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September 27, 2009

Excitement? Maybe?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:57

Definitely not, however, about the weather. We’ve been having such a nice weekend so far here in Southern New England that when I woke up to cloudy (and rainy) skies this morning I was bummed out. A little bit of sprinkling doesn’t scare me and I still got out there for a run.

And I desperately needed this run for stress relief.  As I mentioned in my previous post I think my miles have been so consistently high (at least for NOT being in marathon training) because of all the stress I’ve been under this semester.  Friday = work all day, Saturday = work all day + phone interview + stress of “hosting” someone for the night.  And I take all this stress out on my body via running.

Last night well I guess it really started Monday or Tuesday night when I invited a friend, who graduated last year, for a night this weekend because it looked like my weekend work load would be light.  Wednesday, however, changed that drastically and I tried to dropped major hints that coming would be really inconvenient.  Apparently the message didn’t get through.  My friend definitely got dragged to the library until close and I was majorly grumpy.  We showed up to Oktoberfest after but it was way loud there and I was beyond tired, and rightfully so.  But I felt like I had to do something so I wasn’t a bad host.  Ugh. Especially since I wasn’t going to change my 0800 run.

So I was super stressed out bc of that situation and the fact that I’m still not done with my work. I mean, I definitely have a HUGE dent in my to-do list because I was wicked productive Friday and Saturday but still, this weekend was hell. Maybe it’s fitting that the weather is reflecting my mood (but trust me, the title of the post IS optimistic, I’ll get there)

On to the run.  I complained a little of IT band potential discomfort as well as muscles from the long run (and maybe still from lifting on Thursday) so I planned on doing a little shuffle and what-not for a few miles, preferably 8 (yup total overachiever here).  Well I think the stars were aligned against me today because it was humid (as it wasn’t really raining at all), the actual temp was mild (maybe 60*?), my socks did not want to stay on my feet and my hair did not want to stay in the it’s-really-hot-need-to-prevent-knots braid.  Jeez.

But despite that I managed to finish the run, including 2.2 miles extra for a total of 10.2.  All the complaints I just listed were in the first 3 miles or at least I stopped noticing them at that time and the last 7 were pretty smooth and strong. My pace was much on the slow side (or at least compared to yesterday) but I enjoyed it regardless.  I think the changed outlook happened once my feet were completely soaked.  After that point nothing really matters so why not have a little fun, right? I even had the energy to do some core after 🙂

I guess you could classify my mood as improved.  Which is exactly why I ❤ running.

So much so that I believe I may be running a marathon in the winter.  I don’t want to say too much about it (can you tell I’m paranoid about jinxing stuff? Heh) but it would be a destination run and I don’t want to get too excited but then have my plans fall through about how to get there, $$ etc.  But I’m pretty pumped and it would put all these miles to good use.  Hopefully I know more in the next week or so.  But I fell sooooo in love with this idea over dinner last night. Fingers crossed!

Hope you guys have as productive of a Sunday as I want to have.  Still need to finish up this Physio lab report but once I do that I think I’ll take the opportunity to catch up on some T.V. I missed this past week.  Oh the simple pleasures in life.


  1. Forget bubble baths and trashy romances, running = BEST stress reliever ever 🙂

    Comment by Kathleen — September 27, 2009 @ 18:16

  2. That does sound exciting! I’m keeping my fingers crossed it all works out for you. Disney marathon, maybe? That’d make a good destination

    Comment by Evan Thomas — September 27, 2009 @ 19:00

  3. I just got caught up on a bunch of your posts from the week… sorry about all the stress you’re feeling!! School is no fun, believe me I know, but keep pushing through, it will all be worth it in the end!!

    A destination marathon sounds awesome!! I would love to do Disney someday. Actually the PT who supervises me during my rotation right now is doing the Goofy challenge at Disney in january… where you run the half marathon on Saturday and the full on Sunday. I pitched the idea to the BF for January 2011 and we was not too excited at all (I believe his exact words were “You’re f-ing kidding right?”) I’ll keep working on it though…I think that would be awesome!

    Comment by Michelle — September 27, 2009 @ 20:52

  4. I didn’t realize you weren’t actually training for something?! You crazy running girl! I get it though, running can be a great de-stressor, even if it is just time alone from everything!

    Take a breath, and remember when you stress out about school\work\hosting\life, to put it into perspective. Is not getting that one hour of studying in going to matter to you in 5 years? Probably not 😉

    Comment by Katerina — September 28, 2009 @ 00:01

  5. +1 to Katerina’s comment. I worked sooo hard to keep my transcript flawless, and for what? It sits in a file somewhere in our employment office. My point is, stop to enjoy life, and relax. Study, yes, but go overboard towards a possible melt-down? No. Destination marathons are great, btw! Keep going strong, girl!

    Comment by LARunner — September 28, 2009 @ 04:07

  6. There is something cathartic about running in the rain. Like you said, once you are soaked it just doesn’t matter and you keep putting one foot in front of the other. Despite all your handling, great to see you still hammering the miles. Running. It is cheaper than therapy.

    Comment by a marathoner — September 28, 2009 @ 08:27

  7. Haha…way to turn your crazy stresses into added motivation for your strong run! I am surprised to see you run so many miles even though you are NOT training for a marathon…but soon…maybe…haha!

    Ooh…a destination marathon? That sounds really nice…I am doing one of my own in December so I’m interested to hear about yours…maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself…okay, I’ll wait for you to spill the beans when you’re ready

    Have a good week!

    Comment by The Laminator — September 28, 2009 @ 09:13

  8. oh that’s the worst to have to be host when the timing is just not right. sorry that worked out like that!

    glad you got your run in– really changes your outlook– i love how that happens. sweat it out.

    and DESTINATION marathon! yes!!! i love destination races, altho i think i am more comfortable with destination half marathons since 1. have not run a marathon and 2. half is easier to roll with the punches that often come with travel etc.

    can’t wait to hear about it! such a tease!!!! tell tell…

    Comment by Lacey — September 28, 2009 @ 11:34

  9. Running is a great de-stressor. I’m kind of scary without my fix. I remember last winter getting so angry because I was visiting my husband’s relatives and couldn’t run and I was trying to make a beaded necklace with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Good luck continuing to get stuff done. Hope the marathon thing works out.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 28, 2009 @ 12:35

  10. Running is always a great way to be in higher spirits. Can’t wait to hear about where you may be running your marathon!

    Comment by Liz — September 28, 2009 @ 14:40

  11. ohhh a winter marathon 🙂 verrrry fun!

    i love how a run can make my mood completely turn around!

    Comment by aron — September 29, 2009 @ 14:12

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