Lazy Sunday and Workout Recap

Today started with so many good intentions.  Then we went to brunch and it was 7 pm!!  How does that happen?!

Case and I got up and went to Hampton Park so he could play some football and I took Scar for a stroll.  She was a teensy bit crazy this morning and probably walking 2 miles to my 1 just walking circles around me (literally).    IMG_1531After leaving the park the day completely disintegrated.  We went to brunch at a place called the Royal American with some friends of ours and had “Manmosas” and I had a breakfast called The Mess.  This was eggs, cheese, onions and peppers served in a potato skin.  I couldn’t bring myself to eat the potato skin but the rest was quite good.  I was disappointed that the place didn’t offer any healthy brunch options though.  Usually every place is good for a default yogurt, fruit and granola bowl or something but not here.  The Mess (minus the potato skin) was pretty much as good as I could do there.  O well, hence why we run, right?

IMG_1596IMG_1597After having brunch we headed to Shem Creek to have a drink at this beautiful dock bar.  The weather was amazing, I could have sat there all day!

IMG_1606IMG_1607Needless to say, my run wasn’t stellar tonight but I got it in; 4 miles over the bridge.  After a day of not so amazing food choices I needed to move my body even if it wasn’t and impressive performance.

Workout Recap:

I am going to have some making up to do in the stretching and push up department next week to hit my six week goals.  Next week is the end already.  I can’t believe it.

Running: 32.1; 28.5 to go this week

Stretching: a measly 6 minutes (YIKES); 75 minutes to go this week

Push Ups: 280; 390 to go this week

Here’s to a good week wrapping up these goals and all fingers and toes crossed for some call for an interview!!!

Where I’ve Been (And Why I Have Been The Worst Blogger Ever)

Two weeks ago I found out I didn’t get the last job I had applied for in Charleston.  To say I was devastated was an understatement.  There were no more options left and it look(ed/s) like I may/will have to travel to find a job.  This means packing up my car again and driving away from Scarlett, Casey and my friends and my life here in Charleston.  Only this time, unlike with rotations, indefinitely.

I have been negative, angry, sullen, lazy, bored and frustrated.  I thought this part of becoming a PT would be the easy part.  I know that finding jobs can be tough, but I have been told from the start, “not if you work in health care.”  I slaved away, busted my butt and absolutely, entirely dedicated myself to being ready to start in this profession.  I went above and beyond (increasing my stress and increasingly making Casey want to kill me) so that when this time came I was ready and qualified.  I didn’t want to share this negativity and frustration with you all, so I avoided Runs4Treats!

The light in the tunnel is that I have not stopped running.  It sees me through everything. It is the one thing that is not an option to do or not do.  It gets done.  (Unlike the upstairs bathroom I have been meaning to clean for two weeks and have had ample time to do but have refused to anyway).  I will begin training again Monday for a race in November (though I’m not sure exactly which yet).  It has kept me moving forward.

I have put in three more applications in Charleston this week (without any call backs yet, but fingers crossed).  We have friends coming into town on Saturday, they will be here for a week and I have given myself a deadline of July 18th to hear back from these jobs I have applied to, then I absolutely have to pull the trigger and take a travel job somewhere.

Life doesn’t work out how you think it will, hope it will or feel like it should.  You don’t always get what you deserve but you have to push through.  I am pushing through now and refuse to let myself get so down about this starting today.  A positive life starts with a positive attitude!!

Bring on today (and a phone call on Monday please)!

USA, USA, USA

After waiting allllllll dayyyyyyy looooong we finally got to catch the USA-Ghana game.  After watching Germany completely dominate Portugal, we definitely needed to start off with a bang and boy did we with a goal coming in the first minute!

I spent the morning making a patriotic dessert; pound cake with vanilla pudding and fresh fruit (all made from scratch).  Side note, I tried to make angel food cake and that is impossible without a beater.  Beating it with a fork really fast ain’t gonna cut it!

IMG_1547Case grilled up some food for the game and we had some friends over to watch, cheer and yell for 100 minutes!  It was such a great time and even better to end with a win.

Post game I finally headed for a run and had a great one.  Hard not to after that adrenaline rush.  Plus when you are running and in your head all that keeps playing over and over again is Ibelievethatwewillwin you can’t possibly run slow.

Great Monday, great game, great start for the USA!!

Goal Check

Today was a great lazy Sunday of coupon clipping, soccer watching and father’s day celebrating.  We went out to Casey’s dad’s house to get a bunch of food and have his dad cook for us (some kids we are, right).  He swears he loves to do the cooking so I just hope he isn’t pulling our legs.  We had a wonderful spanish rice jambalaya thing, pork chops with peppers and onions and cauliflower.  Delicious afternoon.

Scarlett pulled a fast one on us during the cooking process though.  I was standing in the kitchen talking to Casey’s dad and I look over and she is really chomping on something.  Casey’s dad has a tendency to slip her a little bit of people food every once in a while (hence why she loves him the most) so I thought that was what she had but then I got a good look at it and whatever it was was HUGE!!  I went over and she clamped her mouth down, hard.  When I finally got it open I pulled out an entire raw pork chop.  I couldn’t believe it; she never “steals” food.  It was like when little kids curse though, you don’t want to laugh because you want them to know it’s wrong but you can’t stop cracking up so you are in this weird in between stern angry face mixed with bursts of laughter.

