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November 4, 2010

A Haiku to the Long Run

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:23

Twenty Point Four Miles

All of Which Were in the Rain

But Not Snow. Thank God.

  • 13.5 miles @ 8:57
  • 6.9 miles @ 8:09
  • 20.4 miles @ 8:41 pace

As the opening haiku states the entire run was in the rain.  Major bummer.  I had thought that the rainstrom wasn’t going to start until 1000 (according to my sources at weather .com) so I figured that I’d be able to finish the entire run before it started to get really wet.  WRONG.

Not that it was that bad of a thing.  The fact that it was a balmy 42* helped.  It meant that it wasn’t snow.  Truth be told: I like the very first snowfall.  And I actually like running in the snow, no matter where I am it just seems quiet and tranquil.  I’m just not ready for snow yet. 

But despite the weather the run was GREAT.  I was only planning on 17-18 because last week I ran 20 as well. And I think in an ideal world I probably should have stuck to those miles.  In the back of my mind, in case you haven’t noticed is always the notion that I can go more.  And once I’m aware of those ideas I tend to act on them.

The first loop, however, was pretty slow and didn’t start off great.  I definitely thought to myself that it was going to be one heck of a looooooooooooong long run.  I was in a overall grumpy and moody mood and NOT into this run. In hindsight I think I really had to use the bathroom because after stopping at a DD (which btw always has the cleanest restrooms.  Always) my mood improved and I decided to push the pace a bit and try to make the last few miles “count” and push a bit.

Well my legs clearly found their second wind and I finished the last bit at a pretty fast pace.  Not GMP or anything like that but fast for the end of a long run for sure! Not too shabby and definitely another confidence booster that I’ll be able to finish (and quite possible finish well) at WR.

Okay so I know I won't win it. But I can dream, right? HAH

My only concern is that this is my second 20 in two weeks.  I have another one scheduled  next week as well.  While in a normal training cycle, 2 of them would be fine or even 3, my cycle is not that lengthy by any stretch of the imagination.  But I do feel good with no aches and pains or injuries. And I have been running hard / a lot already this fall, thus giving me a great base and almost a de-facto training cycle. I’m planning on letting my body dictate (like it did today) though. 

Again, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m still looking forward to all my runs and hard workouts.  I remember last cycle not looking forward to them at all.  Maybe because I was injured for the end of it which, knock on wood, I currently am not.  I also just switched into a new(er) pair of shoes.  I wore them for Boston and then put them away.  They still have the Boston chip on them! Which I may never want to take off 🙂

On a non-running but yes training note: I may have to *start* stretching again.  Because, after 20 miles and sitting at my desk my hips are feeling tight.  Never fear though because it’s New Patient Lottery Night so I’m sure to be getting my recovery movement in for the craziness.

And yes, another day of heels after a 20-miler.



  1. Such a cute Haiku!

    Comment by Kim — November 4, 2010 @ 15:01

  2. I love me some Haikus!

    Comment by Megan @ The Daily Sweat — November 4, 2010 @ 15:08

  3. I wouldn’t take off my Boston chip either! Love the Haiku! I don’t know how you wear heels after a 20 miler! Great job on your run!

    Comment by — November 4, 2010 @ 15:20

  4. Desk jobs are awful. All I want to do is find every excuse I can to get up and stretch. And I run nothing in comparison… You should FOR SURE get some stretching in after a 20!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 4, 2010 @ 15:27

    • Yes well I hate stretching so I find every excuse to stay put 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:50

  5. Welcome to the working world! Desk job + long runs = death to the legs!!!! I remember having to go to work after my first 20 and sit all day- I almost died!!!! The stretching will help some, but dare I say…an icebath will help even more.

    Also, I actually would set an alarm on my computer to get up every hour and walk around the office just to get the blood flowing, that was a life saver!

    Comment by Stephanie — November 4, 2010 @ 16:12

    • Good idea on the alarm. The clinic actually was pretty busy so I ended up being on my feet most of the night anyway.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:51

  6. How did you survive that long in the rain? I rode in the freezing rain for 20 minutes yesterday and I was hating my life.

    Am I just a wuss?

    Comment by Matt — November 4, 2010 @ 16:14

    • Yes. 😉 Cold just seems to be a way of life here. I hate it but I’m used to it

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:52

  7. Long runs in the pouring rain — heck to the yeah! Don’t they rule? That’s my life here. 🙂 Another awesome Thursday long run for you — best day of the week! And sure, three 20-milers in a row certainly isn’t a conservative approach, but as the Mileage Monster Marathon Maiden you’ve got the kind of base where I doubt it will have a negative impact.

    Comment by sweatykid — November 4, 2010 @ 16:16

    • Seriously: another reason to love Thursday indeed! Butttt I’m going to disagree with you to long runs in the pouring rain ruling. I’d take sunny skies any day 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:53

  8. Good job on the run. I kind of like running in the snow in Dec before it gets all scary and icy and really cold. Our November has been so warm so far… no snow yet or in the forecast… it’s kind of crazy.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 4, 2010 @ 16:56

  9. My last long run (at White Rock Lake) was in the rain… I couldn’t figure out why there was NO ONE there enduring it, until I got home and realized there were tornado warnings everywhere… fabulous!

    Good for you for enduring the pour down… and I say, as long as your body can handle it, then why not go for the 20s. Doesn’t work for me, but I’m a first timer… you’re old hat at this. 😉

    Comment by Lesley @ — November 4, 2010 @ 17:35

    • Old hat? Me? This will only be my 3rd marathon! I feel like such a rookie hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:54

  10. Hehe nice haiku! Good job on 20.4 miles in the rain.. That is hardcore! I don’t mind running in the rain too much but 20+ miles in it sounds pretty dreadful..

