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June 24, 2011

Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday. Means Dance.

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Still busy.  Still planning. In the process of moving to my sublet this weekend. But two posts in one week? One work week in fact? I’m happy with that.

Sooooooooooooo what’s keeping me sane? Musica. I don’t really know if any of these ones are considered “current” but they are goodies in my eyes and if I can scream at the top of my lungs and bust a move then it’s all good.

And since I’m taking casual Friday to the extreme and listening to my iPhone as well as going out dancing tonight (holllllllllllllllerrrrrrr) I want to use this post as a vehicle to start getting pumped (trust me: I spent the past…well I’m not going to admit to how long I actually spent searching/researching songs. I had to limit myself to lucky #4 for the blog though). And by pumped I mean creating a pre-gaming mix.  Suggestions are welcome!

Also note: these songs go on running mixes too.  Thankfully I don’t run with music often because I’m 97.3453% sure that I’d end up with more cracked ribs that way!

  • Fist pumping song. Never. Gets. Old. “Yeah X3” by Chris Brown
  • This one is just awesome to belt to. I’m toying with the idea of karaoke-ing it.  Angry. “You Lie” by The Band Perry
  •  “You Be Killing ‘Em” by Fabulous.  Mostly because it have the best line ever! (They say she a dime. I say she underrated)
  • “Evacuate the Dance Floor” by Cascada. Ummmmmmmmmm dancing. Need I say more?
  • One that I just rediscovered is by Shakira. Hot.

Okay so that was 5. Moving onto running related notes before I add 5 more…

I’m still running obviously.  Like the month of May I’ve been running a lot of miles and trading off for speed.  Lately (aka this week) my energy levels increased a bit — mostly from sleeping a combined 34 hours over last Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and partly from doing more afternoon running — and my pace has sped up a bit as a result.

I. Wish.

I’m just rolling with the running thing.  My muscles are starting to feel slightly sore and so are my feet so I’m going to take it as a sign to start listening to my body and ease up if it seems to be an ongoing/recurring/continuing thing.

But that whole going out and dancing thing tonight? If it’s going to cause muscle/feet soreness, well then, I think it’s a price I’ll have to pay. Have a great weekend y’all!

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March 2, 2011

Previously On MM…February 2011

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I’m going to copycat echo Aron and say BUSY was the word on the month for February.  Or STRESSED.

Still got the running done though, despite feeling a bit off during my workouts and my drive to hit them hard.

Totals? Here you go!

  • 345.7 miles
  • 51 hours 21 minutes 9 seconds
  • 8:55 Average Pace

This is only .3 more miles and 7 minutes less than January.  Talk about consistency! Digging back to 2010 I ran 390.5 miles in February.  So I was down some (mainly because I’ve been *gasp* taking rest days!) but I ran these miles 8 seconds faster on average.  Considering that I’m training for the exact same race as I was this time last year (Boston baby) I think that’s really good.  Sure, I could probably be hitting workouts harder (like I’ve been complaining about forever it seems) but overall a good solid month.

This month my training *really* began and I hit 4 interval workouts, 4 tempo workouts and only 3 actual long runs (hello cutback week).  Considering that this month has exactly 4 weeks in it, and we got about 30 (?) inches of snowfall, I’d say not too shabby.

Whenever I say the phrase “not too shabby” I think of this song. Yes, I’m weird.

What else besides running was I up to this month?

Well stress ( so I’m going to really have to think about what I’ve been up to!) and dealing with massive snowstorms every week, but I went to Philly to…ummm….do some activities to shake it off.

gor.geous.

And got to see some really cool medical stuff at the Mutter Museum.  I really want to go back there!

I also really got into rockclimbing and took out a trial membership at the climbing gym. The membership ends in the next few days so I need to come up with the cash money to keep going! It’s been great for XT and my arms / legs are getting more of an “athletic” look rather than “runner” look. I like it. Especially since *fingerscrossed* spring / skimpy clothes season is soon!

Because I was really stressed I didn’t really cook at all.  I relied on other people to feed me.  But that’s what friends (and roomies) are for right?  BUT I did make some really good “Crack Bars”

as well as Chili (repeat of a recipe from….December according to when I posted it)

But to relieve my stress I did get some lovely mail! AKA I got my WR trophy and my updated Boston confirmation.  Which helped my waxing and waning motivation to train (which a lot of you made some really insightful comments on my last post which I shall muse over when I have more time to think / mull them over and develop my own thoughts on them!).

Yes I know I put both of these images up recently. Deal.

 

So a mixed month for sure. I’m sincerely hoping that things calm down a bit.  I mean, I love being busy and having stuff to do but there is definitely such a thing as TOO MUCH of a good thing! Upcoming in March is the monster month for training so it’s time to get serious about my workouts.  Hopefully in my next post I’ll be able to recap the hard (yet decent) tempo I did the other day and the long run or intervals that are supposed to shape up tomorrow.

