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I made it to the gym today, marking this week as the first time in over two months that I managed to do a 'normal' gym schedule. I ran three miles at a slightly faster pace than on Tuesday. I was running so well right before I received my mysterious, unexplained leg injury, but it's going to take a little time to get back there. I don't want to re-injure myself just because I hate running so slow a turtle could pass me.

I've been resisting weighing in, but forced myself to do it today. Not quite as bad as I feared, but the highest number I've ever seen on the scale. I'm keeping in mind that it was an end of day weigh-in (I usually do morning) and I'm pmsing like mad, which can add as much as two pounds. But still. Not a good number to see.

I received a holiday card from [livejournal.com profile] liptonrm. Yay for the first card of the season! I still have high hopes of actually getting some cards out to people this year, but it's no guarantee. If I have your address, I'm going to make an effort, but it's going to be a busy weekend, so no promises.

I'm not at all sure how this is the last weekend before Christmas. I haven't done any shopping yet and I thought I still had two weeks. Nope. So I'll be heading out first thing Saturday morning in order to get stuff bought, wrapped and mailed by the time the Post Office closes on Saturday afternoon.

There are a few jobs that I should be applying for right this very minute. One of which is an archives position located in Hawaii. But that job posting specifically says that they will only take into account previous jobs in archives (I don't have any), and they explicitly spell out how many college courses need to be in American History (possibly none), US civics or government (definitely none) and a few others. It's a gov't job so none of those things are really negotiable. But, Hawaii! *sigh*
auntiemeesh: (spices)
It's only noon and I'm already all tired out.

Because I'm lame and last week was exhausting (although hey, not expensive or terribly stressful) I was in bed by 9:30 last night, which meant I was awake by 6:30 this morning. Gave up the hope of going back to sleep by seven and went for a run, instead. The path through the park was not as bad as I feared it would be after yesterday's storm, but it did experience some damage and footing wasn't great. But I forced myself to take the long path and ran 3.25 miles.

After relaxing over breakfast, I went back out to get groceries, and I've just now put together some random ingredients in my crock pot. I was going to make chicken and sweet potato stew, since I liked that last time. Unfortunately, my sweet potato was nasty moldy (it was only a week old - if anything, it should have sprouted a few roots, but it definitely shouldn't have been moldy). I discovered this once I'd already cut up the chicken and put it in the pot. I've been thinking lately of making Redwing Stew ([livejournal.com profile] ani_no_mouse's lentil recipe) so I sort of combined that with the chicken, but I didn't really have everything I needed for that, either. So it's really a hybrid mutation of all sorts of scary.

Chicken and Lentils:

One pack of chicken tenders, cut into bite sized pieces
one (non-sweet) potato, cut into cubes
three garlic cloves (ANM's recipe calls for eight but that's a bit too much for me)
1 cup lentils
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can chick peas
1 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp curry
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ginger (maybe three-quarters of an inch cut off the root? the recipe called for a tsp of ground and I don't know how to translate that to fresh so I just cut off a chunk and minced it)
dash black pepper
a bit of extra water

ANM's recipe includes split peas (I subbed chick peas - not the same thing, but I like chick peas) and brown rice (I already had a potato cut up so no rice), and no chicken.

It is now cooking away and should be ready to take off the heat and pack away by the time [livejournal.com profile] eve11 picks me up for shenanigans at her place tonight.
auntiemeesh: (running)
There always seems to be something standing between me and the gym, but I made it this morning. 3 miles in 34:25 if my lap times can be trusted. I did the first mile in 10:15 and then slowed down a bit. I went fast enough, though, that I was able to walk a lap and a half and still come in under 35 minutes, though, so not too shabby.

Unfortunately, my body isn't used to getting up early for running anymore and I'm totally pooped today. Bah! Get over it body, be useful!

Things

Jul. 29th, 2011 07:48 am
auntiemeesh: (Default)
*I had an awesome run yesterday. I wanted to test my slow self a little bit, so I tried to do a ten minute mile. Did it in 9:58, then went on to finish my three miles in 31:25, my best time ever by almost a minute. Woot!

*In not entirely coincidental news, my left calf is tight and sore. I'll need to baby it for a little while so it doesn't get worse.

*The all-over itchiness is easing up, at least on the legs. My arms are still pretty bad. And now I have mystery bug bites on my legs. After some reading up, I'm concerned they may be bedbug bites.

*Again, in not entirely coincidental news, I'll be doing a thorough cleaning this weekend.

