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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
12:54 pm
[fenske_melissa]
Hello Fellow Penn Staters...Allow me a moment to whore myself out on your beautiful community...

I am a doing a study on campus on the effects of air pollution on the lungs of healthy smokers. I am looking for healthy smokers between the ages of 21 and 40 to volunteer for my study.

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE COMPENSATED FOR THEIR TIME.

If you're interested in more info, please feel free to email me at mal361@psu.edu and include "Ozone Study" in the subject line.

Thanks!
Melissa
Monday, March 14th, 2005
11:07 am
[fenske_melissa]
I have not forgotten my training despite having not updated in a few days. I was in Virginia and then outside of Philadelphia for a few days.

Yesterday I ran about 2 miles on my aunt's treadmill which KILLED my calves. I couldn't figure out why I was wussing out so badly until I realized it was on an incline and I had done it all uphill. Um, go me...I guess.

Its good to be home again and be able to get back on a regular eating schedule. If you can name a bad for you food I probably ate it this weekend. Off to make my soup....
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
12:06 pm
[fenske_melissa]
And on the 7th day even God rested...
Monday, March 7th, 2005
2:07 pm
[fenske_melissa]
Swam my half a mile at lunch. Where the heck are the endorphins everyone says you are supposed to have. All I have right now is sore....maybe I'll take tomorrow off.

The good news is I am 3 liters through my grape Kool-Aid. The bad news is when I peed it was a little purple...

On a side note, I am happy to see the folks that have left me comments...welcome to my little rant page...

Current Mood: sore
11:06 am
[fenske_melissa]
Gotta get my act together. I brought along my suit so I can swim at "lunch" but am disheartened by the fact that I have to go to class afterwards. In spite of the fact that its spring break...

I need to stop drinking so much coffee and get more water in. The problem is that I hate water. I just can't bring myself to drink liters and liters of it like some people do. So, I picked up some sugar free grape Kool-Aid and I plan to use that to try and get some water in. I read somewhere that you're supposed to drink an oz for every 2 lbs of body weight. Thats alot of water. Still, the grape makes it marginally tolerable.

I need to lay off the coffee though. On Friday I drank 2 liters of coffee and it didnt phase me...I need to lay off the coffee....

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, March 6th, 2005
9:05 pm
[fenske_melissa]
Today's run was 4.5 miles and then I rode "3 miles" on the recombinant bike in the gym. I put the distance in quotes because I never really know how accurate those wacky things are. Also lifted weights for about 40 minutes. I'm pooped.

The plan for tomorrow is to swim at lunch time at the nat because its spring break and I should really give my poor quads a break and it should be fairly empty. Maybe if I'm feeling extra tough I'll do a little yoga at 5:30...

Blister...right instep...ouch...pain...

And now off to the shower...

I initally posted this in the StateCollege community...oops

Current Mood: embarrassed
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
5:23 pm
[fenske_melissa]
On Having Too Much Resistance...
Today I got up bright and semi-early and hit the gym. I ran 2.5 miles and then did an hour of spinning. I am a bad ass...

Except, the lady I normally take my spinning classes from is on a much needed vacation. I'm actually quite proud of her. So I decided to try the Saturday morning class with a new lady. I got there and was, quite obviously, the youngest one, completely surrounded by 40-something women in matching spandex outfits. I, however, was in some old pants, a t-shirt with a large eye on it, and was completely and utterly torn up looking having just run 2.5 miles...

As we are all spinning every 2 minutes the instructor has us "add a gear," which essentially means that you turn up the resistance until you can feel it get a little harder. After 15 minutes I am sweating and panting. I look around and all the women around me are happily spinning, spinning away, chatting, and are not sweating in the least...

After 30 minutes (and 7 more gears) I reach the top of the resistance for the bike and can't turn the little knob up any farther. I am just short of grunting to be able to turn the pedals and have begun to contemplate my own end. I look around and everyone else is happily sweating and are sweat free....

The it hits me...

None of the rest of them are adding ANY resistance...

So I stay at the top for the next 20 minutes, completely covered in sweat. At the nd the instructor tells us to end in a sprint, which I am completely unable to do, so I just keep forcing the pedals around in some semblance of uniformity. The brunette in front of me turns around and says all too perkily...

Come on honey, keep up with us. She said to sprint!!!

To which I add just loud enough to have been heard (maybe)...

Well, if I was biking with no resistance like you are, maybe I could keep up. I mean really, if you aren't even going to try, what's the point of coming?

To which the instructor giggled...

Now mind you, I got a great work out but I guess it just bugs me that people come and do something half-assed. I am glad that I always do things whole-assed.

Current Mood: bitchy
Friday, March 4th, 2005
10:21 am
[fenske_melissa]
My M,W,F Dilemma
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 3 week chunks at a time, I have a class from 5:45-7:15. 7:ish, I should say. Very rarely does it end at 7:15...more typically we get done around 8. If we're lucky. So, here's the dilemma...

By 8pm, after getting here by 8 in the morning, I have no desire to run. I simply want to go home, crawl into my bed, and turn off the world. And each time the instructor asks if we mind staying later, I obviously roll my eyes. And he sees it because he always answers, "I know Melissa, but just a little longer."

Today, however, I have packed my gym clothes and I am determined to run tonight before I go home. I will do it...oh yes, I will run tonight....

Current Mood: cranky
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
5:56 pm
[fenske_melissa]
Today's run was 1.5 miles followed by 75 min of spinning. Not too shabby for day 2 of this humble community...

So my gym (where I spin) is (according to MapQuest) 4 miles from my apartment. That's given I take the way that has me run on a busy street...I estimate the more rural (and less likely to get me killed) route is about 6 miles. Perhaps once the weather is nicer I might try running to the gym, spinning, and then running home....

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
9:52 pm
[fenske_melissa]
Ouch...
A few months ago my friend Dan made this comment about me. Sometimes I realize how very true it is...

Today, I hurt myself bad. And one would think that, being a human physiologist, I would know better. I have this grand plan to combo train at least 2 days a week. This means I will run, bike, and swim all in serial in one workout. Because it is currently 20 degrees outside, the best place to do this is the natatorium on campus which also has some treadmills and bikes in a side room...

So, I get one the treadmill and run 2 miles (there is a 20 min limit on the equipment) and then I get on the bike and ride 4 miles. By this point I have my heart rate up nice and high - 165ish on the monitor. I run down the stairs, shedding clothing as I go, dive into the pool and start my 1/4 mile swim. However, it doesn't occur to me as I'm diving that my high heart rate, high oxygen and metabolic demand, and sudden decrease in breathing rate might not mesh well together. Part way into my second lap my body goes completely and totally anaerobic and I cramped in places I didn't think I could cramp...go ahead, use your imagination...but I finished my 1/4 mile like a champ.

I have got to find a better way to do this, but I'm not sure what options I have while it is so cold outside and I don't want to cool down too much...

Tonight's dinner is spinach, scallops, and broccoli - can one make more hemoglobin after just one high iron meal? He he he...

Current Mood: thirsty
5:29 pm
[fenske_melissa]
Class in 15 minutes. Today I have been ubber prepared though and have my suit and running clothes with me. The plan is to jog a few miles and then swim....I'll update on whether that actually happens or not later....

Current Mood: crazy
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