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March 10, 2010

Another Beautiful Day. Busy but Beautiful.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 22:59

Jeez louise! It’s almost 2300 and I’m just getting back to my room after a crazy busy day.  It’s going to be a fly-by post tonight (maybe hah) as I want to get to bed at a decent hour for once.

Today was another beautiful day.  Lacey mentioned this today when she said that the really nice weather in the afternoons had made the morning crispness really nice.  I completely agree.  The 30* temps feel so refreshing right now.  I’m still in shorts and a long sleeve but man does it feel great.  Like I’m enveloped in the cold but my body is keeping itself warm.

Another plus to the cool but not frigid mornings? The fact that I’m running fast but with the same effort level.  I know that if I were to plot temperature vs running pace that at some point the higher the temp the slower I’d go (just like too cold = slow) but I’m nearing the peak running temp for me: 30-50*.  It’s soooo amazing.

Which means that my recovery run this morning was very enjoyable.  Clearly feeling like you’re slogging through a run is really no fun at all but at the same time you don’t want to zoom through it.  It’s recovery after all.  And after yesterday’s intervals my legs were a bit “eh”.  They loosened up nicely over the first half and the second half was nice and fluid.

I think I was going a bit too fast at the end but my overall pace was 9:32 so I’m okay with whatever I ended on.  It was a great mental boost to see some faster recovery run times (still within range though).  It might mean the intervals weren’t hard enough or that I’m recovering better.  I suspect the latter just because it’s not like I was all out sprinting out of the gate this morning.

Not even close: I woke up to my alarm! I feel like this has been happening more and more lately simply because I’m staying up too late!! Oh well, spring break is soon and I can pass out all week (hopefully).

I also got in a lifting session today as well.  And as much as I’ve complained about how mundane the sessions will be for the next 2 or so months this afternoon I was cruising along and being really efficient.  Maybe a combo of real strength and the fact that the weather has put a pep in my step.

Which is why I went for a warm down outside. Again. And it turned into a second run. Again.  Nothing too strenuous.  4.3 miles at 837 pace. Now a note on pacing for my pm runs: I don’t compare them to my am runs.  Runs later in the day when I’ve been up for awhile are obviously easier to go faster on because my muscles aren’t cold.  So this effort was the same as my morning effort.  Weird right? Maybe not but it’s funny/interesting to think about.

That said, as I was running there were these two guys walking out of a pizza / sub place and they started running/jogging right before I got to them.  And I was running faster so I passed them.  Which they then started trying to re-pass me.  Annoying! Now I should have said screw it and kept going at my pace. But it annoys the hell out of me when (mostly men — sorry guys!) try to compete with me.  I guess I don’t really know their intentions but it sure seems like they didn’t want to be passed by a girl.  Especially one in a “I-Run-Like-A-Girl” tee-shirt!

So I sped up and left them in the dust.  Serves them right! HA.

Okay so maybe this was a short post  (gasp really?!) as I now need toothpicks to keep my eyes open.  I apologize to those posts that are in my google reader that are now getting hit “mark as read” because there’s sooo many of them and I tend to wake up to 30 or so (yes I know not a lot to some of you) in the morning when I go to bed with nothing.  Oops. I promise I’ll comment next time!

But first, check out this giveaway from Tricia.



  1. Yep, your post made it official- men/boys are pigs. I would’ve done EXACTLY the same thing you did in that situation. Why is it 2010 and female athletes are still not respected as much as their male counterparts? If you were a guy, they NEVER would’ve approached you while running, nor would they have even THOUGHT they could keep up. Way to kill their inflated egos.

    Comment by Rebecca — March 11, 2010 @ 07:14

  2. Ha!!! Way to put those meatheads in their place. How is the shin?

    Comment by a marathoner — March 11, 2010 @ 08:40

    • The shin is fine, thanks for asking. A little sore at times but same old same old. Hopefully I’ll get some concrete info when I go the sports med on Monday

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 11, 2010 @ 19:05

  3. I would be the other guy passing you 😉

    Is your Spring Break next week like mine? Any plans?