*Progress is slow on the steampunk fem Five costume, but it's still progress. The bustier is taking forever, mainly because of trying to sew the boning casings onto princess seams in something like a straight line without bunching up the outer fabric or messing up the casings. But! I've ordered my decorative vegetable, so it's all good. Thank goodness for niche Etsy shops.
auntiemeesh: (running)
My goal yesterday was to have a nice, easy run. Keep to a steady 12 minute/mile pace and go easy on the legs after Monday's harder run. I managed that for most of the first two miles, then I got bored with going slow and steady. I did three miles in 35:15, which while still being very slow, was almost a minute faster than what I wanted to pace myself at. And my poor little legs really did ache all evening and still do this morning. But I feel pretty good anyway.

We've switched our running schedule to M-W, which seems to be working out well, but it's a long gap between Wednesday and the following Monday, so if the weather's nice this weekend, I may try to get out to the park for a run.

In other news, today is Jagrwatch day eleven, maybe. He was supposed to have made a decision yesterday but apparently his travel plans were totally messed up by those turtles at JFK, and now we continue to wait. I'm still ambivalent about his actual usefulness for the team, but the hype has totally caught me up. After all this build-up, it will be disappointing if his answer is no. In the meantime, the Pens have re-signed Asham and are apparently shopping Rupp around. This causes me to make sad faces. I know Asham picked it up in the playoffs, but I just like Rupp better. And Talbot is determined to see what he can get on Friday in free agency, which means he's gone. Kennedy also is set to be an unrestricted free agent tomorrow. This makes the sad face get even sadder. Come on hockey world, I need some good news!
auntiemeesh: (running)
So, I engaged in some running today. I finally got off my butt about three weeks ago or so and started up again (after eight months off) but this was the first time I made it to the gym twice in the same week. The weather was perfect for an outdoor run, which means no ability to pace myself whatsoever. The last couple of track runs didn't go so well, with me running myself out well before my preferred three miles, but today it went swimmingly. I did three miles in 34:15, a minute and a half faster than Tuesday's run!

After the run, and I went to dinner at Aladdin's and ran into an old friend from our Farscape days that neither of us had seen in years. It was great to catch up with her.

And now I'm home with the kitties and my aching legs. They better get over themselves before I go to bed, because I am not interested in listening to them complain all night.
auntiemeesh: (running)
I've been telling myself I should go for a run in the park ever since the weather first started to turn a month or two ago. I finally took my own advice today. I took the short path through the park and made it two-thirds of the way up the long hill before my lungs gave out. I thought my legs felt fine until I slowed to a walk and realized just how rubbery they were. It took a very long time to get my breath back so I ended up walking the whole way home. Boo. But it's been seven months and I knew it wasn't going to be pretty. Now I just need to start building back up again.
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Day one in NH was full of exercise and good food.

I got up early and ran a fast (relative to my norm) 1.3 miles in 13 something minutes. After some coffee, [livejournal.com profile] lyda_pearl and I took both furgirls on a leash walk (a little more than a mile and a half). Later we got out in the woods with Shadow and the pack for a four mile walk. And after dinner (very yummy chicken sandwich, a little cake and ice cream) we took a nice little 1.25 mile walk around Gorham. Total distance logged: 8.5 miles. Total calories eaten: 1630. I'm going to say that the extra five miles I walked outweigh the extra three hundred calories eaten.
auntiemeesh: (sewing woman)
Busy day. I got up and went running at 7, went to the post office and mailed off a little something for the new baby and his parents, bought groceries, watched team USA lose in the World Cup, watched Doctor Who, and got some sewing done. I've got most of the shift done - one sleeve, hemming, and facing left to do, but my eyes are burning and my arm is not happy. Turns out that sewing is not fun with a bad rotator cuff. Gonna be a long summer getting this project done.
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I've accomplished just about everything on my to do list except the piecing and sewing bits (and the grocery shopping but there's only so much one can do), which was the main goal for the weekend. And now I feel very done and want to just sit and stare at the tv for the rest of the day.

On the up side, I did get up bright and early and go for a run this morning. It was a gorgeous morning, with lots of sun shafts filtering through the trees and getting all diffused by early morning mists and fogs. So pretty! Frick Park has a couple options for run lengths and I chose the short loop. Combined with the distance to and from my apartment, it's a little over a mile and a half altogether. And I managed to do the whole thing in just under fifteen minutes, which seems impossible. I'm pretty sure I've done some math wrong somewhere to come up with that distance/speed ratio, but for now I'll take it.

