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October 21, 2009

A good run…eventually

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:14

HELLO! Today is much calmer than yesterday. Still lots to do but I have time to do it rather than being tied up in meetings and classes. Like stress level = huge decrease!

I may have to take some of my work outside because it is gorgeous out! High of 60 or so? What? And the weather for my run this morning was glorious as well, today a 0600 temp of 40* really meant 40*.

I decided to not be a slacker and actually do some core-work before heading out for the run. This ate up time before the sunrise and, although I still was in the dark, it was nowhere near as long as yesterday. But luckily, as a couple ppl reminded me, daylights saving is ending soon and I shall get the sun back. Of course the flip side is that it’s pitch black at 1600 but hey, I don’t run then so I don’t care haha. LARunner brought up a good point though in her comment about reflective gear. I don’t own any (although my practically glow-in-the-dark green shirt might disagree) and I don’t want to be wearing, like, a crossing guard vest or something. Tips as to what I can do?

As for the core work itself, I did 3x: [Edited with descriptions!]

  • Twists (From sitting position on ground, hold weights in hands and twist torso trying to get the weights to touch the ground)
  • 90* legs (Lay down on ground with legs at a 90* angle at the knee joints.  Shins and lower legs should be parallel with the ground and quads perpendicular.  Hold weights up and reach for the ceiling directly above you)
  • Dead Bug (Kind of a modified bicycle.  Lay on your back and imitate a dying bug.  Move your legs in the bicycle fashion but keep your upper body still.  I don’t think this is the “correct” way to do it but it’s what I do)

It felt good and I followed it with my PT back exercises. I don’t go to PT anymore but in order to keep my low back pain at bay I need to stay vigilant about the exercises.

Then I went out for my run. A planned 6-7 easy. Well the first 2ish miles were awful. My legs and lungs were not in sync. I think I was trying to go to fast, like my mind wanted to go faster than my body could support. Obviously the solution to that is to slow the heck down! And I did, which definitely helped out a lot. So after those 2-3 miles I found the rhythm. At that point I really still wanted to get the 6-7 miles of good running in so I just “reset” my run from there and ended up with 9 total. Anyone else do that? Go longer than planned because you wanted to get a certain distance in quality-wise?

I don’t have a breakdown stats of the first 2 vs the last 7 but the overall pace was extremely close to where I wanted it to be so I suspect that I was successful in my endeavor. Which made me feel good. Also, I was extremely overdressed this morning as the weathermen lied to me yesterday and I assumed today would be the same so I threw on a longsleeve shirt. Definitely way to warm for that. Luckily I always wear shortsleeves under, so problem solved!

I think I hear my research calling me. In a very whiny tone in fact. So I suppose I must attend to it.

Here are facts of life #11-15 (and I’m glad you guys find them as hilarious as I do!)

11. I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I’ll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone’s laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I’m still the only one who really, really gets it.

12. The other night I hit a new low at a bar. I had to find a bathroom. Eventually I decided it was probably on the other side of the bar so I tried to walk over there, but ran into a guy coming the other way. We played that, Both go left, Both go right game to no avail, so I finally put out my hand to guide myself past and that’s is when I realized, yup, that’s a mirror I just tried to walk through. And the guy on the other side is me. Even cats can recognize their own image.

13. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

14. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

15. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.


  1. I like your “facts.” I am the same way with groceries, especially living on the second floor.

    Comment by runjess — October 21, 2009 @ 15:21

  2. Very nice to make certain you get quality miles in!

    Please describe your core exercises? I can imagine twists, but what are 90* and Dead Bug?

    Comment by a marathoner — October 21, 2009 @ 15:21

    • Post has been updated with descriptions! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2009 @ 15:33

    • Thanks! Good stuff. Need to incorporate some of that … just doing pedestal/plank routines, various leg swings, etc. right now.

      Comment by a marathoner — October 21, 2009 @ 16:09

  3. Check YouTube for fitted sheet folding hacks. That’s how I learned to do it.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — October 21, 2009 @ 15:31

  4. thanks for the new core ideas! i believe i will try out the first two today. the dead bug i might skip… hehehe.

    do you always run the same route? what are your route(s) like? i sort of miss running at midd– i would like to go back and re-run some of my go-to routes. it’s funny how when you are in a place you have your routes and then when you go somewhere else you find all new ones.

    Comment by Lacey — October 21, 2009 @ 16:01

  5. My mom is a psycho and bought me a reflective vest over the summer! She hated the thought of me running at 5 AM in the dark. I wore it for a few days but that was it.

    I’ve had days where the first couple of miles are hell so I usually extend my run a few miles to get some “real” running in 😉

    Comment by Matt — October 21, 2009 @ 16:50

  6. It was gorgeous here today too, in the low 70s!!! And I love reading your “facts of life” this week.

    Comment by Michelle — October 21, 2009 @ 21:18

  7. Oh my God!! I love that you reset your watch to get in quality miles – you are hard-core girl!!! Do you always run in the mornings? Do you feel stiff or do you prefer it? Is it ‘scary’ out there in the dark?! I’ve done it a few times but I worry about being out there by myself.

    And I am dying here at your ‘facts’…oh my God – #11 is soooo true – I am always like that with a movie I love – it’s like I want everybody else to ‘get’ it just like I do —it’s all I can do not to provide a running commentary – but even that would irritate me, because people stilll just wouldn’t understand it like it’s supposed to be. Hah, highly stressed Type A’s no??!

    Comment by eatmovelove — October 21, 2009 @ 21:58

  8. They make TONS of reflective gear besides the geeked out vest. They have little things to put on your shoes, headbands, wristbands, ANYTHING, really. Also, some clothing are made with reflective stripes sewn near the arms or something like that. If I come across anything, I’ll try to send it your way.

    Early runner- thanks for the tip about the sheets! Those things drive me crazy. LOL.

    Comment by LARunner — October 22, 2009 @ 04:27

  9. I never know the actual names of exercises…and I might have to try “dead bug,” haha, just for the funny name of it 🙂

    Awesome job on your run! I don’t usually “reset” my watch, but sometimes I will run longer than planned once my legs start to stretch out and I gather an actual rhythm along the way.

    Comment by Kathleen — October 22, 2009 @ 07:08

  10. EarlyRunner: Sweet deal! Thanks 🙂

    EatMoveLove: I definitely get paranoid sometimes (about abduction/getting hit/getting hurt — in that order haha) but only when I’m on my actual route. The public safety (ps) officers at my school definitely see me enough and look out for me when I stick close to campus / do laps of campus which is what I try to do when it’s dark.

    LARunner:sweet deal. yeah the only thing that I associate with reflective gear are the vests! I’ll definitely check out some places this weekend. Do you think target would have stuff? If not I’m 99.99% sure there’s a sports store close to me

    Comment by marathonmaiden — October 22, 2009 @ 13:27

  11. I love number 14…

    14. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in

    hahha this is the story of my life. I always get people staring at me but hey I’d rather make one trip.

    Comment by Mary — October 23, 2009 @ 11:39

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