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January 21, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:58

Nope not a hill workout.  I don’t even want to start thinking about those yet!  But I just so happened to choose the hilliest route I could find for Thursday morning’s LR.  And, because I’m me, I happened to choose to run this route the exact way so that I hit the worst of the hills at the last 4 miles.

And when your LR is 17.3 miles, having hills in the last 4 are brutal.  I was a trooper though and finished them.  Barely.  The average pace was WAY below what I’m used to but I just didn’t want to push it.  That’ll come later I guess, right now is time on my feet.

But, man, I really REALLY wanted to quit.  And I probably could have, especially since I ran 3 loops and after the second loop I was already at 15 miles even.  But something told me to keep going.  Maybe because it was the crisp and bright weather.  The cool air (28*) felt really nice on my face as did the sun.  Plus there were really clear roads.  After the storm on Tuesday (for my tempo) and yet another storm expected to blow through tonight, I wasn’t going to pass up some nice running roads.

But I didn’t quit.  That’s a good thing.  Building up mental toughness.

Because boy did I need it Thursday.  It was a very trying day overall at work and in life in general.  Luckily everything worked out and no crises occurred but you know when you have such a full plate that anything small just could send you over the edge? Yeah.  It was like that.  But to remain like this

thanks google images

I’ll share four things I’m okay with for this Friday

  • My car was hit on Wednesday when I was parked at work.  I am SO PISSED, mostly due to the fact that it shouldn’t have been in the situation to get hit.  Wait a minute, didn’t I say positive? Yes I did because A) the damage isn’t that great and B) my insurance company does NOT need a police report.  Which saves me from taking today off and going downtown to do so.  So yay on that front.  And I think there’s enough damage to hit my deductible, which is both good and bad I guess.
  • SNOW DAY today. Well not really because the clinic is open.  But the roads are bad and when me and my friend called (I’m staying with them again. I should just start paying rent here!) we were told to just stay home.  So technically right now I’m supposed to be working on a ppt but instead…blogging.  It’s okay because, while I did have a ton of work to do today — pushed to Monday boo — I’d likely be blogging at work too 😉 My apologies is I’m slow on commenting today but I’m using a friend’s computer (left mine at my place) and am using my phone to do so.
  • Pushing Daisies is, like, the best show ever. Why on Earth did it only make two seasons?! Seriously. Check it out if you haven’t. The friend I’m staying with introduced me to it and I stayed up until 0200 watching it with him.

thanks google images

  • Productivity.  Because making this ppt (and finishing up my grant writing class) feels great.  Accomplishment is also something to feel okay about.  I’ll also try to get another snowy run in.  Keep up the getting stuff done going right?

So stay safe if it’s snowy where you are.  Heck just stay safe in general 😀

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  1. Great run! 17+ on a weekday?! You inspire ME!

    Comment by Lindsay — January 21, 2011 @ 10:06

  2. Man you guys have had a ton of snow this year – you can keep it though, I do NOT want it!

    Nice job on the hills, Chica – you continue to be my idol!!


    Comment by Jill — January 21, 2011 @ 10:35

  3. I have been treating a lot of my runs like this as well – don’t quit as you never know what other crap Mother Nature will throw at you next.
    I LOVED Pushing Daisies…

    Comment by Laura — January 21, 2011 @ 10:52

  4. My friend loved Pushing Daisies. I never got into it, but remember reading all the opinions on it. Supposedly everyone loved it and it was just a bad time slot?

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 21, 2011 @ 11:27

    • I’m way into it. Marathon time? It’s like crack…but it’s so sad that I know when it’s going to end!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:09

  5. Glad you can put a positive spin on a hit-n-run and a powerpoint! I’ve hit PLENTY of cars in parking lots, but I always leave a note.

    Great job on the run! It’s funny, yesterday Elgin and I were talking about how we don’t want to run outside again in the cold…like, ever. And here you are, showing us up.

    Comment by sarah — January 21, 2011 @ 11:47

    • Well I never want to run in the cold ever again either. Let’s all migrate? And I think that if I didn’t put a positive spin on the stuff because if I didn’t then I’d go crazy 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:10

  6. Before I moved to Houston my long run route was all hills at the end. Huge, brutal hills. They’ll make you stronger!

    Comment by Jess — January 21, 2011 @ 12:19

  7. hitting the hills at the end of your run is a great idea… think I should do that coming up to my half, the course is fairly hilly but there is an absolute killer in mile 9… I say in mile 9, the hill is mile 9! Yuck!

