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April 5, 2011

I Love the Fishes Cause They’re So Delicious.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 07:56

Giant. Graham. Cracker. Goldfish.

Still good even if broken. Poor fishes. They never stood a chance.

Like the out-of-the-blue goldfish I’m going to do pull together a post with all the paragraphs of stuff that I’ve written in the past week but it wasn’t enough to make into a full post or didn’t fit into what I was writing about at the time. Or just filler because, post-LR on Saturday, my runs have been boring.  And my quads have been achy.  And I’m exhausted.  I have managed to take advantage of some nice weather (54* on Sunday and I avoided the precipitation on Monday) but they were boring.

I’m hoping that, as I’m posting this, my Tuesday run is going…well I’m not unhappy with my past two runs!  But I want something to shout from the rooftops. I’m trying to keep in mind what all of you keep telling me: focus on the next two weeks and get to Hopkington healthy.

FIRST: 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 here-there-and-everywhere-they-aren’t Friday night.  But that’s because, after4or 5 consecutive weekends of going out I needed to launder my clothes, open a bottle of wine and sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

I also needed to catch up on sleep because I’ve been getting 3-4 hours a night this past week.  Yes, I know I can function on little sleep and it’d be one thing if I was staying up late partying doing something productive.  But it’s because I get up 3-4 times to PEE . I’ve even enacted a “no drinking anything post 1900″ rule (the exception being drinking alcohol.  Then I sleep like a baby with no wake ups.  Weird?)  And no it’s not diabetes.  I know this because I get tested literally every time I go to the doctors. Every. Single. Time. Thoughts?

But don’t worry I made up for the staying in on Saturday night.

SECOND: I am a nerd.

And proud of it. What makes this even better (my sister sent it to me) is that I’m reading excerpts from Stephen Hawking’s new book. (and I’m obsessed with Epic Rap Battles of History)


Remember when I bragged about going through a salt shaker every, like, 10 days or so? Well that’s ending.  As of last week.  As you may, or may not, know part of my job is medically recording doctor’s notes (kind of, well exactly, like a scribe) and one of the doctors was talking about how she told a patient to stop adding salt to food due to hypertension (HTN).  Out of curiosity I asked the doctor if I should be worried about my salt consumption and my future health, because currently I am as fit as a fiddle with no family history of HTN (and edit: my BP is routinely 95/60 or something very close to it).  Well she told me to quit the salt.  Or at least start to cut back.

Damn. I’ve added little to no salt to things since then and man, does my food taste different. I know my taste buds will get used to it but still.  This is going to suck.  I know the last time I did this I got really lightheaded and got many head rushes so I’m slowing weaning myself off of it to adjust.  But DAMN SKIPPY.

Thanks google for giving me this. Because I’m too young to actually know where it came from 😉

If you see me passed out on the side of the road, please insert a salt IV. Please?

FOURTH: I was going to end this post with a funny FailBlog picture about how proficiency decrease but focus increases when a deadline comes rushing up (it was a x vs. y graph. Yes I am a nerd).  But then I found this instead on

This is my kind of workplace.


Hopefully you’ve been thoroughly entertained by this post. I know it was highly amusing to peruse funny websites and youtube.


  1. NO SALT AAAAAHHHHHH!!!! I’m a salt fanatic too! I figure as long as I’m not eating tons of packaged foods (that’s where the bulk of salt consumption comes from, believe it or not) I’m free to sprinkle (in relative moderation). My excuse: RUNNERS NEED SALT! You lose a lot in your sweat, and before a run salt helps you keep some of that fluid volume inside your blood vessels (you know, that 20oz of water that you just chugged and are about to pee right out). I’m not saying “shake away” but don’t limit yourself too much, especially before a run!

    Comment by K — April 5, 2011 @ 08:19

  2. Cutting back on salt can be rough! I did it a few years ago because I would literally add it to everything before I even tasted it… wtf?

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 5, 2011 @ 08:34

    • That is exactly what I do…or did. EVERYTHING. We are weird 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:37

  3. My mom is an RN and she’s been told by the doctors she works with that if you are active and don’t have any kidney/liver problems, that you don’t really need to worry about salt intake because you lose so much of it during excercise. I know when I’m done with a run and I cool off, I can wipe the salt off my arms. I lose a LOT of salt on my runs!

    Take that for what it’s worth. I mean, I’m no expert but I think with all your running, you really don’t have to worry about it as much as you think you do.

