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May 31, 2011

A-choo

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thanks google images

My computer has a virus. Technically it’s spyware but to me it’s all the same. Either way I had to wait until today when my computer nerd friend (and I say that with love!) came back from vacay to look at it for me. I have no idea when I’ll get it back.  Which leaves me on my phone for the internet. So rest assured I am still reading how y’all rocked your races this weekend, got married or otherwise are a bamf. But commenting, as well as posting my own posts, on a phone is the worst.

As for me

  • I’m running a lot. Sloooooooooow but lots of miles. I’ll work on my May recap soon.
  • My ribs still hurt like a sonofabitch
  • Got to watch the Bruins win on Friday with my roomie (who is Canadian but does not watch hockey) in a bar with rowdy fans
  • I has an amazing Memorial Day weekend in beautiful weather (which seemed to be the trend!) running and dancing/clubbing the night away with Lacey (who also got me addicted to Castle).

All and all, things are good. Not stellar; I wish my running felt better (I’m feeling very fatigued / drained overall and that’s spilling over into my running) and there’s lots of stress in my life that I can’t control. But I’m trying to take it all in stride; I just got done with an incredibly fun weekend, the weather is still nice and tomorrow night I get to go watch the PawSox.

Focus on the positive and the negative just seem so silly. Right?

May 25, 2011

It’s All Coming Back to Me Nowwwwwwwwwwwww

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Don’t lie: you love this song and Celine.

At least it’s coming back to my legs.

Maybe I want to call it kick? Maybe spark?

Either way I’ve noticed that my afternoon sessions of my doubles give me faith that I’m not a slug. Because that’s what I feel like during my pre-work runs lately. As evidenced today when I ran 8 miles pre-0700 at a slow yet steady and comfortable pace and then followed it up with 5 miles post-work at a comparable effort level but easily 45 seconds faster per mile than this morning.

Maybe it’s a factor of the fact that I’m still under stress and having no real appetite leading to fatigue in the early morning hours (vs afternoon runs where I have two meals and two snacks in my system, even if they aren’t the most substantial)

Or maybe it’s a factor of my mind and body being awake in the afternoon. I’m quite positive neither are at 0530, although this morning the sun was actually out before my alarm went off and I woke up with a START because my room was soooo bright that I thought I had overslept.

FINALLY (thanks google images)

Either way I thoroughly enjoy my typical M/W/F double of ~6-8 in the morning with ~4-5 post-work.

You’re probably saying to yourself “well then why don’t you just run all of your miles during the afternoon?” Well lots of it has to do with timing.  I just started doing this double thing (while holding down a “real job”) recently and it coincided with my roomie being done with the semester/classes.  And we’ve decided to start having dinner together on the days I’m not at clinic late.  We settled on an 1800 time and, provided I can get out of work at 1600-1630, I have just enough time to get home, change, run and shower.

Plus I feel badass doing doubles.  And I really don’t want to give up my early morning runs.  Even though I don’t get to see the actual sunrise (something I really enjoy but  it’s so early now!) there’s something really peaceful running that early.  Especially when I run one of the typically bustling-with-college/grad-students streets at 0600. Because it’s EMPTY. I don’t want to give it up. I also have “friends” that I regularly see on my boulevard pathway.

The temps in the morning don’t hurt either (this morning was ~60* at 0530 although it was 75* at 1630) and the fact that there’s very little traffic so I don’t have to wait at lights which is convenient.

That’s not to say that I’ve been doing doubles everyday.  It’s really hard for me to get up early on the weekends so it’s typically all afternoon miles and on T/R I work until 21-2200 and it’s all morning.  But I go back and forth with morning vs afternoon running and which I like better.  I guess the nice thing about running (and the doubles) is that I really don’t have to choose.

I think I’ve written about different time frames of running before (so I apologize if you’re feeling some deja-vu) and this post is mostly just word vomit of some thoughts that struck me on my run this afternoon. And I ran with it.  Pun totally intended.

On a totally unrelated note: I think I want to be T.Swift when I grow up.  For real.

May 24, 2011

Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Or rather, half covered but that would have ruined the alliteration.  I made these cookies forever and a day ago at the request of a friend.  Well the request was for the chocolate chip cookies to be completely covered in chocolate.  But I wanted some.  And I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate. Don’t hate. It just means more for you.

YAY Willy Wonka. The old school one.

