Thinking Out Loud

Thank you to Amanda over at Running With Spoons for providing us bloggers with a reason to rant about whatever on Thursdays; this is my type of blogging! Head on over to her page to check out what other bloggers are thinking about.

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1. I went to my second Nats game of the season last night!

And holy WIND! It was sooooo windy which made it so cold – not a perfect night for weather but it was definitely a great time. I wasn’t drinking because I made the decision last week I was going to hold off on alcohol until after my race. But my classmates enjoyed more than their fair share of beers and everyone had a great time! (Including sober me!) I also have a lot to do today and wanted to be functional this morning. I’m excited for more games this summer (that are warmer) and we even chatted about heading up to Baltimore for a few O’s games – since I’m more of an O’s girl than Nats. I don’t follow baseball all that much but I love the atmosphere of ballparks!

2. I’m officially addicted to coffee. It’s gotten to the point in the semester where I literally have so much to do I don’t know what to start with. So I just drink coffee and dive in to whatever I have to do. I wake up with headaches if I don’t have coffee by like 8 am, which is not good, but I won’t be weaning myself off until after finals unfortunately. So I’ll just continue to feed the beast. I’m a little nervous because I wasn’t planning on drinking coffee before my race Saturday, but I may have to get caffeine in me through a Crystal Light packet or something to ease the effects of withdrawal. 

3. I got my hours from my clinic that I will be at this summer and I’m pretty excited. I’m the type of person that would absolutely rather go in early and get off earlier than sleep in a bit and get off later. So I was pumped to find out that my clinic instructor’s hours were 7-3 most days of the week. Mondays she works 11-7 which is a little weird, but I can deal with that one day a week. I’m really excited to get in there and get my hands on patients. We had a meeting with some third years yesterday and they chatted to us about their experiences so far in clinic and form what I hear, we will get comfortable fairly quicker than we would expect. 

4. We had a game on Tuesday night that was cut short due to lots of lightning. But I snapped a few cool pics of the sky that was looking might threatening throughout the first half. 

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5. I totally forgot I have game tonight until just now. So now I really need to get started on this paper and get everything read. Ah!

6. My race is in two days. TWO DAYS! I think I’m definitely ready for it; but I’m also very ready to get it over with. As much as I love running and as much as I know I want to push my body this race and go for a PR, I have so much going on these next two weeks and I’m looking forward to a training break and being able to focus on finishing this semester strong. Obviously, I will have a full race recap for you guys sometime next week.

7. Race day outfit: 

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So far this is what I’m going with. I’m still keeping an eye on the weather and I might need to bring a throw-away long sleeve shirt if it’s chilly in the morning, which I’m assuming it will be since we will be a few hundred yards from the beach at the start and finish of the race. I have my trusty Mizunos, my pink 2XU Compression socks, my new Nike tempo shorts that I treated myself to (black with orange and turquoise), and a turquoise Under Armour shirt. (And unpictured compression shorts under the shorts because, chaffing.) I’m still going back and forth on the shirt because I’ve never run in it – only ever worn it casually. But it matches perfectly so I got a little excited. I had been on the lookout for an obnoxiously bright headband from TJ Maxx or Marshalls but haven’t been able to find one yet and will probably end up just going with one that I have. Runners love neon, I am no different. 

8. I have so many books on my to-read list and it continues to grow when I see any recommendations from other bloggers. And I can’t wait for this semester to be over so I can dive nose first in to every book I can get my hands on. #booknerd

9. My allergies are out the wazoo right now and it is not fun. Bring me warm weather, but I can really do without the allergies. I guess I should probably go see that ENT about my deviated septum or else I’ll definitely be getting a sinus infection within the month. 

10. Like any other runner/racer/athlete, I always am looking for the next thing to train for. Right now, I know that I can’t wait to take a little break after this race, but I know within a month or two I will be itching for something else to train for. I had thought about a sprint tri before, and after seeing one of my best friends chat about this yesterday, it definitely went up to the top of my to-do list. I’m not sure how much swimming my shoulder could handle, so that would be the only issue with doing the Sprint vs Olympic length. But knowing that Chelsea is thinking of doing one too definitely helps motivate me to put more thought in to it!

