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June 30, 2010

Oops! I Did It Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:34

My homegirl.

I don’t think she was talking about running but I am.  I ran another 20 mile day.  21.5 miles to be exact. I really should think about a marathon I guess.  (And I’m delaying tabulating my June miles for now as well as the *GASP* half way through the year numbers.  I have the weekly totals (and past months) and everything calculated but summing it all up is going to be very interesting. Ha.  I’m playing ostrich:)

This was the first image that popped up during my google search. It scared the bejeezus out of me!

This is what I really meant

In my defense it’s been one hell of a long day.  Yes I’ve been studying for weeks now but today was really test/quiz intense and my brain was craving the idea of leaving it all behind and my body was itching to move. And move I did.

It was also a pretty emotional day just because of all the testing.  I think I’ve mentioned this before but I suffer from really bad testing anxiety so emotions were obviously going to be running high.  And, while I didn’t do badly at all on the tests and quizzes I took today, I didn’t do as well as I wanted.  But it’s hard to hit the “A” goal when it’s perfection.  And running releases that to a degree.

Like last time I’ll recap it in three different runs.

Run 1:

  • 0830
  • 9.3 miles
  • 80 minutes 43 seconds
  • 8:41 pace

I don’t really know what possessed me to go so far for a first thing run.  I slept terribly last night. Weird because some sort of front came through and knocked the humidity out of the air so theoretically I should have slept like a baby. But I was up late doing work and I think I was just overtired.  So I didn’t fall asleep until 0200 or 0300.  And naturally I wake up at 0800.

The lack of humidity (hello 40%!!) probably made me run so far though.  It was practically chilly when I stepped outside and, for the first time in awhile, I felt awkward running in just a sports bra and shorts.  The start of the run was, like always, a bit rough but my legs kicked it into high gear in no time and I was WAY surprised when I passed my street and thought to myself, hey let’s go further. I was even more surprised when I figured out my pace with about a half mile to go and realized that I was running way fast.

Go me.

Run 2

  • 1230
  • 8 miles
  • 67 minutes 59 seconds
  • 8:30 pace

I had just finished up an Orgo section on oxygen binding molecules.  Fun stuff.  And no, I’m not really kidding there.  I LOVED orgo when I took it.  There’s something about it that is amazing and nice and…I’ll stop there as I don’t want to fully cement my nerd status just yet.  It’s also hard to hate on a subject where, in one of the labs, I got to make 95% ethanol.  That’s 180 proof.  I’m a bamf.

Where was I…oh yes the run.  Regardless of how much I love orgo it still is tricky stuff.  So my body was ready to GO from sitting and working and my brain was ready to GO because it was pumped after doing an orgo section.  So after 6 miles I looked at my pace and figured that 2 more miles wouldn’t hurt. I felt good and happy and strong.

The weather was also still REALLY nice.  There’s always a trade off with heat and humidity: early mornings = high humidity but low heat and afternoons = low humidity but high heat.  Sure it wasn’t COLD when I went out for this run but a very pleasant 75* with, and OMG, 35% humidity.  I can’t remember the last time there was so little water in the air.

Don’t be too jealous though because tomorrow the humidity is supposed to come back with a vengence

Run 3

  • 1700
  • 4.2 miles
  • 36 minutes 13 seconds
  • 8:38 pace

At this point in the day I had done SO. MUCH. TESTING.  Granted, like I mentioned above the orgo I like and don’t mind doing.  But my PM studying/testing was in Verbal.  Now don’t get me wrong: I’ve always tested well on verbal and I probably could say it’s my strongest section for the MCAT (There are 3 well really 4 but Writing doesn’t count: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences) but no matter how well I do on the subject, it’s very mentally draining.

I probably wasn’t being the smaaaahtest person ever by running 17.3 miles prior to this point but hey, it happens.  I also knew that I needed to run.  So I planned to do only 3 knowing full well that, like the rest of my runs today, it would end up being longer.  Which, duh, it was.

The run itself was really good.  The beginning sucked.  My legs were stiff from the miles and the Verbal section test but I picked up the pace and fell into a groove.  I was very surprised to see that my pace was so good.  Normally on runs I check my watch at familiar checkpoints just to use as a gauge for how I’m doing.  I don’t know where they come mileage wise or anything but they’re just relative reference points.  I didn’t do that this run because I was just trying to unwind from the day so if I had to base it just on feel I would have said I was eh.  Pacing is such an elusive thing but I didn’t really feel like I was running mid-8s.

