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August 31, 2009

Wicked Solid

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I was only planning on 4 miles when I got up this morning.  I knew that I was going to need something to kick start the long day of individual advising meetings with about 15 freshmen (starting at 1230 and going ’til 510) and I figured that 33% of yesterdays mileage was perfect.  Well my legs didn’t think so.

And I know what you’re thinking (or at least I think I do heh) but it’s the opposite.  My legs felt so fresh and ready to go! I ended up with 8 miles which is 66% of the long run yesterday.  I’m curious as to how much (if any) running you guys do on the day after a long run.  Typically I stick with 50% of the distance but definitely no more than 66%.  Therefore today was prolly a perfect run.

Don’t ask me what my legs were thinking going into this morning.  I really don’t know.  When I woke up this morning my bed was sooooo comfy that I thought asking 4 miles was going to be tough because my mind didn’t want to get up.  It was one of those moments where your sheets are so soft and just hug your body.  Perfection. It’s so incredibly against everything I do to stay in bed after my eyes open but that’s what I did — at least for 20 minutes (oh I’m such a rebel haha).

The weather was also back to damn near perfect! It was about 59-60* (didn’t check but it was only 63* when I got back) at the start, a slight breeze and partly cloudy.  I did a lap of my campus, 2 X a 3 mile loop and another lap of the campus.  I knew I was in good shape when the first lap (my warmup) was much faster than the warmups of last week.  After that I gave myself permission to go at what my body wanted pace wise and after the first loop of my route I was feeling really strong. I decided that I could add a second loop and I was a little leery just because of all the miles I’ve been piling on.  But that worry was totally unfounded.  I guess my legs are in the final stages of acclimating to higher mileage.

I even passed some other runners which (I’m definitely NOT going to lie) felt really good.  Especially since it was a solid steady passing rather than a me-doing-speedplay-and-sprinting type of passing.  Knowing that I could hold a steady pace that was faster than theirs was really nice.  It was a way of affirming how well my running (and training was going).  Thanks LARunner for commenting on that fact yesterday!

I also let myself get carried away with the miles because I’m participating in Team OLD vs Team YOUNG in the Marathon Dailies over at RWOL.   With today’s run I was able to post a monthly total for August of 264.3 miles.  Now I don’t keep monthly records (hell I’m lucky that I calculate those weekly recaps haha) but that is a stellar month for me.  It’s an average of 8.5 miles a day!

Ok back to advising freshmen, my next appointment just arrived.  Enjoy your Monday (wow it’s Monday? I guess with orientation and me being so busy the days are all jumbled up.  Hard to believe that I start classes on Wednesday — TWO DAYS!)

August 30, 2009

staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once

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So last night rocked! The chapel ceremony was so much fun (like always) and afterward a bunch of us seniors jumped into Peacock Pond (which is incredibly gross) — as part of a senior tradition — and swam across.  It was 55* out (stupid tropical storm yet again!) but such an amazing experience. As a matter of fact I prolly still smell like pond.  Lovely.

After all the excitement last night (let’s face it I wasn’t going to let my LR get in the way of my fun – at least not when I’m not in serious training haha) it’s no surprise that my legs were a little stiff when I got up this morning.  Still, I was going to get in my LR.  I set out on my 11.5 mile route and my legs hated me! I told myself that I could do it and really tried hard not to think about how far I’d gone or how far I had left.  Very hard to do but I think I was pretty successful at it because I didn’t get overwhelmed like I can sometimes do when thinking that I have so much further in the run.

As a plus, the rain is gone.  I think I wouldn’t have minded so much moving in the freshmen yesterday if I knew that the weather would be yucky all around but it was beautiful Friday and, while it’s still cloudy and a bit cool, today.   Just super annoying that the ONE day I would have wanted it to be dry was the one day that it was not. Grrrrrr.

On a running note with the weather, I am happy that yesterday was the only rainy day.  I hate starting my runs in the rain which was what yesterday was because it literally rained all day.  This morning was completely dry.  It was also cloudy and cool (remnants of the storm I guess) which was what I wanted for my long run.  As I said a couple paragraphs ago, my legs just didn’t want to go fast at first.

