Catching Up on Life…

Bits of health and happiness

The past few weeks have just been a whirlwind. Finding the time to blog, let alone run has been an all out effort! Add in the beginning of the holiday season, and you have a recipe for absolutely NO time for anything!

Out of respect for you, my readers, I shall try to provide an update without boring the hell out of you.

Home:

I’ve been wanting a standing desk set up for months. My husband, who by the way, is an expert on everything, and will not hesitate to reiterate that often, told me that he didn’t think it was a good idea. And that I’d want to sit down eventually to work. But, he appeased me this time, after much hemming and hawing, and put this together for me.

My standing workstation

My standing workstation

Needless to say, I LOVE it. Yes, it is tiring to stand for more than 2 hours at a time, so that is when I force myself to break. But, so far, so good. I’m ecstatic and excited to see if it makes a difference with my running!

Running:

I irked out 115 for the month of November. Not quite sure how I managed that. To be honest, my mood has been foul, and I’ve been dragging quite a bit. I’m not sure if I was overtraining, or if I’m just not ready for the cold weather yet. But getting out there was a struggle in November to say the least. My hammie pain has dissipated, but I still have the lower back ache. I know that my sciatica irritation is getting better, but it just isn’t fast enough for my liking.

I did pull out a few PR’s this month, and I can only thank EnergyBits for those. They make me do things I’ve talked myself out of being able to do. They are sincerely amazing!

And I ran in the Oyster Bay Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. We traveled to New York (my home state) for the holiday. My sisters are still there, and my folks flew in from Florida. All the girls went on the run; my mom, my sisters, and my nieces. It was really a fun time! It was a bit chilly, but for me, a nice break from the bone chilling cold of Minnesota. I didn’t PR, but I did get first in my age group! So did my mom, by the way! What a rockstar! And my oldest sister finished third in her age group as well!

Oyster Bay Turkey Trot

Oyster Bay Turkey Trot

 

Thanksgiving:

I was blessed to spend Thanksgiving day with my family and a very cherished friend. Since the age of the internet, too many of my friends are the “virtual” kind. Getting to see them in person is a treasure! And I was happy to have her share our day with us.

I was also blessed to see my aunt, my cousin, her husband and their daughter. It has been a very long time since I have seen any relatives of any sort, since my husband whisked me away to Minnesota, leaving behind so much that I treasure in the northeast.

It is very hard to separate home from home…where you live from where you lived. I’ve lived very many places in my 47 years. Minnesota is just another “home”. But I have to admit, that coming back to it warms my heart. Maybe this IS home after all.

Friday:

I was able to test out my sister’s new Garmin 620. HELLO! I asked her to place the bug in my husband’s ear. This morning he kind of quizzed me about it. Here’s hoping…although he might think it will feed my obsession and opt against it. It seems these days my running is a nuisance. It will turn around, I know. It always does. But for now…(((((sigh)))))

Saturday:

Post travel run helper

Post travel run helper

When we arrived home after 7 hours of planes, trains and automobiles, my husband asked me if I was going to go for a run. Hmmmm…well, he asked so I obliged. OK…I’ll run. I did 7 miles. Why? Well, the weather was amazing…and the sunset spectacular. And I needed to. Desperately. Coming home from a trip is just as stressful as leaving on one. Does that happen to you?

 

Saturday Sunset

Saturday Sunset

 

Sunday:

We have a 10,000 square foot house. I usually have a couple of house cleaners help me out every two weeks and it just so happens their day landed on Thanksgiving. Sucks for me. And after two weeks of neglect, it sure was showing. I had to clean. I only did the main living area, which is typically what they do. Between the two of them it takes two hours. But just me? It took 4. And I was soooooooo crazy from cleaning, I decided I had to get out and run. I don’t know, maybe I have a screw loose. I did another 7 miles. Fast…none the less. It’s the bits, I tell ya!

Sunday's Run

Sunday’s Run

I think it was just because it was the 1st of the month and I felt like I had to do something…besides, the mail brought my new Under Armour Infrared garments, which I felt the need to try. It was 33° and cloudy. Probably not cold enough, but the test proved positive. I love the neon color. And for certain, this gear would have taken me down 10° if necessary.

New Under Armour gear

New Under Armour gear

Monday:

Back to P90X and getting caught up with mail, groceries, bills and the like. After yesterday’s run, I figured I may as well try a holiday season run streak. I mean, I’ve been running everyday since Thanksgiving, I may as well keep going. If my buddy Mike at Run Nerds Rock can run everyday for 2 years, clearly, I can run everyday for 35 days…well, maybe. Time will tell.

I’m so behind on everything. I have some products I need to review for you, plus Training Tip Tuesday is on tap for tomorrow. I can only hope I’ll find the time.

The weather is expected to change rapidly with our first negative digits expected by week’s end. Here’s to another Minnesota winter! Until next time…

Did you run this Thanksgiving holiday?

Oh! There is an Energybits giveaway going on at my Facebook Page! Please drop by and get in on it!

7 Responses to Catching Up on Life…

  1. I’ve been trying to get my boss to give me a stand up desk at work, but so far, it hasn’t happened. So I just stack up a bunch of books under the keyboard and monitor. Sounds like you had quite a week, great job getting out there and running. How ling have you been doing P90X, have you seen any differences in your running? I have been wanting to try it.

  2. s says:

    It is so hard to blog during the Holidays, so way to go for making a post. I actually took a few days off from running during Thanksgiving…and I can feel it! I did do an Ultimate Frisbee Bowl though, I figured I ran about 4 miles during that. Back to running though.

  3. I’m tempted to try these energy bits you speak of. You are damn fast, woman, and I want to get there, too! HOWEVER, I am nervous about any caffeine. I get SEVERE migraines from caffeine so I avoid it. It limits me as far as my Gu gels. I checked out the ingredient list on your energy bits link. I did not see caffeine, however at the same ttime it doesn’t say “caffeine free”. Do you have any insight on this? Thanks!

  4. I want to hear your case on those bits, too. I reviewed them for my blog and found them gross and with very little benefit (no additional energy, no improvement, etc.). Love your blog and Facebook page- it’s such a nice thing that you do all those shout outs. People like you rock. 🙂

    • A Running Chick says:

      LOL, Jessica! First off, I swallow them and don’t chew them. That is a completely personal preference. But here is the key with bits. You need to take them a few days to detox your system because that is what they do first. After 2 or 3 days, you feel the benefits. Here is the best way to get them to work to their potential. Take 30 of them 15-20 minutes before your strenuous run or workout. Preferably on a a rather empty stomach. Then repeat with 15-20 more after mile 6 or an hour, whichever you prefer to finish out longer runs or workouts if necessary. But you have to take them regularly. Just once a week won’t cut it!

      And I’m so happy to do the shout outs!! I love sharing love! <3

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