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November 5, 2009

Let the good times roll

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“What has gotten into you lately? Skipping exams, party multiple nights of the week, stalking TAs”. Direct quote from my friend last night at dinner.  Said in jest of course, but I just feel so relaxed.  Very weird because I’m the most tightly wound person EVER.  Incredibly hard for me to relax but that’s how I feel.

My audit became official today so I am no longer obliged to take the physio exam tmrw.  Part of me wants to but I haven’t even begun to study for it so I’m think that’s not going to happen.  Not a big deal at all and it means I can go out tonight.  Since I’m also going out Friday (the Bash) I will be partying multiple nights this week (again).  And yes, totally trying to run into (aka stalking) my Hot-Spanish-TA is an ongoing action.

Speaking of Spanish, last night was really fun.  Very awkward but very fun.  First off, I’m an awkward person in general.  For real. Second, the only ppl there were Hot-Spanish-TA, the other Spanish TA and the German TA (who speaks fluent Spanish).  And me.  Seriously.  Ummm did I mention that I only have 3 semesters of Spanish under my belt? Regardless I think I held my own.  I did realize that my Spanish, while terrible, is understandable (most of the time) and I am excited for next time, as this is really informal and we just sat around talking about things and getting to know each other.

Definitely put me on cloud 9 for the rest of the night. And clearly onto this morning because I had another great run.  3 in a row?! What is this? Haha.  Today I decided to roll the dice and just plan a 9 route because of the past two days.  Plus I wanted to see if running that way was a fluke or not.  I debated doing a tempo (and even tried for the first mile) but decided against it because my mind wasn’t focused at all.

The miles passed quickly and easily.  Except for when a mangy little poodle came out and ran after me.  The owner was really nice and apologetic but I couldn’t help but notice how BIG the teeth were in relation to the rest of the damn dog. Although I prolly could have punted it if it had tried anything (can you tell I’m not a dog lover? heh).

In the end it was a good call running the 9.  My legs are feeling incredibly strong and I like having one big route to do rather than start off with a shorter route and have to add multiple stuff to it.  Breaks me out of “the Zone”.

I’ve been really enjoy the zen time that my mind/body is having on these runs.  My body just seems to be taking over and knows what it needs to do.  Like I mentioned yesterday, the stars just seem to be in alignment lately. However, I risk breaking that if I go out tonight  (as I really want to do to see Hot-Spanish-TA) because I’d prolly take a rest day because, as I discovered last week, running after 4 hours of sleep (while I ran amazingly) kind of kills the mental sharpness for the rest of the day.

Some corework was done as well this morning.  I did:

  • Plank
  • Rows (sit on your butt and extend your body almost fully – as close to the floor as possible- then contract your abs to pull yourself back up)
  • Bicycles

I’ve noticed less of a “burn” feeling during my normal core exercise (even though I rotate) so I’m likely going to have to google some new ones.  Who knows when I’ll get around to it but that’s the plan Stan.

Time to go off to do some work and hope that I run into Hot-Spanish-TA. But first…The Facts of Life

Sadly this is the last installment — and doubly sad is the fact that there’s only 3 of them 😦

61. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

62. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Bud Lights than Kay.

63. The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat ass before dinner.

November 3, 2009

Good Deal

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Sweet success on many counts right now in my life. Good deal indeed.

  1. Excellent run this morning
  2. Had my first physical in an embarrassingly long time yesterday
  3. Less stress about my classes / independent study
  4. I have a dress for The Bash (which is this Friday)

I am swamped with work but I’ve just been in a good mood this past week.  Not quite sure why but I think it has to do with my overall anxiety level being lowered through social interaction (aka partying more).

But my running has yet to suffer. This morning, on a SUNNY (!) 38* morning I banged out NINE miles.  Guess that I forgot about any type of cutback? Heh.  My legs were felt pretty fresh despite not getting much sleep and my pace was 5 seconds under “goal easy” and a whole 30 seconds faster than yesterday’s run! Guess some of you were sending some pretty strong good-running vibes my way.  Thanks 🙂

In all honesty, however, it was a pretty mundane run.  One of those runs where when you look at the stats at the end it’s excellent but you wouldn’t be able to tell it based on the actual running process. I didn’t really feel that fast or anything. I just felt like I was going along.  Not very fast but not turtle speed either.  So I was wicked surprised when I looked at the time after my (planned) 6.2.  I made the decision to add a 2.8 loop to it because if I kept up the pace I still could finish it in time for my 0830 Spanish lab (and since it’s the TA teaching it there was no way in hell I was missing it haha).