My legs weren’t wicked tight or sore or anything like that.  Upon writing up my weekly recap this week, my legs clearly are run down because of all those “ohmigod-I-love-8-mile” days that I had.  I need to start thinking with a game plan.  But once I got through about 3 miles it got easier.  I didn’t get “in-the-zone’ until about mile 8 but after 3 the legs stopped protesting as much.

This long run was definitely written up as a success.  I would categorize it as a progression run (of which I seem to be doing more and more lately — or at least calling more of ’em that).  The last 3 miles were at MP +10 seconds so clearly my legs weren’t about to give up on me.  In fact, when I finished, I felt like I could’ve done one or two more.  I kept those miles in the tank (so to speak) but if needed they were there, although I did add .5 so that my 11.5 became 12.

Interesting to think about (maybe just for me at least) is that during the week I’ve been complaining that after about 8 miles my legs seem to want to stop.  This was the case today but the last couple of miles were the fastest of the 12.  I keep forgetting that so much of this running this is mental and that maybe the legs aren’t really tired after 8, maybe it’s just my mind.  Important to give the mind what it wants sometimes too but I always seem to forget how much mental focus is needed on quality workouts.  Funny because I “re-discovered” this during this week on this tempo!

Upcoming this week will be a mileage reduction.  I am running a half a week from today and I’d like to race it.  With the past few weeks that I’ve had, that means taking it easy this week.  I might do a tempo-esque run mid-week just to keep the leg turnover high but I need to be conscious of what kind, and how many, miles I’m putting in. I still have yet to register (I know I am such a procrastinator!) so technically if the beginning of this week just feels like I’ve put my body under too much I can bail.  But I think the masochist in me would still race it to see what I can do race-wise when my body isn’t 100%.  Stupid? Maybe but I like to see what what’s possible when things aren’t perfect because life rarely is…oh man I am deep 😛

P.S. Check out the giveaway that Mary’s doing!  Awesome!

P.P.S. LARunner and RunJess were right.  The title to Saturday’s post (as well as today’s) was from Where the Wild Things Are. I’m ambivalent about the movie that’s coming out based on the book.  I don’t want anything to take away from the joy this book brings me!

Weekly Recap: August 24-30 2009

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Miles: 62.3

Time: 9 hours 6 minutes

Strength: 1 full body day

Core: 5x

XT: 0

So my overall mileage was WAY high.  But that is because I took ZERO rest days this week.  My overall time was a little faster than normal but I think that’s because of my 1) failed tempo which was still faster than my easy pace 2) my actual tempo the very next day 3) the wicked fast recovery run that afternoon — pm runs always being fast for me and 4) my legs thinking that running faster than easy was what they were supposed to do after 3 faster-than-ordinary runs. I’m pretty sure that since the half marathon is a week away I should be more aware of the mileage I’m putting in. Granted, this race isn’t exactly the high epitome culmination race but I’d still like to do well.

August 29, 2009

Let the wild rumpus start!

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YAY the freshmen arrived today.  This meant that I was uber-busy but in a way that was totally enjoyable.  Granted, Tropical Storm Danny decided to rain hardcore on us but it’ll make a great memory.  Me and my friends (my friends and I?) lugging everything these freshmen own up into their rooms (because there are no elevators: these building are OLD) which ended up wet and heavy.  Sucked during but is kind of funny now.

Because of the rain I decided to postpone my long run until tmrw when clear skies and the sun return to me.  I have to keep telling myself that I will be happy this way even though I still got 8 miles in.  I kept thinking I could push and extra 3-4 — I mean I was already soaked.  Part of me was like, well you can’t pick race-day conditions, but another part of me told that part to stfu because I was still out there, gaining experience of inclement weather (although in New England I’ve prolly run in everything and will run in anything).  But I know that I’ll be happy with my choice in the morning.

And, despite the rain, the run went really well.  My legs have been a little on the sore side ever since I did some lifting on Thursday and I think that today’s run loosened them up a lot.  I think it helped that, even though it was rainy and dreary, the actual temperature was still pretty warm. My body isn’t feeling as banged up and it has been the past couple days.  Definitely (well maybe definitely haha) I’ll have a good long run.  It won’t be too long but it’ll be the last double digit before the half.

