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November 11, 2009

Oh Wednesday. Plugging Away

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:32

First off I want to say a HUGE Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our country and those who are doing so now.  You are heros. Every single one of you!

For me, today has been an “off” day.  Nothing bad has happened per se but I’ve just been out of it.  I have no idea what day it is or what I need to be doing. Luckily no matter what day it is I can get up and run. So life is good in that respect.

I’ve decided that until Boston training starts up I’m not going to force myself to do speedwork.  Yes it’s really important to incorporate it into a running routine but I’m not going to hold myself to doing it once a week.  I’ll just do it every 10-14 days or so.  Since the last time I did fast stuff was 2 weeks ago exactly I should be telling you that I did it this morning.  But that would be lying haha.

I did an easy 6 miles instead. I wasn’t feeling speedwork so I didn’t do it.  Maybe tmrw, maybe I’ll push it off another week.  With such high mileage lately I’d rather not stress my body with two variables.  And I’ve been liking running looooong lately so there you go.  The weather was absolutely perfect for this kind of running too.  Mid 40s* with some clouds in the sky.  Just the kind of morning you want to soak up rather than have it be a blur by concentrating on splits or keeping your  mind focused on what your body is doing.

I was aware, though, the my legs were fatigued.  Which then made my pace at the end very surprising as it was right where I would have wanted it to be.  So you wouldn’t have known based on my time that my legs were feeling the miles they’ve been doing lately.  When I saw my time, however, I wanted to say “screw you legs I’m running more” because I hate not taking advantage of a quick pace.  But then I had to remind myself that I’ve been running like this for 2-ish weeks so it’s not likely a fluke-y pace but rather that this pace is truly what my body thinks is easy.  One way I could tell was my HR, it’s been staying pretty low lately when my runs are finished. Very cool.

Especially when I’m getting so little sleep.  Again I was tossing and turning.  I remember having three distinct dreams too, which is annoying because that means I kept waking up during the crucial part of the sleep cycle. The wicked weird thing is that I’ve stopped being tired from it.  My body is just on go-go-go.  My doctor seems to think that my body is really sensitive to my emotions — which is why my running has been so good since I’m happy. The flip side of that is that all the “happy hormones” are being pumped out in full swing too so that’s likely why I’ve been restless at night.  Oh to think that being happy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be 🙂

And I guess I should stop complaining about my birthday.  A lot of you are telling me that 23 isn’t old.  😛

I know that but like I said yesterday I feel so much older than the ppl around me sometimes.  Maybe it’s not an age thing, I guess I’m really ready to leave school and feel so much more mature than some of my peers, but being a full year older doesn’t help matters. And to answer EarlyRunner‘s question about my gap year: I worked at an elementary school in my hometown as well as a nursery (garden center) to earn some cash before coming to my excessively expensive school.

Although the whole age thing bugs me a bit, I’m getting excited about celebrating.  Starting tmrw.  Haha, three days of (hopefully) amazingness. I have my plans mapped out for Thursday and Friday but Saturday — my actual birthday — nothing.  Haha. And to answer Lacey’s questions: no idea for dinner and ideally I’d want an ice cream cake.  But since I have yet to decide what I want to do I have no idea what’s going down. I do want to find a way to ask Hot-Spanish-TA to celebrate but I feel like, since I’m so awkward, the whole situation would be awkward. Any tips to de-awkwardize it?

Happy Hump Day! The week is almost over!!



  1. Ugh I couldn’t sleep last night either! That drives me crazy!

    Comment by Michelle — November 11, 2009 @ 19:55

  2. I love birthdays, pamper yourself and make people pamper you! I usually choose lemon tart as my dessert.. or anything in cupcake form.

    Hate to say it, but over-training can cause you to have trouble sleeping right? tee hee

    Comment by Katerina — November 11, 2009 @ 19:55

  3. I found you through the “early runner” blog – I loved your post! I’m a vet, and it’s so nice to see how many people recognize vets and those who are currently serving. It makes me feel great! I’m sorry you haven’t been sleeping well, I do hope you are able to get rested soon because lack of sleep is no fun.

    Comment by triathena — November 11, 2009 @ 23:38

  4. Happy early Birthday…I think you need to do something special for yourself to commemorate your day!
    Yes, yes, do it!

    Oh, and be careful about overtraining…it can sneak up on you really really quickly!

    Comment by The Laminator — November 12, 2009 @ 00:58

  5. Sorry to hear about your fatigue…cutting back for a week or so will definitely fix that. Plus it will let you sleep in a little bit, which will feel amazing as well…
    Ice cream is always my absolute favee too! And I have no idea how you should ask your TA..Maybe you could be like, “Oh hey, a bunch of us are going to the bar on my birthday…you should come too!” Haha, good luck!

    Comment by Kathleen — November 12, 2009 @ 07:30

  6. Great run! Are new kicks in order as a present to yourself??? You are probably at 1,600 or so miles by now.

    Comment by a marathoner — November 12, 2009 @ 11:53

  7. You should so invite hot TA out for your birthday. Just casually like Kathleen said. I mean, he invited you to the sangria party (or at least would have sanctioned you being there)… But mostly I hope you have an awesome time.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — November 12, 2009 @ 12:09

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