I saw my doctor a few weeks ago. I managed to get an appointment early Monday morning, and she sent me for x-rays, and gave me some more anti-inflammatories. It turned out to just be a bad sprain, fortunately nothing is broken. So, I took it very easy, bought myself a new brace, and finished out January with 45.41 miles, a whole 34.59 miles short of my goal of 80 miles. But, what’s done is done, and I’m feeling better.
I started running with L on the weekends, one of my Oiselle teammates, and it’s been super beneficial since we started on Jan 28. The only downside has been that she has a coach and is following a training plan, and I’ve been a lazy putz for the past few weeks, so I’ve managed to cause a shin splint flare by not doing my mileage during the week and then trying to run long with her on the weekends. I’m getting there though. Last weekend’s run turned out to be 13.23 miles on Saturday, followed by Love the Run You’re With 5K on Sunday. Yesterday’s run was only 8 miles, but I felt strong. And, on Thursday, I did 4.79, and I finished out that last 0.8 with a sub-9:00 pace.
Mad props to Coach Steve for grabbing this picture at last weekend’s Love the Run You’re With! M and I ran it for the fifth time this year, and this was my first one getting to wear my singlet. It wasn’t a fantastic race by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a strong one. My legs were exhausted going in, but I resisted any urges to walk, even up the massive hill that is Army Navy Dr. This singlet has magic powers. And Coach Steve saw me as I was coming into the finish line and jumped out to get a picture, so I took the opportunity to get my Head Up, Wings Out picture!
As of today, I’m up to 52.74 miles for February, and a total of 98.15 miles for the year. I’m still 41.85 miles behind schedule, but I know I can make it up.
I also started keeping a bullet journal last week. It was something I’ve been toying with for a long time, and I finally jumped on it. I’ve been using it to track how I feel on workouts, work projects completed (because reviews are hard unless you have that list), books that I’ve read, and races. I’m sure I’ll add more to it later, but that’s where it is right now.
So, books read this year. I’ve finished 7 books so far.
- Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
- I Wrote This For You by Pleasefindthis
- The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
- The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
- I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
- Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
- Thicker than Water by Kelly Fiore
Black Flags was hard to get through, but I finally tackled it. It’s fairly dense, and mostly history, so it was hard for me to stay focused through most of the political and behind the scenes dramas that happened.
I Wrote This For You is a different kind of book. It’s a format I’ve never read before, almost like a cross between poetry and a journal, and it did exactly what the author intended. It tugged at my heart and reminded me that, somewhere out there, someone I knew maybe in this life, maybe before, knows my soul.
The Hopefuls pissed me off a bit. I get that not everyone loves DC, and I get that political staff are a pain in the ass, but the whole attitude about DC really gnawed at me.
The Soul of an Octopus was brilliantly written. Sy Montgomery captured so brilliantly the feelings that I get standing in an aquarium, and also being in the ocean. This world is beautiful.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is evocative. Personally, I struggle with anxiety, and Deborah’s madness is easy to step into. If you read only one book on mental illness, I recommend this one. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that as “sane” people, the mentally ill are nothing like us. But, I think most of us can relate to the world that Deborah has built for herself. It’s terrifying to think that the line between the well and the sick can be so thin, that one only need to push back one’s own curtain a little further to fall into illness. “There is nothing you can do to me that my own craziness doesn’t do to me smarter and faster and better.”
I’m going to skip writing about the last two for now. Huxley was not what I expected in this novel, especially after having loved Brave New World. And Thicker than Water was a little too close to home in so many ways.
And, finally, sewing. I’ve been working on bibs for K the past few weeks. I’m hoping to pick back up one of the quilts that’s on my table once those are done.