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February 7, 2011

This Is What It Feels Like To Be An Old Person

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:35

aka the words from my friend after our 20 miler on Sunday.

Which, by the way, was awesome.  The weather was pretty basically springtime: 45* and SUN.  The snow / ice was melting so there were lots of rivers to jump through.  And mud.  The smell of spring was in the air.

And the feeling of training within my grasp.

It’s probably not a shocker to y’all that I’ve been struggling with my mojo lately.  Especially with the running.  Without spilling the details over the internet, I’ll leave it that life has gotten pretty stressful over the past month.  *Nothing serious or earthshattering or bad*  Just really busy and, at times, overwhelming.  So naturally that’s been spilling into my running and lots of why I think my motivation has been lost.  And that the posting / commenting / replying has decreased slightly. I promise I’m playing catch-up!

But that taste of glorious.  It’s hard to not enjoy running and feel all gung-ho about training when it’s like this out

thanks google images

And what a run it was.  I was originally going to only do 18 or so but just felt like going further.  I actually ran the entire thing with a friend.  She was only going to run the first 13 with me but at that point she decided that she “was committed to the entire 20 with you“.  So props to her!

I’m not sure if I would have run faster or slower without her.  And we actually ran MORE than 20 but she was using her garmin ( it was awesome not running a pre-set route, exploring!, and mapping it out beforehand and pray that it’s not a highway.)   I might have to invest, or at least beg as a gift for some holiday in the future. and forgot to turn it off after a stoplight, so it was more like 20.8 or so.  But since I’m silly I convinced her to go 20.00 according to the garmin.  But we finished strong. And happy. I mean, it was spring here after all.

  • 20 miles in 2:56:41 @ 8:50 pace

Sure, I wish that I was faster but there were the Providence hills and we hit just about everyone of them.  Not complaining here, on the contrary I need them!, but the garmin showed that we hit very slow paces going up them.  Especially when they hit at mile 17.

But I have the first 20 of the cycle under my belt.  And it feels good.  I am in training!  This week was the first good week of training that I’ve done: solid tempo on Tuesday, intervals on Thursday and LR on Sunday.  Hizzah. My legs did also feel shaky after the 20 which, to me, means I pushed myself.  And that feels good too.  Hopefully this can stay put. Especially as I gear up for my ever-so-favorite workout tomorrow: the tempo.

Also feeling good? How bamf I am at rockcliming.  I went rockclimbing in lieu of running on Saturday and, yet again, it was a blast.  But my arms were friiiiied by the end.  Such a pleasant fried though.  And the bruises that I’m racking up (which I don’t ever seem to remember banging into stuff) are soooooooooooo totally bamf.  I am sooo totally in love with climbing.  I cannot wait to go again!




  1. Overwhelmed is my middle name. Sorry you’re dealing with some shiznit…

    I wish I remembered what 45 degrees felt like. It’s snowing here. Again.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 7, 2011 @ 16:21

  2. Ouch!!!!!

    Comment by Shelly — February 7, 2011 @ 16:48

  3. Isn’t climbing a blast?! I like to say it’s allowed to take the place of strength training… heehee. Hope some of the stress dies down for you… maybe the weather will help?

    Comment by sweatykid — February 7, 2011 @ 16:50

  4. YOU DID AWESOME!!! 20 miles–and that is a friend for life!! I’ll take the pace any day and that’s without the mountains of snow you had to trek though!

    You are such a cold weather BAMF!!!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 7, 2011 @ 17:05

  5. WOW!! 20 miles is 20 miles and I’d say that 8:50 is still a great pace!! I seriously hate the cold weather. I ran at the treadmill at my parents this weekend b/c 35 was too cold! Tampa has seriously spoiled me (well, Tampa winter at least)!

    Comment by Jaime — February 7, 2011 @ 17:12

  6. Sounds warm there!! I guess warm is relative. I moved “south” from Minnesota to Missouri thinking I’d be in for an early meltdown. Wrong. This place is still a snowy tundra…worse than MN-at least there people shoveled! Nice work on the LR-you ARE a BAMF!! Love it! I’m headed to the treadmill (big baby here…).

    Comment by K — February 7, 2011 @ 17:16

  7. holy bruises! they are definitely BAMF. Nice 20 miler! Long runs like that usually put me in a better mood and help with stress. Hope you’re feeling good now! 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 7, 2011 @ 17:54

  8. Wow, that bruise IS pretty serious! It’s impressive you can walk with that thing, let alone run 20 miles haha. It was a nice day out yesterday though!

    Comment by Kelly — February 7, 2011 @ 18:25

  9. I used to get such awesome bruises from bball. I don’t bruise easy so it was such an accomplishment! If your life has been stressful, just start over with a clean slate for blogs. Sometimes life gets in the way of commenting – its not the end of the world.

