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February 10, 2011

Wednesday Was Not My Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 20:43

At least in terms of rockclimbing.  I went last night post-work and man, it was HARD! Maybe stress got to me or maybe it was that I went at 2200 after working 9.5 hours.  But in either case it was one of those nights where it was a struggle: even though climbing isn’t really about the upper body strength, my arms were really exhausted. But I’m glad I went.  Every once in awhile you need those days that kick your ass and remind you that you can improve.

Wednesday was the day, however, for me to kick my tempo workout’s ass:

  • Warm up
  • 5.6 mile Tempo @ 7:24 (2.2 @ 7:29, 2.2 @ 7:24, 1.2 @ 7:15)
  • 1.2 miles easy
  • 1.2 miles HARD @ 7:23
  • Warm down

It was HARD to do this workout.  I was originally going to do it Tuesday but woke up feeling really run down.  After doing the warm up that morning I nixed it and postponed it to the next day.  My run Tuesday was really tough by the way, even though it was an easy “just-go” run. By the time Wednesday rolled around I still didn’t want to do it but after checking my watch after the warm I decided to at least give it a go.

And boy am I glad I did.

I was so surprised when I saw my time (because I knew that it was ~7:30 pace).  Granted, maybe I shouldn’t have been because I was running hard and the effort was great, but not over the top.  I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to hold onto the pace but I did.  I kept having to tell myself that “I can do it” and to stay focused because it felt great in the moment! Obviously I would like my “tempo” pace to be faster (like where I was pre-WR) but this is a significant improvement from weeks past.

I got that really exhausted but energetic feeling in my legs for the rest of the day.  I was on a TOTAL cloud 9.  There’s something so amazing about pushing yourself hard and being able to handle it.  This run may or may not have gotten an air fist pump at the end…just saying.

Totally worth the struggle of a rock climb later that day!

Also: a couple people have asked how I come up with my odd distances for tempo runs. I map out areas that I know will be not-so-traffic ridden and such and that just happens to be how they fall.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to get a garmin but for now I’ll be sticking to my 5.6 mile loop where I know that, for example, my house to the end of the path is 2.2 miles, and a loop around my house is 1.2.

Rather than tell you about all the mediocre runs, other than my tempo, or go on about the stress in my life (still ongoing but I’m managing. Apologies again to the sporadic commenting. I promise I’m still reading! It actually de-stresses me a bit reading y’alls blogs.) I’ll leave you with this dessert, described as “crack” by one of my friends.  With a tall glass of milk it’s perfect after a long day…which after the way my Thursday night is going might just be my post-work activity!

Chocolate Caramel Saltine Crackers

(taken from a friend but I’m pretty sure you can find the recipe on AllRecipes or something)


  • ~40 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sheets of caramel coating


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil for easy clean-up. Place caramel down on foil and arrange saltines on top in a single layer and touching.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Pour over crackers, spread to coat evenly and bake 6 – 8 minutes.
  3. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over and let them melt.  Spread with a spatula / knife to cover the crackers. Place in a fridge to cool and then
  4. ENJOY!


  1. thanks for telling us the “secret”. Now I can sleep soundly at night!

    Comment by danny — February 10, 2011 @ 21:07

  2. Great pace on your tempo run!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks delicious! 🙂

    Comment by Angie — February 10, 2011 @ 21:07

  3. yum i love chocolate caramel saltines (what i know as Bark!) with all the cooking and baking you have been doing your friend must be a boy 😉

    Comment by larissa h — February 10, 2011 @ 21:07

  4. You always have thee BEST recipes 🙂 Way to go on rocking that tempo run.

    I also agree that reading blogs can be a nice little break / de-stress time. You always can’t comment and keep with everything, so don’t feel bad about that. Just keep making time to update your own, and you’ll have happy readers. 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — February 10, 2011 @ 21:37

  5. My son is a huge rock climber, he loves the outdoor places best but does to to “Rock and Jam” sometimes when I don’t want to drive him somewhere far – it IS a lot of hard work!

    Nice tempo, girl!!!

    Comment by Jill — February 10, 2011 @ 23:46

  6. BAH HAHAHAHAH!! I just read your comment, and I will forever sing, “like a cheese stick,” in my head from now on. That is so funny. It reminds me of that song by sara maglachlin (sp?) Adia…My sister thought it said, “we are born in a set,” instead of “innocent.” She validated that by saying she thought the song was about twins??
    I want to come rock climbing with you!! I love that you are so hard core. Seriously, that is so awesome and takes so much strength. Those saltines look divine too. I love the salty/sweet combo!

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — February 10, 2011 @ 23:54

    • COME TO RI AND CLIMB WITH ME. Seriously. I have more than enough space in my apartment. And then we could go running together…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:51

  7. Your tempos crush mine ridicously–something to aspire to one day!! Go get Boston!!

    Those saltines look super tasty and easy!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 11, 2011 @ 00:56

  8. I was wondering how you come up with your distances! I think it’s so coool you’re getting into climbing. Are you doing it at an indoor place somewhere?

