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December 14, 2009

Stick a Fork in Me: I’m Done

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:05

Cheesy title? Yes.  But I like it.  Because it’s so true.  I took my first (and last) final this morning. It was Spanish and it was exactly what I expected it to be: essays based on questions we’ve been talking about all semester.  I’m sure I made some mistakes but whatever (and I just got an email from my prof saying that she finished the exams and they were good. “Some of them VERY good” heh hope I’m in the “very” category!).  Funny that once I got back to my room I put on my Spanish music and loaded an episode on the Spanish show I’m watching haha. I also handed in the physics paper before the exam so that means 5/5 classes + independent study? DONEZO.

Clearly I am a runner so I chose to do a celebratory run.  And since I no longer have any time constraints I had no idea how far I wanted to go (or how far my body did after this weekend’s 14/10).  The weather was wonderful: sunny, 42*, no wind.  I don’t think I could have asked for a better day especially after all the coldness we’ve just had and the cold front that’s suppose to move in on Wednesday. Boo for crazy New England weather!!

I guess it really is going to be dangerous this week with no restraints.  I don’t have ANYTHING.  Well I do have some stuff: like Christmas shopping but nothing pressing.  Even on the weekends this semester I had stuff that put restrictions on when/how far etc I could run.  Now? Nada.  This will change next week when I’m home — I specifically lied to my family and told them that I had an exam on Saturday (the last day of finals) just so that I could live a week responsibility free: No playing chauffeur, free babysitter, cook for everyone.

So I decided to start living it up now.  Like I mentioned above I was a little leery of what I could do today so I chose to make my run a mezcla (might be my fav Spanish word = mixture) of smaller runs so that I could bail if needed.  If you’ve been following me for any length of time though you know I didn’t bail.

I really think that my body is responding incredibly well to this high mileage.  Not only did I run a total of 24 miles this weekend, cap off a 70 mile week AND be happy with overall pace but the run length was consistent too (and I know I haven’t put up recaps for last week and this week. I plan on doing a December long one at the end of the month with each week broken down).

So with all that in mind (plus the usual Monday slug mentality) I was very surprised when my body felt great from the get-go.  Uh-oh, I thought to myself, This is tempting.  Obviously I would be a really bad (or is it really good?) drug addict because I cannot resist that temptation.  In my defense I will say that I re-evaluated how I felt after each mini-loop and doing some mental calculations  quickly I determined that I was running negative splits and feeling well while doing it.  So I kept on running right up until the moment I was meeting my friend for lunch.

Grand total? 11 miles!!

Definitely did not have “The Mondays” today.  Maybe it was the fact that I didn’t run first thing so I had a hearty breakfast in me and I had been walking to and from my exam so my body was warmer than usual.  Maybe the perfect weather played a role.  I don’t know.  All I know is that it felt incredible! It also felt like I hadn’t done a damn thing.  I felt light and not fatigued.  I mean I could feel in my muscles those miles but they weren’t screaming or exhausted.

The only thing I really felt was hungry! After bumping up my mileage so much I’ve just been ravenous.  Luckily my school has a carte blanche meal plan so I won’t go broke feeding myself 🙂

And before I head off to watch some Spanish television: thanks for the comments re: Boston training.  If you haven’t  checked it out, please leave your feedback.  It’d be greatly appreciated.  I’m definitely not set on anything and I’m really taking into account what you guys think. This will only be my second marathon so I’m such a newbie!!

Also, I want to play a game of 20 questions with you like The Laminator did awhile back. So questions? I’ve gotten a few so far but I need wayyy more if I’m going to hit 20 🙂

AND I want to direct you all to UltraRobby.  Who just finished the Hellgate 100k to complete the Beast series.  Such a bamf.  And I ❤ it that he listened to my song.  Priceless.

Hope everyone has a great Monday.  For me it’s kind of like a Friday. Be jealous 😉



  1. F-U… Jk, Congrats 🙂 Live it up. I’ll be joining in in T-4 days

    Comment by Evan Thomas — December 14, 2009 @ 17:50

  2. Haha, oh I AM jealous..but oh wait, I’m on break too, so just kidding…
    Awesome job on your test girl + 11 ballerrr miles! AMAZZZING! My body would crumple up and die with the amount of mileage you do each week, haha
    Oh, and “crazy bitch” is amazing! You should check out “riding solo” by jason derulo…I’m just KIND OF obsessed…

    Comment by Kathleen — December 14, 2009 @ 17:55

  3. Welcome to my life. I haven’t done anything today… Except run 😉

    Comment by Matt — December 14, 2009 @ 18:06

  4. WOW you are really killing it with the mileage – CONGRATS!

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    Comment by Katie — December 14, 2009 @ 20:50

  5. Congratulations on the awesome run and on finishing finals! Can I just say how much I love that you told your family you had a final on Sat? I would soooo have done that! You crack me up. And rock!

    Comment by runningfiance — December 14, 2009 @ 22:11

  6. I wish I was a student again! Enjoy the break, keep the quality miles high

    Comment by Ian — December 14, 2009 @ 22:27

  7. Oh, the life of a college student… One day you will look back and say, “Yep, those WERE the days.” haha.

    Comment by Rebecca — December 15, 2009 @ 03:44

  8. Stellar run! Ugh…wish I did that – my legs actually ‘feel’ loose this a.m, but opted for breakfast first…and now I’m not going to have enough time to get out – booo :(…oh well, i’ll say ‘should have’. Glad that final is OVER 🙂

    Comment by eatmovelove — December 15, 2009 @ 07:15

  9. Very jealous of your friday-like monday! I’m almost there!
    I love that you told your parents you were done with finals Saturday, that’s great. It’s always relaxing to just have a little time to yourself and do what you want to do without any obligations. Enjoy!

    Comment by BostonRunner — December 15, 2009 @ 13:41

  10. It’s pretty amazing what your body can do when your mind is FINALLY free. Superb run! Congrats on being done with finals too.

    Comment by a marathoner — December 15, 2009 @ 20:14

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