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September 24, 2010

In England An Elephant Stuck In Molasses

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:51

Another weird search term someone used to find me.  Seriously? At least I’m not really offended by it like I kind of was with “Drunk Girl Passed Out On Pavement” 😛

Take care of yourself. Eat well, rest, train hard and smart, make time to think and breathe. Be intentional with your time.

Kristin Armstrong, Author and runner

That was my runnersworld quote for…yesterday? It was earlier this week for sure. It definitely came at a good time because this is how I was originally going to start my post:


Because that’s how I’ve been feeling the past few morning.  I don’t know if it’s allergies or lack of sleep or the changing of the seasons (HELLO FALL) but man I have been dragging lately.  And it’s not just in mental fogginess.  My body feels like it’s moving through quicksand.   It isn’t, of course, but I feel gravity’s pull.  To keep me in bed longer, to keep my butt glued to my desk chair at work etc.  I need to WAKE UP.

More coffee?

Which is funny because (and I know I’ve mentioned this is previous posts) I’ve been sleeping pretty soundly.  Like I am out cold within .00000000001 seconds of my head hitting the pillow.

I don’t have much exciting to report.  I think that the honeymoon phase of “real life” is over and I’m stuck with the reality that I am, despite me not wanting to be, an adult.  I’ve been in my new place for about 6 weeks and the newness has worn off.  I’ve already paid a round of bills, rent, parking and it’s no longer playing house or playing adult but being an adult.  At least with the whole responsibilities thing.

I am still loving my job and, while I worked MORE hours this week than last, it didn’t feel that way.  I guess I wasn’t working as many hours each day which can make a huge difference.  I cut hours earlier in the week because: guess what I got to do today? Or rather guess what happened at the clinic today that I had to go to?

PRESS CONFERENCE.  With the United States Senator.  Because he was really impressed with the clinic at some point earlier this year or last year and raised close to $100,000 for us.  Woot.  Normally, if I go into work at all on Fridays, I get to have a dress down day.  Because it’s just staff.  But today I got to look like this.

It's like the first day of school photo shoot!

And I’m trying to do the whole “hunch over haute-couture” model thing. And being a goof-ball instead! My roomie took this picture and she was being so serious about being the photographer! I called her on it (because she wanted to take sooooooo many shots and angles) and she said “Well if it’s going on your blog…” haha

Which really isn’t that different than what I normally wear on clinic nights (gotta look nice for those doctors 😉 ) but is totally different than all Fridays and more dressy than my regular office days.  Sadly I did not get a picture with the Senator because I am a lowly VISTA hahah!

The blah feeling and, well I was going to say quicksand but I will instead say molasses in light of the title of the post, feeling has sort of extended into my running.  I don’t think it helps when the weather is really muggy out.  Like I said yesterday: seriously New England? I don’t want humidity anymore! It’s fall.  I think it was 63* out at 0600, which is fine, but the humidity was 91%.  And at some points during the run I literally felt like I was running in water.  It wasn’t raining but the water on my face definitely wasn’t sweat.  At least not all of it hahah.

From Google

Again, despite not really digging the weather or feeling like my runs have been great in-run, the running is good.  I’m kind of kicking myself, thought, for not taking recovery form the 5k more seriously as my quads still are a bit sore.  I think I let my ego get the best of me and I really came back too fast/intense after the race.

Not that it’s hindered me at all.  The past few runs have all been decently distanced (8-10) and all run within 8:30-8:40 pace.  Which has morphed into my new easy pace.  Exciting for sure. True to my usual self I start out the first route just under 9 pace and end the last route just over 8 pace.  Progression.  I just wish I could *feel* that progression on my runs.

For example today’s run:

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:54
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:39
  • 3rd loop: 2.3 miles @ 8:12
  • Total: 10.5 miles @ 8:38

With the exception of maybe the very first mile, every mile felt the same!  And clearly the first loop was much slower than the last one.  What gives? I’m thinking of going back to that 12% grade hill I showed a few weeks ago and doing some repeats tomorrow morning.  I need something to, like I said earlier, WAKE ME UP.  Not that being in an easy flow is a bad thing but I’m itching to do some focused running.

Hope y’all have great Friday nights! I’m debating skipping out on a Toga Party I’ve been invited too.  It sounds like fun and the people who are throwing it are awesome butttt I’m going into Boston tomorrow night and Lord knows that I could use BOTH nights to catch up on sleep.  We’ll see what I end up doing.  Maybe two nights out will snap me out of the UGH-ness.

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  1. Hooray for hill repeats! For some reason, they are one of my favorite workouts.

    Comment by Kovas Palubinskas — September 24, 2010 @ 16:05

  2. Sometimes a girl just needs to party. Toga it up!

    And yes- the quote was from yesterday. 🙂 Gotta love Runners World…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 24, 2010 @ 16:09

  3. I love hill repeats. They always inject enough focus and burnin’ quads to snap me out of a running funk without scaring me about trying to hit certain times.

