Friday, November 20, 2015

let's run this thing

So, this week I registered for the Charleston Half using my injury deferral free registration code. The race is 8 weeks from tomorrow. In the tradition of running blogs everywhere, I have decided to take advantage of this situation to revive little old TWKTSA as a race training outlet. I'm sure you're thrilled.

My IT band has finally loosened its grip on my mileage (get it? Loosened?) and I've slowly yet surely increased my longer runs, and even ran a 12k in October (though a mystery hip pain slowed me WAY down, I finished the damn thing, and the mystery pain went away after another week). We went to Philly a couple weeks ago and I ran 5.45 miles with no issue, on our last day there, after having recorded a record Fitbit stats week with tons of running and walking around the city (85,000 steps!). I've been running outside all summer on Forest Acres hills instead of my usual M.O. of loosely half outside/half treadmill.

All of which is to say, my legs feel really good and strong. Now I just need to run 8, and 9, and 10 and so on in the next 8 weeks. I'm really psyched about my level of fitness this far out, and dreaming wild dreams of improving my PR. But, of course, with my injury history I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It makes me nervous and superstitious to register 8 1/2 whole weeks before the race. I still get a little opposing right hamstring tightness/left IT band twinge from time to time.

On the other hand, having been seriously race deprived for a year and a half, I'm thinking that I'm crossing that finish line no matter what. I need this 5th half marathon. I'm so ready to kick ass training for 8 weeks and do it RIGHT. So ready.

I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


That whole "blog every week" thing hasn't really materialized, eh? It's so intriguing to me that many of us are abandoning our blogs at the same time. Who can keep up with Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest etc. AND a blog?

Not me, apparently.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015


I'm happy to report, dear reader, that the main reason for my absence of late has been work work work! My practice, a year and a week old, is getting busy and consequently, the wheels have come off in a lot of ways. The house is a wreck (by my OCD standards, anyway), the refrigerator is usually bare of anything useful, my workout regimen has consisted of maybe three runs per week and no strength or stretching, laundry feels unconquerable, the dog is neglected. You know the scene.

Last week was my birthday and I took off Thursday afternoon through Sunday--the most time I've truly taken away from work (no responding to emails or answering phone calls for an entire day and a half!) since August.

And it gave me time to think. And to realize that I have to stop the madness, and scale up in the smartest, leanest ways I can think of. My goal remains to stay a true solo attorney for as long as possible. I really don't want a paralegal or an assistant or even someone answering my phone. I want 100% control over the work and the image that I put out on that side of things.

So, my conclusion was that the help needs to come on the home front--which will also be much cheaper than hiring support staff at the office. My decision was reinforced by the events of the next few days. When we got home Sunday afternoon, we unpacked the car and D took off for the office. I unpacked, laundered, washed the dog, vacuumed, did the bare minimum to get the house in order, and then it was 7 pm and I was exhausted (thanks DST). We went out for a quick dinner, I folded some more laundry, and then it was bedtime. And I hadn't done a single task related to my practice.

I also hadn't hit the grocery. And being forced by meetings and hearings to hit the ground running Monday morning led to no grocery run until Wednesday after work (730 pm). So, we ate out Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and had a crazy dinner Wednesday that I was able to round up in my delirious and hungry state at Whole Foods at 730 pm.

So, feeling like an utter failure (as well as bloated and toxic) Wednesday night I used a discount link from Amalah for Blue Apron and put out feelers for house cleaners. Our first Blue Apron delivery is arriving Thursday and I'm meeting with a highly-recommended house cleaner today and probably scheduling a one-time Merry Maids deep clean in the meantime (she can't start until the 25th). I'm going to start taking the towels and sheets out for fluff and fold service (I'm keeping control over clothing and delicates for obvious reasons).

And, you guys, I feel such a profound feeling of both relief and excitement. I can hardly wait to be able to focus most of my time on work, exercise, and fun.

The final reinforcement came this morning, from my Danielle Laporte daily truthbomb:

Monday, February 9, 2015


I figured it would happen this way. After three months of throwing everything at my injury with zero effect, all of a sudden it's hugely improved. Who knows how, or what helped, or why?

I can't really care too much about the whys. After all of those weeks of maxing out at 1.5 or 2 miles (with VERY few exceptions), I've run 5 miles, 3 miles, 4.47 miles, and 4 miles in the last week. I still have some pain at the end, but when the end is 50 minutes, an hour, 40 minutes rather than 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 12 minutes? I'm not complaining.

It's both wonderful and horrible how much of an effect these four runs have had on me. Wonderful, because it's happening. Horrible, because I feel dependent on a form of exercise that has been taken away from me so many times due to injury.

For now, I'm holding on to the wonderful. Having just finished that 4-miler a few hours ago, I can't really be pessimistic.

During our run on Saturday, we came to my favorite neighborhood downhill after about 20 minutes, so I was really warmed up. I had the most perfect moment of runner's high, flying down that hill at top speed. I hadn't felt like that since early November.

And for that, I am grateful.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

this too BETTER pass

Those New Year's resolutions? Um.

I did great the first week, but last week was a bit shaky. My excuse for this week is that my favorite race, the Charleston half, is happening right now and I spent too much time mourning my continuing injury and yet another race I'm longing to run in, but am not. Not helping=the number of people I know who are running, including one I helped convince to run. I probably should have stayed off social media this morning, but what can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment.

My resolutions are really all about getting balance, both physically and mentally, in hopes of getting back to that 2.5-year equilibrium that allowed me to run healthy and finish all my races.

I so want to run my fifth half this year. I veer wildly between "I can do it" and "duh, obviously I have no control over this." I've done foam rolling, chiro, massage, Rolfing, acupuncture, the chinese herbs the acupuncturist gave me, switching to flat shoes, yoga (ended up blowing up my old hip injury--the one with the torn cartilage--so yay, now I have 2 issues), strength training, Pose method exercises and drills, Ready to Run mobilizations, increased hydration, and of course greatly reduced mileage. And next Friday I'm going to do a private Pilates reformer session. So, I mean, what else could I possibly do? No stone unturned, yo.

So, I just power on, doing all my drills and exercises and being smart and determined and hoping for the best. My dream goal=a half the weekend of my birthday (March 6). My slightly more realistic goal=the Palmetto Half on April 7. Hear that, universe?? Make it so!

Friday, January 2, 2015

resolution one:

blog weekly.

This morning I woke up full of motivation and focus. It's D's birthday, and he had stayed up late watching the Sugar Bowl, so I didn't want to wake him. I inched over, grabbed my phone, and quietly devised a plan to rule the world (my world!) in 2015. On Wunderlist (my new favorite to-do app).

My 2015 Intentions list

  • Cook dinner 3 times per week
  • Do yoga twice per week
  • Bill 21 hours per week
  • Limit social media (measurable goals TBD, I think there's an app for that?)
  • Do Ready to Run mobilizations daily (10 minutes)
  • Read one book per month, starting with some of the dozens I have on my Kindle and haven't read
  • Drink 70 ounces of water per day
  • Get 7 hours of sleep per night
  • Have no more than 8 drinks per week
  • Eat vegan 15/21 meals per week
  • Do circuit training 4 times a week
  • Meditate 4 times a week
  • Figure out how to run again (thanks, 7-week IT band injury, you asshole) and run at least one race of each distance: 5k, 10k, 12k, half marathon
  • And, yes, blog weekly.
I know we're supposed to get away from these kinds of resolutions nowadays, right? But, I run my entire world right now, and I need some structure. I also respond to this kind of thing. I'm hoping to update these after January after I've become so amazing that these are too easily attained.

Happy New Year, y'all!