(This was written on Saturday late afternoon/early evening. And I chose to schedule it to post on Sunday so if there are any time/day discrepancies…oops haha!)
As I sit here on my new porch (with a glass of wine in hand!) I can’t help but laugh at how crazy stressed I’ve been and how good it is to have some milestones behind me:
- MCAT = OVER. Book burning party? I have absolutely NO idea how I did. We’ll find out in 4 or so weeks. Surprisingly I went into the test pretty calm. I’m not going to lie that I’ve been in stress-overload mode this past week post-vacay but I was able to take Wednesday and “chill the eff out” and do things for me. And then I watched this the night before (aka best movie EVER):
- Moving. Check. Well sort of. The beauty of moving from my mom’s house to my own place is that I was able to only bring the essentials and the beauty of my mom’s place being 90 minutes from me is that I can go home next weekend and get the rest. And let me say my apartment is SICK. In the best way possible of course. I’m the first one to move in so there are no decorations or anything like that yet so I’m not going to post pictures but both my mom and I walked in and said, “This is amazing for any apartment, never mind for the first!”
- Unpacking. Check. Well, again, sort of. I need to wait on my roommates to get here on Monday to be fully unpacked and figure out where we want stuff. But I’m done with all my personal belongings. And man, it feels good. Especially since 12 hours before I was suppose to leave I had 0% done. For real. Whirlwind!
- Figuring out where I’m going to run. Check. One thing both my mom and I were worried about was where I was going to be running. I live in a city (and had never seen the apartment until today. Luckily I have an awesome roomie who I totally trust with that stuff) and even as we were driving here we passed through some seedy areas. BUT I live in a university area so the neighborhood I live in in really nice and there’s an AWESOME running path a few blocks over. I know that I won’t be getting the variety of routes that I can back in the ‘burbs (nor for the first few runs will I know exact distances like I do at home) but I’m excited and plan on checking it out on Sunday (which is today for those of you reading because I’m not putting this up until then)
Now onto my running over the past few days. It’s been decent. I think I last posted on Wednesday? Since then I’ve gotten some good runs in. Wicked unstructured just because when I got back from Texas I went into major freak-out mode over life (which I’m not going to say here now due to personal reasons but positive thoughts are appreciated!) but basically I’m questioning a lot of how to achieve my “life plan” and trying to make the best decision. Suffice it to say it’s about $$
Yup I still love this song. I know I’ve played it before for y’all but seriously. Tell me you don’t want to just be all gangster after listening to this. Especially the line
“Cause b!tch I’m the bomb. Like tick tick”.
Like how can you not feel thug after saying that?! Fun fact: in college my nickname was gangster. I honestly have no idea how it got started but within the first week of freshman year I was branded. Hahaha.
But after I posted on Wednesday I went for a pretty decent 9.3 mile run. I was going to stop at 9 but there’s something alluring of the even 15k. I don’t really remember specific feelings but towards it but it was good. Not stellar (only an 8:3x pace) but it never felt like a struggle. I like that.
Thursday was D-Day. Or rather MCAT day. I finished my 5.5 hour test and headed home to eat and unwind. After decompressing my brain, I needed to decompress my body. And man I must have been really tense or something. Go figure. Because I was *flying*. Seriously. An 8:11 pace. Ummmm really? I had to check the math twice. I think it helped that I didn’t leave until about 1600 and when I run later in the day my body feels more at ease going fast. But…yeah. That made me happy!
Friday was definitely not as fast but it’s because I had to run at 0900 in the morning. Not a helluva lot of turnaround from the day before. But it wasn’t too bad. An 8:3x again but it just felt dragging. I think that, not only was I running with not a lot of recovery but I’ve been fighting some sleep deprivation lately.
Not that I didn’t sleep/rest a fair amount on vacay last weekend buttttt it wasn’t the kind of rest that a regular bedtime/wake up brings. And then the rest of this week hasn’t been stellar either with an early morning doctor appt or the early wake up for the MCAT. And my body isn’t used to going to bed early! So the combo of everything just kind of caught up to me.
On the plus side I’ve been able to allow myself to “sleep in” and not set an alarm post-vacay. I’m very happy about that and the fact that I’ve been able to relax and “lounge” more. It feels good to chill a bit and not be wound so tight! I apologize for the randomness of the comment 😉
Saturday (which is today for me although I know that you guys are reading this on Sunday) was a KILLER 11 mile run. Since the test I’ve basically been really stressed out and emotional so I told my mom that I NEEDED my long run before we moved me in. And I went for 11 miles in 91.56. That’s an 8:21 pace. For 11 miles. Guess me being all wound tight has been good for my running? Interestingly I didn’t feel stellar during the run and thought about cutting it short at 8. I’m really glad I didn’t though. I want to start getting into a better running routine (aka LR = Saturday, Speed sometime during the week etc.) as my life gets more scheduled with work and stuff. And there might be a race or two this fall that I want to just dominate 😉
So I think that catches us up in my running life. Whew! Hopefully, if you’re reading this Sunday morning, I’m out for my first exploratory run in the new ‘hood. I’m really looking forward to it!
And, since I start my job on Monday (good lucks are appreciated here too 😉 ), I’m really hoping that I can start posting more regularly (as well as commenting regularly too! I always feel so bad when I can’t comment as much as I’d like! But don’t worry if I fall off the Earth again: I’ll be back.) It kills me to do these catch-up posts. Granted my life is STRESS right now (life plan questions + starting new job = not a clear head!) so maybe it’s good that I’m not posting everyday. Then I think you guys would worry about my sanity haha.
But alas it is time for me to go out. Yes I moved to a new city but I have FRIENDS. Remember when I went to Philly? Well they broke us up by region so I know a bunch of people here (who are all VISTAS. Aka they know understand the VISTA budget) and I called one of the girls up as soon as my mom left and told her that once I finished unpacking we were going out. Luckily a bunch of peeps were going out too so YAY.
First night in the new place and first night going out as a “real adult”….whatever that means. Awesomeness. And since you’re reading this post-going out Saturday night I’ll just go out on a limb and say that I had a wicked great time. Because I’m sure I will 😀
Hope you guys had a great Saturday night and enjoy a lazy Sunday!
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