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The end of the semester is upon us, and I’m finishing up the first year of my Ph.D. program.  Things have been really great, but also really busy!  However, in a couple more days, I should have a schedule that’s more conducive to training and writing – kind of.  I’ll still be insanely busy, but at least the times of everything will be more flexible.  Thank goodness!

Just a quick post to say I’m still here, and more to come soon.

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I’m a big fan of the IM Talk podcast, and the other day I was listening to a recent episode.  Since it was a holiday, Bevan played some interviews from his other podcast, Fitness Behavior, and I thought it was fascinating.  So I pulled up some of those podcasts as well.

Within about two minutes of starting the most recent episode (the Wrap Up and Workbook episode), I found myself nodding along and saying “Yep! That’s exactly it!  That is EXACTLY what I do.”  Since this was a year end wrap up episode, Bevan was just highlighting some of the other podcasts from throughout the year.  There was one that resonated in particular with me, and that was the “Process Challenge” episode (listen here).  (The others were also really good.)

Rather than give a detailed recap, I’ll just say, LISTEN TO IT! The general idea is that instead of focusing on finding the right goal to motivate you to train and/or eat well – like a specific race – focus on the habits that you would have if you were functioning at your best.  By making it a goal to do those things every day, you will set yourself up for success.  For me, aiming to complete those little goals/habits each day makes me feel better, both mentally (a sense of accomplishment, and organization in my life), and physically (because I’m eating well, getting enough sleep, and being active).  This is something I’m focusing on this month.  Yes, I have training going on, but rather than just looking months down the road at these looming races, I’m going to go one day at a time, and make the effort to fill in all my little check boxes each week.  Two days in and so far, so good!  Granted, it’s only been two days, but I’m enjoying it so far.

Here’s my list that I came up with.  I tried to be as specific as possible, and make them small and manageable things that I can do on a daily basis:

Daily:

  • Get up by 7am (I am a grad student and have a pretty flexible schedule, so 7am is plenty early.)
  • Follow my training plan for the day.  Preferably completing it in the morning because it gives me a good sense of accomplishment and energy throughout the day.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Pack a healthy lunch
  • Make a healthy dinner
  • Do a quick clean of my apartment
  • Walk my dogs
  • Call and/or text my best friend every day (she lives 1800 miles away and I miss her!)
  • Track my food intake
  • Floss – I know it’s funny, but I got a very convincing talk about the importance of daily flossing from a dentist on the chairlift a few weeks ago (how’s that for random?).  And you know what?  It’s quick, easy, and good for your long term health.
  • Have one hour of quiet time before bed.  No screens – instead, take a bath, meditate, read a book, cuddle with the dogs, etc.
  • Get to sleep by 10pm

Weekly

  • Write a blog post
  • Practice my viola for 1 hour
  • Attend a social event and meet a new person
  • Hike with the dogs
  • Meal plan and prep for the upcoming week
  • Sit down and reflect on my week – the good, the bad, and what I can learn from it.

Listen to it!  It’s great and could dramatically change the way you approach things.

Things have been quiet on the blog front for the last couple months, since I’ve been in my traditional post-Ironman hiatus.  But it’s New Year’s Eve!  Yikes!  When did that happen?

So it’s time to look back on 2013.  It was a big year…

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

  • Got divorced
  • Sold a house
  • Bought and sold cars privately (not through a dealership)
  • Said goodbye to one of my lifelong best friends
  • Turned 30!
  • Ironman Lake Placid
  • Moved to Colorado
  • Went back to school for my Ph.D.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make “resolutions,” but I do like to set goals and make plans for the upcoming year.  I have no idea what I was thinking about at this time last year.  There was a lot of change going on at that point, so I think I was just trying to stay positive and keep things in perspective.

3. What places did you visit?

  • Colorado (and then moved here!)
  • San Francisco
  • The redwoods
  • Portland
  • Mt. St. Helens!
  • Seattle
  • Costa Rica
  • And of course, Florida and Washington DC to visit family

Busy year!

4. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

  • A submitted Ph.D. research proposal?
  • A good network of friends here in Colorado

5. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • January – The day I was officially divorced
  • June – The death of one of my best friends.  I miss her a lot.
  • July – My 30th birthday and Ironman Lake Placid
  • August – Moved to Colorado
  • September – Boulder floods!
  • October – My nephew was born!

6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I think it’s a tie:

  • Selling my old house
  • Ironman Lake Placid
  • Moving 1800 miles, to a city where I know no one, and going back to school

7. What was your biggest failure?

Honestly, I can’t think of any big thing.

8. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing major that I can remember.

9. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My best friend, Meredith – I miss her!!!

10. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Living in Boulder.  What’s there not to be excited about???

11. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Sara Bareilles – That was the soundtrack to 80% of my 36 hour drive from NY to CO

12. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

I think about the same.  Overall, life is really good.  But I’m still trying to make friends out here, so there are lonely times.  But I absolutely adore Boulder and am so thrilled to be here.

b) thinner or fatter?

Also about the same.  I seem to stay within 2-3 pounds of the same weight all the time.  Which is nice in some ways, and frustrating in others.

c) richer or poorer?

Poorer.  Much, much poorer.  Silly grad student income.  Uugh.  Better than paying for the Ph.D., I guess!

13. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Running, lifting, swimming, cooking, spending quality time with my family, friends, and dogs.

14. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stressing – about anything.  Particularly beating myself up on days when I didn’t run, or ate junk.

Making excuses

15. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Yes, but then I moved and long distance isn’t fun.  I’m very thankful for the time we had though.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

SHERLOCK!!!  (The BBC one, not the one with Lucy Lu)

17. What did you do for your birthday in 2013?

Dinner with my (then) boyfriend and my best friend at our favorite burrito bar, and then went to our bar trivia league night.

18. What was the best book you read?

  • Night Circus
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Finding Alaska
  • Unwind

19. What was your favorite movie of the year?

Probably the Hunger Games, part 2

20. Did you make some new friends this year?

I did!  Some of the other grad students out here.  I still need to make more though.

21. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If the relationship I was in before I moved hadn’t ended.  But I can’t live my life looking backwards.

22. What kept you sane?

My dogs, as always.  I love those guys.

23. What is a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013?

Take the time to focus on me – my mental and physical health.

24. THE BEST OF 2013:

a) Recipes (the yummiest cooking from the past year):

I know there are some, but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.  Recipe fail.

b) Project (something you started this past year that you’re proud of or really enjoyed):

Figuring out my Ph.D. research project!  That was HUGE.

c) Best Trip:

It’s a tie:

  • NY to Boulder to San Francisco, and then road tripped up the coast to Portland and Seattle
  • Costa Rica (fieldwork)

d) Night Out:

I think the weekly trivia nights with my best friend.  I miss that.

e) Moment of Peace:

I still love relaxing on the couch with my dogs passed out and sprawled across my lap.

f) The Best Place:

BOULDER.  No contest.

25. My goals for 2014:

I have quite a few, so I’ll just put the relevant stuff on here:

  • Learn how to rock climb outside
  • Climb at least 5 14ers (14er = a Colorado mountain that is 14,000 ft or higher)
  • Do a sub-6:15 half Ironman
  • Do a sub-14 Ironman (Eek!  I put it out there!  This one was supposed to be a secret!  Oh well, guess that means now I have to make sure I do it!)
  • Get back into trail running
  • Be an active member of the local tri club (which is a pretty amazing club)
  • Be an active member of a local running club
  • Take the dogs hiking at least once a month
  • Blog at least once a week

Monday

I started out my week feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  School, money (or lack thereof, thanks to returning to a grad student income), a general lack of time to do the things I need to do (nevermind that I’m sitting here writing a blog post when I should be reading more journal articles), and lots of self-doubt in terms of my ability to come up with a research project idea that I could really get behind and not feel like I was just spinning my wheels on something that didn’t really get me excited.  It wasn’t pretty.

