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November 12, 2010

T-23 days

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:44

Eeep.  And as I was heading to work this morning I was like “this time in 3 weeks I’ll be at Logan getting on a plane”. Double eep.

I can’t think of a good transition or opening for this BUT: when I got the confirmation email it was semi official.  When I got the acceptance email it was official.  Now:

OFFICIAL official. Hizzah.

Although I suppose that a snapshot of my bank statement with the registration fee extracted would be the most official news on that front 😉

But I digress.  This morning was a recovery run.  And a rough one at that.  After 3 nights of clinics (and thus getting up naturally without an alarm) my 5am alarm was a bit on the brutal side this morning. It was a decent run.  A bit warm, or at least I overdressed because my room was on the frigid side, but it was sunny for some of it.  I guess the sun might have made it warmer than expected too.  It felt weird to have sun again. It made me feel like I was running late for work!

I started out pretty slow because, as many of you guys noted, yesterday’s workout for 2 X 3 miles (and what ended up being  6X that HILL) was particularly brutal.  But what was surprising was that my recovery pace is much faster than it was last training cycle. Which is exciting.

Or worrisome as I could be going to fast but overall all my workouts are faster so I’m going with exciting.  The only annoying thing was that the ball of my right foot started bugging me at the end of the run today.  It’s happened before in the past, not on a regular basis and not in correlation to my shoes and/or mileage.  It’s never been serious but it still hurts. Ouch!

I guess now I have a reason to call that podiatrist up and harass ask him some more questions. I still have yet to go out and buy new socks.  I have some polyester ones that I’ve been using on the more intense workouts (aka the ones I know I’m going to sweat a lot on).  I guess this experiment is going to be an annoying one because the only way to know for sure is by failure of the solution to work: aka I get another infection.  Obviously not something I want to happen.

So that’s what’s going on today for me in the running department.  Fun stuff right? At least it’s Friday and we’re on the precipice of the weekend.  Although I’ve always felt that, despite working and school stuff on Fridays in the past, Friday is part of the weekend.  Let’s be honest: we’re all mentally checked out at this point.


Thanks google images

So if I get out of here at a reasonable hour (aka before the sun sets because it’s 100% different running in the dark in the morning vs. afternoon) I might get another recovery run in.  I did that a couple weeks ago because it’s another time to get the blood circulating.  We’ll see.  I’m not completely sold on it yet. I do want to actually calibrate and try out the Nike+ that I got in the mail this week (thanks Megan!) Maybe I’ll check with the person I occasionally run with…

Anyway yesterday meals for miles asked to play a short questions / interview game.  And since I love reading q & a posts from others I decided to play 🙂

Favorite restaurant and why?

The Chateau.  I don’t really have a good reason for why.  The food isn’t out of this world good (but it’s still excellent!) but I think it’s the sentimental value of it’s the first “fancy” restaurant that I went to as a kid.  I remember dressing up to go there and they have fancy after dinner mints. Of course as a kid that was my favorite part.

What’s at the top of your Christmas list?

Well, since my birthday AND Christmas gift is my flight and registration for WR, I don’t feel like I’m able to make a list for Christmas.  That said, I’d love a gift card to a bookstore or some nice clothes.  Funny how when I was a kid the idea of getting clothes for Christmas is heinous and now I welcome it.  I also desperately need a new clutch.  What you thought running gear was at the top of my list? While I can always use more running clothes or a garmin, it’s not really at the top because I’m happy with what I have to work with right now.

If you were given a free trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Spain.  I’ve never been there before but I’d love the chance to go and practice my Spanish.  I’d also love to go back to France, specifically the Castle at Versailles.  Maybe not a trip though, living there would be wicked amazing.

What do you like most about blogging?

The camaraderie for sure! I’ve actually met lots of bloggers to run and party.  I started blogging to meet other runners because no one in my real life (or at least at the time I started because I consider some of the bloggers I’ve met part of my real life) runs and I wanted peeps to bounce ideas off of. I keep blogging because I love that I can post something and get a quick lift saying “hey don’t be so hard on yourself” or “hey go get that checked out” or “hey push yourself HARDER”. 

I’m not going to tag anyone to re-post (although I’d LOVE it if y’all did!) but if any of the questions are something you feel passionate about I’d love to hear your responses as well 🙂

Plus I love answering questions so ask away! If I get enough I might try to do a questions only post, like 20-questions or something.

And be sure to check out the giveaway from Julie (Hotlegs Runner) and Sarah (Skinny Runner) and DC Rainmaker


  1. hooray! i’m glad you got the nike+ – let me know how it works out 🙂

    and +1 for being mentally checked out for the week…i think i’ve been done since tuesday.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — November 12, 2010 @ 13:36

  2. WooHoo! Always nice to get that little something in the mail. I hope I’m still ok about not going when April rolls around.

