Running…Again Plus Some Life

It’s coming…I can feel it in my bones. πŸ™‚ Only 10 days, 2 hours, and 10 minutes. Yeah, I actually have a countdown on my cell phone for the last day of school. I will be done on Friday at 10:30. Whoopee! More prayer would be appreciated. I am still trying to pull off that 3.5 gpa! I think I am there in all my classes, but with two more tests in every one, I am worried. However, I was at a bible study on Sunday night, and we talked about our response to situations, and I realized I am not very good in that aspect of life. I work hard, don’t get the result I want, and freak out. I can’t control life, but I can control my response to life. Must remember that one…

For all you runners out there:
You might be a runner if …
you need a magnifying glass to see your name in the newspaper. …
people say, “you run three miles…at once?” …
you go to a golf course to run. …
you combine phrases like “10 mile run” and “easy run” in the same breath. …
you enjoy running hills. …
youre running in your dreams.
. …you don’t know what an “off-season” means.
your calves are bigger than your biceps. …
you wake up in the morning and find that youre already running.
your sport is other sports’ punishment.
your heart rate is below 50 and you are not dying.
ibuprofen is your recreational drug of choice.
your feet look like you’ve spent 10 years in a Vietnamese p.o.w. camp.
you don’t laugh every time you hear fartlek. (Actually I do love this word and it makes me laugh)
you are from the US and you think in terms of meters not feet or yards.
all your white shirts have mud spots up the back of them.
while everyone is sleeping you are up running, and while everyone is awake you are sleeping. (The story of my life :))
you have 5% body fat yet you dont live in Somalia.
you feel one second is a lot of time. you understand the speed limit signs in Canada.
your school notebooks are covered with split times.
you almost wish that a pickpocket would grab your wallet so that you could chase him down. (Dude, that would be sweet!)
a “ladder” has nothing to do with home maintenance.
“quarters” are not a monetary unit. you have a hard time turning to the right
your pin number for your ATM is a personal record. …
finishers ribbons are definitely not keepers.
you actually recognize soccer as a sport. (Yeah, baby!)
you can easily recognize the difference between Gatorade and Powerade. …
when a non-runner asks you if you “jog” you have to fight the urge to punch them in the face. your email address contains something to do with running.
the “dont walk” sign means “run”
you don’t think adding onto a run for two minutes is a ridiculous idea.
you think people who wear those water packs/belts are pussies.
you haven’t made it to the toilet or the woods fast enough more than once.
port-a-johns are a luxury.
it is no longer possible to sprain your ankles. they can’t anymore…
you set your alarm for 6 am on the weekend. Pretty much
you’ll run 18 miles but must find the perfect spot at the grocery store to park because you hate to walk. Haha, too true.
you plan your meals around your workouts. Basically, yeah.
when you run on trails and trip over a stump, you get your watch stopped before you hit the ground.
you stay up 4 hrs past your normal bedtime to watch 4 minutes of tv.
your morning shower is about an hour after you wake up. …
you have a spike wrench on your keychain. …
you’ve ever walked around with your hands in your pockets just so you could feel your quads flex with each stride. …
you learn the most about your teammates during practices where not one word is spoken.
you laugh when someone tells you 800m is long distance.
you hate walking up steps. I don’t anymore. πŸ™‚
the internal question: spikes or flats?
made fun of the ROTC people dying on their morning jog at 6 am.
you’ve scoffed at military people trying to impress you with the times they had to get up to run. you have heard of Coos Bay, Oregon. …
can recognize a teammate by the sound of their breathing.
…you have contests to see who has the most blisters on their feet. …
you write directions to your house in metric and your friends aren’t confused. …
you could watch a whole marathon and not get bored. …
you’ve ever relieved yourself in an empty water bottle in the back of an athletic van. …Um, no.
your idea of “quality time” is a cool-down jog together. …
when you run on a treadmill there’s always an empty one to either side of you despite the line of guys waiting to use one.
you laugh when a math problem involves running times that are not fast.
you have a watch tan line.
you have figured out a ways to sleep comfortably on a bus even with a large gym bag by your side.
when running by a police radar, you sprint to see how fast your mph is.
. you do calf raises while brushing your teeth.
when you drive you think about your speed in minutes/mile.
you mumble expletives when someone is walking faster than you.
you look for reflections off windows so you can analyze your stride.
you practice drafting in every day life, driving and walking.
you run to cross country practice.
you include running analogies in your papers.
you have asked the question sowhat are your pr’s? more than once.
you consider a 15 mile run a good cure for a hangover
You know that the best cure for constipation is mile 3 of 15
Your fridge contains two types of drinks: Beer and Gatorade (Well, not really. :))
…you plan a “vacation” to Boston in the middle of April. (I want to so bad, but maybe after I graduate :))


