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May 26, 2010

What A Way To Start The Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:42

Wow I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Moreso than when I was in school! But I tend to thrive when life gets busy so it’s all good.  It just means that I don’t have time to string together a coherent post (and trust me I’ve tried but when you can only write in 5 minute snippets the tone of the post goes all over the place!) .  Oh well.  I think that this week is the exception until about August so apologies in advance if I go MIA again for the remainder of the week.

But let’s back track.  I’ve been doing some pretty decent runs since coming home.  The area that I live in really isn’t that hilly but compared to where my school is located…well let’s just say I feel like I’m running in the Alps right now.  Just shows you how relative everything is.  Not that I’m complaining too much; as much as it sucks to be out of breath on the actual hill itself there’s a BAMF factor at the end of it.

Another thing factoring into my BAMFness? The heat and humidity that has been cast upon New England.  As of when I got up this morning at 0800 it was already in the low 80* with ~68% humidity. Yuck.  But I think there are going to be some T-storms later today which hopefully cools things down.

So it’s made my runs a bit interesting. Here’s a bit of a recap

Sunday: I know in my last post I said I was going to XT it up but the lure of running was too much (and when is it not?! ha) so I went out on my favorite home route, a really lovely 8 miler.  It was fast too but I think that it helped that I went out at noon.  As much as the heat isn’t the funnest (and yes I know it’s grammatically correct to write more fun) to run in my paces are so much quicker when I *don’t* run first thing.  But I followed up the run with corework, and since I had been running in just a sports bra I got to see my abs working which made me feel strong.  Around 1600 my running buddy from home called and wanted to know if I was up for a quick run.  Very last minute because she wanted to leave right away! Luckily I hadn’t showered yet (LAZINESS!) so I was able to get a 4 miler in.  Which was WAY fast.  But it felt good so I went with it.

Monday: I know I haven’t talked much about post-graduation plans BUT I had a job interview on Monday so I had to get up early to run before heading up to NH for the interview (and no I’m not going to go into details right now.  Don’t want to jinx myself before anything comes through) I will say I think the interview went well and combined with a decent interview last week I’m hoping something comes through.

But back to the run.  Okay, so early is an exaggeration.  I mean to say that I ran first thing when I woke up rather than set an alarm.  I love that during the summer I can do this! But it was sticky out already.  I run a fan in my room and get some cross ventilation with my windows so my room was chilly and I think I overdressed in a tech shirt and shorts. Should have done the sports bra + shorts thing.  My legs felt a bit tight during the run but I did run a really good 9.1 miles @ 9:15 pace.  Much faster than it felt.  And of course I got my core work in.

Tuesday: Another busy day here too.  I had a doctors appointment that was back down at my school (an hour away) followed by an MCAT prep course (can’t remember if I mentioned this before).  I know I took the exam last year, and I did decently on it, but I studied solely with my college textbooks.  Not ideal.  So I laid down the money to get really focused and intense work, which the pre-health advisor at my school thinks can raise my score ~7 pts.  Which is huge.  So last night was the first night and we did a 5 hour diagnostic test. Ouch.  I think 20 milers are easier!

My workout was a double this day.  Since my appointments were all in the afternoon I took the whole morning to get a good lifting session in followed by a 6 mile run.  The lifting was first thing and felt hard! I wasn’t doing much differently than normal (actually nothing differently) but my muscles were definitely being worked hard.  After getting back to my house and refueling with a pb & banana sandwich and oatmeal (yes oatmeal in the summer. I’m weird) I went out at noon for a run.

Maybe not the smartest order to do my workouts in because it was definitely 90* and humid. The plan was just to take it easy and my perceived effort was easy but my pace was 8:35. Whoa there.  I kind of wish I had looked at my watch earlier, not to dial back but to take advantage of the speediness that my legs were giving me.  Either way it might have been the smartest thing to only do 6 miles in the heat.  I was sweating a TON and am not fully acclimated yet.

Wednesday (today): Not sure what exactly I’m going to be doing today.  I only have one appointment today in the PM but I have lots of post-grad stuff to do.  Not to mention catch up on NCIS and The Biggest Loser which I missed last night due to my prep course.  Priorities 😉

I’m thinking an easy 7 or so.  My legs, as well as the rest of my body, are feeling a bit tight so something easy to get the blood flowing probably is appropriate.  Kind of a bummer because I wanted to do a speed workout and start to make those a regular occurrence in my weekly routine.   And easy because I’m not likely to get out until noon again and it’s going to be another hot one.  But I think some T-storms are coming through so hopefully it’ll cool things off.

Jeez Louise! I’ve written so much already.  Guess that’s what happens when life gets in the way of blogging 😉

Here are some other things I wanted to talk about but will bullet point it because this is getting very lengthy

  • LOST and 24 are over.

