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August 31, 2010

Old Men Love Me

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:00

Title to be more explained later in post.  But it’s true.  Every single old man that is out on my pathway when I’m running smiles and waves.

Ummm it’s August 31st.  Whaaaaaaaaaat?!

I realized that today when A) I saw the “monthly totals” box in my log book that needs to be filled out and B) saw that it’s labor day weekend this weekend.

As much as I love the fall (and cannot wait to go apple picking in the next few weeks!!) actually seeing the calendar roll over tonight will be sad.  It marks the end of summer. Sure, fall doesn’t officially start until the 23rd but September really does mean fall. And school.

I’m surprisingly not as sad as I thought I would be that I’m not going back to college.  Sure it’s weird, and I still feel like I’m playing grown up but, but having grown up taking care of lots of others I really am liking this this whole be-on-own thing.  Hopefully I still want to head off to school next year if I apply to and get in to medical school haha.

Fall also means that racing is going to be going on and holllllllllllllller.  I’m 99.99% sure this half marathon with Lacey is going to happen.  Yay.

From the Tufts 10k last fall.

I’m also still looking for other races.  I have possible ones in mind but it’s just a matter of registering.  I mean, I’m not even registered yet for this half!

And if I’m going to get serious and do races this fall I should probably do more specific runs rather than 2 X 4.1 easy!

Despite it being a Tuesday (and thus a clinic day) I still got up at 0530! I had a meeting (for non-work related stuff) and I wanted to make sure that I could get my run in as well as shower.  Going to meetings all sweaty is not likely a good thing.  I’m sure the people I was seeing appreciated my showering capabilities and were happy that I gave up a little sleep to do so.

And since the fall really is drawing near this means the sun is getting up later and later.  So it was pitch black when my alarm went off.  The sky lightened a bit by the time I stepped out the door (and the sun was fully risen by 6:10) but man, I always forget how rough it is to drag my butt out of bed with no real sunlight.

What am I going to do in winter when the sun won’t have risen at all during my runs?!

Oh well.  I guess I’ll just have to cross that bridge when I get to it, right?

My legs felt fresher today than they did yesterday.  Still a bit sore though.  Maybe from my LR this weekend? I know that I’ve been feeling a bit tired lately muscle wise but I’ve been chalking it up to my lack of sleep the past week or so.  It’s quite possible that 13.5 miles + 90* heat could be a contributing factor.  Plus all that walking for Waterfire (which I’m glad y’all loved! Seriously: if you are in the area on September 11 or October 9th then you MUST go to it!).

Another Waterfire pic. Although deer in headlights much?! 🙂

And the antibiotics.  Which are never fun to be on.  But thanks for all the well-wishes on that front yesterday(click that link if you missed the deal-io on my toe as well as my Waterfire recap) I have a primary care follow up appointment for Thursday (yay for being seen in a timely manner!) but I’m not expecting much.  These infections really are just regular bacteria infections that just cause a really big reaction for me.  I still think it’s stress related though which is why they get so bad.  Too bad life isn’t stress free haha.  Where would the fun be in that?

Due to the fact that it was so dark out I opted for my 2 X 4.1 miles again.  Like I mentioned about it was faster than yesterday.  Not by a whole lot but it felt faster too which is always a good thing

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 9:05
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:28
  • total:         8.2 miles @ 8:46

Obviously the first loop leaves a little to be desired but I really picked it up for the second loop.  Maybe that’s why the run felt so fast.  I wasn’t even trying to race anyone this morning! The pathway was full of lots of walkers but very few runners.

I did have one (old) man tell me “You’re making this look too easy #4” (I have a lucky number 4 tattoo) which put some extra pep in my step and actually did make the rest of my run — which I was on lap  by then — easier.   As much as I think old people are grumpy and cranky and not fun to be around, I find myself loving the cute old men that are really nice to young girls.  Not in a creepy way but a “I’m being nice because you could be my granddaughter” way.

And there may be a little flirting on their part.  But they’re cute old men.  How can I get mad at that?!

But it was a good run.  Nothing awe-inspiring (except to my new old man friend) but a solid run.  It made me feel better about Monday‘s run being much slower than I’m used to.  A fluke.

And I really wanted to insert this quote that I read from The Daily Sweat and give some witty or motivational anecdote for it but I can’t think of one now and I don’ t want to sit on it.

you just have to give into LIFE and go LIVE

Very VERY true. I think I’m doing this and living by this at the moment.

And if I wanted to get all sappy I could say something about moving in my own place and having a real job.  Or I could just direct you back to my Waterfire night and drinking beer in the streets.  Whatever works for y’all 🙂

And check out the giveaway from Marcia and Kim


  1. Oh mannn I didn’t even realize today was the last day of August until this post and now I’m sad : ( haha clearly if I didn’t even know the date I’m living in some post-summer internship, pre-school dreamland and it’s going to be quite the shock when school starts up soon. Darn.
    Anyways, I really like that quote. I’ve been trying a lot lately to just live life and not worry so much : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — August 31, 2010 @ 19:34

  2. I remember my first year out of school- it was so crazy! I was like… I feel like I should be buying textbooks right now…

    As long as they don’t start making dirty old man remarks, they’re good in my book. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — August 31, 2010 @ 20:02

    • It’s okay in my books too. It makes me feel special and loved hahahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:29

  3. YAYYYY for all things in this post. i LOVE fall. apple picking yessssssssss. and that photo – hollerrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT 🙂 that was an amazing day 🙂 so obviously tufts 10k is on your radar?!?! 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — August 31, 2010 @ 20:55

  4. It’s starting to feel like a long time since I was in school, but I kind of miss that excitement of the start of a new semester. I don’t think I’ll ever miss homework or tests, though.

