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January 17, 2011

I Am Such A Bad New Englander

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:17

And apparently a bad blogger. Whoops. Guess I haven’t posted since last week.  Lots of good running going on since I last left y’all.

Friday: 9.1 chilly miles yet slow before heading into work. Ummm I didn’t write anything else about this run in my log book.  That night I did make a really good apple crisp with a friend and hope to post that recipe soon. So moving on…

Saturday: 15.2 miles @ 9:04 pace.  It was before my family came and visited (and due to an unforeseen emergency payment for oil that was delivered today my sister didn’t spend the weekend with me because I wasn’t going out and spent the weekend with a friend) and I didn’t think I’d be able to get all those miles in. But I did.  And they felt good too.  Not the fastest but they felt strong and not week.  Good thing because Boston training is in one week from today for me!

We went to CraftLand in downtown which was really fun

Me and my youngest sister

Sunday (bad New Englander moments!): No running but I went SKIING for the first time.  The person I went with isn’t from around here so it was his first time skiing too.  The irony is that I ended up wearing all his clothes out skiing because, surprise!, I do not own much real winter / snow gear.  Or at least stay-outside-for-long-periods-of-time gear.  But  man, it was SO FUN.  It was also a little humbling because I’m a naturally athletic person and this was soooooo awkward for me.  I think I was quoted as saying that skiing was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”.  Of course the guy I was with picked it up immediately, which he said was an ego boost.

Afterward we wandered about Wickford Village which is a quaint little village in RI and I found this adorable (and soooooooooo true) shirt:

Monday:  Brought about  11.1 miles @ 8:55 pace. Very exciting and very unexpected that I felt as good as I did.  Beyond the skiing soreness (which was only in my arms. Hizzah!) I haven’t been sleeping much lately.  Mostly because I haven’t been spending lots of time at my place and hanging out with friends = movie watching and gossiping.

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of cars this morning during the run.  And then I remembered that it was a holiday.  And I was still up at 0530 running. Grrrrrr.  But the run felt strong and the splits (I ran 3 different loops to make up the 11.1 ) were 8:56, 9:01, 8:20.  That last split was only for 1.1 miles though.  Boo. But way to end of a high note, right? If only that had been the entire run and not just a LMP.

But overall I’m really happy with my running as of late.  Good thing because in a week I’ll be officially Boston training.  The funny thing is that I don’t really feel excited for it.  I have yet to pick out a specific plan to follow! I kind of like how I prepped for WR: tempo, LR, track.  And I went with the flow. Is there anything wrong with doing that again?

Sorry for the lackluster post.  Only running really.  But I wanted to let y’all know that I am, in fact, still alive, having a blast with friends.  And running.  And baking (hopefully next post has my recipe in it!). Apparently skiing too.

Check out the giveaway from Mary and Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) and DC Rainmaker and Matt (Kitchen of a Runner)


  1. oh youre not a bad new englander. I would choose to run versus skiing anyday! But i am a weenie in the cold, so sitting on a chair lift for 15 minutes up a mountain is not my idea of fun. haha.
    Great running girl! and happy Boston training!

    Comment by lindsay — January 17, 2011 @ 17:08

  2. Baking up a storm… I think you’re hooked!

    And I’ve never been skiing, either. I honestly don’t mind keeping it that way. I have enough issues standing on my own two feet without making it more of a challenge. :p

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 17, 2011 @ 17:10

    • Well my friend has me hooked on the baking! I had the same attitude as you for skiing. Still do really. I mean I had a blast and would go back but I’m not *craving* it or anything. We should go sometime….that’d be interesting….hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:33

  3. I would choose to stay INSIDE 😉

    Comment by Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner — January 17, 2011 @ 17:49

  4. You are killing your runs!! Nice work! Are you a Patriots fan? Can’t believe the Jets got them.

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 17, 2011 @ 18:35

    • That CRUSHED me. I still don’t want to talk about it 😦

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:33

  5. no worries girl! have fun! =) that photo is too cute!

