Always find a way through

As I sat in a meeting recently I wondered that there has to be something missing. A loophole maybe. You always hear about companies trying to figure out what is missing and they need to figure out, so I began to wonder, ‘how can we fill in the loopholes in our own lives?’

I took a look at my every day events. While it was filled with meetings, emails and issues, there was still a loophole in being able to get things done. How was I going to complete everything I thought. Well, it was in rearranging my day. My loophole was in how I went about things. I found that I wasn’t making the most of my day to day. I started by carving out time to turn off email to get things done. Create client docs, do tasks that needed to get done, prepare for meetings, etc. then do emails and get through tickets as I needed. The biggest thing I was forgetting that was causing a major loophole for me was taking time for me. Once I was able to tie it altogether I was more connected and centered.

I tell you all this because being that it is a new year, reevaluate your daily grind. Look at where you may have a loophole as well.

You never know how it will impact your day to day.

Daily Prompt: Loophole

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Do Something for you each week

No matter what it is you do, treat yourself each week to something. It doesn’t have to be big or extravagant, just treat yourself.

For instance, if you lost a couple pounds that week then treat yourself to a smoothie. If you had a really good work week, treat yourself to a walk in the park/Beach. If your child did really well in school, treat them to ice cream, if you completed all your exercise routines, treat yourself with a virtual high five.

Whatever it is treat you because you need positive energy as much as the next person.

Daily Prompt: Treat

Last run of 2015

Today I took my last run of 2015. It felt good. 3.70 miles later and I logged over 410 miles this year alone. I feel pretty good about that considering I took a little bit of time there the last couple weeks to try and heal the calf strain and get through a hectic work schedule. All in all, I am proud of my accomplishments. Over the last couple years I’ve done well and will continue to push myself to do better, eat better, and go the distance. Who knows maybe 2016 will be another PR year for me or maybe I will run more half marathons than present. Whatever 2016 brings I will continue to say my mantras as I run. Here are some to share with all of you (if you need them):

You got this

Just one more mile

Make it to the stop sign

Breathe

Get’er done 

Pain is progress

There’s beer at the end

Happy New Year everyone. May 2016 bring you more miles and happiness all around. 

Training days

Yesterday was a training day. Eight miles is what the chart said to do. I was going to wait to do the miles today because I had an early morning the day prior; I flew up and back across California with a very early morning flight and then a delayed flight on the way back. I really did tell myself I was going to do it in Sunday, but for some reason I went out and ran anyway. My guess is my body was telling me if you don’t go out today you are cheating yourself and may not actually go and do the miles. Psychological really. You should always get out and do some miles even if it is as far as you can go because it is training after all. You don’t want to lose moment nor do you want to be a slacker. 

I am glad that I got out yesterday even though I was tired. I did walk a bit, but I didn’t stop until my body said, “hey it’s time.” I may not have finished all eight but I got out there and didn’t give in to the thought of saying, “I’ll do it another day”, because I know that day will never come. 

So always get out and do what you can. I almost made my miles yesterday. Just couldn’t do more than 7.66 miles. 

This week will be different. 

Mileage

Training can kick your butt. I am sore, my calves hurt, and I am tired. I am hoping that I will be able to run the half marathon in November despite training these past several months but ailments seem to be sidelining me. Hip-flexor tendinitis, knee pain, calf pain, tingling toes. Everything all of a sudden is happening. Oi-vey.

Yesterday I ran 11 miles. Well I ran and walked. Can I run the whole thing without stopping? Sadly, no. However, I am still out there exercising, completing miles and determined to finish another half. I did do this in a little over 2 hours though so that is not too bad. The torture I put myself through in the end is worth it. Some may think it is pure lunacy, but really it is an accomplishment. I’m not sitting on my behind watching television eating bon-bons and wondering what is going to happen in the next segment of the show. I’m out there busting my a**.

My point here is that as we age we still need to be active and the more we get out and move, the better off we will be. Yes, I may be crazy for pushing myself to complete a half marathon with all these ailments, but ice is my friend and without pain there is no gain.

A little over a month and my half will be complete. The more miles I travel, the better off I will be in the long run.

3.93 is all I could do today

3.93

I was just shy of 4 miles this morning. I am sure if I ran down the street to the end and turned around I would have made the 4 mile marker but I wasn’t watching my Nike+ Sportband nor was I looking at my phone to see the distance. I just stopped when I made it back to the house. Its alright thought. I’ll take it after only running on a treadmill this week and once outdoors due to the rain and other obligations.

I’ve noticed this past week that as we age we get more stiff and my body has been fighting the weather temperatures quite significantly. Since I had my first knee surgery 24 years ago I have always felt weather pressures. This year it is really bothering me though. After having 80 degree days and then dropping to 50 degree temperatures and cloudy, rainy weather it really took a toll on my body. I felt like I was a 90 year old woman trying to get up out of bed and not only did it effect my knees but also my back. I am beginning to think that I need to do something else like Yoga or TaiChi. I am not sure but something has to begin or I may not be moving much at all soon.

I told my husband if we are to move at all, it has to be a warm and humid location. Not that California can’t be warm, but as we get older we need warmth. Maybe that is why a lot of older folks move to Florida as they get older.

Anyway, 3.93. Not a bad ending to a week. Hope all of you out there who are training for runs have a successful week ahead. I’m shooting for 6 early next week. I’ll let you know if I get there.

 

Stop sitting around- go do something

Every day we learn something new. It’s a good thing. We don’t want to just sit around and do nothing. That would be a waste. We aren’t created to sit and do nothing. If we were we’d be a lump of sand or coal or anything other than who we are.

Today I woke early and headed out to the tennis courts for actual lessons. I have ventured out before with my son who plays but never ‘learned’ how to play. So this past month I decided to head down to the city parks and recreation department and sign up. Glad I did. There are only two of us in the month long class so we will get plenty of instruction. For the hour that I am out there each Sunday morning I will learn the skills needed to hold my own on a tennis court and be able to play with others without feeling like a dope.

Already after the lesson today, I feel a bit more confident than before and can’t wait to get out there with my son and show him my new found skills.

So my lesson for the day is to take a risk and learn something new. You never know unless you try. Kind of like running that half-marathon you never thought you’d be able to run but could. That’s how I look at it. All it takes is a little push in the right direction, a butt to move off the couch and a commitment to try something different.

It’s the best feeling around right now.