Back to life, back to reality

And summer is over. Grad school year 2 started today, and they certainly didn’t ease us in to it. Left home at 7:05 and returned 6 classes and a 2 hr. lab later at 6:15. Ran to Aldi, my grocery store of choice, to pick up pasta and avocado for tonight’s meal. Watched Real Housewives of NYC and, because I am so exhausted, couldn’t stop myself from also watching an episode of Honey Boo Boo. Jumped in the shower and am not typing up this post so that my head is clear for studying.

I will be 50% less stressed at this time tomorrow because I will have completed an 18 mile run- a new distance PR for me. I don’t know why I am dreading this run sooo much, but I’m going to do everything I can to pump myself up. I’m hoping tonight’s dinner is a good fuel food. I ate pasta the night before my 17 mile run and felt surprisingly awesome, once I had the first 6 miles under my belt. I’m hoping tomorrow is the same.


Some of the mental road blocks that are making this run particularly daunting:

1. Last time a great friend ran the first ~14 miles with me, but she has a “real job” and can’t join me tomorrow.

2. I’m out of my normal schedule. I’ve been doing my long runs on Saturday but can’t this week due to a very good friend’s wedding in Illinois- 9 hours away.

3. I have class at 10 am. I was planning to skip because all of our lectures are video recorded so that we can review them on our own time. However they had problems with the audio today and haven’t been able to troubleshoot it. I’ll be thrilled if I finish my run in about 2:40 but am counting on 3:00. Sunrise is at 6:40. And I can’t show up in class in my sweaty running clothes. So you see my problem. My current plan is to run the first 7-8 miles on a treadmill at the rec center ~ 6am and then move outside for the remainder. I better pack some good snacks.

What am I going to do? think positive thoughts. I just wrote out all my doubts so I’m going to stop thinking about them. From here on out I’m going to have the silent mantra, “You are awesome. You are such a strong runner. Look at you go. You just finished those X miles like they were nothing,” etc. I’m going to lay out my running gear tonight and find a good audiobook I can download from my library. I’m going to try to get a solid night’s sleep- this may be the hardest prep step.

I can do this. Time to hit the books for a couple hours…

Have a great night!