Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Various countdowns

I have not been blogging much lately because life seems rather ordinary lately. That can be a good thing... and I've been enjoying it. I have needed the break.

There are, however, a number of things in the works.

In less than a week
I will have my PhD oral candidacy exam. It's a two-hour exam, conducted by 5 professors and one neutral chair. After that I find out if I passed. The big paper I wrote and the oral exam are a package deal... pass or fail both at once. And the examining committee's decision must be unanimous.

After that, I'll share the exam questions and tell you what the oral was like. Until then, I am doing more preparatory reading. The reading never ends, I tell you!

In less than a month
I'll do the half marathon. It's on July 8. I am totally stoked about it! So far, training with Kevin is going well. I look forward to each day of running with exuberance and bubbly anticipation.

Today I did interval training. God, I love intervals! I finish wanting more... and in a way that only runners would appreciate, feel a bit let down when it's over. I want to keep going, but I don't. I follow the plan.

I went a bit over the top last weekend with my long run and planned a route with some seriously tough hills on it. That was my idea though, not the trainer's. When I told Kevin about it, I got a gentle reply about not overtraining... Oh yeah, and Dr. Mike, the chiropractor, expressed both respect and concern in a similar manner. He said something to the effect that I was a "serious runner" but, "Maybe it's not a good idea to do that again."

Anyway, it was just shy of 12 miles, with half of it being up hill. I was happy that I did it. I like the gritty runs!

I went for my annual physical last week. My doctor was asking me how training was going. She got all excited when I told her about the half. She's an Ironman athlete herself and she likes to talk about training. She said, "Well, once you're done the half you can start training for a full marathon!"

I replied tentatively, "Well, um... you know... one step at a time."

She smiled and nudged further, "If you can do a half, you can do a marathon. No problem!"

I seem to be getting nudged from various directions about moving up to a full... and I haven't even done this half yet. And the only road race I have done since I was 15 years old was the Forzani's 5 km race in May. I think I need some more road race experience before I even think about doing a full marathon... Let's see how the half goes in July.

Oh, I do have a question for fellow runners out there. Has anyone found a lip balm that's good for running? Specifically, I'd like one that I can open with one hand, rather than having to fiddle with two hands. My lips get really dry on my long runs and the one I'm using just doesn't seem to work that well... and I'm always afraid of losing the little cap too. Anyway, advice is welcome!

Also in less than a month
I'll be in England visiting my family there. I have been looking forward to this for a long time! My sister and I will be travelling together. I haven't seen her in a while either, so it will be good to catch up all around.

I leave two days after the half marathon. I'm not sure that my legs will appreciate being stuffed into an airline seat for nine or so hours after that kind of run, but I'm sure I'll survive. There are times when having short legs is good... and travelling is one of those times!

So, there you have it... Many things are "in progress". I'll keep you posted.


craig said...

I'll look forward to hearing more about the exam and the results of your paper (in a way that someone who has made that journey can appreciate). There's no doubt the half will go well. Though I don't race I've noticed that runners often seem to shift to thinking about the next race before the one they are training for is done. Hope you have a great time in England reconnecting with family. Sounds like life is going well all the way around. Sometimes ordinary is good

angie's pink fuzzy said...

england: fun!

and yay for your 12 miler!!! it's so awesome that you are out and running and will do a half-marathon!!!

Backofpack said...

Good things all around! Just be sure to take any training plan slow and easy - I don't mean don't run fast, I mean don't rush the plan and skip ahead. You do not want to go back to that injured state!

Your trip to England will be wonderful - visiting with your sister will be half the fun!

Misty said...

Lots of things to look forward to in the summer, always good!

I trust that your oral exam and half-marathon will go smashingly and that the trip to England will be the reward at the end of such a long journey toward both.

Turtle Guy said...

Lots of juicy stuff going on... soak it up, girl!

Adrian B said...

Pah, 9 hours after a half marathon? Try doing the flight after being on a horse the day before! Still trying to think of something to pay you back for that one... You have been warned :-)

psbowe said...

So good to hear from you!

I love doing hills too for training, a race is another story.

Best of luck on your exam!

ipodmomma said...

have a good time in the UK... and good wishes on your exam!