November 2, 2011

October Recap

First of all, thank you all for your congratulatory messages on my big PR at the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday! I love reading all of your messages and they're definitely helping me bask in the post-marathon glow!

Now, I think I say this every month but I refuse to be one of those people who is all "Oh my God! This month just flew by!"

October was 5 weeks this year. It didn't fly by.

But that doesn't stop it from being an awesome month.

I had a lot of hiccups this month. I was falling apart with school (still kind of am) and was fighting a lot of stomach issues. But this October, I ran 2 half-marathons and 1 full marathon. I PRd my half-marathon distance by 2 1/2 minutes and PRd the marathon by 5 minutes! I finished out the month with more miles on my shoes than I had ever logged before and logged my highest weekly mileage.

When I started this list and put "Run a Marathon" as my #1 goal, I had no idea that it would turn into this. I love running. I love the fact that while I'm recovering from MCM, I have 3 more races on my calendar to finish out the year before taking it some time off and easing into Marathon Training Cycle #3.

But there's still that matter of my 25 Before 25 list...which I've been doing ok with.

With the end of baseball season, and the Rangers blowing it for a 2nd consecutive year (thanks guys), I'm happy to say that I made it to 15 Major League baseball stadiums all in a matter of about a year. When I started this list, I had only been to 3. I had a choice to make this summer: travel all over the world, or stay local and see a bunch of ball parks. It's obvious which choice I made and while I didn't make it to every MLB stadium, I made it to Half and that is a huge accomplishment.

So until baseball season starts up again, I'm letting this go as one thing I didn't cross off my list. Like I've said before, it's an ambitious list and hey, 15 ball parks? That's more than most people will go to in a lifetime so I'm one happy girl.

Even though I didn't make it to all of the ball parks before my 25th (which is still almost 4 months away), I have done a few things this month to cross things off The List.

  • I read the Books of Matthew, Mark and Luke and am almost finished reading through The Bible. 
  • I read the trilogy "His Dark Materials" by Phillip Pullman which counts as one book off The Book List (even though it's 3)
  • I watched the movie "Spirited Away" off The Movie List...super cute!
  • I finally managed to get my credit balance below 40% of what the initial balance was! I haven't used it since June and am so close to paying it off!
So I'm working on it! The getting my credit card balance down is also a huge part of becoming financially self sufficient...which will be difficult to manage until I get a real job...after I finish my Master's which is all happening soon!
This will be me in a few short months! At Yankee Stadium...gross
Big things are coming my way! Big things!

By the way, this is also my 250th post! I'm so happy I've kept up with this blog and thank you all for reading it every day!


  1. Marathon training cycle #3??? Does that mean you are not doing Philly?? :(

  2. Great recap! I'm impressed with all of the reading and stadium visiting you've done...oh hey, see you tomorrow!!!

  3. wow, big things ARE coming your way!


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