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16 miles

This morning, I ran longer than I ever have in my entire life. And I felt pretty darn good. On top of that, my blood sugars were awesome the whole time! I needed that, because neither the running or the blood sugars have been doing that well lately.
Now, we’re heading up to Maryland for the weekend for a college friend’s wedding. I think Meredith may be driving this time…my legs have done enough today. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

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Weakened from the weekend

Like any normal person, I usually can’t wait for the weekend. It’s normally a great time to recover from the work week and do things that I want to do on my own schedule. This weekend has been pretty freaking exhausting though. Just a rundown of what I’ve done in the past 3 days:

Friday: Nothing big, just quit the only job I’ve had since I graduated college. It really didn’t “hit” me until Friday afternoon when I was packing up my desk and saying goodbye to all of my work friends. I know I’ll still get to see them, but the fact that they won’t be around every day to exchange sarcastic comments and small talk sort of sucks a little. I think I’ve made the right decision though, and am looking forward to the new job. Oh, and for my last lunch, we went out for a boatload of sushi. Quite literally:Good luck bolusing for that

Saturday: Got up at 6am to get ready for the Lungstrong 15k. Since this race was actually very close to my house, I ran to/from the race as well in order to rack up the mileage I was supposed to do for my training (Note: the run there was much easier than the run back). I was actually very pleased with my result, even though it was by no means blazing fast. I kept a 9:56 per mile pace, which I feel pretty good about. I was pretty busy the rest of the day, so I tried to take a nap before lunch, but that didn’t work out. I guess I was still on my runner’s high? Yeah, let’s go with that.

Sunday: We went to IKEA to pick up some new furniture for our living room. We thought we had everything figured out based on our previous “scouting” trips, but we still took forever to decide. Finally made it home with everything, did some minor assembly, and loaded up the old couch/chair/ottoman and took those to Goodwill. I would show pictures, but I don’t really want to get up and I’m not really sure where the camera is, so that’ll just have to wait.

Luckily, I’ve decided to take the next week off to decompress for a bit before I start the new job. I’m looking forward to being able to relax a bit. I’ve got several projects planned, 32 total miles to run, and a wedding in MD this weekend, but it can’t be any more exhausting than the past 3 days. You stay classy, blog readers!

Groundbreaking Research

My workout today got me thinking. Of course, before we get too far into this, I should explain…according to the training plan, today’s workout was supposed to be an easy 3 mile run. However, for the sake of our neighbors’ property values, it instead consisted of mowing .27 acres of grass and edging waaay too much sidewalk (one of the pitfalls of having a corner lot).

Anyway, back to why I was thinking. As far as I can remember, every time I’ve mowed our lawn, my blood sugar has gone low. I’ve tried temporary basal rates, having a pre-mow snack, I’ve even taken the pump completely off and still gone low. The only logical entertaining explanation is that yard work is a cure for diabetes. Since I pretty much know nothing about chemistry and the biological sciences, I’ve compiled a list of possible “cures” that I’ve encountered over the years. Those include:

  1. Yard Work – I know. I already discussed it. But this is my list.
  2. Swimming – Always makes me go low. The pump is pretty much always off, but it still happens. I suppose it’s possible that I’m just so bad at swimming that I expend a ton of energy just trying not to die, but I like to think the water has magical powers. You know, like in Signs where the aliens didn’t like water because it made their skin sizzle? Something like that.
  3. Woodworking – It’s a hobby of mine. I’m not great at it, but I’ve managed to build a few pieces of decent-looking furniture. But I think every time I get a chance to work on a project in the workshop/garage, I end up going low. Low blood sugar and power tools? Not a good combination.

Okay, so it was a pretty short list, but I’m sure there are others. What did we learn? Apparently that I wasted 5 years of college. I could have become a landscaper or carpenter and potentially cured my disease. Instead, I paid thousands of dollars for an education, so I could get an air-conditioned office job and pay for health benefits to keep the diabetes train a-rollin’.

What potential cures have you guys discovered? Feel free to leave a comment and share. If you need me, I’ll be in the pool treading water and eating cupcakes.

A change will do Harry good

I’ve been at my current job for over six years. During that time I’ve learned a lot and made a ton of great friends, and I like to think I’ve matured a little bit. However, I’m ready to move on and see where else my career can take me. I’ve been offered (and have decided to take) a job with one of my clients, and I will be leaving my current company in the next couple of weeks.

I’m pretty excited about it. It sounds like there are lots of opportunities for me to grow with the company, as opposed to my current situation of just waiting for someone to retire before I can move up. Also, I’ll get to travel a bit, so I’m looking forward to that. And I get paid more. And one of the best things? They cover all of my health insurance cost. Sweet!

So what does this mean for you? Probably nothing new. The thing that kind of sucks right now is that I have a ton of blog post ideas, but with the transition and everything else going on (horrible time to be training for a marathon), I have no time to write any of them. It took me 4 days just to write this. Nobody told me that quitting a job is more work than just working at one. Even though it’s stressful, I’m kind of enjoying it. “Sarcastic Harry” is making more appearances, so even though other people may hate it, I’m having a good time. So now, when people send me really complex work emails, I just say “This sounds really complicated. I quit.”

Well gosh, look at the time. This blogging thing is really complicated. I quit (for today).