    So true about the honeymoon phase of real life… but it’s awesome that you like your job so much!

    I think that progression thing is just a reality of being an early morning runner, especially if you basically roll out of bed and GO without any body-wake-up-time. My runs sound exactly like yours in that it doesn’t “feel” like I’m getting any faster, but as my body wakes up over the first 30 minutes, faster paces suddenly become effortless. It’s weird. But it works for negative split addicts, right? 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — September 24, 2010 @ 16:34

    • Yeah. The reason I don’t really worry about it is because of the negative split! hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:53

  4. i have a feeling your weekend will be a nice change of pace and a pick me up (i hope). don’t worry about how you are feeling. it is totally normal. i can think of a few things. your two recent races were VERY high level and you may be naturally at a low/recovery phase that will obviously pass very shortly. also the sleep deficit and working and “being an adult” all add up as well. gosh i don’t miss that first year after college at ALL. it is quite the unique time period. unless of course you just take the year off, and then it’s kind of whatever you make it. but when you are working AND running a lot AND adjusting in general to living on your own and just dealing with the working world,… it takes its toll. the good news, your life will go through all sorts of phases. i’m only 4 years in advance of you and i’ve already had MANY turns to my path and almost all have felt like a step up. not that you can judge “up” or “down” really, just different/ how you feel. so hang in there!! and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!! xoxoxoooooo. do you have plans for sunday AM?

    Comment by Lacey — September 24, 2010 @ 16:54

  5. Hang in there girl. We all hit slumps. Rest up this weekend and do tons of self care!

    Comment by Shutupandrun — September 24, 2010 @ 16:54

  6. I hear ya on the “ugh-ness”! I feel like I have been such a downer on my blog and in my life lately! Focus on the good parts of ‘adult-ness’ though. I personally love the’real world’ and I try to remind myself of the things i love about it when the responsibilities and stresses threaten to take over!

    And always remember that your a kick ass runner! That helps…..

    Ps. love the outfit! and the pose! 😉

    Comment by tmart — September 24, 2010 @ 17:15

  7. I can never get enough of those hills.
    Keep up the good work

    Comment by chris — September 24, 2010 @ 17:15

  8. I fully understand that sleep deprevation state – it’s like you’re in a whole different body! I’m going to be the “mom” and say that I hope you stayed home from the Toga party and got more sleep!! Have a great weekend, girl!!

    Comment by Jill — September 25, 2010 @ 01:25

    • Duly noted mom. I ended up staying in rather than go to the toga party 😉 Very good decision!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:30

  9. You are probably still paying off some of that sleep debt from before. I bet you’ll return to your normal self if you keep getting good sleep and take it easy on your body once in awhile. Hope you have a fun weekend, though.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 25, 2010 @ 06:28

  10. I don’t want to be an adult either…sometimes I look around and wonder why I have to deal with bills and car problems and kid (husband and daughter). I long for the freedom of my 20’s!!

    Hope you snap out of the ugh-ness today. I’m trying to do the same. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — September 25, 2010 @ 12:58

    • Hope you snapped out of the ugh-ness. I eventually did 🙂 And hahah to husband = another kid. I read your blog and just marvel at all you do! You have the patience of a saint 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:26

  11. I’ve been reading a sleep book that ironically puts me to sleep whenever I read it, but the guy says we need more sleep sometimes (like 9 hrs), which is different than what I’ve read, but I think it may be true. Maybe you just need some extra sleep? 🙂

    So neat that you got to be a part of a press conference!

    Comment by emily — September 25, 2010 @ 17:32

    • I KNOW I need 9 hours to be at my best. Unfortunately life doesn’t feel the same way!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:29

  12. Sorry you had an “ugh-y” day!! i hate those!! hope it got brighter 🙂

    Comment by Jess — September 25, 2010 @ 22:12

  13. Do you think perhaps you’re just physically tired? Or maybe you just need to party! Maybe not the toga party…but I mean, just a nice relaxation in privacy, like a bubble bath, massage, etc.

    Comment by sophia — September 26, 2010 @ 03:39

    • I have thought about it but I think it really boils down to being mental. After hanging out with lots of people and having FUN this weekend I think I’ve snapped out of it. Fingers crossed 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:30

  14. I bet working the extra hours, even though you are sleeping, has not helped to improve your blah ugg feeling. I know that working just a few extra hours a week can cause a difference in how i feel and how tired I am. Hopefully you got some rest this weekend!

    Comment by J — September 26, 2010 @ 14:58

  15. haha! I had someone search “Grandma’s running naked” and get to my blog. Ummm ok? haha.

    Rest up so you can get your running mojo back! Your body is probably just craving a little break. Maybe cross train more than run this week? That usually helps me.

    Comment by northlandrunner — September 26, 2010 @ 16:57

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