Finishing strong/Janathon 31/31

doneAll done!  I’m so excited that today is the last day of Janathon not just because I won’t be blogging daily (because who knows I just might) but I will no longer be blogging about how incredible I am and what exercises I did today (totally kidding because if you have stuck with me, you know that some days I just slack off and make things seem like exercise!).

So for my last Janathon I would like to tell you in rhyme how well I did (except I struggle with that, so bear with me.)

To the treadmill I went to escape from my time,

Only to be held back with a side pain, oh my!

But onwards I went to five full miles,

Which brought lots and lots of smiles!

I then went and stretched and added crunches for abs

Planks, side planks, crunches, side crunches to decrease the flabs

Sexy arm workout to have biceps of steeldone1

Looking good and feeling good, could this be real?

I am happy to announce that I made it so far (105.3 miles)

Thank you Janathon but maybe next month I will drive this in my car!

Happy 31st of January/Janathon!  Back to the real world tomorrow so hopefully you will hear from me soon!

How to say “Goodbye” & Janathon 30/31

goodbye1If you follow my blog you have probably caught on that recently I accepted a job with a new company and over the past two weeks I have had the constant daily torture of saying goodbye.  It has been exhausting!

For most people who work in offices and deal with people maybe through customer service, saying goodbye is exciting.  It means you are moving on to new opportunities and hopefully a pay raise if you do it right!

Well I am moving on to new opportunities and a pay raise but my saying goodbye is a little more upsetting.  Most of my clients I have had for a while (at least 6 months) so they have told me those things that bother them and we have worked together to come up with a way to make these things better.  I have never thought they rely on me and in fact I don’t want that to be true.  I want them to realize they are the ones who have made the changes, I am just the one across the table they are trusting to help them.  And therein lies the problem. goodbye

The trust!

I love that they trust me.  I love that I can build such a bond with them, but I want them to be able to move on too.  I want them to believe in themselves and that they can have the confidence to continue to work through their problems with another therapist sitting across from them because they are ready to do it.  This is the message that I have said over 40 times in the past two weeks.  Some believe me and buy into it, while others just look at me with tearful eyes that I am abandoning them and they will never be able to make it.

Well this has taken its toll on this therapist.  So much so that at the end of the day today, I came home and took a nap.  I’ve been sleeping well and exercising but the mental exhaustion that comes from saying goodbye is overwhelming.

I would love to come up with 5 simple steps to say goodbye and then utilize that but it’s not there right now.  I guess the best advice to saying goodbye would be these:

  1. Be real and genuine.
  2. Don’t promise you will see them again but maybe say something like “our paths may cross again”
  3. If a therapist or mentor role, I have found it helpful in exploring the things the person has learned and the progress they have made since you started with them.
  4. Let the other person express their goodbye too
  5. A smile and a warm touch (on the back) has been the most successful finish to a relationship.

So I guess that is my ways to say goodbye.

Tomorrow is my last day and there are just a few people left on my caseload.  I am looking forward to my week off to recoup after such a trying time but really I have grown.  I have learned better ways to word things, how to process this with clients, and I know that I need to plan lots of exercise to de-stress if I ever have to do this again!

As far as the exercise goes it was not much after yesterday’s triumphant 100 mile completion in fact it was absolutely none (well there is the regular day to day stuff like taking the stairs at work and standing while I eat but not sure those count) until I decided to just throw down a couple of 1 minute planks and some stretching just to help the legs feel better after yesterday’s run.

Look out Janathon, tomorrow you end but I feel like I have successfully completed you!!!!

Happy 30th day of January/Janathon!goodbye2

100 miles and Janathon 29/31

100 mile1I did it!  100 miles in January and there are still two days left!

Since I started keeping track on mapmyrun this is the longest distance I have done in a month.  I usually seem to cap out at 96 miles.  I am sure it is because I am more conscience of it and really wanted to get to 100 but I’m sure it helps that Janathon is making me think about exercising more (oh yeah and there is that Marathon thing coming up).

I am happy to report my stomach did well too!  So maybe I’m on the mend.

