Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Motivation for the Holidays

Now that the holidays are approaching and I'm STILL attempting to get back into shape/running more , I decided to create a training plan for me to stick to to motivate me to keep running. It's going to be difficult to motivate me to run when I'm visiting my parents in the snow for Christmas, especially because I'm not training for Princess Half this year, so I'm hoping that this training plan will help me maintain fitness and motivation. 

As you can see, I'm keeping the mileage relatively low. For the first 4 weeks, I'm only going to be running 3 days a week. Then, I'm going to add in a 4th day during the week. Maybe I'll eventually build back up to the mileage/fitness I was at when I got injured in February. It's really been hard not to compare myself to where I was a year ago. It's been really hard to be two minutes slower when running my easy runs than where I was eight months ago. I know it's my fault for not getting back into things right away, but instead of sulking, I'm going to try and put in the work to get back to an area where I'm happy with my running.

Also, see those "Days" blocks in my training sheet? I'm doing a 90 Day Ab Challenge. My friend is a personal trainer and created this challenge last year. I decided to do it this time around to improve my core and maybe pick up some more speed. You can find the group here if you're interested! 

How will you stay motivated during the holidays? How many days a week do you run? 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Breakdown and a Decision

Remember when I promised Turtle Tuesdays all of the time? That was before I got into my job and got busy. I had every intention of having one written for you today, but then I had a breakdown at work yesterday and my priorities were coming home and sleeping...

I think that 2.5 months of working programs, covering other people's duties, and working 12 hour days most days finally took its toll on me! I was in charge of one of our groups this weekend because my boss was at a conference. They're a great group, but I kept making small mistakes that I am beating myself up over. I got lost for 2 hours on Sunday (on my way to a new-to-me place) and then yesterday the group was late for lunch. They still had food and no one was complaining - in fact, they keep telling me to relax because they know how stressful this is. I'm the only one who is upset.

Well, when I went into the lunchroom to see if there was any food left, the kitchen ladies told me that there was and I cried.... Then, I went back to the office and someone asked me if I was okay, and then I cried for like 10 minutes. A coworker took me for a walk and I felt better. It's not that leading the group itself was stressful, it's just that I was beating myself up over it.

A co-worker asked me today if I had ever led groups like this before, and I said "my Masters degree is in Environmental Education, I was bred for this!" To which he replied, "what I've learned by leading groups is that you're the only one who knows what's supposed to go right, so you notice everything that goes wrong." So true.

On an unrelated-but-kind-of-related note, remember how I told you that I was training to run a half marathon with the students? I've decided to sit this one out. I took a non-running related injury that's stopping me from running this Sunday. I was sprinting in the dark to catch a shuttle home, tripped over a log, face planted in the gravel, and sliced open my toe, bruised my knee. My toe is nasty looking and it hurts to touch the cut, and my knee is swollen. I've been taking it easy this week and haven't been running. I just think i'm going to be undertrained and I don't want my first "race" back to re-injure me.

Have you ever had to change your running plans? What's your funniest injury story?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Turtle Tuesday #7

I did so well one week with posting, and then I fell off the bandwagon again.

I know I say it all the time, but life is crazy. I've adjusted to the hectic schedule, but I still haven't found much time (or motivation) to blog. You guys should just all add me on Facebook to follow my adventures.

Instead of talking about all of my adventures today, I'm going to share something that I think I've shared before.

I'm definitely swimming with the current, especially with the busiest two weeks of my life coming up. I'm working on staying calm under pressure and being a good navigator. I definitely spend a lot of time at the beach and on the sea. But really, I'm just enjoying life and learning from these little nuggets:

Have a very happy Turtle Tuesday, and I hope you take some wise sea turtle's advice <3

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adjusting to Life in a New Country

I'm going to be honest here and say that it did not take much for me to get adjusted here in the Bahamas. Having been in Costa Rica and spent some time in a very poor area, I knew sort of what to expect when I was told that the settlement I would be living in on Eleuthera was "remote and developing." Granted, I have internet and air conditioning in my apartment, but there are many things that are different here than in the States.

Most people envision the Bahamas as (I'm assuming) the highly developed Nassau or the pristine beaches that are accessible from the cruise ships. However, that is not what every single island or every settlement looks like in the Bahamas. For example, there are no stoplights on my island at all and the island is 110 miles long. There is no public transportation system here, no hospital, and two clinics. Even though I look at this view every morning when I leave my house:

The other side of the street (and the rest of the settlements I have been to on Eleuthera) looks like this:

There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, I feel like it will be weird to see my house in a few months when I go to visit my parents. I am already so used to the different way of life here, that I cannot imagine what I will feel when I go back to the States. Here is a list of some of the new "norms" I have been living with in the Bahamas:

- hitch hiking is safe and 100% normal (I have hitch hiked solo to work before)
- I am safe walking through the neighborhood by myself at ALL hours of the day (yes, men still say things to me, but I have felt safe 98% of the time. I usually have a male counterpart walk me home after parties/in the dark, though.)
- Seeing the stars CLEARLY every single night
- Losing power any time it is windy or rainy (the entire settlement loses power at one time)
- Drinking rain water (it's filtered)
- Taking "navy showers" (wet self, lather, rinse, repeat)
- No running water between the hours of 12 am and 6 am (seriously, the water gets shut off)
- Driving on the left side of the road
- Drinking rum because it's cheaper than beer (unless you win free Kalik!)

- Not having any major kitchen appliances (except for two burners and a fridge)
- Having conversations with the locals that I do not understand because they speak so quickly ;)
- Having a pack of pot cakes (stray dogs) follow me wherever I go
- Being without a cell phone (I can communicate when connected to wifi, but that's it!)

Often times, if I describe my living situation to my mom, she takes pity on me. I think it is because she has not experienced anything like this before. However, I am incredibly happy and this is my new life. I'm making do with what I have and I don't miss as much as I thought I would. I miss cooking and I REALLY miss Greek yogurt, but other than that, life in the States is slowly becoming foreign to me. I'm curious to see how it'll be when I visit my parents for a couple weeks during the winter!

Until then, I will be enjoying life as a mermaid :)

Has life in a new place ever been different than you expected it to be? Has your vision of "paradise" ever been changed after a trip to paradise?