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December 14, 2010

MM’s Whole Truth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:26

Enough heckling (*cough*Lacey*cough*).  I’ve finally finished my “Whole Truths” post.  It wasn’t sooo hard to answer the questions but it came down to the fact that I wanted the answers to be blog friendly 😉

And enough heckling (not that there really was any per se) about me running on my silly/stupid effing leg. Even though I spent a combined hour stretching and foam rolling and woke up pain free, I “borrowed” my roomie’s university ID and spent 70 *glorious* minutes on the elliptical.

I felt like Russell while watching all the people running on the TM. They looked bored too. But didn't they know they got to RUN?!

Clearly the glorious-ness was sarcasm (which, by the way, there is a great need for a font for).  But I didn’t run.  Fingers crossed that my leg responds well!

I was going to do a spin workout but the only bikes that were free were the recumbent ones. I also rolled and discovered that my hipflexor in the “bad” leg is SO TIGHT and SO WEAK. I’m not saying that it’s the problem but it can’t be helping too much so I started up the PT exercises that I used last spring and there definitely was a huge difference in range of motion and strength between the legs.  In the “bad leg” I really could feel the problem area being worked.  No pain but I don’t think I’ve really targeted those muscles in awhile.  Guess that means that I should really start to lift again! I also got my pushups (21, 25, 21, 21, 33) and situps (32, 38, 32, 32, 50) in as well (this was W4D1)

And yes I know that ibuprofen, while my drug, isn’t good to take long term and I’ve actually stopped taking it because I’m not taking it regularly enough for it to truly act in the way I want to (reduce any possible inflammation).  So there 😛

Onto happier / less annoyed news: yesterday in the mail I received this baby from a friend in Dallas:

My name in the paper ❤

where it informed me that I was, in fact, 8th woman.  I don’t know where I saw 9th (*cough*stupid WR website*cough*) but it’s in the papers that I was 8th.  So there.  I’m calling it the truth and since the title of this post is MM’s Whole Truth it’s got to be right.  Plus it’s in print.  You can’t really retract that baby. I think I’m going to frame it

Now actually onto the title of the post…

So Lacey did this little thing earlier this week last week (?) that she titled “The Whole Truth” and the idea was to answer the questions as best as you could.  Apparently Mark Bittman did this in a magazine and Lacey liked it.  Since I like her (and my posts will likely be boring until Boston training starts up again) I decided to copy.  Originally I think she wanted people to answer these and send them to her so she could post a big version but I missed that memo.  Sorry for stealing your thunder Lacey! (I also didn’t answer all the questions because I couldn’t come up with answers that I felt comfy sharing on the blog). And I deleted Bittman’s answers so if you want to check out his you can go back to Lacey’s original post of the Whole Truth


If I could say one thing to myself 20 years ago…

You are one helluva strong person.  Keep your head up (granted 20 years ago I was only 4 but I think the message should have been reinforced from a really young age 🙂 )

My favorite place in the world…

Someplace warm and sunny

Yes this is a real place 🙂

The lesson I keep learning over and over…

I’m MUCH stronger than I think

The movie I watch when I want to laugh…

Zoolander. Although Tropic Thunder is giving it a run for it’s monaaaaaaaaaay.

Thanks google

The most scared I’ve ever been…

Well I’m not going to post the *most* scared but one time that I’ve been terrified was the night before starting 6th grade.  There were lots of changes in my life at that point too and going from elementary to middle school was terrifying.

No one knows I…

Well now everyone will know it but when I was in middle I acted like I was from the hood.  For real.  I’m from a really nice suburb.  Awkward.

Unhealthiest thing I’ve ever passed off as dinner…

Well I don’t really cook.  My idea of dinner most nights is a can of tuna and some steamed veggies (mostly because I work lots of clinic nights and it’s easy) [Edit: I eat the tuna with italian dressing so it’s not sooo bad hah!].  I guess that’s something that I’ve tried to pass off as dinner.  I have tried to pass off an ice cream sundae as breakfast before.  My mom wasn’t too happy about that when she discovered me and my younger sister eating it before school one day!

Personal philosophy…

The Platinum Rule (aka treat others the way they want to be treated)

Book that changed my life…

Where the Wild Things Are.  Don’t judge: it was the first book I could read on my own and thus sparked my reading obsession.

I unwind by…

Running, talking to friends, being pen pals with friends (heyyyyyyyy I am an old soul! Heck yes to the letter! And especially this time of year when I can write long Christmas cards!), getting lost in a good book.

Proudest moment in my career…

Getting my undergraduate degree and, much more recently, having the CEO of the clinic tell me she was really impressed with how I handle myself with patients, providers, board members and the press.

What keeps me up at night…

Usually things that are out of my control.

I define “downtime” as…

Moments where I feel zero stress

Coffee or tea?

I’m leaning towards coffee at the moment. Scary because I NEVER drank the stuff until entering the work force.

Guiltiest pleasure…

Watching marathons of America’s Next Top Model or The Biggest Loser

Fierce. Thanks google.

My mom was right about…

Things often have a strange way of working themselves out.

