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August 27, 2010

You Know You’re Exhausted When…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 11:03

You actually accept coffee on a Friday morning when going into work (I did have to go into work today (on a Friday boo!) despite having put it a billion hours as of last night to do some catch up stuff.)

 And by accept coffee I mean guzzle down two large DD coffees. 

I’ve been working long days and having early mornings so I guess I can’t really be surprised that I’m so tired.  Granted there really isn’t anything I want to change about the situation as I’m loving my early morning runs as well as the work I do at the clinic.  But at some point the coffee must come out.

I’ve said it before but I am NOT a coffee person.  I do like DD coffee because it’s not real coffee and it’s way weak.  Definitely not strong at all but I’m still not really a fan of coffee in general. That said my coffee this morning tasted awesome.  Maybe I just really needed the caffeine.  Hopefully this means I can avoid my afternoon diet coke with lime because, while I have a very high tolerance to caffeine (as opposed to, say, my liquor tolerance haha)  I don’t want to flood my system with an overload of the stuff.

This also means that my run this morning did NOT do its job in waking me up. I even slept in an extra hour! 

That said the run was pretty awesome.

Not quite as fast as yesterday but still quite speedy.  I think that, like some of you said yesterday, the sun being out and it NOT raining definitely lifted my mood.  And, while a good angry runs leads to fastness, happy smiling runs lead to fastness too.

The sun was up again this morning and because I woke up at 0630 the sun was bright and shining.  Not wondrous sunrise but a beautiful for sure.  I left my apartment in a good mood.

Since it’s still a weekday I chose to stick to my 2 X 4.1 route again.  I like it.  I thought that it would be boring to be running the same thing over and over again.  It kind of is but I like seeing the same people and the familiarity of the run.  Sure this weekend I’m going to break away and explore again but for today the usual was good.

My first loop was run at 8:33 pace.  This was really surprising just because my body just felt alright.  I’ve noticed that I have fast times when I’m feeling really on or really off.  Never an in-between feeling yielding a fast start off pace.  First time for everything and it made me happy and want to keep going.  Since I run a route twice I always toy with the idea of stopping after the first loop. 

I have yet to actually stop (and if anyone really knows me then you know that it’s highly unlikely that I wouldn’t) but the thought always crosses my mind.  So a good time for the first loop is encouraging for me to continue.

A good time for the second loop is encouraging too and after seeing a minute negative split for my two routes (which has become the standard. Yay. I know expect to run the second portion a minute faster than the first.  It’s going to be rough the day this fails to be the case haha) with a pace of 8:20. Again, not as fast as yesterday (both on the second loop itself or the overall time at this point) but still really good and boosted me quite a bit.

So I decided to do my little 1.1 mile add-on that I did yesterday.  I think part of the reason I’m liking running the same routes day after day is that you can easily see how fast or slow you are.  Like, if it takes me 10 minutes to run a few blocks today and it takes me 9 tomorrow I can easily see that I’m faster.

But back to the run today…

My add on today was run actual faster than the 1.1 mile add on yesterday.  And I finished yesterday’s sub-8! Today’s was at 7:50 pace.  Okay so it’s two seconds faster per mile but hey.  2 seconds = 2 seconds.  I’m taking it and running with it.  Both literally and figuratively.

Thus my running today was 9.3 miles at 8:22 pace.  Not too shabby.  Now if this was any other day I’d be ecstatic, and don’t get me wrong I’m totally digging how fast this was — especially for the morning, especially for being so tired, but coming off of yesterday (which was less than a minute faster for my overall time) I still feel disappointed a bit. 

But I did get to stave off a young guy who was clearly trying to pass me to show off.  And struggling to do so. 

I win 🙂

You also should know you’re exhausted when you crack up over silly things during your time spent at work on casual Friday.  I’ve had an interesting morning with pretending to be a Spanish speaker and calling people.  Totally butchering the language.  Good times. Good to know that my time spent learning Spanish was well spent. And I love my co-workers 🙂

Guess I’m just too much of a perfectionist? 😀

And since it’s Friday I’m going to stop right there and keep this short. For once? Guess it’s not really all that short! Oh how I should have been a writer haha 🙂


  1. I think our days were quite identical! I slept in an extra hour today and my run was killer as well 🙂

    Keeping kicking ass!

