As I mentioned yesterday in my grand return to blogging, I’m training for a half-marathon. It’s not going so well and I’m hoping by posting about my training goals and plans here, it’ll help keep me accountable so I don’t collapse at the finish line or require the services of the shuttle that picks up the super slow people to get me to the end.
Here’s the scoop on the race. Which will be epic regardless of how I finish it.
Last year I learned about the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon and thought it was possibly the coolest race out there I could partake in because the Marathon du Medoc is a bit too out of reach for me (full marathon? no thanks). When Disney announced the date for the race this year, I knew I HAD to register and convince a couple friends to join me, including Alicia!
That, ladies and gentleman, is how I committed myself to running a half-marathon on my 30th birthday. November 9th, I’m going to be at Disney World, running at 10pm and finishing up with a party at Epcot centre that will go on until 4am. How often does someone get to run a race like this on their birthday? Celebration dancing will definitely be happening!
Here’s the problem: after injuring myself last August and subsequently being diagnosed with a stress fracture in one of my right foot sesamoid bones, I stopped running. And then I moved to Peru where I continued recovery but also faced the challenge of simply walking without losing my breath due to the altitude.
By the time I returned to Canada, it had been about 8 months since I had last gone for a run so jumping right into half-marathon training was probably not the smartest decision in the world. Plus, I’ve been exceptionally lazy.
At this point, I can’t even run 5k without having to stop to walk a couple of times and last weekend, when I was scheduled to run 8 miles, I barely eked out 5.5miles. Whoops. So now it’s time to get down to business. I’ve got to get the long runs in along with a couple more running sessions each week to maintain stamina and endurance.
I won’t put up the whole training schedule because that would require me to actually make a new calendar in Word or Excel or whatever and I just don’t want to do that right now. But here’s the plan for the next week. Keep me accountable, friends!
Friday: 30 minute run
Sunday: 4 -5 miles
Tuesday: 30 minute run
In addition, I’m trying to get short runs in by running home from work. It’s approximately 2.5k so it doesn’t take too long. Some days I may do a full 30 minute run but it depends on how much stuff I have in my backpack.
So there you have it. The goal: run the race. The plan: get off my butt and follow my training schedule. The reward: PARTY AT DISNEY FOR MY 30TH BIRTHDAY! A pretty dang-darn awesome reward.
I’m off to watch the Ravens @ Broncos game now! Cheering for the Broncos. Obv.
Today was a pretty big day for me: I started a new job!
I’m working for a consulting firm in Toronto which means I have transplanted myself to Hogtown, a place that wasn’t high on my list of cities to live in but when the job market sucks big time, you go where the job is. Thankfully, I have a few friends who live here which makes things much easier and I don’t have to freak out as much about making new friends. I also have a great roommate (hi Adila!) so I’m a pretty lucky girl, I do think.
Today mainly involved meeting my colleagues, going out for lunch and drinking sangria, and getting a feel for what the the firm does and, consequently, what I’ll be doing. Which will be a variety of things that I’m still figuring out.
Everyone is really nice and the woman I share an office with is friendly, helpful and will somehow have to get used to me making awkward faces and saying weird things. And sometimes singing to myself. It happens.
True story. In case you’re interested, the past couple of months have consisted of me trying to train for a half-marathon at Disney World, studying for the GMAT, and watching WAAAAAAAAY too much tv. Oh Netflix. Why do you exist? And eating a lot of cereal since I’ve developed a slight addiction to Rice Chex and Honey Rice Chex. Not the healthiest thing in the world but in the world of addictions, definitely far from the worst thing.
Since I’m feeling like my life is a bit more on track and I’m in a city where I have friends so will be going out and doing things, I decided the time was right to start blogging again. Expect to hear about the half-marathon training (just over two months to go and I can’t even run 5k without questioning my decision to do this race), GMAT studying (data sufficiency is my nemesis), crossfit as I’m planning to start up again here, and Doctor Who, my latest tv obsession. And maybe some cooking since I have a pretty big kitchen here. So hopefully you’ll follow along on this new adventure of mine and put up with my random, inconsistent posts. I promise to try harder.
That’s all for now! Will be back with more updates soon and not more than two months from now.
I clearly suck at regular blogging. Despite my desire to update people on my Peruvian adventures, I just rarely got around to posting pictures and stories of my life there.
I’ve been back in the Northern Hemisphere for almost a month now and adjusting to life has been, well, interesting.
I’m starting to really feel the effects of reverse cultural shock. It started with getting used to flushing toilet paper (weird, but true!) and being able to drink water from the tap to now feeling a bit lost and confused about what to do next with my life. I’m lacking in ambition and motivation right now, which is frustrating since that it very unlike me. I currently don’t have a job so my days have been spent scouring the internets for positions I can apply to, ideally in Ottawa so I can get back to my friends and a city I love.
I’ve also had the chance to see and catch up with friends at a wedding (so beautiful!) and on a current trip I am taking in the US. The first stop was in New York to see a couple of friends. I went to the zoo, saw a musical, and ate some good food. Unfortunately, things didn’t end well with one friend I saw which really sucked and was quite upsetting for me (and if you happen to be reading this, well, I don’t know what to say except I wish it hadn’t ended the way it did).
I am now in Baltimore visiting my amazing friend Andrea who is really helping me work through some of the challenges I’ve been experiencing since returning to the North. She spent a few months interning in Bolivia so has gone through a similar experience. I was in DC for a day to visit a couple of friends and see some museums and this weekend I’m off to Cape Cod with my best blend Alicia for a week of beach fun with her family and her dog Butternut Squashington.
I do have some plans in mind for the summer: french classes, going to my aunt and uncle’s cottage, job hunting, and running. I’m still having some foot problems but am hoping to get back into Crossfit as well. I miss working out and feeling strong.
I’m going to try to blog more regularly, even if its to share some of my frustrations of being a fairly well-educated unemployed 20-something. I’m hoping I’ll get a job soon.
I do feel like coming home from Peru is the start of something new, something potentially great. Whether its a new chapter in the continuing book of my life or a whole new book, I don’t quite yet know. I’m excited for what could potentially come next but also scared that it’ll take a long time for things to come together.
Fingers crossed I figure it out soon so my friends (who are amazeballs) don’t have to deal with my angsty texts and emails!