Forever. Sad face 😦  I’m not sure how I feel about the LOST ending, I’ll likely have to re-watch it sometime soon to wrap my head around it.  I liked the note that it ended on but I *really* wanted all the mysteries to be solved. Like, how did MiB become the smoke monster? How are the rules of the island created? Why did pregnant women die ? What did the bomb accomplish? I felt that a lot of the physics in some of the mysteries was fast and loose and as a scientist (and hello physics major!) I felt frustrated.  But overall I enjoyed it.

As for 24, again mixed feelings.  I liked pretty much everything about it except for the fact that for a series finale it things open ended.  I guess it’s because there’s talk of a 24 movie.  But I loved that Jack went all Mike Tyson and “judge and jury” on us.  Really BAMF.

  • Health and Fitness Expo June 12-13th in Boston (I think on the Common) Anyone interested in going possibly?

So much for my bullet points 😉 And saying that this might be a coherent post haha! But check out the giveaway from Mel


  1. Most days I mean to discuss one topic, and all the sudden, before I know it, I’ve covered five. I like your randomness. 🙂 And am crossing my fingers about the job prospects for you!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 26, 2010 @ 10:49

  2. that’s awesome you have a home running buddy to get out there with. and you do so much on your own, so combine the two and you’ve got a majorly fit summer going on!!! way to go with your running and core work! happy summer!!

    Comment by Lacey — May 26, 2010 @ 11:09

    • And you need to heal up so that I can have you as a running buddy too 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:21

  3. I think I’m the only soul in running blog world who hasn’t watched an episode of Lost – haha. Crossing my fingers for your job to come through and hoping you continue to have an excellent summer of awesome running!!!!

    Comment by Jill — May 26, 2010 @ 11:21

  4. I’m downloading Lost right now!! I’ve heard such mixed reactions to the finale…nervous!

    Best of luck to the job interview! I hope they were bowled over by you…in a good way, of course. 😉

    Comment by sophia — May 26, 2010 @ 11:54

    • Hope you liked LOST, I found it quite satisfying although not perfect. But then again, what in life is?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:22

  5. ahhh lost!!! i’m sad it’s over. the ending totally had me in tears, and i was definitely satisfied on a character level, but i agree with you on kind of missing out on some of the mysteries (i totally forgot about the pregnant women thing until i read your post and i was like…wow, they never DID explain that!) i kind of want to go watch the whole thing over from beginning to end now

    good luck on the job interview! and good luck staying cool in this heat wave…i am melting haha

    Comment by hurdlingham — May 26, 2010 @ 12:07

  6. Hope the interview went well! I can’t believe it’s so hot there, although I would kill for humidity under 80%.

    Comment by Jess — May 26, 2010 @ 14:34

    • Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t complain haha. You win with the worst humidity and I bet it last longer for you too. So yeah, I should stop my complaining but then what would I do? haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:23

  7. Even though I love waking up and being out the door and running in ten minutes flat, I do run faster overall when I let my body and muscles wake up before making them run fast! I am enjoying the warmer weather – yes I so sweat a lot too but it totally beats running in 2 sweat shirts and snow pants during the winter!!

    Comment by J — May 26, 2010 @ 15:28

    • Amen. I do so much complaining about the cold that I *try* to keep my mouth shut when the heat hits

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:24

  8. I’m just getting caught up on everyone after being gone. Congrats on your graduation and good luck at the job interview and on your MCAT studies. Glad to hear running is going so well for you.

    Comment by Chelsea — May 26, 2010 @ 17:11

  9. Best of luck on the job front. Good things happen to good people. It may take time, but the world does get it right eventually.

    One of my teammates is taking the MCAT’s next week. She’s a year old than you and might be a good resource. Let me know and I’ll connect you two.

    Good to see you easing back into running longer distances.

    Comment by a marathoner — May 26, 2010 @ 20:38

    • Oooo that sounds cool. Even though I’ve gone through this before misery loves company. I’d also love to hear about the applying process as I’m going through that too. And if she’s one of the assassins I’d want to pick her brain about being so speedy and hardcore too hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:25

  10. Just found your blog and read some of your race recaps. You’re speedy!!! Good luck with interviews/job search!

    Comment by Jaime — May 27, 2010 @ 09:43

  11. Your runs sound lovely! Thanks for sending your good vibes (and nice comments!) my way! I can feel them working already! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — May 27, 2010 @ 13:35

  12. Hope everything pulls through with the interview! Sending good vibes!
    I’m so behind on your blog ah! Sorry must read more

    Comment by BostonRunner — May 29, 2010 @ 11:38

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