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April 11, 2011

I Waited All Winter For This.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:44

And, no, I’m not talking about this little thing that I’m doing next Monday.

Or the ice cream brownie sundae I got to eat on my porch last night with the brownie recipe below. I have to carb sugar load for Boston, right?

I’m talking about SPRING. Like, real spring. Not some date on the calendar (although I think that mother nature and the calendar should get on the same page) but warm weather. The kind where my roomie and I could actually sit on the balcony and not be all bundled up! Hallelujah (and yes I’m acutely aware that I just jinxed myself. And all of you. I apologize in advance. Especially since we all know this jinxing will occur on the 18th)

thanks google

The overnight lows were in the 40s and the highs were damn near 60* the past 5 day.  We didn’t actually hit 60, which is my typical benchmark for spring.  But I think that, given how rough winter was for the large majority of the country, I’ll let it slide.

With the rising temps I’m always tempted to raise my miles as well.  Which I probs disregarded the first week of my taper. BUT I have shown some restraint and there have been no fartlek runs or anything resembling speed work.  While I may be in the mindset of going with the flow I’m too scared to risk anything with speed work! Especially since the runs keep going back and forth between pain and pain free. Which some of you (smart minds 🙂 ) told me in my last post. I just need to relax and ride out the next week-ish until the race. Eeep. Easy running has been my bread and butter for the past 5(!!) weeks, no need to mess with it.

And it’s taper time, right?

Easy running, therefore was the story of the weekend.  Thursday and Friday were easy mid-distance days, Saturday was my last “long run” and Sunday was somewhere between short and mid.  All in bright shining sunlight.  Some wind but that felt great and “cooled things off”. (Can you tell how excited I am about the weather. Every paragraph refers to it. And in a glowing way!) <– Happiness.

All the runs were pretty darn fast too.  Relatively speaking, which even with that disclaimer is still confidence boosting.  Definitely no sub-9 miles (gosh I haven’t seen those since pre-injury!) but fast enough to tell me that I’m recovering.  Hopefully in a week, those 26.2 miles between Hopkinton and Boston don’t throw a monkey wrench in it.

Aside from working on my tan (which I really need to be diligent about the sunscreen this year. Hello another 3 moles removed! And hello sun-freckle-spot thingy machine that was at clinic last week and showed me the damage on my skin.  Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought but the sunscreen needs to be a daily thing) I’ve been baking a bit. Or rather my roomie told me “we are making brownies to bring to pub trivia”. So really a bit = once and because I was told to.

So I did. We used this recipe from All Recipes and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.  And the fact that there were none left by the end of the night is a good sign too (do not disillusion me by saying that we were drinking at trivia night. Irrelevant!) If I were to make them in the future I’d try and tweak the recipe to make them more fudgey. Maybe less flour and an extra egg?  I know that with all my box mixes I get to add an extra egg to fudgify it.

Hope everyone is enjoying your Monday! I knew when I left work on Friday that today was going to be a rough one but, hey, the weather is nice and I’m sitting on a really good (well relatively speaking anyway) 8.5 miler already done.  There was IT pain and my legs felt dead. But that could be taper related.  The humidity was definitely a factor as well, 53* and 91% humidity! And YES to spring again because the sun actually rose in the first half of my run.

So I say: Monday? Bring it on!


  1. you are going to do absolutely amazing in boston! Please share a brownie with me…they look fantastic!!!!!!!

    Comment by Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) — April 11, 2011 @ 09:54

  2. Ahhhh, spring. It’s supposed to be 70 today and I have after-work froyo plans. I want to cry with joy.

    p.s. I love, love, love that you ❤ drinking and baked goods. Fuel of championssss.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — April 11, 2011 @ 11:47

  3. I have a lot of “spring” here in Orlando that I’d like to share with you. And then soon, I would love to share the “summer” with you, so please pass your winter to me. I’m dying over here! 🙂 Oh and bring me a brownie too.

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — April 11, 2011 @ 15:12

  4. It is 75F here today!! I am so happy! I wish I didn’t have a rest day today otherwise I would be out enjoying the sunshine! I hope this good weather continues until next week for the race too!

