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September 23, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:02

I think the humidity needs to go away. Again.  It’s fall and we have summer weather.  I guess I was spoiled too much last week with the cool, crisp, dry weather.  Muggy and humid is back with a vengeance.

So I’m not quite sure if that’s the reason my run kind of sucked this morning or if my legs really are just exhausted.  On one hand I know that humid weather is like running through water and definitely slows down pace hardcore.  On the other hand I’ve been running a lot and intensely.  I haven’t given myself much rest since my half marathon 17 days ago and my 5k 3 days ago.  And both of those races were fast (at least for me).

Today in physiology lab we had to dissect a frog to expose the sciatic nerve and stimulate the nerve ’til the muscle couldn’t contract anymore.  Somehow something fired in my brain and I wonder if I’m doing something similar (I know the analogy doesn’t hold 100%) to my legs.  Guess I’ll have to pay attention to my body a little more for the rest of the week.

So clearly if you haven’t figured it out yet, this morning was a sloooooooooooooooooow run.  I pushed through 8 although I really don’t know how.  I’ll be honest though, it wasn’t a painful run or one where my body felt it had to stop.  It was just that my body couldn’t really go faster without feeling like the previous sentence.  So I resigned myself to the fact and completed the run just fine.  A little slow but fine.  Total miles for the day was 8.3.  And I ran it about 4 minutes slower than last week which translates to 30 sec per mile slower? Guess that doesn’t sound too bad but it was really odd feeling to be like my body was limiting me because my motivation was just fine. So, to me, that indicates weather?

I guess another variable would be sleep.  I’m only getting 6 hours (if I’m lucky) and my body functions best on 9.  So even with my sleep binges of 8.5 on the weekends, I’m still not treating my body to the rest it needs and deserves.  The one thing I think I have going for me is fuel.  I’ve been making sure I’m eating enough even when I don’t think I’m hungry.  This semester has been weird because a lot of people I know (including myself) have been feeling more full with less food at the dining halls.  Weird because this is NOT the case.  Usually everyone is always foraging for food after meals.

And speaking of food, I’m sad because I’m missing AppleFest tmrw in the dining hall 😦  I have to go to the hospital for my third (and final!) rotation for my service learning component of my physio class.  Applefest is where the dining ppl base all the meals around apples, have apple cider (both hot and cold), apple crisp & pie as well as TONS of locally picked apples.  Like at least 10 different varieties.  So I’m a little sad.  Plus I don’t think I’m going to get to go apple picking this year.  The timing of my schedule with other ppls doesn’t jive.  Bummer.

Another bummer is the amount of work I need to do today – slash the rest of the week through weekend.  I originally wrote out how much I have on my plate right now for y’all to see but then I realized that EVERYONE who reads this (or at least those who comment and I feel I “know”) are wicked busy.  And I hate it when others complain about how busy they are.  So I deleted it — but not before I wrote it all out on paper for me to see. And as monstrous as the list looks, I doubt it will be that bad.  I’m so type-A (as I’m sure I remind you all the time haha) that I’ll get a rush out of it.  Kind of sick, right? I think it’s the feeling of conquering it 🙂

So I best be gettin’ crackin’ ! Adios, au revoir and have a great Wednesday night!


  1. Applefest? That is soo cool. Wow, the best we had, back in the day, was perogi day. I was not quote so healthy back then.

    When was your last day off? Sounds like you need a break.

    Comment by Katerina — September 23, 2009 @ 21:53

  2. Hey, dear! Listen, this is YOUR blog- vent away! No one is forcing us to read. Sometimes blogging is more for the writer than the reader. +1 about needing rest, too.

    Comment by LARunner — September 24, 2009 @ 03:44

    • Hey girl- its totally cool, everyone has their bad running days. And its totally frustrating, but maybe you are just really tired with all your lack of sleep + amount of work. Good luck with running this weekend- maybe it’ll go better- and sorry about missing the AppleFest! That sounds soooo good!

      Comment by Kathleen — September 24, 2009 @ 07:18

  3. You win some, you lose some no? The slow running is still good and has apparent benefits that you can’t see right away…even for us Type A people =) Sorry you’re missing AppleFest ’cause it sounds like a lot of fun.

    Comment by The Laminator — September 24, 2009 @ 07:49

  4. I actually get a perverse thrill from making a long list and working through it and crossing stuff off. Until about 2pm when my brain is totally fried. Apple fest sounds really good. Our dining hall never had fresh fruit ever, and I think the people who truly ate most of their meals at the dining hall were the only ones to not gain the freshman 15. We had this term- now I’m going on and on- called Gator Dining Nausea to describe the feeling you got when you started eating there again after a long break (like winter vacation). Ah the good old college days.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 24, 2009 @ 10:00

  5. hang in there!!!! my slow runs are at least 30 sec slower per mile, sometimes a minute!!! i need more sleep too, i hate how big of an impact it has on EVERYTHING, and of course running.

    EWWW!!! i could not dissect a frog-=- we had to in 9th grade bio but i couldn’t bring myself to do it literally holding the exacto knife or wahtever it was and then giving up.. the teacher had me do a virtual dissection on a computer. lol.

    humidity should break soon!!! radio said today would be less so… i want my cool fall weather back!!!!!!!!!!

    you need to go apple picking!!!

    Comment by Lacey — September 24, 2009 @ 11:00

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