    Comment by Teamarcia — November 12, 2010 @ 13:55

  3. YAY! for Boston. I’ve been at work since about 7:15 this morning, and I’m 100% ready for the weekend. Only about 3 more hours to go!

    Comment by Chelsea — November 12, 2010 @ 13:58

  4. Yay, I love reading people’s answers to questions 🙂 I like blogging for the same reasons as you, and fo shiz, I would love to go to Spain. Hooray Friday! Hope your foot feels better soon!

    Comment by Kelly — November 12, 2010 @ 13:59

  5. Wee! How (offically) exciting! I’m going to Spain next yr and I am soooo excited.

    Comment by Laura — November 12, 2010 @ 14:00

  6. Socks…I have twice as many as I need these days! 🙂 I do like the DryMax fabric, you can see them at this link:

    Road Runner Sports also have them under their own brand name. They work great but I recommend washing them a few times to soften them up, they just feel better after a little wear.

    Happy feet = Happy runner

    – Richard

    Comment by Richard Blalock — November 12, 2010 @ 14:05

  7. Dude. I’ve been checked out since yesterday afternoon. I’m coasting for the next 2.5 hours. And am totally cool with admitting it.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 12, 2010 @ 14:49

  8. Oooooo ooo oo ooooo, I’m coming with you to Spain!! I may have given up on WR but dangit, let’s get a marathon in together in Spain. Well, not togeher together cuz you’re like 4 hours faster than I am, but whatever…we’d be on the course together for about 12 seconds :).

    Happy weekend!!! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — November 12, 2010 @ 14:55

  9. So are you putting in your last long run this weekend before WR taper??? I’m starting to become a ball of nerves… just get me through this…

    May the next 3 weeks go smoothly for you so that you can get down here and rock the Rock.

    Comment by Lesley @ — November 12, 2010 @ 14:57

    • Just finished the last long run a few hours ago. CRAZY. I feel like I just started training…oh wait…. hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 13, 2010 @ 14:44

  10. Hahahaha, “let’s be honest, we’re all mentally checked out at this point.” Love it. I always get jealous when I’m commenting on blogs during my lunch break and I realize that you guys are four hours ahead of me and probably almost done with your work day, and I’m not at all… have fun playing with the Nike+!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 12, 2010 @ 15:53

  11. I wonder when I’ll be seeing that in my mail! LOL! *envious =)

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 12, 2010 @ 17:23

  12. Hooray for running faster, hooray for Boston! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — November 12, 2010 @ 19:13

  13. Cotton socks? You’ve really been wearing cotton socks? And you’re going to keep on wearing cotton socks? Girl, buy some proper running socks, yesterday.

    Comment by Flo — November 12, 2010 @ 20:14

    • I am such a bad runner girl! I don’t do anything a “normal/serious” runner should! I think I’m going to wear cotton socks for my easy run and “runner” socks for the hard workouts, which I bought a couple pair. Yesterday in fact 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 13, 2010 @ 14:46

      • “I think I’m going to wear cotton socks for my easy run and “runner” socks for the hard workouts”

        Comment by Flo — November 13, 2010 @ 14:55

      • Because, and this might be inaccurate but it’s what I’ve noticed, my feet really only sweat (or a noticable amount at least) when I do the harder workots. It could just be the cooler weather as I never thought to think about it during the wamer months. But the podiatrist was really going on about the sweating. I guess in some ways it’s also because I think that my feet get beat up more during harder runs but I’m 99.99% sure that thinking is wrong. To make a long response short: sweat. I’ll have to reevaluate once winter is over. It’s tricky now to gauge sweat because on most runs I don’t with the temps where they are!

        Another thing is cost. I simply can’t afford to buy socks to last me through a laundry cycle. And I can’t afford to do laundry every week. I think that yucky unwashed socks wouldn’t be the best thing for my feet 😉

        Comment by marathonmaiden — November 13, 2010 @ 15:07

      • They are pricey, but the good thing is they last for years, some of mine are on 3 years. I’m just surprised you’re wearing cotton since it’s one of the most basic “stay away from” warnings and especially with your history of serious foot problems, it seems you’d really want to follow the doctor’s advice.

        For me, it’s not sweat as much as abrasion, wicking socks feel so much better and softer that I don’t even buy all cotton regular socks anymore. And I’ve been known to wear a pair again before laundry because if you’re only taking it out for an hour or 2 (and you don’t sweat) there’s no ick factor there, really.

