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Out of Whack

Helloooo, Friday!

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Even though I’m inclined to say “it’s been one of those weeks,” it really hasn’t. But it kinda has. Let me explain.

Earlier this week, we undertook a renovation project of sorts at work. This meant about 2,000 pairs of running sneakers had to be moved from the shoe room on the ground floor to the basement downstairs. And this relocation displaced our buyers, marketing folks, editorial gurus, etc. Somehow, my workspace became the new garbage location (I don’t ask questions), so I’ve been working remotely.

It’s been a productive, but surreal week. Nearly all of our “downstairs” people have been working from home, so when I stopped in Wednesday afternoon to take care of a few things, it felt like summer camp—a.k.a. hanging out with your friends without adults. (This doesn’t mean people are not responsible adults; the atmosphere was just different because our corporate contingent wasn’t there.)

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Action shot from our Marathon FAQ Panel.  See the sneakers on the left?  Direct result of the renovation project.

Working from home has its positives and negatives: Woohoo for wearing glasses, camping out on the couch, and blasting Maroon 5 all day (and OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles too.) Boo for going stir crazy, experiencing Girls’ Club withdrawal, and having no one to talk to. Gotta take the good with the bad, right?

On a related note, I’ve felt totally out of whack this week.

My routine changed because working remotely means I can start doing my thing earlier. This week has actually reminded me of Honors Week during my senior year of college. Basically, students undertaking Honors projects had five days to write at least 50 pages of a dissertation of sorts; and since I’m a morning person, I’d wake up early, crank out words for five hours, and then take a break. There’s no drafting and revising now, but there have been similarities like days blurring together and taking 30-minute power naps.

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Also, thank GAWD season six of Parks and Rec is on Netflix Instant

During Honors Week, I shut myself off from everyone, put my blinders on, and basically only did one of three things: wrote, ate, or slept. Thankfully, I lived with my BFF who was also doing Honors, so we felt some solidarity in our zombie statuses: ‘Are you alive? What page are you on? Nice, ready, break!’

That rigid intensity hasn’t been replicated this week, but that sense of distance feels familiar. Since I spent my Honors Week waking hours dialed in, there was virtually no socializing. Granted, it was only five days, but still. Not ideal. This week has felt like that too: It’s tough when you know exactly what’s going on in someone’s life—including the nitty gritty stuff—and then you don’t see or really talk to them for a week. Again, not ideal, but normally, this wouldn’t be an issue; as a type-A person, I’d cling to and find comfort in my routine, but since my day-to-day has changed too, well, it’s been a long week.

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Miss you, Zelda!

There’s no concrete end date in sight—just the vague, “sometime next week”—and since we’re in full-fledged marathon season, we can’t let up either. It’s the most wonderful (and crazy and stressful) time of the year!

Speaking of, two quick PSAs: First, for you NYC folks, JackRabbit is holding our Four Jacks Run tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. If you need one last long run (20 miles) before the marathon, then this is perfect!  Second, I’m doing Bike MS Sunday with some coworkers. This has become a personal cause—you may remember I did MuckFest Boston last year with my aunt—and every donation helps.

All right. It’s back to Sara B. until further notice.

What are you up to this weekend?

What Day Is It?

After my “special talents” post, you knew this was coming.

It’s October 3.

Dinner

Last night’s meal was one of my favorites—spicy shrimp with cilantro and lime.

Jasmine rice upped the ante.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve had rice—let alone a starch with dinner—so it was a tasty treat.

Plus roasted broccoli and mushrooms.

Workout – Running

This morning’s 50-minute run was relatively uneventful, except for the surprising warm weather—the thermometer read 60 degrees.  In October.  In Central New York.  Crazy! (Just for reference, we’ve had snow on Halloween; this heat wave is unprecedented.) Needless to say, a grey t-shirt was a poor apparel choice.  Oops.  Anyway, after my run, I completed some upper- and lower-body work including squats and bicep curls.