My mom was wrong about…

Raising 6 kids in a 3 bedroom house being a good idea.

thanks google (yet again)

The last time I lost my temper was…

Coming home from the airport after my Dallas trip.  I’m going to blame the fact that I was really hungry but I totally freaked out on two of my younger sibs. I think my sister was saying that she wasn’t going to keep her cat away from me and my brother kept making jokes about how Texas = stupidity (it was a spongebob joke but still.  I lost it).

My favorite moment of the day…

Waking up right before the alarm goes off and the covers are all comfy

I wish I had more time for…


I always make time for…

Running. And friends (just so you don’t think I’m totally running obsessed 😉 )

I’m currently reading…

Harry Potter et L’ecole des Sorciers.  Plus a John Grisham novel when thinking in French is too much intellectual stimulation 😉

Home means...

Talking without words (and I wrote that and thought that some of you pervert would misinterperet. But I’m goingto keep my original answer and clarify: Comfortable silence)

Check out the giveaway from Amanda(Run to the Finish)


  1. 70 minutes on the elliptical? How was that?

    Comment by Matt — December 14, 2010 @ 14:35

  2. I want to go right to that spot in your first picture – someplace warm and sunny and gorgeous! I love random stuff, so I loved reading this post!

    Comment by Terri — December 14, 2010 @ 15:07

  3. WTH is that pic? Some kind of crater lake? A hole in the ozone?
    I too am one of 6 coming out of a 3-bedroom house…insane!

    Comment by Marcia — December 14, 2010 @ 15:09

  4. Canned tuna is a regular, huh?

    I need to teach you how to cook. For reals.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 14, 2010 @ 15:44

  5. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve got 70 minutes on the elliptical coming up tomorrow. It’s good for us.

    Oh man, canned tuna and steamed veggies. Ummm, I guess canned tuna is healthy and cheap, but so gross! Do you at least cover it in hot sauce or something?

    Comment by Jess — December 14, 2010 @ 15:47

  6. Canned tuna … I need to come and cook for you! 🙂 You are tougher than you think!!

    Comment by Jaime — December 14, 2010 @ 17:08

  7. I had no idea you had 5 siblings! That makes you strong right there having to share bedrooms growing up….haha

    Comment by Jenny — December 14, 2010 @ 18:21

  8. awesome responses!!!!!!! i especially like the platinum rule!!!!!! that is exactly ON the money. i love it and have never heard of it before.

    zoolander!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love that movie!!!!

    and heck yeah ANTM. i used to be obsessssed. i watched it w/ my mom one time and her response, “Tyra is so mean” lol . .. it was like toward the beginning when there were a lot of girls and Tyra was “weeding” them out etc. but… do you think it has gone downhill? i really do. it feels way less classy and more trashy. like the girls are more teeny bopper/ younger (well i am older, but still, they come across as way less mature). so i don’t really watch anymore. but i love the early seasons of it!!!

    Comment by Lacey — December 14, 2010 @ 18:30

    • TOTALLY DOWNHILL. I feel so old too when I watch it. The early season are the BOMB. Danielle was my fav. Always will be too I think. But the marathons just suck me in. No matter what season it is!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 15, 2010 @ 19:57

  9. I LOVE Zoolander! And I love ANTM. I never watch it religiously, but always watch the marathons!

    Comment by Caroline — December 14, 2010 @ 19:43

    • That’s probably the only time that I watch it too hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 15, 2010 @ 19:56

  10. Great post! I loved Lacey’s Whole Truths! SO much fun! I am glad you got to the gym for Elliptical. I am sure that and the exercises will help your knee feel better!

    Comment by J — December 14, 2010 @ 20:00

  11. Enjoyed reading this.. I might do it too… I totally love ANTM marathons.. I don’t even know why haha it’s possibly the dumbest show ever but I’m hooked!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — December 15, 2010 @ 06:36

  12. 6 kids in a 3 bedroom house?!? That’s way too much inevitability of having to poop while someone else is in the shower- and vice versa- for me.

    Comment by Chelsea — December 15, 2010 @ 06:43

  13. Great responses! And hey, that compliment from the CEO is really mega. I’m not surprised…you seem like a woman with a good head on her shoulders, crazy mileage aside. Maybe the whole having five siblings thing helped with that.

    Comment by sarah — December 15, 2010 @ 08:34

    • Yeah, I mean if I could get 20+ years of murder free living then I’m good for life 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 15, 2010 @ 19:57

  14. ANTM and Biggest Loser are compete opposite ends of the spectrum…

    Comment by Lindsay — December 15, 2010 @ 13:27

  15. Aww–reading Harry Potter en francais!! I do that with my level 5 kids! As-tu lu Le Petit Prince? C’est mon livre favori!

    Comment by Lindsay — December 15, 2010 @ 13:33

  16. Nothing wrong with calling opening a can cooking, right? And I’m impressed at your French skills. And also your freakin’ 8th place at White Rock! Wow–you go!

    Comment by MissZippy1 — December 15, 2010 @ 15:51

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  18. haha, i love that you acted like you were from the hood. that made me laugh. Great post. Hope the PT and XT are working on the leg – PT and foam rolling have worked really well for me 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — December 15, 2010 @ 19:48

  19. I love this post idea! Well done 🙂

    And I’m glad that I’m not the only closet America’s Next Top Model watcher!

    Comment by Page Spicer — December 20, 2010 @ 00:32

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