Watch my award winning (well, A-grade receiving) Anth 409 group project video here about Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and the importance of local food.
Two weekends in a row of being confined to my small twin bed, propped up with pillows and an elderly tabby cat at my feet, outdated lap top whirring away and keeping my legs warm. I go from my awesome Friday morning lakeside runs to feeling like a paraplegic. Ugh… homework I hate you.
One more week until my first half marathon ever. I’m feeling pretty confident I can keep a good pace, and maybe, just MAYBE run it in 2 hours. I put down on the registration form that I would run it in 2:30, and so far clocked myself at around 2:07 for 21.2km. Yesterday, I ran 20km in 1:50 – beat my personal best by about 8 minutes! Insane! If I can keep that pace from next Sunday, I’ll be pretty happy. But then what? I really look forward to those Friday runs, training rather than just getting exercise. Cocincidently, my mom and I were talking about going to Maui again this January around the time of the Maui Oceanfront Marathon…how amazing would that be to do? Would it even be possible to train in Victoria’s crappy winter weather for four months to run for a full four hours in Maui weather? I almost feel like a half would be too easy for me in four months if I kept up this training pace. Maybe…just maybe.
I knew I would fall behind in my goal of writing one post per week. It’s okay though, because not much has happened. Just a lot of school, running and eating. I heard that people new to marathons tend to gain weight when you train, which makes sense to me now, because I am constantly ravenous it seems. All this running seems to justify my recent indulgences coconut gelato… calories in, calories out, right?
I’m fairly excited about my writing classes so far. Our assignment for my creative non-fiction class is to write the first two chapters of a novel we may or may not end up writing. I have an idea, but I’m not sure if it will transfer into a novel…maybe a nice short story though. It’s nice to finally have the opportunity to write… it’s funny, I always get jealous when I hear about young authors winning awards or having their work published…but really, I haven’t even attempted to write anything that wasn’t a school assignment, cover letter or blog post. The only publishable piece I wrote was a magazine article on an obsessive compulsive disorder for a women’s health magazine. Of course, being an assignment – that I actually ended up getting %100 on – I never did anything with it other than hand it in to the teacher. I might put it up on here, because it’s something I would like others to read, more for the information than anything else.
Web design class is a thorn in my side – not because I don’t understand technology, but because I like to learn and know things right away by clicking around rather than reading directions. Honestly, who actually reads the manual? I like to figure things out on my own in time, but we don’t have that luxury in class, so I better hurry up and understand how to put my html files on the web properly. Also, if anyone has a Dreamweaver key they would like to donate to me, I will love you forever 🙂
Back to running – today was the last big run before the half. Everything felt great, had loads of energy and minimal knee pain. I would still like to get some of those technical running capris with the knee support…it’s also getting chillier in the mornings, and shorts are not warm enough. Ran a 22km in 2:12, and I think I was about 2:07 for the half marathon mark. I want to be at 2:05, or even 2, but I don’t think I can muster that unless the route has less hills…which reminds me, I should probably take a look at the route to see what to expect!
I’m sitting in ‘my spot’ at UVic, the one that is always vacant in the first few weeks of school until others with food and a lap top discover the greatness of the convenient wall outlet/ability to snack/sprawl out on the carpet combination. I have a two hour break before my next class, then another hour break before my last. Lap tops are a great way to waste time.
So far I’m feeling excited about my classes. The prof teaching journalism is all about the investigative reporting and unearthing corruption…the class will get divided into ‘beats’ and will investigate random stories via the net, conduct interviews, all of that fun stuff. I was scared all we would be doing is writing “Life as a Student” stories for the Martlet or something. I definitely have some ideas for conspiracies I’ve always wanted to look into (I think it’s far too convenient that dermatologist recommend a ‘shot glass’ amount of sunscreen be applied everyday, and that magazines do feature after feature about sun damage and oh, by the way, we recommend these products and OH LOOK, there’s an ad for that product every women must have on the next page! anyways…)
My next class was an anthropology class about AIDS. All lectures, all notes available online, one $10 textbook, all journal articles available online, two tests, one final and a research proposal. I love classes like that; I’m not into group work or presentations whatsoever…I always end up doing the majority of the project because a) I don’t trust other people to do their share and do it well, and b) because other people usually don’t even bother doing their share to begin with. I also hate public speaking. That’s why I want to be a writer…I have things to say, but like to hide behind a computer to say them.
I think I will be posting a lot less, since school and work will be taking up the majority of my time. That said, though, I will post all my journalism and other writing work. I am taking a long nonfiction class, as well as a web design course run out of the english department. I have an awesome idea for a website (for all of you Vancouver Island runners/hikers/bikers, you will love it!) that I hope to get up and running out of that class.
Speaking of running, I ran a 16km last week and beat my 10km time by 8 minutes! I headed out to Elk/Beaver Lake, with about 30 other runners (well, not WITH with them, but everyone seemed to have the same idea as I did that morning). I had one of those Cliff Shots this time, and I swear that gave me a boost; I actually started sprinting for the last 3 kms, and finished in 1:27. I ran a 1:23 13 km the other day…not bad!
Tomorrow I will be doing two laps of Elk/Beaver Lake, so a 20km, then heading to the Great Canadian Beer Festival to pile back on those thousand or so calories I will burn by running for two hours. I’m supposed to be tasting beers and taking notes for the liquor store I work at…and I don’t really even like beer. Somehow I scored saturday tickets, too…might have to hit the gym tonight to make up for this weekend.