Monday, 27 July 2015

Half marathon wish list

I'm am a medal addict. I don't understand why but I am. Show me a half marathon with a good medal and I'm there in a flash. I've accepted my problem. It might force me to spend more money than I'd like but it motivates me to train year round and is probably cheaper in the long term than healthcare, plus it's an excuse to travel. 
Unfortunately, this also coincides with my long term goal of running a marathon or half in all 50 states + DC. Thanks to driving horrifically long distances and a couple of work trips I've made good progress in my goal but it's becoming more difficult. Scheluding is even harder when I'm lusting (the only word for it) after particular medals. 
Right now I've run a marathon and/or half in 9 states. 
Right now I'm signed up for a few out of state races:
My next one is at the end of a work trip in August. I'm staying on an extra few days to see some Irish friends and then I run an inaugural race in MA. 

In September thanks to some really cheap flights I'm going to run the Navy-Airforce Half in DC.

 In December Martina is going to San Antonio TX for a conference and what do you know RnR San Antonio is on the weekend before the conference. 

At the beginning of 2016, despite not knowing what the job situation is I've signed up for the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon.....the medal made me do it. 
Past that I've stopped myself, cold turkey. If I know I have a job I'll go ahead and sign up for a few more trips focusing on new states in the south or east. Even then I doubt I'll get to do many of these but here are some of my favorites:
Little Rock, Arkanas  in March..possibly the only race that could convince me to do another full marathon. While the half medals are large the full ones are the size of dinner plates. It might be excessive but it sure would look good on my medal rack.
Lincoln Presidental Half, Sprinfeild IL Apr. It's a giant penny how frickin cool is that. It shall be my lucky penny..who said 'more money more problems'. Not with this bad boy around.
Flying Pig Half in Cincinnati, Ohio May. It's a flying pig...need I say more.
Shipyard Old Port, Maine in July. There aren't too many races in the south in July so why not head North.

If like me you find these oddly shaped pieces of metal strangely appealing and the Pokemon song plays in your mind (gotta catch em all) you too have a problem...muhaha. If you have a medal you HAVE to have comment with a picture. If it fills a gap in my map of the Eastern States maybe you'll see me there :)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Dizzy days

It's been a crazy couple of days. It all started on Thursday night when Martina's newly stitchless arm decided to burst open and leave a quarter sized hole in her arm, which I patched up with a combo of butterfly paper stitches and tape, very well might I add. Maybe they'll let me trade in my Ph.D for an M.D. No? boo!!
That night I woke up around 2am and started thinking about work-experiments etc. and of course couldn't get back to sleep. Suddenly everytime I moved and sometimes when I didn't the world felt like it fractured and moved for a while before it righted itself. Stupid vertigo. My night continued like that until around six when I slept for an hour. I stayed at home on Friday as a result and tried to stay in bed and rest. 
Then it rained and water started to drip from the fan/light in the bedroom and I had to ring my landlord and run around (very unsteadily) to tidy up for when they came to look at the problem. They haven't yet but the house is clean win some, lose some.
All my plans for an extra days running this week are gone and my body pump class too since my options were Wed/Fri and I'd already swam and ran on Wednesday. I still feel a little sick today but not dizzy so I'm gonna try get my run in for today. Do you ever feel like something is working against you? Rather than be annoyed it's just easier to go with the flow and appreciate the good food, ha ha I might have a bug but this girl had no problem with a delicous brunch today!! Anyways let's hope that's it for my bad luck this week. Anyone know a good roofer lol?