Life Updates in Bullet Form (And A Brooklyn Race Discount)

I’ve been devoting my weekly blog post to marathon training weekly recaps. They take a lot of time, and it takes everything I have to even get those up. So, I haven’t really been blogging about anything else and I imagine some of you are bored by me. Others might be confused because I blogged just one time in April of this year, where I mentioned my incredibly long work days and wondering how I’d even fit marathon training in. And yet here I am, very clearly training and making no mention of how I’m managing my time. In bulleted form, I will explain what’s going on in my life along with other related thoughts:

  • I’m no longer at the job I had when I wrote that post. Some of you left comments saying I could wake up at 3 am to train for my marathon and others said that you make exercising work on 70 hour work weeks even though you’re tired. Neither of those were good for me. I need more sleep than that while training, and also I need weekends. Or early mornings. Or evenings. Any one of those would have helped, but I didn’t have any. Exercise aside, I missed my husband and my dog. I am a hard worker, but this was not my dream job (nor was it a permanent role – it was contract) and it was killing me. Sitting for 12+ hours a day with no breaks even fucked up my back, and I did not want that to turn into yet another injury. SOMETHING had to give, and in the end, a job where I had to work 7 days a week (with 12 hour days during the week) was not the right job for me.
  • I’m starting a new job on Monday.  As much as I love not working, I love being able to pay my rent even more. I think.
  • When I go back to work, I will miss: spending time with my dog, waking up and leisurely getting ready to run, my dog park friends, going to the dentist/doctors/physical therapist/Refine during the day, and making semi-elaborate breakfasts every single day.
    Dori's Eggs

    My semi-elaborate daily breakfasts. You will be missed.

  • My old job was in a field I felt pigeon-holed in. My new job is in a field I used to work in and have been wanting for so long to get back into. I’m really glad because I fucking hate social.
  • My dog has an amazing sixth sense. Larry indicates to me when he doesn’t want to go into the dog park because he can sense a bad situation. I’ve seen firsthand how accurate he is, twice. After taking a dog (not mine) to the vet who was attacked today (because his dog walker needed an ambulance for himself), I will never ignore Larry’s signals again. I wish I could devote my entire life to protecting him and making him happy.
  • I love Larry Gary so much it makes my heart hurt.
    Larry on couch

    Daytime dog, you will be missed.

  • I want so much to be a person who has an uncluttered, neat, almost bare. I am not that person. 
  • We moved on June 30 and I still don’t have a place for everything in my new apartment. I want to get rid of more but don’t know how. Every time I try to begin, I feel overwhelmed and then I sit down. And stay there.
  • Can someone with no emotional attachment to my shit please come over and throw away everything?
  • My friend Lindsay from Happy Herbivore has a rule when it comes to getting rid of shit, and that rule is this: If this item was destroyed in a fire, would I replace it? That’s been helping a lot more than thinking about the last time you wore/used something or the next time you might.
  • I love my new apartment and its location so, so, so much. I feel happy every time I come home.
  • I like wasting time on the couch. I don’t like getting nothing done. But the couch usually wins.
  • I joined the Oiselle Volée Team. You might how much I love Oiselle after my NYFW experience last year. Good people, great shorts.
  • Fun fact: My first encounter with Oiselle CEO Sally was her informing me my skirt was tucked into my underwear. At the fashion week show.
  • Missing from my Oiselle profile (because I was so excited to write my answers I sent it in quickly without thinking) in the favorite gear section is the fact that I CANNOT run without my Hokas and Injinji toe socks. I’m in PT for foot pain that’s caused by my pelvis, and I had two PTs in two different offices tell me that wearing the right shoes literally saved my foot. As for the socks, I would be a walking blister without them. Try them. You are welcome.
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  • Just being on the team for a little while, I already love the camaraderie, the knowledge that if I travel somewhere I’ll probably find a running buddy, access to a community of women to talk running with, insight into all different races and experiences, and supporting a brand I already loved.
  • I’m running the JackRabbit Battle of Brooklyn 10 Mile Race on Sunday, August 17. It will be part of my 20-22 mile run. If you’d like to join, you can use code battledori for $10 off your registration! It will be my first time running in Brooklyn.
  • For two years, I thought my chronic left foot aching and swelling was because of my bunion. I accepted it as something I could no nothing about and would have to just live with. During my time off, I went to see a new podiatrist and he sent me to physical therapy. I never considered PT for what I thought was a bunion, and I was excited about the prospect of free foot massages. As it turns out, my foot pains have nothing at all to do with my bunion (aside from possibly starting because I adjusted my gait when I initially had bunion issues and then my body adapted to this new way of walking and standing). The pain is actually from my pelvis, which is turned in on the left side. My left leg appears longer than my right, even though it is not. My running shoes show more wear on the left toes. At PT, we work on fixing that. All good news except that this means I don’t get free foot massages. Instead I get butt massages, which is not nearly as fun as it sounds.

