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I Want a Pat on the Head

by Carilyn on January 9, 2013

With all you more disciplined people out there making awesome resolutions and keeping them, I was starting to feel guilty. Okay, not guilty enough to make any resolutions, but enough to feel compelled to do something positive for this new year. To many of you, these things I have done will seem like no big deal. But that is only because you are organized, responsible adults. I, on the other hand, can pretty much procrastinate and ignore just about anything.

But not this year (thanks to your pushing – and I mean that in the nicest way possible)! This year, I am being proactive. Taking charge. Getting organized. (Okay, not really, but I thought we would all benefit this morning from a few Tony Robbins-esque affirmative statements.)

While I have not actually become more organized, or less of a procrastinator, I DID do a few things I’ve been putting off for too long. And I want a little positive reinforcement.

1. Found a dentist here in LA and made an appointment to get a sore tooth looked at. I’ve been putting this off for months, telling myself I would go see my long-time El Paso dentist, but that time never came. I’ve never home long enough to get in to see him. I had to finally suck it up and find someone here.

2. Found a new gynecologist in LA. This was the hardest. Every woman dreads going to the gyno, but it is a fact of life. So, finally, I bit the bullet and made the call. (I want extra credit for this one, ladies).

3. Found a new massage therapist. Back in EP, I had someone work on me weekly, and it made a huge difference. Here, I’ve just been too lazy to find someone new. Sure I tried a few times, but I never found someone who would dig deeply enough. So, I gave up and just went about my business. But eventually, I started noticing certain parts of my body were so tight, I couldn’t hold my water bottle for more than an hour and my hip was all wonky. Since I don’t stretch, I realized that not having someone “loosen” me up was really causing me problems. And at 45 years old, this bod needs a lot of loosening up.

4. I fixed a bunch of problems around the house. Okay, I didn’t personally fix ALL of them, but I did fix some and called someone for the rest. That counts, right?

5, I cleaned out a BIG closet. You know the one under the stairs? The one that everyone in the house just throws in everything that doesn’t go anywhere else, like ski clothes, suitcases, beach gear, hydration vests, old running shoes? It was a little frightening to even go in there, but I ventured forth and survived. And now I have a clean, spacious closet. Time to go add the rest of my old running shoes that are in the front hallway.

In the middle of all this proactivity (which we all know will only last until next Thursday, at the latest), I am back to regular training and working. I’m really scouring the internet to find a fun race/adventure to do, so if you have any ideas for me, will you let me know? I should have all my “chores” done soon.

Happy Running!



{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kent January 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

Congrats on the stuff you accomplished. To you it was a big deal to do them and that’s all that matters. I would think the same attitude towards any trail run (100 miler or otherwise) could indeed be fun AND give you a sense of accomplishment when you stop worrying about times, placement, what people will think who expect you to do better etc. Is that why you’ve lost your zeal for running? Do you remember the joy of just running with absolutely no goal in mind? If you can, and can get yourself in that frame of mind again, then it’s just a matter of picking an area of the country (or world) you want to see and just RUN!

Kirstin C (@ultrarunnergirl) January 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

You absolutely deserve kudos on all of these but ESPECIALLY on #2.

olga January 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

You cleaned the closet? By any American standards this is huge! Overwrites all others:) As for Gyn, why are you scared? I could care less, I just don’t have time.

Marcia January 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Wow! Huge head pat coming you way. That list would take me the better part of a year at least. No lie. Totally impressed. Are you sure you’re not coming down with something??

Juan January 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Ok I have an adventure for you. Rocky Racoon 100 mile or 50 mile trail run Feb 2. It’s flat and and fast, not very technical. Has open slots even though it sold out earlier. I’ll be doing my first 100. Mike Morton and Karl Melzer will be there. If you do the 50, I could use a pacer for the second half. The 0300 am slot is open, can’t imagine why? LOL. Take care.

Carilyn January 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Wow, Juan! That’s awesome! I wish I was trained up, it would be fun! Good luck!

Carilyn January 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Thanks, Marcia! I’m worried about myself, too :)

Carilyn January 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I hate the gyno! Blech! But, I know it’s a necessary evil :)

Carilyn January 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Thanks, Kirstin! It is the worst, isn’t it?

Carilyn January 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Hey, Kent! Great to hear from you! I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I agree with everything you said. I know it would help if I would just chill :)

Char January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

You are amazing! You’re incredible!! You’re not a procrastinator any more!

I don’t think I like you any more – you make me look bad.

Carilyn January 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you, Char! That is just the kind of gold star I was looking for :)

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