Ok so last week I did my last LONG run before the marathon. I completed 20 miles in 4 1/2 hours, but that was with a huge hill in the middle (me=dummy)and I ran out of sustenance and water! I’m good at planning ….not.
So after I finished this lovely (actually quite grueling and me feeling loopy and/or dehydrated most of the second half) 20 miler, I promptly got SICK! I came home and Brendan was sniffling and had a sore throat. Guess who caught it the very next day.
I did not run for 7 days solid. I kept thinking I was getting better – the first two days it was a sore throat, then the stuffy nose, then congestion in the chest (no! runner’s nightmare!) Then Voila! all better.
I ran 3 miles today and it was really tough. I felt all off balanced and heavy and awkward – like I hadn’t run in months in stead of a week. But literally, I haven’t not run for more than 3 days in the last 4 months, so 7 is a biggie. Fitness decreases rapidly and it takes 2-3 times the amount of time taken off to regain it. So with two weeks until the marathon I should be good as gold… er, or something else shiny…
In other news, I’m going to be taking classes at the University of Alaska with Joe next year. We’re going to Juneau. It gets cold and rains a lot and snows for only a few months – eep – and there are at least 6 hours of daylight during the winter – eep again. I’m looking forward to snowshoeing.
I’ve decided to finish my bachelor’s in SOMETHING – so I picked English/Literature. Joe and I talked about it and that seems like a good degree that even if I never use it professionally I wouldn’t feel like I wasted my time. I read a lot anyway, I am usually a grammar freak (except when blogging…) and am pretty good at writing papers. Plus I’ve been interested in novel writing for quite some time – I can take some classes on technique and creative writing – who knows, I might suck! But then I might not :) I’m an optimist.
In any case, I want to home school my kids and english is a pretty big part of that. We’ll give them the option of going to middle school or high school or continuing studying at home, but either way having an English/Lit. background will be a great asset. And hey, I could be a book editor or something – read books and critique them for money? Hell yes!
I’m satisfied to tell people now that I’m going whatever direction the wind is taking us. I’m sick and tired of having to re-explain our new plans and feel judged by people who don’t really know us at all. But from the outside I can see their point – I went from Art, to Kinesiology, got married, went back to Art and maybe art history, moved to Oregon where we were going to build a house which never went through, while in the meantime we’ve been trying to get our knitting business of the ground for a year, moved back to San Diego, thought I was going to school again for art, changed my mind, Joe is now going to be a math professor and we’re going to freaking Alaska for a year now! OH MY GOD. So if you ask me what we’re up to, expect it to change int he next month. The end