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October 22, 2010

I Am The Proud Owner Of…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:16

Well I wish I could say that it was something exciting like a BRAND NEW CAR.  But no.

A library card will have to do instead.

YAY reading!

I’ve actually been meaning to get one since I moved here but just never had the time.  After work I had some errands to do that were within walking distance of my apartment.  While on the way I realized I had some time to kill before my dinner plans (and clearly still do as I wasn’t going to post today because my running has been monotonous lately hahah) so I decided to walk to the library I pass on one of my running routes.  The alternative was do run again when I was done with the errands.

I’m pretty sure that this library I decided on is the furthest library from my apartment and in the end I’m pretty sure I walked ~4 miles so I’m not quite sure if my “no double to save my legs for tmrw” plan worked.

But I now have a library card and checked out some books that I’m pretty excited to read. YAY.

Major win.

In actual running news, however, isn’t as major a win.

CIM closed yesterday. Bummer. Any other suggestions for December? Preferably in a warm climate? I’ve gotten some suggestions already but the more the merrier.  I think that no matter where I decide it’s going to suck to be my bank account.  I just need to click the submit buttons on travel plans and registration fees with my eyes closed!

But I’m actually really starting to warm up and love this idea.  Even though I haven’t done any specific marathon training since Boston. No real specific training for anything really.  Which is unlike me to be so enamored with the idea given the lack of preparedness I’m at.  Sure I’ve put in the miles but is it really enough? Is the lack of speed work enough?

I ponder this because it seems like EVERYONE is doing speed work the past two days, either intervals (Jess, Lindsay) or tempos: LaceyMegan).  Okay so that’s only 4.  But  seeing as how I was going to do speed on Thursday — but opted to go long instead — and then rescheduled it to Friday — only to not do it due to being too cold.

It’s soooooooooo not a good excuse but I really wasn’t feeling speed so early, and with it being so cold AND early my mind was made up.  I just wanted to crawl back into bed.  I think that doing speed on the weekends is going to be my thing and do LRs during the week.  It seems at the moment to gel with my work schedule best and I don’t have to worry about rushing to work because the only way so far to get me to do speed work is head to the track. And overall that makes the process time consuming. At least during the pre-marathon training months.  I’ll revisit days of the week as training for Boston gets closer.

Therefore Saturday is going to be my speed work day and I shall head to the track.  Since 800s seem to be the interval workout of choice I’m thinking that looks pretty good.  Although I do really like mile repeats.  Hmmmm. Decisions.

I did get a “speedy” 10 miler instead aka faster than the usual 0530 runs.  It was surprising to be so “fast” in the early morning.  Which is why I got 10 in rather than the 8 I was planning. A little extra time although 2 miles was definitely pushing my time factor hahah. I think it was so speedy because it was so cold: despite wearing gloves my hands went numb.  Not completely but it made me wonder how I’m going to get back into my apartment when the real cold comes (aka unlocking the door because today wasn’t that cold and it was slightly difficult to turn the key!)

Nothing else terribly exciting going on.  I am planning that baking frenzy that will be this weekend.  It seems like everyone is baking stuff lately as well.  Or maybe because I really want to bake it feels that way.  Not sure what I’ll make as I currently do not own stuff for baking.

Hopefully between my baking tomorrow afternoon and my planned speed work I’ll be a bit more exciting next post 😉

As a treat here’s something that I found (and may actually have re-found as I may have posted this awhile back. Oops if that’s the case. I’m getting old and forgetting things!) and laughed at.  I’m so mean at laughing at others’ pain.  I love the caption on the actual youtube site: “Philip Idowo runs into stupid lady”


  1. You can’t wimp out about the weather now. We’ve only just begun! Sorry about CIM. No marathon suggestions from me as that is definitely out of our season, too. Have a fun weekend!

    Comment by Chelsea — October 22, 2010 @ 17:21

  2. Marathon runners are awesome! I don’t know how you all do it! Personally, I have to train for the 5ks I do twice per year. Not really a distance girl.

    I have been doing a lot of walking though. A lot! This city has public transportation but usually things are close enough to each other that we just walk. Before I know it, we have walked for miles. This happens daily!

    There’s still a little time left for me to run in this weather. Once it’s too cold I’ll have to increase my hours in the pool for a good workout.

    : )

    Comment by travelingmad — October 22, 2010 @ 17:46

    • Awww thanks so much for the compliment! And for stopping by! I’ve been doing lots of walking too. I figure that it’s a perk of being a runner: the ability to be ABLE to walk places 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 12:59

  3. haha, i totally know the “my hands are so cold, can’t open the door” feeling! i dread January and February, yuck.

    But yay for baking! i vote something with pumpkin 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — October 22, 2010 @ 17:52

  4. Hey a LC is good!
    Baking frenzy in progress here: pumpkin brownies, reg brownies, rice krispie treats and caramel apple cake in the oven. I am whipped. Halloween party tomorrow!

