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October 13, 2009

Lazy Day

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Lucky for me I’m still on October break.  Which means another day of R&R.  Well kind of, between all my marathon tv sessions and sleeping I need to do some work but whatever, lounging around was totally worth it.

This morning when I woke up it was all icky and gross, so happy that it didn’t happen yesterday for the 10k.  That would have been a major bummer.  I had a doctor appt this morning so I had to battle the blah-ness.  It was quick chilly too! I wish I could have stayed in bed longer, I was bushed last night that even with 9 hours of sleep I was jarred awake by the alarm.  Ew.

Doctor appts always take forever and a day so I left my building at 0830 and didn’t get back until 1200! Granted it was a 30 minute drive each way and I had to get some lab work done but, ugh, annoying.  So the perfect way to destress from that aggravation? A run of course.

By the time I hit the roads it was close to 1230 and the steady rain had become practically non-existent.  Score! I set out for the “typical” 5 mile route I have.  Quotes because when was the last time I ran only 5 miles?! The weather was pretty tricky today, the further away from my school I got the harder the rain came down.  I was happy when I reached my turn-around point in the loop and the rain eased up.  By the time I got back to campus the sun was shining and I felt good enough (and fast enough) to add an extra 1.2 miles. The extra 1.2 miles also got me to run past the hot TAs house a second time.  Gosh, since when did blue eyes and a Spanish accent turn me into a middle school girl?! (At least I think blue eyes, I’m not crazy stalker-ish — yet heh)

MAJOR EDIT: So I started this post pre-dinner but got hungry early and headed down to the dining hall with it half finished.  Kind of glad I had an early dinner because I SAW HOT SPANISH TA. For real.  He was sitting alone but he looked like he was just finishing up when I got there so I said hi but then moved on somewhat awkwardly.  I am way to much of a middle school girl lately to actually engage in conversation.  Plus he was doing work and I didn’t want to interrupt.  BUT it kind of made my night.

So another 10k in the books! Today’s wasn’t nearly as speedy as yesterday’s BUT I ran it in 52 minutes and 42 seconds making it exactly an 830 pace.  Woot! Very speedy for me on any day really but especially so after a race.  So I’m very happy about that.  I think it harks back to what I say after every speed workout: fast running begets fast running.  I’m not saying that I should ditch the easy paces but it’s fun to run fast for a few days. Hopefully this sticks around for a little bit longer.

The fall weather, however, (heh that rhymed) is not.  The overnight low is going to be low 30*s.  Ouch. Not cold enough for underarmour or tights or anything but still cold enough that I know I’m not going to want to get out of bed.

Hmmm…..I know I had more to say but I’m seriously all dazed from the TA sighting at dinner.  So I’ll end it here with a have a great Tuesday night y’all!

P.S. Sperly’s having a giveaway! And so is Jess! Standard disclaimer applies: Do not enter because I want it 🙂

And if you stuck with the post here’s some of my fav pics I stole from Lacey of the 10k

YAY we are here on the Commons

YAY we are here on the Commons

Enjoying the post-race freebies

Enjoying the post-race freebies

Done and smiling.  Check out those hot nails too haha

Done and smiling. Check out those hot nails too haha

October 12, 2009

Tufts 10k

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Perfect fall day for a race! It was wicked chilly when I got up this morning but it warmed up pretty quickly and I think the temp when the horn went off at 1200 was 55*.  Wonderful. I wore my “cute outfit” but it wasn’t warm enough to actually feel comfy in a tank so I wore my Tufts 10k shirt from last year.  I still looked cute heh.

I got another great night sleep last night, 9ish hours.  I can’t remember the last time I got so many solid nights of sleep in a row.  Definitely making me feel not ill at all, I think I’ve finally kicked the virus.

In any case I hit the road to meet up with Lacey, her sister Amy and Elliot before the race and head into Boston together.  I am so glad that she offered to do this because it was sooooo stress free. We took public transportation in and got to the Commons about an hour or so before start time.  I had to get my race number, shirt and goodie-bag and the line was sooooooooooo long.  It seriously took me 40 minutes to get my number.  Sheesh! At this point I lost Lacey but I was hoping that I would catch her at the start.