The rest of the day has been greeting the freshmen (and their families) and going to an advising meeting where I finally got to meet all my preceptees and show off my skillz that I’ve been working on all this training week.  Tonight we have the chapel ceremony where we introduce the freshmen to all the campus legends and folklore.  It’s really intense and fun and crazy.  It might just be my favorite night of the whole year! (and the inspiration for the post title.  Anyone know where it’s from? It’s from the very first book I ever read on my own!)

On a “low” note: I bought my cap, gown, hood and tassel this afternoon.  I almost cried because it means that I am, in fact, a senior.  SOOOOOOOOOO SAD! On the other hand, now that I’m a senior I can do things like: sit on the library steps and enter the chapel from the center door (rights reserved exclusively for seniors at my school).  I guess this year is going to be very very bittersweet.

P.S Check out Tay’s giveaway! Awesome stuff!

P.P.S There was ICE CREAM tonight in the dining hall! YAY! I was seriously going through withdrawal. It had been 8 day haha

August 28, 2009

JINXED

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So I didn’t *totally* jinx myself this morning like I was speculating about yesterday.  True, this morning my legs were a bit stiff which totally affected my pace but it wasn’t as bad as I was picturing it.  But then again, when is anything as bad as imagined?

I did another 8 miles (8.3 to be exact).   Lately I’ve been feeling 8 milers because they’ve been giving me enough time to loosen up the legs get some good strong miles in mid run then ease up a bit as a warm down.  At least that’s been the case these past few runs.  I seem to find that even though my mind wants to jump right into the ideal pace, my legs want 2ish miles to wake up — at least in the morning.  I’ve also been “listening to my body” and slowing down (rather than pushing) the very last mile because, as my overall mileage is starting to increase, my body needs time to adapt. All these 8-ers have been boosting my overall mileage but I’m not feeling worn down or anything.  Yet (knock on wood because – let’s face it- I just jinxed myself again.)

The weather held up yet again this morning.  It was practically really cool all night, not as much as the previous one, but it was still about 60* when I set out and I felt a little chilled at the start.  The clouds were really pretty patterns this morning in what I think of as a “beach pattern”.  Very pretty! The clouds got burnt off by the sun as I was running making it a little hotter but still amazing weather.  Too bad this stupid hurricane that I mentioned yesterday will be here tmrw ruining the wicked awesome weather streak.  Grrrrr.

I also got some packages today! I love how a trip to the campus post office can totally make or break a day haha.  I got the textbooks that I ordered (a small yay) and season 6 of NCIS (a big huge YAY!) Can’t wait to get some free time to watch it.

As a segue into spending lots of $$ I also went to Target last night for a cheap drying rack.  Well I found it along with about $40 worth of other stuff too.  Hmmmmm, I may or may not have blown a significant portion of the money I have put away for discretionary spending and the semester hasn’t even started yet! But it was mostly non-perishable food which is something I need.  Since it’s still the summer here on campus I’ve been too lazy to walk to the dining hall during the 6 hours (2 for each meal) that it’s open and as a result have already gone through 2 tubs of peanut butter.  Evidently I love peanut butter.  It helps that it goes well on lots and lots of things too. Luckily food at Target is cheap so I got a lot for a little.

Sweet deal, my mom just got here to drop off some stuff that I had forgotten.  Hopefully this can turn into a grocery shopping trip too? Oh how I can hope! Enjoy your Friday nights! Doing anything amazing?

August 27, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

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I’ll try to make this quick as I’ve got a busy (but fun busy) night ahead of me and I want to get going! [Edit: While I still have a fun night ahead I did what I do best: write long posts haha.  Enjoy!]

First off I’ve been throwing around terminology such as “preceptor” and “PHA” to describe why I’m back on campus a week before the Freshmen get here and 1.5 weeks before the non-Freshmen do.  So I’m going to define it really simply in the interest of the fact that I can ramble on and on.  A preceptor is a specially trained peer adviser; at my school these people (and there are maybe 75 or so of them) are assigned a First Year Seminar of about 15 first years.  We help them figure out the academic side of college (courses, curriculum, etc) and this past week we’ve been receiving training to make sure we have all the tools to give the first years accurate info.  Since this is my third year doing it I’ve been seeing the same presentations (literally) for the third year. Gross.

PHA stands for Peer Health Advocate which is basically what it sounds like. Unlike precepting where you apply for a spot, PHA’s are voluntary.  This week we’ve been putting together the info we want to give out during orientation and talking about the upcoming year.  In a nutshell we look for ways to make the campus healthier and safer. For example we trained the RAs how to do the basics of CPR this morning.  Whew. So much for short descriptions right? Heh.

