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June 24, 2010

As Many Things As I Want Thursday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:15

Soooooooo I’m kind of liking the Three Four As Many Things As I Want Thursday.  I don’t think I did it last week but whatever. I’m feeling a bit lazy today.  Or just too busy to really think of anything creative. Or maybe I just like the bullet style 🙂

But first (and I’m not counting this as one of my Four Billion Things) I’m really glad that you guys agree with the whole “Tell Yourself You’re Awesome” deal-io.  I know it’s kind of a “heavy” topic or at least a more personal one for a blog, and I debated a bit before hitting publish, but worth it to get it out there that dealing with insecurities with running is NORMAL. It happens to everyone and, to beat a dead horse, I think there was an article awhile ago about Kara Goucher having lots of self-doubts.  So we’re in good company 🙂

I also think that on some level, that having small insecurities is a good thing because it shows that there is passion and a sense of *caring* involved.  If you’re so confident that you’re going to do well or awesome or amazing then, at some level, what’s the point of even trying?  Sometimes the fact that I don’t know if I can complete a run is just fuel to go out there and do it.

Okay so now my Four Things.  It did start out with four but then I decided to add more.  Because it’s been a way to procrastinate on my studying.  Oops.

  • Last night I decided to call it an early night of studying and went to a BBQ.  I think technically it was a housewarming party for my friend? Buttttt it wasn’t at her new place.  So I was a bit confused.  But a night out with the girls is always appreciated.  Drinking + farm stand ice cream (her family runs a state park) + good music = dance party.  Can I get some love for the dance party?
  • My toes still feel weird.  And I’m still not quite sure what it is .  A couple people suggested that my shoes are too tight but I would have thought it would result in blisters if that was the case.  This is more that the tendons and muscles are sore and almost tender-like.  Jess made a really good point that I’ve been trying to run on my toes a bit more (it makes me feel and go a bit faster I think. Maybe it’s all mental.  I will say that it takes so much effort to do so though despite the more powerful feeling)
  • Plus these shoes I’ve been wearing for….well I think the term “awhile” is an understatement 😛  But maybe rather than being too small they’re just worn out. LeSigh. I have given consideration to the fact that I’ve been running A LOT lately.  Like practically marathon training weeks.  It’s almost embarrassing how much I’m running lately. Therefore…
  • I need to plan some races.  Yes I love running but lately I’ve just been running for the sake of running.  Which was fine post-Boston but Boston was kind of a long time ago.  I need to regain some speed.  It’s not like I’m not thinking about it.  Pretty much on every run I go on I’m like “Damn.  I should do something fast today.  But then I get settled into a pace.  And no fastness occurs.  I’m pretty sure having a race on the docket would change that but hey, I’m too lazy to do some actual searching.  I should hire a personal assistant or something.
  • I also need a vacation.  Seriously.  I have job training in Philly during July and probably will stay with a friend for a couple extra days after but I want a tropical island vacation.  Or actually anything that isn’t where I am now.  Sadly my schedule is so tight this summer that it’s going to be hard to do.  But not impossible.  Kind of as a tangent to racing, I’ve been toying with the idea of a destination race.  Likely a marathon because it just doesn’t seem right to travel and do anything less.  I’m totally open to suggestions and, while I am starting a year of poverty service in August I’m not going to be really picky about cost.  Wow. Those are words I never thought I’d say.  Thoughts?
  • I actually am wearing sunscreen right now.  Well maybe not as I think I sweated it all off on my run just a few moments ago.  But I’ve been waking up recently and the first thing I see are two scars on my chest from getting two *atypical* moles removed recently and I realized I needed to just suck it up and wear the stupid sunscreen.  Skin cancer is probably one of the, if not THE, most preventable cancer due to sun exposure which is in our control.  I need to smarten up and make sunscreen the first thing I put on everyday.
  • My second run went well yesterday and was incredibly faster than the first 7 miler.  I ran the same route as the morning run just to see what kind of difference I could produce.  It was about a 5 minute difference.  Hollllleeeerrrrrr.  And my run this afternoon was a lovely 8 miler that was, oh I don’t know, 8:22 pace.  Where is this coming from? I still think I’m dehydrated, sleep deprived and stressed out though.  Maybe that should be my new math equation to good running 😉
  • I’m stealing this one from Ada because I really liked it: What are the 10 countries in the world that only have 4 letters in them? I got 5 of ’em before I had to resort to google.  And she posted the answers in a recent post so you can cheat that way if you want 😉

So much for Three Things ahahah.  Maybe I should have majored in English or Writing rather than Physics. Hope everyone enjoy their Thursdays 🙂 And here are two pictures of me and Jess when she was here in Boston over the weekend.

We look incredibly put together for having run 9 miles!

And again. We look really put together. And awesome 🙂


  1. Love hearing about vacation planning. Not so much about you considering more 26.2. Find a nice vacation spot and if a race (short) happens to at the same time, then great. Otherwise, just take some R & R and run along a beach for the fun of it.

    On the forefoot running, I’ve been working on it too. Totally agree that it’s a tough adjustment, but it does help with speed (not that I’ve been doing anything quick lately).

