January:

January started off grim, with the death of my main PhD supervisor.  It was pretty unbelievable.

I also travelled to Edinburgh for the Great Winter Run!

And Steph and I protested the Muslim ban at a protest in Glasgow city centre.

 

February:

I went to see The Boys in the Band in London again.

March:

I saw Stornoway on their farewell tour and I ran the Resolution Run.

April:

Steph and I went to see David Tennant in Don Juan in Soho.

May:

I took a solo trip to Mallorca.

I also submitted my final copy of my PhD to uni.

 

And Steph (and I) rescued Alonzo.

 

June:

I ran the Women’s 10k in Glasgow, saw the Crucible, and graduated, making me officially Doctor Cindy!

July:

I ran a lot.

August:

I ran the OUTRun 5 miler and Steph and I went to Pride.

September:

Lots of running in prep for the Royal Parks Half and I also went to Cardiff for a job interview, which I was offered and I accepted.

October:

October was a whirlwind!  I went to London to run the Royal Parks Half on my 42nd birthday.  The following week I moved to Wales, first staying in Penarth in an AirBnB, and then moving to my flat at the end of the month!

November:

I had a crazy 24 hour train trip when I returned to Glasgow to get Bailey and ended up staying overnight in Preston.  I also went to the theatre to see the musical Tiger Bay.

December:

I ran the Cardiff Santa & Elf Dash.

Steph and I met up in London to see Hamilton!

I travelled to Scotland to spend Christmas with Steph and Alonzo.

 

So, that was my year.  Of course it goes without saying that overall, this year was a massive dumpster fire given what is going on in the world.  On balance, my personal year was pretty good, but it’s been overshadowed by the uncertainty of the world in the US and UK.  It’s frightening to live in a world where nuclear war could be started by a tweet. . .

 

Hopefully, 2018 will be a great year.

Yesterday, I got up at shit o’clock™ to get the train to Edinburgh for the Great Winter Run 5K.  I’m not a morning person, and I’m especially not a morning person who likes to get up at 6 am to sit on a train for over an hour.  But, not knowing what the future holds, I figured if I wanted to do a “destination” run in the UK, I should pick one that’s at least close enough to travel back and forth from without requiring a night in a hotel.

 

The train ride was uneventful, and when I arrived in Edinburgh, I had no idea where I was going.  I was glad to spot some other runners and followed them to Holyrood Park.  I was a bit shocked to see how high the hill was having not ventured into this area of Edinburgh before.  I wondered what I had got myself into.  I knew that it was partially up hill, but I didn’t think it was quite that high.

 

I had plenty of time to stand around and people watch until it was time to get into the corrals.  I was in the green corral and it was certainly quite crowded.  There was barely enough room to stand, let alone do the warmup.  I wonder if the person leading it realises that she has a lot of space to move, and that those of us on the ground can’t really do the movements unless we want to kick and step on our neighbours.

A few minutes after 10 and the green corral was off.  It was a bit crowded and we slowly gained elevation.  At one point I thought I was going quite fast, as the first km marker appeared within about 4 minutes.  The second one took a bit longer and balanced out and then started to be more consistent with Runkeeper.

The first 3 kilometres had us slowly gaining elevation, but once hitting the 3rd km marker, the world seemed to open up and you could see the city Edinburgh as I’ve never seen it before.  Had the sun been out, it would have been even more brilliant.  If it hadn’t been a race, I’d have stopped to take pictures!  In fact, I want to go back and walk up and around this area taking my time and taking pictures!

The last 2 kilometres were downhill.  What a rush!  I felt like a child running down a hill!  It’s probably the first time I’ve experienced such a runner’s high.  I’m not sure if it was the view or the altitude or what, but it was terribly exhilarating.  I had to actively work to control my speed and keep from just flinging myself down the hill.  These were probably 2 of my fastest ever kilometres at 5:33 and 5:52! If I want to PR my 5k, I need to find an all downhill one!

And then, as quick as it started, the race was over.  I had really picked up the pace at the end, and I nearly forgot to grab my bag with my shirt, water, and medal.

My official time was 34:11, not a PR but considering the hill at the beginning, I’m pleased.  Especially as (mile wise) I had negative splits the entire way (12:29, 11:09, 9:16, 8:14 (for the .14).

I’m hopeful I will be able to PR at some point, provided the course is flat or downhill!  🙂

All in all, it was a great event and I’m glad that it didn’t rain!

