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September 27, 2010

I Guess I Complain A Lot About The Weather…

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…so I’ll try not to. Because things really are feeling great right now.  It’s a nice refreshing feeling considering how run down I was last week.


I am OBSESSED with this movie at the moment all the time. And this might be the best line ever.  Although I did watch this movie last night and all the lines are really good. I’ll very likely be quoting it all day.   

But the real reason I feel like I actually am taking crazy pills is because of the weather here in New England! On Saturday (the day I went apple picking) I was in a halter top, shorts and my flippy floppies.  And that night I went out sans jacket.  

But Sunday and today? Ummm total sweatshirt weather.  Not that I really mind because sweatshirt weather is awesome but the back and forth weather is getting old.  Granted I should be used to it because I’ve lived here my entire life but nope.  Not so much. Silly New England and changing the weather every 5 minutes! 

The weather this morning when I got up was NICE.  AKA no complaints — yet 😉   

Cool, cloudy, 60*, 80% humidity and misty conditions.  Luckily there was no rain but I woke up in the middle of the night, because I was cold and wanted a comforter to be cozy under, and it was POURING out.  I’m glad that it stopped before I got up though and I’m glad that I got to fall back asleep listening to it.  Sleeping while it’s raining is so nice.   

And the weather conditions made for a very fun and muddy run.  I tackled my pathway again and because it’s a dirt path my legs got all good and dirty.  Even though I always shudder before I leave my door thinking about messiness once I got started it just felt hardcore to be out there.  There’s definitely something liberating about having dirt and mud caked onto the back of your calves.  And I think it’s even better that it wasn’t actively raining because my feet got to stay dry!   

(from google images)

 The run:  

  • 1st loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:45
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 miles @ 8:40
  • 3rd loop:     2.3 miles @ 8:14
  • Total:              10.5 miles @ 8:37

I saw a lot of “hardcore” people out this morning.  Normally I see a mix of people who are really booking it, to those just plodding along, to walkers.  I felt like EVERYONE was running hard and INTENSE.  Naturally this made me want to go and be intense too.   I even got caught up in a “race” with some guy on the path.  He blew me away but it was fun to get caught up in the energy that was out there!

Not exactly mission accomplished with being intense myself because my pace was my easy pace but it put some pep in my step.  This made the first loop of my pathway not that bad as normally the first loop is always an “ugh I have to do this again?!” type feeling. But I really felt strong and wanted to be out there for those first miles, which for me are always the toughest. And this let me hammer home the last smaller loop.  Wooot to ending on a strong note 🙂   

It also made me feel better about my thinking that a marathon is what I want to tackle next.  At first I wasn’t sure if I was just getting pumped and jealous of everyone who is running a fall marathon but, after this weekend and this morning, I think that I’m making the right choice.  Like many of you commented, I knew that I’d be back for another marathon.    

Just annoying that I got this bug in my ear now with not a lot of options when it comes to picking a race.  I really don’t want to wait for a spring race and knowing my luck there’ll be a nor’easter on race day.  Then again, I risk that even in April / May. 

This image sends shivers down my spine. (from google images)

But in the time being I need to wise up for the Tufts 10k which is in TWO WEEKS (!!).  After my really great 5k last weekend I gave myself time to not do any speed work. Which was probably good and what I needed but now I’m thinking that there’s soooooooooo little time to really focus for Tufts.   

So this week I’ll likely do the hill workout that I skipped out of this weekend and another fast interval-esque workout.  I’m debating between the workout I did prior to the 5k ( warm-up, 2 miles hard, 1 mile easy, 1 mile hard, warm down) or changing it up to something unknown.  There is a track nearby so I was thinking of maybe doing something there.  But I don’t really know what yet.  I’ve gotten lots of suggestions from you guys so I’ll look them over but if anyone has a MUST do workout let me know! 

I probably should get back to the clinic and wrap up this semi-aimless post hahah!  The neurologist that’s in right now needs some help with the electronic medical recording (EMR) because she’s a new volunteer provider and is a little unsure.  I might not end up doing any recording but I’m surely not going to pass up an opportunity to be in with patients! 

Check out the giveaway from Miss Zippy. Or don’t because I want it!


  1. We had all our warm weather last week, and this week we’re having overnight temps in the high 30’s. Talk about “snuggle in bed under the covers” weather.

    Comment by Chelsea — September 27, 2010 @ 14:01

  2. Nice running! I managed to finish my run just before the skies opened this morning! Totally agree that staying in a nice warm bed when it’s raining is lovely though 🙂 Kinda excited to hear your marathon options!

