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September 17, 2010

Short and Sweet…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:28

Because it’s Friday.  And we all know what I’ve got on the brain. WEEKEND TIME 😀

Yesterday turned into a very long day with me being in a very bad mood by the time I left work.  Nothing serious but I was exhausted.  Since my clinic days are really long I’ve been feeling burnt out a bit by Friday.  Nothing major or anything: I just feel tired and I get a bit rattled and frazzled. I think most people know what I’m talking about even if you don’t put in 12 hour days.

Which is why I was glad that I went out after clinic was over last night to unwind a bit.  At a bowling alley.  And before you roll your eyes and ask me how old I am, let me tell you this: it is $1 for shoes, $1 soda, $1 food.

That’s not even the best part: $2 beer and $3 mixed drinks.  Quality stuff too.  How can you go wrong? Plus one of my friends, who is also a co-worker, knew how bad of a week I was having and put me on the tab already started.  So nice!  And I also never realized how many bar + bowling alleys existed until recently.  I had only known of a handful but apparently I find them where ever I go.

Granted since I had to get up and go into work early this morning (ugh — annoying because the doctor I showed up to help didn’t show up until late morning!) I only had one drink but the atmosphere was JUST what I needed. As was “sleeping in” this morning.  AKA not running before work.  It felt good and semi-refreshing especially since it rained last night and sleeping with rain in the background is sooooooooooo nice.

Which meant that I ran after work (which, annoyingly, the doctor didn’t *really* need my help and was out of there within a half hour. *LeSigh*.  BUT I’m NOT hating on my job.  I love it. It’s just been a long week for everyone at the clinic and I’m in a complainy mood hahah). And it’s not like I was there ridiculously late either: because of my long hours already this week my boss let me go as soon as the doctor was done. SO NICE.

So I laced up my shoes around noon and ran.  It was an interesting run. First positive split run in….well I can’t really remember the last time I did it but each loop was ~1-2 seconds slower than the previous one.  Annoying.  Not that the pace was bad or that the few seconds of a drop was significant. The paces of which were

  • 1st loop:  8:22
  • 2nd loop: 8:23
  • 3rd loop:  8:25
  • Short 4th bit: 8:08 (so I did end very strong!)
  • Average pace settled into 8:23.

Not bad for a long run at all.And I’m not putting up the distances because I did, in fact, run long (and I don’t want any negativity raining down on my parade and I want 100% good vibes sent my way for this weekend.  Yes I am selfish and fishing for good vibes.  My blog so whatever hahah!). Oops. But I will reassure you that each loop wasn’t way long and I did not run a marathon-training LR.  Not even close. So not freak out too much 😉

The whole run felt good and strong and powerful.  It also felt in control and not strenuous.  I hooked into a group of guys for a few of the miles and, despite running at a good clip, the pace was easily conversational.  Therefore I’m not worried about today hurting the race if I do run it (I currently am still debating because I really don’t have the $$ to run this race) because I’ve done this before and the results have never been bad.  As long as I have one day to recover from a tough or long workout, I’ve found that I’m good to go.  I rebound really fast.

And apparently I rebound from a long and stressful week fast too because all it took was this run to improve my mood.  Or the fact that it’s Friday and I do not have to do anything this weekend.

Except try and come up with the money so that I can race so hard I want to puke.

So I’ll leave it there because it’s Friday and I promised short and sweet and I feel like I’m rambling with no true point.  But hey, 5 posts for the past 5 days? I can’t remember the last time I did that 😛

And, despite the weather being slightly overcast, a little humid and on the warmish side (hello fall frigid mornings but beautiful afternoons!) but I still think that my balcony is calling my name.

And since I like linking to songs that are stuck in my head here’s a good one that I’ve been loving today….and maybe dancing to on my balcony right now 🙂

I can’t find the real video for it and Pitbull’s rap is different but it’s still an awesome song regardless!

And speaking of Pitbull I just remembered this AWESOME clip.  Wait for it about the 1:03 minute mark.  The man doesn’t even miss beat!

And check out this giveaway from Shut Up and Run.  How about all this awesomeness on a Friday afternoon! 🙂



  1. I accidently realized my love of bowling when Mon and I were hunting down batting cages. We were both particularly annoyed with the boy situation at the time. The batting cages were closed. So instead of hitting balls, we downed some tequila and beer and threw balls down an alley instead. I was satisfied. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 17, 2010 @ 16:38

  2. Bowling = awesome. Cheapness = awesome. LR on a friday = awesome.

    I hope you have time to regroup this weekend. I hear ya about the tiredness of long days going on forever!

    I’m ALWAYS sending good vibes your way. Since you’re basically my hero and all….

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Comment by tmart — September 17, 2010 @ 16:42

  3. I feel rattled and frazzled right now and I’ve only put in 6 hours so far so I know exactly what you mean. Have a great weekend!! Try to sleep some of that tiredness off.

    Comment by Ameena — September 17, 2010 @ 16:55

  4. I haven’t been bowling in so long! I’m not very good, especially with the buffers down haha but it’s fun! Sending you lots of good vibes for the weekend! 😀

    Comment by Laura — September 17, 2010 @ 17:07

  5. Good vibes good vibes good vibes! You are putting in some long hours there. I feel the same way about doing fine in races after a hard-ish effort as long as I’ve had a liiiiittle bit of recovery time. I honestly think I do better racing “tired” rather than “fresh.” Racing tired is when I tend to surprise myself in a good way. If you rustle up the racing $$, you’ll def be a-okay. Have an AWESOME weekend, whatever you do with it!

    Comment by sweatykid — September 17, 2010 @ 17:34

  6. I would love to leave at noon and go home and run! This time of year is the perfect time to do that! Hope you have a restful weekend!

    Comment by J — September 17, 2010 @ 17:34

  7. I really love Pitbull. Kind of embarrassing. Glad I’m not alone!

    Comment by shelby — September 17, 2010 @ 18:52

  8. I have had many good and cheap nights at the bowling alley, good discovery. You should make tonight margarita Friday on the balcony:) Sounds like you earned it!

    Comment by Stephanie — September 17, 2010 @ 19:05

  9. You are fast and I like you 🙂

    Comment by Runeatrepeat — September 18, 2010 @ 16:09

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