Monthly Archives: September 2010

Rock ‘n’ Roll recap

I was on the blog showing Jenn what my hair looked like back in December and then I started looking through all of my old posts & you know what?
I really miss blogging.
I feel like I never do it anymore (because I kind of don’t get around to it anymore) and it’s making me really sad now ūüė¶

Honestly though, I have no idea how bloggers like Caitlin, Tina, Meghann, etc. have the time to blog as much as they do.¬† Just to give you an idea of how out of the loop I am with the blog world right now, I didn’t even know Meghann got a new blog until just now.¬† Seriously, when did that happen?

With all the excitement of school, hanging out with friends, & schoolwork, I really don’t have the time to blog.

Speaking of work, I haven’t done that in way too long.¬† My bank account is slowly dwindling away and it’s kind of freaking me out a bit.¬† I really need to start working again.
This is going to be a short post because I’m working on a homework assignment right now; however, I need to post about the big event.


I did it!
I ran my first half marathon!

Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon. Oh wow.
Finish time: 2:22:13

I’m going to be smart about this and say something.
I should not have ran the half marathon in that condition.
That being said, I am glad that I did it and extremely proud of myself.

At points, I really didn’t think that I was going to finish & later on, my dad told me that he had his doubts about me finishing as well.
I felt horrible.
I woke up the morning of the race and felt completely sick.¬† While I was making breakfast, I even took my temperature because I thought I had a fever.¬† I felt like I was going to throw up, but still didn’t want to miss out on the race and was hoping it was just pre-race jitters.

During the race, I had to stop a few times because I couldn’t breathe.¬† Taking a gu at mile 6.7 was a stupid idea considering I already felt like my throat was covered in goo from being sick [gross, but it’s life].¬† I would come to a complete stop, bend over and basically hyperventilate.¬†¬† There were a few times that I started crying out of frustration, but I quickly learned that doing so only made it even harder to breathe.
Thankfully, I only really consider myself having walked once.  The other times that I stopped was because of being sick.  I also started to stop and walk at the water stations because it was too difficult to drink while running and I knew that I really needed to hydrate as much as possible.  There was one water station that I actually drank 3 cups of water/cytomax.

The race itself was a really nice one.  It was pretty flat, other than the bridge that was had to go over Рnot fun.  I ended up bringing my phone so I could listen to my pandora application during the run, which I ended up being really thankful for even though there were several bands along the route.

Pain. My legs hurt like crazy.  I sat down after the race and seriously wondered how I was going to manage standing back up.
Gross: I had the typical “I can’t go to the bathroom” problem that I usually have race morning.¬† Thankfully, it ended up not being a problem at all during the race.
Uh-oh: My right foot is messed up.¬† Seriously, messed up.¬† I’m not sure what I did to it.¬† I went to the doctor a few days after the race because of my sickness and I brought up my foot to the nurse practitioner.¬† She told me that it sounded to her like a tendon problem.¬† There’s no swelling or bruising in the area; however, I’m not ruling out the possibility of it being a stress fracture.¬† Right now I’m just trying to wear really supportive shoes and stay off of it as much as possible.¬† She gave me medicine to help with the pain, but it hasn’t made the pain go away completely.
The worst part about my foot is probably the fact that I can’t really exercise like I would like to.¬† As I mentioned since I got to school, my eating habits are HORRIBLE.¬† Way too much ice cream & carbs are being consumed for me to not be running.¬† People have suggested for me to try out the elliptical, but I don’t want to chance hurting my foot even more. I really need to start doing something though.¬† Lifting weights? Floor exercises? Gosh. I’m too lazy for this!

Well. I really need to get back to my homework now!


Question:

What do you do when you can’t do your normal exercise activity?

Almost race time!

At 6:30 tomorrow morning, I’ll be finding my spot in corral 17 of the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon.¬†

What’s going through my mind right now?

  • I did not train as well as I should have
  • I kind of have a cold right now

I’m confident that things will work out though.

My plan for the race is to start off around a 10 minute pace and try to stay at that speed for as long as possible.

Time for some honesty:

I’ve been eating way too much ice cream. This definitely needs to change asap.¬† It’s like I think that I have to eat it at every meal because I’ll never be able to eat ice cream ever again.¬† I don’t even know.¬† It’s ridiculous.


For the most part, I’ve been eating grocery type food for breakfast, but occasionally I get something from the dining hall.¬† No, I didn’t eat all of that bacon.

Jennifer and I went out to Cold Stone one day (for lunch…)

My willpower is horrible, I know.  I got the peach cobbler ice cream : )

There’s a chick fil a on campus that takes dining dollars, so Jenn & I decided to go there one night when the dining halls were closed.

Sickness:

This isn’t a new thing.¬† I’ve actually been sick for quite a while now, and it’s not fun.¬† I went to the doctor on the 24th and nothing was really determined when it comes to what I have.¬† She did put me on antibiotics though just in case it’s some sort of infection… well, I’m guessing that wasn’t it.

Instead of going back to campus, I went to my house to make some real food.

Toast & a scrambled egg burrito.

With a side of antibiotics.
You know what really doesn’t make sense? The directions are to take one capsule every 8 hours for 10 days.¬† Every eight hours?? That’s like 3 am one morning, 5 am another… what in the world?


Dining hall food… enough said.

More dining hall food… saturday’s and sunday’s they have brunch rather than breakfast & lunch so I’ve been going to those with some friends since we don’t have class.


Garlic bread, some sort of chicken alfredo, mashed potatoes & green beans.

Visitor:

Jordan just moved back to VA from Georgia and she came to visit me!

She brought Cooper and we went out to PetSmart to buy him a new crate.

We also stopped at Taco Bell for lunch.  I could resist trying their Frozen Margarita.  It actually tasted pretty good : )

Chicken Chalupa Supreme (no tomatoes)

Another night, I went home so I could do laundry.  Obviously, I texted my dad asked him what was for dinner.

Venison Cheeseburger and Asparagus

More college food.

I have actually been doing a pretty good job when it comes to eating veggies.  If only I can stop myself from gorging on ice cream at every meal.

Friend time:


Jenn, Robert & Troy

Troy, Robert & Matt

Isaiah

Joey & Johnny
Johnny & Jenn

Robert & me
Matt, Robert, Sean & Troy

As you can see, Jenn & I mainly just hang out with the guys; however, I do have more chick friends than what is pictured.  Guys are just way easier to get along with.

My roommate is great, but I’m never there. ¬†Everyone in those pictures lives in the same building, so I spend all my time over there. ¬†I’m actually going to put in a transfer to move over there sometime this week.

Classes:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday is a workout for me. ¬†I have 10 minutes to walk from Philosophy to Business Statistics and then 10 minutes to walk from Busn Stat to German. ¬†It takes about 8 minutes speedwalking to get to those destinations. ¬†I actually kind of feel myself getting shin splints from the walk. ¬†Not good. ¬†Tomorrow after the race, I’m going to stop by my sister’s and pick up my bike so I can get around more quickly.
Tuesday/Thursday I have plenty of time in between classes; however, they’re my least favorite classes. ¬†Applied Calculus & my 300 level Philosophy class.

Tonight:

I’m going to get all of my gear together, plug in my garmin, & get ready for bed.

Sleep is probably going to be impossible tonight.  The mixture of my cold & the pre-race nerves are going to make me restless mess.

Question:

What would you do if you had a cold when you are registered for a big race?