    Comment by a marathoner — June 24, 2010 @ 17:49

    • Forefoot running. That’s totally the term I was looking for but I couldn’t come up with it while I was typing! Oops. And you totally wouldn’t love the MM marathoning talk haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 24, 2010 @ 23:00

  2. LOL I love that pic of you and Jess (not in a creepy way). You are freaking tall!

    Comment by Matt — June 24, 2010 @ 18:08

  3. I just realized I haven’t taken a real “destination” vacation since 2007! At least my family lives in CA and Chicago, both nice places to visit. I was going to say that you could go to the Mayan Riviera (just south of Cancun), which is where I went and had a GREAT time, but even running there was minimal, partly for safety but mostly because tropics in summer = killer heat and humidity. You might even have a tough time finding a warm-climate destination race unless you are looking for the winter.

    Two possible reasons for the speed: 1) no structured workouts means you don’t have any of those days where you just need to barely shuffle to recover and 2) your body has now absorbed the higher mileage, rested, and adapted? My guess is a bit of both.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — June 24, 2010 @ 18:28

    • Very true about the possible reasons for speed. And I probably would be looking for a winter race, just due to the timing of my work schedule. But I just need something exciting to pull me through haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 24, 2010 @ 23:01

  4. You are seriously speeding up! Look at you go!!!

    And am I a nerd for loving to research for races to do? It’s one way I pass the time…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 24, 2010 @ 19:00

    • I’m the opposite of you: I want others to plan my races for me 😉 If you want to find one for both of us I’m game 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 24, 2010 @ 23:02

  5. You put so much mileage money into the Boston bank, it makes sense that you’d still be collecting interest on it. Delayed rewards from that siiiick base!

    Love the 10 countries/4 letters puzzle. That’ll keep me busy.

    YES plan some races! I bet you could lay down a nasty half right about now.

    Comment by Cathleen — June 24, 2010 @ 20:02

    • There is a half at the end of summer I’m itching to do. Maybe I’ll actually train for a half for once rather than just jump in!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 24, 2010 @ 23:03

  6. Y’all are so cute!! Great photo for having run that much! Impressive 🙂
    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — June 24, 2010 @ 21:26

  7. You should totally do a destination marathon that would be so fun! I agree I need a vacation.. boo.

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 25, 2010 @ 10:44

  8. I’m up to 6 of the 10 countries, still trying to resist to google … HHHHHHMMMMMM

    Great job on your running as of late. Sign up for some races … you deserve it!

    Comment by Jaime — June 25, 2010 @ 11:34

  9. You won my giveaway!!! Be sure to stop by my blog and check it out! 🙂

    Comment by Kim — June 25, 2010 @ 12:36

  10. You should do a destination marathon in January in Houston and then we can take more awesome pictures!

    Seriously, you might as well schedule some races with all the training you’re doing!

    Comment by Jess — June 25, 2010 @ 14:11

  11. Lucky! A blue sports bra probably looks better than mine. I’m jealous hah. I get sunny d for my smoothies. I am not a big orange juice fan but sunny d isn’t really orange juice but it has vitamins and such and calcium enriched so I like using it 🙂

    Comment by feetinmotion — June 25, 2010 @ 14:48

  12. ok let me get this straight…the shoes you run in now have 1021 miles on them??? Ok so maybe its just me but maybe you should get some new shoes. This is just me but I usually move on after about 500 miles. I just rotate my running shoes to my walking shoes and then get new ones. I hate spending the money so I try to get good deals. Also I have tried having two pairs to run in so that I give one pair a rest to re-expand the foam stuff. It seems to be working well.

    Also I love running the same route morning and night just to see if I can do it faster at night…especially in the winter months when its cold in the mornings.

    Cute pics – Have a great weekend!

    Comment by J — June 25, 2010 @ 15:38

    • Were you around when I had my last pair of shoes? Those suckers had ~2500 on them (I think it was just under). Unfortunately this is a different brand and I don’t think they’re going to last that long. Oops. I think it makes me a terrible runner that I don’t adhere to the “rules” hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 26, 2010 @ 11:51

  13. Ah, you! Why can’t you just have a pampering, relaxing vacation like the normal people? lol. Hm, not sure about marathons in any areas, but if you can find one in Disneyland or Disneyworld, that would be nice. 🙂

    Comment by sophia — June 25, 2010 @ 23:22

    • Hahah that’s because I do not relax. And disney is *definitely* on my list of places I want to go to NOW. 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 26, 2010 @ 11:52

  14. I dare you to take a week off of running…just in order to cleanse your palate and work some life back into the stride. You can swim, take spinning or a dance class, walk…anything but run. Or even just three days…because it sounds like you need something new, refreshing, a place to completely LET GO. One time in residency, I took off on a friday morning, drove 3 hours, and got myself a hotel room that had a pool and a nice view. I spent the afternoon out by it, took myself to a nice dinner, and then rest of the morning by it as well, after perusing a farmer’s market. I was back by late Saturday night, and was completely re-set. I’ve done it two times since. I allow myself to rest on these mini-breaks, and it sounds like that is kind of what you are craving?
    The hunger to run more maybe? maybe? be really because you crave rest, rather than more achievement. You are doing enough!

    Comment by Special K — June 26, 2010 @ 02:08

    • I completely agree with you. It’s just so hard to let myself relax and take time off. It’s almost MORE stressful to relax!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 26, 2010 @ 11:53

  15. Races races races!!! DOOOO EEETTTT and be a junkie like me. 🙂

    I so love that you’re tall. I’m a beanpole too, just not built like one (which is why high mileage is harder for me. More Me to carry around). 🙂

    P.S. WEAR THE DANG SUNSCREEN. I survived a horrible bout with skin cancer – I had to have some very painful surgery on my face, which I don’t recommend. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Wear the sunscreen… trust me. You don’t want to go through that experience!!!

    Comment by triathena — June 28, 2010 @ 23:54

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