Showing posts from January, 2014

I'm not a miler

Last night was the annual Run Club mile! One mile is much shorter, and therefore much faster, than, say, anything I ever run. I do not like this. I will run this fast if being chased by angry/hungry things.

Despite eating a very late lunch (and so I felt like my lungs were on the verge of being punctured by partially digested CheezIts), I matched my mile PR (from two years ago) with a 5:49.

Go team!

Speaking of teams....I submitted my 2014 Saucony Hurricane application! Fingers crossed that they think this poor grad student in Indiana would be a great brand ambassador for Saucony (and that my passion for running came though in a text box worth of words). (PS - If you're a Saucony person reading this, PLEASE PICK ME. It would be better than Christmas and almost as good as graduation. Maybe on the same level as passing my prelim - but not as exciting as passing area exams because those really sucked and very few things are as pleasant as being done with those.)

Don't call it a comeback...

Yesterday, I ran in my first indoor track meet in about a year. The University of Indianapolis has a really cool indoor track - it's inside a giant pressurized balloon thing!

So I was signed up to run the 3K which isn't really my thing because it's less than a 5K, so that means FAST. Not mile fast (so no pukey feeling, and only a mild burning sensation in my arms by the end), but faster than, oh, a marathon or something.
Nichole had me enter at 11:40, almost 8 seconds faster than my (senior year of) college (and lifetime) PR. So a really old (5 years!) PR. And I'm training for a marathon! To say I was a little nervous would be an understatement.
I was so totally wrong! Luckily they split the 3K into two heats and I was in the slower heat. This was great because I had a pack of 9 other ladies to run with (and we were packed up through the first 2 or 3 laps). I had people to pass and girls to work off of and a fantastic friend (thanks D!) who sat through too many hours o…

Ever grateful, ever true, we are one Purdue

When you hear about things like shootings on a college or school campus, you never think that it will happen to your university.

"Shooting reported on campus."

Today, I was on lockdown in the second floor of the Mechanical Engineering building for over an hour because someone shot and killed a TA in the Electrical Engineering building next door.

My combustion professor had one of my classmates stand at the door to keep a watch out in the hallway. He kept teaching the class, but no one was really paying attention. I have never blatently texted in class before, but today was an exception.

My hands didn't stop shaking as I tried to take notes. It didn't help that I could hear a helicopter outside almost the entire time. (I'm pretty sure it was just the news chopper I saw when we finally left the building, but still...)

Two of my class (and lab) mates hunkered down in the OMEGA office with me to work on homework after our class was over. They were also nice enough to…

Early morning workouts

“There's always a story. It's all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” 
― Terry PratchettA Hat Full of Sky

I think Lambert looks the prettiest at 6am.

Lemonade or yellow snow?

So after dealing with on and off hip pain (for, what, 18 months now?) that was getting progressively worse (but just over the last 6...or 8...I swear!), I finally scheduled a doctor's appointment. After chastising me for waiting so long, he told me to go down to the PT office and schedule an appointment there. My first PT session was today!

I'm not as broken as I feared, I suppose. I have a very tight IT band and piriformis muscle, but just on my right side. My right side is only at about 50% strength (compared to 80% on the left side). The PT isn't totally sure what's up with my gimpy hip (see: JUST THE RIGHT SIDE HURTS?!??!), but I have some fun stretches and exercises to do, and another appointment in 4 weeks to see how I'm doing. (And I get to see Mr. Dr. again in 6 more weeks to make sure I'm not broken according to him, either. Whee.)

So after all that fun and excitement this morning, Hippy was a little sore when I started my run. Before I had even made i…

Dread is the Great Motivator

"Are you anxious? Do you feel naked fear? Use your fear as an inspiration. When you open your mail and see exorbitant bills you can't pay, get inspired. Don't panic. Fight. Are you sweating buckets? How auspicious. How inspiring. You need a little desperation to put color in your cheeks." - Daily Scoldings, for January 5

I feel like this is at least a slightly appropriate quote for a (quite late) New Year's post. As is my custom, let's see how I did in 2013:

My 2013 New Year's Resolutions/Goals:
Pass area exams and become a bona fide PhD student! Sha BAM! Done :)
Have my prelim defense DONE by the end of summer semester Sha (bigger) BAM! Done-zo :)
Run another marathon in less than 3 hours and 20 minutes Well, you can't win them all. I did run two more marathons in 2013 though.
Learn how to play the clarinet I can play Hot Cross Buns, does that count? HCB counts - win!
Run at least 3 miles every single day of 2013 Nope, but that's cool because I f…