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October 28, 2010

Thursday is My Favorite Day of the Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:54

For no particular reason other than it always has been.  And now that I’m in the working world, it’s extra special: every other Thursday is my payday and I had forgotten about it until I was checking just now to see if my purchase of flights and WR registration went through.  What a pleasant surprise!

Often I don’t have coherent thoughts in my head. It’s a bunch of random scattered bits that are connected solely because they’re my thoughts.  My brain likes to jump around.  It’s a wonder how I can pull together posts that make sense sometimes!

Therefore more bullets today.

  • I’m in a baking mood. Again. Although honestly I don’t think I ever left it after this weekend.  Baking was just so….satisfying.  Now I know why Jess bakes every day 😉  Yesterday I re-created my PB Chip and Oats cookies from this weekend for a Celtics party (because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t beginners luck. It wasn’t hahah!) and this weekend, while not technically baking, I want to try my hand at making my mom’s Jello Creme Pie.
  • Plus now that I’m officially in marathon training I can eat a whole pan of cookies and just say “well I just ran 20 miles”
  • Because I did.  Yes that’s right: 20 point 3 to be exact.  I even got up early (Thursday is usually a “sleep-in” day because of clinic) to do so.  I was going to do intervals but wasn’t sure if I could run on the track at the high school while school was in session (I know in my hometown the police are called if you’re on school property during the school day (edit: The cops just escort you off the property. NOT arrest you hahah!) so I swapped my planned intervals and long run.  I’ll get some intervals done this weekend.
  • The run itself was actually really great.  I got up just as the pre-dawn was happening and, since it was still 65* and muggy out –hello summer!, there was a lot of fog. Especially on the water.  Perfectly creepy seeing as it’s almost Halloween.  Although it did make me wonder if cars could see me!  Part of the run was along a nice bike path that was quite scenic. I forgot that I was in a city!
  • My legs felt good for the whole time too.  There was the typical long run ebb and flow of feeling awesome to wondering how I was going to finish and, without fail, my legs felt “exhausted” in the first few miles.  All my really long runs are like that because I know that I’m going 20 miles but my brain and legs try to tell me that I’ve already gone 20 miles early on (if that sentence even made sense! My brain thinks in weird processes sometimes).  Oops.  I broke the run down into 2 segments and getting through the first one (13.5) made the rest of the run feel short and easy.
  • 1st segment: 13.5 miles @ 8:43
  • 2nd segment: 6.8 miles @ 8:28
  • Total:                   20.3 miles @ 8:38

Not going to lie: I love those stats. According to McMillian (and I’m not sure how much faith I should put into McMillian but I need pace numbers shoved in my face at all times during training) I should be running long runs at 8:04 to 9:04 pace.  And that was right smack dab in the middle.  Most excellent.

  • And I do have to say that after 20.3 miles of running a breakfast of milk and the aforementioned cookies sure hit the spot (I had put some aside because I knew they were going to go fast!).  Man, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted milk and cookies as badly as I did when I walked through the door of my apartment! Now don’t you worry: after showering I had a more traditional breakfast of oats and a pb & j & banana sandwich.  But I’m just saying that I think cookies should become an acceptable breakfast food


  • Oh and today is a work day. I just ran 20 miles. I am still wearing my heels to work.  Call me crazy because I’m 5’11” but I feel weird without them!


  1. Great long run! You are ready 🙂

    Comment by Matt — October 28, 2010 @ 12:59

  2. I”m with you–cookies should be considered acceptable breakfast food! And didn’t realize that I could be arrested for running on the local track during school hours! I have been in violation many times–yikes.

    Comment by MissZippy1 — October 28, 2010 @ 13:34

    • Oops! I didn’t mean to imply that I’d be arrest! Just escorted off the property haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 28, 2010 @ 22:02

  3. Great run! Totally with you on the idea of cookies being completely acceptable running food. (In fact cookies are the secret to my pre-race dinner. Well, cookies AND pizza. I swear by this ‘night-before-the-race’ meal.)