And just to expand on other the other successes on my above list:

I’ve decided to take the audit in my physio class.  There’s no way that I can continue to feel balance in my life while working 4x as much on one class.  With the audit it’ll look like I was really interested in the class and that I was going above and beyond my regular coursework on my transcript which will reflect nicely.  I’m also getting my ducks in a row with the independent study and actually beginning to put together my slide show. Very bare bones at the moment but I’m physically producing something which is nice.

And on a school note (and this is just me complaining /oversharing a bit): I had to watch the most pornographic french film ever: “L’amant” (The lover).  Like serious full sex scenes.  I was watching it with 4 other kids in my class (all freshmen) in the LIBRARY.  Can you say awkward?

So yesterday I had to go home for my last physical with my pediatrician (sad face). It went alright, nothing surprising.  Routine, right down to the 45 minute wait in the exam room.  But my doctor is pretty awesome and wants to help me with med school stuff, so I can’t get too mad. But I apparently needed a tetanus booster? Ouch! So now, even though I updated my medical file with a physical I cannot move my right arm at all.  Well maybe a little but it feels like I have a “dead arm”.  Not fun.

While at home I also decided to raid my sister’s closet for a dress I could wear to The Bash, the semi-formal fall event that we have at my school and I found what I wanted:


Obv not me. It's my sister

I’m a lot taller than her (but much less bustier) so the dress hits me mid-thigh and I had my mom tuck the sides a bit so I don’t fall out of it but I think I’m going to look goooood. Holler.  Maybe Hot-Spanish-TA will be at The Bash too? Unfortunately no updates on that front.

Oh and a bunch of ppl asked me what “real person age” is.  It’s 23.  Simply because it’s the first birthday many ppl hit right out of college when they’re in the real world.  People definitely view you differently when you’re 23 vs 22.  Kind of like they expect you to be mature.  Like that will ever happen!

And I think I missed the Facts of Life yesterday. OOPS!

51. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

52. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

53. It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

54. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

55. I think that if, years down the road when I’m trying to have a kid, I find out that I’m sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the fact that I was not aware of my condition in college.

October 30, 2009

No Regrets

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Helllllo there! I feel like I’m running on empty at this point in the day.  I was going strong on little sleep earlier but I’m fading. Fast haha.

Last night was pretty fun. I agonized over the decision to go out.  I mean, on one hand, I don’t want to make going out EVERY week a habit plus I had an exam this morning (which I think went well despite going out*).  And I’m in love with sleep and going out =/= sleeping well/a lot.  On the other hand, I definitely could use more fun nights in my life with all the stress I’m under.  And I’m in love worth Hot-Spanish-TA who goes there.

*So I get to the exam in the morning and just chatting with my classmates. Feeling decent and one of the kids hands me a coffee and says,”Top ‘o the morning to you, drink this”.  Yeah, nothing like a little Irish coffee to start your day, right?  And no I didn’t drink it.  Definitely NOT what I needed but I nearly peed my pants from the idea.

So in the end I’m extremely glad I went out last night.  No regrets! And yes, LARunner, I did talk to Hot-Spanish-TA. Not anything more than a “Hi, how are you” type thing. And when the lights came up and everyone was leaving we said “Bye” to each other. But progress, no? I mean it was actual communication.  Words were exchanged.  Oh how I consider myself a bamf in all aspects of life except here haha.

Since I got about 5 hours of sleep (which is actually A LOT more than I got last week) I wasn’t expecting my run this morning to be any good.  With that attitude, however, obviously the run was going to rock.  I felt so strong and good! I’ve actually noticed this frequently actually: the less sleep I get on one particular night (definitely not chronic sleep deprivation or anything) the stronger and more powerful I feel on my runs.  Weird right?

I felt so good actually that I ran an extra half mile or so to get to 6.5 miles on the morning.  The temperature wasn’t that bad either, much warmer than the overnight low of 33* that was predicted.  I would say that it was about 38-40*.  I had an underarmour-ish top on under my shortsleeve shirt and I had to run back up to my room to take it off as I knew I would totally overheat! Silly weathermen and their forecasts.  Maybe the crisp weather also had something to do with the run feeling great.

