Sunday, May 29, 2011

Goodbye Freedom

The first thing I get to do as a doctor is spend the entire next 8 weeks studying 8-10 hours a day (including weekends) learning everything I was suppose to learn in law school in order to pass the doom known as the Bar Exam.  My degree means nothing without passing the Bar.  For those who do not know, the exam is offered twice a year (always in February and July) and covers 2 days of examination. 

With Rev 3 Portland off my schedule I'm kind of lost in my training.   Running has come to a standstill though I was able to slowly run a mile without pain the other day.  I was scared to go further.  Biking is still at a standstill since it's still cold and wet here in Oregon.  Yup, 45 and raining.  It's May 29th.   I did go on a 22 mile ride with TH on Saturday and we were lucky to avoid rain, though the roads were still wet from the downpours the night before and it was freezing.  I wore arm warmers and a jacket.  Swimming has continued but this shall also become interesting as my school gym membership expired come June 2nd as I am no longer a student.  

With lack of free time and any structured training, the future of this little bloggy-poo for the next 2 months will be up in the air.  I will return but for now, don't expect to see anything on a regular schedule.

Did you know that a law degree is one of the only (if not ONLY) professional doctorate degree that does not refer to its holders as "Doctor"?  The title "Esquire" has some interesting history of itself though I would hardly want to compare lawyers to knighthood.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Doctor of Jurisprudence

Ma and Pa

J.D., Esquire, Barrister...? I don't care because  I'm a law school graduate!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


After a rather successful 60 min indoor spin at the gym and some stretching, I attempted a light easy run jog with The Beagle.  I didn't have anything crazy planned, I just wanted to try an easy 3 miles.  I started out at a 10min/mi pace.  An easy, shuffle for me.  Everything felt fine.  At mile 1  my IT band acted up again and my knee started to hurt.  It hurt enough to where I had to stop and walk.  I've ran a half marathon and multiple 5 and 10k in triathlons through pain, fatigue, and aches.  This was too much.  I literally could not run.  I walked the silly mile back home and attempted a few jogging steps.  The pain returned.  At this rate I couldn't even do a measly 5K.  I'm so pissed.  all I can do it stretch and use the foam roller, which I think is helping because the foam roller hurts but gets better with use...

at this rate I'll be happy to do ANY triathlon this spring and Hood to Coast in the summer.  I should be grateful that I can bike without pain and still swim, though pushing off the wall hurts. *sigh*

Monday, May 16, 2011

Weekend Entertainment Disappointment

TH and I love to go see movies at the local independent theater and occasionally, we like to go see local plays.  On Saturday, TH suggested that we go see a local musical called "Kiss Me Kate". 

The musical is about a group of actors performing "The Taming of A Shrew".  The acting was okay.  The lead was sick and could not sing.  I'm not saying she was a bad singer, her cold just didn't let her sing.  Unfortunately, she attempted and it was embarrassing and awkward.  She is also a college friend of mine's mom.  I felt bad, but I felt that they should have done something differently when the lead has laryngitis.  Aside from the voice, the plot just sucked.  It dragged on and on.  TH and I both thought about leaving during intermission, but we felt bad.  We almost walked out a few times during the drawn out second half.  Overall, the music was bad too.   The songs were long and repetitive and BORING.  I don't think different actors would have made a difference, so I'm not blaming the poor showing on the actors.  When the show was finally over (Three LONG hours later) we walked out relieved to be going home. 

I think we'll stick to the independent movies.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Post Law School: week 2

This past week has been quite the wild ride.  Over the weekend I developed a sinus infection.  TH and I successfully did out Ride Around Clark County bike ride with some of his work buddies.  We opted for the 34 miler instead of the 68 since I was sick.  It down poured on us the last 10 miles but nothing to cry about. 

