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March 7, 2010

Addendum & Lazy Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 21:15

Okay so I’ve gotten a couple of comments / emails about this and I just want to clarify because I think it’s getting lost:

I. Am. Not. Injured.

In fact I am not in any pain at all and don’t think it’s a big deal to be running the way I am (well maybe I’m just crazy for putting in the miles in general 😉 ). And I meant what I said in my post about my LR: I wouldn’t have run through pain for 22 miles.  Sure it would have sucked to cut a run short but if it’s what needs to be done I’d have to do it.

The reason I keep posting about it is because it keeps me from ignoring it and letting it blow up in my face down the line.  I recognize that I’m walking (or running) a fine line and by acknowledging the achey-ness I’m making sure that I take care of my body.

Sorry if I’ve been giving the wrong impression! I definitely appreciate the concern but I’m not running through pain or hurt or anything like that.  I guess since I talk so much about it (and because on Friday I think I even said that I moved my run to the TM because of paranoia) a lot of you are getting worried.

So rest assured that I’m okay.  The ice, ibuprofen, wrappings, appointments with people: they’re all preventative. I’m not trying to “manage” anything because there’s nothing to manage.  I’m trying to make sure of that. I’m fully committed to starting Boston at 100% 🙂

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Now onto Sunday.  I slept like a rock last night which is really rare for me in general much less on a long run day.  Usually LRs make me so restless and charge up my body.  I mean, I was exhausted but possible over-tired on most LR days.  Not that I’m complaining about it.  I will take the sleep no questions asked!

Although the only bummer was that I, for the first time EVER, woke up in the middle of the night because I was hungry.  I guess it’s really hard to adequately eat enough on a 22 mile day.  At least for me.  My stomach must be on the small size because, although I can put away lots of food over the course of a day, it’s hard for me to really eat tons in one sitting.  Add to that the fact that LRs tend to kill the appetite right after the run and I finished the run pretty late in the day I guess I needed to wake up in the middle of the night to have a granola bar (or two).  It felt weird though because, like I said, that’s never happened to me before.

When I woke up this morning I actually felt the long run though.  Not an “omg my body feels dead” type of deal but “oh hey you just ran 22.2 miles yesterday” kind of feel.  I’m actually pretty happy to feel this way because I think that most of my Sundays have been too easy.  Sure, easy might mean that my body is recovering really nicely from the runs (and I’m sure that’s what it is) but it’s refreshing to have some soreness telling me I worked hard the day before.

I titled this “Lazy Sunday” not because of work-wise or me just sitting on my booty all day.  Mostly because the run felt lazy.  I didn’t intentionally plan this but clearly my body needed to go slow.  And I use the term “lazy” not in the derogatory sense at all, more like a carefree sense.  I was perfectly content to let the sun shine on my face and amble through the run.

It felt great to not have to worry about the rest of my day on a run.  Too often I have meetings or class right after but today I just had my work (and a lab but that was way later).  And I figured I didn’t work this hard all week to not enjoy the run.  It was the perfect way to cap off a week.

Because the weather was amazing! It was in the mid-40s around 0800 when I left, the sun was out and there was a slight breeze.  I chose to run my route backwards and that just enhanced the greatness I was feeling.  It was new and exciting and all that jazz.  As much as I talked about a funk (and I’m still dealing with some life stuff) having such great weather definitely made the burden I feel on my shoulders lighten a bit.  So hoooooollllllllllleeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrr.

Another way to cap off a week? Calculating that I ran 101.2 miles this week.  And calculating that my average pace was 8:53.  I’m all smiles right now.  I’m feeling good and the numbers are a pretty good reflection of that!

And wow. I started this post around lunchtime and it’s already 2100!! During that time I guess I got really sidetracked doing lots of work, so hopefully I can continue being productive for a few more hours.  I just finished up tutoring and, while I LOVE explaining this stuff to students, sometimes  I want the hours to do my own work and sadly that didn’t happen. Gotta buckle down now I suppose. I suppose as well that it really wasn’t too lazy of a Sunday hah!

Hope everyone has had a great Sunday so far and is ready to tackle the week.  For me I just need to push through a few more days before SPRING BREAK! No big plans for me but I’m ready for a week of no work and no worries.  I think I’ve got a massage scheduled so that’s not too shabby either 🙂 It’s funny because in high school I’d watch MTV’s spring break and want to do that but in my 4 years of undergrad I’ve never even entertained the notion of going to Cancun or someplace exotic to go all wild haha! Sleep seems to trump that every single time.

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20 Comments »

  1. Heh, I guess people were just concerned..it’s nice to know that people would show care like that!
    Urgh, I still have a week left till spring break…and even then, I have 2 mid-terms and a project right after!

