Happy Furlough Monday my friends. That’s right, I’m part of this big furlough funding mess. Going on week three here in the big DC.
Without getting too political I will just say ~ enough already! I’m ready to go back to work. I’m a bit of a workaholic. Yes…I’m one of those. I love to work. Of course it helps to love your job, but I’m getting very annoyed. I mean how many mandalas can I draw to relive stress? It would be nice if they would leave the working folks out of the funding mess – let’s keep the big projects (AKA the Wall) out of normal every day life funding shall we? Please fight on someone else’s dime, preferably our senators and representatives. I overheard someone saying, wow, I wish I could get a paid vacation. First of all, I’m not getting paid right now. Will I get back pay, yes that is the plan, but just think of all the work that is piling up right now? That is the downside and no that isn’t fun….at all. It is going to be a real ass-kicker when I return. Mentally and figuratively I’m sure! The upside… I’m getting some mad miles in… oh and I did get a pedicure today too. Funny thing is there were other ladies in the salon on furlough! Should have served wine.
In better news my training for the Shamrock Marathon in March has begun. I started on Saturday and not too much to report but I kicked it off with a five-mile run. My goal for this marathon is to have an average pace in the 10s. Normally, I’m rocking an average 11, but my goal is to eventually run a marathon with an average pace in the 9s. Mind over matter, mind over matter, mind over matter….yes Dorthy, mind over matter.
I need shoes like that…oooh maybe some running shoes….yaaassss!
I will have a nontraditional training plan this time around because I want to keep cycling. Meaning…I don’t want to lose my momentum on the bike, so something has to give. I have been getting miles in every day if possible. A combination of walking, running, and cycling. Throw in about three (four because I’m on furlough) days of strength training and I’m a busy girl. Getting it done.
Pain level is at a steady 3 – 4 out of 10. Still in the right lower side. MRI and X Ray are on Friday and will see where we go from there. No, get that thought out of your head. I will continue on.
Of course my long run was on a rainy day. Sometimes I think, hmmm should I just go inside? Nah, not always. It wasn’t bad and normally on those days, no one is on the trail. This is what my run looked like:
I kept it in the 10s! It wasn’t a bad run and I felt okay. Some slowing down on the hills to ensure footing.
My week was a good one ~ I completed 51.33 miles. I have 5185.49 miles gratefully remaining. I hope this post finds you in good spirits for the new year. Remember, nothing lasts forever – even a government furlough. Happy Miles to You!!
This came up on my playlist this weekend and was appropriate. Absolutely love Annie Lennox and the acoustic version is awesome.