Whew. Hello again everyone. Going to try to make this quick as I have a long to-do list (comme d’habitude!) starting with a nice hot shower because the hot water was finally turned on!
I think it’s only been a day since I last posted but I’ve been crazy busy so it feels like it’s been a week! The job has been the most crazy thing going on: I had to do the monthly report yesterday. Ummm it was only my third day?! Talk about trial by fire! I’m glad everyone finds my job interesting though. I think that once I get through this first month I’ll finally be settled?
Regardless, today is a day where there’s PM clinic (always on T/R) so I don’t have to go in until 1230/1300. As much as the different times to go into and leave work is weird and will take time to get used to I think I end up enjoying it? Again, it’ll take time to get settled. But clinic (at least on Tuesday) was fun. I get to hang out with the volunteer doctors and residents and nurses and other people who make the clinic run. And I get to see some pretty cool patients (although I don’t think I can say much anything due to HIPPA) but suffice it to say that I’m having fun. Crazy busy and stressed but fun.
I’ve also been really busy lately because I’m filling out an entirely new application for medical schools. I had an epiphany recently which, while I’m totally still filling out the “common app” for medical schools, requires me to fill out a different system of applications. All of which are due October 1st. Now I’m not saying it’s NOT possible to do this task butttt it’s going to require me to put A LOT of work in. But working hard = my life so I’m sure that I can get it done. There just might be some tears of frustration here and there. Of course whether or not I send in the applications depends on my MCAT scores so I hope I’m not doing all this work and extra stress for nothing! We’ll see. I was WICKED productive last night on that front so I’m thinking that’s a good sign?
Every now and then I feel like my blog veers away from running and more towards STRESS. Maybe I should rename it to Stressed-Out-Marathon-Maiden?!
So on to the running!
I still have yet to go actually explore more intense running routes rather than my standard 2X4.1 that I’ve been doing. Mostly due to lack of time to explore. I kind of like knowing exactly how far I’m going in advance and, since I am sans garmin, I need to map this stuff out. Lack of time = lack of running routes. Luckily I have a job that I will not have to bring home work with me so I can get out and explore / map this weekend. Which means that I’ve been running my 8.2 miles every day haha!
Wednesday obviously was 8.2 miles and it was at a creepy crawly pace. Like the title of my last post suggests, I’m going to have an excuse: I didn’t get home from work until 2200 on Tuesday then had to be at work by 0800 on Wednesday. Meaning a 0515 wake up. Sure I can handle it but it’s tough to bang out quality miles under so little sleep. I’m not saying I was running terribly slow (it was ~8:48 pace) but it just felt lethargic. The humidity had cut down a bit, so it was more like 87% when I left. I definitely was dripping with sweat when I got back to the apartment!
I got to sleep in a bit on Thursday. Aka 0745 😀 It was one of those mornings when the covers just conform to your body and it’s the most comfortable thing everrrrr. And I think I was having a good dream too. I guess I’m weird and can only remember bad/scary/disturbing dreams so I don’t know what this one was about but I woke up with a smile. That’s a great way to start a day!
But after laying there for a bit I did get out of bed to hit the streets. And I’m glad I did. The humidity was around 80% or so. But the temp was 65*!! I definitely was working hard and sweating though. But I don’t really mind sweating when I know it’s because of my effort and not because it’s so HHH (hazy hot and humid)
And I ran for
…wait for it….
8.2 miles. Legendary.
I’m not going to lie though: my legs felt like absolute crap. But when I checked my watch at the halfway mark I was running at 8:40 pace. While not rockstar pace, it was much faster than I anticipated. Which put some pep in my step and I finished the whole run at 8:34 pace. It’s funny how on days where the leg-os don’t feel their best is when I run my fastest. Of course my legs might be feeling tired because I’m running fast. But hey now I like thinking things are paradoxical.
Woot. I even passed some really faster runners. Or at least runners that I’ve perceived to be faster during my whole 5 runs in my new locale. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Does that make me a bad person?!
Meaning: I want to still be top dog! In my hometown I rarely saw another runner out. And if I did they were old person and not a “serious” runner (I don’t know if that sounds harsh but I don’t mean it as a negative. I’m just more focused than most of the runners back home). This made me appear to be the best runner in the universe. Simply because no one else runs. Or rather no one else really races.
Here it’s definitely not the case. Of course there are walkers and people who are out just for the hell of it but there are definitely people who are sporting the racing shirts and doing *workouts*. Of course I have been making eye contact with some of them and waving. I even got a “hey now don’t lap me!” from one of the guys out running yesterday. But it’s just weird to not be the only person in my area who runs.
I need to establish myself. And fast 😉