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May 6, 2010

Racing Toward The Finish

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:26


Now that I finished that second presentation Wednesday night I am *almost* home free.  Just have to hand in 2 Spanish papers, take Spanish exam #5, Spanish final and a Quantum take-home.  Okay so I guess it looks like more written out but having those 2 presentations done and over with makes me feel SO. GOOD.  So it’s like nothing can even touch how stressed I was over them.  Luckily last night’s went extremely well.  I think I was able to really articulate my ideas and break a complex topic down to a level that other people can understand.  My project was about a 50/50 mix of physics and bio so the bio stuff people had lots of questions on.  But I was able to clearly respond and not stutter and get wicked awkward.  Yay.

But enough tooting my own horn.

I don’t think I mentioned how much your guys’ comments about me getting back into running and being okay with keeping it light, easy and fun.  So many of you told me that I need to enjoy being “a kid” and enjoy life because before I know it I’ll be grown up.  Granted I’m trying to do everything in my power to not grow up buttttt I love the support of embracing a different attitude with my running and not worrying about anything.

Which I obviously am loving the whole “run free” thing.  I spent 16+ weeks following intense running and rigorous running.  I do have a post in the works about my Boston training from an analytical standpoint.  I started it, oh a week ago, and still am drafting so don’t expect it tomorrow or anything.  But suffice it to say that I thought not following a plan, not really being able to run these past few weeks…well I thought it would be a let down and I’m glad that I can be happy with it.

Another plus of my “new mindset” (and I do want to state that my go-get-’em intense mindset isn’t gone but it just needs to recovery just as my body did from Boston) is that I’m comfortable taking XT days in stride.

Like today.  As I mentioned yesterday after 4 days of running my legs are feeling tight.  I knew that I *could* get a run in today.  And I even knew that if I were to run a short run that I would still be on the speedier side.  I really don’t think that my run would have been bad today but tight muscles aren’t fun and considering I keep saying I’m going to stretch/foam roll….clearly I never do.  And another day of running without stretching probably wouldn’ t have been good.  I’m such a firm believer that tight muscles are a cause of injury soooooo

I took an XT day this morning.  It helped a bit that there was a chance of t-storms and, unlike Monday, it actually *felt* like it was going to storm.  Of course it never did (not even one drop of rain).  But  I’m sure my legs are liking me after my workout on the elliptical.  In my past few runs, even though I’ve felt spot on and amazing there has been that tightness lingering.  Not enough to cause pain or hinder my runs but enough that I’m like “Oh yeah. Hey there”.  But the elliptical didn’t trigger that awareness.  So I’m hoping that I can find some time to stretch today.  Unlikely but I think that if I keep saying it enough it will eventually happen. No?

I also wanted to take an XT day because this weekend I want to hit my first double digit run post-Boston this weekend.  And, while my tight muscles haven’t been any type of issue ( and I want to make that perfectly clear to stave off the “if your legs are hurting then rest! injury” kind of comments that crop up every time I mention a small nag) I recognize that if I want to do my favorite 11.5 mile route then it’s best to “save” those miles rather than tempt fate.

Obviously this is a type of revelation for me given the training cycle I’m coming off of and I know that some of you have been beating me over the head with it. But whatever. Better late than never.  And, like I said earlier, I’m feeling happy and confident with myself right now.  So it’s the perfect time to push my comfort zone.

Re-reading what I have written and I feel like this post didn’ t really have a point per se.  Oops.  I guess that being so sure of my “training”, I guess “working out” might be the better phrase, and I haven’t felt that way in awhile.  And by awhile I mean the past 4-5 months.  While I’m itching to put the pressure on myself for training and racing, c’mon now do you really think a tiger can change its stripes? haha, I think the lack of pressure is helping me become refreshed and refocused for whatever is next.

