Monday, April 28, 2014

Having A Panic Attack…Go For A Run!

My first graduate class is officially over! My final paper was due today at noon, so I spent all day yesterday working on it. I am not a procrastinator, but I very uncharacteristically left this paper until the last minute, which caused an actual panic attack around 9 am yesterday morning. I'm not sure if you've ever had a real panic attack, but they are awful.

So what do we do when we can't breathe and feel like the walls are caving in? Call our moms! And after that? Go for a run!

It was a beautiful day, and I immediately felt better just breathing in fresh air…

I ran the fastest I've ran in a long time. I guess I have the stress to thank for that. But I think Barre3 played a pivotal part as well. Strong hips/legs = fast running. My hips and IT band felt a-okay the entire time. I am so close to seeing that sub-9 minute mile pace again. 4 miles - average pace 9:09. 

Avg Pace

A while back, I mentioned that I registered for the Cap City Half Marathon on May 3rd. Well, in shocking to no one news, there's no way I'm running 13.1 miles this weekend. I was able to downgrade my entry to the quarter race, which is about 6.55 miles. I'm not even sure if that will happen, but I'm determined to have fun - maybe run 4-5 good miles and stroll the last mile to the margaritas I plan on having afterwards? We shall see, but I definitely won't be pushing myself to where I need to take lots of time to recover. No racing this weekend; just running. 

After my run, I continued my awful new habit of iced coffee after a workout. I say it's awful not because black coffee is bad for you - on the contrary, black coffee is basically a superfood - but because I don't need to be spending $2.50 everyday on coffee…

And then I had enough energy to write out my paper. I should have just had Stella write it for me. She seemed really interested...

I would have normally skipped family day to finish my paper, but it was my brother's last Sunday dinner with us for 2 months! I mentioned he's leaving us for the land down under until July. It recently hit me that I won't see his face for a while, and I am really sad about it. Thrilled for him; sad for me…

He requested as a last meal homemade paninis. My aunt has her own panini maker (of course she does - Martha Stewart has nothing on Maria!), so we had a field day. Grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, homemade pesto, sun dried tomatoes, banana peppers and tahini sauce from dinner the night before. Oh and my cousin made mac n cheese, cause why not...

I did miss out on Game of Thrones togetherness, so I watched it at home…while writing that paper. But everything is now submitted, so it's time for a nap…

When was the last time you were really stressed out?

Did you run this weekend? How far?

Have you ever had a panini? Love em or leave em? 


  1. cue homemade pesto daydreams and their accompanying drool.

    1. Yes - It was amazing! We should have another cooking night soon and attempt homemade pesto greatness.