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August 27, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 20:58

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!


  1. Your campus “jobs” sounds fun! Can’t believe it was 58*…wow!

    Comment by runjess — August 27, 2009 @ 23:24

  2. Yeah, it’s been overcast and cool all week this week. Highs only came to the 60’s. Have fun on the LR.

    Comment by veganfritz — August 28, 2009 @ 10:18

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