A Very Good Day
A Very Good Day

A Very Good Day

April 29, 2009 shall go down in the record  books as a very good day for Amy.

Yesterday at approximately 7:30 PM I completed my 100th mile for the month of April. I’m not going to say it was easy, because, due to my swine ‘flu, the last 11.55 miles kinda sucked ass, but it was done.  Last night’s 5-miler was, by far, the slowest 5 miler I’ve done in a LOOONG time – 11:22 pace (and that doesn’t even include the TWO walk/nose-blowing/throat-moistening breaks I was forced to take).  I’m hoping that the snot & dry mouth go away. I’m running Friday AND Saturday, and yoga-ing tonight, and would really like to feel BETTER now, thank you!

But, slowness & snot aside, I did it. It was hard & there was a point when I thought maybe I was being a bit stubborn and/or ridiculous, but dammit, I made it. And now I know I can do it, so next month it shouldn’t be so scary. I’ve crossed that barrier! Yay me! (Also, in May, my races are a half marathon & a 20K instead of a 5K & 10K, so that should help with the distance!)

The other VERY exciting news is that yesterday I found out that I was accepted into the Applied Information Management program at the University of Oregon. My first class will be June 15, and in approximately 3-ish years (or a little less), I will have my Master’s degree. That was the “super secret project” I was working on in March. I think I told about 5 people – didn’t want to jinx it – but now it’s official. Of course, if I don’t get any financial aid, this may all be moot – I don’t think it’s wise to put all my classes on my Discover Card (especially since they just hiked my interest rate to 16% – WTF? Is it because I don’t carry a balance? Why would you do that?)….but I think that I’ll be able to find a way to make this work.

Of course, with every set of exciting things, there has to be a downer, right? This is a very small thing, and I’m not even sure why it’s bothering me at all, but here’s the story. Last night, during my run, I was struggling. At about mile 3, I crossed a busier road near a bus stop. At said bus stop, there were two teenage boys, and one of them yelled at me, “yeah, you better run that fat ass….” which, beyond being grammatically incorrect and a little on the ‘what?’ side, was kinda rude. And I know teenage boys aren’t known for their social skills & grace, but really? fat ass? Only once ever have I been called fat by a stranger before, and although that, too, stung, I kinda had to shrug & say, “well, yes – can’t really argue.” But even if my spandex wasn’t as flattering on me as it is on some of my slimmer friends, I really don’t feel that the description was apt. So, why can’t I let it go? A couple of weeks ago, a youngish man told me I had a smile he could see from two blocks away, and I don’t dwell on that, so why do I dwell on the negative?


So – yesterday = good.

1) 100 miles

2) grad school

That is what I am going to dwell on.


  1. Yay! You made it! Congrats on grad school, I’m hoping the financial aid comes through for you.

    I had teenage boys yell out a car window with a similar comment as yours. Compliments of genetics, my butt is almost as flat as they come…hence the kids were just being obnoxious. Annnnnd they were a bit on the chubby side themselves. Shrug it off! (Easier said than done, I know.)

  2. So awesome about the running and the school!! Exciting stuff 🙂

    And as for the teenage boys…sadly, I think the explanation is right there: they’re “teenagers” AND “boys”. They don’t have a chance in hell of being normal.

  3. Congratulations on both runing and school, and as even the most basic psych 101 class will tell you those teenage boys were only pointing you out to cover up their own insecure fat asses. I know it is hard but chin up, look at what you accomplished, I bet those boys could’t achieve either of your accomplishments!

  4. Yay on grad school – I had no idea!

    Oh and fuck em. Those teenage boys are the ones that go home and whack off all over their parents clean house with their stupid pimply faces. I hate teenage boys! In fact, if I ever have boys I’m in trouble because I’m going to be so grossed out by them.

    I used to be offended by all of the weirdos in downtown Oakland (think pimps with legitimate canes and velvet coats) that would hit on me, but then when one of them told me I was ugly I got really pissed! Even though I know better than to care about what other asswipes say or think I still do. It is dumb. But in the end the only people whose opinion you should care about are YOU and the cool people that you surround yourself with (i.e. ME). And I think you’re one sexy bitch!

    Bottom line (and also my mantra): Don’t let the bastards get you down.

  5. So much exciting news for one post. Great job on the 100 miles and congratulations on your masters. That’s exciting. Hopefully the financial aid thing works out for you.

    What’s up with kids these day? They don’t get spanked by thier parents anymore.

  6. First of all – YEAH!!!! Grad school!! that is awesome, and exciting, and insiring – and I’m sure lots of other things that start with vowels! YESSSSSS AMY!!!!

    Secondly – those boys are going to grow up someday and be men. Hopefully good men. And their wives are going to have something similar happen to them, and they will have a flash back to this moment and feel like shit. Way worse than you feel right now. You rock!

  7. Jen

    Congrats!!! Wow! I am so impressed and excited for you to begin the grad school journey. I have thought about it a lot and it’s a huge commitment and I know you’ll just love it. Cool!!!

    Also, congrats on the 100 mile month! You did have an awesome day. 🙂 To counter the ignorant, immature teenage boys’ comment, let me tell you that I think you are actually quite tiny and beautiful, for reals.

  8. Hoodlums. all of them, hoodlums. teenage boys are only up to no good. blow it off.

    good job getting the 100 mile month in. that’s really an incredible feat! i’m proud of you. and grad school will be challenging and rewarding, i hope the financial aid works out. going for my mba has been on the task list for about 5 years now. color me jealous.

  9. why do we dwell on the negative? For starters we both know you are not a fat ass, so we both know the kid needed glasses. I mean he was probably lashing out at you because his parent hate him for being blind. 🙂

  10. Kristen

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on your 100 miles AND grad school! 🙂

    As for those teenage boys don’t even give them a second thought. Their fat asses were waiting for the bus. 🙂

  11. good job on grad school!! that’s really exciting! and yes, you will make it work. did you change your blog address? for some reason my reader dropped it–i thought maybe you just hadn’t updated in a while. dang! well, now i have some stuff to read at work today 🙂
    screw those teenagers. their brains aren’t developed enough yet to even know what crap is coming out of their mouths.

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