Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Running lately

Hi there!!! I haven't written about running a whole lot lately. As I've mentioned I didn't want to run a whole lot this summer and I haven't. 
I'm working my way through Hal Hidgon's novice one program. It's been a nice step back while the sun blazes outside. I'm up to a long run (if it can be called that) of 7 miles and by the time I go home I'll be just about ready to run a nice slow half marathon . 
The nice thing is that the runs are hard but not mentally they still seem short in my head..if that makes sense to anyone but me. I'm not running super fast but I'm pushing myself regardless. Since I have a spartan race approaching, a lot of my shorter runs I'll break up with some hard leg strength work to get myself used to running on really tired legs. Three days a week are running (2 with strength) then 2 days crosstraining (with strength).

 The gym at my apartment has been a godsend I love having it there. My shorter runs will often be on the treadmill and the longer ones I run as much as I can tolerate (just over half right now) outside and the rest on the treadmill. As it gets a cooler I'll slowly shift the balance back to outdoors.

 I changed my shoes back to PureConnects so some days I have achy shins, but I never got used to the pureflows and they occasionally gave me knee pain which I have zero tolerance for. The extra rest day right now lets me move things around to get better recovery if my shins are bothering me.
None of this is going to leave me crazy fit or ready for any one race but the extra strength work is good and most of all I'm really enjoying working out. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Congaree National Park

Since this weekend was the 100th anniversary weekend of the national parks service and a little destressing was in order we went to the nearest national park. Congaree National Park may not be the most majestic but it's pretty in its own right and only 20 minutes drive away. 
A little outside time is sometimes needed to put life back in to perspective. It was super hot and we hiked around 5 miles but it was the time I needed to get out of my own head.
The last few months have sucked a little. Moving was stressful, the new job has been very much a hit the ground running situation....and then continues to getter faster and faster paced. I'm doing well. I'm not thrilled about the way it is but it's manageable stress and hey it's a pay check. Finding out my workmates were talking about me behind my back for no good reason (when I thought we were becoming friends) was awful. The last straw on my stress-o-meter. I spent probably a good few days crying. Don't worry I've shook it off and I'm just of the attitude that shitty people are just not worth my time or mental energy.  This trip was a mini fresh start, getting back to myself and looking forward to my trip home in 2 and a half weeks. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Moving house

Moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do. I wholeheartedly agree but it has also been really fun and rewarding.

It has been a 2 month process. Since we were downsizing to an apartment early preparation was essential. We sold a lot of stuff, mostly things we weren't using...too much storage can be a bad thing! Some things went to make way for new furniture, letting us update our look since we've haphazardly build up our decor collection in the last 3 and a half years.
The funny thing is that the biggest change has occurred to what was my favorite room in our old house, the living room. Off went our giant (super comfy) sectional to a new home and in came a smaller Ikea sofa. I've had so many great naps on the old sofa but sadly its a little too big for apartment living.

Now I have some new favorite spots:
 1.) My bedroom. Its been made a bit lighter, dare I say girlier, with the DIY dreamcatcher we made from a hoola hoop and with no more hideous blue carpet all our furniture looks so much better. Some new brighter bedding, which we can now do because we don't have blue carpet, is all this room really needs for now (are you getting the impression that I hate blue carpet yet!).

2.) Our balcony. Its so nice to have a clean outdoor space to sit with no bugs biting me. I'm going to add a big fronded plant for a tropical feel, as if the weather isn't enough, and a footstool of some sort.
The physical move itself was long and exhausting. We got the keys on Friday evening and spent until ten that night moving the kitchen and bathroom stuff with the car and for a few hours after that we unpacked all of that so the place was a functional place to eat (and pee :)).
We already were in love with the place so Friday night we all slept on our camping air mattress. The next day was an early start but I discovered I'm a pretty good van driver. From around 7.30am until 1pm we filled the truck and emptied it multiple times. This wouldn't have been so bad except we now live on the third floor, my shoulders and back still hurt from hauling heavy stuff up 3 flights of stairs. I wouldn't recommend it in over 90 degree heat but I'm sure we'll appreciate living on the top floor when it comes to not having noise though! Then because we wanted everything done that day we had lunch and spent the next  4 hours cleaning the old house.....boy was it grubby after weeks of everything sitting in boxes...and of course cleaning all those places you normally never reach. We must have done a good job though because we got a check for our full deposit back the next day, yay.

Once all of that was done I started to relax. Monday morning coffee on the balcony was a lovely start to the day and being dropped across the street from my work by the shuttle was really nice too....no being sweaty just getting to work/being late because of parking!

Boomer is still adjusting...lots of crying when we leave (it breaks my heart to listen to his little whimpers over skype) but he is slowly realizing this is home. Its taking him less time to settle each time we leave and last night he stole some kitchen paper and ripped it up all over the carpet so he is getting back his normal cheeky self. He is making some friends in the little dog park that is right outside our door...including a baby version of Kitty (what we called our neighborhood's stray cat) and embarrassingly trying to beat up a puppy (can't stand them for some reason but kittens are cool).

We still have so many boxes to unpack and lots of decor to buy  but already I can tell that this was the change that we both needed if we were going to stay in Columbia for another while.