Um. How is it already the end of October?! I’m back at home in Maryland for the next 5 weeks for my Family Med rotation, so I’ll be checking out my former running haunts!
Monday, 10/17: 52ish minutes (6 miles) around my old high school stomping grounds! We used to consider runs to Grace (I have no idea what company this is, but it’s about 7 miles round-trip) to be crazy long in high school. I started off a little closer than my high school, but it’s funny how the same routes can feel so different at different times of our lives! I remember thinking the run was so hilly as a high schooler, and now I look at it and it ain’t so bad!
Tuesday, 10/18: 17 mile ride through Clarksville, Dayton, and Glenelg-ish and partly on the IronGirl/Columbia Tri bike course. I’m surprised at how easily I forget how hilly home can be, but my legs fared well, and it was a fun ride despite it being super windy and cold!
When you're trying not to crash whilst taking a picture on your bike. #uncoordinated 💁🏻🚲😎 I forgot how much fun biking is, especially on these winding backroads! Got in a (c)hilly 17 miles this AM! ••• #medschool #medstudent #womeninmedicine #medschoolproblems #medschoollife #medschooldiaries #oisellevolée #capitalregionbirds #bikelife #bikestagram
Wednesday, 10/19: I signed up for a guest membership at my local gym (which is really a super gym that includes three different gyms within 15 minutes of my hizzouse and offers a million and one classes and access to, like, at least four indoor pools) for $85, and I’m fully planning on making that purchase worth my while for the next month or so that I am home! Was planning on doing 3-4 miles post-BodyStep class, but it kicked my butt! And I was 10 minutes late (was soooo happy when the instructor responded to my pathetic looks of “PLEASELETMEINPLEASE” as I passed the door with a nod; let it be known that the lady at the front desk was talking to the peeps in front of me for like 3 minutesas I was anxiously looking like I was late to class I was going to!), so I can’t even imagine how beat I would be if I had done the whole hour long workout! Especially loved the “Ex’s and Oh’s” running track. That alone was awesome enough to make me want to come back again! BodyStep is a little more hardcore than I’m used to as far as Step classes go: I’ve found they’re usually more cardio-focused, but this class was very strength/conditioning based! Meaning it was terribly hard yet awesome for me! :O
Thursday, 10/20: 39:41 (4.5 miles) felt like ten years. I don’t know what’s been up with my body, but running just hasn’t felt good in a long time. I wasn’t even really running that slowly! Maybe it’s just a weird “I’m at home meaning I’m basically on vacation” mindset that’s creeped into my schoolwork, too, but I can’t say I like it. Perhaps patience is what I need right now so I can be mentally and physically ready before I jumpstart training for Boston. Which is exciting yet terribly daunting at the same time right now.
Friday, 10/21: BodyPump at 5:45AM. Woof! I planned to leave for the FMEC conference after a full day of clinic, so I wanted to get my workout in early. BodyPump is intense for a non-lifter like me, but really good for someone who doesn’t like to come up with her own lifting workouts. Struggled through it, but hoping to go 2-3 times a week while I’m at home and see if some of that struggling gets easier as time goes on. 🙂
Saturday, 10/22: Woke up early before the conference began with the 7AM student discussion tables at breakfast to get my 5 miles in. In retrospect, running outside in the dark in areas I was not familiar with in that were also not very well lit was, perhaps, not the smartest move in the world. But it was still very pretty!
It was too dark this morning on my run to get a good shot along the river and beautiful bridges here in Pittsburgh! I love exploring new places by running, but it's scary when you're in a new place and it's not well lit! Finished up my 5 miles on the treadmill before a day of talks, discussions, and workshops at the FMEC! ••• #medschool #medstudent #womeninmedicine #medschoolproblems #medschoollife #medschooldiaries #oisellevolée #capitalregionbirds #womensrunningcommunity #runnerscommunity #runnershoutouts #instarunners #runshots #werunsocial #inspiringwomenrunners #ihavearunnersbody
Sunday, 10/23: After the conference concluded around noon, headed over to Schenley Park for a quick 3 mile pitstop. It was gorgeous! So many trails!