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October 5, 2009

Odds and ends

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:32

A quick note before I delve into more of my ramblings.  I want to apologize to Sarah for pretty basically attacking her alma matter in a comment I made on one of her posts without intending to.  I was clearly expressing bias and my surprise (and type without thinking statement) was because of everything you said in your defense of Williams (ie: all the good stuff). I shouldn’t have made a blanket statement when all I was drawing on were my sister and her cronies and their attitudes.  Every place in the world is a mix of good and bad and I shouldn’t have assumed that what I saw was representative of everyone. Sorry! and hopefully you won’t hate me forever!

A Marathoner commented yesterday that I seem to do daily runs ranging from 9-13 miles.  At first I was taken aback (like NO I mix things up and do too have distinction between long runs and weekday runs!) but then I realized: he’s right.  I’ve been pushing for the sake of pushing and getting high miles in.  Part of it is because I can but part of it is so mental.  I’ve gotten to the point where shorter runs just don’t do it for me anymore; when did a 5 miler become not good enough? I’ve also gotten used to being able to brag to ppl that I do a daily 8,9,10-er.  Man, I think I need to chill out!

Good thing today is a rest day!

I have such a hard time taking rest days.  I just want to run run run! So luckily today was a jammed packed day: 3 classes in the morning with a GeoPhysics field trip lab in the afternoon; which by the way was AWESOME.  Hopefully I can get some pictures uploaded soon (have to wait for them to be put up on facebook).  But the basic gist is that we were trying to figure out the composition of materials in a field near my school.  We banged a sledgehammer into the ground and recorded how long it took for our sensors to pick up the propogated wave.  Tmrw in class we’re going to analyze the data and try to figure out how deep the bedrock is.  Yes, I am a physics nerd and this was soooooo much fun heh.

Addressing the questions about the potential marathon: unfortunately nothing really happened on Friday like I had hoped *sadface*.  So to unveil some of the mystery here’s the deal: My friend’s dad is running a marathon (I’m going to leave some mystery and not tell you which one) which his company is paying for.  There was (and still is) a good chance that I can get the company to bring me along — my friend hasn’t had time yet to talk with her dad.  Which would be frickin sweet.  The catch is that I would be helping to pace him to a sub-4 I have no problem doing this because A) I wouldn’t be paying for the trip 100% and B) the marathon itself would be amazing.  If the whole company thing doesn’t work out, my friend has hinted that her and her boyfriend would help out considerably financially as it’s in a vacation-y spot and a great trip.  Again, to reiterate: nothing concrete and nothing for me to pin hopes up on yet but that’s what’s going on at the moment.

As another note about marathons, Lacey asked which marathon my friend did; it was the Portland ME one (not sure if it has a more specific name than that…) and I still am soooo proud of her!

And another note (but not about marathons) from a few days ago: yes I do eat instant raw oats.  Not quite sure why, but when I’m making them I pour the packet into my coffee mug while I wait for the water to boil.  More often than not by the time the water boils I need another package because it’s already half gone! It’s not something that I can say I looooove and look forward to eating but it just happens heh.  Very weird I know.

And I want to leave you with this, which I read on Tay’s blog this morning.  It’s from her g’ma and I thought it was really nice to read. It’s called “Rules to Live By”:

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

4. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

7. Believe in love at first sight.

8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

15. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze..

16. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

18. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice

21. Spend some time alone.



  1. Those are good rules to live by. I always thought science labs were kind of fun (except chemistry – ugh).

    Comment by EarlyRunner — October 5, 2009 @ 17:00

  2. I took a rest day today too! It will be the worst day of the week 😉

    Comment by Matt — October 5, 2009 @ 18:21

  3. Not much to say, but I really like this post. Thank you.

    Comment by LARunner — October 5, 2009 @ 21:41

  4. Hey, I’m psyched you took a rest day!!! Your bones, joints and muscles are dancing a jig!! I’m glad you took my comment as intended … just an observation, but interestingly enough I am trending along the same lines as you. If a run is less than 8 miles, I’m annoyed. That is nuts, but it is clear that runners are not rational creatures.

    Comment by a marathoner — October 6, 2009 @ 12:29

  5. I like #14…especially when it comes an ambitious marathon goal.
    Is it wrong that running came to mind on each of those?
    Good luck with your potential marathon stint…it would make all those daily longish non-long runs worth it!

    Comment by The Laminator — October 7, 2009 @ 07:35

  6. oh i don’t hate you at all! seriously, your reasons were totally understandable. i’m just catching up on your blog now — i’m so sorry you’re sick!! hope you feel better super soon and please don’t hesitate to treat yourself to some REST, girl! you need/deserve it!

    Comment by sarah (ghost world) — October 9, 2009 @ 21:59

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