By the numbers

Alternate title: The sort of crap you come up with after staring at your computer for an hour and failing to produce any ideas for intelligent blog posts.

(It’s teetering dangerously above “WHAT I’M LOVING NOW!” or “THE ABCs OF ME!” on the scale of blog cop-outs. I know. Sorry.)

Anyway. In descending order….

65: Degrees and sunny this week. I’m officially under springtime’s spell.

And I’m having fun exploring Atlanta in my running shoes. Yesterday, I headed downtown and putted around the Olympic Centennial Park, which isn’t all that big (about 3/4 mile around) but is very pretty. I’m a sucker for parks surrounded by tall buildings.

51: Miles logged last week.

I guess this was my peak week. That mileage number really should be higher and I really have no good excuse as to why it wasn’t. Fail. I don’t think a PR is in the cards for me next month.

On the bright side, I did have a good tempo on Wednesday and my long run on Saturday was pleasant enough…well, it was pleasant until mile 17ish, when it became decidedly less so.

I’m trying not to take that as an omen. When I’m running a marathon, I usually hit the crash-and-burn stage around 18/19. At CIM last December, I didn’t hit it until 23/24 and that made a huge difference in my overall performance. I credit last fall’s higher mileage for that. Mileage that I have NOT been logging this spring. Ugh.

8π√3: Correct answer to this one stupid math problem that had almost made me hurl BARRON’S NEW GRE against the wall last night.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’d like to continue my education at some point in the near future, and to do so, I’ll need to subject myself to humiliation at the hands of Educational Testing Service. So I’ve started “studying” (I use the term loosely) in an attempt to minimize the damage.

Awesome bonus: apparently they made the GRE harder last year. That’s what I get for slacking.

But I can now find the area of a quarter of a circle superimposed on an isosceles triangle. Super useful life skill, right there.

33: Pounds of cat under which I found myself buried when I hit the couch for a study break.

They’re not big boned, they’re just fat. (I wrote that on a Post-It Note and stuck it on their litter box, but someone took a crap on it and then buried it. Huh.)

18: Days until the Gansett Marathon! Yikes.

9: Miles I’m planning to run tonight, including some mile repeats. This is about as appealing as it sounds.

3: Bottles remaining in the six-pack of Sweetwater 420 I picked up on Monday.

This is the best my local grocery store can do, beer-wise, but I can’t complain too much! This American “West-Coast Style” Pale Ale is everywhere around here and it’s a decent little beer. With the descriptor, you’d expect something like a Sierra Nevada, but it’s nowhere near as big as that. Instead, it’s mild and very drinkable with mellow hops, strong carbonation, and a little citrus. 5.6% ABV.

Bottom line: Not the most exciting beer in the world, but enjoyable enough! (Purchased at Publix, $9/6)

1: Minute until I gnaw my arm off if I don’t stop with this useless blog post and make myself some lunch. Happy Wednesday!

13 responses to “By the numbers

  1. I hate ETS. The GRE used to be really easy so I guess that is why they made is harder. Sad. Hopefully I won’t have to ever take it. I really should have taken it right after graduation just in case.

    Yea I do find higher mileage helps a lot in a lot of regards, as do longer long runs. I have yet to run a marathon that I am totally happy with though…

    • Ugh, I know…I’ve been toying with the idea of grad school for a while and I’m annoyed at myself that I waited to take the GRE.

  2. I keep telling myself that the best part of Gansett is simply being there. I am going into uncharted territory with back-to-back marathons and really have no idea what is going to happen. I tend to crash around mile 18 too, although that didn’t happen at Shamrock. Progress? I hope so. Good luck with the rest of your training!

  3. Man, bythenumbers? Should we expect a photograph of oatmeal tomorrow morning?

    That said, I’ve been copping out entirely on posting, so I’ve got no room to talk.

    • Yes, tomorrow I’m going to post my revolutionary recipe for marinated oats soaked overnight in an empty sardine can. With cookie dough and pureed kale on top. GET EXCITED!

  4. I took the “easy” GRE a few years ago and I still had to relearn math for it. Like, all of math. The good news is, I ended up with a better math score than I’d ever gotten on any standardized test, including the time I took an SAT prep course specifically focused on math and ended up improving my verbal score. Good luck!

  5. Did I miss the part where you said what you’re planning to go to Grad School for? How exciting! (and annoying to study for a test haha).

  6. We need to solve your beer problem. Ale Yeah! in Decatur or Hop City in West Midtown. They are both worth the trip!

  7. Spring fever has hit our office HARD. Granted, this week is much cooler than last, but I’ll take the high 50’s/low 60’s we’ve been getting. It’s great running weather!

  8. I wish my kitty loved me that much.

  9. Mmmm, 420 – that’s another number for ya. Love Sweetwater.

    Oh, and I love kitty lovin’ too. Was that too much, “What I’m loving now”? 😉