It's sad how much time I've spent at work in the past two months. But the paychecks were lovely, I bought everything on my wishlist and more, and I've put large chunks into my student loan, my car loan, and savings.
One large problem is the marathon, looming in just under a month. I basically did not run in August. I've been scrambling to catch up, which is something you're not supposed to do in preparation for a marathon. I ran the IU minimarathon on September 9 in 2:17 (not bad considering I had run less than 13 miles total in the month preceding that), and until yesterday, that was my sole long run. Yesterday, after that and a long run of 10, I decided to make a jump and see how far up I could go. I completed an 18-mile run and after an ice bath, the sorenss is minimal. I am very encouraged. Now is the recommended time to begin my taper, but I think I am going to try and do one or two more long runs in the next ten days and then taper after that. For me, 17 or 18 days is probably enough time to recover. I think in this case the benefits (added endurance) would outweigh the problems (slight fatigue during race).
Another problem is that I haven't finished any books lately, so there's not much to talk about there. I did start Reading Lolita in Tehran, which has been a wonderful read so far. I am thinking of swapping out some of the books on my reading list; some have been there so long that my interest has waned for the time being, and there are others that I would much rather queue up.
I guess that's about it for now...