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November 15, 2010

Recovering From The Weekend. A Case of the Too-Much.

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Happy Monday y’all! Hope your weekend was as great as mine: too much running, dancing, drinking, eating and having fun 🙂

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, both here and FB.  Yesterday was definitely the best birthday I’ve EVER had.

After I hit publish yesterday I got an amazing birthday run in.  The temps were ultimate fall and the sun was shining.  My legs even felt surprisingly springy considering the weekend’s activities of long runs and celebrating the day I blessed the world with my presence.

I ended up running while the sun was low in the sky, not quite dusk but it felt way late.  In reality it was only 13 or 1400 but it felt way later.  Definitely different from watching the sun RISE every other day.

It was an interesting run because I had been driven home by my friends from Boston and lots of coffee was drunk along the ride.  It’s not even that far of a drive! So while the run was great, it was frequented by a couple of stops.  I can now tell you the friendliest and unfriendliest places to ask to use the restroom now.  Which is never an useless thing I suppose.

After the run my roomie took me out to dinner at Red Stripe which is an American/French restaurant in Providence.  I ate the Red Stripe Grilled Cheese and it was amazing. I’m going to pretend, however, that massive amounts of butter are actually GOOD for your arteries when it’s your birthday.  I’m definitely not shy with my butter usage but my fancy grilled cheese was quite buttery.  And amazing. Sadly there are no leftovers for lunch today.

It was a lot of fun to dress up for another night and go out to dinner.  On a VISTA budget I never go out to eat.  No pictures because, well, I’m not a food blogger so I never carry my camera around like that.  Normally I wouldn’t even mention going out to dinner on the blog but it was just the ultimate way to end my birthday: A nice relaxing good meal.

As was the fact that the Patriots won.

Thanks Boston Globe Sports

❤ my Pats

My Monday started with my alarm going off at 0500 (funny tangent: 0500 was the time I went to bed Saturd well I guess it was Sunday morning at this point, and my thought was “Gee this is what time I’m waking up on Monday.  Oops”) and, well, let’s just say that I ate A LOT of dinner the night before.  AK A I’m typing this at noon and have yet to actually be hungry today. No GI distress or anything (surprisingly) but it was weird to be running while still full.  Normally I’m decently hungry when I get up in the mornings.

In any case all the running and dancing from this weekend took its toll on my legs and this morning I was feeling a bit achy. It was a pretty intense weekend after all. And my body in general was tired, as when my alarm went off I kept hitting snooze.  Although when it went off I woke up with a start and had no idea where I was.

I tried to get an easy run in but, even after cutting the planned distance short before leaving my apartment, I also cut it short once I started.  My pace was so slow, even taking into account the achyness that I figured it wasn’t worth it to keep going. So I still got a run in just not as far as I wanted.

At this point I’m beginning the taper process I guess. I still don’t know what that means as this is only my third marathon and my last marathon I was injured so my last 4 weeks of training/tapering were all screwy.  And I’m still weighing the pros vs cons of taking this week as hard/intense.  I definitely think this past week will be my highest mileage week but I’m still at a loss of what workouts to do this week and beyond.  I’m thinking:

  • Tuesday: tempo of ~5.5 miles @ 7-7:15 pace (I’ve given up targeting GMP)
  • Thursday: lr of 17-18 miles
  • Saturday: yasso 800s

Then the following week (which will be T-2 weeks!) I’ll do:

  • Two tempo/GMP runs
  • Long run of 15

Then it’ll be race week.  And that will be maybe a fartlek or something just to get turnover. Thoughts on my taper plan? My mindset is always GO GO GO so it may be too much.

Hmmmm musings this morning while I was running and foam rolling as I also used some of my usual running time to get in some roller love. My hips and glutes are the most achy and it felt good to get in there and mash up my muscles and tendons.  An actual massage would have been nice (even better from a hot male) but I’ll take what I can get.

Now I’m just hoping to make it through Monday without getting sore.  But, after having a really good weekend (seriously really really great) today isn’t that bad.  I even treated myself to DD this morning.  Simple pleasures.