"It was soo good, I don't even feel bad about it."

“It was soo good, I don’t even feel bad about it.”

Also, with no segway at all, just want to say Happy Fathers Day to my two wonderful dad’s!  Only wish I could have spent time with you both today!

fathersWeekly Work Out Summary:

I am half way through my six week goals and the only area that is lagging behind is my stretching goal.  No surprise there.  Just means I will have to make up some extra time in the next three weeks.  No harm, no foul.

Miles: 30.1; (total: 90.42)

Push Ups: 320; (total: 900)

Stretching: 30 minutes; (81 minutes)

The Mother of Invention

Case was up bright and early this morning for his flag football tournament so I took advantage of this and got up too.  I got the the farmers market before 11 am for once and got some really good produce.  I love that I can get:

  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • tomatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • peppers
  • onions
  • brussel sprouts
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • peaches
  • carrots
  • jalepenos

for 27 dollars.  That will be more than enough for us to eat good, healthy locally grown food for the week.  You can’t beat it.  Plus everyone there is so friendly and helpful there.

On my way home I found a lost German Shepherd, which of course melted my heart so I stopped my bike got the dog and started knocking on doors.  At the third house, the woman knew the dog was her neighbors and she took the dog back to them.  Definitely the best thing I have done all day. 🙂

When I got home, I headed out for my run (though in hind sight I should have done this before going to the market).  It was hot and sticky but I made it, all nice and sweaty, darting back and forth on sidewalks for shade.

After hanging out the rest of the afternoon, I was in desperate need of some food.  I wasn’t super hungry but I am going to babysit at 5:30 leaving me at yet another awkward time meal wise.  I opened the fridge and decided to experiment.  And quite a wonderful experiment it turned out the be!

Summer Fresh Quesadilla

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Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • whole wheat tortilla
  • Feta Cheese (to preference)
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or any flavor you like)

Directions:

1.  Heat olive oil in pan and add torilla shell.

2.  In pan, add sliced strawberries, blueberries and feta to one half of tortilla.  Drizzle honey over this side.

3.  Spread greek yogurt on opposite half of tortilla.

IMG_15334.  Fold tortilla down the center with greek yogurt side up.  Flip once berry side is golden brown.

5.  Slice and Serve!!

Such a great light meal or bigger post work out snack!

Competition, not always a good thing

Casey has absolutely hands down been the most amazing supporter in all of my running endeavors since we have been together.  That’s three years of running “vacations”, early morning runs and nights NOT out due to training obligations.  This saint also started to run with me.  Not too often or very far but it was the sweetest thing he could do, to do what I enjoyed, even if it wasn’t necessarily his favorite activity.

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Recently, Casey started playing rec flag football and due to the fact that he is the most competitive person I have ever met, he actually kinda was training for it.  That meant we have been running together slightly more often.

Last week, Case and I set out on a run and he was feeling great.  I was feeling not so great.  I ate something that made my stomach feel like it was burning from the inside out, my legs were sore from my run the day before and I was dehydrated.  I kept up until the last half mile where he often wants to gradually pick up the pace until the end.  Usually I am cool with this.  I can’t keep up with him in a dead sprint but I can stick with him until the very end.  This pushes both of us and gets me outside of my easy run pace I have been consistently relying on.  This day however, instead of picking up the pace with him, I threw a temper tantrum because I didn’t feel good and couldn’t keep up.  Instead of just letting him go and meeting him at home I said, “You’re such a jerk, I would never take off on you like that.”  Which is true, but who cares, if he wants to sprint it out all the way home, go for it.  After stopping in the middle of the sidewalk, we both resumed at our comfortable paces and met at home; me with my pride hurt and also feeling a little bit like a four year old.

Once I showered I realized how silly that was and apologized, hoping he wouldn’t boycott running with me ever again.

Yesterday, when Case asked me if I would want to run with him today I said absolutely and spent the afternoon hydrating and doing a great stretch sequence from Runner’s World (all things I should be doing anyway).  Today I was going to be ready to stick with him no matter what.  We had a great run, pushed it very hard and got an awesome work out in.  Plus we got to spend that time together, which is really the point, right?!

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Moral of the story: competition has a place and a time and it probably isn’t when you are on an easy run with your boyfriend.  And if you get beat, oh well, motivation for next time right! 🙂

WIAW: Poor Planning

This morning started in my regular lazy fashion with a cup of coffee and some cereal for breakfast while I finished yet another book (A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby).  I am really loving this oatmeal squares.  They were on sale at our grocery store and I had a coupon so I got a box and immediately went back for a second box after trying them out.  They aren’t super sweet and actually keep me sustained for quite a while.

