One Day at a Time

Live from New York…

NYC Snow

We’ve gotten some snow, and much more is supposed to come later tonight.

We got out of work at 2 today to go work from home, and I used the time everyone else was using to commute to go get in a quick run on the treadmill at the gym. I haven’t run since the half last weekend since I had a terrible sinus infection all week that went into my chest.

But I finally feel human again!

The week before I got sick, I’d been really busy at work and with some other stuff and didn’t put myself and my training first. I got my runs in but they kind of sucked. I was just ticking the boxes and rearranging the schedule Jess had put together for me.

Why was I paying her if I wasn’t really going to listen? Last week when I was sick, I contemplated abandoning my PR attempt and just running this race for fun. I’d had two weeks of sub-par training, I wouldn’t be able to PR.

But, I listened to those negative thoughts and told them to shut the hell up, I had work to do. Jess and I agreed at the outset of my training it might be hard to PR in March when I hadn’t been training hard for more than a year, and that Brooklyn might be a better time to try to PR.

I looked at my training plan and got nervous looking at the race date and my runs to date. And then I decided my only choice was to take things one day at a time, one run at a time.

So today, I went and I banged out 4 miles on the treadmill. I felt tight and sore and achy but I got them done and didn’t worry about what they meant for my race other than being one run closer.

*Edited to add: I read this AWESOME post from my girl Anne about her trip to Canyon Ranch. Towards the end, she talks about getting a body composition analysis and how your body fat percentage may be a little higher when endurance training than doing other types of training. I wish i had read this last year when I freaked out about my body fat analysis!

How have you changed your mindset while training for something?

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The Best Stuff I’ve Read on the Internets Lately

Dear Internet,

It is Friday night and I am sitting here on my couch with Bailey. While that is actually my preferred way to spend Friday night winding down from the week, today it is because I have a freaking sinus infection and feel like death. Sick twice in one month? Screw this healthy living stuff, it’s not doing anything for me. In all seriousness, it’s a sign for me to slow. the. eff. down.

Last week we had a LOT going on at work, I had a lot going on personally, and then I hopped on a plane to switch climates and run a half I was underprepared for before hopping back on a plane, spending 7 hours in the layover from hell in Miami and coming back to freezing temperatures. NO WONDER I’M SICK.

I have not worked out since a DB Yoga video on Monday, and I am getting antsy. I’m planning on taking one more full rest day tomorrow and hoping to feel up to skiing on Sunday…

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Here’s a gratuitous puppy picture.

So let’s share some fun links, eh?

Are We Happier When We Stay in the Moment? This is from a TED talk that was on NPR that my therapist recommended to me. My sinus pressure made me want to close my eyes and not open them until it went away, but I couldn’t sleep, so I listened to this TED talk last night. Did you know we spend 47% of the time thinking about something other than what we’re doing? The talk also mentioned a site called Track Your Happiness that sends you a survey three times a day (it takes like a minute to respond to it) asking you how happy you are, what you’re doing, etc. The data is part of a research project at Harvard (I don’t mind being a data point), but the act of thinking about it also makes you consider if what you’re doing is what you really want to be doing. So far I’ve been sick, so my answers have generally been unhappy at home but happier at work because I’m around people I enjoy and doing what I like to do.

How Wellness Became the New Luxury Status Symbol: SUPER interesting. With NYC boutique fitness classes at $30+ a pop, yup. It’s an area where conspicuous consumption is a little less obvious than some flashy bag, but there all the same. Since I started working out seriously six years ago, I’ve seen the fitness industry explode, and I’m glad there’s also gyms like Blink to balance out the bottom of the market.

Track Your Blog Stats Worksheet I live and die by tracking social media stats and traffic at work (I have an unhealthy addiction to GA realtime), so for my personal stuff, I generally click into Google Analytics every few days to see if I’ve gotten some awesomely weird bump in traffic or if something I wrote totally bombed and nobody’s reading my blog any more. Well, this awesome guide helps you track all your stats and if you’re Excel-dumb like me, includes plenty of helpful formulas to calculate growth.

Inside the Strangely Profitable World of Discontinued Beauty: There is an eyeliner I have been wearing for nearly seven years that is no longer carried in stores but is available on line. You best believe I hoard this baby and will be disappointed when it vanishes. Paying more than retail for it though? Probably not.

Feel Like It’s All Been Done Before? Watch This. Loved this video from Marie Forleo. I’ll admit to having a little green-eyed monster over some blogging stuff lately combined with a what-do-I-really-have-to-contribute-to-the-conversation? Maybe my blog will never be The Biggest but I’m proud that I generally write about what matters to me, and I don’t write just to write.

I have some big plans in store for this site this year, but I’d love to hear what you like and, yup, even what you don’t, so I can make it better though. Lay it on me. What good have you read lately?

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