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May 21, 2010

D-1. Eeeek.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:03

Phew. What a long day! I know that I’ve had longer but I’m all zapped out of energy at the moment and all I want to do is lay down on the floor.  Because my bed is lofted and I don’t think I can hoist myself up onto it hah!

I guess part of my exhaustion is my own doing.  After Rosecliff (thanks for all the compliments! Glad you liked the post and my dress and told me that I looked wonderful 🙂 ) and getting very little sleep that night, I was out late again Thursday night celebrating the last Thirsty Thursday.  Normally not a big deal but I wanted to get a run in before my graduation rehearsal this morning.  Which started at 0900.  Ugh.  Oh well.  At least I’m not a hardcore drinker.  Some of my peers were still drunk when they showed up ha.

So I got up at 0600 (good thing I’m graduating because I sure don’t act like a normal college kid!) to run because I knew that by the time it ended it would be really hot and I’d be unmotivated.  And sure enough by the time I finished my run at around 0730 or so it was already 70*.  Hello summer?

The run itself was pretty unremarkable.  A tad on the humid side but it felt bearable.  I need a gradual build up to full blown swimming pool.  Think that my runs would count as XT at 100% humidity and I could call them pool runs?

It’s bittersweet to be running this week.  Obviously I’ve mentioned it enough but graduation is tomorrow an dI’m moving on in my life, exciting!!, but moving into a very unstable world, scary!! For my running this means I likely won’t ever have reason to run these routes again.  They’ve been with me (through some modification of course) for the past 4 years.  I could, and probably have, run them asleep.  And I know I’ve run some of them still drunk after a good Thursday night.

But enough nostalgia.  Today’s run: 9.3 miles of goodness.  It didn’t feel good the first 4 miles and I questioned whether or not I really wanted to be doing this.  This meaning 0600 running, not running in general.  Especially since I had had such an amazing run the day before. When that happens sometimes a little lethargy and lead in the legs shuts down the go-get-em mentality.

Regardless I had another mile to go before I passed by the dorm and by the time I got there my legs were feeling good to complete the rest of the run.  I negative splited the run, not too hard to do when the first half is wicked slow ha!, and ended on a semi-fast note.  A strong note.  Another good good-bye run.

I also did some core work right after the run.  I was planning on going to the gym after the rehearsal but I still like to do my core immediately after finishing.  I think it started when I needed to make my gym time shorter when I was doing doubles and the natural thing to do was to move my 15 minute core routine to right after the morning run but I’ve kept it there because I like feeling hardcore and the burn while I’m still wicked sweaty.  Today was a mix of that and the fact that I had that picture of my abs on my brain from yesterday and wanted to keep those abs rock solid 🙂

And I’m not vain at all.  Promise 😉

After the rehearsal I did make it to the gym and man, it was HOT in there.  I know it’s a small school with a limited budget so I’ve never expected air conditioning in the gym (or in any other building really) but it was stifling.  So I did my thang and got out of there.   And I also wasn’t really in the mood to be lifting either.

Which brings me to a question I’ve been pondering: how much of what you do, do you do because you feel like you have to? I mean, I obviously love running and never feel like I have to do it but rather I want to.  But sometimes with lifting I’m questioning why I’m there.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve written about how awesome I think weights are for you and the fact that I grew up with a father who was wayyyy into lifting so I don’t see it as evil.  But sometimes I think I do it because I know it’s going to make me a better runner and that’s the only reason I head over to the gym.  Yoga and stretching are the same way although I avoid them like the plague and never do them.

It was nice to read this post from Jess saying that she hadn’t lifted in about a week and a half.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s really necessary to make sure to hit the weights 2-3 a week, every week.   Oh well, just some musings.  I’m definitely not pushing my body to do something I don’t want to do and after my date with the weights I felt really good and powerful and strong.  But sometime it’s so hard to take that first step.  Guess how that it with many things in life.  The whole inertia thing.  Yup Newton’s first law.  I am getting my degree in physics tomorrow 🙂

Speaking of tomorrow, I plan on getting up early to run and calm myself before the ceremony — yes I know that means I’ll not be sleeping a wink tonight so maybe “getting up early” is misleading haha. Final goodbye run.  Don’t know where it’ll be yet but I think I have an idea.  I probably should be hyping these runs up so much — I told my friends about them, the whole saying goodbye thing, and they looked at me like I had two heads!   But the run will likely be one of the first routes I can recall running regularly.

Oh man! Look at the time! And the length of this post! Gotta go get ready for my last night on campus.  We’re doing a sentimental night and the second half of the candlelighting ceremony (the first half was done our very first night on campus).   And then the Last Chance Dance. Wooooot!

