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October 31, 2009

HALLOWEEN! and zen running

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:42

De-stressed.  I think I’m making a conscious effort lately to enjoy life more.  At least this past week where I’ve stopped worrying about school and the future.  Sure I’m still focused on that stuff (and haven’t *completely* said “eff this”) but there’s been a definite change in my mindset where I’m able to live “in the moment” (gosh I hate that phrase!)

And it’s having a positive effect on my running.  Exciting.  Like I wrote yesterday, I had a great AM run and this morning I had a second good run.  TWO IN A ROW.  Maybe I really am dealing with some burnout issues because I’m actually pumped about that.  Maybe more so than I should be haha.

In any case, I woke up this morning to a *beautiful* day.  Seriously.  The sun was out and it was warm.  Possibly a little too warm out by the time I went for my run (maybe 68*?) but I actually can’t complain because it means that (hopefully) tonight will be mild for the end of October and celebrating Halloween will be really awesome (and yes, you’ll have to wait some more for my costume heh)

But back to the run.  I was actually kind of dreading it when I put on my running gear (short shorts and a tank — holler!) but I told myself that I could stop when I wanted, which just fueled my type-A-ness so there was no way I was going to.  I planned a route that was 11.2 miles and set off.  The first few miles were definitely on the slow side.  My body was adjusting to running in nice weather as opposed to 35* and I guess all my runs start off slow.

The nice thing about running around 1100 was that I actually got to see the foliage! It’s such a bummer that between my running at 0600 during the week, being locked away with school work during the day and it raining the past 3 weekends that I haven’t gotten to enjoy seeing the leaves turn.  Well today was just beautiful. Except for the blustery wind.  But it wasn’t the swirly wind that attacks you from all sides no matter which way you’re going.  It was overall pretty unidirectional.  The gorgeous weather also set the tone for me to enjoy my thoughts and get “zen”

I opened the post saying that I was going to de-stress my life.  Last night I had an email convo with my advisor and we both decided that it was in my best interest to drop my physiology class to an audit basis.  I don’t need the class (or the credit – technically I could graduate right now) for med school or my major.  Plus the class is so intense and stressful that it’s a major reason why I’m not sleeping and why I’m losing weight and why I’m moody.  But nevertheless, it’s a really tough decision for me and my huge ego!

This run, though, really centered me and I got such clarity.  While it’s still going to be hard to confirm this choice, I am comfortable with it.  Thank you running for helping me clear all the anxiety over this! Don’t you just love that effect of running? I don’t know if it’s the repetitive nature of putting one foot in front of the other or the endorphins or what, but my long runs lately have really been so calming these past few weeks.

The combination of my mental epiphany, the beautiful weather and my body feeling great lead me to over run and go 12.4 rather than the 11.2 planned.  I am okay with it as I still think my overall mileage will be in cutback form.  Plus the addition got me to run by Hot-Spanish-TA’s house.  And because I feel like I owe you guys an update: I facebooked him a message last night.  So the ball is in his court.  Fingers crossed!

I guess I feel I should address the fact that it’s Halloween, although I feel mean doing so because I’m not telling you (or anyone) what I’m dressing up as.  But I ❤ Halloween.  I haven’t a clue as to why.  But I love getting dressed up (and no I’m not one of those skanky girls!) in a costume and be a different persona for the night.  Festive drinks don’t hurt either hah. Everyone on my campus gets dressed up and the Programming Council sponsors a dance (with free beer maybe?) which is a blast! Going to dance the night away! Anyone have exciting plans? Parties? Trick or Treating (because we all know that the only reason I took my younger sibs out in the past was for the candy I got too haha)? Scary movies?

HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN! Or if you’re not into it, a great Saturday 🙂


  1. Yay – 2 great runs in a row! It’s surprising how different it is running early during the week and mid-late morning on the weekends.

    This weather is just nuts!

    Comment by a marathoner — October 31, 2009 @ 17:18

  2. Oh yes, I’m liking this spanish TA update. You go, girl! I really hope that by dropping the class you are able to destress. It sounds like the best decision. Happy Halloween and I can’t wait to see your costume, so you better take some pics!

    Comment by LARunner — October 31, 2009 @ 17:27

  3. Today WAS georgeous- nice and warm 🙂
    Awesome job on your runs!!! Hope you have a GREAT Halloweeen night- and be sure to enjoy those festive drinks, haha. You deserve them!

    Comment by Kathleen — October 31, 2009 @ 17:28

  4. Have a fun Halloween night tonight. That’s cool your college sponsers dances! Good luck with your decision about dropping your Physio class. I know you will do what’s right for you.

    Comment by Liz — October 31, 2009 @ 18:30

  5. Glad to hear you had some great runs!! Enjoy your Halloween night! 🙂

    Comment by Michelle — October 31, 2009 @ 18:47

  6. elliot and i went to the BC football game and then got home just in time for our four and only trick or treaters!!! how exciting!!!! then we watched one of the saddest movies i have ever seen- 7 pounds. i cried for a solid 10 minutes, and i’m still teary. lol. it’s right up there with brian’s song for sad-tensity!!! 😦 but i guess it’s good.

    one of my favorite costumes from college was when i went with one of my closest friends as “we got in a fight”– we wore ripped shirts, jeans with tears, i wore a sling and she wore a head wrap thingy and we did black eyes with make up and bruises and cuts etc. it was so much fun! and def not skanky 🙂 but way better!!! happy halloween!

    Comment by Lacey — October 31, 2009 @ 23:23

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