Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Get Back Out There

First off, I'd like to apologize for disappearing for a few days.  After a week off of school due to the horrid pneumonia, I have been am  playing catch up at school and am barely keeping my head above water right now.  At least I checked off my formal observation today.  Yay!  Another bonus is that I only 2 MORE DAYS to get through until February Vacation.  I think I can, I think I can.


Back to the running part of this blog, I have been slowly coming back to running.  I ran 2 miles on Saturday and then attempted a very slow, easy "longish" run on Sunday.  I tried timing my run at the end of when the girls would be finishing their 12 miles so I could meet up with them.  I was planning on doing 5 miles and thought that would be awesome if I could pull that off, but my timing was off and I ended up doing a bit more.   Because the Rail Trail is an out and back, I only ventured out 2.5 miles and then ran back.  When I still felt good and the girls weren't back yet, I went out another .5 miles and then back.  This was 6 miles.  Still feeling good, I went out another .5 and back AND they still weren't back yet.  Seriously? Where were they?  So, I hung out and talked to Seth (a fellow Rail Trail Runner) and we ran a little bit until I finally saw the girls!  This totaled 7.77 miles on Sunday.  I was very sore Sunday afternoon.  It's crazy how an illness and taking 5 days off from running affects ones body.


Knowing I could relapse, I've opted to take it easy this week.  It's hard to do that because I really just want to jump back into the running and go hard, but my lungs are really not ready.  Remember me bragging about not knowing where my inhalers were because I haven't had an asthma attack in years?  I haven't officially had an attack, but having pneumonia has completely rocked my lungs and karma is kicking me in the ass right now.  I had to actually call the dr and refill my prescription.  I just need to be careful and be smart.

So far my week has been this:
Monday - 1 hr yoga
Tuesday - 3.5 miles
Wednesday - 1 hr yoga

I will note that it has been awesome weather for February in Maine for the past two weeks and all I've wanted to do is run.  Every time I look outside, it's sunny and you can see the snow melting.  So frustrating!  Today, some unkind words slipped out of my mouth (no worries, it was my lunch period and I did not have any students near me at all) when I happened to look out of my classroom window and see a woman running by in her lightweight top, no hat, no mittens, capri wearing self.  I was totally jealous and really just wanted to get out there and run.

When you cannot run (due to scheduling, injury, any reason at all - really) - do you experience runner's envy?  or are you happy for the person running?
I am trying my best to not be jealous of people when they are running, but it's so darn hard!  I just want to drop what I'm doing or where I'm going and run too.  I think I may have a problem.


Have you entered my CLICK giveaway?  Only a couple of more hours!   I will be announcing the winner sometime tomorrow.  Please come back to see if it is you.

I will let you know that I have STOPPED going to Starbucks this week and have been replacing my Starbucks desires with CLICK and so far so good.  I have been drinking a CLICK as soon as I get to school and then I make one just after lunch.  Yum!  I have only been doing 1 scoop and 6 oz of water, but it is still yummy and a great way to get me through my day.

15 comments:

  1. I definitely have runners envy when I see someone running outside. I wish I was out there running too! I usually feel it more when I am unable to run that day. But sometimes I even feel it when I have already completed my run. Weird? I should just be happy for them. I'll work on it:)

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  2. Thanks for the info about CLICK. I just entered your giveaway. I hadn't heard of it before!

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  3. Take it easy and be good to your body. Always err on the side of safety when it comes to health...that's my motto :) So glad you're on the mend!

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  4. Glad you are on the mend and on the way back! When I am not running for whatever reason, I am jealous of those who can run, but at the same time supportive of their efforts - Really it is just that I want to be out there myself more than anything else. Just go slow coming back, think long term, not next week :-) Welcome back!

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  5. Glad to hear you okay!! I am headed back to the gym tomorrow for the first time since the 6th! EEEK! LOL

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  6. Hey I'm doing my vacation in a few more days, too! It's so stinking exciting!
    Glad to see you're out and about again!

    Last fall I broke a bone in my foot (stumbling on a branch on a trail run, how lame am I?) And everywhere I drove with the leaves turning and falling I went nuts wishing I could run in the beautiful scenery! Not nice words often came out of my mouth ...

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  7. So jealous that your vacation is next week! Our break isn't until the first week of March, the downside to working at a college haha.

    I'm glad you are feeling better but I definitely feel you on the runner's envy! Been there, done that!

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    1. But don't you get 2 weeks in March? Sometimes I'd rather 2 weeks than 1 week here and 1 week in April....but I'll take any break that comes my way!

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    2. No, we just have one week of break. I could have taken finals week off too but I didn't have enough vacation time. I agree I do love breaks regardless of when they are!

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  8. That's good news that you were able to run and you feel ok after. Hopefully you are on the road to feeling much better! I had the Vanilla Latte CLICK today and it was perfect over ice since it was a warmer day here.

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    1. Vanilla Latte over ice sounds incredible!!!

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  9. Good to hear you are on the mend! I have a hard time scaling it back when I'm injured and/or sick (luckily I don't get sick very often; however, I've been quite injury prone). Last year, a month before my 1st 1/2 marathon I had a terrible bout of ITBS which caused me to withdraw from the race (I did volunteer instead), it took 6 weeks of painful PT to get over and took months to get my mileage back up. I was so jealous of everyone around me that was running (this was summer time) and I was kinda miserable. I'm about 1.5 months away from my first 1/2 marathon and I'm upping my mileage (slower this time) and doing everything I can to keep the IT band well stretched and as loose as possible. 9 miles this weekend (oddly enough, the exact mileage that broke the camel's back last summer). Keeping my fingers crossed and my IB band loose!

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    1. Keeping my fingers crossed for you too!!!

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  10. I think that when you love running a little bit of envy is inevitable. I constantly compare myself to others and feel envious if they have the time and/or ability to do more than I do. This year I am doing more than I ever have in an attempt to bring myself up to the next level. I love it and am trying to be hyper aware of any changes that could signal impending injury.

    I hope you continue to feel better. Be gentle with yourself. Taking it easy now will help you recover faster.

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    1. I am very impressed(jealous) with your speed and the mileage you've been getting in!

      I just need you to please not run by HBS during the day because if I happen to see you run by, I may just start crying! Perhaps I need to just avoid looking outside. That would solve lots of problems. :)

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