Thousands of people run marathons every year. There are people who have overcome cancer, obesity, and any number of other diseases and have gone on to run marathons. My aunt has run one, my boyfriend has run a couple, my 70-year-old grandma ran a half marathon this year. There is nothing that is physically stopping me.
My biggest mental block is that I haven’t run farther than a 10k in a single stretch. And that I love to run in Oregon, but I’m about to move back to an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet in Colorado. I don’t even know how to start… but I want to do it by next fall.
Maybe I’ll get my best friend to run with me! She’s run a half before, so she might be up for it.
We’ll see how this goes.
Edit: Don’t worry. I’m not crazy… I’m going to do a half marathon first. :)
I went the opposite direction on the trail today, and I ran the entire thing… plus a little extra!definitely freaked this guy out because I dropped to tie my shoe and he passed me, so I got right behind him and paced with him for about 30 minutes before I passed him and started heading home. It was pretty amusing to me at least, he kept looking behind him because he could hear me and see my shadow in front of him when we made turns.
Next time I will have to pass him sooner so I can kick wood chips at him the whole time. Not that I’m bitter about being passed or anything! :)
The first weekend in April, I flew to Colorado… it was meant to be a surprise for the boyfrann, but I told him a couple days before. We both had horrible weekends when I told him so it was something to look forward to, and I wanted him to be as excited as I was! But it was an awesome weekend. I can’t wait to live in Fort Collins!!
Pre’s Trail was awesome!!! Definitely one of my favorite routes that I have ever been on… the park is gorgeous, the sun was out so my black long-sleeve running shirt was a bit warm, but the path covered by a roof of trees was awesome!
I definitely need to run more. I have been doing yoga and P90X for the past month and a half with zero running… so I was sucking wind today. I NEED CARDIO. If nothing else. I love it.
I am going to plan a run somewhere on the trail again tomorrow, hopefully it doesn’t rain. Okay, this is Oregon, hopefully it doesn’t rain too hard.
I get to go to Colorado for five whole days!! I get to see family and friends and boyfriend and it will be glorious! Alesha is picking me up from the airport in exchange for Voodoo Doughnuts (I will most likely get her the cock n’ balls one for funsies) and taking me to my parents house, where everyone will be waiting to party!
…..and by party I mean probably play DDR, make brownies and watch a movie.
But until then I will be procrastinating on packing and watching The Proposal or something equally chick-flicky. Schedule: pack, sleep, work, COLORADO!!
This internship is turning out to be really, really long. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful to have the opportunity to learn PR from some of the best, and I get to meet a bunch of influential sports people here in Oregon. I love my second family and the people that I have met through salsa… the one thing that is making this so long is my living situation.
I got an apartment that is near student housing, they assign you roommates and everyone pays separately. I chose a 4-bedroom apartment because I wanted instant friends and stuff to do all the time… however, to my surprise, I ended up with one roommate and two empty bedrooms, and that one roommate locked herself in her room all the time doing God knows what. I would say hi to her and try to start conversations when she came out of her cave, but that wouldn’t last for more than two minutes. The majority of our interactions usually had to do with the show that she was watching in the living room. Lame. Almost exactly like my last roommate, except this one is a bit more pleasant and didn’t try and screw me over by leaving me to pay the entire $915/month by myself. Bitch.
But anyway, my ghost roommate has just moved out. Apparently she applied to nursing school in Tulsa and has moved back home to Alaska until she hears back about it. The reason that I’m going on about this is because now I am completely alone in Eugene. I am an hour from everyone that I know and so my week is long. And extremely lonely since I don’t have anyone that I can talk to in person.
Plus, the apartment was broken into over Christmas before I moved in. Just sayin.
OH. I forgot. Operation Valentine’s Day Weekend was a HUGE success! He was able to come out here the 12th through the 15th… it was the best weekend I have had in a very long time!! This is guy is a good one.
Sadly, it is going to be another two months until I am able to see him again. Work and money, you see.
I would like a free or reasonably priced plane ticket to Denver or Fort Collins over Valentine’s Day weekend. It will have been 2 months since I have seen the boyfriend, and that specific time in February seems ideal for a visit!
