All I have to say is I am struggling right now. This summer heat is driving me crazy as every run becomes a bout for survival. And to top things off, The sun decides "Hey lets mess with Cole by coming out of the clouds just as he runs so the temperature can instantly rise 10 more degrees but we will place 70% humidity as a factor too HAHAHAHAHAHA". And Today I wanted to get in some hills since I do need as much vertical gain I can get around here in flat Oklahoma if I can have any chance against the best mountain runners in the country. Well I maybe crested 3 hills then a serious car accident between a minivan and a truck met almost head-on sending both people in the vehicle to the hospital in critical condition...my prayers are with them and their families. So I spent a good chunk of time once I saw the collision making sure the people were okay as myself and another man pried these bloodied people out of their vehicles as I got covered in blood and I was wearing a nice white running top---(now in the washer). This incident was not the first time I witnessed an accident running out on the hills of east Norman. Today it was out on Alameda, last time it was out on Robinson. All I have to say is what the heck. I spent 45 minutes detailing what I saw then once I was free it was already 10 am and it had become hot!
Freshmen move-in day is today so I headed to campus to see if I could snag some free stuff. I was also in dire need of some water. I get to campus and the place is a ZOO! Parents and students and crazy Borat kids in man thongs go speeding by me. I turned the run into a tempo as the campus loop was all in 5:30-5:50 pace. I was whizzing by people as my body glistened from all the sweat. Oh yeah, I also stopped by a bathroom on campus and smudged some of the blood off of my shirt so that it did not look like I was a mass murderer or something. I really wanted a new laundry bag which they usually have at this event but no such luck. I looked at every kiosk but no go so I headed back disappointed.
This fall is going to be busy for me...I have to take the GRE, Apply to graduate school programs, Forward my transcripts, get letters of recommendations, forward my resume, and give personal statements all while working 40-50 hours a week and training and racing hard so I can be sponsored by a rad company like La Sportiva if they ever respond to my requests. There is so much going on and I am a little tired of all the craziness. I just have to do my best and get things done and everything will work out. I thought graduating would be a release from the rigors of work but it really never ends does it!
Day 1 run--Campus Loop/Canadian River ---76 minutes---12-13 miles
Day 2---Hills then Campus Loop To Law Library and back---13-14 miles