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April 12, 2010

Finally Have My Computer Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:00

And in kind of working condition.  Part of the restore that had to be done means that I don’t have any programs anymore so I need to find a copy of Microsoft Office (definitely NOT re-buying it and hemorrhaging more $$) and re-download a ton of stuff.  But it could be worse.   A lot worse. And my speakers don’t work, I get sound but only when I plug in headphones. Weird.

Anyway in some respects it’s been a good week to lose access to a computer: my homework has been light on the essays and math programing stuff (I’ve got problem sets and workbook stuff) and my running has been well…pretty much non-existent.

I’ve basically given up hope of really running between now and Marathon Monday.  I guess I’m just too worried about all the possible “what-ifs”.  I’m trying to trust myself (and you guys) that I’m not going to be a lazy slob come the 19th of April haha.

This week I only ran 3x.  Sure I did get in upper 20s in terms of mileage (which my plan has the range of 30-50 for Week 2) but none of them were “quality”.  I’ve nixed speedwork for so many weeks (it’s been 4) that I’m a bit afraid that my body doesn’t know what speedwork is anymore.  Completely irrational I know but it’s taper time.  Irrational supposedly defines it.

On Wednesday I wrote that I was going to try to get a run in on Thursday. Totally happened.  Totally rocked.  It felt good and fluid.  Not wicked fast but not slow either.  I was really happy with it and would have LOVED to go further but I was really time crunched.  I hate it when that happens.  Everything just clicked: the weather was sunny and warm (but not too hot) with a slight breeze and my body just felt good.  I really wish I had the opportunity to go more BUT it’s taper time so it’s a blessing in disguise that I couldn’t.

Friday I attempted a run.  Well I guess I completed the run.  It just wasn’t as fun as Thursday.  Nothing bad about it per se but I was so excited and inspired by how easy the day before felt that I think I had too high of expectations.  Which made the “eh” run very disappointing.  I also had PT on Friday and there was more inflammation in my left shin than I would have liked.  So my PT did extra soft tissue work which felt amazing!

Because of the sub-par run and the inflammation I decided to skip running on Saturday.  Kind of sucked because the weather Friday was iffy and Saturday was BEAUTIFUL out.  I hit the gym for a spinning workout.  This Saturday was the first Saturday in a VERY long time that I did not do a long run.  It was sooooooo weird.  Even though the spinning was more intense and speedwork-like I figured it was okay.  I’ve nixed so many speed stuff lately that it felt good to be sweating a ton and feel so powerful.  All the arc trainer leaves me feeling a little wimpy.  Maybe it’s just the stereotype I associate with the girl at my school’s gym who I see on it.  But spinning? Hardcore haha.

I’m actually enjoying the whole spinning (well is it technically still spinning if I’m on the upright bike?) that I think I might keep it in my routine in the future. Not as a weekly thing but every once in awhile thing.  And I’ve only gotten 2 workouts from you guys.  I KNOW that there are some way cool spin instructors here (plus the rest of you cool amazing people).  *HintHint*.  Plus I’m looking for ways to make the arc trainer/elliptical less boring too.  And I also know that some of you guys XT wayyyy more than I’ve done in the past.  I feel so whiny asking for this stuff over and over buttttttt please? Haha 😛

And on Sunday I went for an AWESOME short run.  I kept it short because I was time crunched again but it felt like Thursday’s except it was faster.  Much faster.  But it didn’t feel that way.  I highly suspect that it ‘s due to the fact that I ran in the late afternoon.  I really like running in the mornings but my body responds better in the afternoon. Oh well.  The only downside was that the food I had eaten prior was like a ROCK in my stomach.  I just wanted to vomit the whole time (attractive, no?).  I know it’s not the food I ate because this happens with a wide variety of food.  Bummer. But it was still a great spectacular run.

Just an update on my toe because I think I left you hanging.  It’s getting better.  It’s still a little inflamed and I’m not sure what the deal-io is with that.  I don’t have a fever, the redness is 97.6% gone, I’m doing warm soaks (which feel amazing) and I’m elevating my feet (that is: whenever I find time to sit down) My game plan is to finish my antibiotics (which as SO STRONG.  Seriously.  I don’t want to get into detail but let’s just say that when I go any where I need to make sure I know where the bathroom is) and if there’s still some swelling and stiffness (from the swelling) go into the health center and see what’s up.  If I remember correctly, the last time this happened it took about 10 or so days total for everything to work out and it’s only been 6 so far. So I’m not worried, but I just wish the healing process took faster!

