Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Sweetest Words

The other night Kyle asked me a question I've been waiting forever for him to ask:

Will you create a running training program for me?

I squealed and shrieked.  And then started spouting out of a multitude of questions.  And then I think I freaked him out.  Baby steps, Jerbear.

As you may have noticed, I fell off the blog wagon after posting my grand goal for the rest of the month/year.  And that's because I fell off the running wagon as well.  I had some pain in my foot that I started to affectionately refer to as my "stress fracture foot" and after a couple of runs sans knee strap my knee was feeling wonky.  Couple that with upcoming finals, one of which that was 40% of my final grade (NBD, I'm just having a panic attack thinking about it now!), and some possible burn out on the horizon, I decided to put running on the back burner for a bit.

I was a little concerned when I wasn't missing running.  At all.  I was sleeping in on my late days at work.  I was sleeping in on the weekend.  It was... kind of amazing.  I was also studying my little booty off during every second of free time, and it was great not to have to stress about fitting in an hour of running in my already crammed day.

But Saturday I took my tough final, and Saturday night I celebrated, as I think is necessary.  And Sunday I rewarded myself with a run.  Just a measly 3 miler.  But it was nice.  And then I watched Green Bay put up another tally in the win column.  GO PACK GO!

Monday I woke up with more knee annoyance, and I was pissssssssssed.  I complained to Kyle that "I JUST WANT TO GO FOR A RUN G.D. IT!"  And he said... good.  Finally.  And he was right.  FINALLY I was excited to get back in to it.

I did a lot of foam rolling on Monday and Tuesday, and knocked out an easy 5 miler with strides on Wednesday morning.  Granted my "easy" heart rate isn't quite what it was pre-Philly.  But apparently endurance eating doesn't equate to endurance running.  Wish you all would've told me that... jerks.

And tomorrow is me and Kyle's running date.  And I'm pretty excited about it.  Since I'm not begging him to run with me, as has been the case the 3 other times he's ran with me, and it's him requesting it, I think it's a good sign that he's excited to do it.

And as for my first semester of grad school, unofficially knocked out a 4.0, while working full time and training for two half marathons and a full marathon.  ::gives herself 3 gold stars and 2 successive pats on the back::  ROLL TIDE!

P.S.  Have you met my niece?  She's kind of beautiful, no?  Takes after her auntie obvs.  ;)


Susan said...

I saw the first bit there and was OMG HE DID NOT PROPOSE. I guess he didn't. :) But you're right, those are some pretty awesome words.

I think a lot of people fell off the running wagon after their fall marathons (even some SUPER fast marathoners!), and it's great that you waited for the urge to come back before jumping out there. I don't think I did and I'm still feeling a little burnt out. Congrats on finishing the first semester of grad school!

Anonymous said...

Hah, welcome to the Slippery Slope, KK!

You'll never look back.

Congrats on wrapping up the semester!! Rammer Jammer!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing up the semester and your unofficial 4.0! I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who has been slacking in the running dept lately. Since Marine Corps I can count the number of times I've run on one hand. Not good considering I have my heart set on an end-of-January half PR. I suppose I actually need to get my butt in gear and RUN!

Katie said...

haha, I did the same thing when Thom was like "maybe I should run a marathon??"

look at the cutie pie!

Zaneta said...

Your niece is adorable!! :)
Congrats on the unofficial 4.0!! Doesn't it make you feel great!!
I fell off the running bandwagon too.... identical story to yours lol... cept my work is only part-time ;)
Studying my butt off... finals in all classes were 30-45% of my final grade, and I got a 4.0... made not running to study worth it I think...
Yay for your running date!! Enjoy it!! :)

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...

Wow what a beautiful babe.

Congrats on Grad studies and the Kyle.

new URL for my blog -

Merry Christmas Jerbear!!

Dwayne said...

I'm with you on falling off/then back on the running wagon due to school. Only I did so two months ago (ha) and bailed on my marathon attempt. I scored an (unofficial) 4.0 as well.....but I'm pretty much completely starting over on the whole cardiovascular fitness thing. Can't win 'em all. : )

Dom and Trey said...

What every runner wants her significant other to ask. Awwww, so sweet. When Trey starting going to the gym again, I totally went crazy with excitement and that freaked him I can just imagine you freaking out when Kyle was talking about a training program. I think I would die if Trey started running with me.

Oh my goodness, did I read that right --- You got a 4.0, your first semester of grad school? That's impressive. Working, dating, running, racing and still managing school work. Congrats, you deserve to celebrate. I'm so, proud of you!


Kristin Miller said...

Ah welcome back on the wagon. If you see some crazy short girl running after it that's me. Said short girl is also blowing her nose and choking/coughing. Give her a wave :-)

audgepodge said...

Ooh... nice job on your 4.0! Is there anything you can't do??? :)

Thanks for still keeping up with your blog, too :)