    Comment by J — February 7, 2011 @ 18:54

  10. Sweet! 🙂 What a great run!

    Comment by Terri — February 7, 2011 @ 19:17

  11. You handle yourself so well..I didn’t realize how overwhelmed/stressed you’ve been. Hope things lighten up for you soon! Great run and awesome bruise. You are most def BAMF

    Comment by Lindsay — February 7, 2011 @ 19:20

  12. yay, bet it feels good to have one 20 miler in the bag already! I now know from experience that Providence has some gnarly little hills! Sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed with things- my old coach loved to say, “Life is a conspiracy to keep you from training.” Maybe a little extreme, but things have a way of getting in the way. But if anyone can hold it together, I’m certain that you can.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — February 7, 2011 @ 20:15

    • I really do hate the hills here. Bane of my existence. I don’t know how you *raced* here!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:45

  13. Woot to getting an great 20 miles in. And those bruises make you badass on every level!

    Comment by Heidi Nicole — February 7, 2011 @ 20:45

  14. Yeah, it’s been shorts weather down here the past two days too. Sunshine? Mid-40s? What is that?! I’m not complaining though, makes me excited for spring to finally get here. I’ve always found running makes a good outlet for stress when the rest of my life gets pretty overwhelming. I just have to stop focusing on this goal or that goal and RUN. Hope things get a little smoother for ya

    Comment by runningmanz — February 7, 2011 @ 22:22

  15. what a great pace for that mileage! And I hope that stress can ease up these next weeks. One day at a time dear friend.

    Comment by lindsay — February 7, 2011 @ 22:58

  16. The few times I rock-climbed, I must have done it wrong….because my arms were so shaky! I was dying, and relying on arm strength (or lack of it) too much.

    Nice 20 miler — I definitely have never gone that far with a friend. In fact, the farthest I’ve ever run with someone is about 5 miles. I’m a solo kinda girl

    Comment by RoseRunner — February 8, 2011 @ 00:51

  17. your war wounds are FAR from what it feels like to be old. Try a BROKEN lesser trochanter…or a stress fracture. Sitting on the toilet aches. That is OLDNESS. Embrace THE PACE.

    Comment by specialkphd — February 8, 2011 @ 01:23

  18. I can totally relate to the business of life getting in the way of motivation.. I’m sure you’ve noticed on my blog that I really struggle with finding the right balance! I hope you find something that works for you soon!

    Comment by Laura — February 8, 2011 @ 01:23

  19. Way to go on the run. 45 and sunny sounds AMAZING. Hope life stress calms down for you soon.

    Comment by Chelsea — February 8, 2011 @ 06:10

  20. Yikes – what a bruise! 😦 Congrats on that awesome run. I’m totally happy that at least spring is in the air for somebody!

    Comment by Lisa — February 8, 2011 @ 09:36

  21. awesome 20miler!
    Holy bruises…..I thought mine were spectacular.

    Comment by Laura — February 8, 2011 @ 10:32

  22. OHHH MY GOSH I’VE BEEN BOULDERING at our outdoor climbing rock every night!!! seriously we were twins in a past life! (EVEN MORE REASON TO GET YOUR BOOTY TO CALI!!!) I really wanna run 20-mi with you!!! 14-miles is a longrun to me now…hehe! I hope your week is off to a great start…LOVE the bruise!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — February 8, 2011 @ 11:43

  23. I am so sorry things have been stressful lately!! I am super happy you had such an amazing 20-miler and with a friend and perfect weather…it doesn’t get better than that!! I LOVE rock-climbing…it is such a good workout!!!

    Comment by janae — February 8, 2011 @ 12:33

  24. The first 20 of a training cycle tends to make me feel better about the whole thing. Nice job.

    Comment by Jess — February 8, 2011 @ 14:11

  25. Completely understand how stress makes running stressful sometimes. Hope life slows down a bit soon for you! That’s great that your friend ran the whole 20 miles with you, too!

    Rock climbing sounds fun, despite the bruises! I used to go at camp when I was little, but I haven’t gone in so long!

    Comment by emily — February 8, 2011 @ 22:24

  26. Your training is looking strong, girl! Here’s to your mojo coming back very soon. 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — February 9, 2011 @ 07:15

  27. Nice job on the long run! Sunday was such a teaser for Spring…

    And wear that bruise with pride! You earned it on those rockclimbing walls 😉

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — February 9, 2011 @ 10:20

  28. Now that’s a bruise! Nice war wound. 🙂 Hope everything gets better for you soon, sounds like you could use a little less craziness going on.

    Comment by Flo — February 9, 2011 @ 13:18

  29. Awesome 20 miler! I did 20 this past Saturday too, but at a much slower pace!

    Good luck with the craziness, sometimes long runs feel so good in times of stress.

    Comment by Kimberly @ Im Not Done — February 9, 2011 @ 16:13

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