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I suppose if I actually want anyone to read this, I should post more than every once in awhile.

But I honestly haven't had the time. I'm working 40 hours a week at my summer job that requires me to get up at 6 am. I'm running Pfitz's 18 weeks/55 miles plan for the Baltimore Marathon on October 15th, which is getting me into shape FAST and making me stronger, but also leaving me almost no free time. And to boot, my dad got his 9-years-in-the-making boat in the water on Monday, and Sunday was my mom and sisters' ballet recital. Crazy times. Almost no time to write, but I'd rather be busy and accomplishing things than sitting around all day.

10 miles last night. The coolest part, other than watching the sunset, was that it wasn't even that hard.

In my "spare time" I'm reading. Dawn is a darn good book. I highly recommend it.

~Bethany
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Hmmm...what to write. I started my summer job last Thursday. Suffice to say that waking up at 6 am is not pleasant, but the work could be worse. Yeah, I have to be on my feet all day, but at least it's in an air-conditioned warehouse and I don't have to deal with customers who get on my nerves. Sorting overpriced men's business clothing is more interesting than putting it away. I get to work with a couple people my own age. I get a decent employee discount so my mom can buy Christmas presents. And if all else fails, it pays $9 an hour, more than I can make working almost anywhere else in Hampstead, and that'll help me put down a decent car payment by the end of the summer.

The manager gives us a pep talk every morning at 6:55 telling us how stressful the day's going to be. For one thing, I'm not feeling very peppy at 6:55 in the morning, for another, putting away clothes is not stressful. Writing a 56 page paper on 5 hours of sleep a night is stressful, not working in a warehouse.

In other news, I started the Pfitzinger 18/55 marathon training plan yesterday. 7 general aerobic miles with 10 x 100 meter strides. Despite the heat, it wasn't that exhausting. Maybe that was because I practically crawled along-one of my miles was actually slower than 11 minutes. Yeesh. But if that's what it takes to get to 55 miles a week and a 4 hour marathon, I'll do it. Tomorrow is 9 *easy* miles. Can a 9 mile run ever be easy?

In other other news, I had a margarita snowball tonight. Yummy. It tastes almost like the real thing. *innocent face here* :-)

Off to bed. It's way too early to be off to bed, IMO.

~Bethany
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Tomorrow's the third TNT training, 6 miles this time. Given that Pfitz's 18/55 marathon training starts Sunday, I'll probably tack a few miles onto that but still finish in time for the cookies! Next week looks to be interesting with 7 miles (including 10 x 100 meter strideouts) on Monday, 9 miles on Wednesday, 4 miles on Friday and 12 miles on Saturday. And that's the easy first week of the program.

If that doesn't get me in shape for a 4 hour marathon, nothing will.

In other news, I started my summer job yesterday, which means 8 hours of pounding around on cement, starting at 7 am to boot. Fortunately it pays pretty well, which is good 'cause I'll need a car starting this fall. I accepted an Americorps position in Frederick and that's an hour away. Easy drive though, and tons of running options. I do feel bad about not taking the super-cool plant nursery management position in Baltimore, but no way can I handle 3 hours of driving, a lot of it city driving, every day. I have my priorities, and they include running the Baltimore Marathon.

Okay, off on a run and then off to bed. Geez am I exhausted but it'll all be worth it when I run a sub 4 hour marathon this fall.

~Bethany

Hothothot!

Jun. 6th, 2005 03:40 pm
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Spending 17 hours in the car this weekend was fun, and by that I mean exhausting but definitely worth it. My family drove all the way up to Michigan to see my cousin's piano recital and it was awesome. Phenomenonal. This girl is going to major in music education and minor in music performance. You got me as to how you memorize an hour's worth of classical piano music, but she did and she only barely slipped up twice.

So needless to say I didn't do much running this weekend. Just a short run on my grandpa's walking treadmill in my mom's cotton socks, my grandma's walking shoes, and my dress Saturday night (I was just sick and tired of sitting down all day), and an easy 4 miles last night. I could have gone farther, but it was really humid and pretty warm, and I'm saving my mental energy for the Baltimore Marathon training that starts in a week with a general aerobic/speed workout: 7 miles with 7 x 100 meter sprints, more than likely on the squishy high school track.

I say squishy 'cause it'll probably be after work at 4:30ish, and if today's weather continues it'll be in the 90s and humid. Funfunfun. The things I do to make a little money and run a 4 hour marathon...start work at 7 am and run afterwards during the hottest part of the day. (By the way, this is a different job. It's in a warehouse putting away endless amounts of expensive men's clothing, but it pays pretty well and it's just save enough money to buy a car.)

That's about all the news from here. Oh yeah, and Chris came over and bought my mom and I snowballs in Westminster, and I can say from experience that my mai tai snowball actually tasted a lot like the real thing. :D

~Bethany
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Guess what? Civic Works in Baltimore just offered me a full-time Americorps VISTA position! I'd be doing plant nursery and volunteer management, so basically picking up extra plants from local greenhouses and distributing them to local gardeners to brighten up the inner city, writing grant proposals, and recruiting volunteers. Just two catches-one, it's an hour each way and that's a heck of a commute, and two, they might want me to start before I get back from a probable Africa trip in mid-July. But really, this position sounds fascinating and it's hard to pass up.

In other news, Lisa from Joseph A. Bank, my summer job to make enough money for a car for this hour commute, still hasn't called me back. I swear I've made 20 calls this week, and left at least 1/2 that many messages. It's getting a little frustrating. I could have started this week if she'd just get back to me.

In other more positive news, I ran a 14 second 2 mile PR this evening at the first of the Westminster Road Runners summer twilight series races. Finish time of 15:36. Next up is the Run with the Knights 5k on June 16th and the Baltimore Women's Classic on June 26th.

~Bethany

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