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July 3, 2010

I Just Took The MCAT

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:36

Well not the *real* one but rather Full Length Test Numero Uno.  For my course we have to take 5 full lengths before our actual test and the first was today.  On the holiday weekend.  Fun, right? MmmmmHmmmm that’s what I thought.

Even funner? The fact that when I was driving to my friend’s house (where I was taking the test because my house is NOT conductive to quiet and focused-ness and all the libraries, testing centers etc are closed for the holiday weekend) a deer came bounding out into the road.  Damn near hit me.  Luckily I have cat like reflexes.  Too bad that those reflexes caused me to jump the curb and blow my front tire.

Oh well.  As my friend put it when I finally got to her house “better the tire than the damage that deer would have done to your car”.  Amen. But obviously NOT the way I wanted to spend my precious moments trying to calm my test taking anxiety.  Especially since I had been out late the night before picking a friend up at the train station and then grabbing some food to play catch up.  *LeSigh*. Luckily I had a spare and everything turned out okay. My nerves were frayed but okay.

Including the test.  I didn’t do as well as I want to for, say, the real thing but overall I was really happy with my performance.  While taking the test sucked hardcore it was good to get some real feedback to confirm my strengths and weaknesses and where to go from there.

But after taking a 5.5 hour test (and yes I did take the entire time) I’m giving myself the rest of the day off.  Hopefully I can relax a bit and catch up on some summer FUN reading.

Now onto running.

Or lack thereof.

You see, as astonished with how much I ran in June (and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get any satisfaction from it) it was way scary to see the numbers.  So after tallying the numbers on Wednesday night I decided to take some time off of running.

And by “time off” I mean 2 days because I’ll likely jump into a run pretty soon today because I’m so tense from the test, as well as tense from not having my release the past 2 days.

But, while I guess this is a chance for me to recoup, I feel really agitated.  I suppose this is like a withdrawal period? Who knows.  I do know that it’s not as though I’m sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  There is studying to be done. I don’t really think I’m getting more done as I’m distracted so everything is taking way longer.

I’m also thinking of doing a race tomorrow for the 4th. It’s a 5 miler so it’ll be interesting to see if my legs have those fast-twitch capabilities anymore.  Last year I did this same race without any speed training post-marathon so anything can happen I guess.

I haven’t committed yet because there’s a chance I might being going up to my friend’s lake house for the night (and coming back Sunday night for a Monday morning appt.) but I still haven’t nailed out the details.  So if I do go I obviously wouldn’t be able to do the race.  Since I currently do not have a way to get there it’s looking like the race will happen and I’ll just go to cookouts and then into Boston for fireworks with some friends.

Soooooooooo that’s all I got.  My brain is FRIED so apologies on a scatterbrained post. Happy 4th of July weekend all 😀

Giveaway from ErikaH

And I’ll leave you with the song that was in my head for the entire 5.5 hours of my MCAT practice test.


  1. Very scary about the deer. We once almost hit a big dog that was chasing cars on the freeway. Good luck at the race tomorrow. I’ll be curious to see your results.

    Comment by Chelsea — July 3, 2010 @ 17:08

  2. Bahhh your title had me fooled haha I was like aaaargh that’s come so soon haha!

    Hope you have fun runningthe race tomorrow if you decide to run!

    Comment by Laura — July 3, 2010 @ 17:29

  3. I hate when I get one song in my head and it won’t leave! Especially when trying to focus. At least you had a tune that was sort of pumping you up? he he he….

    Have a good weekend! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — July 3, 2010 @ 17:33

  4. a. driving + deer = TERRIFYING. b. 5 full-length prep tests before the ACTUAL test? Yikes, just thinking about that is enough to make a brain fry.

    Have fun at the race… or the lake!

    Comment by sweatykid — July 3, 2010 @ 18:45

  5. Happy 4th, MM! Enjoy your days off, stay out of cars and away from deer, and try to wipe your brain clear of any crazy science-test stuff.

    Comment by sarah — July 4, 2010 @ 10:28

  6. Okay…this RUNNING TIME OFF is JUST AS BIG AS THE MCAT! Because it reveals how poised you are for growth, for not avoiding your anxiety, your fear of “not earning enough” or good enough good, as just BEING YOU. I AM SOOOOOO honored because when we honor our true natural power, you make it easier for me. I am empowered and know that you, as a colleague, would simply make this world, well, healthier!

    Comment by Special K — July 6, 2010 @ 13:29

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