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A Midwestern Girl's Guide to Moving West

Hello again, Gentle Reader! The last you heard from me, I had moved the Manwich out to Arizona, but I was heading back to Indiana. At this point, I've been out in sunny Arizona for a little over six months. While I don't consider myself an expert on Western living, I can offer a few helpful tips for anyone Back East considering a move Out West :) Without further ado...

A Midwestern Girl's Guide to Moving West
Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way: Find a sunscreen you really, really, really like. Like, the kind that you'll fight with your SO over to use up the last little bit. For me, it was finding something mildly sweatproof in spray-on form. I also found a really lovely facial moisturizer with a good SPF. Just think of living in Arizona like living at the beach all the time: you get that awesome summery sunscreen smell without the humidity or hurricanes!Other obvious statement: Learn to love drinking water. I got a lovely adult sippy cup (it has a straw) at L…

Merry Christmas 2015

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Merry Christmas from Sharona and The Canadian (and our kitties, Sammy and Mannie)

Manwich's Big Adventure!

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In case you missed it, I'm moving. Again. This time, to Arizona! It's basically my first real move (that is, one involving the interstate, multiple time zones, and paying other people lots of money to haul my stuff). Mannie was upset about the disruption and decided he was too good to sleep on the floor (or he was nervous that he'd get packed up in a box if he wasn't sleeping in an obvious place)...
In order to get a Mannie cat from Point A to Point B, I needed to successfully navigate the WL to Indy drive, IND security, two flights, the Minneapolis airport, and a drive from Phoenix to Tucson.
Our trip got off to an uneventful start when Mannie assumed his normal car spot on the middle front armrest and proceeded to drool on M's leg for 75 minutes. I wiped down his special airplane carrier with pheromone wipes and in he went! Success so far! Then came security. When The Canadian traveled with Miss Sammy, he didn't have to strip AND take her out, so I wasn't …

Purgatory...

...isn't waiting in line at the Post Office or the BMV.

It's waiting on your advisor to respond to your emails and read your dissertation because your life is literally on hold until he does so.

I am so PhDone with this nonsense...

2015 Big Sur Marathon - Boston 2 Big Sur, Part II

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Sometimes, the fact that something is a complete and total unknown is a good thing. Case: I didn't know what I was getting into when I ran my first marathon, and it ended up being my fastest time for a year and a half.
Sometimes, being blissfully ignorant is the only good thing about a situation. Case: Running two marathons on opposite coasts SIX days apart.

2015 Boston Marathon - Boston 2 Big Sur, Part I

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This spring's training and racing has been a little different from previous years for lots of reasons. In terms of training, I just never really felt like I hit my stride/found my groove, and it resulted in some 'meh' races and a huge lack of motivation.

Luckily, as the 2015 Boston Marathon grew closer, I was able to reclaim some of that excitement and I was looking forward to the trip to Boston (and running, too, I guess). I was able to stay with my wonderful HS pal in Somerville again (and chill with Miss Biscuit and eat like a queen), plus meeting up with a runner from WL and another TNC member were also on my agenda.

Sunday in Boston was GORGEOUS. I hit up the expo, bought a hat (got my jacket and a tank ahead of time this year...lesson learned from 2014!), and went out for a delicious lunch. I watched so many movies and had a couple of good shake out runs.

Disney Week!

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3.5 months later....

My friend Matt is, to put it kindly, a huge Disney nerd. He's also a runner, so what better race for his first marathon than the Disney World Marathon! The fact that my birthday fell on the Wednesday after the race made a perfect excuse to spend an entire week hanging out in theme parks and ignoring grad school for a bit :)

The race was on a Sunday, but we flew to Orlando on Friday. In preparation for a very early Sunday morning, we had a dress rehearsal middle-of-the-night wake-up call on Saturday to watch the SpaceX launch!


Sunday was the race (which you guys already read about). 
Monday: Epcot! Lots of space/futuristic stuff, a world showcase (and tasty beverages), and rain, unfortunately. But it was a good first day!