IMG_1517After finishing my book and lazing around for a while, I headed off the babysit.  However, this is where my poor planning began.  I left to go there at 11:30 (before lunch) and took nothing with me to eat leaving me to make enough sustenance from another person’s fridge (which I hate doing).   That lead to a lunch consisting of a few pieces of cheese, wheat thins and a few peanut butter M&Ms.

IMG_1519IMG_1520IMG_1521After leaving there, I went to run a few errands, you know exciting stuff like the bank and getting dog food, donating old clothes/shoes/books.  By the time I made it home I was actually starving.  Turns out a few crackers and pieces of cheese don’t exactly cut it as lunch for this girl so I had a snack of granola and yogurt, major shocker.

Seriously addicted to this stuff

Seriously addicted to this stuff

After job searching for a bit and delving into a new book, I decided to get my run in.  It was a lot cooler this evening after the past few nights of absolute scorchers.  Upon arrival home, I realized not only had I completely failed at lunch, I wasn’t set up to do much better with dinner.  I thought I had enough veggies and what not from the market last week to get up through to the weekend but I was quite mistaken.  Luckily Casey whipped up some delicious turkey burgers and some sweet fries we have had on reserve in the freezer for god only knows how long.

IMG_1525Not exactly the picture of nutrition but it was delicious and it absolutely could have been worse.

Hope your day in food looked a little better than mine.  Proper planning really does prevent poor performance, that is for sure.

Here and Now

I am still sitting around waiting for someone to call me and ask me to come work for them!  But I have made a new peace with the situation in the past week.  I am continuing to do everything I need to do but I am doing a lot better with taking time to enjoy this (hopefully) brief stint of relaxation.

I saw on Pinterest this quote/mantra/whatever you want to call it that seems to embody my current state…

waitingAfter all, this is my daily view.  How can I not enjoy the moment I am in now!

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Perks of Unemployment

I warn you that my nerd is coming out in a big way today.  One of my favorite perks of unemployment at the moment is being able to read ALL . THE . TIME .  In the past week I have read 3 fabulous books that I will not hesitate to say should make it to your summer reading list.  I will recap in the order I read them.

The Maze Runner

maze runnerThis is one of my little brother’s favorite books and after he told me I had to read it and I found out it is going to be a movie in the fall, I added it to my list.  It is another teenage, dystopian novel where the first few chapters you are thinking, “what the heck, this is so strange.”  But then you let all that go and just have to keep reading to figure out where in the world this could be going.  Basically, a teenage boy finds himself in the middle of this maze, without any of his life memories and all these strange boys surrounding him.  He and the boys are on a mission to find the way out and things just get weirder from there.  And of course, the end leaves you on a major cliff hanger so I already have the next one on hold at the library!

The Sandcastle Girls

Sandcastle GirlsThis one is the book we chose for our book club this month/two months.  The author says repetitively and it is so true, the book is about the genocide you know next to nothing about.  It is about the Armenian genocide in 1915 and is fascinating and devastating all at once.  It kind of makes me sick to think too much about it.  Did you know 1.5 million people died in this genocide, yet it is nearly never talked about.  I have to admit the story didn’t grab me from the beginning (though I was very preoccupied with my current life situation and was getting distracted while I was reading) but about half way through I started to see where it was going.  A young girl from Boston is basically viewed as wild and unruly so her father takes her on an aid mission to help the victims of the genocide and bring aid.  The story is about her meeting all sides of the tragedy from the soldiers, the natives and victims themselves.  It was a wonderful, and tragic story.  Definitely worth the read!

Necessary Lies

necessary liesI have to start with the fact that Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors of all time.  I literally read this book in a day and a half.  I couldn’t stop reading it!  I don’t think I have ever read a book by her that I wasn’t thrilled with!! This book takes place in the South (North Carolina) in the 1960’s.  It follows the story of a recently married woman who is new to social work and one of the families she is servicing.  The main topic of the story: Sterilization of mentally handicapped, epileptic and basically poor people on welfare that they could essentially “neuter.”  The terrible part, this really happened…UNTIL 1975!!  How unbelievable is that.  Of the three I would recommend reading this first, but I just finished it so I am especially fired up about it at the moment.

All these books were fantastic and I would highly recommend any one of them (all very different from one another though).

Have you read anything awesome that I can add to my “unemployment reading list?”

National Run Day

Today was a little out of the ordinary.  I mean lets be real, my ordinary right now is get up, having coffee, read for a while, watch a little tv, job hunt like a maniac, read a little more, run, maybe go to the beach.  Nothing exciting or strenuous!

Today I actually had in interview!!  AHHHH.  I have no idea if I will get it but it was a pretty awesome clinic.  They have a lot of cool PT toys like an infinity pool and gravity reducing treadmill (NERD ALERT, NERD ALERT)!  I thought it went very well and will have all my fingers and toes crossed for maybe some good news.

After getting home I decided I was going to celebrate National Run Day by rejoining my group at Lululemon!  The whole crew is different from when I left for rotations but it is fun to meet all new people and I am excited to really get back into it and go every week again.

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So nice to be home and be able to get some semblance of a routine going again!  Hope you had a great run for the best holiday of the year!