Happy Hump Day.  Now I’m off to rockclimbing? Fingers crossed!

February 2, 2011

Please Stop

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Pretty please with a cherry on top?!

I’m currently curled up right now all snug and, in all honesty, probably being more productive than if I was at work. I was supposed to go in at 1400 for a staff meeting but I emailed my supervisor saying the roads are flooded (which they are) as well as all the work I would be talking about at the meeting.  Since I got the email saying “all set. Don’t come in” at 14:01 (and note: I was still in bed at that point) I’m a happy camper.

I do want to try and get a run in but the roads are pretty flooded / icy right now and the temps are expected to drop soon and that’d be unsafe.  And, given how terrible the traction was yesterday during my quality workout, a bit demoralizing.  By the way: thanks to all your comments saying that I’m not as slow as my run indicated and that running in inclement weather is not conducive to fast paces.  I knew that but it helps to have smart people tell you that you’re right.

I  do have rockclimbing tonight to pull me through working, as me and my friend rescheduled last night because the gym closed early and I don’t see why they’d be closed all day today.  And I have shoveling and de-icing to do.  I figure that if my car is parked in this driveway for as much as it is the least I can do is pitch in.

Oh well.  I hope everyone is safe and warm.  Apparently (and y’all probably know this already because every other word out of anyone’s mouth is this) this storm is covering about 99.4543452% of the country.  Crazy. But in order to make up for the lovely winter check out the giveaway from Marcia. Maybe if I win it’ll make up for this winter dragging on and on and on.

So the rock climbing didn’t happen last night because the gym closed early.  Rescheduled for tonight. Currently I’m curled up right now all snug and trying not to think about the fact that, despite working from home for the past couple of hours, I have to go into work for a staff meeting real soon.

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!

October 7, 2010

España

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Can’t say I dislike this search term (oh and for all of you who are wondering how to check the stats, I use wordpress so I don’t know how other sites do it, but there’s a link on the right hand side of the dashboard tab that says stat site and on the “homepage” of your blog where you can manage it, there should be a bar graph for the days of the past few weeks and you can click on the day.  From there you can see search terms) because Viva la España.  For real.

Anyway…

Today is going to be a long day.  And not really in a mopey way.  More of a “I have an in-service job training / meeting for AmeriCorps then get to work my regular clinic hours” way.  All told I’ll have worked at least 13 hours by the end of the day.  And it’s lottery night (the night where we pick new patients) so it’s going to be even more chaotic.   But not really mopey.  It’s just tough knowing that when I leave my apartment I won’t get back for another 13 or 14 hours.

YIKES.

So in light of that I’m going to do a bullet point post.  Because posts usually take me forever to write (I’m soooo type A that everything has to be perfect!) and bullets let me not worry about transition sentences 🙂

  • 11.3 miles @ 8:50. That was my run this morning.  I got up at 0530 (because of having to be at training early) and I just felt on. Obviously 8:50 isn’t really fast for me but after a slooooooow ass run yesterday (which I’m not down and out about and, like many of you told me, it’s good to have those wicked slow days) this felt quite speedy and good.  I was only planning on doing 9.5 or so (I think the route was 9.7) but I felt good and had the time so I added the extra 1.6 miles.  My legs did feel a bit fatigued towards the end (as did my right foot oddly enough) but not exhausted.  I still suspect that the last loop was my fastest but after seeing yesterday’s splits I chose to not look at each loop.

 

  • The weather was pretty freaking awesome too: 50*, 90% humidity and SUNLIGHT for more than half my run! Such nicer weather than the rain that’s been here the past few days: there was actually sun by the end because of no rain clouds! It was wicked nice to be able to really see where I was going during the mid and late parts of my run.  And of course sunlight = good mood.

 

  • Sleep = good mood as well.  And once my head the pillow last night I was out cold.  I slept straight through the night and, while I didn’t wake up rested, I didn’t feel MORE tired than the night before. 

 

  • I got to wear longsleeves this morning. Okay so maybe wearing them might have been a bit too much.  I did overheat by the end of the run (it was still in the low 50s).  And yes, I’ve worn longsleeves on one or two runs already.  But it felt nice to be able to pull the sleeves over my hands.  I love when I can do that with sweatshirts and I love when I can do that with my running shirts.  Small pleasures in life people!

 

  • Another small pleasure? Coffee.  Because I’m on my fourth cup right now. Yes it’s going to be that kind of a day. But surprisingly I’m in a chipper mood.

