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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!



    Comment by Jess — May 22, 2011 @ 19:16

  2. Glad to hear some stress has been somewhat settled, that’s really important. Other than that, I think you need a plastic bubble for the next couple months. It’s one thing to fall and break stuff but to have squirrels crashing into you? That seems like a sign from Jesus or something. Wishing you no crashes, breaks or hurts for as long as you’re able.

    Comment by Flo — May 22, 2011 @ 20:47

    • Well that incident was on the day of the Rapture…who knows.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 22, 2011 @ 22:37

  3. Yes!! Missed you. Rest up those ribs young lady!!!

    Comment by Jill — May 22, 2011 @ 21:04

  4. welcome baaaaack!! 2 cracked ribs! Did you use your bubble wrap on your 13 miler?!

    Glad to hear your life stressors have reuced somewhat!! No stress for MM!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — May 22, 2011 @ 21:23

  5. welcome back! and cracked ribs, damn girl….you are a serious BAMF. be careful out there! i still think a helmet might not be a bad idea 😉

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — May 22, 2011 @ 22:29

    • Considering the spill I took last night while drinking a helmet probably isn’t such a bad idea…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 22, 2011 @ 22:38

  6. Love the alcohol picture… embarrassigly that sums me up at the moment haha god knows how I’m going to get through my half coming up.. oh well! Good to see you back!

    Comment by Laura @ box run eat — May 23, 2011 @ 03:06

  7. welcome back 🙂 the rib situation sounds terrible- not being able to laugh? not at all okay with me! Hope it gets better quick- glad you can still run at least!

    Comment by Kelly — May 23, 2011 @ 07:34

  8. i missed you>>>and I hear you on the stress thing…I am a big ball of it…

    Comment by Laura — May 23, 2011 @ 08:10

  9. Welcome back! 🙂
    I totally agree about the pre and post work run. It’s so nice to split them up like that and then you can tell people you did a “12 miler” and they can’t argue with you. Win-win!

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — May 23, 2011 @ 09:57

  10. That is awesome about the pre and post work runs! I want to do some doubles! Although it is getting hotter and running after work when its humid is not exactly fun. Hope those ribs heal up quick!

    Comment by J — May 23, 2011 @ 11:36

  11. Glad your back! I’m sorry about the health issues, but I’m really impressed by your continued running. If I have a headache I throw in the towel!

    Comment by Tiff — May 23, 2011 @ 12:00

  12. Well you are just hardcore, girl! Nice weekend!

    Comment by Jen — May 23, 2011 @ 12:02

  13. Welcome back! Missed your hilarious stories and inspiring runs!

    Comment by Lindsay — May 23, 2011 @ 13:14

  14. You are badass running that long with cracked ribs! Awesome. Well, I suppose it isn’t, but it kind of is! Welcome back.

    Comment by MissZippy1 — May 23, 2011 @ 16:12

  15. Running with cracked ribs?!?! WHO ARE YOU!!!! Um, you are my hero! I have missed your blog. LOVE that your run ended on such a high!!

    Comment by janae — May 23, 2011 @ 16:54

    • Sometimes I don’t know if I should be considered intense for it or stupid…maybe both?! hahah!!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 25, 2011 @ 20:48

  16. I did miss you!! Happy to see the update. Sorry about those ribs. Heal up! And, you may be right about alcohol fixing many troubles (except alcohol ones)… 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — May 23, 2011 @ 17:26

  17. I didn’t miss you 😉

    Just kidding of course I did. Kinda. Except you texted with me so clearly I am awesome bc you think so.

    Umm. I wish you were coming to SC. It’s a cooler state. Closer to the beach. Slightly less Spanish. Hahaha.

    Anyway. Glad the running is going well. Even if it is solo. Lameeeeo, you know what I mean. Don’t sneeze.

    Comment by Lindsay — May 23, 2011 @ 20:40

  18. glad you are a little less stressed these days friend.i can’t believe your pain tolerance, dang!

    Comment by lindsay — May 23, 2011 @ 22:23

  19. Oh, injured ribs are so painful. I am amazed you’re getting miles in!! Wow!

    Kicked a squirrel? LOL, the things that happen on runs!

    Comment by Kim — May 24, 2011 @ 11:59

  20. Ouch to the ribs and ha to the squirrel. That actually happened to me once, too. It ran right in front of my foot just as I was stepping off. I couldn’t have done that again if I’d tried.

    Comment by Chelsea — May 26, 2011 @ 09:18

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