And with that I’m going to try and take some of this content-ness and ease and go tackle those assignments I mentioned earlier. [ETA: So I started this post in the AM so update: Almost done with the Spanish papers. Progress!] Only one more day of classes for me! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Sure most of my peers don’t have Friday classes and are done today but whatever.  It’s still almost done for me! (I’m taking Spanish, totally by choice so I can’t complain too much, so I did, in fact, have Friday classes this semester and thus one class tomorrow.  It’s an exam too.  Talk about a way to wrap up my undergrad career!)

And then I get to go get disoriented tonight.  “Disorientation” is a senior tradition where the class council takes the entire senior class to a secret location to hang out and basically party.  In years past seniors have gone to brewerys, chuck-e-cheese like places for adults, etc.  So I’m pretty excited to cut lose.  Granted I do have that peskey exam tomorrow but it should be a blast anyway 🙂

I also plan to bring my camera but I’m not sure how “blog friendly” they’ll come out 😛


  1. Sometimes, as much as I hate to admit, the elliptical is fully necessary. If anything else, just to switch it up for mental sanity! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 6, 2010 @ 16:52

  2. Have fun tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Chelsea — May 6, 2010 @ 17:22

  3. Oh man, I’m totally loving your attitude about everything right now! You sound like you’re in such a great place.

    And “disorientation” sounds like the best idea ever- hope some pics are ok for the blog! 😉

    Comment by tmart — May 6, 2010 @ 20:47

  4. Well I am glad your presentation went well! It was always nice to nail those, get them done and move on! Glad you are enjoying running. One of the reasons I have never really trained with a plan is because I have played organized sports since I was 10 and during the off seasons I really need to be off from stuff and just go. It really helps me from being burnt out. I totally could write a whole long post about this! lol Hope you have a great time tonight!

    Comment by J — May 6, 2010 @ 20:47

  5. Roll with it chica!! Hahah btw I love how you linked me in your last post. And I would like you to note that in todays post.. there are FIVE pros and FOUR cons. Coincidence? I think not. 😉

    Hahha. Love you. Have fun “disorienting” !!

    Comment by Erika @ Dr.TriRunner — May 6, 2010 @ 21:11

  6. After so much running, even with your break due to toesplosion, mixing it up on the elliptical can be refreshing. It is a relief to be able to read a magazine or whatever instead of worrying about getting squashed by a car or the pain in your legs. Running will always be there.

    Comment by sarah — May 6, 2010 @ 21:25

    • Sadly I cannot read on the elliptical! Or listen to music. Or watch TV. But in theory I agree with you 😉 And toesplosion? I’m totally stealing that word haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 7, 2010 @ 22:46

  7. Plus, the elliptical is so much easier on the knees! Despite how exercise is good for you, humans were not built to run double digits…it’s a strain to the body! Anyway, haha, have fun sneaking around with your camera….such a blogger!

    Comment by sophia — May 6, 2010 @ 23:38

  8. Great attitude!

    Comment by ShutupandRun — May 7, 2010 @ 14:04

  9. Good Luck on your long, double-digit run this weekend!!!

    Comment by katerina — May 7, 2010 @ 15:44

  10. The elliptical was great for me when I had knee problems. I still have knee problems but that’s another story for another time!

    I hope you had a great time on “disorientation night.” What a great idea! Can’t wait to hear more about it and maybe see some pictures?

    Comment by Ameena — May 7, 2010 @ 16:34

  11. I don’t think there is anything wrong with you going double digits this weekend. I’d watch the intensity … hopefully stay in the 9’s for pace so you’re not stressing the joints too much. Any chance you can run on soft surface (dirt path or trail)?

    Comment by a marathoner — May 7, 2010 @ 19:52

    • Nope sadly not an option unless I want to run back and forth on a .3-.4 mile path on campus. And I wouldn’t even do that if I was running 2 miles haha. I’m not worried about stressing my joints though. I haven’t been running hard or anything and my body has been fully recovered from Boston for awhile now, the recent layoff was the whole toe thing, not muscle/joints.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 7, 2010 @ 22:49

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