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March 31, 2010

Lady GaGa Hour

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 20:41

No joke.  When I was at the gym this morning (grrrrr XT-ing) MTV played AN HOUR of Lady Gaga videos.  I was unaware that she had an hours worth of music videos.  Bummer that I couldn’t listen along because, even though I have headphones in my gym bag, the little device that hooks the sound from the tvs on the wall to me is broken.  Well it cuts in and out which is annoying.  And not just on the equipment that I was using but on all the machines.  I think it’s because their old and too many people have plugged and unplugged their headphones.  The same thing happened to my discman (gosh did I just date myself?!).

Anyway I mention it because I know that Sarah (the shu box) would be happy and enjoy that.  🙂

As you probably could tell I did the arc trainer this morning.  I had a little extra time (sleepless night = able to get out of bed early) so I did another 2 hours on the darn thing.  Sadly no one gave me any exciting XT workouts to do sooo I did this:

  • 30 minutes @ Resistance =25
  • 60 minutes @ Resistance = 30 (30 “forwards motion” 30 “backwards”)
  • 30 minutes @ Resistance = 25

It was interesting to see how, on one machine R = 25 felt WAY harder than R=25 on another.  I did the first 30 minutes on the harder machine (because my fav one was taken) but quickly jumped on the fav when it opened up.  I’m pretty sure that on the machine I started on the resistance of 25 was a resistance of 30 on the other machine so if I had just adjusted then everything would have been okay.  But then again, if I hadn’t switched I wouldn’t have been in perfect position for Lady GaGa 🙂

And I’m right there with you guys for going off of HR and perceived effort guiding my workouts rather than the machine readouts.  I just found it interesting that the calories were SO HIGH.  Regardless my HR was around 140 or so the whole time which is typical for me and ~70% my “max”.

For some reason, even though lots of you praised me for being able to handle 2 hours yesterday, the time doesn’t really pass that slowly and it’s not really that boring. I guess I can entertain myself and I have exciting thoughts to think about.  I don’t have an ipod so music is out.  I can “watch” tv but I don’t have sound.  And I absolutely cannot read while working out.  It just doesn’t workout nicely for me. So it’s just me and my thoughts.  And the occasional people watching 😉

I suppose all the not running is helping my shin.  I am pain free for another day and the allure of running proved too much.  So after my Spanish class I laced up my shoes and went on a test run.  Not really a run because it was so short but something just to see if the pain free living would translate to pain free running.

I’m happy to say that YES it did.

I was really really nervous about heading out for this test run.  I think once I succumbed to the no-running mentality it made me feel like I’m really frail and I almost didn’t want to run anymore. Crazy right? I know Jess has blogged a bit about this before, well maybe  not the no running but the scared feeling of getting back into it.  I plan on running tomorrow and, although Thursdays mean tempo, I’ve already decided to nix all speedwork this week.  I just don’t think I’m mentally up to it regardless of the shin status.

Now I know that many of you probably would like to see me wait longer before jumping into any sort of running but I did the test run for a couple of reasons:

  • I’m an even kind of girl.  Meaning that it’s been 2 days.  Waiting until tomorrow means 3 days.  And 3 isn’t happening.  I’d have to wait until Friday to get to the next even number and I really didn’t want to wait that long.  Plus if I waited beyond Friday it would have to be 8 days because I like multiples (or fractions) of 4. OCD much?
  • I have PT tonight so any “damage” (because let’s face it, running and working out causes damage no matter if you have shin splints or are 100% healthy) would be worked out through massage and stretch and stim.

Which I just got back from and it was comical how ridiculously tight my calves are.  Seriously. The faces my PT was making were…well let’s just say my calves are tight.

And she was really surprised at all the edema that is in my (newly affected) shin.  But she was happy that the “old” shin was feeling great.  So now we need to get the swelling down in this guy which I’m confident that we’ll do.  I mean, we did it with the last one.

Off to go do some work.  And maybe get some sleep tonight.  Send some sleepytime vibes my way please 🙂


  1. I’m glad the test run went well! Cross training is a good thing too. I need to do more of that.

    Fun fact from my Number Theory class yesterday: If a,b are odd integers then 8 is always a divisor of a^2-b^2. Thought you’d appreciate that one.

