Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Because I Can't Stop....

I can just never keep still. The mister says he thinks I'm part crazy because I can't seem to relax. I'm always wanting to do something. It's not my fault that I have a short attention span. Well, it could be, but I like to pretend like it's not. Duh.

Anyways, so I'm finished with my hectic school schedule this semester. I was going to school 5 nights a week after work for 4 months and I finally made it through! I don't know how people can do this all the time. I have a serious respect for working mothers who balance their time so well. Unfortunately for me, I suck at it. I'm surprised I made it. The icing on the cake was that I received As in all my classes this semester too! :o)

So here I am with all this free time on my hands. Sure, I am still training for the marathon, but it's a work in progress. You can't rush something like that so I'm just taking it day by day. I'm still home by 7pm on training nights anyway so I feel like I have loads more time than when I was in school. I'll be taking a summer school class starting soon, but I'll still have more time.

So here I am with nothing to do. Seriously. I'm even caught up with the laundry (and if you know me, that never happens). I've been reading like crazy because I LOVE books and am trying to catch up from four months of textbook reading. I still have all this time though. Plus, as much as I wish I could read all the time nonstop, I wouldn't be able to sit still for so long (well, I'm sure I could devote weeks to simply lying in bed reading, but for some reason I don't think that's a good idea).

I'm so thankful we're moving into some apartments in a couple of weeks. Right as summer is kicking off, I'll have a pool to lay by! I haven't tanned in forever (not that I ever try to tan), but now that it's easily accessible I might give it a try. Reading out on the chairs by the pool while the sun shines down on me sounds so relaxing. Man, we can't move soon enough! The next 2.5 weeks are gonna draaaaaaaag. boo.

Any other ideas of what I should use my time for? Maybe some arts and crafts? Right now I'm trying to catch up on me time, but I'll need to do something eventually.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


According to the always funny Dawn Dais (author of The Nonrunners Marathon Guide for Women), I'm supposed to have written a pro/con list for deciding to run the marathon. I'm also supposed to have written reasons and potential counter arguments for finishing the training as well. I'm supposed to come with a good reason to finish the training and marathon where I won't have an excuse to stop and quit. Ugh. As smart as this sounds, it seems so... final to me. Once I really come up with a good fool-proof reason, I won't be able to quit. I like the idea that I could quit though. Is that bad? Haha. Probably. Ok.... fine! I'll make the stupid lists. Twist my arm, why-dontcha.

Pro/Con List to Training for a Marathon:

Pro: I'll have bragging rights.
Con: I might not finish and end up embarrassed.

Pro: I'll get in shape.
Con: Running won't give me the body I actually want so it would be fruitless.

Pro: I can hang out with my friend D more.
Con: D will hate me for making her run all the time.

Pro: I can eat loads of food if I'm running.
Con: I won't get the desired weight loss.

Pro: I'll be in the best shape of my life.
Con: My body will be in constant pain.

Yea... I'm done at five pros and cons. Dawn had some really funny ones, but I wanted to just put the ones that came to my head first.

Reasons for Finishing my Marathon and its Training:

Reason: I want to have this sense of accomplishment. Not everyone will run a marathon.
Counter-Argument: The smart ones don't run marathons. Who would willingly put them self in this much pain and torture over and over and over again?!

Reason: My friends are all training with me.
Counter-Argument: And they all want to quit as well. They're just waiting for someone to make the first move.

Reason: I've always wanted to run a marathon.
Counter-Argument: I've always wanted to live on a farm too. Plus, I'm still young... I'll do it later.

Reason: I've told tons of people about this.
Counter-Argument: They'll forget or I'll pretend like I don't know what they are talking about if they do remember.

Reason: I told myself I better finish this or else.
Counter-Argument: Psh. Ohhhhhhhh. I'm so scared. Not.

Okay, clearly I need to find a solid reason to continue for when times get tough. Eh, I'll figure it out later. Here's to a great year of training ahead for me (you all better sense my sarcasm)!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

End of Week 1.... ish

The first two weeks of training are a little spotty. I'm still in school and knee deep in finals (someone shoot me). The only days I have to run are Fridays after work, Saturdays, and Sunday mornings. It makes training for a marathon a bit more difficult.

So far I have run 3 times in the past week or so with an average of about 30 minutes of run/walking (mostly walking). haha. I feel this need to step up my game, but I don't want to burn out and I don't really have the time right now. You know it's a bad sign when you would rather go for a run than go to class. I must be crazy.

Good news though: I think I have inspired the mister to start running again. He's all fired up about getting in shape (even though I've told him that he already has a shape: round). He ran last night and he's running again tonight. He also wants to join D and I on our weekly runs. I'm super psyched! I need all the accountability I can get these days.

So yea.... I'll give another update on the actual running when it becomes a more consistent thing (in 2 weeks or so).

Monday, May 3, 2010

Oh Sh*t! I Must Be Crazy

It's been a while. I know. Don't judge me. I'm in school. I can't help that school is supposed to take priority over blogging. Weird, I know. Anyways, I'm here and that's what should matter, right? I didn't fall off a cliff and I'm not in a coma somewhere. I'm just lazy when it comes to blogging. Eh. Oh well... that's me.

I have some exciting news. Ok, exciting might be the wrong word. I have some shocking, scary, confused, [you can fill in the blank] news:


Let that marinate for a minute.... Done yet? I know some of you are thinking that I'm insane (and you're probably right). Not sure if you guys realized that 3 posts ago I was complaining about the half marathon (that I half trained for) with my coworkers I had to run. Yea.... I was complaining the whole time. Haha.

I'm not really sure what inspired me to run a full marathon. I blame Runner's High and my friend R. R convinced me to run in the Big Sur Marathon Relay with her and some others just a little over a week ago. There is just something about the races that gets me all pumped up and wanting to do more. Runner's High can be dangerous. Just a warning to anyone thinking about participating in these kind of races. Also, R emails me the next day (while I'm floating on Runner's High) and asks if I want to run the FULL Big Sur Marathon with her next year. Of course I said yes! I would have said yes to jumping off a bridge at that point (see... Runner's High can be dangerous).

So here I am...committed to running a full marathon next year. Yikes. But I'm not doing this alone. Not only is R gonna be there.... I lassoed my friend D into it too. :o) R lives far away, but I can train with D on a weekly basis. This will be great (or so I think as I'm still floating). D and I have already signed up for a half marathon later this year to have something to look forward to that's not a year away.

The three of us are also reading (or have already read) The Nonrunners Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais. This book is HILARIOUS! I recommend it to any women. It reminds me that my goal is just to finish and I'm not the only one going through these running woes (I don't know if I mentioned before that I don't actually enjoy long distance running...yea....). Seriously, read it.

Yep. That's it. May God be with us.