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May 31, 2010

Study, Run, ReFuel. Repeat.

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So first of all: HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY.  Aside from the perfect excuse to grill some food it’s also a day to remember all the brave men and women who have died while serving this country.  So thanks to everything they have done as well as the incredibly strong soldiers who are currently protecting us and those who will keep us safe while we sleep in the future.  THANK YOU.

Speaking of sleeping, this weekend was ROUGH.  Not because of excessive partying nor because of excessive studying (although that *did* happen) but rather because a rogue eyelash decided to glue itself to the underside of my eyelid.  So when I looked into the mirror I couldn’t see the damn thing but trust me I knew it was there.  At least I think it was an eyelash.  After battling for 2 days with it, whatever it was feel out Sunday night while I was sleeping.  Ugh.  I’ve had eyelashes in my eyes before but this was (100000000 + ∞ ) X worse.  I thought I was going to go blind or something.  I have never been in so much pain before and even now my left eye still kind of burns after all the scratching.

I still was able to live my life, aka studying and writing essays, which is good.  And thanks for all the good lucks and nice stuff you guys all said on my last post 🙂 I know that I’m not dumb but I’m trying to make myself be the most attractive candidate to my dream med schools so I’m busting my butt. And I really can’t afford to take a day off.  Even if it’s just going over my flashcards, I’m in the zone.

So I’m clearly attacking this the same way I would attack a marathon: intensely.  On days that I don’t have my night MCAT class, I’ve been getting up and: Breakfast. Studying for ~3-4 hours right away.  Taking a run break.  Lunch. Another 2-3 hours of studying.  Another run break. Dinner. AMCAS essay writing (the application). Pre-Bed snack.  On days that I do have it the essay and second study session get flipped.

That’s right, you read it: double sessions.  Almost every day (and I say almost even though I’ve written above that I do the 2 runs any day I’m studying but some days other things come up, which is fine! But I’ve written down here the *average* not the be-all-to-end-all rule).

And I’ll admit it: sometimes it’s triple sessions (granted if I do a third thing it’s lifting and I get up early to do it before my first study session, so not running but still a third workout)

I’m basically living in my gym clothes.  From morning until night.  And for the record: I refuse to shower more than once a day unless it’s completely necessary aka I have something I need to be clean for.  But studying? Not so much. Hahah oops. At least I’m only wearing one outfit per day.  There have been times in the past where I’ve worn the same pair of shorts for multiple runs.  That would be kind of gross right now, even I have standards 😉

But before someone goes all postal on me about running doubles or doing triples, especially without a goal race or specific goal, let me clarify: I’m not doing long, or even mid, distance runs.  Each run ranges from 4-6 miles and the total for the day rarely, if ever, exceeds 10.  So I’m not going all crazy and doing 20+ miles a day.  That would be too much: remember that these runs are study breaks so I don’t want to stay away too long from my books. And I think that the shorter distance + recovery + shorter distance is gentler on my body.

Plus the runs aren’t all hard.  In fact, I still have yet to re-introduce speedwork or anything challenging into my routine.  So both runs each day, every day are nice and easy.  Just a way for me to clear my mind.  That’s not to say that the pace isn’t faster than what I’d expect but I’m still running easy. I think that this is due to a couple things you guys have mentioned to me and that I’ve thought about:

  • Low(er) mileage
  • Nice weather.  Sunny skies and warm temps!
  • No overwhelming debilitating paralyzing stress
  • Good mood & an even keel
  • Refueling well after each workout
  • Good quality sleep

So no matter what the reason for my good runs (likely a combo of all of these) I’m going to roll run with it 😉

I know, I know! You guys are probably sick to death of hearing how good running is going and my lame posts as of late (blame studying! and not me!).  I’m in the process of tallying up the month of May so then I’ll have some data to back up my feelings on my runs.  Then you might REALLY be sick of me because I think the data is good and I’ll be talking about how awesome running went this month 😉

But since I’m so analytical and wrote that list of variables as to why I’m running / feeling good I though I’d take the next few posts (and call them How Double Running Can Rock maybe? I like that)and elaborate, not really on me per se but what the benefit is to them and why I think they’re clutch to not just double sessions but any athletic endeavors in general.  I doubt I’ll do a whole post on each one, maybe lump some together and whatnot but I think it could be fun for me to write a more scientific / look stuff up kind of post.

But it might be another couple of days until I start posting them. Actually crafting a non-word-vomit post (like this one for example) takes thought and so does the MCAT and essay writing and I need to focus on that, case in point: I didn’t turn on my computer today or yesterday until post-dinner (thank you scheduled posting).  Oops.

But hopefully you’re enjoying the rest of the holiday weekend everyone!


  1. Woo hoo for doubles! I totally hear ya on using them as ‘play time’. That is why I love doubles so much! I can’t bear to not run in the morning, and the evening is a good excuse to head out again.

    Sounds like you are really hitting the studying hard! I totally commend you on that- I could never handle all that studying! It seriously takes the same kind of intensity as marathon training, which for you is like 1000x above and beyond that of mortals! 🙂 Keep up the good work! 🙂

    Thanks for your sweet comments after my bad race. You are so very thoughtful.

