Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thicker Than Water

A street construction area sign posted in front of my house yesterday.  Not very clear.
The construction isn't only going on outside my house, it will be going on within myself.

I have not run since the SDRNR Half Marathon on June 3.  This makes it a record for me not running in a non-injured, non-sick state of being.  I need the break, but I'm also feeling like a slug since I haven't really cut back the calories I eat when I run.  I had no plan in place for after the half marathon, especially with nutrition, but I've been doing a little research since then.

I've been looking for some sort of "cleanse" that wasn't too extreme.  I don't want to be a slave to the restroom.  I wanted something where I could actually eat real food in addition to whatever supplements I would need to take.  I also don't want to feel deprived.  I have come across something that sounds doable, but I won't post about it just yet.  I plan on doing this "cleanse" after the 4th of July.  I'll post about it when I'm done, just so I can give a fair assessment of it.

I'll also be  looking into doing some sort of exercise regimen, probably incorporate a lot of what I used to do before I became more serious about running, which was weight training, but more of a HIIT workout. On my cardio days I'll probably run, but only for 20 minutes worth of high intensity intervals.

The whole reason behind this reboot is because I feel like I've lost a lot of strength.  It wasn't that long ago that I could bust out 50+ push-ups with no problem, but now I feel fatigue at 10.  It's not just the push-ups, it's every thing else as well.  If I don't take care of myself now it will be harder to get everything back later. In addition to losing strength, my head just isn't in the whole workout, running, fitness thing.  I know this is all normal and we all burn out at some point. I'm just hoping to reignite whatever it was that kept me going.


The house is quiet with my daughter and the kiddo moved out.  As much as I enjoy my grandson's cheery voice, I'm enjoying the quiet time in the evening.  I do miss them, but I've wanted them to be out on their own for a while, and because it was time.  I think they'll be fine. The kiddo is set up with swim lessons and summer school.

We had an intervention of sorts with my Dad.  My dad is 83 years old and still lives in the house our family lived in for many years.  The house is too big for my dad and, due to his macular degneration, he really can't see what needs to be fixed with it, and there's plenty. He doesn't want ANYONE  touching his stuff, not even a family member, but we need to get a crew in there to start making repairs and a housekeeper to keep it clean and tidy.  Right now it's a matter of baby steps and we're trying to get a contractor to at least get started with painting the exterior of the house. Herding kittens is easier than dealing with my dad.  My dad is in denial and doesn't want to discuss his living conditions, but wants to go on another cruise instead.

The City of San Diego is finally replacing the sewer lines in our neighborhood.  The old cast iron pipes were from the early 1900s, perhaps even earlier.  The pipes seemed to systematically burst, one right after the next.  Thank goodness they're replacing the pipes on our street before that happened, and I felt our street was ready to have some sort of sink hole happen at any second.

New pipes!  I hope they get rid of the overhead power lines next...

I've been in back in Mizunos for about the past year, the Wave Prophecy, and have purchased a second pair. The first pair has well over 200 miles on them and are not ready for retirement, but I have the new pair just in case.  I like that I've been able to wear a shoe for running and not have to think about how it feels -- No hot spots, not weird rubbing, no blisters, no discomfort, no "wearing them in to get used to them" time. These just work for me.

I've been contacted by Mae at Mizuno News and the Mezamashii Run Project to discuss joining the Mezamashii community and enter to score a pair of Mizunos.

If you're interested in an invite, and, perhaps scoring  a pair of shoes in their giveaway, click on THIS LINK then click on "apply for an invite."  I'm not a part of the Mezamashii Run Project (yet) since I just applied, but I hope to be, and I also hope to score a new pair of Mizunos.

6/27/2012  EDIT - I won and selected the Mizuno Wave Creation!  (Not my first choice, but MY Wave Prophecies weren't included in the choices, but, still, I won a pair of running shoes!)  Woo hoo!  They should arrive around July 20. 

Song from Friday, June 8, 2012:
With a Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles, Joe Cocker - Run With  the Black Knight



Jill said...

Hi cutie...
Loved reading all the updates in your life and such, I feel like you sent me a personal email about what you've been up to :).

I bet the change with the daughter and grandson is a big adjustment...a bit lonely at times yet others it's nice and relaxing. Thankfully they are close by and you'll get to see them when you need a little fix! Abbey keeps talking about moving to Portland or Seattle next year...I'm not sure how well I'll deal with that.

We all need a break up from running now and then, but you'll find you'll get back together when the time is right. I think for people as old as us (gasp), weight training is crucial...I just wish I'd get there more than once a week. I'd love a home gym just to pop on it whenever I wanted to. One day.

Looks like the city budget is has no funds for new signs this year! :)

Happy almost weekend!!


The Green Girl said...

Hope you are enjoying the not-imposed running hiatus.

I'm sorry to hear about the macular degneration. My aunt has it and she mentioned how the impaired vision makes it hard to walk down a lot of stairs.

Black Knight said...

Sometimes we need a break, we cannot become slaves of a (running/fitness) routine: yes, easy to say but difficult to do.
Sorry for the macular degeneration, my uncle (84 y.o.) has the same problem and his story is similar.

Anne said...

I got an invite in the mail to the Mezamashii Project, which I'll do today since I've long worn Mizunos and believe in the product.

At some point, if parents live long enough, their children have to take over. It's a fact of life and it's hard when the time comes, which it sounds like it has with your Dad. Just remind him if he wants to stay in that home, he has to maintain it. You're doing the best thing for him by insisting on it.

Miss Rachel said...

Good luck with your reboot. As usual you have a really good attitude, and you are an inspiration to me.

Michelle said...

I'll be following along with interest. You are always such an inspiration to me, even in re-booting I'm sure I'll learn a lot from watching you navigate this.

Black Knight said...

Long time that we don't read a post of yours. I hope you feel good and you are enjoying the summer vacations.