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August 29, 2011

Howdy Y’all

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:09

Hi all! I had planned to do some comprehensive posts of all my life changes, because I’m finally ready to unveil them but I’ve been busier than I though lately and that coupled with lack of good internet time just meant that I couldn’t do anything with the blog.  I definitely can’t promise that I’ll update regularly even now because I still haven’t subscribed to an internet service yet.

If I ever though that last year was the year of changes for me, 2011 went out and proved it all wrong. I’d have to say that, while 2010 brought really good accomplishment changes, 2011 has tested me.  Especially this past summer I don’t really like to post lots of personal stuff here so I’m not going to go into detail BUT the major life changes that hit me were

  • Ending of my job.  It was only a year long position so I knew that it would end. In the late spring/early summer I started looking for a job.  Except no one in RI is hiring. No bueno.
  • The death of my grandfather on July 3rd.  I wasn’t ever going to mention it on the blog but it was very unexpected in the way that he died (he went into surgery which he had a 10% chance of surviving, made it through(!!) and then crashed 6 days later when they went to lower his BP meds) and it hit me wayyyyy harder than I thought it would. I know that it took up a lot of my mental energy from May (when I found out he needed surgery) until now.
  • Boy drama.  Definitely not going to post that stuff here but it definitely affected my mood / brain energy.
  • Moving.  To Texas.  Remember when I came here last August? Yeah, I fell in love with the state.  I knew when I came back last year that I’d be there in 12 month.  On August 17th, 2011 I hopped on a plane.  Here I am. Everything about the move was stressful: From saying good bye to friends (although I did through myself a kick ass goodbye party)  to how to pack up my stuff, to what I definitely needed to bring, and what I needed to get when here as my original (and fully furnished) apartment fell through and I ended up crashing on a couch for the first 7 nights I was here.

It's true. Especially the bugs. They're waaaaaaaaaaay bigger than at home.

There were good stuff too to the summer.  I went to the beach twice, learned how to salsa dance, took a VACATION, connected with people, got really into karaoke etc.   But the bad weighed me down.  But I’m here.  I made it through the summer alive.  Even though the above stresses aren’t gone (still looking for a job, still get teary eyed occasionally thinking of Papa, adjusting to moving to a place on a gut feeling) and new stresses have cropped up (how do I figure out the DART system because I don’t have a car?) I feel good.  As Ian Malcolm said

All major changes are like death. You can’t see what is on the other side until you get there.

I had no idea what to expect when I got here. I couldn’t even speculate what to expect. I kept thinking I didn’t have any friends or family or anyone here.  And that I was moving to a new state 100% on my own. But I discovered that Texans won’t hear of that and I have friends here that I didn’t know I could count on the way I can and actually have been counting on. I’m so not alone.

Yay fountains!

Now that I’m here, I LOVE it and feel silly for feeling so scared before I left (I was debating not hopping on my plane). Except for the AC.  I’ve NEVER lived with it before.  And I’m chilly.  Like, way chilly. My sister looked at me crazy when I packed sweaters to move to Texas, in August, but I’m sitting here in the apartment complex office freezing. I’ll go out in a few hours and sit by the pool (after getting another round of job applications going) so I guess it’s all good.  I almost feel like a menopausal woman…almost.

I feel like everyone could end this heat wave by opening the windows/doors and cooling down the state with their A/C

As you probably figured I have been running. And have been the entire time I’ve been here.  Typically I’ve done a mix of some runs around sunrise, where temps are in the upper 80s, and some around 1800, where temps are in the 100+* range.

At first the running was nothing major mileage wise, I just didn’t have the routes / feel comfy enough to really explore (even with my Mace). So my weekly miles have been taking a hit, because my runs ranged from 5-8 the first week and a half.  The paces were slightly faster than back home, which was surprising.  Not by much but there wasn’t the “holy moly it’s hot let’s walk” thing that I’d have expected from the get-go.  Now that my legs are getting used to ~40 miles less per week (the last 4 weeks have been 101, 85, 65, 62) I’d expect to go faster.

And who knows.  I certainly plan on ramping up my miles and racing, which means I do expect to get faster/back into racing shape.  I’ve signed up to join the Dallas Running Club, which as part of it you get to do 8 of their races (first one for me is Saturday!) and discounts on 3 others.  I think I’ll be in training sooner rather than later. Especially since I’ve joined an informal running group to train with that one of my friends from RW hooked me up with (they are / were part of the DRC training group but wanted something more relaxed for group runs) and did a LR with them this past weekend and plan on joining them to run twice this upcoming week.

And since this post is getting long and I have more to say, I’m going to break it off here. The next post will have the specific workouts I’ve done since getting here and why I think I’ll be training for something in the near-ish future despite my proclamations of not racing the rest of 2011 because 2011 can suck it (see above for why it hasn’t been good).

Again: LOVE IT.  Everything just feels right despite the heat  wearing me down at the end of the day; I’m typically asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. And the sun rises so late here! I guess I’m not in Kansas (or RI) anymore…


  1. MarathonMaiden spotting… Mile 15 of my long run… Leggy fast blonde running, coincidentally with Mary, who I ran my last race with (did you realize that? She’s in all my hottest half photos!). Awesome!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to do lunch or something. Tell me where you ended up settling.

