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October 22, 2009

Too much testosterone and an all time (s)low

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Just got back from the gym after lifting and man, I couldn’t wait to get out of there! Both the men’s bball and baseball teams were there and that is just too much (athlete) testosterone there.  I’m sure that many of them are smart guys but when the teams are together it’s like all courtesy and brainpower is checked at the door! I hate crowds in general, so I tried to be super quick and I could leave without too much lear-ing on their part (like how dare you invade our space) but today has been a slo-mo day so I doubt I was really all that quick haha.

It started when my alarm went off at 0600.  My normal pre-run routine took me easily twice as long as it should have.  Blahhhh. Just one of those mornings where the whole body is dragging, mentally and physically.  Since I was up, and it was 50*(!), I decided to NOT bag the run.  It was an awkward decision.  Like yesterday, the first 2-3 miles were unbelievably slow.  I honestly think I could have walked faster!

But I stuck with it and “reset” the mileage ticker in my head (but not my watch, I never reset the actual watch).  The next 6 miles were definitely progressively faster and the last 2 miles were at 830 pace — flying for an early run.  Unfortunately the overall pace was horrendous, so I’m trying not to think about how slow the first couple of miles were.

That should have been a sign to SKIP my second workout of lifting but I am stubborn and once I get an idea in my head, it’s happening.  So I did my full body lifting routine and, because I wanted redemption, I did a 3 mile run afterward. The weather was also still really nice, not quite sure of the temp but it was easily 65* and bright and sunny.  It felt so good!

And redemption the run was, my body felt so much more awake.  But still, so much working out today! It didn’t seem like that much when I was thinking about it / doing it but when I told my friends over lunch (aka me bragging haha) they all were like “holy moly!” and just now typing it up, I think it was quite a bit. That coupled with my higher running lately means that I need to take it easy!  My heart rate was also much higher than it should have been, so I NEED tmrw to be 100% rest. Shouldn’t be too hard because I already know this weekend will be filled with work and I also know that I could easily use the extra hour or two of sleep in the morning.

Hot-Spanish-TA update: Well maybe not really an update per se BUT I talked to my actual prof yesterday about getting together with someone who was fluent and practice my speaking (and in all honesty I would have done this regardless of the fact that one of the TAs makes me feel like I’m 15) and she emailed both Spanish TAs saying that it would be nice if they included me in things to “charlar” and stuff.  Sweet deal yo.  And I saw him at dinner last night.  Holler.  Is it sad that the encounter kind of was the highlight of my day? 🙂

And since you guys love “The Facts of Life” so much here are the next 5 (what am I going to do when the list runs out? BTW just to clarify, I did not come up with this list myself, it was a fb thing that I stole haha):

16. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

17. A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

18. Was learning cursive really necessary?

19. Lol has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”.

20. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

October 21, 2009

A good run…eventually

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:14

HELLO! Today is much calmer than yesterday. Still lots to do but I have time to do it rather than being tied up in meetings and classes. Like stress level = huge decrease!

I may have to take some of my work outside because it is gorgeous out! High of 60 or so? What? And the weather for my run this morning was glorious as well, today a 0600 temp of 40* really meant 40*.

I decided to not be a slacker and actually do some core-work before heading out for the run. This ate up time before the sunrise and, although I still was in the dark, it was nowhere near as long as yesterday. But luckily, as a couple ppl reminded me, daylights saving is ending soon and I shall get the sun back. Of course the flip side is that it’s pitch black at 1600 but hey, I don’t run then so I don’t care haha. LARunner brought up a good point though in her comment about reflective gear. I don’t own any (although my practically glow-in-the-dark green shirt might disagree) and I don’t want to be wearing, like, a crossing guard vest or something. Tips as to what I can do?

As for the core work itself, I did 3x: [Edited with descriptions!]

