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February 24, 2010

An Off Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:10

And no I don’t mean off as in rest 😛

Glad you guys all liked my pictures 🙂 and thanks for all the compliments. I think I looked nasty after that workout so you’re too kind to say that I looked good haha.  But I guess my endorphins were apparent in it?

Ever had a day where you’ve been just running behind? Not necessarily rushing around to get to things but consistently 5 minutes or so behind schedule? Story of my day.  I’ve just felt like I’ve been in a fog.  And for a wicked scheduled person like me, it’s uncomfortable.  I even had to text the person I had a 1400 meeting with “I need 5 or 10 minutes before our session” It wasn’t the biggest deal but I hate not being prompt.  I mean, I obviously let her know I was running late but it’s so not like me.

Maybe it was because of my recovery run this morning.  Last night when I was walking home from my Quantum/LOST party it started to rain and knowing that the next few days are all going to be gray and blahhhhh it kind of set the tone of wanting to be inert. And I knew that I wouldn’t want to get up and run in it this morning.  On the plus side I actually saw a bedtime before midnight.  Sure it was 23:50 but hey, it’s better than the previous nights.

But yeah, when I got up this morning I peaked outside and it didn’t look that bad.  From my room it didn’t even look like it was raining.  I knew that it couldn’t be true so I prepped for my rainy run gear: Sox cap, windbreaker, hair in a braid.  I also figured that since it was raining and not snowing that it wasn’t that cold so I only wore shorts and a t-shirt under the shell.

WRONG-O.  I even know that rain is worse than snow in terms of cold because the rain just soaks you but the snow doesn’t really get you that wet.  So in terms of effectively cooling your body rain is better (heat of vaporization and all) thus making  it a really cold run this morning. The first few miles were tough because I was just getting soaked to the bone and that process isn’t fun.  And the end miles were tough because I was just so chilled to the bone.

I’ve been on cold runs before (hello single digit/negative with wind!) but this was a different type of cold.  It was the type that I had to hop into a HOT shower immediately after getting back to my room because I was shivering.  I was actually shivering on the run too.  And yawning during the end (and very cold) miles.  My lips were blue too. And part of it was that of my above mentality: no snow means above freezing.  Another part was my outfit: I wasn’t really in anything terribly protective.

But in case you think the run was all a bunch of no fun-ness: the middle miles were I was soaked yet not chilled were really fun.  Too bad they were sandwiched between ickyness. Oh well, I knew the whole time that I was running slow but it didn’t bother me in the mid-miles.  But surprisingly my pace was exactly at the pace last Wednesday was.  Weird considering this week’s intervals were harder, the weather today was worse and my ankle is bumming this week.

Speaking of the ankle.  I guess I am calling it an ankle thing rather than shin.  The discomfort is in my shin still but the ankle is feeling stiff.  So I’m guessing that the ankle is the root of the problem.  It doesn’t change anything that I’m doing, but I just have new terminology for it.  And I’ve been convinced to start an anti-inflammatory program.  I’m very against painkillers/medication in general but this person I was talking to basically said “Don’t think of it as pain management but rather healing yourself”.  Because I’m not in any real pain but I do want to heal whatever is going on in there.

So it is what it is.  Thoughts? I’m also setting up an appointment with the Sports Med Dept (which I interned in over the summer) to get checked out over my spring break in a few weeks.  More of a precaution than anything because it’s not an injury but better safe than sorry.

I also lifted today.  Because of the rain I was surprised that it wasn’t more crowded than it was (read: no extra people).  I guess people don’t really gravitate towards running (and outside at that) on my campus.  Or they all get lazy and don’t want to leave their rooms when it’s raining.  Either way it was okay by me because I hate a crowded gym.

I got in a good session but I was definitely behind schedule.  I tend to do my routine in a particular order and I know roughly how long it takes me to do each part.  But man, even though I was going strong and feeling great I was consistently 5 minutes off.  Again, not the biggest deal but Wednesday’s are a crazy day and I need to be on-time or ahead! Hahah

Although, wouldn’t you know it: when it came time for my warm down (and I refused to go outside like I typically do because of the rain) all the TMs were taken! Not only were the majority of them free during my lift but they’re ALWAYS free when I’m heading outside for my warm downs on lifting days and I do that within a consistent 5 minute time period.  Guess it just wasn’t my day today haha.

And since I’m STILL behind schedule (you’d think things like classes would help me regulate this today. NAWT) I’m going to wrap this up (and it’s getting pretty lengthy!)  I’ve got to finish up some homework and hopefully be in bed before midnight again.  Got to get my sleep for tomorrow’s tempo.  Hoping to redeem myself from the past two weeks but the weather doesn’t look too promising.  Maybe I’ll hit up the tm.  We’ll see. I’ve got the radar screen open on and am checking it obsessively haha!!

