So Life is tooling along fairly well.
We all had our yearly evaluations done last week. My poor Manager had to go ahead and do them all over one weekend, about 120 of them.
I was really really worried about the evaluation. I really had a very rough year, and it did involve being extremely irritable for a few months. Oddly, I guess it was alright. My entire evaluation was either “exceeds expectations or exceptional” So that was a HUGE relief and a surprise. I thought for certain there would be some mention of “try to play better with others” but thank goodness not. So I can just continue to be myself, though I would prefer to play nicely with others…some days though, people are mentally deficient.
Work is also going along pretty nicely. We are far less crowded this year than last year, so a lot less holding admitted patients than last year…which really has reduced our stress. So we are a lot happier in general. It’s still crowded up with the snowbirders, but we seem to be managing them better. of course it is only January.
After my 8 miler, I had a fair amount of unusual pain. I actually began to really worry about 2-3 days of pain that did not improve with rest. After a conversation with the Physical Therapy Manager, I figured out that I was actually having a problem with my Psoas, which is tight and strange. So I foam rolled as much as I could and stretched the thing out as best as I can. The Psoas is a bit difficult to stretch properly, it’s located so deeply in the body. I then accidently scheduled myself for Massage and Work on the same day, SO..I then had to rearrange my entire schedule at work for the massage. Wow. As one of the girls at work said, “It better be one heck of a massage.” No kidding.
After all that rearrangement, I find that I am almost pain free. Ran 2 hot miles this afternoon (like 90 degrees out, or about 32 degrees C) Felt OK. Talked to My Physical Therapist. He is a gem. He agreed that I needed to do Loopies. Not necessarily on the track, but he said he ran 20 miles on a track once. He did admit that he completely lost his mind doing it. I do not want to lose my mind. Not really sure where this run will happen, but probably I will end up on the trail despite advice.
So seems I’m still on track for a PR at Seaside. I just have to not get to crazy. Physical Therapist oddly, seems pretty happy about my upcoming Half Marathon. A few months ago he told me not to run it, or only run 2 miles of it. Today he said it was going to be really great for me. Go figure. We talked some about training for Comrades, and he gave some really good advice about how to train hard but minimize leg stress. I try not to bug him, but he really is such a good resource for me, and we had a blast chatting today…even his patient said she was glad I came by because I distracted her from the painful stuff she was doing. He feels if my training is “perfect” meaning I hit all targets early on and later on and manage not to get injured that I might be a contender for 2013. I might have to wait for 2014, but…I want to at least Qualify at Space Coast in November.
I have FINALLY lost 4 pounds that have been dogging me since last February. It was such a pain that yesterday someone brought in 2 dozen donuts from my favorite donut place, and I did not even have a desire to have one. I was so fed up with the 4 pounds when I saw the donuts all I could think of was those 4 pounds and how awful they were. I hope I can lose 4 more before the Half.
I will admit, I have had little time for anything else. At the end of the Month I will look at my New Year Resolutions, but so far, been doing alright.
Did you make New Years Resolutions this year? How are you doing with them?