1) It's been 104 days since I've had a Diet Coke/Pepsi/pop. At times I think I'd murder for a sip or two of the Good Stuff. Other times I'm fine without it. It's also possible that my Diet Coke addiction turned into a watermelon addiction, but as far as addictions go, I think I've upgraded.
|I eat 'em one half at a time.|
|World, meet Roo.|
4) I resigned from my clinical nutrition job at Presbyterian Hospital. Wait, you did what? Yep, I sure did! I've worked at Presby for the past 12 years. And in fact, it was my first "real" job. I had to google how to write a resignation letter because I've never resigned from anything before! I will miss my co-workers and the challenges of working with very sick patients, but I'm also looking forward to new opportunities ahead!
|Two of my fellow TPN writing teammates! I miss them already!|
After two weeks, I went back to my doctor who gave me the go-ahead to try and challenge my hip with some "real" training. And that's what I've been up to for the past 2.5 weeks. I'm back to kicking (and flip turns - yeah!) in the water and I've been able to increase my riding volume and intensity without pain. This is exceptional news! Running, as you can imagine, is progressing a bit slower. There has been zero intensity in my running (although I almost never have intensity in my run training anyway). Today I did my longest run of 60 minutes. My hip, well, it doesn't feel perfect. It's a bit sore and tight but has thankfully let me progress my runs without getting any worse. Some days I feel supremely confident that it will be fine and my hip is going to (with time) let me get back to my previous run volume and paces. Other days, I'm not so sure. But only time (and patience) will tell.
In the mean time, I've signed up for a few races. They might be ugly (at first) but then again, they might not! I'm also working diligently on my rehab (Graston, anyone?) and thinking as positively as possible. Because, as I've come to realize, where the head goes, the body will follow.
And now just a few more pictures before we part...
|You know you are back to training when the dishwasher is filled solely with bottles.|
|These are SOOOOOOOO good. You must try them, STAT!|
|I know how to do CPR now so if your heart stops, I can help! And yes, that is bike grease underneath my fingernail!|