By the time I checked my bag, used the porta-potty and actually headed to the start it was almost go-time! I didn’t have time to warm-up or even line up with the correct starting line (7 min/mi pace).  I think I was wayy back with the people aiming for 10 pace. Oh well. And as a little aside to how much I LOVE the running community, in order to get to the start on time me and another women had to hop a fence rather than wait in the bottleneck at the gate.  Seriously this fence was high and had spikes on it.  But we helped each other over.  Camaraderie right there.

So with all that chaos, it’s needless to say the first mile was a little slow to go.  I knew immediately that it wasn’t going to be my day to PR and I just set out to “run the best race I can”. Seriously, I am a dork and actually said that to myself. Heh.  It was also hard because there were SO. MANY. WOMEN.  Someone said 10,000 but I think about 7,000 actually ran it. Still a huge number of women.  Even some men.  I was happy that I painted my nails hot pink last night because I was so proud to be female.  Totally dorky but hey whatever.

Each mile after that first one felt great.  The ab cramps that I was feeling (stitch-in-side but on BOTH sides) disappeared as my body warmed up.  I was passing people left and right and it felt *good*.  I wish I could give you a play-by-play for each mile but the more time that passes, the fuzzier the details.  I do remember telling myself to enjoy it: great weather, great atmosphere and great people! I was also totally beasted by a girl running barefoot. She was moving sooooo fast.

I ended up with pretty good negative splits:

  • 8:16
  • 7:32 (15:48)
  • 7:52 (23:40)
  • 6:58 (30:38)
  • 7:00 (37:38)
  • 7:02 (44:40)
  • 45:55

The first 3 miles were tough and I needed to get into a rhythm.  Not quite sure why mile 3 was so slow, but oh well.  I’m extremely happy with how the last 5k went.  I finally was able to kick it into high gear.  Mentally there was a lift too.  I’ve said this in the past but running is so mental and I think there was too much “junk” going on in my head during the first 5k and I was able to buckle down and focus. At this point I started trucking and feeling really good.  I think, upon reflection, that I’m a looooong distance person since once I get warmed up I feel like I can go on foreverrrr.  Or maybe it’s just indicative of me actually needing to warm up for quite a bit before jumping into it.

Around mile 5 I found Lacey and Amy running hard and fast! I recognized them as I was coming up because of their cute shirts.  Major props to both of them, especially Amy as it was her very first race. Whoo-hoo!

So the overall time was :25 off my PR! I’m kind of upset because I know that if I was at the correct place at the start I could have beat that.  But I wasn’t and I ran the best race I could with what I had.  I’m also extremely proud because of how sick I was at the end of last week. However, this is the first race ever that I haven’t PR’d so that kind of stings.  But the hanging out with cool people and a cool race makes up for it.

Final numbers:

  • Time: 45:55
  • Avg Pace: 7:24
  • Place in AG: 105/1473 (Top 7.13%)
  • Place overall: 232/6020 (Top 3.85%)

After the race the three of us hit up and stuffed our bags with the freebies and all the food.  We made out like bandits! Sadly I was unable to go out to lunch with them so we parted ways.  But I was so happy that I got to chill with them.  Hopefully since we don’t live far away at all, and we’re even closer when I’m in my hometown, we can meet up at some other race or whatnot.  Unfortunately we’re entering winter and in NE there isn’t much in the way of winter races.  I’m sure there are some more fall ones but with Lacey running her first marathon next week I’m not sure how into racing she’ll be after that haha.

But we will definitely run this race again next year.  It’s such a great race and experience and I can’t wait for it.  Plus I want to really race Lacey 🙂

P.S. I didn’t take any pics, like usual, but she took a bunch and will prolly put them up on her blog later tonight or tmrw.

P.P.S. What a surprise I had when I walked back into my room and my school decided to turn the heat on today.  I think it was literally 90* in my room. Sheesh!

