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Week 1: better than expected

Sunday, August 11, 2013

This week was so much better than I expected.
Workload was high as I anticipated, but the two client visits went very well, and I spread out Thu+Fri work to Saturday, working from home 6-7 hours on each day - somehow it took the pressure off, and I still have Sunday to rest.
Eating went well, and I exercised an hour or more every day.
We had extreme heat Mon-Fri but cooled down for Sat.
I accepted the fact that things can go wrong on my project will probably go wrong, and I do my best to reach best outcome, I don't take it granted. This too takes off the pressure.
I slept amazingly well during the week, about 7 hours at night and 1-2 hours in the afternoon heat when I was at home.

Sunday morning was cool, 19 oC / 66 oF and I went for a 10K run in the forest (usual 7K route + a 3K steep hill segment). Took an ice/water mix (2:1) in my hydration backpack, it was great - water ran out at the last walk break, so next time I'll bring 1:1 mix.
I noticed last week that there is quite a lot of ragweed along the road where I leave my car.
The pollen of this plant is highly allergenic, causing severe airway allergies.
I forgot to bring my camera both on Fri and Sun, and a picture is required to report ragweed to authorities (who hopefully will ensure the area is cleaned).
I didn't feel like going home for the camera, so instead I spent half an hour pulling out ragweed, and I cleaned a good length of roadside and the plants are not in flower yet so didn't emit the dangerous pollen. But there is so much left...
Maybe I'll go back after lunch, take a photo an report it eventually.
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  • MARKATSPARK
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    223 days ago
  • MJREIMERS
    I'm glad you are figuring out a schedule that makes you feel good. Not too much pressure, but getting the job done. Enough sleep and good eating. Of course, getting the exercise in helps a lot with how we feel, too.

    Good luck with the ragweed. I know people with allergies that ragweed really sets them off. It was nice of you to pull some of it. (It sounds like quite a lot. I bet that was a workout in itself.)

    Have a good week, friend.
    1207 days ago
  • WILLITWORK1
    Morning, Krista,

    Hope you logged in those gardening hours! Good for you going after the ragweed! Here we can call in new Kudso (Spelling? ) but I'm not sure anyone would show up.

    Hope you have a lovely day!
    1209 days ago
  • STRIVERONE
    Hah! I think ragweed is America's most prolific wildflower. I imagine anyone reporting it to the authorities over here would be laughed at or worse. It's good to hear things are going well for you otherwise.
    1216 days ago
  • DEB9021
    Had a nice outdoor run myself today. Something has me sneezing as our weather turned cool for a bit and then suddenly humid again. Lots of new things in bloom. But still so enjoyable to get outside and jog in the sunshine!

    I bought the Galloway 5k/10k book and am just starting to read through it. I did the Magic Mile exercise on Saturday, and doing the long warmup before the mile made me realize why I'm am often so slow at the start of my run compared to the middle and even the end. I either need to consider the first mile to be my warmup, or I need to do some slow jog/walking before I start. Seems obvious now, but I truly thought when I read that pre-mile routine that it was sooo long. Putting the mile in the middle made it my fastest mile yet. I don't particularly enjoy track workouts, but I have to say it was helpful to time it out and now to have a general pace in mind.

    Hope your coming week goes better than expected, too!
    1216 days ago
  • DESERTJULZ
    Congratulations on getting in a good workout despite your busy schedule!
    1216 days ago
  • CIRANDELLA
    You're so conscientious to attend to the ragweed, Kriszta, especially given all the other demands of your life. emoticon
    1216 days ago
  • MONA791
    Enjoy Sunday and have a great next week! emoticon
    1216 days ago
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