I Mean …

Oomph. This has been the longest, strangest week. And it’s only Wednesday. Everything has seemed off—both at practice and at work. Are the tides changing?

Happy National Running Day!


Just being a model (again) and hamming it up at work.

If using a crockpot during the summer is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.


Chicken has returned to the rotation thanks to this recipe. I made some swaps—chicken breasts instead of thighs, one can of black beans and one cup of quinoa instead of two cups of black beans, all the sweet potatoes, etc.—and I highly recommend this meal if you like Mexican/Latin flavors. So good.

Speaking of food, almond butter and jelly has been my, erm, jam. Before every bike workout, I toast a waffle and layer on this combo. I’m a little kid at heart.

… and I’m a little kid who can’t count. During swim workouts, I can keep track of laps up to 200 yards, but then all is lost. If the actual swimmers have any tips, then I’m all ears. #wannabeswimmer

Somehow, I end up in charge during workouts. Even though I got bumped up a cycling group, I’m definitely on the brink—meaning I’m the slowest and hanging on for dear life—but everyone turns to me: “Carrie, what’s the workout? Carrie, when do we attack? Carrie, should we be sitting or standing for these climbs?” It’s amusing because (1) I’m the youngest, and (2) I’m the least experienced. Yes, this happens during swim and run too, but who would’ve thought I’d be captaining my bike group? Certainly not me.

All I want is a maxi dress that actually touches the floor. I went shopping on Thursday and tried on all the clothes, but could not find one acceptable dress. You’re to blame, swimming shoulders and cycling legs.

I don’t blog about work a ton, but it’s going well. However, in recent weeks, I’ve been struggling to maintain a work/life balance. My schedule is unique (I’m off Thursdays and Sundays), which makes it tough to leave work at work, especially during the week. When I was the editor of my college’s newspaper, I trouble pressing “stop”—signing off email, taking a break from editing articles, and leaving the computer suite even though the InDesign layout wasn’t complete. I’m hardwired to work hard—if you’re going to do it, then really do it and give it 150 percent—and this is a blessing and a curse. I need to figure out how to “power down,” and I hope changing my work schedule will help.

How do you “unplug” after work?

6 responses to “I Mean …

  1. This is what happens when you’re organized. People expect you to keep track of stuff! Regardless of your race/position whatever…it happens to me, too! My advice is own it, it will eventually pay off.

    And don’t get me started on clothes. The capris I wore today were a little tight around the calves. And I realize…my calf muscles have grown. REALLY?

    • carriestevens

      It’s funny–power and authority always seem to find me. My mom says it’s an aura I give off. 🙂 I’m telling you, if someone designs runner-/athlete-friendly clothes, then they will make a killing. So much room in the market!

  2. Short answer: you take the 1/2 number of 50s minus one! Count the number of flip-turns on your push-off wall: For each 100 it is a succession of odd numbers: 100: 1 flip turn; 200: 3 flip turns; 300, 400, 500: 5, 7, 9. For distances over 1000: 40/2 = 20 ->19; 1500: 60/2 =30 -> 29; 1650: 66/2 = 33 -> 32. FYI: in swim meets the lap counters for distance events only go up to 60s for this reason [count is done in this instance by 25]

  3. I keep track of how far I’ve gone by looking at the clock every 50 to track my pace. This requires and easy-to-see clock, though.

  4. This week has been so long. I wish it was over already.

    I used to count every length. 1,2,3,4…It was tedious but it normally kept me pretty good to go.

  5. I do the same thing as Hollie- not that it matters since I am no where near a great swimmer but it works for me.

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