Although, tangent: I ate the most delicious chocolate pudding/fudge cake the other day at a bbq I went to this weekend. Seriously heavenly.  I asked for the recipe to the guy who brought it and his response? “I don’t know. Ask Costco”

And I promised this recipe to you guys forever and a day ago too.  But life happened. And since my run this morning was absolute crud (very heavy legs with no spark) it makes sense to post this now.

I don’t have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe so I googled “chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe” and this one  had the yummiest picture. I went with it. As for the chocolate dip, I found these directions but it left me in a bind because I don’t have a microwave. So I used it as jumping off point and improvised.

Half Covered in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie Base:

Ingredients: (cut and pasted from the link with any changes I did added after)

  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature (yes real butter, my roomie was around who refused to let me use margarine!)
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz.) (I really wanted to use 1/2 pb chips, 1/2 chocolate chips but my friend vetoed it. LAME)

Directions: (the “real” directions are on the website link but I tend to use recipes for the ingredients only. Then make the cookies how I see fit)

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375*. I know the directions say 400* but I have a gas stove/oven so I always lower the suggested temp.
  2. In the “wet ingredients” bowl, beat the butter and sugar.  This sucks because I don’t have a mixer.  Luckily my cracked ribs are on the right side and I’m a lefty.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat this stuff all together.
  4. In the “dry ingredients bowl” mix the flour baking soda and salt.  I love this part because it requires very little physical effort.  Then mix in the “wet ingredients” bowl and add as many chocolate chips as your heart desires.
  5. Place the batter/dough onto a baking sheet.  Since I like my cookies really big I had to do this in multiple batches and each cookie sheet only had about 6 cookies on it.  Oops?
  6. Place in the oven for anywhere between 6-12 minutes.  Quite the range I know.  But I use a gas oven and it always varies. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked a meal the same way twice!
  7. When they’re done (and for me that means a little gooey in the middle still. Hopefully I’m cooking them enough. Don’t want to get salmonella or something) place the cookies on a cookie rack.  The directions online give you tips if they start to break during the transfer but a cookie is a cookie.  And that means that the cookie maker just gets to eat them because you can’t give a broken cookie as a gift, right?

Then comes the DIPPING fun.

To do this you need a bag (or two) of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  As the link above says you can combine them with 1 tablespoon of shortening in a microwave safe bowl to be placed in a microwave until it’s melted.  I chose to use a makeshift double boiler because I do not have one of those either.  I took a saucepan/pot and placed a glass bowl onto that was filled with the chocolate chips (bar of chocolate that are chopped up work too but chips were on sale at the store).  The pot had hot water in it and the stovetop was placed on a low setting.  As the chocolate started to melt I mixed/crushed/stirred the mixture.  By the time the cookies were cooled the chocolate was ready for dipping.

The result?

Just ignore the chips ahoy in the background. Or look but don’t judge.

Well if you’re making these for yourself then I say eat a non-broken cookie with a big glass of milk.  If you’re making them for a gift then you can eat a broken one with a big glass of milk.

Win-win

May 22, 2011

Did You Miss Me?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:13

I took a longer hiatus than I wanted but I suppose 10 days is an eternity in the blog world to go without posting. What have I been doing in those 10 days? Well pounding the pavement, duh, among other things.

I don’t think I mentioned it last post, because I don’t think I knew when I hit publish, but that fall that caused the boulder to be lodged in my knee also cracked two ribs. Fabulous.  According to the doctor at the clinic I’ll be fully healed in 4-6 weeks post-fall provided that I don’t do anything silly.  Like cough or sneeze or laugh too hard. And up until last night I was doing well when I took a tumble while celebrating my roomie being done with her first year of her PhD program.  Luckily alcohol is a pretty good painkiller.

Before that though the pain was tolerable during the day.  Sleeping is still really tough.

I did ask when I could return to running and he said immediately, depending on my pain tolerance level.  Of course I run the risk of re-fracturing ’em but I can do that by hearing a good joke. I’m a sucker for a good joke, and I laugh at lots of things I probably shouldn’t.

Luckily my pain tolerance is pretty high and I’ve been getting the miles in.  Last week I worked less clinic nights than usual so I got out of work a couple days at 1600 and got to do some doubles.  While I love the long run (I did a 17 miler on Saturday!) there’s something mentally refreshing to do 6 miles before work and then tackle another 6 post-work. Because it’s “only” 6.

