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           Grad school goes on. Couldn’t absorb much information this afternoon after I ran my 20 miler this morning, though I tried. I should have taken a nap, but I didn’t feel sleepy early this afternoon. 20 miles went well, but I stopped my watch at one point while we waited for a light and forgot to start it again and lost almost half a mile. Then my watch gave me the low battery warning at 18.5 miles. It held out for that last mile (remember I came up .5 short), but I don’t think it will make it the hour plus longer I will need it to hold on for the marathon. So a new Garmin will be on it’s way soon. The good news is this is the perfect time for me to buy, since I’m getting a much larger than normal tax refund thanks to an education credit and I have a friend who works for Garmin so I can get the employee discount by buying through her. (I assume this is fine with Garmin because she offered a while back, without me asking)


Today's run

            I ran my longest weekday run ever in the snow on Wednesday. 11 miles. I added the last mile to make it a weekday PR. It was beautiful, but the snow was completely gone by midafternoon. I decided to stay home from work so I could get homework done, and so I could do my taxes. I always feel a little weird/guilty taking a day off like that, but this really worked out well so if I’m ever running double digit miles on a weekday again and I have the time to spare I’ll probably do it. Maybe even if I don’t have homework to do (and these things will probably never happen on the same day again so…)


            I have 178 miles for this month, and I’ll end up with just under 50 miles for the week. If February was just one day longer it would be my highest monthly mileage. Weekly mileage is probably the highest also, but I’m not sure what my exact PR for that is. Lots of miles. I hope they pay off. Even though I’ve run more, and I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, I don’t feel quite as drained or sluggish as I often do at this point. That said, I don’t think I have a PR in me either. Asheville is not going to be an easy course. I’ll be pretty happy to come in under 5 hours based on what I know going in.

            A couple new things I love. I recent found an artist through a Brave Like Gabe post. Her name is Jacqueline Alnes (find her on Etsy at PhDistance). I love her art and bought a few of her prints recently. I also am I big tea drinker and I found a local tea company that has some really great teas. I love the Chai and the Cup of Sunshine as well as the Sunshine Dust. You can make a drink with the Sunshine Dust, warm milk and honey that is really good. A little like a Chai latte, but pepperier and doesn't remind me of drinking a Christmas candle. I like Chai tea in general better without milk I've found. Big Heart Tea Co if you are interested. 


            I’m also making a final push on fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (I run with Team in Training). I have $62 to go to meet my commitment (the amount I must meet or make up the difference) but I’d really love to get another $400 on top of that, mainly because that would put me over $30,000 lifetime. Given how many races I’ve run with TNT and the minimum amounts I had to meet, it isn’t quite as good as it sounds, but still. Also, I have to say, this wasn’t really me, it took everyone who ever donated through me. If you feel so inclined to help me with a part of that $462 I’m hoping to raise here is the link - https://pages.lls.org/tnt/gat/ashvle20/ABrinker 




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Sounds like you are juggling all your balls pretty well! 

Love the snowy photos!

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178 miles with your FT job and grad school is amazing! I'm not sure how you do it all!

BTW I love your cat pictures! So adorable.

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10 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

178 miles with your FT job and grad school is amazing! I'm not sure how you do it all!

BTW I love your cat pictures! So adorable.

Honestly I was shocked at the end of February, I couldn't believe I'd run that many miles. I did forget to make one additional discussion post in one of my classes last week (cost me 5 points of 25 on that discussion board too, so kind of a pricey mistake.) I blame the 20 miler on that one. 

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