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September 23, 2010

Bullets = Scatterbrain

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:10

Whoa there. Today’s clinic has the potential to make this week feel really long and gloomy and when I tried to write a cohesive paragraph-ical post this morning I couldn’t.  Sooooo here are some bullet points.  Because bullet points are inherently jumbled and by the time Thursday comes around I am usually jumbled.  But there’s always this to cheer us up — and the promise of the weekend so despite Thursdays being a long work day I still love them to death 😀

  • First I’ll start with the running.  It’s been going well.  Last week I complained a lot about my crazy hours at the clinic and this week I’ve been working more reasonable hours (granted I just jinxed myself!). But the lack of sleep and overload of stress really hit THIS week. I’ve been sleeping like a ROCK but still been very tired (Except for the annoying texts that my friends (who still do not have jobs and therefore do not understand why I want to be a granny and go to bed before midnight) send me post-midnight. But we won’t talk about that hah!).  What does this have to do with running? Well on Wednesday I had planned a shorter run because my legs have some lingering soreness from the 5k but I was so deep in thought and out of it that I missed a turn.  Which added 3.3 miles to my route.  Annoying.  Especially since I was so committed to NOT running far that day. Normally I wouldn’t mind but the cumulative effects of a hard race 2 weeks ago and a hard race a few days ago has left my legs still a bit groggy.  As much as you would never believe that I could type this out but I could have used a shorter distance day.
  • Thursday (today)’s run was nicer.  Maybe because it went according to plan hah! I went out bowling last night but because of the later clinic today I got to sleep in.  Which was like a rock again.  So I woke up ready to tackle my run.  And tackle I did.  I chose to NOT run the pathway like I usually do in the mornings (it was 0800 and felt safer because there was sunlight and lots of people around) and run through the city.  It was a different feel because I normally just run there on the weekend.  It was cool to see people hurrying about and kids going off to school. The downside was it was on those steep hills (which one of them I have recently found out is legitimately 12% grade).  Not the fastest run ever and neither the longest nor the shortest run ever but it still felt really good.
  • According to Wednesday morning at 0530: 65* and humid WTF?!  The overnight low Tuesday night was WARMER than the high of Tuesday?!  And the temp Monday and Tuesday morning (at 0530 and 0800 respectively) when I was running was 44*?! How is that possible?! The forecast is also predicting a cold front this weekend. Gahhhh New England.  How I love and yet hate thee.


Seriously. Bamf status right here. How can you not love it?!


Seriously. How could you love this?!

  • Does drinking soda count toward hydration? I used to say NO because I’ve always been told that caffeine = diuretic so it shouldn’t count.  But I’ve since read articles that caffeine is no more a diuretic than good old H2O. AND when I was drinking my afternoon Dr. Pepper (because I’ve found something else other than my diet coke with lime to fuel my caffeine addiction! GASP!) lo – and – behold: the first ingredient is water.I think it should count.  Especially since, and this is likely very shameful, I only drink about 16 oz of actual water a day (I do drink lots of milk.  Like probably too much).
  • I use to map.  And I typically truncate the mileage at the first decimal place (aka 4.56 = 4.5).  Recently I’ve tried to look at the hundredths place and that can yield me up to .2 or .3 MORE.  This also obviously messes with the average overall paces. Thoughts on what I should do from here on out? I just tend to distrust the accuracy of the .01 place but clearly can make a big difference over a longer run like this.  Should I take an average of the two? Hmmmm.
  • I discovered driving home from clinic late one night last week that the route I drive is territory to the Bloods.  As in the gang.  I realized this because there were about 20 cops breaking something up and I checked the news the next day.  I have never been more happy to be leasing the car I drive from my family.  Money well worth spent.
  • I love your guys’ input on my goals that I wrote about last post.  And your suggestions for the time between now and Tufts.  I keep getting nervous / scared for it. Much like I was before this past 5k.  I keep questioning things like maybe I never fully recovered from my half then ran a really good 5k and didn’t truly try to recover from that.  Or I’m training like I’m running for a longer race. I need to smarten up and GET FOCUSED because I have the Tufts 10k coming up! Sometimes I feel like maybe I’m not taking my 10k goal seriously. Or I’m just scared of it. Again: funny because I’m such a type-A personality and I tend take things too seriously.
  • Also on a 100% not related to ANYTHING I’ve written about (but then again is anything really related in this post?) I want to share this gem of a picture that I found on failblog.  It caused me and the girl sitting next to me at work to dissolve into hysterical laughter.  And then I had to text my sister who texted me back:

I don’t know what to think of this.  On one hand I appreciate it and on the other I’m slightly offended

And check out these giveaways from Marcia and Emily!


  1. My brother and I sometimes throw the Blood gang symbol at each other out of naive idiocy. I’ll be sure never to do that in your neighborhood!

    Not sure on the mapmyrun stuff. I usually just round down to the nearest tenth as well. But if you’re doing several loops in one run, no harm in adding the hundredths up and taking an average. It’s all just estimates anyway… I totally empathize with your 10K feelings — not taking it seriously slash being scared of it at the same time. You are gonna dominate no matter what. And on the off-chance that you don’t, meh, it’s just a dumb ol’ race. Major lolz @ justin bieber!

