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Life Update: STRESS!

It’s been a while since I talked about life. In a word, it’s stressful. I alluded to this in Monday’s post, but I feel like I sort of let my schedule get away from me this month, on top of a bunch of other stressful goings-on. Here’s what’s up:

First things first: I’m booked solid every single weekend in September. This weekend is the final weekend of Chess, next weekend is our pig roast (which I feel like how the hell did we get here I haven’t done anything holy crap), the following weekend is the Spartan Sprint (see further stress about that below), and the Color Run (for which I’m an ambassador and leading two teams) is the weekend after that. Hooooooly over-scheduled, Batman!

Next, the Spartan Sprint is in just a few weeks, and I feel completely and totally unprepared. I’m really disappointed because I signed up months ago with the intention of taking training very seriously and doing at least SOME strength training on a regular basis. As you all know, that hasn’t really happened because I’ve been so busy with rehearsals. At this point, I feel like I’ll probably survive, but I don’t think it’s going to be very much fun. I foresee myself doing a lot of burpee penalties because I won’t be able to complete many of the obstacles.

Chess the Musical, while incredibly rewarding, is causing me to be overtired as all hell. Performing the show also requires me to oscillate wildly between emotional highs and lows–I go from happy and in love, to bewildered, to happy and in love, to pissed, to devastated, and back to pissed, which is exhausting and confusing. And then of course, I’m faced with the final weekend of shows this weekend. Despite all the exhaustion and hard work, I’m not quite ready to let it go. This has been such a rewarding process and incredible opportunity… I’m just trying not to think about it too much.

Then of course, there’s work stress. I can’t go into too much detail because I’m still waiting for the dust to settle, but things at work are kind of up in the air right now (not due to me, but other issues). I have no idea how things are going to look when all is said and done. I may end up with a ton of extra work and responsibility that I absolutely DO NOT WANT, but don’t really have a graceful way to refuse. Or nothing at all could happen. But the waiting and the uncertainty is excruciating.

And then everyone’s favorite, financial stress. Between race registration, flights, hotel rooms and park passes, I’ve already spent 95% of the amount I budgeted for my Disney trip; that doesn’t even include food, so I’m having a bit of a heart attack about that. I’ve also wracked up a small amount of credit card debt this year, which I HATE. Ben and I are trying to very seriously figure out the timing of things like starting a family and buying a house, which is complicated by my stupid student loan debt and terrible money management skills. There are lots of spreadsheets and calculations going on, and it blows.

Lastly, my training is off due to the show. I missed an entire week of running, and then only ran twice the following week which, while totally necessary for my sanity and health, makes me nervous about my goal of completing two half marathons on back-to-back weekends. This is something that I really wanted to accomplish, but now I’m less confident that I’ll be able to manage it. And related to financial stress, I probably shouldn’t pay for another race registration right now…

Obviously, none of these situations is dire or life-threatening, and many of them are my own choice/fault. It’s just that a lot of things are all happening at the same time and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Once the show is over, I think I’ll be able to handle each of the other issues in nice, bite-sized chunks as they come up. I have a plan for my financial stuff that I have already set the wheels in motion for, and I have plenty of help for the pig roast, so I have faith that the other stuff will com together. Sometimes ya just need to bitch about it, am I right?

What’s stressing you out right now?

How do you cope when you’re feeling overwhelmed?

Manic Monday – 08/31/15


What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 08/24/15:  3 Miles Easy 3.4 Miles Easy

This was my first run in over a week, and while it took a bit to settle into a rhythm, it still felt amazing.

Tuesday 08/25/15:  Rest Rest

I had a killer headache all day Monday and all day Tuesday, so I was happy to just go home and relax after work. I think I was still just overtired and stressed out because of the show.

Wednesday 08/26/15:  Run/Walk Intervals with Emily 37 Minutes/2.5 Miles Intervals

Emily had to take two weeks off running due to her torn rotator cuff, but she still busted out this run like a champion! We’re officially running longer intervals than walking, and I’m such a proud coach. She’s really determined to meet her goal, and I’m determined to get her there healthy and happy.

Thursday 08/27/15:  3 Miles Easy Rest

Second week of Chess performance kicked off, and I didn’t want to try to cram a run in, so I just rested and got myself ready.

Friday 08/28/15:  Rest Rest

I was wiped after Thursday night’s performance, so I elected not to get up early or try to cram in a runch.

Saturday 08/29/15:  Rest Rest

Two show days are incredibly taxing at the best of times, but with a show like this, where I’m running the emotional extreme gamut and singing my face off, anything extra would be too much.

