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October 26, 2009

“Be a better stalker”

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Title to be explained in a later paragraph, but too good a quote to pass up!

Well yesterday’s weather was nice enough to make me sweat hardcore but this morning? Not so much! It was a balmy 35* which was nice a crisp.  Felt good but definitely a bit of a shock to step outside!

I did 6 miles this morning.  Kind of on the long side but better than the 8-10 miles I have been doing Monday mornings.  So an improvement.  I figure that small changes will be the easiest to handle, so I’m going to slowly lower the mileage by cutting out 1-3 miles per day from my usual.  That will lead to maybe a 15 +/- 5 mile decrease over the course of the week.  I’ve also decided to cut out my lifting sessions as I’m far too tempted to include an extra 3 or 4 miles afterward, which isn’t necessary.

The miles were slow and steady.  I never felt like I was being a speedster (and my watch didn’t tell me otherwise) but I didn’t feel all lethargic and slow and dragging.  I suppose in the grand scheme of things this is what running should be: an enjoyable way to pass the time.  At least for the time being.  Once Boston training starts I’m sure I’ll change my tune 🙂

Leading me to re-ponder my paces.  I’m assuming that since there were no objections to the paces I posted that they all seem good relative to each other? As in my recovery/easy pace is okay compared to long run pace compared to tempo? I’m never sure if I’m running one pace to fast/slow given what my race paces and other training paces are.

I also really enjoyed watching a complete sunrise.  Even though I do core work before most of my runs I’m still not leaving my room until 0630 or so and the sun rises at 0706 (I think that was today’s).  I do get roughly 15-20 minutes of pre-sunrise light though (is this dawn?) so it’s not really as bad as it sounds.  Still, it’s a bit scary to look outside the window and see NO color in the sky

Well, there may have been a star or two when I was running. But still scary!

Well, there may have been a star or two when I was running. But still scary!

Well the colors are what I saw. Im in the middle of Nowhere USA so its not quite so scenic haha
Well the colors are what I saw. I’m in the middle of Nowhere USA so it’s not quite so scenic haha

This morning the route I chose didn’t incorporate laps of my school (another surefire temptation to add miles) so I hit the actual streets immediately.  It actually made me feel a bit unsafe which hasn’t happened in a really long time. Makes me think that I actually really do need reflective gear. I suppose I could wear my Halloween costume (oh burn! Another teaser!)  Any ideas on cheap (and non-dorky) actually I am trying to embrace my inner dork (in both academics, running, all aspects of life) so I guess I’m open to anything as long as it’s cheap and not tacky.  I can handle a little nerd but definitely not tacky.

Which (non-running tangent here) reminds me of Hot-Spanish-TA.  No, he’s not tacky but he was describing something in class the other day and said “chabacano” which means tacky.  It came out of nowhere so it was hilarious.  *LeSigh*. I need to learn his schedule so I can (to quote my roomie) “be a better stalker”.  Haha. But she is right: I am failing at this.

So I’m going to be creepy and go sit in the cafe before my meeting (seeing a woman who will “fix my life”) and study a bit for some upcoming exams. I have seen him there before so maybe I’ll get lucky? I’m open to ideas.  After Thursday night’s acknowledgment at the local bar I need to do *something*. Right? Oh man, hello MM, are you 15 again? Haha

Here’s some more Facts of Life to spice up your Monday!

26. Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using ‘as in’ examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss’s last name to an attorney and said “Yes that’s G as in…(10 second lapse)..ummm…Goonies”

27. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

28. While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it…thanks Mario Kart.

29. MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get the fuck out of my neighborhood.

30. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.


  1. WOW that first picture is dark 🙂

    i am looking forward to a few cut back weeks– but i am actually going to incorporate more lifting and less running. and more cross training. i want to run less but try to get in good “fitness” shape and excited about training for boston 🙂 i’m sure we can coordinate our training schedules a little bit, too, obviously not identical but perhaps meet up for some of the long runs and/or other idea workouts… i want to kick some buttski.

    Comment by Lacey — October 26, 2009 @ 15:29

  2. Very nice cutting back. Now the total BAMF move would be to speak to this TA, no?

    Comment by a marathoner — October 26, 2009 @ 18:38

  3. Wow – do you run on the roads – is there traffic? Safe area? How do you motivate yourself to get up when it’s dark?…in the summer, I love getting up because it’s light out – but now it just sucks – I think I have Seasonal Affective Disorder or something! Anyways, good job cutting back!! – now make sure you stick to it 🙂 oh and love the Mario of Kart facts…love it – I miss that game 🙂

    Comment by eatmovelove — October 26, 2009 @ 20:49

  4. LOL at your facts of life…especially about banana peel and MarioKart…my brother and I had the toughest rivalry in the original version of that game!

    Comment by The Laminator — October 26, 2009 @ 21:09

  5. Good job cutting back your miles today. Sounds like you have a good plan! Thanks for more facts of life. Totally put a smile on my face!

    Comment by Liz — October 26, 2009 @ 21:24

  6. perseverence is the KEY! 😛 one of my classmates on our clinic (future Speech Paths :D) rounds was going over alphabets with aphasic patients and she goes ‘r’ as in-uncomfortable 5 sec pause-‘errrr’!! i totally looked the other way and giggled sliently!!

    Comment by Saima — October 27, 2009 @ 02:06

  7. I love watching the sunrise too. I guess I missed it somehow, but why are you cutting back? Tired?

    Comment by runjess — October 27, 2009 @ 14:43

  8. Lacey: YES to coordinating training. just let me know what youre up for and when! kicking buttski is obv going to happen 🙂

    amarathoner: touche my friend!

    eatmovelove: yes there is traffic and there definitely are moments where i don’t feel safe. one of the reasons that i’m looking into reflective gear

    Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2009 @ 16:46

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