2016 Catch-Up

A few things have changed since November, and I think a little catch-up is necessary before we move forward. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • I did find my wedding dress in NYC that weekend, and it was out of some kind of Kleinfeld fairytale. The best part? Having those women below join me. My brothers and Dad even made the trip and did a little alternative sight-seeing while we shopped. Wedding planning hasn’t always been at the forefront of my mind the past couple of months (see the next two things), but pieces are coming along as we reach the six month countdown this week! It’s going to be a beautiful day on Mackinac Island.
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Aunt, grandmother, mother, me, oldest cousin, little sister ❤
  • Most importantly, I defended my thesis and officially received my MPH in January. I cannot fully describe how liberating it was to finish. I did it, I did it, I did it!
  • As expected, this celebration was quickly followed by a long, frustrating, job hunt. 
  • Alex bought a fancy road bike and a trainer over the winter, and I discovered that if I move the seat alllll the way down, I can use it too! I’ve been putting in some cross training without having to leave my apartment, and I think it made the following possible despite decreased running mileage over the winter…
  • I trained and ran the United NYC Half Marathon in March – my second half! I’ll post a recap up here before I lose memory of all of the details. I think a combination of the rolling hills in the first half and the cold weather irritated my ITB during the second portion of the race (it wasn’t a previous injury I’d been tending to), but I still had an incredible time running through the city, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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  • I ran/walked the Cherry Blossom 5K after opting out of the 10-Miler to continue letting my ITB rest. It was a cold one, but I was still happy to (kind of) cross this race off my DC bucket list.

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  • I ran the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay with my fellow Oiselle birds over the weekend, and it was so worth the cold and my mud-drenched Hokas.

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  • As I’ve mentioned once before, I’m thrilled to be running the New York City Marathon this November and raising money for Every Mother Counts. I’m visiting a PT on Monday to check out my ITB, make me aware of any areas in need of a little special strengthening attention, and overall, make sure I get to that start line strong and healthy 🙂

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Thank you to Running with Spoons for hosting today’s Thinking Out Loud link-up!

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Thinking Out Loud: Cranky Knee Report

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons again for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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Happy Thursday, everyone. I am equally happy that the weekend is almost here and frustrated at how much work I still have to do before it arrives. I’d like a few many more hours in the day this month, please. As December gets closer, and my thesis deadline looms nearer, I’m beginning to see the (far off) end of the tunnel that is a life without graduate school and my fellowship. Bring on the job hunt.

While I’m generally feeling overwhelmed and a little overcommitted these days, I’m happy to say I’ve continued to stick to my #chasethebird challenge. When things are this crazy, I’d rather not add one more thing to feel guilty about. And of course, a little exercise keeps the real crazies at bay.

When I was in college and feeling blue or buried in schoolwork, I’d call my parents and their response was always the same: have you been exercising? I’d mumble no…or that won’t help! But it almost always did.

I’ve been sticking to fitness classes or a post-work trips to the gym for cycling, as I’m continuing to give my knee some rest, but I’m still antsy to get back to running. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I have plenty on my plate already or that I’ve really mastered the listen to your body spiel, but it’s been easier (NOT easy) to set the running aside the past couple of weeks. I do know that rest is always better than exacerbating an injury, and I’m a little more patient this round to rest + restrengthen.

I’ve been doing these ITB exercises every other day with a medium resistance band, and I do believe they help. I’m still a little worried about how to properly build up mileage when I’m 100% – what’s okay? what’s too far? too fast? – but I’ll need to come up with a plan soon. I think Monday might be my first day back, and I’m think a little walk/run on an easy trail.

Until then, I’m headed to NYC on Friday to look for wedding dresses! We wanted to sneak it in before my grandmother left the country, and my whole immediate family (brothers and father included) will be coming to help (or sightsee). Then we’re driving back to Ohio together on Sunday, and I’m working from home the whole holiday week.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?