Total for the day

  • 21.5 miles
  • 3 hours 4 minutes 55 seconds
  • 8:36 pace

Great day.

I’m obviously not planning to do this again.  Or at least purposely.  Maybe my next post about this will be “Gimme More” or something 😉

I’ve got to get back to studying.  *LeSigh* My brain is sufficiently recharged from my running and I think I can tackle another chapter or two of Biology.

I also need to solidify plans for the 4th of July as well as a week in August when I don’t have ANYTHING to nail me down to a specific location the way my class is now (can you tell how much I want to procrastinate after a full day of work? haha). I was originally going to go up to my friend’s house on Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend but I have to take a full length MCAT on Saturday and I have an early morning appointment on Monday the 5th.  So it doesn’t make sense to drive 2ish hours to be up there for not even 24 hours.  Bummer.  Anyone doing anything spectacular to give me an idea to steal? A couple friends have to work that weekend too so we’ll be hanging out and celebrating America  8)

EDIT: Kristin brought up a good point in the comments about not relying so heavily on running as my release.  I completely agree! Today was probably the exception as I’ve been pretty good about tuning into the Office for breaks. Like you said, running is just such a release. I know it CAN’T be my only one so I’ve been experimenting with other things (TV, trashy mags) but haven’t really posted about them as I just don’t plain like them as much as running as well as the fact that this is a running blog. But I see the point. Thanks for looking out for me guys :)

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25 Comments »

  1. Wow! Intense day. So the mileage is awesome, but I’m kinda worried about ya using running as your only release from studying. I mean, you did 17 miles and you still feel like you need to run. You don’t need to run, what you need is a way to cope with the stress. I probably sound critical but I’m saying this because it sounds like you operate a lot like I do. The first thing I did after my second-year oral exams was to hop on the treadmill! Now, I think exercise is a fine and good coping strategy, until stuff happens like injuries and life just being too busy, and then you don’t know any way to deal. Or more accurately, I don’t. So make sure you’ve got more than one thing going (although it sounds like hanging out with friends for the 4th will be a great one). For what it’s worth, after much exploration I decided that my non-exercise stress reliever is crossword puzzles (nerd alert right back atcha).

    I’ve never heard of someone making ethanol in undergrad labs before. How’d you do it? From ethyl bromide? Ethyl acetate? You can file that one under the category of “reactions that no chemist would actually do”!

    Good luck on your practice test this weekend! You’ve been working hard so at least you know you’re learning whatever the numerical result is 🙂

    Comment by kristinschleicher — June 30, 2010 @ 20:18

    • Agreed. Today was probably the exception as I’ve been pretty good about tuning into the Office for breaks. Like you said, running is just such a release. I know it CAN’T be my only one so I’ve been experimenting with other things (TV, trashy mags) but haven’t really posted about them as I just don’t plain like them as much as running as well as the fact that this is a running blog. But I see you point. Thanks for looking out for me 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 30, 2010 @ 20:32

    • Oh and I totally foget how me made the actual alcohol. I think it was something lame like fermentation but it doesn’t matter: I was a rockstar with my friends that day even though I didn’t get to keep the stuff haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 30, 2010 @ 20:35

  2. lol. mileage!!!!!!!!!! you are just go-go-go, i am jealous you don’t get stiff!!!!! i would definitely run a marathon soon. why not? just keep an eye on your health + body status. but i have come to realize that we are all different in our mileage tolerances and you have clearly built yours up plus you must have some sort of predisposition for it. it’s not like you are forcing yourself to run big numbers, it seems to just happen naturally.

    Comment by Lacey — June 30, 2010 @ 21:32

  3. STOP THINKING MARATHON!!! Great triple today! Use running as stress relief right now. You are really competitive so if you tell yourself “I’m doing a marathon,” it will just add to the pressure/stress. After the MCAT and some R&R then worry about races, etc. Just enjoy being away from the books.

    Comment by a marathoner — June 30, 2010 @ 21:51

  4. ha ha ha… I can just see you sitting there studying with your tennis shoes on. Then you start to tap your foot and then your whole leg and then off you go! That’s the visual I’m getting anyways…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 30, 2010 @ 22:54

    • Kind of spot on actually! I definitely start to like twitch after 4 hours of sitting around hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 18:41

  5. Wooza! mileage!

    I can’t wait to see your numbers. You are a crazy running girl!