  • Twists (From sitting position on ground, hold weights in hands and twist torso trying to get the weights to touch the ground)
  • 90* legs (Lay down on ground with legs at a 90* angle at the knee joints.  Shins and lower legs should be parallel with the ground and quads perpendicular.  Hold weights up and reach for the ceiling directly above you)
  • Dead Bug (Kind of a modified bicycle.  Lay on your back and imitate a dying bug.  Move your legs in the bicycle fashion but keep your upper body still.  I don’t think this is the “correct” way to do it but it’s what I do)

It felt good and I followed it with my PT back exercises. I don’t go to PT anymore but in order to keep my low back pain at bay I need to stay vigilant about the exercises.

Then I went out for my run. A planned 6-7 easy. Well the first 2ish miles were awful. My legs and lungs were not in sync. I think I was trying to go to fast, like my mind wanted to go faster than my body could support. Obviously the solution to that is to slow the heck down! And I did, which definitely helped out a lot. So after those 2-3 miles I found the rhythm. At that point I really still wanted to get the 6-7 miles of good running in so I just “reset” my run from there and ended up with 9 total. Anyone else do that? Go longer than planned because you wanted to get a certain distance in quality-wise?

I don’t have a breakdown stats of the first 2 vs the last 7 but the overall pace was extremely close to where I wanted it to be so I suspect that I was successful in my endeavor. Which made me feel good. Also, I was extremely overdressed this morning as the weathermen lied to me yesterday and I assumed today would be the same so I threw on a longsleeve shirt. Definitely way to warm for that. Luckily I always wear shortsleeves under, so problem solved!

I think I hear my research calling me. In a very whiny tone in fact. So I suppose I must attend to it.

Here are facts of life #11-15 (and I’m glad you guys find them as hilarious as I do!)

11. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.

12. The other night I hit a new low at a bar. I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We played that, Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my hand to guide myself past and that’s is when I realized, yup, that’s a mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is me. Even cats can recognize their own image.

13. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

14. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

15. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

October 20, 2009

Man I Don’t Know…

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Where the time goes. But it sure goes fast….

How is it almost the end of October already? Has anyone seen where the month actually went too? Because I sure know that I could use the full 31 days thank you very much.

Especially since yesterday and today are crazier than normal between classes and meeting and work. So this might be a short one.

I started my day at 0600 like usual.  Since the sun now rises at 0703 (at least today, only going to get later) I’ve decided to just get out there and get it done rather than wait for the semblance of light. I didn’t even bother doing laps around the school as I knew I’d have to do my entire run in that fashion if I wanted to stay off the roads before the sun came up.

It was absolutely freezing too this morning. Apparently when says that it’ll be 40* at 0600 they really mean 28*. Brrrr! Although it’s about 65* right now so I’m angry at the weather gods for making fall nights so cold but the day so nice, at least from the morning runner in me.  So in any case I was a wee bit underdressed this morning and am glad that I only did 6 miles.  My mind really wanted to push for more, but my frozen fingers (as well as packed schedule) said other wise.

The run itself was much improved from yesterday! My pace was 45 seconds per mile faster.  Don’t know what it was about yesterday’s run that made it so difficult and today’s so easy.  I mean, it wasn’t as though Sunday was XT and yesterday was 10 + lifting or anything (insert eye roll here).  So crazy how the body reacts in unexpected manners.

But my legs and lungs were in agreement and I felt good.  Not strong rah-rah or anything but good.  This is why I run. This indescribable feeling of floating.  Not huffing or puffing (although after a good hard workout that’s awesome) but easy breathing and a huge grin on my face.

Maybe it was because of the end of my run.  I was in complete darkness for prolly 5 of the miles (which made me VERY paranoid about missing a pothole, branch etc.) but at very end of run got to see cotton candy sky! The colors of sunrise this morning were a baby blue and cotton candy pink. It was awesome and made me think summer (which was nice because of the temp).

So like I said at the beginning my day has been crazy.  I did get to go to my 0830 Spanish lab with Hot-Spanish-TA.  Definitely definitely didn’t mind going.  Some other classes and meeting later and here I am.  I actually finally showered at 1600.  That’s how busy my Tuesday has been.  And now I’m off to another meeting then tutoring Physics en la noche. Hopefully I get to do some of my actual homework at some point!

