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September 26, 2010

Saturday Was A Good Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:02

Or a great day even.

I don’t think it’s any secret that these past two weeks have been LONG and TIRING for me.  I mean, it’s not like I complain about it, oh I don’t know, every post?

But I’m happy to report that this post has *minimal* complaining (because I’m writing this sentence first and there is no way I can guarantee none hahah) and I’m also happy to report that I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER (also just a warning: there may be lots of capitalized words.  I guess it’s an emphatic post)

It ended up being a no-go on the Toga Party.

Which is just as well because I ended up skype-ing my best friend from home and we spent a few hours just catching up.  I haven’t seen her since my trip to Philly in July and it was nice to actually *talk* rather than just play email catch up. Plus I got about 10 hours of sleep by not going out that night. Which made my Saturday wicked awesome.

I started out the day with a looooooooooooong run. It wasn’t my original intent (if you remember hills were) so I don’t know what possessed me (well maybe I do. I like long runs).  I knew when I stepped out the door that I didn’t want to do hills (and since I’m not in training I didn’t have to do it) but I still knew that I wanted to really push myself.

And push myself I did.  I knew in the back of my mind that if I ran far enough my body would have to reset itself (after a shower, food and reading on the balcony of course!) and that I’d feel great. I wasn’t sure how far I could go but it ended up being a very decent distance.

  • 1st loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:48
  • 2nd loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:47
  • 3rd loop: 4.1 miles @ 843
  • Total: 15.3 miles @ 8:46

15 miles is the longest run I’ve done post-Boston.  So it was WAY tiring.  Interestingly my stats above don’t show that too well but trust me: the last 2 or 3 miles were HARD. The weather wasn’t helping (it was 76* and 94% humidity at 0800 when I left!) either.

Which is what I wanted. I’ve been in the in-between state where I have enough energy to do stuff but I’ve also never gotten the chance to really recoup because my type-A personality says that I must be doing something.  Running so long forced me to slow down for the rest of the day and enjoy.

[Awkward tangent]

I also realized on this run that, as fun as the 5k was last weekend and as fun as I know the 10k is going to be in 2 (!!) weeks or even a race as long as a half, that I’m itching to do another marathon.  If you’ve noticed, my runs are getting longer, both mid-week where the average run is about 9 with one or two 10-ers and the long run where I just ran a 15. And, I know I don’t do weekly recaps anymore, the overall weekly mileage has been slowly creeping up a bit naturally.

I am fully aware that 15 =/= marathon training long run but I was definitely thinking, especially over those last 2 or 3 really hard miles that I want a marathon.  To which I can say “FINALLY” for that desire to train for a marathon returning.  I knew it would but I just didn’t know when!

I know I’ve said all fall that I regret not signing up for a marathon but deep down I didn’t have that burning passion to do so.  It was more or a “oh hey I’ve put lots of miles in I should have capitalized on it”.  Right now I want to train and focus.  I’ve been thinking of doing the Hyannis Marathon in February.  Not ideal living in New England but I can’t afford Boston, so I likely won’t do it, in which case I don’t really want to wait for spring.

Obviously no commitments yet (look how long it took me to sign up for that 5k!) but something I’ve been musing over.

[End awkward tangent hahah!]

Soooo where was I? Oh yeah: I felt ON and READY-TO-GO. How can you not feel like a bamf after running 15 miles? I was snapped back into not being a zombie!

Ready to go where you ask?


Yay Apples

Because I’ve been in a blah-ish mood my friend (who is my desk mate at work and thus hears me complain even more than you guys do 😉 ) decided that we were going to go pick some apples.  Because apple picking makes me happy and she had never been! (She’s from the south and, sadly, they apparently do not partake in any apple picking amazingness) We ended up picking ~25 pounds of apples.  She didn’t really want any of them so she just took a few out when we got back.  So guess who has ~20 pounds of apples? Anyone care to guess how long they’ll last? 😀

Clearly the best ones are at the top. And yes it was warm enough to wear a halter top and shorts. Fall?

