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July 11, 2010

Another MCAT Down

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First: Thanks for all the “you look awesome in glasses” comments.  They made me smile and laugh and feel better about wearing them when I have to.  I think they make me look like even more of a physics nerd.  But that’s okay.  Apparently physics nerds look awesome 🙂

And thanks for all the “wow you are organized” comments too.  I take a certain amount of pride in my organizational skills 🙂  And yes, I realize I carry around too much stuff.  Sometimes, if I’m just running to the corner store or something I just grab my keys and go buttttt I guess I just like to prepare for all the “What Ifs” haha

And yes, I took another full length MCAT this weekend.  Ugh.  I didn’t necessarily do worse than last time but I didn’t make any real strides either.  Maybe 1 a week is too much? I heavily focused on the Physical Sciences this week and it showed.  Both in my grade on that section as well as the others.  Oh well.  I have more data to reformulate a plan.  But, not going to lie, it’s a little disheartening to not see an improvement from last week.

And I had to take the silly (well it’s not silly really.  Rather annoying though)test  in Starbucks because…dun dun dun…the library was closed and let me down.  Which is does All. The. Time.  I mean, I understood last weekend when I had to take the test that the holiday weekend would shut things down.  But July 10th? WTF?!

Starbucks wasn’t so bad.  I’m of the age where the employees were all clearly younger than me but not by soooo much  that I  think they wouldn’t feel comfortable telling me to leave.  It was a bit distracting have all people wandering about maybe that contributed to the mental fatigue and antsy-ness I felt by the end of the test. But, again, it wasn’t so bad. And I LOVE the smell of coffee.  I can’t drink the stuff but the smell is amazing.

Good old New England FINALLY got some rain over the weekend as well. Didn’t really cut any humidity out but for the duration of the storm the temp dropped a little and it felt a bit cooler.  Sure the storm passed through in about an hour but that hour was glorious.  Especially since I was determined to do some more work and try to pinpoint the exact ways I can improve my study habits and refocus/regroup.

I did get a good muggy run in before taking the exam though. It wasn’t my fastest run ever (I’m blaming the fact that I haven’t had a 0545 wake up in a very long time) but it felt good and luckily it didn’t rain on me.  Granted that meant that all the moisture was in the air and I felt like I was breathing water buttttt I like sunshine.

I have a love / hate relationship with running in the mornings.  On one hand I love it.  I love waking up with a run and shaking out the morning cobwebs.  The temperature is a bit cooler and that feels nice too.

On the other hand, the humidity is the worst in the morning.  And, one of the reasons I have morning cobwebs is because I’m staying up so late to study.  Wah wah wah.  I’m sure you’re sick of hearing this 🙂

But the biggest reason running in the morning has a hate component? Deer flies

Basically the bane of my existence in the summer

I think it’s just me.  Okay so maybe not as I see lots of people swatting at them as well.  But on every single run I’m attacked by them.  And it’s not just one fly, it’s a swarm.  I guess I just smell nice?

And the only way to kill them is to let them land on you and, before they can bite because they hurt like whoa, squish them like the little bugs that they are.   For real.  My running buddy thinks I’m really weird for literally pinching them between my fingers but I’ve found that if you hit them and even give them a good smack they will come back.  I’ve seen deer flies that I’ve smacked on my arm and thought were dead come back to life.

Annoying right? And it’s the absolute WORST in the mornings.

The weird thing is that it’s only about a mile radius from my house that they’re the worst.  I think it’s because I live on the water and water tends to be bug breeding grounds.  So while I get to swim and frolic in the water (ahaha who am I kidding I don’t have free time for frolicking!) the trade off is the bugs.  Ick.

Oh well. That’s my rant for the weekend.

I was also given a blog award from Jaime for having a blog of substance.  Very nice to hear because sometimes I think I just ramble and ramble and ramble. Thanks girl 🙂

The Rules:
•Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
•Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words.
•Pass it on to 5 other blogs which you feel have real substance.

New Friends Who Love Running

Basically, the long and short of why I started blogging is because NONE of my close friends do.  So it was kind of lonely to not be able to talk to others about running or bounce ideas off of and whatnot. Luckily now I have TONS of new friends who love running as much as I do.  I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet some of you and run with you. 🙂

And I’m going to be lame and not tag anyone.  Because I want everyone who reads this to do it.  Seriously.  I love reading this kind of stuff!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! The agenda for today (Sunday) is to look over what I got wrong on the exam I took yesterday and then attack those sections with a vengeance. I tried to do some of it last night but there’s so. much. material.

I also hope that everyone has a good week this week. I’m off to Philly this week for job training so I’m probably not going to be posting until mid-next week.  I’ll have my phone with me so theoretically I can but doing anything on my phone, save calling and texting, can be a pain sometimes.  It’ll be weird to not post whenever I want but hopefully I’ll have LOTS of fun pictures to share when I get back 🙂


  1. I’ve never heard of or seen a deer fly but man, those things do sound annoying! Have fun in Philly & hopefully you’ll get a chance to do some sight-seeing or something non-job training related. Can’t wait to see some pics, I only went there once when I was real little so I don’t remember anything about the city.

    Comment by Jenny — July 11, 2010 @ 12:31

  2. Gosh the MCATs are forever long and you’re so disciplined in preparing. My old roommate is studying right now and I’m sure I’d see her all the time chilling with books if we were living together right now. It’ll pay off in the end!

