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July 29, 2010

Three Things Thursday: Stress Edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:34

Ummmm pretty basically my life is one big ball of overwhelming stress.

  • MCAT.  2 weeks.  In two weeks from now I will hopefully be drinking on the pond feeling good about my test.  Until then, of course, it’s a little bit unnerving to feel like the entire future I want could hinge on this test.  There have been some high points: I feel better about certain topics that have traditionally given me trouble (thank you library! But no thank you old creepy men who stare at me!) but that by no means makes me feel like I’m totally prepared.  I just want the stupid thing done and over with.
  • Moving.  2 weeks plus one day.  Yes that’s right: I am moving the day after I take my test.  Ugh.  Poor planning on my part maybe.  I had originally hoped to move some of my stuff down this week or early next week but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen due to MCAT prep and other life stuff.  Since I’m just moving out of my mom’s house it’s not the end of the world to live bare-bones for a bit but still.  Not exactly ideal.
  • Medical School Application.  Because I still haven’t submitted it yet.  I need to re-work my essay which I haven’t had time for yet.   Nor have I really figured out how I’m going to pay for it, which adds stress of itself.
  • Not enough hours in the day.  I mean, I’ve been using the hours productively (which isn’t technically stressful) but I’d love it if I could have 2 (or 10) more.  Yeah so maybe a lame bullet point but I cannot just leave three things there.  Lucky number 4 and all 🙂

Had enough complaining yet?  Me too.  I really really try to not complain (and hopefully that does come across in my posts) but sometimes it feels good to just vent.  Also: I hate how the saying “when it rain it pours” is true. Also true? deep breathing = cure to being upset.  I’m don’t easily get upset so when I do I never know how to calm down.  But DEEP BREATHING.  Seriously.  It works.That said, here are three things that have been making me happy lately and, while they might be in vain, have attempted to lower my stress level.

  • Running.  Duh.  I feel like I haven’t been talking about my running lately because stress is so large that it’s taking over my mind and all my runs have been similar. But my runs have been feeling really good lately.  Sure, today I kind of slogged through 8 miles but can it really be called slogging when the average pace is 8:25?  I’m loving it.  Yesterday was a good 8 miles at 8:30 pace so I’ve been really pumped about it.  Thanks for all your comments about racing.  I still know I’m not going to commit to anything now but it’s nice to know that you guys think I could rock a race 🙂 AND I love the suggestions of loosely following a plan so I can get rid of that monotony feeling I have currently.
  • Reading for FUN.  Slash making sure the hour or so before my head hits the pillow is enjoyable. I’ve been making a commitment to reading chapters from a good book before I go to bed every night.  Sure it’s only 20 or 30 minutes or so, cutting into my sleeping time, but I love to read.   So it’s nice to be able to get lost in a story line.
  • Boston Medical. Which is on tonight 🙂 I’ve been absolutely fascinated with the show!  And no, I don’t think it’s because I want to be a doctor although I’m sure that’s part of it.  One of my friends, who is studying interior design, loves it too.  Always a plus to have some chica time. Anyhoo, hopefully my  *last* MCAT class tonight doesn’t run late so I can get home in time to watch the whole thing.  I’ve had to miss the beginnings sometimes and I hate missing the beginnings of shows.
  • And I know this is supposed to be THREE things but I need to put in a 4th (again):

And it’s not just this song but I’ve been really letting music lift my mood lately.  Lacey made me a mix CD that I’ve been listening too on repeat and other people have been “making” me listen to music I otherwise wouldn’t have.  But it works: I put on a good song and for 4ish minutes my thoughts are NOT on stress.

And my friend, who I stayed with in Philly, put up her pics on FB so I have more to share.  Sooooo here’s another.  And I’m going to dole them out slowly because I want to keep you guys coming back for more.  Unless you’re my FB friend.  Then you’ve likely stalked my pictures already and are bored with them haha.

Longwood Gardens. Check out the sock tan line. I am soooo attractive haha

P.S. If you’re not on my blogroll but want to be: let me know! I’m terrible at updating it when I find a new blog I love reading!


  1. I’m so excited to report that I have yet to kill that song… still rocking it out loud and proud! lol

    And I like your idea to have that hour before bed as set “relax time”. Good for you. It’s well deserved!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — July 29, 2010 @ 16:38

  2. Hang in there! You are going to make it! I think it’s helpful to think about “what is the minimum I can get away with” when I get overloaded. You can’t skimp on MCAT, but you can skimp on packing/moving because you can (I’m assuming) get anything you leave at your mom’s house the next weekend or something like that. Hope you get some relaxation time in tonight.

    Comment by Chelsea — July 29, 2010 @ 16:58

  3. Ahhh you’re gonna dominate the MCAT, the move, and the med school application. Think about it, in all the times you’ve been stressed out about this or that big paper/project/test/random-time-consuming-thing in college, did you ever let yourself down? No, you came through and got it DONE, just like you will this time. That’s the mini-pep talk I give myself when I feel overwhelmedness creeping in. Since you appear to be superwoman, I bet it def applies to you, too. Long comment for the win!

    Comment by sweatykid — July 29, 2010 @ 17:47

  4. Two weeks! Wow! It’ll be here before you know it and you’re going to rock your test!

    Great job on your runs, too! 8:25 and 8:30 paces for 8 miles is definitely something to be proud of!