    Comment by sweatykid — October 28, 2010 @ 13:48

    • My secret is heavy drinking the night before 😉 But the cookies make great recovery fuel hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 28, 2010 @ 22:03

  4. If McMillan says it BELIEVE IT! He never lies. Nice run. You’ve earned a whole bakery’s worth of cookies.

    Comment by Teamarcia — October 28, 2010 @ 14:03

  5. ahahaha…. more baking… I just (thankfully) got the last of my cookies out of the house and into the mail! Not after eating more than my fair share, though. Oops.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 28, 2010 @ 15:04

  6. Nice run! I bet you feel a lot more prepared now. My legs go through that same ebb and flow with every long run, and sometimes normal runs too.

    Comment by Jess — October 28, 2010 @ 15:05

    • I feel way more prepared! Definitely a mental boost. It’s nice to know that I’m not going to die in December, which was of course my worry

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 28, 2010 @ 22:04

  7. yipes, 20 miles before work on a Thursday! You go girl, getting right into your training. Love it! And you definitely deserve many delicious cookies. 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — October 28, 2010 @ 16:28

  8. I want to bake everyday!! But, I can’t eat what I bake everyday. I end up baking probably every few weeks, but more often this time of year. It’s BAKING TIME!

    Comment by Kim — October 28, 2010 @ 16:40

  9. awesome!!! GREAT run!

    Comment by Bethany — October 28, 2010 @ 16:54

  10. wow great long run! oh dear, I am so tempted to start baking again but won’t help with the weight-loss at this point. Until then, I’ll just be envious of everything you’re baking haha! ;p

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — October 28, 2010 @ 19:22

  11. Those cookies sound delicious! I might have to try them for my upcoming 20 mile long run!

    Comment by Jen — October 28, 2010 @ 19:55

  12. Baking is seriously therapy, isn’t it?! Congrats on a great long run, too. You are on fiiiireee!!!

    Comment by Emily — October 28, 2010 @ 21:41

  13. Way to finish strong! Also, that’s about the pace I was running my 20 milers before PDX…just saying…you’re gonna rock!

    Comment by Nick — October 28, 2010 @ 22:10

  14. Great job on the 20! Definitely a cookie-worthy event.

    Comment by Flo — October 28, 2010 @ 23:29

  15. Well, there IS such a thing as the Cookie Diet…which is crazy, because cookies oughta be included to every breakfast anyway, diet or not! ;p

    Comment by sophia — October 29, 2010 @ 00:50

  16. 20 in the week? Nutssss. But totally worthy of cookies. Heck I don’t even need an excuse for cookies let’s be real.

    Heals? Yeahhh. I didn’t even wear heels in my wedding. I retired from my ANTM lifestyle a couple yrs ago-so lazy (and unfashionable) nowadays…

    Comment by Lindsay — October 29, 2010 @ 11:05

  17. I love all your random bullets – so fun to read :). I love your stats, too – you’re doing so great!!!!

    Happy weekend :).

    Comment by Jill — October 29, 2010 @ 13:05

  18. It’s super annoying because I live right next to a beautiful outdoor track, but the university keeps it locked up all the time! The UF track and the track at the fancy private school we lived near in NM were always open to the public with the school team wasn’t using it. What’s up the the track stinginess UW? Way to go on the long run and the cookie fun. Mmmmmm, cookies.

    Comment by Chelsea — October 29, 2010 @ 15:46

  19. Okay…I am trying not to compare myself to you, but you simply are admirable. Still wanting to know how your resiliency is rocking and how running helps you be you, and is connected to your hopes of being a doctor…
    How’s work?

    Comment by specialkphd — October 31, 2010 @ 07:44

    • Work is going well. Busy and stressful though! So much responsibility as an adult. I do know that my resiliency is helping me in this job, I just haven’t had time to sit down and write about it yet 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 1, 2010 @ 10:26

  20. Awesome awesome awesome! Getting up a littler earlier to pump out those extra miles is always satisfying! Nice pace too! Great job!

    Comment by J — November 1, 2010 @ 19:03

  21. […] Official first 20 miler of cycle — and on a workday too! […]

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

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