I’m back, baby

[Holidays in Handcuffs]Good news: my oral proposal is finished and I have my life back!  In fact, now that I’m on winter break I have more time than I know what to do with, so I’m currently watching an ABC Family holiday movie with Sabrina the Teenage Witch and A.C. Slater called Holiday in Handcuffs.

Better news: I passed!  I’m an official Ph.D. candidate now, so the next step is turning my paper into a thesis and getting the f out of there.  School is great and all, but with undergrad, more undergrad to get into grad school, and grad school, I’m pushing 10 years.  Hmm.

Anyway, I went for my first run in 10 days today, having been way too busy to even think about running while I was getting ready for my proposal.   For my first run back, I did nine miles on trails with some of my trail friends, and I actually felt the 10 days of inactivity!  I don’t remember the last time I went this long without running; it must have been back when I was injured in March.  But I definitely struggled just a tad more than usual on the hills.

Trying stuff

The run afforded me the chance to use two new products I’ve been meaning to review.  First, Recovery Sock armwarmers.  When they sent me these, I was excited to try them out but I wasn’t sure exactly when I’d use them.  I mean, I had never thought to myself, “if only I had armwarmers, my life would be perfect.”  But since it’s gotten cold, I’ve worn them every time I’ve run (only about three times, but still)!  I used to get so bundled up on cold days so that I’d be warm when I started running, but after a few miles I’d be hotter than Satan’s crotch.  I’ve found that armwarmers are great because my core stays pretty warm anyway, so it’s nice to just keep the extremities warm.  And once I really get moving, I like that I can roll them up or just take them off, much easier than I could remove a skin-tight UnderArmour shirt and have to carry it around.  So Recovery Sock armwarmers get a big thumbs-up from me.

Second, SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery socks (which you can still enter by Monday for a chance to win!).  I’m actually still wearing them right now, seven hours after the run.  And that’s saying something, because with Recovery Sock brand I always have to take them off after a few hours because they irritate my legs.  SIGVARIS socks aren’t quite as tight-fitting as Recovery Socks are though, so it’s hard to “feel” whether they’re working or not.  They are nice and snug around the lower calf though, and the compression is definitely graduated, like they claim.  So I’ll call it a tie between SIGVARIS and Recovery Sock and I’ll just have to love them both.  If you haven’t tried any kind of compression socks yet, do it.  You don’t know what you’re missing.

Ok, that’s all for now.  Back to Melissa Joan Hart and Slater.  And to cooking.  Speaking of which, I’ll be doing plenty of that now that I have lots of time, so look for some great recipes in the next few days.



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  1. Glad you are official, Matt! Congrats!!!

    I ran my first ever race this weekend, only a 5k but we all have to start somewhere. It was COLD but not as cold as my daily runs this week. Good to read you again.
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..Musings From a Former Bar Skank – by Anonymous =-.

  2. Congratulations on passing the exam! Looking forward to your recipes 🙂
    .-= Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)´s last blog ..Magical Frittata =-.

  3. Congrats on the candidacy!
    Also, damn, I wish I had abc family in my dorm, I used to be a melissa joan hart addict
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..French Toast Morning =-.

  4. Congrats on finishing up! I bet you’re super relieved. Great reviews- I need to buy some of those socks. And enjoy your break- well deserved
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Weekend/Charleston SPCA =-.

  5. That sounds like a cute movie.lol I love Melissa..I need to find that on tv. Congrats on being one and being a candidate!
    .-= Nicci@NiftyEats´s last blog ..Not Feeling This Cold Weather =-.

  6. LOL… I watched that movie last Christmas… too funny, it was like all my 90s sitcoms came together in a weird way!

    Congrats on finishing… I’m in year 4 of post-HS school and I’m already tired of it… although I want a EdD so I better get over that soon 🙂

  7. Glad you finally got time to get a run in again! When I took 5 days off from running I just felt like stress flew away when I got to run again. I can’t imagine a 10 days wait. Hope you can enjoy your break!
    .-= Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather´s last blog ..Time To Relax =-.

  8. Congradulations on passing your orals. Coming in on the home stretch.

  9. CONGRATS. you are on yer PhD-way.
    .-= Miz´s last blog ..2Fit Chicks podcast: 2009 round-up. =-.

  10. Woohoo!! Congrats on finishing everything! I hate that feeling of a long running break, but I also believe that it probably does the body a world of good in the long run. 😀

  11. Congratulations!!!

  12. Congratulations!!!! That’s really wonderful.

    I didn’t even know there were such things as arm warmers. DEFINITELY sounds like the kind of thing I need around here (today it’s -45 with the windchill, not even kidding. Eek).
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Life Lessons: The Case of the Cookie Calling My Name =-.

  13. Congratulations!!! And enjoy that movie!

  14. CONGRATULATIONS MATT! that is such an awesome accomplishment! i haven’t run in over a month and am deathly scared that i will die or slide on ice if i do 🙂
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Imperfection is Perfection =-.

  15. Great job! It must be such a relief to be done 😉 I love my arm warmers. I scrunch them down to my wrists when I am not using them and forget they are there.

  16. Oh boy. I didn’t even know that movie existed! LOL! 🙂
    Glad you were able to get back to running. I’m sure you’ll be up to speed in no time!

  17. Congratulations Matt! Enjoy your break.
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