New Year…again!

As I age, time moves so quickly.  Once year seems to race into the next.

2011 was a really difficult year with my hip surgery, and recovery.

2012 was a good one for me, with a return to running, a new coach, a new job, and lots of new friends.   Possibly because of that, I also feel ready for a new adventure!

I wonder what I will be thinking doing by the end of next year. I have a lot of goals, but we shall see how they all work out.

So what’s on your list????



406565_10150255712954999_95106362_nI have some time goals this year.

I want to run a half in under two hours:  I have two golden opportunities.  The first is in April, the second in July.  The April course is the one I want to do it on, because it’s merely flat.  The July course has about 8 miles downhill So a PR there will be nice, but it might feel like cheating.  A PR at both would be the ultimate.

I want to run a Decent Marathon: I have ONE opportunity only, but it’s glittery golden, in that this fantastic, wonderful, funny, and talented person is willing to pace me in. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world.  I’m thinking it would be nice to run somewhere in the 4 hr 20 min range, but…I would not cry if I ran a 4:40 either, or a 4 hr flat.  Bit nervous about being paced, since I’m just not sure how I will be at the tail end of a Marathon, the last one I did, I was AWFUL, but that was because I knew I was SO off my time goal, and I was angry at myself.  So, who knows.

I want to run some trail races:  My coach is sort of pushing the trail on me, or so he thinks.  I’ve been DREAMING of spending some time on trail, but I have been hesitant because really a person has to be in much better shape to run a good trail race..compared to a road race.  The trail events are always more fun, more beautiful and less full of the Matchy matchy set that I dislike…

Diva 5K Run 2011 001And, yep I stole this from another blog  I like the blog a lot actually, But I’m not real fond of the whole matchy phenomenon. Though if you do go to this nice person’s blog you’ll find it was for a Mom/Daughter thing which makes it totally 100% acceptable.  I’ve been known to show up at races wearing a purple cap, blue skirt and a red shirt.with two separate style socks, I probably should give more care.  But the coach feels I’d like the “trail scene” (Whatever that is)  better than the road race scene.  We’ll see.  I have some road racing in me I am sure.

I want to trust the process more: 522391_461892440516135_110047995_n

I’ve been working with my coach since September.  It’s been wildly successful for my results.  I respect him greatly, and admire him, but I still tend to question a lot unnecessarily.      At our last meeting in mid December,  we seemed to have come to a further understanding of each other, and our communication seems to have improved to the point where both of us seem more comfortable with each other.  For whatever reason it can be awkward at times, but I am starting to see that fade away and communication from him is more easily understood, and probably on his end, I am telling him things that make more sense than before too.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Sometimes I get all emotional and think about how he saved my running…kind of true, kind of an exaggeration, as I was running before he started helping me, but…TRUE that I am now having loads of fun and really enjoying the running so much more.  So…who knows.  Good to be grateful.  I’ll be working on eliminating some of the Stubborn-ness. We’ll see how that goes.  I know I am not a total joy to work with, but…he seems to have my number and find 90% of my fussiness amusing…it’s the 10% that is irritating that I need to eliminate.

Job:  I changed jobs in April.  It has been a very difficult transition.  I almost quit entirely a few weeks ago.  In my old position, I worked 3 twelve hour shifts weekly, and did not have any “take home work”.  New Position:  8 hr days 5 days a week.  Lots of take home reading, and a lot of people looking for answers and results.  It really is a lot more pressure, and stress.  My vacation at home made things much better.  I do think by next year at this time, I will either be feeling fairly comfortable, or be back at my old job.

So goal for this year is to get through it and be ready to take the Certification Exam in Infection Prevention.  Having the Certification will make me Mobile, so if for whatever reason, I need to, decide to, want to move out of Florida, I can very easily.  I can still most likely obtain a job in an Emergency Department, but…I love having options.  Heck I might just learn to be a Dialysis Nurse, just to see what that’s like.  So goal may be to LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT.

Home:  SIlly goal.  I want to keep my home SPARKLING CLEAN.

72620612711926573_ZSEIffLt_bBy nature I am a but sloppy.  I find though when my home is organized and clean I function much better.  It’s also easier to keep clean when one cleans regularly, instead of going on a rampage right before guests come.  I started this in 2012 with Moderate success.  2013- I hope will be a rousing success!!!  I’ve found a ton of interesting tips on repelling Dog hair on Pinterest, so I am going to give them a try on the baseboards.