The only downside to the run was the amount of light I got.  I seriously cannot wait for this weekend and we get to turn back the clocks.  Sure, we’ll be walking around at 1600 in the pitch black but hey, I’ll take it if that means I get to run with some semblance of sunlight!

But the increased darkness that’s been going on for the past month or so has me a little worried about training for Boston. Yeah, sure I started my training for my last marathon in the winter but I didn’t have any expectations then.  I do now and want everything to be perfect.  Maybe I’m overthinking things.  I still need to find a plan!? And figure out when my actual start date is?! Yikes.  If anyone has a good plan I am soooo open to suggestions.  The last plan I used was SmartCoach from RWOL.  I peaked at 72 miles and the average was about 55-60 miles (at least towards the end).  I think I’d like to do something similar but I want something less cookie cutter than what I used last time.

A decision / project for another day I suppose.  Right now it’s all about the homework so that I can enjoy halloween weekend.  And no, Lacey, I haven’t revealed my costume yet.  You’ll have to wait until I have pictures.  Yes, I am mean 😛

And to kick off the weekend: The Facts of Life

46. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

47. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

48. When I meet a new girl/guy, I’m terrified of mentioning something (s)he hasn’t already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

49. I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it’s on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

50. Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles…

October 29, 2009

Thursday = almost end of the week

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So I’m going to put up a sorry excuse for a post. BUT

A) It’s a rest day today.  A little disappointing because I know I run faster the day after a speed session like yesterday’s.

B) I’ve been swamped with work and meetings all morning and afternoon

C) I’m getting ready to go out on Thirsty Thursday again and make some bad life decisions

I do have an exam tmrw morning which keeps making me waffle back and forth between going out and staying in and getting some sleep.  I already know that I’m still going to get up early and run before the exam and only having 3-4 hours of sleep? It’ll be interesting to say the least.

I think it’ll wake me up and keep me from being groggy, like I would be if I rolled out of bed and went to class.  Plus sleep is always the most important in the days leading up to the big event, right? The exam is in Spanish so I’m not terribly worried because I know the material really well. But I am worried about making these Thursday nights out a trend haha.

But if I get to see Hot-Spanish-TA tonight it will be well worth it. Send me courage vibes to dance/talk! 😉

And, so as to not create withdrawal, here is the next installment of the Facts of Life (and oh man I nearly just peed myself reading today’s!)

41. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

42. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

43. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this ever.

44. I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There’s so much pressure. ‘I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It’s only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?’

45. While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA. No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don’t win, they are executed.

October 28, 2009


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Just because I’m cutting back the miles doesn’t mean I have to cut back on intensity, right? Right.  That was my theory this morning as I geared up for some mile repeats.

I actually woke up 4 minutes before my alarm which actually felt really good.  I was having a really strange dream (but since when do dreams that you remember make any sense?) about running a marathon in Paris and China with a kid that I barely know.  Weird.  My bed was incredibly comfy too (the moment where your sheets and covers just smother you in amazingness) so I only got up 1 minute before the alarm just so I didn’t have to listen to it go off ha.

I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do today when I got up / when I was thinking about it last night.  I definitely didn’t want to do another easy run.  Even though I’ve been enjoying them, the reason I love training schedules is because there’s a variety to the workouts.  So my thoughts then went to speedwork.  I mulled over various possibilities and the one that made my stomach actually knot up was mile repeats.  Well, actually doing quarters or halfs were the worst, but mile repeats were a close second.  And I have a perverse love of mile repeats.

The warm up mile is always the worst. The place where my mind says, “Are you crazy? This pace is hard, how can I do anything at a faster pace?!?”  It’s also the mile that just drags.  I want so badly to just jump into the workout but my body needs it.  Luckily a mile is a mile so it was over fairly quickly and I was off to the races.

Since I’m in a cutback mode I knew I was only going to do 3 repeats.  Not the 5-6 that I’ve pulled off somehow in the past. 3 is a good number because by the last one you know if the first 2 were flukes or not.  It allows for some consistency that 2 repeats don’t.  Of course I would have loved to do more (as I tell my stats students, the more data you have going into an average, the less one particular point “counts”) but 3 worked.

Here are the splits:

  1. 6:56
  2. 6:54
  3. 6:45

Yeah that last one just about killed me haha.  Well not really as I think I had some gas left in the tank.  I need to trust myself that I’m not going to blow up and die if I go faster.  I just get so worried that I’m not going to be able to finish a workout if I go out too fast (a valid concern I think) that I end up being a tad conservative.  Not that I’m complaining about the splits. They’re fantastic! First time ever that every. single. one has been sub-7.  A most excellent accomplishment. And they felt like my lower body was powering away while my upper body was just floating.  I definitely thought to myself that this is awesome!

