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September 1, 2010

Monthly Recap: August 2010

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Whoa there. This year has just been FLYING. I can’t believe yet another month is over and especially August.  Despite not being a student anymore (TEAR) the beginning of September is always bittersweet.  Sure we’ll get hot days (and are kind of having some this week), and likely could until October or November, but summer just feels over once I turn the page in my calendar to September.  Plus because it’s New England we could have snow in October or November.  Gahhh.  I need to move to a warmer climate! NOW.

Enough sadness. Because September means things like Labor Day Weekend, pretty foliage and APPLE PICKING.  I am anxiously awaiting for the first opportunity to do so. And I know that you’re sick of me talking about it by now muahaha!

Cooler weather (theoretically) also means that exciting stuff can happen with my running too.  I have a half marathon Labor Day weekend which will be a good barometer of where I’m at.  And maybe I’ll really start contemplating a late fall marathon.  I keep saying it and I do want to do one but the timing is just off.  I’d love to do a winter race but New England is not conducive to that.  We’ll see.

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s look back at what was August shall we?

And in true MM style it’s long.  But there’s a picture at the end so don’t get mad. Mmmmmkay?

Week of August 2 –  August 8

  • 49.5 Miles
  • 6 Hours 56 Minutes 11 Seconds
  • 8:25 Pace
  • 0 Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT, 1 rest day

If I had known how close I was to 50 miles I sooooooo would have run that extra half mile. And that likely would have gotten me to 7 hours 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 was this week 🙂

Week of August 9 –  August 15

  • 65.5 Miles
  • 9 Hours 10 Minutes 43 Seconds
  • 8:25 Pace
  • 1 Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT, 0 rest day

I guess I can look at the previous week as a cut back week and once I got back from vacay my stress amped up with the MCAT and moving.  And I took it out on my running.  But looking back at this week in my log book all my runs have comments saying how fast and ON I was feeling.  I also got to run my first run at my new place on Sunday of this week which was exciting 🙂

I also started going core on that Sunday too.  Let’s just say my abs were not ready for their wake up after 5 weeks off!

Week of August 16 –  August 22

  • 61.4 Miles
  • 8 Hours 51 Minutes 51 Seconds
  • 8:40 Pace
  • 4X Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT, 0 rest day

My pace just shut down this week as I started running at 0530 in the morning.  And as my body adjusted to the path I was running on as opposed to the roads.  But it’s okay because I also started working this week which, being week one, was WAY stressful.  But great at the same time.  I think this was the week that I really was starting to feel life come together a bit.

Week of August 23 –  August 28

  • 67.3 Miles
  • 9 Hours 36 Minutes 4 Seconds
  • 8:34 Pace
  • 0 Core, 0 Lifting, 0 XT, 0 rest day

And then the core work stopped.  Oops.  I need to really make an effort to keep it up because, and I’ve said this before, I am such a vain person and love the way my abs look after consistent core work.  Not that my abs are terrible as is but I like having definition there.

My pace was at a good place this week and I remember having some “race” runs with some of the males on the running path this week.  If I recall correctly I won them 😉

The mileage was a bit higher than I’d like but I know that’s because I ran a long run this week that was much longer than what I’ve done since the spring and some of my weekday runs have had 1-2 miles tacked on because I was feeling good and fast.  I’m not worried about this becoming a trend.  I may stay low 60s but I don’t plan on increasing the miles anytime soon.  Unless I find a marathon in November/December/January to commit to.

Month of August

  • 270.2 Miles
  • 38 Hours 27 Minutes 32 Seconds
  • 8:33 Pace

Definitely a good solid month for me.  The fastest overall monthly pace! Woot!

Not the biggest month ever (I don’ t think anything could top this past June) but a good month indeed.  I actually just checked and it’s the LOWEST monthly total this year.

I could be extra nerdy and go back to last year’s data to compare August 2010 vs 2009 (and I’m doing this kind of stuff for work so I’m in full nerd mode) but I think it’s accurate to

Eff it. I’m a nerd and these research reports are now my job. I’m loving that I get to work in MEDICINE and with NUMBERS.


  • 2010 : 270.2 miles
  • 2009: 264.3 miles
  • Perfect change: 2.2%

Year to date:

  • 2010: 2771.0 miles
  • 2009: 1883.1 miles
  • Percent change: 47.1%

So clearly up in both.  Crazy how much more I’ve run so far in 2010 than this same time in 2009.

But back to August 2010.  This is a currently monthly recap after all.

The weekly miles are a tad high (by like maybe 5-8 each week) but I’m not worried about it.  I’m still down from July’s monthly total which I’m sure a lot of you guys enjoy seeing 😉

So the fast overall pace, despite having some slower times since my move, makes the upcoming fall, which I touched upon in my first paragraphs, really exciting to think about. I think my body would be primed for a marathon in the next 3-4 months.

