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September 30, 2010

Make It A Hurricane Before I Go Insane

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:41

And no not this kind because it really hasn’t been that kind of week.

I mean the storm that is hitting the southern east coast right now and is moving up to us in the NorthEast.

I didn’t realize that so few of you were math nerds like me! Hope I didn’t bore you too much with my math-y post yesterday! Oops 🙂

I ended up calculating the pace of my run yesterday and it was a very sluggish 9:25.  I’m actually surprised it wasn’t slower than that.  I really never felt any kick at all.  But I guess it just means I *really* pushed myself the day before with those hills. Similarly my legs didn’t feel the greatest when I got up this morning. And my body in general didn’t want to get up.  The way my covers conformed to my body was really nice. 

But there was some lingering soreness in the legs, from the hills maybe? I wanted to do a speed / interval workout today but I nixed it.  I know that my legs never feel the greatest first thing in the morning but I want any type of speed work I do to really count. 

I’ll do it tomorrow.  After two days of easy stuff my legs should be good to go (and after pondering today’s run below I think they will be).  Maybe the first interval will be rough (when is it not?) but the workout will work out alright.  Fingers crossed.  I still don’t know what workout I’m going to do though. Decisions decisions.

It wasn’t so hard to decide on today.  Since yesterday was a really short run (like <7 miles short) I knew that today was going to be longer. Even with the prospect of speed work tomorrow. That said, I didn’t know how my legs would feel once I got out there so I opted to do some loops.  I wanted the first one to take me through the city for ~5.5 miles and then I would see if I wanted to do that again or just do my pathway. Here’s what went down:

  • 1st loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:59
  • 2nd loop: 5.6 miles @ 8:48
  • Total:          11.2 miles @ 8:54

The first 2 or 3 miles were ROUGH.  I thought it was going to be a repeat of Wednesday: slow as molasses.  I’m sure the weather is having something to do with it: as much as I love warm weather, it’s hard to really push and feel awesome when it’s 73* and 95% humidity. 

Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE this weather.  But there’s a reason that mid-50s and cool crisp air allows so many PRs to be set (like my half earlier this month).  I’m hoping, like that weekend of the half and hurricane Earl, that the upcoming tropical storm Nicole brings some cooler fall weather to us.  Because it is fall.  New England needs to recognize it.

The end of the run ended up feeling very strong.  Too bad I don’t do mile splits because I know that the last 4 or so miles were really fast and I flew.  I was totally DRENCHED in sweat (with that kind of humidity how could I not be?) but it made me feel BAMF and likely fueled those fast miles.  While I still don’t think I would have been prepared for speed work this morning I think that I’m right in thinking tomorrow’s session will be a good one. 

Assuming that the tropical storm isn’t going to be too bad.  At the moment we’re under both a wind and flood advisory I think. Too bad the tropical storm isn’t a hurricane, at least in non-running thinking terms.  I’m kind of itching for it.  A whole “batten down the hatches” kind of storm. By the time most big storms get up here they’re tame.  I almost want a house to blow away.  Not mine of course but I think that’d be cool to see: a roof blowing off a house.  Gosh. I just re-read that and I totally am a horrible person for writing that!

(all images courtesy of google)

In other news, before I risk turning this running blog into a “complain about the weather blog”, I think I have enough black toenails that I don’t have to buy nail polish for a really long time (once I get a black nail they last FOREVER).  Interestingly enough none of the ones I currently have are due to running.  Yes, I am that cool.