    Comment by Marcia — October 22, 2010 @ 19:06

  5. LOL. Only you would get excited about a library card 😉

    Comment by Matt — October 22, 2010 @ 19:54

  6. What about Vegas? Or Disney or Phoenix? I know I Was looking at all 3 before I realized unemployed college students have no travel budgets :/

    Comment by Katie — October 22, 2010 @ 20:03

    • VISTAs have no travel budget either hahah! All three of those are on my list as well as one or two more. I just have to make sure that I commit!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 13:00

  7. I SWEAR WE ARE THE SAME PERSON. After two months of “meaning to do it,” I finally dragged my ass to the library TODAY after work in hopes of obtaining my card… but it was closed for the day. I was so upset. Now you have me motivated though. I will do it!!! Tomorrow!!!

    Comment by sweatykid — October 22, 2010 @ 21:24

    • Dude. GO GET IT. HAhahah. And why did you move so far away?! You really are the other half of me hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 13:00

  8. I need to get a library card, too. I’ve been in my house for 4 years and I don’t have one. I fear due dates!! LOL

    Comment by Kim — October 22, 2010 @ 21:34

  9. Ha! I have not had a library card since I was little. That’s awesome. Good for you. It’s on my post-mara things to do now. 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — October 22, 2010 @ 23:56

    • I still have my hometown one that I got when I was 5. It still has my scrawling 5 year old signature too! But a library card is a must. Especially when you get into taper madness hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 13:02

  10. I felt so weird getting a library card… but they’re awesome! You’re not even going to have time to run anymore because of all the reading you’re doing. Wait… jk. 😉

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 23, 2010 @ 07:59

    • The guy at the circulation desk look at me like I was weird but I was like, whatever. I want a freaking card hahah. And my life will become run then read, aaaaaaaand repeat ahah 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 13:03

  11. RNR Vegas?

    Comment by Shutupandrun — October 23, 2010 @ 09:56

    • On the list of ones I’m considering. But I think my wallet doesn’t want it on the list.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 13:04

  12. you have prolly already done it but you could do a mile fast first on the track then some 800 repeats. the 800s will feel SHORT after the mile!! i kind of love this approach 🙂 hope it went (goes?) well!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and HOLLER thanks for the shout out 🙂 you are so good at giving shout outs.

    I LOVE LIBRARIES. always the first thing i do in a new place 🙂 feels like hoooome 🙂 altho i had to laugh with the post title and then the NOT a car opening. lol lol. i appreciate that. heh.

    Comment by Lacey — October 23, 2010 @ 11:14

    • Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl. I did 800s! We are on the same wavelength I swear. The post is going up soon but I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying it did, in fact, go well 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 23, 2010 @ 13:04

  13. OMG, that video is rough. Sounds like a good plan re: your speedwork/long runs! My goal is to start doing track stuff after the marathon.

    I’m going to the library today too and I am so excited!! hehe, yay nerds

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 23, 2010 @ 13:11

  14. OMG at that video! What was she doing on there?? I haven’t done speedwork for what feels like too long. I might do some tomorrow… Not sure!

    Comment by Laura — October 23, 2010 @ 15:58

  15. OMG that video is watch. Not so much for the woman 😉

    Comment by Jess — October 23, 2010 @ 17:04

  16. i was pretty excited a couple years ago when i went to get my local library card. whoop! anddd now i don’t go. but maybe one day i will go again. i remember going all the time as a kid. fun times.

    yeah, you were pretty slack thurs for not doing your 800s!

    Comment by lindsay — October 23, 2010 @ 19:43

    • So I was obviously a nerd when I was a kid too because a trip to the libs was the highlight of my life hahah! And in elementary school we had a library class just like we would music or gym or art 🙂

      Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaadnd I think I made up the slack on the 800s on Saturday 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 24, 2010 @ 11:03

  17. That reminds me I need to return my book to the lib tomorrow! From the weather report it looks like it may be a good day to hit the library…although it isn’t open until the afternoon and that would mean I would miss watching some football…tough decision!

    Comment by J — October 23, 2010 @ 21:23

  18. Palm beaches is December 5th in Florida, doesn’t get much warmer than that!

    Comment by Stephanie — October 24, 2010 @ 07:14

  19. I go to the library weekly…rent movies, books on tape, travel books, magazines…even learn how to knit. I also do free health seminars there.
    Funny…because I never studied there throughout my education…

    Maybe you’ll meet a man there! HA! I would LOVE that!

    Comment by Special K — October 25, 2010 @ 13:48

    • I think I’d die if I met a man there. Of what? I don’t know but that would be amusing and awesom hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 25, 2010 @ 15:39

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