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August 11, 2010

Up For A Breath Of Air

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 11:00

Hello Again! Did you miss me?

I got back from vacay Monday afternoon and have been on the go essentially ever since.  I had sooooooo much fun on vacation and totally got the R&R that I needed. Definitely good times.

It just sucks that now it’s time to snap back to reality.  But hopefully while I was gone you enjoyed the guest posts from my friends!

Like I said, life got kind of crazy coming back from vacation.  Lots to do but I’m trying to keep a level head.  Everything will get done!

Of course running is happening.  Duh.  So here’s a brief (?) recap of my running since I last left you.

Thursday (the day I left) I started my day with a LR.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to run a lot on vacation so I wanted to get something lengthy in.  It went really well.  Nice and fast especially considering that I was running first thing so I could catch my flight.  Which almost didn’t happen because of a t-storm that hit Boston with perfect timing that made getting my flight out of Boston next to impossible (my flight was postponed indefinitely).  Luckily I ended up catching a flight.  And after 11 hours of travel/being in airports I was out of Boston.  Not at my final destination though as my connecting flight was canceled.

There was a silver lining though: since I was in Texas (en route to Dallas), my connecting flight was in Houston and I got to run with Jess Friday! I have awesome friends and the friend I was staying with (who is friends with Jess) drove down from Dallas and we crashed at another friend’s house.  Which was actually MSB’s place (seriously: the people  in Texas are SO NICE)

Yes I know that I've shown this picture before (it's from when Jess was in Boston) butttt I didn't take any pictures when in Houston

Jess was doing her long run and swung by MSB’s place to let me tag along for 8.3 miles.  Not the fastest run ever but we averaged around 8:26 pace (at least during the miles I was with her).  We went out for these HUGE pancakes afterward which were soooo yummy and delicious.  Also delicious are the cookies that she made and sent to my friend, which I had eaten as my dinner the night before 🙂

After eating with Jess, my friend and I drove up to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and went out two-stepping that night (at the largest honky-tonk in the world!) which was FABULOUS.  I had an unbelievable amount of fun.  I really wish that there were places like that up here in New England.  I was surprised that I was also able to stay awake as long as I did because of my long travel day before and the run that morning but I’m glad I could because of all the fun I had.

On Saturday I was able to get out for a 4 mile sunset run with my friend.  We averaged ~8:27 pace.  Apparently Texas is in the middle of a heat wave right now but I was actually not that phased by it.  At least in terms of running.  My run with Jess was at 0700 and this run was as the sun was going down.  Shade makes such a huge difference! I did feel the heat a bit more during the day when we were out and about (highs of 105*?! What?!) but during my runs I was okay.  Definitely not as bad as I feared.

Sunday was a rest day.  I was actually pretty wiped out from not sleeping much the days before: flight getting in at midnight with a 0630 run, two-stepping, karaoke on Saturday night.  All about the R&R here.  Good thing too because I went to a house party BBQ that was sooooooooooo much fun too.

Just a quick note about the food: it was really really good.  Maybe it’s because I’m from New England and just don’t have a good comparison buttttt I had such good Mexican food while in Fort Worth and great BBQ on Sunday.  Seriously: nothing like that in New England.

I headed home early Monday morning.  Thank goodness my flight home was not as eventful as my flight to Texas! I was also really sad to leave! The weekend was just absolutely amazing and, to be 100% honest, Texas just felt comfortable.  It’s a totally different world there and one that I really found myself loving (I had never been before this weekend)

Yay Texas. Billy Bob's is also the honky-tonk we went to on Friday

Once I got home I was a bit overwhelmed with being home and back in my “real life” so after doing all the chores my family (who are on a vacay of their own) left for me to do, I headed out for a run to stretch the legs.  I ended up with 8.5 in about 8:14 pace.  It felt really good.  Like amazingly good. And I think I brought the Texan heat back with me as it was ~95*.  Okay so not 105* but still.  The week before I left the temps were in the 80s.