So back to running. My legs were not as tired as I thought they would be for this morning’s run.  In fact the pace was faster than my usual 6am shuffle pace.  I think this is due to the faster stuff I’ve been pushing the past three runs (Tues’s failed tempo, Wed tempo, Wed recovery) and that my legs just are used to being told to not go slow.  Not that I’m complaining or anything and now that I’ve typed it I have jinxed myself hardcore and tmrw will be painfully slow. All told I ran 8.1 miles before my assortment of meetings that kept me busy from 9-7, including a 2 hour long one where all the groups gave their presentations.  But YAY for the presentations being done!

I was able to sneak away for a quick lifting session around noon.  I doubt I was missed all that much and I feel good that I was able to get in one lifting session this week.  Unfortunately since I was sneaking between meetings I wasn’t wearing the shoes I wanted to (I was wearing sports ones just not my usual lifting ones) and now I have a blister on one of my toes. Ick. The gym is on such a weird hour schedule because it’s still summer so I haven’t been able to pop in to work on my strength and I think I may be pretty sore tmrw but hey, I love it.

Nice segue into another thing I love: I am going to rave about the weather for a minute and make all y’all wicked jelly.  This morning when I got up it was FIFTY EIGHT DEGREES OUT! I was actually a little chilly! It made for a great run and today was definitely a “fall” day.  And it’s looking like tmrw will be similar.  Yippee!  Unfortunately whatever hurricane that is coming my way is going to dump lots of rain on Saturday and ruin the lovely weather.  Too bad too because Saturday is when the Froshies move in.  I might just be “sick” that morning so I can get out of helping.  Heh.

And I’m internally debating whether or not I want to do my last long run before the half then. Part of me doesn’t believe the weather people because the last hurricane / tropical storm that was supposed to blow through here ended up not.  So I’m a little skeptical to say the least.  Since I know that I’m not doing the long run tmrw (legs definitely do not want that!) I guess it can’t hurt to play it by ear and just postpone the LR until Sunday.  I’m such a scheduled person though that I might just run in the “hurricane” (doubt it will still be one when it gets to me — just lots and lots of rain!) because Saturday = LR day this semester 🙂

And now I’m off to have fun! Enjoy the rest of your Thursday night y’all!

August 26, 2009

Sweet Success

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Against the better advice from VeganFritz as well as my friends at RWOL I decided to re-do my tempo run this morning.  I definitely had a bee in my bonnet all day over the failed tempo and had a compulsion to set it right.

And boy am I glad I did.

I warmed up with my typical 1 mile/ 1 lap around my campus and then set off. I chopped down the projected tempo distance to 4.5 and made sure that my *mental focus* was present at all times.  I think part of the problem yesterday was that I let my thoughts wander.  Which is okay when doing an easy or recovery run (or even a tempo on the TM) but NOT okay when you’re trying to push a pace outside, on your own.

This morning I decided to not ease into the pace I wanted (although being garmin-less I really had no way of knowing how on or off I was / am) and I set off at a pretty tough pace.  Now I purposely chose to feel the hurt early on.  If I take one thing away from my running it’s that the first mile of a tempo is going to hurt and then the body adjusts.  Well actually that might not be the one thing I’d want to take away from running; maybe something along the lines of “Have fun” but I digress.

The first few miles were incredibly tough.  I was sweating disgustingly (and in a slight aside: I would say sweating like a pig but I have recently come to find out that this expression means that you’re NOT sweating.  Which, upon reflection, makes sense because pigs have no sweat glands and therefore cannot sweat) and my legs were on fire.  But I told myself to suck it up and that this was a pace I could hold for the whole time.

To which I did.  In fact I was so pumped seeing my time (and, yes, MENTALLY calculating my pace — maybe that’s why I don’t have a Garmin, I like to challenge my brain cells haha :P) that I tacked on an extra half mile before the mile warm down.  The overall pace for the whole 7 miles was good but the 5 miles of the tempo were fantastical!  I actually ran those 5 miles almost 15 seconds (in reality 12) faster per mile than necessary.  Definitely a confidence boost and assertion that I am not, in fact, a bad runner.

