Saturday!  Long run day!

Thanks to going to bed before 9:30pm last night and falling asleep immediately, my 5:00am wakeup call was no big deal!  It was still light out when I went to bed, but totally worth it to get up not feeling like a zombie.

I ran with the Saturday run group this morning for the third time, and the four of us covered 10 miles at an 8:30ish pace, and then I tacked on a 3-miles cooldown.  It was a nice morning for a run–not nearly as hot and humid as it’s been, so I left my hydration belt in the car.  My legs felt good for the whole run, including my nagging left butt/hamstring (even with hills!).

After the run, I hopped right in the shower and got ready for a canoe trip with Ryan and our friends Dan & Alicia.  The sky looked a little dreary and the weatherman called for showers later in the day, but we decided to chance it.

It started raining on our way there.

Here’s Ryan and I wishing the rain away in the parking lot.

Along with Ryan & me and Dan & Alicia (+ their energetic dog Penn), a family of 4 boarded for the 2-hour trip. We all bonded over not losing a canoe on the extra bumpy drive to the put-in (was our driver even 16?)

It rained (poured) a fair amount of the trip, but we had a blast!  Well except for Penn, who nervously paced and whimpered on Dan & Alicia’s canoe, and the little girl in the family of 4 who was clearly terrified.

Alicia and Dan’s canoe flipped maybe 5 minutes into the trip, thanks to Penn moving around and tree branches in the water.  It was a crazy few minutes.  Alicia clung to a tree limb for dear life amidst a racing current while everyone else chased their belongings..and Penn.  Ryan, Dan, Alicia, and the dad from the family were all in the water.  It was very exciting.

Us after the flip escapade.  Miss Safety is wearing her life jacket.

Two hours later and covered in creek water, rain, mud, and bug bites, we finished!  Our canoe, Alicia & Dan’s canoe, and the family’s canoe all safely returned, and the only casualty was the set of towels that were lost during The Great Flip.

Round of applause to Ryan for being an excellent canoe partner, singing Pocahontas with me, and doing 98% of the work.

Summer: hot coffee, iced coffee, or no coffee?
What’s the earliest acceptable bedtime?


Unrepresentative Bookshelves

Happy Friday!

After eating breakfast and catching up on some work, I took my workout to the park.


I didn’t want to straight-up run because I’m running long tomorrow, so I went 4 miles and did this set between each mile: 2 x (10 walking lunges/leg + 30 squats).  My legs were on fire!

There were a few other walkers, runners, and basketball players at the park, as well as a double-seated-side-by-side recumbent bicycle with a red & white striped umbrella on top!  I would love to be confident enough to not feel awkward squatting up and down while people walk by, but that just isn’t happening.  At least the fancy umbrella bike honked its horn and wished me a good day.

After the run/leg work, I successfully talked myself out of arms & abs and drove to the grocery store instead, just for this:


I’m putting together a bag o’ fun for one of my friends who is recovering from surgery, and I’ve realized that 90% of the books on my bookshelf are about:

  1. running
  2. psychology or happiness
  3. autism
  4. The Holocaust

How did that happen?  How do I have so many books about The Holocaust?  I promise I have a larger variety of books at my parents’ house.

Here is what I was able to scrounge up.  Note that 2 are still about The Holocaust.  And 1 is about happiness.

Have you ever played Spot It?
What subject(s) dominates your bookshelf?


Fueling my Potbelly sandwich obsession

Awesome early run this morning!  I had been skipping the 5:00am run by convincing myself that I’ll work out in the evening, which is a choice I regret every evening.  I’m definitely a morning runner; if it doesn’t happen before I take a shower, it probably won’t happen (or it will be super lame).

So 5:00am it is.

I actually woke up wanting to run, which was kind of weird; I blame the mental prep I did last night.  I went about 7 miles, with 5 miles or so at a 7:50ish tempo pace.  It was so humid that I couldn’t tell if it was sprinkling outside or if it was just sweat flinging from my face.  Either way, great run!

After the run and a full day of clinic, class, and work, the best part of the day happened: I walked home with Ryan, who suggested we go to Potbelly for dinner!  Excellent idea!


He is totally supporting my infatuation with this Mediterranean magic.  Seriously the best sandwich ever.

My legs were toast after this morning’s run and the strength workout I did yesterday afternoon, so I spent the rest of the evening reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (borrowed from Lauren) and watching Breakout with Ryan.  This time they escaped through the vent.

Here’s a park pic, just for fun.  I believe this was pre-“bug flew in my eye and fluttered around for a very long time”

Morning or evening running?
Orange juice, apple juice, or lemonade?

The workout that almost wasn’t

Plan 1: Get up at 5:00 am to run before school.
Reality 1: Sleep.

Plan 2: Go to body sculpt class with friends
Reality 2: Friends decide not to go.  Secretely rejoice and also decide not to go.

Plan 3: Run after school
Reality 3: Remember how hot it is.

Plan 4: Pool run in the evening
Reality 4: Drive to the rec center.  Forget towel.  Pool looks crowded.

In a last-ditch effort, I plugged away 50 minutes on the AMT and called it a day.

But I got a zucchini chocolate cupcake today, and it was delicious!

Pool Run

Ryan and I went pool running yesterday!

Pool running is a staple in my injury workout routine, and in the past it has kept me in good enough shape for a smooth transition back to land.  I’ll replace all or most of my runs with interval-based pool workouts, heal up, and then return to being a full-fledged land runner.  Really though, I think I should incorporate the occasional water running session into my normal training because it’s zero impact and a cardiovascular monster.  If you push yourself hard enough, it’s brutal and awesome.

