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October 21, 2010

I’ve Been Marathon Thinking…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:12

I mean, how can I NOT after registering for my next marathon this past Monday?! The thoughts of training (thanks to all who emailed me and gave me advice on training plans. I appreciate it all. You know who you are 🙂 ) and goal times (While I maintain that I’m shooting for a 3:29 I’m not going to lie: going for 3:20 or faster is in my head) and whatnot have been swirling around in my head I need to tell myself to relax!

I guess I have been relaxing somewhat because I’ve been feeling like doing nothing.  And that includes blogging! Therefore I have no witty or exciting or terribly interesting running things to share with y’all.  So this post is bulleted.  Because that’s what I do when I don’t have something cohesive to talk about hahah

  • I’m being tempted with a marathon! I have been invited to head out to Cali and run a marathon with Liz. She’s been harassing me to fly out there for, oh I don’t know,  FOREVER (hahahah LOVE you running sistaaaaa) and now wants me to to run CIM in December.  Craaaaaaaaaaazy. Although this time fits perfectly for when I did feel the first tugs of the marathon again back in September. Ergo the allure of signing up is sooooooooooooooooo great. Especially since Cali in December > RI in winter.
  • EDIT: CIM closed yesterday. Bummer. Any other suggestions for December? Preferably in a warm climate?

I want warmth and beaches please!

  • I was sent this NY Times article on pushing past the pain (I am a loser and subscribe to the Tuesday Science Times section via email.  Among other science things from various sites.  Go ahead and make fun.  I am a proud nerd) and I thought I’d pass the link along.  Sarah posted about it too here and I think that this article describes the whole “I want to run so hard I’m going to vomit” thing for me.  I feel like throwing up because I’m overriding that mental thing that tells me I’m in pain. In any case I thought it was an interesting read.  I’d be curious as to your thoughts if you read it too: do you thrive on pain when running to push you hard?
  • Not that my running has been anywhere that intense lately.  Slow and steady at this point.  Nothing spectacular about my runs yesterday and today.  Wednesday was pretty short and slow although it didn’t feel that way at all.  Interestingly enough the first part of the run felt the fastest and I think that’s because it was cold.  Thursday was a mid-long run (defined by my as 10-15), but more on the long side as it was 14, which was was very slow to start. The end miles felt great and I wish that my legs had warmed up earlier / I didn’t have to go to work so I could use that goodness in the leg-os.
  • It’s time to break out the gloves.  Wednesday was all in the dark (darn you Mother Nature for being dark for so long!) and the temp (36*) actually felt 36*.  This is in contrast to today where I was lucky enough to run in sunlight so the 34* didn’t feel so cold and I could shed the gloves.
  • Because it’s so cold I’ve been even more in love with coffee.  Nowadays you can always find me with a mug in my hand. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad just yet though.

  • I’m in a baking mood.  What has gotten into me?! I’ve always maintained that I’m NOT a cook/baker etc.  And I’ve always maintained that I’m a straight-out-of-the-box girl.  But my roomie’s influence on me is too great and not only do I crave baking but I want to do it from scratch.  Nothing has been baked as of yet, nor will anything get baked tonight because of clinic, BUT I think I’m going to go on a baking binge this weekend.  Yikes. Send good vibes because I now have a gas stove (my one at my mom’s is electric and gas =/= electric!) and I have yet to cook ANYTHING the same way twice.
  • My sister texted me to tell me to youtube this song last week.  Don’t lie you love it. Because I know I sure do.

And with that have a great Thursday y’all! It’s my favorite day of the week, even with a long clinic day. And now that I have Adam Lambert stuck in my head it’ll be even better. And no, that’s not sarcasm 8)


  1. If you fly to Cali, let me know because I am coming too 😉

    Comment by Matt — October 21, 2010 @ 13:34

  2. Ooohhh… gas stoves are tricky. But it’s cool- just watch everything a little closer. 🙂

    I like the sound of a weekend baking extravaganza! lol

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 21, 2010 @ 13:35

  3. I can definitely see how a trip to Cali would appeal in December…would you be ready for the marathon by then? Your training has been so great – I’m interested to see what you decide! Happy Thursday 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 21, 2010 @ 13:43

    • I think so. I totally have the miles for it. I’d just need to do a few speed sessions. It wouldn’t be the fastest thing ever (aka no 3:20) but I think it’d still be strong. I’m a bit pessimistic about the travel just because it’s so expensive to do so!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2010 @ 22:27

  4. We haven’t hit the 30s in MD yet, but I’ve had a couple of runs that went down to 45. I haven’t worn gloves yet, but I know it’s coming soon (I’ve brought them twice, but left them in the car both times since it didn’t seem so bad)

    Comment by Kim — October 21, 2010 @ 13:59

  5. I can’t believe it’s cold everywhere else. It’s like I live in the center of the sun.

    Can’t wait to see what you bake!

