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December 20, 2010

Things I’ve Learned: Weekend Edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:23

I typed out a post just now but deleted it because even I couldn’t stand how teenager whiny I sounded.  Especially because I was just bitching and moaning. Nothing positive.  No bright side. So I’ve turned it into things I’ve learned this weekend.  Because learning is ALWAYS positive. And fun.

  • If it’s 8 days until Christmas then good luck finding those gingerbread kits.  Because my friend and I wanted to make real gingerbread houses Friday night but decided to at 2100 that night.  Meaning we could have made the dough for the walls but decorating would have to wait.  And let’s face it: decorating is what gingerbread house making is all about.  After hitting up several stores searching for those $10 kits there was nothing in sight.  So we said “Eff it” and watched Iron Man 2 instead.


Or maybe eating it's the best. Thanks google for the image

  • Sleeping in until 1000 isn’t a bad thing.  Unless of course you have a billion things to do during the day.  Luckily that wasn’t really the case for me on Saturday when my alarm went off at 0845 and I fell back asleep until a little past 1000.  But it felt glorious.  And lazy. I also did this, but to a not-as-late degree, on Sunday morning.  Mostly because it was cold in my apartment (see a later lesson for why) and because
  • Late nights at the GCB (the Graduate Center Bar, literally in the basement of a building at the university) are fun.  It’s essentially a dive bar and I tend to shy away from it because I’m not a student but the drink are extremely cheap (and relatively strong) and there are graduate students there.  Hotttttt. I also think that it was this late night (coupled with restless sleep because it was cold in my room) lead to the sleeping in Sunday morning.  So worth it.


Good times with good friends = awesomeness. Not taken Saturday night though.

  • Running post-breakfast is a good idea and leads to good running for me. Although it’s tough to get my butt out the door because I’ll get sucked into the internet vortex or the good book that I’m currently reading.  And even if I manage to pry myself away it takes FOREVER to actually put the running clothes on and get out there. Lesson: do this on days where I have nowhere to be.
  • But once I got out there it was amazing! Lesson: sunny runs and runs where I’ve let my body wake up are the bestest. On Saturday I ended up with 10.8 miles, first double digit post-WR and it was definitely the FASTEST, by a long shot, post-WR. Again, the pace isn’t where I’d love it to be but it was 0:02 away from being within McMillian’s easy pace/LR pace.  So I’m thrilled. The day was perfect for it too: 36* and sunny.  Definitely beats the teens and dark that I’ve been doing during the week.  Sunday was a shorter but equally fast (like 0:01 seconds off that easy pace) run in some cloudy, yet warmish, day.  It felt like it was going to snow though.  Boo.  But both runs kicked booty AND ended with LMPs (last mile parties) and WAY fast splits. Leading me to my next lesson:
  • Rolling, stretching, PT exercises are good.Coupled with the Pushups ( 29, 33, 29, 29, 40 ) and Situps ( 45, 50, 45, 45, 70 ) I’ve been doing my body is feeling good and on that Saturday run I was pain free.  Holler.  I’m feeling like a better/stronger/faster/less hurting runner.  This can only help me in the long term.
  • As can checking the oil burner more frequently (what you thought this would be 100% running?!) Because on Friday we ran out of oil and spent 2.5 days with no heat.  Let’s just say mid-December in New England is not the best time to do so and apparently my apartment, being nice and glorious in it’s antiquity, is not well insulated.  AKA we burned through our oil wicked fast, like 3 weeks fast.  Luckily we finally went out to buy a wrench and bleed the line so we have heat.  I feel incredibly BAMF for being able to bleed the line myself now.  Like a regular MacGyver

thanks google images

  • So I spent most of the whole day working on my bloggy secret santa gift (SORRY TO THE PERSON I HAVE. I’m 99.99% sure it’ll come the Monday after Christmas! I’ll have it in the mail before obviously but I have no idea if it’ll get to you in time), catching up on blogs (as well as reading through the blogs of some new commenters!) and watching the first season of Chuck.  Because Chuck is an awesome show.

