Hot Chocolate 15k Race Report

Sunday November 16th I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in Columbus Ohio. I signed up for the race, primarily because I was looking to keep in shape, to keep me motivated to run. But what turned out to just be a run to keep in shape, was the most fun I have had running a race in a while.
In the past few weeks I have had some trouble with my sinuses and cold symptoms. It has made it very hard to run as I have had headaches. I decided to see if one of my friends from my running club might like to run with me.

What a blast we had!! The day was really cold and there were quite a few flurries. But the chance to run with a friend and have a gab fest along the way was magnificent!!! We chatted about absolutely everything, jobs, running goals, and the miles just seemed to slide by.

The race was very well organized from the packet pick-up to the event itself. Even with 15,000 runners, the course never seemed too crowded. They released the corrals in waves to make it more efficient. There were plentiful aid stations and even some chocolate stations. At the finish line we received a sweet medal that was unique to the Columbus race and a bowl filled with hot chocolate and chocolate fondue and goodies!

My friend and I finished in 2:08 or something like that. Not a blazing pace, but that mattered little to us. There isn’t much I can say bad about this race, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will likely be back next year.


Dissertation and Running Blues

I haven’t written in a while. I guess I just haven’t had all that much to say. Perhaps I still don’t. I’ve run a few races here and there since my 100k, but I really backed off my running in order to focus on my dissertation. But, now I feel like I am floundering.

I have to admit that I am tired. The dissertation process is starting to wear very thin on me and I am anxious to be done, yet by the same token I struggle to get motivated to work on it. I am ready to do anything else, but for as ready as I am to move on with life, I often lack the motivation to make progress.

So, I signed up for a marathon. I am using the training schedule for the marathon to help me write my dissertation. Just like a certain level of mileage is required, I force myself to write a certain amount of pages. It’s kind of like a game. If I am required to run 4 miles, then I work on 4 pages of my dissertation. That might mean writing or editing, but its 4 pages nonetheless.

And you know what, this trick is working!!!! I managed to knock out another 20 pages for chapter two. They are really rough pages, but they are words on paper and that is worth its weight in gold.

I have a goal in mind for when I would like to finish, but I won’t be publicly sharing that. I have faced so many hiccups in my writing that until I have been assigned a date that I can defend my dissertation, no one will be knowing about graduation.

For now, I will keep using my running to aid my writing. The marathon I chose is called Last Chance for Boston in February. I have never run faster than 5 hours, so that is my goal. Hopefully I will be nice and far along for my dissertation to.

Alright friends, one foot, one page at a time!