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March 22, 2011

Motivational Issues and One Heck of a Nutcracker

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:06

(First: thanks for all the get / feel better wishes on my last few posts.  After taking that day off of work and staying in bed all day I think I’ve gotten rid of the sinus stuff.  I feel more energetic and upbeat! Despite the first half of the title of today’s post)

Clearly these are my friends at the moment. Once I get going I’m good.  But it’s taking that first step that proves to be challenging.

Case in point? I have yet to see 0500 this training cycle.  This past fall for WR (and, if I remember correctly, last year for Boston too) I was always up with my alarm. Almost bounding out of my bed at 0500.  Nowadays I set my alarm for 0500 but then re-set it for later…never too much later, like 0515 or 0530.  Maybe it’s because I’m running less recovery/junk miles this cycle (I usually do these runs on the early morning days so my later morning days I can do the quality stuff) but for whatever reason I’m just struggling to get out of bed.

Maybe it’s the weather. It was 70* on Friday. HELLO SPRING.  This weekend, however, was mid-40s.  Which, while not cold, after a 70* day felt freezing.  And Monday? Snow. Apocalypse? I think so because it’s sunny and about 40* right now.

In less struggling / terrible news I went to my mom’s this weekend to celebrate her birthday.  Annoyingly I forgot the massive bottle of wine I was going to give her.  Booo.  Mostly because I was so focused on the massage that I had scheduled Friday afternoon and the townie drinking with my friends who still live in my hometown.  Tunnel vision and all.

I mean, what else is there to do? Besides play practical jokes with my family on my family.  Like when I come back from a night out, wanting to shower and head into the bathroom to find

A 6′ tall nutcracker in the bathtub….looking like it’s in a coffin.

Backstory: my mom LOVES nutcrackers and has a collection.  Well my dad bought this for Christmas one year.  My mom HATED it. Mostly because it’s 6′ tall and a pain in the ass to move around.  And the fact that my dad decided to leave it after they split up.  My siblings and I…well we find it kind of funny that my mom hates it so much.  One year my sister and I moved it up from the basement and placed it just in front of her bed and exactly where the door to her room opens.  It scared the shit out of her.  This year apparently two of my sisters decided to place it in the tub.  And looking like a corpse.  I damn near peed myself when I saw it because it was so funny.  My mom wasn’t amused.

No real point to that story other than to procrastinate on the running that’s been going on lately. Like I mentioned above I had a massage on Friday afternoon.  Regardless of how my leg was / is feeling (read: like crap) I wanted a tune up.  My body has gone through a lot with training and some wear and tear is going on.  Since my leg has been bothering me the past week I really wanted her to focus on my quad, hammy, and IT band on my left leg.  It felt amazing…well maybe amazing isn’t the right word but it felt like just what my body needed.

And I was rewarded with an amazing (and actually FAST) “long run” on Saturday.  I went for 12 miles and the first 10 were pain free completely and the last two felt a bit achy.  Still no pain.  Hizzah. Especially since the weather was in the mid 40s and sunny. Double hizzah. Then I went out drinking and dancing (let’s also just say that “Fuck You” is the best karaoke song to do.  Ever.)

Which is what I’m blaming for my painful run on Sunday.  I made it about 6 miles before calling it quits and doing the treatment stuff: icing, stretching, rolling.  But my leg was throbbing and radiating pain.  Which called for a rest day Monday and taking some ibuprofen.

I woke up today feeling pretty good, I even did some squats (bending the leg-o was pretty painful Sunday) and felt good to do some kind of test run.  It was a decent run.  And by decent I mean kick-ass for what I’ve been doing lately. I kept it really slow (like slow enough that I wondered if it was even doing anything cardiovascular for me hahah!) and, for where I feel I should be distance wise, incredibly short run.  No more 16+ runs before work as it was only 10. But it felt really REALLY good.  I had only planned for doing a few miles given how much pain Sunday brought so I decided to do a really short loop a few times.  By the last loop my pace had slowed a bit so I called it a day.  But no pain. YAY.

