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June 24, 2009

What a co-inki-dink

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — marathonmaiden @ 12:11

Yesterday on my run I was just thinking to myself how lucky I was that I’ve been able to get outside and avoid (for the most part) the horrendous rain that NewEngland has been swamped with this month.  Legit, it’s been sunny 4 days the entire month of June.

However, I also realized that a good heavy rain was also what keeps my speedwork in the cards.  I suppose that an extremely hot day would do this too but hey, it’s not like I’m anticipting that anytime soon.  Now some of you might know that I really only do speedwork on the treadmill — I typically run by myself and it’s hard to keep track of pace / motivated by myself outside, I’d rather enjoy myself and not have the I’m-going-to-vomit-because-I’m-going-hard feeling.

Since I hate “wasting” a nice day, I’ll go outside whenever possible, and it takes a lot to force me inside. Usually, though, I can count on a good rain or heat wave at least once every 10 days to push me on the treadmill and go fast.  Too bad I’ve been “lucky” this month.  I know, what a terrible problem to have.

So I was actually kind of happy to hear the pounding of rain when I woke up this morning.  What a coincidence that there was heavy rain the day after I was thinking about how I needed it to not feel bad about not being outside! I actually bounded out of my bed because that meant I could do some speedwork at the gym! I decided to focus on short sprints.

  • 1 mile warmup
  • 8 X 800 (each repeat was 3:20) with 400 m recovery
  • 1.37 mile warmdown

Man, those repeats were hard! After the first one I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it.  But, because I am stubborn as hell, I finished the workout.  And boy, I was glad to be done.  I felt pumped and energized but it was challenging to say the least.  I finished up my time in the gym with some core and arms.  Successful way to start the day.

I had a doctor appt to get my tb test read afterwards and I’m happy to say that I “passed”. So hopefully I’ll be hearing from the hospital I’m interning at and I’ll be cleared to interact with patients.  It would be really nice if I heard back from them today and could start tmrw, but I doubt that they’ll move that fast.  Bummer.

Now it’s time to do some more studying.  Actually, I’m on the sections of the systems of the human body.  I already know 99% of this stuff but it will never cease to fasicnate me.  When I’m writing out my notes I find myself looking up more detailed info that the test calls for, which means it’s taking me longer to work through it.  But I don’t really mind because the human body is an amazing thing and I could spend all day every day looking at this stuff.  Maybe I won’t find myself saying this at the end of medical school (my thoughts might just stray to getmewiththepatientsNOW)  but I’m enjoying every minute of this stuff!


  1. I used to walk only outside and would just take a day off if it were raining. I’m in Tennessee and I knew once it started getting hot, I’d find myself taking more days off. Even though I head out before 5:00am to walk, it’s still so muggy in the summer.

    So I joined a gym in the Spring and I couldn’t believe how SLOW I had been going. Once I was on the treadmill, I set the amount of time that I normally did on the outdoor track and I set my pace to what I thought was good for me. I did almost TWICE as much on the treadmill in the same amount of time.

    I have stayed in-doors since. I really like being able to set my pace.

    Comment by GottaLoveYourBody — June 24, 2009 @ 12:35

  2. I HATE the treadmill. Since I have been running more, it really takes a lot to force me inside. We’ll see how I do this winter!

    Comment by Matt — June 24, 2009 @ 15:41

  3. ekk I cant stand the TM… but you did an AWESOME job on your speed workout!!

    Comment by aron — June 24, 2009 @ 16:24

  4. Every repeat was 3:20!? That’s some consistency!

    Comment by runjess — June 24, 2009 @ 18:17

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