Hey everyone!! I hope ya’ll had a great weekend! Things are always busy around here, but they got even busier this week. But before I get into that, I’m linking up with Tricia and Hollie for the Weekly Wrap!
My initial intent was to make this a recap of my Shamrock Half Marathon training but training has been pretty inconsistent. I did get some runs in this week which was great and I think my lungs are getting back to normal (finally). If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, I highly recommend it. There are going to be some pretty big changes around here over the next few months that I’ll tell you about in a minute.
Anyway…a quick rundown of the happenings around here this week:
Monday: 21 day fix cardio fix
Tuesday: 3 miles on treadmill
Wednesday: 7 miles as my first run outside in I can’t remember how long. I went out for a leisurely run with a good friend of mine and it was awesome. The weather was beautiful and it renewed my love of running outdoors! Seriously, a DC Monument run can cure my running blues any day any time.
Saturday: 8.5 miles around the monuments again. I was able to join my MRTT group for a run for the first time in a VERY long time. I had forgotten how awesome it is to run in a group. It was cold and misty but I loved every second of it. I was supposed to do 10 miles according to my training plan, but I did not want to increase my mileage that quickly so I kept it conservative. Splits were pretty surprising too (8:57, 9:12, 9:17, 8:33, 8:48, 8:55, 9:01, 8:57). While I don’t think a PR is in reach (sub 1:50), I’m hopeful that I can still hit sub-2!
I’m really excited because today I start the 21-day reset with Laura from Mommy Run Fast. I am in desperate need because I’ve been eating ALL the sugar. I have lost all forms of willpower and just eating chocolate all day long. It’s really quite disgusting. I was at CVS and saw these on clearance and just couldn’t say no…
Both bags are gone less than 3 days later and no one else helped me eat them. Needless to say they were good, a little TOO good. Seriously, it’s a problem and it needs to stop, ASAP. My goals for the reset to is simply get my healthy eating habits back and introduce some vegetables back in my diet.
Ok, so let’s talk about the changes around here. I mentioned in my Thinking out Loud post last week that I was about to embark on applying to graduate school. Well, I had said that I needed to apply NEXT January. Yea, that’s not right. I contacted the admissions office on Friday to ask about how to register for the pre-req’s and they told me that the school is changing the program to a Doctorate degree and now will be starting the program in January 2017 instead of Fall 2017.
So what does that mean?
It means that I need to apply between March 1-June 1….THIS YEAR.
So, the timeframe has changed and pushed things up. So now I need to scramble a bit.
Thankfully they took away the pre-req’s which is HUGE, but I still need to take the GRE. I have serious test anxiety, particularly standardized test anxiety and the thought of it makes me want to vomit. I already find myself talking myself out of the ability to do it. My hubby is being sooo supportive and is doing everything he can to help set me up for success but I have a serious amount of studying to do between now and then. I have my test scheduled in March so I could have a decent amount of time to study yet still be able to apply at the start of the application process.
I’ve got a to-do list the size of a CVS receipt (if you shop at CVS you know what I’m talking about)….In addition to studying I’ve got to get cracking on my essay, my references, re-instating my CCRN (Critical Care registered nurse certification) as it’s been inactive, shadow a few CRNA’s, renew my life support classes, apply for GI Bill benefits and the list goes on. Oh wait, I still have 2 kids and a husband who travels weekly for work. Holy crap, I think I just realized the enormity of this undertaking as I typed this….
Apparently I am the quintessential Type A who isn’t happy unless I am go go going….
And as my husband says, “There’s enough time for sleeping in the grave.” Ummmm yeeeaaaa…..
So, I guess what I’m getting around to is that my presence here on the blog is probably going to drop significantly for the next 2 months or so until I get this test underneath my belt. Most of my free time while the boys are at school are going to be studying. While I won’t be totally absent, I will have to drop to 1 post a week and if I have time, a second one. It also means that I won’t have a whole lot of time to keep up with everyone’s blogs which makes me kind of sad, as I enjoy keeping up with everyone, but it’s a necessary evil which I’m sure all of you will understand! But I will try and keep up as best I can. So, if you want more frequent updates as to what is going on in my world, I will still have a decent presence on Instagram….another shameless plug… (since it isn’t super time consuming), so make sure you follow me over there!
Whew, I’m tired just thinking of all of that….what the hell have I gotten myself into? Someone talk me out of this….
Anyone else taken the GRE recently and can give me words of advice?
Anyone gone to grad school with kids and a family?
Any running highlights for you this week?