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August 17, 2010

Excuses Excuses

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:59

Thanks for the many many congrats with the MCAT and good lucks for the job! You guys rock.

And I’m glad y’all like Zoolander.  I’m 100% resisting the urge to quote is now. It’s totally a classic 🙂

My first day on the job was great.  Maybe a little boring because I’m going so much orientation stuff and getting familiar with the clinic.  But I totally think I’ll be very happy here for the next year.  Provided I don’t get overwhelmed the first week aha!

I don’t think I ever said what I’m doing though? Well the brief synopsis is that I’m the IT Development Research Coordinator (my job title changed after I took the position) at a clinic which provides free health care to the uninsured.  My job is primarily with the medical records and making sure they’re being maintained properly and that there are no issues with it.  I’m also responsible for the program that puts brand name drugs in our patients hands.  So I’m pretty excited.  If I decide to take more time off before heading into med school this would be a HUGE boost to my application (currently I can’t really talk about it because I haven’t done anything yet!)  But that’s what’s going on in my work life.  I don’t think it’ll be too exciting day to day, maybe long hours, but the overall picture is pretty exciting.

Now onto the running! But first…I’m really liking the whole insert-a-song-that’s-stuck-in-my-head thing.  This one is appropriate because, in terms of my running, I am solo.  Although I will say there are a few guys and gals that I’m thinking of approaching because they look like they’d be awesome to run with.  So scary though, asking someone to run with you! haha.

And this song is in my head because it’s just a kickass song. Although does it bother anyone else that he *doesn’t* go “Jaaaaaaaaaason Derulo” at the beginning?  Because it kind of bothers me.  In fact, I even had a friend (when I was in Philly) sing my full name like that when I walked into a room.  Yes I’m that awesome haha 🙂

When I last left you (gosh I feel like I’m writing a weekly drama or something…previously on MarathonMaiden haha!) on Sunday, I was about to head out for my first exploratory run in the new ‘hood.  And it was fun.  I ran along the boulevard road a couple blocks over from my house.  Nothing too fancy, just a nice path that a full loop is 3 miles.  Yeah, I’m going to have to find some new places to supplement because 3 miles (roughly 4 starting from my place) isn’t going to cut it.  But I managed to get a good 8.2 miles in.  The pace was decent, roughly 8:37.  Nothing like the runs I’d had earlier that week but I’m chalking it up to the stress of moving 😉

I also reintegrated core work into my routine on Sunday too.  Yikes.  The last time I did core was 5 weeks ago.  Literally the day before I left for my Philly trip in July.   Needless to say I woke up Monday morning a bit sore.  I was actually sore Sunday night! But it’s the good kind of sore.  The kind that says “dayyyyyyyyyyum you are working!”.  Of course it goes without saying that I probably shouldn’t have gone as long as I did between sessions but whatever.  Now that I’ve started doing it again I’ll likely be able to “guilt” myself into doing core more often.  Not that it should be so hard: I love having some tight abs 🙂

Which is why on Monday morning I did them again.  After my run though, which might have been a mistake because I definitely was running through a rain shower for the majority of my miles and when I got back to my apartment I was pretty soaked.  Not to mention my hair was all knotted because of the weather.  Annoying. The last thing I wanted to do was work my core.  But like I said, I’m vain and want my abs to look hotttttttt.

But the rain actually was kind of nice while I was out there.  It hadn’t started yet when I left my apartment at 0545 (ugh to early wake ups again!) and I can totally tolerate the rain as long as I start with no precipitation.  Does that make me weird?

Because it was so early I ran the same route as I did the day before just because I was familiar with it and because it was a legit running path and I knew that there would be at least a few people out.  And there were.  So I got another 8.2 miles.  A bit slower though.  I’m thinking 8:45? I know I have it written down in my log book but I’m too lazy to get up and check.  I’m blaming the fact that I haven’t seen a 0530 wake up in quite some time.