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — January 17, 2011 @ 18:36

  6. Good running and yummy apple crisp—every time I stop by here you never disappoint!

    Comment by Marcia — January 17, 2011 @ 19:10

  7. You? Lackluster? Nope. Not Accurate, especially when you look at how full your life is.

    On a sadder note…I pulled my left quad (OUCH! Had to stop running 2 miles in a WALK in pain limping back to the hotel this am)….I am trying to RICE, but the pain walking has me TERRIFIED I won’t be able to jog my first half marathon in 10 days….have advice?

    Comment by Special K — January 17, 2011 @ 20:18

  8. If it worked for you before, and you don’t have a hard and firm crazy goal, I don’t see why your normal, high-mileage training shouldn’t work. Right? There are so many marathon workouts online, I bet you can throw together a good plan with minimal prior thought. But I’m a minimalist in that regard, so don’t mind me.

    Comment by sarah — January 17, 2011 @ 20:45

    • Awesome advice. I think that it worked wonders before. I just feel like it’s being a rebel not following some running “genius” plan…and going against the grain is a bit like a rush hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:37

  9. Amazing you are new to skiing! Glad you enjoyed it. As to the running plan, I think that if it’s not broken, why fix it?

    Comment by MissZippy1 — January 17, 2011 @ 20:55

    • Yay for support for my minimalist plan. I think it’ll take loads of mental stress of me. Which in the end is what I need

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:37

  10. You’re not a bad blogger!! 🙂 Enjoy living life 🙂

    Comment by Jess — January 17, 2011 @ 21:22

  11. I’m not the most nimble person but skiing was really the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Ever! And I’ve had a child if that puts things into perspective.

    Oh RI – how I miss it. I love New England!

    Comment by Ameena — January 17, 2011 @ 22:00

  12. Glad you are having so much fun. Better to be away living life than sitting in front of the computer posting all the time. Personally, I think skiing is terrifying. I’ve only been twice, but I never figured out how to stop other than by falling down. It was fun on the bunny hill, but beyond that I was basically a hazard to myself and everyone else.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 18, 2011 @ 07:00

    • The first fall was definitely terrifying but after that I guess it wasn’t so bad? And I totally ran into a girl on the slope. Oops.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:43

  13. You are still Mini Me b/c I am, in fact, the worst skiier EVER! To summarize a collection of my few skiing experiences I will tell you that one resulted in a concussion and a ride on the snowmobile/snow ambulance! Eeeek! I think it’s okay to NOT be excited for Boston training yet. It’s still a good ways away. You’ll find that fire in your belling again soon enough.

    Comment by Rebecca — January 18, 2011 @ 07:09

  14. I am a horrible skier and I am getting ready to leave on a 10 day ski trip in the Alps- I really hope I don’t break my leg, would really mess up the running thing.

    I am super excited to see all of your Boston training, I think just bang it out like you did for WR since you smoked it, you will do great!

    Comment by Stephanie — January 18, 2011 @ 08:59

  15. I’d love to go skiing! I might try one of the indoor slopes out over here, not the same I’m sure but it would give me an idea!

    Comment by Laura — January 18, 2011 @ 11:29

  16. That’s so cool you tried skiing. Now you have no excuse not to come to Colorado…and we can go for a run together :).

    Comment by Jill — January 18, 2011 @ 13:14

    • I think skiing in CO =/= skiing in RI. But I’d be down for running 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:43

  17. Is this a person of interest? Hmmmmmmm? If so, you’ve been a super bad blogger. 😉

    Comment by Lindsay — January 18, 2011 @ 13:21

  18. I’m so scared of skiing. Also, I second Lindsay’s comment. 😉

    Comment by Jess — January 18, 2011 @ 14:06

  19. I think if you feel comfortable following a similar “plan” for Boston as you did for WR you should! You know yourself and your running and you will do great!! Lucky you had yesterday off!

    Comment by J — January 18, 2011 @ 19:33

    • Nope no day off. I had to go to a training and then back to work. So sad.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 19, 2011 @ 10:44

  20. I haven’t been skiing in forever! Like since highschool. 🙂
    I’m glad you are still alive and enjoying time with friends. 🙂

    Comment by emily — January 19, 2011 @ 09:22

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