Initial Thoughts About This Semester and Half Training

So we’re about 10 days into the start of the new semester and half marathon training. Here are some initial thoughts on both.


Class is in session. And dinner is served. #mbalife

  • I’m taking two classes this semester: Organizational Leadership and Change and Strategic Analysis in the Competitive Environment.
  • One of my classes seems awesome. Ones seems terrifyingly hard.
  • I’ve only had one minor panic attack about how I’m going to balance everything this semester. Said freak out was yesterday at work, while I thought about all the huge work projects I have coming up there too.
  • In the leadership class we took a personality survey thing (similar to Meyers-Briggs/Strengthsfinders, etc for those familiar with them). I always enjoy those because I find them to be creepily accurate for the most part.
  • I scored off-the-charts high on extraversion. I’m sure this surprises no one.

Half Marathon Training

When on vacation, it's always a great idea to run a 5-miler when there is a heat advisory. Definitely no age group award this year.

  • Following a less intense plan was definitely the way to go this time around.
  • Last week, we had a bunch of really humid days, which made even short runs miserable.
  • This week, the humidity has taken a vacation and running in the mornings has been pretty pleasant.
  • I’ve been doing my shorter weekday runs without my Garmin. It’s nice not to worry about how fast or slow I’m going.
    I still wear Garmin for my weekend long runs though.
  • Last weekend’s long run was six miles. I should have eaten beforehand since I had a really early dinner the night before. That was a fail, and I went sloooooow as a result.
  • When football season starts in 10 days, I’m going to have to figure out a different time to do my long runs since Saturdays will be occupied with tailgating. TBD on when that will be.

So that’s what I’ve got going on now. Other than that quick freak out yesterday, things actually seem pretty manageable at the moment. I know my one class is going to get a lot more time-intensive later in the semester, and that definitely makes me nervous, but right now, I’m still managing to keep everything in check.

Sports Bra Shopping That Didn’t Suck

You know what's a bad idea for a runner? Walking in to a City Sports after a long run all hopped up on endorphins and realizing there's a sale going on. So bad for my wallet. But really good given the fact that I was pretty desperately in the need of new sports bras. Definitely hadn't replaced mine in like two years. I've been wearing Champion sports bras my entire life. No joke since I started needing them when I was playing basketball and softball in middle school. Champions were the … [Continue reading]

Softball Season Wrap-Up

As of Monday night, I can officially hang my softball cleats up until next season. My work league ended with a loss in the second round of the playoffs (by two to the only undefeated team in the league) and my alumni league wrapped up on Saturday. Our Maryland team had a great run. We unfortunately lost in the semi-finals to Pitt in a game where we just played like crap all around. We couldn't hit, we couldn't field, it wasn't our usual brand of Maryland softball. It was a … [Continue reading]

A Post Where I Talk About Running

Happy International Left-Handers' Day to all my fellow southpaws! So remember when this blog was actually about running (or at least largely about running)? I kind of do, but I will admit it's been a while since I've had a good post to write about running. Running was happening this summer, but since I wasn't actively training for anything, it didn't seem all that important/necessary to chronicle the minutiae of each of my runs. (Those posts always turn into wahhhhh DC humidity is the … [Continue reading]

One of my favorite summer weekends

My alumni softball league had part one of our playoffs on Saturday and Sunday. With 67 teams, close to 1,200 people and softball games from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, the weekend was just a giant party. (L to R) Jon, me and Zac after our first game Pool play was this weekend, and my team won all three of our games, which means we advance to the elimination round next weekend. We got lucky this year and our games were at 8 and 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. So once we got … [Continue reading]

Softball Tournament Take 1

August is softball tournament season around these parts. The first three weekends of the month, I have softball tournaments pretty much all day, every day. The first tournament was last Saturday for my Senate league team. I've played on this team for five years now and have coached it the last two (or maybe three?) years with my friend Jon. This year's tournament was fun, but in terms of playing to our potential, it didn't go well. Our first game was at 9:30, and we beat the … [Continue reading]

Random Acts of Kindness

Ever since I got back from vacation, getting out of bed before work to run has been a struggle for me. But somehow this morning, I mustered enough will power to drag myself out the door for a sweaty four miler. It was a Garmin-less run so I have no idea on my time. Probably for the best, I'm sure it was slow with the humidity. Glad I woke up and got it done though. Now... on to a totally unrelated topic. Last week, I was having a pretty meh week. Catching up from vacation, trying to … [Continue reading]

The 7 Books I Read on Vacation

I've been back from vacation almost as long as I was actually on vacation, and boy do I wish I were still at the beach. Living is just a little bit (or a lot) better there. I'm always amazed how at the beach I can wake up every day at 5:30 or 6 a.m. without an alarm, but once back at home, I struggle to drag my butt out of bed by 7 a.m. I'm going to bed at literally the exact same time, if not earlier, back in DC, and still find waking up to be a challenge. Such is life I … [Continue reading]

Seashore Striders 5 Miler 2015

For the last several years when I've been on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, I've taken advantage of the fact that the local running club puts on a five mile race the second day of the trip. Last year, I even placed first in my age group! This year, I signed up for the race again, and my mom decided to do it too. The Seashore Striders always put on a really great event. The day-of entry fee is $25 and gets you a fully supported course, a nice tech shirt and all the watermelon you can … [Continue reading]

Rehoboth Beach Trip 2015

I'm back from yet another blogging hiatus, though this one was very intentional. I was at the beach with my family for a week, and I tried my hardest to unplug. I packed my laptop, but basically never opened it. I peeked at Twitter a handful of times, and posted a couple of photos on Instagram, but other than that, I wanted nothing to do with technology. It was glorious to get away. I need to unplug like that more often. The beach itself was great! I had a fun time hanging out … [Continue reading]