Tagged: Athens GA

Half Marathon Training at T-minus two weeks

Today was my last long run before the Rockin’ Harbins Park Half Marathon on April 21.

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12 miles, you guys. It was slow and it wasn’t easy, but it was still 12 miles. I’m proud. The only thing I’m not so proud of is the fact that I have not trained like I should have been training for this race. I set out today a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goal distance. It’s the furthest I’ve ever run (until I run further) and with all my recent travel I haven’t gotten in all the training runs I had planned and marked in my calendar so diligently. The last time I ran a long-ish distance was March 2, and that was only 8 miles. So, I reached my goal distance, and I feel pretty damn good about that. The vast majority of the run was super fun, in fact. The weather was just gorgeous. Hello spring! I hydrated well before leaving and my stomach felt good, even after eating a gel about halfway through. I also love running down Milledge on a Saturday morning. The sorority/fraternity houses look so comically trashed and there is always some hangover victim sitting on a front porch with their face in their hands. It almost makes up for the nasty smell of spilled alcohol on the sidewalk.

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Towards the end, my calf started bugging me. I stopped to stretch and then my hip/arse started bugging me. So that’s how it’s going to be, hmm? By then it was about noon and I was getting seriously thirsty too. There are no water stations in real life, you guys. Anyway, I finished, and limped into my apartment where I have spent the rest of the day alternating between icing my hip/arse , eating, and sleeping . #fitness

The half marathon will take place about 45 minutes from my house, so I’m now thinking about what that means for me and my hip/arse. I’m considering bringing an ice pack, just in case. I’m also thinking it will probably be all melty by the time I finish running, but what are you going to do? Thoughts? Tips from runners far more accomplished than me?

I can’t run I have to STUDY

So I’ve kind of fallen behind in my running. That basically means that I missed a total of one running day this week, and I’m thinking about missing a second one today. If you’re keeping count, which I know you totally are, that means I ran ONE day this week, and it was in a race. ML5K, y’all! 26:07!! 2nd in my age group, y’all! I even got an award!!

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As awesome as that race was, it wasn’t enough mileage for that particular day since I’m trying to work up to 7 miles, three times a week at a minimum. So yeah, I’ve racked up a whopping 3.1 miles this week and I’m thinking about sitting on my ass for the rest of the day and not doing any exercise.

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The 5K started and ended at the Athens landmark, Weaver D’s. “Automatic for the people”. So clearly, after the race was over, I had to have fried chicken.

It’s kind of ironic because the reason for my unprecedented lack of willpower for running is actually willpower for another activity, studying. It’s sacrilege, I know, but I have a BFD exam coming up on February 4th that I really have to get ready for. My comprehensive oral exam. Yikes. For those of you who aren’t in grad school are sane, that is an exam where a committee of professors checks to see if I know the things I ought to know about the topic I ought to know a lot about. The way they check this is by asking me questions ad nauseum until I cave and run out of the room crying. I think that’s how it’s supposed to go, anyway.

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My back up plan

I was told that there is no way I can prepare for this exam and that I should just trust that my training so far will prepare me for what will likely be a casual conversation. So obviously I am reading everything I can possibly read and memorizing mundane facts that will likely do nothing to help me on the day of my exam. Oh and I’m freaking out. That takes up a lot of my time. What that means is that running has taken a back seat for just another week. Then I’ll be back with a vengeance. Promise.