Which is what this comic is.  It’s actually my favorite and I was so sad when it went to Sunday only but then my bro bought me a book of them so it was all good.  But here’s one from a few weeks ago.  It combines running AND football.  Amazing.


  1. Happy birthday! (again)

    How do you like the new roller?

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

    • I like it. I’ve actually had it for quite awhile. Shamefully so and just recently broke it out!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 17, 2010 @ 20:08

  2. Glad you had a good birthday! I just cut back a little for the first week of taper, then a little more the next week, then dramatically for the last week with an extra rest day and runs of just 5-6 miles.

    Comment by Jess — November 15, 2010 @ 14:13

  3. Oh to be young again and out til 5am :). Glad you had a great birthday and a great birthday run! WR is coming up so fast – wow! Wish I were going but one day we’ll meet!! I know it!

    Comment by Jill — November 15, 2010 @ 15:24

  4. A very belated happy birthday to you! Glad you enjoyed your birthday weekend 🙂

    Comment by Laura — November 15, 2010 @ 16:26

  5. A “birthday run”.

    I did’t know there was such a thing… lol

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 15, 2010 @ 16:40

  6. Gotta live it up while you can! Glad you had a fun birthday.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 15, 2010 @ 16:47

  7. Happy Birthday!! I ran a marathon on my last birthday, so I certainly believe in birthday runs! They are the best! Glad you enjoyed your day and weekend! Hope you celebrate all month!!

    Comment by Jaime — November 15, 2010 @ 18:45

    • Considering that I feel so old I think that one weekend will suffice. I’ll end up recovering all month!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 17, 2010 @ 20:09

  8. yay for a great weekend 🙂

    and as far as taper planning- i think planning is lots of fun. just be ready to be flexible if you find you need something other than what is on the plan. you know yourself well enough to know how you will be ready at your best. how’s the toe??? changing the socks fixed it???? btw that doctor is awesome for helping you so much! i love people like that.

    Comment by Lacey — November 15, 2010 @ 21:34

    • The toe’s fine and has been fine for quite some time. I don’t think I’ll ever know if the socks fix anything as my toe thingy is so random when the infections happen! Annoying. And that doc is my new best friend. I plan on seeing him every month when he comes in!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 17, 2010 @ 20:11

  9. I bet your legs will be happy that you listened to the “weekend-revelry-ache-accumulation” and took it easier this morning. It will def pay off. Sounds like it was an AMAZING birthday weekend!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 15, 2010 @ 21:48

  10. so are you a nurse-something-or-other for americorps? glad you had a good birthday! and gahhh i could use a real massage too. my biggest problem is never picking up the phone to schedule one, haha. i’ve been heavily involved with my foam roller lately.

    Comment by lindsay — November 15, 2010 @ 22:55

    • Nope. My official title is “IT Research Coordinator” but I really don’t do either. I’m probably going to ask the title be switched to “Informatics and Pharmaceutical Coordinator” because THAT’S what I do.

      And I don’t think I need to schedule a massage. What I need is a cute boy at my beck and call hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 17, 2010 @ 20:13

  11. I am so glad you had such a great weekend! Butter IS good for your arteries on your birthday and calories don’t count the whole weekend:) Thank you for the comic, that made my day! Great runs women!!! Your marathon is coming up, WAHOO!

    Comment by janae — November 15, 2010 @ 23:13

  12. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great one! It sounds like the training for your next marathon is coming along. Yay! You’re going to do so well, I just know it. Best of luck!

    Comment by The Laminator — November 16, 2010 @ 00:24

  13. Running at dusk IS SO different than running at dawn. I don’t know how to explain it but it must have something to do with the light going away rather than coming up and I just feel like a blind person running at dusk. Hope your tempo run went well!

    Comment by J — November 16, 2010 @ 07:38

    • I agree. I feel like all the monsters are coming out to get me at dusk!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 17, 2010 @ 20:14

  14. I’m so glad you had the best birthday ever! I’m still waiting to be able to say that. LOL!

    Comment by Ameena — November 16, 2010 @ 11:25

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