Day 190…

9.24.12

Good morning to the top of the week to all.  Tired as usual, but up and getting ready to head to the office.  It is absolutely gorgeous out.  There is a cool enough temperature in the air that I can wear a sweater – and I LOVE that.  Walking to the office and I’m promising myself that if I have no plans tonight that I’m going to go for a run.  I’m desperate to get back into an exercise groove and I know that the temp tonight will be perfect…

Very busy at the office today.  There is a ton to do.  My list of things seems to get longer and longer, even with my checking things off.  Unfortunately, my computer has died a quick, but sadly not unexpected death.  I’ve lost more than an hour and a half this morning with no working computer…I’ve commandeered Nicole’s old computer as I wait on IT to come and see if my computer is salvageable, or if I should just use Nicole’s moving forward.  It is very frustrating to have this happen on any day, but especially a Monday as it’s the start to the week and you don’t want to be delayed…

As I wait on IT I call to get an update on my pup who has a stomach infection.  My Mom says that she seems to be doing well, seems to have energy, but isn’t 100%.  Today we are trying a chicken and white rice diet, which goes against my philosophy of never giving her human food, but this is the vets orders so I supposed I need to listen to him….yep, just like I thought, my Mom said that Riley loves the chicken…as long as she feels better, than I’m happy…RIley being with my parents is a nice stroke of luck as she got sick and they could watch her and she wouldn’t be alone in her crate in my apartment if she had an accident…

Back to work and the tasks at hand.  It is going to be a bit of an adjustment getting used to Nicole not being part of our team anymore.  We all have to pick up the slack for her absence and just ensure that things run as smoothly as possible…eating lunch while working, but happy to be eating a salad – especially after yesterday and all of the gluttonous food that we ate…IT is here and they are partitioning Nicole’s computer over to me so this will now be my new device.  Thankfully the one she was using is rather new and in good shape, so my hope is that moving forward I won’t have any issues with productivity…

Day is starting to wind down and I’m getting ready to head home, quickly change and go for a run.  I can’t wait to be on the road, hearing the rhythm and patter of my shoes, pushing myself to get in good miles and hopefully push a bit on the time front…starting my run through central park…it’s dusk, but there are a lot of runners and there is a nice energy to things…first mile is somewhat rough – just getting out there and starting off the run, but as each mile is clocked, I’m getting stronger and stronger.  In fact, the last mile I run (mile 4) is my fastest of the day.  I feel like I could go for another mile or two, but remind myself that I’m still just two weeks into remission and that I need to be smart about pushing the limits.  For now, I’m incredibly happy with the distance and time I’ve run…

Showering, making dinner and catching up on my DVR (I started watching Revolution, which isn’t amazing, but isn’t bad and I think for now, worth the investment of time to see where the show goes)…

Time for bed…

Night all…

2 thoughts on “Day 190…

  1. Hey bro. Got your tweet. Congrats on the good news. I guess the best advice I have is to just listen to your body and try not to place to many expectations on yourself. Cliche, but true. Jog to have fun and celebrate the fact that you can actually jog. Don’t wear a watch. Go at your own pace. Gradually build your strength and heart strength weekly. I literally could not walk .25 of a mile without resting. I slowly built myself up to 26 miles in 8 months post stem cell transplant. I started with the “Run/Walk” method. You can google it. I also did weights and plyometrics. I found that my hips, hip flexor, core, glutes were very weak from sitting on my ass all the time. That is one of the key elements to longer distance running. Make sure you spend at least one day a week working on those. I would jog 2-3 times a week. BIke and weights. Plyo’s. Mix it up, make it fun. Slow and steady. You can always break the workout into two 40 minute sessions (morn and eve). Nothing wrong with that. Good luck. If you wan to run the LA, NY or Boston Marathon with my charity Grassroot Soccer. Let me know. We have spots!!

    • Ethan – thanks for the feedback/ideas around getting back to running form. So far I’ve been running 2-3 times a week and plan to start lifting/cross-training as early as next week. I have to keep telling myself to listen to my body and not overdo it, which is tough b/c I can’t stand sitting around. Will be in touch re: races. Keep on enjoying everyday – it’s a gift!