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January 13, 2010

Crunchy Crunchy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:17

Since yesterday was a really hard interval workout then today must be recovery day!  I definitely do not look forward to these days, doubly so if my legs aren’t feeling the effects of the workout yet (as was the case last night) but these days are important and cannot be ignored.

Or at least my legs won’t let me ignore them.  The first few miles were excruciatingly slow.  But I’ve made a pact with myself to be non-judgmental about recovery pace. Sure I’d love to be knocking out faster miles and feel more bamf but I’ve got to let body just circulate blood in an easy manner.

I guess it would be easier to do if it hadn’t been 14* because despite what I felt at first 14* is 14* and running slow =/= warmth. I kind of freaked myself out when I read “14* but feels like -1” but it actually didn’t feel bad at all.  I even thought that to myself when I stepped out the door. I totally have been spoiling myself with running in the late morning because I’ve desensitized my mind to “cold” temps.  That’s what I get though when I get up to run as the sun is rising and hasn’t yet warmed the Earth.

By the end of the run I was cruising at a faster speed and, to me, that’s when I know a recovery run is good to be over: when the crappy feelings in your legs subsides and you start to feel good.  Granted that’s the last possible moment that you really want to stop but hey: you do what you gotta do [recovery runs] so you can do what you wanna do [kick major ass at Boston].

Then when the gym opened up at noon (stupid break schedule) I hit up the weights and did my full body lifting.  I added in the legs section some deadlifts because I believe, and correct me if I’m wrong you super smarty-artys, these target the hamstrings and I don’t have a hamstring-focused lift for my legs currently.  I don’t like I have correct form on it as my lower back is a bit sore but that could just mean that I’m using back muscles that I haven’t used before.  It’s not pain at all which is why I don’t think it’s going to cause an injury.

Speaking of injury (and NO I’m not injured) my right achilles tendon is feeling “crunchy”. Like there’s gunk or something in there. Not sore but more like stiff and cranky.  I first noticed it on Monday night and it doesn’t bother me at all when I’m running.  Mostly when I’m sitting around and flexing my ankle or walking up/down stairs (mostly down though).  Definitely going to have to keep an eye on it.  I’m not sure what the dealy is with it but obviously I don’t want a little nagging thing to turn into something serious.

AND I got a beautiful blogger award from both Erika and Mary.  It’s actually the second time I’ve done this but the last time was awhile ago so I’ll play again.  Plus I like to talk about myself.  Just a little bit 😛

So the deal is that I tell you 7 things about me that you don’t already know about me (hopefully).  The I tag 7 of you to do the same.  Ready? BREAK!

  1. I’m the oldest of 6 kids.  All from the same marriage (so no step or half sibs).  All our names begin with the letter K
  2. While I am addicted to many shows LOST is the only one where I am left with my mouth open going “WTF?!” I actually watched the first 5 seasons last spring on DVD so this season is going to be rough having to wait a week between episodes.
  3. I ran the Providence Marathon in May 2009 as my debut marathon and BQ’d.  And while you may have known that you probably didn’t know was that I did it 100% alone.  No family or friends chose to support me. But I still had lots of fun. Even if this picture makes me look like I’m dying.

    I can see why the volunteer asked me if I needed medical attention!

  4. I only get sick once a year but when I do it knocks me out for a week.
  5. I have a candelabra in my window and I call it my menorah.  No I am not Jewish and no it does not have 7 lights. Only 5, all of which have different colored light bulbs.

    Bad picture I know! But I think you get the point

  6. When I get obsessed with a song I will hunt for it on radio stations until I hear it.  And then I’ll go hunting again.
  7. The Biggest Loser is the only reality show I watch.  And I need to go watch last night’s episode pronto! I ❤ Trainer Bob

    Who wouldn't want him training you?!

And while I’m supposed to tag YOU I suspect that many of you have already been tagged (and actually I know that for a fact heh).  But I still want to spread the love so if you haven’t yet GO!! I say you are a beautiful blogger 🙂

Also check out Evan’s giveaway and Marcia’s (Running off at the Mouth) giveaway! Cool stuff for sure.


