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January 18, 2010

Neither Sleet nor Snow nor Rain etc

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:57

So pretty much as soon as I hit publish on Saturday my computer decided to tell me that it really *did* have a virus and that I needed serious help.  I took it back to the Geek Squad (who are the nicest people EVER! I know you guys joked about flirting but NEVER underestimate the power of a big smile )where they ran more extensive tests and low and behold I did have some intense viruses.  Maybe I’m such am intense person that my viruses decided to follow suit? Ha.  But I didn’t end up getting my computer back until late Sunday.

I will say that it wasn’t as bad as I thought to go without a computer / internet for a day.  I did watch some NCIS on dvd and got to do some a lot of reading in between errands.  Usually I feel the tug of the computer and don’t try to fight the impulse to just surf the net so reading falls to the wayside.  That’s not to say I’m not happy to get my computer back but it was nice to be untethered.

Not that there was much to tell about Sunday.  Just the typical day-after-long-run recovery run.  I did it first thing because I knew I was going to be running around on crazy errands all day.  This meant that it wouldn’t be 24 hours between a hard workout and the next one.  Not that I’m a huge stickler for have a certain time interval pass between hard and recovery runs but it’s just a little weird to be finishing the recovery run before the time of day I started the long run.  I know that probably doesn’t sound totally right written out but it makes sense in my head, okay? It’s like in a 24 hour period I ran more than a marathon heh. But because of that time interval I was slogging through the run.  I think part of it is that even though I try really hard to not push pace on these types of runs I still want to.  So I had to remind myself that I needed to slow the eff down.  Audibly too, so I’m sure passing cars thought I was the coolest kid ever.

Now onto today.  I knew that there was a high likelihood of waking up to rain. Unfortunately it was actually sleet and very windy.  Oh man the sounds it was making on my window! Kind of scary.  But I think that snow/sleet > rain and I’ve been lucky so far this winter with avoiding bad weather so I was getting out there.  Plus the gym is at such odd hours that if I wanted to get a good lifting session in the run had to happen first thing.

I think I headed out there at the tail end of the storm because it was precipitating for only a few miles.  But the wind.  Now I realize that I’m a lightweight but I like to think that I have some muscle.  I mean I do lift a couple time a week and am pretty strong.  But I thought I was going to be knocked over! Kind of dangerous when I was on a busier road and I had to stop once or twice because I was running straight into that and actually was not moving.  It was like running in a wind tunnel. Which made the snow/sleet mix feel like pellets of stone hitting me.  I’m 99.99% sure that I have cuts on my legs and face because of it.  Sheesh.

Overall I’m pretty happy with the run.  The temperature and precipitation were much nicer to me than I thought.  Granted the wind made me a little pissy about my pace for the first 5 or so miles and I’m going to blame the slow pace on the wind rather than needing lots of time to warm up, a slamming 18.7 miler this weekend (which I could tell that you guys were just as psyched about it as I was.  Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside 🙂 ) , 0800 run with no breakfast beforehand etc.  But after about 4 or 5 miles my attitude improved (as did the weather) and I was puddle jumping and having fun. Totally finished the 10.8 mile run strong too which is something I strive for on any run regardless of if it’s an easy run, recovery run, tempo run or long run.

Now I’m off to the gym to get a solid lifting session in.  I’m hoping that there aren’t too many people there but given the limited hours of the gym over break I’m not going to count on it.  As much as I’d love to just skip it I really think that the sessions are making me a stronger and faster runner.  And then I get to play catchup with all the TV I’m behind on.  Can’t wait to watch 24 today.  Eeek! Jack Bauer ❤


Check out this giveaway that ForTheLoveoftheRun is having. And here’s a Simpsons giveaway too.

Just as a final note: I don’t know how many of you read Jess’s blog but you should.  She’s so amazing and just ran the Houston marathon in a blistering 3:08:30! Now that’s fast. Congrats girl! 🙂



  1. This is why I’m glad to be married to a self-proclaimed (but good looking) tech geek. I’m sorry you had those issues! I don’t know Jess, but her marathon time (and yours) officially make me an underling who can worship you both from afar.