Yesterday (Tuesday) I got another 8 miler in.  Not quite as fast as Monday but it felt good and fluid.  The rest of my Tuesday was busy and nothing else to really say about it. Trying to catch up with lots of things that I missed while away.  And of course every time I tried to focus I kept getting distracted by thinking about the stellar weekend I had just had.  It was very memorable and, you’re probably tired of this word but, FUN.

Unfortunately, despite bringing my camera, I didn’t take a single picture.  I’m going to take that as a sign that I was having so much fun because I never once remembered I had my camera.  It was in my purse the whole time! Oops.  But it was definitely a fabulous weekend. I wish that could happen every weekend.

I apologize in advance in I fall off the face of the Earth in the next few days.  I’m moving to my new place this weekend (gahhhh need to pack!) and starting the new job on Monday.

I guess August is still going to be crazy.  Lots of changes but lots of excitement too 😀

Hope everyone has had a great past week (I swear I’m playing the catch up game!) and that y’all (and note: I said y’all BEFORE I went to Texas but had to squelch the urge to say it because, well, New England represent!  haha) have a great Wednesday too.


  1. Awesome job on the runs while on vacation!! i think this is like the hottest summer in such a long time! I never remember having this many 90+ degree days! I want fall!

    Comment by J — August 11, 2010 @ 11:17

  2. Glad you got your well deserved rest and relaxation! Great job keeping up with your runs!

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 11, 2010 @ 11:45

  3. Aw- sounds like you had so much fun!

    And I’m sometimes bad about the camera thing, too- I either take a million pictures or one. There’s never an inbetween… Something I’ve slowly been working on!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 11, 2010 @ 11:47

  4. Glad you had a good time in the lone star state!

    Comment by Matt — August 11, 2010 @ 12:16

  5. Sounds like a ton of fun! Hope you ate an enchilada for me. I totally miss the Mexican food we used to get when I lived in Albuquerque.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 11, 2010 @ 12:24

    • I actually had the fajitas when we end out. If I ever go back I’ll have the enchiladas for sure!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 11, 2010 @ 18:36

  6. Vacations are always a nice break from reality! Glad you had a great time and good luck with the new job!!

    Comment by Jaime — August 11, 2010 @ 13:06

  7. Hahaha weird!, I just wrote in my post today about how I’ve never been to Texas. Based on this, it sounds awesome. And nice runs in that heat. How fun that you got to have another blog-buddy run!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 11, 2010 @ 13:08

  8. That’s awesome that you got to run with Jess again! And pancakes! Good luck with moving – it is ALMOST as stressful as job searching. That’s inspiring, right?

    Comment by sarah — August 11, 2010 @ 13:12

    • UGH hahah! Luckily I’m moving from my mom’s place to my own so I can move bare bones right now and next weekend get the rest!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 11, 2010 @ 18:37

  9. So glad you had fun! I think it’s even hotter here this week. Glad “your friend” took you out for BBQ and TexMex because those things just aren’t as good anywhere else.

    Comment by Jess — August 11, 2010 @ 13:16

    • Oh no to MORE heat! I’m glad “my friend” took me there too. I wanted a totally authentic Texas experience! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 11, 2010 @ 18:39

  10. two stepping ?? honky tonk??? explique-moi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 hehe. hooray i’m soooooooooooooo happy you had such a good weekend. you need to do that more often! you are such a hard worker it is really important you “play” enough of the time, too. and you are REALLY great at making connections with people. i know this, b/c you have made a great connection with me- you are easy to get along with, easy to like, and easy to stay in touch with!!!! haha 🙂 plus you put yourself out there and actually do things and go places. that is some major GOOD STUFF you’ve got so give yourself a pat on the back for being so well rounded 🙂 email coming your way soon…

    Comment by Lacey — August 11, 2010 @ 13:42

    • I LOVE you. I know I just replied to you email with a monstrosity of my own. But thanks again for the nice words 🙂