Check out the giveaway that ErikaH is having. And I apologize in advance if I’m not around much this weekend to comment on all your lovely blogs.  I may have a few moments here and there and I still love you guys but I’ll be too busy graduating 😉


  1. Congrats on graduating, fantastic! Have a great weekend. As for your question, the non-running exercise I do, I only do in the smallest packets necessary so I’ll stick with it and won’t eventually hate it. And the exercises I do don’t require equipment so I don’t need a gym to do them. Makes it way less hassle. Anyway, congrats again! Happy entrance into adulthood…ooooh, scary. 😀

    Comment by Flo — May 21, 2010 @ 19:56

  2. Congratulations! I miss my favorite running routes in California like I miss old friends, really I do. But hey, Portola Valley Road and I spent a lot of time together…

    Comment by kristinschleicher — May 21, 2010 @ 20:18

  3. Congrats K! It is bittersweet. I remember my goodbye runs in Missoula last year. They were probably some of my favorite runs from the 4 years I spent there. Have fun this weekend!

    Comment by Nick — May 21, 2010 @ 20:28

  4. Enjoy your last goodbye run! It is hard to leave a place and never run there again. You get so used to those routes and its hard to leave and start someplace new.

    Happy Graduation! Hope you enjoy tomorrow!

    Comment by J — May 21, 2010 @ 21:18

  5. Congratulations on the big day!! Can’t wait to hear how it all goes…so very exciting! I remember graduationg (about a million years ago 🙂 ) and just sad to leave, in general, but especially my favorite running routes too. Great memories you’ll always have!!

    Comment by yvette — May 22, 2010 @ 08:34

  6. I think it’s important to “slack” a bit … you’ve been grinding physically (training) and mentally (school) for 4-5 months. For the next bit, it’s acceptable (and I kind of encourage it) to not be as regimented as you normally would be with scheduling, planning runs, etc. You are in a state of major life flux so holding tight to everyday plans will just add to your stress. Get back to zen running. Screw speedwork, tempos, etc. Just run.

    I like the nostalgia part of this post … that will mean even more as you are further removed from school. Congrats again.

    Comment by a marathoner — May 22, 2010 @ 09:22

  7. Happy Graduation, my dear! I wish you all the best!

    And i think you probably truly LOVE running…but you may be overdoing yourself a bit. Try varying your exercises a bit? It might even help you in your running.
    lol, waking up at 6am…definitely NOT acting like a college student! Slow down and enjoy yourself, Karyn!

    Comment by sophia — May 22, 2010 @ 13:49

  8. I do a LOT of shoulding…and sometimes it makes me feel like a futile slave, and other times, like a devout martyr. And then sometimes, like a goddess….but really? When I just AM and do it when it feels inspired, it is the most alive moment of all. I think, it’s not about thinking. I think I want to feel more.

    Do I have to say, Kick IT? And enjoy your accomplishment? The present wowness? and NOT look ahead? Just be there. Today!

    Comment by specialkphd — May 22, 2010 @ 14:39

  9. congrats on graduation!!! ahh i’m totally with you on the route nostalgia, it’s kind of cool remembering how far you’ve come since the fist time you ran those courses. i really miss a few of my old wisconsin routes, but you always find new ones to replace them wherever you end up! 🙂

    and…every time i start a training cycle i say to myself that i’m going to lift and do abs and whatever…hardly ever follow through, but when i do those are definitely things i do because i feel like i should, not because i want to 😛

    Comment by HurdlingHam — May 22, 2010 @ 15:12

  10. Congratulations for graduating! 🙂

    Comment by Laura — May 22, 2010 @ 15:30

  11. I have tons of respect/empathy for everyone graduating this year. Respect because it’s tough, empathy because I’ll be joining you soon enough. I don’t know about you, but the best I can do is just trust that things will work out.

    Lifting is boring. I give myself a gold star if I do it twice a week. I don’t have many gold stars.

    Comment by sarah — May 22, 2010 @ 16:48

  12. Congratulations on your graduation! That’s a big milestone in life! You’ve done the work and now it’s time to claim the prize. In a way, it reminds you of marathon training, doesn’t it? So i think in a way, that’s the answer to your question. How many times in school have you taken classes that you didn’t feel contributed at all to your major but you did them because it was a requirement or requisite for another class that was more important. In the same way, I feel that all the ancillary stuff we do so we can run better – the lifting, the stretching, the yoga – is a requisite for our sport. They are not always the most enjoyable but we do them so we can enjoy our sport and perform better.

    Have fun on your graduation day!

    Comment by The Laminator — May 23, 2010 @ 09:27

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