Monday, January 2, 2012

I Live in Iowa: Week 36

This week blew by. I worked 40 hours in four days, I ran 42 miles, and I traveled back to Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin for Christmas with my family. That's about it.

There is clearly a difference between working eight hours a day and ten hours a day. I got to work while it was dark and left after it was dark again. Typically when I get home I am excited to get dressed and go for a run, but when it's 5:30 at night and I'm a little hungry and mentally tired from the day I end up laying around for 15 minutes or longer before I work up the motivation to go running. It is strange. How is it that eight hours at work leaves me motivated to go get in shape while ten hours leaves me exhausted? Oh well, either way, I like the money that I made from working the extra hours.

I did get to spend some time outside at work this week watching a tracked feller buncher cut trees down. I even took some personal video, which I may post at some point because we were cutting trees along a tree line which means I had a fantastic view which would normally be very obscured in a forest. It was great! I got to walk around and I got mud on my pants. I feel like a spoiled kid. I want a nice engineer job, while I have an outdoor manual labor jog, and then when I get it I want to spend time working outside. Although, at this point half a day a week is enough to keep me content.

As far as running, life is going fantastically well! After Green Bay it took me the rest of marathon week plus six weeks before I got my mileage back over 40 miles per week. After CIM it was the rest of marathon week plus only one week. That is an exponential improvement over my recovery from Green Bay. This is exciting! I do have a leg pain on the inside of my lower right leg so I do not plan to push it in the next week or two.

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