Running Another Marathon- No Joke!

My last blog post (three weeks ago if anyone is counting) was about recuperating after a stressful finals period. Now that I have had some down time it’s official, I’m bored. Sure there is plenty of crap that I could/ should be doing- writing my thesis for example. However, with large blocks of unstructured time, I feel like I am floundering; ticking off my summer days without accomplishing anything significant. I’ve been whining for a break and now that I have one I’m unhappy. Typical.

Point being, I have too much free time right now, and because I am a psychopath I need to find something to fill it up- immediately. I’ve been trying to come up with what I would like to accomplish this summer more than anything else in the whole entire world (soul searching if you will), and one thought keeps nagging at me.

I want to run another marathon.

I know what you are thinking, “Layne, you were supposed to run a marathon a month ago, but couldn’t get your act together.” You would be correct, but IT’S THE SUMMER TIME. I have so much more freedom. I am confident that I can make it work because two summers ago I was able to successfully prepare for a fall marathon. I KNOW that I can train for another one, as long as I have the motivation to WANT to do it, and right now I really really really want to train for one.

After spending hours perusing race websites (told you I have too much free time), I came across the PERFECT fall race, The Asheville Citizens Times City Race. It is spitting distance away from my hometown, and if I know Asheville the race will be beautiful and a blast. The race is the last weekend in September, meaning I will have to do minimal training once the school year gets back into swing.

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Everything just feels right. I feel like running this race is the perfect decision for me. With 125 days until the gun goes off, it is time to get to work!

Asheville Marathon(Pictures hijacked from the event website) 🙂

Finals Week

finals week collageWell, it’s that time again. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have noticed I was complaining a bit more than usual.

twitter_finalsI actually do not hate finals. I enjoy the challenge and I have always kind of liked the eery calm that takes over campus as everyone gets really focused. Maybe that makes me a masochist.

Last week, I fell into the same routine as the previous eleven semesters. I stayed up insanely late, skipped meals, ate more candy than I usually consume in an entire month, and basically lived off of coffee. I was surviving on sugar, caffeine, and cortisol. You would think that at some point I would learn that this is not the most effective strategy. Needless to say, I was left feeling like a big pile of crap.

In an effort to get my body back to usual, I am doing a mini detox. Nothing too dramatic, just a little spring cleaning. I’ve been trying to ease into it, and plan to continue through at least Friday. Here’s what I’ve given up: bread, dairy, eggs, candy, and coffee (I haven’t had a soda in like a month, or meat in years so no worries there). I haven’t stopped caffeine (green tea) and I’m not sure that anyone would wish that upon society, and I have had a little bit of sugar in my oatmeal.

I’m not feeling better yet, but we’re only two days into this thing. Right now, I just really want a cup of coffee.

 

 

Cupid’s Crawl 5K 2013 and more Shenanigans

Apparently, The Cupid’s Crawl has become MY race. I have participated in it the past three years (that’s how long it’s been around). This year, the race turned into more of an EVENT. One of the best things about having fitness-minded friends is that lots of people were on board with running!

Friday night, I hosted a pasta dinner. I bought waaaaay too much food.

Pasta Supplies

I spent the afternoon vaccuuming and shoving things into my closet. Then I managed to fit ten people into my mini-sized apartment. I thought that it was a really good time. Sure, things were a little cozy, but we’re all pretty close and no one seemed to mind.

The race was great! All of my friends are super fast. Everyone (except for me) finished in the top five for their age group. Although I am not as speedy as my friends, I’m still satisfied with how I did yesterday. My official finishing time was 30:59, which is a full minute and forty five seconds faster than last year, and a pretty sweet ten second PR. I could get used to getting faster every time I race.

And now that I have drank the Garmin Kool-aid I have some cool data for ya!

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Cupid's crawl Data

My Garmin splits look a little funny because I forgot to stop my watch once I crossed the finish line. Also, I saw some of my sorority sisters volunteering on the course and you know I could not pass up a few hugs. Looking at those times gets me totally excited about running. I can’t believe how much I have improved without a whole lot of effort. We’ve already started planning our next race!

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So I moved…

In my last post, I basically emotionally vomited all over the blog. If you read it, then it should not come as a surprise that I decided to move out. Luckily, I have the best friends in the whole world, and we were able to get all of my major belongings relocated in under an hour. I’ve been gradually unpacking and then going back to my house for things that I left. Hopefully, the move will be complete by the end of the week, but here is what I’ve got so far.

Props to Tinkerbell for her modeling talents.

Props to Tinkerbell for her modeling talents.

It’s still in progress, but I think it has potential. I am loving having my own space. Take a look at the picture of my refrigerator. It was sooooooo nice to be able to grocery shop, and buy whatever I wanted, and not have to worry about making it fit into my tiny corner of the fridge.

I wasn’t “allowed” to have plants before (my roommate said they would bring bugs into the house), so I may have gone a little overboard in the botany department. I’m especially fond of my tree. Hopefully I can keep him alive.

New Month! New Goals!

Holy November!

