I promise that I didn't forget about you or anything, but goodness...life has been busy, not with anything special, necessarily, but just normal life stuff (like kitty cuddles, running, time with The Canadian, and workity-work-work).
Speaking of work...I have my finisher's certificate from the 2015 Boston Marathon up in my cube space, and it seems like once a week, someone will ask me about it. My boss is also very excited that I'm running Boston this year, and has already asked about runner tracking for the race :)
I also seem to get a fair number of questions about how do I, exactly, end up at the starting line for Boston. Do I have to qualify? What's my training like? What do I like most about the race/Boston experience? Why on earth would I subject myself to a marathon?
If you've ever thought about any of those questions, I have a treat of a post for you! Read on, gentle readers, read on...
My first marathon in ~10 months was a good reason to be very excited AND nervous in the days leading up to the 2016 LA Marathon. Originally, my runner gal pal Erin from Purdue was going to run LA too, but an injury in December sidelined her training, and I was going to be racing solo :/ To add insult to injury, the Southwest got HOT the week before the race. When I checked the weather on Wednesday or Thursday night before packing started, the Sunday high was predicted to be 90. NINETY. WHAT.
Saturday, the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon was held right by the Convention Center where packet pickup was. Of course I didn't want to miss an opportunity to runner-geek-out and see so many of my running idols, so The Canadian and I picked out a spot in the shade of a fence along the course and stuck around for about 75% of the race before retreating to air conditioning and relaxation. I can't imagine how difficult that race must have been for everyone; we saw a f…
Yay! I had a birthday this week (Thursday, if you care to know)! Even though I had to work Thursday AND Friday (ugh, 5 day work weeks are THE WORSE), The Canadian tried his darndest to make sure I had a good time :)
In keeping with this year's (apparent) theme of regular blog updates, I should probably fill everyone in on the latest development in my life: Gimpy Hip.
I had problems with my right hip starting back in undergrad. At first, it was just an issue while I was driving - it felt very much like someone was ramming a steak knife into my hip socket from the side. Ouch.
It wasn't until sometime in grad school (the exact timeline gets *very* fuzzy here...) that it started to become more of an issue. At first, it was just a nuisance during long runs, and then only when they were done piecemeal with stops to pick up new people. The first few steps after a stop, I'd be all hobbley for a little bit. Then, it started to pop up more often during long runs, even during short stops, like at traffic lights. Then speed workouts. Then hills. Then during normal, easy-pace runs.
If I didn't stop every 2 hours during road trips to get out and stretch, I'd be hobbling out of my car at my …
In another astonishing feat, I am actually keeping up with updating the blog! BE STILL MY BEATING HEART.
In case you forgot what my resolutions were for 2015 (because I totally did...), here's a handy recap:
That said, 2015 is already shaping up to be better than 2014 was! The Canadian and I rang in the New Year at Howl at the Moon in Chicago, I'm going to run the Walt Disney World marathon on January 11 [Success! 3:20, and a fantastic week at the Disney Parks...], a pretty awesome trip for Spring Break is (kinda) in the works [A trip actually happened! The Canadian and I celebrated my last Spring Break in Las Vegas], I have a schedule that I feel good about to get my defense and dissertation FINISHED [Also: it happened, despite my advisor's best efforts...)], I'm going to run Boston again (and then run Big Sur six days later...) [Yup, and never doing it again...TOO MUCH], and I'm going to FINISH my PhD [Bam!]. That gets me to mid-May. [Which was totally fine, since …