Still doing the now-regular post-run routine of icing and stretching and rolling.  I’ve been not only doing specific stretches for my left leg but also trying to just stretch everything.  I’m shooting for not just running Boston but being the most popular girl there…

I’ve also been thinking about starting to heat the IT band area…or the tight muscles around it.  The massage therapist that I saw said that my adductor muscles are really tight and/or weak so that my IT band is being compensating and being overworked.  So maybe heat to the area will loosen things up? Who knows.

I’m just very glad that I’m taking Boston for fun.  Because I’m probably in a state of taper now.  Not too sure how I feel about it and we’ll have to wait and see how the rest of this week goes. Some days I run without a problem and other days I need to go extra slow or short. But I still have that nutcracker picture as my lock screen on my phone for whenever I need a good laugh. Or go onto someecards because I just spent a good hour doing that.


  1. You are my FIRST visit back from CHINA…and I have to take this opportunity to say, I’ve never seen your ass, but can compliment it only as it has to be sweet given all the rest of your integrity, drive and insight.

    REST??? You?

    Comment by specialkphd — March 22, 2011 @ 13:00

  2. Seeing that in my bathtub late at night would terrify me. I’ve always thought nutcrackers look a little sinister anyhow…

    Sorry you’re still dealing with some pain, but it sounds like you’re at least able to manage it. I think the massage was definitely a smart decision!

    Comment by Lisa — March 22, 2011 @ 13:01

    • For me it was hilarious and not terrifying. I’ve had guest over the house that disagree hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2011 @ 21:57

  3. Ahh love a good prank – your sisters sound like a lot of fun! That would have spooked the crap out of me. Sounds like a good thing that Boston is simply going to be a joyrun instead of a balls-out high-stakes event — this training cycles seems like it has been a bit of a frustrating or perplexing one… props to you for staying so even-keeled and positive through it all!

    Comment by sweatykid — March 22, 2011 @ 13:44

  4. Me and your mom are twins, I have a nutcracker collection, too :). Just haven’t put them in the bathtub yet…and I don’t have a 6′ one either (boo). I keep telling my daughter they are her inheritance – she doesn’t find that very funny.

    Feel better soon girl…you’ve had a rough winter with this sickness! Spring is here now, time to kick it out the door!

    Comment by Jill — March 22, 2011 @ 13:55

    • I’ve already told my mom that my inheritance is her diamond engagement ring. Another sister can have the nutcracker collection…And I’m sure my mom would pay to send you our 6 footer

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2011 @ 21:58

  5. That nutcracker is ridiculous. I can totally see why your mom hates it. It would scare the crap outta me.

    Comment by Marcia — March 22, 2011 @ 14:09

  6. It IS tough to get back into the swing of things, especially when little things get in the way and add up. Stay motivated, because you are one heck of a strong, healthy, confident individual and make the right choice for YOU, your health, and well-being… whatever that choice may be. 🙂

    Ahhh, that’s hilarious about the nutcracker. Gotta love family. 😉

    Comment by Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — March 22, 2011 @ 14:47

  7. My mom has a 5′ St. Nicholas that creeps me the f out. Maybe I should move it into her bedroom one night just to show her how awful it can be…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 22, 2011 @ 15:03

  8. The nutcracker is hilarious! I love that you and your sibs get together to do stuff like that.

    On the ITB–I actually think heat is pretty good with it (one of the few things that I’d recommend heat for). Also, check out this video on ITB treatment on the site of the guy that fixed me. He has some good ideas on what tweaks it in the first place:

    Hope it behaves for you!

    Comment by MissZippy1 — March 22, 2011 @ 17:25

    • THANK YOU for the advice on the roller and IT band and everything, I’ve been rolling all my muscles and it hurts MORE to do it on the IT band itself.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2011 @ 22:00

  9. Oh, one more thing! I know lots of people foam roll the ITB. I think this works for a while, but once it is fairly irritated, stay off it. It will only irritate it more.

