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September 2, 2010

I Want To Be A Supermodel

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:00

Hmmmm I think there’s a movie being filmed in my ‘hood.  The past two days on my early morning runs there have been cameras and trailers and PYRO / BLOWING UP STUFF equipment.  I’ve been wayyyy tempted to stop and say “hey do you guys need a hot blond as an extra?”.  Which last month there was an American Eagle commercial being shot in the town my dad works at and he invited me over (he was working the shoot (he’s a cop and was there for traffic/people control) and I did say that.  I was turned down.  Silly modeling/advertisement people.

You think they’d want to cast a chick that looks like this

Clearly ANTM missed out when they rejected me

But onto the running.  Because I’m clearly more successful as a runner than model.

Or not as on Wednesday I had an “eh” run.  It was lethargic and slow and dragging.  I think that, even if you haven’t been reading this for that long, you know that I go through cycles of not sleeping well.  Apparently this is one of them.

Yes I know that I’m getting up early to run out (0530 takes its toll over the course of several days) and I’m going to bed pretty late.  But I think it’s turning into a this-is-what-my-body-knows things.  Hopefully I can do some catch up this weekend.

And the weather here in New England is very dog-days-of-August, despite this run kicking off September.  It’s not the temperatures so much but the humidity.  Every morning when I get up it’s at least 85% out.  Usually 90+%.  So yeah, it’s very humid out.  I know I can’t really complain because A) I live in New England and this is to be expected and B) many of you deal with humidity on a much more regular basis than me.

But humidity = lots of sweating.  And since I avoid water for some really annoyingly strange reason, dehydration could be a culprit. That and the antibiotics as it’s recommended to drink an addition 1-2 cups of fluid while on them.  Riiiiiiiiiiight.

I guess part of it could also be nutrition.  I definitely eat “the right foods” (aka not fast food all the time despite indulging in the good stuff every day like ice cream 🙂 ) But, especially on clinic days, I’m not likely eating enough.  It’s just really hard to make sure I am because I’m at the clinic for 9-10 hours and I’m constantly doing stuff.  It’s nice to know I’m important around here but it would be nice to be able to eat a meal at work rather than just snack all day.

Anyway.  Enough with the excuses!  The reason I mention it is A) I have the tendancy to look for negatives (or as my amazingly nice friends put it: whine) and B) by writing it out I have an incentive to change it.  I mean, if I don’t you guys will hate on me! hahah 🙂

But here’s the data for Wednesday:

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 9:12
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:46
  • Add-on : 1.1 miles @ 8:15
  • Total: 9.3 miles @ 8:53

So much for wanting to start September off with a bang.  Slow to start, like always, but slower than usual.  I definitely picked it up later in the run and managed to salvage a sub-9 overall average but it wasn’t enough to make me feel really good about the run.

Especially, and I don’t know if others notice this, but each loop and the 1.1 add on felt the same physically.  Even though I was going much faster later.  I don’t really know why that is buttttt it’s nice as well as annoying.  If I’m going fast I want to feel FAST not simply the same as my slower start!

On Thursday I had an earlyish doctor’s appointment so I got up at … yes 0530 again.  I’m really hoping that this weekend lets me sleep in a bit.  As per usual this week my run was a bit on the slower side.  See excuses above for reasons why.

So I’ll just let the data speak for itself

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 9:08
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:44
  • Add-on: 1.1 miles @ 8:28
  • Total: 9.3 miles @ 8:53

Somehow my average pace worked out to be the exact same despite have two very different experiences on the runs.  Weird. More even pacing here but I really like ending *really* fast.  Still, I can’t really complain about it too much because I like the decreasing pace trend over the run.

Another really humid one out there and I’m really hoping the hurricane that’s suppose to hit New England demolishes it.  Sure I can handle heat but I will hate on humidity freely.

Hopefully it comes and goes before my half this weekend.  But I don’t really watch the news anymore so I really couldn’t tell you.  All I was told was to go to the store on Wednesday to buy essential because if I went on Thursday nothing would be there.  Oh panicky New Englanders.  I highly doubt we’ll get hit that badly.  We never do.  Except for The Perfect Storm.  Which I should go watch again.  Because George Clooney + Mark Whalberg = gloriousness.

As for the doctor’s appointment.  It was half follow up on the toe – half hello-I’m-your-new-patient.  So she checked all my vitals and family history and stuff (yay for having a PCP!).  Then she took a look at my toe.  She declared it on its way to being healed. She also had a bit on insight on why I keep getting them.

The short version: the pounding on my feet from running is making my feet susceptible because of the trauma that any amount of running does to them.  I did tell her how much I run and she didn’t think that was a source. I’m not saying that mileage isn’t a factor (these infections did start just before I started training for my first marathon) but during each infection my mileage has varied.

It’s the running itself that’s the root. And the way my body is responding to it.  Not the best answer (like it doesn’t answer hey, why all of a sudden in the past 18 months?) and I think in combo with my stress-induced theory it works.

