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April 13, 2011

A Drowned Rat Looks Better Than You

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:09

…according to my roomie after my run this morning. It was said with love though, I think, and was said because I was dripping rain all over the apartment. Even after taking off most of my layers outdoors. Boo rain.

But my run on Tuesday was really freaking good.  It helped that the weather was really nice, not as humid as Monday with  partly cloudy and mid 50s for the temperature.  And YAY I beat the rain.  The only downside was that I had to stop 4 times to find a bathroom although the plus side is that I now know all the buildings on this particular route that have public restrooms.  Win? Maybe?

It was a mid-y kind of run distance wise, last “real run” before Monday, and my legs are feeling tired and twinge-y and, well, taper-y.  Although strangely enough I finished feeling pumped up and strong. So I made the executive decision to run the risk of being late for work so I could do this

Put my feet up, eat some breakfast and enjoy the wonderful weather. I really can’t think of a better way to start the day. The mornings have been really nice lately and so have the nights, I’ve actually been able to sleep with the window open!

And yes those are the Boston 2010 chip and the WR 2010 tag on those shoes.  I guess that pair has fallen to be the “racing shoes” as they’ve only been broken out for races (I train in the same style but, obviously different pair as these guys have ~200 miles on them)

And they’ll be the ones that I wear when I run Boston again this year.  I think I probably should have switched into newer shoes (hell even these ones and gotten a new pair for the race) as my ones I’ve been running have…well I’ll keep that a secret between me and my excel “shoe miles” spreadsheet.

I did not wear them again today because it was a rainy and dreary day and I didn’t want them to get “ruined”.  Bleh. But it’s okay overall because *fingerscrossed* the weather for Monday looks clear. I can handle the rain for a few more days.  At least it’s not snow, right?

The run itself was pretty awful.  The rain made the 40* seem even colder. I was actually shivering pretty much the entire time. Not cool mother nature. Not cool. So I was miserable for 96.3453% of the run. Overall I’m okay with it because it wasn’t a confidence deflating run.  I knew that the constant, unrelenting rain factored in, so did the choice of route (hello hills!) and the fact that, due to being very busy yesterday at work, I hadn’t eaten much on Tuesday.

And it was sans music.

Lately I’ve been using my iphone to listen to music while doing my runs.  Not every one, maybe 3 times a week. It started probably with bad intentions: I wanted to not pay attention to my leg.  BAD.  But on my easy (and not 0530) runs I’ve been listening to a playlist that’s been pumping me up.  I want to dance (and actually it’s been a pre-gaming mix too) when I hear the songs. And it’s been getting me through some not so stellar training without me obsessing about pace and other runners on the pathway I run.

Which is why I want to share it with YOU.  Yes this is MM’s first giveaway.  A music one.

I’m actually going to pick two winners. The first will win the stuff I’ve been listening to during my training and this is the mix I’m debating bringing to Boston to play intermittently during the painful miles. At the very least it’s the one I’ll force my mom to listen to as she drives me to Hopkinton. The second winner will get my last year Boston mix, the one I listened to in the car on the drive to the start.

Exciting, right? I’ll will say upfront that some of the songs are *not* the radio edits.  Here’s how you can enter to win:

Tell me a joke.  Preferably a dirty or risque one.

Yup. Only one way to enter.  I hate it when people make you jump through hoops.  And since it’s a homemade giveaway I’m not going to be that mean.  Just tell me a joke to make me laugh.  It’s been a rough training cycle.  You have until Monday the 18th at 1000.  Which is when I’ll start my 26.2 mile to Boston.

Ready? BREAK!



  1. 2 jokes:
    1. What did zero say to eight? I like your belt!
    2. What should you do if you see a kidnapping? Let him sleep!!!

    Comment by Lindsay — April 13, 2011 @ 17:37

  2. The next time someone asks if you became a podiatrist because you have a foot fetish, ask them if their kids pediatrician is a pedophile.

    Comment by Larissa H — April 13, 2011 @ 17:49

  3. As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, “If I’m going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman.”

    She removes all her clothing and asks, “Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?”

    A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, “Here, iron this!”.


    Comment by Running Librarian — April 13, 2011 @ 20:28

  4. A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool. After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.
    The waitress asked, ‘Crushed nuts?’
    ‘No, arthritis.’

    Comment by sarah — April 13, 2011 @ 20:38

  5. What is a bird that is always out of breath?
    A puffin! ahahahahaha!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 13, 2011 @ 20:49

  6. I always forget the good jokes I hear, but for some reason this one always sticks with me. Perhaps because it involves pastry? 🙂 Anyhow,

    ” Why did the jelly roll? Because she saw the apple turnover.”

    Comment by Lisa — April 13, 2011 @ 20:54

  7. Ooooh I love that the speedy racing shoes are out! Have a freaking blast on Monday!
    Ok here’s one:
    why are blonde jokes so short?
    So brunettes can understand them.

    Comment by Marcia — April 13, 2011 @ 20:59

  8. What’s the difference between an enzyme and a hormone?
    You can’t make and EN ZYME.

    (Think about it. I def needed help to get it. Oh, and btw I learned this in o-chem class 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — April 13, 2011 @ 21:41

  9. Heres a running joke for you:

    Deciding to take up jogging, the man was astounded by the wide selection of jogging shoes available at the local sports shoe store. While trying on a basic pair of jogging shoe, he noticed a minor feature and asked the clerk: “What is this little pocket thing here on the side for?” And the clerk: “Oh, that’s to carry spare change so you can call your wife to come pick you up when you’ve jogged too far.”

