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August 22, 2010

My Post Dedicated To My Recent Long Run

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It’s been awhile since I wrote a whole post on just ONE run (hah!) but I think that it’s fitting that today’s post is on…

Saturday’s long run ( and it’s a bit rambly and I go on tangents.  But that’s okay.  Don’t lie: you know you like it!)

First: Since I know I posted on Saturday and not many people keep up with blogs on Friday/Saturday check out Mary and Christina’s guest post.  Very good stuff!

So I have yet to map out a proper long run.  But that didn’t mean I stuck to my 2 X 4.1 route like I did all this past week.  Granted part of me wanted to just so I could say I ran 7 full days of the same thing as I ran the same thing Sunday through Friday.  A little masochistic maybe but it would have been a source of perverse pride for what it’s worth.

But I logged into mapmyrun — which I hadn’t done in AGES because I love my standard routes from college and home, of which I’m close enough to my college that I can conceivably head up there if I need a run of a particular distance.  Not the case right now as I’m not in training.  But still good to know.

Anyway, moving back to me mapping out a route through my new city.

Well it’s not really a *new* city as I’ve spent lots of time here during my college days (gosh that makes me feel so darn old!) but new because I’m living here for the first time.  And I also want to mention that I LOVE living in an actual city.  And be within walking distance from my apartment and bars.

This is the life 🙂

But I mapped out a run that took me through the campus of the college I live by (and which my two roomies are doing post-grad stuff at).  It was awesome to FINALLY get onto the roads again.  Sure the path I ran on all this week (and likely will during the week just for safety/peace of mind stuff) is awesome.  But nothing beats running the streets.  That’s my idea of a good run right there.

I don’t yet feel comfortable going on a huge long run loop like I would if I was at home or back at school so I settled for 2 X 5.6 miles.  Thus giving me 11.2 for the day.  Not the 17-20 that EVERY OTHER PERSON did this weekend.

But it was great supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (and oh snap I spelt that correctly on the very first try. Holler for me.  And I ❤ Dick Van Dyke.  Like more than I should.)

I started out running down the usual path and when I got to the end of it I felt a thrill of exploring.  Yeah yeah yeah, I know that the route was planned out but running through city streets and seeing the hustle and bustle of life going on (which I never got in the suburbs of my house or school) was cool.  There was a farmer’s market at the end of the path by the park and people out having brunch in cafes and restaurants. I totally had a grin on my face the whole time and I was constantly looking around me taking in these sights.

The fact that it was a GORGEOUS day out probably didn’t hurt either.  I think it was 65* and about 40% humidity.  At high noon.  I think fall might be around the corner? Probably not although an Indian summer wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to me.  But fall weather is perfect.  Sweatshirts and shorts.

The run itself started out a bit on the slow side.  During my run on Thursday I stepped awkwardly transitioning from the sidewalk to the road and rolled my left ankle.  Of course my mindset is to keep going because “it won’t swell that way”.  Kind of like how when you roll your ankle playing basketball you aren’t suppose to take your shoe off in order to keep the swelling down? Well I’m obviously okay because I finished that run and ran it well too.  Just a little tweak.

But I woke up Friday with a little soreness in my left calf on the outside of my leg.  I truly think it’s a result of running so much on soft trail and my legs are trying to absorb the shock and it’s going to that calf.  But I can’t help but wonder if my little tweak helped expose that weakness. Something to think about.

And before anyone asks NO I am not in any pain and it isn’t changing the way I move or do stuff.  And there wasn’t and hasn’t been any swelling (I feel like I have to make that disclaimer because people jump down my throat about this stuff!) It just feels like muscle soreness.  Couple that with the left hamstring being INCREDIBLY tight and I think it’s a result of  this new surface I’m running on.  And the tweak didn’t help.

Quite possibly too that I haven’t exactly worn the most supportive shoes lately.  For a girl who pretty much lives in sneakers, this transition to a working professional wardrobe is going to have some type of repercussions.

And gosh darn it I need a hot male to give me a leg massage.  Stat. Although I will take any kind of massage to be honest.

I finished up my first loop back at my apartment saw that my time was 47:32.  That would be roughly 95 minutes for the whole 11.2 miles.  A very good time indeed especially given that I haven’t been running quite as fast as I’d like to have been this whole week.

I decided to do my second loop reverse style and re-trace my steps.  Mostly to be able to get familiar with the neighborhood in a new light.

