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February 25, 2011

Apparently none of y’all say “wagon”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:22

I think it’s a my-family thing though rather than regional. What can I say. My family is weird. Sure I’ll defend them to my grave, but they’re weird.  And for those of you who asked, yes I say “bubbler” and “frappe” and “wicked”. Yes I may want to move the heck out of here but it will forever have a place in my heart ❤

Anyway. Moving on.

To things I want to recap on.  I’m going to do it bullet style because the last time I did a running post (or even a real post in general) was over a week ago and I’m 99.9342% sure that there’s no way I can make smooth transitions.  And y’all will get the highlights…or the funny-lights because I’m sure that somethings aren’t exactly going to be true high points. At least not when they were happening!

  • PHILADELPHIA was an absolute BLAST.  That is, of course, once I got there.  My bus ride took 8.5 hours because the driver decided to go through NYC during rush hour traffic. I was in the Bronx for 2 hours.  But, once I got to my friend’s house I was a-okay for the rest of the weekend.  There was lots (and I mean LOTS) of drinking. But some shopping and museum going and movie watching and gossiping/giggling. The coolest part was going to the Mutter Museum which, for those of you who aren’t going to click the Wiki link, is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment (thanks wikipedia!).  It was SO COOL.  And did I mention the drinking? Because taking the train into the city that day, well, let’s just say I didn’t think it was going to happen. So of course that means I did not run one step. And that’s not sarcasm

The girls!

  • On Monday when I got back to Boston I ended up having dinner with my family due to the train schedule being silly for the holiday.  I got a great 7 miler in my old stomping grounds that night, although my hometown has banned streetlights to save money (eyeroll) which I didn’t know about.  Needless to say that the end of the run was a bit faster than the start.  Oh, and I also karaoked the following song.  Stone. Cold. Sober (because I was the driver that night). I think that’s pretty impressive.
  • Despite not sleeping at all over the weekend as well as that Monday I still decided to tackle my Tuesday tempo workout.  With varying success.  I did, in fact, sleep in about an hour and a half later than usual. Didn’t change the results of the workout though.  I guess that the workout ended up being a GMP one.  Per usual at this point. The fast portion was 6.6 miles @ an average of 7:37 pace (2.2 @ 7:41, 2.2 @ 7:24, 2.2 @ 7:46).  Just like last week the middle 2.2 was way faster than the first or third.  Weird. And meh.  At this point I’ve given up hope of having stellar threshold runs.  I’ll just try to hold on until Boston.
  • The same thing goes for the long runs.  I mean, they are definitely *not* going poorly. Especially since yesterday’s 21 miles @ 8:50 pace is any indication.  I did do the typical long run fade in the middle miles (which is funny because with my tempos/GMP it’s the opposite: see above) but the last mile was run in 8:20 so I’m happy.  If I can finish the marathon strong I’ll be happy.
  • My recovery workouts have been going well too.  They’ve been faster than I expect which, under normal circumstances, would be great.  But given how I’m not over-whelmed with joy over my hard workouts I kind of look at my faster easy paces a little skeptically.  Not that I’m upset with how my tempos/GMP/LR/intervals have been going but sometimes I feel like I’m not *really* in training.  I don’t know if that makes sense but it does in my head. So there.
  • Maybe this will light a fire under my butt in my quality workouts: YAY for my new Boston confirmation with updated (WR) time coming in the mail this week.

And with that I’m about to finish up my work week and go for a nice recovery run in the pouring rain.  Hopefully everyone has a fun-filled weekend! I’m definitely planning on taking it a bit easy after my weekend in Philly last week.  I am going to see a friend perform in a play tonight and then hopefully grab a drink after.  And then do some rockclimbing, maybe tomorrow. Very low-key.  Fingers crossed.



  1. I never sing in public. Ever. It’s absolutely mortifying to me. But I will nail any power ballad in my car… truth.

    Glad you had such a great weekend! And oh look! It’s Friday- so go have another good one!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — February 25, 2011 @ 12:45

  2. Sounds like a fun weekend! I would never sing in public – sober or not! So, major props to you singing sober!!

    Great job on the 21 miler, too!! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — February 25, 2011 @ 13:01

  3. Not bad running, especially considering how busy you’ve been.

    No idea what a “bubbler” is.

