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September 4, 2010

Getting Ready To Put My Miles To Use

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:00

I’m glad everyone agrees that ANTM missed out on this:

I believe we are trying to "shake it like a salt shaker" here. Ahaha I ❤ my friends. Oh to be young and drunk again!

Can you believe that they told me that in order to be a model I had to either A) lose 15-20 lbs to be a regular model or B) gain 15-20 lbs to be a “full figured” model.  Ummmmmm no?  Oh well.  Like lots of you said: their loss!  Sorry Tyra but you missed out.

Whew.  I had such a long day on Thursday at work! It was our lottery day.  Since we’re a free clinic, in order to be fair to enrolling new patients, we hold a lottery at the beginning of each month.  I’m not going to do into great details of it but let’s just say that any type of lottery is crazy.  It counts double for people without health coverage who want to have health care.

While I felt like I had aged about 10+ years after leaving clinic, the upshot was that I got to fall asleep at 2215 on Thursday night.  This is about 1.5 hours earlier than I usually go to bed.  And since the next day was Friday and  I only had to go into work for a few hours to generate some monthly numbers I got to get up an hour later than usual.  Netting me an extra 2 hours (not 2.5 because I think I was tossing an turning a bit)

Plus even with the sleeping in I got to do a longer run.  It was one of those runs where, given that I have a half marathon this weekend, was stupid to run so far.  But I was feeling REALLY good by the end and wanted to capitalize on it.  Hopefully it doesn’t hurt me on Sunday. I doubt it because I’ve done it before.

Gosh I really have such bad habits for a runner!

Here are the stats for my run on 3-Sept-2010 (Friday)

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 9:08
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:51
  • 1st add on: 1.1 miles @ 8:23
  • 2nd add on: 1.1 miles @ 8:16
  • Total: 10.4 miles @ 8:51

Annoyingly (and I literally ran these numbers many many times) the second 4.1 loop was the exact pace as the overall.  Which bothered me because I felt that with two “add-ons” the average pace overall should have DROPPED.  But DUH the total of those two loops was small.  So the overall impact is small.

I like to think of it like baseball.  At the beginning of the season, small fluctuations in strikeouts and hits make big impacts on batting average but as the season goes on (and like with my running where my loops are big vs. small) then there is more data into the stats and the small stuff doesn’t impact the overall picture.  I have no idea if that made sense or if it is random hodge-podge but my brain is fried and I felt like typing that out.

You love my randomness 🙂

After work (where after last week I decided to skip the coffee haha) I loaded up my car (in the rain because silly hurricane Earl decided to bless me with his presence) and headed back to my hometown.  Driving in a hurricane? Since I was born and raised in New England I can safely say that I can drive through anything.  I wish other drivers could say the same.  My thoughts are that if you don’t feel like you can drive in bad weather (the same goes for winter snow) then don’t go out.  Because I’m going to curse at you and be angry.

Especially when the hurricane isn’t really a hurricane.  I realize that there were times when I couldn’t see but there were also plenty of times where there was no rain at all.  And thus no need to drive 20 mph.  Granted I see no reason to ever drive 20 mph but hey…to each his own haha.

So that’s where I am now (home). Although since I wrote this Friday and am posting on Saturday I might actually be in the car with LACEY heading up to our half.  I’m pumped for it.

This will be my third time running this race.

I ran it for the first time in 2007 as my VERY FIRST RACE EVER (so wow 3 years of racing?! My how time flies).  And I remember thinking how hard it was running fast on the hills (NH = hill country) and I also remember telling my friends who was there to support me how I could not see how it was possible that they had run TWICE that.  Oh how things change, right?

But it was a solid debut race for me (1:47:47 if I’m not mistaken) and I was bitten by the racing bug.

I didn’t run it in 2008 due to logistical issues with getting there and some school commitments.  But I ran it again last year and actually found out after the fact that Lacey was there! I didn’t know her at that point (I think we met later that month?) but very small world!  I pr’d this year (and was in the top 5 women? Can’t remember and I’m too lazy to check haha) which is always fun.  It’s my current PR of 1:41:56, as I haven’t run a half since then.