My recovery for each repeat was a half mile.  I toyed with the idea of going to a quarter mile just to cut out some miles but decided against it. Recovery from the intervals is important, although in hindsight I wonder if less recovery between intervals would help me in the long run by making my muscles work harder when more tired.

My overall miles for today is 6.  Since my last interval had a recovery portion after that I included that into my warm down and only did an extra half mile after the recovery (if that train of thought makes sense).  I was mighty tempted to not do this and have a full mile in the books as a cool down, as what’s one half mile? But that thinking is dangerous, as a half mile leads to a miles leads to more than I want.  I also figured that the intensity of this workout pushed me hard enough during this recovery period.

Although, and this may be TMI, I have never experienced the laxative power of running more intensely today.  I think it was how hard I was running but after the last repeat I had to sprint to the bathroom.  I almost didn’t think I was going to make it and prolly have NEVER run so fast in my life haha.  Sheesh!

Just a quick update on that marathon I was talking about forever ago: my plans fell through.  I had a feeling this would happen as it was kind of absurd to think that I could tag along on a company marathon trip. But it was to DISNEY so I felt I had to pursue an opportunity.  It ends up being way to expensive for me to sign up, travel, lodge etc.  I’m slightly disappointed but it’s okay.  It gives me this time to rest before Boston training starts.  But having this plan in the back of my head for Disney was partly why my miles were so high because this marathon is 10(?) weeks away.

And to start of your Wednesday I give you…the Facts of Life (I don’t know what I’m going to do when I run out!)

36. Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

37. If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

38. Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I’m from, this shouldn’t be a problem….

39. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you’ve made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

40. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don’t want to have to restart my collection.

October 27, 2009

Stress? Got that. Stress relief? Yup, that too

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Hey y’all.  Going to try to keep this quick as life is stressful at the moment.  I’ve got some stuff in the works to de-stress it, so keep your fingers crossed for me that what I want to do gets approved.  My stress level has been through the roof this semester, not sleeping, no appetite because stomach upset 24/7.  Not good.  But I think it’ll all work out.

And the stress is why I’ve been working out.  So another 6 miles in the books this morning (hey 6 is better than 8 right?).  Actually 6.2 but hey, I like being able to say 10k.  Especially to Hot-Spanish-TA who actually uses the metric system.  Because yes, today was that day, the one where he teaches our class and I like to be able to use the metric system when we talk about stuff we’ve recently done.  And class was awkward today because we kept sneaking stares at each other (today was the first time we seen each other post-bar night on Thursday). And catching each other doing it.  Way to be stealthy.  Ha!

Anyway this blog is RUNNING not how-to-be-15-again.  But it gives me stress relief.  Although my stomach-in-stress-knots is seriously replaced by other stomach knots.  But again, I digress.

THE RUN.  It actually felt pretty good, despite all but the last .2 miles being in the dark.  Because the sun didn’t rise until 0712! Gosh, I so totally need daylight savings BAD.  T-4 days. My legs felt better.  Very strong at the beginning (?) and end.  The mid 2-3 miles felt some fatigue but I was on a loop path and to turn around wouldn’t have saved me any distance.  I guess the Last Mile Party Jess talks about it real.  I mean, I’ve “experienced” it before but nothing like today.  Very pleasant and it’s welcome any time.

Although it’s very tempting with this party my legs throw to tack on more distance.  Just to quickly recap: I’m cutting back my miles because I’ve been going harder and harder each week with no target distance. I just want to give my legs a chance to be at their best when Boston training comes around.  And I’m a little worried that if I keep running and training this hard now and then (potentially) go even harder for Boston that I’m going to get hurt.  And I definitely don’t want that!

I also have been able to enjoy my runs.  This morning, while I didn’t see the sun really rise, I got to see the “cotton candy” sky.  The dawn colors that are so beautiful.  And, once I got off the main road, listening to the sounds of nature.  Plus the crisp air (~35*) was cool enough that I didn’t sweat too much but I was comfy in what I was wearing while not being all bundled up.  Just a trifecta of awesomeness! Gosh, not only am I a 15-year-old gusher, I am such a sap too! But it’s so true: my surroundings were just beautiful. Once I was able to see them that is haha.