    Comment by J — April 11, 2011 @ 15:37

  5. brownies and pub trivia? I like your style. I also like that it’s about 80 degress out right now (however, dislike that I am sitting inside and haven’t actually experienced it yet). Happy tapering!! 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — April 11, 2011 @ 16:37

  6. It’s 83 here today and beautiful!! I’m so happy!! I love love love this time of year, but it won’t get really good until the leaves are on the trees.

    Comment by Kim — April 11, 2011 @ 16:39

  7. Definitely add an extra egg. I think the ones I made were TOO fudgy- so if I’d do them again, I figured I’d take an egg away… seemed like the right thing to do?

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 11, 2011 @ 17:34

  8. Loving the happiness, boo on the IT but yeah, likely taper bringing it out (so weird how that works). Mmmm, the brownies look delectable.

    Comment by Flo — April 11, 2011 @ 19:28

  9. UGHH I know you hate winter, but this weather totally got me down. I was dying on my run today. DY-ING. Do you hear that? Death. F*ck you, sweat and sun.

    I do hope Boston will be a swell experience for ya…hopefully you can push the IT to the side and still have a sweet race. Crazier things have been done!

    Comment by sarah — April 11, 2011 @ 19:45

  10. I hope boston is an AMAZING experience!!

    Comment by Jess — April 11, 2011 @ 21:08

  11. Those brownies look darn good. I agree with everyone else you should continue to take it easy and really tapper before boston. Spring is here for now and I’m the same- craving more miles.

    Comment by run4may — April 11, 2011 @ 21:34

  12. Spring, <3! It was gorgeous here today, and the wind is finally starting to let up – last week we had 50/60 mph gusts. Gag. Also, I'll be right over for a brownie sundae, k, thanks! 🙂

    Comment by Sarah — April 11, 2011 @ 22:54

  13. Gah! We finally had some completely amazing spring weather here! I was reorganizing (read: donating) a bunch of stuff over the weekend and I packed away our winter jackets…I will have to share the blame in jinxing! I kept thinking about how I may be screwing myself over! :S

    Comment by Heidi Nicole — April 11, 2011 @ 23:35

  14. Yay for spring and brownies! Try to enjoy your taper; take your own advice and keep everything easy until after the 18th. 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — April 12, 2011 @ 00:21

  15. I need to be better about sunscreen too… I am already rockin some sweet tanlines from my socks and garmin.

    Comment by Lindsay — April 12, 2011 @ 08:32

  16. I keep thinking spring is here, and then we get more snow in the forecast. Seriously… more snow Friday and Saturday. But for your sake, I hope we keep the sucky weather over here and spare you in Boston. You are going to be awesome!

    Comment by Chelsea — April 12, 2011 @ 11:21

  17. I’m so glad it’s finally warming up for you!! And now I am craving brownies…isn’t the best?

    Comment by Ameena — April 12, 2011 @ 16:47

  18. I hope/know you are going to have an awesome BeanTown experience.
    and yah for spring…It is finally a little bit here..

    Comment by Laura — April 12, 2011 @ 21:09

  19. almost 90F here today, ick! I’ll trade ya?!

    Comment by lindsay — April 12, 2011 @ 21:18

  20. I was 70 something degrees in NYC yesterday, which was crazy!

    I think the fudgiest brownies I have ever made are from the NY Times olive oil brownie recipe. They are so insanely delicious. I can eat the whole pan in a few days…

    Comment by CH — April 12, 2011 @ 22:12

  21. With a sugary fuel like this, you’re sure to rock it, Karyn!!

    Comment by sophia — April 12, 2011 @ 22:52

  22. I’m hoping that running early enough in the morning is better for my skin…Hope taper is going well!

    Comment by Jess — April 13, 2011 @ 13:51

  23. […] ONE RECIPE because, well, I tried my hand at cooking/baking and decided that I don’t really enjoy it enough to create extravagant meals. But when my roomie wants to rope me into it it can be fun. And tasty. […]

    Pingback by Previously on MM…April 2011 « MarathonMaiden's Blog — May 4, 2011 @ 16:23

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