Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January wrap-up

Training stats:

(Notice the not so conspicuous lack of information)

The best way to describe my January is about 18 days of AAaauuugghh, 6 days of Blaaaaahh and another 7 days of Uuugghhhhh ... Not necessarily in that order.

Even if I had any time for training I'm not sure I would feel like it ... Even if I felt like it I'm not sure I would have been able to do much. 

It's really the same squawk ... there was no single horrible event, just multiple little to moderate annoyances that combine together in a rapid fire format that makes things seem so out of control ... Of course, I've been told that I shouldn't let things I have no control over get to me ... And to that thought I say, "If I had any control over the events I would change things and be happier ... DUH!"

I'll skip the topics of Pam's mom being in a convalescent hospital, Pam's brother being an a-hole, the plumbing at her mom's house needing work and her brother being an a-hole, the afore mentioned convalescent hospital not noticing that Pam's mom's oxygen level dropped into the 70% range and being rushed to the hospital where they discovered she has congestive heart failure, the plumbing at home backing up, the plumbing at home backing up (yes, I know I just said that, but it did happen twice) ... and did I mention that Pam's brother is being an a-hole?

Since I've skipped the first 26 days of the month I will focus the last 5 days.  Pam apparently picked up a stomach flu ... which we are pretty sure she got from the convalescent hospital, because they said it is going around there and a lot of people have gotten it ... So, Pam enjoyed all the symptoms you would expect from a stomach bug for several days.  And just when I thought I may not get to enjoy it with her, I started feeling the oh so familiar rumble ... damn.

Or maybe I should say shit ... and a lot of it. 

February is already off to a better start than January ... I've made a lot of progress toward my weight loss goal for the year ... I've made it back onto solid food ... And checking my calendar I think I actually have time for training on the 17th in the afternoon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My obligatory starting the new year post

So I survived another year and it's time to look back on the events that shaped the last 12 months.

It is not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic ... I don't care whether the glass is half full or half empty.  I want to know what's in the glass.

I could easily bemoan the injuries, illnesses and crises that seem to have plagued the past few years, but the truth is the rough times help me appreciate the better times and happy events even more.

In 2011 I was able to enjoy my nephew's wedding ... I saw another nephew graduate college ... My family and I took a small vacation to Las Vegas and had a very good and relaxing time.

Part of me feels like I fell short of some goals.  I did not complete a marathon, but I did complete a half marathon while injured.  I could not sustain the tiny bit of training momentum I started at the beginning of the year, but at this point I am happy being able to walk without substantial pain.

I guess like all years 2011 had plenty of ups and downs.  I do not have any specific goals for 2012 other than surviving ... and maybe getting back to training ... and if things go well maybe a marathon late in the year ... We'll see.