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May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayooooooo

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Happy Cinco de Drinko Mayo all.  Today is actually my friend’s birthday and I haven’t been able to celebrate for the past few years because it’s always been the final push of the semester.  The past two years were finals week and this year I have my Experimental Physics presentation tonight…from 1900-2200.  Fun stuff. I’d much rather be drinking margueritas and taking tequila shots.

Speaking of tequila shots work, thanks for all the good lucks on my Senior Presentation on Monday.  I think it ended up going well although I think I rushed at the end and stumbled a bit on my words.  Oh well.  It’s done and over with. Yay.  Although not really because I actually liked reading about the condition I was presenting on.  I just didn’t like the whole put-together-a-presentation/talk thing haha.

All this school (and financial aid and future job) stress must be working it’s way into my sleep because last night I had a dream about toe getting reinfected.  And the infection being WAY worse than last time (and it was pretty bad).  Plus my friends were sick of being supportive in it.  So it was like a double whammy.  Ick. I woke up actually feeling stressed out! Thankfully my toe is FINE (school, financial aid and job? Not so much but that’s something that hopefully will get ironed out soon).  I’m actually on the last day of one of my antibiotics and second to last day for the other.  Yippee 🙂

Okay enough other things and more running!

Oh but first: LOST?! OMG.  Why is this show soooo amazing?! I won’t get into last night’s episode here (because I hate it when people are major league asses and spoil endings like that) BUT if you want to chat about theories, OMG how-could-they-moments or anything just drop me a line 🙂

So *now* onto the running.

On Tuesday I had the most amazing run I’ve had in forever.  I think I said that in my last post too.  But it keeps on stunning me how well my legs are running.  My pace felt really relaxed and… well I don’t want to say easy because I was breathing a bit heavy but it was effortless.  It was one of those runs where I knew I was going hard but I didn’t feel like I was dying.  That said the pace didn’t end up being blistering (only 8:30) but it was still pretty damn  awesome.

I think it helped that the weather was amazing.  It was on the hot side (~70*) but I was able to keep my room an ice box somehow without air conditioning (cheap ass school — no cable nor AC.  I guess I’m lucky I get heat in the winter) so the warmth felt great.  Like Monday it was a sports bra and shorts day.  Finally I get to show off all my really cute / brightly colored sports bras! 😉 But unlike Monday there was very little humidity so I didn’t feel all gross and sticky running.

Sadly Wednesday morning was not a sports bra morning.  Although it wasn’t cold (still tank-top and shorts weather) the contrast between 70* and 55* is big.  And the humidity was WAY down thanks to some really big and scary T-storms that rolled through Tuesday afternoon.  So I was actually a little chilly at the beginning of the run.  Again, it felt kind of good considering that my body isn’t used to those really hot temps we’ve been having here in the NorthEast.

Yet again, my body surprises me because I ran another sub-9 paced run.  Where were these guys when I needed it during marathon training as confidence boosters? Oh yeah.  No where! The pace felt a bit awkward though.  Not like I was pushing really hard (my runs as of late are taking on the motto: Run the pace you feel comfy with for as long as it feels comfy.  Then adjust) but my legs were feeling the effects of 4 consecutive days of running.  Feels weird to type that out considering the streak I put in over the winter of, not only running days, but of *double digit* running days.  I guess that’s what happens when XT became the focus and I “lost” a bit of running fitness.

But I’m really happy that I’m happy and excited to go out there and run.  It’s so much fun lately and I feel like a kid all free on the playground or something 😀

My only complaint is that my legs did feel a bit tight.  And not just in one particular muscle.  My IT, hammys, quads, calves, pretty much everything was feeling it.  I guess this also happens when you get back into a running routine and run serious distances.  Nothing major, I still haven’t run double digits post-Boston yet (maybe this weekend?), but I totally needed a good stretching session. Or a good foam roller session.  Because, despite buying one 6ish weeks ago, I still have yet to break it out.  Seriously.  Partly because I don’t really know how to use it.  Is it really as basic as hopping on and moving my body over it?

Okay time to wrap this up and go prep that Experimental Physics presentation.  I suppose figuring out what I’m going to say with each slide is pretty important.  But you should check out the giveaway from Erika



  1. i think you pretty much summed it up about lost…OMG HOW COULD THEY!!!!! i was like…in tears. gosh that show kills me!!

    glad you are enjoying running right now. that kid on the playground feeling is the BEST! it’s nice to have the stress of training off and just be able to have fun with it 🙂 and yay for sports bra days!

    Comment by HurdlingHam — May 5, 2010 @ 14:11

  2. I’ve been having super weird dreams lately too – must be the stress! Great job on your runs and glad to hear the presentation went well!
    I’m not celebrating cinco de mayo either, but I really wish I was!!

    Comment by BostonRunner — May 5, 2010 @ 14:18

  3. I hate anxiety dreams like that. Hope you get everything worked out soon. No Cinco de Mayo celebration here either. I hear you on putting together presentations. I’m trying to work in a conference poster right now and… well… you see what I’m actually doing.

    Comment by Chelsea — May 5, 2010 @ 14:22

  4. Ha ha… I guess I never jumped on the Lost bandwagon, but it seems things are getting exciting as it winds down, huh? 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 5, 2010 @ 15:05

  5. Yay for having that presentation done! I well remember that end of college stress.
    Nice running too!

    Comment by teamarcia — May 5, 2010 @ 17:08

  6. Just enjoy the freedom of running. Back to basics. 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — May 5, 2010 @ 19:45

  7. Man, I totally forgot it was Cinco de Mayo until well into the afternoon at work. It used to be a HUGE deal when I was in college, I’d spend the day doing nothing but drinking tequila and eating nachos at a bar on Main Street.

    I’m REALLY glad you’re already back out there and enjoying your running again!

    Comment by runningmanz — May 5, 2010 @ 23:37

  8. Looks like you are on the home stretch with the toe infection. That’s great! I’m also really glad to hear that you are having such good runs. I am sure you body appreciates the rest after that difficult marathon training.

    Comment by Rebecca — May 6, 2010 @ 04:33

  9. It sounds like you’re body is reacting similarly to mine after Boston. Since you had no other choice than to take it easy just before the big race after having built up that amazing mileage base, now you’re just ready to go!

    Good luck with the end of the semester stuff!

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — May 6, 2010 @ 07:40

  10. So glad your runs are going well! And good luck with the presentation, I am sure you will rock it!!

    Comment by Ameena — May 6, 2010 @ 10:42

  11. Your legs are running well because you took some time off. It’s the silver lining to your infection. Glad everything is looking up.

    Comment by Jess — May 6, 2010 @ 14:12

  12. I hate those dreams you get when you’re worried about something or thinking about something too much! And Lost!! Argh! I don’t want to give anything away either but I did expect that episode.

    Comment by Laura — May 6, 2010 @ 16:58

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