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June 28, 2010

Gah Who Turned Up The Heat?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:25

Not that it’s summer or anything like that…

But I don’t want my relatively cool mornings to go away! It was 82* when I woke up this morning with roughly the same humidity.  Not cool Mother Nature.  Not cool at all. But I think I hear thunder in the distance so maybe it’ll cool off?

I think that the weather is part of the reason I can’t seem to sleep at all anymore.  In the past week or so I’ve maybe gotten 5 or 6 hours a night.  It’s not like I’m not trying to sleep or anything.  But I just can’t seem to nod off.  I guess I’m just under a bunch of stress and my brain doesn’t think it deserves to turn off or something.  I’m hoping that this, like everything, is cyclical and I’ll be back to sleeping soundly in no time.

I have been running a lot lately too (when I told a friend how much I ran, she looked at me and was like, “well I guess you’ve been under so much stress lately…”) and I’m not discounting that effect in my disrupted sleep.  And by “a lot” I mean that by looking at my training log you’d think I was training for a marathon.  I’m almost embarrassed for the time when I have to total up the month of June, as well as the half way through 2010 point, and actually come out of the denial that I’ve been living in with regards to my mileage.  Currently I’m in the mindset that if I don’t actual have hard data on total miles then I’m okay.

But let’s just say that I’ve been running an obscene amount.  It’s making me think that I should sign up for a marathon or something. You’ll see in a few days when June wraps up (YIKES!).

I can start to feel the miles adding up too.  Just little aches and tightness that make me want to schedule a massage.  No pain but my muscles have been in high demand lately.  I’m not sure if it’s the miles per se or if I need new shoes.  The stupid ones I’m in now are NOT holding up the way my beloved New Balances did.  I’m probably going to have to shell out some $$.  Soon. Boo.

The numbers, however, do not seem to want to taper off and I keep running faster (and keep sounding like a broken record!).  Case in point: this morning during my run the leg-os were feeling a bit sluggish for maybe 75% of my run but if you were to look at my overall time for the run you wouldn’t think that at all.  Heck, when I look at the numbers from this morning I’m like, “I was feeling slow?!” Oh relativity.  And so much for not using my physics degree ever because I think that every event in my life I relate to some physics concept tee-hee 🙂

Hello. My name is MM and I am a nerd

I actually even have glasses.  But I like to think I look hot in them 😉

In addition to running earlier today I had 2 runs yesterday.  The morning one was FAST and I felt like I was flying.  It was the type of run that I didn’t want to stop because I was just feeling so strong and powerful.  Weird because it was the morning.  (Lately if I do a double it’s first thing and then around dinner.  With the lack of sleep I need something to wake me up.  My  post-study break mid-day is  now a food one 😉 ) It was the greatest feeling ever though and one where afterward I felt like I could pretend that I was an elite runner hah! My legs during the second one felt a little like jello but, in true MM form as of late,  the pace was stellar.

Since the last time I posted, and talked about how I was feeling the lack of gym-time guilt, I did hit up the gym.  Today in fact.  I went in the early afternoon and it was a god-send to be in air conditioning.  I think I might go to the gym everyday just to feel the air conditioning.  I almost didn’t but seeing Lacey post her workouts everyday gave me the kick is the butt to go.  It was one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done (well maybe not but it sure felt it) but, like always, I felt good when I was done.  Maybe it’s just vanity but I love the way I look after a good lifting session.  I know you can’t see results immediately but I always feel like my muscles are just a bit nicer looking.  Again, I’m vain so I would notice these things.

Oh and on another running related front, I still haven’t seen that lady yet.  I’m totally not complaining but I’m waiting for the moment when she, like, pops out of the woods at me during a run.  Which is scary in and of itself but I zone out wicked bad when I run so I’m likely to die of a heart attack.  So, while I haven’t been a regular blogger lately because of MCAT stuff, if I don’t post for a few days send up a quick prayer that I’m recovering from said heart attack.   Or a prayer that MCAT stress goes down.  I’ll take that too 🙂

Sorry for a kind of blah post.  I’ve been pretty distracted lately and without focus to be all exciting haha. Hope everyone is having a great start to your week!  I know I am because, despite the heat, when I woke up this morning there was NO ONE home and no one has come home since then.  Not that I’m complaining or anything because it was a pleasant surprise to be able to have quiet to study in for once.

And check out this giveaway from Emily and RunningDivaMom


  1. firrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrst!

    Comment by Lacey — June 28, 2010 @ 15:33

  2. niiice, so glad you got to the gym. i can bike so much longer at the gym B/C of the ac!!!! it’s incredible what a difference it makes! not sure if it’s in my head or just helps my patience or if it actually has a physiological effect. thanks for the shoutout i’m so glad i can actually be helpful + inspiring in my semi-active state. i have never biked so much in my life. it’s going to come down to consistency. and honestly lifting is making the most difference. it makes me feel so good. (i sound like i’m on drugs).

    and i love that adorable nerd girl picture. lol. looks like something straight from a children’s book. and i love children’s books.

    i had a suspicion your mileage would be huge 🙂 and as long as your feeling good + staying speedy- keep it up! why not! you could also take a mini vaca and see if it has any effect pos or neg on your legs 🙂 but that would have to be like a forced vaca. lol.

    happy monday!

    Comment by Lacey — June 28, 2010 @ 15:35

  3. haha yeah pink and green are awesome together!!