I don’t really have much else on my mind except needing to finish this paper today and pack everything for my race Saturday. So I’m going to go do that. Sorry for the randomness of this post, but that’s what Thursdays are for! 

Have a great weekend and think of me on Saturday morning as I go for a PR in my third half! Full race recap will be coming at ya on Monday :)

Pardon My French…

But this is how I feel this week, and next week, and the week after that until the 7th….

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On my to do list right now:

- Present a group project today in class based on a paper I just submitted this morning

- Start and finish another paper for Acute care on treatment for a man who had a heart attack by Friday

- Perform a practical in Modalities on Wednesday in which I have no clue what I’m doing…

(- Lacrosse games Tuesday and Thursday this week)

- Run a half marathon (and crush it!) on Saturday

- Meet up with a classmate Sunday to pound through our last assignment for one class

- Final Practical for Modalities next Wednesday

- Last Acute Care written test next Friday before finals

- Monday the 5th – Acute Care FINAL EXAM & Final presentation for Older Adult class

- Tuesday the 6th – Acute Care FINAL PRACTICAL

- Wednesday the 7th – Modalities FINAL WRITTEN

- Wednesday after my final: get white girl wasted with my classmates and celebrate being 2/3 DONE PT SCHOOL!

- Friday the 9th – Pinning Ceremony :)

Phew. So, if I’m MIA for the next few weeks, now you know why! But I am so close to summer and starting my first full time clinical this summer and that’s keeping me going for sure. Talk to y’all later!

 

Calm Before the Superstorm

Instead of being super productive over this Easter break like I had hoped – I enjoyed a little break before things get super crazy around here. I did manage to finish one of my papers and get a good amount done on the other one – but I haven’t started studying like I should be for these finals that are creeping up. Anyways, enough small talk. Let’s get to the brunt of this post which is, as always on Mondays, a weekend recap. I actually don’t have classes today either, but I’m taking full advantage of that and spending it in the library.

Let’s see, I left off on Wednesday? Right. So Thursday I went to the Nats game with Chelsea and a bunch of her friends that I’ve met numerous times! It was super last minute but definitely a good time – despite the cold!

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Friday started with my last physical therapy appointment for my shoulder. I had been wanting to be discharged for awhile but they wanted to make sure I had the exercises down. My shoulder isn’t 100% percent and I still can’t really lift upper body which was my goal – but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to pop out all the time anymore, so I would call that a success. After my appointment I went to visit a few friends and their baby girl again. Always great seeing them – and delivering precious headbands with the dad’s high school football team logo on it! Love it.

Friday night called for dinner with two of my best girlfriends – Hana and Chelsea! We went to Chef Geoff’s in DC then walked around and snapped a few pics at the White House and Washington Monument. I definitely take advantage of the fact that we live so close to this incredible city – I don’t go there enough!

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Such a perfect night with these ladies! Great dinner, great conversation and a solid walk around DC afterwards!

Saturday started with a 7 mile tempo run! It started as a regular run – then I felt so great and realized I was hitting negative splits almost every mile so I just stepped it up and pushed myself and BOOM… 9:47 average pace for 7 miles. Definitely one of my fastest times for that distance. I’m seriously feeling a PR next week guys! Speaking of my race… I always treat myself to a new pair of Nike tempo shorts as a “Congrats for not dying during training/the race.” So I went and got a pair! I had a 25% coupon and you know I love me some coupons and sales so I took advantage!

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Already planning my race day outfit to coordinate with them :) haha.

The rest of Saturday was spent working on my paper, running errands and finished with dinner at my sister’s house.

Easter Sunday is always one of my favorites. We go to a family friends house every year for a huge get together around brunch time and I eat entirely too much food. Seriously, though. I haven’t eaten that much food in a very long time. Baked french toast, veggie pizza, veggies and dip, fruit salad, brisket, ham, rolls, casseroles. OMG. I didn’t get a picture of the spread ( a lot of it I couldn’t eat because, cheese :( ) but it was a lot. There are usually anywhere from 7-10 families that come plus friends, so the spread is always large. Then there was an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos…

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And I spent plenty of time with this man… Love him!

