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September 22, 2009

Fall? Really?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:10

Happy fall everyone.  Today at 1718 EST (518 pm for all you non-24 hour clock fans) it will officially be fall. Interestingly enough it was much warmer this morning when I got up this morning compared to yesterday.  Yesterday = low of 39*. Last night = 53*.  Seriously? WTF? And yes I do know that I’m lucky with this weather as some of you are still in high-summer temps.  But the cooling down reminds me that winter is right around the corner.  I want to see how some of you southerns would take to running in sub-zero weather.  Because yes, last winter I did. 😛

The warm weather this morning lead to incredibly dense fog! It was all misty and mysterious. Like a tropical rain forest, except not as warm haha.  It made me feel very LOST-y, which made me sad that this upcoming season is it’s last and it doesn’t start until January. The fog also made me feel really clammy and soaked me through by the end of the run.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little meh and a slight cloud of blah has settled over me and I’ve been using my runs to think and sometimes even get away from my thoughts.  So I didn’t even notice that I ran 9.1 miles.  Well I kind of did but I didn’t notice that 9 miles takes longer than 7, so I was running wicked late for my 0830 Tuesday Spanish lab.  I finished my run with only 20 minutes to spare! Just enough time to grab a bagel from the dining hall; luckily I wasn’t smelly at all.

And no, that’s not me just being all “I don’t ever smell” and stuck-up (because I do have a friend who refuses to wear deodorant because “my b.o. smells like roses”.  I’m all like noooooooo it doesn’t man) but because I asked ppl (including my advisor!) and they all told me that they couldn’t tell.  Sweet deal. I think it was because the dew from the fog gave me a natural shower haha.

And yes that Spanish class is the one with the freshman who was “making eyes at me” (heh great expression that I haven’t heard in a while LARunner).  Hopefully I didn’t crush how I’m viewed by showing up all gross, although since he’s 18 and I’m almost 23 it feels almost creepy to care in that way haha.

But back to running. I think I need to start paying more attention to how my body is feeling during runs though.  I read somewhere about “associated” and “dissociated” running, and while there’s a time and place for both, I want to start reading my body signals and be able to feel things like certain paces, how my quads react etc.  I’m a very cerebral person so I think this will be very challenging. Like most things of an overhaul nature this will take time and I think I’m prepared to start small.

Jazz dance is definitely helping with this as dancing is a lot of feeling.  Today my professor even told us to stop thinking.  So this is prolly going to be a good segue into translating that mind-body connection to my running.

Enough philosophizing.  Time to go save the world, one physics tutee at a time! AKA hoping that no one shows up so I can do my own work heh.


  1. Wow you can get away with no shower eh? I always feel like such a rebel when I skip the washing of my hair and just blow dry the roots sweaty. Can’t imagine skipping the shower too. But I guess it is worth mentioning that I am a sweater.

    Ohh Lost, it is too far away to even think about, we still have like 4 months to wait!

    Comment by Katerina — September 23, 2009 @ 00:44

  2. lol, sometimes i have to change my clothes after a run just to stretch with myself!!!! haha. but if i don’t get too sweaty then i’m absolutely fine not showering right away. back in the bball days we would play multiple games per day so i’m used to being “not clean” and hanging around. hah.

    anyway– seems a blah has settled over more of us that i realized!!!!! but there’s always something that comes next to help us out. i’m trying to get back on track/get my head in the game. marathon on the horizon! and tufts 10k! having these out there, in view, def helps. reminders, etc. i totally agree that paying attention while running is a completely different run than otherwise. and yeah they are both good.. zoning out is inevitable and welcome at times. interesting about how the jazz class is helping you this way. i took 2 interpretive dance courses at Middlebury and they were honestly the best things to happen to me!!!!! i loved them, even tho it was getting way out of my comfort zone and borderline touchy/feely– it took me to a new place.

    Comment by Lacey — September 23, 2009 @ 10:00

  3. I used to work out in the afternoon before a homework help session one semester when I was an undergrad, and I used to just rub a ton of deodorant all over the upper half of my body. I’m sure it didn’t really cover up the smell, but hopefully it was enough that I didn’t nauseate anyone else there.

    Sorry you’re feeling blah. Hopefully it will be a short-term thing.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 23, 2009 @ 11:14

  4. I’m not a big fan of foggy runs because I do get so clammy, and the mist cools you down to the core!

    Comment by Liz — September 23, 2009 @ 15:32

  5. “making eyes” – Love it! Reminds me of my fam, they say that 🙂

    Comment by runeatrepeat — September 23, 2009 @ 18:42

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