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March 31, 2011

Laundry or Food

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:26

Guess which one I chose to take care of last night?

Hint let’s just look at letter U shall we?

Anyway…I do want to bitch (again) about the weather.  As Sarah so astutely pointed out

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?

I’ve been stepping outside of my apartment WAY overdressed.  But I’m dressing based on the temperature, and even taking sun / cloud cover into account, I’m overdressing.   She’s 100% right that 19* at the very end of March is sooooooooo not what anyone wants.  But it feels warm.  And, dare I say it?, nice! I hate to think that after 24 years of suffering through the cold I’m about to adapt.

We’ll see though, as it’s supposed to snow April 1.

Happy April's Fools Day y'all

Gotta love the north east.  In any case, the weather has been nice out lately. Or so it feels. Weird.

Which was the case for Wednesday’s 0530 run.  I figured that, with it being in the 20s and with the sun still sleeping (which is EXACTLY what I wanted to be doing when my alarm went off.) I’d be a little chilly.  Nope, I was sweating within minutes and, after running the first of 2 loops, shed the sweatshirt and mittens.

And then I ran the second loop faster than the first one.  Which is my standard M.O. but lately, aka with the IT band acting wonky, it’s been the opposite and I’ve been more tortoise than hare during the final stretch.  Not sure what this means but I’ll take it! The total pace was still on the slow side though as my leg was achy for longer.  Still no pain.  I’ll take that too.

Especially as I go into…taper? I feel like I’ve been tapering already! It’s been almost 3 weeks since I did anything hard.  This weekend marks 3 weeks since my last long run, which was the 24 miler that I think was the trigger for the IT pain.  I mean, I definitely haven’t been slacking with the overall mileage (and thanks to those of you who have assured me that the 20 split that I did this weekend is okay) butttttt I’m hoping that I surprise myself in a few weeks.

That said, I’m not quite sure how I should attack the next 2.5 weeks.  Obviously it’s taper time (although I was going to do a 2 week taper originally) and I can’t cram any true goodness into my body in terms of workouts but I can’t help but feel that my body is going to be stale when I get to that starting line.  Any thoughts / suggestions as to how I go about the next 17 days? (zoooooomg is that it?!)

I still haven’t ordered my jacket yet.  I probs should get on that. But right now I’m still giddy over some exciting news about my future after my year with AmeriCorps and the clinic is done. I feel really terrible about not being able to share more on here but, with nothing set in stone and my year with AmeriCorps still having 4.5 months left (yes that has become a mantra for me!) I’m going to continue to be cagey.  But good vibes are appreciated for everything to work out and not fall through at this stage.

I’ll also be nice and let you listen to the amazingness that is Enrique.  I’m soooooooooooo feeling him and his latest music. Although I do prefer the non-radio edit version.

I’m off for what I’m hoping to be a 13 – 15 miler.  My (or rather my IT Band’s) version of a long run.  Then again, maybe I’m supposed to be doing something shorter as this is the taper.  But it’s the beginning of it. Gaaaaaaaah.  This is what I get for flying by the seat of my pants with training! Fingers crossed I make it.  Or rather make it intact! I didn’t sleep well last night (couldn’t fall asleep so I stayed up watching NCIS and The Office then kept waking up during the night) so it should be interesting to say the least.


  1. I like shorter, faster repeats as one of my preferred taper workouts. Even works for 2 a days to get a short recovery run and later some speed. For a single workout, it would be something like 2 miles wu, then 4×400, or 2×400 and 2×200, or 4×200 depending on how I feel. Full recoveries. One mile cd. For 2x day, run 3 easy in the am and the speed later. For the speed reps, run as fast as your are comfortable BUT DO NOT PUSH IT. First rep slow, middle 2 at speed, last one as first. Be smart. The wu’s and cd’s should be VERY easy, if you catch yourself thinking “Jeese I am JOGGING what will my friends think” then you’ve got the pace right.

    This helps burn the nervous energy while doing something construction (note that word is not “destructive”) for your race, you are fine tuning the engine. Listen to your body but don’t let it talk you into being foolish!

    Good luck!

    Comment by Richard Blalock — March 31, 2011 @ 09:02

    • uh…doing something ‘constructive’…

      Comment by Richard Blalock — March 31, 2011 @ 14:31

    • I wish I could do those repeats! But I’m scared for an IT flare up. So slow and steady will have to suffice. Hopefully the miles will be enough. Fingers crossed 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:40

  2. You’re right–you can’t cram any more fitness in at this stage, so don’t push it. But your distance sounds about right. Keep some quality workouts in there too (speed). Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    Comment by MissZippy1 — March 31, 2011 @ 09:25

  3. 17 days?? Wow that flew. All the goodness you need is already inside. No worries. Crap it’s still that cold? That needs to clear out before I head back up north. Maybe i just won’t.

