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November 3, 2010

Previously On MM…..October 2010

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We were under another freeze warning here in the North East so it was a brisk 28* when I rolled out of bed this morning.  In some ways the temp was nice for a recovery run just because I didn’t have to go fast in such cold weather but I definitely ran faster than a normal recovery pace just because it was so cold. I wanted to get back into my warm apartment! Still shorts weather although I did break out a second pair of gloves 🙂

I typically do a week by week summary of how the previous month has gone.  I’ve been doing this for maybe 10 or 11 months now and I’m sick of it.  Mostly because I’ve been getting lazy about recording my thoughts on each week as it passes and by the time the last day of the month comes I only have numbers.  Which are good and all (I’m a numbers nerd remember) but it’s not as exciting as recapping the bet of the month.

So, at least for this month, I’m going to nix the *weekly* numbers and data and give you a brief highlight from this month.  Kind of a “previously on MM…” (in fact I like that title so much I just went an d re-did my title post from “Very Best of” to what it is now haha!) I’ve seen other bloggers recap their months this way and I like it.  Especially since I’ve been doing quality things, not just in miles and paces but RACING and TRAINING.  As well as other things.  Ummmm I apparently can add cookie baker to my resume 🙂

But just for the record, because I still love numbers and data, in October of 2010:

  • 422.1 miles
  • 61 hours 51  minutes 36 seconds
  • 8:48 average pace


  • 2010: 422.1
  • 2009: 307.8
  • Percent Change: 37.1%

YTD (as of 31-October)

  • 2010:  3533.9 (this is the running tally I keep at the top of my log book. According to my monthly total tally my miles are at 3534.4 miles. Weird.)
  • 2009: 2472.4
  • Percent Change: 42.9%


  • Sure I did more races in September (2)  than October (1) but the Tufts 10k was pretty freaking fantastic.  Where I continued my trend of smashing PRs and ran a (to me) astounding 41:20! Plus I got to run it with Lacey. Makes it even better and sweeter.

Therefore, because WR is soooooooooooo soon, I got to do some seriously hardcore


Okay, so maybe even before registering for WR I was running intensely, but within the second half of the month I got in some focused workouts (and I know these links are really recent.  So you probably remember these workouts without clicking.  Or maybe I just like to think I’m important enough that you remember haha!)

  1. 18.1 plus 2.3 mile run — when I thought that I’d be running a portion of a November marathon with a friend
  2. 10 X 800 meter repeats
  3. First tempo that I completed feeling good about — but maybe that’s because I had literally registered for WR 10 minutes before going out the door!
  4. Official first 20 miler of cycle — and on a workday too!
  5. 2 X 3..errrr 2.85 mile repeats

All of which I feel really good about. Don’t get me wrong: I did have my first aborted speed workout ever this month too — and on the FIRST DAY. Way to start off the month!)

But the rest of the month? Very confidence boosting and the hard work I’ve put in this summer and early fall translated into a GREAT month of training.  When I think back to October I’m going to think of the goodness that made me start to buy into this “I can do whatever I want in running.  I CAN DO IT” aka confidence building.

Therefore some good food must be involved.  And by good food I mean cookies.  Because that’s all I’ve really had to make that’s been blog worthy.


I channeled my inner baking queen this month with

I know that 2 cooking things isn’t a huge number but hey: I am not a cook in any way, shape, or form.  I’ve never before felt the need to cook for myself  (and hello dining hall for 4 years!) and suspect that will change now that I’m on my own.  Granted I still don’t find the time often because of my work schedule but October has taught me the satisfying nature of baking.

So two this month.  Who knows how many next 🙂


I know I don’t really blog much about my life in general (just little snippets here and there) but October was really good to me. The first few weeks after moving here were really exciting and then September was pretty painful: the excitement had worn off and I felt a bit lost. October was really good to me socially and ended with a bang on Halloween weekend.

Which, by the way, I got to give out candy to trick or treaters for the first time. I think I may have been more excited than the kids 🙂

The Girls

So a GREAT month.  Let’s hope November is just as good, shall we?


