Wow today has been CRAZY!! Looks like my Wednesday’s are just going to be busy. I feel like my Monday / Wednesday schedule is always crazier than my Tuesday / Thursday schedule. At least the past couple years. Hope no one minds if I share what today looked like:
- 0715-0900: Wake up and run a “recovery” 11.2 miles
- 0900-1030:Breakfast and blog read (you guys are so busy overnight!)
- 1030-1120: Spanish class
- 1130-1230: Lifting session (#2 of the week!)
- 1245-1345: Lunch & Shower
- 1400-1500: Doctor appt
- 1530-1650: Quantum Physics
- 1730-1830: Catchup dinner with friends
Man oh man, on paper it looks busier than it really was. Meal times are actually going to be sit-down meals this semester, even if lunch ends up being brief because I have to dash off. But I thrive on having to bounce from place to place. And my Thursday doesn’t have any classes just a couple of meetings. Looks like it’s either feast or famine this semester on a daily basis. Which, like I said, is fine.
And I think I’m really going to like my classes this semester. Spanish is awesome again. I love my professor and was able to switch into the section I wanted. Quantum…well it’s going to be hard. But my professor is amazing (also my advisor) so it’s going to be a blast regardless of how over my head the material may or may not be. And those two classes, my friends, are the only two classroom classes I have. I’m also taking Experimental Physics, which is going to be doing independent experiments so I just have to find time during the week, and I’m continuing my independent research from last semester, which will be on my own time as well. Hollleeeerrrrr. So I’ll be very busy even though when I write out everywhere I have to be it looks a bit underwhelming. Maybe I should schedule in those other two “classes” right in permanent slots now so I have a plan, will be productive and won’t just waste my days.
As far as running goes: I guess my intervals yesterday really weren’t that hard because my recovery run really was a “recovery” run. I’m still going to give it that title but it might be more appropriate to call it an easy day. In case you’ve forgotten my recovery pace in the past has been 9:30-9:45 and my legs have really felt the need to go slow. Today? Well I rocked out a 9:05 average pace. WTF?! My body didn’t feel like it was pushing, in fact my HR stayed pretty low the entire time (I don’t have a HRM but I do take my HR the old fashioned way at the end of my run and then two minutes after that — Gosh I am an old fogie!)
But it felt great to have that pace be where my body wanted to be. But I have the sneaking suspicion that my interval & hill session yesterday just wasn’t as hard as it could have been / they have been in the past. What I’m trying to convince myself is that my body is just getting better at recovery in between runs. Either way I’m not going to knock a good effortless run (even though I kind of did haha 🙂 )
And I think I’m going to like having a ~0700 running time rather than an 0600 wakeup. There’s just something about that extra hour that makes getting up more bearable plus it seems like there are less cars on the road. And I hate traffic regardless of whether I’m driving or running or walking somewhere. Plus the sun is up and shining.
As a short lifting note: I LOVE it when the gym is practically empty. Not the case the past 3 weeks (when there were limited hours). I felt productive and that I could concentrate better on what I needed to do. And, like I’ve said the past few lifting related posts: I definitely am feeling stronger when I lift. Time to up the weights? Or add more reps? Oh decisions!