Saturday, December 15, 2007

3 degrees

Well, I've had a very busy week with classes ending, finals beginning, and 2 days of working. And only 5 days left till I'm basking in the warmth, sun, and pollution of central California. Yay! (really!). I went for a 7 mile run this morning, and the temp supposedly felt like 3 degrees- all I'll say is that my lips were numb, other than that I was very (overly) bundled up. I'm looking forward to running in the 50s -- only a bit longer. Well, I have two more finals to take, besides working on Monday, so I'm getting ready to head out of Wellesley, but I'll be back for wintersession and training. Hopefully I'll get a chance to write more once I'm home. Til then.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Snow has arrived to the Wellesley bubble, which means two, no, three things. First, it's freezing cold, literally freezing. Two, the ground is icy, which means I'm not going to risk running outside because of my being prone to fall over, which meant four miles on the treadmill today. And three, it means I'm thinking about nice, warm, sunny home in CA-- only 2.5 weeks left! yay! now back to my final projects....

Saturday, December 1, 2007

First group run

Let me just say how incredibly lucky I am to be a student at Wellesley College. Not only have I met an amazing alum training, too, but the CWS (Center for Work and Service) is reimbursing me for my transportation expenses, and group training happens to take place, of all places in the Boston area-- Wellesley.

Today temperatures were slated to feel like 13* at 8 am. I, of course, was excessively layered from head to toe (I really wanted to wear long wool socks, too, but I managed to resist). I took the Zipcar parked right next to the Science Center to the Wellesley Community Center. I wasn't sure exactly where this was located, only that it's near where Rt. 9 and Rt. 16 intersect. I happened to find it right before I would have packed it and have gotten completely lost (Wellesley roads don't allow for easy U-turns). The morning started with a long yet energy filled training talk by Coach Rick, about running form, gadgets, goals, etc. I'm really impressed with his dedication to the Team and his experience (30 something marathons... wow!). One of the assistant coaches is a sports psychologist, which is exactly the field I need to work on... so I can make it through mile 17! Then Colin, the owner of Marathon Sports, came to talk to us about shoes and gear- and about how we shouldn't overdress. whoops.

Now, the run itself... 2 hours later, was a bit hilarious. 60 or so people jogging out of the WCC into the streets of Wellesley- SUVs beware! (before the run we got a toned-down lecture of Wellesley townspeople's behavior, which was quite amusing). I ran with a really great girl from Providence College... all the way through the Ville to the College, which is about 2 miles from the Community Center, right along the actual marathon course. Afterwards, I met two other girls who go to BU (Boston University), and to both of our surprise, she also used to be a rower. So perhaps this is where ex-rowers end up, training for the Boston Marathon, and staying a bit warmer running rather than sitting in a boat on the icy Charles River.

Until my next run...