I don’t really have any goals per se for this month.  Maybe try to fit in lifting.  Without access to a gym, however, my motivation to do so is very little.

And I want to try to find the funds to race more.  I have 3-4 5ks that I’d love to do, as well as the Tufts 10k that I’ve done the past 2 years.  Oh yeah and my upcoming half this weekend.

It’s time to turn all these miles and wicked hardwork into PRs and hardcore bamfness 8)

I need to feel like this again

Providence Marathon 2009. Debut and BQ 🙂


  1. Great month! I beat you though 😉

    Comment by Matt — September 1, 2010 @ 20:15

  2. You always have impressive end of the month totals – jealous! I had a whopping 29 miles in August :(. I’m moving with you somewhere warm this winter, ok? Ok!! Nice job, young lady!!!

    Comment by Jill — September 1, 2010 @ 21:01

    • Oh man do I need a warm climate this winter! I think I should just be a migratory creature or something haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 2, 2010 @ 21:54

  3. Ugh… I always seem to forget how much $$$ racing takes out of me. How is it I complain about a box of cereal being over $3, yet I’ll shell out $8 for a drink at the bar, or $45 for a race on a whim… clearly I need to prioritize…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 1, 2010 @ 21:58

    • My priorities are 100% skewed. But if yours appear to be the same then maybe I’m not crazy after all 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 2, 2010 @ 21:55

  4. Great month! I agree with you September is always bittersweet – but I LOOOVE apple picking : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — September 1, 2010 @ 22:17

  5. Wow! You are A-Maz-ing! That is a boat load of miles to be running in one month! I hope I can run that many miles in a month one day…

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — September 1, 2010 @ 22:35

  6. Love your BQ pic!

    I’m mourning the lack of being a student too! Mike is off back for his masters and I’m getting a job, boohoo!

    Comment by Laura — September 2, 2010 @ 03:59

  7. Great job! I really want to go apple picking this year. It’s a big thing around here, too, and I’ve actually never been before.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 2, 2010 @ 06:34

  8. Holy crap…awesome totals. I hit over 111 miles for the month and was giggly about that…

    Comment by Laura — September 2, 2010 @ 07:53

  9. I love that you have all of your other numbers to compare. I had a low month and only hit 150 miles …. You are consistently running high mileage. How do you do it?!! I want a BQ pic.

    Comment by Jaime — September 2, 2010 @ 08:44

  10. Awesome month, you are so inspiring! And I love the pic from your first marathon!

    Comment by Stephanie — September 2, 2010 @ 09:07

  11. I only lift out of vanity. I have too many old aunts with batwings that it strikes fear into my triceps.

    A very solid month, especially considering all the moving/traveling/jobbing you did. Don’t worry too much about goals; you have such a solid base that switching gears won’t be too painful when you figure out what it is you want to peak for.

    Comment by sarah — September 2, 2010 @ 10:02

    • I really only lift out of vanity too. And by only out of vanity I mean when I have an event or a boy to show off for haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 2, 2010 @ 21:56

  12. You run insane mileage! I would have to give up what little sleep I now get to reach that level. Not sure there would be much enjoyment in that kind of running for me. Over 60 miles a week is typically unfun to me. It becomes more about miles and less about enjoying my running. (Okay, I admit it is fun to get caught up in the numbers and reaching for new totals BUT I’d rather have a lifetime of running than burn myself out now.) So I’ll secretly be jealous that I have too many other things in my days to be able to be at 2700+ miles for the year!! Oh I am jealous. I must admit.
    Great photo! Love the muscles!

    Comment by shelly — September 2, 2010 @ 12:44

    • I totally do give up sleep for it! Oops. And around 60 is where I feel best. I’ve done the crazy high stuff (like this summer) and while it was fun for a bit it was just draining. To each his own. Running should be happy 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 2, 2010 @ 21:58

  13. Great month! You definitely need to do some racing. And maybe take a rest day before your half. 😉

    Comment by Jess — September 2, 2010 @ 14:32

    • Rest? What is that? 😉

      And yes to more racing. I just need to commit to one and register already!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 2, 2010 @ 21:59

  14. I’m excited for cooler running weather, too, but I’m definitely not excited or ready for snow! My fave time to run races is late fall.

    So amazing that you BQ during your first marathon..aaahhh, I wish that I were that fast!

    Comment by emily — September 2, 2010 @ 15:33

  15. Great month of August girl!! You did great! I just was thinking today that I need to start lifting so that I will look good in my wedding dress next year! lol

    Comment by J — September 6, 2010 @ 15:46

  16. […] August: 270.2 miles (8:33 avg pace).  This month I took a trip to Texas and, by a twist of fast (or a really delayed flight stranding me in Houston) got to run with Jess again!  When I got back from the vacay I took the MCAT and moved and started my job.  Hello real world? Well this pic was from her June trip. But still a good one nonetheless […]

    Pingback by For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 4, 2011 @ 08:25

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