So I have some history with this race.  And I’m running it WITH someone rather than all alone.  This makes everything so much better.  Especially since I’m also staying with Lacey overnight.  Yes she really is as nice as she is on her blog 😀

I’ve run a couple races with her too.  The Tufts 10k last fall as well as the Eastern States 20 miler this past March. Hopefully this experience will be much better than Eastern.  Like infinitesimally better.

I mean, we’re hardcore bamfs and all buttttt a little nice weather and aligned stars wouldn’t hurt 😉

Since I’m going to be away for the weekend, and thus not taking my computer with me, I hope everyone has a fabulous Labor Day weekend! I’ll be back with how the race went though sometime soon.  So don’t you worry!

But a giveaway from Miss Zippy first.


  1. Have fun at the race! And goodluck! But I’m sure you’ll rock it anyways…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 4, 2010 @ 11:53

  2. Oooh so jealous you’re on your way to a race I’m getting itchy feet to race again hehe – got bitten by the bug too! Hope you have a great race 🙂

    Comment by Laura — September 4, 2010 @ 13:18

  3. I like how all the laps you do, they are always .1, never a round mile number. Keeps things interesting, right?! GOOD LUCK on your race tomorrow – Take some pics!

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — September 4, 2010 @ 13:22

  4. Good luck!!! Ahhh you have probably been done with your race for hours… but I’m four hours behind the east coast. Just got back from a few days secluded in the woods and am just now catching up on your posts. AWESOME photograph; I giggled 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — September 4, 2010 @ 13:36

  5. woo hoo!! rock it out this weekend girl! looks like it’s a beautiful day for a race 🙂

    lol and speaking of your modeling career…i’m not gonna lie, you look CREEPILY like the girl who plays katherine howard on the tudors…can’t remember her name but look her up, it’s scary! haha. so that must count for something with the antm folks, right?

    Comment by hurdlingham — September 4, 2010 @ 14:12

  6. Good luck on your race Sunday!

    Comment by Matt — September 4, 2010 @ 16:44

  7. Good luck! It sounds like Earl has departed and it will be fantastic weather for all concerned this weekend. As for modeling, people are stupid. Also, is it not weird that there is only a 30-pound weight difference between super-skinny and “full-figured”? Bizarre.

    Comment by sarah — September 4, 2010 @ 17:04

  8. I love your randomness, too :). And if you lost 10-15 lbs, my god you’d blow away!!

    Comment by Jill — September 4, 2010 @ 19:53

  9. In full agreement- I’ll drive in most anything but I hate when other drivers are on the road but won’t move, particularly in RAIN- its just RAIN!
    And um yes, I would never be in the modeling industry (not that i could be anyways) because telling someone like you do to lose 15 lbs is kind of scary to me. what is wrong with people!?

    Comment by Kelly — September 4, 2010 @ 20:12

  10. I’m sorry, but you ONLY had to put on 15 lbs to be “full-figured”?! Guess this industry is REALLY messed up. I’m glad you said no.

    Comment by sophia — September 5, 2010 @ 00:58

  11. Good luck! I have a feeling you are going to crush that PR. Also, glad you avoided Earl and its wrath. As a coastal gal, I know how those hurricanes can be. Have fun!

    Comment by Rebecca — September 5, 2010 @ 07:48

  12. YOUR FIRST WAS 1:47????? REALLY??? Have you always been a fasty? Seriously, I am so impressed by your speed…do you get whiplash slowing down?
    Send me your address and I’ll send you a super fun Special K package!

    Comment by specialkphd — September 5, 2010 @ 12:28

  13. Wow ANTM told you to lose weight…jeez but that is the way it is which is sad cause you are like way skinny! I want to run with you and Lacey except I need to get faster lol!

    Comment by J — September 6, 2010 @ 15:45

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