Weekly Recap: October 5 – 11 2009

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Miles: 44

Time: 6 hours 34 minutes 52 seconds

Strength: 1x — full body

Core: 5x

XT: I think I’m going to drop this from the recaps because I never use it haha

I knew it would come down to illness to get my miles down, and mid-40s is still high for most people! The overall pace was quick despite the sick miles which I think is due to the really fast tempo I had on Wednesday.  Not much to say except that I’m really happy about the way this week shaped up, granted being sick sucked but I took a full rest day and had two “half days” when I ran <4 miles.  Definitely good for the whole body to get that kind of rest.  It’s been awhile since that happened.

October 11, 2009

Resting up to get pumped up

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Another great night of sleep! Just over 9 hours.  I love breaks and having campus be dead.  At least right now because it’s helping my immune system fight the invaders in my body.  Last night was Transformers + lots and lots of apple cinnamon tea. I think all my rest is going the trick because my body is feeling great, a very good thing because of my 10k tmrw.

Which I am getting pumped for.  I actually just registered last night (talk about procrastination!) but I can’t wait.  Since the race is 100% women and promoting women’s health I have painted my nails BRIGHT florescent pink. It practically glows in the dark heh. It’s making me feel really girly which also helps my sick-y mood. Not too sure about how I’ll do coming off of the illness but I’m excited to get out there and race again.

The weather tmrw morning is supposed to be cool which is nice but I have a cute outfit already picked out and it’s prolly best worn about 10* warmer than the predicted.  Oh well.  I’ll be cold but cute. And I get to meet Lacey tmrw.  Hopefully I remember to bring my camera and I will finally have some type of pictures to post. Shaping up to look like a great day.

This morning the temp was cold too.  And I was soooo comfy and warm in my bed that I didn’t want to get up.  I definitely laid in bed for a good 20 minutes before dragging myself up, a very rare thing for me.  I even debated pushing my run off until the afternoon.  But I knew that running first thing would wake me up and let me fully start my day, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed you know.  I honestly don’t feel awake until my run is completed.

Running felt good this morning.  The cool temp, while hard to get out of bed for, made the run very enjoyable and pleasant.  Perfect fall day in fact! I limited myself to 6.5 miles because of the race tmrw, running 12.5 yesterday and recovering from a virus. But I honestly think I could have run more. I debated running some extra so I could pass the hot TA’s house but I didn’t.  I didn’t look at cute as yesterday and my legs didn’t need the miles.  But the urge to do so was pretty strong, not going to lie haha.

Kind of a boring post, but I like it because it means that my life isn’t crazy at the moment.  I’m actually looking forward to the rest of my day which includes catching up on Friday’s episodes of Numb3rs and Psych as well as watching more of season 4 of Numb3rs.  I’m sure I’ll be able to keep that stuff on while I work on a French assignment — multitasking ADD anyone (heh)?  I want to take advantage of my thinking in French more and more lately.  I’ve found that my runs are the perfect place to work on both my French and Spanish language skills.  Anyone else do this? Gotta do some laundry too, I hate looking at all of it piling up!

Enjoy your Sunday.  Congrats to my friends running Chicago.  I won’t spoil NACN and Matt’s results as I’m sure they’ll have posts up later today or tmrw. But they did awesome! Metal and RunningAlison did  stellarly too: another sub-3 for Metal and a BQ of  3:40:xx for Alison. Woot! I am so inspired when I read about what my fellow runners are doing.

October 10, 2009

On the mend

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10 hours of sleep! Hooooooooolleeeeeeeeeer! After lounging around yesterday afternoon, an NCIS marathon with my roomie and a marathon of slumber, what is the result? An almost 100% me.  I guess the whole rest = do not move at all thing works.  Very well in fact.

I did set out for a run in the late morning.  Given how I’d been feeling the past few days I didn’t think hitting the streets immediately was a good idea; smarter to get some water and food in me so that the run didn’t feel like torture. Wasn’t sure how far I could / would go but, being the overachiever / perfectionist that I am, I really wanted to get a long run (ie: double digits) in.  And we all know what happens when I get an idea planted into my brain.