    Comment by Shelly — July 1, 2010 @ 00:30

  6. Love the Britney references! Find a marathon asap!! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — July 1, 2010 @ 09:22

  7. crazy miles! aaahh, wish i would have enjoyed orgo more. maybe it had more to do with the prof who taught it. or the fact that i have used it very little since taking the class.

    Comment by Emily — July 1, 2010 @ 11:13

    • I definitely think part of why I loved orgo was the professor. He was just awesome. I ended up not completing a chem minor because he went on sabbatical and a new prof took over the upper level classes and I didn’t want to deal with someone new hah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 18:42

  8. +1 to the coping thing. There will be a lot of times when you are stressed and running just isn’t an option. I know you don’t like yoga, but is there any kind of stretching you like to do? That might be a physical release from stress that would complement your running…

    Comment by Chelsea — July 1, 2010 @ 12:04

    • I just can’t bring myself to stretch! I hate stretching in general and have never been able to do it regularly. I’ve been trying to use reading and stuff though. I would LOVE if I could play, like, pickup bball or something but the nearest courts (with the boys that play) is a decent drive and I haven’t been able to bring myself to make it.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 18:44

  9. A good friend of mine just took his MCAT this past spring. It’s a LOT of mental preparation and I think it’s good that you have an outlet. You need it! Do what feels right and keep getting out and away from the books when you can!

    Comment by carpeviam — July 1, 2010 @ 15:08

  10. Your triple run day sounds like my double run tuesday! seriously I was so dead after that and I am still feeling the affects! Obviously I am not as used to it as you!! Keep it up! Hope the studying is going well!

    Comment by J — July 1, 2010 @ 15:35

  11. Dang, I am exhausted just reading about your testing/running-extravaganza of a day! Orgo destroyed my soul in college. Props to you for liking it.

    Are you musical at all? I find that a little alone time with my guitar or a piano is a good outlet when running isn’t available.

    Comment by sweatykid — July 1, 2010 @ 16:11

    • I *wish* I was musical. I’m darn good at karaoke but I don’t think that’s what you mean 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 18:45

  12. Wow, that sounds lovely! Seriously, studying like that sounds 100x harder and more intense than running, so I totally get why you are using the running as a ‘release.’ Take care though- can’t wait to hear what marathon you got on the brain 😉

    Comment by tmart — July 1, 2010 @ 19:58

  13. Your mileage will put my mileage to shame, and I’m doing a little better than this point last year. I’ll blame it on age :). And seriously, GO YOU for sure!! I’m not sure how you study that much AND get in all those runs…but I guess both are a release for each other so can understand why. Still…I’d be passed out on the couch for a month after your day! Keep being tough!!

    Comment by Jill — July 1, 2010 @ 23:51

  14. Wow…three runs for 21 miles in one day? I can hardly get 21 miles after three days. LOL! I can tell you needed that mental release though so I guess it’s good. Like you said, you just don’t want to make a habit of it! Hmmm…Orgo, MCATs…yeah, I remember them well. Have a happy 4th of July!

    Comment by The Laminator — July 2, 2010 @ 00:24

  15. hahha silly it was woody from toy story that says that!! Not indiana jones..well maybe he does, I’ve never seen those before. haha

    Comment by feetinmotion — July 2, 2010 @ 09:50

  16. I don’t know if you can get it in America but Bach’s rescue remedy spray is brilliant for anxiety, I had anxiety to do with my clarinet performances in uni, I got really bad nerves and it really helped me get them under control.

    Comment by Laura — July 2, 2010 @ 14:10

    • Yes we do have it. I never even thought about it! My friend used in all the time in college. Definitely going to have to do to the drugstore and track some down!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 2, 2010 @ 18:46

  17. I do know where youa re coming from. I relied on running a lot as my release from Bar exam studying. But I eventually was getting run down and needed to find another release. So, I dove into yoga (what can I say, I’m a physical activity release person) and the Daily Show and Jon and Kate plus Eight (this was way before all the drama). It takes some work to find things that work like running. And not everything will work nearly as well as running. But, if you can find some substitutes so that you aren’t running that much all of the time, it will be better in the long run.

    Hang in there! The MCAT will be over and done with before you know it.

    Comment by pen (pen at peace) — July 7, 2010 @ 20:37


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