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June 29, 2010

¡Viva la España!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:16

Uh-oh. Definitely spoke too soon about the whole crazy lady not calling me.  Because she did.  Apparently while I’ve been thinking I’m all coy about dodging her they were on vacay.  And now they’re back.  I didn’t actually take the call but I know I have to return it.  She mentioned to whoever took the message for me that she would pay me.  My  mom actually knows who she is and told me that I’d be “effing stupid” to not take the money.  Haha.  We’ll see how it goes.  My bank account has been dwindling lately.

Apparently Uncle Sam’s has been too because I’ve been told that I cannot fly to Philly for my job training in two weeks.  Too expensive.  So I have to take the train.  Ugh.  At least I’ll have plenty of time to study for the MCAT — which I’m taking in 6 weeks.  (Holy Moly.  6 weeks?! OMG freak out time!)

As some of you noted running has been a great stress relief from the test.  Definitely why my miles are so high lately.  I’m also liking the no real structure to my running and I think the lack of pressure has made my pace drop as well.  That and my whole lack of sleep rule.  As a few of you asked, no I don’t have AC in my house so I’m guessing that sleep is going to be fitful for the rest of the summer.  I rely on my good old trusty window fan.  I can get a semi-cross breeze as I’m on the corner of the house with two windows.  Sometimes it can be a help sometimes not.

But enough about stress and complaining.  And on to running!

This morning I woke up and wanted to get in a good run before I had to deal with my pre-med advisor.  I also had to drive my sister to camp so I woke up extra early.  In vain too, because when I got back from my run I had a message waiting for me saying that, despite taking the past 4 weeks off he wasn’t going to be in today and the office didn’t know if he would be in all week.  Ummm did I mention that I wanted to get these applications in pronto?

Oh wait, did I say I wasn’t going to complain?! Oops 🙂

But in some ways it was good that I was under the impression the meeting would still happen because I ran very decently this morning in my haste to get it done before the day started.  I wasn’t so sure when I first got up because my legs were a bit stiff from the lifting of Monday and my leg had been feeling achy last night.  It was almost as though I was one of those old people that could feel when the weather was changing.  No pain but I was like, GAH I’m soooo old hahah.

But I loosened up after the first 10 minutes or so like I always do.  I think it helped that it was slightly cooler this morning than yesterday and slightly less humid.  Granted by the end of the run I doubt that anyone could tell the difference but for the first part of the run it wasn’t so bad.

And, while I know many of you run in hotter weather, I miss my perfect late-May / early June morning weather.  I do, however, thrive in heat, as evidenced by my great running this summer.  I’m the NE girl who prays for this weather in January.  I just don’t like looking like I went for a swim after an 0800 run.  Oh well.  Win/Lose situation I guess.

I chose to do 2 X 5.5 miles just because it was easy to quit after one if I wanted.  Anyone else do that? I’ve never actually quit after the first loop of something but I rarely do full one-loop long runs anymore.  I think it’s partly a mental thing as NOT quitting or giving in makes me a tough chic 8)

I even negative splitted it which was really nice to see as it’s been awhile since I did a LR first thing in the morning.  And, while I fully will take pride in ANY negative split, it was a 3 minute negative split.  Great way to start the morning and, despite the lack of pre-med meetings, I’ve been pretty productive.  Another great way to start the morning / day.

Off to study MORE before my class.  Or maybe just pretend to study as the Spain-Portugal game is on right now. ¡Viva la España!

Oh and I want to say how awesome Rebecca is.  She ran the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon over the weekend and was a champ.  You can read how she did here.  I’m totally thrilled to be called her mini-me 🙂


  1. Negative splits are always awesome 🙂

    Dude I would totally take the money…

    Comment by Matt — June 29, 2010 @ 16:39

  2. I’d totally take the cash. Why not? Fund a good weekend after the mcats with it… 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 29, 2010 @ 16:48

  3. Yeha, I’m thinking maybe you should take the money now. Moms always know best…


    Comment by Rebecca — June 29, 2010 @ 17:40

  4. Woooo David Villa y Espana!
    You are a serious studying/work ethic champ — I’m too math-dumb for mcats so all this smartypants mathyness is supa impressive. Also, so true on the double-loop stuff being mentally easier than one big chunk.

