Monday, August 24, 2015

Richmond Marathon Training

I officially started marathon training at the end of May, but the long weekend runs didn't amp up until mid- July (before the weeks I list below, we had gotten up to 11 miles for our long weekend run and the longest weekday run was 6 miles). I have enjoyed the training team on Saturday mornings when I am in town, and I am excited to run with them more from here on out! I did a great job following the runs during my travels, though they were not as fun.

Here are my stats up to now (I start with week 8 technically, but I will call it week 1 on here since the mileage was about what it was when I started training in December for the Shamrock Marathon).

July 13- 19 (Week 1- Vancouver!)
Mon- 3.1 miles
Tues- 4.1 miles
Wed- 6 miles (left for Vancouver)
Thurs- Rest
Fri- 8.5 miles
Sat- 5 miles
Sun- Rest
Total: 26.7 miles

July 20- 26 (Week 2- Alaska Cruise!)
Mon- 4 miles
Tues- Elliptical
Wed- 6 miles
Thurs- 4 miles
Fri- 12 miles
Sat- Elliptical
Sun- Rest
Total: 28 miles

July 27- August 2 (Week 3)
Mon- 4 miles
Tues- Rest
Wed- 7 miles
Thurs- 3.5 miles
Fri- Rest
Sat- 14 miles
Sun- 5 miles
Total: 33.5 miles

August 3- 9 (Week 4- went to NYC for the weekend so long run was early)
Mon- Rest
Tues- 3.5 miles
Wed- 14.1 miles
Thurs- 3 miles
Fri- Rest
Sat- 5 miles
Sun- 3.1 miles
Total: 28.7 miles

August 10- 16 (Week 5- spent the week at the beach, so long run was earlier due to guests coming)
Mon- Elliptical
Tues- 10 miles
Wed- 3.1 miles
Thurs- 16 miles
Fri- Rest
Sat- 5 miles
Sun- 3.5 miles
Total: 37.6 miles

August 17- 23 (Week 6)
Mon- Rest
Tues- 4 miles
Wed- 8.3 miles
Thurs- 4 miles
Fri- Rest
Sat- 14.25 miles
Sun- 3.2 miles
Total: 33.75 miles

I haven't been paying attention to my pace too closely, but I will as the temperatures start falling. It is amazing the differences that heat and humidity make! The race is in 12 weeks.

If you are training for races, I hope your runs are going well:)

Friday, August 21, 2015

What I've Learned This Summer

The best way out is always through.
-Robert Frost

What good is life if we don't learn a little something along the way? Get ready for some of my ramblings:)

Let's face it: summers can be long (at least for me). It is filled with long days-> I feel like I am one of the few that hates how long it stays light in the summer-> and long working hours with 10 hours days and no students. It's ridiculously hot in Virginia and people are in and out of town. Activities are suspended, routines are off, and free time abounds. Travel is about the only good thing about the season, in my opinion!

I am not daft enough to know that I am lucky in all my travels, but that is what I have to do to stay sane. When I haven't been traveling, I have mostly been in a funk.  Even taking 3 weeks off and traveling on weekends has not been enough to make up for working during the weeks. 

I've learned this summer that working in schools in the summer is not my thing. It's not the working part that I don't like-> I have always worked in the summer-> it is being in a school without students and many staff members and having to work long days with little people interaction all while mainly staring at a computer. I am a people person at work if there ever was one.

Due to this, I have felt in a funk for a big part of this summer. Aside from traveling, which makes me feel great, happy and limitless, the times at home have been an emotional roller coaster. I realized that I can't be totally happy in my life when I am unhappy in work. I am better at it than I used to be, because I transitioned from the mindset of "live to work" to "working so I can live," but I hate not loving my job. Some people can- they can deal with work while they are there and completely push it off their minds when not there and not have it not affect their out of work life. I can't.

Office work in the summer leaves me anxious and restless when I get home. Marathon training has been a blessing (even though I hate the heat), because it has kept me very active and busy when my friends are out of town. But with no classes and friends in and out of town (and having babies-> that is another post) since the beginning of July, I have had a lot of free time. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who can be content sitting at home watching TV or doing random projects. I need alone time to recharge for sure, but I don't need evenings and days of it over and over again. I feel the summer is filled with these long, endless days.