    Comment by sweatykid — September 23, 2010 @ 14:44

  2. This weather is totally throwing me off. We’ve had crazy changes everyday. I keep opening my windows to the cool air and then having to shut them as it gets 85 and muggy… what?

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 23, 2010 @ 14:52

    • It’s also throwing me off because I never know what to wear!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 24, 2010 @ 16:03

  3. Hell yeah soda can be considered a water. Opp, I mean “heck yeah…” 🙂 And um, I have major depression now looking at that snow picture. I am so over snow and now know why old people flock to Florida and Arizona in the winter!! Have a great weekend (I’m off tomorrow – yay!!).

    Comment by Jill — September 23, 2010 @ 14:53

    • Boo for you being off Friday. I had to go into a press conference where I was totally not needed! And I’m glad soda = water in our books 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 24, 2010 @ 16:04

  4. You’re sleeping like a rock because your bod is recovering and you’ll get even stronger and faster, if that could be possible! Love the pics…well maybe not the snow one so much. Thanks for the giveaway love!

    Comment by Marcia — September 23, 2010 @ 15:37

  5. I’m jealous that you’re sleeping like a rock – I always wake up at least twice during the night. It’s so annoying! Yikes about the gang thing – be careful man!

    Comment by mealsformiles — September 23, 2010 @ 17:00

    • Well I do wake up during the night because my friends like to text me at 0200 or 0300! But I’m out cold when I’m actually asleep

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 24, 2010 @ 16:05

  6. yikes!!! bullet points!!! i think diet soda can count toward your water intake. and if you are drinking a lot of milk you prolly have your water covered. but i can’t believe you don’t drink more water than that!!! you are a distance runner!!! tsk tsk 🙂 jk jk. you are clearly a THRIVING distance runner so it’s not like you need to start watering yourself excessively 🙂

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. i’m nervous for tufts too!!!!!!!!!!!!! are we going to start together?! i’m so nervous! i am not confident in my 6:40 pace at all (pr: 41:20) so i’m not sure if i can hit 40 or break it… a lot of DOUBT going on. i have a lot of confidence for you however. but i think having each other there will be good. i think you have a higher tolerance for pain/suffering than i do. so i might try to hang with you ! but. what happens will happen and we will go for it. (remember we said that for the 20-miler too, gosh i can’t believe that even happened, especially based on where we are/ how we are doing now).

    Comment by Lacey — September 23, 2010 @ 19:05

    • HECK YES to starting together. I’m doubting my abilities too but I KNOW we can ROCK this. Let’s just use your plan: go out hard and hold on. And do NOT jinx us with talk of that god-awful 20 miler 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 24, 2010 @ 16:06

  7. I love the photos!

    When I do mapmyrun or gmaps pedometer, I usually round and don’t worry about it too much. Although…. I do round up quite a bit sometimes…….

    Comment by Kim — September 23, 2010 @ 22:40

  8. Your weather seems absolutely crazy, I am not sure I could handle all of that back and forth, it sounds like a recipe for a head cold.

    I think its funny you only count your run to the 10s place. I refuse to run a not even mile, so I either stop at an even mile and don’t count the rest or keep going until I hit the next mile, but I an too neurotic to make it a random number- bad, I know!

    I love playing on mapmyrun, I rarely even use the fun routes I plan out, but its nice to now what some extra options are in case you ever need them 🙂

    Comment by Stephanie — September 24, 2010 @ 09:15

    • I totally feel you. I definitely have runs where I have to hit a “good” number (multiple of 4 or .X or something crazy like that!) luckily my ocd-ness has sort of stopped hahh

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 24, 2010 @ 16:07

  9. I use gmaps pedometer and I round up usually. Just because I don’t think it is really that accurate. I feel like it skimps me out of mileage sometimes. Oh well.

    Comment by J — September 24, 2010 @ 09:23

  10. GRANNIES unite!!! comeee visit! we can go out dancing and still be in bed by midnight!
    I hope you’re having a great friday, and ready for a FUN weekend!
    loveeeee u!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — September 24, 2010 @ 11:19

  11. The snow picture… shudder.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 24, 2010 @ 11:56

  12. I’m glad you made it home safely…but I have to admit that I’m secretly (ok, not so secretly) obsessed with prison…so now I’m secretly obsessed with your route home, lol. PS – I totally included cherry coke as a source of hydration yesterday 🙂

    Comment by Sarah — September 24, 2010 @ 12:49

  13. I like bullet point posts sometimes, I totally feel like writing them sometimes when writing long text doesn’t come.. Glad you were safe in your car the other day, that sounds pretty shady!!

    Comment by Laura — September 24, 2010 @ 12:54

  14. Lately I have been consuming a ridic amount of caffeine (coffee, diet coke, etc) and I think it totally counts as hydration. Hehe.

    In other news, at least you’re DRIVING through Bloods territory and not running. Although….I bet you could take them at any distance greater than 400m.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — September 24, 2010 @ 15:51

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