Hungry Duck Half, Decker’s Creek Half, and July 4th Weekend Update

I’ve been going back and forth over what to do about the blog. On one hand, I am starting a faculty position and my already crazy busy schedule will get crazier. On the other hand, I was able to blog all through my PhD and dissertation, sort of an amazing feat considering the rigor of my schedule, so why can’t I continue? Also, my blog is my baby. When I was actually spending every day posting and had time to read and comment on other blogs, I had a pretty good following (which probably peaked last summer). I love the supportive comments I get from the readers I have and I know that a few of you have been along for the ride with me for quite some time and still follow me on Instagram, where it is clear I am still alive and well :-)  So I am still making my mind up as to what to do. I’m going to try to do shorter posts but post more often and see what happens. Thoughts anyone?

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I used to post recaps for all my races before life went all helter skelter on me (as shown on my race calendar on the right sidebar —>). I realized that I didn’t have a chance to post much for Decker’s Creek Half, which I ran the first weekend in June. And then this past week I ran the Hungry Duck Half with my twin sis in Michigan. Both races were….ehhh, not my greatest.

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I just can’t seem to run my normal pace in the hot, humid summer months. But that’s no surprise to me. I still haven’t been able to get back to my 1:40 half PR and not sure I will ever. If I think back on why I was able to set that PR, it was mostly because at the end of 2011 beginning of 2012 I was in major recovery mode from my knee cartilage injury and my determination set the tone for all of my training runs and races. It’s not that I don’t have that determination now, it’s just that I have to work under the constraints of what my knee allows me to do. I have good months and bad months. Ups and downs. Swelling and, err, non-swelling. It’s quite a blessing that I am able to run at all so I’m going to go with that.

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That said, I have had a ton of fun during my last few half marathon races. This last one in particular, which I ran with my twin sis, was so carefree. We decided the morning of (it was on 4th of July) that we would just take it easy because it was hot and humid out. Plus the course was super hilly….YES hills. In Michigan. Yes. So we ran together the whole race and ended up chatting basically  the whole time. We passed a lot of people in the first 10 miles but then just took our time the last 3. It was so funny to see people’s faces as they passed us in those last 3 miles. We were just gabbing it up about weddings (she is getting married too! Before me, in October), boys, shopping, etc. Quick tangent: how gorg is she after her engagement pics were taken last week? So bohemian chic chic chic!!!

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Anyways, back to the Hungry Duck race. We were like 2 peas in a pod like we’ve always been.

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I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that Becky is back into running. After all, she’s the one who got me into the whole distance thing in the first place! (<– you can check out her running story on one of her guest posts here, here, here, or here). She has so much more natural running ability than me; less injuries and more stamina and speed. No matter how much I train she can always go out there and kick my butt. It’s like she has an extra gear that kicks in at mile 10 in a race (or mile 20 in a marathon; I’ve seen firsthand her ability to kill the last 6 miles of a marathon like it was nothing). So it’s been so fun to have run not one but TWO halfies with her this summer so far. Like the Decker’s Creek Half in WV that I never got around to recapping. I had major–I mean MAJOR–GI issues and stomach cramping during that race but look how much fun I had anyways, just because I was running with my sis :-)

DSC_0686 DSC_0688 DSC_0738 DSC_0753 DSC_0764 DSC_0780 I’d like to do a few more halfies this summer just for fun and then see what happens with my pace again come winter in Michigan (which I actually can’t wait for because I love love LOVE running in the freezing cold!).

Speaking of Michigan, the FI and I were back in the mitten last week to find a place to live when we move in August. We found a really fun house in downtown A2 within walking distance to Main St, State St, and all the shops, restaurants, and bars. So that’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. We were also able to take a short trip to my family’s lake house in South Haven, MI. One perk (among many) of moving back is that we can take the 2 hour drive out to the lake house whenever we want. My mom did a fantastic job of fixing it up in the last 2 years (although I think it was just fine the way it was before in the 18 years since we got it). Spending time at the lake is so #puremichigan

southhaven2 southhaven We also got a chance to hang out in the deuce (Ann Arbor, A2, Ace Deuce) and check out Top of the Park, which is a part of Ann Arbor’s Summer Festival downtown. Summer Festival is like Cville’s Friday After Five except it happens every single night. And it’s bigger (like most things in A2 are in comparison to Cville). I’ve been going to Top of the Park–which is called that because it started on top of a parking garage in downtown Ann Arbor–since I was young. Now it’s much bigger and had so many food and beer vendors :-)

a2 Now I’m back in Cville trying to enjoy my last few weeks here. This weekend we have Starry Nights (see here for my recap of last year’s Starry Nights and here for my recap of Starry Nights 2011 <– geez just looking at that post makes me realize how much weight I’ve lost! :-) ). I’m also going to try to log some pool time with some friends on Saturday, something I haven’t been able to fit in yet this summer.

Have you been doing fun summer activities?

Feedback on the future of my blog? Anyone? 

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6 Responses to Hungry Duck Half, Decker’s Creek Half, and July 4th Weekend Update

  1. Melissa says:

    So nice to see things coming together for you so well :)

    I have to be honest and tell you that not blogging is kind of a relief, but I do miss it sometimes. I think it’s totally ok to take a break and come back to it, though. So I guess I’m not helpful ;)

  2. Tempesst says:

    I think shorter, more frequent posts are a great idea. Your blog is my favorite so i will keep reading no matter what :) I particularly enjoy your posts about school, what you do at work, your wedding, and traveling. I’m starting graduate school in August and you serve as great inspiration on how to maintain that work/play balance! I think that doing flash back posts about different places you’ve been around the world would be a cute idea as well.

    • Oh thank you SO much! that is so nice to hear! I will definitely try to write more about some of my travels and the work/life balance thing. I know that it is always a struggle for me to balance but definitely worth the effort. Best of luck in grad school! You’re going to love it :-)

  3. jumpeatrun says:

    I like the idea of short frequent posts…just do whatever works for you…you know we will be here reading :)

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