But I decided that rather than let it get to me, I was just going to slowly chip away at the things that were looming over me and causing me stress.  I got an exam back in class (my first exam since 2005), and ended up doing better than I anticipated – thank goodness.  It still wasn’t wonderful, but I’ll take it.  In the afternoon, I taught my class, and then had my office hours.  No one ever comes to office hours, so I spent that time playing around with my budget and really making it bare bones.  It’s still super tight, but at least it’s not as bad as it was before.  It’s been a big adjustment to go from a salary with extra summer income on top of that, to a sad, sad little grad student stipend.  But I can’t complain.  In a lot of fields, you get nothing.  So I’m extremely thankful that I get funding to cover my tuition and most of my living expenses.

After getting to the point where looking at my budget at least didn’t make my heart start to pound, I found a couple part time faculty jobs that were posted and applied for those.  So hopefully I hear something back soon.  That would be ideal – extra income, and I get to continue teaching.  Fingers crossed.

In the afternoon, I came home and walked the dogs for an hour.  The day started out quite freezing (I biked to work in my winter jacket with another one underneath it, plus two layers of gloves, a hat, and a scarf), but by the afternoon, it was pretty glorious.  So the dogs and I walked and enjoyed the amazing views of the mountains (they never get old).

I was supposed to meet a friend for a ride in the afternoon, but things were just too crazy, so we pushed it back to later in the week.  Instead, later that night, I set up my new pain cave, turned out the lights, put on my headphones (so I didn’t drive my sweet roommate too crazy), and powered away to a Sufferfest video (There Is No Try).  I made sure that I could be proud of myself and my effort when I was done.  It was hard, but it also felt great at the same time.  I’m pretty sure my roommate heard me grunting and swearing all through it though.  There was many a “sonofabitch!” thrown around for that hour.

The other good thing about adjusting the budget is that my food budget has significantly decreased.  Now, normally, this wouldn’t be a good thing.  But I think it’s going to help keep me from all my mindless snacking.  I do it ALL. THE. TIME.  And I don’t need to.  My challenge is to eat very healthily, and do it for very cheaply.

Tuesday

Tuesday was a great day!  I was planning on getting out for a run in between my classes, but that didn’t happen.  However, it was for a really good reason.  While I was in my first class, someone said something and it was like a light bulb going off.  I came up with my Ph.D. research project!  So I spent the time in between classes digging into that.  It was a HUGE relief.  I had been so incredibly stressed about that for months now.  I had had this nagging feeling of I had a job that I loved, with coworkers that I loved, that paid well.  I lived in a place I loved.  I had the best friends.  I had a wonderful relationship.  And I gave it all up.  FOR WHAT???  At least now I feel like I’m getting somewhere.

Relief!

Wednesday

Wednesday was also a really great day.  I had a meeting with a couple faculty members, in which I ended up walking out of there with a side project/job that is really incredible and I’m super excited about.

Then, after my meeting, I went out for a run.  I decided to keep with the HIIT theme, so I did some ass-busting intervals.  I had to be back for another class soon after that, so it had to be short.  But I did 3 miles, with an overall average pace of 10:00/mile.  HOWEVER, that was including my walk intervals.  My run intervals were around 8:30/mile.  I was huffing and puffing, but it felt good!

Thursday

Thursday was pretty uneventful.  Went to class and had a rest day.  Not much to report here.  But sometimes that’s a good thing.

Friday

Friday, my awesome week of progress continued!  In the morning, I received an email from someone at one of the local community colleges asking if I was interested in teaching one of their spring courses.  This wasn’t even one of the positions I applied for earlier in the week.  This was just out of the blue!  AND the class is the one that is my absolute favorite to teach.  Sign me up!

Most of the day was productive, and then in the afternoon, I got out for a great (but slow) ride with a friend.  We climbed up Red Rocks, which was awesome and gorgeous, and rode all around that area.  I absolutely love riding out here.  Everywhere you turn, it’s just one beautiful place after another.

After a great post-ride beer and dinner, it was time to head home and get ready for Saturday’s field trip.

Saturday

Saturday started out promising.  The field trip was supposed to be down to southern Colorado to look at the KT boundary layer (material from the impact that killed the dinosaurs).  We stopped at a couple places on the way down – including lunch at Garden of the Gods, which was beautiful.

