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July 25, 2010

There’s a Light in the Darkness?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:57

I may or may not have had this in the background while I was trying to study last night

Although this song may or may not be my favorite

Mmmmmmmmm yeah.  I guess I’ve been sucking at updating lately.  But, in my defense, I’m still in MCAT bootcamp.  At least for a few more days.  I took Full Length #3 this morning (and yay for slight improvement.  Keeps the hope alive you know?) after 4 straight days of classes and 2 of solid studying.  I need to get through Full Length #4 on Tuesday and then I’m semi-home free.

Not in terms of volume of workload (because, let’s be honest here: will it ever end?) but the pace slows down a bit in terms of requirements being due and I can focus on areas where I KNOW I’m weak.  Makes me feel better than having to read stuff for class and already know the stuff.  Not that I don’t like being good at stuff but I’d rather focus my efforts on other things.  Because knowing my luck AC/DC circuits will be 100% of the material I’m tested on.

But running.  It’s been happening.  Core and lifting? Not so much.  I’m thinking that this week I’ll reintroduce it but between my trip to Philly and all my MCAT work it just didn’t seem important.  Neither did running a kajillion miles as both of those weeks I’ve been around 50.  Yes a great deal of miles for sure but compare that to June and the 100+ miles.

I’d go into more detail about the specifics of the runs but they all are the same: 6 or 7 miles at 8:20-8:40 pace.  Seriously.  Except for the “long run” I did on Saturday which was 9.  But the pace was the same.

The funny thing is that this pace is the exact same (roughly speaking) now as it was pre-Philly.  Annoying because I want my legs to be like “less miles? Let’s GO” and it hasn’t been happening yet.  Maybe I pushed my legs too far and they’ll need time to trust that I’m not going to go all crazy on them again. I will say that I’ve been having less of those shake out runs, so while my pace hasn’t dropped yet to really fast I suspect that when I calculate the average pace for the week it’ll be slightly faster than it has been.

As for now, I’m comfortable with my easy runs and the lower mileage.  It’s so funny how that trip just broke up the mental cycle of more more more.  But funny in a good way.

I’ve also noticed a HUGE spike in my appetite since lowering the miles.  I think it’s pretty common though, as running (and in the summer too) decreases my appetite in general and running multiple times a day just let that depression continue all day.  I’m not really complaining though.  My wallet might be.  But the wicked annoying thing is that I’m hungry but I’m not craving anything in particular.  So I just stand in front of the fridge/pantry/cabinet and look.  Sure I’ll eat something but it’s never really what I want.

I do know that what I really want is to relaaaaaaaaaax.  But I’m incapable of this (big huge news flash there right?).  So I’ll likely head out for a standard run then do some analysis on my test.  Oh! Actually wait! I have been able to semi-relax at night: Yes I’ve been studying wayyyy late but I have been able to read a bit before actually closing my eyes.  Of course this keeps me up later than normal but it’s so nice to have something else on my brain when I drift off rather than study materials.

And because I’m being lame with my postings I owe you guys another picture from my Philly trip

Grrrr I am strong!

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  1. Hang in there with the MCAT stuff!

    Comment by Matt — July 25, 2010 @ 15:07

  2. +1 to Matt’s comment. You are gonna rock! You’re doing much better with that than I am with my research… And I’m sure the legs will come back after another week of lower mileage.

    Comment by Nick — July 25, 2010 @ 15:48

  3. 5.5 hours, that sounds awful!!

    Comment by Samantha — July 25, 2010 @ 15:52

  4. Solid paces already, even if you want ’em faster. My jaw is still dropped from those 120+ mile weeks back there. You’ll probably get great returns on this week or two of reduced mileage!

    Comment by sweatykid — July 25, 2010 @ 16:42

  5. Cute picture. I definitely don’t envy you with all the MCAT stuff, but I bet you’ll surprise yourself when it comes to the actual test. Hang in there and good luck studying.