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After brunch I went on a long walk with my Mom to enjoy the beautiful weather and help me feel less chubby after the amount that I ate. Then I ate more. My mom for dinner made ham, lamb, asparagus, sweet potatoes, green beans, regular potatoes, and rolls. And again, I ate my body weight of food. Then finished it off with carrot cake. I have a problem – I don’t know how to say no to delicious food!

Overall it was a great weekend! As mentioned earlier, I’m not in class today but I’ll be going on a run, getting work done in the library and eventually heading to practice. Happy Monday!

How was your Easter weekend?

I am…

Do you ever sometimes just stop and think about your life and where you are today? And all the events that led to where you are? And how if any one of them were different, you could be in a totally different place than you are right now. 

I had one of these moments last night. Yes, at 11 PM and I could not fall asleep for the life of me. So I thought it would make a great post this chilly, April morning. (Ummm, spring, where did you go?)

I am a daughter. To two of the most supportive parents a girl could ask for. We don’t get along all the time, we butt heads more than we should, but I would be no where without them supporting me in every decision I choose to make. My mom is my go to for most of my concerns now-a-days; it didn’t always be that way, but when you grow up you tend to gravitate back to who was there in the beginning. And I still remember in college when I debated quitting the soccer team because I didn’t get along with the coach, I got an email from my dad expressing how proud he is of me no matter what decision I make. I wish I had kept that email. 

I am a sister. To the two people I looked up to most growing up, being the youngest. As we’ve grown older, our bond has become tighter and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Being 7 years apart from my sister is awkward when you’re younger, but now I hardly notice the difference. My brother paved the way for me in high school so that when I entered, I was immediately known as “Little (enter last name here)”. I am thankful I have them to turn to no matter what. 

I am an aunt. To two of the most incredible, loving, intelligent, amazing little boys in the world. And I am blessed to have another nephew or niece on the way. My world definitely changed when C-dog came in to the world. And it only became brighter when S came along three years later. I can only imagine the love I’m going to feel for number three in October.

I am a student. And I will have a clinical doctorate degree in a little over a year. It’s incredible the emotion this program has drawn from me. It’s pushed me to my limits, caused me to break, shown me what I am capable of, and proved to myself and other that when you put your mind to something, you can succeed. 

I am an athlete. Whether I am still apart of a team or not, I will always consider myself an athlete. From first putting on a pair of cleats at the age of 5, to officially hanging them up competitively at the age of 22; I will always be an athlete. It’s in my blood, it’s in my heart, it will always be my passion. 

I am a friend. And I think I’m a pretty good one at that. My friends all live far away from me. My closest friends live about 40 minutes away from me. With some of my farthest friends being up to a five hour drive. I’m thankful that I’ve remained so close with three of my best girl friends from high school; never forget where you came from. And I would also be absolutely no where without my college friends and teammates. They are my family.

I am a runner. I don’t consider myself to be a competitive hard core runner. But I run. And next week will be my third half marathon. Running has kept my going in my toughest times. I am thankful that I am able to run, and it is something that I will never take advantage of. 

I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love. And I believe in it to the fullest. I don’t think any relationship should be a mediocre one. It should be full of passion and respect and trust and love and communication. If it’s not, its not worth it. And you should respect yourself enough to walk away and let love find you. I’ve had a hard time with this lately, but I respect myself too much to settle for anything less than what I deserve. And you’re damn right I believe this: I deserve the world. 

I am needy. I enjoy attention, a lot. And when I get attention, I latch on to it and want more of it. In relationships, I’ve found that I appreciate the other person more when they make more of an effort. I don’t like initiating interaction, but I also feel the need to know everything that is going on. I wouldn’t consider myself high maintenance, I just know what I want and deserve. 

I am determined. To accomplish what I was put on this Earth to do. Because I know He has a plan for me, I just haven’t figured out that plan just yet. But I have faith that things will work out how they are supposed to.

I am a little OCD. I need order. I need schedules. I need to know what is happening when. I have trouble when I don’t know what’s going on or what the plans are. I get serious anxiety when I don’t have a plan or I have to “wing it”. I’m working on it.