    Comment by Nick — March 31, 2010 @ 20:53

  2. Hello ice. Meet the other shin. Ice and rest are not a bad thing. 🙂 Sounds like your spirits are in good shape. Physically, you’ll be back to full strength soon.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 31, 2010 @ 21:11

  3. Good sleep vibes coming your way… 🙂 I’m hoping to use some, too- long day!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 31, 2010 @ 21:16

  4. Sleep is one thing I am AMAZING at! I’m sending all of my sleep skillz your way. Speaking of which…its time for me to get some sleeps!

    Smart move today with your workout and ‘test run.’ Good call. Hope tomorrow goes well! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 31, 2010 @ 21:25

  5. I love Lady GaGa 🙂

    Comment by Matt — March 31, 2010 @ 22:14

  6. I hope you get some sleep tonight! I am glad your run was pain free…I wish I could say the same for myself!! But it isn’t about me, it’s about your…right? 🙂

    Have a great night!

    Comment by Ameena — March 31, 2010 @ 22:48

  7. I’m sending some sleeping vibes your way! I really hope that you are able to get a good night’s rest 🙂

    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — March 31, 2010 @ 22:49

  8. I meant “you” not “your.” That’s what I get for trying to be sarcastic!

    Comment by Ameena — March 31, 2010 @ 22:49

  9. Lady Gaga + arc trainer + 2 hours= torture chamber. Ick! Way to be smart with the shin. I hope all goes well running today and at PT tonight.

    Comment by Rebecca — April 1, 2010 @ 04:29

  10. Glad the test run went well, and I’m afraid I have to agree with Rebecca on the torture chamber, not a Lady Gaga fan over here, her songs stick in my head for far too long!! In fact I’m singing one now just seeing her name blahhh haha! Hope your run goes well tomorrow, or today by the time you read this 🙂

    Comment by Laura — April 1, 2010 @ 05:00

  11. I completely appreciate your even days OCD. I’m the same- but ODD all the way 😉

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 1, 2010 @ 08:48

  12. good lawwwd 2 hours is a loooong time, but you’re so used to distance training it prolly has become your new normal!!!! and POWER HOUR memories 🙂 did you ever do one of those? i have a power hour cd a friend made me so it has 60 songs each being 1-minute long (1-min clips of songs). so much fun! sometimes i listen to it for fun cuz it is like totally hilarious and you never lose attention 🙂

    gaga for an hour tho???? i think i’d need to see it to believe it. hah.

    Comment by Lacey — April 1, 2010 @ 11:23

  13. i think every DAY should have lady gaga hour!

    thanks for the shout out 🙂 🙂 i love being associated with her!

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — April 1, 2010 @ 11:27

  14. hey chica!
    I LOVEEEE GaGa and would have been PISSED if I couldn’t crosstrain along to her tunes!! gahhh! and you need to drink some SLEEPYTIME TEA before bed…the NEW Celestial Seasonings Vanilla is BOMB!!! wow I hope I don’t sound like an infomercial…but seriously soooo delish! I hope you are having a great thursday! i heart you! xoxo!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — April 1, 2010 @ 18:04

  15. Man, I love me some Lady Gaga but even I couldn’t handle that much of her! Besides, her videos – and I say this with love – are soooo offensive. I can’t believe your gym played them all and nobody complained!

    Comment by chariander — April 1, 2010 @ 23:49

    • Ha yeah, she is pretty offensive. But it’s a college gym so no one is really paying attention to the tvs. Most kids listen to their own music and are in their own zone.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 3, 2010 @ 09:15

  16. Yeah sometimes I feel like I could just sit on the elliptical or something for a while, although I can read on those types of machines but not on the stair climber or treadmill! Glad you had a good test run! Hopefully those calves will loosen up somehow! Hope you are out enjoying the weather! Have a good weekend!

    Comment by J — April 2, 2010 @ 11:13

  17. I’m behind on your blog, but I’m sorry that race was so painful! Smart move taking a few days off. I have no idea how you stay on the arctrainer for 2 hours. That thing feels weird to me.

    Comment by Jess — April 2, 2010 @ 14:50

    • That machine feels weird to me too! My toes feel all deformed or something, definitely a good workout although not the most natural motion to me.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 3, 2010 @ 09:16

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