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October 13, 2010

Feeling So Fly

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:51

Or, as Flo told me, I am giggling like a loon for 3 days.  But they haven’t yet made a song that says that.  Maybe someday.

And in case you don’ t know why I’m giggling like a loon or feeling like a G6 check out what I did on Monday.

Thanks a million for the congrats and love y’all gave me.  I’ll admit that I had a bit of an inflated ego after reading them 😉

In the days that have passed I, duh, have still been running.  But it’s been SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW and total, complete 100% recovery paced: Tuesday ended up being 8:53 and Wednesday was….well techically the way I round it should be 9:00 but I *really* want to make the 8:59.25 a 8:59, so I am.  Close enough right? HAHAH. Oh me and my numbers and weird rounding ways.

The runs themselves were pretty unremarkable the weather on Tuesday was 52* 80%, brisk, but it was 0800 so it was pretty sunny out and I got to wear my bamf sunglasses (to those who asked: BAMF is an acronym that stands for Bad Ass Mother F^%#$& and it’s pronounced like it’s written) which helped counter the fact that my legs felt tired.  Which is a good thing since I raced my heart out on Monday.

Wednesday I woke up to 40* and 75% humidity.  Since the sun was out it didn’t really feel that cold and I’m glad that I didn’t break out the gloves yet.  While my extremities always get cold I’ve lived in New England my whole live and it would be quite shameful to have broken out anything yet.  Longsleeves covering my arms sufficed.  I guess.  My hands did get a bit numb by the end and it was slightly difficult to unlock my apartment door.  Oh well.  I did make it inside. 

Again it was a slow run as my legs were tired at beginning but I felt a real pick up at the end, which was encouraging.  I’ve always said that I recover fast so the fact that I was feeling slow and the legs were lead on Tuesday was a bit disheartening.  At least in terms of recovery and what my brain is used to.  I’m taking it as a good sign that I really pushed hard and ran the race my body was primed to at Tufts.

Kristin said in her comment yesterday

Great job! So happy (but not surprised at all) with your HUGE HUGE pr!! “Although if you consider your racing season “untrained for”… I’m afraid to see what insane efforts training entails you’re a workhorse, own it!”

Which got me thinking about the future.

In the immediate future (aka this week) I want to relax a bit.  Despite not following a hard grinding training program for anything this fall I was still doing structured workouts and (GASP) feeling guilty for doing things like…bailing on workouts ooooor skipping them entirely.  It’ll be nice to wake up without knowing how far I’ll be going and to not feel the pressure of an upcoming race. I think I said it yesterday but there’s a Jingle Bell 5k in the beginning of December that would be a fun race. 

Of course I am a racer so we’ll see how the actual race turns out but it’ll be a race in costume.  Which inherently makes it “fun”. Right?

In response to that comment and the more long term future, I actually shudder to think about what would happen if I actually trained for a race.  I think part of the reason I was so successful this fall was because I DID NOT train for any of the races specifically.  Definitely not the half (it really wasn’t on my radar until the week before) and the 5 and 10ks were never “goal”‘ed.  I did a few speed sessions but I wasn’t laser focused on them. 

I say this, the shudder part, not out of the fear of doing great but because the last time I TRULY trained for a race I ended  up with AWFUL shin splits that required forced rest.  AKA the 3 weeks prior to the Boston Marathon I couldn’t run and I was in PT to get over my shin problems.  In fact, the race that was 3 weeks before, Eastern States 20 Miler, I had thought my shin were legit fractured crossing that finish line. Obviously not something I want to repeat.

But I’m looking towards a marathon in 2011 and, duh, training will happen.  It would be nice if I can train SMARTLY for something.

I know that you guys probably want to know more details of what I want to do next year.  But beyond what I’ve written above I simply don’t know.  I just want to take some time and bask in the glow of an awesome Fall 2010 season on races.

If I can find the time to bask.  Clinic this week has been insane so far and doesn’ t look like it’ll lighten up anytime soon.  I probably should stop blogging and start working, right? The weekend can’t come soon enough! Because, as much as I’m giggling like a loon right now, the real celebration will happen this weekend. 

It’s a promise to myself 😀

And since this post is boring with no pictures added, and a bit lackluster as I’m unsure of the future of my races and just am taking time to recover from the fall, here’s a comic from because anything physics-y brightens my day.  I don’t know how much physics anyone has taken but the Right Hand Rule rules all. 

Giveaway from HotLegsRunner and Mel (Tall Mom on the Run)



  1. LIKE A G6! I still have that damn song stuck in my head from my race on Sunday!

    Glad you’re riding the PR high! You have totally earned it! 🙂

    Comment by shelby — October 13, 2010 @ 14:54

  2. Sometimes I think “not specifically training” is the way to go for me too. Otherwise I overdo it and either burn out or injure myself. I’m with ya all the way on that one. Congrats on an awesome fall season — enjoy the mental break!

