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June 26, 2010

Faster and Faster

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:18

First off: I got a call from my roomie for the next year and we officially have a place for the next year 🙂 YAY.  Very very exciting because we got the place that we really wanted.  There was some drama with finding a third roommate but the place was just too good to not try.  And try we did and finally someone wanted to commit.  Hip hip hooray!  This is a pretty big sigh of relief. Woot. Especially since I figured I’d be living with my family until I died.  Now it’s almost like I’m a “real person”.  Almost.


I’m still not considering myself a real person yet.  Maybe because I’m still in the mindset of a student with all the studying I’m doing.  Yesterday (Friday) was no different. Blah.

I mentioned the other day that I was falling out of love with lifting.  Still totally is the case as I could not motivate myself to get to the gym on Friday for my typical Friday lifting session.  It’s not like I was soooooo exhausted of anything like that.  I woke up with 2 minutes to spare before my alarm went off, said “Eff this” to lifting and reset my alarm for another half hour.  Who am I?! Hahah.  Even though I didn’t fall back asleep (I’ve been having the absolute worst time falling/staying asleep lately) it was nice to just lay there with my covers draped around me all cozy.

I was feeling sufficiently guilty, though, that when my alarm did go off I went for a short run to wake up.  But lifting? Ehhhh not so much.  It’s not that I don’t *want* to lift but at the moment I don’t want to have to drive to the gym.  I wish that my dad had left all his gym equipment when he moved out.  Oh Newton and your first law of motion (inertia).

But the run was good and got me focused for some studying.  One of the reasons I really love running first thing in the morning is that I become AWAKE after.  Not all groggy-eyed.  Clears the cob-webs and sleepytime fuzzies.  Definitely a good thing because there’s lots of studying to be done!  And I think I’m slowly getting my groove back with the studying.  This past week has just felt a little off and I’ve had no desire to study.  Luckily for me and my medical future that’s turning around.

So after a looooooong freaking day of studying I got a little restless and was itching for a run.  Go figure.  I headed out about 1700 or so and was planning on getting in 4 to release all the tension that had built up over the course of my studying.  I must have been in the self-punishing mood, it was a pretty rough day mentally after all, and apparently I figured my body would want the same sort of thing because I did the 4 on the hilliest route ever.

Okay so grand scheme of things it likely wasn’t all that hilly.  But for where I am located at the moment it’s like the most hilly thing ever.  I blame the fact that I spent 4 years at a school with no hills.  I was spoiled.  And now I’m kind of a brat with hills.  Although it’s more love/hate because I love knowing that I beasted them but when I’m at the base of one I shudder a bit.

But it was a really good run regardless.  My body was ready to GO and I ran it pretty fast.  Even faster when I saw crazy lady walking across the playground field near my house.  I think she was with her daughter, so I feel bad for doing this, but I actually sprinted away.  And I didn’t slow down until I was at my house.  I don’t know if I thought she’d come after me or something but I wasn’t taking any chances.  I just didn’t want to get caught up in a loooooooong freaking conversation.  Even though her daughter was there and it would have been nice to introduce myself.  I’m SUCH a bad person.

On the plus side, that last fast mile gave me some time to do some ab/core work that I’ve been neglecting lately as I finished my run early and didn’t have to start dinner for the family yet.

As I’ve been writing over the past few days my running has been going really well, as evidenced by my latest runs.  Ever since running with Jess a week ago (wow time FLIES) my runs have been *fast* and *furious* (I was going to say strong but I like the alliteration and Paul Walker).  I credit her for injecting a little speed into my legs.  We ran pretty fast.  I can’t remember what our exact pace was over all without getting up and looking at my log book but it was a progressive run and I remember her saying that we hit one of the later miles at 8:15.  Which I just don’t do.  But, and while I don’t know individual mile splits, my overall splits have been getting faster ever since that run.  Woot.  I’m going to credit her because she’s fast and awesome 🙂

But with the increase in pace is an increase in intensity which means I’ve been losing major water weight during my runs.  And I’ve never denied being a bad hydrator.  I don’t know why but I need to be getting better and actually forcing myself to chug the good old H2O because, and I’m a bit shamed to admit this, on one of my runs this week I lost 3(!) pounds.  Ummmm that’s a lot.  So I’ve actually been thinking of duct-taping a water bottle to my hands or something.   But then it’d be awkward to study.  Which I should get cracking on because…



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  1. Glad you are getting fast 🙂 Come down here and run with me!

