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November 8, 2009

It’s Make It Work Time

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For real yo.  I put off quite a bit of work this weekend in favor of watching my Spanish show (which I just finished the second season — I started it Thursday!) and chilling with my friends.  But I’ve been quite productive too. I banged out not one but TWO French papers, generated a bunch of GeoPhysics data, did my busy B.S. work for Spanish and flushed out a couple of slides for my independent research presentation.  Just need to get cracking on my research paper proposal (which won’t be a big deal) for my GeoPhysics class and maybe spruce up my powerpoint a bit more.  Holler to productivity!

In addition to all that I got a SPLENDID run in as well.  This week has just been my week.  I only was planning on 6 or so miles just to get me out in the amazing spring-like weather (mid to upper 60s, sunny, eeeek!) but I was running so fast — which I’m happy to be saying a lot lately — that I couldn’t stop myself from tacking on an extra 2.6 miles to hit 8.6 on the day.

This means that I’m 97.8% sure I hit 60 miles for the week.  So much for trying to cut back?! Oh well my body is feeling great and nothing is hurting.  Definitely not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Everything just felt so good though and I know I’ve been, like, gushing about my running but something this week just clicked between my legs and my mind and my heart.  I really think it has to do with my mind being in a much happier and less anxiety ridden place in the past few weeks.  This translates to effortless running and a feeling of floating through the air.  If I could bottle this up and sell it I’d be a freaking kajillionaire.  For realz.

As I don’t have anything interes Oh yes I almost forgot: Hot-Spanish-TA update haha.  (I should change the title of this blog to Spanish-TA-Stalking-Maiden no?) Well on Thursday last week all the TAs were having a sangria party and it was mentioned to me at the spanish table thing I went to on Wednesday and an invitation was sort-of extended.  I’m wicked awkward so I’m not really sure.  In any case that was his FB status Thursday and I, in jest, commented that “since it was mentioned to me I should be extended an invitation”.  Definitely not expecting to go or anything.  Well, Friday night I got a message back saying that “Oh no, just got your message this [Friday] morning.  Next time!”.  Soooooooooo we’ll see.  I’ve heard rumors too that he’s not into women but I’m not sure how much credit I’m going to give it.

And I only have one Bash photo to show you as my friends are lazy with putting theirs up and I had to scour through ppl whom I don’t know at all to find this one (I’m on the far right in the light purple dress). Enjoy!


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.

October 31, 2009

HALLOWEEN! and zen running

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De-stressed.  I think I’m making a conscious effort lately to enjoy life more.  At least this past week where I’ve stopped worrying about school and the future.  Sure I’m still focused on that stuff (and haven’t *completely* said “eff this”) but there’s been a definite change in my mindset where I’m able to live “in the moment” (gosh I hate that phrase!)

And it’s having a positive effect on my running.  Exciting.  Like I wrote yesterday, I had a great AM run and this morning I had a second good run.  TWO IN A ROW.  Maybe I really am dealing with some burnout issues because I’m actually pumped about that.  Maybe more so than I should be haha.

In any case, I woke up this morning to a *beautiful* day.  Seriously.  The sun was out and it was warm.  Possibly a little too warm out by the time I went for my run (maybe 68*?) but I actually can’t complain because it means that (hopefully) tonight will be mild for the end of October and celebrating Halloween will be really awesome (and yes, you’ll have to wait some more for my costume heh)

But back to the run.  I was actually kind of dreading it when I put on my running gear (short shorts and a tank — holler!) but I told myself that I could stop when I wanted, which just fueled my type-A-ness so there was no way I was going to.  I planned a route that was 11.2 miles and set off.  The first few miles were definitely on the slow side.  My body was adjusting to running in nice weather as opposed to 35* and I guess all my runs start off slow.

The nice thing about running around 1100 was that I actually got to see the foliage! It’s such a bummer that between my running at 0600 during the week, being locked away with school work during the day and it raining the past 3 weekends that I haven’t gotten to enjoy seeing the leaves turn.  Well today was just beautiful. Except for the blustery wind.  But it wasn’t the swirly wind that attacks you from all sides no matter which way you’re going.  It was overall pretty unidirectional.  The gorgeous weather also set the tone for me to enjoy my thoughts and get “zen”

I opened the post saying that I was going to de-stress my life.  Last night I had an email convo with my advisor and we both decided that it was in my best interest to drop my physiology class to an audit basis.  I don’t need the class (or the credit – technically I could graduate right now) for med school or my major.  Plus the class is so intense and stressful that it’s a major reason why I’m not sleeping and why I’m losing weight and why I’m moody.  But nevertheless, it’s a really tough decision for me and my huge ego!

