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Yesterday I ran 9 miles uphill. Amazing and also a tiny bit painful. Why did I do this?  Because I’m a damn fool and I registered for the Mt. Lemmon (half) Marathon – 13.1 miles, all uphill.

Why did I do that? Not totally sure.  I registered for the race in some post-holiday, post-hometown visit, fit of ennui and confusion. I spent 10 days in Tucson this holiday break and it was an awesome-to-weird-to-awkward-to-horrible 10 days. I got back to Portland and immediately wanted a hometown do-over, so I registered for this race.

And now I run hills. Every day. Then I do this:


We’re watching Lost Girl. Nacho loves it more than I do.

Every day.

Anyone else have a race coming up that you’re simultaniously excited for and terrified about? Details, and training plans please!



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Things to do before a half marathon that you didn’t really train for

Tomorrow I’ll run in the Foot Traffic Flat. It’s my favorite July 4th tradition besides shooting off bottle rockets in the street. (Hooray Oregon fireworks laws! Such a big deal for an Arizona girl. Fireworks were illegal when I was a kid and I was always convinced that I’d get arrested for even a sparkler.)

Last year I ran it after a rigorous spring of training. It was my first half marathon and I took it seriously.

This year, not so much. My longest run in the last month was 8 miles, though about six weeks ago I think I did 15, so I’ll probably be ok. Or ok-ish.

Anyway, here’s what I’m doing today besides training:

  • Watching Walking Dead and feeling vastly superior to stupid Lori. Also, figuring if I need motivation tomorrow, I’ll just pretend that a bunch of “walkers” are chasing me.
  • Telling myself that having enough of a “base” to run a half marathon at really any moment is a thing. I don’t think it is but…
  • Cleaning my sad, neglected house. I’ve been in a work cave for months and it shows in every aspect of life from my split ends to my dirty bathroom. Also see: Whoops, I forgot to train for this race. Also see: Whoops, I never freaking blog.
  • Planning a cute running outfit tomorrow. I’m definitely going to be slow on the course, no need to look busted while doing it.
  • Vowing to actually write some real things about surviving a race you didn’t really train for tomorrow after I’ve done it.


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