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October 8, 2010

Still Caffeinated

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Yeah. Let’s just say that I never drink coffee.  And 4 cups definitely had me wired.  I think I’m detoxing now and it’s been almost 24 hours! Of course that hasn’t stopped me from drinking some Dr. Pepper with lunch…oh caffeine.

Anyhoo — the phrase of which reminds me of —

 

 

Ummm anyone else remember this from back in the day?

 

Thursday ended up being a great day. Long? Yes.  It was 13 hours. But great regardless.

Like I said the caffeine was a HUGE buzz but calmed me down? I was strangely calm all throughout clinic.  And it was a lottery night too. That’s literally how we pick our new patients: a lottery system. It’s a crazy system and it makes for a crazy night.  Because people don’t like being turned away or losing the lottery.  Understandably so.

But I was surprisingly calm during it.  It was almost an out of body experience. Maybe the long run in the morning helped or maybe it was the 4 cups of coffee I had drunk.  Like I was jittery and talking fast but I was not stressed. At all.  Maybe that should be my strategy for all lottery night hahah.

Plus I discovered at lottery that my Spanish speaking skillzzzzz are NOT as bad as I think they are.  I was able to actually have conversations with the patients (most of them don’t speak English) and they understood me and, once I asked them to slow down, I could understand them.  It was such a nice feeling!

Not such a nice feeling? The way I woke up this morning.  This is because I also got a flu shot yesterday, as it was free and we were doing them that day at the clinic.  It’s the first one I’ve EVER had.  I was going to go without but I figured since I’m working at a clinic I probably should get one.  Blah. Now my arm is achey and when I got up this morning I felt like I had a fever and chills and my face was flush. I know I don’t have the flu but it feels like it and I’ve been told is normal.

I hope I feel 100% better by Monday with the race!

In light of that I opted to not run early this morning but I had set a tentative running date in the afternoon after work with a friend if I was feeling better.  And by the time he got off of work I was (yay Fridays and short work days!).  Since I knew that I felt sickly earlier in the day I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go or how fast.  He had 12 “really easy” on tap (aka his easy is my easy-but-pushing-it pace) so I figured I’d tag along for however long I could.

  • 1st loop: 10.6 miles @ 8:48
  • 2nd loop     1.6 miles @ 7:23
  • Total:           12.2 miles @ 8:35

Solid

And to think I was debating bailing out.  And if I was truly sick I think I would have.  But I knew that it was just the shot (plus the caffeine withdrawal) making me feel that way.  And I’m surprised at how fast the first loop went.  I know for a fact that I was DRAGGING my butt the first few miles and I even told my friend to go ahead without me and that I’d finish some sort of run on my own.  But as my legs warmed up and my body took in the crisp fall day — 65* and sunny and little wind! — the pace naturally got faster and faster.

Duh: the last mile and a half or so was under 7:30! Whaaaaaaaaaaat? I’m pretty sure that my current PR 10k pace is 7:16.  Now, I don’t want to jinx anything but I think that, provided nothing extreme happens between now and Monday, the race is going to be good.  If I can pull of a 7:23 pace after running 10.6 miles then good things are possible.  I mean, during Boston training I was always shooting for 7:15-7:30 for TEMPO.  And that was hard. It felt effortless today.

Granted the effort exerted in a race versus an easy run is different but I’m still optimistic.  Which makes me uneasy because I’m NEVER optimistic about a race.  Not that I always think I’m going to fail but I never really go in with high expectations.

So I think it’ll be an interesting race.

Between now and then I’m planning on running but nothing double digits (well I don’t want to anyway.  Hopefully I can hold myself to it 😉 ) and nothing fast.  Today was spur of the moment and just what happened over the course of the run.  If need be I’ll avoid running with others (especially my friend!).  I tend to plod along on my own unless I have a specific goal in mind for a run.

But I’m not going to lie: it was AWESOME to run fast.  Jess said it yesterday and I’ll say it today “I remembered how good it can feel to run fast…I decided I needed to run fast more often”.  Of course it’s getting the motivation to push harder than comfortable.  But good things happen when we expand that boundary.

And I’ll get another taste of it (hopefully sans vomit like the rest of this fall has been) on Monday.

While these two videos aren’t related to anything I’ve written about it made me laugh sooooooooo hard.  I would wait until I’ve done a TM run this year but, with no gym membership and me always waiting forever to use one, I’d likely forget by that time came.  Enjoy. And you have to wait until close to the end.  The guy doesn’t miss a beat in the first one!