 

  • Maybe because it’s almost the weekend.  And I have some tentative plans that will be WAY fun.  I think I mentioned awhile ago that I was feeling bored in the city that I’m in but I had a really great time last weekend here and I think that this weekend will be similar.  Which is great.  After all, it’s been a long week

So there you have it.  A semi-short quick post.  Hope everyone is having a great Thursday so far! Thursday is my favorite day of the week so I totally am.  And I found this picture this morning and it let me start my long work day with a smile on my face (well as did my run, and my coffee hahah)

“Circle of Life: Fail and Win”

October 1, 2010

A Lone Warrior. A Suit of Armor. Our Only Hope

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Any guesses as to where I got the title to today’s post? Nope not a search term.  Although it’d be cool if it had been!

Happy October everyone! As I say every month I can’t believe another one has gone by.  September was a good month for sure. I’m in the process of tallying the numbers and data for a monthly recap and it looks good so far! Hopefully that bodes well for October as well

In both running and life.  Because I can’t wait to make myself one of these guys:

Thank you google images

But onto the running.  Which was not as cool as a carved pumpkin this morning.  Neither in temperature (75* and 87% humidity) nor workout. I was going to do speed work today (originally mile repeats).   Yeah, about that.  It didn’t happen. My legs felt dead.  I tried to brush it off, it was 0600 and dark and hot and humid and I figured that my legs would feel better after a warm up and some pickup strides.  Which they sort of did.  My last few strides actually felt good and decent.

Then I tried to go into my first mile.   I always know to expect the first mile or repeat of anything to suck.  That’s just how I roll.  And I can usually override the “OMG I am going to die. Stop NOW” feeling.  But this morning was different. I felt glued to the ground and that no matter how hard I tried my legs were not going to move.  I’ve contemplated whether or not I just need some rest, sometime I obviously don’t do much of, but this felt different than just normal tiredness and fatigue from training hard.  I’ve felt this exact way before (wayyy back in the day) and it was because of  low iron.

The best way I can describe it is that my legs, specifically my quads, felt suffocated.  Which makes sense as iron is part of what comprises hemoglobin and helps bind oxygen to the red blood cells (RBC) and deliver the important gas to the muscles.

Thank you google images

So I’m going to pick up supplements soon.  My friend gave me one of her pills today at work with another 4 in case I don’t get to the store right away.  I can’t remember how fast they worked last time but I’m hoping they kick in soon.

Thank you google images

I still got the total miles in that I was planning on.  They just were run easy rather than interval style: 10@ 8:45. I ended up kind of waxing and waning on the pace.  Because I bailed on my speed work I re-routed my run because I didn’t want to be running easy on a “course” that I’ve reserved for speed.  So the run itself was nice because it was new and the whole concentrating on not getting lost helped keep my mind off of the fact that I bailed.  as I thought about the fact that I BAILED.

Sooooo I guess I’m going to throw the question to you guys: How do you deal with not completing a workout? This is the first time I’ve EVER bailed on one.  There have definitely been times where I’ve been unhappy with a workout because I didn’t nail it but I’ve never 100% nixed one before.  I don’t know what to think. Am I smart for doing this? I feel a little uneasy just because I’ve never out and out stopped a workout before like that.

I think I’m going to retry a speed workout tomorrow? I feel like I need redemption and a mental boost that I can do it. But if the iron doesn’t help then maybe attempting something hard again isn’t a good idea.  Both physically and mentally.  I don’t want to have to bail on another workout.

Though it won’t be mile repeats.  The sting of failing today might be a little raw.  Maybe 800 repeats. I think that after two days of iron (I took one last night too.  I wasn’t sure why at the time. I didn’t have a definite reason at the time but I felt like it was something I needed to do.) and after T.S. Nicole comes through tonight (because she’s STILL not here yet!) and decreases the humidity.  It’s a little funny: my clothes from yesterday are still not dry!

Since I can’t really tell how the tone is coming across in this post I just want to state that I’m not TOTALLY bugging out about the failed workout.  Yes it sucks and my Type-A perfectionist ways don’t like it at all but I have some exciting things planned for this weekend and life is still, overall, going really well.

On that note: HAPPY FRIDAY. HAPPY OCTOBER.  HAPPY WEEKEND 😀

September 15, 2010

Coffee, Kid Sippy Cups and Margaritas.

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AKA: things that are making me happy now.

Ugh it has been a VERY long week.  Long hours, little sleep, big life decisions to make.   Sooooo the second I strolled into work today (on Wednesday) I asked my fellow VISTA co-workers (whom I LOVE to death!) “Hey anyone want to head to DD now?”

This sight makes my heart go pitter-patter. Seriously. Who am I?! I don't drink coffee!

Remember the last time I had coffee? Oops. But so far so good on the jittery front. Hopefully this coffee thing doesn’t become a habit. I’m already addicted to caffeine! I don’t need a higher dose! We didn’t end up heading there until lunch though.  And with the leftover fajitas from last night’s clinic? Well let’s just say that my life felt a little better.  Walking field trip to DD and a free lunch.  In the cool crisp fall air.  Most excellent.