And because I ❤ ’em here are numbers 6-10 of the Facts of Life (although they are labeled 1-5 because I am using the bullet format and can’t change it haha)

  1. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
  2. The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase “Regards” again.
  3. Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn’t work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ’s. We just figured it out. Today’s kids are soft.
  4. There is a great need for sarcasm font.
  5. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the fuck was going on when I first saw it.

October 19, 2009

Holler to the bamf in all of us

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Sadly my camera is being stupid and I need to figure out what’s wrong so I can’t post a pic of my 1400 mile shoes. I can turn the darn thing on but it won’t take the pictures even though the shutter is going off.  LAME. But thanks LARunner for those websites for (relatively) cheap shoes.  Definitely going to check that out today.  If you readers want, check out the comments section of this post for the sites.

Also, EarlyRunner asked what BAMF means.  I think this is a term that all should know but it does have “bad language” in it.  So you’ve been warned haha.  Bad Ass MotherFucker. Hopefully I can say that on here? Oh well, if not I’ll just have to edit it at some point.  Bamf might just be my favorite word as well as a principle I live by. So I may or may not try to insert it everywhere in this post haha.

Speaking of rules to live by,  Tay had some good ones a while back, but they were more serious.  Via facebook I have a list of some Facts of Life and I will dole them out in 5s or so.  Most of them are hilarious and the gist of it is random thoughts by ppl ages 25-35:

  1. More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves
  2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
  3. I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?
  4. Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you’re going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you’re crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
  5. That’s enough, Nickelback.

So hopefully that gave you a laugh. Now back to the (bamf) running.

This morning was coooold.  We actually had a mini-blizzard last night and there was still snow on the ground when I got up.  The ground isn’t even frozen and the snow didn’t go away, that’s how cold it was.  Numerically it was 39* (feels 34*) at 0900 so I don’t even want to think about what it was at 0600.

Naturally I still went outside (because I’m a bamf) and the run sucked.  I mean that, though, comparatively.  If you look at my last post, my overall pace was *solid*.  This morning was definitely a struggle through the first 3 miles.  After that I got into a groove but it wasn’t enough to save my pace. All told? 7 miles. Bamf.

And I was totally happy to be finished.  No, not the “hell yes I can stop” happy (although truth be told, if I had stopped after 3 that would have been true) but the “I feel so much better for having done that” happy. Definitely the essence of bamf-ness.

The one redeeming factor of the run was the fact that I got to go from 100% darkness, to dawn, to sunshine.  It’s odd yet amazing how one second it’s pitch black and literally the next there’s light.  I don’t feel like there’s ever a gradual lightening process in nature.  No dimmer switch.

This afternoon I hit the gym up for some weights.  It felt really hard today in my legs for some reason.  My quads were pretty sore actually.  Not quite sure what that’s about but hopefully it doesn’t stick around! I did the full body routine under Lifting.  Again, I felt good afterward but it was hard during it. Clearly though, I am a bamf, and got it done with (minimal) mutterings under my breathe.

I also did a 3 mile “warm down” run because the temp had risen to 52* and it was absolutely perfect out with the sun shining down.  I think it helped my quads loosen up a bit.  I’m also glad I did this mini-run because my pace was much faster than the AM — not speedy but where I feel is apropos.

All in all: 10 miles and lifting.  Great work out day.  Now if I can translate that into my studies haha.  Got to work on a take-home geophysics test, french poem and study for a physio test.  Ready? BREAK!

OH, before I forget yet another day: Natalie is doing Project Feedme on her blog.  In the interest of me NOT butchering what it’s about, you should go check it out.  I’m extremely happy and proud to me a PFM member

Weekly Recap: October 12 – 18 2009

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Miles: 46

Time: 6 hours 36 minutes 34 seconds (8:37 pace!)

Strength: 1x Full body lifting

Core: 5x

XT: ONCE. Heh. Last week I said that I was going to cut this section of the recap out because it was never used.

