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November 8, 2010

Rolling, Snowing and Trying to Cling to Fall

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Hey all.  YAY for sunlight on my morning runs from now on thanks to DST ending.  Last night when I was out running some errands the sun was setting at 1633?? Oh well.  The fact that the sun rose at 0626 this morning makes up for it. I guess.

Hopefully y’all feel well rested from this weekend.  I do? I actually felt like a slug this weekend because I slept for 10 or so hours Friday night and then, because of the time change, ELEVEN hours on Saturday night.  Which was even more miraculous because I went out that night as well.  Who am I?! I NEVER sleep in like that.  I’m going to call it a good thing though.  Although I will say that I totally squandered that extra hour in the day. I’m always complaining about how I wish there were more hours in the day and then when I get one, what do I do? Sleep.  Figures 😉

After my repeats on Saturday, which I did edit the post with an addendum saying that I was pleased with the workout and know that I’m in the right place with my training, I basically DID NOT MOVE until going out.  Instead I curled up with a good book I’ve been reading (*cough*IamsuchaNERDbecauseit’soneofthosebooksyoureadinhighschool*cough*) and lounged.  After a while my legs started feeling more than a little tight.  So I finally broke down and broke out:

And yes those are two laundry baskets. I actually have three. I use a very complicated system 😉

Now I know that many of you have been on the foam rolling action for a long time.  So have I … in theory.  I bought this baby back in March or so but only have used it a few times.  Mostly because I’m lazy and partly because I know how tight my muscles are.  Roller + tight muscles = pain.  Duh.

I will say that I neither cried nor screamed as I was doing my thing.  I had a friend over and complained a lot.  Aloud of course — that’s the only time complaining is really ever fun HA.  But my voice never rose and I’m pretty sure no cuss words were uttered.  I did sweat though.  Which tells me I was doing something good and putting my body through some type of stress.

This translated, I think, into a muy bueno recovery run on Sunday.  Sunny skies and cool temps.  It felt great.  I even ran a wicked hilly route and felt fine.  Encouraging and I used the darn thing Sunday too after a long day of laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning the apartment.  See? I can do more domestic things than cook 😉

Monday morning brought SNOW.  And..well not a recovery run per se…but an easy one at that and “fast” easy (aka I looked at my watch at the end and smiled because it was faster than I thought).  The only remarkable thing was the weather and, well, I’m afraid I’m dangerously close to using up my complain-for-free passes.  It actually ended up not being too bad (it was mostly sleet and it stopped early on in the run) except my shoes were soaked 100m into it.

I will say that if it snows, or I guess this morning was more of a sleet, at WR I will be ready.

Just because the sun rises earlier doesn't mean 0500 is any lighter! So a bad picture but YES that is snow on the railing, in the tree and on the road!

I was sent this article on How to Deal with the Cold from a friend who thought it’d be funny to send this to me.  I’ve been living here my whole life so I think, despite my complaints about winter, I’m pretty cold savvy.  For those of you who aren’t here are some excerpts (and my thoughts on said excerpts):

The Physical

  • Don’t underestimate the power of sunshine” Duh but with .43453453453 hours of daylight (yes that’s a decimal point out in front of those numbers), and all of those during working hours, how am I supposed to get this?
  • Take your vitamins. Duh.
  • Stay hydrated Okay so this one I get because heaters = dry air. Which also equals nosebleeds for me.
  • Get outside and stay active. But. It’s. So . Cold. I actually do get outside (I think last year I ran in 12* weather) but it’s soooooooo hard to do.

The mental

  • Be mindful of your mood and mental health Unless of course this makes you even angrier for not getting out of the NorthEast when you had the chance.
  • Stay social. Ummm this is really hard to do when you’re A) too cheap to pay for a cab and B) to intoxicated to drive yourself.  AKA walking is how I roll.  Let me tell you: heels and dresses in freezing weather? Not a good combo. I guess we’ll just have lots of house parties?
  • Evaluate your winter pitfalls to guard against them This might actually depress me because it’s basically telling me to make of list of why I hate winter.  And I’m pretty sure (as I know you are) that it’s a pretty lengthy list.

I think you should probably be doing these things year round.  And I bet you can totally tell how bitter I am about winter.  I’m going to spend the rest of this…rain/snow/sleet/whatever it’s doing out there daydreaming about my move to somewhere warm. Because I’m 100% serious about making like a leaf and getting the f$%# out of here.

Anyone? I know I chose a random picture but anyone on that quote that's italicized?

And hey, check out this giveaway from Matt (Kitchen of a Runner) and Janae (Hungry Runner Girl) because everyone likes a giveaway.

And what’s a post without wicked awesome pictures?! (and by wicked awesome I mean Halloween-y and NOT snow and not a random guy from a great movie)

I actually forgot to share this last week! But over Halloween weekend some friends and I went to a “Jack-o-Lantern” festival in the city. It was way fun to see all the creative ways people carved pumpkins.  Here are some of my favs:

Betty Boop!

I ❤ Dinosaurs

Monopoly Man!

I know it’s a week late but I feel the need to say “Happy Halloween” anyway. I mean, it is my favorite holiday after all. But I can say (and have it be 100% true) “hope you enjoyed the weekend 🙂 ”

And enjoy your Monday too.  I sure am considering that A) I haven’t done any work all morning because the software I use won’t download the new version and we had to call in IT people B) the network is being backed up so I can’t work on any of my files and C) my friend made the coffee this morning so strong that I’m afraid to stand up because I’m pretty sure that my legs are so twitchy that I don’t think they’ll support me hahah.

