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January 29, 2010

Freaking Cold & Reading

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:25

Good afternoon! Not quite sure how many of you read this on Friday afternoons so I’ll make it short(ish).  I myself am just feeling an overwhelming sense of stress.  I totally would tell you the source if I could but I myself have no idea but it’s just one of those days where nothing is really going right.  Just small stuff, like my keys getting stuck in my purse while I’m trying to get into my car and it’s freezing out or being cut off by some jerk and missing my exit on the highway.  So nothing major but a bummer anyway.  Deep breaths and a good book. And tea.

Last night going out was a bust! The local bar was filled to capacity by…TEN-FIFTEEN!! WTF?! So by the time my friends and I got there there was an hour long wait.  And it was friggin cold last night too.  19* with high winds to boot.  I chose to walk back to my warm room and read for a bit while my friends waited.  And they waited for more than an hour too so I’m happy with my decision.

So if it was cold at that time it was even colder when I got up this morning.  I didn’t set an alarm, even though I had a class, and woke up naturally around 0730.  Don’t you just love it when you wake up on your own and feel…not exactly refreshed but you just *know* you got a good night of sleep? I say not refreshed because I need a few more nights of it before I’m 100% caught up but last night was good.

In any case, I didn’t check the weather when I first got up but by 1000 it was only 14* with it being -4* WC. Brrrrrrr.  The high today was only 19* with it feeling like 3*.  I was getting spoiled with the mid-20 mornings.  Guess we’re in a cold spell for the next week or so. Bummer. I wasn’t planning on going for a run but I’ve really been addicted to running the past month or so and I knew I was going to once I got out of bed.

However, and this may deserve a sad face but maybe a happy face too, I broke the streak today.  48 days.  I didn’t plan on breaking it but I was 3 miles out and I just knew I didn’t want to finish the run.  My heart wasn’t in it and it was flippin’ cold.  So I turned around and my total was 6 on the day.

It felt weird to not have my run be wicked long but I think that it was necessary.  Like I complained about earlier this week, my intervals and tempo felt “phoned-in”. That’s not to say they were meaningless or half-assed but I never felt good and pumped about them either.   And that’s not how I want to roll.  So when my heart just didn’t feel it today I knew that the streak had to die.  On the bright side the pace was a bit on the fast side (~9:07 pace) which is funny because it was such a short run and usually I need lots of miles to warm up.  Guess the cold pushed me to move faster?

So much for a short post. And my book is calling my name.  But for those inquiring minds who asked about my reading and other things:

  • I’m currently reading Les Miserables (in English not the original French. Maybe someday though).  It’s a humongo book (my edition is 1200+ pages) but once I was able to get into it I was hooked.
  • My favorite book of all time is Jurassic Park.  I read it for the first time in 4th grade (I’ve always had a reading level 2-3 grades above where I was so I was reading books for adults — almost wrote “adult books” NOT what I would have meant) and I re-read it at least 1-2 times a year. But the science-fiction stuff is great
  • I love HP (=Harry Potter) hence getting copies in other languages.  My fav HP book is #4 (which I bought in French).  The Spanish one I got was #7 (my second favorite and probably the only book that has ever made me cry. For real)
  • I’m a physics major so I have to take quantum physics.  Yes it’s going to be very hard but I think I’ve seen most of the stuff before so it’s just going to be the math that trips me up not the actual physics of it.
  • I do have to take a full year of a language to graduate.  I did that freshman year but I am very interested in learning Spanish and continuing my French for personal reasons.  I like how it challenges me in a different way than my math and science courses.


  1. I’d say a happy face, 🙂 I’m sure you’re body will start feeling better. Not that it feels bad, but I bet your run tomorrow will kick butt!

    I LOVE Les Miserables. I’ve read a few versions, a super condensed 350 page one and the unabridged 1500 page one.

    Comment by Nick — January 29, 2010 @ 16:32

  2. OMG I love Les Miz! You should go see the play!

    Comment by kathleennnn — January 29, 2010 @ 17:17

  3. You’re such a smarty pants! I love learning languages too- it’s definitely a break from science! My only problem is that I forget them SO easily as soon as I’m not using them. I love that you get books in different languages, how cool.