I did however see the funniest thing at the gym today that I thought I would share.  I was just running along on the wonderful treadmill at a pretty fast speed because today’s run was supposed to be fast.  Anyway, this high school girl got on the treadmill a little ways down (I never understand why no one wants to run by me, I have gas at times but I am pretty sure it goes away quick).  So this girl gets on the treadmill and tries to turn it on by pressing the buttons.  When that doesn’t work she starts running and dragging her fit to get the belt to move.  Amazingly enough, this doesn’t work either.  She continues to try to coax the treadmill in to working by running and pressing buttons.  At this point, I wanted to get her attention and tell her to turn the thing on but she had on headphones and seemed very focused on getting that dang treadmill to run.  So she jumps off, I guess figuring that she is just on one that is broken and goes over to another one.  She goes through the same routine, dragging her feet to get the belt started, pushing every button, and then just running in place.  I kept wondering why does she not get off a) go ask someone like the workers there b) ask someone next to her c) just scream for help.  I think “c” would have been the best thing to do.  Anyway, I jumped off my treadmill ran over to hers, lean down in the front, and turned it on!  She yells out “Thank you” pretty loud because after all she has kept those headphones on through it all.  I hope you all got a good visual image and were able to appreciate it as much as I did.  Don’t worry, no one was harmed in this situation!100 mile

So here is my official Janathon update for the day:

8.5 miles on treadmill fast paced 8:22 per mile pace

20 minute Yoga for runners

Happy 29th day of January/Janathon!

Janathon 28/31

endComing down to the end of Janathon and I am trying to come up with ways to finish off my first Janathon participation.  I’m excited that I will be (cross your fingers) finishing off the month at over 100 miles.  Yeah!  Great way to start 2014.  I’m 8.2 miles away and have a 8.5 mile treadmill run planned for tomorrow after an easier work day.

So now what to do that makes friday special.  Well, I saw where someone wanted to run for the rest of the Janathon days (not continuously, or at least I think, I might have to go back and reread that post).  I’m not sure I need to do that.  I know it’s only a few days away but I am sure I will have to rest thursday because of tomorrows run.  Maybe I will bake a Janathon cake and eat it all myself!  Oh wait that would be totally going against the exercise thing I am supposed to be doing.  Okay so I’m thinking I will just be happy with running over 100 miles for Janathon and leave it at that.

So as I finish up strong, here is what happened today:

Janathon update:

3.1 mile recovery run (very hard to take my time and run this slow but I understand it will be good for me)

125 squats

3 sets of 30 crunches

3 sets of 30 side crunches

2 – 1 minute planks

1 minute each side – side planks

Sexy arm workout (getting some good muscles there)

Lots of stretching

Happy 28th day of January/Janathon!


Janathon 27/31

As I sat in my car between clients today I started thinking about how much I exercise during the day, even without trying.  In my car, drive (exercise the eyes looking all around), pushing on the pedal (a little stretching of the right foot), out of car, walking into client’s house, listening for an hour (sometimes this is very hard if you can’t get into what they are talking about), then stand up, head to car, and then repeat the process all day long usually 5-7 times.  I must be exhausted by the end of the day.  But no, I suck it up and head to tap because after all it is Monday and that is what I do!  Then one hour of tap and come home (same driving exercises), change into comfy clothes ( a little stretching and contorting to get that sports bra off, I know TMI), and then sit my lazy butt down on the couch.  But wait there is more, cats that need love so I have to exercise my hands and arms rubbing their bellies and my abs laughing at how cute they are.  Finally it takes quite a bit of brainpower and fingerpower to come up with these brilliant posts to share my day with you.  Oh my goodness, I’m exhausted!IMG_0039

Janathon Update:

1 hour tap class

Lots of made up exercises throughout the day!

Happy 27th day of January/Janathon!

Feeling like crap but doing it anyway(s) Janathon 26/31

First let me start with the proper New England way of saying the title is “Feeling like crap but doing it anyways”.  Don’t ask my why we add an “s” to the end but for some reason it works up here.  Maybe to add a little emphasis on our determination.

So if you couldn’t already tell, I did my run and it didn’t feel so good.  Some days are like that though.  Some days we have junk miles.  I never like my junk miles to be on the weekend because that is when I actually have time to enjoy the run but that was how it was today.  I think we all have those moments when we want more than our body wants to give us.  But being the “go-getter” I am, I push onward.  I feel like that is definitely a statement for our everyday life too.  Just because we don’t feel like doing something, we should try it, push through it and chances are we will be happy we did it in the end.  If not we will hopefully have learned something after we did it.  As for me, I’m happy I went to the gym early so I have the rest of the day to slack off and still feel accomplished.  Oh yeah, I have to do the weekend cross training of house cleaning too but at least this way I won’t feel as if that is all I did for Janathon.

Janathon update:

5 miles fast (8:23 pace)

Some quality time with my BFF (foam roller) 

Happy 26th day of January/Janathon!