Also: not to let you think I’m all drugged up either: I only took that one percocet that I was forced to at the ER and haven’t taken any ibuprofen post-procedure.  Holler for a high pain tolerance 🙂

Hmmm I had more to “say” but this is getting on the lengthy side and I feel like my sentences are really choppy hah. Hopefully I don’t go on this long of a blogging hiatus anytime soon.  Although I will say that when I got my computer back I totally did not have the urge to fire it up and check my email and other various things.  It’s really nice to not feel tethered to technology.  I’m actually really hoping to not get that strong a sense of attachment back haha 😉



  1. Glad you have your computer back!! I feel lost without mine 🙂 Hope your toe keeps getting better!

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 12, 2010 @ 09:03

  2. One week! Wooo hooo! And it’s probably best you’re being careful the last couple weeks before- you’re so going to rock it out!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 12, 2010 @ 09:36

  3. Hi There,

    I’m new to your blog and enjoying it very much! I’ve just signed up to do my first half, the Great North Run in the UK so I’ll be checking out your blog for tips! xxx

    Comment by Angel31@keepingslimandgettingstylish — April 12, 2010 @ 09:45

  4. Sounds like you are doing as good as you can be, considering everything. You are going to be so strong and fresh at Boston- I am getting excited FOR you! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — April 12, 2010 @ 10:17

  5. Yay! So excited for your computer issues being resolved (missed you) and your attitude about not hitting the streets as much as you like. At this point, for you Boston is 110% mental as your fitness is top notch. Avoiding the urge to go further proves you are in the right mental state. So ridiculously excited for Monday. Make sure you give us tracking info for your splits, etc.

    Comment by A Marathoner — April 12, 2010 @ 10:30

  6. yay for having your computer back, I hope your toe continues to get better!! I had an infection under my ring-finger nail last year (hit my finger while cleaning and some cleaning product got under my nail and ended up with a nasty infection) and it’s the worst, so I feel your pain!

    Comment by hogeruns — April 12, 2010 @ 10:59

  7. Glad to have you back! You could try open office, it’s a free download, not as good as microsoft though I have it on mine cause I lost microsoft, it kind of does my head in at times cause the margins aren’t right and it’s not quite the same but it is compatible with microsoft if you save the files as microsoft so it could be good for the time being.

    About the boxing, I’ve still not had my medical. We aren’t at a club at the moment cause of the stuff that happened before Mike’s last fight when some men tried to mug him and he hurt his hand so couldn’t punch but the coach still wanted him to fight and things ended up sour, the coach was a bit underhand over facebook (of all places!!) so we didn’t feel welcome to go back. Unfortunately due to the stuffy rules over here I can’t put myself forward for the medical or any fights without a coach so we need a new gym… We might have found one though, I have my fingers crossed cause I miss going to the boxing gym so much! I hope it all works out at the new gym, I didn’t announce it on the blog yet in case it all goes pear shaped..

    So good to see you back blogging 🙂

    Comment by Laura — April 12, 2010 @ 10:59

  8. lol. HOLLERRR for a high pain tolerance. i dunno i’m still hurtin’ from bball and it actually kept me up last night= NOT COOL. i’m a zombbbiiiie today 🙂 but enjoy reading your posts, always a highlight hehe 🙂 glad things are working out. SO GLAD you are getting some rest/ quality XT/ quality shorter runs. hooray!!!! believe it or not this is probably exactly as it should be. can’t wait to see you at the marathon. i’m not sure if i will help you at all by running with you since i haven’t done double digits since eastern states (get back on that horse, what?! haha). but i want you to wear my watch and if you want me to run any part with you i will be happy to! we will have to work out a plan. and BTW- look for my sister amy at the finish line!!!! that is where she is volunteering. AND she is going to the 21+ after party (you should go!– i can’t cuz i didn’t volunteer this year). xoxo!

