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March 29, 2011

Here We Go Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:58

Bleh. I’ve been meaning to blog, because I’ve had some pretty good stuff happen lately. But my computer is very likely on it’s last legs and acting a bit wonky.  And I’ve been busy.  In a good way. Despite my intentions of “a bad life decision weekend” happening (which I’m not saying didn’t) I was actually really REALLY productive.  I’ll keep being cagey about my plans for next year but let’s say that I’ve been making lots of headway there. Exciting.  Scary but exciting.

I also got my bangs trimmed this weekend and I finally have them again. The excitement is palpable people. Palpable.

Also exciting? Well let’s also just say that, being from the suburbs, I’ve never had to actually WAIT for a table at iHop at 0130.  The pancakes, however, made up for it.

Judge me all you want but the banana/strawberry ones AND the blueberry ones are mine.

But it was a good source of carbs for my long run on Saturday.  Because…wait for it…I ran TWENTY MILES.

Not in a row but I ran a good 14 miler when I first woke up and then, because my leg was feeling good, I ran a pre-dinner 6 miler.  I am totally aware that 14+6 =/= 20 miles in terms of actual training but I’m happy that I was able to cover 20 miles in a day.  Makes me more optimistic about Boston. Of course, the pace that I’m running at, well this run was much faster than my typical runs have been, is slow (like I really felt like I was hoofing it here where it normally is a pace that I can feel easy about) I know that I can at least cover the 26.2 miles from Hopkington to Boston. Quickly? Well that’s a different story.

It didn’t hurt that weather was FABULOUS. Okay, so it was 25* but it was sunny and I ended up being WAY overdressed for the first run.  Oh well.  It also didn’t hurt that I loaded up my iphone with some really good (read: catchy pop / hip-hop) songs and that lightened my mood.  I’m not one to use music, like, ever but it was a good change of pace. Although, side note, I have my tragus pierced and I cannot for the life of me get ear buds to stay in that ear. Help?

So no leg pain! YAY. It was a bit achy later that day but nothing serious or hurting.  I think that since I’ve stopped rolling my IT band the improvement in the pain has been really nice.  Miss Zippy (I think?) told me that sometimes rolling the IT band when it’s still hurt and not on the way out of recovery can irritate it more, which is likely the case. I’ve also stopped the PT exercises for the same reason…right now it’s about babying it.  And rolling + exercise, while in the end will be a huge asset to me, is not helping at the moment and not what I need at the moment.

Of course, one could argue that running 20 miles in a day would be irritating to it as well.  Battles people. Battles.

Like the follow up 10 on Sunday with some tightness in my quad but still no pain. Even afterward when the aches typically really start up.  Same thing with Monday’s run: I got a good 12 miler in.  I wanted to go a bit further because I had a late night clinic and I really enjoyed it.  Like my LR this weekend I listened to music and it got me through the miles.  The last 1-2 miles were a little more than achy so I’m glad that I was running late for work (hello comfy bed in the morning!) so I couldn’t stay out any longer.

I then tempted fate this morning and heck YES to the pace I was running at.  Definitely not my usual clip but it was fast.  I felt like I was huffing and puffing.  But it didn’t feel like I was flying so I figured I was going the slow pace that’s been the usual and I was pissed off about my cardio fitness as of late and made me question whether I’d hold up at Boston.  In reality I was going decently.  Maybe that’s why my leg started hurting a bit earlier in the runs than I’ve been used to lately.  I did truck on, I mean how could I not with “Fuck You” blasting in my ears, and there’s no lasting pain during the day, but I’m still conflicted as to what Boston holds in store for me.

Totally apropos. Thanks google. In case you can't read the caption because it's small, it says "It's amazing you've made it this far"

Basically, regardless of my runs, I’ve been trying to enjoy this lovely weather lately.  Yes I am sick of waking up and running in 25-30* weather (spring…whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?) but the sun has been shining and so I’ve been sweating wicked badly because I’m overdressing (if overdressing =  shorts, longsleeve, sweatshirt). I guess that the sun can make up for cooler temps.

How’s that for an all over the place post? Long and short of it? I’m busy but excited. Nervous too.  I can just feel that I’m on the precipice of something…it has the potential to be either amazing and earth shattering or an utter disaster. Either way it sure won’t be boring.


  1. No judgement here on those pancakes. Although, I would have added the Cinn-a-stack to that lovely assortment. You know what makes pancakes taste better too? Bangs. Proven fact. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get them again at my hair appt. on Friday. 🙂

    Nice job on the 20 miles! My max miles ever is 15, so no matter how you do it…you got em in and kicked butt! Oh, and I recommend those headphones that wrap around your ears and the back of your head. They are the only ones that work for me. Earbuds and me do not get along.

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — March 29, 2011 @ 14:05

  2. Can’t wait to hear more about the plans!

    Those pancakes look delicious! And so glad to hear there was no pain… keep staying strong. 🙂

    Comment by Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — March 29, 2011 @ 14:25

  3. Foam rolling aggravates my IT band too…sometimes you just have to do what feels right, even if it’s not what everybody says!