        Comment by Flo — November 13, 2010 @ 15:18

      • Now that you say wicking socks cause less abrasion, I’m very inclined to agree. I honestly never thought about it like that (the doctor also was talking about abrasions at my “appt”) nor have I ever really been told anything re: cotton socks being a serious warning. I had always thought it was peeps being up on high horses (not saying you are at all but most of the people I had talked too weren’t the most newbie friendly)

        Yet another case of being really green to running! Sometimes I feel like I don’t know nothing! Sadly I’m not in the position to buy more. I think it’ll end up being a case of buying a pair or two when I can. Good to know that they last awhile though, the doctor I saw said that if I wore one during the marathon I’d likely have to end up throwing it out after.

        Comment by marathonmaiden — November 13, 2010 @ 15:36

      • I have about 4 million pairs of stanky running socks I could send your way… the expensive ones (Balega might be my favorite, though I loved Smartwool for New England winters) almost last TOO long in that they get really disgusting yet never have any holes in them, so I don’t throw them out.

        For what it’s worth, I usually wear men’s socks (because I have kind of big feet, size 10) and so I just supplement with the 3-6 packs of no-show polyester blend athletic socks from asics or whoever. Sometimes you can find them at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx, which makes it like $3 or 4 a pair instead of $9 or 10.

        Comment by kristinschleicher — November 13, 2010 @ 19:01

      • Bahahah to sending me stanky socks. I have huge feet too! I think I’m going to hit up Marshalls soon. I freaking love that store even though it’s so hit or miss.

        Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 16:39

  14. …and congrats on the Boston confirmation! 🙂

    Comment by Flo — November 12, 2010 @ 20:16

  15. AHHHHH BOSTON!!!! I am insanely excited for you 😀

    Comment by Samantha — November 13, 2010 @ 09:42

  16. Books and clothes are always on the top of my list!! And I am so thrilled for you and Boston – if I could I’d be there with you in a second!

    Comment by Ameena — November 13, 2010 @ 12:47

  17. I do have a pair of real running socks and I only wear them on long runs. I just can’t justify wearing them on my 3-4 mile runs! I mean cotton wont hurt me and I have been wearing it for years – my feet are used to it! Plus I always played bball in cotton socks! Hope you are having a great weekend!

    Comment by J — November 13, 2010 @ 13:00

  18. i had a nike+. it worked pretty good for easy runs, but unless you re-calibrate it to a tempo/speed pace it’ll be off on those runs. but, no biggie. i have a feeling you’ll override the nike+ on speed runs with the mile markers you know.

    yes, post a pic of that bank statement so i can withdraw some funds! 😉 hizzah is a new one for me.

    Comment by lindsay — November 13, 2010 @ 13:36

    • Ummm because I’m technology not-so-savvy, want to shoot me an email with deets telling me how to use it?! I feel like a 5 year old…oh wait I forgot, we live in 2010 so babies come out of the womb knowing this stuff. That makes me feel old hahahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 13, 2010 @ 14:47

  19. 5 a.m. after three nights of clinics! Dang, woman you are my hero!! I could not agree more with you about the email making it semi-official but getting it the mail makes it so real!
    Love the Q&A….. I like getting to know you better, sorry if that sounds really creepy ha!
    Let’s get a group of us to go to Spain and run a marathon there, can you imagine?? I really would love to go there!

    Comment by janae — November 13, 2010 @ 20:51

    • Not creapy at all — or maybe it is creapy but I feel the same way hahahah. I’d love to go to Spain to run a marathon but I don’t think my bank account would. At all. Maybe someday when I’m rich and famous. Then I can fly everyone over to run and party 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 16:41

  20. NOOOOOO!!! singapore!! Singapore! I hope that at least makes your top 5 list? 😉

    Hee hee, it’s no surprise to me at all that you made it. but dang, doesn’t it feel like college apps all over again?

    Comment by sophia — November 14, 2010 @ 01:05

    • Too funny that you say singapore because when I read your comment I was just talking about how one of my really good friends is in singapore and I can’t wait for her to get back so I can see her. Maybe I should venture there hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 16:43

  21. I completely STOLE that image…super fun and happy.

    ANd yep…again with the Spain front….it is one of my favorite countries and I always just feel super balanced and happy and ALIVE there. I hope to get to Sevilla in 2011.

    What cooking book would you like?

    Comment by specialkphd — November 14, 2010 @ 06:00

    • I might not be there in 2011 but hopefully someday! And cook book?! Hmmmm something that makes really simple American style meals with few ingredients. There are probably a billion that fit that description hahah. Or something authentically Spanish. When I was taking Spanish last year my TA was from Cordoba and he made the most excellent food ever!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 16:46

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