Also most excellent? The free kids cups that I got to keep after Fire & Ice (amazing restaurant chain in the New England area!) donated food to the clinic last night (aka the fajitas I had for lunch today) for the providers.  It made my night last night.  You know it’s a rough night when these suckers make you happy:

They even have a little game of "Can you find how many bananas are hidden in the jungle?" on them. Will I ever grow up?

And since it’s been such a long week already my roomies and I decided on Tuesday that we are having a margarita night. And we decided very soon.  How soon depended on how the rest of the week goes.  Hopefully we can make it until Friday. Not too sure about that at time point! And this upcoming night will be one where multiple margaritas are consumed.

But until then I still have my running 🙂

After a 10 hour day at the clinic on Tuesday and 5.5 hours of sleep that night this is the run that occurred on Wednesday:

  • 4.1 miles @ 8:57
  • 5.6 miles @ 8:40
  • 1.3 miles @ 8:36
  • Total: 11.0 @ 8:46

And the entire time I had this song in my head.

Maybe not the best song to have stuck in your head during a run but whatever. It worked.  I powered through it.

I don’t really know what possessed me to run as far as I did.  And the exact same route as Tuesday. I certainly wasn’t feeling particularly refreshed or anything.  I wasn’t feeling terrible either so it’s not like I was killing myself to hit those miles. I just kept running and, in contrast to Tuesday, I was feeling pretty good even when I stopped because I ran out of time (I was running slightly slower than yesterday).

Post-run I’m feeling a bit tired in the legs, which is something I am taking note of for tomorrow. I’ve had my recovery socks on all day (and yesterday too. Yay for cooler weather = long pants to work = covering legs = recovery socks on!) too.

I think I’m running to work through some of the craziness and uncertainty my life is in, like how I opened this post. Which is fine.  I’m surprisingly calm and not stressed out about where I’ll be next year or the year after etc.  I think my running is helping me with that.  Life is still good despite being busy and uncertain.  Maybe I’m maturing? Hahahah.  See kid cups picture above. I’m just in a good place right now and running is a part of that.

So I’ll keep running what I feel like and what my body tells me it can handle. I think that’s the best way to run, no?

It’ll certainly make things interesting this weekend if I decide to race (yes I know I’m the most wishy-washy person in the world when it comes to racing stuff.  Whatever 😛 )

Other notes on the run itself:

It was really effing cold this morning! I think weather.com rated the overnight low last night as 48*.  I’m really glad that I just found that out rather than knowing it before hand.  My hands damn near froze (I have Raynaud’s syndrome.  A fancy was of saying “really bad circulation to my extremities” ).  Guess it might be time to break out the gloves? UGH.  It’s not even the official start of fall yet!

But the cooler weather made wearing a long sleeve legit.  I think the past few times I wore one it was mostly to be like “YAY FALL”. Now it’s like “dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyum fall.  Winter is around the corner”.  Not cool in my book at all.  I definitely question when the temps start to drop what the heck I’m still doing here (and knowing New England we’ll have an Indian Summer and everything I’ve complained about with the weather is going to look silly!)

The cold temps do make it nice to bury under the covers at night.  Even if I’m not climbing into bed until late the hours that I am asleep I am ASLEEP.  It’s nice.  But it makes me not want to get up in the morning because I’m so comfy.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when real winter comes! It’ll be dark until 0730.  And then dark again at 1600. *BreatheDon’tThinkAboutIt”

I kind of mentioned it above but the run was neither amazing nor horrible feeling.  Just me and my thoughts.  As much as I love amazing swell (thanks Flo!) runs and despise horrible ones the ones that are in between might be my favorite in the moment.  Hard efforts are my favorite in the aftermath because I feel like a bamf.  And horrible runs are just plain no fun.  But the in-betweeners are good to just GO.  No worries.  No aches.  No pains.  It’s just me and my thoughts.  And with lots of major life decisions ahead it suits me just fine.

Of course on Sunday when I potentially race I want to be running so hard that I feel like vomiting.  No matter what life choices I have to make.  But until then, I want to be In The Zone. Just like my girl Britney.

So I’ll leave this post on that note because since the run was boring I’m rambling a bit.  And by a bit I mean a lot. I think I’m trying to avoid the topic of race strategy for this weekend because I DON’T HAVE ONE (except run so hard I want to vomit).   Suggestions would be nice.  *HintHint*

I’ve also been writing this post all day at work (hurray no clinic!) and since I’ve put in more than 50% of my weekly hours over Monday and Tuesday I’ve decided to cut out early.  So after I put the finishing touches on this I’m going out on the wicked amazing balcony I showed you yesterday (which I’m glad y’all found my apartment as awesome as I do) and RELAXING.

