30 September 2016

Spin Cycle

This week I set one goal for myself:

That was it. That was my only goal. Well, not my only goal, I always have little ones I try to meet on a daily basis, but it was the really big goal.

Now that I've been cleared for (most) exercise, I have to challenge myself to get back into a routine. A routine that includes very early morning spin classes at least once a week. In fact, the YMCA changed the times -- what used to be a 6 am class is now a 5:45 am class.

Thankfully I live ridiculously close and there's no traffic that early and I tend to be an early riser anyway so waking up and getting ready was easy enough. (Granted, ask me again once it starts snowing.)

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Bonus: Thanks to the very short drive and the early morning hour, I was able to go back to the house and get ready for work there!

I haven't been on a spin bike in about six months, back when my favorite spinning instructor went on maternity leave back in March. Then, of course, like two months later I broke my fibula and have been out of commission ever since.

Needless to say I eased back into it. My core needs work so I couldn't do most of the standing rides and sometimes the angle made a little noise in my still recovering ankle so I didn't push it too much.

But man oh mangoberry you guys it felt so good to work out again!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

28 September 2016

What I Love Wednesday: CowCow

When I say "CowCow" you probably imagine something like this:

Unless you're already in the know, what you don't imagine is something like this:

Why yes. Yes that is a dress with Carousel Horses all over it.

Orrrrr how about Unicorns?

So CowCow is this amazing dress company with fabulous frocks at super affordable prices (I recommend going through Amazon where everything is $20 or below. It's more expensive on their direct website).

My friend Terri has posted pictures of hers and when I decided I was in need of a wardrobe reboot I asked here where the dresses came from and she told me. I bought the carousel horse one just to try it out and as soon as it came and I tried it on I, no joke, went back online and ordered five more that night including the Gradient Unicorn dress, Popcorn dress, and, just in time for Halloween, this Spiderweb dress.

I also may or may not have another five waiting in my cart that I'm trying to show some restraint with purchasing. One would make an awesome Miss Frizzle dress if I ever decided to go as her for Halloween. Considering I have red hair and work at a book company, this is not a horrible idea.

Actually. I feel like any of these dresses would make awesome Miss Frizzle dresses....

Anywho. CowCow. Go. Buy. Enjoy.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

26 September 2016

When Opportunity Knocks

So I can't run for six more weeks. My Bone Doc said November 1st. I broke my ankle in mid-May. Which means when I do start running again it will have been almost six months.

Math is not my strong suit but, um, like, that's half the year.

Make no mistake here: Come November, I will be starting from scratch.

As challenging as it's going to be to continue to not run for the next several weeks, I'm trying to see the silver lining. And, if I really think about it, there is a silver lining. Because starting from scratch doesn't have to be a bad thing. I've been given a new day. A fresh start.

See, when I started running 4 1/2 years ago I had no idea what the fuck I was doing. I was just kind of making up everything as I went along. Most days, even now, I am still making up everything as I go along. I didn't start following any training plans until I was getting ready to run my very first 10K. I signed up for races if and when I wanted to run them, maybe only a couple of weeks in advance. Hell, even now I still don't really pay attention to nutrition that much.

But now, I have a chance to try again. It's like someone pushed a bit bright red RESTART button. I can work on nutrition and have cross-training a part of my schedule from the very beginning. And not just spinning or yoga but strength training, too, which is something I'm really bad about doing. In fact, because of the six week delay, I'm going to have those routines in place before I start running.

Because I have goals. Big goals. This past weekend was the Akron Half which I couldn't run because of my ankle, but I am already looking ahead to next year's Akron Half-Marathon and that lovely blue line and that amazing finish in Canal Park.

I won't get there, though, unless I start putting one foot in front of the other now, a full year in advance. I'm also an Ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon races again and I have my eye on that 10K. But I won't get there unless I start putting one foot in front of the other now.

So while I may not be able to run right now, that doesn't mean I have to just sit on my ass. In fact, if I do decide to sit on my ass it's going to make that comeback and recovery even harder when I do start running again.

