Some catching up to do

So it has been quiet around here for a couple weeks. I have a good excuse. Really! Beyond my usual fatigue issues, I actually started a new job. I am making a trek to downtown Kansas City every day.

On the down-side, I miss my friends at my old job. And the commute isn’t any shorter, just in a different direction.

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Western Auto building from The Link

 

On the up-side, I love the area I work in! I am in Crown Center, which I have learned connects to the skywalk system called The Link. So on my lunch, I have taken to going on walks in The Link. Typically, I wander my way down to Union Station. I like to walk across the bridge over to the Freight House and soak up some sunshine. (And get my hair blown around).

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On the Union Station rail bridge

 

Also, my new job is making me do a LOT of walking. To get from my car to my desk is a bit less than a mile. Every time I want a cup of tea, it is half a mile. So, I have been logging about 4-5 miles a day just at puttering around at work. (I know this because my work gave me a Fit Bit. Not a groovy wrist one, but a clip on one. But to be honest – I am not that in love with it. My iPhone has a step-counter… so what do I need the Fit Bit for?)

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Still a vampire runner…

 

Running-wise, I have good days and bad days still. Last week, we had a raging stomach thing going around my house that took out everyone. I was the last to get sick, so I was in bed all day Friday. I was back running the next day and managed to get in 33 miles for the week. This week, I am struggling. I am exhausted. I could literally put my head down on my desk and fall asleep right now. It isn’t even noon.

I have been drinking a lot of a highly-caffeinated tea by The Republic of Tea called Hi-Caf teas. I am digging the caramel flavor the most. I also have coconut and pomegranate. I really want to try the cinnamon toast one but have not found it locally.

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My new WINTER toe socks. They are awesome!

 

Still. I am tired. and I am not logging anywhere near the mileage I did this time last year. I have 2 races in March. A St. Paddy’s 5k on the levee trail (which is where I did my PR last year) and a Pi Day half marathon at the River Trail. To be honest, I am not excited about either. I am afraid. I am scared shitless. I guess I should just be happy I am running. I should think of these races as a stake in the ground. I should high-five my kids at the end and be happy I am back to running races again. But deep-down I am angry and upset. What is the point of racing if I am not fast? Why did all this happen to me? When will I feel like me again? I mean. I miss my clothes!

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Big headphones are for studios. Not the gym.

 

Sigh. Time to take a deep breath and drink a cup of tea. And stay awake. Tonight is a row-run-row brick at the gym. I enjoy this workout a lot as I feel like the rowing machine hits my core, which is very neglected. My beloved Skullcandy earbuds died a couple weeks ago, so I had to use the studio headphones that I refer to as dorky earmuffs. (Seriously, stop wearing big headphones at the gym, people!). My new headphones are some earbuds by Sennheiser, and I will review them a bit later. So far, I am really liking them.

If you have some earbuds that you really love, I would like to hear some suggestions! 🙂

Oh! One more thing! I need to update my blog! I have a new ambassadorship I want to tell you about. I am officially an Orange Mud ambassador! How cool is that? I will be putting up my shiny new badge here soon!

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