    Blogging is great to network with people of the same interests (like running) and figuring out ideas. Non-tagging is totally fine- looking forward to pictures!

    Comment by Katherine: What About Summer? — July 11, 2010 @ 13:50

  3. Ugh… I think I’d go nuts doing a practice test in Starbucks- I’m such a people watcher.

    I just love that people on the blogs listen to me talk about running and their eyes don’t roll back in their heads (or at least I can’t tell). It’s nice to have an outlet. Especially when the only response my friends have to my runs are “you’re crazy”.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — July 11, 2010 @ 14:23

  4. I didn’t know that you live on the water! Too cool! I love my parents’ up north house because we are on the water. Even if you can’t be swimming and such it is just nice to see it sometimes. Bummer about the bugs though.
    Re: your comment about my life being hard-core- you are the hard core one! I don’t think, no I KNOW I could never commit myself to studying like you are doing + running such legit miles. Sure I wake up early and do alot during the day but the mental focus and time you are putting into preparing is so admirable! You are amazing girl! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — July 11, 2010 @ 14:26

  5. I’m in a Starbucks too! And I started blogging to find running friends, too! Or really, to have an outlet to talk about my workouts so I wouldn’t bore the faces off people who could care less. I’m never certain whether people are me, but it’s been great.

    That picture of the fly made me shudder. You know it’s bad, when you try to shake it off and it just sticks on your skin. Gives me the heebie jeebies.

    Comment by sarah — July 11, 2010 @ 15:19

  6. I started my blog for the same reason! All my friends sit on the couch all day and eat junk! I am the complete opposite 😉

    Comment by Matt — July 11, 2010 @ 16:07

  7. Eff those flies! They are the worst.

    Have you ever heard of mooseflies? According to a farmer who lives around here, those are some of the ones I’ve been getting attacked by on my runs. Wish all these alleged deer and moose and horse flies would be a little more host-specific and leave us poor runners alone.

    Comment by sweatykid — July 11, 2010 @ 17:39

  8. Physics nerds DO look awesome. And ARE awesome. Also, i battle horse flies all summer here. I HATE them. Unfortunately, they love me.

    Comment by pen (pen at peace) — July 11, 2010 @ 18:11

  9. Ewww flies are so gross! When I lived near Austin I had a problem with little gnats sticking all over me. So nasty.

    Comment by Jess — July 11, 2010 @ 18:46

  10. We have those deer flies down here and OUCH! Those things can bite! Have a great trip to Philly! Scope out all the good places for me, as I will be doing the half there in Sept!

    Comment by Rebecca — July 11, 2010 @ 21:11

  11. Maybe it was too close between your two tests or maybe it was just a harder test, they will vary I’m sure, plus I would get distracted by people watching in Starbucks so maybe without realising it you were a bit distracted! Don’t be disheartened, you’re working hard you will do well 🙂

    Comment by Laura — July 12, 2010 @ 01:37

  12. I don’t think we have that fly problem over here but I remember being in Texas once and freaking out over them!!!

    Comment by Anna — July 12, 2010 @ 10:30

  13. Have you tried wearing bug spray on your runs to keep the flies away? I had a big problem with gnats on my runs on the trail, and I started wearing bug spray and they stayed away. They were so annoying because they would constantly fly in my eyes and sometimes get stuck in there, which was horrifying.

    Comment by Kim — July 12, 2010 @ 10:48

  14. Substance indeed
    That essence flows from the actions you share with us
    And when I was getting the masters at harvard I worked at Starbucks and it was the best part of that winter for me
    A chance for a new community

    Comment by Special k — July 12, 2010 @ 12:15

  15. Deer flies? UGH! I hated coffee until about a year ago and now it’s my best friend. HA!

    Comment by Jaime — July 12, 2010 @ 12:33

  16. I have never seen a deer fly, but I have the same hatred for Mosquitos!!! Great job getting another test done, I would never hve the discipline.

    Comment by Stephanie — July 12, 2010 @ 21:06

  17. Congrats on getting through your MCAT practice test. Ughh…sounds grueling. Will be such a relief when it’s over!

    Glad you survived the deer flies, and good luck w/ job training!

    Comment by Emily — July 12, 2010 @ 22:32

  18. Congrats on the MCAT practice test!!

    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — July 13, 2010 @ 06:44

  19. I hate deer flies they are the worst and so annoying! ok so obviously I got this post and the last one mixed up. whoops – my brain must be tired. good luck with the studying as always and the running!

    Comment by J — July 13, 2010 @ 11:05

  20. I used to study/do hw at Starbucks all the time! The smell of coffee kept me awake, and actually, all the people bustling around helped my concentration.

    Comment by sophia — July 13, 2010 @ 11:32

  21. catching up…yep, adorable in the glasses. 🙂

    Comment by tricia — July 13, 2010 @ 16:51

  22. Not sure if taking 1 practice test a week is good or bad. Have you covered all the material yet or does it continue to build until you take the actual test? If you can find actual testing conditions that would be best (you already know that, though). The more you can replicate the feelings of actually taking the test (anxiety, etc.) the better prepared you will be. More reps. More reps.

    Comment by a marathoner — July 15, 2010 @ 13:54

  23. Ok so I’ve been sitting here going ‘why hasn’t Karyn update her blog in forever?’….umm yeah…the “running” section of my reader got deleted. Doh. So, hi! Glad you’re still here haha.

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — July 18, 2010 @ 09:52

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