I feel like the days just get away from me. Grad school is kicking my butt. I’m doing well in all of my classes, but I am having to work REALLY REALLY hard, spend every weekend in the library hard. I feel like I never have enough time get everything accomplished.  I’m pumped about this month. I have several humongous assignments due, but once they are completed and turned in I will feel so much better.

Anyways, It may be a few days late, but lets check in with the goal setting and see how things panned out.

  • Run more often! Twice a week. Ummmm, I did run some, but not as much I would have liked. See above paragraph about how I have been struggling to manage my time.
  • Pack lunch or snacks every single day. This is probably my most important goal. There may have been a couple of days where I forgot to bring food, but overall I am going to call this one a success. I’ve been prepping my lunches every weekend and then all I have to do is grab it in the morning.

  • Eat breakfast– I did a much better job with eating breakfast at the beginning of the month, but this last week was a huge fail. I don’t think I ate it once. I suck. I know.
  • Actually run in some stinking races- I ran in ONE race, and it left me feeling pretty successful, and excited to do some more.
  • Make an appointment with my boss, so that he can give me feedback on the fitness classes I am teaching. Hahaha nope.
  • Do my homework well in advance. This means sooner than the night before it’s due, and definitely not while I’m on my lunch break the day of an assignment’s due date. Overall, I’m going to say that I have done a better job of finishing up my work ahead of time, but there is still room for improvement.
  • Register for another half marathon (or maybe even full marathon) in the upcoming months. Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllll….. This morning I actually registered for (drum roll please) THE KNOXVILLE MARATHON. I have been toying with the idea for a long time (like since the day after I ran the Chicago Marathon in October of 2011) and I am ALL ABOUT IT. I have twenty two weeks to get myself prepared. GAME ON!

November Goals

  • Finish up my mock-thesis and give a baller presentation.
  • Eat breakfast for crying out loud!
  • Continue with lunch packing. Limit going out to eat/ take-out to three times a week. Three times a week is still a lot, but considering I ate sushi pretty much everyday last week, I think I need to start small.
  • Run at least twice a week (That marathon is going to be here before I know it.)
  • Lose the last seven pounds (this would put me at my goal weight!!!!)
  • Get tested for body fat percentage-just out of curiosity.
  • Make an effort to spend more time with friends.

Overall, I’m going to say that October was a success and I am looking forward to all kinds of good stuff in November

I Could Float

School has been going great! I can hardly believe that it started  three whole weeks ago. It does NOT seem like that long at all. Teaching Lifetime Physical Activity and Fitness (LPAF) has been full of advantages. Not only am I getting the experience (and the pay), but it gave me a social group. The other graduate assistants are in many of my classes, and I always have someone to sit beside and chat with. It’s a cool feeling to be surrounded by so many people with similar interests and goals.

I’m really enjoying the classes that I am taking as well. It is a very different experience than undergrad classes. All of my professors know me by name, and do not hesitate to put people on the spot. I HAVE to be prepared for class every day.

I am teaching my first group fitness classes next week and I am freaking PUMPEDDDDD.

I am the busiest I have ever been, and things do get a little stressful, but I could not be happier. I am completely in love with my life right now. I could float away I have so many happy thoughts!

Embrace the Butterflies

Last night, after I wrote my post about how I was going to be teaching classes my emotions got the best of me. I went from feeling excited to terrified. I was exhausted, but I could not relax enough to get to sleep. I was questioning if I was smart enough, mature enough, and organized enough to be successful. At some point I switched from rationale thoughts to solid panic.

Then I started beating myself up. I have everything that I want. My finances are completely covered. I am going to be in a position where I can make a positive impact on peoples lives. Hasn’t that always been my goal? I asked myself, “If I have everything I want, and I am still not happy, then what is my problem?”.

At some point around four AM I finally managed to fall into a fitful sleep. Although this morning I did wake up with that same gnawing anxious feeling in my stomach, my mind was in a much better place. I was calmer, and kinder and I came to a few realizations:

First of all, I’m still in transition. I don’t feel settled into my home (still living out of boxes and can’t find anything), and my schedule next year is completely unknown. I’m largely unsure of what to expect at this point, and that is okay. I know how to ask questions. I know how to figure things out. I know what I need to know to calm down (does this sentence make sense, or am I more delusional than I realized?).

Secondly, I may have overextended myself, but there is only one way to figure it out. I know what are my top priorities and what I can cut out if necessary. Just by recognizing what needs to be number one and what can be shelved if it comes to it makes me feel better.

Third, it’s not necessarily disadvantageous that I feel this way. My high school drama teacher taught her students that the nervous feelings associated with stage fright mean that you care about your performance. The butterflies are a good sign. I should embrace them, rather than panic at their arrival. I feel VERY nervous because I care a WHOLE lot.

I don’t mean to put a negative spin on the incredible opportunities that have come my way. Once I feel a little more sure of a routine my confidence will rise, and so will my level of happiness. I think this coming semester is going to be one of the happiest of my life. So what if I’m not feeling quite so confident at this very moment.