I had spent the morning catching up on a season of Numb3rs that I missed.  Bamf show and even cooler because I understand a lot of the math and physics behind it. Yes I do get excited about that kind of stuff (nerd alert hah).

Around 1100 I decided to change and go running.  It was perfect weather.  If it had been about 5* cooler it would have been a perfect fall day.  But it was warm enough to wear a tank, which I chose the cutest one I could find, and yet totally not revealing — it said I’m a serious runner and yet also a female —  because I was running by the house that all the TAs live in.  Yes I am girly and awkward and creepy like that.  But if for whatever reason I saw my lovely TA I wanted to look good dammit. I am slightly embarrassed by my thought process but hey, it is what it is. And sadly no TA sighting.

I set out with the plan of doing some small loops in case I got tired early but then, in a moment of clear delusion, I thought “hey I can do my 12.5 mile loop no problem”.  And it wasn’t a problem. I even was able to maintain my typical long run pace.  Healthy? Maybe, breathing was a little harder but I never felt like I was dying. I think it helped that the weather was so nice.  I mean, sure I was tired but after a long run who isn’t? It wasn’t a feeling of clear exhaustion either, so I feel confident that resting up Thursday and Friday was the cure in letting my body fight the virus.

Rest (or at least rest in any aspect other than my run) happened today too. I’ve just been lounging around really, watching more T.V. on DVD and whatnot. The funny thing is this: I am soooo not a party person.  Sure I go and have fun but I don’t “rage” the way other students do.  Okay well that’s not funny and / or interesting really but this is: while sick and infirmed all I wanted to do was go out and rage.  Seriously! And now that I’m semi-healthy and could conceivably go out AND am having a good hair day no one is on campus.  Prolly just as well, I’m hoping for another looooong slumber tonight.

I also spent an exorbitant amount of time at Target today.  I figured that I had the time just to peruse.  I was able to keep a mental running tally of the things I wanted so that I didn’t go too over budget.  Luckily I had a $50 Visa gift card but honestly? Who wants to just spend only 50? I am proud of the fact that I got 3 boxes of cereal, 1 box of oatmeal, milk, bagels, running shorts, sports bra, and running capris  for only $54.16.  Talk about bargain shopping!

Special shoutout to Matt and NACN, Metal, Runningalison as they gear up for Chicago tmrw! Looks like the weather will be nice.  Plus congrats to kmh304 who ran a 3:07 with a BROKEN ARM in the Baltimore marathon this morning.  Man, I can’t even fathom doing something like that with two healthy arms.  And LARunner who, if RWOL is right, ran a 3:06 at Hartford. I definitely feel so honored to be able to “talk” to these folks! Awesome running guys 🙂

October 9, 2009

Good news? Bad news?

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Just got back from the medical center with some good news: *probably* not the flu. Or at least if it is, it hasn’t progressed to that bad of a stage.  If I feel this bad and it isn’t the worst yet I’m really not looking forward to this weekend.  But the doc did a strep test and checked me out for pneumonia.  The doc said just to continue to rest and drink lots of fluids and if it got worse to go to the ER this weekend and if I still felt bad on Tuesday that I should come in to get blood work done.  So I guess it’s good news? Most likely not the flu but who knows what it really is and even if it is the flu there’s nothing I can do to treat it.  Prolly just a regular virus.  Yuck.

I honestly tried to sleep in this morning.  I even took a TylenolPM last night — and I despise taking any medication for any reason so this was a big deal.  Still I slept until only 0700. Bummer. But then, me being me, I said to myself “hey I can still get in a short run”. Ummmm yeah, really? After all the crying I did because I was so miserable yesterday?

