Today was another off-day from running because I have to get up so early to tutor James. I’m excited to have an uninterrupted morning tomorrow because I want to have a good run. Let’s hope the weather behaves.
Tonight, I made paella from a bastardized Martha Stewart recipe. It turned out pretty well, even with ingredients from Meijer, everyone’s favorite box store.
Apparently, I talk about myself so much on this blog that no one has burning questions! I suppose this is good, though perhaps incriminating for my future in academia. Nevertheless, I did get some questions, which I will attempt to answer now:
Selba: ” Any tips for running since I’ve always got problem with the feeling of flame in my chest whenever I run?”
Unfortunately, Selba, I have no theories as to what could be causing a flame-like sensation in your chest. Hopefully, you’re not having a slowly-unfolding heart attack! As for other running tips, I don’t think I have anything especially profound. I would just like to highlight the importance of making sure to pee before you go out for a run. It can make for an uncomfortable, awkward situation. (Like the time I ended up running into a Parisian café, looking wildly for a bathroom and unintentionally giving an even worse name to Asian tourists.)
Pearl: “how about coming to san dieGOOOOO for spring break? ”
I would totally come to San Diego, if it weren’t so far away. I love San Diego, which is saying something because I am deathly afraid of California and its earthquakes, mudslides, wild fires, and escaped tigers that maul people to death. (Plus, I’m intimidated by all the beautiful, fit Californians.) I might just have to come during the summer though. Want to host me?
Emily: “do you have a favorite pre-run or pre-race snack?“
I like to eat crunchy peanut butter on a rice cake. Or sometimes…just the peanut butter.
RunningLaur: “When you do intervals, do you jog inbetween or walk?”
I’m pretty sure that you’re supposed to jog during the rest parts of an interval workout, but I always walk because I’m tired! That said, the fact that I have to walk probably says that I’m doing my intervals too hard. Oh well, I’ll just walk and feel guilty about it…
Burp and Slurp: “do you ever think about learning korean? I know you are adopted, but do you feel the slightest…sentiment to korea?”
I really want to learn Korean, but first, I should focus on my French and currently, Latin. Nevertheless, I’ve learned a few things already. I can count to ten, and I know a variety of random words like pajun, woori jib, and halmoni. Today, I learned the word banchan. I want to get a pet and name it that.
In general, I am fairly indifferent about Korea, though I recently started a half-hearted search to find my birth parents because I think it would be interesting to meet them. (Plus, Matt did it, which I think is cool.)
TFH: “What is the last assigned and non-assigned reading you did? (Like books, articles, magazines. Blogs don’t count as reading. Nor do cereal boxes.)”
Most recently, I read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson about the Chicago World’s Fair. Unfortunately, this was back in January before classes started, and I haven’t had much time for pleasure reading since then. I also regularly read Runner’s World because I just got a subscription (after four years of saying, “I should subscribe to Runner’s World!”) The last assigned reading I did was excerpts from Du Bellay’s Deffence et Illustration de la langue francoyse earlier this afternoon. Then the professor confirmed that my reading of it was superficial at best. Crap.
Lucky Taste Buds: “if you could be any non-living thingy, what would you be and why??”
I would probably be cake because I’d be delicious and bring joy to many people’s lives…except for people on a diet and people with gluten intolerance.
Lori: “how did you start running and how long did it take you to be so fast!!”
I started running almost exactly four years ago when I decided to stop being a sedentary fat-ass during my first year of college. I asked my mom for a pair of properly-fitted running shoes for my birthday so that I felt obligated to use my fancy gear. Then I bought The Beginning Runner’s Handbook, which included a training program. It started out with “Run 30 seconds, walk 4 minutes & 30 seconds. Repeat seven times.” Eventually, it built up to “Run 60 minutes.”
I’ve been at about the same speed (about 10-minute miles) until just recently. Somehow, I’ve been able to push my speed down to 9:00 to 9:30 pace. This speed increase is fairly baffling, so I’m going to attribute it to my recent weight loss and more confidence to push myself into levels of discomfort. And, for the record, I’m really flattered that you described me as “so fast”!
Also from Lori: “and another burning question: what is your relationship with Dan? :p”
This is my relationship with Dan:
And this is how he describes us on his blog. It is perhaps one of the most meaningful compliments I’ve ever received:
“I went grocery shopping with Mica (grabbed some whole wheat pasta and tofu) who is always a joy and possibly my favorite person ever as both of us are some sort of irrational mix of internal racists and Kantian liberals.”
Anonymous: “Do people call you muscovite mica?”
No. Do people call you something besides “Anonymous”?
Finally, Dan surprised me tonight with a giant box of spinach and a bulk-sized oatmeal.
Then we blew off our work and looked up French department faculty on Facebook. For the moment, I am not doing my work, and life is good.