Later that night me and my friend (my friend and I?) headed into Boston to party.  The original plan was to meet up with some of my hometown friends and do some bar hopping.  Well let’s just say that some drama ensued with the group and leave it at that.  We still ended up in the city, but with different people, and still had an absolute blast.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was quite the night and a testament to the fact that changing up a routine can make a world of difference in mood!

And my workout today (Sunday)? Well let’s just say that it was a different kind of punishing than the long run on Saturday 😉

Or not.  I keep harping on the fact that after a night of having a drink or two, or a night of dancing, I run a lot better / faster / easier.  So the run was faster than I anticipated — even knowing the aforementioned fact, it still always surprises me when I go fast.

The weather was actually pleasant too.  Sure it was still 70* but the humidity was down to about 60%.  And for the first time, despite the weather not truly being cold yet, I really noticed the leaves changing — And I really tried to find a non-cliche picture of New England in the fall with changing leaves.  But I couldn’t.  And I’m too lazy to move from my balcony to go take one myself.  So here’s the cliche anyway (and all images that follow are google images as is the toga one up top ).

But know that I really do get to see this everyday.  My favorite is the deep red ones.  The changing of the leaves might be the (only) good thing about New England 😉

So I am now off to go find a place to watch the end of the Pats game.  Woot.Although by the time this is scheduled to go up the game will likely be over hah! Let’s hope they can not suck this week?


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  1. Good work on the long run. The leaves are starting to turn there, too. It’s not as dramatic as in New England, but it’s still quite pretty.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 26, 2010 @ 16:28

  2. Great run! — Fall is SO beautiful. My absolute favorite time of the year. Apple picking, leaves changing color and pumpkin pie.. amazing!

    Comment by northlandrunner — September 26, 2010 @ 17:00

  3. I living in Washington state – we are known for apples, yet I’ve never been picking. Mostly because the Apples grow in the eastern part of the state…I want 20 lbs of apples though, I’m jealous! Good job on your long ass run. I quit after 13.1…or before…

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — September 26, 2010 @ 17:47

  4. Great work on the long run! BAMF 🙂

    Comment by Matt — September 26, 2010 @ 17:58

  5. Nice long run! Soooo…what marathon are you eyeing? 🙂

    Comment by shelby — September 26, 2010 @ 18:02

    • Ideally I’d do Disney (or go someplace warm!) but $$ says that Hyannis might be it. I’d love for it to be Boston but again: $$

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:32

  6. nice job on that long run, and yeaaaaah marathon!! i think it’s nice to take a break between marathon training cycles so that you get back to that point where you WANT to do those long runs…which obviously you do 🙂

    ps – you’re in providence right? i’m running a 5K there this weekend!

    Comment by hurdlingham — September 26, 2010 @ 18:04

    • Is it the Ronald McDonald House one? I was thinking of doing it but I don’t think my body is ready for another really hard effort so soon after the last 5k!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:33

  7. A marathon is so much time and commitment! I’m impressed you’re rearing to go and run another one! Woot woot!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 26, 2010 @ 18:55

    • Awww shucks. Thanks 🙂 And yes rearing to go but it’s been ~6 months since my last one! I feel like that’s such a long time to be not interested hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:34

  8. That looks like such a fun day!! You’ve inspired me to research apple orchards around here!

    Comment by Sarah — September 26, 2010 @ 19:29

  9. yay, you should totally get a marathon on the schedule! I’m jealous of your apple picking – I’ve never been and I’ve lived in NY State and Mass. my whole life! AH.

    Comment by mealsformiles — September 26, 2010 @ 19:32

  10. YAY Go back to marathon training then we can do awesome morning track workouts again on the treadmill like we did last winter! I am actually kind of looking forward to doing that again, although maybe I will do it thursdays instead of my usual wednesday…cause you did it on tuesdays. I guess it will really depend! lol

    Comment by J — September 26, 2010 @ 20:17

    • Sadly I do not have access to a gym this year! Sooooo it’ll be interesting training. Gahhh what am I thinking?! hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 26, 2010 @ 20:35

  11. Apple picking? TOTALLY jealous.

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

  12. hey we have apple farms down here in SC. your friend must just be from a “weird” part of the south 😉

    i think it’s good that you let your body determine when you even thought about the marathon again. i know i just throw myself from one thing to another and then end up in a ditch (like i am right now, ha).