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — March 29, 2011 @ 14:48

  4. Uhhh while you’re figuring out your “next year” life, wanna figure out mine too? I’m so hopeless when it comes to that kind of planning.

    I hope you are in the clear with the IT stuff — sounds like you’ve gotten some solid runs in!

    Loved the last paragraph of this post.

    Comment by sweatykid — March 29, 2011 @ 15:26

    • I’ll figure out your next year stuff if you move with me….I need a roomie 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:44

  5. Pancakes are yummy – gotta be great long run fuel. Also love the picture; I feel like that person somedays…

    And hey, 20 miles is 20 miles. Nice job!

    Comment by Lisa — March 29, 2011 @ 15:35

  6. 20 miles is awesome- no matter if you broke it up or not! Nice work…

    And I’ve decided some over-the-top pancakes are going to be my post-race reward after the half in a couple weeks. I’ve been getting cravings!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 29, 2011 @ 15:38

  7. OMG IHOP!?!?! Gaaag that place gave me food poisoning a couple years ago and I haven’t been back since, but before that one incident I LOVED it and ate SO much everytime I went! Your runs are going great–be confident in yourself. You’re an amazing runner!!!!!

    Comment by lindslovesmiles — March 29, 2011 @ 18:06

  8. you are going to be awesome in Boston…wicked bangs and pancakes included.

    Comment by Laura — March 29, 2011 @ 20:12

  9. Pancakes are gift from heaven and it would be wrong to waste them! 🙂 And, hey, you need fuel for twenty miles!

    Comment by Terri — March 29, 2011 @ 20:46

  10. YOu claimed all those?!! Sounds like you found a pre-long-run-meal that works and reduces ITB inflammation! ha!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 29, 2011 @ 23:46

  11. is that at 1:30am? if so, thatss awesome!! love it. And you can do this, stay positive. Your cardio is there, just takes a week or so to get back. But I know you are strong!!

    Comment by lindsay — March 30, 2011 @ 07:12

  12. even though I don’t know what they are, I’m excited for your future plans! 🙂 Glad your IT band is behaving itself – they are so finicky sometimes regarding what works and doesn’t work. I say keep going with what ‘s working for you now!

    Comment by mealsformiles — March 30, 2011 @ 07:54

  13. Your images never fail to crack me up! Glad you had a pain free run 🙂

    Comment by Laura @ Box run eat — March 30, 2011 @ 13:24

  14. Keep up the faith, looks like things are smoothing out for you and Boston’s going to be fun. Whatever mysterious thing you’re working on for next year, crossing fingers it turns out best way possible. As for earbuds staying in, I love these things, they’re cheap and you can find them at any Target, Walmart, even drugstores.

    Comment by Flo — March 30, 2011 @ 13:37

    • I think those could work for me. My problem is that I have my tragus pierced so nothing wants to stay in my left ear!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:46

  15. I can’t imagine going out for a run in the morning and then again before dinner, you rock!!

    and I can never pass up pancakes!! yum!

    Comment by Caree @ Fit-Mama — March 30, 2011 @ 13:53

  16. You taking pain meds? 25? Fabulous!?! Eww.

    At least Noah isn’t making an appearance I guess. It’s been raining since saturday down here.

    I would eat all those pancakes too. No judging here.

    Comment by Lindsay — March 30, 2011 @ 14:58

  17. Yay for 20 pain-free miles, whether it was split or not! So glad things are falling into place. You may surprise yourself at Boston!

    Comment by MissZippy1 — March 30, 2011 @ 16:40

  18. Glad to see you back posting, and running a bit (or like way more than a bit). Who the hell knows how any marathon will go, you know? Chances are, you’ll pull a darn good race out of your ass. Or out of wherever.

    And regarding the weather, the recent “cold” weather has felt weirdly warm for me. Like, it will say 19 degrees outside, but I’ll be sweating within minutes. I’m not sure what this means, other than it’s 19 degrees in late March and that’s not particularly appealing. Humidity?

    Comment by sarah — March 30, 2011 @ 20:28

  19. my training for Boston has been absolute shit! oh well. not much i can do about it now! I will try my best and see what happens! I’ve read lots of studies on splitting runs and most expoerts say its FINE, that as long as you complete it within like 48 hours its still just as beneficial. I found a really good article thru once but i just looked for it now to show you but didn’t see it. Hope you are feeling well!

    Comment by Bethany — March 30, 2011 @ 21:49

  20. Ummm hopefully the weekend brought a productive plan to get you out of 25* weather! Are you tapering now?

    Comment by Jess — March 30, 2011 @ 21:57

  21. I’ll give you some of my pumped-for-Boston-ness if I get some of those pancakes. Deal?

    Def gonna hang out at the Athlete’s Village!

    Comment by Nick — March 31, 2011 @ 00:04

  22. My computer has been wonky for the last year, too. Why in the heck can’t they make them last longer? Mine is circa 2007. I’m thinking of transitioning over to a Mac, though.

    No judgment from me; those pancakes look awesome!

    Comment by emily — March 31, 2011 @ 06:24

    • Mine’s circa 2005. I guess it had a good life…I’m thinking about a mac too for my next one.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:47

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