Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crushing on Running. Also, I need travel help!

Run Crush
I am loving running. Every run isn't great, and some runs hurt my face because of the whole being below freezing thing, but I'm just loving running and training right now.

I may have tweeted something along these lines yesterday after a brief two miles around Central Park to round out the 2.5 I'd run at Finish Line for my training plan's called-for 4.5 miles.

Lately, even when the runs are kind of hurting for some reason (cold, pushing the pace, etc.), I just feel good. I think this may have to do with increasing my mileage so running feels less difficult. Whatever it is, I'm really enjoying this training cycle so far.

also enjoying coming home and warming up by snuggling with Mason
I've been really open about my goals, telling everyone who asks (and some who don't...) that I'm training for a sub-2:00 half. So whenever my ass feels attached to the couch, I just think to myself -- will the couch get you a sub-2:00? That gets me off the couch and then once I start running, I feel great.

it also helps when I can come back from speed work and eat this. well, half of this.
stupid boyfriend wanting dinner. sheesh.

I'm sure there will be plenty of downs to come since there are still quite a few weeks left in this training cycle, but right now I'm just enjoying my runs and the increased mileage that I'd thought would be so tough. It's kind of a surprise, honestly, but I think it helps that I always feel so encouraged and inspired by the running community on Twitter and in real life.

Basically, I'm crushing on running. Real hard. We're close to Valentine's Day, and despite my feelings about that particular holiday, it's the perfect time for a crush. Right?

So about that credit card charge yesterday...
Thanks so much for the concern yesterday about that $4,000 charge! I was able to have it credited back to my card and then billed to my firm relatively quickly, so no harm no foul. It was just a lot of money to be worried about on a Wednesday morning! (Thursday mornings, of course, I could care less about $4,000. Obviously.)

In case you're curious, (you probably aren't but oh well) here's how law school works for those who have jobs lined up at NYC corporate law firms for post-graduation. I'll graduate in mid-May and have about 10 days before my bar review course starts.

Then, I'll spend June and July studying for the bar exams, and the bar review class and homework take up 8-10 hours a day.

this will be me from June through July.
I'd pretend I'd be better dressed , but let's be honest... no. I won't be.
The bar is a two-day exam, 6 hours each day, where you're tested on both New York State laws and multi-state laws. I'll be taking that the last week of July and then I'll have roughly 6 weeks off before I start working at my firm!

 And that, ladies and gents, is my next 8 months in a nutshell.

I need help! Have you been to Montreal or Quebec?

During that 10 day break after I graduate law school and before my bar review course starts, I'm going to be taking a road trip with my parents up to Montreal and Quebec. I've been to Montreal before (it was Sourabh and my first min vacation together), but never Quebec.

If you've been to either city, I would LOVE to get your recommendations! Where should we eat? Where can I run? What should we see?

If you're training for something, are you enjoying your training? Do you have travel tips for me? Help!


  1. Isn't it the best when your workouts go well? I've had some pleasantly tough (is that a thing?) workouts this week, and it feels so good when you rise to the challenge.

    I've actually been to both Quebec and Montreal! I took French in high school, and the department organized a trip every year. Anyway, I'll have to do some digging and look at my pictures and see where we went. Both cities were so much fun, but I don't remember the names of any good restaurants or anything offhand. :)

    1. Thanks, Carrie!! And yes, pleasantly tough is DEFINITELY a thing, at least to me ;)

  2. I think it'll be nice to have a get-away right before your crazy few months :) I don't have much advice, but make sure you write down what you're packing! I travel for work and it helps so much. I'm training for a half in May, but this week I hardly ran because I pulled those muscles during my soccer game. Hoping this weekend to get at least a 10K in. Trying to beat my time from the fall for the half!

    1. Yes, I'm really looking forward to it! I've written packing lists before when I'm going on vacation and it's SUCH a huge help. I rarely forget things when I've made a list in advance and checked things off.

      Hope your muscles are better and you can kick ass in the 10K!!

  3. I'm having a love affair with running as well! I was kind of getting over the monotony of doing the same-ish workouts for the marathon but this week getting intervals/hills/tempos back in the mix consistently...ohhh pure joy! Even the tough ones are great. Every time I am tired I just think to myself how important my goals are and I get right moving.

    And now I want to make pizza tonight that looks delish!

  4. I do not think you could go wrong with either. I was in Montreal on an overnight for Rugby and loooooved it. Awesome city - so much great food and nitelife