Sunday, July 7, 2013

Time flies...

...whether you're having fun or not!

It's July 7th.  I can't believe it.  More specifically, I can't believe my knee still hurts.  I thought surely if I took this much time off it would be totally fine by now.  I have completed 2 days of a my walk/run return to running program, and both of them were pretty painful, despite being only 30 seconds of running at a time the first day, and 1 minute of running at a time the second day (with a rest day between).

(Not my knee) (source)
I guess the IT band strap I bought really does make a huge difference, because that is the only thing different between my training walk/runs that I started this week and my half marathon in Anchorage June 23rd.  I have only ever worn the strap at races (and on the 7 mile hike in Alaska), never on a regular run or walk/run.   Ideally, I would rather not wear it, and wait until it doesn't hurt to run before I start running again, but at this point I'm out of time.  My triathlon is July 28th, which is just 3 weeks away.  It's only a 5K run, and I'm not skipping this one too! My options are to either stop running, keep weight lifting and doing alternate aerobic activities, and then show up to the triathlon and wing the run, or to go ahead with my run/walk progression over the next 3 weeks.  I'm leaning toward the latter, because I'm over coddling my stupid knee.  I will try it with the strap tomorrow, so hopefully that will go better.  If it is still painful, I'll stop running and just show up and bust out the 5K at the tri, not unlike what I did with the Alaska half a couple weeks ago.

Looking further forward, it's only 11 weeks until the next half that I'm registered for, the Detroit Women's-Only half in September.  11 weeks is nothing!  Certainly not enough time to build an adequate base before jumping into a half marathon training program, and that's not even considering the fact that running is still painful right now.


I wish I wasn't registered for anything at all, including the triathlon.  I'm actually doing just fine with not running.  I'm really enjoying swimming and weight lifting, and have discovered I can bike pain-free if I'm careful about my seat position (too high hurts my knee), and if I avoid heavy resistance at spin class.  There are plenty of Aquabike events I could do that don't involve running, as well as swim-only events.  Of course, there are also bike-only events, but that sounds terrible ....why would anyone do something like that??  :P
Why is she smiling??? Can't she see she's on a hill?? (image source)
I only have 4 shifts left at my current job before I start my internship in the operating room.  I'm still very ambivalent about it.  Too late now though...I hope I made the right decision.  The new position is 40 hrs/week, instead of my current 32 hrs/week.  I'll be glad to have a  little more $$$, but I already feel like I don't have enough time at home to do all the things I want to do, and now I'm going to lose 8 hours of personal time!  That's not even counting on-call hours.  I'll have to take call in addition to my 40 hr weeks after orientation is over.  Again, good for the wallet, not for the personal life.

I'm also really going to miss night shift.  I love my nights off at home by myself.  I also love having my personal time BEFORE work, versus after.  I prefer to get up and go to the gym and do daily chores and everything before I go to work.  Right now, I wake up around 4pm and have until 9:45 pm to do all of that before I go to work.  For the next 6 months I'll be on day shift, 7a-3:30pm, so my free time will be in the evening, after work.  I know I'm going to hate that.  Also, I'll have "real" weekends, and I'll be awake during the day.  That may sound like a plus, but I never get anything done when Jeff is home and we're both awake (this will be a problem now on weekday evenings and weekends).  The TV is always on and I can't think with the noise, and I don't like doing housework when he's home/awake either.  And when will I get my alone time?  Introverts need space!  On the other hand, it is easier to be productive in the daylight, but that is probably negated by the previous issues.

True.    (source)

Truer.    (not really, but I still thought it was funny).  (source)
Having normal weekends will be good for racing and "adventuring" though.  When we were on our hike in Juneau, the tour guide asked if we did much "weekend warrioring".  I didn't know what she meant at first, but it turns out she meant weekend trips and outdoorsy activities, like hikes and bike trips and camping and such.  I told her no, but I thought to myself, why the heck don't we??  Then I realized it's because I don't have weekends; even the weekends I do have, I spend sleeping from 8am-4pm, so that throws a wrench into a long bike ride and a picnic lunch!

Ideally I would love evening shift...I could have mornings to myself in the daylight, work in the evening, sleep at night, and be on a normal schedule for weekends for races and excursions and such.

From everything I just wrote, you might be wondering why the heck I took the job at all!  I do have my reasons, but they are related to the actual nature of the work, and also the amount of training we get, and not to the schedule.  I also am hoping for a straight evening position to open up sometime after I finish my orientation.

Oh, in other news, I temporarily gave up chocolate and coffee, as of July 1st.  We'll see how long this lasts.  I'm proud that I made it this far.

Two of my favorite things.....though I would have cream and sweetener in the coffee!
I'm thinking about going to a one-mile open water swim race at 9am this morning.  Stay tuned for a recap of that in the next few days, if I go.  I'm on the fence still, partially because this is my only night off and shouldn't muck up my sleep by doing a day activity like that, and partially because I scoped out last year's results and there's a high probability I would come in last place (at least in my age group, possibly even overall!)

1 comment:

  1. That knee pain seriously blows. I would have a serious sit down talk with my knee. Tell it to man the eff up and that there are expectations around here! haha

    Those introvert things were PERFECT. Totally me, too. Being an introvert with a busy schedule makes you even more excited to stay at home.

    Best of luck with the new position. Hope you enjoy the OR. And bless you for giving up coffee and chocolate. You're my hero!


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