I would love it if this face:
Could see this face:
Thank you, and I will remember to leave you a glass of champagne and a slice of red velvet cake next to the Christmas tree.
So last night I ran a little over 6 miles. The day before I did Yoga X. Today my hamstrings and abs are killing me! It’s been a while since I have run more than 2 miles because of P90X, but I was feeling energized by all of the wonderful oxygen! There is no better motivation to get out of a lazy phase than training at sea level after living at 7,000 feet.
Plus, I have more motivation to run… I want to do the Warrior Dash, its August 20-21 at Copper Mountain. This is a 5k with a bunch of crazy obstacles like crawling through mud under barbed wire, scaling walls and cargo nets, and jumping over fire! At the end you get a free beer, a t-shirt and a sweet warrior helmet… score! I just need a couple of people to do it with me!
I think I’ll go run down the beach today … or at least run a mile down there and go boogieboarding! I’m definitely going to need something to wear me out and get my mind off of everything after today. I seriously hate the attitude that comes with a PhD, let’s just say that much. I can’t wait to graduate.
So. Final in 10 hours, 7-10 page paper due Tuesday, last final Wednesday! These are the last actual exams of my college career, seeing as though I will have one online class next semester, and I’ll probably just have to write a 30-page paper. After that I’m done with my undergraduate college degree!! I’m not one of those people who wants a high-powered, high-stress job, so I don’t really feel like I need to spend 2-3 more years of my life in grad school. We’ll see though, maybe I’ll change my mind and decide to become COO at Nike or something. Haha. Doubtful. Six months away isn’t that long, I can make it! I am psyching myself out about the internship, the apartment, the possible part-time job, the people… but I will probably love it!
One of the biggest milestones in getting out of the Springs is quitting Red Robin… it has been over 2 1/2 years at that place and it is time for a change. I will miss all of the people that I work with, but I am extremely excited that I will never have to wait another table again! I am kind of in denial about it, I keep expecting someone to text me to take their shift, and I had crazy RR dreams last night. I can’t wait to have weekends to myself, it will take some getting used to but I will gladly welcome the free time! Maybe I’ll start painting again.
I also get to go to Fort Collins on Wednesday after my final! I’m just pushing through these last few days so I can get to that beautiful little town for a few days of peace before jumping into my adventure. I may be crazy, but I may have just started dating that guy from a few weeks back. Apparently I have met him before on multiple occasions, but I guess nothing really stuck, or it wasn’t the right timing. He is sweet and absolutely loves life, and said that he will wait for me to come back. That makes my heart happy!
So. I have 9 papers due in the next two weeks, plus finals and presentations. The thought crossed my mind this morning that I won’t get it all done… I might just have a nervous breakdown and spend the time curled in a ball on the floor of the hall closet with a giant container of puppy chow.
Am I the only one that thinks meeting someone 3 1/2 weeks before you leave the state for 6 months is more than a little bit inconvenient? It would be unreasonable for someone to put his potential love life on hold for a girl he hardly knows, right? I’ll be back, just give me six months!
DANG IT WHY DON’T I LIVE IN FORT COLLINS RIGHT NOW
I just got back from visiting my best friend in Fort Collins! I go there at least every fall and spring break, a couple times in the summer… and I still feel like I should be there more often. If only some of us didn’t have to work weekends. This is where my plan to marry rich would come in handy. I have the best time every time I am up there, and I constantly ask myself why I didn’t go to CSU. I am seriously so jealous of her friends that I meet when I’m there, they always make me feel like I haven’t missed a day since I moved away. There is such a difference from the people that live only a couple of hours away. It would make so much more sense to move there! This city is a bit too conservative and spread out for me. If I don’t end up staying in Oregon, I’m moving back to Foco fo sho!
As is tradition during my visits, her goal was to get me drunk while staying sober, but yet again that goal went out the window. This may be the best night out we have had in a while! We closed the bars and drunkenly trekked what seemed like 7 miles in windy 8-degree weather to a friend’s house. In reality, it was about 3 blocks that we had to walk to find my car the next morning.
Oh. And I met a guy there, he was pretty cool. And yes, he got my real number, not just one with six digits.