But she didn’t tell me to not run.  Rather she referred me to a podiatrist so that I can come up with a plan to make sure I minimize the trauma that it happening to my feet.  Yet another doctor and copay to deal with. I’ll likely have to see someone else too, maybe a sports medicine doctor, but I feel better that *someone* gave me an answer other than “well gee whiz.  I don’t know why you’re getting these infections.”

And then it was off to work.  And my workweek is, for all intents and purposes, over.  Today we had a cook out in the parking lot.  As in: I got here at noon and didn’t do any work because of the lunch cook out because I socialized for a couple hours.  Productive? Not really.  But I’m really thinking I made the right choice with this job.  They might work us hard but they reward us pretty well too. Next month is falafels or breakfast.  Yes be jealous 😛

Whew. Long recap. Oops.  But it’s Thursday.  Meaning that by the time your reading this (slash by the time I post this) it’s going to be late in the day.  And then it’s almost Friday.  So the work week is essentially over.  And what better way to pretend to do work than read about me?!

Seriously.  It’s like I’m doing you a favor by writing so much 😉


  1. i wonder what the podiatrist will say??? maybe you can get a foot massage out of it 🙂 you log many many miles. and have gotten overall faster. let’s see what the coming year brings!!!! starting with the half 🙂 see you saturday woo!

    Comment by Lacey — September 2, 2010 @ 18:12

  2. haha you crack me up with the modeling : ) I love ANTM haha
    Anyways, you’re a beast at running, as usually and take care of that toeeee!!!

    Comment by BostonRunner — September 2, 2010 @ 19:43

  3. Those are some impressive curls you’re sporting in that picture! Glad you got some answers about the toe.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 2, 2010 @ 20:35

  4. Sweet… getting thrown around by doctors- I’m sure that’s not a time suck at all! lol

    That’s kinda cool about the movie near you. I should have offered to jump in as a sassy brunette for the Transformers movie. But I’m kinda glad I didn’t- supposedly an extra just got seriously injured this week. Yikes…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 2, 2010 @ 21:51

  5. You definitely need to be a supermodel – you’re just so dang cute!! 🙂 Ice cream everyday??? Be still my heart!! Haha. Happy weekend, girl!!

    Comment by Jill — September 3, 2010 @ 01:13

  6. Both your runs look great to me, at least they’re negative splits too! The doctors stuff sounds fairly positive even if it’s taking a while. Hopefully you’ll get to the route of the problem soon and be able to start dealing with it more effectively.

    p.s. you totally should crash the film site!

    Comment by Laura — September 3, 2010 @ 04:43

  7. I think you may be set with just the podiatrist, they typically are really good at all things feet, I love mine! Also, you are definitely hot enough to be a model, shame on those people, they are missing out!

    I think you did a great job on both runs, negative splits, can’t beat that, and the humidity +dehydrated from meds = slower than usual, you will be to it hard core next week:)

    Comment by Stephanie — September 3, 2010 @ 09:44

  8. Oh love that photo! You should be a model. They missed out!

    Nice runs! Your running is amazing.

    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by shelly — September 3, 2010 @ 12:02

  9. I wanted to be a supermodel too, which is odd because I hate to be the center of attention. Anyway, they missed out when they didn’t use you!

    Have a great long weekend!!

    Comment by Ameena — September 3, 2010 @ 13:04

    • Hahah meeee too. I definitely shy away from major attention. And yet I always vogue for the camera 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 4, 2010 @ 11:16

  10. You look like a model to me – screw ANTM, they missed out and put some dogs in there instead. Used to watch that show a couple years ago but it’s too cheesy to stomach. Speaking of stomach, drink, girl, drink!! If you don’t, I’ll find you and cut you. Just like one of those classy girls from ANTM would do.

    Comment by Flo — September 3, 2010 @ 17:02

    • You totally would too. I’m refilling my glass now 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 4, 2010 @ 11:16

  11. Ha, I love your posts! They always make me smile!

    I cannot believe that you do that same route everyday! You are soooo hard core, I could never handle that! I want to be like you when I grow up! 😉

    Setting alarms randomly is where it’s at! Seriously!

    Comment by tmart — September 3, 2010 @ 18:46

  12. Your podiatrist is going to tell you to stop wearing your shoes for 2000 miles, I can guarantee it!

    Comment by Jess — September 3, 2010 @ 22:44

    • Highly likely. And when I read this, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head because, and I’ll have to go and review some logs but I think that every single infection has been when my shoes get really high miles on it. Guess I’m not as invincible as I thought! And I guess it’s time for new shoes.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 4, 2010 @ 11:18

  13. Interested to see what the podiatrist has to say. Bummer you have to deal with another doc though!! Hahaha, Jess nailed it! Those fifty zillion mile shoes probably aren’t a huge help. Still, you are pretty bamf for getting through that many miles on ’em and only having a few toe infections here and there. Impressive, all in all!

    Comment by sweatykid — September 4, 2010 @ 13:40

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