This schedule is both awesome and terrible. It's awesome because I can sleep in and there are an abundance of parking spots on campus when I get there. It's terrible because it has screwed up my sleeping schedule.
This summer, while on co-op, I was usually asleep before 10pm and up at 5:30am. Right after co-op, I had the busiest August of my life and wasn't able to catch much sleep. With my classes beginning so late this semester, I have definitely been taking advantage of sleeping in. I have stayed up obscenely late and slept through the mornings.
I have tried to get to bed earlier, but not having to be up for anything has caused me to sleep late; thus, I am not tired until it's super late.
I blame my current semester. It's deceivingly slow. I have only had one homework assigned in almost two weeks, which is completely abnormal for Speed School. I've had homework on the first day and tests in the first week more times than I can count in my college career. This semester, my last for undergrad by the way, is off to a slow start.
Two of my classes are major project classes. We're figuring out teams and projects before we get started. One of the other classes just met for the first time yesterday, because it's being taught to WKU simultaneously, via teleconferencing, and they just started this week.
My last class is online and no assignments or guidelines have been mentioned yet. Due to the fact that I am super interested in the course (Computer Forensics) and its content, I have managed to read through the first 130 pages of the textbook.
I would venture to say that my last two weeks have been pretty unproductive, but only because I haven't had anything to do. I realize that I'm sort of complaining about not having anything to do, but I'm just not used to it. I've always been busy, my whole life.
I'm guessing that once things get going, it's going to go ludicrous speed, and then I'll likely be complaining about having so much to do. The life of a college student...
Anyways, the reason for all of that intro is because today was super productive, at least compared to the last two weeks.
I woke up earlyish. I went to campus and attended two meetings. I read several pages of a textbook. I came back to my apartment and decided to go ahead and run before class. I had four hours before class time. I could've sat at school and read some textbook. I could have watched some TV shows or I could run. Why not run then, when I have so much time, as opposed to after class near 7:30pm?
I headed out for what has become my normal route: my apartment to Central Park and back, though taking a different route each way. I could feel the breathing problems coming before the second run ended. Maybe because it was about 98 degrees outside then? I'm not sure. I also had a slight shin pain during the first run, which either subsided or I pushed out of my mind.
Again, I stopped for water after run two. It was warm, but it was wet. I continued running, while trying my best to get a good breath. I wasn't successful. By the end of the last run, I was gasping for air. I was glad it was over when it was, so I could at least focus more on breathing.
Those of you who read Monday's post are probably wondering about the whole doctor thing. I called the office first thing on Tuesday morning (I woke up for this) and inquired about an appointment with a doctor I have grown fond of. The receptionist informed me that the first available appointment would be this Friday afternoon. I sighed, accepted the appointment, and thanked the lady for her service.
:( I was ready to get some resolution in motion for this breathing issue. Sadly, it will have to wait until Friday.
Back to the run. I have a very visual memory. Once I see something, it's hard for me to forget. This ability has proven itself quite useful. Because I have been running the same route for a few weeks, I remember the checkpoints, if you will, of the run. I remember where I was, physically, when run one ended on Monday. I remember where run two began, and so forth. I noticed that I had passed all of Monday's checkpoints well before I hit those checkpoints today.
This was a clear indicator that I was moving faster today, whether it be running, walking, or both. As it turned out, it was both. I posted the fastest run time average again. My walking picked up some semi-significant pace as well.
I showered, took care of some errands, and headed to class. It was nice to have already completed so much before class. I've had all kinds of free time after class tonight. This may become the norm.
I can't say for sure when I'll run on Friday, but I doubt the blog post will come before my doctor's visit. I'll let you know what happens there. I'm honestly hoping I have something wrong, so it can be treated. Breathing is pretty awesome.
The song of the run is pretty upbeat and high pitched. It comes from a recently (2008) formed duo named La Roux. The song is Bulletproof. It's definitely a good song for running. The British sythpop sound is unique and I think it works quite well. I wasn't quite feeling bulletproof at the end of this run, though. Had someone shot me with anything but pure oxygen, I would have been down for the count.