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August 15, 2010

Home Sweet Home

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(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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  1. Yay! Congrats on finishing the MCAT and having it OVER!!!

    Comment by Emily — August 15, 2010 @ 09:28

  2. Ohhh my love. $$$ = the one main stressor in my life. I feel you. It WILL get worked out, I’m sure. But in the mean time, good vibes your way for the MCAT, and congrats on being DONE! Hope you had a good exploring run this morning!

    Comment by Erika @ DrTriRunner — August 15, 2010 @ 10:03

    • Thanks for the good vibes! I just hate how money is sooooo stressful and makes me feel like I need to make decisions *now*. I may or may not send an email your way as I know that $$ is just as stressful for you as it is me…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 15, 2010 @ 15:12

  3. Sorry I have been MIA from your blog. I’ve had a lot going on w/ school starting. So… I am so, so, SO happy for you and your new beginnings. It has been a pleasure reading about your life over the course of your senior year. There is no doubt in my mind that you have inspired many young people, in not only in running, but in becoming a successfull adult, as well. Look at you- new apartment, new job, MCAT finished! YOU ROCK!

    Comment by Rebecca — August 15, 2010 @ 10:09

  4. Doesn’t your 20s feel like a constant state of whiplash? All this start, stopping, start, stopping…trying to figure out what you hunger for, what satisfies. I am just now settling int myself at 31. I wish someone told me not to worry so much in my 20s about figure it out and try to get a sense of direction. NO matter where you go, there you are.
    I know that you are stronger than you know, and everything is as it should be. You probably will find an itching until those scores come in…but remind yourself that a number can NEVER define your worthy.
    You are valuable beyond measure

    Comment by specialkphd — August 15, 2010 @ 13:47

    • 100% agreed! I wish I could be as calm as you seem when you comment on my blog (and post on yours!). I wish I had that kind of intrinsic trust in myself. I’m working on it though 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 15, 2010 @ 15:13

  5. Knowing people there must make moving so much easier. Good luck on Monday!

    Comment by Jess — August 15, 2010 @ 14:34

    • It 100% did. I’m so lucky I got to go to Philly for training and make connections there! Thanks for the luck 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 15, 2010 @ 15:14

  6. Awesome runs!

    I feel ya’ on stressin’ over life. I haven’t gotten near enough work on my thesis done this summer and my lady and I are full-swing into wedding planning. Oh, and I move in a month too!

    Great song! My little sister (19) and I love that line!

    Comment by Nick — August 15, 2010 @ 15:00

  7. Hooray for being done with all the hard stuff! Thank goodness! I’m sure you kicked ass on the MCAT… as much as you’ve been studying, I don’t see how you couldn’t have…

    Does this mean you get to actually enjoy the last few weeks of summer? he he he

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 15, 2010 @ 15:11

    • Hehe. Aren’t you funny. Too bad I start my job tmrw! Am I ever going to get to kick back and enjoy life?! hahaha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 15, 2010 @ 15:15

  8. Congrats for finishing the MCAT! I’m sure you did great 🙂

    Great jobs on all your runs and I looove Zoolander btw!

    Good luck on the new job of course, not that you will need it!

    p.s. you totally should come visit England and the Deep 🙂

    Comment by Laura — August 15, 2010 @ 15:19

  9. I love Zoolander. That movie is funnier than it has any right to be. I’m sorry you’re stressed about $$ and other things, but it’s so exciting that you are starting a new stage in your life in a new place. I hope you are able to enjoy it!

    Comment by Chelsea — August 15, 2010 @ 17:23

  10. hey run-sis!
    first off holler at you for finishing that damnnnnn test! whoop whoop!
    and that lil Wayne song reminds me of the HELLS of altitude camp in Colorado Springs swimming with Michael Phelps and all he wanted to listen to was lil Wayne…but you do feel pretty badass while working out to those gangsta beats! loveee it!
    your runs have been speedy! reading about them makes me wanna be running partners for sure! I am about to move and am unsure of where i’ll be running…there are a lot of routes where i’m moving I just haven’t been on any of them yet, so I’m pretty stoked!
    I’m sorry bout the $ stress 😦
    I hope you enjoy the last bit of your weekend!
    loveeee u!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — August 15, 2010 @ 18:23

  11. Congrats on the MCAT! I’m sure you’re thrilled to have all the studying over. I remember moving into my apartment a few years ago & freaking out about where I was going to run…obviously it’s a runner thing 🙂 Good luck on your first day tomorrow!

    Comment by Jenny — August 15, 2010 @ 19:34

  12. Congratulations on the MCAT! That must feel soo good to have out of the way! So many big changes for you these past/next few weeks, that’s really exciting but must be stressful too! Sounds like you’re handling it well and hope you had fun last night! Good luck on Monday!

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 15, 2010 @ 19:51

  13. CONGRATS on the MCAT! So relieving!!

    Comment by Jess — August 15, 2010 @ 20:26

  14. Congrats on being done with the MCAT!!! I am sure all of your hard, hard work paid off!! Good luck starting your job on will do great and we can’t wait to hear how everything goes!! What city are you living in??

    Comment by Mary & Christina — August 15, 2010 @ 21:18

  15. You are going to have a blast meeting new people, being on your own, living in the city, finding new places to run, and keeping busy as a VISTA. Welcome officially to the post-undergrad experience. It’s definitely rocky at times, but nothing you haven’t been able to handle so far. Good luck figuring out the life stress. Congrats on knocking that MCAT ouuuuut!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 15, 2010 @ 21:59

  16. Congrats on having the MCATs over!

    It’s just like a runner to figure out those routes before even unpacking! 😉

    Comment by shelly — August 16, 2010 @ 12:10

  17. Being done with the MCATs and moving? I think that calls for a celebration! Hooray! Just started reading your blog and I’m really enjoying =D

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — August 16, 2010 @ 14:26

  18. Hope your first day of work went well!! So exciting! Great job on all the runs! Excellent paces! Its fun to run in new areas! Hope your new routes are good!

    Comment by J — August 16, 2010 @ 15:31

  19. It’s all a process. Congrats on getting the test over. HUGE relief!!! It will be nice that you can develop a more normal routine, e.g., run, work, socialize, sleep. Studying throws things off. Great job on the running. Very nice to have a roomie who knows the area.

    Comment by a marathoner — August 16, 2010 @ 17:35

  20. Congrats on finishing the MCAT! I can’t wait to hear how you did…I am sending positive vibes your way!

    Comment by Ameena — August 16, 2010 @ 23:17

  21. Just catching up on the blogging after being away – HOORAY on the MCAT!

    Comment by Kim — August 17, 2010 @ 10:41

  22. YOU FINISHED!!! Good for you, I’m still in the throws of the GMAT which, in comparison, is a piece of cake. Congrats!!

    Comment by thefoodrunner — August 18, 2010 @ 10:47

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