    Comment by Chelsea — August 31, 2010 @ 20:56

    • Me to with the homework and tests. Learning for my own enjoyment is sooooo much better 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:31

  5. Aaawww, thanks for mentioning me! I sometimes have a hard time with old men. There are a lot of them at the Y that I go to and a lot of them stare…. this one dude tells me I’m a very fit young lady EVERY time I see him. I should take it as a compliment, but I get a little freaked out… I’m also very excited for some fall races – good luck!

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — August 31, 2010 @ 21:29

  6. Booo to that later sunrise, huh? Soon you’ll be enjoying the unique challenges and joys of running in the dark, but no worries because before we all know it it’ll be June again. Friendly old guys are the best!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 31, 2010 @ 21:36

  7. glad you are getting in to get your toe checked on! so if you are near providence, the USATF-NE 5k grand prix race is there on oct. 3. I think it’s the first time (at least in recent years) that they’ve had a women’s only race as part of the schedule. should be a good number of fast gals, though not on the same level as tufts.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — August 31, 2010 @ 22:22

    • Is that race something that I can do? Even though I’m not a collegiate or special runner? I’m just kind of a regular gal. I’ll definitely keep it in mind if it’s something I can do

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:33

      • Yup! It’s open to all women, and you only need to be a USATF-NE member if you want to score for a team/be eligible for prize money:

        Comment by kristinschleicher — September 1, 2010 @ 15:41

      • Awesome. I think I’m seriously going to do this one. Perfect timing and location. Thanks for the heads up on it!

        Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:51

  8. I’d give you a big list of races to enter but they’d all be over here on the left coast 😛

    How many tattoo’s do you have? I’ve got 4 with plans for at least 2 more.

    Comment by Nick — August 31, 2010 @ 22:46

    • I have 2. No plans to get more but I’m not ruling it out either. They’ve got to mean something and nothing has come up yet.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:35

      • Same here. Each of mine has a meaning and the ones I’m planning also have meaning. I really dislike seeing people with tattoos just to have one.

        Comment by Nick — September 1, 2010 @ 16:29

  9. Good skill with your running and in the upcoming school year.

    Comment by Slamdunk — September 1, 2010 @ 00:12

    • Sadly I’ve graduated so no more school for me. This year at least. Hopefully I’ll get into med school for the future! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:41

  10. Awesome that you can probably do the half with Lacey 🙂 You should share your tattoo pics, I love looking at other peoples tattoos!

    Comment by Laura — September 1, 2010 @ 05:23

    • Hahah. Not ready yet for the blogging world to see my body art. Nothing scandalous but this is a running blog 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:38


    Um. Sorry. I don’t know where that came from.

    I too am noticing the morning darkness, which is really the only reason I’m sad to see summer go. Almost time to break out the hott reflective vest, which is a good investment if you run early and don’t like to be hit by cars. My last old man experience (that sounds dirty; it’s not), involved me running on a bike trail and passing some 70-year-old dude on a bike. He said, “I must really be going slowly!” I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t feel like talking but, yeah, he was.

    Comment by sarah — September 1, 2010 @ 06:28

    • I totally need to invest in a good reflective vest. Especially if I’m going to continue to run so darn early. Any tips for me finding one? Do you have one? Where’d you get it?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:39

  12. So, what is so lucky about the number 4? I need some luck, so I am curious…:) Cute post.

    Comment by Rebecca — September 1, 2010 @ 07:34

    • I’ve always had #4 as my lucky number. It’s a number I just feel “attracted” to. I’m weird 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:40

  13. completely agree with your statement that old guys like to wave. i guess they are…super friendly?
    this month has completely flown by…but i am really really looking forward to fall running. i absolutely love it, and maybe i will be fast again!

    Comment by emily — September 1, 2010 @ 08:17

    • You will be super fast 🙂 And yes to old men being wicked friendly. I think it’s really sweet of them.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:42

  14. I think it’s sweet those old guys love you. You have a little fan club. I want to see the tattoos. The old men probably do too.

    Comment by Shutupandrun — September 1, 2010 @ 09:29

    • I’m sure all men want to see my tattoos haha. When I run in just a sports bra I get a lot of stares. And I think it’s sweet of them to wave too. It totally perks up my day!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:43

  15. I have way more old men talk to me/say hello on runs than young ones. Maybe it’s a politeness thing? As in, the come from a nicer, friendlier era?

    Comment by Jess — September 1, 2010 @ 15:09

    • I seriously should have been born in a different era if that’s the case hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 1, 2010 @ 15:44

  16. yes I am not looking forward to my dark runs in the winter! Some mornings I have to go to the gym because of the snow. Winter running really is tough – I used to leave work by 4pm some days just to get a run in while it was still light!!

    Comment by J — September 1, 2010 @ 17:13

  17. hey sista~!
    ya ya ya for the 1/2! I wanna run with you guys! 🙂
    i’m hiding from the real world by continuing with school! hehe!
    i heart you!
    p.s. flights to boston are super cheap right now, should I jump on one?! xoxo!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — September 1, 2010 @ 17:13

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