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October 17, 2009

Good Luck Lacey! and a great long run

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:33

First off: GOOD LUCK TMRW LACEY! I’m sending fast vibes your way as well as making an animal sacrifice or two to the weather gods so it’s NOT cold and rainy and bad out. I mean the weather ppl were wrong about today, n’est-ce pas?

Oh wow I am tired. I think I have a sleep hangover.  I saw Transformers 2 last night and my advice to you if youre thinking of seeing it: don’t.  Total waste of my time (luckily it was free so I didn’t waste any $$) but there was too much robot and not enough action.  I actually wanted to leave 30 minutes into it but my friend wanted to stay so I was there the whole time.  It put me in a slightly bad mood (and the fact that it’s 2.5 hours long didn’t help) which is too bad because another GREAT thing happened last night…

MAJOR HOT-SPANISH-TA SIGHTING. Last night there was a Latin Dance performance and I went to support my friend who, while not in the Hispanic dance group, was doing a piece to help out (she’s in the school’s Dance Co.).  And guess who was there? Well I already told you but Hot-Spanish-TA. AND he stood next to me / my group of friends for the entire performance.  Plus, just when I thought that my night was complete, some of my friends wanted to grab something to eat at the dining hall and guess who ended up getting there just after us? Yup, Hot-Spanish-TA (plus some other TAs he was with).  Word.  Not only was the night fun from all the stuff I was doing with my friend but I got to see Hot-Spanish-TA.  Too bad the movie was a complete buzz-kill.

Anyway, on to running as this is the reason I started the blog and why most of you prolly started reading it haha.  Another cold day in New England, about 36* when I woke up.  Since today was a planned long run, as opposed to all the longest runs I just do during the week haha, I chose to wait a bit before running and eat some breakfast first thing.  This gave me food in my belly and a chance for the weather to warm up a few degrees.  Since it was really sunny out the temperature would really matter *that* much but I’ll take whatever I can get!

Since I did an interval workout yesterday, I was hesitant to go long today but it was sunny (yet still in the 30s) when I left and tmrw is suppose to be rainy.  I try to avoid the rain whenever possible, so today was going to have to be the day. My legs were a little stiff getting out of bed but that may have to do with a little impromptu dancing last night haha.

Even though it was a bit chilly when I left, I knew that I would eventually warm up so I wore this baby (except with longsleeves):

I bet you could see me in a blizzard wearing this!

I bet you could see me in a blizzard wearing this!

and I was complemented by a couple of cyclists as well as hollered at by a few high school boys haha.  I’m glad I went with the long sleeves because the temperature DROPPED so much by the end of the run, or at least it felt that way (it’s about 47* now I think).

And my legs held up remarkably well the whole time.  I don’t really know what it is but my body loves long distances. I just feel like I’m warming up the first 6 miles or so then everything is ready to roll.  During my marathon this past spring, I felt amazing post mile 20 and both post 20 mile training runs AND the actual marathon I never felt real soreness.  Guess it’s no surprise that my planned 12 turned into 14.  Plus the extra miles also gave me a chance to run by Hot-Spanish-TA’s house.

The 14 miles were also much faster (like 30 sec per mile) than my *shorter* mid-week runs.  How crazy is that? Plus I’m 99.99% sure that miles 1-6 were creepy crawly, meaning that miles 7-14 were actually faster than the average pace. So I finished my run all pumped up and actually wanting to do more.  And I would have too, if my stomach wasn’t grumbling.  Now my legs are a wee bit sore again so I’ll  *gasp* stretch them out and maybe use The Stick (haven’t done that in a while).

But I’m still happy because the run just lifted me up.  I wasn’t necessarily in a bad mood per-se beforehand but there’s just something about a good fast long run that just buoys you (or maybe it’s just me).  I’m for once not dreading the to-do list I’ve been staring at for the past hour or two haha.

Enjoy your Saturdays y’all and GOOD LUCK (again) LACEY 🙂


  1. Ok. You need to step up your game and speak to this TA! 🙂

    Congrats on the great run … nothing like a little color to spice up an otherwise dreary fall day!

    Comment by a marathoner — October 17, 2009 @ 15:55

  2. you are already back in marathon training mode!!!!!! i love that you had such a fast feel good fourteen miler. makes for a lot of good f-words 🙂 so let’s definitely do some long runs together and some track work and some lifting work, yep, we should def train together if possible 🙂 so yeah,… you are def a distance runner, i enjoyed that comment in your last post when the gym person asked how far you had run.

    thanks so much for the good luck… AHHHHH!!! i will come back to let you know how it went!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the weather looks SOOOOOooo crappy. the coldest it’s been in awhile, and i’ve done so much of my training in heat. BUT… no excuses. it’s go time. i’m absolutely freaking out. lol.

    hey that shirt looks familiar!!!! i shoulda bought something there cuz they were only $15 at the tufts 10k!!!! does your longsleeve have a hood????? i really like that green color too!!!! SEE YOU ON THE FLIP SIDE!!

    Comment by Lacey — October 17, 2009 @ 17:05

  3. YAYAY I’m super glad you’re feeling better! 14 miles is definitely a solid long run, so GOOD for you! Love the running shirt, btw.

    Comment by Kathleen — October 17, 2009 @ 17:52

  4. Good run. Are you training for an upcoming race now? How many marathons have you done – judging by your blog name … a few??!! Do you mind saying your times? Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier, I replied back, not sure if you got it though. Have a good evening!

    Comment by eatmovelove — October 17, 2009 @ 21:21

    • Wow…great run. It sounds like you can just hop into a marathon and do really well. I will capture all your long run vibes when I run my marathon in 2 weeks.

      Comment by The Laminator — October 17, 2009 @ 22:51

  5. Yup, Transformers 2 sucks. At least you had a great hot spanish ta sighting! That’s awesome you sped up so much on your run. Always great to run great!

    Comment by Liz — October 18, 2009 @ 02:26

  6. Do you run your long runs later in the day than your other runs? I know I’m quite a bit faster at 10am or even 8am than I am at 6am so I generally run my long runs and races faster than I think I will based on my pace during the week.

    +1 to everyone who said you should try to talk to Hot Spanish TA. As long as you don’t think you’ll ever be in his class. Then that might be weird.

    Comment by Chelsea — October 18, 2009 @ 08:34

  7. lacey: my longsleeve does have a hood and i love it, esp the florescence of it!

    eatmorelove: currently not training for anything which is crazy because i’m running so much! i’ve only run one marathon and i ran it in 3:37:58 — the nickname comes from tbm over at rw. i actually have a page on the blog “my running” where i have my prs

    lam: i will ship all the long run vibes to you for your marathon, but my fast is prolly your slow haha.

    chelsea: yeah my long runs are later in the day but i think the root cause is that i eat before them. even my 0800 runs are slower because i just get up and go

    Comment by marathonmaiden — October 18, 2009 @ 15:23

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