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Longtime readers of this blog will remember that I used to run a lot. I started running in the spring of 2009 after trying to run my entire life and hating it. What was different? I started running with a friend (so helpful!) and we followed the Couch to 5K plan (which I can’t say enough nice stuff about). I kept running after our 5K, running two more 5Ks, a 10 mile race, and eventually a half marathon. From the summer of 2009 until the spring of 2010 I ran a lot. And I loved it. If you had told me I soon wouldn’t be running at all I never would have believed you.

Sometime after the half marathon my knees started bothering me. I tried to keep running, but it just wasn’t working so I stopped. I ran on and off during the summer of 2010, stopped in the fall, tried to start again in the fall/winter, but ultimately my knees bothered me and I never felt the same passion.

I decided to try running again in the spring of 2011 and ran throughout the summer of 2011. Once I rejoined the kickboxing gym in the fall of 2011 I just didn’t have time for running, and I was ok with that. I still went from time to time, but I didn’t miss it.

Once I injured my wrist this past winter the only workout I was really left with was running. So I ran, but I pretty much hated every minute of it. I wanted to be kickboxing and running was a real struggle.

So what’s changed? Honestly, I think it’s just that I found something I like better. Running was great for a while, but, for me, it got monotonous. In addition, running is A LOT of work. I have to be careful what I eat before I go because my stomach gets upset. I need to spend 10 minutes stretching before I go, 10 minutes walking up to the park, about 30-35 minutes running if I want to do 3 miles, 15 minutes walking home, and then another 10 minutes stretching. All to do something that I don’t particularly enjoy.

Kickboxing is great because it requires zero thought on my part. I show up at the gym and during the hour long class I’m led through stretching, a full body workout, and a cool down. Someone tells me what to do, someone picks the music, and I’m motivated by the instructor and my classmates. In the 3-4 times per week I go to kickboxing  I push myself harder and get a better workout than I did in probably 95% of my runs.

There are still times when I feel like I should be running. When I see other bloggers post about running or I see runners in the park or heading up to the park I sometimes catch myself feeling inadequate. But I am feeling more and more secure in my decision not to run (or only run if the urge to run comes over me).

I think I’ve learned a lot about myself in this process. Running was great for me for a long time and  taught me a lot about self-discipline, setting goals, and working hard. But now I need something different and that something is kickboxing (or maybe any class). I’m certainly not ruling out running again but for now I’m very happy not calling myself a runner.

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Workouts

Monday: The plan was to go running, but it was pouring so I did a whole heck of a lot of lunges inspired by Fitnessista’s 10 Ways to Lunge. I also did 3 minutes of a forearms and toes plank (10 seconds of holding the plank, 5 seconds relaxing).

Tuesday: I went for a 3 mile run (alternating 5 mins. running and 1 min. walking) and did another 3 minute plank. The best part about the run was that my Garmin magically started working. It stopped charging about a year ago so it just died. Granted I haven’t really tried to use it in a year, but the other day I randomly decided to see if it would charge…and it did!

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I had been using RunKeeper and and I never felt like it was accurate (which I don’t necessarily blame on RunKeeper, the GPS on my phone isn’t the best). Compared to my Garmin RunKeeper was about .16 off (it was done faster than it should have been).

Wednesday: Plank day! I used another Fitnessista page as a guide. I did 10 seconds of holding a plank and 5 seconds off for the following planks: regular plank, hip twist plank, lifting right leg plank, lifting left leg plank, supermans. I did it once, then I did it again. I also did 50 leg lifts and 50 scissor lifts.

Thursday: All I wanted to do was go for a run. It was supposed to be sunny all day, but it ended up being overcast and rainy all day. It looked like it was clearing up when I left work, but when I got to Brooklyn it was lightly raining. I don’t mind running in light rain (I kind of like it) so I said I’d still go. Then it started down pouring, and kept down pouring until around 8pm. Bye, bye run.

Friday: Tons of walking, but no time for a real workout.

Saturday: I ran 3 miles at my parents’ house (again, 5 mins. running alternated with 1 min. walking). It’s so nice to run somewhere less hilly. But it was humid and I finished a sweaty mess.

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What else I’ve been up to

I went to NJ for work on Wednesday.

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The work part of my trip went really well and then I did some shopping.

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New capris (yay or nay with the coral jacket?)

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New wedges. Super comfy.

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New espadrilles. I actually need to exchange them. I only tried on the right one in the store and when I got home and put the left one on the left one was smaller. I tried to exchange them Friday afternoon but the Michael Kors store by my office (which has super snooty employees, FWIW) didn’t have an 8.5. I’ll try some of their other stores next week.

I actually have these in gold from last year.

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I LOVE them and wore them everywhere last summer. However, after a month the sole fell off, luckily it wasn’t anything crazy glue couldn’t solve.

Then, this year, the whole bottom started falling off.

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Again, crazy glue is a miracle worker 🙂 Now I’m probably crazy for buying the same shoes that fell apart on me, but whatever, I love them, I don’t care.