Breakfast

A warm workout called for a cool morning meal—protein smoothie for the win!

Into the blender went one frozen banana, spinach, frozen blueberries, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb protein powder.  In case one Jay Robb-based item wasn’t enough, I also ate a slice of protein-packed pumpkin bread.

To celebrate Oct. 3, my mom and I went to Fleet Feet. (Not that I need a reason to celebrate Oct. 3 or go to Fleet Feet; let’s be real.) Say hello to runner heaven.

She wanted walking sneakers, and I realized I’ve had my Asics Gel-Cumulus 14’s for about six months.

[Back when they were brand-spankin’ new.]

These sneaks have seen a ton of races.  I bought them before the Seneca7, and I’ve worn them for the Nate Race, 4th of July 10-miler, Boilermaker 15-K, Fleet Feet’s Runapoolza, and the Tromptown Run, my first half-marathon.  Not to mention three triathlons—Cazenovia, Skinnyman, and DeRuyter–and a slew of college races Before Fitness and Frozen Grapes (BFFG).  They’ve seen a lot of pavement (and a lot of Central New York) and logged a lot of miles, so it was time for a new pair.

In total, I tried on four options (Asics, New Balance, Nike, and Mizuno), and these New Balance 870V2’s were the front-runners for a while.

Ultimately, though, I went with the Mizuno Wave Elixirs.

They fit my feet perfectly, and they’re lighter and more aerodynamic than my old Asics.

Lunch

With a boatload of roasted veggies leftover from last night’s dinner, a huge salad was in order.

Beneath the veggie mound, there’s spinach, apple slices, and blackened tofu.  Yum!

Not going to lie, I’m going to take my new sneaks out for short jog in a bit.  As soon as I started lacing them up, Zelda thought she was getting a w-a-l-k.

Zelda’s pretty pleased with herself today:  Runner’s World named greyhounds as one of the best dogs for “brisk shorter runs” and “going fast.”

I could probably PR at my next 5-K if Zelda ran with me; when we go for “walks,” she pulls me along!  What brand of sneakers do you wear?  Do you have a different pair for running, other forms of cardio, and strength training?  How many pairs of sneakers do you own?  Do you ever go running with your dog?

Special Talents

Hey, hey—Happy Saturday!  I’m up and blogging at ‘em early because my mom and I are off to the mall.  Anthropologie, here I come!

Dinner

Say hello to tempeh, my new favorite vegetarian protein.  Sorry, tofu; we had a great run, but this nutty and grainy option has become my go-to.

Thirty minutes marinating and 10 minutes grilling.  Can’t get much easier, right?  Paired with roasted broccoli, mushrooms, and red pepper—plus some of my uncle’s homegrown peppers—this meal was solid all around.  Including in the dessert department.

Breakfast

Armed with liquid egg whites, I prepared “oatless” oatmeal this morning.  Shopping requires some serious fuel.

To the usual base, I added banana slices and frozen blueberries.

According to this week’s workout plan, Saturday was going to be an easy run or a rest day, and I chose the latter.  Yesterday’s 7.25-mile outing was the longest and farthest I’ve run since my half-marathon in August.  And although I don’t mind running in the rain, my right knee thinks precipitation is less than ideal:  I had reconstructive meniscus and ACL surgery the summer before my junior year of high school, and even though my right leg is totally fine now (actually stronger than it was pre-surgery), it has the tendency to “predict” when it’s going to rain. (The change in barometric pressure causes it to swell and sometimes hurt.) Basically, I’m like Karen from Mean Girls.

Anyway, since I’m feeling the effects from yesterday’s “forecast,” and especially since it’s raining now, I’m going to list to my body and rest up.

During my high school AP Language class senior year, my weatherwoman tendencies proved to be quite funny, especially because my teacher (a fellow William Smith alumna) also had ACL surgery.  Class discussions seamlessly transitioned from a lecture on direct objects to a weather forecast.  Good times.

Do you have any “special talents”?