Wow, my overall pace was fast for this week. Very exciting! I definitely reaped the benefits on a fast 10k for extra days, plus a fast interval session and fast long run.  Definitely happy about that, a little bummed about the mileage, if I had calculated this Saturday I might have done 4 Sunday to make it an even 50 but 46 miles is stellar for not being in training for anything.  Plus I’m happy that I finally got in an XT session.

October 18, 2009

Rainy day and shoe mileage

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Hello Sunday! I actually really like Sunday because I’m so type-A that I have all (or damn near all) of my work done already so it’s a day that I get to bum around and recoup while my friends are going crazy and stressed with all the work that they ignored all weekend.

Which would be nicer if the weather was nicer. It’s rainy and windy right now.  Yuck.  Sorry Lacey you had to run in this.  Not too sure how you did (no online tracking!) but I’m sure you rocked.

But, while I can’t rub the fact that I am able to enjoy the weather outside more than my friends, I still can curl up on my half-circle chair and listen to the rain while relaxing.  So I guess it’s still a win for me, even though I can’t be an ass to my friends.  Because, seriously, that’s what friendship is haha.

Part of me wanted to be bamf and run in this rain.  But my legs definitely deserved a break so I hit up the gym for some quality time with the elliptical.  Can’t remember the last time I did that, and I counted my looooooooong walk to the gym as my bamf time. Because even though it’s  <5 minutes, it felt awful.  Although it nearly killed me to be on the elliptical and see people running on the TM.  Because I wanted to be like “GO OUTSIDE”.  Haha, I guess I get very competitive (not quite the right word?) when I see other people running.

A Marathoner wrote a little blurb on his shoes miles today and I thought it was apropos for me to do the same.  You see, I am a cheap cheap person.  Prior to marathon training  I bought the $10 Wal-Mart shoes.  For real. Since then I run in New Balances but since they are so damn expensive (the cheapest I can find online is $80 which is way more than I’m willing to pay) I tend to run my shoes into the ground.  I guess I even did that with my cheap-o shoes too.  Which is why I would get really bad pains as they wore down.

This has not, however, happened with my NBs.  Since February I have bought a new pair but I still run most of my miles on the old ones.  Currently the miles on my old shoes are 1405.5 and the newer ones are 607.9 (and wow that means I’ve also surpassed 2000 miles for the year. Holler!). That is crazy mileage on shoes.  Most ppl recommend changing ’em every 300-500 miles.  Which I had intended to do but my legs are NOT feeling any pain or aches.  None whatsoever.

I’m not quite sure what to attribute this to.  Maybe my cheapskate mindset is overruling the pain but I doubt this is the case, as with the Wal-Mart shoes I would always get shin splints after a certain mileage.  And I don’t think that it’s because NBs are made really well, as the shoe itself is wearing down upon visual inspection.  It’s so weird but (and this definitely makes me feel sooooo like an awful person) as long as I’m saving money, I’m happy. But I’m open to theories as to why I’m not injured in these shoes.  My current theory? Guess I don’t really have one, as my feet/legs felt great when I first got the shoes and they feel great currently.

No Hot-Spanish-TA sighting yet.  And a couple people have mentioned chatting him up, unfortunately at the moment he is the TA for my Spanish class.  Which means that he teaches the 0830 Spanish lab on Tuesday morning which is a big informal class setting, not actual teaching but just talking and getting comfy with the language.  Could be awkward to flirt or whatever, could not be.  But I guess it could hurt to start talking to him now because next semester I’m pretty sure I get the other Spanish TA. And I don’t know if I said it before but Hot-Spanish-TA is from Spain which ups the hottest factor a bit, I guess though, but I usually go for the bamf, military man type  haha.

Oh I think I’m going to start replying to comments in the actual comments section from now on, unless I get a question or comment that I feel is wicked cool/important and I want to share.  So look for replies there!

P.S. Congrats to all the peeps who’ve checked in on RW or FB and let everyone know how their races went.  So many inspiring stories.  Makes it even harder to not run today! But congrats to jjroyer (3:10:41 – BQ), VeganFritz (3:06:46 – BQ), Ctimes2 (417) at the Detroit marathon, Twenty6point2 (3:46 – BQ) at the Baystate marathon, and Chris (3:05 – BQ) at the Columbus marathon.  And miles2gether on his first marathon yesterday at KC. Great work guys!