After lunch and walking around Garden of the Gods, we attempted to drive about two hours south to check out the impact layer.  But there was a football game at the Air Force Academy that afternoon, and they were playing Notre Dame, so the traffic was horrendous.  So much so, that we barely moved at all.  Eventually, we gave up, and turned around.  Bummer.

Later that night, I got home to a sick dog.  After cleaning up the disgusting mess, I had to rush her to the emergency vet.  Thankfully, everything was completely fine, but I didn’t want to risk it.  My dogs are my kids, and I don’t mess around when things could be serious.  I’m so glad she was fine.

Overall, it was a long day.

Sunday

Sunday dawned puke-free, so that was good.  I ended up spending the whole day in Denver for a conference.  It was really great to see several of my former coworkers, former students, and my old masters adviser.  The conference continues into this coming week, so I have plenty of things coming up too!

I haven’t written much in the last month and a half or so because I’ve been busy settling in to life in Boulder.  I really love this place.  It’s just absolutely fantastic.  The scenery is amazing, the town is great, the people are great.  I have no complaints.  Of course, moving 1800 miles from everyone you know and love is not without its sadness.  But it’s hard to stay sad when you look at those mountains.  There are some people I really miss though.  I wish I could have taken them with me.

I’ve been enjoying getting to know Boulder and getting adjusted to my new life.  I haven’t gotten out hiking much (at all, really) yet, but I’m looking forward to that.  I also got an epic ski pass, so that’s a season pass to Vail, Breckenridge, and about eight other amazing mountains.  Time to bust out the skiis!  I can actually see the snow-capped continental divide from my apartment patio, which is pretty incredible in itself.

Now that I’m starting to settle in to a routine, it’s time to get back on the bike and out running!  I’ve had my usual post-ironman hiatus, and now it’s time to get my butt back in gear!  I have so many things on the race schedule for next year!

March 1st – Woodlands Marathon with my roommate.  She’s from Woodlands, TX, and wants to run her first marathon next year.  So we’re running her home course together.  Can’t wait!  Also, I’m really excited to see how I do at this one for two reasons:  1) It will be my first straight marathon since I started doing ironmans, so 4ish hours is going to feel like nothing, and 2) training at altitude, racing at (essentially) sea level, baby!

June – Ironman 70.3 Boulder

July – Boulder Peak Tri (Olympic)

annnnnnnnnd…

August 3rd – the Inaugural Ironman Boulder!  I can’t wait!!!

Possibly my first ultramarathon in September or October?  This will probably have to wait until 2015 though.  2014 is already pretty full.

And with that, I need to get back to reading journal articles.  What a fun Friday night.  🙂

This is totally unrelated to training, but I’m sitting here on this rainy night with the windows open just listening to the birds and frogs and the rain, and loving every second of it.

What a great night!

Since this has been such a popular post over the last couple years, I wanted to revisit it.  And guess what?

I found an even BETTER way to make this DIY workout headband!

Step 1: Measure your head to determine the length of your headband.

Step 2: Cut a 3″ piece of elastic.

Step 3: Cut your ribbon to 3″ LESS than what you measured for your total headband length.

Step 4: Cut your velvet into a strip that is 1″ wider and 1″ longer than your ribbon

Step 5: Fold the velvet in half lengthwise (RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER) and sew the long edge closed.

Step 6: Turn the velvet right side out.  Fold the raw ends in.  By now, the velvet tube should be just slightly shorter than the ribbon.

Step 7: Pin the velvet to the back of the ribbon with one end of the elastic in between the ribbon and the velvet.  The other end of the elastic should be free.  Make sure the elastic and velvet are centered on the ribbon.  When you pin the velvet to the ribbon, center the long seam along the side of the velvet that won’t be showing.  Fold the raw edges of the ribbon under when you pin.

Step 8: When you get to the end, insert the free end of the elastic between the ribbon and velvet and pin in place.

Step 9: Starting at one end, sew the velvet to the ribbon.  Make sure you sew as straight as possible and a consistent distance away from the edge of the ribbon (the stitches will show on the right side of the ribbon).  Sew all the way around the velvet (make a rectangle).