And if you want more.  Just go to youtube.  Because that’s what I’m doing.  I don’t even want to know what that says about me as a person!

November 24, 2009

Homeward Bound

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Well I’m actually already home.  And already ready to go back to school haha.  The hardest part of being at college is going home for breaks.  I just feel so out of place.

Luckily I have my running to center me as well as my friends.

Last night I did end up finishing my exam with minimal stress and watched my movie.  If you haven’t checked it out yet it’s awesome! Sure, it’s in Spanish but there are subtitles.  Definitely a movie I could watch over and over and over.  In case you forgot it’s El Laberinto del Fauno and it’s WICKED good.

Also last night I think I had a fever because I woke up so many times and sweated through THREE outfits.  Gross.  My heat was off and my window was open so I have no idea what other explanation those sweats could be.  I felt fine though last night and felt fine when I got up.  Ugh and despite my complaining about my age I am not menopausal yet.  Heh.

My run this morning (my constant) kind of failed me.  There was no rain so I decided to take advantage of clear skies.  Kind of regretting that choice as I need to inject some speed into my running but hey, it was a decent run and when I finally calculated my pace it wasn’t soooo terrible. I had a case of the Mondays though.  My legs still felt a little fatigue which I’m sure is a result of me piling on the miles (POTM).  I know I need a rest day but it will have to be after the 26th haha.

I did 10.1 today.  And I felt every single mile plus the extra .1 that got injected.  Luckily I made the decision to do 2 longer routes rather than my main route plus lots of additionals.  I think my grit would have been tested otherwise! But the weather made things a bit more pleasant: 45* with cloudy skies.  I thought that there might be rain but there was only a bit of mist which felt great by the end.

Today being the last day of classes before break campus was absolutely dead.  My Spanish lab class only had 3 ppl in it! Which was nice because it was with Hot-Spanish-TA and that means the class was convo based and we did lots of talking.  I could listen to him talk foreverrrrrrr.  We also did culture stuff like listening to real Spanish music which I need to download now.  Like this. Oh man I can’t get it out of my head.  We listened to it at 0900 and it’s still stuck in my head.  LOVE.  After Spanish I handed in my geophysics exam (I’m a physics major btw to those who asked) and then hit the road.

And like I said, I’m ready to go back haha.  Luckily I called up a few high school friends who are around and we’re chilling now watching T.V. and such.  Definitely what I need as I want to get some quality sleep over break and make some sort of dent in my HUGE sleep debt.  So I’m going to start paying attention to the show.  Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m safe and sound.  And that I’m still truckin’ along in my miles.  And I’m still trying to find a good marathon plan for Boston.  Like Jess suggested I’ll likely take all the plans you’ve said and mold them into my own.  I’m also pretty excited to do some of my “home” routes this week.  It’s been a very long time — the summer? — since I’ve done them and I’m looking forward to the “newness” that they’ll bring me!

Not quite sure what my posting will be like this week as my schedule is muy different than normal but I’ll likely pop in everyday and do a quick post like this 🙂

Enjoy your Tuesday.  As I was told today it’s the humpday this week as we have a threeday week.  Although for me it’s Friday because I’m already on break 😉

November 7, 2009

Fast long runs = greatness

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¡Hola! Very lazy Saturday for me, feels like Sunday though.  Luckily it’s not.  Today has been all about the Spanish show that I’m 100% addicted too. I watched 4 episodes yesterday and have already watched 3 today.  At this rate I’ll be caught up soon.  I need to wean myself off these binges as once I get caught up I’ll have to wait for the weekly airings! Surprisingly I understand a lot more than I thought I would; sure I don’t get all the words but I’ve been able to follow the plot as well as catch some of the (slower spoken) dialogue. Heh.

Anyway I’ve been relaxing because of last night being the Bash. It was fun, not super fun, but I had a good time.  It felt like a regular dance but all dressy.  Which was great but the novelty of it wore off pretty fast.  All in all I’m glad I went but eh, not the greatest night of my life.  Pics to follow, likely tmrw, as my camera is non-existent and my friends haven’t posted theirs on FB yet.

I woke up this morning to clear sunny skies and nice cool temps.  Perfect for a long run.  For the first time this week I actually went LESS than planned.  I planned out a 12-13 mile route but decided after 11.4 that it was enough to stop. And I’m oddly okay with it, which is a nice break from the add-on-the-most-miles-possible mindset that I tend to get caught up in.

My pace was rocking, roughly MP!  Craziness.  I’m soooooooooo enjoying my running this week and as Jess commented, maybe I don’t need to worry about cutting back this week if my body is feeling so good.  Music to my ears because I think this week will be a semi-high week, although I’m not really feeling like it.