    Comment by Jess — February 25, 2011 @ 13:03

  4. If I go somewhere and there is karaoke, I get hives…as I know my friends will want me to sing…and I just cannot. My introverted self lives large.

    Comment by Laura — February 25, 2011 @ 13:04

  5. Bubbler = water fountain in WI. Don’t know if you have a different definition for it. I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard anyone call it that in casual conversation, though.

    Comment by Chelsea — February 25, 2011 @ 13:50

  6. I deserve your comment…

    Though, save a horse ride a cowboy embedded in today’s post feels a little bit like salt on my wounds.

    Comment by Matty B. — February 25, 2011 @ 13:53

  7. Yeah, I definitely don’t say “wagon.” But some people say “buggy” which is ever stranger, so I guess you’re ok 🙂

    Good for you on the sober karaoke – I love that song! I guess I could make a whole list of random comments on the various things in this post, but instead I’ll just end by saying congrats on that fab looking marathon confirmation packet!! Happy running.

    Comment by Lisa — February 25, 2011 @ 15:55

  8. Are you always on the go? And quickly!! Girl will I live long enough to see you slow down? Doubtful. You are amazing!

    Comment by Shelly — February 25, 2011 @ 16:19

  9. Save a horse, ride a cowboy!! LOVE IT. I wish you would have videoed some footage of you for us to see the karaoke in action!! I am glad you trip was fun! It sounds like it was awesome 🙂
    My friend wants to take me on a repelling trip through the grand canyon in a few months and I totally thought of you…I AM TERRIFIED. Maybe you should go in my place!?!?

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — February 25, 2011 @ 16:40

  10. Woot for a fun trip sans the marathon bus ride! Woot for the new BAA accaptance! I think we’re gonna be seeing you going off next to K Goucher pretty soon!

    Comment by Marcia — February 25, 2011 @ 17:02

  11. I know I say this all the time, but you are a training machine! How exciting to see the actual Boston confirmation!!! BIG TIME!

    Love the pic of you and your 2 besties! So cute!! Hope you catch up on some sleep this weekend!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — February 25, 2011 @ 18:05

  12. HECK YES to Boston! GOOD LUCKKKK!!

    Comment by Jess — February 25, 2011 @ 21:30

  13. LOl I have done karaoke sober more times than the average person I think- no idea why… and no, I cannot sing so I don’t do it for anyone else thats for sure 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — February 25, 2011 @ 22:36

  14. Down here people call it a Buggy. I forgot to say that last time.

    Glad you had fun in PA. hope you took advantage of that no-sales-tax!

    Comment by Lindsay — February 26, 2011 @ 10:17

  15. haha, I love that you say rock climbing and low key in the same sentence 🙂 Glad you had fun in PA!

    Comment by mealsformiles — February 26, 2011 @ 12:07

  16. I haven’t even been to the Mutter yet (embarrassed to admit) and want to go. I wouldn’t worry about your tempo runs being MPacey, since that’s what you were up to before knocking it out of the park. Hang on just a tad longer, the weather’s going to break and you’re going to find yourself flying around on those harder ones, I suspect. I know what you mean about skeptical easy paces when the harder ones seem, well…harder. Sometimes you just can’t tell what’s doing what and what will result in what. Not that I’m one to talk, it’s all a big ? to me these days. 🙂

    Comment by Flo — February 26, 2011 @ 12:17

  17. I am usually not a museum person but the Mutter sounds exactly up my alley. I love cool, unique places like that and if I ever make it to Philly I will definitely be checking it out!

    Comment by Ameena — February 26, 2011 @ 12:39

  18. ahhh, love it! HOw fun is it to run on your old stompin grounds! What great memories. And dang, your still fast with lack of sleep!

    Comment by lindsay — February 27, 2011 @ 13:38

  19. You’re a speed demon! Sounds like you had a great trip!

    Comment by Terri — February 27, 2011 @ 17:04

  20. Singing Karaoke is on my list….but I won’t do it stone cold sober like you. You’ve got some thick skin or some cool pipes or a lot of shower practice to get up there and do that.
    I love hearing how you incorporate running into the broader aspect of your life. Now off of running 7 week (YIKES!) I am learning how I over-relied on it to ensure a sense of stability in my day to day resiliency.

    Comment by specialkphd — February 27, 2011 @ 23:34

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