Looking back on this year, I was unable to find a post related to goals or resolutions for 2016.  I figured that my main goal was to finish my thesis and pass my Viva, and anything else in addition would be great.  I finished my thesis and passed my Viva, so I consider that a win.

Goals for 2017

  1. Find a job. This is pretty much the first and most immediate goal apart from my thesis corrections.  It’s rather intimidating as I’m not entirely confident in the search so far.  I have always struggled when job searching, to the point where I’d send out 300-500 resumes in a summer and not hear anything back from anyone.  I hope that it’s not like that this time around.
  2. Journal every day.  Last Christmas, Steph got me a daily journal where you record your thoughts every day and it records them for 5 years.  It’s like a paper Timehop.  Theres’s only a few lines for each day in each year, however.  This year I’d like to spend a little more time writing about my day, what’s gone on, and how I’m feeling.
  3. Run a sub 30 minute 5K.  You’d think that for someone who has been running for as long as I have, that this would have been crossed off my list by now.  But it hasn’t.  I struggle with running faster as I am afraid I will make myself sick (I’m a paranoid emetophobe, what I can I tell you?).  My current fastest time is 31:57 and that was on the treadmill. Even if it takes me until the 31 December 2017 to get to 29:59, I’ll be happy.
  4. Run another half-marathon (and not get injured). I’ve run 2 half-marathons so far and I’d like to run another.  I ended up pulling my leg/knee about halfway through my last half, so I’d like to train and run another without any issues or incident. The key to that is. . .
  5. Stretch and strength train more consistently.  I know why I struggled towards the end of my half training last year, and that was my lack of consistency.  Granted, part of that was due to the fact I was trying to finish my thesis, but spending 10-20 minutes stretching isn’t exactly a hardship.
  6. Lose the last 30 or so pounds I need to.  If nothing else this year has shown that I need to make my health a priority and getting to a healthy weight is important.

    Any goals or resolutions you’d like to share?  Leave ’em in the comments!  Happy New Year!

I’m always caught between my thesis, writing for pleasure, social media, and writing a blog entry.  Guess what comes last consistently?

So, April.  Let’s see.  I’ve been running 3 times a week and I’ve started going to Pilates again.  I even signed up for a reformer class and that has been going well.

Even more out of character, I joined a run club and I PRed my 5k.

I’m still not sure it’s right for me, to be honest.  I am, by far, the slowest.  I don’t like to be the worst or last at something; probably a character flaw.  I am glad that I tried, and even more that I waited until now to do so.  If I had tried a year and a half ago when I had originally considered it, I probably would have never run again.

This has nothing to do with the club or the people, as they have all been very nice and welcoming.  I just feel very insecure and uncomfortable when I’m so noticeably different.

I didn’t go last week because it was freezing and rain/snowing and I had just gotten my hair done (I know, vanity).  Hopefully this week will be more favourable as I really dislike running in the rain.  I have texture issues and wet socks really squick me out.  Maybe someday I’ll get past that.

I’ve signed up for the Women’s 10K in June and am ready for it!

In thesis news, it’s actually going well, a far cry from where I was a year ago!  My supervisors are pleased, I’m pleased.  I’m getting the support I need.  All I need to do is to stop procrastinating!

I’ve planned out my 41st birthday.  I wasn’t sure anything could top my 40th, but it looks like this birthday is going to be close.  #adorablehusbands #internetBFFs #London #theatre

And last, but most certainly not least, this happened.  It certainly was a great way to end April!

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Ahead for May?  Having the first full draft of my thesis completed (Eeeeek!), attending my first Barre class, and hopefully finding something fun or adventurous to do.

 

I haven’t been feeling myself (again) lately.  I feel like doing everything, but actually doing nothing.  I can’t seem to get focused on any tasks.  I’m behind in my work again.  I feel out of sorts.

There’s a conference going on at uni this week and I am (once again) not a part of it.  I submitted a proposal to present, but I guess I didn’t do a good enough job to get accepted.  I want to be presenting papers and posters and all the things that everyone else is doing, but I am so behind in my work (and have a year to get it all done) that I am starting to worry that by time time it comes to look for jobs, I won’t have a leg to stand on and I will be back to being unemployable.

Anyways, on a good note, I am going to the Write This Run conference this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing blog friends and learning more about blogging and running.  I am planning on doing the 5k (not the 10 as I haven’t been for any longer runs since I’ve been sick with an ear infection for the past 2 weeks) on Sunday.   I just have no idea what to wear on Saturday.  I suppose running clothes?  🙂

I hope that this weekend will get me feeling back to “normal” and that it will be a really enjoyable time!  🙂