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April 7, 2011

Life, uh, Finds A Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 07:28

If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, expands to new territory, and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.

Don’t judge me for my favorite book. ❤

Is it too much to ask for consistency?! I mean, I LOVE that I feel like I’m on an exciting frontier with life stuff. Like I’m a pioneer or something.

thanks google.

But is it too much to ask that the small life stresses stay the same so I can concentrate on other stuff? That means: work, family, friends: you are on alert. Don’t change.  Don’t cause drama.  Because I can handle the status quo right now. Do not play this cyclical game of giving me stress and then backing off.  It’s disarming. And will cause me to be pissy.

Life: stop breaking free and causing chaos in my life. (And don’t worry I’m not as stressed — like at all — as I was back in February and March.  Just annoyed because there are things that I want to do (SELFISH alert!) and can’t at the moment. Annoying)

You too mother nature.  It’s been going back and forth between humid + rainy to brisk (I can’t in good conscience call it cold anymore) + sunshine.

Luckily (?)  my run on Tuesday got the humid part.  Complete with some drizzle and WIND.  When I got up this morning, after resetting my alarm more than once, my mood matched the dark skies.  I was only planning on 10 or so, which was also the feedback that my body was giving me from the get-go, but as the run went on I got faster and faster and my mood got better and better.  In spite of the humidity, on and off rain, and wind.

It was actually, GASP!, fun.

Sometimes, in spite of everything seemingly stacked against you, a ray of sunshine comes through. It helps when it’s literal, as was the case when I hit my apartment to get the 10. The sun broke through!  It was like a sign to keep going. And I listened (Taper whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?)

I’m glad I did because the last 6 felt effortless. It might have been a bit, well unwise, on my part. Taper? IT?

thanks google. and rachel

I know that I had a good, pain free run over the weekend with my 20 miler.  But that run was characterized by an overall slow down for the run.  This run? Nuh-uh-uh. I felt like I was FLYING by the end. If that 20 miler was a sign that I can complete the marathon this one was a glimmer of hope that I might actually finish with a smile on my face.

Running is fun again.

And I say that with the knowledge that my run Wednesday kind of sucked.  Because it was a true recovery run.  As in: Sloooooooooow.  And with some IT pain the whole time.  I use the term “pain” very loosely, it was more of an awareness that my IT band is a part of my body.

Today? Who know what it’ll bring. I’m tempted to do some fartleks.  But let’s just hope for an IT pain free run, m’kay? And let’s hope I make it through the next 11 days (holy s#$%!) without going crazy, m’kay? I’m sure it’ll be easy, m’kay?

Can anyone not say m;kay and think of this guy? thanks google

On a follow up note from my last post and the response I was getting from me cutting our the shaker: well I hear y’all (and let me tell you it warms my heart to have people tell me to keep on saltin’) buttttttttttttt that doctor is probs right.  I will definitely admit to eating a fair amount of processed  and canned foods which give me plenty of salt as it is (I tend to crave salty stuff).

Maybe I’ll revisit the issue in the summer (or even spring once I start really sweating salt) but for now I’m going to try and reduce my added intake.  So far, and it’s been almost a week, nothing major has happened aside from my food being a little blander. And it’s not that I have health issues with HTN either.  My blood pressure is routinely low.  But, like lots of other things in life, the effects of too much salt (it’s literally a shaker every 10 days or so) probably won’t be seen until later in life when it’s too late to correct it.


  1. I think ive had the same salt shaker for almost a year and have barely made a dent! I never add salt to anything..not sure why I just never have

    Comment by Ashley — April 7, 2011 @ 07:33

  2. dude, I hear you on the small life stresses causing drama that just cannot be handled. GUH. You know, I actually did a research paper on whether excess salt CAUSES HTN, and there is very little research. You are more likely to get it if you have a family history. Reducing salt is a good method to reduce already high BP and for those people with high risk for HTN, but for normal people I think the verdict is still out. My two cents!

    Comment by mealsformiles — April 7, 2011 @ 07:54

  3. Glad you had a great run Tuesday! I can’t wait to get out this afternoon – its supposed to be 50F! Gasp!! Is it really Spring??

    Comment by J — April 7, 2011 @ 07:55

  4. I like the “ray of sunshine” when it happens. Hoping for one this weekend. lol

    And I’m glad it’s starting to get fun again! Sometimes all it takes is a step back to take a look and appreciate something for what it’s worth!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 7, 2011 @ 08:23

  5. Glad that 20 miler went so well and sounds like you are READY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Salt or no salt.

