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June 14, 2010

Buddy Run

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Whew. Whirlwind weekend for sure! Hope everyone had a good weekend! Mine was pretty good despite all the studying.  Or maybe in spite of it.  As I’ve said before: the more comfy I get with the material the less I dread doing it.

I had grandiose plans about not turning on my computer all weekend.  And it almost worked until about 1600 when I wanted to upload all the MCAT study work I had been doing in my notebook onto the computer.  I know! I should be doing 100% of the MCAT work on the computer because it’s a computerized based test but the only thing I do in my notebook are the practice problems at the end of the chapters because I’m taking notes.  Everything else is done to mimic the actual test as closely as possible.  I figure if part of my problem is test anxiety then I need to do lots of computer based stuff that looks like the real deal BUT also do a little bit in my comfort zone so I can keep the confidence up.

And wow I did not mean to ramble about the test.  Haha oops.  I guess when you deal with something so intensely it’s hard for it to leave your brain!

Which is why I having running.  And doubles.  A couple of you suggested doing something non-running to give myself those breaks during the study day.  Yoga was the big one.  Honestly? I’ve never been attracted to yoga.  Totally not my type.  I’ve tried it before and I really *want* to like it but I get angry and aggressive and downright pissed off every time I do yoga.  Kind of counter intuitive, no?  But I keep going back to it every once in awhile thinking that this time will be different haha.  The definition of insanity right?

I had another friend suggest re-watching LOST from the beginning but I quickly nixed that as I wouldn’t be able to stop at one season episode.  I have started reading the new Dan Brown book “The Lost Symbol”. It’s a Robert Langdon book so if you liked Angel and Demons or The DaVinci Code you’ll likely enjoy this one. I’m about 100 pages in and I’m lovin’ it so far.  But, like LOST, I’m always at risk of spending too much time with it so I’ve been regulating it to before bed when my eyes will dictate how much is enough and I can quit thinking about meiosis or hydrocarbon reactions.

So I do have my outlets.  Just the only physical one is running right now.  Rebecca just had a good post on why running is the best activity ever. And in terms of my studying running is the only activity for me 🙂

Which means that I’m still running a lot.

BUT good news: the knee is okay! As is the rest of my body.  I never really would have classified it as an injury.  More like a pre-injury.  Because my quad, hammy and calf were all a little mad at me and that translated to my knee being cranky.  But some tender love and care fixed that.  I did get a major Charlie Horse in my ENTIRE left leg on Saturday night because of the tightness but that is resolved now.  I’m a little sore because of it and it hurt like nothing I’ve ever experienced.  But the knee is a-okay.

What helped? Well obviously the icing, stretching and ibuprofen.  BostonRunner also gave me these exercises that she does/did to help her knee pain and I’m tacking them onto the PT exercises I already do.  I definitely think that the problem is  muscle imbalance which is easily correctable.

Rather than bore you with every run I’ve done since my last post, because at some point they all feel the same, especially if they’re the study break kind, I’m going to mention the one I did on Sunday because it was a BUDDY RUN.

First off: I’m always nervous about running with others.  Sure I’ve known this girl for a long time (we were running buddies in high school) but still.  I always wonder if I’m not going fast enough/holding her back or if I’m going too fast and she’s just too polite to say so.  But these worries are always unfounded. Guess I’m just a worrywart.

We ended up doing our standard M.O. for the buddy runs: a “nice” 10 miler through our town.  I say “nice” because there is a stretch where we have to run by / on a highway.  Scary yes but there is a sidewalk.  The rest of the run is really nice though.

What I really loved about the run was that the conversation just flowed.  Sometimes we don’t speak at all during the run, other times we can’t shut up. Today was the latter.  I can’t even remember what we talked about exactly but I’m sure we covered: MCAT, applying to med school, our plans for the next year and I’m pretty sure we had a debate/discussion (because we really were advocating the same thing so it wasn’t a true debate) on responsibility in the medical field as well as the college scene.  Not that we talked all about serious stuff.  There was definitely mention of clothing and partying.

Because we were talking the whole time, our pace kind of dropped a bit.  The average was just under 9 and I could tell that she was a bit disappointed with that.  I was too.  BUT we did have a progressive run and finished really strong.  Well sort of strong.  At the 9.5 mile mark we discussed tacking on some more and as soon as I agreed to do so my legs just went to lead! Funny how that works.  We still finished at a great pace / feeling but I was like, oh man if I hadn’t said anything so early about being willing to do more I KNOW my legs would have held up.  But 10 is still good.  So I’m happy 🙂

I do want to mention pacing before I wrap this up.  I mentioned that a 9 pace was a bit on the eh side.  So funny because, if you recall, during marathon training I was ecstatic to hit that.  But with my pace dropping lately, my mind has gotten accustomed to running sub-9s without though.  I still plan for the 9 pace but secretly, well not so secretly anymore, think that sub-9 is where I need to be.  It’s like my mind still gets shocked that I can run faster than a 9 pace but as soon as my legs go back it’s all “WTF? I need you to go fast”. Guess that’s just how life is: the bar is constantly changing to a new norm and the old norm seems weird and outdated.  Nothing terribly important in that musing except that I’m sure many of you guys struggle with fast vs. slow and the relativity between them.

Hope everyone enjoys….Monday? I can’t keep track of what day of the week it is anymore! Even though I’m taking a course I still can’t really tell what day it is because I’m not on such a regular school / work schedule.  As it stands, aside from studying I’m doing the random babysitting gig so that’s not even regular!