    Comment by Matt — June 26, 2010 @ 13:26

  2. I hear ya about the hydrating thing! If it weren’t for coffee and diet coke, I don’t think I would drink anything during the day…lol.
    Isn’t it fun when a run is ‘unexpectedly’ fast and good? For me, running at the end of the day is tough, so when I run fast and feel strong it is especially exciting! 🙂

    Keep rocking on! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Comment by tmart — June 26, 2010 @ 14:47

  3. I have been neglecting lifting for some time now. I just cant seem to get myself to go to the gym since it is so nice out now. Im like a winter lifter! lol

    I need to hydrate more too…I am off to get some water now!!

    Comment by J — June 26, 2010 @ 16:41

  4. So glad the roommate thing all came together – yay!!
    I get in a funk with weight lifting when I have nothing to train for and now it’s like I have to and I’ll do it, but I really don’t wanna and I go kicking and screaming. Ha. You’ll get the urge again when it’s right. Duct tape a water bottle to your hand would be kinda funny :).

    Comment by Jill — June 26, 2010 @ 17:27

  5. hooray for a place to live! so exciting.

    i’m thinking about getting a handheld water bottle for longer runs. they have straps, so you don’t have to use duct tape, haha.

    and yes, thoroughly enjoyed watching team usa today…except for the fact that they lost. 😦

    Comment by Emily — June 26, 2010 @ 17:36

  6. Hooray on finding a place to live! You seemed to manage through that part stress free! (And for me it’s usually one of the worst factors…)

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 26, 2010 @ 20:03

  7. my only comment is to echo your one-word caption of the players:

    Comment by Katherine: What About Summer? — June 27, 2010 @ 06:55

  8. That’s why I love running the morning tooo! Nothing wakes you up like a good fast run : ) Glad the roommate & place to live thing worked out

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 27, 2010 @ 07:16

  9. Guh, I’m with you, I go through phases of getting really annoyed with lifting. And I definitely don’t blame you for bolting away from Crazy Lady, hahaha. Congrats on the housing situation, and the fast paces!

    Comment by sweatykid — June 27, 2010 @ 12:22

  10. Glad Jess added some spark to your workouts. Sometimes running with others does help in that way.

    Comment by a marathoner — June 27, 2010 @ 16:26

  11. I do well hydrating right after my run but not so much later in the day. Glad you found a 3rd roomie so you can move back into “adult land”.

    Comment by Chelsea — June 27, 2010 @ 19:33

  12. I’ve had a couple of really quick runs in this ridiculous heat of late. It’s weird, but I’m rolling with it. As for hydration…it’s hard to catch up. I just try to have a water bottle with me, always, as a reminder to drink. I’ve also added wine to my evening routine, as a further means of hydration. Um.

    Comment by sarah — June 27, 2010 @ 21:18

  13. so sad about the US! what a heartbreaker. altho there are A LOT of good looking soccer players,… elliot and i were joking today how all the argentinian players look like fabio… that long hair etc. hahah 🙂

    i’m not surprised your paces are dropping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think you are coming off an incredible training cycle and now you are just running right along. having someone to run with is always a boost too and the more you can run with someone to continue encouraging the acceleration, the better!!!!!!!!!! you’re so dedicated and once you get used to a new normal pace you can keep on pushing it. i can’t wait to run with you again!

    Comment by Lacey — June 27, 2010 @ 22:02

  14. Don’t give me credit, you are just getting faster!

    Comment by Jess — June 28, 2010 @ 11:57

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