And he's a wicked cute nerd, like me 😉 Thanks google images

  • And finally, after staying out way late for two nights and sleeping in for two days Monday mornings suck. I normally don’t care too much about Monday mornings but man it is ROUGH getting out of bed at 0545 (or getting into bed before 2300 the night before!) after getting out of the habit.  And the running isn’t too stellar usually as was the case this morning.  But, after having pain free and fast and AWESOME runs for the past 4 days, I can’t say that the dud of a run this morning was all that awful. And I will say that Monday morning runs are worth it because I get to see my friendly older pair of men walking the pathway when I’m out that early.  They’re always so upbeat and happy and I smile when I pass them and tell them to have a great morning/week/whatever.

What about y’all. Any lessons learned this weekend?

Check out the giveaway from Janae (Hungry Girl Runner) and Julie (HotLegsRunner)

1. Vacation: beach or mountains?

2. Luggage: check it or carry it on?

3. Bed: make it or leave it a rumpled comfy mess?

4. Races: smaller or bigger?

5. Toilet paper roll: over or under?

6. Pancakes: thick and fluffy or thin and crepe-like?

7. Alarm: get up or hit snooze?


  1. I found a gingerbread house at a craft store here!! I’m so impressed with all your pushups. I think I’m going to start using that program!

    Comment by Lindsay — December 20, 2010 @ 09:05

  2. The internet vortex is no joke. My weekends ALWAYS start the same. Make breakfast. Eat while watching food network (or E! if E! News or The Soup is on) and spend an excessive amount of time on facebook/google reader. There is no exception. Getting up and actually being productive is always necessary and feels good, but it’s just hard to initially do it…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 20, 2010 @ 09:12

    • It’s such an all or nothing thing! That’s exactly what my weekends are too.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  3. Are you in Providence? (Feel free to delete this if you don’t want your exact location known.) I went to college there and basically lived at the GCB my senior year. I have many, many fond memories of that place.

    Comment by Tracy — December 20, 2010 @ 09:13

    • Yes I am. Too funny that you know what the GCB is! I’m not a student there so I don’t frequently but it’s definitely fun.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  4. Ok, I had to laugh at your email message to me last night about the gift cuz that’s just too funny considering the person you are giving it to. Will email you on that in a bit :).

    Ahhh, MacGyver – was totally infatuated with him once upon a time. Good times back then :).

    I see gingerbread house kits here and there and keep thinking I’d get one for the boys…but then I know I’d just end up doing it and it’d never get done. I have too much blog reading to do :).

    Happy Monday!!

    Comment by Jill — December 20, 2010 @ 09:25

  5. Ugh, I’m with you. Monday morning runs are the bane of my existence. Sounds like a pretty great weekend though 🙂

    Comment by Tiina — December 20, 2010 @ 10:06

  6. I don’t think I have slept until 10 in about 4 years. LOL.

    Comment by Matt — December 20, 2010 @ 10:10

  7. hoooray for being pain-free!! That’s awesome. And geez, I would not want to be without heat in NE in December – yikes! The only things I learned this weekend involved biochemistry and nutritional research. fun times. 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — December 20, 2010 @ 10:12

  8. Internet vortex is a very apt description. Like you, I had far too much fun this weekend and this morning was awful!!! But at least I made it. I learned that it is not wise to forget my glass of water between glasses of wine (which is how I usually stay hangover-free!) And no heat – girl!!! Do you have any kind of back-up heat? Like those little ceramic heaters or did you just bundle up and suffer for two days? Glad you had some good runs, though!

    Comment by Terri — December 20, 2010 @ 11:20

  9. YES YES for pain-free double-dig miles!! foam rolling saves my life! late night weekends mke painful monday mornings soooo worth it! 🙂
    I hope your week is off to a great start, Christmas will be here before we know it!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — December 20, 2010 @ 13:14

  10. I have no idea what bleed the line means — that sounds fancy and like something I would mess up. You’re like a fixer-upper handywoman! I think all I learned this weekend is that jetlag is a bitch! 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — December 20, 2010 @ 13:44

    • “Bleeding the line” = opening a valve to let the air drain out. Nothing fancy at all hahah. But I’m sure proud I did it 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  11. It is 11:14am. I woke up late and I am having my brekky and some coffee while commenting on your blog. But I am late. Very late actually, for my Monday long run. I’m lazy. But I need to do it. Ugh. But I know I won’t regret it. I just need to get out my door ;p

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — December 20, 2010 @ 14:15

  12. Love the VORTEX reference! But, educate me on BAMF? I am familiar with BIF (Butt-in-Front) in reference to some women’s pooch.

