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October 4, 2010

Drunk Pumpkin

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:42

AKA one more funny search term. I love using these because I don’t have to come up with something on my own.  YAY laziness. And you should google image “Drunk Pumpkin”.  Seriously.

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
Muhammad Ali, former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion

This quote certainly does not speak to laziness though. Nor did my run this morning.  But first the rest of the weekend?

Saturday friend came to visit and we did go for a 4 miler and I had done some core before leaving (of which I am STILL sore.  Note to self: taking 6 weeks off of core work is not a good idea.  And I must have been really using my arms to help me during my track workout because they are sore too).  It was nice and not to fast but not to slow.  And it was nice and sunny out.  A beautiful fall day.  Later we went out that night to a sports place that I had been dying to go to.  The best part of being in a new city is that you get to explore places.  There are still so many places that I want to go to!


It’s nice to get all dolled up too.  Don’t get me wrong: I love my jeans and a t-shirt but putting on a fancy dress is amazing too

We stayed out wayyyyyy late and I had to call the person I was going to go running with when my alarm went off the next morning to see if we could push our running plans from 0900 to later that afternoon.  But we ended up just rescheduling them.  Which is just as well because I had some errands to run and a good book to catch up with.  And the weather was cloudy and blahhh.  A perfect day for some tea and a warm blanket.

Since I got so little sleep on Saturday I went to bed embarrassingly early Sunday night.  And man I slept HARD.  I think the fact that it was rainy out and extremely cool and NOT humid helped a lot.  It was still a shock when my alarm went off this morning at 0530 though.  I definitely did not wake up feeling refreshed at all.  I’m thinking that when I get off work today that I’m going to have to at least TRY and nap. 

But my run did not reflect that in the slightest.  In the back of my mind I thought that my body would do a forced recovery day like they did after the hills of last week.  Mostly because my body is SORE at the moment.  I think I can feel every single muscle in my body.  For real.  Not 100% sure why but I’m guessing it’s the combo of  no core work in 6 weeks + hard track workout + being out really late Saturday + inactivity on Sunday.  I’m leaning toward my Saturday night because it’s the one thing that was out of normal. But who knows. It’s interesting because I wasn’t that sore yesterday.  Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that rest day 😉

But the run ended up being SO not recovery.

  • 1st loop: 4.1 @ 8:09
  • 2nd loop: 4.1 @ 8:00
  • 3rd loop:    4.1 @ 7:56
  • Total:               12.3 @ 8:02

Definitely a very surprising run indeed.  It kind of came out of left field.  Even though it felt good and fast and ON during it.  It’s like all the stars were aligned. And maybe they were because it was 0530 and dark. 

Yay google images

And yes, all three loops were my path loop.  It wasn’t really all that boring and I did it that way because I felt safer. 

The weather was pretty nice for running too: 52*, 90% humidity, some rain. Luckily the rain was only drizzle, with the exception of a 5 minute spurt, and it wasn’t raining when I stepped out the door.  Given how my eyes were stinging from lack of sleep I might have just gone back inside! Especially since the temperature felt sooooo cold.  It was 20* warmer on Friday for my run!

But it wasn’t as cold as one of the guys on the path thought it was: he was in SNOW PANTS and SKI GLOVES. I thought I was overdressed in a long sleeve and shorts hahah! I mean, I do wear ski gloves in winter but it’s definitely nowhere near cold enough yet. And hopefully it won’t be any time in the near future.

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.Muhammad Ali, former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion

In the near future, however, I intend on doing a tune-up speed workout either tomorrow or Wednesday.  I’m thinking that I’ll have to head back to the track again as I know that once I’m actually there I’ll go fast.  There’s just too much doubt when I do something on the roads.  But we’ll see.  I guess it depends on how sore my body is in the morning (I still cannot get over how sore I am!).  Any type of speed work this week would likely just be mental as the race is on MONDAY. Exciting.

Until then I have to get through some work.  The rainy weather + sleepiness + sore body = me not wanting to move.  Luckily the work I have today is to start (and hopefully get a lot of work done on) the monthly report.  AKA sit at my desk.  My body could probably use movement to not stiffen up but I’m being lazy.  Don’t judge 🙂


  1. I think you’re sore from the track workout, but who knows? Sometimes my legs hurt just because I wore heels for a few hours. At least you still had a great run.

