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!

Hello there!  I’ve been absent, I know.  I’ve been terribly busy, but that really is no excuse, as I have time to waste lots of time on the internet doing other things.  Anyways. . . what have I been up to?

1. I took a quick trip to London.

It was just a quick overnight jaunt, but it was incredible.  I went down to see Three Days in the Country (which if you know me, that should be no surprise.)  The play is absolutely amazing; both Mark Gatiss and John Simm were brilliant!  And I had a great seat with a perfect view of Mark’s  . . . .assets.  😉  I really need to spend a day writing up all my theatre trips this year!

After the play, this happened.  🙂

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2.  I’ve been training for a half-marathon!

I’ve been doing a lot of running!  I’ve just started week 8 of my training plan, and I feel pretty good.  Tired, but good.  Also, rungry!  I’m actually pretty impressed with myself as I’ve only missed one training run in the 7 weeks that I’ve been training.  I rolled my ankle on week 6, so I took a day off to make sure I hadn’t mangled it again.  It was a bit tender, but it didn’t swell or bruise.  Ice and resting helped it, and I was fine to continue on.

3.  I’ve been writing.  And writing.  And even more writing.

My thesis has been progressing.  Not with any amazing speed of course, but progressing all the same.  I have my secondary annual review in 10 days, so I’m freaking the fuck out, basically.  I have to get this chapter finished by the 9th and I am feeling a tiny bit hopeful.  If all goes well, I will be able to finish up my PhD.  If not, well, I don’t want to talk about it right now.

4. I went to the Doctor Who series 9 premiere!

With all the running and all the writing I’ve been doing, I haven’t had much time for fun (not since I saw Three Days in the Country).  I’ve been pretty focused on getting my work done, so it was nice to take last Thursday to first get my hair done, and then pop over to Edinburgh for the premiere.

The episode was brilliant, and that’s all I’m allowed to say.  🙂

Afterward, there was a Q&A with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, which was pretty cool.



I can’t wait to watch the episode again on September 19th.

Other than that, my life has been rather boring.  I hope to start planning my 40th birthday theatrepalooza very soon (Yay Hamlet!  Yay Three Days in the Country!  Yay high tea on my birthday!), and will share all the plans as soon as they are made.


Here’s a random Bailey 🙂

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Oh and if you’re interested, new hair

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This is such a totally random post and I know it.  I am doing about 2000 things at the moment, so my brain is all over the place.

  • I HAVE DATA FOR MY RESEARCH!  Granted it’s just the beginning, but it is something!

  • I have ROW B tickets to see Hugh Laurie in Edinburgh in June!
  • I’m going to see David Tennant in Richard II in December in London!
  • I’m going to Write this Run in May in London!  Granted I am not doing a lot any running at the moment, but it will be really, really cool to go and meet other bloggers and learn new things.

I have a ton of things I am trying to do at once right now so I can go home and eat and go to spinning.

Have a great Thursday!

I’m still stunned and in shock over everything that has happened over the past 24 hours.   I can’t even really eat or concentrate. It still doesn’t feel real to me, and all the plans I had for the next few months are just a distant memory (getting a kitty, planning a quick stage door trip, John Barrowman in November, Christmas lights in London, Hogmanay in Edinburgh . . .  .).  I just feel this tremendous loss at this point and it is making it hard for me to not break down every time I remember something else I was going to do.

It’s making it hard to be happy for Steph who is staying.  I am so happy for her and that she found a new supervisor and it looks like smooth sailing.  And I am truly happy for her.  I just want to be here too.  I wish I had known this was going to happen and then I would have found a way to get on a Tier 2 visa so I could stay and work.  I would have loved to have moved to London to work and/or teach.  That’s my dream.  I hope some day it can come true.

And as much as I was worrying about writing 100k worth of dissertation, I’m even more worried about heading home, finding a job, and dealing with finances, and the grief I’m still carrying.

I know I only have myself to blame, but that’s another story for another time.

Right now the only thing I can do is pack, donate, sell, job search, and pray that I can find something quick that pays well.   So if you’re in Boston and you know of any schools that are hiring or anything or know of someone who might need a room mate come Oct/Nov, send them my way if you could please.

I haven’t been posting b/c I really haven’t had anything to say.  I know no one wants to read about how I have negative  money in my bank account (yes, literally), or that I am facing another potential health issue.  People want fun, positive posts, I know that, but right now other than handing in my dissertation, it’s been pretty quiet on the happy front.


The good:

1.  This was handed in, thanks to my friend Tom.



2. I had a lovely time meeting fellow DT fan Wendy in Edinburgh this week.  It was an impromptu trip that caused a little stress but all in all it was a good time- especially since I couldn’t help contribute in any way financially, which bummed me out, but again it was nice to meet a fellow DT fan from the states!


The bad:

1. Money- so yeah I really have no money, and won’t until Monday when I get  my emergency crisis hardship check.  Like I’ve said before, clearly it is such a hardship that I had to wait more than 2 weeks for it.  I didn’t need to eat or anything.

2. Eating- It’s been crap b/c my diet has been 97.6% carb based in the form of pasta or bread (we found  bread mix kit thing in the pantry).  It’s frustrating and temporary, yet so unhealthy.

3. Pain.  I thought I had just bruised my tailbone in spinning class.  And then it donned on me that I haven’t been spinning in 2 months.  A little google and web md and I’ve come up with a diagnosis of sciatica.  It hurts to sit (tailbone, bottom area), it hurts to walk- pain radiating down my legs into my knees, and my feet.  It hurts to walk to the store or around the flat even.  Yesterday walking back from Uni, I nearly cried from the pain.  So I need to get a dr. appt hopefully for Monday once they release the appts at 5:30.


The future:

1. I need to figure out how to accept my offer to the PhD program, make sure I get my funding ASAP.

2. I need to write up CV’s for myself and Steph (I volunteered to do this while she finishes her dissertation)

3. I need to look for jobs and volunteer opportunities for myself for extra money so this situation doesn’t happen again.

4. Getting a 90 minute massage from a groupon I bought ages ago.


So there you have it, a little bit o’ good, and the rest.  Have a great weekend!