Here’s something to ponder. As I think about my classmates in law school, today I don’t think one of us is doing what we expected to be when we graduated. Well, maybe one of us: Elena Kagan. But except for Elena—Justice Kagan—everyone else has found that life had other plans. I expect you will find the same thing. Even if you go to the biggest law firm in the world, you are going to have to invent your own career. You are going to have to make it up as you go along.
Shalane Flanagan in the 118th Boston Marathon
She PR’d by approximately 3 1/2 minutes - and made the womens race the thriller it became.
I saw in BAA’s twitter feed that she said she’d be back until she won it.
Today is Meb’s triumph but Shalane was a rockstar today too.
She is awe-inspiring. Girl, today, you reminded me to keep working hard and giving it my all.
She was so fast and gave it her everything. Her tears at the end were heartbreaking, but they were a testament to how motivated/tough/amazing she is.
Easter Weekend in Photos
Check out what T and I made for dinner last night: cauliflower crust pizza! How good does that look? It turned out so much better than I ever expected and I just had to share. I followed THIS RECIPE from The Lighter Side for the crust, and changed up the toppings a little bit.
I would follow the directions from her blog, because they’re great, but it’s so easy: basically all you do is put cauliflower in a food processor for about a minute (I just used the bag of cauliflower from TJS) and then mix it with cheese and egg. Presto. That’s it.
I didn’t expect much from this, even though the pictures on her blog look amazing, but I didn’t understand how cauliflower could be a crust. Honestly, I still don’t understand, but alas, a crust it is. I could even pick it up! It was delicious and tasted exactly like pizza.
If you’re gluten-free or just looking for a less-guilt pizza, seriously, this is it. I topped mine with: sauce, mozzarella cheese, green olives, red onion, green bell pepper, and chopped artichoke hearts. Delicious. I’m probably going to be thinking about this pizza all day. Is it too much to have it two days in a row? Hmmm…..
Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.
This is the face of a girl who completed yet another pain-free run. Woohoo!
I’ve been thinking today about what my running plan is going to be for the next few months. Here’s what I’ve got on my plate coming up:
- Final exams starting in 3 weeks
- Junior League event during finals
- Bar Exam Prep (day after grad until August)
That’s a lot. I have a lot of hard, stressful, and extremely time consuming stuff coming up. Unfortunately, I live in CA, the state with the most difficult bar exam, so I will be spending 10 hours a day, 6 days a week studying for 2.5 months. So that will be fun… And that will be literally right on the heels of finals.
So I’m looking at 3 solid of months of intense studying. I want to continue running through finals/bar prep, because I like it and because I want the stress-relieving effects. However, I don’t want to schedule any races until, I don’t know, November (?) because I don’t want the additional stress of trying to maintain half-marathon level fitness during that time. It’s tricky.
This is my anticipated running schedule/goals for the next few months:
- April/May- Continue as I’m going. Running approx. 12-20 miles per week. 3.5 miles x 3 during the week and hopefully 5-6 on the weekend.
- May-July (Bar Prep Hell Time): Who knows. Do what I can. I’m considering joining a gym downtown so that I can eliminate traffic as an excuse to not exercise. I’m not going to set any distance goals or requirement. I’m just going to hope for a few miles at a time, a few times a week. Just enough so that I can maintain some fitness and not feel super icky from sitting all day long.
- August- Probably run a little more, but again, no goals or training. I’ll be de-stressing, going on a trip to Japan, and moving so it’ll be a hectic and unpredictable time.
- September- back on the bandwagon. I’m hoping that I can start training again at this time. I’ll probably join a marathon training group again and hopefully run a half later in the year, maybe November or December. I’m not going to put this in pen, however, because I’ll hopefully be starting a job around that time and i have no idea what my schedule/time/stress/motivation whatever will be (but there is the chance that I won’t have a job, in which case, I’ll be the fastest/most fit person ever because I won’t have anything else to do)
So that’s the plan. Now, I just need to hang on for the ride. I have a feeling the next 6 months are going to be pretty bumpy. Stay tuned.
Getting Back Out There
So I did it. I ran the marathon. And I wasn’t even that sore afterwards! I spent two days hobbling around, and then I was back. The Saturday after the race, I went for a run, a 3.5 miler, which went fine! Amazing! And then the next week, I went for a speedy two-miler, where I let my pace drop to far faster than I would ever let it during marathon training. The freedom! It was amazing. But then (you knew this was happening, didn’t you?), something went wrong. On Saturday, 13 days after the marathon, I went for an easy 3.5 miler with T and I felt a twinge in my right leg. Just at the back of my leg, a little above my knee. No biggie. I just ran a marathon, after all! I could handle pain! As I was running, the twinge turned into a pain, and then finally, in the last mile, the pain began shooting down my leg. I had never felt anything like this before, and I knew it wasn’t good. As runner, we know that some pain is “good” paid, and other pain is “bad” pain. This definitely felt like bad pain. T and I walked the rest of the way home (which was fine, weirdly enough).
I took an entire week off of running after that, which was so, so painful and uncomfortable. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I went out for just a little run, a two-miler. The shooting pain came back! At one point, I took a running step after walking and the pain was so severe that I literally almost fell over. Okay, leg, point made. No more running for a little while longer.
So I took another week off. This was last week. At this point, I was dying. I was feeling super unhealthy, I was stressed and needed my run to calm myself down, and everything was the worst. Last Sunday, I snuck out to join T on his run. I knew he wouldn’t let me start with him because he was worried about my leg, but I ran out after he started, and I went backwards on our loop and caught up to him. Muhahaha! And my leg was fine! I was super tentative with every step, and I felt a little, baby twinge in my leg, but it never errupted! Score!
On Tuesday I went for another run! It was fine! Amazing! And then yesterday, I went for my first pain-free run in 3 weeks! I can’t tell you how relieved I am! I don’t know why, but I didn’t really want to write about my inability to run. I think I was concerned that I would be injured for a long time and I didn’t want to think about. I also think that it just felt too personal. Running is a part of my soul, and not being able to do it made me feel empty and I couldn’t talk about it.
I’m happy to say that I’m back and my soul couldn’t be happier. I’m going to take it pretty easy for the next week or so, but I’m planning to do a 5 miler next Saturday. Just because I can. :)