Well, my friends, I did go out for a short jaunt.  And by short I mean incredibly short because I was so breathless by the end of 1.5 miles, which in hindsight makes me superman that I could go that far.  I ended up with 3 because it was shorter to just turn around than continue my loop.  The breathless thing was really annoying because my lungs are clear and I don’t have asthma.  Guess it’s just my muscles being so fatigued that they don’t want to help me breath in my running. After that I decided to skip doing any core. Also annoying? That the weather was damn near perfect for running.  I hate feeling like I “wasted” good running weather even if it’s for my own good.

The rest of my day has been pretty lax, which I obviously need.  One of my classes was canceled but unfortunately it was number 2 out of 3 so I couldn’t start my day late or end it early! Annoying.  I was able to also catch up on L&O: SVU and The Office.  Both episodes were so good but so different from each other that it was weird watching them back-to-back.  SVU was wicked intense, I swear that show has really evolved over the years and turned away from just the plot and developed the characters.  Love it.  And The Office was frickin’ hilarious as always.  Doubly so when it’s a DOUBLE EPISODE.

I’m actually looking forward to this weekend despite the fact that it’s October break and 99.99% of the campus has left.  It’s like a ghost town.  But it will give me a chance to sleep lots, watch T.V-on-DVD marathons, read so *good* books (and trashy mags).  I’m also hoping to take a trip to the grocery store and target but that will depend on how much I feel like driving.   Tired + driving =/= good idea.

Ok so I need to insert some more running talk before I get back to the tabloids I have waiting for me (haha): some awesome people racing this holiday weekend (including yours truly on Monday) but Matt and NACN are running Chicago, Katerina‘s running a 10k,  and Lacey‘s running the Tufts 10k with me! As well as these fine folks from RWOL: kmh, suepm, metal, runningalison, arcticblast and chapelheel.  Let’s cross our fingers for some great weather and kick ass races!

P.S. Sarah is having a great giveaway. And the standard I want it so don’t enter rule applies 😛

P.P.S. I think I forgot to mention this when it happened but I actually WON a giveaway from Christina and I recieved it today.  Woot.  What a great way to make a girl feel better!

October 8, 2009


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Why hello there! Last night was actually a very pleasant surprise: I finished the data analysis in record time and completed my lab write up before when I thought I would be done.  So I actually got a little sleep last night. Wahoo!

Since I wasn’t planning of lifting today (because of my upcoming 10k) I had the choice to run at 0600 or 1100 after my morning class which would let me sleep in.  I obv chose to run at the earlier time so that I can use my other time to do some more work.  Oh my life.

According to the sun didn’t rise until 0649! So I did some ab work in my room before rather than after my run so I could still finish everything in time to get to my class.  Really, the only bummer to cooler weather is less daylight.  So sad to think at the end of the month, we’ll be turning the clocks back! And another so-sad-it’s-cooling-off note: I got my first nosebleed of the season last night. Let the cold weather commence heh. NOT.

I’m actually really glad I ran my 8 miles earlier rather than waiting.  In addition to having time to do my homework I was able to watch a beautiful sunrise, enjoy upper 40* temps and witness a wonderful morning unfold.  Very sappy but it’s the truth. The wind that plagued this area yesterday was completely gone and the still crisp air felt so good. I could definitely run in this weather year round.

The run itself was okay.  I mean, I ran a killer tempo yesterday so I wasn’t expecting super-speed today.  I think I mentioned this last week but the day after a hard speed workout my legs just have a little bit more of a spring in their step.  I guess fast running begets more fast running.  Or at least slightly faster than normal.

Unfortunately all this pushing has done a number on my body.  Around noon, just when the end seemed to be in sight, all the illness I’ve been keeping at bay caught up to me.  It’s definitely not full blown yet but I have:

  • the chills
  • severe headache
  • aches in all my joints, but particularly my spine
  • lightheadedness
  • swollen femoral lymph nodes (groin glands)
  • fire-y feeling under my skin
  • emotional/irritable — a sure sign for me that a fever is on the way.

I’m really hoping that these don’t equal the flu! And I’m hoping that I’m in semi-good condition for the 10k with Lacey on Monday.