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I took the train out to my parents’ house yesterday afternoon. That picture shows the crush of people on the platform with the reflection of the train. The confusion pretty much sums up my trip.

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I went to the bank to cash in all my change. When my parents came in for my wrist surgery I had them take the change back with them since it’s so heavy. My bank here has a change machine, but the one in the city doesn’t. The change is actually from the piggy bank I talked about in this old post. I had $61.03!

After the bank I went to Target and the beer distributor.

Then I came home and cooked.

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Green Chili Chicken Turkey Burgers from How Sweet Eats.

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Triple Double Chocolate Puppy Chow from Food, Fitness and Family (couldn’t find chocolate Chex)

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Sweet Corn and Roasted Jalapeno Hummus from How Sweet Eats

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I snacked on all my food sitting on my parents patio all afternoon. I also had an Ithaca Flower Power beer (I think it might be my favorite beer). I finished two books. I highly recommend them both.

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And after dinner my mom made strawberry shortcake for dessert! And then my dad and I took the dogs for a walk.

Whew! That was a big brain dump. Busy week!

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What a busy last two days!

I obviously worked all day yesterday, but I started the day at my first physical therapy appointment at 7:40am.

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I’m going to do a recap of the appointment this week, but for now I’ll just say that it was great. I really like my physical therapist and I feel like I’m going to make a lot of progress quickly.

After work I did some grocery shopping and had a terrible commute home. My roommate Mary and I went out for burgers and beer, which was lovely. I was asleep pretty early and I was fine with that.

This morning I woke up around 8:30, played around on my phone, and then finally got up to make some breakfast. I knew I wanted to go running, but Prospect Park was closed until 10:30 because of the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I didn’t leave my apartment until after 11am and I was worried there would be a ton of people going to the Googa Mooga.

Luckily there weren’t that many people, rather than being bothered by the crowds I was bothered by the heat. When I was in the shade it was fine, but when the sun was beating down on me it was awful. At one point I actually got kind of dizzy and that’s when I decided I was going to walk. I did three miles in about 33 minutes (walking and running) and that was fine with me.

On my way back from running I stopped by the Greenmarket.

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It doesn’t look like there were that many people, but oh my god there were. I ended up getting a quart of strawberries and some peonies.

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Then I walked home, dropped off that stuff, stretched, walked back up in that direction to return/get books from the library, then I went to the ATM, got a small scoop of ice cream, bought a coconut water, looked at some furniture at the flea market (I ended up going back for something I’ll post about soon!), picked up clothes from the dry cleaners, and finally made it home to eat lunch and watch Modern Family.

Right after I showered my friend (and old roommate) Amy called to say she was leaving Googa Mooga and did I want to grab a drink so I ended up grabbing a drink and a little food with her and her fiance at Zito’s Sandwich Shop.

We hung out for a while and then they headed to dinner and I went home with a nice buzz. And now I’m going to have a little something for dinner and probably head to bed early so I can wake up and go to Googa Mooga in the morning!

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My Wrist II

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My hand is free!!

I realize I’ve been kind of dramatic about my wrist cast/wrap thing considering that I’ve only had it on for 10 days. God help those around me if I ever need to have a cast on for a “normal” length of time. I honestly think I would need to be medicated.

Anyway, as I wrote about, it’s been a long road to get to the surgery and I think that’s contributed to my antsy-ness. I am DYING to do pushups, burpees, and mountain climbers again!

Other things I am excited about doing without my cast and/or sling:

– Dishes
– Running
– Showering
– Shaving
– Brushing my teeth
– Putting on moisturizer/lotion
– Taking the subway
– Reading on the subway
– Wearing my contacts

Note that these aren’t all things I like doing, but they’ll be much better with two hands.

I am mostly excited not to have to wear this in the shower:

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The other morning the rubber band snapped right as I was about to get in the shower so I had to run out and find another one quickly.

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The doctor said my range of motion is really great. My wrist is very stiff and the incision is tender, but otherwise I feel good. He said that physical therapy is optional, but if I go it will take a week or two off my recovery so I’m going to go. My first appointment is tomorrow at 7:40am. Harsh.

I filled out the forms for physical therapy in advance, I love being able to check all the “no” boxes for ailments (except allergies).

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Other highlights of my day: My outfit:

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Until I noticed there was a hole in my shirt on my right boob.

And, even better, I went for a run!!

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I know I could have run with my sling, but I tried and my balance was all screwed up. Plus the sweat would have been out of control. It felt really great to get some quality sweat time in after not being able to workout for two weeks or so.

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I did 5 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking until I got to 3 miles. Considering I’ve been pretty inactive the past couple of weeks I was really happy with how I felt.

My wrist hurt a few times when I was running if I moved my arm around or if I brushed my wrist against my shirt.

I finally feel like things are moving in the right direction!

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December 30, 2011

I started off my day with a run. It was unseasonably warm today.

Sadly RunKeeper malfunctioned. I did not run 3.27 miles in 31:12. Back in the day, absolutely, now? No way. It kind of sucks because I was running really fast and I think it could have been my fasted run in a while. Damn you, RunKeeper.