Interestingly enough, or maybe not as it’s been the theme this week, the run didn’t feel as fast as it was.  My legs felt light though, which should have been a sign that things were looking up.  Now my legs are feeling a bit weak, the feeling of a strong run where you’ve left everything out there on the streets. So pleasant.

Not too sure what my plans are tonight as everyone seems to be hurting from The Bash but it’ll likely involved something low-key, rumors of bowling perhaps? If not, I’m sure that I wouldn’t mind bunkering down with a good movie and some good friends. In any case I’m going to get back to my Spanish drama — I’m so addicted I can’t spend that much time away from it haha. Anyone have exciting plans for the rest of the weekend / Saturday night?

November 6, 2009

Taking care of business

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Last night I was lame.  Well I wasn’t per se but none of my friends wanted to go out.  Fair enough with the Bash being tonight.  I did have a semi-invitation to go to a Sangria Party at the house of all the TAs but I wasn’t really invited.  It was one of those things that is mentioned in passing and you’re never really sure if it’s serious.  So I didn’t go.  And I definitely needed the extra hours of sleep I was able to get in.  My eyes have been burning with sleep deprivation lately!

Since I didn’t end up going out I decided to get in a “short” run this morning.  So my planned rest day turned into a planned 5 miles.  And we all know how my planned runs have been turning out lately.  In reality I got in 7 miles.

Which means that yet again I had a good run.  A most excellent run.  My legs did feel slightly heavy at the beginning and I definitely thought to myself that this past week has been catching up to me but something in my mind and/or body must have clicked because my overall pace for the 7 miles was 10 seconds under my goal easy pace.  Holllller!

The weather was borderline bitter cold.  The actual temperature was mid-30s, definitely not cold at all, but the composition of the air was just awful.  I felt like the air was stabbing my lungs.  Weird.  It also looked and felt like it was going to snow but (very) luckily it didn’t.  I’m not ready for the snow yet!

But since I’ve been running in cooler weather my thoughts have been drifting towards what the ideal temperature (for me) is with running.  I usually just spout off on 50-60* but I think that’s just the most comfortable running weather.  I get to wear shorts and a tee-shirt sans gloves and (usually) the sun in shining.  But I think the ideal running (and I guess to some extent racing) weather is 30-40*.  I’ve been noticing that my pace just drops in the cooler weather with less perceived effort.  Makes sense: if I can keep my core temp lower longer than I can go further before my body really starts using lots of energy.

Time to start to prep for The Bash. And no, I’m not getting ready this early (don’t have to catch the bus for another 3 hours) but I want to get some of the “busy work” out of the way so I have less to do tmrw and Sunday.  Also I want to gush about how much I love this Spanish T.V. show that my profesora told me I should watch.  It’s such a drama and I’m loving every minute of it.  I’m not good enough at Spanish to understand most of the words but I can get the content and it’s hilarious!!

Enjoy your Friday nights and I promise to post Bash photos at some point.  But prolly not tmrw as my camera broke and I have to rely on stealing my friends pics from FB.

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 4, 2009

Cycle of good running continues

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Good afternoon all! My Wednesdays have become less stressful after changing physio to audit as I don’t have to go the labs anymore (still going to class, doing the last lab writeup and taking the test.  Just no 3-hour lab!).  Now that means that I have three hours to do all my other work.  Plus 4 loads of laundry!

But this lower stress (and knowing that I can balance everything) is leading to more good running.  Yet again I had a 0600 run that was stellar!  It was a bit on the cold side — prolly around 32*, and I was quite chilly when I was in the shady spots.  Once I was out from under the trees and in the sun I was practically overheating.  Gotta love this sunshine.

Like yesterday I set out for a shorter distance than I ended up doing.  But I was, apparently, flying and went for another 9.  I figure that I’ve been “suffering” pace wise for a while so I’m going to enjoy this cycle of fast strong stuff.  Even if I don’t feel fast.  Not that I’m feeling really slow either but there is a noticeable difference in the feeling in my legs.