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — April 5, 2011 @ 08:58

    • That used to be my mindset buttttt I’m just worried that I’ll have problems down the road. I mean, I do use a lot of salt. And I wasn’t worried about it at all until this doc told me to cut back!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:39

  4. I’ve never been one to add a lot of salt to things but when I realized how much salt was in what I ate…wow, what a wake up call.

    Comment by evamadera — April 5, 2011 @ 11:05

  5. I’m glad you are cutting back on the salt, despite the fact you train a lot and thus sweat a lot, you do not replace it with pure table salt and it can lead to hypertension. My dad was best friends with the salt shaker and he had horrible problems later in life. Now a little whiskey in the vending machine would be good, though :).

    Comment by Jill — April 5, 2011 @ 11:35

    • Thank you for this comment! It definitely makes me feel better that I’m not overreacting and that the doctor was right about having me look down the road. I tend to be shortsighted because my heath is good right now.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:40

  6. Well, what might be great medical advice for most might not be sound advice for you. Then again, cutting back a bit on the salt shaker probably won’t huuurt you. Welcome to the wonderful world of PEPPER! Seriously, some of those salt-free seasonings are way more fun anyway.

    Comment by sweatykid — April 5, 2011 @ 13:57

  7. So little sleep! That’s rough…

    I am the opposite of you. My bp is so darn low that I’ve had docs tell me to add salt. Jealous? ; )

    Comment by MissZippy1 — April 5, 2011 @ 14:00

    • Hahah my BP is so low that’s why I’ve always thought I was in the clear with my salt usage. I do wish the doc had given me the go-ahead to continue though 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:41

  8. I wish I could get my boyfriend to cut back on salt. He is addicted.

    That picture is hilarious!

    Comment by Run Tara Run — April 5, 2011 @ 14:36

  9. I’ve found that it only takes a little while to give up some of the salt… and after that it gets way difficult to go back. Stuff seems SOOO salty to me these days!

    Comment by Kim — April 5, 2011 @ 17:11

  10. meh, you’re a runner and you need salt, right?? hooray for your leg feeling better 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — April 5, 2011 @ 18:16

  11. oh hell nah. Runners need more salt than average. Tell that butthead to go whine about someone else’s diet.

    I’m sure you don’t care, but I think we are on the same blog-reading schedule…everytime I comment on someone’s blog, I notice that you commented right before me. Evening reader, eh?

    Comment by RoseRunner — April 5, 2011 @ 23:19

  12. Oh no I’ve always thought I was safe with the salt too since my BP is pretty low… That is bad news, I loooove the salt!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — April 6, 2011 @ 06:25

  13. I love your random thoughts, the entertain me! hehe. I hope your quad feels better soon. Rest up, your runs are never boring, they are purposeful!

    Comment by lindsay — April 6, 2011 @ 07:00

  14. Dang yo. I like salt but not that much. I wish I could convince the hubs to not use it so much. He doesn’t think he uses it a lot but he puts it on everything. Even fries/fried chicken — umm hi that already has salt.

    You are a nerd but we knew this and still love you anyway. I do like the healthy larabar mixed in with jack and candy bars!

    Comment by Lindsay — April 6, 2011 @ 08:26

  15. You may be able to get around the salt issue a little bit if you are a salty sweater, especially with all the running you do. 🙂

    Comment by emily — April 6, 2011 @ 10:38

  16. I know that most people need to cut back on the salt but if you eat really well (and it seems like you do) then you may be like me where you actually need salt to function properly. I add it constantly but my BP, etc. are still perfect.

    Comment by Ameena — April 6, 2011 @ 11:53

    • I suspect I am like you. I’ve yet to completely cut it out and doubt I will. But I’m sure the amount I was using probably wasn’t a good thing and would lead to bad things down the road which is why it’s a good thing I cut back. Yay for you not having bad BP. That makes me hopeful I can still use a good amount of salt and be okay too.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:44

  17. The whole salt thing confuses me. I don’t eat a lot but I have had problems after races of not having enough. So i don’t know if I should eat more or not! I hope cutting back at least helps you a bit. And hope you had a good run on Tuesday! I did even though it was windy!

    Comment by J — April 6, 2011 @ 12:48

  18. I don’t know exactly how much salt you use…but is it because you crave salt or because you want more flavor? There are ways to add flavor to food, like more good fats or garlic.

    Comment by sophia — April 6, 2011 @ 20:07

  19. I’m a salt-aholic… I’ll admit it. Crazy salt-aholic. Say it isn’t so.

    Comment by Lesley @ Racing It Off — April 7, 2011 @ 23:30

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