    Comment by Shutupandrun — April 7, 2011 @ 09:35

  6. Yay for a great run 😀 Hope your family/friends/life etc keep on the status quo (at least until after Boston)!

    Comment by Lisa — April 7, 2011 @ 11:09

  7. Running is fun…I love hearing that and am really going to try to focus on this for my next few weeks of long runs.

    Comment by Laura — April 7, 2011 @ 11:22

  8. Two Parks in one post — Jurassic Park and South Park! Ahahaha. You are great. Sometimes when I’m at the gym, I listen to the Jurassic Park movie theme song over and over because I like to pretend I’m flying over the sea on a pterodactyl’s back instead of going brain-dead on the elliptical.

    Yay taper time! Maybe you can use your extra free time to get life back to your preferred status quo. Good luck!

    Comment by sweatykid — April 7, 2011 @ 13:18

    • When I call my sister that is the ringtone she hears. Holler to you. I guess that means I should download it STAT.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:46

  9. Hooray! I wouldn’t mess with any fartleks at this point. Just relax until the big day.

    Comment by Jess — April 7, 2011 @ 14:10

  10. I’ve been reading a ton of material how stress can stop the healing process of an injury (hum…why would I be doing that?!?!) and hinder our performance when we can run – so I’m hoping your life can be stress-free for ya girl!! Gotta get you to Boston in one, happy, healthy piece! 🙂

    Comment by Jill — April 7, 2011 @ 14:27

  11. I have been having trouble with my runs lately too…until today, I felt better and it was a GOOD run! FINALLY!

    Comment by Caree @ Fit-Mama — April 7, 2011 @ 16:21

  12. “Running is fun again.” Yay, beautiful to hear. May the IT band stay in the background until after you’re blissfully finished with that little run you have in a few days. 🙂

    Comment by Flo — April 7, 2011 @ 22:22

  13. hooray for running being fun again! it’s moments like this that keep us coming back for more, right?

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — April 8, 2011 @ 15:04

  14. m’kay!! Aw you bring me back to my south park days!!!

    How did the fartleks feel? IT band behave itself??

    Taper demons!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — April 8, 2011 @ 18:04

    • I nixed the fartleks. And the IT band has been off and on in general. Blah. But I think that 90.3453% of that is taper brain. We’ll see soon enough.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:48

  15. oh so excited that you are enjoying running again. Hope that fartlek was pain free!

    Comment by lindsay — April 8, 2011 @ 20:32

    • I nixed the fartlek. No need to mess with my leg. Or my brain. Trying to keep it relaxed this week…right? haha! Oh taper brain!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:50

  16. I wish running is fun all the time. It sometimes is, but sometimes it’s just…agonizing. I’m glad running is fun for you again!

    Comment by sophia — April 9, 2011 @ 02:41

    • Amen. But it’s probs the agonizing ones that make the fun ones even better.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:49

  17. Sorry about the chaos in your life…I feel the same way! If it isn’t one thing than it’s another. And it can be so frustrating!!

    At least you have fun running…I guess running to you is the way traveling is to me. I just can’t get enough!

    Comment by Ameena — April 10, 2011 @ 12:02

  18. I’m happy for multiple things:
    1) Running is fun for you again (which reminds me that this is about having fun and not being focused on how much/little/painful everything is
    2) That you included a great pic of a pioneer woman with a giant musket

    Hope you’re having a great weekend and I’m SUPER eager to see your music video

    Comment by Matty B. — April 10, 2011 @ 12:20

    • Well you shall stay super eager then. I barely post *pictures* of myself hahah!

      And I got your whale sticker! I need to snap a pic and post it here….note to self hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:51

  19. Ahh I feel so behind on your life! This was a timely post for me though because I just posted about how I’m back and running again and how I can run and it’s fun again and here you are saying the same thing, yay : )
    You’re running Boston right? Sigh, I need to go back and read a lot of posts.. this blogging hiatus will never happen again! haha

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 10, 2011 @ 18:55

    • I forgive you 🙂 And yes I’m running Boston. I’ll have to be on the lookout for you. I missed you last year! The BC kids were the best!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:52

  20. 1. You ARE going to finish the marathon!!! 2. Move here/visit and I’ll hook you up!!!! 3. Where are you now? Boston? (I should know, oops!) David does have a friend there…

    Comment by Lindsay — April 10, 2011 @ 20:20

    • 1. thanks for the vote of confidence! 2. I’ll definitely visit! I ❤ traveling. If there's a couch to crash on 😉 3. I'm in Providence..which is not far at all from Boston.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 10, 2011 @ 21:55

  21. There is something breaking free in you…and it can feeling out of control falling…but who you are, why I read your blog, is inspiring, full of integrity and GROWTH.

    I am glad it is fun. More so, I am glad that you listen when it isn’t

    Comment by specialkphd — April 15, 2011 @ 12:47

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