And I know I told myself that I wasn’t going to do any type of work this summer buttttt I need money.  Badly. And the kids were good plus they went to bed early so I didn’t have to do anything awful and got to read / study after they went to bed.  Win/Win 🙂


  1. It took me a really long time of trying but disliking yoga to finally get into it. You probably will eventually! I have to say that it has helped me strengthen my legs so that my injuries have improved quite a bit.

    Don’t give up on it, one day you’ll start loving it too. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — June 14, 2010 @ 10:03

  2. I’ve always heard that yoga is so great for runners! I always debate whether I should take a few classes…

    Comment by thefoodrunner — June 14, 2010 @ 10:29

  3. I feel ya on the “new normal” thing… always changing. YAYYY for buddyruns!

    Comment by Erika @ Dr.TriRunner — June 14, 2010 @ 10:42

  4. Glad your knee is feeling better! I LOVED the Lost Symbol…all of his books actually 😉

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — June 14, 2010 @ 10:45

  5. I’m nervous about running with people too! At least someone new, I have gotten used to my regular cast of characters that I usually run with, but when it’s someone new, I get nervous. That’s especially true since I do Galloway and taking walk breaks is not always looked upon with high regard.

    Also, I hear you on the Yoga. I always get frustrated and can’t seem to make it work.

    Comment by Kim — June 14, 2010 @ 10:57

  6. You were going to keep the computer off all weekend? Oh wow… I’m not even sure I want to think about how much anxiety that would have caused me… lol

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 14, 2010 @ 11:28

    • Heh. Yeah, not really anxiety causing while the computer was off but once I turned it back on? Another story. I was successful keeping my phone off all weekend though 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 15, 2010 @ 14:22

  7. Great book! Love all of his books!

    Comment by Jaime — June 14, 2010 @ 11:48

  8. I wish I had a running buddy, but I feel the same way about asking someone to go with me. I don’t know anyone in real life who is super close to my pace. Makes me wish I could kidnap a few fellow bloggers and take them to Madison to do all my long runs with me.

    Comment by Chelsea — June 14, 2010 @ 12:33

  9. I wish I had a running buddy too, its just hard to find people that want to run with someone, run at the same time as I do (aka mornings – early) and run at about the same pace! Usually I just end up changing my run schedule around and running after work or on weekends with a buddy. No one really wants to meet me at 5am for a run…

    Comment by J — June 14, 2010 @ 13:16

  10. Muscular issues can definitely cause knee pain. Luckily they are the easiest knee issue to fix.
    It’s great that your average pace is coming down!

    Comment by Jess — June 14, 2010 @ 13:39

  11. It’s hard to find someone to run with, let alone someone whose pace meshs with yours. Nice job slowing things down a bit. Great for your body.

    Comment by shelly — June 14, 2010 @ 13:53

  12. Thanks for the knee exercise shout out! I hope they help, I have such issues with quad imbalances, I think most runners do though.
    I have the same fears when running with people, that’s why I usually run alone – running is supposed to be relaxing not stressful. Also I’m horrible at talking and running, this is probably because I’m a newer runner though.
    As for yoga, sometimes I can definitely not be in the “yoga mood” and find myself just getting angry and counting down the minutes until it’s over. I really have to make myself relax and let everything outside/whatever else is going on go.. when I’m able to do that I usually enjoy it much more!
    Keep up the good studying!

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 14, 2010 @ 14:03

  13. Glad the knee is under control! Kids that go to bed early!! Major score–that’s a foreign concept around here!
    As for saying I was ‘on fire’ at my race, haha you are waaay to good to me!

    Comment by Marcia — June 14, 2010 @ 14:32

  14. I JUST went running with a new buddy for the first time two weeks ago. It is a good change of pace…literally!

    And Yeah! Your honeymoon should be in portugal!

    Comment by specialkphd — June 14, 2010 @ 14:41

  15. HOORAY for your knee 🙂

    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — June 14, 2010 @ 16:48

  16. Sounds like you are SUPER prepared for your test! Keep rocking on, girl. And just in case you weren’t sure about it- you are DEFINITELY a mini-me! I HATTTTTEEEEEE yoga. Yoga makes me feel impatient, and I am pretty much the most patient person on Earth. So… yeah, yoga = angry! LOL.

    Comment by Rebecca — June 14, 2010 @ 18:39

  17. Yoga makes me want to punt kittens off a bridge. It’s a relief to know there are other runners who aren’t on the “healthy-living blogosphere” yoga bandwagon. One of the coaches speaks negatively of it in the “Born to Run” book too. Phew!

    Comment by Cat — June 14, 2010 @ 22:27

  18. I enjoy yoga, but have definitely felt surges of rage against the teacher. During podcasts…that I’ve listened to before. Ha! I try to stay calm and focus inward. Which is the point, although certainly hard to attain sometimes.
    I like your new norm. I have a feeling you’ll see it continue to evolve.

    Comment by sarah — June 15, 2010 @ 09:05

  19. Thanks for the knee injury link, my knees are always sore after long runs so I’m concerned that I need to be careful with them! Sounds like your studying is going well 🙂

    Comment by Laura — June 15, 2010 @ 14:05

  20. I am with ya on the yoga, I know it’s supposed to be really good for runners, but I get so annoyed and bored and feel like I have wasted a ton of time doing random stretches that don’t even help my muscles that are tight!

    Comment by Stephanie — June 15, 2010 @ 15:29

  21. Yoga is cool, but I don’t find it to be a stress reliever. What about Tai Chi?

    Comment by A Marathoner — June 15, 2010 @ 16:49

    • Eh, I don’t know man. I think that would require too much focus? I guess I’m just stuck on running haha but I like how my mind can go anywhere and I don’t have to really think about anything

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 16, 2010 @ 23:09

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