Just Breathe

The last 12 hours or so have been rather frustrating.  Tech problems, work problems and very little sleep due to me trying to work on said tech problems has left me feeling grumpy and hungry as all get out.

So…while I try and breathe through my second last day of work before I head out on a glorious vacation, please enjoy this youTube clip…simply because it makes me happy:

Later Tater! :)

~Princess Lisa

Runner’s Confessions

My name is Lisa and I have skipped two races this year.  The latest being yesterday–a 10K Race.

Wow.  Feels better to get that off of my chest.

Why did I skip you ask?  Well, a number of reasons.  The first race I skipped was a 5K trail run a few days before I did that horrid Minnesota Half Marathon.  My hip was so sore that I figured running on uneven trails wasn’t a good idea.  I felt comfortable with that because I was sacrificing a relatively low key race for the glory of what I hoped at the time would be a PR half…oh how wrong I was. lol.

Yesterday’s skip….that was a bit more straightforward.  Much like Nicole , running and I are not getting along.  I’ve already mentioned the burn out and well, even though it’s getting better, I’m still dealing with it.  For whatever reason, knowing I had to run a 10K felt like I was embarking on an full marathon with no training and my weird hip/groin injury.  Oh the fun tricks burnout plays on your head. I woke up at 3:30am the morning of the race, with a massive migraine, which made me physically ill.  Combine that with a rather chilly, downpour when I woke to actually go to the race on a day that was already going to be a bit frazzling, and I just, well, I re-set my alarm and simply went back to sleep for a few hours.  I woke up feeling pain free and ready to take on the day.

Though I don’t want to make a habit out of signing up for races and not showing up, I’ve come to learn that sometimes, you need to listen to your mind and body.  If they are all saying no…and it’s one of those desperate, I don’t want to do this sort of nos, then don’t do it. If’ it’s one of those, I’m just being lazy…then get your butt off the couch.

I’m trying to embrace this little rough spot in my relationship with running.  I had gone more than a whole year without one (aside from my Achilles injury) and ran really strongly…despite the fact that my races haven’t turned out so well this year.  Every relationship has it’s rough spots…so of course running will have one, too.  Plus, these rough times, make you appreciate the really good times.  I think back to how amazing and strong I felt during my Dumbo Double Dare training and the race itself…and I cannot wait to get that strength back, to feel those glorious runner highs.

In the past, these runner ruts have gotten me down, but I’m gaining more perspective and experience with each one.  I’m looking at this as a key lesson my body needed a break, to avoid breaking down and I know I will come back stronger, fitter and faster….I always do.

So…if you are going through a running rut, a bad case of burnout, skipped a race or simply had a bad run, give yourself a break…it might be what you need to keep running well.

Take care,

~Princess Lisa

 

Friday Five: Five Firsts on my Upcoming Vacation

Howdy Ho Folks!

T’is my last Friday in Winnipeg for a few weeks–and to that I say, WOOT!  Though, the gorgeous, though extremely warm weather we have had the past few days make it hat much harder to leave. lol.

I’m eager to get on that plane and get started on my vacation–I’m pretty excited as there are a lot of firsts that are happening on this trip–which just makes it feel that much more important and exciting.  So…today’s Friday Five is a tribute to those five things:

1. I get to meet my Aussie niece.  She was born in April of 2013 and this is our first chance to meet outside of an iPhone.  I also get to meet my yet to be born niece, in utero….we are so doing a selfie. ;)

2. I am running the Tower of Terror 10 Miler for the first time!!  Not only that, but it is my first time that I have ever won a race entry and it will be my first time that I run a Disney race for fun and photo ops!  WOOT!

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3. I made actual dining reservations for the “popular” restaurants at WDW–including Kona Café and Le Cellier, the Parisian breakfast (Wine n Dine fest).  I also am checking out the Halloween parties at WDW and Universal for the first time, too.

4. I booked myself a two day, private surfing lesson/tour around the North and South Shores of Oahu.  My first time ever getting private surfing lessons–wish me luck.

5. I am planning on sticking to a budget on this trip…this will be the first time ever that I have had a proper budget.  OY!

 

Do you have any big firsts coming up?  Do you like new things when you travel or going to the same places?

Much love,

~Princess Lisa