    Are you gonna try for another gingerbread house?!! The decorating is the most fun and you get to eat all the extra candies!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — December 20, 2010 @ 15:55

    • BAMF = bad @ass mother f$%^$% 🙂 And I probs won’t try again on the gingerbread house. I’ve lost my motivation!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  13. there’s this company called FedEx. they do this really cool thing called express shipping. i mailed mine out today via usps and it is supposed to get there in advance so… basically… you’re slack. 😉

    jk. late-fun mail is better than junk mail.

    actually when i was at the stores friday (walmart and publix – a grocery store) i saw plenty of g-bread houses. that’s the gangsta thug version of gingerbread that i just made up, since i’m a hip hop artist now.

    Comment by lindsay — December 20, 2010 @ 19:13

  14. I wish I had the time to run post breakfast but I can’t see eating at 3am. LOL.

    Comment by Detroit Runner — December 20, 2010 @ 20:52

  15. I find I actually hate running post-meal.. weird, huh? My stomach needs to be completely empty or it won’t feel good. But then the days I do eat, I (obviously) notice I have more energy to run. Soooo it’s like a no win situation..

    Comment by Caroline — December 20, 2010 @ 22:25

    • I can’t run with food in my stomach either so I had to wait 3 hours post-brekkie to run. annoying but my legs had fuel

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  16. Good thing my fam already made my gingerbread house!! PHEW–merry Christmas 🙂

    Comment by Jess — December 20, 2010 @ 23:10

  17. Oh how I miss early Monday morning runs! Soon I will be back out there as long as we don’t get any more snow! Rolling and stretching are the best! I can really tell the difference and doing it even 15 minutes a day has been amazing!

    Comment by J — December 21, 2010 @ 07:56

  18. hehehe, I love this post! I am super impressed that you fixed your heat. I’m not even sure what “bled the line” means, but you are fo’ sho’ a BAMF.

    And props on the double digit run! 6 weeks post-marathon and I am just getting into 10+ mile territory. Send me some motivation, k?

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — December 21, 2010 @ 09:49

    • “Bleeding the line” = opening a valve to let the air drain out. I’ll send motivation your way. Although you might be stealing all of what I have! It’s been tough for me to do anything more than easy. So I haven’t been.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  19. You are funny.. We ran out of oil in college and I was FREEZING!!! Go get a Snuggie ASAP..

    Happy holidays.

    Comment by Tall Mom — December 21, 2010 @ 11:40

  20. Oh yes MacGyver – I had the biggest crush on him when I was a kid! Him and Face from The A-Team.

    Trader Joe’s has the gingerbread houses! I saw them a couple of days ago.

    Comment by Ameena — December 21, 2010 @ 12:39

  21. sleeping in is the BESSSSSSST

    Comment by aron — December 21, 2010 @ 13:09

  22. My daughter wanted one of those kits and we can’t find them either!

    I still haven’t gotten to the PO to mail my gift out either. ugh.

    Comment by Shelly — December 21, 2010 @ 14:29

    • I sent mine out this morning. Hopefully it gets there in time to my bloggy!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 21, 2010 @ 14:46

  23. Aw, what’s wrong? I’m glad you decided to force yourself to focus on positive things, though. I hope you feel better now, basking in what you learned! 😉

    Comment by sophia — December 21, 2010 @ 16:58

  24. sunny post breaky runs… bliss! So glad you are enjoying this time. Makes me smile! And pain free running, woohoo.

    Comment by lindsay — December 21, 2010 @ 20:19

  25. I’m way behind on everything, but glad you’re pain free! The card was super cute!

    Comment by Jess — December 21, 2010 @ 22:54

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