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September 15, 2010

Coffee, Kid Sippy Cups and Margaritas.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:57

AKA: things that are making me happy now.

Ugh it has been a VERY long week.  Long hours, little sleep, big life decisions to make.   Sooooo the second I strolled into work today (on Wednesday) I asked my fellow VISTA co-workers (whom I LOVE to death!) “Hey anyone want to head to DD now?”

This sight makes my heart go pitter-patter. Seriously. Who am I?! I don't drink coffee!

Remember the last time I had coffee? Oops. But so far so good on the jittery front. Hopefully this coffee thing doesn’t become a habit. I’m already addicted to caffeine! I don’t need a higher dose! We didn’t end up heading there until lunch though.  And with the leftover fajitas from last night’s clinic? Well let’s just say that my life felt a little better.  Walking field trip to DD and a free lunch.  In the cool crisp fall air.  Most excellent.

Also most excellent? The free kids cups that I got to keep after Fire & Ice (amazing restaurant chain in the New England area!) donated food to the clinic last night (aka the fajitas I had for lunch today) for the providers.  It made my night last night.  You know it’s a rough night when these suckers make you happy:

They even have a little game of "Can you find how many bananas are hidden in the jungle?" on them. Will I ever grow up?

And since it’s been such a long week already my roomies and I decided on Tuesday that we are having a margarita night. And we decided very soon.  How soon depended on how the rest of the week goes.  Hopefully we can make it until Friday. Not too sure about that at time point! And this upcoming night will be one where multiple margaritas are consumed.

But until then I still have my running 🙂

After a 10 hour day at the clinic on Tuesday and 5.5 hours of sleep that night this is the run that occurred on Wednesday:

  • 4.1 miles @ 8:57
  • 5.6 miles @ 8:40
  • 1.3 miles @ 8:36
  • Total: 11.0 @ 8:46

And the entire time I had this song in my head.

Maybe not the best song to have stuck in your head during a run but whatever. It worked.  I powered through it.

I don’t really know what possessed me to run as far as I did.  And the exact same route as Tuesday. I certainly wasn’t feeling particularly refreshed or anything.  I wasn’t feeling terrible either so it’s not like I was killing myself to hit those miles. I just kept running and, in contrast to Tuesday, I was feeling pretty good even when I stopped because I ran out of time (I was running slightly slower than yesterday).

Post-run I’m feeling a bit tired in the legs, which is something I am taking note of for tomorrow. I’ve had my recovery socks on all day (and yesterday too. Yay for cooler weather = long pants to work = covering legs = recovery socks on!) too.

I think I’m running to work through some of the craziness and uncertainty my life is in, like how I opened this post. Which is fine.  I’m surprisingly calm and not stressed out about where I’ll be next year or the year after etc.  I think my running is helping me with that.  Life is still good despite being busy and uncertain.  Maybe I’m maturing? Hahahah.  See kid cups picture above. I’m just in a good place right now and running is a part of that.

So I’ll keep running what I feel like and what my body tells me it can handle. I think that’s the best way to run, no?

It’ll certainly make things interesting this weekend if I decide to race (yes I know I’m the most wishy-washy person in the world when it comes to racing stuff.  Whatever 😛 )

Other notes on the run itself:

It was really effing cold this morning! I think rated the overnight low last night as 48*.  I’m really glad that I just found that out rather than knowing it before hand.  My hands damn near froze (I have Raynaud’s syndrome.  A fancy was of saying “really bad circulation to my extremities” ).  Guess it might be time to break out the gloves? UGH.  It’s not even the official start of fall yet!

But the cooler weather made wearing a long sleeve legit.  I think the past few times I wore one it was mostly to be like “YAY FALL”. Now it’s like “dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyum fall.  Winter is around the corner”.  Not cool in my book at all.  I definitely question when the temps start to drop what the heck I’m still doing here (and knowing New England we’ll have an Indian Summer and everything I’ve complained about with the weather is going to look silly!)

The cold temps do make it nice to bury under the covers at night.  Even if I’m not climbing into bed until late the hours that I am asleep I am ASLEEP.  It’s nice.  But it makes me not want to get up in the morning because I’m so comfy.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when real winter comes! It’ll be dark until 0730.  And then dark again at 1600. *BreatheDon’tThinkAboutIt”

I kind of mentioned it above but the run was neither amazing nor horrible feeling.  Just me and my thoughts.  As much as I love amazing swell (thanks Flo!) runs and despise horrible ones the ones that are in between might be my favorite in the moment.  Hard efforts are my favorite in the aftermath because I feel like a bamf.  And horrible runs are just plain no fun.  But the in-betweeners are good to just GO.  No worries.  No aches.  No pains.  It’s just me and my thoughts.  And with lots of major life decisions ahead it suits me just fine.

Of course on Sunday when I potentially race I want to be running so hard that I feel like vomiting.  No matter what life choices I have to make.  But until then, I want to be In The Zone. Just like my girl Britney.

So I’ll leave this post on that note because since the run was boring I’m rambling a bit.  And by a bit I mean a lot. I think I’m trying to avoid the topic of race strategy for this weekend because I DON’T HAVE ONE (except run so hard I want to vomit).   Suggestions would be nice.  *HintHint*

I’ve also been writing this post all day at work (hurray no clinic!) and since I’ve put in more than 50% of my weekly hours over Monday and Tuesday I’ve decided to cut out early.  So after I put the finishing touches on this I’m going out on the wicked amazing balcony I showed you yesterday (which I’m glad y’all found my apartment as awesome as I do) and RELAXING.


