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November 14, 2010

Quite The Weekend

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 11:53

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy there everyone!

First: I’m really glad birthdays come only once a year. Especially now as I get older.  I’m pretty sure that my liver is out of love with me after this weekend.

And no joke this song came on exactly as the clock struck midnight.

BUT before the shenanigans of this weekend, I had my last long run before WR. And I can’t believe I just typed that out.  Because I registered, ummmmm, 20 days ago.  But I’ll be racing (or with any luck be done) in three weeks time.  Crazy, no?

I mean, I’m not going into taper RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE or anything as this upcoming week is going to be intense.  Just that on Saturday I ran what will be was the last of the 20 miles.  The next LR will be 17-18 and then *real* taper.  It’s going to feel really weird to be done with training so soon after starting.

But based on my long run yesterday I bet that the endgame will be sooooo totally worth it.

I met up with a friend who I met on RWOL in the marathon dailies crew.  Interestingly enough he is NOT training for a marathon so I’m lucky that he was willing to run this 20 with me.  On the weather front it was damn near perfect for running.  The start of the run was cool (39*) but it ended up being about 60* by the end. I was a bit overdressed by the time we finished as I was freezing on the drive over! Better overdressed than under dressed I suppose.

But I guess that’s what I get for wanting to start the run at 0800: cold to start but the sun warms things up as you go along.  But round one of celebration was the night before and I wasn’t about to get up any earlier than necessary hahah.  Side note: Round one was with my roomie to her school’s graduate student bar (which is subsidized by the university itself meaning cheap drinks! How cool?!) where I discovered that I am quite good at darts.  Like scary good.  Which totally made it up to my teammate for my being horrendous at pool.

The late night didn’t end up affecting the run negatively at all. The splits ended up being:

  1. 7:36 (entirely downhill and when my friend said that it was a sub-8 pace I said WHOA!)
  2. 8:10
  3. 8:30
  4. 8:41
  5. 8:54 (first hill!)
  6. 8:49 (second hill)
  7. 8:37
  8. 8:27
  9. 8:01
  10. 8:09
  11. 8:09
  12. 8:09
  13. 8:09
  14. 7:50
  15. 7:58
  16. 7:53
  17. 7:59
  18. 8:06
  19. 8:21
  20. 9:19 (entirely uphill and by myself as my friend wanted to slow down and take the last mile lightly)

Total: 20 miles, 2:45:31

The time at the half was 1:49.10 and was actually a PR for the half for the guy I was running with!

The average pace for the first 19 miles (because my friend had a garmin) was 8:14 Ummmm this is my current marathon PR pace.

The average pace for the run with that last really tough mile is 8:16/17 (depending on how you round)?! Ummmm that’s only 3 seconds slower than what I ran Boston in last year. Even more impressive because there were some major hills thrown in there. I think one of them was 12% grade! Whoops? Maybe?

Needless to say I’m pretty freaking pumped to see what WR brings. After today I HAVE to conclude that I’m in much better shape than I thought I was. I honestly never felt like I was running as fast as the splits indicate.  I think it was because I LOVE running with others.  Not only do the miles pass fast because you’re not alone but the miles pass fast because I always run wayyyy faster with someone else.  I remember running with Lacey last winter on a long run and we just FLEW through the miles.

That and, like I said, I’m finally coming to realize that I’m in really good shape for this race.  I still can’t wrap my mind over the fact that the first 19 miles were at my marathon pr pace.

I also did W1D3 of my “strength routine” when I got back to my place.

Pushups: 11,15,9,9,15

Situps: 17,22,14,14,21

And then it was time to relax before shipping up to Boston to party a bit for round 2 of celebrations

Yay google images

Now it’s Sunday and luckily I had the foresight to do some errands before the weekend started.  Because I’m pretty freaking tired. But the weather is nice so I’ll probably head out for a birthday run…likely within 5 minutes of hitting publish.

Quite the weekend indeed. I love it.

And,this is random but it makes my day bright so I need to share, my sister texted me (right at midnight) to tell me to check FB.  When I did I found this:


And the old spice guy.