    Comment by Jess — October 21, 2010 @ 14:02

    • I want to live at the center of the sun! And I might now show pics because they will pale in comparison to your cookies hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2010 @ 22:28

  6. We’ve been in the 30s and the mittens are definitely the first thing to come out. I bought a pair of kids mittens where you can flip the top off for $1 at Target many years ago and they are still one of my favorite running items.

    Comment by Chelsea — October 21, 2010 @ 14:04

    • Glittens are the best thing ever. I have a pair for wearing, just not one for running yet.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2010 @ 22:29

  7. haha um CIM was “feel like” below 30 the entire marathon last year – we dont have beaches like that in nor cal 🙂 AND it sold out yesterday. You def need to come out for a marathon though!!!! would be so fun 🙂

    Comment by aron — October 21, 2010 @ 14:30

  8. when I looked at the CIM website a day or two ago to get info for my parents (they are coming to watch!) it was on the verge of being sold out…

    Comment by kristinschleicher — October 21, 2010 @ 14:32

  9. Its definitely fall here in Oregon but its not that cold yet! No gloves for me 🙂
    As far as goals go, you can totally hit 3:20. You have plenty of endurance. As long as you keep that up and throw in some speed work, its yours. If I can run 3:09 peaking at 55mpw, you can hit 3:20 with a little more speed work.

    Comment by Nick — October 21, 2010 @ 15:24

  10. I’ll be doing the Rock n Roll Las vegas Marathon on Dec. 5 It will be my first. Registration is still open =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — October 21, 2010 @ 15:55

    • Liz just wrote on my fb wall about RnR Vegas. I’m not going to lie: Vegas = tempting!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2010 @ 22:30

  11. I think I’m going to have to bust out my gloves for my run tomorrow morning….it’s suppose to be 37 degrees 😦 I can’t wait to hear what marathon you decide to do, after your AWESOME races as of late, I know you’re going to kill a marathon.

    Comment by Jenny — October 21, 2010 @ 17:21

  12. got a little fascination for vowels today? 🙂 i have a friend in real life that looks like adam lambert, although he doesn’t wear makeup. he’s a pretty boy. haha.

    Comment by lindsay — October 21, 2010 @ 20:40

  13. one word…VEGAS!!!!!
    love u sis!!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — October 21, 2010 @ 22:36

  14. I have never cooked anything the same way twice either. That’s why baking is so fun. Everyone says you have to follow EXACT measurements and stick to some silly recipe, but that’s bull. You can throw in whatever you want (most of the time), and magically, it morphs into something scrumptious in the oven. Loooove baking!

    Comment by sweatykid — October 21, 2010 @ 22:59

  15. Go to California!! Just do it! If you have a place to crash, it’s just the cost of a plane ticket, and it will give you something amazing to look forward to. I am not kidding. Pull the trigger.

    Comment by sarah — October 22, 2010 @ 09:49

    • I think I’m going to have to. It’s going to hurt but I think I need to just do it hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 22, 2010 @ 17:52

  16. ahh i would love to go somewhere warm, too 🙂 so a december marathon!!! it would fit right in!!!! go for it 🙂 i am pretty sure you can do anything 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — October 22, 2010 @ 10:42

    • You should come with! 😉 Winter in New England = no bueno. I know that you don’t want to run a marathon right now but I could always use a fan 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 22, 2010 @ 17:53

  17. I did Tucson Marathon last December – it’s considered “fast” and it’s pretty. It was ungodly windy last year, but I still managed to crank out a PR on it. I’ve also done Dallas White Rock a few times, and it’s a very nice course. I am registered to do it this year but no way my heel is going to let me :(. I think one of those would be fun for you and get you pumped for Boston!!! Yay.

    And as for the comment on my blog today :)…have you ever considered tying to qualify for NYC? The qualifying times are faster…but you’d have no problem cuz you’re just so freaking FAST!!!

    Have a great weekend!!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — October 22, 2010 @ 14:05

    • I’ve never considered NYC just because I associate it with the lottery only. I know they have standards but I have no idea what they are. I’ll have to look into it! Who knows whether I’d actually end up going (hopefully moving out of the northeast next year!) but that’d be a cool accomplishment because, yeah, I’ve heard they’re harder than a BQ.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 22, 2010 @ 17:54

  18. I love your coffee picture, that’s been me this week! Shame you missed the CIM deadline, I hope you find another one you want to run. Make sure you share your baking!

    Comment by Laura — October 23, 2010 @ 06:47

  19. p.s. by that I mean share your baking on your blog! haha

    Comment by Laura — October 23, 2010 @ 06:48

  20. Hi MM – why don’t you go for a really quick half instead of a full marathon in Dec? Will save your legs for the big one and give you a real lift to set a slightly smaller goal and crash right through it. And I agree 200% on the sun chase. Do it! It will give you a great lift. Keep going!

    Comment by Ian — October 26, 2010 @ 02:41

    • Meh the problem with that is that in New England there aren’t any races in December and if I’m going to travel then it’s got to be a full. No way I can justify flights and stuff for anything less haha 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 26, 2010 @ 12:30

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