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February 22, 2010

Last Day of Spring In Febrero I Guess

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:30

Yaaaawn.  I didn’t get to bed until 0100 last night technically this morning I guess.  After tutoring stats last night I was working in the lab and while the experiment didn’t take long I wanted to work a lot on the report so that took up about a billion hours.  Okay so more like 3.  But still a 0100 bedtime and a body that wants to wake up at 0630? Maybe not the best combo. Hopefully I can pry myself away from my work at a decent hour tonight (or even just take a break watch 24 live) but sometimes when you’re on a roll you’re on a roll you know?

But gosh it was just so beautiful outside today!  When I got up this morning the weather was clear and sunny and 25*.  It was 0630 so the temperature, while cold, was really pleasant and actually felt warm.  Shorts for me 🙂

I did a recovery/easy run today. I never know what to call Monday runs because they’re typically around recovery pace BUT there’s nothing hard to recover from per se so it feels awkward. I’m sure that my legs need it because they don’t really want to go faster but it’s hard for me to comprehend that it takes 2 days or so to shake out the LR.

My shin bugged me a bit but it’s hard to say what it is exactly.  It’s probably something benign like shin splints like I said yesterday but my mind always goes to the worse case scenario: stress fracture? tendinitis? GAH. But I’ve noticed that it feel the most “pain” (and it’s not pain more of a annoying pressure) when I first get up or if I’ve been sitting for a long time and it gets stiff. So in class I’ve been doing the “alphabet” exercise and it’s been helping.  Plus I’m sure it’s strengthening the shin, so it’s a two birds, one stone deal-io.

A couple people have asked how I did my “pre-hab” as the catchy phrase says.  I wish I had some secret cure that I could market and become rich off of.  Alas I did it the good old fashioned way: stretching and strengthening.  I didn’t use ice, mostly because in a college dorm that’s really cumbersome.  But for my achilles I stretched like a mofo and for my plantar I stretched and Stick’d my calves like there was no tomorrow.  So I guess more stretching than strengthening but I’m 99.99% sure that I did a little strength stuff.  Most of my “injuries” are a result of tight muscles though, so stretching has been the cure.

After hablar-ing espanol this mornning, I hit up the gym for some lifting and man did I feel on FIRE today. I don’t know what it was, maybe I was feeling time pressed because I had a really busy afternoon set up for me?, but I just powered through my routine.  And it wasn’t a half-assed powering either.  I just felt strong.  It was like I was just so focused and invincible (heh almost just wrote invisible!) After lifting I just had to do my warm down outside because at this point it was 45*.  I’ve been so spoiled the past 4 or 5 days with SPRING weather.

Unfortunately this isn’t going to be the case for long. I had been debating switching up my tempo and intervals this week because I knew that the end of the week was suppose to be precipitation filled but I just checked the forecast and the rain/snow is suppose to start tonight.  Bummer.  At least I got to enjoy 45* (!!) weather earlier today and now I don’t feel bad about using the TM tomorrow as there won’t be any nice weather to waste!

And as a follow up on the apparel: I’m leaning towards the celebration one in the men’s sizing.  I’m DEFINITELY getting a jacket.  No questions 🙂 As much as I really do try and be humble in everyday life, I need to brag on this a bit.  And jacket = best advertisement everrrrrrr.

Well after re-reading this post it’s a bit everywhere hahaha.  Oops. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have any idea what you want to write about when you sit down! Currently I’m sitting in the academic center attempting to do my work (never ending you know?) and praying that no students come for physics tutoring. Does that make me a bad person? Heh.

I promise that tomorrow I’ll have a slightly more exciting post (remember *slightly* hahah) as it’s going to be INTERVAL TUESDAY.  I think I’m doing shorter stuff which is always very scary to me.  I’m excited though.  Going fast is ever so much fun:

Gem of a show...anyone?



  1. I do believe that is from Hey Arnold!

    Comment by Nick — February 22, 2010 @ 19:33

  2. OH GEEZ hope your shin feels better. Please ice it too! And maybe make this week a little lighter on mileage?

    Comment by kathleennnn — February 22, 2010 @ 20:07

  3. Im doing intervals tomorrow too! I don’t know what I am doing yet…gotta steal that or make a plan! Maybe ill dig out my old track workout sheets! lol

    Good idea to go the alphabet for your shin. Do you have flat feet? be careful. A lot of the girls i ran with had shin problem. Keep strengthening it. also walking on your heels will help.

    Comment by J — February 22, 2010 @ 20:23

  4. It’s so funny how your weather is a day behind mine! I loved the balmy temps and shorts running yesterday, and then today snow! Booooo. Enjoy the intervals! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — February 22, 2010 @ 20:24

  5. I think my weather beat yours today 😉

    Comment by Matt — February 22, 2010 @ 21:40

  6. Urgh, intervals was my least favorite when I was in track…but you enjoy yours! 45 degrees is a good weather? Wow, how cold does it get there?

    Comment by sophia — February 22, 2010 @ 22:09

  7. Oh, thank God — I was going to come up and shake you silly if you didn’t get a jacket. It’s a badge of honor.

    It must be a running thing to catastrophize because I know so many people who do it. As do I.

    I have never even tested out a Stick. That’s kind of ridiculous of me.

    Comment by EE — February 22, 2010 @ 23:23

  8. Someone’s addicted to SPEED! Yes? Just make sure your shin feels good for this one…don’t aggravate it if the first few sets don’t go well.
    As for the celebration jacket, I was in the same boat last year, got the jacket and then decided it was too gaudy to wear. So now it’s a year later, and I wore it like twice! I think I rather where it to non-runner functions more than to races and stuff. Weird how that happens too!

    Comment by The Laminator — February 22, 2010 @ 23:31

  9. Where on your shin is there pain (out of curiosity)? I did a recovery run today an woooeeyy did my calves need some time to shake ‘dem hills out!

    Comment by Running on Faith — February 22, 2010 @ 23:32

  10. ah you got me to pull up the page for the women’s celebration jacket! I am nervous to buy it…I think I’m going to wait a few more weeks! I don’t know what size to go with…XS or S. Do you know if they run small?

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — February 23, 2010 @ 10:19

    • I don’t know if they run small. But I hate women’s sizing in general so I’m going with the men’s model. And I keep putting off the actual purchase too because…I don’t want to jinx it? Hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 23, 2010 @ 22:51

  11. i cheated and read the first comment… hey arnold wasn’t actually something i watched! but that was on nickelodeon, right? i was a nick junkie… it was like the only channel i was allowed to watch other than PBS, lol. rugrats and doug what whattttt! 🙂

    alphabet and stick= sounds like a plan. so you are stiff in the achilles, too? tho i don’t do nearly as many miles as y ou but my body just feels old lately!! i need warmer weather STAT it helps sooo much.

    get some sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — February 23, 2010 @ 10:35

  12. I was up til 1am last night too, soooo tired today!! I used to watch Hey Arnold all the time!! I wonder if it’s still on

    Comment by Laura — February 23, 2010 @ 11:01

  13. I like the men’s celebration jacket the best as far as colors go. I think you should get it. Hopefully it’s not a once in a life time experience for you, but you should definitely “celebrate” it. So exciting that you are going to run Boston!

    Comment by EarlyRunner — February 23, 2010 @ 11:28

  14. If 45 degrees is good weather I am a tiny bit scared to ask what bad weather would be??

    Comment by Ameena — February 23, 2010 @ 12:22

  15. I definitely think this weather is messing with all of our heads.

    Comment by a marathoner — February 23, 2010 @ 16:52

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