House of Cards?

2/1-2/7

I expected my miles to be less than last week. I planned for my miles to be less than last week (I did 34 last week and was shooting for 28-30 miles this week). It wasn’t intentional, but things came up. I ran the same days I usually run, I just switched my long run for today to yesterday which made the number of miles I ran in one week shoot up. It’s a good thing I didn’t do a true “long run” last Sunday or else I would have been heading towards danger territory.

Sun- 5 miles

Last weekend KBT and I went to a party and were out pretty late. Like awake until after 3am late. I honestly don’t remember the last time I did that, so I knew Sunday’s long run wouldn’t be happening. We decided to go down to DC to run some errands and go for a run around the National Mall while we were there. It was a faster (for me) run but nothing too crazy and I actually felt totally fine during the run, just a little dehydrated.

The last time I ran in DC was with Kaitlin... who I'll be running with again next weekend!

The last time I ran in DC was with Kaitlin… who I’ll be running with again next weekend!

Mon- OFF

Tues- 8 miles

Ran with Tin Roof Runners again. It was chilly but I always have a good time. It’s about 3 miles to/from PowerPlant and we did a 5 mile run together. The guys ran ahead but Lauren and I tried our best to keep up averaging about a 7:45 mile. Plenty fast for me!

Wed- 8 miles

I didn’t realize it was going to be this heavy on the running. I ran about 5.5 miles to/from the workout and then didthe workout. We ran 4 laps (3 is a mile) and 4 sets of double stairs. Between each set we did burpees and pushups randomly throughout the workout. It was one of the harder November Projects I’ve been to in awhile. My legs were already dead from the night before. Running back to back hard runs 10 hours apart is really difficult.

10904610_871208216276351_6821992490239871655_oThurs- OFF

Fri- 10 miles

Friday November Project is probably the hardest NP workout we do. For me it’s 4 miles to/from the workout and I’ve been doing 5 sets of hill repeats with the triceps, squats, and lunges in between. This week I did 1 hill repeat before the workout and then 5 during the workout with a new friend I made. We were only going to do 4 but we lost track because we were so busy chatting and getting to know each other. Obviously running is a very social sport when I’m involved.

CaptureSat- 10.5 miles with Pacemakers.

I found out about a group run with Pacemakers on Saturday morning and decided to go since I was going to be on the busy side Sunday. I’d rather do my long run with friends than alone and it fit my schedule a lot better. The weather was great and we ran at a good pace for me. I went straight to work at the store afterwards (don’t worry, I showered when I got there), went to town on my daily bagel and hot chocolate, and was riding the high all morning. Just in time to crash before a long car ride yesterday afternoon.

 

Total- 41 miles

So clearly I broke my own rule of running 4 days a week and not doing back to back runs. I also broke my rule of keeping my mileage between 30-35 miles a week. I’m usually okay if I’m right around 40, but once I inch closer to 50 I run into trouble. I’m not saying this was a smart move training-wise, but it is what it is. I’m resting today AND tomorrow to make up for two long days in a row. When I was asked to do a long run Saturday, I didn’t care that my mileage would appear higher for this week. It worked well with my schedule. Next week will look really low. It all balances out. I’ll probably continue to go back and forth on Saturday/Sunday long runs so my mileage may be normal (30ish miles) next week, or it may be significantly lower if I go back to Sunday long runs (20ish miles). It all depends on what I have going on. I also have a massage scheduled for Friday before we leave for NYC for the weekend, so I’ll get any tightness out before the trip.

Which day do you do your long runs?

Do you prefer running alone or in a group?

Exercise Addiction and Food

As of now, this is the last post I plan on doing in regards to eating disorders, but a reader requested I do a post about how I was able to separate exercise from food, so I thought I’d talk about it. I originally typed out a long, 1000 word post going through my history from start to finish again and how I suddenly “overcame it.”

Then I deleted the post.

Why?

Because I’m the last person that should be giving advice about how to overcome the need to associate exercising with food all the time.

For most of my life growing up, swimming was the center of it. I began training pretty seriously when I was 6 years old, and it only got more intense as I got older. By the time I was 11 or 12, I was practicing for 2 hours a day, 6 days a week plus meets on Sundays. When I got to college, I was swimming for 3 hours a day, 6 days a week (unless we had a meet). When I wasn’t in swim season, I was playing softball, lacrosse, skiing, tennis, cross country, or track. I was always “in season.”

While I was diagnosed with an eating disorder, my doctor labeled it as “anorexia athletica” because I was literally addicted to exercise. The eating disorder manifested itself when I had foot surgery and was unable to exercise for a period of time (which wasn’t long at all, looking back). I wanted to make sure I was eating healthy which quickly spiraled out of control, and as soon as I was given the green light, I did whatever physical activity I could while I recovered from the surgery.

Once my weight was stable, I was eating enough to maintain my weight, but I was addicted to exercise more than ever before. For the majority of the time I’ve been blogging, I struggled with that addiction. For years, I couldn’t handle taking days off, I couldn’t imagine eating normally on days I didn’t exercise (or didn’t exercise “enough”), and I couldn’t imagine not looking at exercise as tied to my food consumption. They went together. I thought that was normal.

So when I was asked how I was able to separate the two, I couldn’t come up with an honest answer, because the truth is, I don’t know what changed. What I do know is that getting seriously injured 4 times in the past 2 years was enough to make me seriously reconsider my lifestyle. It didn’t happen overnight, but I began being okay with “only” doing 30 minute workouts at November Project. I took a full week off any physical activity while I was in Florida last winter. I started taking one day off a week over the summer and suddenly I lasted 6 months without any injuries, the longest time in two years. I stopped struggling with the intense hunger that came from eating disorder recovery and began eating much more intuitively. By last spring, food and exercise were no longer intertwined.

But I wasn’t completely over the exercise addiction.

When I got injured this fall, I became a lot more serious about my exercise levels. I have been saying this for years but I want to be able to run when I’m 50, 60, maybe even 70 years old. I didn’t really take it to heart until this fall. I know what my body’s limit is. I get injured the second I cross that limit. Every. Single. Time. When I stay below that threshold, I run happily without any aches or pains. As soon as I internalized that, I was able to stop obsessively exercising. I run 4 days a week for 25-35 miles a week right now. I don’t cross train on my days off. I do nothing differently than I would on my running days. I eat the same and I don’t make myself move any more than I would any other day.

Running every other day (with a back to back run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because I like the people I run with) works for me. I don’t know why, but my body doesn’t like doing much more than that. It doesn’t mean I’ll never run 5 days a week, but it means I won’t do it often. This week my mileage will likely be significantly higher because I’m switching my long run from Sunday to Saturday and I usually calculate mileage Sunday-Saturday. It also means I’ll be taking two rest days in a row (sunday + monday) to make up for it. I don’t follow a strict schedule anymore. If someone asks me to run, instead of running an extra day, I’ll just switch my days around. It’s a lot more relaxed and it keeps running fun.

So the short answer is this: I didn’t do anything special to “overcome exercise addiction” or “separate food from exercise.” It evolved overtime as I became more comfortable and confident with myself. It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been 5 years since I was first diagnosed with an eating disorder. It took 4 years to overcome the food part of it and almost another year to fully feel okay with taking time off when I need it.

And that’s why this is the last post about eating disorders you’re going to get from me for awhile. It’s part of my past but not a part of my life now. When you are constantly writing and reading about it, it prevents you from moving forward. Which is the last thing I want. I’d much rather write about things going on in my life now. Because I like my life now. And I’d like to keep it that way.

No questions today. Just thoughts. Happy Friday!