If you’re new to pool running, this is the best pool running resource I’ve found.  It covers the basics and provides a 9 week water running schedule with intense workouts.

Per Ryan’s suggestion, we hit Purdue’s Aquatic Center after church on Sunday for his introduction to pool running.  We didn’t see David Boudia, but we pool ran under his diving board!

Ryan and I snatched two water belts and got to work:

Pool Running Workout:
5 minutes easy running
3 x (5 x 1:30 hard + :30 easy) with 2 easy minutes between the 3 sets
5 x :30 hard hard
5 minutes easy running

It was challenging!  Ryan and I hovered around opposite ends of the same lane and gave the occasional thumbs up during a recovery minute; I had on my game face and was huffing and puffing all over my end.

Pool running is kind of like a spinning class in that you get out of it what you put into it.  You’re the only one who knows how much resistance is on your bike or how hard you’re pushing your legs, so you can make it as challenging or as effortless as you want.  Ryan and I were both exhausted after the 40ish minute interval workout, and we agreed that pool running is underrated and should totally be part of every athlete’s workout regimen.

I don’t have any pictures from our water run fun, but I do have a picture of the legendary pinterest-inspired sandwiches we made later that day.  Broccoli ham grilled cheese.  Or “grown up grilled cheese,” according to Ryan.

Ohh yeah.

And here’s the strawberry shortcake Andrea made for our pediatric audiology class:

The class is four hours long and our professor loves sweets, so Andrea, Bre, Lauren, and I take turns bringing in treats.  We had the same professor for medical audiology in the spring semester, so this dessert tradition began in January.

Somehow I’ve lucked out and haven’t actually baked anything (I hate baking)–once I was home the weekend before and my mom made the cookies, once Ryan made the cookies (while hopping on ONE LEG because he was in a leg brace prepping for ACL surgery. I can’t believe I accepted the offer..), and class must have been cancelled the other times.

My turn is next week, so I’m already thinking about which box mix will taste the most homemade.

ALSO: Congrats to my dad on completing a Half Ironman in Syracuse yesterday!  And with a kick-butt time!

Favorite olympic sport to watch?
Funfetti? or yellow cake with chocolate frosting?

Group Run Numba 2 and Oz

Group long run again today!  There were 5 of us, and we covered 10  miles together.  It was HU-MID, and I didn’t bring any water.

My stubborn self does not like to carry water on runs and will do anything and everything possible to avoid the sloshing, slopping feeling of a water belt or bottle.
Strategies used to avoid carrying water (not advised):

  1. Circle around and around a “home base”
  2. Plan the run around a water fountain
  3. Thank my dad profusely when he offers to carry water for both of us
  4. Be thirsty

I chose #4 today and left a big water bottle in my car.  Anyway, the run pace was about 8:18, and I felt strong for all except the last half mile.

Some group runners went back out for 5 more (or 10 more!), but I stopped after our 10 mile loop and ran a few cooldown miles by myself after I got back to my apartment.  My cooldown traced along the river, and the path was pretty muddy in some spots and under water in other spots.  There was a terrifying 20-foot stretch where I slid down a muddy incline in an upright position–kind of like surfing on mud!  Somehow I managed not to faceplant into mud

Today’s total: 13.5 miles

Non-Running section:

Last night Ryan and I went to a free on-campus showing of Oz the Great and Powerful.  Earlier this year, we went to a free showing of The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Andrea and Alex, and the theatre was packed to max capacity, so I figured this movie would be the same.  Wrong.  There weren’t very many of us–there were like 15 of us–but we got to sit wherever we wanted!

The movie was okay but a little slow, and Ryan and I took turns asking each other if we were ready to go.  We ended up staying for the whole movie and agreed that the ending was the best part.  I’m glad we went, but I won’t be renting that one.

But more importantly, there was good company (Ryan) …and a good sandwich before the movie.  Potbelly’s Mediterranean sandwich is maybe the best sandwich ever.  I explained to Ryan that I seem to have developed a craving for this sandwich that is only satisfied by eating it…and it starts again immediately after I finish it.

Potbelly’s menu lists the calorie content next to each sandwich, and Ryan’s strategy is to get the highest calorie sandwich because it’s the best value.  This is a great approach if you are very active, very tall, and an economist!


Thursday: 5.5ish miles, easy @ 6pm

Friday: Circuit workout outside (1 hour):
5 x (run up hill, push ups + lunges, run down hill, squats + tri dips)

Saturday: 13.5 miles

Best sandwich ever?

Water strategy?

Farmer’s Market 5k

I ran a second Wednesday night 5k!

If you didn’t read about the previous one last Wednesday, it was HOT and on a lumpy bumpy dirt trail.  The race itself was far from fun and I almost didn’t make it past the finish line, but I was very happy that I ran it.

Fortunately, last night’s weather was much more comfortable (high 70s?), and the race was on pavement.  Actually, it went along the Circular Logic Marathon course!

It started at 6:30pm, and there were so many more people than expected (more people than bib numbers!)

Mile splits (I used my watch splits and the mile markers, so I’m going by the accuracy of the marker placements):
Mile 1: 7:07
Mile 2: 7:20
Mile 3: 7:16
5k: 22:28

I felt pretty comfortable and probably could have pushed it a little more, but that’s okay; I’m pleased with the run.

I ended up 4th female overall out of 60-something females, and the top 3 females were in my age group.  I recognized two of them, as well as several other runners from last week’s race, which was cool.  I think it’s awesome that there are so many little local, inexpensive 5ks around, and I love getting to know the running community!