Happy Halloween everyone! If I could be anything Halloween it would be…
I love that show so much and someone near and dear to my heart will be dressing up as the pink Megaforce Ranger. Halloween is nothing if not the one day of the year I can totally let me imagination run wild. Maybe I can dress up next year for sure!
I’m at school early this morning. It’s 8:00. Most of you on my Twitter post selfies at 5:00 from your Instagram of yourselves at the gym. I don’t know if that will ever be me. Most likely during the summer when things are lighter. But during the regular year, no way!
As far as my running updates are concerned, I don’t have an awful lot. I was running more in the beginning of the month, but since Fall Break, things have been incredibly busy. I know mentally, all I have to do is “get up an hour earlier” or “just find a time in the day when I can run”. But it’s been difficult on a graduate schedule to do that. Take for example a paper I have to write for class. I’ve been working on it for the last 2 weeks and nothing seems to be working out. Most of today will be spent finalizing it, I pray. But whereas I would like to use Friday morning to run my 6 miles, I really need to be here at that time for lab responsibilities. Add to that mentoring, the search for funding, writing responsibilities, homework, grants, it’s an awful lot. I’m losing focus on running right now. So I need to get back to a good place with making it a priority. I so dislike when the idealism of my dreams meets the reality of my life. And I think that’s the long term lesson running teaches me. I far too often make these huge lofty plans, and goals, and then as I begin the actual plan or logistics of making them work, they crash on me. That’s a pattern I’ve done a great job of breaking, but every so often I’ll find myself falling back into the habit of planning a trip around the world, but forgetting that I haven’t booked an actual flight yet, hehehehe. So there’s that.
I was running about 5 times a week, but I sincerely don’t see that as possible right now. I think I need to aim for Thursday mornings and Saturday mornings. I might be able to do Tuesday mornings. I’m not sure if I can find a fourth day. It was after church on Sundays, but my need to finish my weekly Stats homework, as well as my love for my favorite football team….
kind of prevent that! This NFL season has been the most fun I’ve had in forever. So I dislike missing them, tremendously. Symbolically, they mean the world to me.
So I’m down to three days running right now, but still eating right (mostly), and my body is quickly responding to the logging all the miles (whenever I an actually run). One of the things I’m struggling with though is actually finding races. This has happened for the last two months but I stumble upon races on accident. I’ll be walking to get a morning Iced coffee and then realize a street is blocked off because of a 5K. The last 4 5Ks I discovered this way. So is there some site I should be on to find these things? When I search for them, almost nothing comes up, yet I know they are happening. So that’s an issue I need to fix.
I realized too, I have a serious lack of running gear. I think I need new running shoes, a garmin, one of those healthy alert bracelets, and a partridge in a pear tree.
I’m a Beach Guy. You guys know that. I live for the sun and love it. I think I miss running on the beach some. Running on the trails and streets has been great but I miss the sand. I need to try to get back to Wilmington sometime soon. I’m missing the sights, the sounds, the smells and the people there. Feeling the sand against my feet would feel so NICE!!
The new phrase I’ve been using in life has been “This has gotta work”. It’s simple and shows that things simply have to work. So I am running my 10K, but I’m lost in the weeds of how to make that happen right now given my work load. Quitting isn’t an option, but then again how much time management can I do? I just need to try to do a better job of finding holes in my schedule. At the end of my day, I’m so beat, I wind up spending time on Youtube or Twitter when really I need to be reading the Word, or running. So maybe I just need to find focus on how to effectively use my time when I’m not at school. I guess the battle is mostly mental so maybe that’s where I need to focus on. Finding newer forms of recreation. In any event, training is still going on albeit a lot more slower than I like. I hope to force myself to resume running Saturday morning or maybe even Friday morning depending.