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September 14, 2010

A Tour Of Sorts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:04

I’m really glad you liked my running outfit, or at least top from the other day! I don’t think I’d ever wear that shirt and shorts out together though.  Too much.  But that top is awesome and I feel so bamf when wearing it.   I think it makes people take notice, no? I mean, it’s highlighter green!

Anyway, rather than bore you with the run I had this morning and going into all the gory details on a regular run I’ll leave it up to this picture. Which will show the gory details (sorry in advance to any of those who might be a bit squeamish)

I do want to stress that the cause of this picture are the HEELS I wore all day yesterday. And I know this because my shower last night after work was the most painful thing ever and my shower after my run today didn’t hurt at all. It’s always the first shower post-scrape that hurts.

But the shoes yesterday must have really dug into my feet badly and basically skinned my heel. Apparently when you’re going to be working an 11 hour day heels might not be the most apropos choice of footwear.  And I didn’t wear high enough socks to make up for the heels. Or wear a band-aid.  I even KNEW that the heels would cut up my feet and that I’d need to take precautions on my run this morning!  Oops.

Surprisingly I didn't feel a thing during the entire run!

And silly me is likely going to be wearing those same shoes again today. Because they make my legs look hot.  Oh vanity.  At least I know I have some Transformer Band-Aids waiting for me later this evening hahah.

But here are the stats for the run:

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:48
  • 2nd loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:33
  • 3rd loop:   1.3 miles @ 8:30
  • Total:            11.0 miles @ 8:38

I think I should also note that I was NOT going for a recovery run this morning.  There was absolutely no soreness from yesterday’s speed session

(which for those of you who asked, I got from Lacey and my training really is kind of flying by the seat of my pants.  At least for this weekend. I do have a month before the Tufts 10k so if you have any suggestions to what I should do training wise between now and then please email me (! Short distance racing is completely new to me and I have no idea what I’m doing!)

so I knew I was going to go about 9 and in the easy range. Maybe a little silly on my part but I felt good and that’s that.

After doing my 4.1 mile pathway loop I was feeling good enough and strong enough (and it was 0900 so it was light enough!) to branch out and do some of my running in the city itself.  So that’s what I did, even knowing that it would make my route longer.  I know some of you may frown upon 11 miles after a hard workout like yesterday but I had the time and energy to do it.

And it felt wonderful to be out there and going  although I was a bit tired at the end but hey, it was 11 miles and it wasn’t painful tired.  More like okay that’s enough 😛

So I said that I wasn’t going to bore you with my run? And keep the writing about it to a minimum? Well I think I probably did bore you and the writing was not minimal. Oopsies. To make up for it I’ll show apartment pictures? Yesterday a lot of you guys said you liked seeing my apartment in the background of my green shirt picture so I went around and took pictures of my apartment for y’all.  Because I am in love with this place.  The fact that it eats up well over 50% of my paycheck each month? So worth it because it’s beautiful and in an amazingly pretty and SAFE area.

Yup be jealous.  This balcony is amazing and I’m using it as much as possible before the winter comes!

Here’s the view from the balcony:

Here's my 'hood

Very New England, no? And I doubt that you can really tell that I’m in an actual city.

Alright enough of the outside, here’s what it looks like inside.

When you first walk in there’s the long hallway, with the bedrooms off to the left (mine is the first door in this picture)

You can tell my roomie is a runner too because of the shoes outside her door!

And the very first door on the left (before my room, not pictured above) is the bathroom.  Now normally I would never DREAM of putting a picture of the bathroom up but I love the shower curtain (and I picked it out so duh I like it hahah) and I’m going to share:

Nautical themed 🙂

And on the right of that first picture is the first of the big open spaces

This is our study area.  It was supposed to be a dining area but we figured that it would be put to better use for our desks.  Can you guys tell which is mine?

To the right would be our living room area, which was in the background of my picture last post.  We got most of this furniture for free.  We were definitely lucky and the stars were aligned! Especially since everything seems to go together well.  We do have a small t.v. in the corner, not pictured, but with no cable we rarely use it.  Only to lounge about and watch movies on lazy weekends.


That blue half moon chair (that’s not really in the picture at all above) is MINE.  Because it’s the most comfortable chair in the world. For real. Here’s that chair up close and personal:

Moving deeper into the lair is the “kitchen”.  Basically it’s just cabinets and a sink.  And it can barely fit one person in it at a time.  For all the open space of the study and living rooms having such a cramped area sucks here.

