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November 4, 2009

Cycle of good running continues

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:25

Good afternoon all! My Wednesdays have become less stressful after changing physio to audit as I don’t have to go the labs anymore (still going to class, doing the last lab writeup and taking the test.  Just no 3-hour lab!).  Now that means that I have three hours to do all my other work.  Plus 4 loads of laundry!

But this lower stress (and knowing that I can balance everything) is leading to more good running.  Yet again I had a 0600 run that was stellar!  It was a bit on the cold side — prolly around 32*, and I was quite chilly when I was in the shady spots.  Once I was out from under the trees and in the sun I was practically overheating.  Gotta love this sunshine.

Like yesterday I set out for a shorter distance than I ended up doing.  But I was, apparently, flying and went for another 9.  I figure that I’ve been “suffering” pace wise for a while so I’m going to enjoy this cycle of fast strong stuff.  Even if I don’t feel fast.  Not that I’m feeling really slow either but there is a noticeable difference in the feeling in my legs.

Despite still being sleep deprived there is absolutely no heaviness in my legs, including the start of my runs.  I just feel ready from the get-go.  A great feeling to be sure and, although I never *dread* runs, I’ve been really looking forward to it lately.  Albeit with some trepidation as I don’t know when the cycle of good is going to switch (yup total glass-half-empty person haha)

But I have two theories as to why my past few runs have been great:

  1. Cut back week.  It may not have been that much but a decrease of 10 miles might have just been the break that my legs needed.
  2. Daylight saving time ending.  Because in reality I’m running an hour later than normal if you think about it.  Definitely could be a factor because I’ve noticed this kind of a difference in time (and with no other variables changing) when it’s 0800 vs 0600 running.  So maybe my legs just don’t like 0600? Hopefully they don’t wise up anytime soon about the time change.
  3. I am so less stressed (as I’ve talked about ad nauseum) and feel content.  I can’t remember the last time that I didn’t have a knot of anxiety in my stomach.  Happiness = good running.  Always
  4. Combo of all three.  Which is what I think it is. Funny how things align at just the right moments.

Today’s total? 9 miles.  I even wanted to do more but I needed to shower and get ready for my day. Which I’ve been trudging through.  I’m actually off to the “Spanish Table” where a bunch of ppl just hang out and chat in Spanish.  My prof told me that I should go to practice my Spanish and I agree with her but it also helps that Hot-Spanish-TA is going to be there.  I’m actually pretty nervous to go and not speak English.  Kind of intimidating actually.  But I’m sure when it’s all said and done I’ll be happy 🙂

Note re: the French porn I had to watch.  It was for my class because we’re finishing up the book and my prof wanted us to be able to compare the two.  Biggest difference? The movie was basically 100% sex and the book was about 50% sex.  Haha.

And now The Facts of Life, because I need to laugh at something or risk the butterflies in my stomach causing my to vomit. Pleasant I know.

56. Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn’t know what do to with it.

57. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time…

58. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?

59. It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

60. I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

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9 Comments »

  1. Probably all three! Number two won’t last forever… You have to get used to the time change eventually!

    Comment by Matt — November 4, 2009 @ 16:56

  2. My guess is it’s a combo of all three theories. Regardless, enjoy it while it lasts. Keep rolling!

    Comment by a marathoner — November 4, 2009 @ 16:59

  3. Glad to hear you are running well and feeling less stressed! You deserve it!

    And the facts of life cracked me up once again. The snooze button one is totally true!

    Comment by Michelle — November 4, 2009 @ 20:58

  4. Lovin’ the Facts of Life, as usual. Keep up the good work with the running! Awesome job.

    Comment by LARunner — November 5, 2009 @ 06:22

  5. Stress definitely contributes to bad running – I am a testament to that!! How early do you have to get up in the morning if your running for so long usually??? I have to leave for work at 8…and getting up at 6 would push it tight for running anything over an hour…because I’d need to clean up and eat breakfast (yes, I’m lame and breakfast is a priority and why can’t I just grab a smoothie and get over it right?! sigh…). I had a great run in the cold and dark last night too – could have kept going but I was getting irritated towards the end and alittle freaked out by the dark…

    Comment by eatmovelove — November 5, 2009 @ 09:00

  6. that facts of life ongoing list is awesome. they are just so damn funny.

    9 miles!!! nice 🙂 running is such an ebb and flow sport. why can’t we just be ON all the time, seriously 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — November 5, 2009 @ 12:53

  7. ALSO– when is your break coming up? do you want to plan some meet-up runs at some point? what is your highest distance going to be in the upcoming month or two? i want to work back up to 18 miles…

    Comment by Lacey — November 5, 2009 @ 12:55

    • thanksgiving break starts on the 24th and i go back on the 29th. don’t know what i’m doing yet but i’d LOVE to do a run! i have no idea what my highest run will be but i’m sure over the winter break (~19-Dec to 22-Jan) i’d be willing to get back up there. i think 16 is more a reasonable goal for me, but with boston coming up i may change my tune 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 5, 2009 @ 13:08

  8. #59 is so true for me on the Facts of Life list. Good luck with the espanol. Let us know how it goes.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — November 5, 2009 @ 12:57


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