    Comment by sweatykid — October 13, 2010 @ 15:11

  3. Hmm. I dunno. Obviously I have no expertise, but I tend to think you might have suffered because of the v. high mileage you were putting in. You can certainly “seriously train” on 70 (or less!) miles a week.

    Comment by sarah — October 13, 2010 @ 15:14

    • I think that my problem is that my current idea of “seriously training” is to go so hard and with such high mileage. Hence the whole “smart training” sentiment in the post. I need to find the balance between the two! It’s there but I just don’t know where exactly yet.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 13, 2010 @ 15:26

  4. I have to agree with the comment … If you seriously start training for speed and racing, you’re going to be so dangerous!!

    Comment by Jaime — October 13, 2010 @ 15:36

  5. I’ve been considering a “holiday” run of some sort to do as a fun run. But then again, I’m not sure how much fun I’d really have if I wasn’t striving for a pr…

    Good grief I’m overly competitive…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 13, 2010 @ 15:39

    • Me toooooooooo! I keep thinking “oh it’ll just be for fun” but you know that I’ll be gunning to win and go fast. I wish I could race you because we’d definitely push each other. Maybe to the death but oh well 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 13, 2010 @ 17:29

  6. Sorry, I didn’t mean to freak you out! I think the point was more that for most of us in the ‘competitive age-grouper’ category, what you have been doing would be quite challenging and would already constitute very serious training. So it might be that more of a mental shift and making the workouts more specific to your goals than an obvious change in the stats is really just the trick.

    But most of us readers (myself included) simply DON’T HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with training at 80 miles a week and up like you did for Boston. Whatever I would say about training smart is reflected through the lens of my own injuries and successes and so on. So if that’s what you have in mind again, you gotta start by talking to the people that do- obviously Rebecca comes to mind as someone who has had success with it over a period of multiple years. Find out what mistakes they made along the way. Heck, see how much Nate Jenkins charges for coaching 😉

    Comment by kristinschleicher — October 13, 2010 @ 20:07

    • Nahhh. You didn’t freak me out. It’s something that I’ve been tossing around in my head so I’m glad you mentioned it and MADE me face it. Like, I know I have the personality to overtrain so it’s good that you reminded me of the whole training aspect. This way I can be mentally prepared for hitting a balanced schedule when I do gear up for a marathon. That’s what I mean by “smart training”.


      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 13, 2010 @ 20:29

  7. Hey giggle girl ;-), it’s fabulous that you spent all this time not training specifically, just running for the joy, and you’ve got all these PRs to show for it. The cool thing is that your body is now more prepared than ever for quality stuff since you’ve basically given it an insanely beautiful base. So training the next time (as in a real cycle, if you do that), will be a kinder thing to your body than your last shin-splint memory. Provided, as you mention, you don’t go crazy as you young kids want to do, lol. Until then, keep baskin’ in the glow, you earned it!

    Comment by Flo — October 13, 2010 @ 20:14

  8. well you’re doing pretty freakin’ awesome for not-training! i certainly don’t see anything with calling your current approach “training” 🙂

    i heard this song the other day, i had to look up what it means to be a g6. and at first i was like – this is dumb, is this song an ad for gulfstream? but then it all clicked. doh.

    Comment by lindsay — October 13, 2010 @ 21:11

  9. Costumes always make races better. Especially when folks cheer you on as your character. “Go Elf!” Even better is when its not a themed race and you dress up 😉

    Comment by Clarkie — October 14, 2010 @ 11:27

  10. serious props for that amazing PR on your 10k. you are smoking all your races this season!

    Comment by emily — October 14, 2010 @ 13:48

  11. I am sad to say that I have broken out the gloves for a morning run! I know, shocking right, but my hands usually get really cold when running and have a hard time warming back up without gloves. Poor circulation or something, who knows! I can’t wait for this week to be over. I just want the weekend.

    Comment by J — October 14, 2010 @ 14:29

    • I have Raynaud’s which is fancy for poor circulation. But I’m not wearing gloves on principle even though my hands freeze! hahahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 14, 2010 @ 15:52

  12. I suspect that your weekly mileage right now is practically marathon training–you just need to lengthen the long run and make your speedwork more marathon specific. Just try to keep the mileage at 80 or below so you don’t get injured again and change those shoes!

    Comment by Jess — October 14, 2010 @ 14:52

    • My weekly mileage is DEFINTLY within marathon training. I might even have to cut back. Oops. And yeah…I do need new shoes. Badly. The sad thing is that my mom found 2 new pairs of shoes that I apparently ordered back in the spring and forgot about/left at her place. Now I just need to get them to my apartment!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 14, 2010 @ 15:54

  13. Happy Celebrating this weekend – yay! You’ve earned it!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — October 14, 2010 @ 14:57

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