Man I’m just filled with excuses this post 😉

I did run a negative split by about a minute (I ran the 4.1 route twice). That’s good even if the pace isn’t quite where I want it to be.  I guess in the grand scheme of things I’m not in training for anything (although I should be if I’m really going to do a half over Labor day weekend and a 10k over Columbus day.  They’re coming up!)

Today I don’t have to go into work until 1300.  Which is nice until you think about the fact that I’m not getting out until 2200.  Ugh.  But it’s okay.  It’s a clinic day so there will be lots to do and I’ll be able to interact with doctors and volunteers and be moving around.

It’s also okay because I didn’t have to get up at 0530 to run! I don’t know what I’m going to do with my running schedule.  It’s obviously in my best interest to maintain a regular bedtime/wake up butttt if I’m staring work at 0900 twice a week and 1300 twice a week (I’m 99.99% sure that if I hit my hours over the 4 days I get Friday off. Woot.) then I really don’t want to get up at 0530 the days I don’t *have* to.  And let’s face it: I’m not skipping a morning run to keep my wake up later either.  I really don’t want to run after work as I’m going to be hungry for dinner and very likely unmotivated.  So for the time being I’m going to keep separate wake-ups.

Basically that whole previous paragraph was a segue into my run today, Tuesday.  A long segue but a segue for sure. (And can you tell that I have a hard time doing these catchup posts that I need to bold the days of the week?! haha).

Anyway.  Since I got to “sleep in” I got up a little before 8 and was greeted outside by 92% humidity.  No joke.  So I knew that a stellar run to make up for the “slower runs” the past few days wasn’t really going to happen.  Still, since I’m lazy and only have my 1 route right now, I hit the streets/path for another 8.2.  This time it was a little faster than Monday — maybe an 8:39 pace? — but it felt so sluggish. There was a *slight* negative split but it was much more even than the day before.  But hey: negative split = negative split.  No matter if it’s a minute or 30 seconds!

I tried to play racing games a la Jess but it really wasn’t happening.  The middle 4 miles were somewhat great though and I did pass people, but I think all the excitement of the past few days / week has caught up to me.  No rest for the weary though: this is my new schedule and my body is just going to have to adapt.  I don’ t think it’ll take too long to do but after living on my own schedule I’m not enjoying the transition back into obligations that aren’t flexible.

On the other hand, since I went running today later than Monday there were a lot more people out.  It always makes me feel better to see a plethora of runners.  Including some very good looking shirtless men.  Maybe I saw them during those 4 miles that felt good and that’s why those miles didn’t feel as bad?  Eye candy is always appreciated in my book haha.

But whew. Another LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG catch up post?! Blah.  I promise I’ll get better 🙂


  1. I love long posts from you! 🙂
    Sounds like everything is going well to start! Your job sounds interesting-although the schedule is alittle hectic. I’m headed out for 10 miles right now, and just reading your run scenopsis’ got me motivated! As well as your core work…that I could use some help with….
    RE: your comment about my parents- yeah, they’re awesome! This summer, especially my mom has been running with me during parts of my runs + picking me up in random cities! I think everyone should have one! lol.
    Have fun at work! I look forward to hearing more about it! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — August 17, 2010 @ 10:14

  2. Ooohhh… you should really try to pace yourself with shirtless men. It helps make the run go by faster! 😉

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 17, 2010 @ 10:44

  3. Sounds like everything is going great! My title is “support staff member” which makes it sound A LOT more important than I really am 😉

    Comment by Matt — August 17, 2010 @ 11:01

  4. Hey! Just foudn your blog and wanted to say hello!

    Comment by TheHealthyApron — August 17, 2010 @ 11:07

  5. Don’t know what to tell you about your schedule. I find that it’s much easier to stay in get up early mode than to start it, but I also am never awake (let alone at work!) until 10pm. Maybe it’s better to just flex your runs with your schedule to try to preserve some time for sleep. Glad your job sounds like it’s going to be interesting.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 17, 2010 @ 12:26