September 11, 2010

‘Cause We’ll Put A Boot…

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In Your Ass, It’s The American Way! (Full song at the end of the post. Amazingness and it may be my favorite song of all time)

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my race. Crazy how time flies! It’s weird to be like, hey I *just* ran a wicked awesome race.  And then be like, oh wait that was a week ago.

I guess it helps that I’ve been WAY busy at the clinic.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We had 3 days of clinic this week so there were lots of providers there and lots of patients and thus lots of work to do.  But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love my job.  Part of my job is being the master of medical recording (aka putting the hand-written notes the doctors take and put them into the computer.  Some doctors can do this themselves but the older and retired ones need help sometimes) Usually there are medical student volunteers who do this but on Wednesday afternoon there weren’t any (they tend to come at night) so I got to go into the rooms to do the recording.

WAY fun.  And totally reinforces that I MUST go to into the medical field.

Anyway enough work talk.  It’s the weekend and a much needed one at that! Despite loving work this week (and the 4 day work week HOLLER) being busy = being exhausted.  My boss on Friday at our staff meeting even asked me if I was okay this week because I looked drained.  Oops.  And I’ve even been getting full nights of sleep this week!

So I took the opportunity on Friday night to SLEEP.  Actually sleep kind of took me because I put on a movie after dinner just to unwind (and instead of milk in my beer mug I put wine.  I am a class act. It also should be noted that earlier in the afternoon I was reading HP in French.  I am such a nerd!) before heading out and I fell asleep.  Embarrassingly early too. And I was watching a current favorite movie too

I know who I am: I’m the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude

RDJ please marry me?

But I fell asleep just the same.

It probably was for the best just because I probably am still sleep deprived from, oh say, my life? And I had a long run on tap this morning. But let me back up a bit and pick up where we last left off, shall we?

So on Thursday I had a, apparently kick ass, speed workout according to you guys.  Thanks for saying that.  It really does boost my mentality and confidence to hear (or read) rather all the nice things you say and write! And the incredibly helpful suggestions you guys have given me regarding both this upcoming week (with the possible race being next weekend) and for the rest of the fall if I decide to do more.  Although, in the back of my mind, I’m still kicking myself for not signing up for a fall marathon.   I suppose, however, that if I had I’d be overtraining right now.  Because that’s my MO.  Instead I get to run fast.  Silver lining 😀

Anyway, I expected to be much more sore than I was when I woke up on Friday morning.  Because of the staff meeting at work I actually had to set an alarm *gaspthehorror*.  It was only for 0600 which, despite being only a half hour later than a typical office hour day, felt SO MUCH NICER and not as early.

I think part of the reason I wasn’t sore is because I’ve been wearing my “compression socks” (in quotes because they really are diabetic stockings.  Don’t judge or laugh because they were $3.  And they do the same thing) every moment I’m in my apartment.  Granted I did this after the race too and I was sore.  So maybe I went too easy on my workout? Who knows.

But the Friday run was pretty great.  Relatively speaking in terms of an easy run.  It was nice and cool and not as humid as it has been.  So I *finally* broke out my Boston long sleeve shirt that I got at the race.  I felt like such a pretentious ass wearing it though.  Like, I’m WAY proud that I earned it but I’m not the kind of chick who revels in the spot light or likes to truly bask in the glory of things.  I kind of get embarrassed really easily.

Something I need to get over and so I wore the effing shirt anyway 8)

Here is the data from that run

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:54
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:27
  • Add-on:       1.1 miles @ 8:10
  • Total               9.3 miles @ 8:37

So overall a solid effort.  It never once felt hard and, I’ve said this before I believe, each segment felt the same.  So weird and irritating! If I’m running at 8:10 pace I don’t want it to feel like my first loop at 8:54.  In some ways it’s probably good because the whole run is at an even and easy effort but I’m a numbers junkie so my brain doesn’t like it.

And then, of course, I went to work to catch up on paperwork and the meeting, came home around 1300, read HP, ate dinner, fell asleep.  Who doesn’t want to be me right now?

Thank you google images for summing up my life so eloquently

I woke up feeling WAY groggy on Saturday morning.  But it’s okay because I didn’t have to work so I could putz about for a bit before heading out on the long run.   Now, just to note, I may be trying my hand at short fast races (or rather thinking about it because I haven’t actually signed up for any!) but I still love the long run.  There’s just something about it.  Sure my LRs aren’t in the 16+ range anymore but running for 11-14 miles is still awesome in my book.  And that’s not going to change, even with a possible 5k next weekend and 10k next month 🙂

Therefore I went out for a planned 11.2 that turned into 13.6. Oops.  But it felt good and I’m really pleased with how it went.

