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June 4, 2010

Well hello there…

I moved into my new apartment on Tuesday. As I mentioned before I am working on campus with a grant funded summer research grant. I am working 8-5 most day, working out, and then coming home and studying for the MCAT. I am not going to feel lazy this summer, that’s for sure : )

For the summer I have two roommates who are wonderful. They are both my sorority sisters. It will be nice to live in an apartment with them because they are both clean and so easy to get a long with. I am looking forward to getting to know them better throughout the summer.

I have been having a difficult time coming off of the half marathon training program through the use of the recovery program. After running a half marathon I figured that I would keep up the mileage and a similar vigor to the training program I used. However, with the recovery program I began to struggle with runs, which would have been easier before. After my next half marathon I will need to find a new strategy for keeping myself in shape.

So.. I am now planning to run the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon with my Dad on August 29. The half begins at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and ends at North Band Park. The official site for the half marathon explains the concept of the race:

“The ‘Spirit Of’ concept is about two things; the first is getting back to essence of ‘Racing.’ The second is about the ‘Spirit’ of the community that is hosting the event such as Columbus, Louisville and Pittsburgh.”

I am very excited to now have a half closer to the Columbus Half Marathon in October!

See you later:) Have a wonderful Friday!

Minor Set Backs

May 23, 2010

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous day.

Minor set backs seems to be the theme of today…

It is hard to believe that I have been preparing to take the MCAT since October 2009. The original test date I signed up for was April 10th, which was the pushed back to May 21st. So yesterday I took was supposed to take the MCAT. This past Monday I took a practice MCAT and I realized that my low scores were not going to magically improve over night. After a lot of thought and planning I made the difficult decision of once again changing my test date.

I have always been a diligent and hard working student. Studying has always allowed me to escape the world around me. I love the feeling of working hard and seeing it pay off when you ace an exam. So why wasn’t my MCAT score dramatically improving?

Throughout my studying experience for the MCAT I was constantly reminded by my Mom that the exam was NOT an obstacle and was actually an opportunity.  Each time she said this I verbally agreed but I didn’t take the lesson to heart.  I was viewing the MCAT as the only obstacle standing between me and medical school.

The MCAT is no longer an obstacle. I am excited for the challenge of this standardized exam. The key to not letting this minor set back change my attitude. Extra time is a blessing.

My new attitude!

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Hal Higdon’s Post Marathon training scheduled called for 45-60 minutes of running today.  This recovery program explains that the long runs should be thought of in minutes rather than miles.  The schedule calls for the runner to listen to his/her body and not to worry about speed or distance.

May 11th I finished my last exam and headed home for a few weeks before I start my summer research at the university. Being home has been wonderful and it has allowed me to run with my running buddy, my Dad, almost every day 🙂

We decided to mix things up today and run where we would meet when training for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon.

We didn’t decide that we were going to run out of town until noon and I hadn’t eaten since eight. As anyone could tell you in my family… a rumbling stomach means a grumpy Kate. To my surprise I wasn’t irritated during my run but I felt fatigued and tired. We planned to run around five miles but I had to stop running twice.  I didn’t feel discouraged but I felt my body was sluggish and awkward. The key was that I didn’t put the proper fuel in my body.

*Note this was not a good breakfast to have before my long run this week. I had a bowl of Original Puffins and a pear. Since I have been home I have been eating this wonderful cereal but I realized today that the lack of energy I have had lately could be linked to my breakfast food.  Looks like I need to plot out my nutrition plan. More on that tomorrow…

Puffins Cereal

Have a great rest of your day!

Ran, Run, Will Run

May 20, 2010

Hello! Welcome back.

So first things first… What’s my running background?

I have been running since sixth grade when I was convinced that cross-country was a good idea from my friends and parents. I continued to run cross-country and track through middle school and high school. I was certainly a fan of the endorphins that running provided me after I finished but I was often miserable during the run. Cross-country meets typically included tears and track was a high anxiety and stressful sport for me.

Throughout the past three years of college running has developed into an outlet for me. However, freshmen and sophomore year I ran because I wanted to avoid the infamous “freshmen fifteen.” I saw running as a calorie burner more than anything. Thanksgiving 2009 I ran with my Dad in a local 5K called the ‘Turkey Trot.’ I hadn’t been training but as soon as the gun went off my adrenaline kicked into high gear. To my surprise I actually ran the entire way without stopping. Let’s just say I was a tad bit proud of myself 😉

In February my Dad’s friend Monty (pictured below), his fellow co-worker and running buddy, suddenly passed away. This was a complete shock to everyone. My Dad and I decided to run a half marathon in his memory.

This is my Dad's close friend Monty.

We followed the Hal Hidgon’s Half Marathon Training Schedule.  With each passing week the miles added up. Running became enjoyable. It was wonderful to be able to spend time with my Dad. We were able to run together on Wednesdays and Saturdays and trained on our own for the other runs.  I can not even begin to explain how much that time meant to me.

Fast forward to Sunday, May 2, 2010. After 2:30:52 my Dad and I held hands and crossed the finished line together.  This was my first half marathon. I had this wonderful feeling of being part of something so much bigger than me. Each runner, walker, and individual in the crowd came to the race with a different purpose and goal. Our stories were all different but we all united together for that moment.

Dad and I after we finished the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon.

Needless to say… I’m hooked.  My current training schedule is the Hal Hidgon’s Half Marathon Recovery Program.  One day I will run a marathon but for now my goal is the Columbus Half Marathon in October.

Today has been a wonderful day thus far. I woke up this morning and went for a short 2 miles run and then I was off for a massage. It is bound to be a great day : )

Welcome

May 20, 2010

Welcome fellow bloggers to Conjunction Junction!

My name is Kate. Conjunction Junction is a life blog connecting my interests of health and wellness, running, medical doctor ambitions, and love of studying.  Conjunctions in grammar serve to connect words, phrases, clauses, or sentences. For the purpose of this blog a conjunction connects my interests to who I am as an individual. This blog will certainly be a work in progress as I leap into the blogging community. I wish to share my adventures with you as I reflect on lessons learned, present goals, and my dreams for the future.

I am a senior college student in my twenties venturing to be accepted into medical school. The next year is crowded with preparatory MCAT studying, medical school applications, and interviews.  The only way I will be able to succeed is to work diligently and to remember the importance of health and wellness and the use of running as an outlet.

Have a great night. See you tomorrow…