A Good Place.

I am in a great place right now.

Home life is the best it’s ever been, the kids are wonderful each in their own special ways, and my husband, well, I would kiss the ground he walks on every day if I didn’t think it would inflate his ego too much.  Ha ha!  He’s an incredible husband and father and I am so blessed to have him.

Work is keeping me mentally quite busy and I love it.  I am staying more focused at work than I ever have been before. I think being so busy really is a blessing in disguise. After the experience I had visiting my patient at home the day before he died, I’ve been thinking a lot about doing more palliative care, probably when the kids are a bit older( as it will involve more call). I am excited to see how my medical practice is going to evolve in the coming years.

And running  –  running is making me feel healthier everyday, both from a physical and mental standpoint.  My injuries have worked themselves out and aside from a few minor aches in the lower legs, the injuries seem to be staying away. I’ve enjoyed each and every single one of my runs lately, and am slowing working on increasing my intervals.  I haven’t been running any hills because I really don’t want to get re-injured.  I am sticking with 3-4 runs a week and while I would love to do more, I think it’s a mistake to overdo it.  I wrote before that I wasn’t going to focus on distance, but let’s be honest, I have a little bit of the typical type-A personality and once I set my mind on something, I have to go through with it and see it to the end, even if it kills me.  So yeah, I’m determined to reach my distance goal of running 10 km.  Now, this won’t be a straight 10km run or anything; I will always run intervals because it’s what works for me.  Maybe in a year or two, I’ll get adventurous but for now, interval running is what I’m doing.

So, after taking my daughter to school yesterday, I went for a beautiful morning run before the heat set in.  I didn’t have any specific distance in mind but as I got moving I realized I might be able to do a longer run.  The music I was listening to kept me going and I enjoyed myself immensely.  My thoughts drifted, but I realized something important.

I love myself.

I am finally free.download

Snow Tires – For Your Feet!

I’m wondering if I should start a running blog?

I seem to be writing a lot about running.  I suppose one reason for that is the fact that I am on maternity leave and the “medical” part of this blog is not at the forefront in my life right now.  That will likely change when I go back to work.  Still … can I keep up two blogs?  I mean… three?  (I have a cross-stitching blog which has been grossly neglected of late.)

Hmm…. something to ponder.

In the meantime, let me tell you about the new little piece of gear I picked up today.  Remember that crazy run in the snow I wrote about the other day?  Well, today I decided to get some Yak Trax.

Say whaaat? The first time I heard this term, I thought  … well, I won’t tell you what I thought.

I called a bunch of stores in my area and most were sold out.  Husband wanted to look at some skis so off we went to the local SportChek and bingo!  One last pair was available.  Now, the weren’t the name brand type as pictured above, but a cheaper version which looked pretty good.  (My neighbor who runs marathons regularly showed me the pair he had and the ones I picked up looked pretty similar.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect, so I went for a test run up and down my sidewalk to get a feel for them.  I liked the way they gripped the snow on the snowy bits of sidewalk and found they weren’t too slippery on the parts of sidewalk that was cleared.  So, off I went.

The plan today was 5.5km.  I had hoped to make it a steady, straight run, but by 1.5km it became quite apparent that my calves were very, very upset with me.  The short 2km run I did in the snow yesterday came back to haunt me, or I should say, my calves.  Anyway, it was a tough run and because of the discomfort, I decided to take some walk breaks and ran 300 m short of my goal; I ended up running the 5.2 km in 10s and 1s.  I’m glad it’s in the books but I am sore now, all over.  My back, calves, ankles, core — it all hurts.  I cringe at the thought of what I’ll feel like tomorrow.

(But, you know what?  I am so glad I did it!)

I thought I should share my 10km training schedule.  Runners, please tell me your thoughts.  I am giving myself 8 weeks.

10K training Feb

10k training – march