Which helped the lack of motivation because all last week I thought I was living in Seattle; it was so foggy every morning with rain in the afternoon/nights

Source: Projo

Which is why on Saturday, when the sun finally showed itself, I took advantage and ran long.  I didn’t intend to get go 17; my route was only planned for 13.  And during that loop I really didn’t think I’d be able to do more than that.

Newsflash: the sun and warm temps zap energy.

But, about a mile from my apartment, a few things happened to me

  1. I kicked a squirrel.  Well maybe I didn’t really kick it. It ran out of a bush and crashed into my ankle.  I actually have a bruise from it!
  2. I saw a few of the med students that volunteer at the clinic outside of a Starbucks.  Normally when I see people I know it doesn’t change the distance of my run (I just start to haul ass to not appear slow/tired etc) but I was going to a bbq put on my the med students that afternoon and wanted to brag.  Now to most people 13 miles qualifies as bragging.  But some of them had run the Providence marathon 3 weeks ago.  I needed to go big or go home.

Surprisingly the last 4 miles of my run were the best. I felt energetic and light.  Given how the mid-miles had felt I’d have thought that going for more was a stupid idea.  But maybe no? I actually ran around a lot at the bbq; playing frisbee, volleyball, AND boomerang, although one of the guys I was with got nailed on the nose. Champ as he is, he still played on with a nice battle wound

thanks google images.

Anyway, I left my last post saying that I was WAY stressed out, and to a certain degree I still am.  But some stressors are out of the way: I found a med student to sublet from so I’m no longer going to be homeless in July/August and my family stress is stable — still bad but stable for the next few weeks. I still have lots of unresolved stress but it’s nice to be able to put some things on the back burner.

I’m hoping things are looking up for now; I can’t guarantee another hiatus but I’m thinking that for now I’m back.  Off to go try and catch up on 10 days worth of blog by y’all!

May 12, 2011

It’s Bubble Wrap Time

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Because I took another spill Tuesday morning (warning at the end of this post is a picture of the damage. Hey it’s my blog and I ❤ these pictures. Like, if you have any then post ’em on your blog!)

thanks google images

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Another fall?! Last time the damage was minimal.  Because this time I fell hard enough to crack my iphone. And bruise a rib (or two).  Seriously. There’s no point tenderness, only soreness/bruising pain (although interestingly enough, no bruise) so I haven’t gone to the doctor yet because it isn’t a clear-cut fracture and, after talking to a doc at the clinic later that night, the treatment for everything else is just rest, ibuprofen and ice.  If I’m in lots of pain I can go to the doctor for a Rx painkiller but I’d rather not do that.  I mean, I didn’t take any painkillers when I got my wisdom teeth out.  I think I can handle this a little bit.

So running: on hold until the pain goes away (I’m told ~4 days which puts me into the weekend) then I can ease back into it.  The pushups/situp challenge I was doing? (aka the 365 challenge) On hold as I can barely use my arm / rib muscles to push myself out of bed in the mornings (and the past few mornings my muscles have spasmed there. Ugh) or prop myself up in bed.

When it rains it pours right? I mean, at the moment I feel like nothing running-related can go right. Or without incident. I will say that the run ended up being pretty damn good aside from falling. Nice and steady and long with a spectacular finish (twss) (the fall was ~1 mile from the end of the run) But I do think my ego hurts more than any body part. Especially since both falls could have been prevented (aka tying my shoes and not getting lost in my hot mess thoughts)

Or my knee as when I went to the dermatologist (for a yearly head-to-toe skin scan) on Wednesday she looked at my sorry body (fall Friday, shenanigans Friday night, fall Tuesday = banged up) she noticed an odd looking scab on my knee.  Upon closer inspection it turns out that it wasn’t a crusted blood scab but a rock/pebble the size of an apple seed / green bean seed in my knee. It was lodged so deep that I couldn’t feel any sort of excess bump other than what a scab would look like.  The doctor actually had to use NOVOCAINE to my knee as she extracted the, as she so eloquently put it, “boulder” from my knee.  And she kept it to show her colleagues.

Of course I took a picture of the hole in my knee. DUH.

Moral of my last two posts? MM = hot mess. Like, who else does this happen too? The good news is that this year I didn’t need any moles removed at the derm.

I also want to mention in passing that there’s some family stuff going on right now and things have been very emotional. Well actually one large family thing. So I may be absent from the blog world for a week.  I am acutely aware that now that I make that disclaimer I’m going to find lots of time to blog/comment.  Because that’s how it works. And, because I like reading blogs and I like writing my posts.  We’ll see. I just don’t want anyone to worry that I died from infection or lung collapsement from that last fall.  Things are just going to be busy and my mind is going to be all over the place, that’s all.