  1. Great long run! You will KILL White Rock!

    Comment by Matt — November 14, 2010 @ 11:59

  2. Nice run! And Happy Birthday!

    Comment by Megan — November 14, 2010 @ 12:09

  3. what an awesome run! i totally agree. i seem to float on air when there’s someone willing to run with me. i’ve been struggling to find someone lately. the girl who ran the last marathon with me is taking some time off to swim and bike and our new local running club isn’t starting until january…grrr.

    can’t wait to see how awesome you do in 3 weeks 🙂

    Comment by the dawn — November 14, 2010 @ 13:21

  4. Happy Birthday!!! 🙂 Weekend bdays are seriously the best…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 14, 2010 @ 13:26

  5. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! The picture your sister sent is awesome! Haha. You’re going to be so read for WR :).

    And friend request me on FB: jill andre parker

    Comment by Jill — November 14, 2010 @ 14:46

  6. Yoooowza to the 20-miler. You are going to destroy this marathon. As in, you’re gonna make it wish it had never even LIVED, ow! Happy birthday!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 14, 2010 @ 15:29

  7. What a great run!!

    Comment by Lindsay — November 14, 2010 @ 15:32

  8. It’s your birthday??? Happy Birthday!! And hoooray for an amazing 20 miler – you are for sure in great shape for the race and will kill it, most def. Yay for running buddies too 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — November 14, 2010 @ 16:09

  9. Happy birthday! That run sounds like a great birthday present. Did your foot behave?

    Comment by Jess — November 14, 2010 @ 16:59

    • A great run is always a great birthday present. And yup my foot behaved. It’s sooooo annoying how on or off it is. Makes it hard for me to self diagnose hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 19:03

  10. Yay for the last long run before the race! How was it running with a friend?! And crazy that he was willing to run so far yet not training for anything!

    Glad the run went so well! I seriously admire you for how speedy you are and how you keep improving!

    Comment by emily — November 14, 2010 @ 17:01

    • Awww thanks girl! I love running with others and I totally think that was why I was able to push myself during the run as much as I did.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 19:04

  11. happy birthday!!!! just go back and read your old posts. you’ve gotten WAY fast!

    p.s. does this dude have the hots for you? twenty miles is far. just sayin’ 😉

    Comment by kristinschleicher — November 14, 2010 @ 18:54

    • Bahahaha nope. He’s married with 2 kids! I met him on RW and neither one of us runs with other people so we thought it’d be fun to have a forum dailies meetup.

      And YAY for me getting fast. It’s crazy scary to me!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 14, 2010 @ 19:05

  12. Happy Birthday!!!! [Edited] — 20 miles is far haha. But good for having a running buddy to do it with!

    Comment by Kelly — November 14, 2010 @ 19:40

  13. happy birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! dang don’t even give us any warning. i mean i would’ve mailed something if i had warning. haha. probably not… i am incapable of mailing things. buying stamps? too hard.

    Comment by lindsay — November 14, 2010 @ 21:16

  14. Did your legs catch fire at that pace? I absolutely love running with people too… today’s 20-miler was loooooooonely. Wish I could keep up with you at WR… you’ll have eaten up all the goodies way way before I get there!

    Comment by Lesley @ — November 14, 2010 @ 22:37

  15. Happy Birthday!!! I just stumbled across your blog and am LOVING it!

    Congrats on a great run! We would be perfect running buddies, we’re pretty much the exact same pace 🙂

    Comment by BIOCHEMISTA — November 15, 2010 @ 01:53

  16. Happy birthday!! Sounds like you lived it up and had a great time! Nice to see you had someone to run your long run with….I’m extremely jealous.

    Comment by Jenny — November 15, 2010 @ 08:10

  17. Way to go on the run!!! and Happy Birthday!!!!! I can’t wait to see how you do at WR!

    Comment by Chelsea — November 15, 2010 @ 09:19

  18. Dude, that’s a wicked long run! You are going to rock the marathon. Can’t wait to see your time 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — November 15, 2010 @ 10:47

  19. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! What an amazing run! You are so freaking speedy!! Glad you got a lot of celebrating in and girl you must be in SUPERHUMAN shape if you could run that fast after a late night like that!! Once again you are my hero and I love the music videos!

    Comment by janae — November 15, 2010 @ 11:01

  20. Happy birthday!! Way to celebrate. Next year, start running a mile for every year old you are. THAT would be wicked cool.

    Comment by sarah — November 15, 2010 @ 11:51

  21. Fantastic run! You are going to KILL that race, no question about it.

    Comment by Flo — November 15, 2010 @ 12:19

  22. Happy late/belated birthday! Great job on that 20 miler! seriously awesome pace! Isn’t it an amazing feeling when you are like “wow I am faster than I thought!”

    Comment by J — November 16, 2010 @ 07:34

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