    Comment by Matt — August 27, 2010 @ 11:24

  2. I love the DD. Probably because it ISN”T that strong. I’m sure I’m the lone blogger who doesn’t love Starbucks because I think it’s too strong and leaves a bad aftertaste (worse than the average coffee breath).

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 27, 2010 @ 11:49

    • Amen. Exactly why I drank so much of it! I hate starbucks too.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 27, 2010 @ 15:13

  3. I love coffee but drink it maybe 3 times per year, only for emergency tiredness situations. I’m afraid to become addicted and morph into somebody who is a total dragon without her morning coffee. Hahaha.

    “A bit disappointed” with your run, whaaat, just because it was a teensy bit slower than your blazer from the other day? I can so relate to that idea of wanting to run faster than previous times on a familiar route. Sometimes I need to just slow down and allow myself to have a more restful run and not be concerned with the time. Hmm… if you’re going to be running that same 2 x 4.1 loop that often, hopefully you can get comfortable with the idea that you don’t have to press the pace every single run to make sure it’s on par with or better than your other training times. That would start to stress and tire me out! Then again, you are improving so quickly, maybe it’s just natural pace droppage…? Way to show the pass-attempt guy who rules that loop!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 27, 2010 @ 12:47

    • Heck yes to that entire second paragraph! I tend to be wayyyy too hard on myself even though I can see how great a run like today was. I’m definitely a perfectionist haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 27, 2010 @ 15:14

  4. I am not a coffee person either! Decaf even gets me jittery and anxious and God knows I don’t need to be any more anxious than I already am. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by Ameena — August 27, 2010 @ 13:02

    • Yes. I drank my coffee about 6 hours ago and I’m still feeling it. Way more caffeine than I’m used to!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 27, 2010 @ 15:15

  5. nice job on the speedy runs girl!! i love me some coffee 🙂

    Comment by aron — August 27, 2010 @ 13:34

  6. Yeah, your schedule is kind of crazy with getting up early one day then staying at work late on other days. My Friday night is late and Saturday morning is early and I know I’m always tired on those days!

    Comment by Jess — August 27, 2010 @ 14:23

  7. Exhaustion is the new ‘black’ ….lol.

    You can send all of the super-strong black coffee to me! I’ve been up since 3:45am and am on my 1000 cup. Sometimes these things are necessary.

    I’m glad that despite the craziness, life is treating you well! Major props for doing the same loop every. single. day. Crazy! (but in a hard-core way!)

    PS> totally go for teaching as a second career after you’re a kick ass doctor. it really is good times, and I know you would rock at it!

    Comment by tmart — August 27, 2010 @ 15:37

    • Oh how I love being trendy and being in on all the new stuff 🙂

      I’ll send you lots of super strong coffee! I’d even hand deliver it and then we could RUN together haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 27, 2010 @ 18:15

  8. Hehe I find it so funny when some men refuse to be beat by a girl, glad you kept ahead! Sounds like you need a good lie in, hope you get some good sleep soon!

    Comment by Laura — August 27, 2010 @ 17:06

    • I know, right? I was like, no way. Not happening buddy haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — August 27, 2010 @ 18:16

  9. I had a diet coke at 7:30 this morning (I can’t drink coffee 😦 ) so I know the tired thing. You’re running awfully speedy for being tired. Just sayin’. 🙂

    Comment by Jill — August 28, 2010 @ 01:25

  10. When I was in grad school at Harvard I worked at Starbucks for 6 months, and it was one of the best reprieves os my and other customers day. I LOVE RITUAL. That is one of the reasons why I run. It is something I can touch and depend upon.
    ANytime you want to run a marathon overseas…THIS IS THE YEAR TO DO IT! We are thinking a half one sometime in March in Morocco, or Italy or France. You would like into Europe and take a $50 round trip to Morocco. Consider a little 2 week Europe trip as a gift to gear up for med school. YOu can stay with me if you like

    Comment by specialkphd — August 28, 2010 @ 02:02

  11. Haha I don’t drink coffee because it hurts my stomach but there are days like the one you had yesterday where its just like, today is really a coffee day!

    Comment by Kelly — August 28, 2010 @ 10:42

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