    Comment by sweatykid — June 29, 2010 @ 18:18

  5. Yeah I agree with above, I’d take the cash. I see where you’re coming from that you don’t want it to be awkward with the girl like “oh your mom is paying me for this” but.. it’s probably going to be awkward no matter what so you might as well get money out of it!
    I took a train from Boston to Philly once.. it wasn’t SO bad. Just have lots to do with you : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 29, 2010 @ 18:57

  6. Negative splitting in this heat is awesome! You ROCK!!! I negative split my 5K today, but I was on the treadmill :).

    And definitely take the money!! Buy something really fun for yourself, like some totally cool running something or another!!

    Comment by Jill — June 29, 2010 @ 20:04

  7. Guess you’re pretty pleased about that game today huh? 😛

    While I love (LOVE) this weather for running (I’m weird, I know), I don’t like it at all for things like working full-time outdoors and sleeping without A/C. Guess you can’t win em all huh?

    Most of my runs are multi-route. It’s just easier when most of my runs occur from my front door and along the roads and trails of the park. So there’s a lot of 4-5 mile loops of stuff. Same thing when I lived in Delaware. It makes fueling a whole lot less of a hassle!

    Comment by runningmanz — June 29, 2010 @ 22:55

    • Not weird at all: I’ve been running my best in this hot weather. I’m thinking I should migrate south in the winter hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 30, 2010 @ 19:35

  8. Portugal beat the crap out of North Korea. So I’m hoping Portugal goes DOWN!

    Take the cash, Karyn. The lady has been bugging you. You should at least be paid for enduring all that annoyances. ;-p

    Comment by sophia — June 30, 2010 @ 01:59

  9. long repeats! nice job. i like having big loops like that to break up an even bigger distance and make it more manageable, so only 2 loops= you’re done. def mental. cuz on the track you’re doing sooo many loops.

    and… making money is nice… that’s for sure.

    Comment by Lacey — June 30, 2010 @ 09:20

  10. Take the money and run!! hehehe. It will make you feel good to help that kid (you are a do gooder) and look great on your applications. Coach Karyn.

    Comment by a marathoner — June 30, 2010 @ 10:29

  11. Take the cash!! And I’ve got WORLD CUP FEVER TOO!!!

    Comment by thefoodrunner — June 30, 2010 @ 10:36

  12. I’m still wary. Has this girl talked to her coach? I mean, I do silly stuff for cash all the time, but keep it low key, I guess. Sorry your adviser bailed on you. I HATE that stuff.

    Comment by sarah — June 30, 2010 @ 13:10

  13. So…Use the CASH BUY YOURSELF ANOTHER FAN! You are totally worth it! And Yeah for the train ride…I am going to the south of france next weekend and taking HALF THE SKY, some work, and some people watching. Pack yourself a nice picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery…

    GO GERMANY! Please!

    Comment by specialkphd — June 30, 2010 @ 13:40

  14. I actually like summer running more than winter too, which is just weird down here since our winters aren’t even that bad.

    Comment by Jess — June 30, 2010 @ 14:27

    • I’m thinking I should migrate to Texas for the winters and then spend my summers in MA. I’d get perfect weather year round 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 30, 2010 @ 19:36

  15. take the money – see how it goes and just enjoy the running!!

    Great job on the negative splits!

    Comment by J — June 30, 2010 @ 15:23

  16. I cannot tell you how embarrassed I am! You had sent me a link in the email and when I was compiling everything for the post, I just copied that. I am so sorry!

    Comment by Katherine: What About Summer? — June 30, 2010 @ 15:34

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