The original goal was 2 X 5.6 miles.  Both loops being easy as opposed to trying to negative split it.  This happens normally but wasn’t the goal. I was just too lazy to come up with a big 11 mile loop.  Here’s the data, followed by the analysis:

  • 2 X 5.6 miles (1st loop @ 8:19, 2nd @ 8:16)
  • 1 X 1.1 miles @ 8:02
  • 1 X 1.3 miles @ 8:33

Total: 13.6 miles @ 8:19

Once I finished up my 2 X 5.6 and felt good I wanted to do at least one lap of my 1.1 mile loop because it’s a nice loop. I felt pretty good after that too and decided to tack on another one to end it. Well I missed a turn because I wasn’t paying attention on the second loop (I blame it on running that one in reverse) which tacked on about a quarter of a mile.  No biggie as I love it.  My pace on that last loop was faltering so maybe I shouldn’t have done it.  Oh well.  Gotta push through those miles to become stronger, right?

The run itself was pretty non-descript.  The weather made it really nice and I got to see lots of runners.  Not that I don’t when I run so early in the mornings but it’s a different crowd on the weekends.  The pace was great from the get-go and, not including the first mile which is always junk, the first loop felt really good and “on” which is surprising because there’s usually a big discrepancy from my first and second loops of any run.  Not a bad thing but a bit out of the ordinary.  Still negative splits, like usual, and of course, I put the hammer down on my first 1.1 mile loop.  The second one? I guess my legs were a bit tired.

Silly legs 😉

The weather was darn near perfect for a run too which made running even nicer.  As much as I love being able to say I pounded out XX hardcore miles in the 100*/-10*/hurricane/nor’easter/97% humidity and whatnot in order to proclaim how bamf I am (oh wait did I say earlier that I don’t like to brag and that I get embarrassed easily? Oops.), good and nice weather is always appreciated.

So before I go and *attempt* to be productive (aka go outside and sit on my deck pretending to do work!), I want to say check out the giveaways from Matt and Tricia and Mel

And to honor those fallen 9 years ago (again, where does time go?! I can’t believe that was 9 years ago!) here’s a song to rally up some ass kicking 😀

Never Forget

August 24, 2010

Rain and Hills. Hills and Rain. And Repeat.

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I started this post — and finished it — Monday afternoon but I forgot to post it! Oops. So yet again my apologizes for any time discrepancies.  I did add an addendum at the end for today though 🙂

I have (had?) been so lucky this summer with regards to rainfall.  I was in control of scheduling my own time and I still worked at the gym so I had a free membership if I ever felt the need to hit up the TM in inclement weather.

I guess now that I’m a real adult I don’t have that luxury anymore.  I know I gushed about how nice the weather had been for my Saturday long run but I guess I jinxed myself as Sunday it POURED.  I woke up after having been out on the town to the sounds of heavy rain.  Ugh. Normally since it was a Sunday and I didn’t have to be anywhere I would have just rolled over and done my run later in the day.

But I checked the weather (because I’m a spoiled brat and can do it from my phone without having to move at all) and it was suppose to clear up — maybe — late in the day.  But until then: heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.

I wish that it had been as gentle and pleasant looking out as this!

I also had a TON of errands to run as well as work on my application.  So I rolled out of bed at 0830 and, because I’ve turned into a sloth as of late, I logged onto my computer to map out a road run.  I’ve decided that the weekends are going to be exploring runs and weekdays will continue to be my familiar path.

Now I’m always hesitant to run routes that I’ve mapped and haven’t yet driven or scoped out.  You never know if the roads actually still exist (there definitely have been routes that I’ve gone out to do only to discover that it’s simply not there anymore!) or what the conditions of the road are or if it’s really traffic-y (I remember once I mapped out a route that ended up taking me on the highway.  No I didn’t actually run on the highway but it was scary to be like…ummm this is it?).

And while I’m really good with directions getting lost is a very real and distinct possibility.  Again, I remember a 14 miler that I planned out and then missed a turn making the route end up being a little over 18. Normally I’d bring a something with directions on it because it was pouring out bringing any type of paper with the route would get ripped up.  I still brought it but it was essentially useless.  But peace of mind and all that.

Okay enough set-up?  You guys should know by now how I like to ramble 🙂

Like I said it was really heavy rain when I started. The rain would let up and then pour off and on during the course of the whole run but once I was thoroughly soaked (which was about .000001 seconds into it) the rain didn’t really matter anymore.  Plus once your shoes are soaked and feet are wet there really isn’t any more discomfort you can get really. It was a bit annoying to have my clothes matted to me but because I live in a community that has some values, I kept my clothes on.

I even started to enjoy the run a bit.  Rain will always take getting used to. But like there comes that point where you are too wet to care.  And that’s when puddle jumping comes in.  And let me tell you: you will feel like a kid again.  Quite possibly one of the greatest feelings ever. That and muddy runs

Look at the sheer joy on their faces!

One of the not so greatest feelings ever? Running massive hills when you aren’t used to them.

OMFG hills. Like 90* incline hills.

