Rather than write separate posts about what’s been going on, I’m just going to ramble and meander my way through the last couple of months.
July was a blur. I had my baby girl for 2 whole weeks! We went to King’s Island on the hottest day of the summer. That was only because no one else we were going with (my mom, younger sister and nephew) would listen to the voice of reason (me lol) when said voice of reason said it was too hot to be outside all day. We also played at the park and the pool and spent a lot of time inside in the A/C watching movies and reading books and painting our nails.
I also worked my butt off to get ready for the adventure race. I wrote about it here before I ran the Gauntlet. I. Was. NOT. Ready.
The course kicked my booty. The day started off cold and ended freezing. Race time was 9:20 and by 9:30 I was wading through knee deep water and then crawling through knee deep water to navigate the “barbed-wire” (really, it was just rope).
I don’t even remember most of what I did or the order in which it happened. I know I crawled under rope at 4 different points in the race but I couldn’t tell you where they were in relation to anything else. There were 3 different climbing obstacles that I can remember, a couple of tunnels to crawl through, the rope bridge (which was my absolute favorite part), walking on logs, and jumping over a fire pit (which I walked around because at that point I was also carrying about 2 pounds of mud and water in my shoes and could barely walk, let alone jump).
It’s been 3 weeks since the race and I still have scabs on my knees from the dirt, twigs, branches, I-don’t-even-want-to-know-what-else-was-in-that-water, and rocks in the stream bed.
I can’t wait to do another one!!! Maybe next year, I’ll remember more. I will definitely be more prepared. I need to spend more time trail running and not just running on the bike path and I need better protection on my knees and elbows.
My average run time has significantly dropped in the last 3 weeks. I had been running at almost 15 minute miles and am now down to about 12 1/2 minute miles. If I push all out, I can run 2 miles in almost 23 minutes (23 minutes and 28 seconds, personal best, thank you very much) but I can’t keep it up longer yet.
Monday was also my first day back in class. Bachelor’s degree, here I come! I am taking 5 classes this semester (which is weird because I’m used to quarters) and will also take 5 class Spring semester then 4 classes Fall semester 2014 and then I will graduate again. I’m getting used to a whole new school (Wright State University vs. Sinclair Community College). It was bizarre to go from being one of the youngest in a classroom (Sinclair) to being one of the oldest (Wright) but it doesn’t feel weird anymore.
If you don’t hear from me, I’m probably buried under economics or finance homework. Or human resource management. Or possibly supply chain management. Let’s not forget information systems. I’m off to read a school book or 4!
Be the change you want to see!