  1. I’m glad you kicked October’s butt! Woo hoo!

    And I agree- it was a much better month than September… MUCH better. 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 3, 2010 @ 15:14

  2. yay I’m glad you’re feeling more comfortable in your new living situation : )

    Comment by Caroline — November 3, 2010 @ 15:46

  3. Great October 🙂

    Comment by Matt — November 3, 2010 @ 15:47

  4. Ha! It looks like your roommate really was a sexy Chilean miner.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 3, 2010 @ 15:55

    • She was actually a gold digger. But there were two Chilean miners at the party. Wearing the same hat she was. It was awkward hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 3, 2010 @ 21:32

  5. another KILLER month for you 🙂 holy mileage girl, sheesh!

    um you were in shorts in 28 degrees?!? wow, impressed 🙂

    Comment by aron — November 3, 2010 @ 15:57

    • Yes. My legs rarely get cold. It’s my hands and upper body that freeze. Even when it’s a balmy 40* hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 3, 2010 @ 21:32

  6. Even my math pea-brain can work out that 422 miles divided by four weeks = more than 100 per week. Uh yeah you’re all set for this marathon. 🙂

    28*F is still shorts weather? Dang. I basically wear long spandex in almost any weather under 50*F. Which sounds ludicrous, but with factors like rain and wind, I’d rather be overheated than too cold. That’s how I justify my pansyness, at least.

    Comment by sweatykid — November 3, 2010 @ 16:31

    • Not really because you forget that there are more than 28 days (4 weeks) in the month of October. One of the weeks was 100 but the others were all under. Not by much mind you 😉

      No pansyness from you lady! In the early spring and late fall I’ll wearing tanks and spandex but with GLOVES. Yeah, I look like a freak doing that hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 3, 2010 @ 21:34

  7. Ooh when I read your title I imagined the voice of the LOST intros. Nice job in Oct!

    Baking with splenda (and such) will not count at thanksgiving, but I am gonna refrain from using that excuse on every other day of the month. Otherwise I’d get fat off butter/oil in splenda-baked goods lol.

    Comment by Lindsay — November 3, 2010 @ 17:15

    • I hear both the LOST intro and 24. We’re on the same wavelength 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 3, 2010 @ 21:35

  8. awesome month!

    ahhhh it’s those baked goodies again!

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 3, 2010 @ 18:10

  9. Awesome stats….not so awesome weather. Why is it so cold already?? I’m jealous of the people in Cali who got a 90+ degree day today.

    Comment by Jenny — November 3, 2010 @ 18:49

    • Meeeeeeeeeeee tooooooooooooo. I want the HEAT! I am such a bad New Englander hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 3, 2010 @ 21:35

  10. I’m the same way about Trick or Treaters, I get SO excited about them 🙂
    Glad October went well for you especially with the new living situation.
    You crack me up with all of your data. My job as teacher is kind of turning into “data manager” lately so perhaps you should come help me haha

    Comment by Kelly — November 3, 2010 @ 20:58

  11. dang girl! You are KILLING IT! by the way, love the cookie posts!

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — November 3, 2010 @ 22:29

  12. Great recap, I can’t believe your milage! How long have you been running for? I’m wondering how long it will take my legs to tackle anywhere near that milage.. I’m guessing a few years!

    Comment by Laura — November 4, 2010 @ 07:48

    • I ran in high school to stay in shape but I’ve only been racing for…3 full years? Maybe? And running for fun 4? Ish?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:46

  13. YEP you ROCKED october lady 🙂 you have incredible stamina and just keep on rocking. i have good feelings for you for november. glad you are so happy, too!!!!!!!!!!!! the first year after college can be really tough but you seem to be in a really great spot with some good roomies around you.

    Comment by Lacey — November 4, 2010 @ 09:44

  14. Wow–a 41? You are going to crush your marathon PR this year! And look at the huge increase in mileage from last year–great stuff. Keep it going…

    Comment by MissZippy1 — November 4, 2010 @ 11:47

  15. Killer October. I’m jealous of your miles!

    Comment by Jaime — November 4, 2010 @ 12:30

  16. Still shorts weather!! Goodness! I broke out the spandex weeks ago! Great job on October!

    Comment by J — November 4, 2010 @ 12:33

  17. Are you doing all singles or some doubles right now? My shin is being a PITA and sore anyway, but seriously, I need motivation to do double digits on weekday mornings. I honestly don’t know how you do it every day… I’m so tired lately I’ve been sleeping through my alarms again 😦

    Comment by kristinschleicher — November 4, 2010 @ 13:13

    • I’m doing some doubles a couple times a week. Nothing serious, just 3-5 miles but those definitely add up quickly! And I don’ t know how you do miles NOT in the morning. I usually lose motivation if I don’t get it done first thing

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:48

  18. I tend to go faster on cold days too. I think I’m just trying to get warm. Huge miles in October!

    Comment by Jess — November 4, 2010 @ 13:49

    • Those miles seemed to come out of nowhere! I had to add them up a couple times before I trusted them…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:49

  19. […] October: 422.1 miles (8:48 avg pace). Race the Tufts 10k with Lacey where I remember her telling me to “JUST DO THIS” (goal for 2010: sub 43:00 10k Check) and I signed up for WR. 5.5 weeks before race day. Eep. Zoom […]

    Pingback by For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months « MarathonMaiden's Blog — January 4, 2011 @ 08:25

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