    Comment by Jess — October 4, 2010 @ 14:09

    • Quite possibly but my *entire* body hurt. Everything. Very weird.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 6, 2010 @ 15:18

  2. Awesome run! Don’t you love when those come out of nowhere?

    ps. Yay for laziness. I never judge for that. I think one of the reasons I love running so much is that it justifies my affinity for laying around and being lazy as much as possible.

    Comment by sweatykid — October 4, 2010 @ 14:26

  3. nice job…I had a run like that last week as well..I expected to be out for 10min and ended up doing a tempo run for an hr that almost seemed….easy.
    drunk pumpkin sounds like the best way to enjoy it….

    Comment by Laura — October 4, 2010 @ 14:33

  4. You get the best search terms! My only interesting one lately is “who is the girl in the xterra wetsuit video?” and “fat pads.”

    Comment by Kovas Palubinskas — October 4, 2010 @ 14:46

  5. Snow pants?!?! He’s got a rough winter ahead if he’s broken those out already… yikes. That’s what we call “unfashionably early”.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 4, 2010 @ 14:54

  6. Ski gloves and snow pants…some of us like to be prepared for everything. And why not? Last week it was 107 degrees and today it is 60 and raining. You never know!

    I hope the soreness goes away soon!

    Comment by Ameena — October 4, 2010 @ 15:18

  7. I’m such a dorko, I don’t know how to look up what was searched on my blog. One day I’ll figure it out.

    It’s so rare CO gets rainy days so when we do, I love to curl up with a good book, or sleep in :).

    I need to get back on my core work, too. 1/week is not cutting it! Hang in there!

    Comment by Jill — October 4, 2010 @ 15:29

  8. Awesome run!

    Comment by Matt — October 4, 2010 @ 15:35

  9. nice “recovery” run! 🙂 looks like a crazy fast run to me! haha, i used to see people all decked out in winter running gear when i was wearing a tshirt and shorts. seriously?! no room to sweat in all of those clothes!

    Comment by emily — October 4, 2010 @ 16:42

  10. Wow that’s a super speedy run! Always best to play it safe even if it’s a little boring!

    Comment by Laura — October 5, 2010 @ 04:24

  11. i have not done core work is a looong time! great run, love your 4.1 mile loop 🙂 i have a 3 mile loop that i loooooooove and it ends up being my usual 4-miler b/c it’s .5 to get to the loop.

    so you are bringing your friend to the 10k right? what’s your arrival plan?

    Comment by Lacey — October 5, 2010 @ 07:54

  12. I haven’t done core work in probably six weeks, either?! UGH! I want to start back but I feel so far gone that I am dreading starting back …

    Comment by Jaime — October 5, 2010 @ 08:24

    • That was my thought too and I totally was like “I’m not going to slack anymore” but have I done core since then? Nope. Oops. I guess I’ll never learn.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 6, 2010 @ 15:20

  13. Oh core work…it’s the first thing to go. And then my back starts hurting and I wonder why, hehe. I’ve actually been making myself do planks lately and I think it’s helping.

    I always judge runners who overdress prematurely (fyi, you don’t need to wear a winter coat whilst running in November). However, if I see a dude running shirtless in the winter, I always just think he’s baller. Or crazy.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — October 5, 2010 @ 10:39

  14. Sometimes I get sore from track workouts – really depends on how much I exert myself and how much I cool down/stretch afterward! I haven’t done core in a while either so I am going to be sore when i start it back up again!

    Comment by J — October 5, 2010 @ 10:42

  15. Nice running – wow! This weather is making me want to sleep and chill out more too. It’s definitely easier to sleep though, with a little rain coming down outside. I saw a few people this morning (when it was 54 and drizzly) in hats, pants, long sleeves and gloves. I always wonder if they are secretly sweating to death, but just chuckle to myself while in short sleeves and shorts.

    Comment by Kelly — October 5, 2010 @ 13:23

  16. No one ever finds my site with random search terms 😦 am I missing something? I feel so left out.

    Nice runnings. I don’t do abs as frequent as I should but I wish I got that sosoreicantcough feeling. Maybe I’m not working hard enough-probably the case.

    Comment by Lindsay — October 5, 2010 @ 16:31

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