That’s what’s been going on here. I’m going to do my best to get my weekly training recaps up when I start working, though (unfortunately for me) I’ll probably have to do them on Sundays. My new job involves a driving commute. And maybe traffic. And weather. And is nowhere near NYC. Let’s see if I can get myself to open my computer on Sundays. As the Ander and I always say, TWT (time will tell).

Are you the type of person I want to be – a home without crap everywhere? Almost bare looking? SHARE YOUR SECRETS.

7 comments on Life Updates in Bullet Form (And A Brooklyn Race Discount)

  1. Ronni
    August 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I will throw stuff away for you…as always, so proud

  2. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat
    August 8, 2014 at 10:39 am (4 years ago)

    I hate having too much stuff. I am constantly throwing things away or donating. I have a shopping problem and now the deal is if I purchase something that is a want (like oh 5 new dresses Monday) I better be prepared to part with the same amount of old (which I have so much I haven’t worn in forever I feel better donating to the shelter or good will!).
    Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat´s last blog post ..Chicago Marathon Training – Week 8

  3. Emily
    August 9, 2014 at 7:03 am (4 years ago)

    So glad you’ll be in a better job situation!
    Seriously ever since we got our dog I feel the same way. He’s the best. No idea what I would do without him!
    Also, I’ll throw your shit away haha
    Emily´s last blog post ..EveryMove Fitness App Review

  4. Laura
    August 9, 2014 at 11:04 am (4 years ago)

    This post is full of exciting new life news! I love it!
    I ran the Battle of Brooklyn last year. It’s right in my backyard and a great, low key race. I so wish I could run this year but not a good idea in the third trimester.
    Also, I used to be the same way as you when it came to holding onto stuff and my life was always cluttered. I didn’t think it was anything I could change–until I got pregnant. Something about the pregnancy hormones made me crazy about cleaning and getting rid of stuff (I guess they call it nesting) and now that’s all I do. So my advice? Get knocked up :)
    Laura´s last blog post ..Workout Review: Beyonce at Broadway Bodies

  5. Erin
    August 10, 2014 at 9:14 am (4 years ago)

    Just found your blog via Oiselle (I’m in the flock) & relate to much of what you’ve written here from the dog love to the foot pain that seemed like it was a bunion but turned out to be something else. I’m not as far down the road as your are–still waiting to find out what that something else is–but just wanted to say that this is a great post & wish you well in the upcoming training cycle :)

  6. Lauren @ Beautifu Plant-Based Life
    August 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the updates! It sounds like you’ve been experiencing a lot of life changes. I’m so happy to hear about your new job. It sounds like you’re doing what’s right for you. Refreshing, right? I recently committed to a vegan diet, a decision that was a long time coming. I’m very grateful/relieved/delighted that I finally decided to go for it!

    About the clutter: My husband and I have lived in the same studio apartment since we graduated from college. (I am now 31.) Nearly every piece of furniture has a hidden storage compartment. Drawers under the bed store extra sheets and my sweater collection, a trunk that we use as a coffee table stores all my purses… If all else fails, price out a little storage unit for seasonal stuff. We got a great deal and for less than $30 a month, we are a lot less cluttered!

  7. Stephanie
    August 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm (3 years ago)

    How was the race and the first week of the new job? It’s great to hear an update!


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