Sunday 08/30/15:  4.5 Miles Moderate Rest

Yeah, I slept until 11:30, by which point it was too hot to run. We also had to head out to Ben’s parents’ place to do some prep for the pig roast, then grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and early to bed.

I’m beginning to think I’ve bitten off a bit more than I can chew for the coming weeks. I haven’t been keeping up with my running, our apartment is a mess, and I’m booked solid for every single weekend in September with races, voice lessons, and family events. Stay tuned for a life update post later this week that will go into more detail.

Despite the insanity, I’m going to attempt to get a few runs in this week. Here’s the plan:

  • Monday: 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Run/walk intervals with Emily
  • Wednesday: 3 miles easy
  • Thursday: Rest (Chess performance)
  • Friday: Rest (Chess performance)
  • Saturday: Rest (Chess performance x2 plus morning voice lesson)
  • Sunday: Rest (Clean and prep for pig roast)

How do you stay on track with your training when life gets busy?

FFFA (1)

Last night kicked off week two of Chess performances. In a way, it felt almost like opening night all over again. Lots of nerves, lots of excitement. After 4 days of little to no singing, and lots of relaxation, I felt rested, refreshed, and ready to kick ass. A bunch of my friends were there and it was so great to see them. I’m so happy I get to do this show 7 more times!

A well-respected local newspaper gave the show a favorable review.  The Seven Days is a weekly publication here in Vermont, and they do an amazing job reporting on the local scene. The review was really good to the production, and to me in particular. It’s really mind-blowing to see my name in the newspaper with such nice stuff. If you’d like to read it, click here. And another local paper gave an even better review here! To say I’m honored and overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m so proud of this show, this cast, and this crew.

I signed up for a tap dance class! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw this, but I am SUPER pumped to take Tap 1 for beginners this fall. Classes start the week of September 12, so I have a bit of down time once Chess is over. I’ve always wanted to learn tap, and this fits in perfectly with my recent desire to more aggressively pursue my performing passion. Plus, tap is great exercise :) AND I’ve convinced at least one friend to sign up with me, so I get to have fun AND exercise AND hang out with my friend all at the same time!

Party tonight post-show! A couple from the local theater scene are packing their bags and moving to the Pacific Northwest, so we’re having a final bar crawl farewell tonight. They’ll be getting started while I’m doing the show, so I plan to meet up with everyone later in the evening. I won’t be drinking, because I have a two-show day tomorrow (ugh), but I’m psyched to see all my friends.

Survey Says!

The lovely Charissa of Charissa Running tagged me to do a fun runner’s survey. Since I haven’t been running much lately (for a very good reason!), it’s nice to have a fun little prompt for a blog post. Enjoy!

 1. Would you rather run along a beach path or mountain trail?

Considering that the beach is pretty much my absolute favorite place to be, I’m gonna go with beach path. Especially if I can jump in the water once I’m done!

2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

Lemon-Lime is usually my favorite.

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?

Oo, that’s a toughie. I just got new shoes, so I might go with socks, or a new handheld water bottle. Mine is too big and is really difficult to drink out of. And several tubes of Nuun as well!

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and then decide how far and how fast you want to run?

A little bit of both? I like the structure of a training plan to help me meet my goals, but sometimes I just know that the mileage or paces that are on the schedule for the day aren’t what’s in my best interest.

5. Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

Definitely start with the uphill. Then you get an immediate sense of accomplishment and know that the worst is behind you, so finishing strong is easy.

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

Not much, haha! Especially with how busy I’ve been lately. When I have time, I love Les Mills classes like Body Pump and CXWORX. I wish I could do yoga more, but it’s just too expensive :(

7. What is your preference—>out and back, point to point, or loop runs?

Loop runs are great, because you get new scenery the whole time, but still end up back where you started.

8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner it would be…?

Good shoes! Seriously, get fitted and just suck it up and pay for the good shoes. Your feet and joints will thank you!

9. Do you see any wild animals while out on your runs?

Lots of birds and squirrels, but not too much else.

10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

Thankfully, no. I know the roads in my neighborhood like the back of my hand, and if I’m going to be running in a new place, I ALWAYS map out a route beforehand.

11. If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days…what would it be?

Macaroni and cheese. Omnomnomnomnom.

12. Capris or shorts? What do you run in most?

It depends on the time of year. I wear shorts in the summer, capris in the spring and fall, and tights during the winter.

13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

Usually after the first mile I feel like I’ve found my groove.

14. What do you do with your key when you run?

I either put it in the pocket of my shorts or clip it into my FlipBelt.

