Let's see, where am I at? I ran the 12k, managed to run the whole thing, very proud of that. Work is crazy as usual. Trying to balance my existing job against a bunch of new opportunities is really taxing my abilities. At some point I'm going to need to start saying no to someone, because at some point my work is going to start suffering. But only 2 weeks until I get to spend some time in Florida! and only 3 and a half until my faculty exchange in ABQ! I hope that being in a different environment this summer will help recharge my batteries. Plus I'll get to see lizards again, something I've missed quite a bit up here in the frozen north. Although the frozen north has been really embracing the idea of spring recently. Everyone here has a massive case of allergies. I don't usually suffer much from allergies, but even I find myself sneezing quite a bit and rubbing my sore cheekbones. Hopefully soon the state will stop flooding and the pollen will come under control and then maybe I'll hit a couple of trails before I head out west.
I've been doing a lot of writing for work, none of it really entertaining. In fact I bet there are fewer things drier than writing a journal article in the medical field. In good news I just had a paper accepted and another will hopefully be following shortly, but I am awfully sick of writing things like: given the limitations of our small sample size, and words like accordingly, thus and significant. In fact I think significant has lost all real meaning for me, it's now just a magic number.... Anyways, I feel the need to do some more fun writing, to keep myself in balance. So to that end I'm going to try and resurrect my dragon stories from the days of LJ Idol. I'm going to try and produce one every other week, we'll see how that goes.
Hello LJ world, time for another random drive-by post. Not much going on in the land of the frozen north. After getting 28 inches of snow a week ago it's been raining pretty much non-stop. This equals really bleak weather. The rain has reduced the snow pack quite a bit and I have seen about a square foot of green grass sprinkled about, but still most of what I see when I look out the window is white. I'm quite looking forward to an actual thaw one of these days. In a week and a half I do at least get a change of scenery. I'll be heading out to Colorado for the weekend to hang out with my family. I may get to play with a thermal imager while I'm there as well. That would be entertaining. In running news I'm now halfway done with my 14 week program getting ready to do the bay to breakers. I've come quite a ways since I started, I really didn't think I could run as long as I've been running. Next week I'll be running the equivalent of a 5k 3 times a week. Hopefully this will pay off and my running partners won't kick my butt in May.
I always feel as if I'm really boring when I decide to do updates. But if I waited for something exciting I'd probably never post. So here's what's going on in my life. The running training continues, I've upped my time successfully each week for the past 4 weeks. Only 10 weeks left until I'll see if it actually paid off. In slightly more interesting news I'll be headed off to DC this afternoon to help my boss convince the navy that they want to hire us as consultants to help them reduce smoking, obesity, unintended pregnancy, etc. In other news, it was 55 degrees on Friday, completely ridiculous. And this morning it was below zero again. I can't wait til we at least get back into lows above zero. Walking to work is no fun when it's that cold. Not much else going on in the land of the frozen north, here's hoping for an afternoon full of on-time participants and minimal flight delays.
I overdid it indeed. This weekend I took a yoga class (1st time in years), did my running and played some racquetball with my husband (1st time ever). As a result my hip and gluts are not very happy with me. I'd really like to make a higher level of activity normal for us. So for now that means keeping running, doing this yoga class twice a week and playing the occasional game of racquetball. But as today is Valentine's, I plan to do nothing more strenuous than baking a pie and lifting a fondue fork. Mmm, special holiday baking.
Well having a personal goal seems to be helping. I've run regularly the last 2 weeks, upping my time slowly. I've also been eating a lot better, lots of raw fruits and veg, cut way down on my fat and sodium. So as a result I've also lost a little weight. Planning the trip and all the things that go along with it has really kept me motivated. As a bonus I get to shame my husband into running as well. I want us to both be in decent shape before we try and run this. Stuff has been looking up at work as well. A major issue that I was having with my boss seems to have worked itself out (thanks to big boss) and there are some exciting possibilities on the horizon. Now if only I can keep this going...