May 9, 2011

PSA Time

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Tie your shoelaces when running.  Otherwise this might happen

Or this

Or maybe don’t because it’ll be a good cover-up for drunk shenanigans and bruises incurred while consuming too much whiskey later that night. Small favors. Not that I’d know anything about shenanigans. But seriously: tie your shoelaces. Luckily the fall resulted in mostly a bruised ego.

Another PSA: always remember to wear sunscreen.  A lesson I learned the hard way the past few weeks in the nice weather. But a follow-up lesson: remember to REAPPLY the stuff. I’m lucky that I have my annual derm/skin appointment this week.  She (my doc) needs to scare me silly.

Running wise, I’m going at it.  Slow and steady.  Such is the norm.  I think my body is still reeling from the injury back in mid-March, the 2 week long illness I had around the same time and the huge miles I ran that month.  Oh and maybe a little thing called a marathon last month.

That said, I have been slowly ramping up the miles this past week.  I’m not doing anything with my pace right now, mostly because both my legs and mind balk every time I think I’m going to tackle it. But this past week saw the reintroduction of two things:

  • A double digit long run. Early last week I was planning on running 11.5 miles but the really nice weather, coupled with some fresh legs, forced me to tack on an extra 2.5.  FOURTEEN.  And the pace was decent too.  It’s funny how some runs can be so on with both distance and pace while others (*ahem*sunday*run) seem to falter from the get-go.
  • Doubles.  On Friday, after Cinco de Mayo, I had planned on running after work (Fridays are half days for me) but I woke up at 0615 anyway.  Blahhhh. So I got up and went out for a quick run before work and then completed my miles post-work, for a grand total of 12 on that day.  I was planning on 12 anyway but it’s soooo mentally easy breaking up the run as such.

Overall the motivation to GO and the overall pace of my runs is blah.  I’m trying to embrace the blah. There’s too much going on in other aspects of my life to fight this. Maybe I would if I had a big goal race on the docket but I don’t.  C’est la vie.

And, since work is wicked busy today, that’s all you’re going to get.  This weekend, aside from emerging banged up, my roomie and I actually cooked/baked.  Funny how last week I wrote that I really didn’t enjoy it and now I have a recipe to post.  I guess I really don’t like just cooking for one, or cooking by myself, because this was fun.

Off to go apply my new favorite beauty product (seriously. This stuff is GENIUS)

thanks google images

May 5, 2011

Tequila and Quesadillas? If You Insist.

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Tonight (or rather probably right now as I’m always late to post ’em) is new patient lottery night at the clinic.  And at the office we’re wondering how many people are going to show up.  The weather is slightly icky which may play a role but it’s also the 5th of May. But the first Thursday of the month is always busy here.  It’s a toss up.

Either way I’ll need…something to relax with after work.  It’s perfect then that it’s Cinco de Mayo, which according to me (and yes I am quoting myself here. So modest I know),

Everybody is Mexican on Cinco de Mayo and therefore can celebrate. Just like everyone is Irish on St. Patty’s day. Guess who is going to be drinking one big margarita and celebrating Mexico after clinic tonight? This girl.  And I’m as white as they get

My co-workers got a kick out of that.

Totally not running related.  I’ll update tomorrow/over the weekend with some running related things and how I’m progressing and whatnot. If you really want to read something recently of the running nature then you can check out my April 2011 recap. But I hope that everyone is out celebrating tonight. Safely of course.

May 4, 2011

Previously on MM…April 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:23

I totally meant to post this, well, when the month ended but life stuff got in the way and I haven’t been able to get onto my computer regularly. Bleh.  Well not bleh because I’ve been feeling good, productive and happy.  But bleh because I like blogging-life (reading, writing, etc).

Anyway…

Some numbers as of April 30th.

  • 328.9 miles
  • 51 hours 59 minutes 17 seconds
  • 9:29 pace
  • YTD: 1431.3 miles.

Compare that to April 2010:

  • 152.4 miles
  • 23 hours 41 minutes 21 seconds
  • 9:20 pace

And, well, color me impressed with the increase in miles. I guess I really ran lots this month of this year. I’m actually speechless, although I know it’s because I didn’t run for at least 2 full weeks in April 2010. Mostly because I had access to a gym and could go to XT there.