Personal:  Zip it!  I’ve lived here a long time  now and so many of my acquaintances and friends are starting to overlap.  I have a lot of opinions about things and people.  Many are unfounded.  If someone found that I felt a certain way, or said something, they would not be thrilled.  So…for 2013, Zipping it.  entirely.  No opinions on anyone’s love life, running life, swimming ability, job choices.  I have not gotten into trouble with this yet, but…I keep feeling like, “Wow…if so and so knew you really felt like XYZ” she would never talk to you again….SOOOO….Zipping it.  Most of these opinions I think are usually just to make ME feel better about ME and the choices I make.

Prime example.  Lots of people around me love to race.  They sign up for a bunch during the season.  I never do this.  It is too stressful, expensive, and in the end usually produces some sort of injury.  I have been kind of snotty about it.  saying, “The medals aren’t for me…I don’t want to race that much, blah blah blah”  All that is true. I am not a huge fan of the medal, and I actually prefer just running to races.  But behind it was me also saying, “I don’t need a medal to run, (SNOOTY), and I’m “above” finisher medals.  Realizing that I was being bitchy…brought me to a realization that while it’s ok that I don’t care about medals buttons bows etc…lots of people love them, and it sure doesn’t make them lesser runners…just different ones…So Zipping it. ZIpping it.  This one may be the hardest for me to keep…I have a few friends I like to chatter with, and I’m going to stop it.  Here’s to an opinion free New Year.


Main thing I hope to achieve in 2013 is Balance, between work and working out, play and learning, etc…. we’ll see how it goes.  January one has not been too bad so far…


Here I am after our Central Florida 5K Klub run fooling around…

and here I am looking vaguely normal… Or as normal as I get.  Never have been one for photos in the car, but we forgot to take one as a group….IMG_0162


New Goals….

For April, May June.  I think going every 3 months will work fairly well for me this year.

So lets start with what I want to continue.

1. Dog care.  I would like to continue to be a better Dog Mom.  Initially I think I was just thinking about essentially walking him more.  But I am also trying to keep up on his grooming and nails.  Both Nail trimming and grooming take a lot of patience from me.  Teulu gets a bit nervous and so I usually have to do a little at a time.  But as we work on this he does get easier.  So that one stays.

2.  Running.  Well. it has been quite the roller coaster in the past weeks.  No more coach, new training plan, etc.  I ran possibly a PR today in the 5K and won my age group, but the race was so disorganized I am not counting it as one.

I’d like to be well entrenched in my training plan for my Half in july by the end of these three months.  Given the big change in my job this is going to take some dedication…and juggling.  especially in April, the first month of the job.  I start April 9th.  So we’ll see how I can do.

Biggest thing is to avoid injury!  And I have regained 3 of the 10 pounds I have lost.  I need to leave them again and leave about 8 more.  Ugh….

3. New Job.  Well.  I am going through a transition that is huge.  Essentially I always think of staff nursing as a JOB, not a career.  In that I arrive at work, I do the work, and I go home.  I do not take work home.  I’m not responsible for any kind of ongoing initiatives etc.  So…Essentially it is a lot like working at a factory.

Now, I will also go to work, do the work and go home.  But I will be taking work home, mostly in the form of reading and such.  I will be responsible for ongoing initiatives at the hospital, and having to take some responsibilities for outcomes.  I will also be working on my Master’s Degree in Public Health AND the certification exam for the CIC.

So it is really different.  I’m not 100% sure I will like the change.  In fact, part of me feels very resistant.  On the other hand…there are so many exhausting pitfalls to bedside nursing that part of me also feels very thrilled to be suddenly going to work in the office part of the hospital, in clean clothing, things will be quieter and I will have time to think as I try to solve problems.

So for April, May, June, I’d like to focus on the job.


1. establishing a work pattern.

2. getting more used to doing reading in my off time.

3. enrollment into the UF certificate program.

At this point, I am not exactly sure what the actual routine of the work day will be.  If I can get that down I think I will feel successful for the first 3 months.

So thats all!  i think my main thing is to really really focus on the work and being more organized that I normally am.

Wish me luck!

Winter Park Road Race Report

Wow.  this is the first race that I have run this year that I would give a YUCK!  to!

I ran this race last year when I had an upset tummy…and I was really happy to PR.

This year I was very excited because I thought I would have a HUGE PR.   Well.   Not to drop anyone’s interest, but I did not have a huge PR, and I did not really enjoy myself.  Though, I DID have a PR and I enjoyed many moments.

To begin with this entire week has been INSANE.  Monday I interviewed for my New Job.  Tuesday I found out I got the job, did some salary negotiations and accepted.  On Tuesday, we also had a rather important inspection of the hospital.  This inspection lasted until Friday.  I had the pleasure of working 3 of the days that the inspectorators were present.  We had a good report and will thankfully not see them again, unless they just decided to come for a visit, for about three years.  WHEW.

Friday I took a 3 hour nap and then I just went to bed around 8 pm. I was so so tired.

