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September 28, 2009

Working hard…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:17

…or hardly working.  Maybe both but for different reasons.

After so much working over the weekend (and thanks to everyone’s kind words about the stress I was / am under) I seem to have caught a bug.  The procrastination bug.  I did go to all three of my classes this morning (and actually in my French class I really got into the activity we were doing) BUT since being out of class I have had no desire to do anything. And the lethargy-in-life bug started last night after finishing the first draft of my lab when I caught up on: NCIS (best show ever), Numb3rs (Colby = bamf) and Psych (Kenan –maybe I could have picked an updated pic but this is how I will always know him– and the guy that was Urkel guest starred, GENIUS).  Wow some serious linkage there heh.

But I started my day pretty eventfully.  My phone (which I use as my alarm) died on me last night. And no, this isn’t a sob story about how I slept through my workout or something else but rather my phone has a really annoying tone that it uses when it’s about to die.  I even had the feeling last night that it would do this at some point but I’m really anal about letting the phone die 100% before charging it so even though it was on it’s last bar (which 3 bars last four days then it dips to 2 bars which last one day, 1 bar last for 12 hours and 0 bars lasts 3 hours. UGH. Muy stupio.) So naturally the thing started beeping at 0442.  At which point my bladder also informed me that I needed to get up and I actually found someone showering at this time. Really?

Anyway my point is…actually I don’t think I had a point there.  Just a complaint really.

At 0600 I got up, did some core while the pre-dawn lighting arrived and then set out for an 8-er.  Which surprisingly felt good.  My pace was eh.  But I think I’m accepting that 0600 will never be Kenyan fast.  My attitude has been adjusted though so that I’m okay with going a bit slower so that I can keep being a mileage junkie. The quads felt a little sore but that obv is due to all the running I did over the weekend.

I knew that I wanted to get some lifting in today as well, part of my vow to do so actually and it helps when you plan this stuff out in advance.  I’m the type of person that if I get the idea to do something I WILL do it.  Like yesterday when I tacked on some miles to the end of my run.  I kept saying to myself, if you’re feeling good then add.  But I knew damn well those miles were going to happen because they were already in my head.  Am I weird?

So I did the same lifting routine I did on Thursday minus the core stuff because I had already done it earlier this morning.  I will mention that my quads are TRASHED after lifting.  Not sure if that’s good or bad. And as I was about to do my warm-down a friend asked me to join on a 2.5 mile run.  Since I was most likely going to get 1-1.5 miles done on my own I said why not? Ummm my quads, that’s why not.  The pace was horrendous for an afternoon run.  I think I’ve said this before but my PM runs are like 90 seconds faster than my AM ones.  Not today that’s for damn sure.  But it’s okay because I was having fun and the pace felt okay.  Despite my clarity and nirvana-esque paragraph above, clearly I am not all accepting of the “slow pacing is good for you” mindset. Ahhh, it’s a work in progress.

Obv if you’ve been following this post you realize that I did a lot more running today than a usual day (barring LR days of course).  This means the appetite is in full swing.  And this means that I can stomach double portions of my favorite foods at one time.  This is especially good when I have just enough HoneyBunchesofOats left for a huge bowl.  Now normally I would bemoan the fact that I’ve run out of a cereal but in this case I’m not bc A) my g’ma bought me like 10 boxes of the stuff recently and B) the last bowl of HBO is always the granola-y small crushed up bits.  Which is pure joy (and FYI: cinnamon clusters are the bestest).

And I want to end the post with two things:

  1. My destination marathon is by no means set in stone.  And, judging by my source of the information, there’s a very good chance it will fall apart.  So keep fingers crossed for me and hopefully I will know more by the end of the week.  Even though fall just began, winter is just around the corner and I’d have to start thinking about training plans / starting ’em very soon.
  2. I just finished reading The Perfect Mile, and while I’m by no means a miler it got me pumped and inspired to do some hardcore training.  Next up on my list is Born to Run which I’ve been told is also really inspirational. I actually got my copy from a friend who doesn’t run and she said that it made her want to start.  Now she told me she has no intention of actually running but eh, I’m sure that I’ll find it as fuel to train hard.

Hope everyone’s Monday is going smoothly.  And more productively than mine. Despite my long-ass to-do list from the weekend being finito, the next one is already forming. Heh. Such is my life 🙂

8 Comments »

  1. I like the bottom of the cereal box too 🙂

    Comment by Matt — September 28, 2009 @ 18:21

  2. Its funny I totally feel like I have a lethargy bug too, except I just chilled all weekend. I wonder if there is a shot for preventative lethargy? Well done on the lifting! Totally skipped today, as usual will have to do it tomorrow!

    Comment by Katerina — September 28, 2009 @ 23:24

  3. Haha, I’m procrastinating right now, so I’m in the same boat as you! Your paragraph on your cell phone dying really made my crack up. My phone does the same annoying beepy thing, and when it does it in the middle of night, ahh, oh it bugs! I’ll for sure be keeping my fingers crossed that your marathon plans work out!

    Comment by Liz — September 28, 2009 @ 23:46

  4. You are definitely a mileage junkie!! It is virtually impossible to not hit the miles when you have them in your head … if you don’t it’s like cheating yourself, which is a NO NO!

    I was just thinking about picking up some running books … timely post!

    Comment by a marathoner — September 29, 2009 @ 08:44

  5. I have a problem NOT tracking mileage…sometimes the process needs to be honored rather than the destination…but that said, don’t feel lazy! You rock, girl…and life is about ups and downs!

    Comment by specialkphd — September 29, 2009 @ 13:07

  6. Sometimes I think it’s better to just give in and be lazy when you really really want to. You can try to fight it, but you just end up frustrated (IMHO).

    Comment by EarlyRunner — September 29, 2009 @ 13:27

  7. gah i totally feel you on the proscrastination right now… i have a ton of stuff to do, but i am blaming my laziness on taper 🙂

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

  8. Which marathon do you have picked out?

    Comment by runjess — September 29, 2009 @ 15:21


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