Injury played a huge role in the pace as I wasn’t able to do any speed work this past month. At all.  Plus there were 2 weeks where I could not run faster than 10:00 pace. But I made it through.

One not-so-running related number, but still pretty damn important.

  • Sunburn tally — 3 burns in 2 weeks. I’m getting cancer tomorrow.

I got that one at Boston but I got even more sun after Easter weekend (with the 74* weather!) and now am sporting a red face from this past weekend. At least red brings out my green eyes right? And, while we’re on numbers, $8.94 spent on sunscreen after I got burn #3. Ouch.

And other highlights

  • Boston Marathon (and this report is a picture one). Worst marathon to date but one that I ran 100% injured. I don’t know whether to be proud of the fact that I did it or ashamed that I tried! But since I’m recovering nicely (thank goodness for finding a athlete-friendly PT!) now I’ll go with the former. And who can argue with a smile like this?

  • 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.

And of course the most important thing: warm weather…finally. I’m pretty sure that it snowed at least once in April…on the first if I’m not mistaken…but the average temperature for the fourth month of 2011 was

Wait for it….

58* for the high. 38* for the low. Extremes were 74* and 30*. I like where this is going.

May better listen up. How’d your April go? Anyone else glad that it’s done and over with?

May 1, 2011

#Winning

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:06

I spectated my first race earlier this morning.  I’m not going to lie: I thought I was going to hate it and that I’d be wayyy jealous that I wasn’t running, etc.

SOOOOOOOOOOOO not the case.  I had a blast.  I mean, I even woke up EARLIER than my alarm because I was so excited.  To cheer the people I knew running the half (which, by the way, it turned out that I knew way more than I thought) and my friend who was running the full (who ran a 3:05 on his FIRST marathon.  Holler). And perfect strangers, because that’s what the vast majority of the racers were to me.

I had spent the early part of Saturday night creating a poster to hold up and cheer everyone one.  After extensive googling I made one that said “Because 26.3 would be crazy”.

Then around midnight, and maybe aided by some adult beverages, genius struck. I give you MM’s amazing sign:

I’m 99.4564564% sure that the racers loved it.  Most of them anyway.  One guy did tell me that “Charlie Sheen is a f$%^ing liar”. But this was with about 1.5 miles left.  So he was probably in pain.  I told him he was awesome anyway.

All the other runners responded positively though. Some other comments I got?

  • I’ve got the tiger blood in me / Adonis DNA
  • Winning. DUH.
  • I am a winner! (which got a “hell yes you are!” from me.)
  • I read your blog (which girl if you are reading this then HOLLER! And if you’re in the PVD area let me know because I am dying for more running — aka any — buddies)
  • Bring me a challenge.
  • Awesome poster girl / Best poster out here.
  • This is just what I needed to see, thanks!

I felt weird that people were  almost cheering me on. Of course I had some good things other than the usual “Awesome job” and “Keep going” — both of which I did say.  But since I was out there for almost 4.5 hours I needed to bring a bit more to the table (I actually was practically bounding out of my bed this morning and did not mind the fact that, as a spectator, I was freezing my ass off for the entire time).

  • Enjoy the ride bro. You are winning!
  • Your success rate is 100%. Do the math.
  • You’ve been given magic. You’ve been given gold.

Can you tell that my fit of genius last night was more than a mere moment? My friends and I — who were not getting up early to cheer with me — kind of, well, ran with the theme.  At first I was a bit shy to be all shouting and yelling (I was at the 1.5 mile mark which was also the 11.5/24.5 mile mark) but runners are such an awesome bunch.

I also loved giving people high fives. A couple other spectators told me that they loved my enthusiasm and one even snapped a picture of my sign for future use.  Not bad for someone who really didn’t know many people out there.

On a less happy note, I thought that spectating the race would stoke a racing fire.  Get me pumped to sign up for a race.  Well it didn’t.

I mean, it did pain me a bit to see everyone out there butttttt I was quite content to go back to my apartment and go out for my own run.  On my own terms. My runs the past few days have been great (perfect weather!) and slowly but surely getting faster but with the same effort level.  And no pain.

It’ll come back though. This I know. Running itself is still fun and hopefully, once my friend recovers and his excitement over the race rubs off on me, training for a race will happen.  I already have some tentative ones picked out. But, and I sent this video to him, I have no real desire to have any of these thoughts.

Hope y’all had a great weekend! I can’t believe that it’s already month 5 of the year. Crazy.

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