I planted my butt on the couch for the next two days letting all the snot drain from my face.  Monday I went swimming with my mommy and my ears ached so bad from all the pressure.  Tuesday I felt a tad better and decided to go for a run.  I scheduled 6 miles with The Beagle.  After 2.5 miles my right knees started to hurt like a bitch.  I walked the next half mile and tried to run again.  It hurt instantly.  I've had knee issues since I was 9 but this was different.  I wouldn't just run through the pain.  This girl f-ed up her IT band.  AAAAAAAARH.   I walked the rest of the way home and even Momma Bear asked me what took me so long.  I took the rest of the week off from working out because I was only getting sicker.  I started coughing a ton and so from Wednesday until Friday it was HGTV, OWN, and the Food Network with a few Real Housewives of New York thrown in.  Friday evening I made my way back to Poo-gene (that's Eugene for you foreigners) and hung out with my new roommates.  Last night My wonderful friend from high school (the amazing swimmer) told me to transfer my Rev3 registration to her.  What a lifesaver!  The IT Band issue really just sealed the deal for me.  This morning I rode my commuter bike to the gym and lifted a few weights then swam a 2300.  The swim actually was great and I think my body was happy to do something physical after taking nearly a week off.  I forgot how comfy the commuter bike is.  I have  Landrider guys.
Stolen, "borrowed" Dollar Tree basket is a nice touch.

 Yes, that's right the one from the infomercials.  I actually hate it.  It has an auto-shift thingy that really just sucks, but it was given to me for free so no complaints.  it is super comfy though with it's giant tires and padded seat.  It makes my road bike feel like a torture device.  I also forgot how slow it is compared to a road bike.  The rest of my weekend will be spent up in Corvallis with TH helping him guard his house.  His roommates dog ate (yup..ATE) his front door with he will be front door-less while it's getting fixed this weekend.  Can't wait to spend this last weekend with my AMAZING boyfriend until the craziness of BARBRI.  blah
After carrying my Mom's dog 2 miles during the Jule Run the other weekend.

The Beagle and His lover-Sharkie-toy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

If you were wanting to know:

I have an injured IT Band in my right leg, a wonky ankle on the left, sore shins all around, and a sinus infection to top it all off.  I see this as a sign from above.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Okay folks.  I've mentally checked out of doing the Rev3 70.3 this July. With my BarBri schedule and the weather, the jury is out.  I also developed a wonderful IT Band issue today during my run.  Are you kidding me?!



Basically, I don't want to waste the $230 I spent on registration.  Rev3 allows athletes to do this. According to the site, I have until June 1st to notify them in writing.

Current cost of registration is $250+$30ish in fees.

You can have mine for $200. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Post Law School: The morning after

The Beagle's pooped.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Weekend in Review

Saturday morning started with a beautiful partly cloudy, but sunny enough for a long run with ZG.  We ran 8 miles around the University of Portland and St. Johns area.  The run was flat and the temperature was perfect.  Low 50's. 

After our run, I drove down to meet TH for a fundraiser dinner for Rett Syndrome. 

What is Rett syndrome?
Rett Syndrome (RTT) is a unique neurodevelopmental disorder which begins to show its affects in infancy or early childhood. It is seen almost exclusively in females, although it can occur rarely in boys. It is found in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world.
I hadn't washed my hair for 5 days....errr

Through the dinner, silent auction, and other contributions, the family was able to donate $140,000 to the IREA.  How crazy is that.  Each dinner ticket was $100 so I guess that really adds up  This is extremely important since a cure for the syndrome is just a hair out of reach (They've already cured mice).  To learn more about Rett Syndrome you can check out their website HERE

Sunday started with my move back to Eugene for the summer.  TH and I then took advantage of the 70 degrees sunny weather and biked back up to Corvallis (47 miles).  We both got sunburned and we were wiped after facing the headwinds.  I made my way back to Eugene, unpacked and got settled. 

Today is my last day of class.  EVER.  (well, minus Bar Prep classes.) 

Did you have a productive weekend?  Any good training stories?  Stories about the weather?