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November 22, 2009

Stale but running is movement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:48

Hey all.  Hope that you’re enjoying your Sunday afternoons.  It’s a definite make-it-work day as I didn’t do anything all weekend.  And guess what? I discovered that I have wayyy more work that I thought.  So this post might feel a bit rushed.

But I wasn’t too rushed to skip my run.  I doubt that will ever happen.  When I woke up this morning I totally felt like a mack truck hit me.  I opted to skip the movie last night to just go to Vegas night in an attempt to not stay out too late.  I had to go to support my friend who was running the Vegas thing and the movie was wayyy long.  Luckily I was able to get to bed before midnight and got 8 solid hours of sleep.

The bad thing? Well I’ve been fending off a sore throat / cold for a bit now and I think it’s threatening to run rampant on me.  I totally feel like my glands are swollen (they aren’t) and I have a headache but I think that’s due more to dehydration than anything else.  I nixed the first-thing-run to see how I felt after a few hours and some food in my belly. Good call because within 3 hours I felt good enough to attempt 6 miles.

And like AMarathoner said to me at RWOL who am I kidding trying to keep my run to only 6? He predicted 9 and that’s what it ended up being haha. I think this high mileage (ball park estimate of this week? 68!?!) is taking it’s toll — although Matt is totally kicking my ass!  Hence the little ickyness this morning and the quad soreness during the run itself.  But I’m doing POTM so there’s plenty of time to rest after Thanksgiving 🙂

I also think that running has been my constant lately.  I’ve been dealing with some heaviness feelings just because the semester is winding down meaning that I only have one more semester left of college!! That is the scariest thought in the world to me right now.  Especially since I have no concrete plans for the next year.  I have ideas but nothing is set in stone and is definitely subject to change.  But I’m just chomping at the bit to move on with my life.

I’d describe it as a restlessness lately or maybe a stiffening feeling.  I feel like I’ve taken everything I can out of my college experience and want to use it in the real world.  Granted I have no idea what the real world is yet and I don’t know what I actually want to experience: do I want to travel (YES), get work experience, work in a lab to develop my research skills?

Anyway these are the thoughts I’ve been pondering lately and my runs are such a great time to do it.  Normally I like to take my thoughts and leave them in my room when I go out but lately running has embraced it.  I think it’s because I’m physically moving and my life just seems to be waiting, stagnant, until graduation.

At least that was the case this morning.  I welcomed the movement with open arms and pounded out those 9 miles.  Even with the legs feeling some fatigue I didn’t want to stop.  I just felt sooooo alive with the rhythm of my feet going at a steady beat.  The weather didn’t help either: 52* and overcast.  How much more perfect can you get for November?

So running is my rejuvenation.  As much as it’s good for my body it’s working overtime to help my mind.  A panacea if you will.  And with that I’m going to go tackle everything that is due tmrw. Ugh 😉


  1. Haha, I think I could have written this post(except the almost graduating thing). I’ve been getting a sore throat, today I used it as an excuse for ice cream. Also, if it weren’t for the POTM and Thanksgiving coming up I’d probably cut back, but damnit I want stuffing and a lot!

    Comment by Evan Thomas — November 22, 2009 @ 17:33

  2. Haha I am actually not even winning the POTM. I may have to go for some high mileage this week 🙂

    Comment by Matt — November 22, 2009 @ 17:37

  3. Ha ha. I knew you could not hold back on mileage … especially on a wknd w/ perfect weather. Great run.

    Don’t sweat post-college stuff. You will work it out and all will be good.

    Comment by A Marathoner — November 22, 2009 @ 18:36

  4. Ugh – hope you aren’t getting sick…and, uh, can I have your legs and running ability please? You have such a great mentality. Your right – running is a constant. It used to be the same way for me…and then I really lost it – never ever thought I would – it’s scary how things can happen and you ‘lose yourself’ …but it happened. Now, the rare times it feels ‘good’ or when I feel ‘bliss’ just with a cool breeze or crunching the leaves and being able to move – well, I don’t take it for granted.
    Sorry, got all cheesy on ya there 😉 Take care and here’s to hoping the ‘manic’ mondays passes quickly 😦 blah…

    Comment by eatmovelove — November 22, 2009 @ 22:54

  5. Take care of yourself, my dear! You’re not going to be able to run if you are really sick.

    Comment by Rebecca — November 23, 2009 @ 04:16

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