October 17, 2009

Good Luck Lacey! and a great long run

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First off: GOOD LUCK TMRW LACEY! I’m sending fast vibes your way as well as making an animal sacrifice or two to the weather gods so it’s NOT cold and rainy and bad out. I mean the weather ppl were wrong about today, n’est-ce pas?

Oh wow I am tired. I think I have a sleep hangover.  I saw Transformers 2 last night and my advice to you if youre thinking of seeing it: don’t.  Total waste of my time (luckily it was free so I didn’t waste any $$) but there was too much robot and not enough action.  I actually wanted to leave 30 minutes into it but my friend wanted to stay so I was there the whole time.  It put me in a slightly bad mood (and the fact that it’s 2.5 hours long didn’t help) which is too bad because another GREAT thing happened last night…

MAJOR HOT-SPANISH-TA SIGHTING. Last night there was a Latin Dance performance and I went to support my friend who, while not in the Hispanic dance group, was doing a piece to help out (she’s in the school’s Dance Co.).  And guess who was there? Well I already told you but Hot-Spanish-TA. AND he stood next to me / my group of friends for the entire performance.  Plus, just when I thought that my night was complete, some of my friends wanted to grab something to eat at the dining hall and guess who ended up getting there just after us? Yup, Hot-Spanish-TA (plus some other TAs he was with).  Word.  Not only was the night fun from all the stuff I was doing with my friend but I got to see Hot-Spanish-TA.  Too bad the movie was a complete buzz-kill.

Anyway, on to running as this is the reason I started the blog and why most of you prolly started reading it haha.  Another cold day in New England, about 36* when I woke up.  Since today was a planned long run, as opposed to all the longest runs I just do during the week haha, I chose to wait a bit before running and eat some breakfast first thing.  This gave me food in my belly and a chance for the weather to warm up a few degrees.  Since it was really sunny out the temperature would really matter *that* much but I’ll take whatever I can get!

Since I did an interval workout yesterday, I was hesitant to go long today but it was sunny (yet still in the 30s) when I left and tmrw is suppose to be rainy.  I try to avoid the rain whenever possible, so today was going to have to be the day. My legs were a little stiff getting out of bed but that may have to do with a little impromptu dancing last night haha.

Even though it was a bit chilly when I left, I knew that I would eventually warm up so I wore this baby (except with longsleeves):

I bet you could see me in a blizzard wearing this!

I bet you could see me in a blizzard wearing this!

and I was complemented by a couple of cyclists as well as hollered at by a few high school boys haha.  I’m glad I went with the long sleeves because the temperature DROPPED so much by the end of the run, or at least it felt that way (it’s about 47* now I think).

And my legs held up remarkably well the whole time.  I don’t really know what it is but my body loves long distances. I just feel like I’m warming up the first 6 miles or so then everything is ready to roll.  During my marathon this past spring, I felt amazing post mile 20 and both post 20 mile training runs AND the actual marathon I never felt real soreness.  Guess it’s no surprise that my planned 12 turned into 14.  Plus the extra miles also gave me a chance to run by Hot-Spanish-TA’s house.

The 14 miles were also much faster (like 30 sec per mile) than my *shorter* mid-week runs.  How crazy is that? Plus I’m 99.99% sure that miles 1-6 were creepy crawly, meaning that miles 7-14 were actually faster than the average pace. So I finished my run all pumped up and actually wanting to do more.  And I would have too, if my stomach wasn’t grumbling.  Now my legs are a wee bit sore again so I’ll  *gasp* stretch them out and maybe use The Stick (haven’t done that in a while).

But I’m still happy because the run just lifted me up.  I wasn’t necessarily in a bad mood per-se beforehand but there’s just something about a good fast long run that just buoys you (or maybe it’s just me).  I’m for once not dreading the to-do list I’ve been staring at for the past hour or two haha.