    Comment by Lindsay — February 11, 2011 @ 05:59

    • Yup to the indoor place. My friend is gearing up for an outdoor climbing session this spring but I like the safety of the indoors 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:52

  9. My church cookbook has a lot of Saltine and Ritz Cracker- related deserts, and I was always kind of suspicious of them, but I think you’ve convinced me to to give one a try. The sweet-salty combo sounds really good.

    Comment by Chelsea — February 11, 2011 @ 06:08

    • It’s sooo amazing. And with a tall glass of milk? To DIE for.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:52

  10. Wow you’re fast! I wanna grow up and be like you one day 🙂

    Comment by Kara — February 11, 2011 @ 08:15

  11. A lady in our run group made these at Christmas but added in SKOR choc bar pieces.
    I stuffed my gob with ’em.

    Comment by Laura — February 11, 2011 @ 08:37

  12. I love any and all desserts that mix salty and sweet together – this looks fabulously rich and melty!

    Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Try to decompress! I totally agree that reading blogs does just that.

    Comment by Ameena — February 11, 2011 @ 13:11

  13. Just found your blog. Man you’re fast! I hope to be as fast as you someday. Great blog and good luck in Boston. Here’s hoping the snow stops for the rest of the winter for you guys (and us too!).

    Comment by Vava — February 11, 2011 @ 15:22

  14. ahh, i know all about crack! my jewish friends make it with matzoh bread during passover and i’ve also made it with pb chips (instead of caramel coating). yumm.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — February 11, 2011 @ 15:41

    • PB chips? OMG I think I just drooled a bit. Unfortunately my friend’s roomie is allergic so I’ll have to try those some other time.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:54

  15. great job on your tempo!
    and those saltines look amazing. definitely worth it!

    Comment by emily — February 11, 2011 @ 15:51

  16. Smart way to plan your runs — traffic-ridden runs are the worst. Whenever I run in San Francisco, I start from my work (there is a locker room/shower there), and no matter which way about it I HAVE to run through areas with dozens of traffic lights. It is SO frustrating to just want to get moving, but be stopped every 2 blocks by a light

    Comment by RoseRunner — February 11, 2011 @ 18:39

  17. I need those crackers now!! GREAT RUN!!! I am constantly talking to myself and saying I CAN during runs too. Rock climbing kicks my trash….good for you to go after work! Have an awesome Friday!

    Comment by janae — February 11, 2011 @ 18:49

    • It helped to have a buddy to go with. He’s busy tonight and I’m trying to motivate myself post-work right now…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:55

  18. Those crackers look perfect sweet and salty!!

    Comment by Jess — February 11, 2011 @ 19:08

  19. A little while ago my boss made those saltine crackers and they were SO good!

    Comment by Ada — February 12, 2011 @ 10:30

  20. Hey there! I love your blog and I’m so lucky to find it!!! 🙂 I absolutely adore those saltine chocolate cookies; we call them volcano cookies around here..I have no idea why though!

    Comment by Olivia — February 12, 2011 @ 10:48

  21. whoa – those crackers look amazeballs! I WANT SOME NOW.

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 12, 2011 @ 12:06

  22. OMG, girl, you have got to stop posting the recipes for crack! You know I have to make those, and then when I make them I have to eat some… 🙂

    Comment by Terri — February 12, 2011 @ 14:33

    • Or you could make them and then send them to me right away…just sayin’. I won’t complain 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:56

  23. aren’t those like twix bars kinda? i feel like i’ve seen a similar recipe recently…

    nice job on the workout! usually after a long day i can barely talk myself into running… let alone rockin it.

    Comment by lindsay — February 12, 2011 @ 17:24

    • Except it was WAY better than a twix. Because it was made with love hahah. But yeah, same idea.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 14, 2011 @ 19:56

  24. I know what you mean about you’re rock climbing experience. Sometimes we have tough days. I went to yoga on Monday and my core and my shoulders didn’t want to cooperate. It was eye opening that I need more strength training in my life.

    Comment by Fit Chick Britt — February 13, 2011 @ 10:18

  25. HOLY GONZALEZ! There is something about the magical clicking of one’s body that should be received with pleasure. I am learning how to speak more into the limitations of my body with kindness.

    Comment by Special K — February 14, 2011 @ 04:54

  26. […] Because I was really stressed I didn’t really cook at all.  I relied on other people to feed me.  But that’s what friends (and roomies) are for right?  BUT I did make some really good “Crack Bars” […]

    Pingback by Previously On MM…February 2011 « MarathonMaiden's Blog — March 2, 2011 @ 18:29

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