March 27, 2013

A Runner's Rambles

I am exhausted.

Every day this week has started with a 30 minute battle with my alarm clock before I finally force myself out of bed. Thankfully The Pilot hasn't been home this week and had to put up with it because I'm pretty sure his number 1 issue with me is that I snooze 5 times a day. This week though, it's been more like 11.

Last week, I hit 40 miles for the week - my highest of the training cycle. The truth is, I've never been in marathon training with a full time job. We can thank grad school for that. Last year? My mornings started at 10am and usually ended by 4 - giving me ample time in the morning and afternoon to workout before work or before class.

Oh man did I have it good. I think it's time to quit the working world and reenter academia. I can apply to PhD school in the Fall right?

Dear God, no. The simple act of typing that left me even more exhausted than this week. I need a serious break from academia. Yes, a PhD is within sights but not any time soon. Can I just have the schedule I had when I was in grad school and still make the same amount of money?


I've officially given myself the green light to resume marathon training after that minor hiccup I had with my foot, which means I'm bouncing from 2 weeks off to Peak Week. I KNOW I KNOW I'M BEING CAREFUL.

I'm still exhausted.

Yesterday, I had 4 miles planned. I decided to run home from work and ended up with 6.2 because well, the run home is 5 1/2 miles and I wanted to just even it out to make 6 (because I have major OCD with numbers and if I ran 5.5 yesterday, I would have to add .5 to a run later this week...I know, I'm crazy) but I ended up running 6.2 because I miscalculated my turn around.

Which means I'm going to have to add .8 to one of my runs later this week. I told you. I'm crazy.

In other running news, I decided against running the Crystal City 5k Fridays. I had been toying with the idea of running this series but the fact that I'll be out of town for 2 of them and I'll be in Peak Weeks, makes me think it's smarter to not run them so I think I'm going to volunteer at the two that I can be at. It's all about giving back right. Plus, there's another one in August, so I'll probably sign up for that series.

I had been considering a triathlon in August but lately, I've realized that I really have no desire whatsoever to do a triathlon. I really don't enjoy bike riding as a workout. That may change once if the weather ever gets nice enough for me to start using the Capital Bikeshare but we'll see. 

Also, Rock 'n' Roll cancelled the Oslo Half-Marathon, so my trip to Norway is out, but there have been recent developments on summer travel plans, so we shall see.

So that's that. Rambles about running. How are you this week?


  1. I completely understand where you're coming from. It's so hard to run after work after you've worked all day and you're exhausted. I remember when I was in school I did my long runs on Tuesdays! What I would've give to be able to run a lot during the week again. I've just modified my schedule to take into account I am going to be tired during work. I know it'll be different when I'm marathon training instead of half training, but I do lifting twice a week (during the work week) and speedwork on Wednesdays. I use the weekend for my long run and recovery run. Weekends I have a lot more energy so it only made sense to do it that way. I hate the fact I can't get good quality runs in during the week, but with school and work it's just not going to happen.

  2. Ugh, I feel ya!! I just finished grad school in April and went there straight from this whole "fitting in workouts" and my life along with a full-time work schedule is rough. I lose all motivation to workout after work, so I force myself to get up early and do it, too. I grudgingly slept in this morning, so I am hoping to sneak out for a lunch time 4 miler instead.

    I am thinking of doing a tri in August (my first one)...I used to hate biking...and still kind of do...but I've been commuting to work on my bike because I hate the metro and how much it costs more. It's a lesser of two evils, thing. I've just got to convince myself to enjoy swimming...that's an uphill battle.

  3. Oh no, I hope you hadn't actually booked a trip to Norway!
    When is your marathon??

  4. I'm glad i'm not the only one who needs to finish a run with a full number, can't stand. #runnerproblems :-)

  5. Why do you think I have a hard time keeping to my training plan? I try to plan things around nightly meetings (which are at least once or twice a week), so I plan to go in the morning, but I have YET to do an early morning run (like, 5:30 AM early). Working is EXHAUSTING!!! And then running after work is even harder. If I plan to run or workout when I come home from work, I won't let myself sit down, because the moment I do...I don't ever get back up. It just takes time to get used to it, you'll get there :)

  6. Oh gosh, I'd KILL to have my law school schedule without having to actually BE in law school. It's definitely easier to find time to work out while in school than work. The absolute last thing I want to do after work is go anywhere. Lol. You'll find a system though that works for you. Good luck! :)


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