New Goals … New Place

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This is the running saying around here … courtesy of Varsity Sports! I see it all over the place on every kind of runner.

I texted the B*tch last week and told her I was ready to get back on track and put her back on the payroll. The interesting thing is she’s moving this week. Although she’s not moving cross country, she’s been in limbo as much as I have in the past few weeks. Our conversations have been sporadic and at least one time they included tears on my part. She also got a new puppy, and, if you’ve ever gotten a new puppy, you know that takes a lot of adjusting as well. So, we had a little phone meeting this weekend to talk about my goals.

Jessica's new puppy, Miley (as in running).

Jessica’s new puppy, Miley (as in running).

One goal I have to let go is my 1000 miles in 2013. With all that has happened this year, I’ve lost sight of it, and it’s just not going to happen. And, that’s okay. I’ve learned that it’s okay to let go of a goal. It’s not a failure, it’s just not the right time or maybe not even the right goal. And, of course, I could even make it a goal where a year from NOW I hit 1000 miles. Who knows? I’ve been running only about once a week for the past 6 or 8 weeks, but at least I’ve run once each week. Some weeks that was a real coup. A friend of mine told me this week that she does really well with her health goals, and then she’ll get off track. She’s trying to get back on track, too. I reassured here that even I … and my trainer … get off track, too. It’s always stop and go on being healthy. It’s just that the periods that I’m doing well get longer and I don’t get as far off track. I know I ate a lot of ice cream the last few weeks, but if I had done this two years ago, I would have done a lot worse than that. Overall, I’ve done okay in taking care of myself.

I told her that my goals for the next month or two were:

  • To get back on track nutritionally
  • To get plugged in to the health and fitness community here

I know that if I get plugged into the community, I’ll want to go to runs and other fitness events,  and I’ll start to make friends who are fitness-minded. This will keep me motivated and aware of what is going on in the city. She thought that was a great goal, and I sent her the group fitness schedule for the YMCA that I joined and the website addresses for the local running groups. Her move into her new house was in full swing, so she said she wouldn’t be much help this week. My marching orders were to go to a group class on Monday night and go to Happy’s Running Group run on Tuesday. I went to the circuit training class Monday, but it started really late, and I just didn’t like it all that much. I tried it, but it wasn’t a fit. Tuesday, I drove downtown for the Happy’s run, but I couldn’t find parking. I was still driving around looking for spaces when I saw them start the run. I wanted to just go home.

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Instead, I talked myself into running around the LSU lakes which are a series of lakes popular with the running community. I did a 4 mile loop and added in some military-style strength training along the way. I was sore this morning. The B*tch assigned me a rest day today because I had to work late, but I ended up going to a 2 miler hosted by the Club South Runners. I told my co-worker I was doing this at 7 PM, and she commented that it would be nice and cool by then. I looked at her incredulously. Was there a cold front or something moving through? I had run at 7 last night, and I wouldn’t describe it anywhere in the neighborhood of cool.

The run was at Beauvoir Park. I’d never heard of it, but I went. I promised my coach that I’d talk to strangers and try to meet people, so it was a little nerve-wracking. I did meet a couple and a gentleman. I also ran a great time on my race. But …. it wasn’t cool. By the time I walked up to the start line, I was already sweating profusely. I’m not one of those Southern Gals who glistens – I sweat. And, I’m glad I sweat. It cools me off. And I noticed a lot of other heavy sweaters as well. I was not at all out of place. It was definitely a family affair, and they had jambalaya and beer afterwards for the crowd. The party was supposed to go on until 9, but I left at about 8 . It was definitely going strong. Apparently, this race was the last of the Summer Hump Day Series which is a series of 2 milers every other Wednesday night during the summer. The race season here is in the fall and winter, so this is designed to get people out running and socializing with their families. They had a 1/2 miler for the kids.

So far, I’m doing well with my goal for the week. Tomorrow, I’ll probably rest, and I’ll probably need to run Friday morning since I have plans Friday evening, but I’m feeling better. I just ate an awesome healthy salad with almonds, all kinds of veggies, some shredded cheese and imported olives. I topped it with a mix of Virgin Olive Oil and Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar. I feel good. I think my brother’s family is coming over tomorrow night. Apparently, my niece and nephew are dying to see my little house. And, I’ll be really glad to see them, too. Night, y’all. Try to do something healthy tomorrow. It’ll make you feel better.

2 thoughts on “New Goals … New Place

  1. Good goals! It took me a minute to figure out who the B*tch was, but it started to make sense as I kept reading. Kudos on your healthy dinner too. Good day nutritionally for me, healthy breakfast, lunch & dinner, snacking under control, water with my meals, no soft drinks. I haven’t done any exercise this week, other than PT, but I’m happy with my diet all week, so far.

    • And that’s a lot! When I first started out with Jessica the first time, she told me to focus on nutrition first. Then, she got me focused on fitness. One thing at a time. I felt so good that I got the nutrition thing going yesterday and the day before. Monday I didn’t do so well. I have to figure out how to handle impromptu lunches. I do want to socialize but I struggle with ordering. I usually want something that is not good for me, but then I regret it. I also forgot to mention I’m now one week without coffee!! Woohoo!

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