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December 7, 2009

“I said

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:45

BRR it’s cold in here”

First truly cold day of the winter.  And technically it’s still fall.  Oh man December.  I didn’t check the temp when I first got up (ignorance = bliss) but when I checked at 0800 it was 23*.  MMMM-hmmmm the sun was up and shining at that point too so I’m a little bit scared to think about how bone-chilling cold it was when I left my building.

Cold enough (because I checked the weather the night before and it said 0600 temp was going to be 25*) to break out a thermal top and layer it with an underarmour (but non-thermal) base layer with a windbreaker.  I still wore shorts because A) my legs don’t really get cold, it’s mostly my upper body and B) I don’t want to break out the truly cold winter gear just yet.  I also layered my gloves but to no avail. I mean, it took the cold 5 miles to penetrate them but when you’ve got another 4 miles to go that’s really no consolation.

So yes, I did run 9 miles.  I really mentally wanted to go an extra 1 so I could get another double digit run in but I refrained.  It’s a slippery slope adding more miles and I need to wean myself off of it!

Not that my body is complaining (which I do think I say every day).  I just don’t want to burn out or (even much worse) injury myself.  But it’s just so hard to stop when it feels so good.  Too much of a good thing, however, is not a good thing anymore.  It’s weird to think that just 2-3 years ago I considered 10 miles to be the LONGEST DISTANCE EVER.  And now? It wants to be my Monday morning run.

As December the year draws to a close I’m doing what most ppl do: contemplating the next year.  This is scary because I’m graduating but in terms of running I’ve been doing some thinking, mostly on my run haha, about where I want to go with running, potential races etc. So I’m going to brainstorm and share here because Sarah asked 🙂

My main goal is: requalify for Boston at Boston.  Going to be hard because of the hills there and lack thereof where I am.  Lacey has offered to run some hills where she lives with me so I’m definitely going to take her up on that 🙂

Achieving the main goal is definitely going to be tough but I’ve got two potential races lined up to fine tune my game: This half marathon and the Eastern States 20 miler. Anyone who is going to be around is more than welcome to join in on the fun!!

The only downside to this being my main goal (well other than it being really hard) is that the race is in April.  So if I do hit it then the rest of the year is up in the air.  Sure I have some races that I’m likely going to do and although don’t want to think too far ahead of Boston they’ll likely include

  • The half marathon that is attached to the marathon I ran last year.  It’s 3 weeks post-Boston so I’m not sure what’s feasible in terms of racing
  • Hometown Fourth of July race
  • Swanzey Covered Bridges Half
  • Tufts 10k
  • MCM

Maybe a smattering of other smaller races thrown in there and, like I said, I’m trying to focus on Boston right now so I really don’t know what post-Boston will bring.  Or even if I’m going to be in the area to do the local stuff (you know that whole life thing haha)

If I don’t hit the Boston goal? Well I guess I have a list of races handy to redeem myself haha.

Oh and on a non-running note: the Yankee Swap / Holiday party for preceptors was really fun last night and I got to come home with two boxes of colored Christmas lights. Hollllleeeeerrrrr.  Which match perfectly with my colored light menorah (ok so it’s a plain ole candelabra with only 5 candles but I’ve been calling it a menorah since I was a wee one so just stick with me here haha.  My room is oh-so-festive right now with the lights + menorah + frosty the snowman lights.

Enjoy your Mondays all 🙂


  1. I don’t know which races to do either. I don’t want to buy a plane ticket for a marathon, but they’re only in the winter here.

    Comment by runjess — December 7, 2009 @ 16:36

  2. Ahhhh frosty lights?! I’m ‘trying’ to decorate – a.k.a string lights along my floor here…but it’s making me feel sad and homesick strangely enough. And I’m even watching ‘The Santa Claus’ – I don’t know, I’m feeling really lonely right now – weird – I love Xmas but this is depressing. Sorry to be a stick in the mud. Blah.
    Love your setting out goals. Very smart and motivating. I can’t even imagine doing Boston. Good night girl 🙂

    Comment by eatmovelove — December 7, 2009 @ 21:13

  3. Big time bamf for rocking shorts in the 20s.

    Very nice plan for 2010. Hopefully, you can get some solid hill training in here and there.

    Comment by a marathoner — December 7, 2009 @ 21:59

  4. I love this quote: “But it’s just so hard to stop when it feels so good. Too much of a good thing, however, is not a good thing anymore.” Doesn’t that sound like something some one would say in rehab? I recently read a book, Diary of an Exercise Addict, last winer and ended up selling my treadmill afterward. There is something about me where I am prone to run 10 because “I said I would” and when running 35 miles or more a week, it didn’t feel good I just couldn’t tell anymore, and I needed to get more and more miles in to feel good. Your awareness rocks. Thanks for sharing this!

    Comment by specialkphd — December 8, 2009 @ 01:21

  5. Brrrr…that’s cold.

    Comment by Tricia — December 8, 2009 @ 09:43

  6. I think that 1/2 marathon could go either way. If it’s a nice day, great, but if it’s a nasty day, you might be hating your life.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — December 8, 2009 @ 12:40

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