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Normal People Weekends Rock

June 17, 2012

As a student, I LOVE my schedule. I am so grateful to have a ton of freedom and flexibility, and not have to work the typical 8-5 workday. However, when you are a student, you are NEVER done. There is always work you need to do, always reading, always something to study or turn in. There’s never truly a break. Do normal 8-5ers get a break? Oh yeah.

It’s called the WEEKEND. I have never felt so free! When the clock hits 5 on Friday (okay, okay… more like 4:45) I am D O N E. Done. No huge books to carry home, no homework, outlining or reading hanging over my head. I can do anything I want without having to worry! This is pretty nice, and I am certainly enjoying it this summer.

So what have I been doing with my time!? Well, on Thursday (okay, technically not the weekend, but not AT work = no work to be done) I went to the Cubs game with several lawyers at my office and about half the externs that are also working there for the summer. It was a blast.

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The stadium (field?) was completely packed and the crowd was crazy. We were playing the Detroit Tigers and since Detroit is pretty close, half the stadium was filled with Tigers fans. I actually got confused a lot because it would feel like everyone was cheering, but I kept thinking, the Cubs just got out! Oh, wait. Those are the tigers fans cheering. Haha.

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I really enjoyed the game though, and getting to chat more with the other externs. A lot of them are from other schools across the country, so it’s fun to hear what they have to say about where they live, and what they think of Chicago.

Another good thing about the Cubs game? My first gluten-free beer.

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How cool is that?!? I knew it existed, but I’m not much of a drinker so I never thought to just buy some. It was pretty good too, I was expecting horrible things but it wasn’t bad! And fun to have a beer since I’m pretty sure the last one was at least in September…

And what did I do yesterday? I was a lazy butt. And it was wonderful. Okay, a lazy butt after waking up at 4:50am and running 8 miles. But it’s like that never happened since I came home, ate, showered and got back in bed… haha.

It was my second group training run with CARA. Last week I went to the 6:30 run, but I already thought it was too hot last week, so I decided to switch to 6am this week so I’d be out of the heat a little earlier. After I’d woken up and gotten dressed, I had some coffee, water, and half a banana with almond butter. Then it was out the door to catch the bus!

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I had wanted to just take the bus and walk to the starting point this time, rather than run like last week, but I realized the VERY FIRST bus that left the station and came past my stop would get me there in just enough time only if I ran the mile from the bus to my group’s starting point. Thanks CTA. Who doesn’t love being on the earliest bus of the morning!?

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Haha, not such a convincing “excited” face, is it?

After running the mile to meet up with my group, I introduced myself to a couple new people, re-set my garmin, put away my headphones, and we were off! We ran 7 miles at a 10 min/mile pace and it went alright for me. My stomach really cramped up for the middle few miles and if I hadn’t been in the group I probably would have stopped and rested. But eventually it went away. 

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After the run we got some water (they provide water at the end, as well as volunteer-manned water and gatorade stations along our course) and then our pace group circled up and did some stretching. After that, I headed home!

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Despite being a hot sweaty mess, I made a quick breakfast first – I was STARVING and it took about 40 minutes to get home, so I needed to get something in me to help my muscles re-fuel.

I made a smoothie with a TON of spinach, a scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, a little bit of Kale that was about to wilt, and the last bit of frozen berries I had (about a half cup). I added some flax milk to help it blend. On the side, a microwaved sweet potato and some PB2.

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I love dipping my sweet potato into green smoothies, it’s weirdly a very good combination! After that it was shower time, and then I laid in bed watching How I Met Your Mother for a bit! After that most of the day was spent reading, putting together a grocery list, hanging out on my roof to enjoy the beautiful weather, running a few errands and hanging out with my brother, sister-in-law and of course, MOLLY! (their dog, haha if you’re a new reader).


Do you like having lazy weekend days?

Do you prefer a student schedule or an 8-5 workday schedule?

24 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2012 7:42 am

    I definitely prefer working than being a student – more time to relax if you ask me! But that wll soon change when I become a student again in August. ::gulp::

  2. June 17, 2012 8:15 am

    I love lazy weekends! It is so nice when you don’t have to worry about homework. But I am contemplating going back to school…so that might change come next spring!

    • June 17, 2012 10:52 am

      I do enjoy lazy weekends, but school is totally worth it if it helps you get to do what you really want!

  3. June 17, 2012 8:29 am

    Sounds like a great weekend so far!!! I do love when you are not in school, as soon as you get off work Friday there is nothing more to worry about till Monday morning that is! 😉 Unfortunately I am in summer school and spend my Friday night and all Saturday day studying 😦 haha Glad you are enjoying your weekend!!!

  4. fitandfuninthird permalink
    June 17, 2012 8:43 am

    Looks like your having a great weekend! There is nothing better then having lazy weekend days! They get me through the week!

  5. June 17, 2012 8:55 am

    I never appreciated my weekends until I went to grad school (at night) and had loads of homework and papers to do every weekend! I’m done with school now, but I still appreciate my normal weekends way more than I used to!

  6. June 17, 2012 10:49 am

    I have to agree, that is one thing i am loving about not being a student. No outside work! So freeing. Sounds like a great run and weekend you had!

  7. June 17, 2012 11:17 am

    Lazy weekend days are the best. It’s nice to just leave work at work and focus on home-time 🙂

  8. June 17, 2012 1:24 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. You’re absolutely right – when in school, your work is NEVER done. Never. There’s always something to do. An actual job does free up a glorious two days of freedom, but the strict weekday schedule definitely sucks. I guess there are downfalls to both!

  9. June 17, 2012 2:20 pm

    Yes – I agree! I definitely hated feeling like I was never done. Weekends couldn’t fully 100% be enjoyed because there was always SOME kind of homework or project I probably should have been doing.

  10. June 17, 2012 5:38 pm

    I’m torn between the student and work schedule. I love being able to get up late and do what I want but I hate not ever being done unless its a semester break!

  11. June 17, 2012 9:16 pm

    Hey Katie!
    Congrats I’ve nominated you for a blogger award! Your blog has truly inspired me on my food, fitness and blogging journey.

    Check out the post

    Here are the rules for receiving the award: (1) thank the blogger who nominated you (2) include the links to their blogs, (3) include the award image in your post, (4) copy the award image to your site, (5) give seven random facts about yourself, (6) nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, (7) when nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites, and (7) let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated.

    Happy blogging and keep up the exciting posts
    Kelly xxx

  12. June 17, 2012 9:51 pm

    Oh my, GF free beer at a place that isn’t a special health food store? That’s awesome! I need me some of that lol. And weekends? I like to be super productive but this weekend was my first BUMMY one. It felt good 🙂

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