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December 17, 2009

WOW. And hardcoreness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:09

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post yesterday about my [failed] tempo.  It really means a lot to hear your feedback and everyone pretty much had the same message: it just wasn’t my day.  Unfortunately this still doesn’t sit well with my personality.  I still don’t know whether to write it down as a tempo run or not in my log.  And I think that question got lost in my pity-party post haha.  But again: THANKS! That is why I love all you guys.  Even though it didn’t do a damn thing to make me really feel better I needed to hear it. Just gives me fuel for next time I suppose.

But I’m moving on.  Apparently the cold that was out there yesterday was really, like, a warm front because I woke up this morning to 15* real temp and 1* wind-chill temp.  Brrrrrrrr.  I know lots of you said to take today off but I needed redemption so that really wasn’t an option (and no not tempo redemption but regular redemption).  I figured I’d wait a couple hour to let the sun do it’s thing and “warm” up the outside world.  Plus my stomach was growling like crazy and I need to wait 2-3 hours after eating to run.  So it was a win-win.

Or so I thought.  I guess the sun warming things up meant 3* increase real temp and 4* increase windchill temp (so it was 18*/5* out).  Not exactly what I was hoping for.  But I laced up my shoes, layered up and got out there.  Layering up today will be defined as: capri running pants, thermal undershirt, long sleeved tee-shirt, sweatshirt and lightweight windbreaker.  Oh and three pairs of gloves.  I thought about doubling up on my socks but decided against it. Oh and I wore my bamf sunglasses.  To get me in the mood you know?

First off, let me say that I was sweating buckets by the end.  For real.  The only reason I had so many top layers on was to pull them over my hands so they didn’t freeze.  To no avail let me add.  Therefore I was sweating and semi-uncomfortable but with numb hands.  Tell me: how does that work?! Le Sigh. And I prolly should have doubled up on socks as my toes in the early miles felt the way they do when you get out of the ocean after a really long time in there (although I guess I’m talking strictly North Atlantic as South Atlantic is like bathwater and I’m assuming lots of places in the Pacific are?) but strangely enough that feeling passed quickly.

I’m sure you’re all wondering how today’s run felt. After all Monday and Tuesday were 11 mile endeavors and Wednesday was a…well Wednesday tried to be intense and I’m still not objective enough to call it that. But today went great.  It started off a bit slow but I definitely attribute that to my clothing and the cold.  Difficult to get in the swing of things.  After a mile things just started clicking.  And time passed really quickly.  Before I knew it I had gone 6 miles! Effortlessly.

Prolly to the dismay of many of you I kept going.   We’re talking redemption right? Well here was my chance.  And, just to emphasize, NO this was not a tempo pace by any means although the pace *ended* suspiciously close to yesterday’s overall pace.  I was really happy with my pace/run.  It was ~5 seconds faster than easy and, like Jess recently said, too fast is better than too slow 😉

So, while this run isn’t a replacement for my speedwork of the week, it’s another fine easy run under my belt. I just felt so badass out there. I finished 11.5 miles.  Felt like 1.15 though.  If I hadn’t known that my hands already were going to be the lay-down-because-it-hurts-so-much pain I could have tackled more.  So weird how I can feel so defeated yesterday and not want to finish a workout to so triumphant today.

The only downside to running in the extreme cold is that when guys honk and holler (and honestly, how good looking can I be when I’m running: my nose is running, my bangs coming uncliped etc) is that I can’t flip them off because my hands don’t move haha.  And the bleeding lips.  That’s not fun either.

But now I’m back to my NCIS marathon.  And Spanish show, although I’m almost 100% caught up – what am I going to do then? The most recent season just ended!! My brain still isn’t ready to tackle any reading yet though.  But television? Yes please! Hope everyone has a great Thursday and keep those questions coming (assuming you want to know more about me haha) I’m about halfway there (oooooh-oh livin’ on a prayer!)

[Edit: Check out the Starbucks giveaway that Marcia is having]



  1. Nice redemption 🙂

    Have you thought about buying some new gloves? I know my temperatures are exactly on par with yours but I just bought a new pair of Brooks gloves and they are awesome. A good pair of gloves makes all the difference!

    Comment by Matt — December 17, 2009 @ 18:12

  2. You are a beast. It is so cold here – I’ve become such a wimp, I used to go out in anything back ‘in the day’ …and now…well, anyways it is -20 celsius (-30 with windchill)…which is around -4 F to -22 F…so yah – is that cold for you in faranheit…I’m not good with knowing this stuff ;)..yeah. My running is sucking or non-existent lately…I don’t know what it is…I feel like crap overall…not sure what to do about it. But I love how much you love it and will continue to be inspired by you girl…if only to hope.

    Comment by eatmovelove — December 17, 2009 @ 20:39

  3. BAMF!!! Beyond “beasting that sh!t”! You were a monster for going double digit miles in single digit temps! I had that same hands problem last week … over dressing, sweating but then the sweat hits your frozen hands. Bleh! Great run.

    Comment by a marathoner — December 17, 2009 @ 20:44

  4. A suggestion for your hands… one of the owners of a local running shop suggests snowmobile gloves for runners who have cold hand issues. You might just have to pull out the big guns.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — December 18, 2009 @ 09:38

    • GREAT suggestion! any idea where i’d find them? at a hardware store?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 18, 2009 @ 16:39

  5. Glad you had a great redemption run!

    Comment by Liz — December 18, 2009 @ 13:50

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