Thursday, May 1, 2008

Taking a step back

Hey guys! SOrry its been a while. It's been a super stressful week. My whole class went to hilton head for this anesthesia conference and I decided to stay back for a few reasons ($, and others). It was nice because I got to spend more time with the husband and puppy! But we had a lot of other stuff going on as well.

We decided that it was time to sell my car. It has 130k miles on it....the trunk doesnt stay open anymore..and I will need to drive it across the country in a few months for clinical rotations. NExt year I will be staying in cities like Washington DC and St Louis and my husband isn't comfortable with me being there with that car. Or even trying to get there. So we sold my celica (I'm really sad...I part with her today...and I might cry). We got quite a bit of money for her. And there will be a new member in the family as of this saturday..................................Sally..............Mustang Sally....

Shes really pretty. But we have to go to Orlando to pick her up this weekend. Basically she was only $2000 more than we got for the celica..so we are using our tax refund. This way we won't have any car payments. YAY! I'm so pumped to have a convertible! :)

Also on Monday I went and had a deep tissue massage. SOmething the hubby got me as a birthday gift. What an amazing hubby right?? Ughh..it was unbelievable. ANd ever since that, I've been obsessed with drinking ice water with cucumer slices in it. Its sooooo fresh and good. You should try it.

On the workout front....I need to take a step back. Suddenly, this is all starting to feel like a chore. It is adding to my stress load. I went for a run yesterday...and I was trying so hard to run fast that I wasn't enjoying myself at all. Finally I stopped and walked.......and decided the rest of the run I was going to run for "fun"....and not worry about speed. I enjoyed it so much better that way. When I first starting running it was an outlet for me. ALmost therapuetic. It took stress away and made me feel unbelievable. Ever since the marathon and sorta wrecking up my legs a bit...I've just been struggling with trying to make my legs go faster and faster and faster. I need to take a step back....bad. This cannot be something adding to my stress level. My life is too crazy......it needs to be therapy. So there ya have it. I'm going to slow down and enjoy myself. I'm not going for a PR in CLeveland...I'm going to Cleveland to see my family and friends. I have not been home in a year since I got married and moved for graduate school. The half marathon is something I'm doing for fun that weekend, but I'm more focused on seeing loved ones.

Hope this makes sense.

15 comments:

jahowie said...

Nice wheels!! I like that you took a step back and started to run for fun. It really shouldn't be stressful. Speed will just come naturally. :-)

D10 said...

Congratulations on the new car!! Don't worry about speed, it is something that will develop over time.

I was like you after my first marathon. I wanted to go faster, but I wasn't getting the results and running wasn’t so much fun anymore. But, after a few months of just running to run, not worrying about time and not pressuring myself to run 5 days a week, my pace slowly got faster. Sometimes your body as well as your mind just needs a little rest. You have done a lot of running these past few months!

Viv said...

Sweet car! You will be sporting the tan this summer. Enjoy it, and especially that it will be paid for even sweeter!
cucumber slices, gotta try it. I am glad you enjoyed that birthday massage. You needed it after the marathon & moving.

*aron* said...

you are a busy girl!!!! YAY for the new car! so fun. and good job for slowing down to enjoy running... when it becomes a task then it isnt so fun and then you are more likely to slack off too... so good job recognizing that! you are doing great!

triguyjt said...

christine.....

fabulous looking wheels and you dont have any car payments...

now,, you gotta name her!!!!

its cool to back off..don't sweat it...no problema

enjoy the visit to cleveland...just have fun in the race and see the family...

jahowie said...

Sorry, but yes, I really hate David. LOL!!! My swimming hasn't been going very well. I haven't had a lot of time lately with the boys being involved in so much. I knew that I'd take a beating for hating David, but I really can't stand him. LOL!!! I am cool btw. ;-)

rinus said...

Nice new car and go not to fast in life!.
Groet Rinus.
http://rinusrunning.punt.nl/?home=1

Benson said...

Good to get things back in perspective.
Sally sure is pretty.

jkrunning said...

I'd trade for a convertible anyday. Have fun with that.

Susan Oseen said...

we just got a convertible last summer...love it, but wish we lived somewhere we could use it more often (instead of having to put it in storage for 7 months).

It has taken me a long time to actually be able to run for fun, but it's growing on me...slowly!!

Brianna said...

I've been needing to use my runs for therapy lately, too. I've been exploring speed work (which was okay), but have found that really what I need is the fresh air and time away to clear my brain. A fun, relaxed run is just the ticket. Enjoy the new approach - and the new ride!

Brian said...

Just don't name her after you, like the movie.

Have you decided what pace you're going to run at cleveland? Maybe you'll run with my group.

runningtwig said...

Sometimes it's good to take a step back. I was like you when I first started running - I always wanted to go faster and faster, but it eventually caught up to me. I took a step back and actually ran really slowly for almost two months. LSD (long slow distance) running - and it helped me really build my base. It took some patience, but it helped me be a faster runner!

Good luck!

SLB said...

Va va voom, we hired a ragtop on a Portland OR to Los Angeles road trip...awesome!

Ted said...

Now now now, will you tell us the truth about your other Porsche? Just kidding. That's a sweet looking car. My very first car was a 1986 Mustang.