    Comment by Lesley @RacingItOff — August 29, 2011 @ 12:27

  2. Holy changes! I’m glad you’re loving TX. And sorry to hear about your grandpa. Definitely not a good way to ring in Independence Day but it sounds like you’re keeping yourself busy. 🙂

    Comment by Eat: Watch: Run — August 29, 2011 @ 12:32

  3. Oh Lord…my life in my 20s was sprinting, then speedbumps, which were annoying, but I never stopped…just slowed my spirit down a bit, you know? And all those unexpected slowings, and turns, only makes me sharper and more competent in my 30s. Although I hate feeling limited, and not being able to FIX and solve everything, that is the true lesson of us all, especially doctors. What belongs to us to shape and mold? And what belongs to us to teach and mold us?

    I have lots of wear and tear from not slowing down enough on those bumps. So I wish you some time…and space….to be. and listen and wait for inspiration.

    Comment by specialkphd — August 29, 2011 @ 13:05

  4. Sorry to hear about your grandfather – that is tough – I have lost all my grandparents and it still hurts some days. Good luck with everything in Texas!!

    Comment by J — August 29, 2011 @ 13:15

  5. Wow congrats on your move!! And great to hear that you’re doing ok, lady!

    Comment by Kelly — August 29, 2011 @ 15:50

  6. Yay on the move, sounds like everything’s going well despite the hiccups (that is SO screwed up about the apartment falling through last minute). Yay for Kelly and fountains. Hilarious comment about A/C and cooling down the state. And I’m super excited for you that you found a running group. It always seems like my Texas FB friends have the most club running stuff out of all the states. Lastly…good luck this weekend, have a great race!

    Comment by Flo — August 29, 2011 @ 16:14

  7. I kept seeings hints and saw the big move… was waiting for you to explain yourself! lol

    Glad to hear everything is going ok. But I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa. It can be hard. 😦

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 29, 2011 @ 17:08

  8. Wow so many changes!! I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather, though. That must be tough.

    Congrats on moving – I’m glad you’re liking it so far. I just moved to a place where I know no one and have only even visited for 4 hours (to find an apt), so I can kind of sympathize there. Though, I’m no where near as far from home as TX!

    Good luck racing this weekend!

    Comment by Caroline — August 29, 2011 @ 18:09

  9. i’m glad you are doing well down in tejas! 🙂 lol at #3. too bad it didn’t mesh well with #2. sorry again about your grandpa 😦 i hope you find a new “list” so that we can text it up again.

    Comment by lindsay — August 29, 2011 @ 21:14

  10. Aww I’m so sorry about your grandfather. That’s one of your changes that I didn’t expect. We have some powerful AC down here, but that’s because we need it! I hate it when places over-aircondition though. Come visit Houston any time you want!

    Also, the DRC Half in November is the best race in Dallas.

    Comment by Jess — August 29, 2011 @ 21:36

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I don’t think we can ever be prepared for a loss like that. I’m glad that you are enjoying Texas (and will really be enjoying it in January). Good luck on your job search. I bet your going away party was epic :).

    Comment by Chelsea — August 30, 2011 @ 06:51

  12. Change= Sometimes painful, but often necessary. 🙂 You are a strong, talented runner that can do anything she puts her mind to. I’m really sorry about your grandpa. Oddly, I also lost my grandmother on July 3rd, 2008.You can never really prepare yourself for the loss of a loved-one.

    These bumps in your life will smooth out, and then you will have new pumps. You’re doing the right thing- pressing on! Hope you are gaining your energy back, and I’m SUPER happy that you’ve taken a little cutback. I hope it’s just what your body needs to feel 100% again.

    Comment by Rebecca — August 30, 2011 @ 07:18

  13. Wow, you’ve been busy, crazy lately. Congrats on the move, best of luck with the job hunt, and hope you avoid as many of the giant TX bugs as possible 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — August 30, 2011 @ 10:07

  14. Texas is awesome, I have considered running there myself! Glad you are doing ok with all of these changes!!

    Comment by Kim — August 30, 2011 @ 14:47

  15. Wow -that is a lot of changes! It sounds like some good, and some bad – but hopefully pointing you down a new (and better!) life path. We’ll practically be neighbors when you move to TX…practically 😉 Can’t wait to follow the adventure!

    Comment by Sarah — August 30, 2011 @ 14:50

  16. It’s a good thing you run the baller mileage you do. If Rick Perry chases you with a gun, he doesn’t stand a chance.

    Comment by angryrunner — August 30, 2011 @ 19:33

  17. xoxo

    Comment by Lacey — August 31, 2011 @ 12:22

  18. Finally…I feel caught up!

    Congratulations on your move – I love that you just picked up and did it! I think it’s fabulous that you’ve followed your dream and I know things will work out for you. Sorry about your grandfather! I’m sure that must have been hard, especially with everything else that’s going on!

    Comment by Ameena — September 9, 2011 @ 12:02

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