Archive for February, 2012
Hi, hi, hi. Who has a three-day weekend? While I’m not doing anything that qualifies as weekend (aka, relaxing) I don’t have classes tomorrow. But that also means the gym on campus doesn’t open ’til 11. Grrrr. And it means I have no social interaction except for when I call my mom about more cover letters she proofed. Oh and at the gym. There are people there. I digress… my life isn’t soooo lonely. Or I’m used to it. Graduate school is rather lonely for me.That was depressing… oops. That was not the intention. So let’s shift gears to talk about some gooood things. Hmmk? #1 Double digit run. This is the first double-digit run I’ve done since the half marathon I ran in November. It was slightly awesome. It wasn’t raining so I decided today was the day for 10 miles. Yup, yup, yup. I felt good but tired out by the end. That is my goal for long-runs. Feel good but exhausted when I’m done. Such a satisfying feeling. I say, “Em, you done good.” My legs are tired and my hip is sore (??? new pain???) so I’m going to monitor that. I’m not even sure what I thought about on this run. People wonder what I think about when running for over an hour. I should add that I am ALWAYS doing a million things… except for when I run. When I run I run, think and listen to music. I do know I saw TWO baby golden retrievers and I was thirsty. That last mile makes me happy. #2. Coffee dates. I met a friend for coffee this morning. She isn’t a runner and didn’t quite believe me that I had already run 10 miles by 10 am. No problem. She knows I’m a morning person and I love running… what else would she expect? We went to Forza Coffee Company. They just opened a new location near Green Lake in Seattle. Right by my house. I very much enjoyed my decaf Americano. Too late in the day for caf for me! I also enjoyed the company. #3. Blooming flowers. Yup the flowers are being planted in Seattle. It’s neat. This is random but the guy I rent from, who also lives above me, is being SOOOOO loud!!! He has hard wood flours to just him walking around is loud but why is he jumping around and throwing things at the floor??? WTF!!! He walks soooooooo loudly. I have to wear ear plugs every.single.night. Geeez I am looking forward to a new apt…. assuming I get a job sometime. Runners… what the heck do you think about on long runs?? It’s so funny how I never can remember… unless something is really on my mind. xoxo, Emily
I am back in Seattle. WOOO. Back to routines!! I’m exhausted to this is going to be a quickie!
#1. A running PR. So the PR is a cold PR. I ran 4 miles at 7 am before heading to the airport in Minneapolis. The air temp was 8 but the wind chill was -2. Yup it felt told. 4 miles is all I feel like I could do at those temps because I didn’t have anything over my face. The rest of my body was covered in several layers. I ran 4 miles when I got back in Seattle. It was 50 degrees when I ran this afternoon. So to sum it up: 4 miles at a feel like temp of -2 and 4 miles at 50 degrees. 8 miles total. Running in that cold is HARD! They were funny splits:
#2. Wool socks. So here’s the thing. I have Reynaud’s syndrome so my hands don’t exactly handle cold well. SO I wore two pairs of gloves plus WOOL SOCKS on my hands. Plus those heat wrap things marketed for sore muscles. Well guess what? Awesome hand warmers! I highly suggest this method of keeping hands warm if you ever find yourself wondering how to run in negative temps.
#3. Early arrivals. My delta flight was an hour early today!! The winds I guess where ‘awesome’ according to the pilot. We did have to wait a half hour for a gate, but hey that’s cool in my book. I got to do all my updates on my phone, something I’ve been meaning to do since for ever. Okay Delta, I don’t HATE you TODAY. Tomorrow I will resume my Delta hatred.
What’s the coldest you’ve run??? Like I said, that run this morning was the coldest run I’ve ever done. It wasn’t that bad at all!!
Greetings from the chilly tundra of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Unlike most years, there is no snow. But MAN I got some cold.
So back up to Monday. I wasn’t going to come home for my grandpa’s funeral (he died last Saturday) because it is midterms week and my professors were not loving the fact that I was going to miss last week. Oh but don’t worry, they were sorry for my loss. See, the thing is that I don’t grieve at funerals. I don’t really feel a connection to the funeral tradition or churches for that matter. I know I should feel like I should be at the funeral for my dad, mom, and aunts but I just didn’t feel like I needed to. I was home for my grandma’s funeral in June but I went for my grandpa. Plus flying last-minute is SO expensive and student loans don’t really cover it. Gah. But my dad called and told me I had to come home for the funeral. I didn’t argue of course. So I called Delta and they were being a-holes (have I mentioned I hate Delta?) and I ended up crying in the library on campus. Cool. Well, I book my tickets and tried to get my school stuff in order. This resulted in a breakdown in the bathroom and feeling so stressed out I was about dry-heaving. Great image. Basically one of my professors wants me to take an incomplete because I missed a group presentation. Super not great because that class is offered once a year and I’m supposed to graduate in one month. I also have to do a HUGE makeup assignment for another class. Awesome. Sigh.
So since Delta sucks a lot I had to fly into Minneapolis Tuesday night and can’t get a flight out until tomorrow. Okay. It sounds like I don’t love my family. I love my family more than anything but my grandpa is dead. Part of it is that my sister can’t come home from Peru so I had to represent the granddaughters. Maybe years from now when I have my Masters Degrees and an awesome job I’ll be happy I came home. Right now I want to cry because my professors are so hardcore. I feel like all this school stress prevented me from valuing the time with my family and celebrating my grandpa. I hate that.
While I was here, I went to a gym. I knew I needed to get destressed some how and being around my family was NOT going to destress me!!! But the gym doesn’t open early enough tomorrow so I’m going to try to run outside.
Who thinks I can run tomorrow?? 5 degrees is doable but with that windchill?? I have my winter running clothes and some one-time us heat things.
So I’ve found some thing that did make me happy during this week of crap.
1. The MPLS. I love Minneapolis. Yes it’s cold. But personally I find this dry cold MUCH better than the damp cold in Seattle. It’s not that bad the cold. And holy SUN!!! I do really like Minneapolis. So much culture!! So many neighborhoods and great food. And people here are so NICE!!! Growing up here I was spoiled with how nice people are. And by people I mean strangers. Waiting in line at the store it is totally normal to have conversations with fellow shoppers. I LOVE that.
2. The French Meadow Bakery. Since my birthday was on Sunday, I convinced my parents we should go out to eat. My parents like to go out to eat some they thought it was a great idea. We went to The French Meadow Bakery. Their bread is sold nationwide but they have a cafe here. And they serve dinner. It was AMAZING. I ate this:
REALLY good!!! If you are in Minneapolis go eat here. K?
3. CHICAGO MARATHON. YUP YUP. I’m running it. Oct 7. More on that one later : )
How was your week?? Any good stories to cheer a girl up?