Step 10: Trim the threads and enjoy!

Well, another year has passed – time to wrap it up:

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

  • Went to New Zealand
  • Bought a house – and all the things/projects that go along with it
  • Hosted a party for 35-40 people

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t do new year’s resolutions, but I did set some goals.  Let’s see how I did…

  • Buy a house! – Check!
  • Work on building our savings back up after buying said house. – Check!
  • Get working on my Ph.D. – Yes and no.  I started it, went to New Zealand, checked out my field sites, got all registered and set up as an official student, and then promptly found out I had no funding – while I was standing there, on the other side of the planet.  Awesome.  Long story short, I had to withdraw because there was no funding to pay for my tuition.  But that’s okay.  Perhaps down the road things will work out better.
  • Continue cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.  Get better at creating recipes myself. – Not so much.  I’ve been cooking, but not attempting my own recipes.  Perhaps in 2012?
  • Run more marathons! – Check!  I ran marathon #2 with Chelsea in May (read here)There was also a failed attempt at marathon #3 due to illness (read here).
  • Run injury-free – I’m going to put this down as a success.  I didn’t have any injuries that prevented me from racing.  There were little things here and there, but nothing debilitating.  So all in all, a success!

Overall, not bad!

3. What places did you visit?

  • Schroon Lake – I loved it in 2010, so I attempted to run the marathon there again.  Too bad I got sick the week before.
  • New Zealand – Woooooohoooooo!  There are no words that can describe how totally awesome this was.  If my husband and dogs hadn’t been here, I never would have come back.

4. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

I’m going to stick with a better marathon time!

5. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

April 4th – the day we closed on our first house

6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Buying our first house (I’m sensing a theme here…)

7. What was your biggest failure?

I really wouldn’t say there were any this year.  There were little things here and there (illness before/on race day, random little injuries, etc.), but nothing really terrible.  Some might say the Ph.D. thing was a failure, but I don’t really consider it to be one.  That was just a weird combination of circumstances that all added up to things not working.  But I wouldn’t call it a failure on my part.

Also, like last year, I didn’t run much after the ADK marathon this year, and I’d love to be better at not falling into ruts.  There’s something to work on, I guess.

8. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Injury – Not really.  Random annoying aches and pains, but nothing major

Illness – Unfortunately.  I ended up not being able to shake a cold for one of this year’s marathons, which ended up with a big old DNF.  Bummer.

9. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Just like last year, my family and friends – for supporting and encouraging me through all my training.  And for coming to the race and cheering me on!

10. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Buying our first house.  It was a HUGE deal!

11. What song will always remind you of 2011?

I’m not proud, but anything by Ke$ha.

:: Hangs head in shame ::

12. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?

My answer from 2010 stays: Overall, I’m pretty darn happy with life.

b) thinner or fatter?

Probably about the same.  I think 2012 will be good for this…  Ironman training, anyone?

c) richer or poorer?

At this exact point in time?  Poorer, but that’s not by much and is due to the fact that we bought a house this year.  But things are just fine and right on track.

13. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I’m keeping my answer from last year.  Running, lifting, swimming, cooking, spending quality time with my family, husband, and dogs.

14. What do you wish you’d done less of?

I’m also keeping my answer from last year here.  It applies to many areas of my life.

Stressing – about anything.  Particularly beating myself up on days when I didn’t run, or ate junk.

Making excuses

15. Did you fall in love in 2011?

Not particularly.  However, I am even more appreciative of my great husband who is exceptionally handy around the house with projects.

16. What was your favorite TV program?

  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Big Bang Theory (Why did I resist this show at first???)
  • Glee
  • Amazing Race (I really need to be on this show.)

17. What did you do for your birthday in 2011?

My husband took me to a local vegetarian/vegan restaurant that he found.  It was very sweet.

18. What was the best book you read?

Hmm… I know it’s totally weird and out there, but one of my coworkers is a big gardener, and I’ve gotten into it now that we have a house.  He found an old book and gave it to me and I read it cover to cover:  Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.  I was already basing my garden on this method anyway, and there was a ton of useful ideas in there.  I’d definitely recommend it.  And hey, we’ll see how the garden does in 2012!