Enjoy your Saturdays y’all and GOOD LUCK (again) LACEY 🙂

October 16, 2009

Cold + Rainy =/= Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:56

No snow (yet) but it’s another very chilly day and to make it worse, rainy.  I can handle either element on their own but put them together? Not so good for this chica. It looks like the next three or so days are going to be like this, sorry Lacey that you will be running in gross conditions.  But you’ll still rock! (She’s running her first marathon on Sunday!)

Due to this unfortunate weather I hit the TM.  Cold + rain + no sun = disaster waiting to happen.  I’m actually okay with this decision (as opposed to last week when I felt all guilty) because I’ve been a trooper the past two days in <35* weather (and colder with the wind) and I know that tmrw and Sunday I’ll likely be outside.  And rather than try to adapt so my body doesn’t freak out I pampered myself a bit.

Since I ran the Tufts 10k (which, sorry Emily, has nothing to do with Tufts University but rather the Tufts HealthCare Plan) on Monday an intense speed session wasn’t needed or necessary.  BUT changing speeds and going hard is what keeps me sane on the TM.  I hate just plugging along at one pace, I mean if I had been outside my pace naturally would have speed up and slowed down.  So I chose to do intervals so that I could beat the monotony of X mph for X time. Because, even though I am the queen of doing runs on the TM (once I did a 14 mile long run on one), there is only so much a person can take.

Intervals? Didn’t  I just say that I wanted to not do anything super intense? Well yes, but this is what I did: I did my intervals by time (and covered the distance traveled with a towel) so that I didn’t feel like I needed to hit a certain pace.  And I chose my pace so that it wasn’t an interval pace but rather a good medium between interval and tempo.  In this way I felt challenged by the speed but also not sooooo tired after.  I did get fatigued by the end but I think that’s okay.

Here’s the workout I did, all intervals were at 8.3mph which I think is around 7:15 pace.

Ladder (in minutes): 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 5, 4, 3, 3

After each interval I did 2 mins at a recovery pace and I warmed up with 10 minutes of easy running and the cool down was 11 minutes of easy stuff too, so 75 minutes total.

Overall? Good workout (not great because for a workout to be great I want to feel spent, which was NOT the goal today). I felt really good and sweaty. Tay mentioned the other day how sweaty she gets at the gym. Well I’m sooo the same way.  My shirt was drenched.  And I know that how much you sweat isn’t necessarily correlated to how hard you worked (it’s also genetic and hydration too) but the more I sweat the better I feel!

The girl who was working the shift at the gym when I was there was talking to me at the beginning when I was warming up and saying that she was getting into running as a way to lose weight.  Apparently she hates it and during physio class (which we have together) she was in shock after asking how far I went this morning (it was a little over 9.5 miles).  Haha, I was like “I’m a long distance runner. It’s what I do” And when I disclosed how far I went there were murmurs around me of how far that is.  Oh man.  I am now officially the crazy runner to people.  I guess there’s worse things to build a reputation on though.

Just got out of a meeting with my advisor about my independent project.  A meeting FRIDAY AFTERNOON?! Who does that? Well apparently me because my life is so busy I can only fit it in now.  Boo. But after leaving I am more pumped up about it and want to get my nerd on and go do more research. Hoooolllleeeerrrrrr.  And to answer Lacey’s questions (and anyone else who might have it):

  1. It’s not a necessarily *new* topic as the correlation between diabetes and frozen shoulder has been recognized for a while but there that’s basically it.  There’s only recently been literature suggesting possible reasons why but there’s no definite answer.
  2. No, I’m not turning it into a thesis.  A) the deadline for declaring such stuff has already passed and B) I am wayyy too busy in life to dedicate more time to it.  I was really bummed out at first about not writing one but I’m definitely going to be happier this way.  I get to still learn all of it but I don’t have to produce a huge-ass paper and defend said paper in the spring.