  6. hey sisssta!
    “i’m vain and want my abs to look hottt” <—um hi you are my other half!!!!
    haha…I have a love/hate with abs, especially after trying myself out on a hard run, but you gotta do what you gotta do! 🙂
    heck yes to eye candy while running!! yummay! 😉
    I hope your week is off to a great start! when can you come visit!? 🙂

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — August 17, 2010 @ 12:51

    • Ummm I can visit when my poor butt can save up money! A VISTA stipend is sooo little. But I really am trying to get out there. I want to officially meet my running sista!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 18, 2010 @ 22:23

  7. Your job sounds cool. Sounds like you found an area with other runners, which is always promising, especially when they are good-looking. 😉

    Comment by Jess — August 17, 2010 @ 13:43

    • Amen. I’m really hoping that I can at least find someone to do one run a week with. Definitely promising as I’ve been getting some waves, nods, “hellos” etc. Especially from people who look like they run around what I do!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 18, 2010 @ 22:25

  8. Sounds like a fun job! Fun that you have different work hours! Seeing other shirtless men running is good entertainment for your run!

    Comment by J — August 17, 2010 @ 14:07

  9. It’s so hard to find the best way to fit running/training in around work isn’t it? I hope you find a balance that works for you soon 🙂

    Comment by Laura — August 17, 2010 @ 14:21

  10. You mentioned that you can tolerate precipitation as long as it’s not raining when you’re starting out — I soooo agree. It’s nice to run in the rain, as long as it’s not raining when I’m stepping out the door. Why IS that? Glad to hear you are excited about the job so far! Kinda neat how your hours switch around like that!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 17, 2010 @ 14:26

  11. Woohoo for a great first day! Sounds like an awesome opportunity!
    I read once that it’s best if you wake up within 2 hours of your normal wake up time. So if you woke up at 7:30/8 on your later work days you wouldn’t be that messed up and would adjust easier to your 530 wake up times. You’ll get in the habit of waking up early again don’t worry.. I’m not liking the short days though.. all summer it was bright and sunny at 530 and now it’s pitch black when I get up and it makes it SO much harder!

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 17, 2010 @ 14:57

    • Omg those facts are JUST what I needed to hear! Makes me feel like I’m not screwing up my body somehow hah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 18, 2010 @ 22:27

  12. Hehe, male runners without shirts always make the miles go by more quickly 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — August 18, 2010 @ 10:05

  13. aHHH it’s been forever since I’ve read you!! What happened to me? 😉

    CONGRATS On the MCAT and the job girl – awesome. LOL about the song – I’m actually soooo sick of that song now – but I do like that beginning part must say 😉

    Still rocking out the miles I see!! Debt sucks too…I’m going to have to go into collections…or declare bankruptcy one day…I’m serious…I can’t work over 40 hour weeks in a job I hate just to pay my bills anymore…I know I HAVE TO RIGHT NOW…But I can’t do this for the next 15 or even 10 years…so yeah 😦

    Comment by eatmovelove — August 18, 2010 @ 10:49

  14. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your job. I bet it will completely surprise you. CHANGES! YUCK! Be gentle with yourself and know that most people don’t feel settles for 6 months into their new lives…

    Comment by specialkphd — August 18, 2010 @ 14:40

  15. New jobs are so exciting but new schedules are exhausting! I’m with you on not loving to wake up early, but I too am so unmotivated if I wait until after work.

    Comment by Jaime — August 18, 2010 @ 17:59

  16. You’re getting the miles in! That’s what counts. Starting a new job, big tests – not even the most built shirtless dudes can overcome that fatigue. Although they help.

    Comment by sarah — August 18, 2010 @ 21:18

  17. First, I have to say a HUGE congratulations on that MCAT exam…finally got that beast done and checked – whoohooooo! SO excited to read that (sorry I was in the mts this weekend and got sooo behind). And second, so cool about the new job, sounds like it’s going to be the perfect thing to make you one incredible doctor (will you please come and look at my heel!!!! 🙂 ). Eye candy is definitely a boost in speedwork .. for a few minutes anyway :)!

    Comment by Jill — August 19, 2010 @ 00:53

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