This run, though, really centered me and I got such clarity.  While it’s still going to be hard to confirm this choice, I am comfortable with it.  Thank you running for helping me clear all the anxiety over this! Don’t you just love that effect of running? I don’t know if it’s the repetitive nature of putting one foot in front of the other or the endorphins or what, but my long runs lately have really been so calming these past few weeks.

The combination of my mental epiphany, the beautiful weather and my body feeling great lead me to over run and go 12.4 rather than the 11.2 planned.  I am okay with it as I still think my overall mileage will be in cutback form.  Plus the addition got me to run by Hot-Spanish-TA’s house.  And because I feel like I owe you guys an update: I facebooked him a message last night.  So the ball is in his court.  Fingers crossed!

I guess I feel I should address the fact that it’s Halloween, although I feel mean doing so because I’m not telling you (or anyone) what I’m dressing up as.  But I ❤ Halloween.  I haven’t a clue as to why.  But I love getting dressed up (and no I’m not one of those skanky girls!) in a costume and be a different persona for the night.  Festive drinks don’t hurt either hah. Everyone on my campus gets dressed up and the Programming Council sponsors a dance (with free beer maybe?) which is a blast! Going to dance the night away! Anyone have exciting plans? Parties? Trick or Treating (because we all know that the only reason I took my younger sibs out in the past was for the candy I got too haha)? Scary movies?

HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN! Or if you’re not into it, a great Saturday 🙂

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 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

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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 17, 2009

Good Luck Lacey! and a great long run

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First off: GOOD LUCK TMRW LACEY! I’m sending fast vibes your way as well as making an animal sacrifice or two to the weather gods so it’s NOT cold and rainy and bad out. I mean the weather ppl were wrong about today, n’est-ce pas?

Oh wow I am tired. I think I have a sleep hangover.  I saw Transformers 2 last night and my advice to you if youre thinking of seeing it: don’t.  Total waste of my time (luckily it was free so I didn’t waste any $$) but there was too much robot and not enough action.  I actually wanted to leave 30 minutes into it but my friend wanted to stay so I was there the whole time.  It put me in a slightly bad mood (and the fact that it’s 2.5 hours long didn’t help) which is too bad because another GREAT thing happened last night…

MAJOR HOT-SPANISH-TA SIGHTING. Last night there was a Latin Dance performance and I went to support my friend who, while not in the Hispanic dance group, was doing a piece to help out (she’s in the school’s Dance Co.).  And guess who was there? Well I already told you but Hot-Spanish-TA. AND he stood next to me / my group of friends for the entire performance.  Plus, just when I thought that my night was complete, some of my friends wanted to grab something to eat at the dining hall and guess who ended up getting there just after us? Yup, Hot-Spanish-TA (plus some other TAs he was with).  Word.  Not only was the night fun from all the stuff I was doing with my friend but I got to see Hot-Spanish-TA.  Too bad the movie was a complete buzz-kill.

Anyway, on to running as this is the reason I started the blog and why most of you prolly started reading it haha.  Another cold day in New England, about 36* when I woke up.  Since today was a planned long run, as opposed to all the longest runs I just do during the week haha, I chose to wait a bit before running and eat some breakfast first thing.  This gave me food in my belly and a chance for the weather to warm up a few degrees.  Since it was really sunny out the temperature would really matter *that* much but I’ll take whatever I can get!

Since I did an interval workout yesterday, I was hesitant to go long today but it was sunny (yet still in the 30s) when I left and tmrw is suppose to be rainy.  I try to avoid the rain whenever possible, so today was going to have to be the day. My legs were a little stiff getting out of bed but that may have to do with a little impromptu dancing last night haha.

Even though it was a bit chilly when I left, I knew that I would eventually warm up so I wore this baby (except with longsleeves):

I bet you could see me in a blizzard wearing this!

I bet you could see me in a blizzard wearing this!

and I was complemented by a couple of cyclists as well as hollered at by a few high school boys haha.  I’m glad I went with the long sleeves because the temperature DROPPED so much by the end of the run, or at least it felt that way (it’s about 47* now I think).