Alright then, gotta go tackle some work and cut down on this “Things that Stress Me Out” List!

P.S. Before I do my Facts of Life for today (which I am SO GLAD you like) I just want to say / ask if my replying in the comments section is useful to you? Do you come back and check to see if I’ve replied? I’d just like some feedback 🙂

And now, the Facts of Life

31. I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

32. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

33. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

34. Bad decisions make good stories

35. Whenever I’m internet stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. 546 pictures? Don’t mind if I do!

October 26, 2009

“Be a better stalker”

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Title to be explained in a later paragraph, but too good a quote to pass up!

Well yesterday’s weather was nice enough to make me sweat hardcore but this morning? Not so much! It was a balmy 35* which was nice a crisp.  Felt good but definitely a bit of a shock to step outside!

I did 6 miles this morning.  Kind of on the long side but better than the 8-10 miles I have been doing Monday mornings.  So an improvement.  I figure that small changes will be the easiest to handle, so I’m going to slowly lower the mileage by cutting out 1-3 miles per day from my usual.  That will lead to maybe a 15 +/- 5 mile decrease over the course of the week.  I’ve also decided to cut out my lifting sessions as I’m far too tempted to include an extra 3 or 4 miles afterward, which isn’t necessary.

The miles were slow and steady.  I never felt like I was being a speedster (and my watch didn’t tell me otherwise) but I didn’t feel all lethargic and slow and dragging.  I suppose in the grand scheme of things this is what running should be: an enjoyable way to pass the time.  At least for the time being.  Once Boston training starts I’m sure I’ll change my tune 🙂

Leading me to re-ponder my paces.  I’m assuming that since there were no objections to the paces I posted that they all seem good relative to each other? As in my recovery/easy pace is okay compared to long run pace compared to tempo? I’m never sure if I’m running one pace to fast/slow given what my race paces and other training paces are.

I also really enjoyed watching a complete sunrise.  Even though I do core work before most of my runs I’m still not leaving my room until 0630 or so and the sun rises at 0706 (I think that was today’s).  I do get roughly 15-20 minutes of pre-sunrise light though (is this dawn?) so it’s not really as bad as it sounds.  Still, it’s a bit scary to look outside the window and see NO color in the sky

Well, there may have been a star or two when I was running. But still scary!

Well, there may have been a star or two when I was running. But still scary!

Well the colors are what I saw. Im in the middle of Nowhere USA so its not quite so scenic haha
Well the colors are what I saw. I’m in the middle of Nowhere USA so it’s not quite so scenic haha

This morning the route I chose didn’t incorporate laps of my school (another surefire temptation to add miles) so I hit the actual streets immediately.  It actually made me feel a bit unsafe which hasn’t happened in a really long time. Makes me think that I actually really do need reflective gear. I suppose I could wear my Halloween costume (oh burn! Another teaser!)  Any ideas on cheap (and non-dorky) actually I am trying to embrace my inner dork (in both academics, running, all aspects of life) so I guess I’m open to anything as long as it’s cheap and not tacky.  I can handle a little nerd but definitely not tacky.

Which (non-running tangent here) reminds me of Hot-Spanish-TA.  No, he’s not tacky but he was describing something in class the other day and said “chabacano” which means tacky.  It came out of nowhere so it was hilarious.  *LeSigh*. I need to learn his schedule so I can (to quote my roomie) “be a better stalker”.  Haha. But she is right: I am failing at this.

So I’m going to be creepy and go sit in the cafe before my meeting (seeing a woman who will “fix my life”) and study a bit for some upcoming exams. I have seen him there before so maybe I’ll get lucky? I’m open to ideas.  After Thursday night’s acknowledgment at the local bar I need to do *something*. Right? Oh man, hello MM, are you 15 again? Haha

Here’s some more Facts of Life to spice up your Monday!

26. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies”

27. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

28. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.

29. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get the fuck out of my neighborhood.

30. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

October 23, 2009

Rest for the body, not for the mind

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Rest day for this chica.  And good thing.  I am bloody exhausted!

I decided (very spontaneously) last night to go out with my friends to the local bar that all the seniors go to on Thursday nights.  I hadn’t been yet this semester (!) because I have three classes on Friday and always at least one of them had something important due or a big test. But today? Nada.  I mean, I had work to do but nothing major and (my exact words): “I can afford to be a little brain dead this Friday.  Who knows when it’ll happen again?”