And let me tell you that the area I’m living in is HILLY.  No matter which way I ran this route there were some serious hills.  Clearly this will help in any type of training that I do in the future.  But it’s going to suck to get used to it.

Running the route backwards also helped with the whole annoying “I’m running the same thing twice” boredom thingy.  Sometimes I don’t get that feeling — like when I’m trying to negative split a run — but sometimes I do.  And like I said I wanted to familizrize myself with the neighborhood really well.  I need to start feeling like a native or something ha!

The second half was great too.  Again, just taking in sights and sounds of the city. I did end up negative splitting the run, going for 46:01 minutes and finishing in 93.31 minutes. Or an overall 8:20 pace.

Very good.  Very exciting.  Wicked awesome 🙂

I didn’t end up working on my applications that much like I had said I wanted to do.  The rest of my day was spent setting up the apartment with my roomies because my mom was nice enough to drive down and being some of the stuff that I couldn’ t fit in the car last week (and don’t think it’s she’s totally being nice either.  I know she wants to see me. Despite the TONS of differences we’ve had in the past and to this day — of which I don’t think I have or will ever get into specifics — she told me that it took her a few days before she could go into my old room at home because she’d start crying.  Maybe this is a start to patching things up?)

Saturday was also spent lounging. Lot s of lounging.  I love being able to catch up on my reading-for-fun list.

I could get used to this whole “being a real adult” thing.  Quickly too.

Later that night I met up with some other VISTAs and we went bar hopping.  A great way to end a beautiful day with a great run in it.

Today (Sunday) I have already gotten out for a good “recovery” run in a downpour on an exploratory run.  But that deserves a post of its own. And this post A) is long enough and B) is dedicated to my long run.  So y’all will have to wait until next time.  Meanwhile I have lots of errands to run and application essay to write.  Sunday does equal funday after all!



  1. Your videos are VERY creative….isn’t blogging a chance for that aspect of your life to shine?
    And I am like you on my runs, don’t like “double backing” even on my hikes, I like the change of scenery.
    ANd working an extra shift just to get that hot male to give you that massage….WORTH IT. Believe me.
    I just saw your previous post as well and those veggies look so SCRUMPTIOUS!

    Comment by specialkphd — August 22, 2010 @ 12:18

  2. YAY! you sound so happy!! 🙂 first off- I LOVE MARY POPPINS and dick van dyke!!!!!!! i grew up watching the dick van dyke show hehehe… does that date me a bit? i don’t think everyone my age watched that but my parents love the old stuff 🙂 nick at night YO is where it’s AT! 🙂

    GREAT RUN!!!!! i love that your long run is NOT 17-20 miles 🙂 cuz my long run is 9 miles right now. hehe. and your pace is terrific!!!! definitely a mood booster and confidence booster and you just continue the greatness 🙂 glad you like your living area, too. i’m not familiar with the “P” city at all!!! i will def have to come visit you! being within walking distance of stuff really simplifies life. my two best friends in boston are in a similar situation and i love going over to their apartments cuz we literally go out their front door and to a restaurant or something.

    HOT MALE MASSAGE… sign me up?

    Comment by Lacey — August 22, 2010 @ 12:28

    • I’m glad I sound happy because I am happy 🙂 Sure there’s stress stuff but I feel good about life. Yippee 🙂

      And it makes me smile to read that you will visit me 🙂 double yippe!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 22, 2010 @ 19:17

  3. Way to wrap up a hectic transitional week with a great run & pace. Hey, not “everyone” is running 17-20 this weekend… (I only did 11 too!) sounds like you’re experiencing some minor marathon training envy — glad to know I’m not alone on that. 🙂 Haha you make me laugh with your “I’m not injured so don’t yell at me” disclaimers, but your readers should trust you more — you know your own body and can manage your own aches/pains better than anyone else!!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 22, 2010 @ 13:04

  4. Haha I love tangents 🙂 I ran a grand total of 0 miles this weekend so you are way ahead of me!

    Comment by Kelly — August 22, 2010 @ 15:21

  5. Sounds like an amazing run, and great job on the pace for all the hills! I hate hills but I love them too, they will make you even tougher than you already are!