      Two Stepping and Billy Bob’s Honky Tonk . Pure awesomeness 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 11, 2010 @ 18:42

  11. Sooo glad you got a great, relaxing vacation and yet got in some fab running. You’re so awesome!!! Welcome home.

    Comment by Jill — August 11, 2010 @ 14:45

  12. Wow, you got a lot of running done while you were on vacation! Great job! Good luck with the move and the new job!

    Comment by Kim — August 11, 2010 @ 15:12

  13. Good luck with the move! How exciting. And the job, too. Lots of new stuff to focus on. Have fun!!

    Comment by Flo — August 11, 2010 @ 16:47

  14. Welcome back–glad you had a relaxing vacay! Good luck with your move!

    Comment by Marcia — August 11, 2010 @ 16:58

  15. Wow I can’t believe you were running in 105 degrees I bet that was tough!

    Comment by Laura — August 11, 2010 @ 17:44

    • Well 105* was the daytime high. When I ran with Jess in the am it was 85 (?) and when I ran at night it was maybe low 90s. Still hot but not 105 haha! That would have been crazy 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 11, 2010 @ 18:43

  16. I always plan on running during vacations and most of the time, I totally don’t!

    Comment by thefoodrunner — August 11, 2010 @ 20:31

  17. glad that you had a fun time! coming back from vacation is definitely the worst part–getting back into the swing of things and all…if you need any more guest posts just let me know– i dont mind at all- i know how CRAZY life can get sometimes!!!

    Comment by christina — August 11, 2010 @ 23:00

  18. KAROKE! THat’s on my list…did you sing??? Have any pointers for me?

    Comment by Special K — August 12, 2010 @ 13:03

    • Yes I did. I sang T.Swift. And the only pointers I can give is just go. I’m always WAY nervous when I get up there but after you start you totally forget how nervous you are. And no Whitney or Marriah. That’s just a silly mistake haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 12, 2010 @ 20:24

  19. hey girlie!!
    I MISS YOU!! ohhhh my gosh i’ve missed reading your bloggy! email me whenever you get a spare second… 🙂
    i heart you sis!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — August 12, 2010 @ 15:50

  20. Hey girl!! Glad you have been having FUN running up a storm!!
    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — August 12, 2010 @ 20:17

  21. Welcome back from your well deserved vacation. Good luck with the moving AND the new job. You are an inspiration I swear!

    Comment by Ameena — August 13, 2010 @ 12:50

    • Awwww. You are seriously too kind with your comments. Not that I don’t enjoy them hahah 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 14, 2010 @ 22:06

  22. Glad you had a great vacation! I bet the Mexican food was amazing..definitely one of my fave cultural cuisines.

    I seriously don’t know how you are so speedy in hot weather! I feel like I have cement in my running shoes. It’s been a really frustrating summer running-wise. I hope that wherever I move next is a lot cooler, haha.

    Comment by Emily — August 14, 2010 @ 10:07

    • It’s definitely weird because I totally do feel faster in the summer! I guess I’m just really good with heat?! hahah. And the Mexican food was amazing. Although I might just be saying that because the Mexican up here is soooooo not in the same ballpark! You should go to TX and have some 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 14, 2010 @ 22:08

  23. Yay, you’re back, and well refreshed! A good R&R vacation, in my opinion, is one of the basic essentials to human survival. Best of luck with the crazy August!

    Comment by sophia — August 14, 2010 @ 22:03

    • Awww thanks so much! I totally didn’t realize how much I NEEDED this vacay until I was there/came back. It was totally what I needed

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 14, 2010 @ 22:08

  24. […] even.  Oh well.  This was the week that I was on vacay so I can’t really complain.  I had a great time in Texas and the running was great too, especially as I got to run with Jess again.  Plus: look how fast I […]

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  25. […] To Texas.  Remember when I came here last August? Yeah, I fell in love with the state.  I knew when I came back last year that I’d be there in […]

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