Groundhog Day, The Sequel

The Blackmores Running Festival was held in Sydney last Sunday, and with it, the half marathon that rain, hail or shine,Β I was going to run, stumble, walk or crawl to cross the finish line, as you might remember. I was so looking forward to running across the Harbour Bridge, finishing up down at the Sydney Opera House, collecting my medal, and ticking an item off my 30 by 30 list.

I think I severely under-estimated just how much of my time would be required in taking on three units for my final study period of university, on top of my full-time job. I would battle through 10-hour days in the office, drive home, set myself up with my journal articles and my MacBook, work on essays through until around 1am, finally fall into bed to sleep, only to wake up and repeat again the next day. Weekends involved trying to juggle essay writing while babysitting Niece and Nephew Posy.

Thirteen weeks, three units, twelve essays.

Mr Posy picked up the cooking (it felt like there was barely time to eat, let alone time to make dinner as well!)Β and cleaning duties, my sporting commitments fell by the wayside, I got behind in all my television shows, I couldn’t remember the last time I opened a book to read for fun and not for an assignment, and my friends started to forget what I looked like.

I’m not sure when I thought I was going to train for a half marathon.

I handed in my final essays for the study period a fortnight ago, today. I can’t even describe the overwhelming sense of relief, the delirium, that I felt when I pressed the ‘Send’ button for the last time.

By the end, I was up to three coffees a day (from my usual once a day, only in the morning routine), and it was still a struggle to keep my eyes open. I was wrecked.

Now, I’ve had two weeks with so much ‘spare’ time, and I feel a little bit lost. I’ve found myself researching Masters programs, downloading training plans for a half marathon, searching vendors and suppliers for our wedding next year, and coming into work on weekends.

This not-studying-thing is going to require some getting used to. In the meantime, I need to decide on a new half marathon race to run…

10 Comments
  • Little Miss Moi
    September 21, 2012

    Try Gold Coast marathon next year – June I think? My brother runs is (the marathon – he came in under three hours a couple of times! yes he’s a freak). Anyway congrats lady on finishing your course – I am very proud of you! What an achievement πŸ™‚ Sit back, relax, get into your telly shows. And don’t even look at uni courses for another six, no no, TWELVE, months xx

    • miss posy
      September 22, 2012

      Under three hours?! O_O That pace would be a sprint for me.

      I think there is one in Sydney in March (maybe) also… Hmm…

  • Kiki Chaos
    September 21, 2012

    I feel exhausted just reading about your crazy schedule! I remember that feeling of relief after submitting a final assignment well. Now is time to relax! Enjoy having your life back. Embrace the Slow movement πŸ™‚

    • miss posy
      September 22, 2012

      When I think about it, just the thought of the sheer exhaustion makes me want to nap. Pretty sure my adrenal system is still suffering, ha!

  • Gary
    September 21, 2012

    Enjoy the break and I hope you can really relax.

    • miss posy
      September 22, 2012

      Thanks, Gary! I’m working on it πŸ˜‰

  • Kristen
    September 21, 2012

    There’ll be other half marathons… What you’ve done, education-wise is amazing!

    • miss posy
      September 22, 2012

      I’m not too disappointed about missing running festival πŸ˜‰ It’s more that I can’t believe I actually thought I was going to be able fit training into my ridiculous schedule.

      Thanks, Krissy. I know I should be proud, I worked bloody hard for so many years to get through two degrees, but it just doesn’t feel ‘enough’. I guess that’s why I find myself looking at Masters…

  • L Finch
    September 22, 2012

    Your post wore ME out!
    Remember you have your WHOLE LIFE ahead of you. There will ALWAYS be more races. Don’t rush into one that you’re not prepared for! (Look at me talk LOL)

    Cheers!
    L Finch
    PS. I’m hosting a blog hop today at my blog and would love to have you join in! http://feetdominatingpavement.blogspot.com

    • miss posy
      September 22, 2012

      Thanks for visiting – I’ll pop over to your blog shortly! There was no way I was going to make the half marathon last Sunday – aside from not training, it’s a four hour plane trip away πŸ˜‰

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