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October 14, 2010

Today Is Not Boring

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:04

Here I was, thinking that I was going to have to make something up to have my run being exciting or not post today, when lo and behold something exciting happened.

Well not really truly exciting.  But I fell. 

Which is something more than a boring “I ran today. And slowly because I’m recovering and trying to enjoy just running”.  In fact I almost fell during the middle miles as silly high school kids were getting off of a bus and I tried to dodge them and one of them tripped me. 

Probably accidentally but it didn’t stop me from shooting the group a mean glare. But I was wearing my sunglasses so it likely went unnoticed. Heck they were high schoolers so everything goes unnoticed to them. 

Which by the way can I say that they looked SO YOUNG. Gahhh does this mean I’m getting old?!

Anyway the REAL fall was at the end of my run and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was running.  And I tripped over the uneven sidewalk (UGH New England and planting large trees with roots that breakup the pavement!) and completely hit the ground.  But luckily I was a hardcore volleyball player in the past because all my vball training came out and I did the most perfect roll ever.  So I came away relatively unscathed.  I think there was only one cut that actually bled. 

And the weather was pretty cold (39*) so I didn’t even feel a thing until I hopped into the shower.  That didn’t stop me from utter a few of George Carlin’s “7 Words” during the actual falling of course.  It felt like the fall was in slo-mo so I think I got all 7 out. The humidity was relatively high today too (91%) but because it was so cold it didn’t feel that bad at all. 

Random mathy picture to break up a possibly boring post 🙂

Apparently FailBlog likes to feed the inner nerd in me 🙂

Here’s what went down today for my running:

  • 1st loop: 5.6 miles @ 9:14
  • 2nd loop: 5.6 miles  @ 8:56
  • 3rd loop:     1.2 miles @ 8:19
  • Total:               12.4 miles @ 9:00

Not too bad.  I’m not thrilled with the overall pace (slower than the past two days) but the fact that I was able to pick up the pace and get down to 8:19 for the last loop is encouraging. Aside from my second run after the race on Monday I don’t think I’ve seen the low 8 paces yet post-race.  A good thing.  I’m recovering 🙂

That said, I’m still going to take it easy and NOT try to push pace.  Let it happen naturally for the next week or two.  Which I think will be hard because

A) the weather is truly turning colder (although I’m still pulling for an Indian Summer), meaning that I want to run FAST to warm the heck up (I refuse to break out the cold weather gear until it dips into the mid-20s!) and

B) I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.  Gosh I really am such a racer.  The week after running a great race makes me really want to keep going HARD because racing well is such a high.  It’ll be hard to keep me in check until marathon training starts up again. As Jess noted, my training right now is practically marathon training!


In other news…

I’m trying to cut down on my salt and caffeine intake.  Regarding salt: I LOVE the stuff.  I put it on EVERYTHING. Veggies, meats, oatmeal.  You name it and I’ll put salt on it.  I’ve been blessed with relatively low BP (typically 98/60) so I’ve never been worried nor has any doctor mentioned it.  But I easily go through a salt shaker each week.  That’s A LOT of salt.

So I’ve cut it out in terms of ADDING salt to things.  No particular reason per say.  I guess just to see if I could. And I’ve been successful. I’ve stopped adding it.  But I’ve also gotten quite *light-headed* lately. Even when sitting down. I’m thinking the two are related so I’m likely going to start shaking the salt shaker again. Plus all my food tastes bland without it.

Regarding caffeine…well it’s been a FAIL.  I’ve been drinking it despite my intentions of not.  Oh well.  It’s not the biggest deal ever as I’m already addicted so I think my goal will be to not increase my consumption as I get severe withdrawal going without. But so far that’s a fail as I’ve been drinking more coffee and, thus, more caffeine.  And I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m really starting to enjoy the taste of it.

WHO AM I?! hahahah.  And with that I should head back into the clinic because I’m hanging out with a really cool doctor who is semi-taking me under his wing every time he volunteers (which is every week! Way cool!).

Enjoy your Thursdays (best day of the week!). I’m still giggling like a loon from my Tufts 10k race 8)



  1. if you want a strategy for caffeine cut back, find a non-caffeinated diet soda you like? since you drink diet soda, right? and as far as coffee, go 1/2 decaf and 1/2 caf. my mom did that and now she only drinks decaf. it still has a little caffeine in it but negligible.

    I LOVE FALL this weather is amazing.

    and i was thinking about how your base of long distance running and what your body is used to is REALLY good for helping you run the shorter distance races faster. they must feel so short to you!!! you have a really great leg up with your distance baseline and how easily you can run double digits!

    Comment by Lacey — October 14, 2010 @ 16:25

    • That’s what I want to do ideally but I get severe headaches when I try to do that! I think I’m going to have to do half-caf and half-decaf with everything. But I really like how caffeiee makes me feel hahah!

