I don’t think she was talking about running but I am. I ran another 20 mile day. 21.5 miles to be exact. I really should think about a marathon I guess. (And I’m delaying tabulating my June miles for now as well as the *GASP* half way through the year numbers. I have the weekly totals (and past months) and everything calculated but summing it all up is going to be very interesting. Ha. I’m playing ostrich:)
In my defense it’s been one hell of a long day. Yes I’ve been studying for weeks now but today was really test/quiz intense and my brain was craving the idea of leaving it all behind and my body was itching to move. And move I did.
It was also a pretty emotional day just because of all the testing. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I suffer from really bad testing anxiety so emotions were obviously going to be running high. And, while I didn’t do badly at all on the tests and quizzes I took today, I didn’t do as well as I wanted. But it’s hard to hit the “A” goal when it’s perfection. And running releases that to a degree.
Like last time I’ll recap it in three different runs.
- 9.3 miles
- 80 minutes 43 seconds
- 8:41 pace
I don’t really know what possessed me to go so far for a first thing run. I slept terribly last night. Weird because some sort of front came through and knocked the humidity out of the air so theoretically I should have slept like a baby. But I was up late doing work and I think I was just overtired. So I didn’t fall asleep until 0200 or 0300. And naturally I wake up at 0800.
The lack of humidity (hello 40%!!) probably made me run so far though. It was practically chilly when I stepped outside and, for the first time in awhile, I felt awkward running in just a sports bra and shorts. The start of the run was, like always, a bit rough but my legs kicked it into high gear in no time and I was WAY surprised when I passed my street and thought to myself, hey let’s go further. I was even more surprised when I figured out my pace with about a half mile to go and realized that I was running way fast.
- 8 miles
- 67 minutes 59 seconds
- 8:30 pace
I had just finished up an Orgo section on oxygen binding molecules. Fun stuff. And no, I’m not really kidding there. I LOVED orgo when I took it. There’s something about it that is amazing and nice and…I’ll stop there as I don’t want to fully cement my nerd status just yet. It’s also hard to hate on a subject where, in one of the labs, I got to make 95% ethanol. That’s 180 proof. I’m a bamf.
Where was I…oh yes the run. Regardless of how much I love orgo it still is tricky stuff. So my body was ready to GO from sitting and working and my brain was ready to GO because it was pumped after doing an orgo section. So after 6 miles I looked at my pace and figured that 2 more miles wouldn’t hurt. I felt good and happy and strong.
The weather was also still REALLY nice. There’s always a trade off with heat and humidity: early mornings = high humidity but low heat and afternoons = low humidity but high heat. Sure it wasn’t COLD when I went out for this run but a very pleasant 75* with, and OMG, 35% humidity. I can’t remember the last time there was so little water in the air.
Don’t be too jealous though because tomorrow the humidity is supposed to come back with a vengence
- 4.2 miles
- 36 minutes 13 seconds
- 8:38 pace
At this point in the day I had done SO. MUCH. TESTING. Granted, like I mentioned above the orgo I like and don’t mind doing. But my PM studying/testing was in Verbal. Now don’t get me wrong: I’ve always tested well on verbal and I probably could say it’s my strongest section for the MCAT (There are 3 well really 4 but Writing doesn’t count: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences) but no matter how well I do on the subject, it’s very mentally draining.
I probably wasn’t being the smaaaahtest person ever by running 17.3 miles prior to this point but hey, it happens. I also knew that I needed to run. So I planned to do only 3 knowing full well that, like the rest of my runs today, it would end up being longer. Which, duh, it was.
The run itself was really good. The beginning sucked. My legs were stiff from the miles and the Verbal section test but I picked up the pace and fell into a groove. I was very surprised to see that my pace was so good. Normally on runs I check my watch at familiar checkpoints just to use as a gauge for how I’m doing. I don’t know where they come mileage wise or anything but they’re just relative reference points. I didn’t do that this run because I was just trying to unwind from the day so if I had to base it just on feel I would have said I was eh. Pacing is such an elusive thing but I didn’t really feel like I was running mid-8s.
Total for the day
- 21.5 miles
- 3 hours 4 minutes 55 seconds
- 8:36 pace
I’m obviously not planning to do this again. Or at least purposely. Maybe my next post about this will be “Gimme More” or something
I’ve got to get back to studying. *LeSigh* My brain is sufficiently recharged from my running and I think I can tackle another chapter or two of Biology.
I also need to solidify plans for the 4th of July as well as a week in August when I don’t have ANYTHING to nail me down to a specific location the way my class is now (can you tell how much I want to procrastinate after a full day of work? haha). I was originally going to go up to my friend’s house on Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend but I have to take a full length MCAT on Saturday and I have an early morning appointment on Monday the 5th. So it doesn’t make sense to drive 2ish hours to be up there for not even 24 hours. Bummer. Anyone doing anything spectacular to give me an idea to steal? A couple friends have to work that weekend too so we’ll be hanging out and celebrating America 8)
EDIT: Kristin brought up a good point in the comments about not relying so heavily on running as my release. I completely agree! Today was probably the exception as I’ve been pretty good about tuning into the Office for breaks. Like you said, running is just such a release. I know it CAN’T be my only one so I’ve been experimenting with other things (TV, trashy mags) but haven’t really posted about them as I just don’t plain like them as much as running as well as the fact that this is a running blog. But I see the point. Thanks for looking out for me guys