  1. Oh man it has been a long week…

    Comment by Matt — September 15, 2010 @ 18:10

  2. I second that on being a long week! Totally random but I also have Raynauds. My fingers have already turned white several times in the past couple weeks from the chillier temps in the morning. I already miss the hot summer weather 😦

    Comment by Jenny — September 15, 2010 @ 18:38

  3. i like that song and now that I’m about to go for a run it’ll probably be stuck in my head too.

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — September 15, 2010 @ 19:07

  4. 48? 48? I would kill for 48. Can we switch places? It was 94* here today.

    Anyway. You’ve officially inspired me to go sit on my balcony, too.

    Comment by shelby — September 15, 2010 @ 19:17

    • Sounds like a trade to me. And YAY balconies. At least until the sun went down. Oh silly fall sunsets!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 15, 2010 @ 19:38

  5. Ahahaha… I just talked about that Eminem song on my blog today, too… great minds think alike. 😉

    Margarita night sounds wonderful. Maybe if I head out now I can catch the end of it? Oh hell- just save me some tequila… it’s been a week…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 15, 2010 @ 20:17

    • I know I said something similar on your post yesterday but you are more than welcome to join margarita night hahah! I think that if you have the same great mind then I can’t NOT invite you 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 16, 2010 @ 16:37

  6. Thank goodness running is such a good “stress suppressor”… long, busy work days + big decisions… it would be overwhelming without some run-bliss in there to mediate the rough stuff, wouldn’t it? I am looking ahead to the winter and getting scared of the post+pre-work darkness, too! What are you going to do? And pshh, you don’t have to decide about races ’til the morning of. That’s not wishy-washy, that’s just how people like us roll. Race strategy? From your prior race reports you seem like a start-slow, reel-em-in, pick-em-off type, but on the other hand, it sounds like going out hard at your half worked out awesomely, considering that you still finished STRONG. You’ll be laying down a quality race either way.

    Comment by sweatykid — September 15, 2010 @ 20:22

    • As to the darkness in the morning: I’ll just deal with it. It’ll be annoying buttttt yeah, annoying. Thanks for the race day strategy 🙂

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

  7. Woah I have Reyanud’s syndrome as well, crazy!

    That was really nice of the restaurant to donate those fajitas to the clinic, those cups are awesome by the way;) I’m glad you are enjoying your time at the clinic and try not to think too much about the next few year, you will get into a fabulous medical school, I’m sure of it:)

    I wish you were here in NYC so I could hire you as a physics tutor!

    Comment by Ada — September 15, 2010 @ 20:31

  8. Dang, that is a good picture of Britney Spears. And I thought she had let herself go.

    It’s LA here so not too cold, but at night, I’m still freezing.
    Hope you got in some rest soon, girl!

    Comment by sophia — September 15, 2010 @ 20:39

  9. Oh i love coffee, mainly because its a nice warm beverage in the morning! Tomorrow morning its supposed to “feel like” 48 degrees! Definitely pulling out the long sleeve for that one, I may even wear the capri spandex too!

    Comment by J — September 15, 2010 @ 20:56

  10. Seriously the weekend cannot come soon enough!

    Comment by BostonRunner — September 15, 2010 @ 21:36

  11. Coffee = makes the world go ’round! It’s a slippery slope though. I started in high school, and now I’m up to a pot a day habit…..

    I hear ya about running = chill time = stress relief. Without it, I would have gone crazy a long time ago! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — September 16, 2010 @ 07:34

  12. It’s definitely turned to fall here, too. The leaves on the trees are starting to change color and fall. As much as I’m going to miss warm weather very soon, I’m enjoying the fall. Glad you aren’t feeling too much anxiety about “what’s next?” yet.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 16, 2010 @ 09:38

  13. I love DD coffee, especially the blueberry flavor. Good thing we don’t have one around here. I really like coffee, but I’m trying to buy fair trade when I can.

    Great run after a crazy day at the clinic + little sleep.I agree that running is such a great stress relief!

    Good luck if you decide to race this weekend!

    Comment by emily — September 16, 2010 @ 12:12

  14. Have you ever tried ginger for your raynauds? A friend of mine has it and she swears by ginger sweets, these are the ones she buys, I think she buys the chews

    Comment by Laura — September 16, 2010 @ 13:57

    • Ginger? Never heard of that before. I shall look into it. Thanks

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 16, 2010 @ 16:40

  15. So cold! Does your neighborhood have a lot of street lights? Might be ok to run in the dark in the winter.

    Comment by Jess — September 16, 2010 @ 14:53

    • The path itself doesn’t have lights but the sidewalks do (the path is in the middle of the roadway. So each side of the path has a one way route even though it’s technically the came road) so there’s enough light. I may switch to 100% sidewalk if I get too freaked out by the dark!

      And the cold must GO. Do you want it? 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 16, 2010 @ 16:42

  16. OOoo, I hope I’m invited to Margarita Night :).
    Good luck with the race…and good luck getting to the almost puking phase :).

    Comment by Jill — September 16, 2010 @ 15:33

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