May 15, 2009
It is Friday—what’s not to love?!
So, since the last time we hung out, I ran a half marathon! How very happy I am that it is over.*
We were really worried that it was going to be a cold, miserable day since the night before the race, it was pouring rain and about 35 degrees. Running is horrible enough as it is—we didn’t need a downpour to add to our pain. Fortunately, though, the sky cleared up the morning of the race. It was actually a really pretty run—we ran out of a canyon and back into the town of Fort Collins, CO. There were horses along the trail, and mountains in the distance. Unfortunately, I didn’t pay all that much attention to the beautiful scenery, as I was instead focused on wanting to die.
Actually, the first eight miles went pretty well, but the last five were rough. My legs cramped up on me and just wouldn’t move very fast at all. I spent most of the last part of the race asking passersby if they’d be a peach and just give me a little piggy back ride for a mile or two. They were all rudely unwilling.
Also, while running, I saw a raccoon lumber across my path. Carrying a dead squirrel in its mouth. Gross.
Anyway, it’s done and done. (Also, can anyone explain to me how I could train for a stupid half marathon for three months and not lose one pound?! I mean, how depressing!)
Now that my insurance has kicked back in, I need to go see the doctor about my knee. Let’s hope he gives me a legitimate excuse to never run again. Although, I do kind of want to do a 10K at the end of July. Six miles is so much more doable for me. Also, there are some evil people trying to convince me that we should go to Hawaii in September to run the Maui half marathon. They’re trying to bribe me by reminding me that LOST is filmed in Hawaii. They’ll stop at nothing.
Speaking of LOST, DO NOT SAY A WORD!!!! I haven’t watched the season finale yet. My roommate Jaci is out of town, so I promised her I wouldn’t watch it until she gets back. The suspense is killing me. Anyway, I’ve heard it’s craziness, and I cannot wait to see it!
Our victory garden is amazingly victorious! A week ago we seeded some peas, squash, corn, watermelon, carrots and herbs. They’re like 10 feet tall already! Seriously, they’re growing so well. I can’t wait until we can actually plant them outside.
Did you know that I’m an official board member? That’s right—I’m kind of a big deal. Yesterday we had a board meeting for AXiS, which is an awesome non-profit dedicated to helping students move from apathy to action. I’ve mentioned them before. If you know of any schools that might like to have them come speak, you should definitely contact them. They do a great job.
OK, I should be going. I’ve got so much Friday to enjoy.
Here’s a question for you, though: Are any of you in grad school? If so, how is it going? Is it a ton of work? Are you working another job while in school? What’s the best thing about school? The worst thing? (OK, I guess that was more like a million questions, but umm … answer them anyway.)
* Photos by the awesome Alecia “Give Credit Where Credit is Due” DeLorme