It never ceases to amaze me how much external factors (such as food and sleep and weather) play such a huge role in the way a run goes as well as mental.  Theoretically it should just be simple: RUN.  But I was able to eat really well (and regularly) yesterday, sleep for 8.5 hours last night (I was so exhausted I fell asleep in my half chair while reading a good book!) and the weather being cool and cloudy (like usual I guess) but additionally there was about 10% LESS humidity in the air.  Plus this morning I was able to keep focused on doing what I needed to do: tempo it up.

This afternoon after my incredibly long and frustrating meetings I pulled my first double in a looooong time.  It ended up being a 3.8 mile run that was wayyy faster than I anticipated.  I headed out around 1630 and I was just flying.  It only took me 30 mins! Methinks this was way to fast for a recovery / shakeout run.  We’ll see tmrw but I find it so interesting that my body thinks running is easiest in the late afternoon but my mind wants it done first thing!

August 25, 2009

Well now

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that kind of sucked.

I planned to do a tempo run this morning, kind of as a last hoo-rah before the half on Labor Day (roughly 11 days away?).  I did a mile warm up then took off for a planned 6 at tempo.

Well, I did run those 6 faster than the warm up.  That might just be all I can say about it though.  The overall tempo pace was about 45-60 seconds slower than my usual (re: treadmill) tempo pace.   So. Incredibly. Disappointing.

I’m trying to look at it as half full because it’s still about 40 seconds faster than my usual runs outside (easy paced) and wayyyy faster than my legs have been telling me to go lately. And I could tell that the run got faster as it went on.  Since I don’t have a Garmin to tell me my pace though I have no idea where I started nor where I ended.

But since it wasn’t what I wanted to do I’m kind of pissed.  And it definitely makes me want to rethink this whole half business.  I think I’ve written this before but I’m a “go big or go home” person and I don’t want to just plod through this race.  I want to put my best effort forward.

Part of the problem is that I’ve only really thought about this race for 6 weeks; not the 12 I typically put into half training.  This is leading to a certain confidence lowering in and of itself so this weak run this morning definitely didn’t help.  I wanted to hammer in some confidence man!

I’m thinking of trying to tempo it up tmrw morning again but shortening the tempo portion to 4.5 miles.  Not sure if this will help at all on any level.  1) If I can’t do it my confidence is going to drop. 2) If the run goes like it did today it doesn’t matter how long it is because it’ll be a progression. 3) If today was slow because my body is run down (don’t think so but I’m a bad judge of these things) then trying to push hard again might do more harm than good.

So, despite all the reasons to NOT re-attempt I think I’m going to take the bull by the horns and stop whining.  And just do the damn thing.  If I fail, I fail. I’ll reassess the half after that I guess.  It’s just really frustrating because I’m such a Type-A that not being able to do something is utter failure.  Illogical yes but how my brain thinks. Thoughts on re-doing the tempo tmrw? I really am conflicted here and without wise words from you folks I will prolly try to overachieve.

The rest of my day wasn’t so bad or lackluster.  Since I’m a third year preceptor I opted out (completely not ok though) of today’s activities to do workshops with the Peer Health Advocates.  There isn’t enough space in all bloggerdom to tell what we’re doing (or at least all the ideas that we’re generating) but I am SO PUMPED for all the activities we’re doing this upcoming year.  I’ll definitely share the fruits of our labor but it was so worth getting the nasty looks from members of my precepting group (the how-dare-you-skip ones)

Unfortunately the one precepting activity I *had* to go to conflicted with the ROCK CLIMBING the PHAs were doing tonight.  BOO. I’m kind of upset about that even though there was no way to get out of precepting.  C’est la vie.  Supposedly there will be similar trips in the future but it would have been really nice to A) go rock climbing B) for free C) bond with the other PHAs D) over dinner.  I mean I love the actual precepting come orientation and semester time but this training thing (as a third year doing the EXACT SAME ACTIVITIES for each year) is getting wicked annoying.

I think this post came off kind of bitter and / or rant-y.  Definitely not the mood I’m in right now haha but (as many of you know) most of the interesting stuff to write about is that way because there’s so much emotion behind it.  Same with the really really good stuff too but I’m all melodramatic haha.

P.S. Still no ice cream in sight.  I might just have to break down and walk to CVS.