    Comment by Chelsea — July 25, 2010 @ 17:40

  6. taking the MCAT practice test is a marathon in itself! Sounds 100x harder/more stressful than my marathon today- you truly are committed and will for sure see a huge pay off. I’m so in awe of your focus and hard-core-studyness!
    When I get fired from both my jobs, perhaps I’ll consider a move to the New England area. training with you > work….right? 😉 You know I think so!

    Comment by tmart — July 25, 2010 @ 18:15

  7. Love that last photo! So cool!

    Comment by Jess — July 25, 2010 @ 21:50

  8. I love that you used “wicked annoying.” Too cute.

    The MCAT scares the hell out of me and I barely passed basic science. I have no idea how you do it. You really are one smart lady and I am sure you are going to fabulously!!

    Comment by Ameena — July 25, 2010 @ 22:47

  9. Keep up the good work with your MCAT, it will pay off in the long run 🙂 I wouldn’t worry about the lack of lifting or core either, sometimes life gets in the way and we have different priorities everything will fit back into place in the long term and you don’t lose strength fast, a week or two off will probably actually help you gain strength as your muscles will over compensate!

    Comment by Laura — July 26, 2010 @ 04:38

  10. I am new to your blog and have enjoyed reading the past posts. Hang in there with the MCAT and you’ll do great. By the way, great photo at the end.

    Comment by Angie Chamorro — July 26, 2010 @ 09:51

  11. I can so relate to that “standing in front of the fridge, staring” feeling! Hungry but ambivalent. Kind of annoying.

    Good luck with your MCAT prep!

    Comment by shelby @ eatdrinkrun — July 26, 2010 @ 10:22

  12. Keep plugging with the MCAT prep! I admire your persistance and hard work.
    I hate that feeling when you don’t know what you want to eat. I definitely open ever cabinet, drawer and frig multiple times until I finally settle. But then I’m left unsatisfied because it may not be what I wanted.

    Comment by BostonRunner — July 26, 2010 @ 13:20

  13. Don’t stress at the updates. Study hard so you can feel prepared and strong for the test!

    Comment by sarah — July 26, 2010 @ 13:36

  14. Your legs will start to feel the cutback soon. Maybe next week?

    Comment by Jess — July 26, 2010 @ 14:48

    • It’s already started with today’s run. Yay. Although I likely shouldn’t jinx it haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 27, 2010 @ 19:25

  15. I wouldn’t worry about the pace relationship, I think your body’s probably happy for the break and used to running that speed, maybe it just needs some “getting use to it” time. Cute photo, lol.

    Comment by Flo — July 26, 2010 @ 14:57

  16. haha yes it was a RW quote 🙂

    Comment by Samantha — July 26, 2010 @ 15:27

  17. I’m still so impressed with the amount of time you’ve put into the MCATs but yay for reading some non-study material books!

    Comment by Jenny — July 26, 2010 @ 16:05

  18. Thinking about studying makes my brain hurt. I gave up studying when I got my Bachelors in engineering.

    Good luck with studying! I am sure you are going to rock the MCAT!

    Comment by J — July 26, 2010 @ 20:26

  19. LOVE Hairspray. I’m a huge musical theatre fan, and that musical is a fun time.
    Good luck studying…you can make it, and it will be so fantastic when you are done!!!

    Comment by Emily — July 27, 2010 @ 08:17

    • In high school every spring the chorus would do a musical program. It was a blast!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 27, 2010 @ 19:26

  20. You are so funny! I was just singing that song the other day!

    Comment by thefoodrunner — July 27, 2010 @ 12:14

  21. Nice. Keep rolling on the prep. Did you speak w/ Jacqui?

    Comment by A Marathoner — July 28, 2010 @ 17:37

    • Yes. We’ve been emailing back and forth although with me being so busy I’ve been slacking on that. I just sent her one last night though. Thanks so much for “introducing” us!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 1, 2010 @ 17:01

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