    Comment by Heather — January 29, 2010 @ 17:38

  4. what a streak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously. write that down and pin it up. i was actually going to suggest taking a day off! hehehe. but i wasn’t REALLY going to suggest it b/c that is really your personal thing. i just thought it might help you mentally/physically recharge for the really hard workouts you’ve been doign but you have been ROCKIGN all around and really showing up. if this is the first time you’ve felt “phoned in” or what not and the first day your heart wasn’t in your run… girl… imagine what will happen if you take just 1 day off a week. GASP you will be like RARING to go every single run. i mean it’s all about strategy, right? you were a little worried about peaking- so just keep an eye on yourself. you’ve already proved your endurance and ability to handle a lot of hard work. so now you just keep going 🙂 just make sure you are enjoying yourself (which you always seem to, so as long as that’s true– that’s all that matters).


    (i woulda done the same EXACT thing w/ the bar/wait thing. as in . no thanks. next time).

    Comment by Lacey — January 29, 2010 @ 17:39

  5. It was an amazing streak. I’ve told a few people about it and they all have this astonished look on their faces. You made a great decision regrouping today. If you are not feeling it, too many bad things can happen.

    Comment by A Marathoner — January 29, 2010 @ 18:00

  6. Wow I wish I could speak a language well enough to read a book in it, I used to be good at German but I’ve let it slip since I left sixth form. Maybe I should buy a book in german and test myself hehe! Harry Potter would probably be a good choice, I love those books, much to my boyfriend’s amusement. I’ve been reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series lately, almost at the end of the last book, really enjoyed them, but I’m going to need some new reading material soon.. Hope you’re feeling less stressed soon

    Comment by Laura — January 29, 2010 @ 18:18

  7. Nice streak! I think you might have beat mine…

    Comment by Matt — January 29, 2010 @ 18:22

  8. Dear maiden, it is OK to break that streak! Remember that your standards are so much higher than most. You are still someone to marvel at, hands down. Hope you can do a little mindful breathing to de-stress.

    Comment by EE — January 29, 2010 @ 20:19

  9. I am very, very proud of you! Seriously, you listened to your body and your body will repay you on April 19 at the Boston Marathon. Also, smart call on ditching the going out and reading instead. You can go back when the temps are higher. Haha.

    Comment by Rebecca — January 29, 2010 @ 20:22

  10. I have a HP book in Spanish, too! It’s so much better to read a book you’ve read before in another language. It helps with the understanding, while taking note of all the casual talk and grammar and stuff! 🙂
    Sorry about all the little annoyances that happened. It’s like the hay that broke the camel’s back! I hope tomorrow holds a brighter day for you!

    Comment by sophia — January 29, 2010 @ 22:24

  11. Doesn’t strength beget more strength? Love the title…because I HAVE BEEN SO COLD LATELY!

    Comment by specialkphd — January 30, 2010 @ 10:04

  12. As you know I share your pain on this whole cold weather nonsense. enough already! Don’t worry about your streak. You’ll always be the ultimate running machine to me! Its so tough this time of year.

    Comment by Teamarcia — January 30, 2010 @ 12:45

  13. Aren’t you like addicted to running like all the time, not just the past month? 🙂 haha, just had to say! I’ll cut runs short too if my heart isn’t in it. Whats the point of being out there if you don’t want to be, you know? Have fun destressing. Tea sounds nice!

    Comment by Liz — January 30, 2010 @ 14:12

  14. A 48-day double digit streak is impressive in itself. Happy reading. That’s what I’m planning to do this afternoon.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 30, 2010 @ 14:16

  15. Ok, so I love HP too. And I SOOO want to read it in another language!!! That would ROCK!!!!!!!!

    Also, I read Princess Di’s biography and other adult books when I was in 4th grade too!!!

    *dork high five*

    And I’m NOT a physics major and I AM reading Stephen Hawking’s “Brief History Of Time” FOR FUN.

    And Search for Schrodinger’s *can’t ever spell that* Cat….

    So yeah.

    Go us.

    Comment by pinkcowgirl — January 30, 2010 @ 17:17

  16. I love Harry Potter! I wish I could read it in another language that’s so cool! I love book #7 and definitely made me cry too. But then again so did #5.. Sirius was my favorite…

    Comment by BostonRunner — January 30, 2010 @ 20:33

  17. YES YES DO SPANISH!!!! you will not regret it, i promise. i regret so much NOT doing it in college!!

    my dad is obsessed with HP. it’s cute 🙂

    and, i’m proud of you for giving yourself a break. you earned it! (and then some 🙂 )

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — January 31, 2010 @ 11:22

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