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October 26, 2010

The Post You All Have Been Waiting For….Part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:11

First: Yay for y’all liking my cookie post. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Next up will be Oatmeal Raisin (my all time fav) or a legit PB cookie (because, and I think there was some confusion here, there were only pb chips in the cookies not actual pb). Or I may try something else.  Who knows. But I’m excited for it 🙂

But back to running.  Because I am not Cookie Maiden but Marathon Maiden.

Apparently it seems that you guys all thought my post on cookies was going to be about my destination marathon.  That thought honestly never crossed my mind.  Mostly because I was still debating whether or not I really had the funds to do so. Silly because the blog title has “marathon” in it.

But I was complaining to various members of my family about the agony of wanting to do a destination race but being on a VISTA budget (aka legit poverty) and the solution? Birthday and Christmas present rolled into one.

Therefore I immediately emailed my running sistaaaaaaaaaa to tell her that we needed to choose one STAT before I backed out due to financial scared-cat-ed-ness.  And after texting back and forth last night we have decided to do:

On December 5th


I think this is a good pick because:

  • The only real weekend that truly worked for me was the first one in December (pushing off until January wasn’t good because of Boston) leaving Dallas and Vegas. I don’t think my wallet can handle Vegas.
  • WARMTH and NO SNOW.  RI at that same time? Well I can’t say there will be snow on the ground but it’ll be cold. Hell it already is (or at least last week, today and tmrw are weird freak warm days).
  • A bunch of people from RW Marathon Dailies are doing it and it’ll be nice to finally meet them in person.

Now I just need to pick a flight and figure out accommodations for that weekend.

But I’m excited. And feel a bit crazy.  I mean, December 5th isn’t terribly far away.  Do I have what it takes to run race a marathon at the moment? My workouts ( 20 miler, 10 X 800m intervals) suggest yes but there’s no way that I can say I’ve been TRAINING for this. Which puts me a bit uneasy as I’m such a planner.  And this is so spontaneous.  But all my other races this fall have been spontaneous (or at least in terms of no specific training / signing up for each race not in advance) and they’ve all been good.

Fingers crossed? I don’t really know what to expect.  Obviously not the most amazing race ever but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to RACE the darn thing.

But it shall not be said that I’m in the process of at least semi-training for this race.  Obviously there is no way to make up for the fact that I should have started training earlier but, with 39 (!!) days until race day, there’s still time to get my body in some sort of fighting shape for this thing.

Hence why I did a tempo this morning. Maybe I was running on excitement from making a decision and planning flights and stuff like that but I wanted to go FAST and HARD. I also didn’t sleep well AT ALL last night (waking up every 1.5-2 hours ugh) and felt jittery, needing to burn off some energy. Since I had run intervals over the weekend (as well as had a semi-long run on Monday before clinic) I chose a tempo.  After all, when y’all were guilting me last week with my lack of speed work, some of the workouts were tempos.

Let me preface this by saying I HATE tempos.  I can never seem to hit them right or make them feel good.  According to McMillian, based on my half time from September, my goal tempo range is 6:53-7:11.  I’m really glad I didn’t know that until AFTER the run because it would have freaked me out.  I just figured I’d go hard and hold it. And I knew that, since I hadn’t done a tempo since Boston training, that I shouldn’t expect to jump into a 6,7,8, miles effort.  I chose to do my pathway, which is dirt as well as ~4 miles.

  • 2.2 mile warm up @ 8:56
  • 4.3 mile tempo @ 7:04 (2.15 miles @ 7:17, 2.15 miles @ 6:51)
  • 5.6 mile warm down @ 8:39
  • Total: 12.1 miles @ 8:08

I must admit that I think I nailed it.  My pace was smack dab in the middle of the given range and I ended STRONG.  My heart was pounding by the end though and my legs were tired.  It was such an effort to keep strong. I used the strategy I use in races: try to pick off the people in the distance ahead.  And clearly it worked. I ran the tempo portion on my pathway and looking at the time elapsed at the halfway mark I thought I was WAY off target, hence the speeding up.  But I was able to handle it. Go me 🙂

The weather cooperated too, for once it wasn’t freezing.  In fact it was 65* and muggy as anything.  Which I’m not complaining about except to say that my body is used to running in 35-40* temps.  Therefore I was a sweaty beast once I was done.

Nope no picture of that. And I apologize for the lack of pictures in this post. To make up for it here are LOTS of giveaways: Jess (Have Faith), Miss Zippy, Julie (HotLegsRunner), Sarah (SkinnyRunner), Shut Up and Run, Monica (RunEatRepeat), Erika (Dr Tri Runner), Matt (The Kitchen of a Runner)


  1. Awesome run today! I am so so so excited you picked a race, you are far too good to not be racing! SO Close, I can’t wait to see how it goes!!!

    Comment by Stephanie — October 26, 2010 @ 14:39

  2. should be fun! btw since I am a mcmillan calculator freak (and I also am not a big fan of tempo runs) I thought I would say that in the past for 5+ mile tempo-type efforts I have used the “steady state run” paces rather than the “tempo” paces… otherwise too hard! I think the tempo ones are good for 20-35 minute spans. but maybe someone can back me up on this, since it’s possible that I am a wuss.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — October 26, 2010 @ 15:06

    • I think that’s what I instinctively do. Or at least what my body always does. My mind always wants to keep tempo = tempo no matter how long I’m doing it for. Good to know that there’s another runner out there like me!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:36

  3. I’m doing the half there! I wanted to do the full but not even 2 months post first marathon I didn’t feel was a good idea 😉 Plus I lived there and ran that course too many times! It’s a blast! Good luck! Bring shopping moola 😉 It is Dallas after all.