      And let’s do more short races together, yes? We are such a great team 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 14, 2010 @ 16:44

  2. Enjoy your caffeine and salt while you ‘re young, because when your older, you’ll have to cut back. Slo-mo falling is the coolest.

    Comment by Kovas Palubinskas — October 14, 2010 @ 16:42

  3. A salt shaker a week? Are you serious? That’s crazy… but then again, I rarely add salt to anything… Just a difference in preferences I guess.

    Annoying high school kids… you’re right- they don’t notice a damn thing!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 14, 2010 @ 16:43

    • Yes to the salt shaker a week. I’ll go hide my head in shame? hahahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 14, 2010 @ 22:00

  4. That salt thing is so interesting. Neat that you are in so tune with your body as to notice the lightheadedness and wonder if it’s related.

    My non-medical-doctor ignorant opinion is that people who don’t have a family history of high blood pressure/heart problems don’t have to get all nutty over avoiding sodium anyway. Not to mention that YOU run so much and probably sweat enough to have earned a few salt shakes throughout the day.

    Comment by sweatykid — October 14, 2010 @ 19:47

    • It might be more than a few salt shakes a day….But that’s what I figured regarding no “real” family history of high BP (one of my grandparents does but it’s obesity related) so I think I’ll go back on the salt 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 14, 2010 @ 22:01

  5. you get what you ask for, i guess! lol. glad something ‘exciting’ happened for you, but more glad it wasn’t anything serious.

    so… you’re a math freak, but you work in the health field? (or am i just assuming wrong on the ‘clinic’ part)

    anddd i love the random videos that get inserted into your posts.

    Comment by lindsay — October 14, 2010 @ 21:17

    • Nope you’re right. I do work at a clinic and actually want to be a pediatrician someday. But I was a physics major in college and numbers are my friend. I guess it’s a hobby? It feels weird to say it like that though hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 14, 2010 @ 22:02

  6. Great pacing!!! I’m sorry you fell…. I love the mathy picture. That is AWESOME. If you want Indian summer, come out here. 🙂 It was 80 degrees at 8:30pm!!!

    Comment by Athena — October 15, 2010 @ 01:11

  7. Ahh I hate people getting in my way when I’m running. I think I turn into a total bitch and get really pissy about it, there have been a few times when I’ve been thinking to myself ‘you better move out of my way else I’m going to run right into you!’ That’s usually if there’s a bunch of 4 people taking up the whole path and they can see you coming but don’t make any attempt to move… I think I have runners rage!

    Comment by Laura — October 15, 2010 @ 05:07

  8. Well at least you fell gracefully as compared to me and when I fell in May and totally scraped up my knees!

    Comment by J — October 15, 2010 @ 08:20

  9. Falling is so scary! That’s why I hate winter. So much ice. Two winters ago it seemed like everyone in my office either had a broken bone or knew someone who did. Eeek.

    Comment by Chelsea — October 15, 2010 @ 10:49

  10. Glad you’re ok!! I am so afraid of falling during a run!

    Comment by Kim — October 15, 2010 @ 11:42

  11. Bummer on the fall, but I agree Vball skills kick in in a good way there!

    I am a total salt lover, I will take a salty snack over sweets any day! I wish I knew how to cut salt out of my life, haven’t figured it out yet- good luck!

    Comment by Stephanie — October 15, 2010 @ 15:27

  12. Start hitting the salt-shaker again! I also have low blood pressure and tried to cut down on my salt intake but then I was dizzy all the time…once I added salt back into my life I felt good again.

    I’m sorry you fell but I’m glad you were able to recover so well by pulling a volleyball move!

    Comment by Ameena — October 15, 2010 @ 17:34

  13. Hey sista!!
    Sooo glad to hear that you are a baller faller and came away without any broken bones!! 🙂
    Gahhh I’m a racer too so I hear you on the post-race high! I donno how I’m going to handle myself next week post-half!
    I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — October 15, 2010 @ 23:23

  14. Oh no- a FALL! I hate it when that happens. I haven’t had one in awhile, knock on wood. Glad you managed out of there unharmed.

    Glad all is well for you! Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Rebecca — October 16, 2010 @ 11:34

  15. Do you know that salt substitute is a good source of potassium? In America there is a ton of hidden salt in any packaged food.

    Try to eat like a 70 year old or 2 year old for just THREE days…it should clear your palate. BAN ANYTHING with salt in the ingridient list.

    Comment by specialkphd — October 16, 2010 @ 12:56

  16. ooh I fell like that once and did a perfect somersault, thanks to my gymnastics training! Glad you’re ok 🙂 RE: the salt – I think runners definitely need salt for hydration purposes. You’re young and your BP is fine, so I don’t think there’s anything wrong with your salt usage. RE: caffeine – it was tough for me to give it up too but honestly, I feel SO MUCH BETTER now.

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 16, 2010 @ 17:52

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