Coutesy of GoogleImages

I know that picture is an exaggeration but just slightly.  I really would wager that, and I don’t really know anything about percent grades for hills, it was at least 60* to the horizontal. And let’s just say that there were more than one that I had to do.  I’d estimate that over the whole 9.2 miles about 5 of them were hills.  And that’s being conservative.

Hopefully I find the $$ to register for Boston whenever it opens up because these hills in my area are ri-donk-u-lous. Totally made my plans for a recovery run go wayyy out the window because there was no way a hilly mountainous 9.2 miles qualifies as recovery.  And they were done at an 8:40ish pace which for the terrain was flying!

I also was able to run by the river and explore a bit of the local park area.  Which was nice.  I’m sure it would have been nicer if there hadn’t been so much rain.

— Side note — where are all the hardcore runners in my area?! Sundays typically are long run days right? I think I saw TWO other runners out.  And it was in the early-ish morning too!

The rain totally ruined the whole sightseeing experience because I do live in a quaint little old city.  Some of the streets/sidewalks are bricks and all that jazz.

Something else to note: that ankle/shin/calf soreness I talked about last time? Totally cleared up after running on the roads for two days.  So my legs need to HTFU and get used to the pathway that will likely be my weekday runs!

It was also expected to downpour today/this morning (Monday) but the time I wanted to get out for my run (I left my apartment at 0545) I must have caught a break in the storm because it wasn’t raining.  The rain started up during the last mile or so of my good old standby route (gosh it feels good to be able to say I have a standby route!) but even then it was NOTHING like Sunday.  And again I didn’t see many runners out and about.

Which clearly and totally made me feel hardcore.  That and I was passing the peeps who were out left and right.  That felt damn good.  My overall pace was still iffy: my legs are still getting used to this whole running  earlier than I’m used to thing.  I still managed to eek out those 8.2 miles in about an 8:35 pace.

I had wanted to make these miles the recovery ones I should have done yesterday…and I guess I kind of did? The 8:30-8:45 pace range has settled into my typical easy pace and the path I’m running on now is really flat.  So long run, hills, recovery run? Sounds like someone needs to commit to a race sometime soon!

I’m also apparently an idiot and cannot read a schedule so my 0530 wake up call was for nothing.  I guess there are clinic hours this Monday (the schedule is definitely weird because only the fourth Monday of each month has clinic rather than every Monday) so I didn’t have to go in until 1100.  Bummer.  But I got to get some errands and to-do stuff done.  So it’s not terrible.  Still annoying though! Especially since I tend to not be able to make up sleeping hours elsewhere (ie through naps or oversleeping other days).

But enough! Hope everyone is having a great start to their week.  I think I am (I’m writing this post a few hours before it’ll go up so I can’t say with 100% accuracy haha) as I’m only in week two of my new “real” life and things are still exciting.  I’m sure it’ll be a stressful day too as the girl I’ve replaced is 100% gone so it’s 100% me today but I’m feeling confident that I’ll figure my way out 🙂

P.S. & Totally Random: As I sit here typing this (Monday morning before work) I am drinking a glass of milk out of a bud light glass.  Classy, no?

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Addendum: So I guess I forgot to post the above yesterday? Well I won’t write too much more but I figured I’d take advantage and write about my post on Tuesday morning.  This morning I actually knew what time I have to be at work and allowed myself t sleep in until 0745! Woot! My alarm was set for 0800 but I hate just laying in bed when I *know* I have to get up.

Especially, and I really don’t know what’s gotten into my brain lately as these tend to be REALLY rare occurrences, but I had another “wake up with a smile” dream.I can’t for the life of me remember what it was about but apparently it was good?

But get up I did.  And I ran my usual.  I’m starting to think that on Tuesday / Thursday (when I don’t have to go into clinic until noon or so) I might keep exploring the city as I tend to leave my apartment around 0800.  And that time feels safer than 0530.  Granted one must always be alert when running but there are more people and traffic out later so veering off the path might be nice.

Nothing too stellar about the run.  It was neither a slow nor fast 8.2.  Around an 8:43 pace. Okay so not “around” because I just calculated that 🙂

I got passed by some runners and passed others.  The rain and cool temps continued into today (after my run on Monday it poured all day) so it was quite humid out.  And by rain I mean mist.  So it wasn’t too bad. My brain wasn’t really into the run so it passed quickly despite the first two miles going so slowly.  Somewhere between miles 2 and 3 my legs found a rhythm and I went into autopilot.

And while my legs weren’t feeling the freshest ever I did manage to negative split the run by 1 minute and 1 second. Awesomeness.

Now I sit here doing some (application) work before going into (real) work.  And, like yesterday, I’m drinking my milk from a bud light glass.  Guess I’m starting a tradition here — oh the things you can do without batting an eye as a 23 year old haha 🙂

August 19, 2010

Legendary Top Dog

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Whew.  Hello again everyone. Going to try to make this quick as I have a long to-do list (comme d’habitude!) starting with a nice hot shower because the hot water was finally turned on!