And another giveaway. This time at HogeRuns



  1. The great thing is… that today is over, and hopefully tmrw will be fantastic 🙂 Ugh, its supposed to snow again for us…

    Comment by kathleennnn — February 24, 2010 @ 19:27

  2. Re: cold rain, I had the same thoughts before I headed out last night. I actually went with my super heavy winter jacket (I only used it a couple of times this season) because I knew the rain would suck. Better to overdress for cold rain.

    Go see the sports med doc ASAP and be honest about your training routine … don’t hide from the fact that you run a lot of miles. It’s help their diagnosis. No sense in waiting for spring break.

    Comment by a marathoner — February 24, 2010 @ 19:31

    • Well I would love too but A) I simply can’t afford to take time off of school and work. Even for a day. B) Spring break is 2 weeks from tomorrow so it’s not too far away and the likelihood of me getting an appt before then is slim anyway

      Glad to know that you support the idea. And don’t worry: the doctor that I plan on seeing already knows I’m a serious runner so it would be silly to hide how much I’m running 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 24, 2010 @ 21:31

  3. I know what you mean about being off/5 minutes late all day. That was Monday and yesterday for me. I’ve learned that classes don’t keep you on time, they just keep you from falling any farther behind.

    Comment by Nick — February 24, 2010 @ 19:32

  4. I really hate this weather! We are getting hit with storm #3 in Philly! Way too much snow for my liking. I wish I lived in a warm climate!! I’m glad you’re taking precautions about your ankle. I’m sure it’s no big deal…but you’ll be happy you treated it correctly!! 🙂

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — February 24, 2010 @ 20:38

  5. Nice workout!

    I commented a couple of days ago with a question, but I think it got lost, so I’m going to re-post here: “Just curious – what preventative measures do you take/did you take for your shin/achilles/plantar? Icing and NSAIDs? Anything else? (Read: please tell me you have a special secret and you will share it!)”

    Comment by Alex — February 24, 2010 @ 21:18

    • Hmmmm, I actually did answer this within the next day or so in a post. But I basically just stretch A LOT. Most of my “injuries” are due to really tight muscles so stretching out my calves was incredibly helpful for both my plantar and achilles. It seems to be helpful for my shin too. Recently (as you read in the post) I’ve added NSAIDs to my routine although I really don’t like relying on them. No icing just because it gets messy in a dorm room with no freezer.

      So no wicked big secret or anything. Hope this helps! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 24, 2010 @ 21:34

      • Sorry, I must have missed that the first time around! Thanks for the info – I do lots of stretching, strengthening, and icing, and I was just trying to figure if there was anything else I should add.

        Comment by Alex — February 25, 2010 @ 20:17

      • No worries. I wish I had a secret! I could sell it and be all rich 😉

        Comment by marathonmaiden — February 26, 2010 @ 21:12

  6. I get days like that all the time. Frustrating isn’t it?

    Comment by Matt — February 24, 2010 @ 21:42

  7. I went to a sports therapist and had to come clean about all my training, and it ended up getting insurance to cover medical orthodics, after a month off running and cross training.

    And those 5 minutes, thanks for alleviatng my worries that I worry about THE SMALLEST things! But, yeah, umm…not worth your energy to feel “less than” about.

    Comment by specialkphd — February 24, 2010 @ 23:27

  8. Kudos for going out in the rain! I hate being too cold, much rather be too hot than too cold!

    Hope the sports med place can help you, or put your mind at rest at least! sometimes I think the worst thing is not knowing exactly why something is hurting or causing you difficulties, or that’s the case with me anyway!

    Comment by Laura — February 25, 2010 @ 05:48

  9. You’ve heard me complain about knee issues for a while now so I can definitely sympathize with someone who’s struggling with injury. It was recommended I visit the doctor too until I seemed to come across a formula that seemed to fix it. I had a lot of people with various athletic backgrounds able to make recommendations so that helped too. Not that I’m encouraging you to stay away from the doctor or anything.

    Comment by David Dierking — February 25, 2010 @ 11:41

  10. Cold rain is way worse than snow. Rain with temps. in the 30s is so uncomfortable!

    I had shin/ankle pain for awhile. It never hurt when I ran, but would develop later in the day and then usually be gone by morning. It would go away completely with a day of rest (I recommend one, by the way!) I switched shoes and now I rarely get it.

    Comment by runjess — February 25, 2010 @ 15:20

  11. Oh – cold weather is painful -seriously…and yeah anti-inflammatories do just that – they help to decrease the inflammation haha – so don’t worry too much about taking “meds”…there’s no real reason to be on them the rest of your life , no! , but whatever helps….oh REST – that helps too honey 😉

    Comment by eatmovelove — February 25, 2010 @ 15:40

  12. Yesterday I felt like I was just running behind too but in the sense that I had so much to do and time was going to fast! I hate taking lots of painkillers too but I know that it works. It just will make sure that your ankle stays healthy. With my hip problems I was taking 2 200mg in the morning and then again at night (depending on how i felt). It was more of a go as I feel and I am not sure if taking it consistently in the morning or night is better. So do what you think is best and I hope it feels better!

    Comment by J — February 25, 2010 @ 20:27

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