Just because I may not show you or express all of my thoughts and feelings doesn't mean I don't have any. It only means you are not special enough for me to show you.

There are so many other things I could put up on here. But class is about to start. So I have to pay attention now. This is a super random post but thought it was a good topic for today. Happy Hump Day people! It’s my Friday – thanks to attending a private Catholic school, we get an Easter break. I may or may not pop back in this week!

Tuesday Tunes – Playlist Edition

Before starting today’s post I want to take a second to remember the horrific tragedy that occurred a year ago today at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Today, and every day, we as runners remember that day as to when the running community came together, running towards danger to help out a fellow runner/family member/crowd member. Thank you to the first responders, the strangers helping strangers, and the law enforcement community for tracking down the culprit. 

Hey friends! How is everyone’s day going? I am just waiting to get through tomorrow, then I have a mini break! Unfortunately it’s going to be filled with catching up on work and studying, but a 5 day weekend is better than a 2 day weekend any time. So I thought that I would do something a little different today with Tuesday Tunes. Usually I just share a song or two that I’m loving lately, but since my race is coming up I thought I would share my half marathon playlist! I am still in the process of adding and dropping some songs since it’s still a week and a half away, but overall these are the songs that have been keeping me going on these long runs.

Pitbull – Wild Wild Love

Tiesto – Red Lights

Dan + Shay – Show You Off

Luke Bryan – Play it Again

Timeflies – All the Way

Krewella – Live for the Night

Travis Porter – Bring it Back (Spring Break ’11 reminder and makes me want to dance)

Nikki Williams – Glowing

Timeflies – Fall

Timeflies – Swoon

Justin Timberlake – Take Back the Night

Ellie Goulding – Burn

Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World

Martin Garrix – Animals

Sammy Adams – All Night Longer

SoMo – Ride

Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight

Ellie Goulding – Goodness Gracious Remix

Aloe Blacc – The Man

MKTO – Classic

Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart

Timeflies – Worth It

Cash Cash – Take Me Home

Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

Major Lazer – Original Don

Macklemore – Can’t Hold Us

Avicii – I Could Be The One

All of Me – John Legend (Tiesto Remix)

5 Seconds of Summer – She’s So Perfect

I still need at least 7 more songs or 5 long ones because I definitely do not run as fast as this playlist would be up, haha. So if you have any suggestions, please please please share! Tell me what songs keep you going on long runs or on days that you just don’t want to work out. As you can see, I like a wide variety of music. Some of these songs are ones that I just really like, not necessarily pump worthy but definitely keep me going.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Tax Day!

Pocket Full of Sunshine

Hellloooo readers! (The few of you that actually read this that is..)

I don’t know how the weather is where you are but it was AMAZING here this weekend. Friday night was a little rainy and overcast at night, but gorgeous during the day. Saturday and Sunday had highs in the 70s to 80 degrees! Ahhh I love it. So let’s jump in to my recap of the weekend.

Friday

After class I headed straight home to eat something and get ready for our lax games. That took up the rest of the night and I was in bed by 8:45. It wasn’t a pretty game; we played a very good team and it was pouring off and on throughout the varsity game. And I was a wreck, for other reasons. So I was more than happy to get home and pass out hard.

Saturday

Saturday started with a 7am wake up call. I ate what I plan to eat on race day, waited about 45 minutes to an hour, then took off on my last long run before the half-12 miles! I have never tapered before. I don’t know why, but whatever plans I followed the last two races I trained for didn’t call for a taper week. They also only called for 11 miles as the longest run. So I decided to give this a shot. I’m a little nervous just because it’s new to me but it seems to work for others so I figured it won’t hurt too much.

I ran my normal long route backwards which was I think a better decision – less up hill battles. I had my sports beans with me and ate one every 2 miles about which seems to work best. Miles 5-7 were run around a large park that has numerous soccer fields, baseball fields, etc. Luckily, they also have bathrooms and water fountains so I was ecstatic when I figured out I could jog past them and grab a quick drink. It was my first time running to the park and through it and it was beautiful. Of course, I failed to snap any pictures – blogging fail. Our head coach held a practice this morning so I kept an eye on the time during my run to see if I would be able to run by while they were all still there. At mile 10 I made it to my high school and stopped in to grab some water from the girls and stretch.

