Where has this month gone?
Here we are — two days from Halloween, five days from election day, and sixty-four days until New Year’s Eve. October came and is quickly expiring without good news in sight. This virus is persisting around the globe — especially around the country — and because of the choices of the few, the many continue to suffer and get sick and become trapped inside of their homes. Wear a mask, socially distance from people, and wash your goddamn hands. Why is this so hard? This month, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, informed us that he would strongly advise that we avoid all non-essential travel in the tri-state area: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Connecticut is slowly but surely becoming a hot spot for infection, particularly in New Haven (something to do with waste? I’m unclear on that part, but here is an article from the New Haven Register that might help clear things up questions you might have.) I was hoping to go apartment hunting in New Haven this month, but I have pushed off my move, officially, until 2021. I’m sad, but I want to remain safe, so I will do as I am told and stay put.
I think that’s enough of COVID-19 for this post — moving on, swiftly!
Let’s see…what ELSE happened this month?
- I was selected as one of Penguin Random House’s Employee Ambassadors and I am so excited to begin this journey! Content building is not my strong suit, but I want to get better and learn what will excite, you, my audience and how to engage more with you. Please, send some suggestions in the comments, through the contact me page, or on Instagram (@stephaniefidis). Since our official launch, I have posted a few times with my #teamprh designation. I’ve created stories, posts, and even a reel!
- Towards the middle of the month, I took a week long vacation. I haven’t used any vacation time since July because things have been absolutely bananas, since we launched these masks. Finally, I needed a mental break so I put in the request and spent a week doing very little. I would only check work emails for an hour every night, but honestly, even that felt like too much.
- Unfortunately, we had a death in my family which meant, wake, funeral, burial, family time, etc. It felt so strange to see everyone again after months and months of not, but at the same time it was extremely sad because now our clan is down a person. It was my cousin’s great grandmother. She was 92 years old, almost like another grandmother figure to me, and a proud tres-nona (I think that’s the correct spelling).
- Every Saturday morning, I have gone out in my neighborhood and walked 3-4 miles. It feels really good to get outside more often than I had been. It’s also nice peaceful at 7am in the suburbs so I’m loving my time alone. My house feels very crowded some days.
- I participated in the Virtual Matthew Hussey Retreat Weekend (Oct 16th-18th). I’m still sorting through those notes so I can share more about that once I have some cohesive thoughts, haha! We worked on core confidence, goal setting, and constructive conversational skills.
- In other news from the office, the PRH Bookworms returned to book club meetings for the first time (virtually) since lockdown in March. We kicked off the party with Glennon Doyle’s Untamed — more about that to come. Sneak peek — honestly, not my favorite book. It’s got some great quotes and I have used so much highlighter ink, but I felt the book was super long when it didn’t need to be. Stay tuned for more on that!
This month has been a blur, with work getting busier and life becoming more stressful. My workouts have been almost non-existent, except for my sessions with Bradley. Those are getting more intense as well, but in a good way. I am becoming a more skilled boxer and my body is getting stronger. I can actually do AT LEAST six Burpees and 45 seconds of Bicycle Crunches without stopping. I’m excited for these core improvements that I am seeing in my abilities and I am excited to see them continue to grow and change! He’s the nicest trainer that I have ever worked with and I’m so lucky to have stumbled into his classes, haha! I had to skip our session this past Friday because of a killer headache, which made me really sad because I look forward to our training sessions. I ended up doing my scheduled Benchmark Run (0.62 miles /15:12 – 24’18” avg pace) with my Nike Run Club app. I’m working on a nine week – Get More Fit plan and loving it!
Training with Nike Run Club is fun for me because I can work on skills that the Nike coaches were teaching during #projectfearlessnyc. My plan consists of speed work, a benchmark run, and a long run on the weekend. I think speed runs are my favorite because they push me to keep moving without stopping, though, I have yet to run 200 meters without stopping for a few seconds. At some point, I want to be able to run 400 meters without breaking, but it’s so hard! Every other week, they throw in a training day, instead of a benchmark run, through the NTC app which keeps me on track with my upper body conditioning as well. Goodbye, week three. Week four, here we come!
At the same time, I’m working on a 19-week half marathon training plan with my Garmin Forerunner 45. This training plan has me working on new aspects running which are fun to play with, but I feel like I am doing them wrong and don’t really understand the concepts my “coach” is attempting to teach me. In my plan, I workout (run) three days a week and I typically try to coordinate this plan with my Nike running plan so that I am not over-exerting my old lady knees and my pesky feet (plantar fasciitis hurts more the closer we get to that colder, winter weather). Like all good running plans, they start with a benchmark workout to gauge your abilities. Garmin has me working on run/walk intervals and drill workouts — cadence drills (3-4 rounds of 30 second 150-200 steps per min) with thirty second recovery rounds between each and then acceleration-glider drills (repeated 4x at 30 seconds each with 30 second recovery rounds between each.) None of this is easy. By the end of every single run, I am drenched in sweat. I walk off of my treadmill feeling broken and exhausted, but weirdly exhilarated? I suppose it’s the high of training myself to run a personal half marathon. It’s oddly exciting when you think about how much work goes into such a milestone.
As I said, I am currently in week four and, so far, I have rescheduled two of my workouts. I need to get back on track, but I have been feeling so incredibly lazy this week. Since my boxing coach is about to travel abroad for the holidays, I think I am going to try and find some kind of 8 or 9 week strength training plan to work through. I know the basics of what he and I do in our sessions, but it’s never as much fun to do the workout without the british accent pushing me to keep trying. We shall see, though. Like I said, my Nike Run Club plan has me working through December 6, and I can only pray that I will indeed be more fit by then. Well, today Nike has me working on some strength training and Garmin has me on cadence and accelerated glide work. As soon as the sun rises (7:22 am EST) I am thinking of going for a short walk to get my morning started.
Until next time! xoxo
Remember – “Always be humble and kind”.