    Comment by Ashley — April 13, 2011 @ 21:42

  10. As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, “If I’m going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman.”

    She removes all her clothing and asks, “Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?”

    A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, “Here, iron this!”.

    Comment by walkamileinmyboots — April 13, 2011 @ 21:50

  11. Argh…I don’t know any jokes off the top of my head. Now I’m not going to sleep tonight thinking about some to send you.

    Those are for sure your lucky running shoes and Boston is going to be a big blast. Wish I were there with ya this year again but one day I will :). Race like the wind, girl….not sure if I will get to write before you go as I have a meeting tomorrow night – will try but if not I’ll be thinking of you! Go rock it!

    Comment by Jill — April 13, 2011 @ 23:07

  12. Hey, I wanted to answer a question you left in a comment when I was on a Non-Answering mode. Yes, to Philly! I’m doing the 1/2 and there’ll be a lot of folks coming from the 3:20 RWOL thread, so get your but here. And also, I was thinking about you today, do you have a post from your last marathon that kind of summarizes the mileage you did? I’m interested in what you did, I know you did a ton of triples but what was your average mileage over that training period? I’m into the mileage fun now (though not enough to do triples :-). No biggie, don’t want to make you work to find the info but if it’s easy…shoot!

    Comment by Flo — April 13, 2011 @ 23:36

    • And I’m only talking mileage, not pace info if that makes it easier.

      Comment by Flo — April 13, 2011 @ 23:37

  13. I suck at jokes so here are words of wisdom from Daniel Tosh:
    “I always wondered if those WWJD bracelets worked, so I bought one the other day. Does everybody have their WWJD bracelets on? ‘Cause I was wearing my bracelet recently, and I was in the movie theater, and this guys cell phone went off — don’t you just hate that? Then he picked it up, “Hey, how’s it going? I’m in a movie.” And so I say….and I’m not going to censor myself here “Hey buddy, Get off the phone please!” And he’s like, “Mind your own business asshole.” Oh, now there is trouble in River City. I’m a man, not much of one, but a man, and I will choke you if you are smaller, younger, and preferably white. So I reach over the seat, and at that moment I see my bracelet: What Would Jesus Do? So I lit him on fire and sent him to Hell.”

    Comment by Laura — April 14, 2011 @ 07:39

  14. Q: What do vegetarian zombies eat?

    A: Graaaaaiiiinnnnnsss!


    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — April 14, 2011 @ 08:12

  15. i can’t think of a joke, and thats no joke. Hmm, maybe I need to go ask my brothers for one.

    Comment by lindsay — April 14, 2011 @ 08:17

  16. A Texas Tech graduate, a University of Texas grad and a Texas Aggie were sitting in a bar in San Antonio. The view of the river was fantastic, the beer was ice cold and the food exceptional.

    “But,” said the guy from Tech, “I still prefer the beer joints back in Lubbock. There’s one place where the owner goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy 4 beers, he will buy the 5th.”

    The Longhorn said “Well, at my local bar in Austin, the owner will buy your 3rd drink after you’ve bought 2.”

    “Hell, that’s nothin’,” the Aggie responded. “Back in College Station there’s this bar where the moment you set foot in the place they’ll buy you a drink and keep them coming all night. Then when you’ve had enough to drink, they take you upstairs and see that you get laid. And it’s all on the house.”

    The Red Raider and the Longhorn immediately doubted the Aggie’s claims. “And this actually happened to you?” asked the Tech grad.
    No, not myself personally,” admitted the Aggie. “But it did happen to my sister.”

    Comment by just keep running — April 14, 2011 @ 09:22

  17. love this!! ok here it goes… (p.s.-i’ve never won anything in my life besides a cabbage patch doll when I was 8y/o but it’s because I filled out two pads of entried so, I guess I kinda cheated… 🙂 )

    Q: What’s the difference btwn a G-spot and a golf ball??
    A: The guy will actually look 4 the golf-ball! 🙂

    I blushed writing this but, it’s worth it 4 the win…hopefully!!

    Good luck in Boston girl!! I’ll be there in 2012!found you through SR!!

    Have a great day!! 🙂

    Comment by Pam — April 14, 2011 @ 09:51

  18. haha, i have shoe miles in excel too! hmm, i dont feel like I have the brainpower to think of a joke right now. would googling one be considered cheating?

    Comment by mealsformiles — April 14, 2011 @ 12:26

  19. Here’s a racy ultramarathoner joke that never grows old:

    Q: How can you tell when an ultramarathoner is sprinting?

    A: You can’t.

    Comment by Richard — April 14, 2011 @ 12:36

  20. Not a joke but an actual funny thing that happened to me yesterday. I was looking out the window at work while my computer was being fixed, and I saw two swans in little ponds next to a field by my office. I grabbed two coworkers and we went out in cold windy weather to see the swans. They weren’t afraid at all. I took a bunch of pictures. My co-worker got out her binoculars. We all commented about how beautiful they looked. And then all of a sudden it dawned on us… they were fake! They must have been put in the lake to keep geese off the field. So I have like 10 pictures on my camera of beautiful, majestic fake plastic swans.

    Comment by Chelsea — April 15, 2011 @ 06:50

  21. Riddle:
    Q: What should you do if you find a runner passed out on the side of the road?
    A: Stop their Garmin.

    Comment by danny — April 16, 2011 @ 00:48

  22. congrats on a great run!
    good luck at boston this year…you will rock it!
    i just got an iphone, but i’m scared to bring it on runs because it inevitably rains. do you have a special case for yours?

    Comment by emily — April 17, 2011 @ 09:11

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