Tuesday: Universal Studios! (Not just Harry Potter...) This was SO MUCH FUN! Matt made me venture outside of Hogwarts and Hogsmede, which ok fine whatever, but seriously, all the Harry Potter stuff was truly what I was the most excited about :) …

Long Time, No See

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Usually you can tell how crazy hectic things have gotten for me by the frequency of my blog updates :) Since it's been almost two months since the last one, I guess I've been up to quite a bit!

I still need to post about all the fun stuff that I did during my post-marathon week in Orlando, my big post-graduation news, and my spring break trip to Vegas...but I'm just not really feeling any of that right now.

Running has been disappointing more often than not lately. Nichole reworked last week's schedule to give my legs a chance to bust out of a funk and get their fresh, bouncy feel back. It worked for a few days, and then yesterday's disaster happened.

Sometimes you are looking forward to a long run...a chance to spend 18 miles in the sunshine and fresh air? Yes, please! Except yesterday wasn't so wonderful. My hip was cranky from the start, and by mile 8, it was so annoying that I had to stop for a bit and whine to The Canadian. It felt ok until ~13 miles, but …

WDW Marathon recap

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I guess I owe you guys a race recap, right?

I can't believe that two weeks ago, I was hanging out in the Magic Kindgom, spinning around in a teacup/meeting Ariel/eating Dole Whip/celebrating my 28th birthday! Today, I'm spending 7 hours in the tutorial room for ME 200. Boo :(

Going into the marathon, Nichole made the comment that she thought I was in sub-3:15 shape. Crushing some major workouts IS a really good sign :) Unfortunately, I am not a very good racer in heat and/or humidity. Orlando's forecast was calling for a decent amount of both (for a marathon, anyway). Thankfully the forecast kept getting cooler and since the race started at 5:30am, I was going to be running a decent chunk of it in the dark.

Race game plan: UCAN 30 minutes out, 5:00 super easy jogging with 10-15 minutes to go, UCAN goo at 1 hour, Roctane Gus every 45 minutes after that (total of 3, with a backup 4th). Start out 5-10 seconds/mile slower than goal MP (so 7:35-:40), go for the 3:15 and see wha…

Ready or not...

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...I run a marathon on Sunday!

Last year, I thought training for and running Boston was a challenge because I had to training through the winter and hope that March wasn't gross. But then April rolls along and usually feels super spring-like for enough time that you aren't afraid of running for 3.5 hours in shorts with your winterfresh legs on display.

This marathon is NOT the same. November (with the exception of Thanksgiving) and December have both been pretty mild in the Midwest. (I *was* running in shorts on Christmas Eve!) This week, however, Indiana has been in the icy grip of an arctic blast this week...so lots of treadmill time and a frantic (but successful!) attempt to sneak into Lambert yesterday morning.

My poor tender flesh is not ready for the heat (or the humidity...oh the humidity) of an Orlando morning. CoRec running is my feeble attempt at heat acclimization, so we'll see how that works out for me. They had wind chill warnings issued for Disney/Orlando thi…

Welcome 2015

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The start of a new year provides a handy excuse to wrap up your life in neat boxes and check things off lists. Here we go with my resolutions/goals for 2014:
I'm going to run the Boston Marathon. Yup! 3:28, and it was totally a spectacular time, both on the course and with friends in Boston. Can't wait to run again in 2015 :)I'm going to graduate from Purdue University with a PhD. Sigh. So close! I did walk at commencement though...I'm going to get a job. It will be an awesome job. I will love it. Not quite, but I am currently applying for positions!I'm going to enjoy running and throw myself into this with gusto. ABSOLUTELY! I had a phenomenal winter/spring training and racing season and took a break from marathons to focus on my speed this summer/fall.I'm going to update this blog at least twice a month so y'all can follow the adventures of me and my fuzzy cat :) Check! Fuzzy cat is getting fuzzier and I had some amusing posts :)I'm going to use my fea…