Today I woke up after having horrible race nightmares…In my dream, I forgot my race number, I forgot my shoes….I was too slow to get to the start line in time… Usually I am raring to go on race day, but…not today.  If I had not registered ahead of time, I would not have gone.

I finally got up and got dressed, and actually did come very close to leaving the house without my running shoes.  I looked for them though in the car and realized they were in the laundry room.

I got to the race in time to get my packet and fool around.  I texted some of the people I knew would be there, but then, I put the phone in the car, and just chatted with whomever would chat with me.  Winter Park Road race, is actually a 2 mile race and a 10K.  You can do both if you like, but I usually just do the 10K. I did a “distance dare” (the term the race company uses)  once, and I really really felt miserable when it was all over. There was just enough time between the races for me to get Stiff!   So I stood as a spectator and cheered on several of my running friends who were less chicken than I was!!!!

Then we all lined up to run the big event race…

Probably because of the Schwag that was offered because it was an anniversary race, the place seemed more crowded than it was last year…though last year I recall it seemed pretty crowded as well.  It took me a full 2 minutes to get over the start line, walking.

Once we started running I found myself in a sea of runners/walkers/joggers.  It was really hard to get past them.  And I am sure there were people behind me experiencing the same problems.  There were about 3000 runners all trying to squeeze down a brick road.  So, I looked on the bright side.  I ran as fast I could with all the people around me, and I ended up running about an 11 minute mile.  On the bright side…I surely had no risk of going out too fast.  And the people were friendly and fun to run around.  The bricks, were, as I remembered, not so fun.

After the crowd thinned out, I really noticed that it was really humid and a little bit warm.  I was actually feeling a tiny bit of discomfort at my surgical site, despite wearing my high compression shorts and sleeves.  So I slowed down and kind of slogged through the race.  The worst part  seemed to come between miles 2 and 3 I just was so miserable.  I of course realized that I was not running the pace I expected to be running, and I had the realization that I had a lot of miles in front of me.  I adjusted my goal from the 1:08 to finishing with a PR.

After about mile 3 I realized I was working on mile 4 and that I was close to the finish.  Mile 5-6 was not exactly that fun either.  There was just something about the race.  Most likely I was too tired.

I did finally finish, and met up with some friends which was fun.  We strolled about and looked at all sorts of things… I met a woman from the gym, and she was very sweet,  turns out she took first in both races.  oooph!

Then I went home and slept again for about another 4 hours.

Yes, a PR.  No not a great race.  I am glad it is complete, and I think I’ll avoid it next year.  I hate those bricks…

February Wrap Up

Time to check in with the goals I set for myself in January!

February is a short month, though this year, it is one day longer.  Still…lots seemed to go on during the month.

Certified Emergency Nurse Exam.   Oh yes.  That.   Well.  I am still an uncertified Emergency Nurse.  (should this alarm anyone, MOST nurses are uncertified, it is not a requirement, just a perk.)  I have been thinking about it more.   And I think I will have enough money in March to pay for the outrageous registration.  It’s not an easy test, perhaps like this woman it will test my Nursing knowledge and “me as a woman”  Though I know some Men who have taken the exam, so I think it will just test knowledge…


Running:  I do want to have a PR in every distance I run.  February was Good for that.  I ran a PR in the 5K.  Sadly after that my coach vetoed any more racing until my Half Marathon.   I have my Half Marathon this Sunday.  I hope to have a PR there, but it’s a much longer distance and so it’s a bit iffy.  I’ve had some great training runs, and some less than good ones.  Most likely I will run a PR, and then like the 5K PR I will be annoyed because it will not be my “goal time”.  I am shooting for about a 10-11 minute PR, which given race day pressure, and the intense pressure I feel in this “Return to running” race…may be too much.     Running in general is going well.  It looks as if I will also PR in the 10K at the end of March.

Perfect attendance at work:  I have had Perfect attendance at work for January and February.  I have not always been perfectly pleasant, but…I have been there physically.   Pleased about this.  It’s a silly goal, but achieving it makes me happy!

Walking the dog more!   I have been walking the dog.  I have not walked him quite as well in February as in January, mostly due to feeling tired from the longer training runs.  I added in some basic grooming- he is a bear to groom.  and did manage to wash him and cut out any matting today.  SO he is still getting more attention than last year.  I did see one whole flea during our bath, so he is going to have to go back on Comfortis, tomorrow when we hit the vet.

I don’t see it as goals listed but I did do a few other things in February that I think are worth mentioning.

I lost 10 pounds.  I still have about 10 more to lose but…that 10 had been hanging around for so long, I never thought I would see it go.

I was discharged from the Surgeon “forever”.  I only have to go back if I have a problem!

I’m really looking forward to March! Good thing too, because it is tomorrow!