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Face The Music Friday #24

on March 7, 2014

It’s not even worth mentioning my fitness this week, but there it is:

I ran on Sunday and Tuesday.


I will say, Sunday’s run was my longest ever in distance. My recorded distance on my Garmin was 5.07 miles, (Runkeeper said 5.12 because I started it, zipped it in my pocket, then started my Garmin) but that doesn’t include the warm-up and cool down so it was probably somewhere close to 5 1/2. I’m still doing walk/run because I haven’t built my endurance back up to just running the whole time after my injury break.

I have a race tomorrow in Providence, the St. Pat’s 5K, that was my first ever road race last year. I’m excited to do it again because when I did it last year I had to walk it because I hadn’t fully healed from my hip strain. This year I’ll be running and you know what that means – instant PR!

I skipped Unleashed last night. But unlike the prior classes I missed, I didn’t actually have another commitment. I had such an awful day yesterday (and it’s been an awful week) that I made a last minute call and said I was going home after work. I know it probably would have helped me feel better, but I just couldn’t do it. I figure I’ll just work that much harder next week when they have NE Spahtens day and I go for the full 3 hour day.

I’m also working strength back in to my routine. Dan gave me another great list and I’ll be mixing things up again. This should get me through to the Tough Mudder since it’s less than 3 months away now. I also realized when I was working on my training spreadsheet that I had miscalculated weeks for the running plans I chose. When I corrected them, I realized I’ll be MUCH closer to half marathon distance by the TM, plus that means I’ll actually be at higher mileage already for the 10 Miler I was talking about doing at the end of April.

Let’s talk life, shall we?



Why yes, yes it does. My depression and anxiety is through the roof lately and I need to get it back under control. I felt AMAZING after my run on Sunday. I ran outside in the cool air and slight snow flurry and it felt awesome. I can’t wait to get back out there on the regular now that there are streets and sidewalks to run on with some snow melt and lack of ice.

Speaking of, we scored some great deals at the REI garage sale we went to last weekend. I got a pair of really nice Keen water shoes for kayaking for less than $20, a pair of Pearl Izumi gloves for the TM (and other OCR) for less than $10 and a Petzl headlamp for running for less than $15! Tara got a ton of clothes marked down as well. I think everything we got was on sale except for a fig bar she bought at the checkout. I also got some Clif Shot Bloks to try on my longer runs since I’ve never run far enough before to need to refuel mid-run.

In other news, I’m continuing with my chiro appointments and they’re going well. They’ve noticed some small improvements so far in my flexibility so that’s a start I guess.

I had a job interview this week internally at the company I already work for. It’s in a different department, but only across the hall from where I currently sit. It actually is a position that could lead to better advancements as well, versus where I am now which can’t really go anywhere. I feel like I tanked the interview, but I guess I’ll see what happens when second interviews come around.

And lastly…I’ll be going to 2 concerts this summer. Tickets are bought. Now we wait!





For the song this week, it’s fitting that I go with this one. I really need to do it.

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out








15 responses to “Face The Music Friday #24

  1. Heather says:

    Great song recommendation! I totally grabbed my phone and started playing it immediately – perfect for the week I’ve had and to start the Friday dance-it-out party in my office!

    By the by – I’m a recent fan of your blog (I read via email subscription) and am really enjoying all that you share. Thanks for being such a great inspiration to your readers and followers!

    And way to go on your long run!! I, too, am so excited to get back to regular outdoor running. I’m in New York state and am so sick and tired of there always being ice on the sidewalks and running paths.

    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

    • It’s hard not to like that song. I love the way it builds up from kind of melancholy sounding and then it’s just like – YES!! – badassness.

      Thanks for subscribing! I also just recently started following you via email, too. 🙂

      I’m so glad you understand the ice situation being in the Northeast also. We’re actually gonna be close to 50 for the race tomorrow though so that’s pretty exciting!!

      I hope you have an awesome weekend, too!

  2. I SO want to go to the Linkin Park show!! I love that band and have yet to see them live.

    Hope you run in to you at the race tomorrow! 🙂

    • Courtney says:

      I’ve seen them live once before and they’re GREAT live! I would recommend if you can get tickets that you should go. AFI is great live, too. I’ve never seen 30 Seconds To Mars though.

      I’ll keep an eye out for you!

  3. biz319 says:

    My step-son used to love Linkin Park – I wonder if he still does??!! I need to get back to the strength training too – I am restarting my 12 week program next week – that’s the only thing that will help change my body shape, not just doing cardio. Have a great weekend!

    • Courtney says:

      He might still like them. I’ve liked them since they first came out and still do, but I get nostalgic for music of certain eras, so that could just be me.

      Good luck restarting your program. Have an awesome weekend!

  4. What was up with this week? It sounds like it was crap for most of the people I follow and I know it was k-rap for me (the k means it was extra crappy, like k-razy means extra crazy). Ugh. I hope that (1) you realize running twice IS well worth mentioning, awesome job!! (2) your week gets better and (3) that you get the new job!

    • Courtney says:

      I wonder if people are just so over with winter that we can’t handle it anymore and everything is awful. Sure, that sounds like a good explanation. I woke up to bright, bright sunshine for my race this morning though and am already in a good mood because of A) the sun and B) it’s SATURDAY!! So yeah, I think today will be a good day. 🙂

      And thanks! I hope I get it, too.

  5. Good luck tomorrow!!!

    I am so jealous of that second concert! My commute the last 2 days has actually been to Linkin Park blaring from my speakers :). I love AFI and 30STM too. Good luck with job possibility too 🙂

    • Courtney says:

      Thank you!! Heading out shortly for it – beautiful day out already!

      That’s good driving music! I’m really excited to see a line-up with 3 bands I like instead of 1 or 2 that I like and some stupid opening band I’ve never heard of. That’s the worst. You should see if it’s coming near you and get tickets! I’ve seen Linkin Park and AFI before and both are REALLY good live. Totally worth the money if you can save up for it.

  6. Sorry about the funk. I’m right there with you. Fingers crossed about the interview too. I hope you get it! I need a whole week do-over. I guess I just need to make next week even better and get back on the horse, so to speak.

  7. I really hope the job interview turns out great for you!

  8. Love that song, and great job on your 5 miler!:)

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