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November 17, 2009

Let the cutback week begin…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:29

Hmmmm yeah, so about that cut back I was talking about? Guess I’m not really running like it so far this week haha.

I really just couldn’t help myself this morning.  The weather was clear, I was up early enough to see the real sunrise during the run and things just felt right.  So I ended up with 10.3 miles.  Don’t judge 😉

I also was able to get a semi-restorative sleep last night which made me not angry to get up when my alarm went off. I still didn’t get much sleep but I think I woke up at the right point in the sleep cycle that it didn’t feel so bad.  I actually talked to my doctor yesterday about the sleep and she said that the best thing would be for me to stay up the entire night, entire next day then try to go to bed because it will restore my circadian rhythm.  I think I might try it over the weekend when I’m already staying up late.  Granted the catch is that I can’t let myself oversleep the next day.  Most likely not going to be a problem with me, but the point is to get on a good *cycle* not just get one night of lots of sleep.

In any case like I said, the weather was clear but cold, I think it was 31* when I left my room.  I was a bit worried I was going to underdress  and end up wayyy freezing because I was trying out a new running top I got for my birthday (from my awesome roomie — well she was the last roomie I had before I got my singles).

It’s a Nike DryFit top so it really isn’t designed (in my opinion) for the New England cold but it was actually not too bad for this morning though I guess it’s more of a base layer.  I definitely felt the cold but I liked the material against my skin which buffered it from being bitter cold and going numb. Again, even in shorts and this top the only thing that got cold was my hands.  I really need to find reliable gloves.  I had told her I was going to wear the top Sunday or Monday (like right after I got it) but it was just too warm those days for it.  Funny how this morning was almost too cold.  Oh New England in November.

So I think that part of the reason I ran so long this morning was because I felt so bamf and hot in it haha.  Another plus was that, because Tuesdays are crazy mornings, I don’t shower before heading to Spanish class with Hot-Spanish-TA so I got to wear it there and look good.

The run itself was pretty non-descript.  I mean, I knew going into the first mile that I was feeling good so I kept doing all the “additionals” first so that I wouldn’t mentally cop out of the full 10.3 I was itching to do.  I should have just done one of my longer routes but I love my typical Tuesday 6.3 loop so I had to do some creative loops to get those extra 4 miles.  The only problem was that doing stuff that’s 1-1.5 miles a couple times gets boring so once I hit those 4 “additional” stuff I was jacked to start the “real route”

The “real route” was going around the reservoir by my school and, even though the sun was already up by the time I started this, it was still beautiful.  Maybe that’s why I keep it as my Tuesday staple.  The fatigue / heaviness that I had been complaining about the past few days was gone, maybe another reason I went double digits.  My guess is that the Sunday fatigue was due to my longer-than-usual long run on Saturday and the Monday fatigue was Monday morning fatigue comme d’habitude (like usual, my brain is all muddled lately with all the languages I “speak”).

Definitely a plus and my pace was rockin’ for a 0600, 10.3 mile run.  Well maybe not rockin’ but compared to the past two days calculating the overall pace was amazing.  Maybe that’s what Monday runs are good for: a booster for a normal paced Tuesday run 🙂

Now sitting on a good run that lifted my spirits I have to try and get some work done.  The only thing pulling me through is the “Mesa de Espanol” later tonight.  Basically it’s going to be like the time two weeks ago where everyone there sits around and chats in Spanish (including Hot-Spanish-TA).  Only it might just be better this time because I’m dragging a friend with me so I’m not the only non-fluent-Spanish speaker there haha.

Enjoy your Tuesdays!!

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9 Comments »

  1. Don’t know if you are into taking meds, but I’ll chew some melatonin tablets when I’m having a hard time trying to sleep, and it seems to help. Plus it’s “natural” for what that’s worth. Dramamine is the ultimate in do-it-yourself chemically induced sleep, but I try to save that for special occasions like overnight bus rides with college students.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — November 17, 2009 @ 15:50

  2. lol you crack me up. love the shirt! glad you got to spend so much time with it today 🙂 awesome run, too. and seriously if you are doing POTM don’t cutback! are you crazy?! kick that contest’s butt!

    Comment by Lacey — November 17, 2009 @ 16:25

  3. Ha, I totally have that same shirt. And I definitely never wear it because I’m ALWAYS cold in it. But my cold is nothing like New England cold, so I feel for ya.

    Comment by Kathleen — November 17, 2009 @ 17:07

  4. cuuuute! i have a couple tops like that and LOVE them!

    Comment by aron — November 17, 2009 @ 17:14

  5. Oh man, winter is upon you!

    Just catching up on your blog, but thanks for the shout out on Sunday!

    Comment by runjess — November 17, 2009 @ 17:20

  6. I have that same top in blue! Sorry you were freezing today though. Ugh.

    Comment by teamarcia — November 17, 2009 @ 17:54

  7. Sweet run. Way to bang out double digits mid week.

    It’s so nice to get new gear! Makes you feel faster.

    Comment by a marathoner — November 17, 2009 @ 17:59

  8. Nice run dude. I love going long 🙂

    I like Nike tops too. They are amazing!

    Comment by Matt — November 17, 2009 @ 18:17

  9. I love running clothes…now if only I could afford them :(…but it’s sooo hard to know what to wear out at this time of year…I never know how many layers, long-sleeve, short-sleeve and light jacket…tights…oye the decisions! The worst part is how long it takes to get dressed – versus shorts and a t-shirt in the summer – so easy!! haha – in the dead of winter it’s like an extra 30 minutes of your day with like 20 lbs of clothes!!! i’m tired just from changing.

    Comment by eatmovelove — November 17, 2009 @ 22:42


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