To help me out with these goals -- to follow through on this passion of mine -- I bought myself a second Passion Planner. This one is just going to be for fitness and running and all of that, nothing else. Once I've really started to use it I'll give you all a peek inside but I'm really excited. I already set my first goal, which is to be able to run a 5K before the end of the year. I don't know if that means an actual race or just running 3.1 on the treadmill at the Y (because, hi, winter in Northeast Ohio), but once November 1st hits, that's the direction I'm headed.

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Honestly, I think the hardest part is just going to be getting back into the habit of working out again. Because, hi, I am lazy. So on those mornings when it's early and dark and cold, I just have to keep these goals in my head and remember what I want to do.

Luckily, now that I've moved the YMCA is much closer -- less than a mile -- but I was using some of our free weights down in our basement yesterday and looking around and realized there's more than enough room for a treadmill. We could even park it right in front of the TV that's all set up.

Who saw THAT one coming, amirite?

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

23 September 2016

Summer Meltdown #Anklegate


Holy shit, you guys.


Right, so yesterday I had my final follow-up appointment with the Bone Doc. It was the most anti-climactic appointment ever. I go in, I have x-rays taken. He comes in and is basically like "Yeah, we're all done here. Call if you have any issues down the road."

It was a little more nuanced than that but not really. I saw him for a grand total of, like, five minutes. He suggested maybe wearing the air cast every once in awhile for the next two months -- like if I'm walking on really uneven ground or in a situation where there's a big crowd ("Like a Brown's game" LOLOLOLOLOL) but other than that I'm good without it.

Naturally I asked about exercise. He said I can resume low impact stuff like my spinning and yoga. But running I have to hold off for six more weeks.

But, okay, whatever. I have a date. I have a plan. I can walk for exercise which, as he pointed out, will help to start build up my base over the next six weeks.

In other news, let's talk about tomorrow, shall we?

Tomorrow. Oh, tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the day I was supposed to run the Akron Half-Marathon.

Tomorrow is the day I was supposed to get a half-marathon Personal Record (PR).

I registered for this back in January as soon as registration opened. I was all ready. I had a new training plan and was ready to put the work in.

Then, of course, there was #Anklegate. Not only did that fuck up my Cleveland Marathon weekend races, it fucked up my Akron Half, too. Because I apparently have the slowest healing bone ever.

Okay. No biggie, because, see, the National Book Fest in D.C. in this weekend, too, and Stephen King is a headliner (anyone reading an advanced ready copy of my book Running with a Police Escort knows I'm a huge Stephen King fan). So, BC and I made plans to drive to D.C. for that.

Only, then, about a month ago, BC tore his patella tendon and had to have surgery and is now homebound for the next couple of months.

No traveling to Washington, D.C. for us.


Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

21 September 2016

Giveaway! Win a Passion Planner

If you follow me on Instagram you know I love my Passion Planner. Love love love love love it. I love it so much, I am constantly telling other people about it. Passion Planner, as a company, loves when people refer new members to join the #PashFam -- so much so that they have a referral program: refer three people and you get a free Passion Planner!

Way back when I was a Kickstarter backer for the Passion Planner, although at the $1 level so I got the .pdf version. I'll admit, I didn't totally get it when it first came out. I mean, I got it. I understood what it was supposed to do but it wasn't fitting my lifestyle.

Then back in May I was looking for something to help kickstart some new changes in my life and wanted a new planner that would be more than just an organizational tool and ordered a Passion Planner.


Holy shit. For real. It's magical. I can use it for work, and my book, and goal setting, and my writing, and (eventually) my running, and did I mention the goal setting? That's one of my favorite things. That and it's so incredibly customizable. I buy stickers from a whole bunch of Etsy sellers to make it all fun and fancy along with making some of my own.

I even set up a corner of my home office to use as my planner place, complete with stickers, markers, colored pencils, etc.

Recently I received a free Passion Planner from referrals but since I already pre-ordered the 2017 Blush Birds & Bees Limited Edition planner for next year I don't need the free one, so I decided to give it away to one of YOU!

This is a Classic sized undated Sunday Start Passion Planner, so even if you don't need a planner right now, you can keep it and start using it January 1, 2017!

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If this particular Passion Planner isn't for you, they have an entire shop worth of other ones. Be sure to use my email address as a referral -- jillgrunenwald [at] gmail [dot] com -- and there may be future giveaways like this!

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond. 

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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