I came home, took the dogs for a walk, ate breakfast, watched House Hunters, took a shower and then ventured out into civilization. I say ventured out into civilization because I hadn’t left my parents’ house, except to walk the dogs and go running, since Saturday. Talking to humans that weren’t my parents or brother was weird. Just kidding. It’s kind of worrisome how easily I could apparently because a hermit.

I was excited to go out because I got to wear my new boots hadn’t been out in a while.

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I went to Target, Michael’s (INSANE lines), and to get a slice of pizza and garlic knots (my favorite thing ever).

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Sophie guarded my last piece of pizza.

Then I watched more House Hunters, purchased the second season of Mistresses from Amazon, made my family dinner, and watched more House Hunters.

So pretty much the ideal day for a semi-hermit.

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Running and I have a complicated relationship. In the spring of 2009 my friend Laura and I decided to do the Couch to 5K program. We finished it during the summer and I ran my first 5K in August of 2009. After that I was hooked on running. In the fall of 2009 my ankle started swelling (it wasn’t painful) and I went to see a doctor who told me my leg muscles were too tight and were squeezing on the tendon and that I shouldn’t run.

I did physical therapy for a while, decided it was a waste, and went back to running. And my ankle never swelled again (KNOCK ON WOOD). I ran a 10-mile race in February 2010 and a half marathon in April 2010. It was fully my intention to keep running, but my knees started bothering me, the summer got really hot, and I stopped.

I started running again in the fall of 2010, ran for about 2 months, worked myself back up to 5 miles at a time, grew bored and stopped. I picked up running again in spring 2011 and ran about twice a week until August 2011 (I even ran another 5K).

Once I started taking kickboxing classes this past September running didn’t really fit into my schedule. But a few weeks ago I had the urge the run, so one Sunday I just went. And, to my surprise, I ran 3 miles without stopping. I ran again a week and a half later and again did 3 miles without stopping. Since I’m at my parents’ house for the Christmas break the only cardio I can really do is running. I went running the day after Christmas and I felt like a slow, slow person full of chicken, mashed potatoes, and cake.

I went running today and I felt great. I ran the fasted 3 miles I’ve run since July.

Although I did take two picture breaks. Running by my parents’ is really pretty (and deserted).

I really like that I can see a smidge of water (when I went onto someone’s private property).

And I also really like this cemetery.

If you can’t read it this guy died in 1860 at 88 years old (may we all be so lucky!).

He lived to be 72, 1 month, and 17 days.

I think this is my favorite monument. It says this gentlemen was a soldier of the American Revolution. Pretty cool.

As far as I can tell there’s no gate to get into the cemetery. I’d love to have a closer look at the graves. Maybe I should climb through the fence one day?

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I was going to post last night, but I’m actually really glad I didn’t. You’ll have to read until the end to find out why.

Yesterday was an absolutely killer day. I woke up feeling happy, I had had a great weekend, but then I started thinking about everything I had to do at work and it all got to be overwhelming.

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A nice sweaty elliptical workout helped. Plus wearing one of my favorite dresses.

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But I was still feeling anxious. Unfortunately when I got to work things didn’t get any better, in fact they got worse. I had managed to tune things out in the morning, but by the afternoon I started to feel like everything was spiraling out of control.

Even a delicious spinach, walnut, beat, apple, red onion, wheatberry, and feta salad from Just Salad didn’t help.

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I wish I could say I felt I handled things well, but I don’t think I did. I let myself be really upset and even though I was productive and I didn’t do anything bad like eat one of the cupcakes at my coworker’s b-day celebration, I still think I could have handled things better. But that’s ok. And you’ll have to keep reading to find out why.

After work I had special preview tickets to see The Change Up.

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Even though this was from the director of the Hangover and the writer of Wedding Crashers (two movies I loved), I didn’t think it lived up to either. It was very funny and Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds did a very good job, but there was just too much gross out humor. Like really gross out humor. When the humor wasn’t gross out humor I thought the movie was really funny and I liked the take on a “dude” Freaky Friday. I don’t want to say this is a movie that’s better on DVD because I think it’s better to see comedies in a theater of laughing people, but I don’t think it’s worth the cost of admission either.

After the movie I felt much better about life, but I was still upset. So I came home and wrote out what happened to me today. And then I wrote some solutions and what I learned from the experience. And I was immensely happy with how I handled myself then and, at the end of the day, I feel happy with my attitude and plan for going forward.

Then, this morning, I went running in Prospect Park and about half way through my run I saw a collapsed biker. He was with a group of other bikers and they said they had already called for help so I didn’t stick around. When I passed by them for a second time a police officer was there.

Obviously all my thoughts are with the biker (and when I passed by the second time he was talking to the cop so he was conscience), but seeing something so scary really helped give me some perspective. And it also caused me to take an extra walking break since it was humid as hell this morning.

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It’s a beautiful day and we’re all going to be ok.

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