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July 10, 2009

To be or not to be…pride edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:21

I was  so proud during my run that I did not react at all to the catcalls, whistles, horns etc. that were directed at me.  I’ve gotten so much better at *not* giving ’em the finger and saying a few choice words.  Then about a mile from being done I lost it.  Well, not really.  But at mile 12/13 of a 14 mile run in temperatures that are 15* warmer than they have been my patience isn’t at it’s peak. So when I was crossing the street and a car ignores the stop sign and almost hits me I was actually happy to say that all I did was give an evil look.  But when the driver leans out the window to tell me to “Be careful, I almost hit you” in an uppity-snooty-soccer-mom-suv-driving tone, I just had to snap back with “well why don’t you learn how to stop at an effing stop sign”. Except I didn’t saying “effing”.

But other than that the run was great.  It ended up being 14.1 miles and the pace was great! Yeah, sure it was a little fast (it was actually MP + 20 seconds! Yikes!) but it felt strong by the end and I think I could have eeked out another mile or two easily. It was an epic fail pace wise, but I’m thinking that hopefully it means my MP could be faster.  Yes, I will live in denial with that train of thought.

Other than my run, it’s been a pretty unremarkable day.  I did make a lot of calls to doctors (both my own and the ones I’m working with) AND I was able to reach every single one. On a Friday. Woot, way to tie up loose ends! I also got a prescription filled and while I was waiting I got to see a very angry woman berate all 3 pharmacists and the store manager because her prescription wasn’t filled yet. I understood her point that her son really needed the medication but if the pharmacy doesn’t have the drugs on the premises, yelling isn’t going to do any good.  Very awkward while I was waiting.  And it was very hard not to laugh out loud. My entertainment on a Friday night.

Speaking of entertainment, the fourth season of The Closer came in the mail today! I’ve already seen it but I had to watch it online because I was in school and we don’t get cable *gasp*. $50,000 a year and we don’t get cable.  Bull.  I do have to outline an essay and compile a list of relevant work experiences for my Med School app so I might put on a couple episodes and try and multitask.  I do have 6-7 hours of work at the gym tmrw which means I have 6-7 hours to do work behind the desk so I’m not too worried if I don’t get anything done but it would be nice to have some starting point.

Oh well, off to go pick up pizza. Enjoy your Friday night!

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April 18, 2009

“She’s running a marathon…”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:08

Apparently I have a reputation.

This weekend is spring weekend at my school and I decided to stay on campus rather than go home to stay away from all the crazy drunks that populate my school.  That said, I went out to a party with my friends.  I guess one of my friends has been telling me people about me and the fact that I’m running a marathon. I don’t really mind I guess, but I hate being put on the spot like this:

  • Girl 1: “So X told me that youre running a marathon?”
  • Me: “Yeah.  It’s in May, I’m pretty excited”
  • Girl 1: “Hey! Everyone! KK is running a MARATHON. How cool is that?”
  • Girl 2: “The Boston Marathon?”
  • Me: “No, Providence.  Boston is Monday and you have to qualify for it”
  • Girl 3: “So how many miles do you run a day?”
  • Me: “Ummmm it varies.  Today I ran 7 but last weekend I ran 22”
  • Girl 1,2,3 and others: “In a day?!? How long in your marathon”
  • Me: “Ummmm yeah, every marathon is 26.2 miles”
  • Silence

Ok, so typed out it doesn’t seem that awkward and I guess I should be flattered.  Especially since when every single new person walked in, they were told I was doing a marathon and that they (those girls) thought that when they ran 5 miles it was impressive. I’ll fully admit that I think it’s cool I’m doing something unique (at least where I live) but my face got all red and I started sweating more than I do on a run.  I’m not a braggy person by nature (unless I’m with my closest friends and then I know no modesty) so it was uncomfortable to say the least as I am an incredibly awkward person.  It did make me feel like super(wo)man though.

Hopefully I can harness that power into my run today.  It’s “only” 12 ish miles (yeah I tried to tell people that “only” bit and they were baffled at how 12 isn’t considered long anymore) but it’s my last “long” run ie) double digits for a while, like game day.  Actually, I shouldn’t say that bc I don’t know what next week brings in terms of mid-week speedwork but I doubt it’s very high.  But my long week next week is only 8 or something like that.

However, my legs still feel like they’re recovering from my 22 endeavor last weekend so I don’t know how today will go.  My run in the mornings this week were all really slow, but typically my weekend stuff is faster (prolly) because I eat breakfast before I go.  OTOH, its already 55* out and its about 9 am and that could be a problem, its been about 35* during the week when I ran; but I should get used to running in almost anything.  Last week it was “typhoon” conditions, this week its sunny and hot(ish).  That way I’ll be ready for anything that gets thrown at me.

Other than my run, I’m going to try to enjoy the nice weather out before the next cold front comes in later today and brings some rain with it.  I’m going to try to utilize the rain to my advantage and get some of my lab reports and paper done; who assigns stuff over Spring Weekend? Really? And I prolly should remember the sunscreen when I go out later;  yesterday I *baked* in the sun for 4 hours! I can just feel my skin developing cancer.

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