Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of September 8th - September 14th... Can you tell by my step counts that I was on vacation this week and spent most of my time relaxing?? Awwwww... it was nice. I'm feeling great on my runs still and actually on my one Sunday evening I pushed myself hard. I did experience more right knee pain than usual on this run though. YIKES! I stretched and iced it down in hopes that it doesn't progress into something more. As for my goal to drink more water... that's a tough one for me and I haven't even come close to reaching my 500 oz per week. PHEW! And... since I was on vacation I went a tad bit crazy on my Starbucks drinking. Hey, that's what vacations are for right! I'll try to be good for the next few weeks... no Starbucks! :)


Monday, September 8th, 2014 - Ran 5 miles / 15, 855 total steps / 5.2 total miles / 581 calories

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - 8,593 total steps / 2.8 total miles / 149 calories

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - 2,670 total steps / .8 total miles / 34 calories

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - 799 total steps / .2 total miles / 3 calories

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - 3,066 total steps / .9 total miles / 31 calories

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - 1,762 total steps / .5 total miles / 7 calories

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 - Ran 5.5 miles / 10,838 total steps / 5.6 total miles / 543 calories

Totals for the week : Ran 10.5 miles / 43,583 total steps / 16 total miles / 1,348 calories / 
143 oz of water / 3 Starbucks coffees

Photo a Day Challenge : Week #36


Day 7 - Father


Day 8 - Broken (Suzy's favorite shot in remembrance of her)


Day 9 - Orange


Day 10 - Repetition (miles and miles of road construction)


Day 11 - How I Feel Today (I always feel happy when Dan wears his Doodle Dad shirt!)


Day 12 - Fall (with my favorite ladies)


Day 13 - Out of Place (wasn't expecting to see these beautiful swans at the lake)

Forgetting is a Blessing

Monday of this week was a down right crappy day. Without disclosing too much information and making sure to keep the privacy and confidentially of my residents as my top priority, I'll tell you about it in the best way I know how. 

I experienced a day when I had a resident who was very unhappy with me. She was annoyed, frustrated, and exhausted by a situation I had place her in. She expressed her unhappiness with me by saying many hurtful things to me in front of several other peer residents. The situation tore me apart. Not because of the things she said, but because I was the one that had placed her in the situation and caused her unhappiness even though I thought what I was doing at the time was only helping her.

I went home that evening and cried harder than I have in a long time. The situation really upset me and I couldn't shake it for a long time. I knew deep down it wasn't my fault or the resident's fault but instead the fault of a disease that destroys our loved ones minds and can change their personalities forever. 

The next day as I went into work I was very apprehensive to see this resident because of the situation that took place the day before. I was nervous that she would still be upset with me and that our relationship would be damaged forever. But much to my happiness there was no memory of what happened the day before and I was once again just a new friend who had entered her life.


And for that I am thankful.

Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of September 1st - September 7th... I was wanting to get some running in this weekend, but I was working and walked around so much that my knees and hips were really bothering me so I didn't. I am happy though about the two runs I did get in this week and continue to feel like I'm making progress with my running. I'm not going fast by any means, but as long as my knees continue to feel pretty good I'm happy. I did really well with getting my steps in, but not so hot with the amount of water I should be drinking per week. Either way... I'm making progress :)



Monday, September 1st, 2014 - Ran 4 miles / 12,462 total steps / 4 total miles / 413 calories

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - 10,152 total steps / 3.3 total miles / 229 calories

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - 8,357 total steps / 2.7 total miles / 162 calories

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 - Ran 4 miles / 14,765 total steps / 4.8 total miles / 544 calories

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - 14,399 total steps / 4.7 total miles / 299 calories

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - 10, 593 total steps / 3.4 total miles / 219 calories

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 - 13, 560 total steps / 4.3 total miles / 306 calories

Totals for the week : Ran 8 miles / 84,288 total steps / 27.2 total miles / 
2,172 calories / 262 oz of water / 1 grande white chocolate mocha Starbucks

Photo a Day Challenge : Week #35



 Day 31 - 10 am (with this sweet guy)


Day 1 - In My Cup


Day 2 - Stripes


Day 3 - Button (my favorite one as I slowly ween myself off Starbucks)


Day 4 - DIY (getting my 4 miler in cause they aren't going to run themselves)


Day 5 - Upside Down


Day 6 - I Need (to finish this book... it's due Wednesday)

Before Turning 31 Checklist

Setting goals are important to me, but I think what I have learned during this past year is that I sometimes set myself up for failure with goals that are probably a little out of reach or way too much for me to take on. So this year my list will be much shorter, but ones that I believe are more than reachable in a years time.

1) Finish my Master's in Gerontology degree
2) Run a second Half Marathon
3) Run 350 miles between now and my 31st B-day (30 miles per month)
4) Run 5 races shorter than a Half Marathon
5) Have no more than one Starbucks drink per week
6) Do something out of my comfort zone
7) Read more books / Stop watching so much TV
8) Take at least 3 million steps between now and my 31st B-day (at least 62,500 per week)
9) Drink more water (24,000 oz in a year which would be 500 oz per week)
10) Have a child

And even though I will do my best to reach these goals before turning 31, I'll keep in mind the advice a wise woman once told me... "encourage yourself to relax, enjoy life, and be easy on yourself" because what's more important than anything is being happy. Life is too short for anything else. Here's to a fabulous start to my 30's!
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