15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one?

Meh, I don’t think any of my races thus far have been special enough to relive.

16. What type of run is your least favorite?

I don’t really like long runs. I psych myself out really easily and end up dreading them during the whole lead-up, and then I just feel like crap all throughout.

17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or drive somewhere to start?

98% of the time, I start running right outside my door, but for run club runs and some long runs, I’ll drive elsewhere. I’d like to try starting in new places more often to alleviate boredom, but then it’s just one more step between me and being done, so I usually just take the easy route.

18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

MUST. Especially when running along the lakefront bikepath, because holy gnats, Batman! Without sunglasses, bugs are a problem. I also like not having to try to hide the pain in my eyes during a tough run, haha!

19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

Thinking about my goals usually helps push me through. Sometimes it’s a short-term goal like an upcoming race, sometimes it’s a long-term goal like staying healthy and fit for my whole life.

And now, I’ll tag a few friends to play along!

Kellie | Kim | Nicole | Lisa | Dana

Everyone else, feel free to play along too! 

Manic Monday – 08/24/15


Soooo, this entire week can be summed up with one word: REST! I didn’t run, or do The Dailies, or ANYTHING except merely survive the week with my voice and sanity in tact. It was a long, hard week, but thankfully, opening weekend of Chess went incredibly well. And now, I don’t have any rehearsals or shows again until Thursday night.

I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine this week, starting with a short, easy run tonight after work. I can’t wait!

When is the last time you had to take a training break? Why?

Ok guys, if you’re at all interested in hearing me sing and do my thing, you can click the link below for several sneak peek videos that were shot during our live news segments yesterday morning. Please keep in mind that it’s early and I’m exhausted and nervous as all get out–I promise it sounds better live ;)

If you don’t want to watch all of the videos (which I won’t blame you for because there are a lot), I’m the one wearing the shiny purple shirt, so you can just pick those two!

Manic Monday – 08/17/15


Monday 08/10/15:  Rest Rest

I had rehearsal in the evening, so I just had a quick dinner at home before heading to the theater.

Tuesday 08/11/15:  45 Minutes Run/Walk Intervals 3 mile run

Unfortunately, Emily tore her rotator cuff during a strength workout with her trainer, and she wasn’t feeling up to a run, so I headed out on my own. It was a fairly speedy run, which I wasn’t necessarily trying for, but with the cooler weather we’ve been having lately, I’m finding it much easier to run faster.

Wednesday 08/12/15:  4.5 Miles Progressive The BEST Run Ever!

I was too lazy to get up and run before work, so I decided to squeeze a quick run in between work and rehearsal. Apparently having a time crunch helps me run fast, because holy smokes, Batman, this run was FAST! If this run had been a 5k race, I would have crushed my PR. As it was, I had two sub-9 minute miles and an overall pace of 8:57 per mile. WHO AM I???

Thursday 08/13/15:  Run Club Speed Workout Rest

I was starting to feel incredibly tired and worn down on Thursday, so I decided to take an unscheduled rest day. Things are only going to get more frantic next week, so I decided to just take a break while I can. Ben made dinner, and we watched some TV together before an early lights out, which was EXACTLY what I needed.

Friday 08/14/15:  Rest Rest

I can almost count this is an “active” rest day, because we had a full run-through of the show at rehearsal, and this show is totally exhausting for me. It’s an emotional roller coaster, and by the end I’m wiped out.

Saturday 08/15/15:  Run Club 5k + 4 Solo Miles Rest

I had tons of errands to run in order to get ready for the crazy week ahead, so running fell out of the priority list. I did laundry, grocery shopped, and picked up some last minute stuff for the show. Then, Ben and I went out to dinner with his parents, because Ben’s birthday is Tuesday, and I’ll be at work all day and dress rehearsal all night (terrible wife award, right here!). And after that, it was a going away party for some friends. But don’t worry, I was home and in bed by 11.

Sunday 08/16/15:  Rest Rest

Longest. Day. Ever. We had a 12+ hour technical rehearsal, after which I went to a motel and slept for 4 hours, then got up at 4 am to be at the theater at 5 to be on live television. Hopefully I’ll have some links for you tomorrow!

Because this week will most likely be koo-koo bananas, I will not be making a workout schedule. If I run, great. If I don’t, no sweat. I need to stay well-rested and healthy in order to get through this show. After this weekend, I’ll have Sun-Wed with no rehearsals or obligations outside of work, so I just need to push through until then. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to get back on a semi-regular schedule.

How was your weekend? Hopefully less crazy than mine!

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