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December 23, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:06

Hello hello! Thanks for all the support re: my ankle yesterday.  I stupidly was wearing my old shoes.  Didn’t even realize it until today when I went to go put shoes on to run some errands.  Definitely thought that I had taken the new(er) ones out.  Guess not and I think it was because I was at the gym and randomly chose to run there after so I ran in what I was wearing.  I still am not ready to part 100% with the old shoes but I am willing to regulate it to the lifting only category.

I ended up not icing at all yesterday because, like I said, my family is the most inconsiderate family in the world and doesn’t refill the trays after using them.  I did keep it elevated though (and yes I know that I, the future doctor, am a terrible patient haha). Pain free now so I think it was a product of the shoes rather than the mileage I’ve been doing as I wore the new(er) ones today. Which is a relief because I want to keep up the big miles.

Even in this weather.  When I first got up this morning it was 8* real temp.  So I decided that today would be a good day to wait until noon or so to head out.  Who knows whether or not that was the right choice as it was 8* windchill temp when I ended up heading out.  But that’s neither here nor there — neither is the fact that the heat is broken in my room and I slept in 50* brrrrrrr. Needless to say today’s run was cold and windy but such is my life lately.

Not that it has ever stopped me before.  And boy did I need my run today.  Every year I have to fight with the financial aid office at my school but it’s usually in the summer when they hand out my aid packages.  This morning was that morning for the Spring ’10 semester. Needless to say there were tears.  I’m 99.99% sure that it will work out in the end (it usually does) but stressful.  Especially added to the stress of graduating and having to pay back loans (because kiddos I’m 100% financially on my own here) and you have a panic attack ready to happen.

And yet running so wonderously fends that off. But first let me say that I’m not as sore after yesterday as I thought I would be.  My chest and a bit of my shoulders are but I’m A) in better shape than I thought to stave off a 10 week hiatus of running or B) I didn’t push myself hard enough.  I like to think it’s A but for my legs and abs B probably played a role too.  It’s just a pleasant soreness too.  I kind of wanted I-don’t-want-to-move-or-laugh-because-of-soreness.  Alas that wasn’t meant to be.

So running was of course a viable option and much necessary after my blood pressure shot up 50 pts from wrangling with the money people at my school. And I wasn’t going to delude myself into thinking that I was going to not go for a double digit run.  Lately with so much anxiety about post-grad stuff going on in my head (I couldn’t sleep last night because I was so worried) the glorious minutes that I’ve been spending running has been a way to shut out the worries.  That and reading.

(And let’s just say that I’m already almost done with the stack of books I’ve got on my bedside table. Which I finished U is for Undertow and for those fans of the Alphabet series out there (and I’m so happy that some of you guys are!!) it was a good read.  There were some plot holes but I’m definitely going to overlook them because I love the character of Kinsey and just adore getting sucked into that world. Whoo, tangent!)

Since I don’t really have that many long runs mapped out at my house I settled for combining a 3.5 and 8 for a total of 11.5 miles.  And it felt great.  I was able to get rid of the angst that I was feeling after my convo with financial aid.  I felt powerful and strong.   I looked at my watch at the 10 mile mark and I was about 3 minutes faster than I thought it was going to be.  I was stoked! I decided to tack on a half mile loop because I was running so well (gotta capitalize on this stuff) and the aforementioned wind at very end tested my resolve.

Like seriously? Hello wind, I knew you were there but you waited until the home stretch to unleash your wrath? Not cool.  And with the temperature already so cold the wind dropped it even more.  I was bundled up okay except apparently for my forehead because the wind honed in on that area of me.  The cold was so bitter I wanted to vomit.  Seriously. That’s how cold it was.

But I will not be beaten down I say! I finished the 12 miles in 1:47:00 exactly.  An 8:55 pace which was comfortably under my easy pace.  I’m not going to say that I beasted that shit but I finished the run feeling very pleased with myself. Unfortunately I forgot that I had a doctor’s appt today and finished running about 20 minutes before I had to leave.  So I couldn’t really bask in the glow because I was in a rush to not be late. Bummer.  But that doesn’t take away any from the run 🙂

Jeez and I guess being late is the game of the day because I’m about to be late for a babysitting gig! Have a great Wednesday (Christmas Eve Day Eve — think about it) everyone!



  1. Glad you got out of those old shoes! I’m hoping Santa brings me a new pair to put into rotation since one of my pairs is near retirement. Awesome finishing in 1:47:00! Being a math geek, I love it when runs end in :00 🙂

    Comment by Nick — December 23, 2009 @ 17:31

  2. You just totally kick ass lady!

    Happy Hump Day,


    Comment by Katie — December 23, 2009 @ 18:25

  3. In my book, you definitely beasted that shit! In crazy frigid temps no less! Excellent work.

    Comment by a marathoner — December 23, 2009 @ 19:24

  4. Stay strong! And great run 🙂 Oh, and Merry Xmas Eve Eve

    Comment by Kathleen — December 23, 2009 @ 19:34

  5. I can’t believe you don’t have more random pains with all the mileage you do!

    Comment by Jess — December 23, 2009 @ 20:50

  6. Sorry financial aid is being such a pain. I hated dealing with that so much when I was in undergrad. But the truth is, it almost always works out. (((hugs))) Hope things go well.

    Btw, I ran outside today in 25* weather in PA! I was freezing, but thought about you and realized that if you could do this everyday, I could manage a few days at my parents’ house. But maaaaaan, I still don’t know how you do it! You are one BAMF!

    Comment by runningfiance — December 23, 2009 @ 21:39

  7. You pretty much amaze my every day. Great job with the run and good luck with the financial aid!

    Comment by BostonRunner — December 23, 2009 @ 22:25

  8. oh my gosh, i TOTALLY sympathize with financial aid TEARS. i had to go through that and actually it is worse right when you graduate (unless you go right back to school) because then your loans HIT YOU IN THE FACE. lol. i was totally oblivious and then suddenly you are getting letters and have to deal with whoever is handling your loans and they might get bought by someone else and you have to figure out consolidation and payment plans. ummm. excited??!?! i def suggest getting someone to help you if at all possible who had similar loans/companies to you. i was so jealous of people who had their entire college paid for. i couldn’t beleive that families had that much money to just hand over each year. $50,000?! pshaaawww. yeah right. goodness.

    ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! glad you could get a BEASTLY run in to fend all of that off. it def helps. you runner you 🙂 hehehe.

    my vaca schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well i’m actually gonna be in NH and then back to work mon-tues-weds- then flyi8ng to denver for new year’s. but how about after jan 1st? when are you free til? we could schedule some runs the first and second week of january if you want???


    Comment by Lacey — December 24, 2009 @ 11:54

  9. Great job on your run! You kicked its booty! 🙂

    Comment by Jen — December 24, 2009 @ 15:51

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