    Comment by tmart — May 31, 2010 @ 12:55

  2. Triple sessions, you’re so intense! I will admit though that sounds like the perfect study break! Keep up the good studying!

    Comment by BostonRunner — May 31, 2010 @ 13:29

  3. I totally understand the need for the second run. I sit on my butt all day at work and- even though I don’t run- I’d go crazy if I didn’t walk, bike, or do some vigorous yoga to get my body moooving again.

    Comment by Chelsea — May 31, 2010 @ 13:38

  4. I hate the attacks of the mystery eyelashes… killer.

    And I don’t judge you one bit for the one shower a day rule. I generally do the same… .:p

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 31, 2010 @ 14:29

  5. MSB is studying for his first board exam and it’s more like 10-12 hours a day! I hope you know what you’re getting yourself into. 😉

    Comment by Jess — May 31, 2010 @ 14:58

  6. I honestly wish I could do doubles every day! Even if it wasn’t a double run. I like to run in the morning and then hit up spin class after work…but it gets tiring when you work 9+ hours and then come home. SO I am going to try and get back into it but its tough with the heat at 5pm as well. Ok enough rambling from me! Hope you had a great weekend of studying and running!

    Comment by J — May 31, 2010 @ 16:47

  7. You are ABSOLUTELY doing the right thing with double, triple workout sessions. I did the exact same thing years ago when I studied for the bar exam. My life then: Wake up, lift weights/run on treadmill, attend bar review class, study solo, run on treadmill/lift weights, study solo, ignore now wife (and any wedding duties she gave me), attend supplemental bar review class, study solo, sleep, rinse and repeat. There is no other way to live and be prepared to hammer a test like that. I know you are smart enough to keep the mileage low. But I highly recommend you keep up the workouts to manage the stress. My only suggestion might be toss some yoga in the mix too. Namaste!

    Comment by a marathoner — May 31, 2010 @ 17:05

    • Yoga + Me =/= goodness. I get so angry after yoga sessions! Stretching needs to make a comeback though. Thanks for the support. The “absolutely” in all caps made me smile 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 1, 2010 @ 16:00

  8. Studying will be my life starting tomorrow when I start two summer classes!

    Comment by Matt — May 31, 2010 @ 17:35

  9. Awesome with the double workouts! I agree it makes for great breaks and it keeps your runs focused.

    I think it’s great you are so disciplined and focused to study so soon after graduation, most kids would slack off for weeks before putting in any serious time. Keep up the good work!!!

    Comment by Stephanie — May 31, 2010 @ 18:55

    • Awww thanks girl! Slacking off isn’t in my vocab though haha.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 1, 2010 @ 16:02

  10. I have no doubt that you are a studying maniac. Seems appropriate. And, yes, I’d be interested to hear how you attack doubles, as I’ve never found them anything but slogging and rough.

    Comment by sarah — May 31, 2010 @ 21:20

  11. I admire your intensity! I can’t deny it, I’ve also worn the same bottoms for multiple runs (if it’s not too hot). 🙂 I need to do more doubles!

    Comment by triathena — May 31, 2010 @ 21:56

  12. Hey Sis!!
    I think mind-clearing runs are the perfect study-break!! YOU know YOUR body and what it can handle, so there is no need for anyone to judge your running distances! I have been loving the 8-mile distance and have been running more often, but shorter distances too. I actually don’t remember that last time I ran more than 10-miles! Gahhh I am sorry to hear about all the MCAT studying goin’ on right now…but in the end all this hard work WILL pay off! I’m sending good vibes you way for the upcoming exam!
    Post-Exam party trip to visit me in California sounds like a GRRRRReat idea! 🙂
    I heart you chiiiiica!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — May 31, 2010 @ 22:30

  13. Omigosh, MCATs, essays, AND double running sessions…wow, I can’t remember doing that much when I was at your stage of med school preparation. This is not to say you’re doing a bad job but contrary, I admire your tenacity and passion to fit all that in one day, everyday! I wasn’t a runner when I had to go through MCATs and essays so it’s hard for me to imagine running miles while studying. But it does sound like a good study break tool for you, so keep at it. Just make sure to take it easy and keep the mileage low but consistent. Great job with everything!

    Comment by The Laminator — June 1, 2010 @ 00:54

    • I think that part of it is that I thrive on having a busy schedule. Too much free time = nothing gets done. Good thing I chose a crazy busy path for my future! Low and consistent is great advice too. I love balancing mental “stress” with physical “stress” where each is a separate entity (if that sentence even made sense)

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 1, 2010 @ 16:05

  14. Good luck with your mcat work, I had to look up what that was, don’t think we have an equivelant over here.. I could be wrong though! I love studying in my scruffs, normally for me it’s my pj’s a big cup of coffee and the laptop in bed haha!

    Comment by Laura — June 1, 2010 @ 05:39

  15. I’ve worn the same pair of shorts to the gym…I don’t think it’s that terrible! I don’t get all that sweaty, especially if I’m running outside. Shirts are a different story though.

    You are one busy lady!!

    Comment by Ameena — June 1, 2010 @ 09:28

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