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Grad school and a race or two

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amarie2009

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It’s been awhile! My last post was my NJ marathon RR at the beginning of May. Shortly after that semester 3 of grad school started and then seemingly every moment of free time disappeared. It didn’t stop my running, but it’s been a busy cycle of sleep, run, work, study without time for much else. This was the most challenging semester so far, with Clinical Nutrition 2 and Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics. Lots of technical reading and then writing about it. Even when I could have found time to write outside of classwork, I didn’t want to. Eventually it got to the point I wasn’t even making it to the loop to read. I want to be better about that, but with year 2 starting in 2 weeks, I’m thinking I’ll probably still fall off of getting here. Classes went well, and they were really interesting. (I just hope this all pays off, in my darker moments I’m really afraid all this time and money I’m investing won’t pay off.)

Running-wise I haven’t done too many races, but I’ve been keeping up with my day to day miles. The two races I did run are ones I try to do every year. I ran the Route 66 10k in Edwardsville IL. It was a cool morning for June, and I finished in 56:14 which is not a PR, but good for me lately (and even a “cool” morning in June is warm). I was 7th of 24 in my AG which is pretty good – this race is always on the faster side. The other race was the Steeleville IL Firecracker 3k. This race starts at 9:40am right before the parade so as usual it was boiling hot. I didn’t PR here either but I was within 10 seconds and my dad captured a nice “flying” photo as I ran by. I even got 2nd in my AG - which is still a really nice surprise for me. 

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I’m not running a fall marathon this year. With classes and budget concerns I didn’t feel like this was the best season to work it in. (That said, I am planning on running one this spring and during the semester, which means I’ll likely be dragging school work along.) Right now I only have one race paid for, my 4th year running the Vine to Wine Half outside of Greenville IL. It’s a hilly race, and it seems a PR is out of the question due to a non-running related injury that has somewhat derailed my training. That race is in two weeks. Luckily I did 13.3 miles comfortably yesterday, so I know (baring any unexpected and unpleasant surprises) I will be able to cover the distance. It was a really nice run, best weather we’ve had in a while. But much slower than I would have liked. I ran from my house to the Missouri River.

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All taken in the park at the river. Much of the rest of my run was average suburbia, or on the bike/foot path under huge powerlines.

Not in a straight line, but there are limited runnable routes to do that. We had major flooding this year but it’s hard to tell on the path by the river, it’s been cleaned up very well. Now that my injury is mostly healed, I want to get back to working on speed. It’s becoming more frequent that I feel like my PR days for some distances may be behind me. I hope that’s not true, and staying uninjured for more than a year would certainly be helpful. We’ll see. I’ll keep working on being the best runner I can be. I want to post a little more often and continue even during classes.  

I think I will probably add at least one more half marathon this fall, probably the GO St. Louis Halloween half. I get an extra medal if I do that one because I ran their spring half. I would want to come up with some sort of costume to run in if I did that. (Especially since I’m likely to be slower than I’d like.) But I want to come up with something really runnable and not to hot (though it is late October) so that may be hard.

If anyone follows womenofrunning on Instagram I was the featured runner this past Friday! That was kind of exciting. Luckily, thanks to a Team in Training friend I had a nice picture to send them. Not exactly 15 minutes of fame, but fun.

 

 

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Good to read an update from you!  IMO, the biggest factor towards PRing is consistent running day after day, week after week, month after month - and sounds like you've got that down.  I know you're strapped for time, but increasing days per week or running (and/or increasing mileage if you're already running 6-7 days a week) goes a long way too!

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19 minutes ago, SIbbetson said:

Good to read an update from you!  IMO, the biggest factor towards PRing is consistent running day after day, week after week, month after month - and sounds like you've got that down.  I know you're strapped for time, but increasing days per week or running (and/or increasing mileage if you're already running 6-7 days a week) goes a long way too!

Due to the injury I've been limited on how many days I am supposed to run, but I think I'm getting to the point where I can increase that again. So hopefully that will help.

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Sounds like school and running are going well. Kudos for surviving and thriving in Year 1! 

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Some phases of life don't allow for running as much as we'd like. There's light at the end of this tunnel, though. Hang in there.

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My go-to running Halloween costume is a fork in the road (gray shirt with a white or yellow line down the middle & a plastic fork stitched on it) or a copy cat (cat ears & a shirt that says "copy"). 

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49 minutes ago, eliz83 said:

My go-to running Halloween costume is a fork in the road (gray shirt with a white or yellow line down the middle & a plastic fork stitched on it) or a copy cat (cat ears & a shirt that says "copy"). 

I like these!

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Congratulations on another successful semester! My husband said he never wanted to read another book after completing his masters.

Light at the end of the tunnel!! Keep up the hard work!

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