I've also successfully cleaned most of the kitchen and bathroom, and got my laundry done. And just now I cleaned up the inevitable puke from Zoe's latest adventure in eating undigestable things (my camera string).

tired

May. 9th, 2010 11:57 am
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In what is at least usually my Mother's Day tradition (admittedly, sometimes when the weather is crap or I'm feeling especially blah, I may miss it) I hoisted myself out of bed at an unreasonably early hour, walked the two miles to the race venue (there are no buses in my neighborhood early Sunday morning) and ran the 5k Race for the Cure. From the time the first runners crossed the starting line till I crossed the finish line was 37:40. It took something like a couple of minutes to get to the start line from way back in the pack so I don't know exactly what my time was, but the times should be posted in a few days.

I think this was definitely the coldest morning that I've done the race. Maybe not quite 40F when I left the house, with a bitter wind. But because I was running and didn't want to carry extraneous things like hats and mittens with me, all I had was my running clothes and a sweatshirt. Brr!

And now I'm back at home, relaxing for the afternoon. I should do laundry at some point, but my shoulder is already angry at me for scrubbing one of the cat boxes yesterday and I'd prefer it not get even angrier. Instead, I watched Doctor Who: Vampires of Venice and now I'm ready to watch the Confidential. And then, well, probably more Doctor Who, since I've discovered that Netflix has season three available to watch instantly. Someday I'll be productive again, but it won't be today, I think.

Happy Mother's Day!
auntiemeesh: (weeping cherry)
It's Thursday, which is only one day away from Friday! I had a great run this morning, and hopefully a good enough breakfast to not crash later. There is hockey (and babysitting) tonight. It's supposed to hit 63 F today. Mal allowed Zoe to groom him for nearly a full minute the other day. Life is starting to feel good again.

I cancelled my eHarmony renewal, so I won't get automatically charged ridiculous amounts of money come April. I also changed my settings so I'm not getting any more 'matches' fed into my inbox. I am sort of still in communication with one or two men but won't be too surprised if it doesn't go anywhere with either of them. They're both pretty far out of town, outside my thirty mile radius. I think this change will help to improve my mood as well, since it will involve a lot less rejection, without actually changing the amount of dating I'm doing.

The snow is finally melting. It's nearly all gone in some places but still nearly a foot deep in others (like our playground at work). I haven't seen any crocusi yet, but there are tiny little daffodyl shoots coming up all over the place. Well, at least, all over the place where the snow is gone. The trees aren't really budding yet, but it's only a matter of time. Spring is nearly here!
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Gorgeous day today. Cool and sunny, a perfect day to go running after work. So I told myself. And since my legs were unexpectedly not totally sore after yesterday's run, I forced myself to change into running clothes and hit the track. OMGPain! Yeah, not so fun. I powered through for roughly a mile and a half, and then hobbled the roughly mile and a half home afterwards. But now I have three days of no running to take lots of advil and recover. Unless I go crazy on Saturday and hit the trails. It looks like it's going to be perfect running weather all weekend.
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I continued my three mile streak today, but it was not easy. There should come a day, shouldn't there, when I'm not feeling ready to quit a half mile in and then just struggling along for the entire three miles. I would like it if at least part of the run felt good. On the plus side, I don't feel quite as tired as I did after my run last Tuesday, so there's some hope for the rest of the day. I'm also not quite as hungry as I expected to be. I was starving before the run, and bought a breakfast sandwich in anticipation of needing extra food today, but I was barely hungry enough for a powerbar (crucial protein and energy to prevent a crash later today).

I've come up with a plan to get more running in, too. There's a city park across the street from work, with a playground, a grassy field, a baseball diamond and a spectacularly crappy track. I'm going to attempt to run on the track after work the days I don't go to the gym. Now, this is totally dependent on the building manager allowing me to come back into the building to get my bag afterwards, because no way am I taking my back pack out with me and just setting it on the bleachers with the hope that no one will lift it while I'm on the other end of the field. I'm pretty sure the building doesn't get locked up until 8 pm, so it shouldn't be a problem, but B might lock up the basement earlier than that, since no one uses it after the daycare closes.