    Comment by Kelly — September 27, 2010 @ 14:02

  3. The weather here is mostly the same every day: cool and rainy (always the perfect weather for sleeping!) Totally the opposite of how it is in New England, where “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes…har har har.” And WOOT to the marathon. Can’t wait to hear more about which ones you’re tossing around.

    Comment by sweatykid — September 27, 2010 @ 14:09

    • I guess the only thing I can’t complain about is that the weather is boring hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 28, 2010 @ 14:34

  4. Great run this AM, I feel like I complain about the weather all the time, but your mentions of the New England climate seem more informative than anything, so no worries:)

    I am very anxious to hear what your race prospects are…

    Comment by Stephanie — September 27, 2010 @ 14:09

  5. I really try not to complain about the weather…I think anyway. We have had the same thing. Friday was super hot and humid and today is chillyy…will make for an interesting Fall.

    Comment by Laura — September 27, 2010 @ 14:57

  6. YAY, see that lack of Toga party was just what the doctor ordered :).

    Comment by Jill — September 27, 2010 @ 15:00

  7. I hear ya on the weather! Same thing is happening in Michigan right now! I’m all for preserving summer as long as possible, so I will take as many 80 or 90 degree days as possible!

    Fall marathon = overrated! lol. That is how I am feeling right now, less than 2 weeks until mine! Whatever you choose to do, I’m sure you will do well. Perhaps see how you feel/how the 10K goes, then make a decision? It seems like you are enjoying your runs so much now, I think you should do whatever you think will help you to keep that mentality! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — September 27, 2010 @ 15:43

  8. Totally know what you mean. The absolute worst is when it gets progressively COLDER throughout the day. Like, when you get up at 8 in the morning, that’s as warm as it’s gonna get all day. Soooo lame…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 27, 2010 @ 16:03

  9. It is raining buckets here! Not fun with the jogger but solo I love to run in the rain and mud!!!

    Tonight it’s the treadmill for me…oh yipee. But I have a good movie to watch so here’s hoping for 10 miles of kiddo goodness!

    Comment by shelly — September 27, 2010 @ 16:14

  10. hey siiiiiissssssta!
    i will reply to your email soon! when I get more than 5-seconds to write a comment. 🙂
    it’s soooooo damn hot here…108=record breaking high, and I do NOT have a/c. how’s that for beach living and complaining about the weather!
    I hope you continue this awesome feelin’ woooohooo!

    Comment by Lizzy — September 27, 2010 @ 19:25

  11. I was in spandex this morning cause it was like 45 degrees! I am such a wimp! lol Can’t wait for that 20F or lower temperatures to come! Should be fun!

    Comment by J — September 27, 2010 @ 20:41

  12. It was 107 degrees in Los Angeles today…I would do ANYTHING to be in New England right now. Let me count the reasons I HATE L.A…..

    Comment by Ameena — September 27, 2010 @ 23:09

  13. I wish I had some cooler weather … my long run was 85 degrees on Saturday with 91% humidity! UGH!!!

    Don’t worry abotu the speedwork .. that 5K was amazing!

    Comment by Jaime — September 28, 2010 @ 09:15

  14. Nice run!! I love your loops.

    It is hot here in CO too. Never been so hot as this year. Usually by this time we’ve had a least a couple inches of snow. Now it’s 90 degrees. Weird. Probably means we’ll get slammed this winter. My parentes are flying into Boston today and driving up to Vermont. Hope the weather is good for them! If you see two people in their 70s bickering in the car, it’s probably them.

    Comment by Shutupandrun — September 28, 2010 @ 09:33

    • Ugh to the weather! Especially since you’re right about being slammed this winter to make up for it! I think the weather is supposed to be nicer later on so I hope your parents have a good trip. As much as I complain about it, it’s a really nice time in New England.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — September 28, 2010 @ 14:35

  15. LOVE that film!

    Comment by Laura — September 28, 2010 @ 15:00

  16. There’s a saying that goes – “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait 5 minutes.” After 4 years of school in Connecticut I concurr!

    Although I’m beginning to think NYC is just as bad – we have our second tornado watch in 2 weeks. Eek.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — September 28, 2010 @ 15:01

  17. I just emailed 12 gals wanting to do the half marathon in morrocco in January and no one is biting! What’s WRONG with people…they called me “hardcore” and I was thinking, not at all compared to ms. maiden!

    Comment by specialkphd — September 30, 2010 @ 08:43

    • You are too kind! 🙂 And if I was in that area I’d TOTALLY do it with you!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 2, 2010 @ 13:31

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