    Comment by sophia — March 7, 2010 @ 21:50

  2. I beat you by 5 miles this week 😉

    Comment by Matt — March 7, 2010 @ 22:20

  3. Funny what growing up will do to a girl! I went on ONE big spring break trip and that was plenty for me. (Of course me being me, it was to Southern Utah to go rock climbing and hiking. Oh well, swimsuits were involved so it still counts right??) Glad you had such a glorious long run!

    Comment by charlotte — March 7, 2010 @ 23:27

  4. Hiiii Girlie!! I’ve been missing getting to read your bloggy this weekend! 😦 just wanted to let you know that YES my parents will adopt you! I want another sister! 😉 you just have to get your booty out here to CA and run hundreds of miles with me in the sun! hahaha!! Have a great monday chica!! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — March 8, 2010 @ 00:16

  5. Yay for lazy sundays! Great weekly total and killer average pace! Just noticed, you have run more in one weeek than I have run so far this year haha

    Comment by Laura — March 8, 2010 @ 05:05

  6. Wow girl, over 100 miles, you’re a machine! Congratulations. Funny about waking up hungry, I’m such a piggy eater that has never happened to me, lol. Glad you’re keeping any hurty stuff at bay, you adding in any recovery weeks?

    Comment by Flo — March 8, 2010 @ 07:20

    • Heh, recovery weeks? Kind of. They definitely don’t look significantly cut down (still pretty high) but they are ~10-20% cut back. With 100 miles as a hard week, recovery looks like 80-90 miles which still looks high!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 8, 2010 @ 19:24

  7. Ok so I haven’t run 22 miles before but I have woken up feeling like woah yesterday was a tough workout! Great job on the mileage this week. You make my 21.0 miles look measly! im having a lazy monday as I skipped the gym this morning!

    Comment by J — March 8, 2010 @ 07:32

  8. 100+ miles again? You rock. I hate waking up hungry. For me it’s seriously the worst because I can’t fall back to sleep, but have no desire to get up and eat at some random time of night/early morning.

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 8, 2010 @ 08:22

    • Sooooo true. It’s kind of like when I wake up because I have to pee: I don’t want to move but I know I won’t be able to fall back asleep until I relieve the need!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 8, 2010 @ 19:25

  9. hooray!!!!! the only thing i can think of that’s better than no injury is a pretty rocknrollin’ week, which you had 🙂 congrats on the mileage and pace. sorry i have been a lil MIA in comments/blogging 🙂 still cheering you on and absolutely your #1 fan 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — March 8, 2010 @ 10:20

  10. YAY FOR SPRING BREAK!!! And a massage….oo I’m getting jealous over here 😉

    Comment by Heather — March 8, 2010 @ 10:23

  11. Sooo glad to hear that it is not an ‘injury.’ I think myself/everyone are just amazed by your running and don’t want anything silly to get in the way of you rocking out Boston!
    Congrats on the milage- isn’t it great sometimes to just run and enjoy it, all ‘zen like’ w/o worrying about pace? Especially with nicer weather in the air!
    Are you going to do a fueling post anytime soon? I would love to see how you eat to fuel your crazy-awesome workouts! Especially since my own eating is kind of in a funk right now.
    Have a great Monday! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 8, 2010 @ 10:40

  12. Oh, and PS> If anyone is doing the ‘chasing’ at Boston it will be me! 😛

    Comment by tmart — March 8, 2010 @ 10:41

  13. I think it would be cool for you to do a “what I eat running 100 miles a week” post. I always feel like my eating is thrown off on long run days, and since my long run days are like your normal days, I’m curious how you make it work- especially eating at a college cafeteria.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 8, 2010 @ 11:36

  14. 22 miles is crazy! I can’t even imagine how hungry I would be after that. But I probably wouldn’t have any energy to find my way to the fridge!

    Comment by Ameena — March 8, 2010 @ 12:26

  15. I had a similar issue yesterday … after long and/or intense running you need to keep feeding the machine. It’s hard, but gotta do it.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 8, 2010 @ 14:28

  16. I don’t sleep like a rock when I do those really long runs! I expect to sleep well, but I guess my muscles are too tense.

    Comment by runjess — March 8, 2010 @ 15:39

    • Me too which is why it was so surprising that I was out! Normally I’m tossing and turning because my body’s metabolism is in overdrive

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 8, 2010 @ 19:27

  17. Over 100 miles last week?!!! That’s awesome! When I’m training really hard, I regularly wake up in the middle of the night famished…

    Comment by pen — March 8, 2010 @ 19:08


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