And it was soooooo much fun.  Totally out of character for me to go but it was awesome just to cut loose and dance.  I’m definitely not a dancer — my “peeps” are Scandinavian, aka we don’t dance — but I was rockin’ out. Time just flew by and before I knew it, it was last call (which is pretty early but hey, it’s a college town in the middle of nowhere).  I ended up in bed by 0200 and asleep by 0300.  Definitely glad that I didn’t have to get up at 0600 for my run!

Another highlight of the night: Hot-Spanish-TA was there. And before anyone asks, I am too much of a middle school girl to do anything but stare.  Seriously.  I am lame.  But I know he saw and recognized me because we did smile and acknowledge each other. Eeeeeeeek! Hopefully this is progress. omgiamsolame.

Lame also because I have the feeling that I’m going to crash and burn tonight. Even though I didn’t get up to run, I still had 3 classes, the first being at 0930.  So I got about 5 hours of sleep.  My body likes 9.  Problem? Yes. So I will likely pass out wicked early unless I get a second wind, which you never know.

And lame because this is going to be a make-it-work weekend.  Lots and lots to do! But the stuff I have to do is important and interesting which makes it okay.  There’s absolutely nothing worse than busy work.

So, yeah, not much going on in my world today.  Which is fine by me.  Makes for a lame post.  (And, while bamf was the word of the day a while ago, it seems that lame is today’s.  And my favorite expression with lame? “Covered in lame sauce” which I tell my 11 year old sister that all the time, to which she just smirks and says that I am too haha!)

Just a random note (to imply that I’m not lame and because I noticed it this morning when getting dressed — although the fact that I was thinking about it may be lame haha): I am going through a period of dressing really really nicely.  I mean, I definitely do show up to class in my gym clothes (prolly more times than I’d like to admit) BUT the days where I have the time to shower in the morning and/or are not doing a second workout/jazz class in the afternoon, I’ve been wearing my super nice clothes.  Not, like, my nice professional clothes or anything but a step or two up from jeans and a t-shirt.  It may or may not have to do with the fact that I never know when I’m going to run into Hot-Spanish-TA but hey, whatever 🙂

Check out this link which I found on a thread on RWOL.  It creates anagrams of your name.  Most of them come out kind of dirty haha. Here’s mine (with my full name, first, middle & last): LL ‘N’ HORNY ‘N’ MY YANK. Heh.

And yet another installment of The Facts of Life:

21. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

22. My brother’s Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads. Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired about the name. He explained, “Cuz we beat you, and you hate us.” Classy, bro.

23. Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.

24. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

25. I love the sense of camaraderie when a n entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers! [Such a Masshole thing to do! haha]

21. Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

22. My brother’s Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads. Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired about the name. He explained, “Cuz we beat you, and you hate us.” Classy, bro.

23. Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.

24. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear what they said?

25. I love the sense of camaraderie when a n entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

October 22, 2009

Too much testosterone and an all time (s)low

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:30

Just got back from the gym after lifting and man, I couldn’t wait to get out of there! Both the men’s bball and baseball teams were there and that is just too much (athlete) testosterone there.  I’m sure that many of them are smart guys but when the teams are together it’s like all courtesy and brainpower is checked at the door! I hate crowds in general, so I tried to be super quick and I could leave without too much lear-ing on their part (like how dare you invade our space) but today has been a slo-mo day so I doubt I was really all that quick haha.

It started when my alarm went off at 0600.  My normal pre-run routine took me easily twice as long as it should have.  Blahhhh. Just one of those mornings where the whole body is dragging, mentally and physically.  Since I was up, and it was 50*(!), I decided to NOT bag the run.  It was an awkward decision.  Like yesterday, the first 2-3 miles were unbelievably slow.  I honestly think I could have walked faster!

But I stuck with it and “reset” the mileage ticker in my head (but not my watch, I never reset the actual watch).  The next 6 miles were definitely progressively faster and the last 2 miles were at 830 pace — flying for an early run.  Unfortunately the overall pace was horrendous, so I’m trying not to think about how slow the first couple of miles were.

That should have been a sign to SKIP my second workout of lifting but I am stubborn and once I get an idea in my head, it’s happening.  So I did my full body lifting routine and, because I wanted redemption, I did a 3 mile run afterward. The weather was also still really nice, not quite sure of the temp but it was easily 65* and bright and sunny.  It felt so good!