Despite still being sleep deprived there is absolutely no heaviness in my legs, including the start of my runs.  I just feel ready from the get-go.  A great feeling to be sure and, although I never *dread* runs, I’ve been really looking forward to it lately.  Albeit with some trepidation as I don’t know when the cycle of good is going to switch (yup total glass-half-empty person haha)

But I have two theories as to why my past few runs have been great:

  1. Cut back week.  It may not have been that much but a decrease of 10 miles might have just been the break that my legs needed.
  2. Daylight saving time ending.  Because in reality I’m running an hour later than normal if you think about it.  Definitely could be a factor because I’ve noticed this kind of a difference in time (and with no other variables changing) when it’s 0800 vs 0600 running.  So maybe my legs just don’t like 0600? Hopefully they don’t wise up anytime soon about the time change.
  3. I am so less stressed (as I’ve talked about ad nauseum) and feel content.  I can’t remember the last time that I didn’t have a knot of anxiety in my stomach.  Happiness = good running.  Always
  4. Combo of all three.  Which is what I think it is. Funny how things align at just the right moments.

Today’s total? 9 miles.  I even wanted to do more but I needed to shower and get ready for my day. Which I’ve been trudging through.  I’m actually off to the “Spanish Table” where a bunch of ppl just hang out and chat in Spanish.  My prof told me that I should go to practice my Spanish and I agree with her but it also helps that Hot-Spanish-TA is going to be there.  I’m actually pretty nervous to go and not speak English.  Kind of intimidating actually.  But I’m sure when it’s all said and done I’ll be happy 🙂

Note re: the French porn I had to watch.  It was for my class because we’re finishing up the book and my prof wanted us to be able to compare the two.  Biggest difference? The movie was basically 100% sex and the book was about 50% sex.  Haha.

And now The Facts of Life, because I need to laugh at something or risk the butterflies in my stomach causing my to vomit. Pleasant I know.

56. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn’t know what do to with it.

57. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time…

58. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?

59. It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

60. I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

October 14, 2009

Circulation? Fail.

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I definitely got my first taste of cold weather this morning.  It was 33* out and 27* with the worst two words I could hear: wind chill.  I forgot to turn my heat down last night so my body was deceived by how cold is actually was. My mind knew better and wanted to break out full winter gear but it’s October man! I ended up compromising and wore spandex shorts under my gym shorts and a tank top under my tech long sleeve.  I also wore gloves but with my circulation (more on that later heh) I’ve been wearing gloves for awhile now.

My first thought when I left my building was “Oh this isn’t so bad or not as bad as I thought, I guess I dressed about right”. I have the tendency to overdress a bit because I hate being cold.  Upon reflection I think I did get it right today.  My second thought was “Holy Mother of God, it’s colder than I thought” but in reality it wasn’t so bad.  My hands just went a bit numb like usual although it happened at a much later point in the run which was a pleasant surprise.

The sun also didn’t rise until 0654 this morning making the first 24 minutes sun-less.  I got the pre-dawn light pretty quickly after I started but it’s always a bit scary to be running in the dark.  I get way paranoid about every little sound haha.  When I do run in the dark I make sure to stick very close to campus because I see so many Public Safety officers driving around and, since I see them so often, I think they look out for me.  It’s a small campus and I like the P.S. officers here (re: I am not disrespectful like 99.99% of my campus)

I got 7 miles in.  I wish I could’ve done more, because I was feeling fast and strong but my fingers/hands told me otherwise.  And I am still reaping the benefits of my fast 10k on Monday because I ran my fastest 0600 run in recent memory.  It just felt good and I felt *on*.  Maybe the weather had something to do with it, maybe the fact that I ate a couple slices of bread beforehand but who knows.  The point is that my running felt fluid, my breathing was in rhythm with my stride and I felt like I was in a good place both mentally and physically. Feeling strong is a wonderful feeling.

Unfortunately my strength was only limited to my running this morning.  In a fit of mental blockage I forgot how poor my circulation was when I was taking my Spanish exam this morning.  I sat in one cross-legged position during the entire hour long test and when I got up my ankle did not want to work.  Like at all.  I’m talking face-plant.  And when I tried to move and walk again, I nearly did it twice.  My ankle just would not flex and extend when I wanted it to.  I am so lucky that I didn’t break or twist anything although I doubt I would have felt it if I did, my whole shin through foot was numb.  Now I’m going to be a zealot about shifting my legs around when I sit.

After that debacle I had an hour to kill before my French in-class essay exam (as my Physio prof is not in the country this week) and while I was studying for it in the humanities building I saw Hot-Spanish-TA. [EDIT: While Hot-Spanish-TA is my TA for this course, he is only the TA during the lab on Tuesday. Thank for for small favors haha).   Yup my concentration was shot after that.  Although since it was an essay exam (which I despise! I like being able to produce my writing free of hour-long time constraints) I doubt that I was being terribly productive anyway.  But it brightened my morning.