Also cool? It’s the Flintstone’s 50th birthday

I’ll end this post on that note.  Kind of a blah day.  Still not a “make it a hurricane” type of day. I didn’t have the smoothest night last night or (with the exception of the end of my run) morning and I’m dragging.  More like a coffee day? That remains to be seen.  Mix the dragging in with the weather and it’s a recipe — I was totally going to write a math equation eff it here it is:

lack of sleep + uneasy dreams + changing weather + long clinic hours =

Okay so maybe that’s a bit over-dramatized.  And by a bit I mean a lot.  I got an excellent run in, ate a good brunch at work (leftovers from our breakfast feast at yesterday’s staff meeting. YUM) and I just got my blood pressure checked by one of the medical-assisstants-in-training and it was really good (98/60), like always.  Plus I get to get an EKG done later for them to practice AND I get to go into a bunch of exams because there’s a lack of volunteers to do the recording today.  It’s the little things 😉


  1. I get my BP checked about once a week…I head down to the nurse at school and make her take it. I’m sure she thinks I’m all weird but I get low BP sometimes and get dizzy. But not in a long time. Before a big marathon, I go to the clinic about 10 times/day :). We’re having such horribly dry weather here in Denver…send some of that hurricane rain over out way, ok??!! Hang in there girl…blah runs are indicators your body is just plane tired.

    Comment by Jill — September 30, 2010 @ 14:53

  2. Ah the flinstones… i used to watch them all the time after school. I had a happy moment when they popped up when google came up. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — September 30, 2010 @ 15:28

  3. I remember some kind of hurricane effects hit coastal Connecticut when I was about five years old. We had to camp out in the basement. It was loud and terrifying and trees fell everywhere, there was no power, I thought we were all gonna die, whatever. So too bad for your desire to see a batten-down-the-hatches hurricane; I am actively sending anti-hurricane vibes to New England. Sucka. 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — September 30, 2010 @ 16:15

  4. We saw the storm on the front it, its nothing but a big thunderstorm unfortunately. I totally understand what you mean about getting a “real storm” we had SO many hurricanes back to back my first 2 years of college, and when there are real hurricanes everything closes (including the grocery stores) and there is a cerfew and no driving rules, so it forces the best hurricane parties- some of my best memories from college, sad I know! But sometimes its fun to have a sitting through the big storm kind of day!

    Great run this morning, you will kill your super speedy one tomorrow!

    Comment by Stephanie — September 30, 2010 @ 16:42

  5. I’m looking forward to more cooler running temperatures! It’ll be nice to feel chilly when running instead of boiling!

    Comment by Laura — September 30, 2010 @ 17:00

  6. I’ve nomiated you for a blog award x

    Comment by fudgey — September 30, 2010 @ 17:09

  7. hooray for positive things at the end of this! 🙂

    also– that hurricane picture?! intense! can you even imagine being in that? i love extreme weather and have always wanted to be in a hurricane… just not in danger 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — September 30, 2010 @ 17:36

  8. There was just a hurricane called Matthew. I am so popular 😉

    Comment by Matt — September 30, 2010 @ 18:07

  9. Its rainy cats and dogs here! But thankfully its supposed to stop soon so I can run tomorrow morning! Can’t wait to hear about your speed session. Depending on how my knee feels I may try to do some speed work tomorrow!

    Comment by J — September 30, 2010 @ 18:32

  10. i like how you re-read what you typed and just said “man i’m mean” instead of deleting it… haha. hope you don’t get battered too hard! it’s been windy here (in sc) but the rain has stayed down toward the coast (~2 hrs away).

    Comment by lindsay — September 30, 2010 @ 21:23

  11. I totally agree the weather has been a bit weird and I love it, but it’s still weird- and I don’t love it when I’m at work with no a/c and a lot of whining kids.
    I kinda missed the news that a hurricane was headed our way haha, hmm I might live in a bubble!

    Comment by Kelly — October 1, 2010 @ 06:41

  12. Here’s to some normal Fall temps coming your way. After two intense seasons of crazy temperatures, I’m a bit scared of what this winter will bring us, though. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

    Comment by Flo — October 1, 2010 @ 10:55

    • I’m scared of this upcoming winter too. Blahhhh. Maybe we can migrate south?!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 2, 2010 @ 13:29

  13. oooh, I’m so jealous of your free medical exams. I don’t even want to think of how much I spend on stuff like that every month! Fall is coming starting tomorrow, woohoo! Nice run – I’m glad you felt BAMF. 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — October 1, 2010 @ 12:21

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