I can deal with the physical components just fine but the whole emotional thing is the hardest for me.  I had jazz class today and I saw the Dean of Health and Fitness.  Our friendship really is a friendship rather than a formal thing, if I were to address him in a foreign language I’d use the “tu” form (heh but I felt I needed to clarify) and I totally broke down because I am so uncomfortable right now.

He told me to that I looked incredibly worn down, and that he could see it in my eyes / on my face.  And to take care of myself and skip jazz (plus he gave me a new thermometer).  Unfortunately my regular instructor wasn’t there and the fill-in told me that I should just sit out and watch. Ummm really? I was sooo miserable that I had to lay down on the piano bench.

And I still feel miserable.  So weird because I felt fine this morning.  And the medical center that my school uses (it’s the town’s medical center) can see me at the earliest tmrw afternoon.  I think I have the flu and told them that.  Yeah, they can see me tmrw in the afternoon. Looks like the medical center is placing a high priority on sick ppl.

I so don’t want to be sick right now.  I still have a French assignment to do but I doubt it’s really all that hard but I just can’t focus because my body just hurts. Like I knew this would happen but I was hoping that my body was strong enough to last another 24-36 hours when I was on break.  Oh well, time to take yet another hot shower to warm up and make a nice big hot mug o’ tea.

P.S Yas asked yesterday how much I run while incorporating lifting.  My primary focus is my running so I run a lot and have been running for 10 days or so before taking a rest day.  So it’s about 6-7 days a week depending on when that rest day falls.  I only am lifting 1-2 times a week so the lifting is really supplementary.

Book Reviews

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As promised, two book reviews 🙂

Born to Run: Nice quick read.  And quick meaning I never wanted to put the book down so it didn’t take me long at all to finish it. When my friend told me that I needed to read this one she made it sound like it was an endorsement 100% pro-barefoot running.  Definitely not, although there is some talk of it. I’m naturally a little skeptical of the whole barefoot running phenomena.  But I’m also just as leery of shoes that are supposed to correct anything and everything that is wrong with your foot.

And I didn’t feel like the whole book revolved around barefoot running the way it was pitched to me.  Sure, it’s a large component but it’s not what I remember about the book.

The basic premise is that the author Christopher McDougall wants to figure out what’s wrong with the pain in his foot. Throughout the course of his search he ends up hearing about the Tarahumara indians in Mexico who are arguably the best runners in the world.  This piques his interest and he goes off in search of learning their secrets.  Yes, very basic plot.  I hate writing summaries.

Anyway I liked the book.  It also weaves in anecdotes from labs at Harvard, stories of ultramarathoners who are pushing the limits of what their bodies can handle and then ties it all together with a 50 mile race in Mexico with the Tarahumara.

The best thing that I took away from it was this: running is simple and fun.  The best runners (which the book argues are the Tarahumara) are out there to have fun.  From looking at the young kids playing games to the oldest in the tribes, when they are running  they are smiling and enjoying it.  To paraphrase the author and a passage from the book: running should be a blast, not worrying about numbers or calories burned etc.  It really harks back to how you were as a kid, running free.  Speeding up and slowing down when you feel like it.  Just rolling with the punches.

There is also a really good sciency stuff in there too, which the science nerd in my loved.

Overall: B+. Very entertaining story but not exactly motivational to me.

The Perfect Mile: Now here’s a book that’s motivational.  Basically the quest to be the first runner to break 4 minutes. The book follows three runners as they all try to be the first.  They’re shown from when they first got into running up until the barrier is broken and then some. Even though I knew how the story would end I still loved it.  For me there was a twist at the end because I didn’t know that two of the guys actually raced each other after the sub-4 so I didn’t know how that would end.

I found it so inspiring because of how hard these guys trained and in what conditions: weather, financial, social etc.  Definitely made me want to go out there and put 100% every day, heart and soul.

Overall: A.  I love books that are showing how much people are willing to put on the line for a goal.

So there you go: my two running book reviews.  I’ve never ever been very good at them so hopefully you found them useful. But bottom line? Go read ’em!

