Friday, May 24, 2013

In Which I Finally Break Down and Go to a Doctor

In my last post I mentioned feeling exhausted, utterly wiped, after the event on Sunday. I remember coming home, shooting my boss an email to tell him that I likely wouldn't be in the office the next day and then essentially blacking out. Apparently, my last post was written on Monday. No real recollection of doing that. Monday and Tuesday are one big, feverish blur in my mind. I vaguely remember going to work on Tuesday and then leaving only a few hours later because I wasn't able to function.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Half Marathon Aftermath

Do you ever have those days where you think "Oh, I'll just lay down and nap for a few minutes" and then you wake up eight  hours later? Yep, that's me!

Probably the toughest day of my life. I feel like even though I've been training for this since December, it was still so much harder than I ever expected it to be. I know that's probably not very encouraging to someone thinking about doing an endurance event, but at this point it's true. It's also true that the post-finish line euphoria is one of the best emotional highs I have ever experienced.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Terrified

The half marathon is today (well, it feels like "tomorrow" since I'm currently battling insomnia). Deep down I know I'll be okay. I've been training for this for months. I can always slow down or take a break if I need to. I'm ready for this.

But it still doesn't stop my heart from racing and this lack of sleep. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Countdown

A week from this time tomorrow I will have completed my first half marathon (provided all goes well). I never thought I would even contemplate those words. I'm still kind of in shock that race day is so close. I can only imagine the hubbub (and anxiety) of the actual race day.

On Saturday, we are heading down to the race expo to pick up race bibs, timing chips, and check out the demos, products and seminars. It actually sounds like a pretty interesting time even if it does mean dealing with huge crowds. Saturday night is the Inspiration Dinner at the hotel. My friend, Heather, is going with me and I'm looking forward to going, relaxing and hearing about TNT's mission and the honorees that we're running for.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rape Culture

Sometimes I wonder if people truly understand the depths to which our society has sunk (or hasn't risen from...?) when it comes to the rights of women, their value in society, their lack of protection, and the blame we as a culture often lay on them for things that are out of their control or completely antiquated.

One example of this is purity shaming. I was going to write a piece on this, but I think instead I will direct you to this recent post by Natalie. Our upbringings were very, very similar so I feel like my writing something is pointless when I would just make the same points.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Potlucks Are Community

I don't know if I can properly explain the magic of a potluck. They seem to hold a special place in my heart. Growing up as a kid in Baptist churches, potlucks were a staple of my life. Life happened at potlucks. They were held for holidays, graduations, dedications, weddings and funerals. My big Italian family always comes together over food (and I think it's impossible for them to get together without it). At a previous job, we not only used potlucks for celebrations and team events, but we also used them to help each other out. During the winter months, we pooled our resources and held a weekly potluck. This not only provided us with a hot meal and saved us a good amount of money, but it built a sense of community. It sounds cliche, but it's true.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Pinterest Problems

More and more I am seeing double standards in social media. I've come to expect this everywhere, but for some reason it can still surprise me.

I got an email from Pinterest this week. It was something along the lines of "we've removed one of your pins because of nudity". I'm always surprises by these emails (though they are few and far between) because while I'm not censoring or photoshopping little black bars over images on pins, I also don't pin anything that could be labelled as pornography.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Training Win

Well, it is May already and I cannot believe it's finally here! The Cleveland Marathon is 16 days away and I'm starting to get really nervous about it. Training lately has been sporadic for me due to work, traveling and other events. It's been hard to motivate myself to get out there and even do a few miles when I come home and all I want to do is collapse into bed.

But... yesterday I realized something (and pardon me if this is old hat to the rest of you): the hardest part about training is getting dressed and walking out the door. I'm not kidding. It seems like as soon as I get out that door, I'm well on my way to my goal.