MarathonMaiden's Blog

December 15, 2009

First Day of Break

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:49

Don’t hate 😛

First off: I love that so many of you love the fact that I lied to my family 😛 Seriously.  When I told my friends that they were all like “Why wouldn’t you get the eff out of here?!” So you guys rock. Now onto my day/running/life.

Even though I woke up before my alarm yesterday morning before my exam it was different feeling doing the same thing today (yes I do set alarms everyday.  I rarely need them but I don’t like to feel like I’ve wasted my whole morning).  I basically crashed eaaaaaaaaarly last night — well 2300 isn’t exactly early but I was in bed watching a movie much earlier! — so I got a good amount of sleep.  And woke up more tired than I feel like I should have been.  The past 4 nights have been solid sleep wise and I get the feeling that it’s going to take much longer to feel 100%.  Oh well. C’est la vie I guess.

I knew that I wanted to get Christmas shopping done today and hit up the outlets near me this afternoon after lunch so I chose to run first thing.  And even though I was running right off 0800 will ALWAYS feel different than 0600.  The fact that I get more sleep, the sun is out for the whole run, the traffic patterns etc all contribute to this even when intuition tells me that getting up and going should be the same no matter what time the clock says it is.

My legs when I rolled (actually jumped because my bed is pretty much lofted) out of bed felt the past few days of intense miles. And yet the thought of resting? Never crossed my mind.  Neither did any thoughts of “WTF? You are crazy girl!”  It was just what I was going to do.  I did chose to run a combo run like yesterday.  Come to think of it, most of my runs are combo runs.  Easy to mix and match to fit what I want.

So after a little putzing around I was off.  Slow to start but once my legs got some “fresh” blood in them I was golden.  It took 5 miles but that fuels the thoughts of longer-than-marathon races in my future (and I’m toying with putting on on my schedule in late May.  Eeek).  By the time those 5 miles rolled by I was back at my building and decided to it up again.  The same route and see if I could get a negative sleep split.  (Wow, Freudian slip much?!)

I took off again and usually when I want to hit a certain pace (ie tempo) I need to concentrate on the task at hand so I couldn’t really enjoy the dense fog that was around me, the way it lingered over the reservoir and felt like a nice mist on my skin the second time around (trust me, when it takes such a long time for my legs to warm up I notice EVERYTHING haha).  Rather I noticed (can’t really say enjoyed here) the slight burn of exertion on my legs and creating a fast turnover.  I kind of like that I was able to combine dissociative and associative running today while I was out there.

That’s not to say I was booking it or anything.  I plan on doing a short but intense tempo tmrw (if I get motivated to do it outside — stupid finals week gym hours hah) so I knew all along that I wasn’t going all out.  And my time reflected that: a good effort – got my negative split by 2 minutes – but no where near hardcore.  I added an extra mile (actually it might have been a slightly long mile loop) to hit 11 for the day then hit the showers.

Or tried to.  I sat down to my computer (BAD IDEA if you want to do anything productive) and I had so many blogs to read (and comment on) on my googlereader, so many posts to read on the marathoners forum at RWOL, so many emails to respond to! It ended up taking me for-freaking-ever to do.  And those tasks are the ones that even when you finish you don’t really feel like you did a helluva lot. But I love you guys, my friends at RWOL and — well most — of the ppl I had to email.

Afterward I went Christmas shopping and bought my friends their gifts.  Or part of them anyway.  I’m big on making gifts and this year I took ornaments that you can put pictures in and wrote Christmas-y saying in the spots instead.  I ❤ homemade (ish) gifts like that and I also ❤ arts & crafts time! Christmas music in the background? Perfecto!

I also bought Christmas cards.  Gahh.  Christmas is 10 days away.  I haven’t sent out cards yet? To make things more stressful I went to my address book on my computer and… nothing.  Apparently when my hard drive crashed all my addresses went with it.  Funny only because that is the ONLY information that I keep on my computer.  Everything else is hardcopied.  (*HintHint* If you want to give me a Christmas gift an address book would be nice) I had to send an email out to everyone to get addresses, thus ruining the “surprise” of getting my card.

Wow, long post for someone who sat down thinking I had nothing to write! Especially when I’m not doing a whole lot heh. Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday and don’t forget that I want to play 20 Questions with you, so bring it 🙂



  1. You should post a picture of your ornaments. I’m big into the handmade Christmas stuff, too, so I’m always looking for clever ideas.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — December 15, 2009 @ 17:04

  2. YAY! congrats!!! lol about the address book 🙂 i have been so good about christmas cards in the past and this year i totally just didn’t do it. boooooo. not good. next year. i just didn’t get my usual cards on time– i always get the kids’ artwork cards they sell at the New England Center for Children– but i spaced it this year.

    okay twenty questions… i want to play!!! i will have to post about this at some point cuz i think it’s a great idea. here are mine for you in order from easy to hard, lol.

    1. favorite color and why and what do you own that you love in that color?

    2. non-alcoholic beverage of choice?

    3. adult beverage of choice?

    4. if you could go back and be one age you’ve already lived, which age would it be and why?

    5. first kiss? do you still talk to this person?

    6. if you could have a movie made about you, who would play you? and what songs would be on the soundtrack?

    okay 🙂 how did i do???? 🙂 BTW i freaking love teh question game.

    Comment by Lacey — December 15, 2009 @ 17:56

  3. I better be getting a Christmas card!

    Nice job getting the tun in first thing. I have been going mid morning so I can have a full breakfast and go as long as I want. PLus I don’t have anything else to do the rest of the day so it is kind of pointless to run early! Lol.

    Comment by Matt — December 15, 2009 @ 18:12

  4. And I just noticed you post the same time everyday 🙂

    Comment by Matt — December 15, 2009 @ 18:13

  5. I haven’t even started shopping yet, EKKKKKKKKKKKK!

    New SAHALE SNACKS giveaway, MUSIC downloads, food + fitness –

    Drop on by!


    Comment by Katie — December 15, 2009 @ 19:06

  6. Awesome job. Your runs are truly inspiring. I hear you on being overwhelmed with responding to RWOL, etc. It’s such a great forum and all I do is drive-by posts, which is just wrong.

    Keep it rolling. You are in the zone!

    Comment by a marathoner — December 15, 2009 @ 20:19

  7. Question: What is your favorite thing to do that isn’t running or blogging/reading blogs?

    Comment by Jess — December 15, 2009 @ 21:46

  8. HOg wash! Look how productive your are…I have to say that I hear a lot of myself in you! I tell myself all the time that my activities aren’t “good” or not functional. But isn’t your blog, and reading blogs, in and of itself pleasureable? And even if you can’t visibly immediately show the impact it has on your life, is vitality or benefits, doesn’t make it any less worthwhile. You are such an amazing woman, I hardly doubt that there is ONE day you don’t accomplish something….but many hours you feel that way!

    Comment by Special K — December 16, 2009 @ 01:48

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