And then without moving an inch or zooming in/out here’s the other half

Connected to this room is what we’ve turned into the dining area. I don’t think it was originally intended to be such, because the electrical outlets are in very weird spots, but the stove and fridge were in this room when we arrived.  So we let it be.  Because my and my roomies are all on very different schedules it made sense to put our dining table here as well.  Yes it makes for tight quarters, and if we ever have a dinner party we’ll have to do something about it, but for now it works

And thank you Mom for loaning us this table and chairs for free for the year!

My bedroom is a bit on the messy side so, while I did take a few pictures of it, I am not going to post them.  Maybe I’ll do a before and after shot in a future post! It’s not that it’s a disaster zone (because I don’t think my personality would allow for that!) it’s just that I’m still figuring out where I want everything to go.  And I’m still decorating.  I know, I know, I’ve been here almost 5 weeks (!) but by the time I get home from work at night the last thing I want to do is clean and/or organize.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and stuck with this lengthy post through the end! Probably more than you’d ever have wanted to see of where I’ll call home for the next year. I’m still in love with this place.  Very quaint and awesome.  And, truth be told, I didn’t set eyes on the place until I moved in.  So thanks to my awesome roomie who picked this place out.

I hope y’all have a great Tuesday.  I have clinic tonight so I know it’s going to be a long day for me but oh well.  Aside from getting home really late I love it.  And that’s what counts right? Plus I get to go home to the awesome apartment I showed you 😀

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  1. You have a saweet apartment! Love it! I’m looking for a new place to live right now and its so stressful. All the college students are coming back into town and taking all the good places. Stupid college kids…just kidding…kinda…

    Comment by Megan @ Daily Sweat — September 14, 2010 @ 14:14

  2. Aaahhhh…. seriously- that pic made my heel hurt.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 14, 2010 @ 14:25

    • The pic isn’t the nicest but it actually doesn’t hurt at all! Weird which is why I probably thought nothing of posting the not-so-pretty heel of mine hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 15:13

  3. Your apartment is so cute! Do you have the top floor of one of those pretty houses? Such a nice neighborhood.

    Comment by Jess — September 14, 2010 @ 14:25

    • I live on the middle floor. And thanks for saying my apartment is cute, I seriously lucked out with both the apartment and the neighboorhood!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 15:09

  4. Umm heels = death to runners, I have a closet full of cute heels I refuse to wear anymore!

    and I LOVE love love your apartment, it is so spacious and you are right, it looks nothing like a city. I love your views and the patio/balcony, I think I need to move somewhere with more charm!

    Comment by Stephanie — September 14, 2010 @ 14:31

  5. Great apt pics….seriously gross heel pic. I just said: oh my god at my desk….very loudly.

    Comment by Laura — September 14, 2010 @ 14:34

    • Yeah. I debated not putting up the pic but obviously did. My heel looks normal now that I’ve showered! Hopefully the cute apartment pics made up for it 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 15:11

  6. oh ouch! your place is cute… the foot not so much. This reminds me that I need another pair of work shoes (it’s totally fine for me to wear sneakers, but I would like to step it up a little). The dansko clogs hold up pretty well at the bench, but not the most stylish thing ever…

    Comment by kristinschleicher — September 14, 2010 @ 14:42

    • I totally need some good work shoes that are NICE to my feet. I hear clogs are making a comeback…I should look into it!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 14, 2010 @ 15:12

  7. Very cool. I remember that a lot of the apartments we looked at in Madison were flats in converted houses and there were appliances all over the place!

    Comment by Chelsea — September 14, 2010 @ 15:20

  8. Nice apartment and sooo neat!

    Ouch to your heel. It will be another painful shower! and you wanted pink sock anyway, right?!

    Comment by shelly — September 14, 2010 @ 15:59


    I really like your apartment though 😉

    Comment by Matt — September 14, 2010 @ 16:25

  10. Gnaaaarly heel picture! I seem to get bloody/chafe-y feet occasionally too, but as you mentioned, I never notice it until the shoes come off and the gory evidence is everywhere. So weird. There MUST be heels out there that are nicer to your feet than those. Payless, baby! Also, do you ever run with your roomie, or are your schedules too different?