    Comment by Laura — August 22, 2010 @ 15:59

    • Hill definitely = love/hate. But yay for toughness that I will get 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 22, 2010 @ 19:18

  6. Hills = death. But in a hard-core way 🙂 I hate them, but then when I can keep up my pace on them, it is a great feeling!
    And doesn’t being an adult rock? Seriously, I love my life post-grad. I’m glad you enjoying yourself so far.
    Anndddd, PLEASE send some of your rock-star running-ness my way! I’ve been having worse and worse runs all week and am bummin. You are running better and better! Keep living it up! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — August 22, 2010 @ 16:36

  7. I love your style. I enjoy the longer posts and personal touch. What a fun and interesting space. Have fun and I’ll be back!

    Comment by Clair Norman — August 23, 2010 @ 06:03

  8. Glad your able to branch out in your new area and find some new running routes. I did 17 this weekend… over two days :).

    Comment by Chelsea — August 23, 2010 @ 08:46

  9. Yay for new routes and getting back on the road. I agree with you that there is something about being out on the roads that I think makes a run better!

    I haven’t touched map my run in quite a while, it’s so easy to get into a routine when you get familiar with places, I’m sure you will find lots of new routes that you will learn like the back of your hand.

    Comment by Stephanie — August 23, 2010 @ 09:17

    • Plus the whole ankle/shin/calf thing cleared up as soon as I hit the pavement again!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 23, 2010 @ 10:06

  10. How sweet of your mom…glad that you guys are patching things up. Mom/daughter relationships are definitely among the trickiest!

    Sounds like you are adjusting really well to your new neighborhood. I’m jealous of your nice weather…it is supposed to be 95 here today! Gross.

    Comment by Ameena — August 23, 2010 @ 10:03

    • Ummm don’t be. I spoke too soon and it’s about 62* and raining. Therefore the humidity is a legit 94% right now. Ugh haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 23, 2010 @ 10:08

  11. Glad you found me through SR, cause now I found you! I like the idea of doing 2 shorter loops to tackle longer runs. I try to do this, but often get distracted and end up running off my route…opps.

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — August 23, 2010 @ 10:22

    • The two shorter loops definitely is a good thing but sometimes I’ll just want to quit after the first loop. So it depends on my mental state as to what I do haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 23, 2010 @ 13:07

  12. I love living in a city too! I think I’m an urban girl. It’s approximately 30* warmer in my city though…

    Comment by Jess — August 23, 2010 @ 12:07

    • I never thought of myself as a city/urban girl but totally after this first week where I am. And I’m wayyy jealous of your temps. It’s about 64* right now and rainy. I’m basically freezing! Oh how the grass is always greener on the other side 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 23, 2010 @ 13:09

  13. It really must be a welcome change to run in an urban environment vs. college campus/home. I’m appreciating more and more switching up routes. It really does have a psychological effect on the run itself. Great job, by the way!

    Comment by a marathoner — August 23, 2010 @ 16:02

    • As of right now I’m totally loving the city running. I don’t like my limited running options but to have fresh sights and sounds? Wicked amazing!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 23, 2010 @ 17:13

  14. 11.2 sounds perfect for a long run! Glad you went out exploring! The whole morning running thing can be tough especially when you want to run but also want to feel safe while running! Thanks for the comment on my mileage post today – I think all the tough track workouts took their tool this week and I just needed a break. Hopefully this week will be better!

    Comment by J — August 23, 2010 @ 16:27

    • Morning running =/= early morning running haha! I’m glad you like my current definition of a long run 🙂

      And don’t discount those hard track workouts! They totally can suck energy and miles out of you. Annoying for weekly totals but great for sheer beastly-ness 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 23, 2010 @ 17:15

  15. I can’t believe I actually ran more than you on Saturday, that must be a first 🙂 But seriously, awesome 11 mi run, that is super speedy!

    Comment by Jenny — August 23, 2010 @ 19:54

  16. Yay for the great run and also, being a grown-up!! So fun to discover all you can do once you’re on your own. Lots more fun ahead, that’s for sure. 😀

    Comment by Flo — August 23, 2010 @ 22:33

  17. Yay, you’re all grown up! Well, sort of.

    I hate hills, too. I’m finding myself able to run much better now that I’m in plain, flat downtown LA. And the weather helps, too. Sorry to rub it in. 😉

    Comment by sophia — August 24, 2010 @ 00:00

  18. […] don’t have that luxury anymore.  I know I gushed about how nice the weather had been for my Saturday long run but I guess I jinxed myself as Sunday it POURED.  I woke up after having been out on the town to […]

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