Random Thoughts

Arriving home from a concert after midnight means my brain isn’t running on full power today, so that’s a good enough reason to feature some randomness in this week’s post.

-I don’t know how people manage to work full time, run their household and study for a degree.  This 10 week NASM personal trainer course is enough for me.  I just finished week 6’s work today and I’m ready to be finished.

-The discussion questions are what annoy me the most.  They’re so time consuming.  They do reinforce a lot of the key concepts so I know they serve a purpose but there’s definitely no “discussion” going on in the forum.  We each just answer the questions.

-Running three times in a week feels good.  I need consistency to feel like I’m accomplishing something.

-Running 6 miles on one of those runs and 7 miles on another doesn’t necessarily feel so good.  My legs are spent.

-Why is the cat still shedding this late into the summer?  It is gross and I’m tempted to ask Jason to give her a bath.  #Ihateanimalhair

-Actually sometimes I hate human hair as well.  I love that Jason saves money cutting his hair at home but I hate how it clogs the drain.  That reminds me, I still need to buy Liquid Plumber as our bathroom sink is slow as molasses.

-Why am I not at the beach?  Oh that’s right, it was cheaper to go in September and my parents say it will be less crowded.

-I cannot handle hard cider with an alcohol content over 7% despite eating a very filling meal with it.

-A legit bakery would make crepes fresh, not freeze them to be thawed out and served.  It definitely throws off the texture of the dough.

-I love finding new used book stores.  4 books for under $20 is a major score.

-I had no idea Red Robin now offers bottomless chips as a side instead of bottomless fries.  I might be apt to visit more often now.

-No matter how old I get or how sleep deprived they make me, concerts will always be one of my favorite experiences in life.  Three Days Grace was awesome but Breaking Benjamin will always have my heart.

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About TracyNicole

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental advocate. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights. Inspired by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elon Musk.
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9 Responses to Random Thoughts

  1. I don’t know how people work full-time and study for classes either. I have a co-worker whose wife went back to get her PhD while she was working full-time and they have 2 kids. She finally just graduated but it was rough while she was in school.
    Your parents are right about the beach in September, especially if you wait until after Labor Day weekend. That used to be my favorite time of year to go, when my daughter’s school schedule was more flexible. It’s less crowded, cheaper, and the water is about as warm as it’s going to get for the year.

    • TracyNicole says:

      My concert buddy in the pic with me just graduated last year from nursing school as a LPN, she did drop to working part time but has 2 little ones so it was definitely a lot to get through night classes. I give major props to anyone who can manage that especially the sacrifice of your free time. My parents used to do the beach in Sept. before I started school and said the same thing. I’m looking forward to it, particularly fewer people there, but all this heat just makes me want to be in the ocean!

  2. runeatralph says:

    I really like running 3 days a week. I’m trying for more this time around, but 3 has never let me down. 🙂

    • TracyNicole says:

      Have you trained for marathons only using 3 days a week? It’s worked for the half marathons I’ve done but didn’t know if you’d need a 4th day to prepare for a marathon. Not that I have that on my radar anytime soon.

      • runeatralph says:

        I’ve trained for 2 marathons on 3 days of running a week and PRd one of them. The plan I used is called FIRST and is discussed in the book Run Less, Run Faster. It’s all about quality runs. Nothing but track, tempos and long runs. 🙂

      • TracyNicole says:

        That is very encouraging to hear that it can be done. If I were to ever train for one I think committing to the increasingly longer long run would be a time sacrifice enough without having to give up another day of the week to run. I will have to look into that plan and the book because it sounds right up my alley. The past 2 years I’ve gotten stronger and faster and never really increased my training volume, just the other stuff I’ve done besides running. I do need to get better about those speed and tempo workouts though if I hope to break my lifetime 5k PR.

  3. Laurie says:

    I agree with you on the working full time and taking courses, Tracy. I don’t know how I did it when I taught. I am excited for you to get your trainer’s certification, though. Will you do online coaching or just in person? I always felt that one disadvantage of taking online courses was the lack of true discussion. True, you can do an online discussion, but it’s not the same as talking with others in person.
    Yikes! Let me know how the cat bath goes! Be sure to have plenty of bandages and antiseptic on hand! 🙂

    • TracyNicole says:

      I think sometimes we manage to do things and as time passes we look back and don’t know how we did them. I think back to when I was in college and how I’d go to classes, go coach cross country then go to work and I’m like “When did I study??” I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do yet with the certification. I also have a group trainer course I selected with my personal trainer one and plan to complete that. I think I may start with teaching some classes before going into regular personal training as it seems like it’d be easier to obtain clients through the classes.

      We’re not bathing the cat… a few years ago she had bladder stones removed and since then we have to watch that she doesn’t get overly stressed as apparently that can lead to bladder infections? In any case we’ve spent plenty of money on her over the years that we don’t want to spend more just because I wanted to bathe her! I just keep cleaning up the hair 😛

      • Laurie says:

        I think the same thing about when I was a teacher. I worked 60 – 70 hours/week, trained for marathons, and took care of my mom, who had a stroke, every night. I wonder how I did it all!

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