Hi. It’s Friday! We’re going to get right into Fueled Up Friday in just a second, but I have to start with some news I’m pretty bummed about. Remember how last week I was raving about Tiger Balm because I hurt my knee on an 11-mile run the previous weekend? Well, I was really hoping that injury was going to get in line and cooperate for the half marathon I am supposed to be running tomorrow, but after diligently icing and Tiger-Balm-ing and using the elliptical and the bike so that my knee could get some rest, I went out for a run on Wednesday and had to cut it short about two miles in. Which means there’s no chance I’m going to be able to run the half on Saturday, and that is very sad. Not like, real problem sad—no one is starving or homeless, and my knee totally will heal, but I’m bummed that I don’t get to run the race after logging all those training miles. There will be other races. But there will not be this race. So, that disappointment aside, here are the things that are keeping me fueled up this week: our new fence, making new fitness goals for the summer, and This American Life.
1. Our magical new fence
Disclaimer: I'm aware that what I'm about to say will sound very privileged. It could be hashtagged with lots of offensive-but-accurate descriptors. But it's true. Here it is: I love being able to pay for services that are completed by other people before I arrive home from work. Case in point: on Tuesday this week I left for work and I had no fence, and when I arrived home from work I had a completed, beautiful fence. My appreciation for the magical fence men is endless (they…probably like that they’re appreciated, but like more that I’ve mailed them a check for their work). Dan and I did not get in a fight about the proper way to build the fence. I did not lose years off my life out of frustration over building the fence. Chewy is SO HAPPY. He’s been running laps around our yard with his tongue just hangin’ out the side of his mouth, having the best time that a dog can have. He’s also really interested in finding out how far he can stick his face into the fence, so I’m curious how long that experiment can go on before he gets stuck. I think the over-under is about four days, so we'll know soon. Also, our next door neighbors have cats that pride themselves on sitting just far enough away that Chewy can see them but not reach them, and slowly flicking their tails back and forth until he loses his damn mind trying to reach them, but he can’t. Now? They live on the solid side of the fence. No one can see you, cats. Take that.
2. Making new fitness goals
So, now that the half marathon training is behind me, I’m thinking about what comes next. I have a lot of ideas about what I want that to be, but mostly I think I want to shift my focus to heavier weight training and continuing to log several shorter runs per week. I really want to work on strength training and high intensity interval training to see how much muscle I can build, but I also really want to keep logging running miles because I want to hit my thousand kilometers in 2016.
know I talked about this once before, but the You vs. Year challenge is something I signed up for after about seven seconds of thought on my Map My Run app—the challenge is to run 1000km in 2016, which is actually kind of a lot. Despite having signed on to this goal with absolutely no forethought, I really want to complete the challenge. Which means I need to run about 13 miles a week for the rest of the year. I think this summer I’m going to focus on logging 2-3 shorter runs per week and really working on my speed, and then maybe late summer/early fall I’ll run another half marathon and try to break two hours. Looking forward to goals for the next few months is definitely cheering me up about missing this half—stay tuned to see where things go from here (hopefully not just to the couch. Really crossing my fingers.) One encouraging development, despite the disappointing knee injury, is that I ran the first mile of my run at 8:11 on Wednesday…even though I had to quit that run a mile later, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to improve my mile splits as the summer goes on.
3. This American Life
This American Life really deserves its own entire post, but I’ve listened to so many episodes this week that it’s just going to go on this list. You guys. This American Life is THE BOMB. I actually used to deeply hate this podcast and ridicule my friends for being nerdy when they listened to it (<---any time that’s the case you can almost set your clock to my total change in opinion, because I love all things nerdy. I don’t know why I didn’t catch that flaw in my hatred for TAL earlier, but sometimes I’m pretty dense.) So, This American Life. If you’re not already listening, I have great news for you: this podcast is available to you for free, and will periodically deliver one hour of thought-provoking, funny, and smart content that you can listen to while you’re driving, or exercising, or sitting on the couch (…or sitting at your desk….no, of course I don’t do that. Why do you ask?) The podcast covers a different theme every week, and includes 1-3 stories that relate to that theme.
For example, the most recent episode on my phone is called “For Your Reconsideration” and the description is: “The older and wiser we get, the more bewildering our past decisions can seem. This week, people revisit those decisions – and we revisit a story we aired a year ago with new, fascinating updates about a groundbreaking study that turned out to be false.” The story is about a study that looks at how canvassers can change voters’ opinions by simply speaking with them for about twenty minutes, how those changes are effectively made, and what those transformative experiences look like. I listened to This American Life on many of my plane rides last week (six flights in seven days left plenty of time for that) and it really just reignited my passion for Ira Glass and his genius. (Ira Glass is the host of the show, FYI.) If you ARE already listening to This American Life, high five. Let’s talk about it.
Have an excellent weekend, you guys. Love you the most.