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March 14, 2011

So much for a cutback week, right? At least there was Pi(e)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 11:18

Well at least it was a cutback week in terms of intensity, as I was going to originally call this post “the week of the 10 minute miles” because that’s what all my runs hovered around with the exception of a really long LR.  If any of y’all are my facebook friends then you already know that I banged out 24 miles (well 24.2 to be exact) on Saturday. It was a great run to end “the week of the 10 minute miles”.

Guess I’m feeling better, no?

I spent Friday night in a low key fashion but still managed to get to bed really late. Funny how that works.  So late that when I got up Saturday morning….well I didn’t.  I mean, I woke up but didn’t drag my butt out of bed until about noon.  And then decided to go for a run and let my legs decide how far I was going to go because I wasn’t really into the idea of running at all.  But I knew in the back of my mind it’d make me feel better.  And it did.

Since I had been sick earlier in the week (and still have the sniffles now!) I wasn’t sure how far I could make it but I figured I’d start with a nice, pretty 13.5 mile loop then see what would happen beyond that point.  The weather was FIFTY (five-zero) during it and it was the first run of the year without gloves on.  Gotta love that!

I don’t have many thoughts about the run as I was running it (or rather I’m sure I did and I’m jealous of those of you who can remember what you’re thinking about during your runs!), except that I was *incredibly* thirsty.  Like really REALLY thirsty.  Maybe it’s a sign that I should start carrying water with me, or at least find routes that have water fountains. Or simply hydrate well the night/day before as I’ve never had the problem of being thirsty on a run before.

But despite being thirsty (after the run I drank lots and lots of sports drink and water….which made my tummy hurt because I drank it so fast! hah!) physically the run was great.  No aches and pains, I kept the pace manageable for a long run and consistent with how my long runs have been lately (hovering around 9:00 pace).  Distance wise, this run was not the longest I’ve gone (duh a marathon is) but time was it was about 90 seconds slower than my first marathon (which was my slowest).  It may be neither here nor there but I think that it’s cool / interesting that I am capable of running 2 miles MORE in LESS time.

As I said, physically my body could handle it but mentally it was a tough run.  I thought about quitting after each loop that passed me by my apartment (I did 4 loops total: 13.5, 4.4, 4.1, 2.2).  The fact that I didn’t quit after any of them (and I actually thought about going for another 2 to say I’d done a marathon 😉 ) makes me think I earned some type of mental toughness award.

Or lots of this, as my friends and I celebrated Pi day a few days early on Saturday:

PI(E) DAY (which is 3.14 by the way)

this image will probably be edited once better ones (of the other table (!!)) go on facebook hah!

Anyway, before the party but after the run I did something I’ve sworn up and down that I’d never do…take an ICE BATH.  Yeah, I’d definitely never had one before 1612 on Saturday afternoon.  Mostly because I hate being cold but also because I recover really quickly from things in general (I’ve never been really sore after races…or sore at all I guess) but since I had been running for quite awhile (and there was a bag of ice in the freezer) I figured why not.

Ummmm brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


Okay okay maybe it wasn't this bad. I wasn't fully submerged. Thank god. And thanks google images (although I vaguely recall this image being from a House, MD episode)

I think I whimpered as I hopped in and my roomie definitely shouted “it’s an ICE BATH.  What did you think it would feel like?!” hahah.  But I survived by listening to music and trying to read a book.  After *exactly* 20 minutes I hopped out and turned the shower on and HOT about a half hour later.  Does that negate the usefulness of the ice bath? I sure hope not!

I’m not quite sure if it did anything because, as I already mentioned, I recover quick from workouts in general.  My left knee was a bit cranky when I got up on Sunday and I’m pretty tired overall.  But that can also be blamed on: pi party and time change.  So who knows.  But at least I know now that I definitely will be able to finish Boston in 5 (!!) weeks.

