Today’s Happy Note: I survived the first day of classes! Definitely something to celebrate.
Okay, so I’m going to go ahead and be straightforward about something: I have senioritis, and I have it bad. I want nothing to do with lectures or seminars or expensive textbooks or essays. I do not want to write response papers or sit still for two hours at a time. I’m just not good at it. I’m tired of it. But alas, I do want to graduate from college and have come to terms with the fact that I need to make it through this year. Some of my classes seem like they could potentially be interesting. Others seem downright snore-inducing, at best, and offensive to my sense of self at worst (case in point: I had a professor say to us today “This is my last year of teaching; I am retiring next year. Therefore I can say and do whatever I want and there are no consequences — I can teach you total bullshit if I want!”).
That pretty much sums up the day. Blah.
Marathon Training: I took advantage of yesterday’s rest day and did a lot of yoga and stretching. I took a class at Yoga Vida and the instructor showed me a few poses that help stretch out the back of the hip. They have been feeling great so far and I had no pain on today’s run! Today was speed work day. I did 2 miles GP (goal pace — 10:00 miles for me)/2 x 2 miles Tempo (about 9:00 miles for me)/3 miles GP. Same as last week. I felt a little bit stronger, especially on the second set of 2 miles. I might have been just under a 9:00 pace — I don’t have a watch so I don’t know precisely what my time is. To be honest I kind of like it that way. There is no pressure and I feel physically freer. I ended up with about 9.5 miles in about 95 minutes.
I was hangry today — like so hangry that I was ready to gnaw my arm off twenty minutes after every meal. I think there are two things going on here:
1. I did not eat enough Sunday after my 16-miler (or Monday, for that matter) and
2. My metabolism has officially entered what I like to call “Marathon-training-overdrive-mode.”
Hmmmm. At this point I am still in the noticing-and-not-judging phase. I think I have been doing a great job with healthy fats (I have incorporated things like avocados, plain nuts, flax meal, more oils like EVOO, etc.). I think that helps. I think eating more frequently also helps. It’s bothersome because gaining weight is the last thing I need right now.
I am feeling strong and fast though, so that’s a good thing. Higher mileage makes a hungrier Caronae, I suppose. One other thing I like to do is photograph everything I eat because it helps me keep track of how much I have had and not snack mindlessly.
Any other runners out there who know how to deal with that bottomless-pit feeling?
I realized yesterday that I have not shared an Adventure with you in weeks! I have been having small adventures here and there, but nothing blog-worthy. Until yesterday! USB happens to be an avid adventurer and explorer, which is wonderful. I love people who like to do things. He had a surprise adventure for me yesterday!
Can you guess?
It’s the US Open! Somehow USB’s friend had extra tickets to see Roger Federer’s fourth round match vs. Jurgen Melzer. I’ll be the first to admit that I do not follow traditional sporting events, but this was quite fun (although perhaps USB’s presence had something to do with that… :)). My dad is obsessed with Federer and always used to make me watch his matches on ESPN, so it was neat to see him play live. He was clearly very talented (although Melzer put up an admirable fight).
I love getting out and seeing the world, in whatever way that may be — travelling, exploring a new neighborhood in the city, or seeing a sporting event, in this case. I think that my adventuresome, open spirit is one of my favorite things about myself. If I hadn’t gone out for a run to the Union Square Park Farmer’s Market a few weekends ago I never would have met USB!
What is one of your most favorite things about yourself?
This was my first time really cooking in the new dorm kitchen. It is not an ideal kitchen, but it gets the job done, and this was pretty damn tasty. I sauteed a giant pile (as in it was the size of a tennis racket) of rainbow chard in EVOO, salt, and pepper. I then added in broccoli, yellow bell pepper, and yellow squash. I rinsed and drained some thawed TJ’s precooked shrimp and threw those in, along with a “sauce” of TJ’s spicy peanut vinaigrette and shredded coconut. I topped it all with avocado. The asian-inspired flavors here were amazing! I hardly ever measure anything, but the combinations were just right. It turned out sort of stew like, because the chard was half-frozen and released a lot of water. I didn’t mind though! I might try this same stir-fry combo again in the future with the goal of making a soup. It was the best homecooked meal I have had in quite some time, and the best part is that I made enough to have about four rounds of leftovers.
I won’t lie, I was a little bit proud of myself.
I am more than ready for bed! Goodnight.
Tell me how all of your days were — I feel like even if you didn’t start school or a new job or anything, today was sort of the beginning of fall. What’s new and exciting and autumnul in your life right now?