So, since I bought my treadmill, I have barely been on here. Life has been mental. Working full time is hard enough without a phd thesis that is still not written hanging over my head. Getting time to blog has been near impossible.

But I am still here.

On the running front, I have been very haphazard with my kms this year. I started off with big ambitions, and then a series of excuses got in my way. I know I could have run more, I just didn’t feel like it. The runs I did weren’t great, they didn’t suck either. I just didn’t have my running mojo. Till I had to do one of my races….

Yeah, remember me bragging about my race calendar last year ? Well, so far I have done 2 of my 5km races.

Twilight Run

Here is my first ever race bib. Cute!

Here is my first ever race bib. Cute!

Twilight run was an event at St Lucia, where you could register for 5km, 10km or a half marathon. I sensibly chose the 5km. I met up with a friend there and we went for it. 41 sweaty exhausted minutes later I had completed my first official race. My time was crap (because I had not been training) but I was elated! I even got a medal.

Participation medal anyone?

Participation medal anyone?

Tragically, as the half marathon was about to start, a huge storm was bearing down on Brisbane. Without knowing the details fully, all I can say is that the race continued despite extreme weather alerts, and sadly a man lost his life. He was hit by a falling tree and could not be revived. I am sure that everybody who ran that day feels sick in their stomach like I do that this could have happened. Absolutely terrible.

Team Pinkie

Team Pinkie is an organisation that, in order to raise money for breast cancer research, hold fun runs and triathlons. Again, I chose the 5km. Went slower than the twilight run. In my defence, there were hills, which you all know are my nemesis. And lets not forget the lack of training. Ahem…..

This is what they look like hanging in my living room. Yep, I am that proud of them!

This is what they look like hanging in my living room. Yep, I am that proud of them!

So yes I have been running but no I have not been running. Its weird.

Last week I started a nifty little running program I found to prepare for my upcoming 14km. Don’t forget I have never ever ever run further than 5km and with the freakishly slow race times I am pulling, this 14km could take half a day. So, after a mini freakout, I sought advice from Hal Higdon and commenced a training plan. Everything was going swimmingly till this week (I do realise this is week 2 – SO LAME!) when I was struck down with a nasty head cold that kept me out of action all week. I am so bummed. Next week, I need to smash it. Seriously there is like 8 weeks till I have to do 14km and right now I am struggling with 5….. YIKES!!

In other news. My new job is a royal pain in the ass. I love my job but one of the people I work with is doing my head in. Its gotten so bad, I had to seek advice from a manager and now its a HR issue. Poo. I really hate being in this situation. And the PhD is like a bad dream that I just cant wake up from. I am going to see my supervisor soon and see if I can change the format to publications only. Im desperate about it. Ugh. But really, these things are just things I have to deal with, the rest of my life is going well, I really look forwards to my weekends and chilling out with husband. We have been a bit lazy with all my dramas going on, but it has been awesome to take time out and talk things over with him – he is my best friend after all 🙂

Husband and I are going to Melbourne next week. Its a gorgeous city in the south of Australia, which means it will be colder than here. Good for fashion! Im excited!

So, tell me, what do you do when you really need to train and everything is getting in your way? Any Tips? Suggestions?