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March 8, 2010

Technically a Double Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:21

So I totally now believe in SAD: season affective disorder.  I used to think people who complained of it were just me.  BUT you know that funk I complained about for days on end last week? Well it’s not gone (still too much crap going on in my personal life) but my mood is improving.  And I think it’s because of the weather.

The past 3 days have all had highs in the 50s(!!!!!) and today hit 60*.  It’s been sunny and warm and amazing.  It just makes me breathe easier and make me a bit more able to cope with life stuff.  It’s glorious. And tempting to run a lot.  Which is what I did today.

My morning started by me being woken up by the sun (yes I rise with the sun literally) around 0630 and laying in bed for an extra 15 minutes. Mind you: I didn’t hit the sheets until midnight and probably took about an hour to actually fall asleep. My alarm wasn’t set until 0715 (well really 0714 heh) but I figured that I could use the extra time to stretch my calf (soooo tight) as well as my shin and do some shin exercises.

By the time I hit the streets I figured that after my huge mileage week it was a good thing that I was 20 minutes ahead of schedule because I’d likely need those minutes for my run in order to make it to class on time haha.  For some reason this wasn’t the case: my run felt great and I ran it close to 30 seconds FASTER than a typical Monday run: clocking in at 9:22 average! I know for some of you that’s creepy-crawly-might-as-well-be-walking pace but it’s perfect for my Monday run.

I think part of what helped was that I don’t look at my watch at all during the run (since I’m so numbers obsessed I do need to look at it afterward at some point to get the data).  And while the first loop felt dreadfully slow I could feel myself naturally pick up the pace the second half which is ALWAYS a pleasant feeling.

So just to make it clear: up earlier than normal, running faster than normal.  This should equal plenty of time before my class.  And if you think this you’d be correct: I finished up everything about 25 minutes earlier than normal.  Upon starting my computer, however, I discovered that my class had been canceled.  D’oh!

Oh well, it was an amazing run.  The weather just uplifted me and put me in a good mood.  Plus I got to relax a bit when catching up on blogs/email/RW.  And then I got to use that class time to work on Quantum.  Not really fun per se but necessary.

Flash forward to my lifting session around noon time.  First off, I think that there was a memo sent around telling all the males who were going to be in the weight room to wear a combo of red and black.  Apparently I also read this memo because I was looking all hot and seksi in my red short-shorts and black top.  Hahah wish I had taken a picture!

The lifting itself was un-remarkable mostly because, upon the sound advice of you guys, I’ve decided to just try and maintain my strength in the time coming up to the race.  For me this means not changing up my routine because I don’t want to do anything that will compromise a run by being wicked sore.  Sure I’ll get all sore from a running routine and be okay with it but I don’t really want that from lifting. Especially since the day after lifting is a quality run.

Okay…so here’s the deal: after lifting I said to myself that I wanted to go outside for my warm down.  Which I’ve done before. No problem.  Well actually there is a problem: the weather.  I stepped outside and was like, okay I can go a bit longer than a normal warm down just keep the pace in check.  Because shorts and a t-shirt (yes still the gloves though. Likely until June haha) is such a rare occurrence in early March.

Pace in check? I’m feel SO DAMN GOOD.  Seriously.  My pace was SUB-9!! What?! For a warm down?! I saw this after about 3.5 miles and thought “what the hell? This isn’t a warm-down! This is a second run!” And since for me a run is <4 miles I went 4.3 miles at 8:52 pace (I also told myself that if I hit sub-9s for the whole thing I would count it as a run, got to keep my mind happy with numbers and stats ahaha). I wanted to go more but was under time-constraints and I was really pushing it with the amount I went. But…

It. Felt. Amazing. I was smiling the whole damn run and it just felt soooooooooooo awesome. It felt like SPRING IS HERE. And with T-6 weeks ’til Boston I also thought about how perfect it would be if the weather was like this on race day.  I realize that I live in New England and winter ain’t over until, oh say, July hahah.