Seriously, if I don't start feeling like I'm getting some physical benefit from this running, soon, I may start losing the motivation to keep doing it. And I know that one of the ways to actually get some benefit from it is to run more than twice a week, so this plan has to work. That's all there is to it.

ouch

Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:07 am
auntiemeesh: (memesheep)
Ran 3.25 miles this morning. It was good. Now I'm crippled, though. My knee said 'to hell with you and your three mile runs, I'm not doing stairs today.' I just hope it gets over its sad, pouty self before this evening, because I'm going ice skating and I'd kinda like to be mobile for that.

I've given in to all the Merlin hype and decided to give it a second try. First time around, I managed to get about ten minutes into episode two before hitting stop and walking away. It was the Fantasia scene that did it for me. This time around, I gritted my teeth and powered through that. Turns out that was pretty much the worst of it. The special effects are painfully bad all around but otherwise, it's okay. I still don't really get what all the hype is about, but I'm a sheep and I want to play in the same field as my friends, so I'll continue to follow along. Maybe the fic is better than the show. That was certainly the case with SGA.
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All indicators were green, systems were a go, it promised to be a smooth and successful operation. Suddenly a red light started blinking. Power wasn't getting to the engines. Mission aborted.

In other words, the run was unexpectedly crappy today. I had to really push myself just to make two miles and I wasn't able to pick up and run again after my normal tenth of a mile walk. The suckitude was enormous and now I'm feeling cranky about every little thing that hasn't gone right in the past week. It's a great way to start the day.

woot!

Dec. 4th, 2008 09:24 am
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I try to take joy in the little things that come along. Today that joy is from being able to run again. I've been using the treadmill for a few weeks and my knee feels really solid. I've gotten sadly out of shape in the past six months, so it's taking a little while to build back up to where I was (a slow three miles) but it's coming along well. Today I was able to do 2.6 before I needed a little walking break, and for the first time ever, I did four miles total, most of it running. My time was abysmal (48m10s) but I don't care.

However, I have no intention of pushing things this time around. I'm taking my time getting back to running a whole three miles with no walking intervals and once I reach that, I plan to just hold there for a little while, maybe gradually increasing speed. And then, if I have an occasional day where the stars align and I can do more, that will be great, but I'm not pushing for it. I was trying to push too hard, too fast last spring and I ended up on the sidelines for six months because of it. I don't want to repeat that.

Meanwhile, I've gained a little weight and my diet (or lack thereof) has gotten completely out of control. So I need to spend a little bit of time and effort getting back into shape mentally as well. I don't really need chocolate with every meal, even if I do want it.
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I haven't been to the gym in about three weeks, and for some months before that my gym time was somewhat less than satisfactory, due to not being able to run much if at all.

Well, three weeks with no exercise whatsoever seems to have been enough to reset my joints to 'never been to the gym before' factory settings. This is both good and bad. The lingering knee pain I've been having since mid summer seems to be gone. I ran three miles (well, 2.8, technically - I walked a couple .1 mile segments the last mile) and the pain that has been plaguing me seems gone. However, I do have the other knee pain - the one that makes going up and down stairs less than delightful. However, this is a predictable pain. It always occurs the first few times I run after a long break. It should be better tomorrow (and then will hurt again after I run on Friday), and it will only do this for the first few runs before stopping altogether.

In other news, it's snowing this morning. Just little flurries, and I don't think we'll see any accumulation here in the city, but it made for a pretty if chilly walk this morning.
auntiemeesh: (Default)
So, I made this determination to not run again until I have health care. Well. I break such determinations all the time.

Today was a running day. It was awesome. In the sense that after having not used the treadmill in several months, I no longer have even the slightest sense of pacing left, so I ran way too fast the first two miles and barely managed the last mile, but I did. Plus, there were a bunch of Navy ROTC types doing P.T on the track and their water bottles were littered all over the place with the saying "Pain is weakness leaving the body." I don't if that helps them, but it was a good motivator for me. Plus, watching all those fit young people tearing up the track made me want to go faster - no small part of why I went too blasted fast the first couple miles.

My knee is feeling a little cranky, and I'll probably be back to the elliptical next week, but those happy little endorphins are firmly in place and I'm a happy camper this morning.
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Good morning, world. It is a rainy Tuesday morning and I've just come from the gym. Cut for extreme gym-related boringness )

I've been re-watching the first couple seasons of the new Doctor Who the past couple of weeks. Doctor Who blather, with specific spoilers for the end of season four, possibly some for season three as well). )

Okay, so, that was a lot of blather. This is basically just me killing time, since I got to work a good hour early. Now I think I'll go off and work on those fic prompts you were kind enough to give me. *g*

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