    Comment by lindsay — September 26, 2010 @ 21:37

  13. w00t to the long run! I have this latent jealousy for everyone training for/gearing up for marathons right now. On the other hand, I am sort of enjoying just building up my base in this new “full-time running” life I now have…

    Totally missing the New England fall right now. Nothing like it!

    Comment by sweatykid — September 26, 2010 @ 23:43

  14. Glad to hear about the apple picking! Haha, we don’t have that here, either. Also, I think you are wise to have waited to sign up for a marathon. The worst thing to do is get knee deep into training and not have your heart in it. Maybe train this winter for a half? Not SUCH long runs in the frigid-ness, but still substantial mileage to satisfy that long distance runner in you. Then… regroup and choose a spring marathon. Just some ideas….

    For me? Not sure about Boston. The training partner (aka, guy I am sorta-kinda-who-knows-what dating) is trying to qualify. If he does in November, and it’s still open, we are in. If not, we are not. I did it years ago and would like to again at some point.

    YOU ARE AWESOME! Just reminding you.

    Comment by Rebecca — September 27, 2010 @ 07:26

    • Aww I LOVE your reminders. And right back atcha because I’m your mini-me 🙂

      I’ve been toying with the idea of a winter half and then a spring marathon but I’ll still be slogging out long runs in frigidness anyways as plans would start at the end of January. This way I’ll get lots of training pre-Jan when we usually get the first SERIOUS snowfall. No win situation living here!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 28, 2010 @ 14:27

  15. my mileage has been creeping up too (relatively compared to yours) but it is nice to WANT to go running as opposed to just scheduling it b/c you are in training for something. i’m not surprised the marathon training itch has returned- that’s awesome. i love how things come back around like that and it is just SO TRUE. if it is going to happen it WILL happen esp if that is who you are/your preferences/ tendencies. so you have some excitement in the future!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 not that your recent past hasn’t been very exciting 🙂

    MORE APPLES!!!! I’M JEALOUS! and a ladder?!?! score! lol. i need more than mcintosh apples available and i’m sure there must be a million options now. which you will dominate in a matter of days, right?! 🙂

    nice job on your runs. i read the “drama” part and actually thought to myself *sigh* hahahaha. i try to steer clear of drama in my own life. my friends + i are much more boring now so it is pretty easy. hah. also i think my # of friends has also gone down b/c of who is here still or not here. it’s hard to stay close when you are scattered. very cool you skype with your best friend tho. i’m not a phone talker nor a skype talker but i am a great penpal.. points for that? 🙂 xoxo have a great week!

    Comment by Lacey — September 27, 2010 @ 08:14

    • Yes to the ladder! It was just RIGHT THERE and we were like “why the heck not?” hahah. Come visit and we shall use the ladder 🙂 Because the apples are seriously half gone already!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 28, 2010 @ 14:28

  16. I knew you’d be back! Although let’s see how you dominate the 10K.

    Have you thought about Vermont City? It’s kind of late in the season, but I’ve heard great things about the course.

    Comment by sarah — September 27, 2010 @ 10:01

    • I’ve heard good things about it too, although I have heard it’s quite hilly, and it’ll be on my radar but I really want something sooner. We’ll see what unfolds.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 28, 2010 @ 14:29

  17. Hooray for the running bug! I think training for a marathon produces amnesia…eventhough I swear I’ll never do another (usually at the finish line of 26.2), I always come back for more.

    And I love apple picking…I wish orchards were easier to get to from NYC!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — September 27, 2010 @ 11:51

    • After every race I swear “never again” hahah! Bummer about orchards being hard to get to. But any travel time would be well worth it. I promise 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 28, 2010 @ 14:31

  18. I don’t know how you manage to fit everything in, you’re like superwoman!

    Comment by Laura — September 27, 2010 @ 16:50

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