Monday, October 18, 2010


This past week has been incredible. Very rarely in my life have I started something and completed it. I may not have followed through 100% as far as completing tasks to make my goal easier to achieve, but don't worry... my body paid for that guy intensely, this week. Sore much... YEAH! WOW! HOLY COW! GOLLY! BAM! POW! SMACK! BOOM!

I attempted a couple of runs last week. Both ended with me nearly collapsing. I definitely have shin splints, which I thought I had experienced before while playing soccer and running track in high school. Well, I was wrong. Actual shin splints are painful as hell. I was able to run through them a bit; but the second I started to slow down, I was certain that I was going to drop down to the ground in pain.

Needless to say, I didn't get much running done. I did try though. So, I don't suck.

That pain in my abdominal muscles came back again. This time, it's on the left side. Luckily, it didn't affect me too much this past weekend. I went on a camping trip with Claire and some friends. Camping is one of my favorite things to do. We got a really awesome hike in there, too. We caught the perfect weekend to see all the leaves changing colors on the trees. We hiked to the top of a waterfall and just enjoyed the incredible view, letting it really sink in.

So... back to the pain. The doctor does not know what's causing this pain. All the tests that he ran came back negative. I need to go back for another appointment later this week. The doctor seems to think the pain might be caused by kidney stones... I sincerely hope not. I hear those things are a female dog (bitch) to pass.

(The best part about this picture is that my grandfather's name was Harold Johnson - coincidence... not a chance.) Unless it gets gross, I will keep you updated on the status of this little pickle I'm in. In the mean time, cranberry juice and hot baths will be significant parts of my everyday life.

Being that, besides the physical ailments, I was feeling so SUPERRRR this week,

I decided it would be a good idea to set some more goals for myself. Here we go:

- Get down to 175lbs (Currently, I think that I am over 200. I know... I carry it well, and that's part of the problem. Haha!)
- Only eat out for lunch and dinner 1-2 times per week each - maximum! (It will save my belly as well as my wallet.)
- Break 25 minutes in a 5K (PR is currently >28 mins.)
- Break 1 hr in a 10K (PR is currently >1 hr 5 mins.)
- Run a half-marathon in spring 2011.
- Compete in a triathlon in fall 2011. (ToughMan.)
- Run a marathon.
- IronMan.

We shall see how this goes. All of these are in writing now... so, they can't be denied. It's business time!


  1. Goals are great and long term goals rock! Hope you feel better soon. I had a gallbladder infection some weeks back and oh my, IT WAS PAINFUL! Luckily no gallstones or kidney stones (they checked). Take care!

  2. you've got a great list of goals there! I used to have shin pain, but I do toe raises every day, hasn't bothered me since! Good luck at the Doctor...

  3. eeek! injuries just plain suck!

    good luck with your goals (and thanks for the comment)

  4. I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with this. I hope the pain goes away soon and/or you figure out what is going on.

  5. Boo shin splints. They have compression sleeves that they make specifically for those that help a ton. Back when I played college ball I used to get shin splints a ton and those sleeves saved me.

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

  6. Best advice I can give for shinsplints is Do Not Overtrain, which shouldn't be a problem considering your prominent laziness. But if you run too far without your body beingn properly prepared, it likes to remind you how uncool it was. I love that Family Guy scene BTW.
    Otherwise, you've got a killer list of goals, each easily approached on its own. If you're planning on Tri'ing, hit the pool now. Lazy or not, swimming is not to be taken lightly, trust me!
    Oh, and 175 is also my weight goal, but dude, I haven't seen that in SO long. Good luck!

  7. hey hey!

    good job with all your goals you're setting for yourself, i am sooo very proud of you!!

    you don't suck - you're kicking ass!

  8. Great job with those goals. They're pretty lofty ones! Try working on a small list each week of accomplish-able goals that will help you on your way to the "big" goals.I find that setting small, manageable goals helps keep me on track.

    ps....kinda giggled when I thought of you with cranberry juice and hot baths.....cranberry martini and bubble baths...haha...weird, I know.

  9. Those are some great goals. Did you make yourself subgoals as well?

  10. Great post...Love your pics...Nice great goals..