    I never watched pushing daisies… will have to check it out!

    Comment by Laura — January 21, 2011 @ 12:27

    • Definitely check it out. Both pushing daisies and the hills at the end. Like Jess commented, it’ll only make us stronger.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:12

  8. Nice long run! sometimes I think I include hills towards the end of long runs just to torture myself. Hooray for productivity and a snow day!

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 21, 2011 @ 12:42

  9. I;ve been there. I did 18 on wednesday and mentally it is tough with hills. You rocked it! Your attitude is so inspiring. Keep it up friend. Wish I was there to run with you.

    Comment by lindsay — January 21, 2011 @ 12:50

  10. I totally did the same thing with my MLR today! It had 4 bigger hills and some rolling hills. I was a little nicer though, last two miles were down hill 🙂

    Comment by Nick — January 21, 2011 @ 13:26

  11. Sorry about your car! Funny, I posed a questions about “Hillllssss” today on my blog!

    Will there be mad baking going on this weekend at your friend’s place?

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 21, 2011 @ 15:05

    • Weirdly we have not baked yet. There’s still time though…we did bake on Wednesday…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:13

  12. You are a champ! Great job getting that long run-hill combo done. I hope you are going to reward yourself with some grown up beverages this weekend 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — January 21, 2011 @ 15:54

    • Yes. Adult beverages were much needed treats, like usual 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:14

  13. Oh no! Too bad about your car. Glad you are having fun and being productive on your snow day. It’s not snowy here but it’s SUPER cold. Like being outside registers as pain instead of cold. Not sure which is worse…

    Comment by Chelsea — January 21, 2011 @ 16:29

    • Hmmm very tough decision. I think that super cold might be better? As long as there’s no wind. But I just really hate precipitation!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:16

  14. sorry about your car =(

    I used to watch Pushing Daises too. But lately I’m into Dexter! LOVE it!

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — January 21, 2011 @ 17:57

    • Dexter might be next on my list! I’ve heard such great things about it.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:17

      • I got into Dexter when season 3 was starting. I mainlined the first two in like a weekend. It’s my second favorite show of all-time. After House. AMAZING

        Comment by runningmanz — January 23, 2011 @ 17:05

  15. Totally wish I could blog at work- I need a new job haha.
    Can’t believe your car got hit on Wednesday, I’ve had that happen to me twice I think and I was VERY angry both times. I park on the street at work so I worry about it happening again. Glad it’s going to work out okay though.

    Comment by Kelly — January 21, 2011 @ 20:28

    • Oh trust me I was PISSED! I’ve calmed down a bit though since then hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:18

  16. Way to go! In that weather, that’s awesome.

    Comment by Detroit Runner — January 21, 2011 @ 20:55

  17. What an awesome long run!!

    Comment by Jess — January 21, 2011 @ 21:47

  18. sorry about your car! just don’t take 8 months to take care of it like i did … haha. another positive – you have insurance and can get it fixed! maybe up there people have to have insurance? down here we are redneck and some people choose not to get it (i guess they can’t ‘afford’ it i dunno). but it’s redneck. wait, so the other person didn’t leave their info?

    Comment by lindsay — January 22, 2011 @ 07:30

    • I’m not sure about RI but in MA you have to have insurance and my car is registered in MA. So as much as I hate paying insurance it comes in handy in time like this. And I’m getting it fixed ASAP!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:20

  19. I think four on Friday is the new cool. Three things just isn’t enough and Thursday is too soon. 😉

    Comment by Lesley — January 22, 2011 @ 10:10

  20. Sounds like a tough run, especially with the hills at the LAST part. That is hardcore!

    So sorry about your car, though. That is so annoying!

    Comment by emily — January 22, 2011 @ 10:13

  21. Very sorry to hear about your car! Too bad the person who hit you didn’t ‘fess up – then at least you wouldn’t have had to pay the deductible!

    Comment by Terri — January 22, 2011 @ 16:11

  22. I always like putting hills at the end of my long run. Good for mental and physical toughness.

    And I’m pretty sure Pushing Daisies only made it two season because, aside from me, maybe 12 other people were watching it every week when it was on. Shame :-/

    Comment by runningmanz — January 22, 2011 @ 16:41

    • I wish I had watched it when it was on. Maybe 13 other people would have kept it alive?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:22

  23. I have totally been in that situation during a run where I Just want to quit and walk but then I think about all the cars that will pass me and see me walking so I just keep going. Its a tough mental battle.

    Comment by J — January 23, 2011 @ 15:02

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