I also got hooked on Dexter again, with no way of finishing season 3. I need to get Netflix.
It sucked to have to leave so early, but I have a double tomorrow. On Black Friday. Wish me luck!
It has been four full days since I finished my last structured workout, and this is supposed to be a rest week before we dive into it again. I’m going crazy! Friday and Saturday don’t really count I suppose, because I was at school from 10am-5pm and work from 5:30-9:30pm, then Saturday it was work 10am til 9:30pm. I was on my feet a LOT and I’m counting that as active rest :) I’m an exercise nut, I know that… but I must work out every day or at the very least be extremely busy, or else I feel lazy. I’m going on a run tomorrow, I have to. I won’t lift weights or anything, just a short run. If it turns into a long run, I won’t complain!
I’m trying to figure out some good stuff to write about in the next few days, stay tuned. You might be forced able to find out a lot about me, so be prepared! I’m complicated, sarcastic, closet romantic, happy, sensitive, sentimental, funny, quirky, but generally a pretty easy-going girl. I’m pretty shy at first, particularly in large groups of people, and a lot of people don’t take the time to get past what I don’t tell them at the beginning. If I am with at least one friend, the previous statement does not apply. Some of us just need a little more supervision and encouragement than others!
Rant of the day: One of my managers at work Saturday told me that I am too quiet and need to engage and open up more. Lady, just because I don’t tell my personal problems to you doesn’t mean that I don’t talk with my coworkers. I’ve been working on overcoming shyness for years and have improved tremendously! If I’m having a good day, I’m talkative and engaging. If I’m not, I fake it with the customers then quietly go about my work duties and sidework. I get decent tips and get along with my coworkers and make customers happy. You say I do very well at my job, and work is where your business knowing about my life ends. Thanks!
I’m not that mean, I would probably get written up if I said that out loud. I just get annoyed when people say things like that. I don’t see anything wrong with being a little bit quieter than most people, it just adds to the mystery of getting to know them.
My brother and I just finished P90X! I am very proud of myself! I only skipped one day because I was sick, but stuck with it the rest of the time. I have to say that for the first few weeks it is pure pain. It hurts so good! During the second (out of 3) stage was when I felt and saw the most change, because when we started the third stage, workouts were put off until around 11 or 11:30pm. Not good, I think we both plateaued during that part. I would pass out on the couch then have to wake up and get my butt moving… that was pretty exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, we both saw some pretty good definition in the abs, shoulders, legs and arms, but it’s going to be pretty great to see what we look like after another round!
Even though we probably could have done better scheduling workouts, I feel so much stronger than when I started! I still weigh around 142-145, but went down about 10-14% in body fat. That’s not a bad weight or body fat for someone who is 5’10”, but I definitely did not stick to the food guide! I’ve been doing better lately, I’ve given up sweets and am trying to incorporate more vegetables and protein into my diet. I think I’m set on fruit and carbs :) We are going to take a week off while I’m in Fort Collins for Thanksgiving, then start the program all over again… with the food plan. This is addicting, and I love it!
I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while, and why not start on a Thursday? I love Thursdays. I don’t have class, don’t have work… it’s my homework day. Sadly, only about an hour and a half of homework gets done, usually after 11pm. Another way to hone my procrastination skills, right? So far I have watched Modern Family and Master Chef: Just Desserts, listened to some music, and opened a partially-written paper that is due in a few days.
Baby steps in the right direction.
But for serious, I need to start cracking down on my papers and projects. This is the last month of what I consider to be my final semester, seeing as though I’ll be in Oregon in January doing my final internship and one online class. Senioritis is setting in hard, and I can’t wait to be in Eugene starting something new. I should have gone to UO in the first place, but of course I was a silly girl who was going to be with her high school boyfriend forever.
Tip: GO TO COLLEGE WHERE YOU WANT. Seriously. College is for adventures.
I’m SO excited for this month to be over… I get to quit Red Robin, I’m going to California for Christmas with the fam, one of my best friends is getting married in Arizona, and then I’m heading to Oregon. Over 2700 miles, and as cliche as it sounds, I start my long-overdue journey to find myself. I’ve never lived more than 30 minutes from my family and friends, so this is going to be a big change.