This was not my first summer working in my current job, but last summer it was still new so it didn't affect me like it has this summer. I do feel better after this week because teachers and orientation activities start next week (and VCU started), so the end is near, but I need to figure out how I will work through this next summer. Even if I like my job during the year, I cannot hate it for 3 months out of the year. That is not a good balance for me personally. 

So I am going to take this year to examine and explore some options for next summer/year. I turn the big 3-0 in June and can feel some big changes on the horizon. We will see:) I also really relate to this post, which has helped me turn my feelings of "have to" to "get to." Lots of very truthful feelings and mindsets there! That blogger definitely put some of my thoughts into her own words.

And so while I have no answers, I leave you with this picture, because the night I took this I was feeling really deep and wrote the quote below:

I have yet to ever have a day at work that tops experiencing a sunrise or sunset, exploring a new city or land, tasting new food, immersing myself in a new culture, meeting people outside my normal path, or living, seeing, breathing and feeling how big and wide and wonderful our world is. I know I am one of the lucky ones who can do this, yet I cannot ever see enough to be satisfied. I want to spend my whole life discovering this great world. 

What a beauty she is.

Enough of my rambling- anyone else NOT love the summer? Any tips for me?!

Monday, August 17, 2015

I'm Alive! And I did more traveling...

Hey there! How has August been going for you? I, once again, after a week and a half of actually working and doing normal life things, went away again for ten days! I just can't sit still in the summer:)

I went on an impromptu trip to NYC the first weekend of August to visit my friend Jessica, who is getting married later this month, because I had to miss her Bachelorette due to being in Alaska!

I took the train from Richmond-> NYC, which is about 6 hours and includes a pit stop in Union Station (D.C.) where we have enough time to get off and walk around. I love D.C.!

Right when I got to NYC, I saw that Gotham was filming by my friend's apartment! No celeb sightings, but it was very cool to see the set and this cool car. She lives right by Wall Street.

Amongst other things, we went and visited the new World Trade Center building and memorial. It was very moving and a completely different site from when I first visited in April 2002.

We had an awesome dinner for restaurant week at Park Ave Summer and saw this nice sunset with our drinks afterwards:)

On Saturday, after a great morning run along lower Manhattan (I haven't been to the financial area in a while, so it was fun to stay down there and explore-> she just moved there), we explored Brooklyn for the first time! We walked around and went to a great pizza place.

I got home from NYC on a Sunday night and headed to Duck (Outer Banks) the next morning! It was my dad's birthday! He celebrated like a boss.

The weather all week was perfect- low humidity and sunny. Such a nice treat for August! AND I got in all my training runs, including a 16-miler!

My friend and her kiddos came to visit for a few days:) We loved on baby Everett!

Friends for over 10 years!

We also did puzzles! Took us 3 days with 5 people contributing...

These sunsets over the sound NEVER get old...

 SERIOUSLY. I can't even.

I am coming to grips with the fact that my big summer travels are over, but I am trying to be optimistic about some fun weekend getaways and school getting underway. Classes at VCU start this week and teachers come back to work soon, so things will be back in full swing, which I am excited about. To me summer is all about traveling, so working has been hard, but once fall rolls around, I tend to enjoy normal life stuff a little more. I am looking forward to cooler weather on the horizon, too, and not having to do long training runs on my own:) Doing a 12, 14 and 16 miler without a training team was not as fun!

What have you been up to?! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015


We got off our cruise ship at 8 am and immediately went sight seeing in Seattle! We were there until 10 PM the following day when our red eye left, so we had time to explore the way we love best- by foot!  These pictures are in a random order, so I apologize!

I obviously had to get Starbucks!

The first Starbucks! Obviously, I waited in line to get some:)

We also did a Seattle underground tour that went through the original city streets which were at sea level before a big fire happened in the late 19th century. It was very interesting! We explored most of the city but not as much of the northern areas, so I would have liked another half day to do that or have had someone show us around. Seattle is not my favorite city ever- I really liked Vancouver the best- but I do love the west coast lifestyle. The weather, scenery, and mentality is so nice. Maybe someday I will head out that way:)

So I am officially done with the posts about our trip! It was 12 days of fun, and I am already planning my next trip. I am so grateful to be able to travel, because it really does fuel me. I never come home tired- I come home exhilarated! What a wonderful world we live in!

Where should I go next?