And my legs held up remarkably well the whole time.  I don’t really know what it is but my body loves long distances. I just feel like I’m warming up the first 6 miles or so then everything is ready to roll.  During my marathon this past spring, I felt amazing post mile 20 and both post 20 mile training runs AND the actual marathon I never felt real soreness.  Guess it’s no surprise that my planned 12 turned into 14.  Plus the extra miles also gave me a chance to run by Hot-Spanish-TA’s house.

The 14 miles were also much faster (like 30 sec per mile) than my *shorter* mid-week runs.  How crazy is that? Plus I’m 99.99% sure that miles 1-6 were creepy crawly, meaning that miles 7-14 were actually faster than the average pace. So I finished my run all pumped up and actually wanting to do more.  And I would have too, if my stomach wasn’t grumbling.  Now my legs are a wee bit sore again so I’ll  *gasp* stretch them out and maybe use The Stick (haven’t done that in a while).

But I’m still happy because the run just lifted me up.  I wasn’t necessarily in a bad mood per-se beforehand but there’s just something about a good fast long run that just buoys you (or maybe it’s just me).  I’m for once not dreading the to-do list I’ve been staring at for the past hour or two haha.

Enjoy your Saturdays y’all and GOOD LUCK (again) LACEY 🙂

October 13, 2009

Lazy Day

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Lucky for me I’m still on October break.  Which means another day of R&R.  Well kind of, between all my marathon tv sessions and sleeping I need to do some work but whatever, lounging around was totally worth it.

This morning when I woke up it was all icky and gross, so happy that it didn’t happen yesterday for the 10k.  That would have been a major bummer.  I had a doctor appt this morning so I had to battle the blah-ness.  It was quick chilly too! I wish I could have stayed in bed longer, I was bushed last night that even with 9 hours of sleep I was jarred awake by the alarm.  Ew.

Doctor appts always take forever and a day so I left my building at 0830 and didn’t get back until 1200! Granted it was a 30 minute drive each way and I had to get some lab work done but, ugh, annoying.  So the perfect way to destress from that aggravation? A run of course.

By the time I hit the roads it was close to 1230 and the steady rain had become practically non-existent.  Score! I set out for the “typical” 5 mile route I have.  Quotes because when was the last time I ran only 5 miles?! The weather was pretty tricky today, the further away from my school I got the harder the rain came down.  I was happy when I reached my turn-around point in the loop and the rain eased up.  By the time I got back to campus the sun was shining and I felt good enough (and fast enough) to add an extra 1.2 miles. The extra 1.2 miles also got me to run past the hot TAs house a second time.  Gosh, since when did blue eyes and a Spanish accent turn me into a middle school girl?! (At least I think blue eyes, I’m not crazy stalker-ish — yet heh)

MAJOR EDIT: So I started this post pre-dinner but got hungry early and headed down to the dining hall with it half finished.  Kind of glad I had an early dinner because I SAW HOT SPANISH TA. For real.  He was sitting alone but he looked like he was just finishing up when I got there so I said hi but then moved on somewhat awkwardly.  I am way to much of a middle school girl lately to actually engage in conversation.  Plus he was doing work and I didn’t want to interrupt.  BUT it kind of made my night.

So another 10k in the books! Today’s wasn’t nearly as speedy as yesterday’s BUT I ran it in 52 minutes and 42 seconds making it exactly an 830 pace.  Woot! Very speedy for me on any day really but especially so after a race.  So I’m very happy about that.  I think it harks back to what I say after every speed workout: fast running begets fast running.  I’m not saying that I should ditch the easy paces but it’s fun to run fast for a few days. Hopefully this sticks around for a little bit longer.

The fall weather, however, (heh that rhymed) is not.  The overnight low is going to be low 30*s.  Ouch. Not cold enough for underarmour or tights or anything but still cold enough that I know I’m not going to want to get out of bed.

Hmmm…..I know I had more to say but I’m seriously all dazed from the TA sighting at dinner.  So I’ll end it here with a have a great Tuesday night y’all!

P.S. Sperly’s having a giveaway! And so is Jess! Standard disclaimer applies: Do not enter because I want it 🙂

And if you stuck with the post here’s some of my fav pics I stole from Lacey of the 10k

YAY we are here on the Commons

YAY we are here on the Commons

Enjoying the post-race freebies

Enjoying the post-race freebies

Done and smiling.  Check out those hot nails too haha

Done and smiling. Check out those hot nails too haha

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