Garmin fail but Janathon miles logged 25/31

garmin1I got the coolest new Garmin for Christmas I even got the heart rate monitor to help me with my training.  It has been fabulous to have but I only use it on my outdoor runs.  It just seems silly to wear it on the treadmill but I have been known to strap it on so I can use the heart rate monitor.  So anyway, today was one of those long run days that I thought the weather was good enough to do it outside.  So I put on my cold weather clothes because really it was 35 degrees and windy (I mean WINDY with gusts that had to be 30-40 mph at times taking my breathe away).  Anyway, I got to my new favorite place and sat in the car waiting for Garmin to connect, and waited, and waited, and waited.  Then decided it wasn’t going to do it and if I waited much longer I would decide to not do it or it would get dark!  I got out and just hit go.  I knew I could map it later to give me the exact route (which is what I did).

The whole run was good, I felt pretty consistent and was glad to be outside.  I realized how many hills are at my favorite place and challenged myself at each hill to shorten my steps and push myself to the top.  The run overall felt pretty good and actually kind of fast.  But when I looked at my watch it said my pace was 8:56 per mile on average.  I thought “okay, I can live with that on a day that the wind was in my face half the time and I still have that little hacking tickle in my throat.”

I was glad to get in a long run and even more happy when I got home and mapped the run.  The 10 mile run was actually 10.5 miles and my pace was not the 8:56 per mile but more like 8:32 per mile.  That makes me very happy!  Now I understand why I was so tired at the end.  I was also glad because it felt pretty comfortable.  I did the unfortunate thing earlier today of counting down to the marathon and it is shockingly coming up very fast, only 13 weeks away!  Excited, Scared, and hoping to be ready in time.  If I can keep up these outside runs and make sure my pace is staying fast, I have a good chance of at least hitting a couple of my goals.

So I had a Garmin fail but we are googling away at how to reset and will be spending some time tomorrow looking for satellites and resetting and if that doesn’t work, I guess getting a new one (here is hoping it works.)

Janathon update:

10.5 miles at 8:32 pace

Some stretching at the end and a nice long shower to warm up!

Trying a detox bath tonight to hopefully get rid of all this congestion, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Happy 25th day of January/Janathon!

Janathon 24/31

So close to the end of Janathon and then I realize, so close to the end of the first month of 2014 and already changes are coming and I’m excited, I hope you are too!

Here is today’s Janathon update:

20 minute stationary random hill bike ride 7.6 miles completed

3 – 1 minute planks

And lots and lots of stretching

It was a pretty good rest day.

Happy 24th day of January/Janathon!

Counting down to the end of several things (Janathon 23/31)

rough dayToday was a rough day.  It wasn’t rough because it was bad, it was rough because I am having to do something over and over that hurts.  It not only hurts me but it hurts the other person I am doing it to.  No matter how I do it, it hurts and as I try and try it is not getting any easier.  But as I do this I am counting down.  I am counting down to the 31st.  I am excited about what this day will bring but I am also sad about what this date means.

Have you figured it out…..

It is not that it will be the end of Janathon on the 31st even though it is.  I am looking forward to regaining my fun blogs of insightful therapy things and not giving you the latest update on my work-out (because truly it begins to feel like I am bragging about my very boring training I am doing right now.)  But I will miss daily blogging so maybe I can figure out a way to incorporate the philosophy of blogging daily with some fun stuff.

So the bigger thing I am counting down the end to is my job.  I will be changing jobs at the end of the month (the 31st is my last day and then I’m taking a week vacation to relax before the next one starts).  I am excited about the new challenges, the new company and the new experiences but yet leaving my clients is overwhelmingly hard.  I have loved working with each and every one of them and unfortunately they are not ready to be discharged so they are still in the “I need help” stage.  I get that.  I want to leave them with security that I believe in what they have learned already, they will be okay, and really they are the ones who are doing all the work I have just been there to guide them along the way.  It doesn’t seem to be working.  I mean it is working for some who are farther along but others have struggled to process this and one actually told me, “I’m following you to your next place.”  Unfortunately that is not an option, if it were, I would take them all!  A good thing is that I begin to feel really valued by my clients and all those days that I felt as if I struggled to help them make connections, they really were listening!rough day1

So I am counting down to the fact I only have to do this (say Goodbye) about 20 more times between now and next Friday and of course with all this discomfort I am more focused on getting to the gym and going for a run.   Here is my Janathon update for 23/31:

8.5 miles at 8:34 pace

105 squats

90 crunches

90 side crunches

Planks and side planks

Sexy Arm workout (because I’m gonna get those arms!)

20 minutes with my BFF – foam roller

Happy 23rd day of January/Janathon!