19. What was your favorite movie of the year?

No contest.  HARRY POTTER 7 (part 2).  DUH.

20. Did you make some new friends this year?

Not particularly.

21. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A better marathon time.  Come on DC RnR marathon!!

22. What kept you sane?

Working out and cuddling with my dogs.  One look at their adorable little faces always cheers me up or calms me down.

23. What is a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011?

DON’T STRESS SO MUCH

24. THE BEST OF 2011:

a) Recipes (the yummiest cooking from the past year):

Without a doubt, this vegan ice cream.

b) Project (something you started this past year that you’re proud of or really enjoyed):

All of our house projects!

c) Best Trip:

New Zealand, no contest.

d) Night Out:

I’m not a “night out” kind of person.  I’d prefer a night in with my husband, friends, and/or dogs.

e) Moment of Peace:

I still love relaxing on the couch with my dogs passed out and sprawled across my lap – like right now.  🙂

f) The Best Place:

Anywhere with my friends or family.

g) New Food:

Discovering how to make amazing vegan Duff’s “chicken” wings and blue cheese dipping sauce.

h) Best Accomplishment:

Buying our first house and getting started on house projects.

i) New person/people:

None in particular, but I’m sure I’ll meet plenty of awesome new people in 2012.  I’m looking forward to working with my DC RnR training group through No Meat Athlete, and I’ll be joining my local triathlon club.

25. My goals for 2012:

  • A better marathon time!
  • Complete my first Ironman triathlon!
  • Train and race injury-free.
  • Cook more actual meals – there are too many “fend for yourself” nights in our house.

On September 9th, one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley, had a terrible bike crash.  It was a regular ride on a regular day, and there just happen to be some gravel on the shoulder of the road.  She hit the gravel going downhill at 25(ish) mph, and wiped out.  fortunately, a stranger found her and called 911.  She ended up in the hospital with a broken pelvis (in three places), concussion, and severe road rash.

Ashley has always inspired me to try my hardest and push myself to be better.  I have admired her hard work and dedication to her sports (triathlons, distance running, and yoga), and have tried (sometimes unsuccessfully) to mirror that in my training.

It has been absolutely amazing to read about her recovery.  She’s making huge (metaphorical) strides every day, and even in the face of a massive injury and many long months of recovery, she is still an inspiration – perhaps even more so than before.

Next week I’ll be running my third marathon – the Adirondack Marathon at Schroon Lake, NY.  I’ll be running this one for Ashley and all the inspiration she has given people through her blog.  She has a long road in front of her, but I have no doubt that she will recover and end up even stronger than before.

Donations for Ashley and her medical expenses can be made here.

Hello blog world!  I haven’t been around in a while, but I’ve finally gotten a moment to sit down and check in.  There have been big things happening in our house lately!  Namely, my husband and I bought our first house!  It was very exciting, but also very, very messy.  This is a pretty good representation of what our lives have looked like for the past three weeks…

Jade and Rocket attempting to squeeze through the mess in the basement.

Taking down a wall to make our master bedroom

We also didn’t have TV or internet for about a week, but that was probably a good thing because it made it a lot harder to waste time and procrastinate.  But now we’re getting settled in and we are mostly unpacked, and things are finally getting back to normal.

On top of that, I’ve been training for the marathon on May 29th, and it’s been a mess.  I messed up my knee when we were moving and it’s been really hurting for about two weeks now.  Fortunately, it was feeling much better today and I was able to do a great 16 mile run with Chelsea.  I was so happy to FINALLY have a good run!  That’s actually the FIRST really good run I’ve had THIS YEAR!  Crazy!

So next week will be our 18 miler and then the week after that is our 20 miler.  After that I’ll do either a 22 miler or another 18 and then it’s time to taper!  Now that my knee is feeling better, I’m really looking forward to it.  And I can’t wait for race day!

Okay, enough sitting down.  Time to get back to work on house stuff.

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