    Comment by Matt — March 11, 2010 @ 09:00

  4. Haha I hate when guys try to show you up…serves them right to get passed by a girl 😉

    Comment by Heather — March 11, 2010 @ 09:43

  5. Nice recovery and great weather!! What you described about those guys is what can annoy the heck out of me at a race. They sprint then slow down/stop, then when you pass they turn it up again. Little do they know, I could keep this up all day 🙂

    Comment by Running on Faith — March 11, 2010 @ 09:52

  6. Two guys coming out of a pizza place running to try to catch up with you? That’s a funny visual. I have tried to do that before though. It’s the egotistical/competitive side of me. I got passed easily too.

    Comment by David Dierking — March 11, 2010 @ 10:49

  7. Next time steal their food and run, that would serve them right..

    Each person is responsible for updating the spreadsheet with their miles. Believe that I sent you the link. If you don’t have it email me and I will resend. 🙂

    Comment by Mel- Tall Mom on the Run — March 11, 2010 @ 11:11

  8. If they’d been able to pass you while carrying a pizza, I’d have been pretty impressed. I’m with you about the wonderful weather. It’s raining here, but raining = not snowing!!!

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 11, 2010 @ 11:42

  9. I know what you mean about the morning vs evening effort. Especially in spinning… I used to think it was all in my head but the resistance dial is in a different place, but my PRE is the same, so I’m not arguing with that.

    Way to beast the menlymen. Maybe they were just trying to work off the sausage 😉

    Comment by Erika (Dr. TriRunner) — March 11, 2010 @ 12:32

  10. I hate it when guys pull silly stuff like that! Drives me crazy.

    I love how your 4.3 miles is “nothing too strenuous.” To me that is a hardcore workout!! It would probably be enough of a workout for a whole week. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — March 11, 2010 @ 12:39

  11. How wierd of the guys, I hate men like that, seriously grow up haha! I’m laughing at the last comment, ‘Maybe they were just trying to work off the sausage’… perhaps that was it 😛

    Comment by Laura — March 11, 2010 @ 12:40

  12. Haha relax girl, 8:37 pace isn’t exactly a sprint… it’s not inconceivable for men (or anyone) to be passing you at that pace. They weren’t necessarily competing…

    Comment by XC4L — March 11, 2010 @ 13:53

  13. hahaha you are amazing as always. so really- a guy was wearing an “i run like a girl” tshirt???? oh the wonders of the world. lol.

    keep doing your thanggg 🙂 rocking on! you have long days, huh!

    Comment by Lacey — March 11, 2010 @ 14:19

    • haha I was the one who was wearing that shirt. Makes me feel badass when I’m doing workouts (I wore the bright green one today because of the tempo I was doing. Yesterday was hot pink haha)

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 11, 2010 @ 19:06

  14. I actually love it when guys try to run with me…mostly because I hang out at their pace for a while before laying down the hammer. Competitive, eh? A couple of times, really tiny kids will run along, too, but I try not to mess with them. Too much.

    Comment by sarah — March 11, 2010 @ 15:58

    • Little kids try to run with me too sometimes but since kids scare me I just look ahead and tense up haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 11, 2010 @ 19:07

  15. Ahahaha don’t you hate that, when you are out just taking your cool-down seriously after some monster workout, and then somebody who is probably out for a little 2 mile trot decides to throw down with you… and then you have to show the guy who is boss, and well, there goes your ‘recovery’ run!

    Reminds me of this goofy article “Eleven Natural Enemies of the Runner” ( which is pretty hilarious. (#3 on the list relates to your predicament in this case! In fact, maybe those guys who were trying to pass you were just struggling with #9 on the list?)

    Anyway sorry to become a total blog stalker without having one of my own. I am totally sucked into your marathon journey as I too am aiming for 3:30 (with 3:20 as the “reach” goal)!

    Comment by Cat — March 11, 2010 @ 18:16

    • Such a funny article! And I love it when people read and comment on my blog! So keep stalking away 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 11, 2010 @ 19:08

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