    Comment by EE — January 18, 2010 @ 11:24

  2. I think I would go nuts without a computer even if it was just for a day!

    Comment by Matt — January 18, 2010 @ 11:27

  3. Lol it is a good thing I have three of them!

    Comment by Matt — January 18, 2010 @ 11:27

  4. Your post makes me feel like a pansy for complaining about my run yesterday. LOL. Way to tough it out, girl! You’re right, lifting DOES make for a stronger runner. It’s always the first to go when my schedule gets busy, though. Thanks for encouraging us to stick with it!

    Comment by Rebecca — January 18, 2010 @ 12:59

  5. Amen! Jess is a beast. Sounds like it’s time for you to hit the eject button on the PC and get a Mac!

    There was micro-climates in the NE yesterday. It was slightly overcast in NYC and only rained a bit at night. No bad wind to speak of, but it sounds like you got it really bad. Way to bamf through it!

    Comment by a marathoner — January 18, 2010 @ 13:59

  6. Glad they brought your computer back from the dead. I actually kind of like to have “computer detox time” every now and then.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 18, 2010 @ 16:02

  7. I’ve been having crazy computer issues for over a month now, I gave it to a tech geek and he couldn’t help me! I finally had to get a new computer. Glad you were able to fix yours! I like time away from my computer every once in a while : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — January 18, 2010 @ 19:38

  8. Yeah, it’s annonymous…didn’t mean for it to be. But thanks for telling me your vote!!!!!!!!!

    I’m leaning towards that answer as well. 🙂 The boyfriend voted for Rumpass….so far it’s just you and him voting. I don’t know if my vote should count though. lol!

    Comment by pinkcowgirl — January 18, 2010 @ 21:25

  9. Okay I’m going to have to start watching 24!! After all, he is a Canadian y’know!! I love that you love to read and watch TV – totally like me – and we should NOT feel guilty about – like is too short not to get caught up in some “fantasy” time 🙂

    Comment by eatmovelove — January 18, 2010 @ 22:08

  10. hey karyn! Yes, I start training on Monday…I am super excited although I feel as if I am already behind! haha. Oh well…I’m hoping I won’t struggle terribly…gah! Where are you staying for the marathon…in Boston or outside of Boston? We gotta meet up !

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — January 18, 2010 @ 22:30

    • I go to school about 40 minutes from Boston and my hometown is about 20-30 minutes from it so I’ll be in one of those spots. I agree: we MUST meet up! Let me know what your plans are and we can make a plan 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2010 @ 19:40

  11. 24!!! woooo! so excited, i kept seeing commercials for it at the gym…not gunna lie made me run a little faster! ya ya for finishing all your runs strong! I really like reading about your runs, I feel like I can relate! (cept for the 18-miles…you are a BAMF!) I hope you have a great tuesday!! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — January 18, 2010 @ 22:45

  12. Do you get sick of loads of people at the Gym as well? I am somewhat tired of the big crowds. Maybe you should do a post on Gym Frenzy!

    Comment by specialkphd — January 19, 2010 @ 04:53

    • I don’t get sick per se, just really annoyed and I’m sure they all think I’m a total bitch and that I give them “the stink eye”. I don’t mean too but I HATE crowds! And I will do a post on gym frenzy soon, I just need to be more neutral about it than I am at the moment haha 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2010 @ 19:41

  13. i totally don’t mind snow or puddle jumping… but when the sidewalks aren’t at all shoveled and there is no breakdown lane … it’s sooooo awful!!! i tried to run outside yesterday, well i did, but it was like trying to climb a mountain. gosh. i just need some place to put my feet every few steps but this was like completely snow-covered sidewalks. i might have just beat teh shovelers but i was so pissy, hahaha. so elliot got to hear me complain all about it 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — January 19, 2010 @ 11:00

  14. ps YES ABSOLUTELY- saturday is going to rock.

    Comment by Lacey — January 19, 2010 @ 11:00

  15. Love 24 as well. We’ve got it on DVR. Can’t wait to sit down for four straight hours!

    Comment by David Dierking — January 19, 2010 @ 11:11

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