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Spirit of the Marathon

Last night, my bf & I caught the one night showing of Spirit of the Marathon, a documentary that follows several runners (some elite, some average) through their training leading up to the 2005 Chicago Marathon. If you are a runner, I highly recommend this movie. After my IT band setback while training for the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon, I put another marathon out of my mind. However, watching this movie has inspired me for another marathon: Chicago or New York 2010. Why not sooner? I have my whole life to run marathons. I’m not hampering my business school experience with the discipline required for 20-mile training runs. This morning, we made plans to run a marathon in three years…TOGETHER.

Watching the runners train and race around Chicago made me super excited for my impending move to the (suburbs of) the Windy City. I kept grabbing my bf and telling him, “I know exactly where that is! I’ll take you there when you come out and visit me!” and “We’ll run the Lakeshore too!”

While I don’t plan on running the Chicago Marathon in 2008, maybe I can volunteer at an aid station. At the very least, I’ll be a spectator. I couldn’t help but tear up when the runners crossed the finish (yes, my bf made fun of me for that). I remembered my own feelings when I crossed the finish line of my first (and only) marathon…the sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that with some effort and discipline, one can knock off something as seemingly impossible as running 26.2 miles…or getting into a top 10 business school.

Oh, and the truth is, I didn’t just cry when I crossed the finish line. I may have cried the last four miles. My legs were shot.

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Progress Report

Almost 1 week until my Fuqua interview. Two weeks until Wharton is due, three weeks until Kellogg is due, four weeks until my marathon.

I’ve scoured the web for Fuqua interview reports and have a pretty good gauge on what they’ll ask me. I know what super power that I would want (it is something I’ve wanted since I was a kid). I know why MBA, why Fuqua, what clubs I would join, etc.

Wharton essay is pretty buttoned up. Just waiting for my brother to copyedit.

Kellogg essay is going through final proofreading with a friend.

Recommender #1 (previous manager) says he’s written all the essays and just needs to input everything into the forms. Great! I haven’t seen anything, but I’ve sent him a pretty in-depth package and I trust him to do what I’ve asked. Recommender #2 (current manager) is predictably last minute. I was supposed to meet with him all week but various issues have popped up (all-day meetings for me on Tuesday, email meltdown all week, etc) and continually pushed our meetings back. We’re scheduled to be at the same meeting next week in Boston, so hopefully I can corner him then if I can’t catch up with him on Friday. I know he’s last minute (he’s got an industry-wide reputation for being a down-to-the-wire kind of guy) and it mostly concerns me because I am the exact opposite type of person. I have to trust that he’ll get things done for me on time. In the meantime, I have all of the recommendation forms for R1 in a folder and will start answering questions for him one by one. If anything, all he has to do is put things into his own words. It is too bad they can’t just do phone interviews since he’s such an articulate and compelling speaker.

My IT band is getting better (my cousin/roommate has some massage therapy experience), but maybe not good enough for a run this weekend. I’m still hoping to heal in time for the marathon, although I have to readjust my goals from beating five hours (I’m slow!) to just finishing (some people walk faster).

Visiting Haas tomorrow. Lifted weights on Tuesday so my arms are jiggly and burning. Does not help the muscle stress from so much typing throughout the day.

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Setbacks

Well, its too bad I already wrote and finalized Wharton’s setback essay because I’m currently experiencing the worst setback of my running career. Yesterday, I was scheduled for a twenty mile training run in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon in five weeks (my 2nd marathon). I made it about 6.5 miles before a long descent irritated my IT band, which is a new injury for me. However, I’m familiar enough with running injuries that I knew exactly what it was. Of course, I was far from my car, so I walked the 4 miles back to my car for a total of 10.5 miles for the day (half of what I’d planned). I’m currently resting, icing, stretching, and taking anti-inflammatories.

Hopefully this doesn’t knock me out of running the Marine Corps. In any event, I will have to readjust my goals since I was originally running for time. With all this training lost, if I can run at all, my goal will just be to finish. I’ve missed out on running for the last two weeks trying to heal my IT band and had hoped that it would have been ok in time for Saturday’s run.

Lessons learned? I am a person of routine. I like to follow schedules. I’m stubborn. Physical setbacks force me to adjust this mindset. I can’t control my body.

Running is also my relaxation time. I need running during stressful times in my life, such as the two months ahead. I need to be able to run SOON!

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