And all your amazing comments yesterday about my 10k and how happy I looked, how awesome my nails are etc. brightened my day yesterday and today when I read them all.  Thanks so much guys, you are awesome!

Off to do some research for my independent study, luckily it’s looking like that is the only work I’ll have for the rest of the week.  Granted I’ve been putting it off like woah because of all the other school stuff lately so it’s going to be quite a bit of work but only one “subject”? I’ll take it!

Happy the-week-is-halfway-done day!

April 20, 2009

Wooo Taper!

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Week 1 of the taper is done.  Don’t really know how I feel about it, mentally or physically.

I feel like I pushed myself too hard for what needed to be done.  Oh well live and learn I guess.  Hopefully I can reign myself in this week.  I knew going into this taper I was going to be bad at it, and while I haven’t failed yet, my legs don’t feel as fresh as I thought they would.  Is this normal? I went for an easy 5 this morning and my legs just did not want to go at it. Prolly going to contribute to a little bit of taper madness, but I always thought that the madness came from feeling like a caged beast raring to go.  Definitely not a sluggish feeling and its making me nervous.  I know I can do this marathon; I’ve had stellar runs in the past and I know that my runs now shouldn’t be that same awesomeness.  But I thought that an easy 5 would really be an easy 5, not an lets-go-so-slow-you-might-as-well-be-walking-pace (well almost).

In another aspect of my life, I received a Spanish Excellence Award tonight.  I feel bad that I’m prolly not going to be taking the next level in the fall.  I might audit it because I really want to learn how to speak Spanish but I don’t want to deal with the B.S. work that comes with taking the learning languages classes.  It was also really awkward to speak English with the professors after the ceremony but hey, it was 630 at that point.  I was hungry and had only had one half hour break for lunch since 9am! Mondays suck a lot.

Off to finish up some work for tmrw, then curl up in bed with a good book and rest my body for my run tmrw.  It’s supposed to be raining pretty hardcore when I get up so I might hit the treadmill to get my pace-run done.  I usually do speed / tempo / pace on Wednesday but the weather might force me to change my routine.  I guess its a good thing, as the workout will be one day further removed from game day.  Right?

April 13, 2009

Let There Be…

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REST

Apparently my flirtation with overtraining has moved into the “it’s complicated” stage.  I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and my usual cankerous self has been a little more irritable than usual. Which is why today was a much needed rest day.  And much deserved if I do say so myself.  I ended up running 2.5 yesterday (and not a step more mind you) to hit 70 (!) miles for the week.  I am in such awe of what I’ve been able to do this training cycle.  I decided to respect my body (and specifically), though and let it recuperate.  My legs are seriously suffering from some sort of delayed muscle soreness or something like that.  Definitely time to break out The Stick tonight.

Oh The Stick…

…how I love and hate thee.  The pain that comes from “massaging” my legs is so good yet so bad.  I will fully admit that I am a The Stick novice (and I love that it is The Stick and not the stick) but I have found applying medium to heavy pressure on my muscles (especially my quads) to be quite amazing.  I’m not sure if it makes any sort of difference in my running, and to be honest I haven’t had that much time lately to really dedicate to The Stick-ing (been too busy putting in those 70 miles).  It could just be a placebo effect for all I know but the feeling of pushing out junk from my muscles great.  Any suggestions on how to maximize my The Stick experience?

I can visualize the scar tissue breaking up and floating away in my blood stream and the lactic acid doing the same.  In that sense it really is like a cheap massage, when my massage therapist (and yes, I do have one.  I may not see her on any regular schedule but she is mine heh) works on me I can see the same type of process in my mind.   Whether or not massage therapy is helpful remains to be resolved in my mind but if my mind is happy, my body will soon follow; or so I’d like to imagine.

Since I’ve always been curious about what other people do on their rest days, I’ll share what I’ve done today.  In short, Mondays suck.  I’m in class or lab from 9-6, and then of course I receive work from every single class.  On top of the work I need to do for my Tuesday classes.  And I have to go to work (I’m a physics tutor where I sit typing this now).  Monday becomes a de facto rest day out of necessity.  One of the assignments I’ve just completed is watch Maria, full of grace, for my Spanish class  (don’t judge the youtube, I don’t have any time to go see the viewings my profesora is offering).  Definitely a movie to see, but now I feel like I need to get a 24 or Lost fix now to get my bamf-ness aura back 🙂

And just to make this post extra long, I’ve been dying to share this with y’all:  http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/04/get-a-whiff-of.html . What will science do next? Haha.

Later!

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