    Comment by Katie — October 26, 2010 @ 15:15

    • Really? Maybe blogger meetup — even just to say hiiiiiiiiii? I know that I’m going to be really busy that weekend trying to meet up with peeps but I’d love to put a real person to a blog 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:38

  4. Oh damn! Dallas would be awesome in December! Smart move, chica!

    And pb cookies… they steal my heart…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 26, 2010 @ 15:50

    • I’m pretty sure that it would trump good old RI anytime of year hahah. But ESPECIALLY in december. You should make my cookies. Remember, I’ve been told they’re to die for 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:39

  5. no!!! I still want pictures!haha! awesome run! thanks for the linkback though =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — October 26, 2010 @ 15:52


    Total blogger meet up! If you need a place to stay, let me know. Seriously. I am not kidding!

    When are you going to try and convince me to sign up?

    Comment by Matt — October 26, 2010 @ 16:13

    • SIGN UP MATT!!!!!!!…I land at 7pm on friday night, blogger dinner perhaps?

      Comment by lizzyj1305 — October 27, 2010 @ 12:29

    • Well I just replied on your blog but I figured that you’d be in AL because Thanksgiving is the week before and I remember you saying you don’t go home that often because flights are so darn expensive. Are you going to be in Dallas? And are you still training for a marathon? I don’t think you’ve given me a straight up answer to which one hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:43

  7. Hooray! Congrats!

    Comment by Kim — October 26, 2010 @ 16:42

  8. haha, your comment about being MM vs CM made me laugh.
    You will def rock the marathon!

    Comment by emily — October 26, 2010 @ 17:07

  9. How exciting! Glad you could work out the $$ – money always gets in the way of good races and good times! I’m so pumped for you! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — October 26, 2010 @ 17:46

  10. Congrats on picking a marathon! Maybe you haven’t been “training” specifically with it in mind, but given the ferocious base you have, you won’t be showing up to the line unprepared. Plus, this way it’ll feel like there’s no pressure — it’s going to be a blast! Can’t wait to read about it. 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — October 26, 2010 @ 17:50

  11. Woo hoo!! Get in a couple more long runs and I’d say you’re good to go since you’re putting in some high mileage weeks already.

    Comment by Jenny — October 26, 2010 @ 18:14

  12. Congratulations on your marathon and your trip to Dallas! You are going to be awesome because you’ve been training so diligently…I have no doubt about it!

    Comment by Ameena — October 26, 2010 @ 22:36

  13. weeeeeeeee!!! i am SO excited you found a race! i am bummed its not the same one as i am doing tho 😦 why did it have to sell out?!? you are going to kill it!

    Comment by aron — October 26, 2010 @ 22:47

    • I was wayyyy bummed too. But Boston isn’t THAT far off. And I expect to see you there 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:40

  14. YAY! I bet you’ll be ready. I like this style – don’t think, just register. If I were to do a marathon, that’s how I’d sign up. So much to anticipate now!

    Comment by sarah — October 27, 2010 @ 06:58

    • That pretty much should be the philosophy of my life: don’t think just do hahah. Ummm you should sign up for WR. Remember: don’t think just register 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:44

  15. Great job on the Tempo run!! December 5th will be here before you know and I know you are going to rock the race!

    Comment by J — October 27, 2010 @ 08:00

  16. oh hoooray! That sounds like a great choice – I’ve heard really good things about that race. I seems really soon, but I think you’ll totally be ready. I’m so excited for you!!

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 27, 2010 @ 08:16

  17. Nice job on the tempo! While you haven’t been specifically training for a marathon, you’re still in great shape to run one and get an idea for what you can do in Boston/how to gear up for that.

    Comment by Lindsay — October 27, 2010 @ 09:23

  18. My thoughts on this tempo run – obviously you nailed it! Nice work, lady. Can’t wait to see what times you post in Texas.

    Come visit NYC and run a race? We can be buddies!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — October 27, 2010 @ 12:24

    • OMG YES! Likely in the spring as my budget it tight right now until I get the money for my present reimbursed to me. Maybe I can do a tune up race pre-Boston with you? Anything good at that time of year?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:45

  19. I AM SO SO SO EXCITED!!! ohhhh I HOPE it’s WARM!!!!!!…maybe I should come train in RI with you for two-weeks prior, then ANYWHERE will seem warm!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — October 27, 2010 @ 12:30

  20. Very nice. I get the sense that you will run better in Dallas than Boston … healthier, wiser, and running more free. It does not seem like you will put the kind of mental and physical pressure on yourself like in April. You’ll do well and I am excited for you. 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — October 27, 2010 @ 17:39

    • I’m hoping the weeks of lack mental pressure (which I think is always going to be my ultimate downfall) will pay dividends. Lots of people keep telling me I’m going to do well. It’s very exciting and confidence boosting. Hopefully my head will fit on the plane hahahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 27, 2010 @ 20:47

  21. I’m sure you’ll run a great race as you’ve had a great summer. Don’t get too aggressive on the pace and let your body on the day tell you what’s possible. You’ve got a lot of good work in the tank already. Meeting all the guys, too, will give you a lift and keep a smile on your face. Enjoy!

    Comment by Ian — October 28, 2010 @ 02:31

    • I’m hoping for a perfect storm of sorts for good things to happen. It’s all primed and ready. I just need to GO and stay relaxed! I’m hoping that having all that work from the summer/fall with the addition of NOT having those first 11 weeks of mental pressure from a training program will pay dividends.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 28, 2010 @ 12:53

  22. […] I also registered for Boston (and have been officially confirmed too. Woot) AND spontaneously decided to register for White Rock […]

    Pingback by Previously On MM…..October 2010 « MarathonMaiden's Blog — November 3, 2010 @ 15:09

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