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February 14, 2010

Milestone and DON’T QUIT

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:35

Okay so I haven’t been writing out my mileage for recovery runs so I suppose no one really knows how many miles I’ve got under my belt this week.  That’s okay neither did I until last night.  You see I’m playing ostrich a bit, you know sticking my head in the sand so I can’t see how much mileage I’m getting in.  Because the fact that my body is doing so well (*knockonwood*) at such a high level is scary.  In a good way of course.

Yes I have been complaining about minor aches and pains during training nothing serious and nothing a good stretch or icing session hasn’t been able to cure. So when I woke up this morning to calculate how many miles I had so far this week (I like to do this before my Sunday run just to see if I can hit a round number) I was SHOCKED to see that I had 87.3 miles already.  Seriously?!  How did that add up so quickly?

Instinctively (because I’m a math person) I knew that I have 12.7 miles to 100.  And it sounded reallly tempting.  Not to mention crazy.  If you’ve been following along this week I had: 1 hard 800 intervals/hills session, 1 hard snowy tempo and I was just coming off a 21.1 mile LR.  But the more I thought about it the more it didn’t sound so crazy: what better way to cap off a great training week than a total of 100 miles? I knew that my body felt fine (maybe a bit stiff from a lack of stretching last night but nothing hurting) and that if I took it sloooooooooow (like slower than recovery slow) than I would be alright.

So I laced up my shoes and hit the pavement.  I actually was so giddy about it that it was hard to reign in the pace. I kept having to remind myself to SLOW DOWN. I think I even said it aloud too just to make it perfectly clear.

The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative: sunny, low 30s, no wind.  Really just lovely and as I was running along one of my more scenic routes it was pretty easy to get lost in my thoughts.  Which have been racing a mile a minute this whole semester due to stress. It was a very calming run once I got going and settled into my recovery-ish pace.  And after the first 8 or so miles my legs were really feeling the whole running-a-lot thing and I totally didn’t have to worry about me inadvertently pushing pace though.

I finished with a very nice 13.1 miles to cap off a 100.4 mile week.  [Edit: Do you count warm up/down in weekly totals? I don’t and am just curious] And I am soooo thrilled with it.  That said, I have no desire to repeat it any time soon.  Sure, like I’ve said time and time again, my body is feeling fine but I don’t want to keep seeing how far I have to go until I break, which is what I sometimes think I’ve been toying with.  And to emphasize that, once I was done I immediately made my schedule for this week purposely cutting miles out.  No need to tempt fate. 100 miles is a great achievement and I’m EXTREMELY proud of myself buttttt too much of a good thing (running) might not be such a good thing. Heh.  But I’ll bask in my glow for a bit anyway as well as eat all the food in my room 🙂  [Edit: I’ve been asked to put together a post about my daily eating. The short answer is that I’m working on it ]

So I’ve seen this poem on a couple of blogs recently and I really like it. I don’t think I gave it much thought at first. It’s semi-long so I doubt I really even read it completely the first few times I saw it.  BUT this week was really tough life wise.  Lots of school work and lots of stress. I think this also enabled me to run 100 miles this week because I was literally running away from my problems. I did have a good heart-to-heart with a great friend last night which made me feel 1000000000x better but all the stress still has been weighing on me recently. Today I re-read the poem and it struck a chord I guess.

Basically life is tough but I’m tougher. It also reminded me of one of my favorite songs by Rascal Flatts:

Don’t Quit (anonymous)

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!



  1. Amazing! That’s awesome that you broke 100mi! My weekly pr isn’t even half that. Way to go!

    Comment by Nick — February 14, 2010 @ 19:02

  2. 100 miles- you are a rock star! I think you are in a really good place with it all mentally too- feeling proud, but still realizing it doesn’t/shouldn’t be an every week thing. Congrats on a great week! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — February 14, 2010 @ 19:11

  3. Awesome! I’m proud of you! Keep running smart and strong; Boston is going to ROCK!!!

    Comment by Rebecca — February 14, 2010 @ 19:24

  4. damn batman. good for you. freaking awesome. you are kind of amazing yo. glad the poem resonated with you. it def sticks with me. actually it was always “my sister’s” poem b/c she had chronic fatigue syndrome and she kept it posted on her wall. i really felt for her and the poem is just really meaningful. and now it helps me think about my running. never quit 🙂 maybe sometime in my life i will run 100 miles in a week? i doubt it! but i can always wonder.

    Comment by Lacey — February 14, 2010 @ 19:33

  5. You’re an inspiration. Anything is possible if you’re tough enough and are willing to work extra hard for it. Well done.