And redemption the run was, my body felt so much more awake.  But still, so much working out today! It didn’t seem like that much when I was thinking about it / doing it but when I told my friends over lunch (aka me bragging haha) they all were like “holy moly!” and just now typing it up, I think it was quite a bit. That coupled with my higher running lately means that I need to take it easy!  My heart rate was also much higher than it should have been, so I NEED tmrw to be 100% rest. Shouldn’t be too hard because I already know this weekend will be filled with work and I also know that I could easily use the extra hour or two of sleep in the morning.

Hot-Spanish-TA update: Well maybe not really an update per se BUT I talked to my actual prof yesterday about getting together with someone who was fluent and practice my speaking (and in all honesty I would have done this regardless of the fact that one of the TAs makes me feel like I’m 15) and she emailed both Spanish TAs saying that it would be nice if they included me in things to “charlar” and stuff.  Sweet deal yo.  And I saw him at dinner last night.  Holler.  Is it sad that the encounter kind of was the highlight of my day? 🙂

And since you guys love “The Facts of Life” so much here are the next 5 (what am I going to do when the list runs out? BTW just to clarify, I did not come up with this list myself, it was a fb thing that I stole haha):

16. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

17. A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

18. Was learning cursive really necessary?

19. Lol has gone from meaning, “laugh out loud” to “I have nothing else to say”.

20. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

October 21, 2009

A good run…eventually

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:14

HELLO! Today is much calmer than yesterday. Still lots to do but I have time to do it rather than being tied up in meetings and classes. Like stress level = huge decrease!

I may have to take some of my work outside because it is gorgeous out! High of 60 or so? What? And the weather for my run this morning was glorious as well, today a 0600 temp of 40* really meant 40*.

I decided to not be a slacker and actually do some core-work before heading out for the run. This ate up time before the sunrise and, although I still was in the dark, it was nowhere near as long as yesterday. But luckily, as a couple ppl reminded me, daylights saving is ending soon and I shall get the sun back. Of course the flip side is that it’s pitch black at 1600 but hey, I don’t run then so I don’t care haha. LARunner brought up a good point though in her comment about reflective gear. I don’t own any (although my practically glow-in-the-dark green shirt might disagree) and I don’t want to be wearing, like, a crossing guard vest or something. Tips as to what I can do?

As for the core work itself, I did 3x: [Edited with descriptions!]

  • Twists (From sitting position on ground, hold weights in hands and twist torso trying to get the weights to touch the ground)
  • 90* legs (Lay down on ground with legs at a 90* angle at the knee joints.  Shins and lower legs should be parallel with the ground and quads perpendicular.  Hold weights up and reach for the ceiling directly above you)
  • Dead Bug (Kind of a modified bicycle.  Lay on your back and imitate a dying bug.  Move your legs in the bicycle fashion but keep your upper body still.  I don’t think this is the “correct” way to do it but it’s what I do)

It felt good and I followed it with my PT back exercises. I don’t go to PT anymore but in order to keep my low back pain at bay I need to stay vigilant about the exercises.

Then I went out for my run. A planned 6-7 easy. Well the first 2ish miles were awful. My legs and lungs were not in sync. I think I was trying to go to fast, like my mind wanted to go faster than my body could support. Obviously the solution to that is to slow the heck down! And I did, which definitely helped out a lot. So after those 2-3 miles I found the rhythm. At that point I really still wanted to get the 6-7 miles of good running in so I just “reset” my run from there and ended up with 9 total. Anyone else do that? Go longer than planned because you wanted to get a certain distance in quality-wise?

I don’t have a breakdown stats of the first 2 vs the last 7 but the overall pace was extremely close to where I wanted it to be so I suspect that I was successful in my endeavor. Which made me feel good. Also, I was extremely overdressed this morning as the weathermen lied to me yesterday and I assumed today would be the same so I threw on a longsleeve shirt. Definitely way to warm for that. Luckily I always wear shortsleeves under, so problem solved!

I think I hear my research calling me. In a very whiny tone in fact. So I suppose I must attend to it.

Here are facts of life #11-15 (and I’m glad you guys find them as hilarious as I do!)

11. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.

12. The other night I hit a new low at a bar. I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We played that, Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my hand to guide myself past and that’s is when I realized, yup, that’s a mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is me. Even cats can recognize their own image.

13. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

14. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

15. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

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