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So I didn’t want to say anything on here and jinx myself, or pressure myself any more than I already was. I’ve been training all summer and had last spring I’d signed up for my first half marathon for this past weekend.

Probably not the best of ideas considering that I’d just started a new job- an intense one at that- and was working crazy hours. Trying to plan long runs around surveillances? It’s not fun. I had a bit of a freak out last weekend when I realized that I’d hardly trained at all and had one week to prep. I considered canceling, considered giving my spot to my girlfriend.

I didn’t do either of those and instead chose to do the half. I knew I could do the distance, but my only concern was time. As long as I got under three hours I would feel fine. The worst (and most interesting) part of the race was that it was a virtual event- I would be doing it alone and posting my times instead of running with hundreds of other people.

To get right down to it, it was probably the best run I’ve had in my life. I was full of energy and my head kept wanting to go even when my calves burned. I finished the 13.1 miles in an 1:42, which is an amazing time for me.

Yesterday at work my calves were sooooore and I could hardly sit at my desk because of how tight my thighs wore. But it was kind of all worth it. Full marathon next?

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So this is the second time I’ve had a bit of a blog breakdown. The last time was in January when I felt like my life was falling apart, so I’m guessing that there’s a parallel to that. I’m not going to say it was based off of that last relationship, or starting this new job. I’m not really sure what it was, but I felt like my life was nowhere near where I wanted it to be. My birthday was a few weeks ago and I turned off my phone and spent the day shopping alone.

But I’ve been feeling a ton better- work is finally falling into place after a month of working there, and I’m really starting to get confident as an analyst. It’s not exactly what I want to be doing and I know that I won’t stay here for long, but it’s a great opportunity to learn and get training.

And I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’m dating a new guy, but I’ve been spending a lot of time with this guy. To be honest, it’s not something that can be serious and I’m really not at a place to be tied to anyone or anything in a specific area. He sort of came out of nowhere, told me that he’d had a crush on me since high school. Last night, after getting drunk at a work dinner and after-party, he texted me getting out of work. The restaurant he is a chef at was across the street, so I stumbled down the steps of the bar and met up with him on the street. We walked the streets of Philadelphia, bought some beer, and went back to his place to watch a scary movie in bed.

It was definitely getting close to “first kiss” range when someone rapped their knuckles on his apartment door- his friend, drunkenly asking to sleep on the couch. It ruined the moment completely, so I headed home. We’ll see where this goes…