In Summary: Running, Resolutions, Making a Murderer
Since I got home from New York my life can be summed up in the following ways:
Stayed Up Way Too Late:
I’ve gotten into a really bad habit of staying up until 2am or later. This is definitely going to cause problems for me this first week back to work… ugh ugh ugh! Why did I do this to myself, and will you pass the coffee?
Thought About My New Year’s Resolutions:
Here is my one and only resolution: wrap up unfinished business with the Chicago Marathon in October.
Other than that I just want to have a fun year running wise. I hope that includes a couple of PRs (because PR’ing is fun) but mostly I just want to ENJOY RUNNING after a tough 2015 where I felt frustrated by injury more often than not.
I do have goals, but they aren’t resolutions. If they don’t happen this year that’s okay.
Goals: PR in the half marathon, PR in the 10K, prepare to run a 50K (hopefully in early 2017).
My current goal is still to PR in the half marathon at A1A next month. It’s the one thing constantly on my mind, but I’m trying to set realistic expectations for myself. When I PR’d at the Miami Half in January 2015 it was 55 degrees at the start and I had a solid YEAR of training behind me. All of my long runs leading up to the Miami Half were basically run at or near race pace (maybe that was good, maybe it was bad, but it was what it was).
My long runs leading into A1A aren’t at race pace, mostly because I’ve subscribed to the idea that long runs shouldn’t be at race pace. That being said, I also don’t have a solid year of training or speedwork behind me like I did last year. And the weather has been consistently much warmer this year than last year.
LOTS of excuses as to why I might not PR at A1A, but reasonable excuses I think. Either way, I’ll leave it all out there on race day and see what happens!
Marathon’d Making a Murderer:
Adam and I cancelled our Netflix account last year because we don’t watch a lot of movies and already have a premium Hulu account for TV shows. Well, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided I wanted to watch Making a Murderer. Thirty hours after starting the 10-episode documentary I finished the entire thing.
Making a Murderer was filmed over a 10-year-period and tells the story of Steven Avery, a man wrongly convicted for the rape and beating of a woman who lived in his town. He spent 18 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared his name. Shortly after getting out of prison he becomes the prime suspect for a murder, possibly framed by what is most definitely a corrupt local law enforcement.
If you liked Serial, I think you’ll really like this documentary. I think Serial was a bit more impartial, but none-the-less you are presented with video footage from the actual trial and are left to make your own conclusions about the guilt or innocence of Steven Avery.
In the same way that I want Adnan from Serial to be innocent, I want Steven Avery to be innocent and to get out of prison. However, I’m currently split: I think there’s upwards of a 40% chance that Avery committed the murder but I have TONS of reasonable doubt.
I’m 100% convinced that the police department was corrupt as hell. That much is obvious.
Started Watching Master of None:
You could say I have a thing for Indian comedians and I guess you wouldn’t be wrong! I love Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari. The only reason it has taken me this long to watch Master of None is because we had previously cancelled our Netflix account. Now that it’s back in action I’m flying through the episodes!
If you watch Master of None, how much do you love that Aziz’s real parents play his parents in the show? They are too much!
Earned Two New Marketing Certifications
Blah, blah work stuff.
This was the first time since undergrad that I’ve had to study for and then complete two very long tests. One of the tests was 100 questions and the other was 74 questions. I passed the 100-question test with 95% and the 74-question test with a 90%.
I’m mad that I didn’t get a 100% on both. The annoying thing about these tests is that they don’t show you which questions you got wrong. How am I supposed to learn? Argh.
WINTER HAS ARRIVED
Look at our temps for this week! BRRRRRR!
I’m only slightly joking. Last night it was 68*F by the time I finished my 8-miler and I was pretty cold. I didn’t put the heat on in my car while I drove home, but I thought about it!
That might also have had to do with the fact that I got POURED on during the middle of my run and I was soaked through and through when the temps dipped.
I stopped once to ring my shirt out in a bathroom sink, but it didn’t really help too much. I hate running in the rain!
… And now I have to interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to go do work, womp womp.
If today is your first day back to work in the new year I hope it goes smoothly for you! 🙂
Have you watched Making a Murder? If so I need to know what you think!! Guilty or innocent?