August 24, 2009

WAKE UP

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is exactly what my legs need to be told if I want to keep doing these pre-meeting runs.  This week is shaping up to be a long one and the last thing I want is my legs to drag through a run.  Not a good tone to set for the rest of the day.  Not at all.

This morning I woke up about 45 minutes before my alarm.  Wicked annoying BUT I slept through the night.  Yahoo! I feel like I’ve been relearning how to sleep lately. I didn’t fall asleep until late but I think it’s a definite improvement that I was able to not get up once.

For my run, I decided that, since my campus is only 1 mile (exactly) in circumference, I’d warm up with a lap, run the route I wanted then do a lap warm down.  Well the first lap didn’t go so hot.  I don’t know if my legs are still hating on Saturday’s 14 but they did not want to move at any speed other than turtle for the warm up.  I guess that’s suppose to be the point of a warm up and a lesson to me never to look at the watch so early.

I did, however, manage to semi-make up for it on the actual run portion.  I wasn’t booking it (although I did, for a fleeting moment, consider moving my tempo to today) but I was going at a comfy easy pace.  It felt very good and by the last mile or so I was cruising along and feeling pretty good. I guess you could categorize this a progression run. Again the weather was slightly cool and cloudy but today there was so. much. humidity. I felt like I had taken a shower when I got back to my room.  It looked and felt like it could have been raining (and with 96% humidity I’m very surprised it didn’t).

Distance for the day: 7 miles.   I also completed some core work after even though I wasn’t in the mood to do so.  Core work is something I LOVE doing and always regret not doing, not matter how tempting it may be in the moment.  I especially love the feeling of burning abs; I know if I’ve worked hard because I can feel my stomach practically retracting and firming up.  Again, LOVE IT.

Something that I DON’T love is the fact that the dining hall isn’t serving ice cream during this pre-semester training session.  I typically have ice cream everyday and, since I haven’t had it in 3 days, I’m going through serious withdrawal.  I know I could drive myself to an ice cream stand, buy a freezer and stock some myself or even walk the half mile to CVS and pick up an individual treat.  But I’m lazy and when I want ice cream I want it to be RIGHT THERE. And right now. Hah, I’m such a brat 😛

August 23, 2009

Semi-reflection time

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As I wrote in my Weekly Recap this morning I just finished up a great week.  But with the closing of anything it’s time for a little reflection.

I’m at an impasse as to where I want my miles to go, esp after the half on Sept 6th.  I really like running this high mileage but with no fall (or winter) marathon as a goal I’m a little worried about burning myself out before I start training for Boston.  True that this week felt great and I love the feeling of accomplishment that it brought but it makes me nervous about the long term impact.  Oh well, kind of a deep topic for a Sunday morning! Hah.

My run this morning was a little less than stellar but I expected that going in.  I haven’t been sleeping very well since arriving at school.  Not too worried about this, I know I’ll adjust even though it’s annoying as hell.  My legs were a little stiff after my 14.4 miles yesterday but I figured a nice 6 or so would be a nice way to shake them out.  And while I’m glad I finished up 6.7 miles my legs are a little ambivalent.  They kind of warmed up after the first 5k but by the last mile they were tired again. Since the run was only 6.7 that left 2.6 miles of decent running.  Eh, I guess I can’t complain (at least not too much heh). And the run woke me up so it was at least good for that.

A semi-running related note: we did a scavenger hunt today during preceptor training and it was SO MUCH FUN. It was based on trivia around our campus so we sprinted to each location to answer the questions.  It was text based so you had to get the first clue right to move on and my group ROCKED.  We finished all 10 questions first and the next closest group finished 4.  Ha.  So much for needing to run! I wish I had known that we would be running around because I would have worn sneakers (not flippy floppys) and a sports bra.  I was so sweaty and gross after that walking into the air conditioned auditorium to claim victory felt amazing.  And since my group was so fast the overall day of meetings ended about an hour early.  Yippee! Plus, my group received plastic medals Olympian style — like the Dean and the Dean’s intern placed them around are necks. Oh sweet victory haha.

Clearly the scavenger hunt ended up being the highlight of my day.  Now I need to shower (again ugh) and then put up my feet and get lost in a good book before dinner.  I think we (my friends who are in precepting training with me) are going out to a boooo-fay.  Should be good, and hopefully cheap!

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