    Comment by Laura — November 4, 2010 @ 18:26

  11. Rain is way better than snow. And snow and rain are way better than wind. But all of those things are way better than crutches. Not that i’m whining or anything.

    Comment by Shutupandrun — November 4, 2010 @ 18:50

  12. i thought miles had two-syllables but my googling has educated me that it does, in fact, only have one. well, actually the sources were half and half over whether it had one or two, but i’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

    boy you sure got tan!

    Comment by lindsay — November 4, 2010 @ 20:21

    • I felt that miles could have gone either way. But since I only needed one syllable that is what I decided hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 4, 2010 @ 21:55

  13. nice haiku!

    what?! no baked goodies today? hehe ;p

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 4, 2010 @ 21:05

  14. nice work killer!!!!!!! you are certainly prepared with some miles underneath those feet. i know you don’t think you have been in “training” but i think what you’ve been doing even since boston has kept you much more prepared for long distance (and speed- as evidenced this fall) than you think!!! keep rolling with it!

    Comment by Lacey — November 4, 2010 @ 21:31

  15. Ew yuck! I barely made it to the gym with today’s weather, I can’t imagine running for 20.4 miles

    ..then again, I can’t imagine running 20.4, period. : )
    way to go!

    Comment by BostonRunner — November 4, 2010 @ 21:51

  16. Welcome to the world of a desk job and a marathon runner – tight muscles!! I have to get up and stretch a lot…well, I have to get up a lot anyway, but when I do I make sure I stretch some. I’m sure some think I’m a weirdo!

    I think I told you I was registered for Dallas W.R., right? Well, I am but am not going to be able to do it – whaaa. You will love it though, I’ve done it 3 times. FUN!

    Comment by Jill — November 4, 2010 @ 23:16

  17. Another great 20 miler! Not fun that it was raining though. Sounds just like when I ran PDX last month, 26.2 miles of rain.

    Comment by Nick — November 5, 2010 @ 00:16

  18. 20 miles all in rain – I salute you. If you can do that, you can do anything! Also, I HIGHLY recommend foam rolling for tight hips/legs – it has saved me more times than I can count 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — November 5, 2010 @ 07:59

    • One of the girls I work with said the same thing to me last night. I’m just lazy. But according to you: if i can run in 20 miles of rainyness I can do anything. Foam rolling tonight? Maaaaaaaaaybe.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 5, 2010 @ 10:09

  19. I agree..not ready for snow..yet! Do you run with any sort of shoe tracks in the winter or just brave the ice?

    Rain is hard to run in, especially when everything gets soaked. Hate the heavy shoe thing. But at least it was a good run!

    Comment by emily — November 5, 2010 @ 10:04

    • I just brave the ice! Not the smartest strategy. Both in safety and sanity as I have to shuffle along hahah! I agree that the heavy shoes thing is sooo annoying. I makes me feel like I have clown feet or something

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 5, 2010 @ 10:11

  20. Sista sista!! I am reading this just before heading out for my long run…in the sun! (it’s supposed to rain tomorrow though, so that is why!) I’m crossing my fingers that I can do the 16-mi without getting bored! grrr to my legs loving the 10-12-mi and just wanting to run fast. I’m going to channel my fellow sis’s longrun love when I get to mile 13 and want to be done-zo! hehe! I heart you, and I know you are going to rock this marathon, and hopefully i’ll be by your side to co-Rock it w/ you!
    I hope your weekend is AWESOME! and GET IT with those HEELS!!! baaaaaalllllin!
    p.s. I need your RI address!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — November 5, 2010 @ 11:41

    • We are going to ROCK the ROCK 🙂 loooooooooooooooooooooove you!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 5, 2010 @ 19:41

  21. Whenever I have to slug through a rainy long run, I always remind myself that it could rain on race day! You’ve gotta be prepared.

    And sitting at a desk all day will no doubt make your hips tight. Sometimes I sneak away to the conference room for some yoga poses 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — November 5, 2010 @ 12:18

    • That’s EXACTLY what I told myself during the run. And then I had “Be Prepared” stuck in my head for most of the run hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 5, 2010 @ 19:41

  22. 42 is not balmy! Great job in that crappy weather. I divide long runs into two categories: Good ones where you get faster in the last few miles; Bad ones where you slow down to a jog for the last few. Congrats on a good one!

    Comment by Jess — November 5, 2010 @ 13:35

    • Well when the day before was 28* then yes, 42* is quite balmy hahah. I bet I’m going to feel like I’m in the tropics when I step off that plane in a few weeks hahah. And I like the way you think with the long runs. Makes me feel excellent about the one I had

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 5, 2010 @ 19:43

  23. Nice Haiku – it really is an art that isn’t used enough in America, except my kids in school. Great job on the 20 miles! I love running in the snow and although I am not ready for winter, I am ready for no more rain. I hate being cold and wet. I love the quiet snowy mornings – there really are no words to describe it! I am with you on the stretching – it is so important but I usually don’t want to do it, until I am injured. But now I am trying to stretch everyday.

    Comment by J — November 7, 2010 @ 19:50

    • I think about stretching every day. Does that count? 😉

      And you are soooo right about haiku not being used enough in America. I am on a quest to change that!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 7, 2010 @ 21:00

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