    Comment by feetinmotion — June 28, 2010 @ 16:06

  4. Lol 82 is nothing! You would die down here 😉

    Comment by Matt — June 28, 2010 @ 16:14

  5. Count me as jealous of your gym AC. Our is so nasty in the afternoon. The ground is so wet with sweat it’s slippery. Nasty.

    Comment by Chelsea — June 28, 2010 @ 16:20

  6. I still think it’s awesome that you are getting speedier! Proof that practice makes perfect…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 28, 2010 @ 16:20

  7. I like the pic! We are all nerds. Remember that. Cool people watch people like us run in this heat.

    Great job … how many miles on the current kicks? Given your shin issues around Boston, you may want to consider retiring whatever you have a little early.

    Comment by a marathoner — June 28, 2010 @ 16:23

  8. I wear glasses sometimes and I unfortunately do look as nerdy as the cartoon!

    Sorry things are so crazy and busy in your life…wishing you lots of luck with the MCAT prep!!

    Comment by Ameena — June 28, 2010 @ 16:40

  9. I don’t sleep well…I wake up at like 4 and that’s it, I can’t go back to sleep. Which is fine in the summer when I’m off work cuz I can lay there and eventually fall back to sleep at lilke 6, but during work I have to get up at 6 (or 5:30 even) so I suffer greatly. I hope your sleep returns and you’re back to norm soon. It probably is a combination of the warm weather and crazy miles…but who knows. Hang in there!! btw, when is the MCAT exam?

    Comment by Jill — June 28, 2010 @ 16:43

  10. if you wear new balance you should check the factory store in brighton for new shoes. it’s just off the mass pike. they don’t have a huge selection of all the models, but last time I was there they had a few good choices in the $39-65 range. (I’m a nike gal myself so I have to settle for the 10% club discount at marathon sports or online specials…)

    Comment by kristinschleicher — June 28, 2010 @ 17:12

    • Awesome. Will totally do. And I think I’ve been spelling your name wrong forever. Oops. My sister spells it KristEn and I get easily confused 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 29, 2010 @ 23:55

  11. I totally relate to the vanity comment. It’s why I could never be a barefoot runner. Consistently anyway. I don’t want my feel looking like sh*t. And I always notice how nice my abs looking immediately after an intense workout. It must be the glow. 😉

    Comment by carpeviam — June 28, 2010 @ 17:13

  12. Man, there have been so many nights this month that I just lie in bed and feel more like I’m going to melt through it than actually get a good night’s sleep. Honestly, if I didn’t run, I don’t know how I’d get myself tired enough to eventually crash out. But getting our runs in in this slop makes for much better (and faster) fall races!

    Comment by runningmanz — June 28, 2010 @ 20:12

  13. I opted for the gym today too just for the a/c, the idea of running in 95+ was not appealing at all.

    Comment by Stephanie — June 28, 2010 @ 20:12

  14. Obscene mileage? Maybe you’re inching towards an Ultra. Congrats on feeling speedy despite the heat and lack of sleep (hope that resolves itself soon).

    Comment by Flo — June 28, 2010 @ 20:16

    • I totally think an ultra is in my future at some point. Maybe sooner rather than later given my running as of late 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 29, 2010 @ 23:56

  15. way to be speedy! it seems from your enthusiam maybe you should try a short speed event and solve your high milage problem and causing you pain and loving the fast splits? kind of seems natural.. good luck on MCATS- i know they SUCK but youll do great and it will be worth it

    Comment by Larissa H — June 28, 2010 @ 22:23

  16. I LOVE the nerd picture. It made me giggle. 🙂

    As for obscene mileage… I feel an ultra in my future, but I’m taking baby steps. 🙂

    Comment by triathena — June 28, 2010 @ 23:52

  17. I can’t believe you don’t have a marathon on the radar! 🙂 Especially with all of your amazing running as of late!

    It’s pretty hot and humid in FL, too!

    Comment by Jaime — June 29, 2010 @ 09:13

  18. Wow, I’m impressed that you can pile on the mileage in this heat! My friend and I tried to run like one mile and then we gave up because we were scorched haha.

    I forgot to tell you good job on getting so many of the four letter countires:)

    Comment by Ada — June 29, 2010 @ 09:18

  19. Good luck w/ studying. When do you take the MCAT?

    I think that running is definitely a stress reliever. Sounds like you’ve been keeping up the insane mileage!

    Thanks for the giveaway shout out!

    Comment by Emily — June 29, 2010 @ 09:39

  20. I totally agree about the weather! When it’s hot at 5:30am something is wrong! haha I really was enjoying my “perfect running weather” during the early mornings in June. Now I miss it…

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 29, 2010 @ 11:39

  21. OMG it’s so hot here. 110* everyday…gym and pool have become my life.

    Comment by thefoodrunner — June 29, 2010 @ 12:18

  22. I’ll bet all that running is a great antidote to your MCAT stress. And I’m sure you are totally hot in glasses!

    Comment by Marcia — June 29, 2010 @ 12:36

  23. Oh no, do you not have a/c in your house? I know a lot of people up there don’t. That could be why you aren’t sleeping. I never sleep if it’s too hot.

    Comment by Jess — June 29, 2010 @ 14:19

    • Yeah, not having AC is the bane of my existence right now. Gahh. You’d think I’d be used to it by now but nooooooooo. I need a room to be just right, not too hot or too cold!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 29, 2010 @ 23:58

  24. Ok now I can’t wait for this June recap post when I will be once again astonished at the miles you are able to rack up. I have not been to the gym in forever! I am being a total slacker and my arms are pathetic! i need to get on the weights!

    Comment by J — June 30, 2010 @ 15:15

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