28 Comments »

  1. Yay daylight! It was actually light out this morning when I ran around this morning 😉

    Comment by Matt — November 8, 2010 @ 14:28

  2. Blech snow? I know it’s not too early for it but geez. Glad to hear you and the foam roller are getting intimate!

    Comment by Teamarcia — November 8, 2010 @ 14:37

  3. I’m intrigued by your laundry system!! Snow running already, winter has come around fast.. I think I’ll be snow running again soon too 😦

    Comment by Laura — November 8, 2010 @ 15:16

    • Hahah you shouldn’t be intrigued by the laundry. I’m just OCD and need to have things separated. Weird because it ALL goes in one load in the machine 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 8, 2010 @ 22:31

  4. +1 to being happy for daylight earlier this morning, although I’m going to be sad when it’s dark at 4pm. I keep wondering when we are going to get our first snow, too. It’s sooooo late this year.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 8, 2010 @ 15:36

  5. I was an utter slug this weekend. Well, except for a 5 miler on saturday, but it was a slow run! I am not a happy camper this time of year, but this, too, shall pass! And I do like a nice fire in the fireplace… 🙂

    Comment by Terri — November 8, 2010 @ 15:43

  6. Sheesh, WE don’t even have snow yet (in town, at least. It is on the mountains).

    But the sun sets here at 3:52 PM today. Hahahaa. I am sorry you detest the cold so much 😦 No solutions for you but at least you get to temporarily migrate south to TX for the marathon!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 8, 2010 @ 15:48

    • You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to that temporary migration!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 8, 2010 @ 22:28

  7. I too have a complicated laundry system! 😉

    Did you crave those pumpkins? Wow!

    Luckly the snow stayed in the mountains around here!

    Comment by shelly — November 8, 2010 @ 16:13

    • I wish I carved those pumpkins. It was a festival in the city.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 8, 2010 @ 22:29

  8. I’m a little mad you got more sleep in one night than i did the entire weekend. Grrr. I need another night of sleep like that! Maybe this weekend? Although I learned to never plan for rest- it rarely happens…

    Love the monopoly man!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 8, 2010 @ 16:23

  9. Thanks for the tips….I need those living in Utah!! Cute pumpkins, my favorite is Betty Boop!

    Comment by janae@hungryrunnergirl.com — November 8, 2010 @ 18:25

  10. Thanks for the earlier shoutout and congrats!!! 🙂

    Hoooray for foam rollers. It will serously be my best friend this week…

    Comment by mealsformiles — November 8, 2010 @ 20:39

  11. 10 and 11 hour sleeps?? Argh, I’d KILL for that much – ha!
    It was 75 here in Denver today but suppose to be 20 degrees colder and snow flurries in the a.m. – blah! How much longer til sping? 🙂

    Comment by Jill — November 8, 2010 @ 20:43

    • Well considering it’s not yet winter officially…a long freaking time 😦

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 8, 2010 @ 22:30

  12. Despite having lived in Michigan and New York my whole life, and spent many winter holidays in Canada, I still am not used to running in the cold. And the cold, unfortunately, is rapidly approaching. It isn’t that I hate the actual run, it is just so hard to get motivated to start. Once I start, I’m usually okay though. Does that help?

    Comment by caronae — November 8, 2010 @ 21:31

    • Hahah. A little. I know it too but it doesn’t make getting out the door any easier!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 8, 2010 @ 22:30

  13. amazing pumpkins! yuck, i was not pleased to see snow when i woke up yesterday morning!!

    Ryan and I have 3 different foam rollers, we have the one youhave plus 2 other fancier ones with grooves and bumps= double the ouch!

    Comment by Bethany — November 9, 2010 @ 07:44

  14. I too am curious about the laundry system! Post topic soon? 🙂

    Comment by shelby — November 9, 2010 @ 10:07

  15. Umm. An extra half hour of sunlight in the morning does not make up for darkness at 530pm. I hate DST! Makes me want to go to bed at 6pm.

    Snow. Gross.

    Pumpkins. Talent. I’m lucky to make even sized triangle eyes…

    Comment by Lindsay — November 9, 2010 @ 10:19

    • Pumpkins = not my talent! I wish though. And I work in an office with no windows so I never know when the sun sets most days hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:48

  16. I think I am slowly coming to turns with the snow. i really do like the the 4 distinct seasons. It is cold and sometimes horrible outside but then there are those beautiful trees covered with snow mornings with the sun streaming just right and it is worth it because its amazing. But its cold.

    yeah its still pretty dark at 5am. Who knew! can’t wait for May when its light again!

    Comment by J — November 9, 2010 @ 12:34

    • In theory I like 4 distinct seasons as well butttttt I’m still going to go with getting out of New England hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:49

  17. Wow, snow already? I am so surprised!

    This DST thing always throws me off. I am going to bed at 9pm and waking up at 5am. As though my life wasn’t pathetic enough as it is!!

    Comment by Ameena — November 9, 2010 @ 12:52

  18. SNOW?! brrrr, no thanks!! 😀 Aww monopoly man!

    Great idea about the running history. I think (depending on peoples answers to that question) I’ll do a individual posts about each into a series for the blog. I need ways to improve it for sure. I would love more readers too so I just need to figure out what to write about. I hate just blogging about my food haha. It’s not that interesting!

    Comment by Samantha — November 9, 2010 @ 14:10

  19. I really just wanted to comment on how awesome that movie is. Although I like to pretend they never made a straight to dvd sequel, ugh. And those pumpkins are awesome!

    Comment by runningmanz — November 9, 2010 @ 21:18

    • I’ve never seen the sequel so I can still be ignorant of that 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 9, 2010 @ 21:50

      • And your life is significantly better for it!

        Comment by runningmanz — November 9, 2010 @ 22:40


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