    Comment by Marcia — March 31, 2011 @ 09:30

  4. hmmm… I’m starting to get a little burned out on Enrique. They keep calling this the “latest from Enrique”. Which is true, but it’s been the “latest” for like 4 months now… I’m ready for an update! :p

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 31, 2011 @ 09:40

  5. Can’t believe the marathon is coming up that quick. I think 13-15 will work as a long run for you, but then again I don’t claim to know much about marathons… 🙂

    I also don’t blame you for not giving full disclosure of all life details and plans on your blog. Sounds normal to me, but hope whatever you have in the works turns out how you want!

    Comment by Lisa — March 31, 2011 @ 09:49

  6. I can’t imagine having snow this late in the year. We started to get good temperatures a couple weeks ago but then it’s chilly again. (nothing compared to snow though)

    Comment by evamadera — March 31, 2011 @ 11:09

  7. You got me to check out the “letter U”, but if I had actually TRIED to put one and one together I think I could have figured it out.

    Remember that whatever you do in the three to four weeks before a race has zero impact on improving your fitness. Busting out a killer workout NOW, isn’t going to make you fitter for a race two weeks away.

    Any intervals or tempo work that you like to do as benchmark tests go ahead and do them but just include longer recovery/rest periods in between, to ensure you stay healthy and feeling good for your race.

    (I am just parroting all the coaches who came before me – nothing new here)

    Comment by danny — March 31, 2011 @ 11:36

  8. Is the lingering IT pain making you nervous at all? I wonder if you might benefit from “attacking” this next two weeks by giving it some serious TLC so it doesn’t rear up to bite you at Boston (because you want Boston to be fun, and not some inflamed-IT death march)! Maybe this means subbing out some of your less important runs for cross training options that don’t irritate it, just to be on the safe side. (Then again, maybe I’m just in my hypochondriac mode on your behalf. You know your body/pain!)

    Comment by sweatykid — March 31, 2011 @ 13:40

    • PS. I didn’t have to check the letter U because my military dad has been speaking to me in the phonetic NATO alphabet since I was an infant. I love that you reference it all the time!

      Comment by sweatykid — March 31, 2011 @ 13:42

    • You are definitely not being a hypochondriac! That is defintiely my attitude as I’m way nervous the IT is going to flare up at mile 23 or something.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:41

  9. Lots o good vibes to you….

    Comment by Laura — March 31, 2011 @ 15:02

  10. Can it just stay cold for a few more weeks 🙂 I like cold race day!

    Sending you good vibes for whatever excitement you have going on!

    Comment by Aron — March 31, 2011 @ 15:46

  11. ohhh I don’t miss that part of the north east!!! but I sure do miss the beautiful summers there!!

    Speaking of Enrique and the song you posted…tonight I am loving you, well I heard on pandora another version “tonight, im fking you”…. while I was running, I was like WHAT?!!!! LOL

    Comment by Caree @ Fit-Mama — March 31, 2011 @ 17:07

    • Hahahah. That’s the version I listen to. And belt in the car over the “loving you” part

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:42

  12. I think it feels good because after such long suffering, you are finally used to the cold. 🙂

    Be careful with the IT band. Don’t worry about workouts or long runs–getting the leg to the race should be priority #1.

    Comment by Jess — March 31, 2011 @ 21:24

  13. Sweatshirt? Running? No wonder you overheated…

    I’d get in one last long run if you’re up for it. That still gives you a 2-wk taper.

    Umm I want to knowthis news!! Hurry up and get it straightened out so you can spill 🙂

    Comment by Lindsay — April 1, 2011 @ 08:38

  14. Alright, I’ll stop complaining about the weather here now…
    A run without pain is always good news, yeah!
    I think your’e close enough to the race to just take it easy, even when you want to push it. Make sure you’re still pain free when it comes to race day! 🙂

    Comment by Vanessa Hills — April 1, 2011 @ 08:40

  15. that weather map is making me shudder. enough already, I tell you! I kind of like your fly by the seat of your pants training (IT band woes aside). It’s taper time though, so hopefully the band will get a little bit of a break!

    Comment by Kelly — April 1, 2011 @ 11:16

  16. You need to move to Denver, it’s suppose to be 78 degrees today (opening day for the Rockies – yay)!

    Good luck with the long run .. and please tell that ITB to cooperate!!! Happy Weekend!

    Comment by Jill — April 1, 2011 @ 12:20

    • I think I don’t need to move to Denver because it snowed the next day after you 78* one 😛

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 5, 2011 @ 15:43

  17. […] you can rest assured that I have clean clothes to wear.  I finally did laundry.  Sure I may have told all my friends that I was going […]

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