October 7, 2009

Gee Whiz

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Well maybe I had too much on my plate yesterday.  Or just misjudged how much time I had as I had physics tutees the whole two hours and I was counting on those two hours for some of my own work.  Oh well, the long and short of it is I didn’t end up stopping my work until midnight (and sadly only got the stuff due immediately this morning done) which means that by the time I hopped into bed and fell asleep it was almost one!

But my 0600 alarm still went off and I hurdled out of bed like there was a fire or something.  I know some of you *cough*matt*cough called me out on the TM tempo I was planning for today.  I know that tempos outside would be the most beneficial to me, if I was able to keep my mind mentally there and on track.  With so much going on I can’t do that because my mind is wandering and mulling over various things, both important and not so much. My usual thing is to do math or think in either French or Spanish.  Sometimes I’ll try to figure out how to tackle a problem set or what I’m doing for the weekend.  But my mind is always going a mile a minute and usually NOT on the run at hand.  (Definitely not the case in races where I get wicked competitive and ALL I think about is the race). I think my “thinking style” is pretty normal though, right?

I figure the TM is at least teaching my muscles how to run at a certain pace and giving it muscle memory.  Still ever since doing my speedwork in August and the beginning of September outside I feel sooooo guilty using the TM as a crutch.

This morning, however, I was given the perfect excuse: pouring rain, thunder, lightning.  Normally I am terrified of storms but this one allowed me to hit the gym up so I loved it.

I decided to do another progression tempo like last week only ramp up the intensity. Instead of just going up .1 mph (~5 seconds faster) I went up .2mph (~10 seconds faster). Here are the splits

  • 730
  • 719
  • 708
  • 658
  • 649
  • 640

I’m feeling really good about that run.  The last two miles were really hard but it felt so good both mentally and physically to do them and have them completed. Again, like last week, the warm up was horrendous and it felt awful.  I think I might be running it too fast, but interestingly enough I run the same pace for the warm down and it feels too slow. Oh relativity (which I think I’ve said before, story of life I guess).

I came back to my room and fixed myself the most delicious brekkie.  It was a peanut butter and banana sandwich on a think (height wise) bagel.  YUM.  I take packages of bagels from the dining hall (I mean who doesn’t? Plus my room & board money is really paying for it.  Totally justified.) and they aren’t necessarily the biggest bagel in terms of diameter (which most ppl go for) but they are thick so the innermost layer of bagel stays semi-soft while the outside get a slightly-more-dark-than-golden brown.  Seriously? Heaven in your mouth.  A tall glass of milk hit the spot too.

Question for y’all: Lately I’ve been getting Charlie Horses in the am in my calves.  I know that there are billions of causes ranging from lack of sodium (definitely not the case with me, I pour salt on anything and everything), calcium (again, maybe not the case because of all the milk I drink and yogurt I eat), potassium (eat daily banana and tomatos and peppers etc), dehydration (quite possibly although in the past few weeks I’ve gotten MUCH better about drinking lots of water and fluids).  So any other sneaky causes of Charlie Horses? Although it should be noted that I’m able to “anticipate” and feel one coming on so I can preventatively stretch it out so I haven’t had a full blown one yet.  And don’t really want to either.

Also: illness update.  There have been 4 confirmed cases of swine flu on my campus, and while I’m not afraid of the swine flu (I’m personally more concerned with the regular flu) I think that my illness is flu-like.  Boo! Granted, I am definitely not sick yet but I can feel my immune system fending something off.  Last night when I was falling asleep I can feel something “off” in my chest and how I’m breathing.  Nothing that is changing the way I live or anything just a subtle weirdness.  I think I’m getting paranoid but with an upcoming break (and a prime opportunity for this bug to defeat my defenses) as well as the Tufts 10k for Women on Monday I think I’m going to try and take it easy.  Much easier said than done but that is the plan. I did my last hard workout before the race and now I need to pump some fluids in me and try to minimize the stress and maximize the sleep.