    Add me to your blogroll, please! 🙂 🙂

    Happy Thursday!

    Comment by Jaime — July 29, 2010 @ 18:59

  5. Here are my four things to you!

    #1 – you are amazing- that needs to be said
    #2 – 2 weeks may be stressful, but then it will be behind you and you can be simply EXCITED about new life stuff
    #3 – congrats on the runs- its admirable that you are running in general with everything you have going on, not to mention kicking ass at it!
    #4- reading for pleasure = sooo key. i’ve made it a point to do and it is so worth it!
    #5 (i’ve decided I get five things, because you are that special!) – did I mention that you are amazing? if only Michigan and New England weren’t so far away, I swear my life would be complete! 😉

    Comment by tmart — July 29, 2010 @ 20:41

  6. I totally feel for you, don’t feel bad complaining! I think you just need to step back for a second and breathe. You’ve accomplished so much and you WILL get it all done, even though it seems impossible right now. I think you’re ready for this test, try not to put so much pressure on it (“the entire future I want could hinge on this test”) or it’s only going to make you more nervous.

    Comment by BostonRunner — July 29, 2010 @ 21:16

  7. Reading for fun is such a huge source of pleasure for me! I’m bad about it, but I *try* to set aside 15-20 minutes before bed to just read something light before going to sleep. I don’t always succeed, but I try!

    I would be flattered to be on your BR 🙂 Hmmm…I don’t have a BR on my blog, maybe I should? I’m so dense about things like that. You have lots on yours though – excited to spend some time poking around! 🙂

    Comment by shelby @ eatdrinkrun — July 30, 2010 @ 00:32

  8. Hehe I have sock tan lines too from running! Luckily my legs have barely tanned so you can’t see them too well! I’d love to be on your blog roll 🙂

    I hope the stress eases up soon, you really deserve to do well and I’m sure you will.

    Comment by Laura — July 30, 2010 @ 04:09

  9. I love Boston Medical too!!! Sometimes I have to hide my eyes cause it can be graphic but it is real and really good. Good luck with all your stressors. That’s a lot to handle at one time!!

    Comment by Shutupandrun — July 30, 2010 @ 08:23

  10. YOU are dynamite. hang in there. i always say that but i also always mean it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! music gives me sooooooo much energy, it also calms me down, or makes me think. there is music for every need 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — July 30, 2010 @ 09:30

  11. Pulling for you like always. Take all the time you need in the next two weeks to chill out, study hard, and focus.

    Comment by sarah — July 30, 2010 @ 09:44

  12. I miss reading for fun! It seems like I am chained to my computer all day and then my kid at night. I should have better priorities but reading is right up there! I am going to try your 30 minutes a night idea.

    And I’d love to be on your blogroll!

    Comment by Ameena — July 30, 2010 @ 13:31

    • 30 mins a night is an absolute gift! It’s funny how so little time can make such a huge difference. Hope you get to try it out 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 1, 2010 @ 17:05

  13. Two weeks until freedom! You’re going to rock the MCAT!

    I moved right after my test, too. It was a whole weekend of stress wrapped up into one. Ugggh.

    Running is always my stress relief of choice, but it’s not been too hot this summer because it literally has been too hot this summer, haha.

    Comment by Emily — July 30, 2010 @ 16:39

    • It’s good to know you survived test + moving in the same weekend! Very reassuring 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 1, 2010 @ 17:06

  14. Dag yo. I thought my moving was gonna be hectic. But I just have to work the day before I move (Sunday!!!), not take the freakin MCAT. You are a hero!I totally agree there are not enough hours in the day. I need an extra eight or so hours for actually sleeping and maybe an extra run haha!

    And yes please add me to your blog roll! 🙂

    Comment by Mark — July 30, 2010 @ 22:57

  15. Whoa, a lot of things happening all at once! I would be venting, too! It’s seriously all right. Sometimes, it’s absolutely necessary. You rant, complain, then take a deep breath, and you’ll rock it. 🙂

    I’m not on your blogroll…:’-p

    Comment by sophia — July 31, 2010 @ 12:40

  16. Visualize what you fear….a less than “ideal” number? What does that SAY about YOU??? Visualize it, and see yourself surviving with with wisdom, not trying to prevent disappointment, but rather knowing that no matter the end result, WHO YOU ARE will be capable of enduring it. Instead of trying TO RUN AWAY from stress, why not REST INTO IT? The more you struggle, the more stressed you’ll feel and the more our mind will freeze.
    The test will always be there. And there will always be MORE tests. This is not the most important test you will ever take, either…believe me. Don’t give it that much power over you. You own this. Your determination, your preparation, your compassion. Those are the things that matter.

    Comment by specialkphd — July 31, 2010 @ 12:47

  17. You have got it all under control. Your approach to all of these changes is spot on and you are handling it very well. Keep going.

    Comment by a marathoner — August 1, 2010 @ 17:56

  18. I like getting into bed and then reading for a while. usually helps me to fall asleep rather than just getting into bed and tossing and turning.

    Good luck with all the moving and the MCAT! I am sure you will get it all together!

    Comment by J — August 1, 2010 @ 19:08

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