    Comment by MissZippy1 — March 22, 2011 @ 17:26

  10. wow, that really is massive! Too funny. But I am glad you had a good time and are feeling better. Boston will be FUN, you are right!

    Comment by lindsay — March 22, 2011 @ 17:34

  11. hahaha!! Practical jokes are great!! Love the ecard too–bt that MM bootie on display in Boston!

    Glad to hear you are making it a FUN race!!! I knowyou will rock it like I could only dreanm of!!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 22, 2011 @ 18:31

  12. that would freak me out too, so i’m on team mom’s side here. where the heck do you find a 6′ tall nutcracker? i need to keep an eye out for one – my bro in law collects them (i think). haha.

    bahston. you know i am coming right. maybe we can meet up for brunch tuesday? (unfortunately i don’t get into town til sun afternoon)

    Comment by lindsay — March 22, 2011 @ 21:57

    • I think it was walmart. Go figure.

      I’m planning on taking the day off Tueday from work (as well as staying in MA) so I’m sure we can make something work!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2011 @ 22:02

  13. I’m so glad you are feeling better! The 6 foot nutcracker!?!? Hilarious! I love it.

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — March 23, 2011 @ 01:36

  14. I’m so afraid of things hiding in the shower… if that happened to me, I would have cried. Glad your leg is feeling better!

    Comment by Chelsea — March 23, 2011 @ 06:39

  15. lolz, I have just recently discovered the wonderful-ness of somecards. Love! I think your attitude toward Boston is a good one – ultimately we run because we enjoy it and it’s (mostly) fun, but you never know – you just might surprise yourself on race day 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — March 23, 2011 @ 11:48

  16. Oh man, that WOULD be a good karoake song!

    Comment by Jess — March 23, 2011 @ 13:56

    • Oh trust me. It’s the best. Especially when a few drinks have already been ingested and dancing / running around the bar while belting becomes good idea

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 24, 2011 @ 15:31

  17. I love the nutcracker…Maya has a collection of them and is obsessed! I wonder what she’d think of one that is 6′ tall?

    Comment by Ameena — March 23, 2011 @ 16:39

    • I’m sure my mom would be happy to send it to you and we can find out.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 24, 2011 @ 15:31

  18. hhaha, I love your nutcracker story. where does one buy a 6 foot nutcracker? Sorry about your IT band troubles – PT really helped mine. have you thought about going? Anyways, I like your ‘tude. Boston will be super fun, and you will have the best time ever 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — March 23, 2011 @ 17:07

  19. Son of a nutcracker!! Haha, that reminds me of the movie Elf!!

    Comment by Jess — March 23, 2011 @ 20:43

  20. That is one huge-ass ugly nutcracker. Glad you had a great run to cap off the worrisome ones. Hope that means you’ll have less pain and better runs from here on in.

    Comment by Flo — March 23, 2011 @ 21:15

  21. That nutcracker is hilarious. Where do you even find something like that? And in the tub – hahahaha. I think you’re going to have a blast in Boston – can’t wait to hear about it!

    Comment by Terri — March 23, 2011 @ 21:27

  22. MM,
    Sorry that I didn’t get back to you sooner! Dude, and that Nutcracker is phenomenal! You could scare the he11 out of someone with that.

    I just need your address to send off the whale sticker. You can email me at

    Hope all is going well and congrats on the 5/6 pain free run on Saturday.

    Comment by Matty B. — March 24, 2011 @ 00:58

  23. Clearly I’m behind on reading blogs… the nutcracker cracks me up. This is right in line with what my brother and I used to do to each other… creatures in the doorway… squirrel tails peeking out from under the dresser (do not ask why we had squirrel tails).

    As for the leg… I think it’s a sign… a sign that training that far north is just too hard on your body. I know you are a BAMF though… and you’ll pull through and still impress us all.

    Comment by Lesley @ Racing It Off — March 25, 2011 @ 00:35

    • Well we’ll see in a few short months (eeeep!) how training south works out for me 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 25, 2011 @ 13:34

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