Today promises to be just as busy as yesterday though so we’ll see.  I don’t have to tutor tonight so that frees up 2 hours extra to work.  AND it’s supposed to pour all day in heavy bursts so maybe I can bunker down in the physics room during any free time I might have to pound out assignments.  Only the two largest ones due tmrw: analysis of Geophysics data and my physio lab write up. Jeez, when I signed up for classes last semester I thought that this was going to be an “easy and relaxing semester”. So much for that idea!

P.S. Ummm, Kathleen, yes TAs are always hot and this one is from Spain.  So it’s like double the hotness factor haha. Extra incentive to try and get fluent.  And it definitely is a requirement for TAs to be attractive. I’m convinced it’s a part of the application process.  At my school the language TAs are graduates (sooo like 24/25 years old) from a school in a country that speaks that foreign language.

P.P.S. And I know above I wrote that the weather is suppose to pour all day? Well in the past 4 hours it’s gone from brilliant sunshine to pouring and thunder.  Indecisive much? Plus the power went out for about an hour.  Gaaah. Luckily it’s back on but my blood pressure prolly went through the roof!

October 6, 2009

Workin’ for the weekend

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Whew. I guess that gene that regulates busyness is an over functioning one that’s for damned sure. Here’s how I’ve spent my day thus far:

  • 0600: Wake up and do core and 6 mile run while watching the sunrise.  Legs not as springy as I would have thought after yesterday’s rest day.  Quad soreness is gone though so the rest did some good.  I was planning on doing a tempo but after what was going to be my warm up I said “No way, no how!” The run was still at a quick clip, but I think it felt that way because my legs had been so worn down from last week.  Regardless I was running 45 seconds per mile faster today that last week.  Yay for rest!
  • 0830: Spanish lab where I may or may not be in love with my TA
  • 0930: Geophysics, where we started to analyze the data we collected yesterday
  • 1100: 45 minutes of weights (upper body and lower body with no core) elliptical for warm up/down.  My muscles definitely felt fatigued by the end but they also felt so *strong*.  Hard to explain what I mean but I think you guys get it more than my non-running / working out friends.
  • 1200: Meeting with Spanish profesora to discuss a paper.  She was really impressed when she found out that this was only my second year speaking Spanish. Sweet! Plus she wants me to hang out with the Spanish TAs / majors to make me fluent.  Holllller.
  • 1230: Lunch.
  • 1400: Jazz dance class.  Again, a blast.  I always go into that class feeling like complete poo but leave in a good mood.
  • 1530: Shower and cereal.  Hot hot hot shower and honeybunchesofoats:cinnamonclusters.  YUM.

And now I blog.  There are a million and one things I need to do right now though.  Including (but certainly not limited to): French poem analysis, completion of Geophysics analysis, Spanish activities and physio lab write up. And tutor 1900-2100. Holy Busy Batman!  Even though you might not care about the banality of my life, it makes me feel better seeing it all typed out.

Plus I know that it will all get done.  It always does.  I also have this weekend pulling me through; not only is it a long weekend but it’s EXTRA long because it’s our fall break so I have Tuesday off as well.  That said, I am prolly going to get hit with the flu because I’ll be relaxing and that’s always when you get sick.  Always. It’ll be annoying but okay, I’ve been feeling all achy and headachy and chilly for awhile now so it’ll be nice to get it done and over with.  See? Silver lining. Heh.

Now I’m debating whether or not a tempo tmrw morning is a good idea.  The plan is to do it at the gym on the TM because the mental aspect isn’t there still.  (This isn’t worrying me though about the 10k on Monday, I always BRING IT for races — but yet a reason for not wanting to get sick).  On one hand, I don’t want to make any impending cold worse but on the other hand I’m not sick right now.  Get those miles in while I can? Oh decisions decisions.

Alright ready? Break! I feel weird not writing a novel here but my mind is a million miles away on other things. And have no fear: I am about 75% done writing my book reviews and about 50% done with my final fuel posting.  Gosh does anyone remember when I started those? Pre and during fuel? Well hopefully I will have the post one done soon.

Hope that everyone is having a less hectic day than me.  Happy Tuesday (only Tuesday?!)

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