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They were amazed at my 10 miles and baffled that I still was going to run more. Things like that make me smile and make me amazed that I can push my body this hard. After about 5-10 minutes, I trekked home for the last 2 miles. It was overall a great run and I kept a steady pace throughout. Unfortunately, I forgot to pause my running app when I stopped so my mile 11 was at a 19 minute mile pace – fail again. So my overall pace was totally thrown off. But I was maintaining about a 10:20-10:30 the previous 10.

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The rest of the day was spent napping, relaxing, and recovering. Until after dinner when I headed out with classmates!

Two guys in my class decided to celebrate their birthdays together at a bar in DC. They got drink deals for us all when we mentioned their name at the door, pretty sweet deal! It turned out to be a great night; so much dancing and laughing and lots of drinking. At one point, one of the guy’s friends bought about 4 rounds of fireball shots for about 15 people and I ended up being one of those people – every.single.time. I’m not one to turn down a free shot, but that may not have been the best decision ever to take all of those, haha. I actually felt great Sunday morning considering how much I drank. I had such an awesome time though being with my classmates. It’s hard for me to make it out with them sometimes because of how far away I live but it never fails to be a great time.

Sunday

Once I made it back home, I knew I needed to be super productive. Finals are creeping up on me and I have a few assignments I need to finish before that. So this week I need to knock out a lot of that busy work and tighten up before sh*t hits the fan and I’m super stressed out with finals.

So I did laundry, cleaned my room and got started on some work! I didn’t get nearly as much done as I was hoping because I was so exhausted, but I at least started on some things. I went out to try and find a new pair of running shorts but failed. Since my first half, I always treat myself to a new pair of Nike tempo shorts before the race. I am on the hunt for a pair now but am cheap so I want to find them on sale. It’s proving difficult so I may just need to bite the bullet and get some full price! Check out these Nike tanks I spotted – I love these tanks with sayings on them!

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Sunday ended with dinner at my brother and his girlfriend’s new apartment! I got to sit at the kids table with this little man since there weren’t enough seats at the table. His older, too-cool-to-say-cheese brother was too busy on his iPad to smile for the camera.

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They invited us all over for fajitas and it was a great little get together. I ate way too many brownies for dessert while we played a few rounds of Scattegories. I had a very hilarious, very inappropriate response that I was pretty darn proud of – but none of my family was as amused as I was. Letter O – Thing you can do in less than 5 minutes. I’ll let you all fill in the blanks. Hahaha.

Overall it was a great weekend! A great mix of fun, relaxation, and working out. Have a happy Monday y’all!

Lets Be a Tourist

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day out and I am so happy that I made it out to DC. I had never been down to the Cherry Blossoms when they were in bloom because I am an awful local. So when I saw that it was going to be a beautiful day (about 75 degrees) and I had the day off, I wanted to take full advantage. I contacted my classmate who is training for the Nike Half and she was more than game to take the metro down to the Tidal Basin.

I don’t really have much else to share today so I’m just going to dump my photos on you.

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On top of the Jefferson Memorial steps!

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FDR Memorial

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It was a gorgeous day and we ended up doing just about 5 miles! That was way more than I was anticipating but it was a great run! It was super slow because there were people everywhere and I kept stopping to take pictures and be a tourist :)

Yesterday was also National Sibling Day so I put together this little montage of my sibs.

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Thankful to be the baby in the family with these two supporting me and looking over me. Definitely blessed beyond belief.

Last night we had a tough lax game against one of our biggest rivals. Varsity lost by 1 so that’s always a rough way to go down. Tonight we have another game against a very good team so it should be interesting.

Tomorrow I’m planning on a 12 mile run – my last long run before I begin to taper. My half is officially 15 days away! I’m definitely starting to get a little nervous but I know I will do just fine. I’ve been hydrating and plan on bringing food with me tonight because last week I hadn’t eaten a full dinner the night before and my run was a huge struggle. Fingers crossed for a solid last long run!

Have a good weekend everyone!