    Comment by Lacey — April 12, 2010 @ 12:10

  9. If I could Fedex you some white blood cells for healing, I would. In the meantime, I guess you have kind of had your taper forced upon you, huh? Even your computer was resting up! Hoo bily, that is a good one. No but seriously – I am with everyone else in eagerly anticipating what kind of butt you’re going to be kicking a week from now.

    Comment by sarah — April 12, 2010 @ 12:37

  10. you sound like you’re dealing with everything pretty well! i’m sending you healing vibes, too!

    my XT workout is very unexciting but it works: i just alternate levels based on the song playing on my iPod 🙂 start at level 9, then 10, 11, 12, 13, then cycle back. oddly this makes the 45-50 minutes i tend to do it for go by so quickly (that, and my magazine reading 🙂 )

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — April 12, 2010 @ 12:39

  11. Having your computer back feels great, I’m sure. I’d be a looney bin w/o mine – not that I’m not already, eeks!! I love how casual and relaxed you are about this upcoming race…yay for you on that one! I’m so all over the top wigged out – hahah!! The extra rest is going to be great for you, your legs are going to be so fresh and ready to run!! What wave are you in?? I hope we’re able to hook up while there, did you get Morgan’s email about Sunday blog hook up and Meg’s about the post race celebration? Let me know all the details of when you’ll be there and such:

    Comment by Jill — April 12, 2010 @ 12:45

  12. Glad your computer is basically back in action. I wonder if you can get discounted copies of software through your school bookstore. I know UF did that when I was there. Definitely lay low until the marathon on Monday. It’s all in the bank.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — April 12, 2010 @ 14:04

  13. Welcome back! I deal with computer woes off and on because mine is a now 7 year old dinosaur that probably should’ve been put down a few years ago. If it ever gets infected with a serious virus or something, it’s just a goner I’ve decided.

    I think you’re taking a really smart endgame approach here. All those weeks of putting in the sort of volume you did are not just going to disappear next Monday and your legs will be much happier and fresher when it’s time to really go. I had three toes last summer get REALLY infected and swollen and awful. I probably SHOULD have gone and gotten them professionally taken care of. Instead I tried some bathroom surgery and got lucky that some neosporin and hot soaks took care of most of it. And woohoo high pain tolerances! I got some teeth pulled Thursday and needed nary a painkiller 🙂

    Comment by runningmanz — April 12, 2010 @ 15:37

  14. Glad you have your computer back! It looks like you got in some good runs while you were away. I think no matter what you are definitely ready for Monday. Ah! It’s so soon! I’m so excited for you! haha : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 12, 2010 @ 16:29

  15. Hang in there for 1 more week! It’s crazy how it’s harder to cross train then go out and rock a 20 miler….something is wrong with us? Haha…

    Comment by Jenny — April 12, 2010 @ 16:55

  16. Hi, there! I’ve missed you and actually got a bit worried. Is that stalkerish since I’ve never really met you? Anyway, just want to say that I’m so proud of you for such an awesome, rocking, STELLAR, training cycle. No matter what happens in Boston, you have accomplished so much already. Don’t think for a minute that the training doesn’t matter. Also, be CONFIDENT and repeat after me, “My training is in the bank; my training is in the bank.” I truly believe that and you should, too! Get to the start healthy, and the rest will fall into place!

    Comment by Rebecca — April 12, 2010 @ 19:34

  17. It sounds like your body is heading in the right direction. Right? Right? One more week, then GO! Good luck with everything!

    Comment by The Laminator — April 13, 2010 @ 00:54

  18. You are going to rock Boston! Remember how I was worried about missing most of the week before my half because I was sick? Then what happened…I ran a 5 minute PR. Taking the week off (or at least part of it) will do you some good. You’ve put in all the hard work, now its time to rest!

    Comment by Nick — April 13, 2010 @ 13:05

  19. I didn’t run the week before my second marathon and it was fine. I think I took speedwork out early in the game too. It’s better to rest that shin now.

    Comment by Jess — April 13, 2010 @ 14:54

  20. Your body seems to be responding well the the taper and even though you haven’t done speed work in a while I am sure you will be good for the race! Just keep thinking positive and know that you are going to run Boston! Lucky duck!

    Comment by J — April 13, 2010 @ 20:22

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