It’s been a while… here’s what you missed!

26 Sep

HELLO.

Things have happened in the past year since I’ve posted a real entry.

1. I participated in a local “Winter Series” during which we raced every Sunday for a few months in the heart of Winter. These races took place in a state park, and they were full of serious hills.

Winter Series 2012 Race

The longest race I participated in during the Winter Series.

2. I joined and continued doing CrossFit for six months until I hurt my back, left a temp job, and went broke. Rough life.

CrossFit Back Squat

That weight wasn’t even that heavy.

1a/2a. Hill running and CrossFit greatly improved my running speed.

3. After the Winter series, I didn’t run as much distance and as often as I had been. It sucked.

Cold Running

Stop looking so happy. You suck.

4. On May 5th of this year, I raced in the Broad Street 10-Miler as a part of “Team Dunkin'”, having won my registration from Dunkin’ Donuts. I had spent the two weeks prior to the race sick and unable to run and then recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out and being unable to run. I was amazed that I even finished, but I was pretty pleased with my time.

Broad Street 10-Miler

What What.

5. I continued running, but really just not as consistently as I was this time last year and during the Winter Series.

6. About a month or two ago, I really kicked it back into gear. For the last three weeks, I’ve been running 6 days a week, including one long run each week.

Long Run Sept 2013

This was just a few days ago, and it is the most NON-RACE distance I’ve covered!

I’ve also been working on my pathetic excuse for push-ups as well as sit-ups because…

7. I joined the United States Air Force!!! I’m currently booked to leave on December 17th of this year for Military Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas. I am SO EXCITED for this journey and career that is coming! I’m so eager for December 17th to roll around.

Air Force DEP

My recruiter, me, and some of her other recruits.

Of course, it’s going to be hard leaving my boyfriend…

Cade and Me

boyfriend.

…and my special little baby (my chinchilla).

Misty and Me

chinchilla.

8. Because my intentions for my Air Force career is to make it just that, my career, I’ve decided to seriously look into joining the Air Force as an officer. This would mean my date to leave would change, potentially to much later in the future. I have to take another rough SAT-like exam, the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test), and be accepted by the board. I’ve only just decided to look deeper into this route, so we’ll see what happens.

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That basically brings us to day! Hello! I’ll be sharing my experiences in joining the Air Force, the steps that I’ve taken and still need to take before I ship out, and then of course my training and eating and merry ways.

This has been my Facebook picture for months. This is just after finished a 10K race. It's just too good.

This has been my Facebook picture for months. This is just after I finished a 10K race. It’s just too funny not to share.

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4 Responses to “It’s been a while… here’s what you missed!”

  1. 1quest2thenextadmin September 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Ghost sneakers rock! Congrats to you on picking up running seriously recently and also for your life change in joining the AF. That is so exciting and also noble. looking forward to reading your posts as you progress though this new chapter. Keep running!

    • Samantha September 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Yes, Ghost’s are the best! Thank you so much!

  2. Matt (@Darkpheonix1331) September 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Congrats on the the huge improvement in life! I hurt my knee a couple months ago, and it has just begun to fully heal. Stupid bruised bones..And have decided to pick up archery in addition to getting back into running. I have belly fat to trim! My biggest setback as far as my health goes would be my eating habits. Alas, such a hard thing to change. But I wish you the best of luck, especially in the Air Force. Even if I left the AF with a bitter taste in my mouth. Basic Training can be very tough, but the best advice I can offer is to take it seriously, but do not take the yelling seriously. Have an open mind, and follow directions! For the love of pete, follow the directions…Have fun!

    • Samantha September 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Injury is the WORST, but I totally agree, diet is the hardest thing to change, and THE most important factor when trying to lose weight. It’s so dumb. Why can’t I eat pizza every night and just run it off in the mornings? 🙂 Thank you for the advice! I think that’s the biggest tip I’ve been getting. Keep your mouth shut and do what you’re told.

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