Okey-dokey.  Going to start my Friday right by watching last night’s episode of The Office.  My friend has an all day vball tourney in the morning so I think we’re also going to hit up the campus movie which is Transformers 2. I doubt it’ll be a “good” movie but I’m still going to love it because: hot (military) guys + guns + blowing stuff up = amazing. ALWAYS. Hopefully there will be a Hot-Spanish-TA sighting sometime too.  Hey, it’s the simple things in life, right? 🙂

October 15, 2009

Another cold one but a cute outfit

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Good afternoon everyone! Has anyone seen where the fall went? Seriously, it went from 60* weather to a high of 42* today.  It actually *feels* like snow is possible and if it gets as cold tonight as it did last night…well I don’t want to go there.  It’s mid-October for Pete’s sake.

The rains have moved in though within the last hour and the skies are all gloomy (anyone else wonder why skies is an acceptable word? There really is only one haha) which makes me happy that I got my workout done early this morning.

My alarm was a bugle horn or fog horn or something this morning.  I even woke up 15 minutes beforehand but fell back asleep.  Which is always the worst because you feel all flustered.  I accidentally left my heat on a little too high last night so the room was nice and toasty. A good thing I guess, since the temp was 31* and the wind chill lowered it another 7*.  Winter anyone?

I finally figured out how to make my heat turn on when I need it to and off when I don’t: there’s a little switch called automatic where once the room is a certain temp, the heat will shut off and when the room temp is lower it will kick back in.  Why is the new dorm so complicated? In every other building there is only this setting thereby simplifying the concept of heating a room. And making it less wasteful. In anycase it is figured out and hopefully this means I won’t wake up at 0200 all sweaty and confused and gross anymore.

So the point was that it was relatively easy to coax myself out of bed. I hit the gym for some lifting.  As much as I’d rather not do the weights at all, 0600 is a great time to do it because A) there are soooo few ppl there during the 0600 hour and B) more importantly, no sports team leering at me because I am “interfering” with their lifting. No one really shows up until 0700 by which I am done and ready to leave.

The actual lifting session was a bit rough because I hadn’t lifted in about 10 days as I had the 10k on Monday and I’m paranoid about lifting too close to any race.  We’ll see how I feel in the morning.  It wasn’t a terribly hard session but by the end I was feeling a little fatigued.

Which showed during the 3 mile “warm down” run that I did after.  I have a hard time thinking about 3 miles as a run distance since I’ve been consistently doing 6+ lately.  But I was pretty happy that I stuck to 3 today.  I don’t think my legs could have handled any more than that after doing 1.5 miles of warm up and then lifting.

And it was cold as hell (if hell were, in fact, cold).  I actually wore a pair of capris rather than shorts! It’s still too early in my mind to break out the tights and/or pants but still cold so I figured capris were cute.  PLUS, in the true spirit of my life, I was unable to shower for a while and the capris were able to keep me warm in class and I looked damn good in them, if I do say so myself (hinthint: just in case I saw Hot-Spanish-TA, sadly it hasn’t happened yet but the day is still young).

Sadly I did not snap a pic of me in them but trust me I was looking good :)

Sadly I did not snap a pic of me in them but trust me I was looking good 🙂

Again, I got my outfit 100% right temp-wise except for my hands.  It seems that I am doomed to be frozen-handed during the winter.  Last winter I could wear 4 layers on my hands and still go numb.

Today’s run wasn’t as happy as yesterday’s BUT it was still on the fast side.  I guess I’m still riding high from the fastness of Monday.  It was also a treat to start and complete my run with full sunlight because I ran second.  I did see a creepy flock of birds

...And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!

...And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!

There were easily 40-50 of them.  I’ve seen the movie and didn’t find it scary but it’s very eerie to see that many birds with your own eyes!

There must be something in the air because after my outdoor run I have not been able to stop sneezing! My nose was a little runny after the run (you know it’s winter when your nose runs more than you haha) but no matter what I did the sneezing wouldn’t stop.  I was thinking allergies but it’s still happening even with all this rain coming down. Boo!