    Comment by sweatykid — September 14, 2010 @ 16:29

    • I don’t run with her actually. Our schedules are similar though as I see her on the path but our running goals are different at the moment. Maybe someday!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 09:40

  11. Seriously, I want your apartment! Super cute & I’m definitely jealous of your balcony 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — September 14, 2010 @ 17:58

  12. OMG, that is a serious heel picture. Makes me think your infections have some underlying thing because it’s one thing to have a heel blister but that’s something else entirely. Also, did you know bodyglide is great for wearing high heels and sandals? I first heard about BG before I was a runner for just that purpose, so try it if you don’t already. GREAT apartment! Love the airyness.

    Comment by Flo — September 14, 2010 @ 20:07

    • My feet are just awful. But the rest of me is okay so it evens out 🙂 Good idea about BG. Definitely sounds like something I will pick up really soon!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 09:41

  13. your apt is cute! looks/sounds like a great location too. small kitchens are annoying. i swear my next house is going to be half-kitchen 🙂

    thanks for your recent comment. you are officially on my google reader!

    Comment by lindsay — September 14, 2010 @ 21:22

  14. hahah ohhh the sacrifice for beauty hurts me often too! sometime heels are a must!!!
    LOVE your apart. pics! I’m coming to visit; so clean your room!!!…haha there’s the motivation! 🙂
    I heart u!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — September 14, 2010 @ 21:53

  15. OUCH!! I am so surprised you did not feel anything.. Good run!! Wow that is one GREAT apartment chick

    Comment by Tall Mom — September 15, 2010 @ 00:39

  16. For a first apartment that is not bad at all!! Very clean lines, looks like a nice neighborhood. And the shoes are pretty funny. In college, I lived in an apt with another runner and we had about a 6-foot line of sneakers/shoes/flats outside our door. I guess we were trusting! And they just smelled too bad to chance it.

    Comment by sarah — September 15, 2010 @ 09:33

    • Hahah. The way I see it: if someone wants to steal my bloody and smelly shoes then they can go right ahead!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 09:42

  17. SO FUN! My first apartment was so cool…just “playing house” and making it my own…
    Have you checked out SOLE socks yet?

    Comment by specialkphd — September 15, 2010 @ 09:47

  18. You didn’t feel a thing during the run? You are tough as nails haha!

    Comment by Laura — September 15, 2010 @ 12:29

  19. My God that looks painful!

    Okay and now for a Mom Moment – are you sure you want to show the front of your house? I mean as cute as it is you never know who might be reading??

    Comment by Ameena — September 15, 2010 @ 13:15

  20. i totally squeezed my eyes shut and scrolled past your heel…. squeeeeaaamish. hah.

    soo… you’re healing that heel,right? 🙂

    WHAT A GORGEOUS APT!!! having a nice place to come home to really makes the “working life” so much more manageable. i know my first job came with A REALLY CRAPPY apartment and i was miserable and EVERYTHING seemed worse b/c of it. there was just no where i wanted to be (b/c the job was also hard/ demanding/ stressful- and i was taking classes as a grad asst at the time AND had no money). so enjoy it! it is clear that you do 🙂 i love happiness 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — September 15, 2010 @ 15:11

    • Bahahah. I debated with that picture. Oops. And COME VISIT MY AWESOME APARTMENT. for real.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 16:38

  21. Yikes re: your sock! That has happened to me before too – it’s weird that you don’t feel anything during the run! Your place is adorable!

    Random Q – are you running the Somerville 5K this weekend? I got a random e-mail about it because back in the day, when I lived in Boston, I ran it (it was one of my first races everrrr).

    Comment by Kelly — September 15, 2010 @ 17:39

    • Nope I am not. I didn’t even know Somerville even had one! Although I guess this time of year it’s hard to find a place that doesn’t…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 19:37

  22. […] decided to cut out early.  So after I put the finishing touches on this I’m going out on the balcony I showed you yesterday (which I’m glad y’all found my apartment as amazing as I do) and RELAXING. […]

    Pingback by Coffee, Kid Sippy Cups and Margaritas. « MarathonMaiden's Blog — September 15, 2010 @ 17:57

  23. Yeah 10+ hour days and heels do not really mix but its hard not to wear heels. I usually hate the shoes by the end of the day and my feet hate me!
    I would suggest doing intervals or repeats at 5k pace so like 400s, 800s, anything like that. ALso a while back I found this website:

    Comment by J — September 15, 2010 @ 20:50

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