Half Marathon

Okay, so this is the third time I have attempted this post. I was attempting pictures, but no such luck. Curses upon Blogger Beta. I hate it! I foresee the demise of pictures on my blog.

Anyway, here we go for the third time on this particular post.

So, I finished my half marathon yesterday. The months of running like a chicken with my head cut off-except I have my head-has been rewarded by my finally finishing. It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I am pretty sore today, but that is because I neglected the whole stretching part of running. He he he! I ran it in 2 hours and 20 minutes which was about an average of an 11 minute mile. I was pulling off 10 minute miles for the first six miles or so, but then it started to go downhill from there. In other words, I believe I started to get a little tired. My goal for next year-yes I plan on going back and anyone who lives in Colorado should go-is to go for a ten minute mile the whole way through.

I got third place-I was trying to post pics of medals-which was my first ever placing for a run. That was quite exciting! It was neat to have all the hard work pay off. The coolest part was running farther than I have ever run before. Once I passed the 11 mile, I knew the rest would be farther than I had ever gone before. It was a great feeling! Now all I have to do is run 13.2 miles to get the same feeling. πŸ™‚

The weather was crazy. Twenty-four degrees with ice and snowing the whole time. A few people fell flat on their backs on the ice. It would have been amusing if they weren’t on their backs groaning. Bummer!

You could also be praying for my Dad. He tried to run it, but his knees basically gave out. Since he has been doing tile for twenty years, his knees aren’t the best. I passed him walking at the 10.5 mile area. I was really worried about him, because I one of the main traits I got from my Dad was not quitting even if the world is coming to an end. His not running meant something was pretty bad. So, I waited about half an hour for him. He walked to the finish line-yes, he finished! πŸ™‚ I was so worried about him that I started crying. He is on the couch today supposed to be resting, but prayer would be appreciated as he does have work coming up this week. Thanks!


1. Yourself: original
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse): non-existant
3. Your hair: brown
4. Your mother: friend
5. Your Father: hug
6. Your Favorite Item: pencil
7. Your dream last night: drunk
8. Your Favorite drink: water
9. Your Dream Car: CJ-5
10. The room you are in: den
11. Your Ex: non-existant
12. Your fear: failure
13. What you want to be in 10 years? happy
14. Who you hung out with last night? sister
15. What You’re Not? trusting
16. Muffins: sugary
17. One of Your Wish List Items: sweatshirt
18. Time: 10:58
19. The Last Thing You Did: homework
20. What You Are Wearing: comfy
21. Your Favorite Weather: snowy!
22. Your Favorite Book: numerous
23. The Last Thing You Ate: oatmeal
24. Your Life: opportunities
25. Your Mood: over-studied
26. Your best friend: few
27. What are you thinking about right now? CofO
28. Your car: off-road
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer: good+bad
31. Your relationship status: non-existant
32. What is on your TV? static
33. What is the weather like? snowy!
34. When is the last time you laughed? unknown

8 Miles

Hey, there is a pic of my 7 mile run online. Here it is. I am the 324th pic. If you are curious, here is what the crazy weather was like at the beginning of the race. It looks awful, but I love cold, wet conditions for running. It keeps me going longer. Check out the first few pics.