At least according to that long run.  This mornings run was tough.  Maybe not so much mentally but my left leg is feeling a bit tight so it was hard to feel like I was moving…well I don’t really ever move gracefully but you know what I mean.  So it was a slooooooooooow run for sure.  No sore muscles yesterday or today (so maybe the ice bath did something? Maybe I recover really well?) but just a tightness.  Same tightness as last December after WR but in the other leg.  Therefore we all know what I should do tonight: ice, stretch, roll.  I’ve actually been stretching  (and using a tennis ball!) here at work.  Fingers crossed it works!

P.S. I have been absolutely terrible at replying to your comments. It’s something on my to-do list for this week!


  1. Those pies look sooooooooo good! OMG im going to have to leave school right now to get to baking

    Comment by Lindsay — March 14, 2011 @ 13:23

  2. How did I miss Pi day? How did I miss pie at your place day?? CRAP!!!

    Comment by Jill — March 14, 2011 @ 13:32

    • Technically you still have a few hours left to celebrate 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 14, 2011 @ 21:43

  3. I always take a hot shower after an ice bath and I still think they work. It helps the muscle soreness, but not the general tiredness.

    Comment by Jess — March 14, 2011 @ 13:48

  4. I’ll be celebrating at 1:59!

    Comment by Chelsea — March 14, 2011 @ 14:12

    • I got your email about 18 minutes after 1:59 EDT! Bummer hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 14, 2011 @ 21:44

  5. It must have been the weekend of wanting to quit on our long runs huh? YAY for us for sticking them out! Mental toughness wins again 🙂

    Comment by Aron — March 14, 2011 @ 14:17

  6. As a math teacher, my dad lived for “Pi Day”. Pair it with the corniest humor ever, you know it was a good day in his classes… 😉

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 14, 2011 @ 14:44

  7. I love the new holiday you invented: Pi Day!! Cheers for sweets!

    Girl, you are always mentally tough to me–even when sick, you stick it out and run fabulous!

    Have a slice of PiE for your mental tuff-ness!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 14, 2011 @ 14:48

    • I’d love to take credit for it but sadly it’s been invented already hahah 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 14, 2011 @ 21:46

  8. I wish we had pi day over here but we do our dates the other way round 😦

    Hardcore ice bath! I’m still thinking I’ll never have one haha, I hate being cold too

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — March 14, 2011 @ 15:13

    • Technically I shouldn’t have pi day either because I do my dates all euro style 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 14, 2011 @ 21:46

  9. What a bunch of nerds…eating pie on pi day!!

    Just a little envious…

    Comment by danny — March 14, 2011 @ 15:22

  10. Yummmmmm pie!

    I had a thirsty run this weekend too! I think it’s the warmer temps…like it! Great job on your LR!

    Comment by K — March 14, 2011 @ 17:01

  11. I am a math nerd… have always been… and it has never occured to me to celebrate Pi Day! I feel left out. I need to start celebrating that ASAP!

    Comment by Lesley @ Racing It Off — March 14, 2011 @ 18:28

  12. Dammit the days almost over and I’m first realizing its pi day! Glad you celebrated appropriately.

    Comment by Marcia — March 14, 2011 @ 21:28

  13. So glad you’re feeling better… isn’t this weather amazing!? Perfect time to get out and enjoy it WITHOUT being sick!

    EEEKS, ice bath sounds intense! And your pi(e) party looks like so much fun.


    Comment by Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — March 14, 2011 @ 22:10

  14. YOW, that is a lonnnnng LR, you mileage monster. Amazing pie spread, too!

    Comment by sweatykid — March 14, 2011 @ 23:22

  15. Mmmm…pie….

    Oh, and way to survive the ice bath! It hurts like a mother at first, but it gets better…once your body goes numb!

    So far I’ve always followed my ice bath with a hot shower just because I don’t want to die from pneumonia. In my book it doesn’t contrict my ice bath suffering, but I have no idea if I’m right or not!

    Comment by Heidi Nicole — March 15, 2011 @ 13:35

  16. That pie picture is unreal. Yummm

    Not sure how you went from frozen legs to hot water – extreme temp change like that gives me hives!!

    Comment by Lindsay — March 15, 2011 @ 16:31

  17. Great party!! So jealous of all that pie. I live for crust. Yay for working through that tough run, you’re a strong lass.

    Comment by Flo — March 15, 2011 @ 17:10

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