And so far I’m feeling pretty good in the aftermath.  No shin “pain” (although I did ice down afterward), no aches that shouldn’t be there.  No indication that I ran a total of about 17 miles. Except that I’m pretty darn hungry heh.  A lot of you commented that you’d like to see a “How MM eats” type of thing.  I’ve done some stuff with that but more in regards to pre, during and post – run stuff.  I’d be happy to try and put together something though about day-to-day.  Might not happen until I’m on spring break (T-4 days) but be on the look out. And maybe I’ll actually use my camera and take pictures 🙂

Enough talk! Or writing as the case may be.  I need to get cracking on my homework so that I’m not a crazy person right before leaving for break.  Well I’m pretty much a crazy person all the time but you know what I mean ha. That said, it looks like (*fingerscrossed*) that I might make it out of the science center in time for 24 at 2100 or at least CSI: Miami at 2200.  Hollllllleeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday in a manner that would make EE proud. I certainly am!

And checkout this giveaway from Charlotte. But actually don’t. I want it. 😛



  1. TRUE DAT! I’ve def had some speedy runs too this week just because it feels SO GOOD to run outside!

    Comment by kathleennnn — March 8, 2010 @ 19:33

  2. SAD totally exists! I think you can actually buy some kind of light/lamp for your house to make it a little easier on you… no joke.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 8, 2010 @ 20:44

  3. Beasting! Beasting! Beasting! Congrats. You are rolling toward Boston.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 8, 2010 @ 20:59

  4. We are definitely having those series of days when you remember what it’s like not to step outside and have it be painful. I’m also seeing it reflected in my running, which is dope! I am jealous of your doubles, but not jealous of your homework. Heh.

    Comment by sarah — March 8, 2010 @ 21:11

  5. The weather was great here too! We hit 70!

    Comment by Matt — March 8, 2010 @ 21:19

  6. I think SAD exists…after a few days of rain I start feeling kind of in a funk. And I never get in a funk!

    Comment by Ameena — March 8, 2010 @ 23:13

  7. S.A.D. definitely exists, and I think went a long way in helping me achieve a PR yesterday! Nice runs, M.M. I hope you enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts. Boston in 6 weeks? Wow, it’s getting close. Good luck!

    Comment by The Laminator — March 9, 2010 @ 00:33

  8. Glad you’re feeling better. I totally believe in the whole SAD thing. Maybe that’s my prob too! Nice run, spring break is almost here and glad you got the pkg! Life is good!

    Comment by Teamarcia — March 9, 2010 @ 09:32

  9. Sounds like you had a great workout day 🙂

    I believe in SAD too, I don’t have it per se but I do feel happier when it’s sunny, I hate getting out of bed in the dark and spending so much of the day in the dark, but I do love the christmas lights!

    Comment by Laura — March 9, 2010 @ 10:07

  10. My hubby and I are both SAD sufferers. This has been such a rough year for everyone, SAD or not. Too much snow! My daffodils are coming up, though, so spring is almost here!!!

    Comment by Kim — March 9, 2010 @ 10:20

  11. The weather always does it for us too. We got outside on Saturday & Sunday for the first time this year and it was wonderful! Makes you want to be active.

    Comment by David Dierking — March 9, 2010 @ 10:30

  12. I totally agree that weather plays such a HUGE part in outlook/mood/etc. I got on the treadmill to run this morning, and after 30 seconds I jumped off, threw on my outside clothes, and went out to run. Even though it was foggy, slushy, and windy, it was 31 degrees!!!!! and it felt so so so so great to be outside again. YAY for spring.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 9, 2010 @ 12:22

  13. Oh my gosh the weather totally changes my mood. I’m totally happy, and functional, and productive when the weather is nice…but when it’s rainy, I have trouble getting out of bed…

    Great run! And awesome that you had a little extra time on a beautiful day!

    Comment by pen — March 9, 2010 @ 12:42

  14. I AM SOOOO jealous! Yes,isn’t it funny how CHANGE matters? After winter, we crave the sun not only physically but SPIRITUALLY I think. Grounding us to move about more. Just think, in three months, you’ll be sick of the heat! Receive Pleasure now!

    Comment by specialkphd — March 9, 2010 @ 14:03

  15. […] totally something to say about the influence of weather (as many of you guys reminded me on my last post where I mention SAD).  Another positive was that my shin only started bugging during the last […]

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