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Today’s the day.

Today marks the start of Marine Corps Marathon training. And, consequently, the beginning of the end of my social life. For the next 16 weeks, my weekends are down to one day (not necessarily a bad thing), so I can run anywhere from 10 to 22 miles on the other. My week nights will be dominated by easy runs, brutal hills, and speed workouts. And my free time…well, we’ll see what kind of energy is left.

I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. Not really. I voluntarily signed up for this, and I’m excited to have a goal and a plan again. Not shockingly, I like structure.

But, that said, I’m also very much aware of how this is supposed to be my super fun summer – kind of a preemptive strike at grad school, which will shortly be dominating my life. I have a list, actually (I like lists – especially the checking off part), of all the fun things I want to do in and around DC and the day trips I want to take.

And you know how many things I’ve checked off so far? One. Soon to be two, but still. That’s kind of pathetic.

So, with summer just about half over (what?!), and training starting up, I’m feeling the time crunch. But I’m hoping that the procrastination law will come into effect – the longer I put things off, the more motivated I’ll become, and therefore I’ll accomplish more things in a shorter amount of time.

That’s how it works, right?

In any case, I can guarantee you that I’ll be making the most out of this next month-plus.

Unless, of course, training wipes me out – which is a distinct possibility.

What about you? Any big plans for the rest of the summer? Or am I the only one who keeps a summer fun list?

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