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November 20, 2009

Mother Nature: Please Make Up Your Mind

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First off: Thanks for all the suggestions re: foam roller.  I was actually at Target a little while ago and they only had one brand/model and it was much more expensive than I wanted to pay.  So I think I may have to break down and order it online. And to answer Matt: I’m not quite sure about the cause of the pain.  It feels tendon/ligamenty.  I’ve neither had tendon/ligament nor muscle problems though that felt like this but my gut tells me it’s not muscle.  But it feels deep in my glute so I’m not sure what’s there that could be in pain!

Despite having an exam this morning I still went out last night.  In contrast to last week I had SO. MUCH. FUN. I think it was because practically everyone in my class was there as, once we get back from break, not many ppl are going to be partying hardcore as the semester winds down.  It was also what I needed as a release because I’ve just been feeling bogged down lately with things.  Nothing serious but the anticipation of lots of work and stuff on my to-do list.

I think I danced for about 3 hours straight.  The music was pumping and the atmosphere was great.  I figured that, since I’m not sleeping anyway, why bother cutting the night short to try? Haha, but I need to remember that I’m getting old (heh) and as my fellow friend who is 23 told me last night “we’re like 86.  way too old for this shit anymore” hahaha!

Therefore I was a bit worried that my run this morning would suffer.  Normally I take a rest day on Fridays (or have been recently due to Thursday partying) but the POTM challenge is rapidly coming to a close and I wanted to get the max miles in as I can.  EatMoveLove asked me yesterday how often I take a rest day and the answer is that it depends.  I listen to my body and while most ppl spew the “one rest day a week” advice I like to take one every 10 days or so.  Again it depends on how my body feels, what my workouts have been like etc.

The weathermen continue to lie to me.  I woke up this morning fully expecting to have rain but alas there was none! Sure it was a lovely surprise but I also knew that we were supposed to get a heavy downpour and, while the ground was wet, I knew that with my luck I’d be caught in it so I wore my lightweight waterproof “shell” as it was 55* out.  Mother Nature: WTF?! It’s November.  I’d like some appropriate weather please.

So I was a bit sweaty with, essentially, a jacket on.  But I was so thankful when the downpour (yes torrential pouring) took place about 2 miles from the end of my route.  Not that the jacket helped much but I like to think it did.  My shirt underneath stayed dry but the shell kind of molded to the contours of my body which felt awkward.

But the previous 7 miles (yes today was a total of 9.1) felt not awkward.  Always a plus.  Granted this run wasn’t the strongest I’ve ever run but I definitely was not disappointed with how it went.  It started off all creaky and rusty but once I warmed up I felt great and solid.  It did take me about 4 miles to warm up.  Not sure what that’s all about, but hey I still got 5 miles after that of goodness.  If you take the rainy miles into account it’s only 3 “good” miles but I was left with a good aftertaste of the run so no major complaints here.

Well maybe one.  But it isn’t about the run.  It’s about the fact that it POURED for those last miles and continued to do so for my walkings to classes.  But now? Sunny skies all around! I guess the silver lining is that the weather was nice this morning but still: couldn’t it have rained *after* I ran? Gosh Mother Nature is sooooo not accommodating.

The rest of my day has been filled with tackling that to-do list that’s causing my mild anxiety. And then I’m seeing New Moon tonight.  Please don’t judge.  Or judge away but just don’t tell me if your view of the Twilight craze is not so positive.  I’m looking forward to it (for real) not just because I want to see it but because it’s going to make a chill night and get me off campus for a few hours.  Muy bueno 🙂

Hope everyone has a great Friday night!!

September 25, 2009

Old Lady

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Ok well I might not feel 100% like an old lady but the muscles are definitely feeling my lifting from yesterday! Sucks because it means that I really did neglect it but awesome because I love the sore feeling.

When my alarm went off this morning I thought about pushing my run to this afternoon.  But I knew that I was going to slammed with work and didn’t want to feel any stress over A) getting a run in and B) getting all my work done.  Now, as some of my friends have pointed out, I could have just skipped the run.  But, dear friends, you know that is not a solution!

The other rationale for pushing off the run was that I was on my feet for lots of hours last night at the hospital and because of me being there I wasn’t able to eat as much as I wanted / usually do so I wasn’t sure how fueled my muscles were going to be. Although the hospital food was actually really decent and I got a good amount of food with the $5 voucher I was given.

Side note: The ER was okay.  A little on the boring side but I was able to observe cases that directly related to my physio class which made writing the paper so much easier.  I think the doctor was a little bored too, or maybe he was just tired after a long day.  Either way the lack of traumatic stuff kind of made the night feel a little flat.  Some cool stuff buttttt I wish there had been something HUGE (okay well maybe not because that would mean that ppl would have had to get hurt but I wanted it to be like ER, and preferably with a doctor I was shadowing looking like George Clooney)

Back to this morning. The humidity dropped off overnight and made the run nice and cool.  My hands were actually cold and I didn’t really sweat at all.  Compare that to the other day when I was drenched within the first mile.  And despite my worries about my legs being too sore, not fueled etc my pace was about 30 sec per mile faster today than on Tuesday.  Maybe a little slower than an “ideal” easy run but still a confidence booster because it showed me that the weather plays such a huge role in how I run. And luckily the weather is suppose to cool down over night to low 40s? That would be wonderful (and trust me, if I could share I would!)

I got around 9 miles, maybe 9.05 – 9.10 (and yes I actually do track the hundredths of a mile even though in my log I only go to the tenths haha).  And I got to see the sunrise.  Always a plus.

The rest of my day has been: classes, grocery shopping, paper writing.  I have so much to do this weekend that’s it’s almost comical.  I’ve been working for the past 4 hours straight and will continue to work until 2100 (after finishing this and grabbing a quick bite to eat).  I’m going to the on-campus movie: Public Enemies with a friend.  I actually watched a documentary on John Dillinger this summer so it will be interesting to compare real vs Hollywood. Part of me wants to blow it off and continue to work but I know that I need to do something not school related so my head doesn’t explode. I have the feeling that tmrw and Sunday will be very similar to today.

I do have a job interview in the afternoon tmrw that I need to start prepping for, which I’ll do over dinner.  I don’t want to sound like an idiot over the phone! Sucks majorly though that I have to have a working supper. But hey, you do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.  Right?

Hope you guys have a better Friday night planned than me! 😉

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