  1. Oh my God. 6 kids, all beginning with K and from the same marriage? My grandparents can’t keep me and my 2 cousins’ names straight, and their’s begin with an A and an E.

    By the way, could you post seperate comments for each time you entered on my Chobani sweepstakes?

    Comment by Evan Thomas — January 13, 2010 @ 16:28

    • Yeah it totally screws up everyone getting the names right. Sometimes my parents will go through all the names before they hit the right one haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 14, 2010 @ 19:32

  2. Keep an eye on that Achilles! Mine started out like that and I ended up being out for three weeks and stuck in physical therapy! If you want some strength and stretching stuff for it, let me know.

    Comment by Matt — January 13, 2010 @ 16:57

  3. Aw, hope your Achilles is ok! Yikes, thats def something to look out for. Haha, nice pic, you look so intense/hardcore!

    Comment by Kathleen — January 13, 2010 @ 18:42

  4. That’s quite a few K names! Looks like you kicked that marathon’s butt, alone or not 🙂

    Comment by Heather — January 13, 2010 @ 20:43

  5. I should have known you were the oldest … it’s pretty easy to spot … overachieving, leading by example, headstrong. Totally makes sense. Oldest of six. Wow. Congrats to your parents! I’m oldest of 3 boys.

    Comment by a marathoner — January 13, 2010 @ 20:49

  6. Oh trainer bob- don’t you just want to jump him?

    PS> That pic looks really hard core- not like you need medical attention, but like you as kicking ass! Because you are! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — January 13, 2010 @ 21:35

  7. I have a K name, too, but… my parents must have thought my sister and I were hellcats since they didn’t go on and have four more! 🙂 Stumbled upon your blog — it’s really good. Best of luck with your Boston journey!

    Comment by EE — January 13, 2010 @ 21:36

  8. I echo Matt’s advice. Stretch those calves!

    Comment by runjess — January 13, 2010 @ 22:15

  9. Wow – there are 4 J names in my family. I love this post – so interesting to learn more about you – and you so look like a runner 🙂 WATCH OUT FOR THAT ACHILLES GIRL – from your “resident” PT here 🙂 haha. Stretch warm muscles. This is corny, but I’m so glad I’ll be able to read along with you as you go for Boston – Boston is so, well, y’know – BOSTON !! – so it’s super-neat 😉 Thanks.

    Comment by eatmovelove — January 13, 2010 @ 23:17

    • Girl I may have to tap into your PT knowledge for some stretches and exercises if it doesn’t get better on it’s own! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 14, 2010 @ 19:33

  10. Just came across your blog for the first time today. Great stuff! I look forward to checking more of it out.

    Best of luck going for Boston! I’m training for my first triathlon later this summer and everybody’s stories give me motivation. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by David Dierking — January 14, 2010 @ 09:35

  11. ooooh great picture of bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and i can’t believe you did the marathon completely alone!!! that is bamf of course.

    Comment by Lacey — January 14, 2010 @ 09:44

  12. I love the Bob picture…he would really motivate me in the gym 😉

    Good luck on your Boston journey!!!

    Comment by hogeruns — January 14, 2010 @ 09:52

  13. Wow you have five siblings? As an only child I find that totally awesome:) Good job running in 14 degree weather, that probably would have deterred me.

    Comment by Ada — January 14, 2010 @ 10:09

  14. 1. You look like a rockstar running that marathon.
    2. That picture of Bob makes me drool a little bit. Why do I have to weigh 300lbs before he’ll come train me?!

    Comment by runningfiance — January 14, 2010 @ 11:00

    • I think that I would seriously consider putting on 300 lbs if I got to meet Bob and have him train me. And marry me of course at some point 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 14, 2010 @ 19:34

  15. No offense to your parents, but I don’t get why people do that to their kids. I have a friend who is one of 8 and they all have first and middle names that start with J. Craziness. I only have one brother and I’m thankful that our names are nothing alike, haha.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — January 14, 2010 @ 12:35

    • No offense taken. Especially when my first + middle name pretty much is the same as one of my sisters’ first names. Annoying! If I ever have children I vow to NEVER do that to them

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 14, 2010 @ 19:35

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