Alright, enough blogging and more independent study stuff! Yesterday Lacey asked about my project.  It’s actually a little embarrassing to talk about because it in no way relates yet to my major (physics) BUT I’m looking at adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder syndrome) and the fact that it is wayyyyy more prevalent in diabetics vs. the general population.  Right now I’m looking into how the body regularly does the whole immune response thing to trauma and the mechanisms of how new tissues are formed etc.  Later I’ll look into how/why it goes wrong and possible reasons.  Unfortunately there isn’t too much concrete knowledge on the latter stuff so we’ll see where the road takes me.

And again, thanks for all the really nice and kind and encouraging and pumping up words lately.  It really inspired me to keep going and I think it is a factor in the pep in my step lately.  So the pressure is on for y’all to keep me running fast and easy 😉

October 14, 2009

Circulation? Fail.

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I definitely got my first taste of cold weather this morning.  It was 33* out and 27* with the worst two words I could hear: wind chill.  I forgot to turn my heat down last night so my body was deceived by how cold is actually was. My mind knew better and wanted to break out full winter gear but it’s October man! I ended up compromising and wore spandex shorts under my gym shorts and a tank top under my tech long sleeve.  I also wore gloves but with my circulation (more on that later heh) I’ve been wearing gloves for awhile now.

My first thought when I left my building was “Oh this isn’t so bad or not as bad as I thought, I guess I dressed about right”. I have the tendency to overdress a bit because I hate being cold.  Upon reflection I think I did get it right today.  My second thought was “Holy Mother of God, it’s colder than I thought” but in reality it wasn’t so bad.  My hands just went a bit numb like usual although it happened at a much later point in the run which was a pleasant surprise.

The sun also didn’t rise until 0654 this morning making the first 24 minutes sun-less.  I got the pre-dawn light pretty quickly after I started but it’s always a bit scary to be running in the dark.  I get way paranoid about every little sound haha.  When I do run in the dark I make sure to stick very close to campus because I see so many Public Safety officers driving around and, since I see them so often, I think they look out for me.  It’s a small campus and I like the P.S. officers here (re: I am not disrespectful like 99.99% of my campus)

I got 7 miles in.  I wish I could’ve done more, because I was feeling fast and strong but my fingers/hands told me otherwise.  And I am still reaping the benefits of my fast 10k on Monday because I ran my fastest 0600 run in recent memory.  It just felt good and I felt *on*.  Maybe the weather had something to do with it, maybe the fact that I ate a couple slices of bread beforehand but who knows.  The point is that my running felt fluid, my breathing was in rhythm with my stride and I felt like I was in a good place both mentally and physically. Feeling strong is a wonderful feeling.

Unfortunately my strength was only limited to my running this morning.  In a fit of mental blockage I forgot how poor my circulation was when I was taking my Spanish exam this morning.  I sat in one cross-legged position during the entire hour long test and when I got up my ankle did not want to work.  Like at all.  I’m talking face-plant.  And when I tried to move and walk again, I nearly did it twice.  My ankle just would not flex and extend when I wanted it to.  I am so lucky that I didn’t break or twist anything although I doubt I would have felt it if I did, my whole shin through foot was numb.  Now I’m going to be a zealot about shifting my legs around when I sit.

After that debacle I had an hour to kill before my French in-class essay exam (as my Physio prof is not in the country this week) and while I was studying for it in the humanities building I saw Hot-Spanish-TA. [EDIT: While Hot-Spanish-TA is my TA for this course, he is only the TA during the lab on Tuesday. Thank for for small favors haha).   Yup my concentration was shot after that.  Although since it was an essay exam (which I despise! I like being able to produce my writing free of hour-long time constraints) I doubt that I was being terribly productive anyway.  But it brightened my morning.

And all your amazing comments yesterday about my 10k and how happy I looked, how awesome my nails are etc. brightened my day yesterday and today when I read them all.  Thanks so much guys, you are awesome!

Off to do some research for my independent study, luckily it’s looking like that is the only work I’ll have for the rest of the week.  Granted I’ve been putting it off like woah because of all the other school stuff lately so it’s going to be quite a bit of work but only one “subject”? I’ll take it!

Happy the-week-is-halfway-done day!

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