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Summer Reading

Words cannot express how desperately I needed this Thursday to arrive.  Thursdays = pay-day, and my bank account was severely struggling.  Back in the black now, so it’s all good.

Last night was a rest night so I spent some quality time on my couch watching Ghost Whisperer (I love this show and I’m not embarrassed to admit it) and trying to finish the latest Jodi Picoult book.

I’m a huge fan of all her books, and this one is no different.  Once I start reading, they are impossible to put down because you know the ending is always going to have some kind of crazy twist.  I am so close to the end, it’s killing me to sit here at work right now and not to be at home reading.  I should have saved this to read on the beach while on vacation in two weeks, but I couldn’t wait.  So now I need some suggestions of good beach reads to stock up on.  They can be silly girly books, things with diamonds or shoes on the cover, as the bf describes them, mysteries, anything really.  Come on guys whatdya got?

Dinner last night utilized my last piece of TJ’s flatbread.

Not last nights actual pizza, last night I only had turkey pepperoni on it, but you get the idea.  And then, because I still feel like crap, I got in my bed at 9:30.  It was delightful.  I’m debating whether or not to work out tonight, I’m feeling a little better cold wise, but my knee is scaring me a little.  It’s not swollen, and it doesn’t hurt to walk on, but it’s still tender to push on.  Ugh, I will be so mad at myself if after weeks and weeks of PT I get hurt while drunk.  Stupid.

We’re having an ice cream party at work this afternoon, so that is giving me something to look forward to today.  Then on Saturday I’m off to Baltimore for an Orioles/Nats JMU alumni event.  That should be a great time, hopefully we will be able to watch the USA game also.

Alright, I hope everyone has a great day, don’t forget to give me some good beach reading suggestions!

Back on the beaten path

Over the weekend I ventured out to Barnes and Noble to stock up on 2010 supplies; a wall calendar for work and a daily planner.  Yes, my desire to have things color coordinated and organized is somewhat OCD.  While I was there, I decided to check out the various books on running in the sports section, and wound up purchasing the Beginner’s Guide to Long Distance Running, by Sean Fishpool.  It is exactly what I wanted, less than 100 pages, information about proper gear, diet, cross training, injury prevention and treatment, and training schedules for distances from a 5k to marathon.

The book offers training plans for starter level, refresher level, intermediate level, and upper level.  After looking at the specifications, I placed myself in the intermediate level which assumes you are running 20-30 miles a week at a pace of 9-11 minute miles.  This week I’ve had the cold from hell, and routinely blow through half a box of tissues a day (ha ha no pun intended) so I was a little skeptical about starting this new fitness schedule.  Last night I decided to just suck it up, and my box of tissues and I headed to the gym.

Yesterdays workout was only supposed to be a 25-35 minute run at a slow pace (about 65 percent of your working heart rate, which I still have to figure out) but for someone who was logging anywhere from 5-8 miles each run decreasing my distance that much seemed counter productive.  Sooo I cheated, just a little bit though.  I did 37 minutes, which worked out to about 4.2 miles and I could have easily run more but I restrained myself.  I plan to follow this fitness schedule for the next five weeks before moving to the actual training schedule for my 10 mile run in May.  I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on how it’s going.