I think it’s only been a day since I last posted but I’ve been crazy busy so it feels like it’s been a week!  The job has been the most crazy thing going on: I had to do the monthly report yesterday.  Ummm it was only my third day?! Talk about trial by fire! I’m glad everyone finds my job interesting though.  I think that once I get through this first month I’ll finally be settled?

Regardless, today is a day where there’s PM clinic (always on T/R) so I don’t have to go in until 1230/1300.  As much as the different times to go into and leave work is weird and will take time to get used to I think  I end up enjoying it? Again, it’ll take time to get settled.  But clinic (at least on Tuesday) was fun.  I get to hang out with the volunteer doctors and residents and nurses and other people who make the clinic run.  And I get to see some pretty cool patients (although I don’t think I can say much anything due to HIPPA) but suffice it to say that I’m having fun.  Crazy busy and stressed but fun.

I’ve also been really busy lately because I’m filling out an entirely new application for medical schools.  I had an epiphany recently which, while I’m totally still filling out the “common app” for medical schools, requires me to fill out a different system of applications.  All of which are due October 1st.  Now I’m not saying it’s NOT possible to do this task butttt it’s going to require me to put A LOT of work in.  But working hard = my life so I’m sure that I can get it done.  There just might be some tears of frustration here and there.  Of course whether or not I send in the applications depends on my MCAT scores so I hope I’m not doing all this work and extra stress for nothing! We’ll see.  I was WICKED productive last night on that front so I’m thinking that’s a good sign?

Every now and then I feel like my blog veers away from running and more towards STRESS.  Maybe I should rename it to Stressed-Out-Marathon-Maiden?!

So on to the running!

I still have yet to go actually explore more intense running routes rather than my standard 2X4.1 that I’ve been doing.  Mostly due to lack of time to explore.  I kind of like knowing exactly how far I’m going in advance and, since I am sans garmin, I need to map this stuff out.  Lack of time = lack of running routes.  Luckily I have a job that I will not have to bring home work with me so I can get out and explore / map this weekend. Which means that I’ve been running my 8.2 miles every day haha!

Wednesday obviously was 8.2 miles and it was at a creepy crawly pace.  Like the title of my last post suggests, I’m going to have an excuse: I didn’t get home from work until 2200 on Tuesday then had to be at work by 0800 on Wednesday.  Meaning a 0515 wake up.  Sure I can handle it but it’s tough to bang out quality miles under so little sleep.  I’m not saying I was running terribly slow (it was ~8:48 pace) but it just felt lethargic.   The humidity had cut down a bit, so it was more like 87% when I left.  I definitely was dripping with sweat when I got back to the apartment!

I got to sleep in a bit on Thursday.  Aka 0745 😀  It was one of those mornings when the covers just conform to your body and it’s the most comfortable thing everrrrr. And I think I was having a good dream too.  I guess I’m weird and can only remember bad/scary/disturbing dreams so I don’t know what this one was about but I woke up with a smile.  That’s a great way to start a day!

But after laying there for a bit I did get out of bed to hit the streets. And I’m glad I did.  The humidity was around 80% or so.  But the temp was 65*!! I definitely was working hard and sweating though.  But I don’t really mind sweating when I know it’s because of my effort and not because it’s so HHH (hazy hot and humid)

And I ran for

…wait for it….

8.2 miles. Legendary.

I’m not going to lie though: my legs felt like absolute crap.  But when I checked my watch at the halfway mark I was running at 8:40 pace.   While not rockstar pace, it was much faster than I anticipated.  Which put some pep in my step and I finished the whole run at 8:34 pace.  It’s funny how on days where the leg-os don’t feel their best is when I run my fastest.  Of course my legs might be feeling tired because I’m running fast.  But hey now I like thinking things are paradoxical.

Woot.  I even passed some really faster runners. Or at least runners that I’ve perceived to be faster during my whole 5 runs in my new locale.  This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Does that make me a bad person?!

Meaning: I want to still be top dog!  In my hometown I rarely saw another runner out.  And if I did they were old person and not a “serious” runner (I don’t know if that sounds harsh but I don’t mean it as a negative.  I’m just more focused than most of the runners back home).  This made me appear to be the best runner in the universe.  Simply because no one else runs.  Or rather no one else really races.

Here it’s definitely not the case.  Of course there are walkers and people who are out just for the hell of it but there are definitely people who are sporting the racing shirts and doing *workouts*. Of course I have been making eye contact with some of them and waving.  I even got a “hey now don’t lap me!” from one of the guys out running yesterday.  But it’s just weird to not be the only person in my area who runs.

I need to establish myself.  And fast 😉

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