    Comment by Ian — February 14, 2010 @ 19:35

  6. WOW 100 miles you are a ROCKSTAR!!! lol, i totally would have made extra sure to run the right mileage too if i knew i was that close to hitting a milestone [i’m actually kinda sad that i only ran 59.9 and not 60 miles this week hehe] seriously though, fantastic week, i’m just in awe! sounds smart that you aren’t going totally crazy and trying to keep that up every week – 1000 miles before boston might be just a little ridiculous 🙂

    Comment by HurdlingHam — February 14, 2010 @ 19:38

  7. Let’s see if the Count can count THAT high (still totally laughing at my most recent post)!! Congrats! And thanks for the poem – needed that too!

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 14, 2010 @ 20:00

  8. “Basically life is tough but I’m tougher.” I loooove you and can I keep that?!?!

    Comment by Erika (Dr. TriRunner) — February 14, 2010 @ 20:50

  9. I just love that poem. I think memorizing a little of that might be better than my typical bad-run mantra, which is “Dig deep” over and over and over.

    I think you should bask in the glow as long as you want. I have to keep reminding myself you are in college — there’s so much already to juggle in college, and you do 100 mile weeks. I bow down.

    Comment by EE — February 14, 2010 @ 21:08

    • Oh do not bow just yet. I in fact bow to you. I consider a huge factor in my week the fact that I’m a college student. I can be very flexible with my class and training schedule. I can’t even imagine running while juggling a real job and real life!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 15, 2010 @ 21:33

  10. We;come to the 100 mile club 🙂

    Comment by Matt — February 14, 2010 @ 21:43

  11. Woot! That is awesome. You hit 100 without gunning for it (other than today ;-)) and as part of your normal routine. Very cool!!!

    Comment by a marathoner — February 14, 2010 @ 22:10

  12. Wow – 100 miles in one week! You are wonder woman! And to answer your question, yes I usually count my warmups as part of my mileage but not my cooldowns. Don’t ask me why, I have no rational reason.

    Also – thanks for the song! I LOVE Rascal Flatts and have never heard that one before. So pretty:)

    Comment by charlotte — February 14, 2010 @ 23:06

    • Yeah that song definitely is one of my top songs everrrrr. If not the top. I just love it and feel like it describes me. Definitely a connection 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 15, 2010 @ 21:34

  13. WHOA dang, holla at 100 miles, you ROCK! And love that song, girl! So inspiring!

    Comment by kathleennnn — February 15, 2010 @ 07:18

  14. I love Rascal Flatts! Even though theirs songs are slower I still listen to them while running! Congrats on the 100 mile week! And I do count warm up and cool down usually unless my cool down happens to be like .25 miles walked in the treadmill then i don’t. I guess my thought is that, I ran the miles so then I count them. Its more of a personal preference!

    Comment by J — February 15, 2010 @ 08:08

  15. Whats on the schedule for Tuesday intervals tomorrow?? lol I need a workout! hehe

    Comment by J — February 15, 2010 @ 08:12

    • Mile repeats but I haven’t yet written out the exact workout yet haha. That’s to be done later tonight once I get all my work done!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 15, 2010 @ 21:35

  16. Wow congrats on the 100 miles already!! You rock!! I hope your body keeps holding up as well as it has, that’s awesome. (I don’t count warm-up/cool down miles)

    Comment by Heather — February 15, 2010 @ 09:28

  17. Way to go… I can’t even imagine running 100 miles. I definitely count warm-up/cool-down miles. I need every mile I can get!

    Back to the bathroom comment- unless you pee a lot when you stop, I don’t think it’s a water/salt issue. I’d guess it was either a)psychological [not calling you crazy, but the brain can do weird things] or b) it could be your clothing pressing on things in a way that irritates your bladder. Just a thought…

    Comment by EarlyRunner — February 15, 2010 @ 10:43

    • I don’t know I mean, I really do have to pee. And I’m wearing the same clothes as my early bird runs. I think the root of the problem is that I drink a lot at night so maybe the water hasn’t cleared my system yet? Don’t know why that wouldn’t affect my first-thing runs though…oh well I love a mystery 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 15, 2010 @ 21:37

  18. Wow 100 miles!!! Awesome work!

    Comment by laura — February 15, 2010 @ 11:29

  19. […] thanks for all the support and nice words about my milestone yesterday.  It always makes me feel good to read your […]

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  20. Congrats on the 100 mile week! You are HARDCORE!!!

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — February 15, 2010 @ 16:17

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