Friday, December 31, 2010

2010-what a year

2010 has been a year for me. It has been filled with its heartbreaks, injures, sickness, weddings, runs, and lots of airplanes. I assembled this vision board at the beginning of the year to help me keep on track with what I want my future to be like. When my friend @twittyrun got a peek at it, he said " You are running across America..instead of so much flying." I laughed.
I have done so much traveling for my job and running that I can pack on 5 minutes notice to catch a plane 1:30 hours (literally had to do that). With that said, here are a few things that I have to say.

1.Places I've been in a year
I start in Albuquerque, NM still my traveling RN position there. I also went back to Greenville,NC to continue with a long distance relationship. Went to DC (wedding shower) and New Orleans (RnR half marathon) in February. March-WI on 5 min notice. April-Richmond, VA (wedding) then Westerly,RI(new job and yes I drove xcrountry!!) May-nothing. June-San Diego (RnR half marathon) and the to Santa Barbara (job). August-Chicago/WI (RnR Chicago)
Sept-drove home to Milwaukee to fly to Dallas (wedding) to fly back and drive to Iowa City, IA (job). That was all in one week. November-Tucson(job). December-WI x2. My car has literally been from East coast to West coast in a year and everywhere in between. I have done a lot of traveling.

2. Injuries/sickness
New Orleans I prepared for in one month. Luckily I was training at 6000 ft and running at to below sea level. My personal trainer/bodybuilder pulled me through that one. Next to San Diego. Got a call from a from boyfriend to run this race a month prior; hence @coachprs comes in. I struggled to find time to run, breathing, training now in warmer weather, IT band issues but I wanted to run. Ran San Diego-got to meet @twittyRun :) I suffer from chronic sinus infections, which made breathing difficult, messed with my HR. Enter CA and working nights-now a whole new issue. I tried to run but I couldn't. Migraines, knee issues, IT band. So I took a month off of straight out training and ran to ran. It eased my stress level. I ran RnR Chicago but not how I wanted to. Now comes the sad part. October I didn't have a job but I was already registered for 2 more halves-scratched. I didn't know where money was coming, if I would be able to afford flights..those are the hardest for me because I didn't even get a chance.

3. Heartbreaks
I entered the year in a long distance relationship from a guy in the 82nd Airborne. Met him in Sept 09 and things were great or so I thought. All in all, he cheated on me and told me so when I received a box with my things from his house. On to California and I met this surfer boy from Canada-how things happened I don't know but he gave me the ultimatum: you travel and this ends. Well, we know where that one head. Now to present day. Yep, I'm back in another long distance relationship but with a FF I once dated prior to all this traveling and we decided to try and make things work when I was home in October. I'm happy (except these last weeks) and have to deal with the situation.

So yeah! I have had a very interesting year. I've been to 11 states of which most my car has driven through. Injuries suck and I'm miserable when I can't run. My hearts been broken twice. You can judge me for whatever you want but that's my life and it's ups/downs. Here's to a happier, smarter, less costly 2011.

Happy New Years y'all!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last 6 months

These last 6 months have been challenging to say the least. My job, if you don't know, requires to travel about every 3 months as a nurse-mAlign Centery specialty is cardiac. Love the heart, even when its going bad and giving me grief at work. Since June, I've been in Santa Barbara, Cedar Rapids (IA), Hartland(WI), and Tucson (AZ). Yes, I travel alot. I finally figured out why I had been sick since June-simple sinus infection. I'm involved in a long distance relationship with a Firefighter; thanks to the support of @jessywuv and her story, I keep praying that everything works out. @jessywuv, you and Matt- you guys have an inspirational story of trial through a long distance relationship, making it work, fighting and working through it. Jessy, you have helped me in more ways then I can explain.

So then I go to my whole traveling bit. I have been talking with @rshill37 about traveling, moving, airports, unemployment. Yes, it's hard. Being a traveling nurse, there are times when I will not have income for up to 3 weeks. I've gone for 2 months without having anything, not knowing anything. I know that I am lucky to have a job in this economy and a place that I can always go "home" to. But it sucks to have to always pick up and leave after 3 months. I have friends from RI to CA just through work, which is great!! Lots of places to travel for vacation, not that I don't do enough of that already. @rshill37 is coming back to her "home" for now and I maybe too. I am somewhat excited; there are 2 opportunities for me as permanent positions and 3 positions as a traveling nurse. But I am not excited. My boyfriend would be devastated to hear this (he doesn't read this) if he knew this. I don't want a job in "the tundra." Basically, I am only considering the permanent positions cause they are at the only hospital in the state that I want to work at.

@rshill37, I totally understand how you are feeling and this time of year really doesn't help. @jessywuv I enjoy hearing your stories/adventures with Matt. I only hope to find that soon. To both of you, I hope that you both get your "run" on in 2011 and look forward to following and tweeting with you more.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Triathlon training

Today I rushed home to watch the last 30 minutes of Ironman Championship in Kona. Earlier this week I had picked up an issue of First, I should probably back track. I half been cross training since my November post with cycling (indoor) and @p90x with running here and there. Since I picked up the magazine, I've been inspired to do more and after watching Kona, I've got my mind set to do one in 2011.

I've been blessed with the ability to swim without a problem, bike without difficulty and luckily I've already been running half and full marathons. I'm planning on just doing a half IM which is 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. I know that I can handle all of that, it's just putting it all together. I've gotten suggestions from @gabox, @indianabackdoc, and @KGIRLTRIS to do Cancun 70.3. I have also looked at Racine 70.3. So for now I and New Year's goal is a Half Ironman. I, of course, will be needing coaching and am hoping two of the world's finest coaches that many of us know - @coachprs and @dianeprs-will do so when I can get myself back to functioning mode. For the first time in 6 months, I am actually proud of myself!! :)

It's a powerful drink

So along with my full time job as a nurse I have jumped head first into BeachBody. For those not familiar with that name, does @p90x ring a bell? For most that one does; Beachbody is the producers of @p90x amongst other products. Beachbody is my "other" job if you wish to call it that. I choose not to since I'm being paid to workout (I'm using @p90x for cross training) and this wonderful drink @shakeology. Shakeology has been a blessing to me. When I am at work I can quick mix it with water and drink while I'm charting; it's given me more energy, I can think more clearly, and I don't get nearly as irriated as I used to. On my 4 days away from the hospital, I get to break out the blender and mix up all sorts of "desserts" as I call them. Each and every one is filling and fantastic!! I can't say enough about them except you have to try them. If you would like more information, click on the link and message me. I don't know why anyone, even MD's are speechless, shouldn't have access to them.